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Vaani talks of ‘fear’ on stepping out to shoot ‘Bell Bottom’ amid pandemic

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Actress Vaani Kapoor agrees there was nervousness and fear on stepping out of her house amid the pandemic to shoot for her upcoming film ‘Bell Bottom’. She says the courage her co-actors such as Akshay Kumar and the production house showed gave her a sense of confidence.

“There was a lot of paranoia. I will not deny that. There was nervousness and fear that even if somebody tests positive how do you come back to India or where does that person stay…The kind of factors that came into play,” Vaani told IANS, while talking about going out of the house to shoot for ‘Bell Bottom’ in Glasgow.

She credited the production house and co-star Akshay Kumar for showing courage.

“Hats off to the production house who had to bring in the entire team from India to make them quarantine with 14 days of no work. It’s also very expensive…It’s an unusual circumstance…We were getting tested at least twice or thrice every week and we had a good bubble and of course a place like Glasgow which is much wider spread and spacious so things were a little more manageable there.”

“It also gave me a sense of confidence,” said Vaani.

Talking about her parents’ first reaction on knowing that the actress had to go out to shoot for the film, Vaani said: “Of course there is a little bit of worry our parents will always have. They are always nervous about their children.”

The 32-year-old actress calls herself a “responsible kid”.

“I am a very responsible kid. I am the one who parents my own parents because they behave like the children of the house. So, I think they thought I would be responsible enough and it is work at the end of the day. These are choices that you make and make them sensibly,” she concluded.

‘Bell Bottom’ is slated to release on August 19. The espionage thriller also stars Akshay Kumar, Lara Dutta Bhupathi and Huma Qureshi.

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Shruti Haasan to conduct live Instagram sessions on social issues for b’day

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Actress and singer Shruti Haasan will conduct a series of live Instagram sessions on various social issues as part of her birthday celebrations this year.

Sources close to Shruti, whose birthday falls on January 28, said the actress has been overwhelmed with all the love pouring in from her fans who have begun celebrating the month as her birthday month.

A source said: “This year, on her birthday, Shruti has decided to address issues pertaining to society. She will be doing a series of live sessions, starting January 27 on topics such as mental health, women in films and media, and sustainability in fashion.

“On January 27, the session will be on mental health, while on January 28, which happens to be her birthday, the session will be on Women in Films and Media. On January 29, the topic will be Sustainability in Fashion.

“Through these live sessions, Shruti wants to draw attention towards topics that are usually brushed under the carpet or aren’t discussed as often as they should be. All of the live sessions will have Shruti along with various influencers and hosts discussing these topics at length in an attempt to normalise these conversations in our day-to-day life.”

Commenting on the same, Shruti said: “The idea behind the live sessions is to open up a discussion on these topics. There are many ways to celebrate one’s birthday but my idea of a celebration is to open honest discussions, especially about the things I care about and believe need more talking.

“My aim is to let more people in on these topics, get varied perspectives from others during the live and open up these issues for others to think, discuss, share and debate.”

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Priyanka and Nick Jonas bring home a child

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 Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have taken the surrogacy route to have a baby. PC made the surprise announcement at Friday/Saturday midnight.

Taking to Instagram, Priyanka said: “We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate.” She added: “We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family.”

Immediately after the announcement, more than 1.73 million of Priyanka’s followers shared her joy on Instagram, showering her with heart emojis.

They celebrities who celebrated included the late basketball star Kobe Bryant’s wife and philanthropist, Vanessa, Kal Penn, Shefalee Shah, Katrina Kaif, Lara Datta, Sania Mirza, Bhumi Pednekar and Radhika Jones, editor of ‘Vanity Fair’, where Priyanka is on the cover of the February 2022 edition.

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Ranveer to Deepika: My ‘babygirl lookin like a Fazillion buxxx’

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Bollywood’s livewire star Ranveer Singh seems to be in awe of his actress wife Deepika Padukone’s performance in the upcoming film ‘Gehraiyaan’ and praised her by saying his “baby girl lookin like a fazillion bux”.

Ranveer, who does not shy away from professing his love for his wife on social media, posted a picture of Deepika from the film.

“Moody, sexy and intense!!!A Domestic noir ? Sign me up! All the favs @shakunbatra @ananyapanday @siddhantchaturvedi @dhairyakarwa Naseer the Legend! and my babygirl lookin like a Fazillion buxxx @deepikapadukone produced by the sexiest of them all @karanjohar.”

Directed by Shakun Batra, Amazon Original Movie ‘Gehraiyaan’ stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa as leads along with Nasseruddin Shah and Rajat Kapur in pivotal roles

Jointly produced by Viacom18 Studios, Dharma Productions and Shakun Batra’s Jouska Films, the movie will have its World Premiere exclusively on Prime Video on February 11.

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