Pannu dived into the character of a visually-impaired for Ajay Bahl's Blurr
Taapsee Pannu decided to blindfold herself for 12 hours to get into the skin of her visually-impaired character in Blurr. She would cover her eyes and go ahead with her daily routine — answering phone calls, eating and talking to the crew on the set. Instructions were given to unit hands to not help her. Ajay Bahl’s directorial venture also stars Gulshan Devaiah.
2 Indias and a clarification
Under attack for his monologue, I come from two Indias, stand up comic Vir Das issued a clarification regarding his recently uploaded video on YouTube, part of his performance at the John F Kennedy Center in Washington. He spoke about the contrasting sides of India by taking a dig at issues like the battle against COVID-19, gang rapes and farmers’ protests. “The video is a satire about the duality of two Indias that do different things. Like any nation has light and dark, good and evil within it. None of this is a secret,” the statement posted by Das read. “The video appeals for us to never forget that we are great. To never stop focusing on what makes us great,” he added. Several social media users, including politicians, have mocked Das for insulting the country in a foreign land.
All things pink and wonderful
On Wednesday, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan provided a glimpse of daughter Aaradhya’s birthday celebrations in the Maldives. She turned 10 on Monday. The star kid wore a pink dress (her favourite colour) with a head band to match. Abhishek and Ash are holidaying in the island nation. “You are the reason I breathe my darling Aaradhya. You are my life… my soul. I love you unconditionally,” posted Ash. Junior B is sporting a salt-and pepper beard. Is it his vacation look or part of his styling for an upcoming project?
In an attempt to create a fresh controversy, Kangana Ranaut wants people to choose their “heroes” wisely. Taking to her Instagram Stories, the actor shared a newspaper article and wrote, “Either you are a Mahatma Gandhi fan or Netaji supporter. You can’t be both, choose and decide.” The newspaper had an article from the 1940s with the headline, ‘Gandhi, others had agreed to hand over Netaji’. Ranaut further added that freedom fighters were “handed over” to the British by those “who had no courage” to fight oppression but were “power-hungry” and “cunning”. Taking a dig at the Mahatma, she added, “Those are the ones who taught us that if someone slaps you, offer another cheek for one more slap, and that is how you will get azaadi... you can only get bheekh like that.”
After exiting as director of the Taapsee Pannu-starrer Shabaash Mithu due to creative issues, Rahul Dholakia forays into the digital space with Police Unity Tour. The show will highlight the four-day bicycle ride from New Jersey to Washington to honour American law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. “I was allowed to document the tour and that’s a first in the organisation’s 25 years of operation,” said Dholakia who helmed the Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan- starrer Raees (2017).
The big bite
A day after Liger: Saala Crossbreed co-star Vijay Deverakonda shared a click from the set with boxing champ Mike Tyson, Ananya Panday followed suit. The legend left Panday amused by jokingly recreating The Bite Fight. Tyson had bit opponent Evander Holyfield’s ear off in a 1997 match. The bout, called The Bite Fight, is one of the most controversial boxing fights in the history of the sport. Tyson is shooting for Puri Jagannadh’s directorial venture in Las Vegas. Garlic naan, tandoori chicken, fish tikka masala and mutton biryani was relished by the champ on the set.
Akshay Kumar, who is shooting for Ram Setu, shared an emotional post on Wednesday, saying that he is missing late mother Aruna Bhatia. “Just like that... missing maa a lot today,” wrote the superstar along with a broken heart emoticon. Bhatia passed away on September 8.
Mid-week family outing
On Wednesday, Karisma Kapoor, father Randhir Kapoor, aunts Rima Jain and Neetu Kapoor, and cousin Nitasha Nanda stepped out for a meal at a Japanese restaurant. Lolo took to her Instagram handle and posted a picture of the mid-week get-together. “Family lunches are the best. Missing a few,” she wrote. The caption probably hinted at sister Kareena Kapoor Khan, who was not present.
Beyond the Clouds (2017) actor Malvika Mohanan, who features in Yudhra alongside Siddhant Chaturvedi, loves to make sartorial statements. She turns muse for B-Town designer Shehla Khan’s latest collection, Twilight Symphony — A Wedding Affair. Staying true to her style, the collection is Khan’s way of celebrating her love for sunsets and the varied hues of the sky.
Kundali Bhagya actor Shraddha Arya tied the knot with naval officer Rahul Sharma in New Delhi. The haldi ceremony on Monday was followed by the nuptials. Arya, who preferred to keep details about the wedding under wraps, posted pictures from the festivities on Wednesday. Several industry colleagues, including Anjum Fakih, Neha Adhvik Mahajan and Supriya Shukla, were in attendance.