5 Bollywood divas who have excelled in action flicks!

The female characters in Indian cinema has been constantly evolving and we have seen our favourite female actors nailing some of the extraordinary roles lately. Here are 5 divas who have broken all stereotypes and opted for some fierce action packed roles. Katrina Kaif Katrina was seen in action packed mode in Kabir Khan 's 'Ek tha Tiger' as well as Ali Abbas Zafar's 'Tiger Zinda Hai.' The actress was seen doing some difficult action sequences and nailing it and how.  Taapsee Pannu Taapsee left audiences  in awe of her action packed role in 'Naam Shabana' and till date it remained one of her finest performances. She killed every action scene she appeared in the film and we are eagerly waiting for her to sign an action drama film soon where we can see her doing some rough and tough action. Sonal Chauhan The beautiful Sonal Chauhan is all set to surprise the audience with her new action avatar, as she stars opposite Nagarjuna in 'The Ghost.' Chauhan will be seen doing some  strenuous sequences that required an intense training and preparation. Audiences are quite excited to check out this new avatar of Sonal. Rani Mukerji The stellar actress nailed her  character as Shivani Shivaji Roy in Pradeep Sarkar's 'Mardaani.' Both the installations of the film has has done jaw dropping action sequences and we just couldn't take our eyes off Rani. Sonakshi Sinha A.R. Murgadoss's 'Akira' brought out a different side of Sonakshi Sinha. The audience for the very first time saw her doing some kickass action scenes and had loved her immensely.  Also Read: Priyanka Chopra Jonas is taking yet another step in putting India on the global map

27 September,2022 05:54 PM IST | mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Priyanka Chopra is taking yet another step in putting India on the global map

After a busy week at the United Nations General Assembly, actor, producer and philanthropist Priyanka Chopra Jonas, along with director Anthony Russo, spoke passionately about her upcoming sci-fi espionage series, Citadel at a panel discussion at the recently-concluded Fast Company Innovation Festival held in in New York City.   Dressed in a royal blue Yuzefi pant suit, the global icon explained what really drew her to this global action franchise that demanded months of her time and that led her to learn and speak six languages. “You don’t have to watch the American show to understand; [the local language series] stands alone,” she said. “But if you watch all the other shows, they’re all connected—and that’s never been done in television. To be able to offer a show which cross-pollinates audiences and languages is just so exciting to me. So it was innovative, and that’s what I loved about it,” said the actor who is already looking forward to the local spinoffs that will be made for India, Italy, Spain and Mexico markets. Chopra Jonas was an obvious choice to headline the show for Jennifer Salke and director Anthony Russo. “When she brought up Priyanka, it was like a light bulb went off,” Russo said. “It was so intelligent and so smart because Priyanka represents the essence of what we’re trying to do with the show. The fact that she’s done such amazing work in India [and] internationally. She has this sort of dual identity—a foot in both worlds.” Set in the near future and the storyline centres on a global spy organization called Citadel that Russo describes. Chopra Jonas plays one of the top agents at Citadel, alongside Richard Madden of the Game of Thrones fame. “This agency ends up coming in conflict with a new rival agency that has been developed by the world’s elite to sort of protect their self-interests,” added Russo. “So it’s a global struggle between these two competing points of view about what humanity should be.” Also Read: Watch Video: Priyanka Chopra wrap up 'Citadel' shoot; shares a fun BTS featuring Diana  

27 September,2022 05:48 PM IST | new york | mid-day online correspondent
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Navratri 2022: Dandiya is quite contagious, says Isha Koppikar

Isha Koppiar has been a part of many Bollywood films like  ‘Ek Tha Dil Ek Thi Dhadkan’, ‘Fiza’, ‘Kaante’, ‘Ek Vivaah... Aisa Bhi’ and others. Besides this, she has also acted in regional films as well. On the auspicious occasion of ‘Navratri 2022’, Mid-Day Online caught up with Isha Koppikar to now her plans to celebrate the festival. Isha, what unique things do you see during this year’s Navratri?Everywhere I am seeing happy faces, which is a clear sign of end of all the stress and also a Covid free Navratri this year. That, according to me, is the most unique thing that I am seeing during this year’s Navratri? Are you more of a dandiya person or garba?Garba definitely! I love how it brings everyone together. I also love dandiya.  Have you ever got hurt while playing Dandiya with sticks?Yes, many a times. But, it's a fun experience…so I don’t mind it at all. Also Read: I have been just lucky to have been gifted many gifts, says Rahul Dev Have you learnt dandiya / garba from someone? Or you learnt it seeing others?Dandiya is quite contagious. Once you see it and the steps get to you, it's quite easy to pick up and practice with everyone.  Which is your all-time favorite dandiya song from Bollywood?‘Dholida’ is my ultimate favorite. It really captures the essence of the festival.  Do you follow the colour code for all the nine days?I try to as much as possible. Everyone uniting in the colors is a sight to see. I simply love the tradition. What’s your take on accessories? Are you a minimal person or you prefer a ‘quintessential’ Navratri make up?Navratri is all about the accessories. So, I spare nothing (smiles). As for the makeup, I make sure to take it light.

27 September,2022 05:17 PM IST | Mumbai | Satish Sundaresan
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I have been just lucky to have been gifted many gifts, says Rahul Dev

Often referred to as one of original supermodels, Rahul Dev went onto debut in Bollywood with the film ‘Champion’, for which he was nominated for the ‘2001 Filmfare Best Villain Award’. What followed after that was his stints in Bollywood, regional cinema and also the reality show ‘Bigg Boss’. Mid-Day caught up with Rahul Dev on the occasion of his birthday.  Rahul, what are your birthday plans?I will be with Mugdha (Godse). I have no idea what's in store ...  With whom are you celebrating your birthday this year?Honestly speaking, I haven't planned anything. My birthday is going to be an instinctive outing with Mugdha and maybe a couple of friends.  Can you recall the most memorable birthday gift during your childhood?I have been just lucky to have been gifted many gifts while growing up. The money in an elegant envelope with a warm note from my mother is always dear to me. Also Read: Neha Kakkar, Falguni Pathak come together on 'Indian Idol' amid spat over remake Which is that one birthday gift that you will always cherish? Who gifted you that? The most cherished ‘gifts’ have always been from my Spiritual Master Tarneiv Ji ... For instance, my last year's birthday gift was an incredible shirt with matching cuff links and a trendy waist coat and a beautiful book with of ‘His’ Poetry which had a personally written note for me. Have you ever gifted anything to yourself on your birthday? If yes, then what?Never. Even though I have thought about it many times, somehow, I haven't really come around to actually doing it. What is keeping you busy these days?Currently, I am in the process of my last few days of filming on the sequel to ‘1920’, which is being produced by Vikram Bhatt & directed by his daughter Krishna.  

27 September,2022 04:09 PM IST | Mumbai | Satish Sundaresan
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Sonu Sood reveals reason for bringing on board EC Council in 'Fateh'

Actor Sonu Sood is really excited to be a part of his upcoming film ‘Fateh’. Besides the author backed role, Sonu is extremely positive about the film’s script and the finer points and innovations that the film has to offer to the audience. One such innovation is that, Sonu Sood has enlisted services from one of India’s finest ethical hacking firms EC Council to do research for the action thriller. A dedicated team from the company is doing research and supervising the content of the film as it goes on floors next month. Touted to be a big budgeted action thriller, the movie is mounted on a huge scale in terms of quality production. Also Read: Hope audiences love how Harrdy and I look together on screen: Parineeti Chopra Speaking exclusively to Mid-Day, Sonu Sood said, “We got the best company who train the best ethical hackers. In fact, they had trained for Pentagon also. So, everything has to be absolutely right technically. Whenever there is a film which has a unique subject of cybercrime or hacking as the premise, there is absolutely no room for mistake. That’s why we brought the best on board only to ensure and be doubly sure that everything is just right. He also gave out a media statement about the film stating, “I have always liked getting involved in my movies but this is the first time I have been officially involved in all aspects. It is quite exciting to work with these professionals. We are currently doing location recce, and is primarily going to be shot in and around Mumbai". 

27 September,2022 03:53 PM IST | Mumbai | Satish Sundaresan
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Hope audiences love how Harrdy and I look together on screen: Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra is looking forward to seeing the audience's reaction to her and Harrdy Sandhu's chemistry in 'Code Name Tiranga'.  Recalling how music and food broke the ice between her and Harrdy, Parineeti said, "Harrdy and I connected the very second we met each other, it was as if we had known each other for years. Given that we are both Punjabis we would speak in our mother tongue on set all the time and no points for guessing what the two things we connected most on are - music and food." Also Read: Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal choose a now-modified 176-y-o mill for Mumbai reception She added, "He is a very giving actor. I guess the audience can see the camaraderie that we share and hence they are calling our pairing fresh and they are looking forward to seeing our chemistry on screen. I hope they love what we have done on screen and how we look together."  In the film, Parineeti will be seen showcasing her action side. "As an actor, we are constantly blessed to have many firsts all through our career. I'm thrilled that in my 11th year in cinema I'm doing my first full-blown action film and I'm ecstatic about the reaction that I have been getting for Code Name Tiranga's teaser. It is hugely encouraging for someone who has never dabbled in this genre.  "The teaser is just a glimpse of what to expect from the trailer and my performance on screen. I have pushed myself and my body for this intensely physically challenging film but I have thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. I had always wanted to present myself in an entirely new way on screen with the action genre and I couldn't have found a better film to do the same because it has allowed me to express freely and show audiences what I can do when presented with an opportunity like this," she added. Helmed by Ribhu Dasgupta, 'Code Name Tiranga' will release in theatres on October 14. Also Read: Veteran star Asha Parekh to be conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke award This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

27 September,2022 02:45 PM IST | Mumbai | ANI
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Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal choose a now-modified 176-y-o mill for Mumbai reception

Bollywood actors Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, who are all set to tie-the-knot in a few days, have ditched the conventional banquet style of a reception like experience and chosen 176-year-old mill, which is now also a luxe event space. Bollywood actors Richa Chadha and Ali Fazal, who are all set to tie-the-knot in a few days, have ditched the conventional banquet style of a reception like experience and chosen 176-year-old mill, which is now also a luxe event space. Also Read: Veteran star Asha Parekh to be conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke award The actors are all set to leave for Delhi this week where their wedding celebrations are expected to kick off.  The duo will throw a wedding reception at the iconic The Great Eastern Home, which is contemporary furniture store inside a 176-year-old mill and now also an event space.The space has hosted a variety of weddings, parties, fashion shows and festivals. Richa and Ali's wedding planners have taken on the mantle to turn this beautifully kitschy choice of space of theirs into a fun wedding party venue. The space is expected to be turned into a pretty lavish experiential space as per the couples briefs with decor to have elements expected to be suited to their off screen personality. Also Read: Sumeet Raghavan, Subodh Bhave's ‘Sahela Re' to have direct-to-digital release

27 September,2022 02:37 PM IST | Mumbai
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Veteran star Asha Parekh to be conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke award

Veteran actor Asha Parekh will be honoured with the ‘Dada Saheb Phalke Award’ for 2020, the highest recognition in the field of Indian cinema, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur said on Tuesday. Parekh, 79, will be presented with the award during the 68th National Film Awards ceremony, to be held on Friday. The five-member Dada Saheb Phalke Award committee -- comprising Asha Bhosle, Hema Malini, Poonam Dhillon, Udit Narayan, and TS Nagabharana -- decided on Parekh's name for the honour, Thakur told reporters in his constituency Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh. "They decided in the meeting that this time Asha Parekh ji will be honoured with the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, which will be presented during the National Film Awards ceremony. It is a matter of pride for the ministry to announce this prestigious award for the veteran actress," the minister said. Also Read: Katrina Kaif dances with students at her mother's school in Madurai Parekh, an eminent actor whose career spans close to five decades, started her acting career at the age of 10. Known for starring in over 95 films that include ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, ‘Kati Patang’, ‘Teesri Manzil’, ‘Baharon Ke Sapne’, Pyar Ka Mausam’, and ‘Caravan’, she is considered one of the most influential actresses of all time in Hindi cinema. She started her career as a child artist with the 1952 film ‘Aasmaan’ and went on to star in Bimal Roy's ‘Baap Beti’ two years later. Parekh made her debut as a leading lady in Nasir Hussain's 1959 movie ‘Dil Deke Dekho’, in which she starred opposite Shammi Kapoor. Also a director and producer, Parekh had helmed the acclaimed TV drama ‘Kora Kagaz’ in the late 1990s.The screen legend also served as the first female chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) from 1998-2001.  She came out with her autobiography, ‘The Hit Girl’, co-written by film critic Khalid Mohamed, in 2017. She was also honoured with the Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civilian award of the country, in 1992. Last year, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2019 was conferred on Rajinikanth. Also Read: Abhishek Banerjee: Loving this phase and couldn’t be more grateful

27 September,2022 02:15 PM IST | Mumbai | PTI
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Katrina Kaif dances with students at her mother's school in Madurai

Actress Katrina Kaif recently visited her mother Suzanne Turquotte's school Mountain View School in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. A video has been doing the rounds on the internet in which she is seen dancing to the viral Arabic Kuthu song from Thalapathy Vijay and Pooja Hegde's movie Beast with school kids. Katrina looked graceful in a green floral kurta and matching palazzo pants. Her sister Isabelle Kaif and celebrity fitness instructor Yasmin Karachiwala were also spotted at the school along with Katrina. In another video, she is seen grooving with a bunch of adults who appear to be the school staff on a stage. Also Read: Prateek Kuhad hits the stage again Katrina's clip has won many hearts. Reacting to the viral clip, a social media user commented, "How cute." "She looks so beautiful," another one commented. Meanwhile, on the work front, Katrina will be next seen in an upcoming horror comedy film 'Phone Bhoot' alongside Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter, which is all set to hit the theatres on November 4, 2022. Apart from that, she is also a part of 'Merry Christmas' along with south actor Vijay Sethupathi, and 'Tiger 3' with Salman Khan, which is slated to release on April 23, 2023.  Also Read: Birthday Chat With Celebs : Chunky Panday This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

27 September,2022 01:34 PM IST | Mumbai | ANI
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Abhishek Banerjee: Loving this phase and couldn’t be more grateful

Abhishek Banerjee had given some top-notch performances with 'Paatal Lok', 'Mirzapur', 'Stree', and lot many others. While the actor has a lot more to give to his audience, this year seems to be like a flood of back-to-back releases from Banerjee.  The trailer of Abhishek's upcoming 'Nazarandaaz' has recently been released and has started to take over the hearts of the audience. Overwhelmed with the amazing response from the audience, Abhishek is filled with utmost joy and bliss. While sharing his excitement about the same, he said "I'm thrilled to see the response pouring in for the trailer of 'Nazarandaaz'. I'm super kicked about it, and the story is such that audiences from all quarters and genres will connect to it instantly." Having booked some more of his releases this year, Abhishek is equally excited to have it in front of the audience. "It's such an exciting time, as the projects I have been working on are finally announced. Recently, the teaser of 'Rana Naidu' too was announced.. which again is a different character from what I have done before, and then of course Bhediya will drop soon. Loving this phase and couldn't be more grateful." He added further.  On the work front, Abhishek will be seen in ‘Bhediya’, Rana Naidu, 'Nazarandaaz', Dream Girl2, and many more. Also Read: From Manoj Bajpayee, Dulquer Salmaan to Nayanthara, Netflix India unveils busy calendar

27 September,2022 01:09 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Varun Dhawan has a field day pulling the media's leg, and keeps it guessing

Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan was at his quirky best during a media event here on Monday. The actor was launched as Prime Video's BAE (Before Anyone Else), which means he will don a superfan's avatar with all the inside news. And he used the opportunity to both engage and entertain the reporters present. Talking to the media, Varun said: "Ye andar ki khabar leak karna maine media se hi seekha hai (I have learnt leaking scoops from the media) and now I'll be putting it to a good use." He then went on to pull a sarcastic one. "As Prime BAE, main sab fans ko saari exclusive khabar dunga, jaise aap log dete ho, kabhi kabhi exclusives ke upar jhagadte bhi ho (I'll give all exclusive news to all the fans like the media does and which often results in fights between media houses)."  Also Read: Navratri 2022 Day 2: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vidya Balan look ravishing in red One 'scoop' that Varun did not share was about the comedy-horror movie 'Bhediya' coming to Prime Video. All that he revealed was that "a big project, with a big star and a big producer" will be announced by the streamer on October 3. The "big producer" bit, people guessed, was a reference to Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films, who's been behind such films as 'Love Aaj Kal', 'Cocktail', and 'Angrezi Medium', and the well-received horror comedies 'Stree' and 'Roohi'. Before Varun signed off, he, however, howled on stage in line with the title of 'Bhediya', where he stars opposite his 'Diwale' co-star Kriti Sanon. Although Varun didn't explicitly say anything, this howling by him points to the film coming on the streamer. "Bhediya" has been directed by Amar Kaushik of 'Stree' fame. All of Varun's major films, notably 'Coolie No. 1', 'October' and Jugg Jugg Jeeyo', are streaming on Prime Video. Also Read: Prateek Kuhad hits the stage again This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

27 September,2022 12:54 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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