Rajpal Yadav: John Abraham, Anurag Kashyap helped me get rid of my fear of dogs

Comedian and actor Rajpal Yadav shares the story of how his dog Buddy entered his life. The actor has launched his show 'Paltu Life' that will feature interviews and information for the welfare of animals. Yadav admits that he was afraid of dogs after a scary incident as a child and shares how he got over his fear. Sharing the childhood incident he said, "As a child, I had once been attacked by dogs. I ran for my life and was ultimately saved by a farmer. Since then my mind was filled with fear about dogs." Speaking about how he slowly worked towards getting rid of his fear he added, "For the film 'Jungle' I had to shoot with a snake, that too King cobra. The caretakers don't remove their poison or break their teeth, they treat the snake like their own child. In the film my death takes place because of the snake. Since it was my first film I gathered all my guts and with the help of the action master I pulled off that scene. I vowed never to do it again." Soon after John Abraham and Anurag Kashyap came in to change his thoughts about dogs. "My friend Anurag approached me for a film about a watchman and a dog, that's when I started feeding dogs and trying to be friends with them. The film didn't work out but Anurag helped me get attached to dogs. Another incident took place with John Abraham in Mauritius, the dogs were as tall as John! I observed how John made friends with the dogs though nobody in that area had the guts to approach them. I realised that if I give them love they could be friends with me too." Watch video to know more! Also Read: Celebrity Pet Parents 2! Jasmin Bhasin: Rambo loves attention and needs kisses from girls  

30 March,2023 04:47 PM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
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Vaani Kapoor announces her OTT debut with YRF's 'Mandala Murders'

After winning critical acclaim for flawlessly pulling off a transgender character on the silver screen with the movie, 'Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui', Bollywood actor Vaani Kapoor is now all set to take the OTT space by storm with her maiden series called 'Mandala Murders'.  Giving a glimpse of her look from the web series, On Thursday, Vaani took to Instagram and dropped a photo of herself as she announced her OTT debut to her fans and followers.  Calling her upcoming web series a 'gritty crime thriller', Vaani wrote, "Going in for the KILL (literally) for my debut OTT show!!. Thrilled to be helming @yrfentertainment's new series #MandalaMurders - a gritty crime thriller that will keep you guessing!".           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Vaani Kapoor (@_vaanikapoor_) Headlined by Vaani Kapoor, 'Mandala Murders' also features 'Gullak' fame, actor Vaibhav Raj Gupta in a lead role.  Made under the banner YRF Entertainment, 'Madala Murders' is directed by 'Mardaani 2' director, Gopi Puthran. Manan Rawat, who has previously worked as an associate director in many YRF films, will be co-directing the series.  Apart from Vaani and Vaibhav, the series also stars actors, Suvreen Chawla and Jameel Khan in pivotal roles.  According to a press release issued by the makers, the Vaani Kapoor-starrer series is envisioned as a multi-season show.  Billed as an 'edge of the seat entertainer', the shoot of 'Mandala Murders' will begin from tomorrow, i.e. Friday, in Uttar Pradesh. After wrapping up the shoot schedule in Uttar Pradesh, the team will later head to Delhi and Mumbai to finish the filming of the web series.  Also Read: Vaani Kapoor shines as lone Indian invitee at Paris Fashion week's Peter Dundas show! In Uttar Pradesh, the series will be shot in some of the most popular cities of the state like Lucknow, Prayagraj and Varanasi.  The series is the second offering from YRF Entertainment, the newly launched digital arm of the production banner. Their first digital series, 'The Railway Men' is described as a tribute to the unsung heroes of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. It features R Madhavan, Kay Kay Menon, Divyenndu Sharma and Babil Khan.

30 March,2023 02:53 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Maidaan's teaser

'Maidaan' teaser presents the story of Indian football's 'Golden Era'

On Thursday, the teaser for Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn's upcoming film 'Maidaan' was released. The teaser, which lasts for one minute and thirty seconds, portrays a story of overcoming obstacles through a period sports drama. The teaser opens with monochrome shots from the 1952 Summer Olympics held in Helsinki, Finland, and narrates the story of India's best-ever performance in football. The decade from 1952 to 1962 is regarded as the 'Golden Era' of Indian football.The film follows the true story of Syed Abdul Rahim, the legendary football coach from Hyderabad who led the Indian team in its most glorious days ever. The film also stars Priyamani, Gajraj Rao, and Bengali actor Rudranil Ghosh.Directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma, produced by Zee Studios, Boney Kapoor, Arunava Joy Sengupta, and Akash Chawla, the film's screenplay and dialogue were written by Saiwyn Quadras and Ritesh Shah, respectively. The music is composed by AR Rahman. The film is all set to release worldwide in theatres on June 23. Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn was last seen in the crime thriller ‘Drishyam 2, directed and co-produced by Abhishek Pathak. The film was the remake of a 2021 Malayalam film with the same name and was the sequel to the 2015 film 'Drishyam'. It features Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran, Tabu, and Akshaye Khanna in the second installment of Drishyam. The film was praised by critics and viewers. The performances of all the actors were appreciated by the audiences. Also Read: Ajay Devgn says Tabu effortlessly takes to the tone of her characters On the other hand, Ajay Devgn’s much-awaited film ‘Bholaa’ is released today, i.e., March 30, 2023. It also features Tabu, Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Mishra, and Gajraj Rao in pivotal roles. The film is an adaptation of the 2019 Tamil film ‘Kaithi’. Ajay Devgn will also be seen in his upcoming projects like ‘Singham Again’ directed by ‘Rohit Shetty’ and ‘Auron Mein Kahan Dum Tha’ which will be directed by Neeraj Pandey. (with inputs from IANS)  

30 March,2023 02:03 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Hrithik Roshan's look from Vikram Vedha/picture courtesy: T-Series Instagram account

Throwback Thursday: Hrithik Roshan’s metamorphosis as Vedha from 'Vikram Vedha'

It’s Throwback Thursday and we take a look at Hrithik Roshan's metamorphosis into his character ‘Vedha’ in 'Vikram Vedha,' which happens to clock 6 months today! Fans anxiously awaited Roshan’s return to the big screen and the actor played a gangster unapologetically onscreen.            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Hrithik Roshan (@hrithikroshan) Hrithik didn’t just play the role of ‘Vedha’ but became ‘Vedha’ completely absorbing every element of the character and his nuances. In order to embody ‘Vedha’, Hrithik let go of all inhibitions and as part of his prep was willing to be eccentric and wacky. He absolutely let go and submitted to the process, participating in everything from voice training and speaking gibberish to dialogue rehearsals, dancing to 80s music, emoting to nature, and recording himself to perfect his mannerisms and dialect. Giving audiences a look at the BTS video that captured the prep behind the character, Hrithik Roshan mentioned, “To become 'Vedha' I had to first find comfort in being a 'yeda'. 9 months of prepping & being Vedha - from October 2021 to June 2022. Exactly the time human lives take to birth. Vedha has been a process of moulding from scratch, today it's a character I'm proud of. Learning to talk, walk, dance, eat & live like Vedha has been sheer joy. There may not be Hrithik in Vedha, but there will always remain Vedha in Hrithik.” Vikram Vedha also starring Saif Ali Khan, directed by Pushkar - Gayatri, released on 30th March, 6 months ago. The actor is currently shooting for Siddharth Anand's 'Fighter' his reunion with Anand, after the film ’WAR’ with co-star Tiger Shroff. The film is also his first with Deepika Padukone. Fighter, features Hrithik Roshan as a fighter jet pilot for the first time on screen, tracing his journey from a young cadet in training to India’s best fighter pilot. Also Read: Akshay Oberoi: 2-3 kilos of salt went into my nose, hair and mouth while shooting the climax of 'Gaslight'

30 March,2023 01:57 PM IST | mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Ajay Devgn and Tabu. Pics/Yogen Shah

Ajay Devgn says Tabu effortlessly takes to the tone of her characters

Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn, who is currently busy with the run-up to the release of his upcoming directorial 'Bholaa', recently shared his experience of directing Tabu in the film. Both the actors have collaborated on numerous occasions as co-actors or in the capacity of actor-director. Talking about directing Tabu, Ajay said: "She is very spontaneous; that's what I like about her. Apart from that, she takes to the tone so perfectly that you don't need to take it any further as a director. There is an emotional scene between Bholaa and Tabu's character Diana where I think she's done a fabulous job." Also Read: 'Adipurush': On Ram Navami, makers drop new poster of Prabhas and Kriti Sanon's upcoming mythological drama, see! The director-actor also spoke about the equipment used in 'Bholaa'. He told IMDb during the segment 'On The Scene': "We've created different kinds of cameras in-house to align with the budgets of an Indian film. We designed robotic cameras which moved by themselves to get action shots which are otherwise impossible and too risky for cameramen to shoot." 'Bholaa', directed by Ajay Devgn, stars a powerful line-up of actors like Vineet Kumar, Deepak Dobriyal and Sanjay Mishra. The film is set to arrive in cinemas on March 30. Also Read: Mithun Chakraborty shakes a leg with son Namashi Chakraborty in the new track of Bad Boy, 'Janabe Ali' 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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

30 March,2023 10:32 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Akshay Oberoi

Akshay Oberoi: 2-3 kilos of salt went in my nose, hair and mouth for 'Gaslight'

Akshay Oberoi who is part of the ensamble cast of 'Gaslight' that also features Sara Ali Khan, Vikrant Massey and Chitrangda Singh, plays the royal Rana in the film. The actor opened up about what the audience can expect, his co-stars, his line up for 2023 and much more! How did Rana come to life? It's important that I address Pavan (Kripalani) when speaking about Rana. He is a very special director, he knows exactly what he is looking for and yet he is constantly discovering new things. Rana is a Nawabi guy with royal blood that is trying to hold on to his past. There were great stories about his ancestors but today a prince is not what he is supposed to be in modern India. Rana holds on to that insecurity and is trying to maintain a facade of greatness. The challenge playing Rana was maintaining a mystery around him so that the audience is constantly left guessing who he really is! Pavan would say 'I've got the take I wanted, now surprise me.' He always kept me on my toes which is why the character shaped up well. You have worked with Vikrant before what was the rapport with Sara and Chitrangda like? Yes I've worked with Vikrant before. Sara is as lively as you see her on her Instagram page, it's fun because she keeps the day light constantly talking or sharing her opinion on things. Chitrangda was someone I loved working with, she pushed me to be better, our tuning matched well and we had great chemistry. What would you say was your most challenging scene? You see a few glimpses of the climax in the film's trailer, we shot that in the salt mines of Rajkot, Gujarat. It was challenging because night shoots are hard to begin with. It was an action sequence we were shooting in mountains of slat, I had to slip and fall so 2-3 kilos of salt went into my nose, hair and mouth. However, I kept thinking how beautiful it would look cinematically. It had a Hitchcockian vibe, the great thing about him was the locations he chose.  What is your line up for 2023? I'm shooting 'Fighter' a film about air force pilots by Siddharth Anand that has been in the news. There's the sequel to 'Lal Rang' a film I had done with Randeep Hooda, I'm also doing a web show. There are three films that I shot last year that are up for release. Also Read: Exclusive video! Sara Ali Khan on her lowest point and how she overcame it

30 March,2023 10:32 AM IST | mumbai | Natasha Coutinho D'souza
Picture Courtesy/Kangana Ranaut's Twitter account

Kangana Ranaut says she's proud of her beauty, but never succumbed to vanity

Actress Kangana Ranaut, who is busy with the post-production work of her period drama film 'Emergency', took to her social media on Wednesday and shared that although she feels proud about her beauty and feels good about herself, she has never fallen prey to the idea of vanity which comes quite naturally in the glamorous world of the movies. The actress took to her Twitter and shared a collage of her pictures ahead of her trip. In the pictures, the 'Gangster' actress can be seen wearing an ethnic attire with her curls. Aaj airport jaate hue traffic bahut mila toh socha thoda apni khubsurati pe itra leti hoon … Kamiyaan mujhse bhi hongi shayad, lekin vanity ko shikaar main kabhi nahi rahi..Aab iss umar mein yeh bimari lag jaye toh? — Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) March 29, 2023 She revealed that the selfies in the post are a result of in-traffic boredom. She tweeted, "Aaj airport jaate hue traffic bahut mila toh socha thoda apni khubsurati pe itra leti hoon - Kamiyaan mujhse bhi hongi shayad, lekin vanity ka shikaar main kabhi nahi rahi (Encountered a lot of traffic while on my way to the airport today. So, I thought why not feel proud about my beauty. I may not be perfect but I never fell prey to vanity)". However, she left her post open-ended as she posed a question in her tweet, "Aab iss umar mein yeh bimari lag jaye toh (But, what if the contagion of vanity gets me)" Also Read: Have you heard? Guess who had the last laugh?  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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

30 March,2023 10:07 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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Adipurush: Makers drop new poster of Prabhas, Kriti Sanon's mythological drama

Pan India superstar, Prabhas and Bollywood actor Kriti Sanon's upcoming mythological magnum opus, 'Adipurush', is one of the most much-talked-about movies which has been highly awaited since it was announced.  Since the first look of Prabhas as Lord Ram was unveiled, cinema aficionados and die-hard fans of Prabhas from up North to down South have been gushing over the movie, which promises to be a typical 'Prabhas-style' larger than life entertainer. While fans eagerly await the official trailer of the Prabhas-starrer mythological drama, the makers, along with director Om Raut and the lead pair of the film, gave everybody a delightful surprise by dropping a new poster of 'Adipurush.' On Thursday, on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami, both Kriti and Prabhas took to their respective Instagram handles and shared a new poster of 'Adipurush' featuring Prabhas as Raghav, Kriti Sanon as Janaki, Sunny Singh as Shesh, and Devdatta Nage bowing down to them as Bajrang.  While sharing the glorious poster, Prabhas and Kriti wrote, "Mantron se badhke tera naam. Jai Shri Ram".            View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Prabhas (@actorprabhas) The film – Adipurush, is an on-screen adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana that aims to carry forward the virtue of Lord Rama and righteously celebrates the victory of good over evil.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Kriti (@kritisanon) The new poster of 'Adipurush' which reflects the top three principles of Lord Rama namely dharma, courage and sacrifice, has taken the internet by storm. Right from Twitter to Instagram, the new poster of 'Adipurush' is making waves on all the social media platforms since morning.  Touted as the next pan-India blockbuster, the latest poster of 'Adipurush' has been released in three different languages -- Hindi, English and Telugu. Also Read: Kriti Sanon and Prabhas to get engaged? Here's the truth The movie was earlier scheduled to release in January this year. However, after getting trolled over poor-quality VFX and CGI, the release date was pushed back further. Besides Prabhas, Kriti Sanon, Sunny Singh and Devdatta Nage, 'Adipurush' also stars Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan as the lead antagonist --Ravana.  Directed by Om Raut, and produced by Bhushan Kumar, 'Adipurush' will hit theatres on June 16 in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. 

30 March,2023 09:00 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Kajol. Pic/AFP

Kajol calls her husband Ajay Devgn's film 'Bholaa' 'full paisa vasool'

Kajol has heaped praise on her husband, actor Ajay Devgn's upcoming release 'Bholaa'. On Wednesday, Kajol attended the special screening of 'Bholaa'. After watching the film, she took to Instagram story and shared her review. She wrote, "Must must must watch. Full paisa vasool. Ajay, I was clapping and cheering throughout. #Bholaa releasing tomorrow in 3D." 'Bholaa' is an official Hindi remake of the Tamil hit 'Kaithi'. It has been styled as the story of a "one-man army, set in one night, fighting a multitude of enemies in various forms, human and otherwise." The original film revolved around an ex-convict, who decides to meet his daughter for the first time after being released from prison but gets caught in a face-off between police and the drug mafia. Also Read: Ajay Devgn's 'Maidaan' teaser to be attached with 'Bholaa' Bholaa marks Ajay's fourth directorial film after 'U, Me aur Hum' in 2008, 'Shivaay' in 2016, and 'Runwav 34' in 2022. The film also stars Deepak Dobriyal, Sanjay Mishra, Vineet Kumar, Gajraj Rao and Tabu in pivotal roles and is all set to hit the theatres on March 30, 2023.  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/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

30 March,2023 08:35 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Have you heard? Guess who had the last laugh? 

Guess who had the last laugh?  Have you ever found yourself correcting someone, only to be told that you’re, in fact, wrong? Priyanka Chopra Jonas found herself in a similar situation when she corrected American podcast host, Dax Shepard for calling the Oscar-winning film RRR a Bollywood film. Wise move, except for the fact that while correcting him, she called the Telugu offering “a Tamil film”. A harmless gaffe, perhaps? But it hasn’t gone down well with movie-goers who criticised the actor for her lackadaisical response. Some fans thanked her for supporting RRR during its Oscar-race, but expressed disappointment over her comment. Others were not as forgiving. “What a clown. She even hosted a pre-Oscars party for team RRR but doesn’t remember its original language,” wrote another. On home turf, Chopra is set to feature in Jee Le Zaraa. 12 down: Jhakaas Anil Kapoor has featured in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Best remembered on international turf for his portrayal of Prem Kumar, the host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, in Slumdog Millionaire, Kapoor’s name was used in the puzzle with the clue: Kapoor of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’. The actor, who last featured in The Night Manager, will be seen in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s film, Animal with Ranbir Kapoor and in Siddharth Anand’s Fighter, with Hrithik Roshan. Big Bang, but late dhamaka Do you recall how Friends, the best-performing show of the ’90s, found itself facing criticism as society became sensitised towards the needs of the LGBTQiA+ community? While young fans were upset about several comments made by the protagonists, millennials, who’ve grown up on the show, highlighted that criticising the show that was made before society had evolved to fully comprehend its actions, was futile. In the latest news, as certain celebrities and politicians raised objections over the words used for Madhuri Dixit-Nene in The Big Bang Theory, fans of the show find themselves in a similar predicament. Highlighting that it was futile to criticise an episode that aired in 2008, social media users said the case should have been filed against the writers at the time, instead of targeting the streaming platform, Netflix.  Several users also highlighted that given that the depiction of Indians in several other shows from the era was also problematic, singling this show out was not appropriate.  Coming home US-based Indian actor Freida Pinto is set to visit Mumbai after three years. She will be in the city, on invitation, to attend a special fashion showcase. Talking about the show that is dedicated to India, she says: “It’s an association I cannot afford to not get behind. This has already been an incredible year for India in the field of arts and sports, and so, it’s only fair that we add fashion to the list too.” Pinto is currently prepping for The Henna Artist, based on Alka Joshi’s best-selling novel of the same name. The book follows a woman who escapes from an abusive marriage, makes her way to Jaipur, and becomes a sought-after henna artiste — and confidante — to wealthy women. Visual treat Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty will be seen sharing screen space with his actor-son, Namashi Chakraborty in a new track, Janabe Ali, from Bad Boy. The party number sees the duo on the silver screen together for the first time. The song has been sung, penned and composed by Himesh Reshammiya, and also features debutante actor, Amrin. Helmed by Rajkumar Santoshi, Bad Boy also stars Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, Darshan Jariwala and Saswata Chatterjee in pivotal roles. It is scheduled to release theatrically on April 28. Meanwhile, Mithun is reportedly set to feature in the Bangladeshi father-daughter drama, Hero. In support Meanwhile, celebrating Priyanka Chopra’s success on international shores, and for her ability to bring glory to India, Apurva Asrani took to social media to offer support. “Finally Priyanka Chopra reveals what everyone knew, but didn’t say a word [about]. Not the liberals, not the feminists. They hail those that ostracised her, celebrate the kings that tried to destroy her. It is a massive win that she didn’t end up like Parveen Babi or Sushant Singh Rajput,” he shared, referring to the late actors. Speaking of her move to Hollywood, Chopra said that she was being “pushed into a corner” in Bollywood. “I was tired of the politics,” she said.  No home for nepo kids too? Musician Amaal Malik has backed Priyanka Chopra’s claims by revealing that he has also suffered due to the industry politics prevalent in Bollywood. “It’s something I face on a daily basis. For fans asking me why I don’t do as many Bollywood films, now you know. The truth about camps, boot-licking and power play within Bollywood needs to come to the fore,” shared Daboo Malik’s son. Revealing the reasons behind his absence from Bollywood, he said he refuses to “suck up to power,” and is “not part of any” camp.

30 March,2023 07:30 AM IST | Mumbai | The Hitlist Team
Akshay Oberoi

Akshay Oberoi enjoys the best of both worlds

Every actor looks forward to the combination of an exciting role and an encouraging director, when starting a project. Akshay Oberoi feels lucky he found it in his upcoming release, Gaslight, starring Sara Ali Khan, Vikrant Massey and Chitrangda Singh. Oberoi heaps praise on director Pavan Kirpalani, stating that joining creative forces with him has been his biggest take-away from the film. “Pavan knows his script inside out. He knows exactly the shot he is looking for, yet he is open to the magic of the moment. So, when something goes [off-script], you realise, this is actually good. It’s a happy accident. Often, Pavan would say to me, ‘Okay, I got the shot I wanted. Now, surprise me.’ As actors, you are always looking to impress your director,” shares the actor. Also Read: Akshay Oberoi calls 'Gaslight' co-star Sara Ali Khan as 'bundle of energy The Disney+ Hotstar murder mystery revolves around Khan’s character, who returns to her family estate only to find that her father has gone missing. Oberoi says his co-stars were the cherry on top. While Khan was the live-wire on the set, he credits Singh for letting him shine. “Sara keeps everyone awake; she brings a wonderful energy to the set. I felt Chitrangda made me a better actor. There was an immediate sense of trust and comfort [between us].”

30 March,2023 07:20 AM IST | Mumbai | Priyanka Sharma
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