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Pooja Hegde: I love the South Industry & Have a lot of respect for it

Actress Pooja Hegde
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New Delhi, Sep 28 : She already gave a blockbuster in the southern industry before getting her big break in Bollywood with magnum opus “Mohenjo Daro”. Actress Pooja Hegde says that she enjoys shooting down South as she feels that the people there are very welcoming to outsiders and newcomers.

“I love the South Industry and have a lot of respect for it. I started from there, they are very welcoming to outsiders and newcomers. It has been treating me really well. My fan base is increasing and more than anything I really enjoy shooting,” Pooja told IANS in an interview.

The actress says that both Bollywood and the southern industry have the same functioning.

“It’s just the language that changes,” she said.

“I have enjoyed shooting down South and I will of course like to continue to shoot in both South and Hindi cinema. Right now my priority is doing good films and be continuously working. For me South is something special, there is a thrill of being in a big set, creating something new, which I am currently actually doing in South right now,” added Pooja who is hopeful of doing romantic Hindi films soon.

“There is a lot more that I want to do, try new things. I am dying to do a sweet romantic comedy, a sweet love story,” she said.

Pooja , who mostly played the girl-next-door in her Telugu films, was seen in a glamorous avtaar in “DJ”. In Ashutosh Gowariker’s directorial film “Mohenjo Daro”, she was seen playing the role of Channi.

Asked if she got a smooth break in Bollywood, the actress said: “I would never say my journey has been smooth, it’s been a roller coaster ride.”

“There have been ups and downs, but its definitely been exciting as a person who is not from the industry to get a film opposite Hrithik and have a director like Ashutosh Gowariker. It was a dream debut. Somewhere I do feel that I am blessed that I have come this far. But I have a long way to go and a lot more to prove,” she said.

Talking about her other associations, she has been roped in as the brand ambassador of Hindustan Unilever’ s new skincare brand Citra — a brand that has carefully created products using ingredients like the Korean Pink Pearl and the Japanese Green Tea over the last three decades.

When it comes to her own beauty regime, Pooja says that “one of the fundamental things is that you should never sleep with make up on.”

“No matter how tired I am, I always remove my makeup and make sure I wash my face well with a good facewash. We have to be very conscious about using good skincare ingredients like Japanese Green Tea, especially since we live in polluted cities, so we need to ensure that our pores are clean and it gives the skin time to breathe,” she said.

She also says that post the limelight, she has become more conscious about skincare routine.

“I feel in India, a lot of us ignore skincare routines, which is very important. I think post joining the industry, I am more aware of the need for a healthy glowing skin. I make an extra effort to moisturse my skin, pamper it and treat it very well,” she said.(ians)

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Manoj Bajpayee is an amazing actor and a team player on set: Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

Actor Sidharth Malhotra
Actor Sidharth Malhotra. Wikimedia Commons

November 7, 2017: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen sharing screen space with Manoj Bajpayee in “Aiyaary”, says the National Award winning actor is amazing and a team player.

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

A user asked the “Student Of The Year” actor about his experience working with Manoj in “Aiyaary”.

Sidharth replied: “He’s an amazing actor and a team player on set.”

“Aiyaary”, set in Delhi, London and Kashmir, revolves around two strong-minded Army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. It is a real-life story based on the relationship between a mentor and a protege.

Presented by Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen), the project is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital.

When asked about the development of the film, Sidharth replied: “Awesome. Excited to show it in a few months.”

Sidharth, 32, also described his “Brothers” co-star Akshay Kumar as his “brother from another mother.”(IANS)

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Padmavati Controversy: Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati

Rajasthan Government will form a committee to Watch Padmavati
Padmavati movie poster. Instagram

Jaipur, November 10, 2017: The Rajasthan government plans to set up a committee to watch Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s forthcoming controversial movie “Padmavati”.

“Modalities in this direction will be worked out soon. The committee will watch the movie and will identify the scenes in the film that may hurt the sentiments of the public,”  Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajasthan government told IANS.

“What has to do after that… Do we have to talk to the filmmaker… It will only be decided after watching the film. Moreover, what we can do on our level will also be decided after the committee watches the film,” Kataria said.

While the Rajasthan government may set up a committee, it is not immediately clear whether Bhansali will screen the movie for it as by law, only the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has the right to certify a movie.

“Padmavati”, which attempts to tell the tale of the valor of Rajputs with the backdrop of the 1303 siege of Chittorgarh, is scheduled to release on December 1.

It is embroiled in controversy over the conjecture that it distorts history by showing a dream romance sequence between Rani Padmini and invader Alauddin Khilji — a claim rubbished by Bhansali.

Still, organizations like Shri Rajput Karni Sena and Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha to go up in arms against the release of the movie, while BJP leaders have been making statements and appeal to stop its release.

“They are trying to defame Padmavati by distorting historical facts. It is not acceptable,” an activist of Karni Sena said.

In the wake of the controversy, even film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing the film in the state.

On his part, Bhansali has clarified that the movie, featuring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, has nothing which can hurt anyone’s sentiments.(IANS)

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Big Boss 11, Day 39, November 9 Highlights: Benafsha Soonawala was sent to jail for pulling Akash Dadlani’s hair

Mehjabi accuses Hina of losing luxury budget task.

Big Boss 11 Highlights
Big Boss 11 Highlights. YouTube
  • Contestants lost the luxury budget task of this week as they broke the rules during the task
  • As a result, prize money of the show turns zero.

Benafsha faces the consequences of pulling Akash Daldalani’s hair which is against Big Boss 11 rules

Big Boss might be going on TRP charts but contestants are not leaving a single day without creating a mess in the house.After the fierce fight of Puneesh and Priyank during which Benafsha pulled Akash’s hair. In last night’s episode, Big boss sent Benafsha to Kaalkothari and nominated her for this week as a punishment for pulling Akash’s hair.

On the other hand, Mehjabi blamed Hina for losing luxury budget task while Hina tells Mehajabi that she will not stoop down to her level in the fight. Arshi Khan points out at Luv’s character and tells Vikas that Luv stares at her chest. Vikas guides Arshi to take stand for herself.

Luv refuses to Arshi’s statement and says he has no interest in her and walks away. As Benafsha was the first name decided by Big Boss to go to jail, Priyank shows his concern towards Benafsha and they both wanted a ‘ Sane person’ to go with her in jail. As a result, Hiten and Hina were the names decided by housemates to go in Kaalkothari with Benafsha.

Stay Tuned for the latest updates of Big Boss 11.