Have you heard? Dhoni to produce Nayanthara’s next?


Given that cricket and movies are akin to religion in our country, it is not surprising that the two often meet. Buzz is that former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is foraying into film production with a Tamil project. Apparently, his maiden project will star Nayanthara, who makes her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in director Atlee’s yet-untitled film. Reports are rife that the cricket icon-turned-producer has roped in Sanjay, one of the closest associates from superstar Rajinikanth for the project. Interestingly, this is not the first time that Dhoni’s production plans are in the news. mid-day had reported that he had acquired the rights to a then unpublished mythological sci-fi novel by a debutant author for a web series (MS Dhoni is charting new innings in the entertainment industry, Sept. 30, 2020). 

Batting for animals’ cause

John Abraham wrote a letter to the head honcho of BookMyShow, appealing him to cease all ticket sales of circuses with animal acts. He further requested him to enact a policy promoting animal-free entertainment only. The e-ticketing platform currently sells tickets for a circus against which the Pune city police had filed an FIR recently. The Attack actor and former PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) India Person of The Year, wrote, “When animals are used as entertainment props, these sentient beings are deprived of the lives they were meant to live. They often endure needless pain and suffering.” John concluded, saying, “I hope you will not side with cruelty and will do the right thing by implementing a policy to not promote, sell, or permit the sale of tickets for circuses that use animals.”

Pout like Bebo

Kareena Kapoor Khan, Jaideep Ahlawat and Vijay Verma have begun shooting for Sujoy Ghosh’s next in Kalimpong. The trio, who prepped intensely before taking the film on the floors, have become thick friends. Bebo, who is known for her pout, seems to be teaching Jaideep the fine art too. Sharing a picture with her, he wrote, “So much devotion in learning how to pout from the best and I failed miserably. Day 1 completed together and a long journey ahead with the one and only Bebo — the Gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan.” She re-shared his post commenting, “Getting one of the finest performers to do his toughest performance… the pout! So much to learn from each other.” 

Social media break

After sharing posts online every other day, Shilpa Shetty Kundra has suddenly decided to take a break. The Indian Police Force actor shared an all black image yesterday, saying, “So bored of the monotony, everything looking the same… Going off social media till I find a new avatar.” And we thought her posts were quite interesting. Well, well. 

It’s a girl for Nikitin, Kratika

Nikitin Dheer and Kratika Sengar Dheer welcomed their first child, a girl, last morning. The news of her pregnancy broke last September, when they were vacationing in the Maldives. Since then, the Dheers and the Sengars have been preparing for the new member. Previously, Nikitin had also revealed how Kratika and his mother Anita Dheer were designing the baby room. He had also excitedly spoken about how lucky their child will be to enjoy all the comfort that was not available to them when they were kids. 

Sara’s trekking diaries

Sara Ali Khan loves to travel and whenever she gets time off work, she tries to explore a new place. She has taken off to Kashmir for a holiday and going by her social media posts, is making the most of her indulgence. These days, the Atrangi Re actor is trekking in the picturesque Pahalgam and enjoying every moment of it. Sharing pictures from her trek, she wrote, “Kashmir ki kali… is back to your gully. Now trekking par main chali.” The other night, she also posted a video of preparing dinner. On the work front, Sara has director Laxman Utekar’s untitled film with Vicky Kaushal and Pawan Kirpalani’s Gaslight with Vikrant Massey and Chitrangda Singh. 

Candid revelations

During the promotion for her upcoming film, Dhaakad, on Kapil Sharma’s show, Kangana Ranaut made some startling revelations from the shoot and director Razneesh Ghai. Asked why she opted for an action thriller, the curly-haired actor said, “Being a cinegoer himself, he likes watching female-central spy thrillers. So he made a film like that for his audience.” Kangana added, “We shot in a coal mine and our lungs were filled with soot. It was coming out of our nostrils! Our director shot in the harshest terrains.” She said that the audience, who have mostly watched action thrillers led by men, will now see a woman breaking bones and blazing guns in Dhaakad. 

Hrithik roots for Saba

Ever since they have started dating, Hrithik Roshan and Saba Azad haven’t shied from rooting for each other. Last morning, she shared the news of her new film, Minimum, on social media. Along with a picture of the report about writer-director Rumana Molla’s immigrant Indian drama co-starring Namit Das and Geetanjali Kulkarni, she wrote, “My next with these gems.” While Duggu commented, “Hehe. You gonna kill this. Oui? Oui!” with a wink, Saba replied, “Hehe.. fingers crossed mon amour.” Interestingly, his aunt Kanchan Roshan also reacted to her post. Responding to her comment, “Congratulations, Saba. Lovely,” the actor wrote, “Thank you, chachi.”

Originally published at www.mid-day.com

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