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Alia Bhatt believes in living within a budget, owns houses in Mumbai and London and fancies buying a private jet

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Actor Alia Bhatt saw success rather early in life but comes across as a sensible person. Her financial planning too reflects that attitude. In a new interview with Economic Times’ Panache magazine, she said how she knows how to live within a budget and invests in bonds and mutual funds.

She said that she believed in the merits of living within a budget. She said, “I can live within a budget. I don’t spend that much. My chartered accountant often tells me ‘Why don’t you spend more?’”

Alia also mentioned how even as a teenager she was frugal with her expenses and would accompany her mother and sister for their holidays to London, reportedly the only place they went to as kids. She would often go to a store called Primark (known to be a budget store line across United Kingdom) to buy stuff in 5 to 6 pounds. She still buys her pyjamas from the said store. Speaking matter-of-factly she said, “Even now I buy my pyjamas from Primark. So what? They’re pyjamas. How different can they be?”

Alia also said that she doesn’t understand financial matters. She told the publication that over the years she has tried to understand the subject and revealed that she invests in mutual funds, bonds and FDs. She was quoted as saying, “I still don’t understand investing, but over the years, I’ve become keen to learn more. My home in Mumbai (Juhu, Mumbai) is the first property I bought. I invest in FDs and bonds. Mutual Funds are good, so I’ve been told.”

She does splurge every now and then though, on fancy bags and gym clothes. She said, “The first expensive thing I bought (as a teenager) was with my own money — a Louis Vuitton bag. I splurge most on bags. I love them. And gym clothes. I have every sort of trackpant from Lululemon.”

She also loves spending on holidays. She added, “I also splurge on holidays, but take one holiday a year — a New Year one. I spend on the destination and the hotel. I hate shopping when I’m on holiday.”

Alia wishes to own a private jet and a home in the mountains. “A private jet would be a luxury. I have chartered one before, but not for a holiday. A home in the mountains is a dream. I’ll fulfil it later in life. I had a dream to buy a house in London and I did in 2018. It’s in Covent Garden and my sister lives there part-time.”

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Pankaj Tripathi turns writer amidst COVID-19 lockdown

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Mirzapur actor Pankaj Tripathi has already experimented with his acting skills on different platforms. He has tried everything from TV to films and to OTT platforms. With the country reeling under the Coronavirus pandemic, people are in home quarantine in accordance with the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by PM Modi. Tripathi is also in home quarantine and has found a new way to deal with his boredom.

During the period, the actor is making most of his time with his family. Along with it, the quarantine time has brought out the writer in him.

“Actors are often closely associated with writing, even in the projects that they are just acting in. As artistes, we communicate to the audience what the writer is trying to tell through his body language, his ability to emote on screen,” said Pankaj to a media agency.

“Writing is a creative extension of me and I am not doing it with the motive of writing a screenplay really. I started with penning down my thoughts for the sake of keeping my skills sharpened. Writing and acting are interconnected for me. I am writing to fulfil my own creative quest. Let me see how the finished product turns out and if it is my satisfaction, I will figure what I want to do with it,” he added.

On the acting front, he has films including Ludo and Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl in his kitty.

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Watch | Akshay Kumar visits hospital along with wife Twinkle Khanna amidst Coronavirus lockdown, Read why?

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As the entire planet is facing Coronavirus pandemic, Indian government has called out for a lockdown of 21 days. Mumbai, like every other city in the country, is under lockdown. However, Akshay Kumar and his wife Twinkle Khanna were forced to step out on Sunday morning.

According to Twinkle, the couple made their way to the hospital. Putting a full stop to your imagination, let us tell you that it was not related to Coronavirus.

The actress, on Sunday took to her official Instagram handle to share a video from the couple’s way back from the hospital and revealed she had broken her leg. In the video, Akshay is seen driving his wife back from the hospital with his mask on. He’s wearing a blue shirt and a black cap. Twinkle filmed the scene from inside the car and shared a glimpse of the deserted streets of Mumbai.

“It is 10:31 am on a Sunday morning and the roads are deserted, except for pigeons and crows -these wonderful gifts for us. Here’s my driver all the way from Chandni Chowk (camera moves to a masked Akshay for a bit). We are on our way back from the hospital,” she said in the video.

“Nope! I don’t have the coronavirus. People go to the hospital for many things, including, like me, for being unusually clumsy. So, this Sunday, my husband’s pocket is lighter, our hearts have never been more full and and my foot is bloody broken. A happy Sunday to you as well,” she added.

Sharing the video, Twinkle wrote, “Deserted roads all the way back from the hospital. Please don’t be alarmed, I am not about to kick the bucket because I really can’t kick anything at all.”

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Rajkummar Rao donates to COVID-19 relief funds

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Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao is doing his bit to fight the coronavirus pandemic. He has contributed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relief fund, Chief Minister’s (Maharashtra) relief fund and Zomato Feeding India to help feed families in need.

Rajkummar doesn’t want to reveal the amount, but tweeted on Sunday: “It’s time to stand together & to help our administration in this fight against Coronavirus. I’ve done my bit..Donated to #PMReliefFund #CMReliefFund and to #ZomatoFeedingIndia to help feed families in need. Please support in whatever way you can. Our Nation Needs Us. Jai Hind.”

It’s time to stand together & to help our administration in this fight against Coronavirus. I’ve done my bit..Donated to #PMReliefFund #CMReliefFund and to #ZomatoFeedingIndia to help feed families in need. Please support in whatever way you can. Our Nation Needs Us. Jai Hind❤️

— Rajkummar Rao (@RajkummarRao) March 29, 2020

Some of his followers even praised him for not revealing the amount.

“This is ideal example of charity. Reason behind this charity is pure care. no show off at all….Showing charity amount for publicity is not good. Feeling proud of you @RajkummarRao for your charity work,” one Twitter user wrote.

Another wrote: “Well done rajkummar for not showing how amount u donated hatsoff man.”

Many Bollywood celebrities have come forward to support Modi’s PM CARES fund. Actor Akshay Kumar has announced that he will donate Rs 25 crore to the fund.

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