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Game of Thrones cast is as disappointed with season 8 as you are and they are saying it openly

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Like clockwork, a Game of Thrones cast member has publicly expressed their frustration with the final season immediately after a major turning point for their character. Conleth Hill, who played Lord Varys in the hit HBO show, has said that ‘the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite’.

Hill joins the likes of Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie and several other actors who have, to varying degrees, agreed with fans that the final season of the show hasn’t lived up to expectations. Although season eight has received the highest ratings in the show’s history, it is also the worst-reviewed of the lot, with an aggregate score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. Episode five, The Bells, achieved the unenviable distinction of being the worst reviewed chapter in the show’s history.

Varys and Euron Greyjoy were killed in The Bells, and although Hill and Pilou Asbaek (who played Euron in the show) have said that their overall takeaway has been positive, they can’t help but feel that the final season has been a missed opportunity. Asked if he feels his character has been reduced to the sidelines in recent seasons, Hill told Entertainment Weekly, “That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating. As a whole, it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant, but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite.”

He said he felt Varys was ‘losing his knowledge’ in the last few seasons. “If he was such an intelligent man and he had such resources, how come he didn’t know about things? That added to my dismay. It’s now being rectified with getting a great and noble ending. But that was frustrating for a couple seasons.”

Euron, who dies at the hands of Jaime Lannister in episode five, had killed Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Rhaegal in the previous episode. Asbaek told IndieWire that fans could have seen another side to Euron. “I wish we could’ve seen — not the seducing side, not the ‘I want to f–k the queen’ side — but something different. Maybe something [darker], more mysterious. It would have been fun to see that side because it’s closer to the books.”

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne in GoT, expressed similar concerns after episode two, in which Brienne was knighted. Christie had said she was so dismayed by showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss’ decision to send Brienne down a romantic road with Jaime, that she had to take a walk after she read it. “I know it’s just a character and I’m an actor who’s lucky to do her job. It’s so heartbreaking. But it’s life isn’t it? Life is heartbreaking. I never assumed they would be together. I didn’t think that would happen. And now I can feel a million hearts breaking,” she told EW.

Christie wasn’t the only one not on the same page with David and Dan (or D&D as they’re now being called online). Lena Headey has said that she wasn’t at all in favour of Cersei Lannister agreeing to sleep with Euron in episode one. “I kept saying, ‘She wouldn’t, she wouldn’t, that she would keep fighting,’ but (David and Dan) obviously know what they’re doing and were adamant Cersei would do what she had to do.”

Headey also told EW that her reaction to Cersei’s final scene ‘was mixed at first’. “I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody,” she said.

Reacting to how her character was killed off, Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei in the show, told EW, “The one thing I would say is I really had wished that I had more time or scenes this season maybe with Daenerys or even with Cersei, scenes where we get to see her being brilliant before she dies.”

Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, the character who has perhaps witnessed the most drastic change in the final season, told Vanity Fair in an interview that the ending ‘f**cked me up.” She said that “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavour in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…” she couldn’t finish her thought. Episode five confirmed many fans were expecting, and showed Daenerys’ transformation into the Mad Queen.

Jon Snow actor Kit Harington called the season “disappointing” only to backtrack, half-heartedly calling it, “Epic, I dunno.”

Game of Thrones will return for its series finale on Monday, May 20, amid intense fan expectations and scrutiny.

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Shah Rukh Khan embarrassed as Karan Johar-Gauri Khan recreate Kuch Kuch Hota Hai look, Shweta Nanda dresses up as Amitabh Bachchan

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Filmmaker and producer Amritpal Singh Bindra threw a 90s Bollywood-themed birthday bash on Tuesday night, and the biggest names of the film fraternity made their presence felt.

Karan Johar dressed up as Rahul from his debut film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (played by Shah Rukh Khan in the film), with Gauri Khan recreating Tina’s (played by Rani Mukerji) look. Their close friend Kaajal Anand came as Anjali (Kajol’s character). In one of the pictures shared by Karan on Instagram, Shah Rukh, who was left “most embarrassed” by this recreation, is seen photobombing them.

The filmmaker shared pictures from the party on his Instagram account and wrote, “So BREAKING NEWS! We attended our dear friends @bindraamritpal’s 90’s BOLLYWOOD theme bash! So KKHH it was for us! @gaurikhan channelled her inner TINA @putlu channelled ANJALI and me ofcourse had to be RAHUL !!! Don’t miss the most embarrassed @iamsrk photobombing our poster recreation! @kajol #rani.”

Karan Johar recreated the poster of his directorial debut, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Shweta Bachchan Nanda recreated her father Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Jumma Chumma De De’ look from Hum. She was twinning with Sidharth Malhotra, who was seen in the same get-up. “What’s better than 1 TIGER? Two TIGERS !! No one I rather twin with than you @sidmalhotra #jummachummadede,” she captioned a picture of the two of them.

Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Sidharth Malhotra recreated Amitabh Bachchan’s look from Hum.

Janhvi Kapoor wore a yellow chiffon saree to the do and recreated her mother Sridevi’s iconic Chandni look. She shared glimpses from the celebrations on her Instagram story. In the pictures shared by her, she was seen posing with Karan, her Dhadak director Shashank Khaitan and designer Manish Malhotra.

Janhvi Kapoor recreated her mother Sridevi’s look from Chandni.

Angad Bedi and Neha Dhupia came as Raj and Simran from the romantic drama Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. “Thank you @bindraamritpal for the lovely Birthday party. Lots of love from #Raj and #Simran from #ddlj. #dilwaledulhanialejayenge #90sthemeparty @nehadhupia. @sardarsinghvirk thank you @1469original for the outfit,” Angad wrote, sharing pictures of them from the bash.

Angad Bedi and Neha Dhupia came as Raj and Simran from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.

Several other Bollywood stars including Katrina Kaif and Kiara Advani were also at the celebrations.

Manish Malhotra shared pictures of the party on Instagram.

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Arjun Reddy actor Shalini Pandey to make Bollywood debut opposite Ranveer Singh

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Actor Shalini Pandey, who featured in the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy, will make her Bollywood debut opposite Ranveer Singh in Jayeshbhai Jordaar. The film is produced by Yash Raj Films.

Speaking with Hindustan Times, Shalini said about her debut, “I’ve been blessed with this huge chance to show my mettle in the Hindi film industry and I’m incredibly thankful for it. I’m also very fortunate to be sharing screen space with Ranveer Singh who is one of the biggest superstars of our generation and also one of the most versatile actors. I’m thrilled about being paired opposite him and this inspires me to prepare myself thoroughly to deliver the best.”

Producer of Jayeshbhai Jordaar, filmmaker Maneesh Sharma, said the script and vision of the film demanded a fresh face for the role. “Shalini’s audition was so spontaneous and nuanced that we knew immediately that she was the right person for the part. She is an assured actor with a refreshing presence, and we have real confidence in backing her talent. She’s really going to catch your attention in Jayeshbhai Jordaar,” Maneesh said in a statement.

The 25-year-old actor started her career as a theatre actor in Jabalpur before heading to the Telugu film industry. Billed as a humorous entertainer set in Gujarat, Jayeshbhai Jordaar is directed by debutant Divyaang Thakkar and stars Ranveer in the title role.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sister dies at 26 after 8-year battle with cancer: reports

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Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s sister, Syama Tamshi Siddiqui, has died at the age of 26 after battling with cancer for eight years. According to reports, she died at a hospital in Pune.

According to Amar Ujala, the news of Syama’s death was confirmed by the actor’s brother Ayazuddin Siddiqui. He also told the channel that Nawazuddin was in the USA when Syama breathed her last. Her funeral will take place at the actor’s ancestral village in Uttar Pradesh, Budhana, where the entire family is present. The funeral is expected to take place on Sunday.

In a social media post last year, Nawazuddin had revealed that Syama was diagnosed with cancer when she was 18. “My sister ws diagnosed of advanced stage #breastcancer @ 18 bt it ws her will power & courage dat made her stand agnst all d odds she turns 25 2day & still fighting M thankful 2 [email protected] & @Lalehbusheri13 fr motivating her & m rly grateful 2 @resulpSir fr introducng me 2 dem,” he had written.

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