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Kareena Kapoor Khan on being a judge on Dance India Dance: ‘I do not think I will be very tough’

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Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is making her television debut as a judge on reality show Dance India Dance – Battle of the Champions, has said she always thinks from her heart and that she does not differentiate among mediums when it comes to entertainment.

Asked if she is feeling any pressure about how the audience will accept her real-life personality on TV, Kareena said, “I think all my fans out there who know me or have seen me in films for years, are very well aware of the fact that I am taking all my decisions of my career from the heart. In fact, I use my heart more than my mind. So, my journey as a dance judge will also be thought out from the heart. I do not think I will be very tough. We have to understand that all the participants who are performing on stage, have reached there after crossing a lot of hurdles. So they need that encouragement and support.”

The actress was present at the launch of the show on Thursday along with the other two judges of the show — choreographer Bosco Martis and rapper Raftaar.

She said that in the past five years, she had many TV show offers coming her way. But she didn’t give the nod. Explaining why, she said: “TV has long shooting hours… they work for 12 hours. I cannot work more than 8 hours after (my son) Taimur’s birth. I am a working mother and I always make sure that I have to reach home before his dinner. That evening time is our time. I will not compromise on that. Thankfully, with the ZEE TV and the ‘Dance India Dance’ team, we are working out on that nicely. I can start my day early but I have to reach home before Taimur eats dinner.”

The lines between mediums of entertainment are blurring — whether it is about Amitabh Bachchan hosting a TV show or Saif Ali Khan acting in a web series. Asked if she has any interest in exploring the fiction TV space, she said: “I have absolutely no problem with any medium. It is about the script and the part that I am offered to play in that. For instance, when I was offered ‘Dance India Dance’, I wanted to do that. I am always a performer and in this show, being a judge, I am going to watch it from the other side. This is exciting and that is why I said, ‘Yes, let me try this’.”

Dance India Dance will start in July.

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Erica Fernandes opens up on her 3-year-long relationship

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Putting an end to all rumours of dating her “Kasautii Zindagii Kay” co-star Parth Samthaan, actress Erica Fernandes has revealed that she is not single and has been in a relationship with a person who does not belong to the entertainment industry.

In a live chat on Instagram, Erica opened up about her relationship status.

“I am not single. I am in relationship and he’s not from the industry,” she said.

She also spoke about her bond with her beau.

“It’s been over three years now. We are very good friends. We speak about all kinds of nonsense..he doesn’t like watching me romance any other guy on screen,” Erica quipped.

Not only this, Erica also mentioned how her linking rumours with Parth and her previous co-star Shaheer Sheikh forced her to speak about her love life in public.

“Kahin na kahin toh effect hota hai ..(somewhere it does have an effect) and that’s why I wanted to come out and talk about it,” she added.

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film ‘Dil Bechara’ to release on OTT

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The late Sushant Singh Rajputs last film Dil Bechara will premiere on the OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar, on July 24.

“Sushant was not just the hero of my debut film as a director, but he was a dear friend who stood by me through thick and thin. We had been close right from Kai Po Che to Dil Bechara,” said the film’s director Mukesh Chhabra.

Dil Bechara is the official remake of 2014 Hollywood romantic drama The Fault in our Stars, based on John Green’s popular novel of the same name. Budding actress Sanjana Sanghi stars opposite Sushant in the film.

“He had promised me that he would be in my first film. So many plans were made together, so many dreams were dreamt together but never once did I ever imagine that I would be left alone to release this film. He always showered immense love on me while I was making it and his love will guide us as we release it,” Chhabra added.

The film will see Saif Ali Khan in a cameo. Composer AR Rahman and lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya have collaborated to create music for the project.

Sanjana shared the news on her social media, writing: “A story of love, of hope, and of endless memories. Celebrating our dearest, and the late #SushantSinghRajput ‘s legacy that will be etched in the minds of all and cherished forever.”

Talking about the decision to release it digitally, Uday Shankar, president, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star and Disney India, said: “We are humbled to be able to play a small part in sustaining the legacy of a fine actor like Sushant Singh Rajput. In celebration of his life and his extraordinary work, Dil Bechara will be available to all subscribers and non-subscribers across India.”

Sushant was found hanging at his residence in Mumbai on June 14. He was 34.

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Lauren Gottlieb shares old chat with Sushant Singh Rajput

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Actress and dancer Lauren Gottlieb has shared screenshots of a conversation with late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, in which he opened up on making his place in Bollywood with his “average look and average talent”.

“Today, I finally brought myself to look at my WhatsApp messages with Sushant over the years. I came across one conversation that broke my heart all over again, as it was filled with so much love, kindness, and true support for one another’s dreams!” Lauren wrote along with screenshots of her conversation with the actor.

The conversation happened between the two before the release of Sushant’s hit film “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”.

In the conversation, Lauren shared her aspirations with him where she informs him that she is ready to take big leaps in her career.

As a response, Sushant explained to her that his switch from TV to films was difficult, and credited his survival to his choices. Sushant even goes on to call himself an average looking boy with average talent who made it big only because of his strong prejudice, but Lauren doesn’t agree with him.

Sushant later agrees that he is good and others around him are mediocre, but says he has a long long way to go. He then praises her and calls her talented and passionate.

“If an average looking boy with average talent and strong prejudice can make it, trust me anything is possible,” he told her in 2016.

In her emotional post, Lauren said that she felt a “deep connection” with Sushant.

She wrote: “I felt a deep connection with Sushant as we were both ‘outsiders’ and I looked up to him tremendously! I wanted to share this chat we had to remind everyone to walk, talk, and treat EVERYONE with this great amount of LOVE and SUPPORT as HE shared!!! I’m seeing so much hate going around. I do not want to tell anyone how to grieve, my process this week looked pretty ugly, BUT I think one of the BEST ways to honour his legacy is to BE THE BRIGHT, BEAUTIFUL, LOVING LIGHT that he exuded each and every day. The world is a better place because of Sushant’s humble heart. Let’s keep sharing his magic and be kind to one another.”

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