10 times Deepika Padukone’s enviable bod got us to hit the gym


Here’s looking at Deepika Padukone’s hottest workout pics…
Manish Mishra (DNA; February 4, 2017)

Deepika Padukone is the first and last word when it comes to unforgiving, no holds-barred workouts in B-Town. Athleticism is something which comes naturally to the tall and statuesque actress, who was also a state level badminton player and model. Recently, the Padmavati beauty channelled her inner femme fatale in xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage’s scene where she soars the temperatures soaring as she floated in a sarong.

While prepping for her role as Serena Unger in xXx: Return of Xander Cage, her trainer Yasmin Karachiwala punctuated her workout with different exercise balls -- like Kettlebell Swings and Kettlebell Press -- for sculpted shoulders and slender arms. Nothing surprising here as she kickstarted her glamour journey with a vertical shot of her floating in a pool clad in a gold bikini in the Kingfisher calendar back in the day!

The gym junkie is easily one of the most fit actresses in Bollywood thanks to her washboard abs, toned-legs and a hardcore workout regimen. One look at her Instagram or YouTube workout videos and one’s likely to hit the gym harder. She does weight training, SwissBall crunches and leg raises with aplomb. Thanks to that enviable hot bod, she can just rock any outfit under the sun — from a sari to a bodysuit.

The actress has trained with celebrity gym trainer Yasmin and also likes to spend time on Pilates and free-hand exercises. The actress likes to do her yoga daily in the morning and likes going for long walks. Yasmin introduced Deepika to pilates and stretching exercises which further toned her body.

She also loves dancing and if she is not in the mood to hit the gym she dances to maintain her toned body. A lot of stretching before and after her workout adds to her fitness routine.

The leggy beauty likes to kickstart her day with a heartwarming breakie, usually two egg whites and a glass of low-fat milk. She has grilled fish for lunch to avoid extra fat, with vegetables on the side. For dinner, Deepika skips

rice and has dal-roti-sabzi instead. She likes to stay hydrated with water and coconut water, and eats fresh fruits every two hours, as recommended by her dietitian.

Not surprisingly, junk food is a complete no-no for the beauty. Here’s looking at some of her OMG-inducing workout snapshots...

Will Akshay Kumar-starrer Jolly LLB 2 make it this Friday?

Akshay  Kumar in Jolly LLB 2
Court-appointed panel watches Jolly LLB 2; to submit report on film's fate on Monday
Vinay Dalvi (MID-DAY; February 4, 2017)

Uncertainty looms over the scheduled release of Akshay Kumar-starrer Jolly LLB 2 this Friday. In a setback to the makers, the Supreme Court has asked them to first approach the Bombay High Court where a petition against the film was filed for allegedly showing the legal profession in poor light.

Advocate Ajay Waghmare filed the petition, referring to certain scenes in the courtroom drama's trailer, and demanded that the word 'LLB' be dropped from the title. The HC then ordered the formation of a three-member panel to look into the matter. Fearing a stay on the release, the makers directly moved the apex court for relief.

Last week, the Aurangabad bench of the High Court had observed that based on the trailer and photos, the movie did seem contemptuous towards the court, but no decision could be taken until the context was clarified.

The producers, Fox Star Studios, were directed to hold a screening on Wednesday for the panel so that it could give its report by Friday.

However, Fox approached the Supreme Court, challenging the HC's move since they had already secured certification from the Censor Board, and the matter was scheduled to come up for hearing yesterday. Senior counsel Kapil Sibal appearing for the studio argued that the movie did not have anything against lawyers or courts of law.

They also expressed interest in showing the film to the apex court, but the judged refused the offer.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court, asked the producers to first argue its case before the Bombay High Court on February 6 and then come back to it the next day.

"If you think as per law you cannot show the movie to the panel, why don't you argue the same before the Bombay High Court," asked Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The SC bench also said that the HC will decide on all pleas while it will give an ear to the matter only if the need arises. The hearing will take place on February 7.

Giving in to the pressure, the producers yesterday showed the film to the panel, which is expected to submit its report to the High Court on Monday.

Despite repeated attempts, the producers remained unavailable for comment at the time of going to press. A source from the production team informs that the makers will take a call on the release date following clarity from the High Court.

Objection, milord
- Petitioner filed with Bombay High Court over certain scenes in film — advocates playing cards and dancing in court premises, lead character (Akshay Kumar) jumping on the table before a sitting judge, etc.
- HC orders formation of three-member panel to watch film and give its verdict.
- Makers challenge move in Supreme Court, ask why film must be shown to the panel when Censor Board has already certified it.
- SC tells makers to argue case before HC first and then come back for a hearing.
- Worried producers show film to panel yesterday, wait for report on Monday.

Shocking: When Ranbir Kapoor-Katrina Kaif forcibly cut Anurag Basu's hair


Rachana Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2017)

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif apparently spent quality time together on the sets of their long-inthe-making film with director, and co-producer Anurag Basu. Nope, we're not talking about the time the former lovers spent shooting their last few scenes for the detective musical. According to eyewitnesses, the exes bonded over forcibly trimming Anurag's hair.

It all happened a few days ago in Mumbai while shooting a set of patchwork scenes with the lead pair. According to a source on the set, Anurag had, in the course of his pranks, given two-three assistants a forced haircut that day. Finally, Ranbir and Katrina decided to chop off Anurag's hair to help the assistants seek revenge for their lost locks.

The source says, “Most assistants run scared of Anurag, so none of them mustered the courage to touch his hair. Instead, they approached Ranbir and he agreed. Katrina and he ganged up, and waited till the sun went down. Then they forcibly made Anurag sit on a chair, picked up a trimmer and took turns in chopping his hair. Since the cuts were quite random, Anurag's hair looks quite odd now. He doesn't have an option but to wait till the hair grows back and then give it a decent cut, hopefully not a forced one this time around.“

Why Shraddha Kapoor broke down on sets of Haseena

Shraddha Kapoor
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; February 4, 2017)

Playing Dawood Ibrahim's sister is no mean feat. And Shraddha Kapoor's meltdown on the set of Haseena Parkar biopic on Thursday probably testifies that.

The actress has been shooting for Apoorva Lakhia's Haseena since the past week, and during an intense scene, she broke down, sobbing uncontrollably.

Says a unit source, "Shraddha got so immersed in the scene that she started wailing. Unit hands were wondering what had happened since her tears didn't stop even when the camera stopped rolling. Apoorva had to halt the shoot for an hour so that she could regain composure."

Shraddha's brother Siddhanth, who plays Dawood, was also part of the scene. "He comforted her and eventually, he too welled up. Normally, Shraddha is able to switch off as soon as the director says 'cut', but this time, she couldn't contain her emotions. Something just triggered the tears," adds the source.

Says director Apoorva Lakhia, "When Shraddha and Siddhanth broke down, the cast was amazed at how close their relationship is. There was pin-drop silence and we cleared the set to give them personal space."

Akshay Kumar teams up with NSD and FTII actors for Jolly LLB 2


Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2017)

While Akshay Kumar has worked with a wide variety of actors, Subhash Kapoor's Jolly LLB 2 will see him with a host of co-stars, who are either the alumni of the National School Of Drama (NSD) or the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).

Besides Annu Kapoor, who plays the senior legal counsel against whom the protagonist fights his biggest case, the film also features Saurabh Shukla, Kumud Mishra, Inaamulhaq, Sunil Palwal, Sayani Gupta and Ram Gopal Bajaj, the ex-director of NSD. And much to Akki's delight, all these senior actors have appreciated his performance.

Annu Kapoor, who has worked with Akshay previously too, says, “He is hard-working and committed. In fact, he is the only contemporary star I have worked with.“

Saurabh Shukla says, “Akshay is observant and he inspired us. I remember, after I delivered a particularly long dialogue, he hugged me saying, 'How do you manage to remember such a long dialogue? I'm so jealous of you'. That was very touching.“

Kumud Mishra, who has previously worked with the star in Airlift, says, “Akshay is a thinking actor. He is very intuitive and he helps his co-actors improvise. He also has a different approach to every subject; Jolly LLB 2 has him perfectly balance humour and intensity.“ Kumud adds, “He has done fantastic work in comedy, but that genre is taken lightly.“

Inaamulhaq, who played the Iraqi general in Airlift, says that Akshay made him comfortable from day one. He says, “He doesn't let a co-actor get influenced by his star aura. He speaks straight from his heart. His tapasya-like discipline is inspiring.“

Sunil Palwal loves the action star's warmth. “There's never a dull moment with him around. When he's not regaling you with anecdotes, he's pulling a trick with cards, pens, and you name it.“

Ram Gopal Bajaj had the toughest scene with Akshay - he was required to slap the hero. “I was so nervous, I told him it's impossible for me to slap him. He comforted me saying that he'll avoid it at the last moment. 'Nahin toh lag jaane do', he told me,“ recalls the veteran.




Judwaa 2's shooting kicks off with a Ganpati song where Varun Dhawan dances barefoot


The Dhawans kicked off the Judwaa sequel amidst revelry and a devotional song
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 4, 2017)

Mirror had informed you earlier (February 2) that the Judwaa sequel with Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu in the lead would take off on Friday. As director David Dhawan had informed us, the original had kicked off with the evergreen Anu Malik composition, “Chalti Hai Kya Nau Se Barah”. David who returns after a three-year hibernation – his last directorial outing was Main Tera Hero that hit the marquee in 2014 and also featured Varun – got started on Part 2 with a Ganpati song picturised on his son who is reviving the twin roles of Prem and Raja. Both father and son were colour coordinated in coral on the sets. “Varun was shooting barefoot all day,” a source from the sets informed Mirror.

Wajid of the Sajid-Wajid composer duo, who have scored the music, told Mirror, "It's the opening song and it introduces Varun's tapori character. We got musicians from Europe to arrange the score. The song will have many surprise elements."

Producer Sajid Nadiadwala was also present on the sets and had a surprise to share. He is set to host a lunch party on Monday that will reunite everyone who had been a part of the 1997 comic caper, which featured Salman Khan, Karisma Kapoor and South actress Ramya. Interestingly, even people who aren’t associated with the industry anymore, are said to be attending.

Meanwhile, Sajid’s wife Wardha and mum Shafaat, along with his sons, Subhan and Sufyan, were also present, so were Varun’s mother, Lali, and his filmmaker brother, Rohit. The song is choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. Sajid-Wajid, Sunil Shetty’s son Ahan, who will make his debut with Sajid’s production, filmmakers Ramesh Taurani and Bhushan Kumar, were also in attendance. Ganesh told Mirror, “The song will be shot over six days. Varun had been rehearsing for the number since a week. It is a typical Ganpati number with full of celebration and a lot of backup dancers.”

It's amazing how most people in this industry act even when the camera is not rolling-Sonu Sood


Rachana Dubey (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2017)

With his muscle power, he can squeeze baddies like lemons. But the beneath the tough exterior, lies an emotional man who can't hold back tears. From being a sidekick in the movies to a go-to character actor and now a producer, Sonu Sood has come a long way. BT had a tete-a-tete with him about his recent release, Kung Fu Yoga, influential showbiz friends and a newfound maturity. Excerpts...

One would have expected you to live in a tony neighbourhood, especially now that you are a producer and a successful actor...
There's a sense of fancy that people attach to our profession. I have larger apartments in some upmarket pockets of the city, but this is the first house I bought. I live here because I feel closer to my parents - they lived here when they were alive. So, nothing matches the sense of attachment I feel for it.

Kung Fu Yoga has hit the screens, finally. Are you relieved?
Very! It was a big feat for my team and me to promote the film, distribute it and make it Jackie Chan's widest release in India. The onus was on the team and me. I was stressed because even as a legend, he was so professional. And when Salman Khan told me, 'Well done, brother', it felt like I had really done something right.

There's a visible sense of achievement...
Many years ago, I boarded an express train to Mumbai on a chaalu ticket. I didn't even have money to make a reservation. But today, I can afford to send a private jet to fetch Jackie Chan to India. Life has come a long way. I wish that my parents were around to see this. To answer your question, yes, there is a sense of achievement that I managed something so big.

Was Jackie Chan intimidating?
I was just happy to see a humble legend sitting next to me. When I was flying to Beijing for the shoot, I watched Police Story on the flight. That was also directed by Stanley Tong with Jackie in the lead. It felt surreal that I was going to work with the same team. In 2007, I'd said in an interview that I wish Jackie works with me...It came true.

Don't you think your humility could be taken for granted?
Maybe. I'm told I'm too humble for my profession. I am supposed to be arrogant, but I can't do that. I can act only when the camera rolls. It's amazing how most people in this industry act even when the camera is not rolling. They act all the time; in fact, they are better actors off the camera. I don't want to get into their shoes.

Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff and even Aamir Khan were reportedly in contention to play Randall. Does that thought make you uncomfortable now?
Not really. I asked Stanley why he had chosen me and he said that he wanted someone without any baggage, someone who would give the film time. He wanted an actor who'd surrender without any question. I remember I hadn't asked a single question when I was offered the film. I had a video call with the team much later.

Apart from Farah Khan and Arbaaz Khan, very few filmmakers have tapped your talent as an actor. Given your equation with them, would you be able to turn down an offer they make?
I work across languages now. In 10 minutes, I can make out if the script works for me or not. Things don't interest me easily anymore. That said, Farah, Arbaaz and even Salman know my potential and will appreciate my frankness if I said no to a role. I had told Arbaaz and Salman that Dabangg 2 doesn't excite me. They took it in the right spirit and stood by me. That's also the case with Farah; she'll not hold it against me if I don't like an offer she makes. They'll understand my point of view because they are my friends.

Does it help to have influential friends in the industry?
I can be assured that I will not be alone in my hour of need. This industry, however, is about survivors, not achievers. It's like holding your breath under water. You let go and you drown. No one else can do that for you, right? I know how to hold my breath till I reach my shore.


Sanjay Dutt parties; keeps his neighbours awake; cops drop by twice in less than 20 days?


Actor has had cops drop by twice in less than 20 days, asking him to keep the decibel levels down
Nazia Sayed (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 4, 2017)

In 2009, Mirror had reported about an irate Pali Hill neighbor of Sanjay Dutt raising hell over loud music during a mata ki chowki that had spilled a little over midnight. The actor had his first run-in with the law after his release from Yerwada jail last February in the 1993 Bombay blast case, when a house party that had cranked up the decibel levels and moved to the terrace, irked the neighbours again.

Now, in the New Year, the 57-year-old actor has set a record of sort by having cops drop by his place twice in less than 20 days, asking him to keep the volume down. “The first incident happened on January 14, the second on Thursday. Around 11.30 pm, they (Dutts) started playing music on their terrace. It was so loud that we couldn’t even sleep. When we called the control room, a lady took down the complaint but then nothing happened. I called again at 1.30 am and was told by the same lady that she had sent the details to Khar police station. I waited for 15 minutes and then called up the police station directly. They promised to help us and that’s when the music was stopped,” informs Dr Amitav Shukla, chairman of the Pali Hill Residents’ Association.

He goes on to add that it was clear that the actor has no regard for his neighbours, especially senior citizens. “We had sent him a warning letter the last time but he has not changed. We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in Pali Hill. The issue will be raised at the next AGM meeting and we have also asked the zonal DCP to take strict action against Sanjay Dutt,” Dr Shukla fumes.

The residents contend that the party was on Dutt’s terrace and Sufi music was blaring till 2 am. Senior Inspector Ramchandra Jadhav of Khar police station told Mirror, “As soon as we got a call, our team rushed to the spot and made sure that the music was turned down. We are looking at what needs to be done further.” Mirror got in touch with Sanjay’s spokesperson but the actor remained unavailable for comment.

I am in the same space with Mugdha Godse as I was when I was married-Rahul Dev


Neha Maheshwri (BOMBAY TIMES; February 4, 2017)

Rahul Dev is happy that life has given him a second chance. The actor, who was forced to take a four-year sabbatical from work and move to Delhi to take care of his son after his wife died of cancer, returned to showbiz only after his son went abroad for further studies.

Fortunately, he didn't have to struggle for work as apart from films, he also bagged reality shows like Power Couple and Bigg Boss 10. Interestingly, Rahul's girlfriend Mugdha Godse stayed away from the limelight during his stay in the Bigg Boss house. “I was averse to the idea of Mugdha making an appearance. The nature of this reality show makes it sensational. I am extremely protective about my personal space and dignity,“ he explains.

Does he plan to settle down? “We are still discovering each other and meet everyday. Mentally, I am in the same space with Mugdha as I was when I was married. I have known her since 2013, but the relationship bettered organically and became purer last year. I feel truly blessed to get a second chance in life, especially in a profession as fickle as acting,“ he answers.

Meanwhile, the actor is all set to test waters in the fiction genre with Dil Boley Oberoi, a spin-off on Ishqbaaz. He will play antagonist Kaali Pratap Thakur, a strong and intense character. “It's a guest appearance, which has been scripted well. I can't devote 20 days a month to a show,“ he says.

Girish Kumar comes out of hiding with his wife Krsna


Actor admits he had kept his marriage under wraps for almost a year
Roshmila Bhattacharya (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 4, 2016)

Girish Kumar Taurani who made his debut as an actor with the Prabhu Dheva-directed love story, Ramaiya Vastavaiya, in 2013, has been missing in action since his last film, Loveshhudha, which released on February 19, 2016. When Mirror caught up with the 28-year-old actor, he was cootchie-cooing with his wife, Krsna. The couple are all set to ring in their first wedding anniversary on February 11.

“Krsna and I were childhood friends and schoolmates. We started dating in our teens and in 2007, realised this was serious and for keeps,” reveals Girish, admitting that he had kept the fact that he was married under wraps for almost a year because his career was still in a nascent stage and he didn’t want it to be affected by the change in his relationship status.

“Krsna was a little apprehensive but she understood my need to safeguard my film’s interests. But now I want share her with the world and declare my love for her officially.” They had a traditional Sindhi wedding in Jodhpur and honeymooned in Europe, travelling through Scotland, London, Ibiza, Barcelona, Nice and Paris.

“I wore a 14 kg lehenga designed by Manish Malhotra for my wedding and Girish couldn’t take his eyes off me. He even made the pandit wait in the mandap so I could drink some coffee since I’d been busy with rituals all day and not found the time to eat anything, These little things are so romantic,” she gushes.

She further revealed that she had been working on her laptop when Girish suddenly he went down on his knee and put a huge ring on her finger. “He hadn’t even showered and proposed to me in a nightsuit.” Girish is quick to add that at least it wasn’t typical.

So, what’s the status quo on his career? Girish insists that his only focus at the moment is acting. “Currently, I’m helping dad (producer Kumar Taurani) with some music for his films but acting remains my only love. I’m fortunate I come from a well-to-do-family and don’t have to worry about my bread and butter. I’m looking for a good script to make my comeback to the screen,” Girish signs off.