p 10 - The Echo Of India



p 10 - The Echo Of India
The Echo of India Kolkata Wednesday June 29, 2016
Could never do what
Anna Hazare unveils poster of his biopic
Priyanka has done: Kareena
MUMBAI, JUNE 28 /--/
Kareena Kapoor Khan says
having a career in Hollywood like fellow actress
Priyanka Chopra is not feasible for her as her priorities in life are different than
the "Quantico" star. In her
recent interview to fashion
and lifestyle magazine
Vogue, where the actress
has also appeared on the
cover, Kareena said she
does not want to conquer the
world. "My priorities are
very different. I think it's
amazing what Priyanka has
done. But I don't think I
could ever do something
like that. I want to be a married working woman. My responsibilities are a lot more
different than hers. I have a
husband, I would like to
start a family. "I can't give up
everything and move to LA.
That's not me. The kind of
work that these girls have
put in, you need to have that
kind of dedication of wanting to achieve so much and
do it so wonderfully. Also,
maybe I'm lazy. I don't want
to conquer the world but I
don't mind having a little
place of my own. It's as simple as that," she said. The
"Ki & Ka" star, 35, and the
33-year-old former Miss
World shared screen space
in 2004 romantic-thriller
"Aitraaz". (PTI)
MUMBAI, JUNE 28 /--/ Anna Hazare has
launched the official poster of director
Shashank Udapurkar's "Anna", which is
based on his life. While Shashank is playing
the titular role, Kajol's younger sister
Tanisha Mukherji will be seen as a journalist. The poster features Anna waving to his
supporters. "At the age of 25, I had decided
I will serve my country till my last breath.
My age is 79 today but my determination is
same. Nothing is impossible," Hazare told
reporters at the poster launch here. "For the
sake of the society and countr y, someone
has to sacrifice his life. I chose not to get
married and serve for the society. In a way,
I don't have a family but I have so many people (common people), who are my family,"
he said.
Presented by The Rise Pictures Pvt Ltd
and produced by Mahendra Jain, "Anna"
also stars Govind Namdeo, Sharat Saxena
and Kishor Kadam. Hazare said besides his
much-revered anti-corruption fight, "Anna"
also features incidents from his childhood,
something which people are not aware
about. "The makers have included incidents from my childhood as well as what I
have done." When asked if "Anna" will have
someone playing now Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal, who was once Hazare's associate during the fight, the activist said, "I
don't know. I haven't seen the film yet. As it
Sood does a
cameo in
BET Awards celebrate Prince’s Pakistani film
legacy with series of tributes
--/ Musicians Stevie Wonder,
Tori Kelly, The Roots and
Jennifer Hudson honoured
legendary singer Prince
with a series of performances throughout the ceremony. The first tribute to the
singer, who died this April,
came just 35 minutes into
the show, as Dave Chappelle,
wearing shades and a purple
pocket square in his jacket,
took the stage and spoke in
a surprisingly husky voice.
"On April 21, we got that
news, and literally our hearts
were broken, he said as the
camera flashed to Spike Lee
(wearing a knit purple hat
and a gold Prince symbol on
his lapel) and Samuel L
Jackson in the audience. "I
was 11 years old when 'Purple Rain' came out, and by
the time I was 20, Prince had
changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol. We
miss him dearly. And tonight
we celebrate the rich legacy
of this remarkable genius,
who we are all so proud of."
The show then introduced
his "old friends" the Roots and
their longtime friends and
collaborators Erykah Badu
and Bilal.
First up was Badu -wearing a black beret, a
white fake fur stole, leather
pants and what seemed to be
a giant purple paper arm
corsage -- doing a flawless
version of "The Ballad of
Dorothy Parker" from 1987's
classic "Sign O' the Times" LP.
Bilal, who goes so far back
with the Roots and Prince
tributes that he performed
with them at one at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music
in 1999, was next with Purple
Rain s "The Beautiful Ones".
The next tribute saw Wonder
and Kelly teaming up for the
Prince/Apollonia duet from
"Purple Rain", "Take Me With
U". The pair played the song
fairly straight, with Wonder
(wearing a checkered purple
and silver jacket) taking the
lead while Kelly, clad in a
pair of semi-transparent glittery high-waisted purple
pants that were a Prince tribute on their own, brought a
welcome heft to the high
notes. At the song's end, Wonder moved over to a conventional synthesiz er, Kelly
picked up a guitar, and Hudson soberly entered from
stage right as the opening
chords of "Purple Rain" rang
out. Roots guitarist Kirk
Douglas, whose guitar Prince
borrowed and broke on
Jimmy Fallon in 2013, joined
her at the front of the stage.
It was followed by Maxwell's
performance on "Lake by the
Ocean", the single from his
segued suddenly into
Prince's "Nothing Compares
2U". Next up was Janelle
Monae, whose classic style
lent itself well to a medley
that started with "Delirious,"
from 1999, before segueing
into "Kiss. (PTI)
MUMBAI, JUNE 28 /--/ Actor Sonu Sood will be seen in
a cameo in Pakistani film
"Ishq Positive". Sonu will be
seen in the romantic-comedy
film, which also features Wali
Hamid Ali, who is also a
singer from the band "Raga
Boys". "I am good friends
with Wali. I did 'Ishq Positive'
for our friendship," Sonu told
PTI. The "Dabangg" villain
will be making a brief appearance in the film."It's a
cameo. I am playing myself
in the film. I have my natural
look in the film. We shot in
Mumbai," he added. Besides
acting in Bollywood and
Tamil and Telugu films, it
seems Sonu wants to spread
his wings. He will be seen in
an Indo-Chinese film with
actor Jackie Chan. Pakistani
actors like Ali Zafar, Fawad
Khan, Mahira Khan, Imran
Abbas and Mawra Hocane
are working in Bollywood.
MUMBAI, JUNE 28 /--/ Actor Vivek Oberoi will be featuring in a commercial on "No Smoking" in his bid to discourage
people from smoking. Vivek will be producing and acting in
the commercial on "No Smoking", which will be released across
various social media platforms. He is also hoping to have it (commercial) run across various cinema halls. "I cannot stress enough
on the importance of keeping away from tobacco and smoking as the damage it causes in the long run is irreversible. I have
been working with the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA)
for several years now as well and I am taking the thought and
no-tobacco campaign forward with this commercial," Vivek said
in a statement here. The "Shootout at Lokhandwala" actor has
pioneered several No Tobacco campaigns. (PTI)
I feel proud of
Deepika: Anushka
is there is nothing much between him and
me. "My road is of struggle and I will continue to follow that path for my country. I focus on my work," he said. Hazare started a
hunger strike in April 2011 to exert pressure on the Indian government for Jan
Lokpal Bill, an ombudsman with the power
to deal with corruption in public places.
The activist said he is ready to protest
again if the Lokpal Bill doesn't get passed
in the near future. "If the Lokpal bill doesn't
happen then again I will head to Ramlila
Maidan," he said. (PTI)
B-wood actors deserve more
on global stage: Priyanka
MADRID, JUNE 28 /--/
Priyanka Chopra may have
made a mark for herself on
the international platform
with American TV show
"Quantico" and upcoming
film "Baywatch", but the actress feels Indian actors deserve a lot more than what
they get from the world. The
33-year-old "Mary Kom" star
said when an actor from India goes to work in the west,
he or she often suffers at the
hands of stereotyping. "It is
difficult to go to another
country and do things. I
want to thanks all my fans
for being so supportive. We
get just one per cent of what
Indian actors deserve from
the world. We shouldn't be
boxed in a certain kind of
role," Priyanka said during
her acceptance speech at
the IIFA awards. The actress
received two awards at the
ceremony best supporting
actress and woman of the
year. Priyanka said she is
extremely proud of being a
part to the Hindi film industry and thanked all her directors for mentoring her so
well that today she can
stand her ground internationally. "We are from one of
the most prolific film industries from the world and I
stand my ground no matter
where I go. I thank every director who I have worked
with in these 13-15 years.
Demi Lovato opens up about
addiction, eating battles
Vivek Oberoi to be seen in
‘No Smoking’ commercial
LOS ANGELES, JUNE 28 /--/ Singer Demi
Lovato opened up about her struggle with
drugs and alcohol addictions as well as her
bipolar disorder and eating disorder. The
"Heart Attack" hitmaker, who underwent
rehab in 2010, at age 18, said she did not believe she would make it to age 21, reported
E! online. "I lived fast and I was going to die
young. I didn't think I would make it to 21.
And I thought, 'Oh great, now the world thinks
I'm just another stereotype.' "I thought, 'I'm
not in treatment for a drug and alcohol problem. But once I started eating again, the other
issues got worse. It was like whack-a-mole.',"
Lovato, 23, said. Even after leaving the rehab,
the songtress said that she continued to attend AA meetings to stay on track. Talking
about her eating disorder, which began when
she was just a toddler, Lovato said, "Even
though I was 2 or 3 years old. Being around
somebody who was 80 pounds and had an
active eating disorder...It's hard not to grow
up like that."
Her mother, a former Dallas Cowboys
cheerleader, and her grandmother had both
struggled with bulimia. However, the singer
tried to raise awareness for body acceptance
recently and she managed to inspire her fans
to overcome their struggles. "When I have
meet-and-greets, I can't tell you the amount
of times that girls will show me their arms
covered in scars or cuts. They'll tell me, 'You
helped me get through this. Because of you,
I stopped self-harming,' or 'I got sober.' Hearing
those things gave my life new meaning," she
said. (PTI)
MUMBAI, JUNE 28 /--/
Anushka Sharma may not
have any plan to try her luck
in Hollywood, but the actress says she is proud of the
work her contemporaries
Priyanka Chopra and
Deepika Padukone are doing in the West. The 28-yearold actress, who has worked
with Priyanka in "Dil
Dhadakne Do," said she is
happy with her achievements. "It's great that both
Deepika and Priyanka are
doing good work there.
Priyanka has achieved so
much, she is a known name
there. I feel proud of them,"
Anushka said in an interview. The "NH10" star
doesn't have any such
dreams and will take things
as they come. "There is nothing like a dream as such (doing Hollywood films). I have
never planned things in
life, I believe in living life or
doing things to the moment.
"I have never planned my
career here in Bollywood, so
planning to do Hollywood
films is a distant thing. You
have to see how things come.
There is no active work towards getting there (to
West)," she said. Anushka
will next be seen in Ali
Abbas Zafar-directed "Sultan", which stars Salman
Khan in the lead role. The
YRF project will hit the
theaters this Eid. The actress is currently working
on her next production venture "Phillauri". The movie
also stars Punjabi superstar
Diljit Dosanjh, who recently
made his Bollywood debut
with "Udta Punjab". (PTI)
Barely Famous'
updates new
episode post Orlando shooting
--/ In wake of Orlando massacre, VH1 has retitled a season two episode of the
American reality show
"Barely Famous". The episode, which airs on June 29,
was originally titled "What
Happens in Orlando..." was
filmed months ago, it chronicles the Foster sisters' exploits as they go to Orlando
for vacation and visit Universal Studios, reported Entertainment Weekly."Out of
respect for the tragic events
that took place in Orlando,
we have retitled season two's
episode two that was shot
back in February and
slightly edited its content,"
the network said in a statement. In addition, the title
change to "Vacation Episode," a scene featuring the
frisking of an elderly
woman has been cut. TNT
recently pushed the Season
3 premiere of TNT's drama
"The Last Ship," originally
scheduled for the night after
the Orlando shooting. It contained a scene involving a
shooting at a Vietnamese
nightclub. On June 12 a gunman attacked at the Pulse
gay nightclub in Orlando,
Florida that left 49 dead and
53 wounded, making it the
deadliest mass shooting
ever in the United States.
Nana Patekar is inspiring: Ali
MUMBAI, JUNE 28 /--/
Ali Fazal says he is inspired by noted actor
Nana Patekar's determination to fight for the
cause of farmers. Nana
has been carrying out
various initiatives and
has also donated money
to help stop farmers' suicides
Maharashtra. Ali, who
shares screen space with
Nana in "Tadka", says he
talks to the "Welcome"
star about these issues
and is in awe of the way
he has pulled the initiative beautifully. "I am
very much inspired by
him. We sit together for
sponsibility of celebrities
to shed light on important social issues, either
through their off-screen
work or films. The 29year-old actor, however,
feels people should not
confuse between what an
artist does in films and
off-screen. "Yes at some
level, actors should also
come forward and take
the responsibility. Being
a part of the society as
well as (being) celebrities,
this becomes their responsibility to contribute
towards it in any manner." "Having said that
you should also not
blame an actor if you see
hours on the sets and
have already been battling ideas. I talk to him
about his initiative all
the time," Ali told PTI.
"He has done a great job
and it's unreal how he
has pulled the whole initiative so beautifully," the
young actor said. The
"Fukrey" star participated in 'Say No To
Drugs' run organised by
Femina in associa tion
with Narcotics Control
Bureau and Mumbai Police on the International
Day against Drug Abuse
and Illicit Trafficking
Ali said it is the re-
them on screen and depicting something," Ali
said. The "Bobby Jasoos"
actor says Bollywood has
often been called out for
spreading "menace" in
the society but if looked
from another perspective,
it can also bring about a
change through movies.
" U n f o r t u n a t e l y,
Bollywood movies are
also blamed to bring menace to the society. But it's
the way you see it. We can
bring change, we can
bring education as well
and we already have seen
big changes in the society
in the past few years," Ali
added. (PTI)
I am a perfectionist: Melissa
LONDON, JUNE 28 /--/
McCarthy says she is a
perfectionist and cannot
stop pointing out things
until they are the way she
wants them to be. The 45year-old "Spy" star can't
get over her desire to
make everything look
perfect be it acting, writing or running her plussized clothing line, reported Female Fir st.
"Hopefully I am good at
being a boss.
I think I expect a lot
from people but I also
have a lot of amazing people around me that are
always surprising me
and pushing my expectations. I think we all push
each other pretty hard. "I
think I am lucky enough
to be surrounded by people that aren't like, oh,
that's good enough. None
of us think that way.
Whether it be in my clothing line, or if I am writing
or even if I am acting,"
McCarthy said. The
"Bridesmaids" actress
believes in constant reevaluation. "I have a constant need to re-evaluate.
I am always a fiddler and
I keep thinking I like this,
could I love it? I can't stop
picking at it" she added.