My relationship with food has evolved over time: Bhumi Pednekar

From gaining 12 kgs for her debut film ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ to losing all the extra pounds for her next film ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ and changing her shape with her each film, actress Bhumi Pednekar is on a long journey with food and healthy diet.

As the actress recently tried her hand at cooking pasta for a digital food show, Bhumi opens up on her best food destination, memories and why her relationship with food is a crucial part of who she is.

Bhumi will appear in the finale episode of ‘You Got Chef’d – Season 3’ that releases on Gobble, the lifestyle channel of Pocket Aces, as well as on YouTube.

Sharing her cooking experience Bhumi told IANS : “Well it was a virtual episode in which I cooked with Chef Ranveer Brar and I must say that even though I thought cooking is such a tough task, if you are guided right, it actually is not! I am not a cook at all, I am a super foodie! But when I started cooking the pasta, of course, the chef guided me, but I ended up making a portion of good pasta.

“I think I am not as bad a cook as I assumed I am. We cooked pasta as the theme of the episode was Italian food memory, it was delicious. Can I say this, that combination of few things could never go wrong, and our pasta was one of such things. We cooked a portion of pasta in butter, garlic, mushroom and asparagus sauce…it was mouthwatering! I must say that pasta is one of the versatile dishes, with so many easy tasty combinations that if you learn to cook one of them, trust me, you could impress all your friends and family with one meal of pasta! I was so excited when eventually I made it..yessss!! (she laughs)”

So, what is Bhumi’s favorite food destination?

“Food destination would be Mexico and Japan. But I am always game for a food trip to Mexico because, in India, we do not get the best variety of Mexican and South American food. When I started travelling internationally and I went to Mexico I was just so in love with their food and culture. Japanese food and pan-Asian cuisine we still get here in India. I love Japanese food too, tasty, flavourful yet so many healthy options one can get with Asian food.”

Asked about narrating her best food memory and Bhumi recalls a story of one of the bylanes of New York.

“New York is one of my favorite cities to travel. Whenever I am there, I take long walks. I love pizza and in New York, every block has a pizzeria. You won’t believe that I am one of them who would go to all the best pizzerias of every block and eat one fresh slice with a different topping! I feel like a child then really and my friends would laugh at such madness. But those toppings are so good, how can I miss them? (laugh)” recalls Bhumi.

Since there is a lot of body transformation Bhumi has gone through and constantly working on herself to look good and stay fit, which is a part of the beauty business, the actress explained how her mind is trained to a healthy lifestyle.

“Initially, for me, it was to do with gaining and losing weight to look in a certain way. But from the time I started my journey as an actress, I realised, our look is a combination of food, exercise and healthy habits that we can sustain for life. For instance, my trainer always focused on core strengthening and increasing metabolism and immunity. I think during the pandemic we all have understood the importance of immunity.

“In my diet, I always maintain a great combination of protein and carbs. Of course, I am guided by experts but I think there is no shortcut that offers a lifelong result, it is always a gradual process. My relationship with food has evolved with time,” Bhumi signed off.

Bhumi has an interesting line-up of films that includes ‘Badhaai Do’, ‘Mr Lele’ and ‘Raksha Bandhan’.

Feel super happy when people do stuff on reels and covers with my song: Badshah

Badshah has released his new song ‘Baawla’ which is a dance number and the artist says how he feels excited to see his fans are doing inspiring content based on his music on social media.

Created by Badshah and Uchana Amit, written by Badshah, with music by the rapper and Aditya Dev and featuring Samreen Kaur, Baawla is a dance ride that hits the music scene.

Talking about the song Badshah said, “Baawla aligns with my vision to give listeners music that has its roots in our traditions. Nothing makes me happier than having people do inspiring stuff with my creations on reels and covers. I feel loved and fortunate to be able to do what I do. I hope Baawla will be the groovy dance number of the listeners’ good times.”

The song ‘Baawla’ is streaming on all digital platforms.

Kirti Kulhari on ‘Human’ role: It’s a new representation of me

Actress Kirti Kulhari is all set for the release of her upcoming web-series “Human”. She says it is a new representation of her in more ways than one.

“‘Human’ is a medical drama. It is based on human trials. It has Shefali Shah and me. I am playing a doctor,” Kirti told IANS.

The series is an emotional drama about the underbelly of human drug testing and the world of medical scams. The web-series also stars Ram Kapoor and Seema Biswas. “Human” is co-directed by Vipul Amrutlal Shah along with Mozez Singh.

Talking about the show, she said: “It is treated like a thriller and very interesting. I had a blast doing this. I can’t wait for it to be out and for everyone to watch it. It is a new representation of me in more ways than one. It has been an amazing experience.”

“Human” will be released on Disney+ Hotstar.

Ana de Armas starrer Marilyn Monroe biopic to release in 2022

Ana de Armas-starrer “Blonde”, which is a fictionalised telling of Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe’s life will now release in 2022.

Directed by Andrew Dominik, who also adapted the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, “Blonde” was one of the year’s most anticipated films by industry insiders and consumers, reports variety.com.

A specific release date in 2022 has not been set yet and is slated it to release on Netflix.

In development since 2010, actresses like Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts were once attached to the project.

Cuban actor de Armas has been a rising star in Hollywood for the past few years with memorable roles in “Blade Runner 2049” and “Knives Out,” for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

The film will also star Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, Emmy nominee Julianne Nicholson and Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale.

Netflix has an avalanche of projects waiting in the wings for awards consideration, many of which are undated but expected to drop in the calendar year.

It includes the directorial debuts of Halle Berry titled “Bruised”, Rebecca Hall’s “Passing”, Jeymes Samuel’s “The Harder They Fall” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Tick, Tick Boom!”, among many others.

“Blonde” is produced by Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Tracey London, Brad Pitt and Scott Robertson.

Shikha Talsania marks Marathi debut with ‘Shantit Kranti’

Actress Shikha Talsania, who shot to fame with her work in movies such as “Veere Di Wedding”, “Wake Up Sid” and “Coolie No.1”, is all set to mark her Marathi debut with “Shantit Kranti”.

“Shooting for ‘Shantit Kranti’ has been a great learning and a heart-warming experience. Marathi was a new language for me and learning it and performing had its own challenges but it was all worth it and made very easy by a supportive team,” Shikha said.

The actress will be seen playing a Yoga practitioner. “Shantit Kranti” is directed by Sarang Sathaye and Paula McGlynn.

“Right from my directors, co-actors and everyone else who had faith in me, I’ve succeeded in now fluently speaking the language. A shoutout to the best coach, Chetan who is also one of the writers of the show, he was extremely patient and very encouraging,” she added.

“Shantit Kranti” will soon be streaming on SonyLIV.

Richa Chadha: Always wanted to work with Tigmanshu Dhulia

Richa Chadha will be seen in the upcoming project “The Six Suspects”, directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. The actress says she has wanted to work with the filmmaker since forever.

Richa, who is all set to impress with her role as an investigative officer in the web series, was elated to have collaborated with Dhulia.

“I have wanted to work with Tigmanshu Dhulia since forever. And this opportunity to work with him is really an opportunity that I wouldn’t have missed. The book from which the show is adapted is so amazing and even the cast is so wonderful,” Richa said.

The actress added: “It’s been great to be working on the show, the shoot is on and I’m playing an investigative officer, my character has so many layers which makes it a very rewarding experience for me to be playing this part”.

The murder mystery series, which also stars Pratik Gandhi, is an adaptation of author Vikas Swarup’s 2008 novel of the same name.

This will be the first time Richa will be seen collaborating with the “Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story” star Pratik.

“The Six Suspects” will stream on Disney+ Hotstar.

Adhyayan Suman says A.R. Rahman ‘a huge inspiration’

Actor-singer Adhyayan Suman released his new single track ‘Jab se Dekha on Wednesday.

Actor Shekhar Suman’s son, Adhyayan, has sung two recreations and one original — “Soniyo 2.0” and “Aaya na tu 2.0′ and “Peg Daariya” in the past.

Talking about the inspiration for his original song, which talks of love and attraction, Adhyayan told IANS: “The inspiration behind my new single is love and attraction. It’s something that all of us have felt at some point of our journeys, we have always met some people and felt attracted when they are strangers, there is always a curiosity to know more about them.”

The actor was last seen in the web series “Aashram” seasons 1 and 2. His co-actor in the series Bobby Deol shared about the track. “The vibe of Adhyayan’s new song ‘Jab se Dekha’ is fantastic. It’s groovy yet strikes the right chord of romance and makes you think of good times. Adhyayan has done a great job with both singing and directing this single,” said Bobby Deol.

Adhyayan, 33, ventured into singing when he wasn’t getting enough opportunities as an actor. He said: “Two things made me venture into singing. One, I was at that point of my life when I was not getting the right opportunities as an actor. While I was wasting my time, I thought I might as well chase my passion for music.”

He added: “The second reason, why singing happened is because I had certain emotions that made me want to sing. I owe a lot of it to the heartbreak that I had in 2014-15. Music is a very emotional thing for me, a way to heal myself.”

The actor-singer is seen opposite debutant Mallaikaa Chheda in ‘Jab se Dekha’. The track is written by Ronit Vinta and composed by Giri G, presented by Eros Now Music.

Adhyayan gets his musical inspiration from stalwart A.R. Rahman. He also draws inspiration from Justin Beiber and Arijit Singh. He shared: “I follow Justin Beiber. His journey inspires me. From being a kid to a superstar, who has this humongous fall in his career, but then he stood up and is doing so well now.”

“A.R. Rahman sir is a huge inspiration. What inspires me, even more, is, how grounded these singers are even after achieving so much in their respective careers,” he added.

The actor shared, he has multiple projects in his kitty like “Trapped”, “Dharamshetra”, “Con Man”, “Inspector Avinash”, “Ranchod”, “Anthony Kalia”, “Jiglo”, “Bakhlol”, “Daisy” and his debut South film “Madrasi Gang”.

“I have about 14 web shows and few films in the pipeline. I really appreciate these times because I know that there was a time when I had nothing in my hand. The last 5-6 years have been tough but after ‘Aashram’ everything has changed, I am just thankful now,” signed off Adhyayan.

Rakul Preet Singh ‘excited’ to join ‘Dr G’ cast in Bhopal

Actress Rakul Preet Singh has landed in Bhopal to start her shoot for “Dr G”. The actress, who will be seen alongside Ayushmann Khurrana, is thrilled to shoot in the city for the first time.

“I am so excited to be in Bhopal and start shoot of ‘Dr G’ . Have waited for so long due to the lockdown to start shooting the film . I’m very thrilled and look forward to start shooting with Anubhuti, Ayushman, Shefali ji and the entire cast and crew it’s an amazing script and very close to my heart,” Rakul says.

This marks her maiden visit to the city of Bhopal. The actress is keen on exploring the city too in between the schedule.

“This is my first time shooting in Bhopal. Had always heard it’s a city of lakes and as soon as I landed and my drive to the hotel was so beautiful. It’s such a green and pretty city. Can’t wait to explore it. I also want to try the poha and jalebi here that I have heard of so much,” she says.

Rashami Desai: I have changed as a person after ‘Bigg Boss’

Television actress Rashami Desai, who gained immense popularity after participating in the reality show “Bigg Boss 13” in 2019, says she has changed as a person after the show.

“Life has not changed after ‘Bigg Boss’. I have changed as a person, but for good. I’m more content and happier with myself. I’ve understood about self love. I’ve realised that I’m a person who loves people around her. I enjoyed a lot being on the show,” Rashami told IANS.

The actress made her digital debut with the latest web series “Tandoor”.

Revealing details of her character in the series, Rashami said: “The name of my character is Palak who is an independent, fearless and strong minded woman. Since college only they knew each other and apparently the guy was in love with her and then she fell in love with him.”

“There are situations in the story and it is difficult to decide who is right and who is wrong. At the end some will feel it’s the wife, some will feel it is the husband, while some will feel the main culprit is somebody else!” the actress informed, leaving viewers in suspense.

Opening up on what inspired the series, the actress shared: “The story is of the time when I was a child. At that time I didn’t even know what is tandoor. It is about the Tandoor kaand but there have been changes in the story. It’s very beautifully directed by Nivedita (Basu) and the co-actors were really good.”

How was the experience of working with her co-star Tanuj Virwani?

“He is amazing! More than the acting, his detailing work is so good. Every character that he is doing, he works in details for them. Every scene has come out beautifully, when there is love, that is hate, there is anger, everything is looking very real. He has learnt a little bit of direction also, so his point of view is always interesting! I have learnt a lot of things from him technically also,” replied the actress.

Taking part in a dark and intense story like “Tandoor”, did leave an impact on her mentally, admits Rashami.

“When we were shooting the gunshot scene, I didn’t speak to anybody after that for two days because I kept thinking about her. The mentality becomes very different when you are playing somebody else and you are not like that. It was very disturbing that you love somebody so much and then that someone will shoot you!” she said.

With Rashami venturing into the digital space after gaining popularity on television, any plans of trying luck in Bollywood?

“I will. I had an opportunity before also but I had my commitments. When I am committed to something, I am very much dedicated. I’m not saying no to it, nobody will say no. It depends on the subject and the director,” she said.

Helmed by Nivedita Basu, “Tandoor” streams on Ullu App.

Pawan Kalyan, Rana’s film to release on Sankranthi

Actor Pawan Kalyan and Rana Daggubati’s upcoming untitled venture has been locked for a Makar Sankranthi release in 2022. The film is tentatively titled as “PSPK Rana Movie”.

In the film, Pawan will be seen playing the role of a cop named Bheemla Nayak. The makers had revealed the first look of his character on Monday.

The announcement was made through the film’s official PR Twitter handle. The caption read: “Bheemla Nayak Reporting This Sankranthi”.

They also revealed a fun making video of the film.

The film’s team resumed the shoot in a police station set in an aluminium factory here on Monday.

The film is being directed by Saagar K. Chandra and produced by Naga Vamsi under Sithara Entertainments. Billed as an action thriller, Trivikram Srinivas has worked on the dialogues for the film that will have music by Thaman.