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    Miss Politically Incorrect
    Kangna Ranaut has always been honest and straightforward—whether it be about her lack of English-speaking skills or hailing from a
    small-town. During the promotions of her latest film, Katti Batti, with Imran Khan, Ranaut touched upon many delicate phases of her ‘starry’ journey and smirked at the fickleness of relationships in Bollywood. According to her, the term “good friends” inadvertently suggests that the couple are sleeping together. She even revealed that top heroes who had refused to work with her have changed their attitudes post Queen. In a television interview, when quizzed whether she is ‘katti’ or ‘batti’ with Deepika Padukone, she hinted that she isn’t in any mood to go batti with the actress. “We don’t meet, we don’t hug, we don’t cry or get emotional. I just want to be left alone,” she shrugged.

    Fighting the odds
    2 (4)After launching the ‘Live Love Laugh’ logo on Twitter last month, Deepika Padukone has decided to launch her foundation—for people suffering from depression, anxiety and other stress-related issues—on October 10, World Mental Health Day. Padukone is one of few actors who has openly admitted that she has battled with depression. The actress has now taken it upon herself to work towards spreading awareness about it and other related illnesses. Though keeping mum about future plans for the foundation, she assures that she will reveal more once it is launched. On the Bollywood front, Padukone is gearing up for two releases this year, Tamasha and Bajirao Mastani.

    Weighty role
    Aamir Khan, who will be seen next as wrestler Mahavir Phogat in the Nitesh Tiwari-directed sports biopic, Dangal, flew to Amritsar a few days ago to start shooting. The 50-year-old actor recently generated headlines because of the weight he’s put on to play the role, which has his family worried. Apparently, all the weight gain is causing him difficulty in breathing and walking. But then, he will lose the weight during the film’s schedule—to play the younger Phogat. The film is the real-life story of a man who trains his daughters, Geeta and Babita, to become India’s most celebrated female wrestling champions. The girls won the gold and silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Apart from Khan, TV actor Sakshi Tanwar and Rajkummar Rao have also been roped into play a pivotal roles. Newcomers Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra will be seen in the role of Khan’s daughters. Expected to hit screens December 2016.

    A fresh pairing
    2 (1)Ever since Karan Johar announced Ram Lakhan with Rohit Shetty, speculations have been rife about the casting. Initially, there were talks about Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor doing it. Then it was said Shah Rukh Khan and Ranveer Singh have been roped in. A few others swore that Ranbir Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra were the final choice. But the latest we hear is that Hrithik Roshan might play the character of Lakhan, while Abhishek Bachchan will reprise Jackie Shroff’s role of Ram from the original Subhash Ghai movie. The story is about two brothers raised to take revenge for the murder of their father. Both become cops, but their paths diverge as the younger brother, Lakhan, strays into the underworld of corruption. Ram Lakhan was noted for its hit soundtrack, including the songs My name is Lakhan and Tera naam liya. Ram Lakhan will be the second of Subhash Ghai’s films to be remade, after the just-released Hero, starring newcomers Sooraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty. The 1983 original starred Jackie Shroff and Meenakshi Seshadri.

    Neelima Menon

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