Dec 052017

Sonam Kapoor heads to Dubai film fest, excited to present award with two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett

Taking her love for cinema a step ahead, Sonam Kapoor is all set to be a part of the 14th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) that kick-starts today. As the brand ambassador of IWC watches, the actor will be one of the presenters of the IWC Filmmaker Award at the fest. Besides giving her the opportunity to view some of the best works of filmmakers from the region, the event will also see the Kapoor girl rubbing shoulders with two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett. The British actor is heading the jury for the sixth edition of the IWC Filmmaker Award.

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

A self-admitted fan of Blanchett’s works, we hear Kapoor is overjoyed to share the stage with her. A source reveals, “As an actor, she has always been an admirer of Cate’s work. She is looking forward to discussing cinema and fashion, her two greatest passions, with Cate.” Kapoor, who is heading to Dubai today, will walk the red carpet at the opening ceremony this evening.

The award gala, which will be held at Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, is scheduled for December 7 and will give a cash prize of $100,000 to one feature film in development to help the winning filmmaker bring his story to the big screen. Others invited at the prestigious event include Turkish star Tuba Büyüküstün and Lebanese-Australian lawyer, model and charity worker Jessica Michelle Kahawaty. Much like Blanchett, this is the Bollywood star’s third appearance at the festival that has steadily gained recognition over the years.

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett

Enthusiastic about the event, Kapoor says, “I look forward to meeting all the beautiful women from all walks of life at the event.” Interestingly, the film festival will also be presenting the DIFF Honorary award to Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan for his contribution to the world of cinema.

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Nov 222017

Anand Ahuja and Sonam Kapoor react to the wrapping up of a holiday very differently. While the actor’s rumoured beau is still in high spirits after returning to the city from a vacation with Kapoor in Singapore, the latter looks like a disheartened child forced to resume school. It’s okay, Sonam, there will be many more!

Anand Ahuja and Sonam Kapoor. Pic/Yogen Shah
Anand Ahuja and Sonam Kapoor. Pic/Yogen Shah

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Nov 152017

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar unveiled the first look of Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte from their upcoming film ‘Padman’, a socio-drama that focuses on menstruation and women’s health. Inspired by the life of Coimbatore-based Arunachalam Muruganantham, who found a way to make affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village, ‘Padman’ is set to release during the Republic Day weekend on January 26, 2018. The film has been written and directed by R. Balki. While sharing Radhika’s look from ‘Padman’ on Twitter, Akshay Kumar wrote, “The REASON he became #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018…” He also shared a picture of Sonam Kapoor from the film and captioned it, “The STRENGTH behind #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018…”

See Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte’s look from ‘Padman’:

Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar
Sonam Kapoor and Akshay Kumar in a still from ‘Padman’. Pics/Akshay Kumar’s Twitter account

Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte
Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte in ‘Padman’

Akshay Kumar sent shock waves in the industry when he announced that his home production, Padman will hit theatres on Republic Day 2018. It was viewed as hara-kiri by many since Rajinikanth’s magnum opus, 2.0, which also stars Kumar as the negative lead, had already booked January 25 for its release.

In an interview to mid-dayas part of the conversation series, Sit with Hitlist, Akshay Kumar finally opened up on the Padman-2.0 debate. When asked if he considers pitting two of his projects against one another a wise move, he said, “There is a lot of false information that is being circulated over both films releasing on the same day. Why would I clash with my own film? It will be either Padman or 2.0.”

Also read: Rajinikanth’s 2.0 Might Not Release Before Mid-2018?

Does this imply that Rajini’s mega-budget film will be pushed to a later date? Rumours had suggested that Shankar’s sci-fi drama wouldn’t be able to meet the January 25 deadline as its special effects were not complete. On being probed if 2.0’s release will be postponed, Kumar diplomatically maintained, “While Padman is a film that I have produced, 2.0 belongs to Shankar, Rajinikanth and Lyca Productions. They will decide whether they want to release the film on Republic Day. If they do, I will postpone Padman and if they don’t, I will go ahead.”

The actor added that his decision to advance Padman‘s release from April 13 to R-Day stemmed from the fact that a holiday release is an advantageous business proposition.

See Akshay Kumar’s tweets below:

The STRENGTH behind #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018.

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2017

The REASON he became #PADMAN…find out on 26th January, 2018.

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) November 15, 2017

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Nov 082017

Sonam Kapoor found herself being trolled on Wednesday evening after her sunbathing pic went viral. The actor is shooting in Phuket for ‘Veere Di Wedding’. Co-star Swara Bhaskar shared a video of the girl gang by the pool. Trolls had a field day passing comments about her bikini body, not that Sonam cares.

Sonam Kapoor
Sonam Kapoor

Swara Bhaskar wrote the following along with her post, “When u are dog tired after a looooooong flight.. actually two.. but still gotta chill out with your #Veere At @amanpuri #Phuket with @sonamkapoor @rheakapoor @shikhatalsania #VeereJustWannaChill missing #kareenakapoorkhan #VeereInThailand also yeah.. upside down video whatever!!!”

Also read: ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is all set to release on this date

As always, any social media post by a Bollywood celebrity especial one where an actress posts a bikini photo of herself becomes the object of trolls. Swara Bhaskar’s post had the same reaction. Some trolls targeted Sonam Kapoor for being flat-chested while others began slut shaming the actress. Below are screengrabs of some posts…

Sonam Kapoor trolled

Sonam Kapoor trolled

Sonam Kapoor stars alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in ‘Veere Di Wedding’ which is set to hit theatres on 18th May, 2018. ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is has been touted as Bollywood’s first major chick flick.

Sonam Kapoor gained 11 million followers on Twitter earlier this week. During a Q&A session with fans, Sonam has stated that she plans to make Kareena Kapoor Khan join Instagram soon.

Shikha Talsania, Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar in a post from 'Veere Di Wedding'
Shikha Talsania, Sonam Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar in a post from ‘Veere Di Wedding’

Also read – ‘Veere Di Wedding’ first look has turned up the heat this October

Sonam Kapoor has also expressed her desire to be cast as a villain if she ever did a superhero film in the future. Sonam even confessed that she would have loved to be part of her dad Anil Kapoor’s film ‘Mr. India’ which she considers one of her favourites.

Sonam Kapoor recently revealed on Twitter that she developed bronchitis due to environmental conditions. Sonam won a National Award for her performance in ‘Neerja’ (2016).

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Oct 242017

We are already experiencing the October heat and the first teaser poster of ‘Veere Di Wedding’ has set temperatures soaring. In the poster we see all four leading ladies Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Shikha Talsania and Swara Bhaskar dressed up in traditional wear and yet are looking extremely sultry. Sonam is zipping her dress, Shikha is pleating Kareena’s saree and Swara is wearing her ‘mojri’. You can even catch a glimpse of Swara’s cryptic tattoo and it looks hot!

The cast and crew shared the first official image from the film that also revealed that the mahurat will be out tomorrow. The vibrant colours blending into the image and the stunning outfits donned by the leading ladies make this first glimpse a delightful one. Their posts have taken the internet by storm keeping the digital audience on the edge to find out what will be announced tomorrow. Ekta Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor’s ‘Veere Di Wedding’ is still on floors and the cast and crew just successfully wrapped their Delhi schedule. Ekta Kapoor has shared the first look of the film on her Twitter profile.

Mahurat out tomorrow.

— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) October 24, 2017

However, we are left wondering why Sonam has held a Japanese flag which hides Kareena’s face. Is there some mystery behind it? Is it a part of the film’s storyline? Who knows, once the trailer is out, people can gauge further into this ‘mystique aspect’ of the first look.

Sonam Kapoor has also acquired the movie rights for the book series, ‘The Aryavarta Chronicles’. The bestseller series by Singapore-based author Krishna Udayasankar is a modern retelling of the epic Mahabharata through the novels ‘Govinda’, ‘Kaurava’ and ‘Kurukshetra’ that collectively comprise the series. The 32-year-old actor has previously bought the film rights of Anuja Chauhan’s novel ‘The Zoya Factor’.

The film was affected by the rumours of a catfight between Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan. However, Sonam put out a Twitter post quashing all such rumours. The movie was also put on hold as Kareena was pregnant and expecting her first child with husband, Saif Ali Khan. Baby Taimur Ali Khan was born in December last year, post which she started shooting for ‘Veerey Di Wedding’.

READ MORE: Sonam Kapoor Denies Rumours Of A Catfight

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Oct 122017

Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi have come out in support of designer Masaba Gupta, who has been trolled and been called names like ‘B*****d child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ for supporting the ban on firecrackers. Masaba responded to the trolls by saying that she is a product of two legitimate personalities and is a proud Indo-Caribbean girl.

Masaba Gupta brutally trolled, Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi come out in support
Sonam Kapoor

Masaba — the daughter of actress Neena Gupta and cricket legend Vivian Richards — on Wednesday, took to her Instagram to share an open letter. She wrote, “Recently, I re-tweeted in support of the firecracker ban by the Supreme Court and like every other issue in this country, big or small… The trolling and bashing began.”

“By calling me names like ‘B*****d child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ only makes my chest swell with pride. I’m the illegitimate product of two of the most legitimate personalities you’ll find and I’ve made the best life, both personally and professionally… Out of which I am proud of,” she wrote.

The designer added that she is “immune” to this as she has been called these names since she was 10. “My legitimacy comes from the work I do and what my contribution to society has been. And you can try but you will not be able to raise a single finger on either of the two,” she added.

Masaba also says she is proud of her roots. “So, please if you must…go ahead and continue calling me these names if it makes you feel glorious. But know this… I am a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who doesn’t know how to shrink and crumble in shame of something you or your society cannot handle. It’s just in my ‘illegitimate’ genes,” she said.

Here’s what Masaba Gupta posted:

— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017

Sonam Kapoor and Huma Qureshi tweeted in support of Masaba Gupta and said that they are proud of her. Sonam Kapoor wrote, “Love you Masaba.. you make us all damn proud.” Huma Qureshi tweeted, “Love you Masaba!! Proud of you girl”

Love you Masaba.. you make us all damn proud

— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 12, 2017

Love you Masaba!! Proud of you girl ❤❤

— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) October 12, 2017

Other celebs like Siddharth and Atul Kasbekar, too, tweeted in support of the designer. Here’s what they wrote:

Ur a class act Masaba
There’s enough and more people who root for u ðÂÂ?ÂÂ?ðÂÂ?½ðÂÂ?ÂÂ?ÂÂ?
Big hug

— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) October 12, 2017

well said Masaba. You show them!

— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 12, 2017

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Sep 252017

Apart from winning accolades and awards, including a National Award for her performance in ‘Neerja’ and being part of some of the biggest films like ‘Padman’, ‘Veere Di Wedding’ and the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Sonam Kapoor continues to be celebrated as a fashion icon. The star was honoured with the ‘Fashion Icon of the Year’ award at the Vogue Women of the Year awards.

Sonam Kapoor’s style is all about taking fashion risks and justifying it with utmost perfection. The star has a fearless, inimitable sense of fashion that reflects her love for experimentation.

The way she presents India on International platforms like the prestigious Cannes Film Festival is commendable.

View Photos: SRK, wife Gauri, Aishwarya Rai, Shweta Bachchan at Vogue Awards
Photos: SRK, wife Gauri, Aishwarya Rai, Shweta Bachchan at Vogue Awards

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Aug 242017

Arjun Kapoor, who is very active on social media, always treats his fans with throwback photos of him with his family and cousins, including actress Sonam Kapoor.

And, all the pictures gives an idea that how close these two are.

Today, the ‘Mubarakan’ star shared an endearing throwback photo f the duo on Instagram.

In the picture, all the cousins are posing for the camera. Sonam is all smiles while Arjun looks on innocently.

The photo also includes Rhea Kapoor, Anshula Kapoor, Harshvardhan Kapoor, Shanaya Kapoor.

On the work front, Sonam will be seen next in ‘Veere Di Wedding’. Helmed by Shashanka Ghosh, the chick flick also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania.

On the other hand, Arjun was last seen in ‘Mubarakan’ alongside Anil Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty. The movie performed well at the box office.

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Aug 092017

The latest buzzword in the Indian film industry is nepotism. Nepotism refers to the practise of appointing relatives and friends in one’s organisations to positions for which outsiders might be better qualified. While you must be thinking that this term should have no connection to Bollywood, well, you are highly mistaken.

When Kangana Ranaut accused Karan Johar of promoting nepotism on his show, ‘Koffee With Karan’, it sparked off a debate in the film industry and there were divided opinions on it. While some people sided with Kangana, a huge number of them also sided with Karan Johar when he accused Kangana of playing the victim card.

While there are many examples of ordinary people who have become stars on their own accord (read: Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra); there are an equally large number of people who had the right backing at the right time and they became stars.

Here we have for you just a few examples which go on to prove that Bollywood is in fact, a huge flag-bearer of nepotism. 

1. Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor© Instagram

Son of famous film producer, Boney Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor was an overweight adult when he was first spotted by YRF. He was then asked to lose weight if he wanted to start a career in films. And that is what he did. He went on to lose all his weight and become incredibly fit before he started shooting his debut film, ‘Ishaqzaade’. While this film did well and was praised by fans and critics alike, his subsequent films did not do so well. But, he is still seen as the face of many films and his filmography boasts of having worked with some of the biggest names in the film industry.

2. Alia Bhatt

Alia Bhatt© Instagram

Daughter of producer Mahesh Bhatt and actor Soni Razdan, Alia Bhatt too, was an overweight adult. She was launched by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions in their film, ‘Student Of The Year’, along with Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan. While she has managed to make a mark with her acting skills, the fact still exists that she was given a chance to debut with a huge banner film because of nepotism. All the three, Alia, Varun, and Sidharth are still considered to be Karan’s “children” who he has mentored and are very dear to him. Alia Bhatt is perhaps the only actor who has proven her mettle by doing a wide niche of films like ‘Udta Punjab’, ‘Highway’, and ‘Dear Zindagi’. 

3. Athiya Shetty

Athiya Shetty© Instagram

She is the daughter of famous actor, Suniel Shetty and she made her debut with the Nikhil Advani directed ‘Hero’ in 2015 along with Sooraj Pancholi. The film was produced by Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai. The film flopped miserably, but their careers didn’t as they were launched by Salman Khan and he has made sure to give them the right kind of exposure this time. 

4. Emraan Hashmi

Emraan Hashmi© Instagram

Mahesh Bhatt is his uncle and Emraan Hashmi was one of the few actors who came out and agreed to the fact that nepotism does exist in Bollywood. He, in an interview said, “Yes, nepotism exists in our industry, and I got a break because of it. If my uncle [Mahesh Bhatt], who is a producer and director hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have been an actor.” His initial films earned him the tag of a ‘serial kisser’ and till today, he hasn’t shied away from that image. 

5. Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor© Instagram

She is the daughter of the famous comic-villain Shakti Kapoor; and Shraddha Kapoor got a break in movies because of this tag. While she is extremely beautiful, her acting skills are next to zero. Almost all her films have failed miserably, but that hasn’t stopped her from getting film projects. She was last seen in Mohit Suri’s ‘Half Girlfriend’, which was based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name and needless to say, the film fared poorly in the box office. While her debut film, ‘Aashiqui 2′ did do decent business at the box office, all her other films have flopped.

6. Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha© Instagram

Daughter of Shotgun aka Shatrughan Sinha and Poonam Sinha, Sonakshi Sinha made her debut opposite Salman Khan in the hit film franchise, ‘Dabangg’. While that film did huge business because of the presence of Salman Khan, Sonakshi’s career was boosted because of that. But, just like with other star kids, she has failed to leave an impression in Bollywood. Her films have tanked at the box office and only a few of her films like ‘Lootera’ and the ‘Dabangg’ series have managed to shine. She is landing a ton of lead roles in many movies and her career seems to be flourishing.

7. Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor© Instagram

Daughter of jhakkaas actors, Anil and Sunita Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor too was an overweight adult. When she lost weight, she was offered Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Saawariya’ alongside another debutant in Ranbir Kapoor. The film tanked miserably at the box office, but that didn’t stop Sonam Kapoor from getting lead roles in various films. Almost all her films have failed to make their mark at the box office, barring her latest release, ‘Neerja’, which was directed by Ram Madhvani. She was even publically called out by one of her co-stars, Abhay Deol for the movie ‘Aisha’ where he said that the film had more to do with clothes than acting. 

8. Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff© Instagram

He is the son of Jackie Shroff and is known more for his controversial sexist statements rather than for his acting. When he debuted with the film, ‘Heropanti’ alongside actor Kriti Sanon, it failed to leave an impression on the audience. While Kriti had a tough time getting good roles after that, Tiger’s career seems to have taken off with him getting lead roles in multiple movies. It’s another story that those films do not do well at the box office. 

9. Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan© Instagram

He is the son of famous producer David Dhawan and was launched in Bollywood through Karan Johar’s ‘Student Of The Year’. He has managed to prove his acting capabilities and is a huge star with quite a female fan following. A few of his films have done well, but he is still a product of nepotism, and this fact cannot be denied by anyone.

Still think nepotism doesn’t exist in Bollywood? Well, it’s time to re-think that idea!

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Jul 252017

Rhea and Sonam KapoorRhea and Sonam Kapoor

Sonam Kapoor, who is shooting for the Sanjay Dutt biopic in New York, will do a photo shoot for the new collection of her fashion line.

A source says, “Her sister Rhea travelled to New York. When Sonam got free for a few hours, they consulted their in-house designers and conceptualised a theme for the shoot. The idea was to portray a regular working woman. They shortlisted a few NRI models. A five-hour shooting-schedule is planned.”

It will be shot by popular photography firm, The House of Pixels, the fashion line will be unveiled in Mumbai next month. Kapoor’s sister will be curating the designs. The finale will be shot at the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan.

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