Nov 242017

In mid-day’s exclusive conversation series, Sit With Hitlist, the Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar, reveals some interesting facts surrounding his author-actress wife Twinkle Khanna’s contribution to his film choices

While Karan Johar and Twinkle Khanna share a thick-bound friendship since they studied together in boarding school, it was Twinkle who helped Karan break the cocoon and conquer the world. Be it school debates or any extra-curricular activity, Tina (Karan fondly calls Twinkle as Tina) always stood beside him. The filmmaker has gone on record and said that Twinkle Khanna is the only woman he fell in love with.

Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna
Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna

Wanting to take this friendship ahead, Karan approached Twinkle for his directorial debut film ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, with the hope of a given ‘Yes’ from her. Little did he know that she would reject the film. This rejection blew Karan away and then, as everyone knows, the role was played by Rani Mukerji, thus her screen name being Tina.

Divulging more about it, Akshay Kumar, in mid-day’s exclusive conversation series, Sit With Hitlist, told, “I also tell her about Kuch Kuch Hota Hai [1998]. Even that was offered to her. She read the script, and she didn’t understand it. Eventually, Rani [Mukerji] did that role. She still tells Rani, “Teri zindagi maine banayi [I made your life].” She’d actually thrown the script, and called it sh*t!”

Twinkle Khanna has a major role to play in the change of her husband Akshay Kumar’s film choices. ‘Mrs. Funnybones’ once told mid-day that in jest she keeps whispering in Akshay’s ears while he sleeps, “Do good films. Win awards.” and Twinkle said that Akshay whispers back into her ears, “Mela, Mela…” Such is the camaraderie the couple shares. 

While Akshay bowls everyone with his acting prowess, wife, Twinkle has made the nation laugh with her witty and humorous writing. Though with contradicting nature, the couple shares a fabulous chemistry.

Read the in-depth ‘Sit With Hitlist’ interview of Akshay Kumar with mid-day, where the ‘Airlift actor also spoke about losing out on Aamir Khan’s film ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar’ (1993), his first pay-cheque, his audition days and many other unknown fascinating facets from his life before hitting stardom.

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Nov 192017

We all know how our B-Town star kids have been painting the town red – thanks to their Instagram handles. But, one kid, a source told this diarist, is yet to warm up to the rich-life shenanigans and instead, has decided to pen a young adult novel.

Akshay Kumar
Akshay Kumar 

Despite sharing the good looks of his superstar dad, this boy, we hear, has taken after his mum, who’s made waves with her columns and books. No prizes for guessing that we are talking about Aarav, the teenage son of Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna. We can’t help but be curious about the subject of Aarav’s novel. Would it be based on his life, or that of his peers, who can’t get enough of the camera yet?

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Nov 172017

Twinkle Khanna was an honorary speaker at the women’s entrepreneurship summit in the United Nations yesterday. The actor-turned-entrepreneur-turned writer was part of a panel that spoke about ‘sparking confidence in girls with stars of today’.

Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna

This was part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (November 19) celebrations. Twinkle has been vocal about women empowerment in her writings – the reason she was extended an invitation.

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Nov 042017

Yesterday, Twinkle Khanna issued an apology on social media for defending husband Akshay Kumar’s sexist comment to former co-judge Mallika Dua on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. Last week, the star wife had added to the controversy by saying, “Humour should be seen in the right context.”

She had even poked fun at Mallika and her father, veteran scribe Vinod Dua. Twinkle wrote that the emotional outburst was due to the trolls, who dragged her children into the controversy.

She wrote, “I got pulled into this debate not as a social commentator, but as a wife and unlike my normal, slightly rational self (sic).” All’s well that ends well.

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Nov 032017

Akshay Kumar judges one of the comedy-reality shows on a popular television channel, with comedian Mallika Dua being one of the judges on the show. In a recent episode, Akshay Kumar had made a statement towards fellow acquaintance Mallika, which didn’t go down well with her and father Vinod Dua. The latter even slammed the actor on social media for making a ‘vulgar’ comment against her daughter. Akshay had said, “Mallika Ji aap bell bajaaiye, main aapko bajaata hoon.” Even, Mallika wrote a blog in which she penned her views about it.

This was followed by Akshay Kumar’s wife, Twinkle Khanna’s reaction. She defended him on Twitter saying, “Words, especially humour has to be seen in its right context. I have always stood up for freedom within comedy including defending AIB’s infamous roast on numerous occasions in the past and that is my stance even today. So kindly stop tagging me in this debate.” This wasn’t ending there; Vinod Dua called out the statement by Twinkle as “a prosaic excuse from an embarrassed wife.” Otherwise known for her wit, Mrs. Funnybones faced tremendous backlash on social media.

The author-actress has now posted another message on Facebook apologising for her previous comments, saying that her reaction was “purely emotional”. This is what her post reads: “Unwise Wisecracks As I reflect on my actions this past week, I realize that I got pulled into this debate not as a social commentator but as a wife and unlike my normal, slightly rational self, my reaction was purely emotional and without perspective, and I have been rather miserable about it ever since. I would like to apologize to everyone who felt that I was trivializing the cause of feminism especially because I strongly believe in equality and have been a feminist from the time I was a young woman, much before I even knew the term.

I think this came at a point where I was already reeling from an onslaught of abuse against various members of my family, which started with vicious and personal comments about my mother and went on to a widely shared open letter where the writer as a comeback for my comments about Karva Chauth tried to fling muck at every single member of my family.

So when in this latest episode regarding my husband, my five-year-old was also dragged in for something that she had absolutely nothing to do with, I reached breaking point. And with my protective instincts in overdrive, I reacted irrationally with the only tools I have that help me retain my sanity in this fishbowl existence -words and lame jokes -though they have got me into trouble often enough in the past as well. Once while embroiled in an earlier controversy (the story of my life it seems), I had written that a wise woman keeps her hands firmly in her pockets and does not accidentally unzip anything including her mouth. I am not this woman clearly, but I am going to try be a little wiser from now on.”

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Oct 262017

Sussanne Khan, who turns a year older today, celebrated her birthday with ex-husband Hrithik Roshan and close family and friends at a pub in Lower Parel, Mumbai. Twinkle Khanna, Karan Johar, Sonali Bendre, Gayatri Joshi and Zayed Khan joined the birthday celebration. Sussanne took to Instagram to share pictures from the party. She captioned them, “To all the beautiful people in my life… thank u for making me feel so special #birthdaygirl #happysmiles #mytribe (sic)”

See inside photos from Sussanne Khan’s birthday bash:

Hrithik Roshan, Sussanne Khan, Malaika Parekh and Zayed Khan
Hrithik Roshan, Sussanne Khan, Malaika Parekh and Zayed Khan. Pics/Sussanne Khan’s Instagram account

Sussanne Khan, Malaika Parekh and Simone Arora
Sussanne Khan, Malaika Parekh and Simone Arora 

Sussanne Khan and Sunny Dewan
Sussanne Khan and Sunny Dewan

Surily Goel, Karan Johar and Sussanne Khan
Surily Goel, Karan Johar and Sussanne Khan

Sussanne Khan and Malaika Parekh with friends
Sussanne Khan and Malaika Parekh with friends

Sussanne Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Surily Goel
Sussanne Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Surily Goel

Sussanne Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Surily Goel
Sussanne Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Sonali Bendre and a friend

Sussanne Khan celebrated her birthday with Twinkle Khanna and other friends
Sussanne Khan celebrated her birthday with Twinkle Khanna and other friends

Hrithik Roshan, Zayed Khan and Sussanne Khan with friends at the birthday bash
Hrithik Roshan, Zayed Khan and Sussanne Khan with friends at the birthday bash

Despite their divorce, Sussanne Khan and Hrithik Roshan maintain cordial relations. She has stood by Hrithik during his row with Kangana Ranaut. At an event in Mumbai recently, when Sussanne was asked about the Hrithik-Kangana feud, the interior designer dodged the question.

A few weeks ago, Sussanne hit back at Kangana on social media. She posted a picture with Hrithik and responded to the allegations made by Kangana and her sister Rangoli Chandel. “There is no allegation or sad plot that can have the weight to triumph over a good soul. #powerofthetruth #mafamilia #goodoverevil,” Sussanne had written. 

Sussanne’s post came after Kangana Ranaut’s appearance on TV talk show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’, where she said that Hrithik should apologise to her publicly for causing her trauma after their alleged relationship ended.

Also read: This is how Sussanne Khan reacted on Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut’s fight

The ‘Queen’ actor also said her recent comment on her ‘Krrish 3’ co-star was not a ‘promotional’ gimmick, and she would continue to talk about him and their public feud whenever she is asked about it.

Kangana brought to the fore the controversy with Hrithik, which hit headlines last year, after she called him her ‘silly ex’ in an interview, followed by the two actors slapping legal notices on each other.

Also read: Hrithik Roshan and ex-wife Sussanne Khan spend quality time together

Hrithik Roshan and Sussanne Khan tied the knot in 2000, parted ways in 2013 and got divorced in 2014. They are often seen spending quality time with their sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan, and are definitely setting parenting goals.

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Oct 022017

Bollywood churns out movies by the minute if you start counting the numbers, but very few make it to the top. Then there are some movies which you already know will make it big once they see the light of the day. Here’s a list of upcoming movies in 2018 that will keep the cash register ringing and make the fans happy.

1.Chanda Mama Door Ke- Creative as the title may sound, the movie is not a kid’s movie. This movie will have Sushant Singh Rajput play an astronaut, along with Nawazuddin and Madhavan in pivotal roles. Sushant is preparing since long now and even went to NASA to get additional training for the role. Will this be our answer to an ‘Insterstellar’ or ‘Gravity’? Only time will tell.

Sushant Singh Rajput to undergo special training at NASA’s Space & Rocket Center… Enacts the part of an astronaut in #ChandaMamaDoorKe…

— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) August 2, 2017

2.The Sanjay Dutt biopic- So much buzz has been generated that it’s already a hit in the eyes of many. A great actor’s biopic being played by a super fine actor Ranbir Kapoor, so very few things can wrong with this one.

ranbir kapoor sanjay dutt biopic© Twitter

3.Padman- Trust Akshay Kumar to make feel-good movies which resonate a strong social message in it. After impressing the audience and critics alike with his latest release ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’, Akshay Kumar is gearing up to release yet another film based on a social issue titled ‘Padman’. Akshay’s character in the film is based on that of Arunachalam Muruganantham, the man who created the first low-cost machine for making sanitary napkins. R.Balki is directing it and two strong women, Twinkle Khanna and Gauri Shinde are producing it. The hopes are pretty high for this one.

Pad-up and get ready for MrsFunnybones Movies and R. Balki’s Padman -April 13,2018 @akshaykumar @radhika_apte @sonamakapoor @kriarj

— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) August 3, 2017

3.Kedarnath- It will mark the debut of Sara Ali Khan, daughter of Saif and Amrita. She has been cast opposite Sushant Singh Rajput and Abhishek Kapoor is directing this one. The storyline has not been made public yet but rumour has it that Sushant is playing a tour guide near Kedarnath and she is a tourist.

A journey of faith…and love. Come join us with #KedarnathFirstLook ‪#SaraAliKhan @gattukapoor #kriarj #BalajiMotionPictures #Tseries

A post shared by Sushant Singh Rajput (@sushantsinghrajput) on Sep 4, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT


sara ali khan kedarnath© Twitter

4.Gold- Akshay Kumar is joining hands with Reema Kagti for this one which tells the tale of the first Olympics gold medal in 1948. Mouni Roy will be making her debut with this one, and the movie will also star Amit Sadh.

akshay kumar gold movie© Twitter

5.Manikarnika- The Queen Of Jhansi- Kangana Ranaut will be back on screen with another strong movie. Ankita Lokhande will be making her debut as Jhankar Bai with this movi

manikarnika kangana ranaut© Twitter

The line-up sounds interesting and we hope we get to see some good quality work with this talenthouse of actors that we have here. 

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Sep 252017

Bollywood couple Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna have shared a cute video on their daughter Nitara’s fifth birthday and we bet it is going to make you smile. In the clip, Nitara is seen helping Akshay shave and the father-daughter duo will surely melt your heart. While sharing the video, Akshay Kumar wrote a heartfelt message. He said, “My favourite part of every day…my daughter shaving me at the sink, precious times, priceless moments! Happy Birthday my Princess. One request, please don’t grow up sweetheart.”

Akshay Kumar, Twinkle Khanna share a cute video of daughter Nitara on her birthday
Akshay Kumar’s daughter Nitara helps him shave. Pic/Akshay Kumar’s Instagram account

Twinkle Khanna, too, shared the video and wrote, “Our little one turns 5! #birthdaygirl”


Akshay Kumar’s elder son Aarav celebrated his birthday on September 15, while the superstar himself turned 50 on September 9 this year.

On Aarav’s birthday, Akshay Kumar posted a picture of his grown-up son on Instagram. In the caption, Akshay Kumar talked about how he had taught Aarav to climb a tree, and how his son had taught him video calling. He also called Aarav his ‘favoritest human being’.

Akshay Kumar wrote, “From teaching you how to climb a tree, to learning from you how to make a video call…Happy birthday to my favoritest human being.”

For his 50th birthday, Akshay Kumar had received a precious gift from his wife Twinkle Khanna. In an exclusive interview to mid-day, Akshay Kumar revealed among the numerous gifts that he got for his big day, he said the best gift expectedly came from wife Twinkle Khanna. “She presented me two paintings she had commissioned – one, a portrait of me with my daughter [Nitara] and the other with my son [Aarav]. This is what I cherish the most,” he says, being true to the family man that he is. 

On the work front, Akshay Kumar returns to the small screen after three years with ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’. His last outing was the reality show ‘Dare 2 Dance (2014). He will also be seen in ‘Padman’ alongside Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte.

View Photos: These photos from Akshay Kumar’s family album are pure ‘gold’
These photos from Akshay Kumar's family album are pure 'gold'

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Sep 132017

Akshay Kumar turned a year older a few days ago and social media was flooded with wishes for him. From his wife, family, colleagues and fans across the globe, everyone came together to make this day a virtual hit.

Happy happy birthday to my best friend, the kindest man in the world, a wonderful father with the best ‘dancey face’ and Jeez all that hotness on top of it all 🙂 #HappyBirthdayMrK

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Sep 9, 2017 at 12:03am PDT

However, few of his fan clubs went a step further to ensure that the day counted for a great humanitarian deed. So his fan clubs organised a free health check up booth in Akola. The fan club identifies itself with the name ‘Akola Akkians’.

@akshaykumar Sir AkolaAkkians Celebrate Your Birthday With Free Health Checkup Camp Pls Do See And If Possible Wish Me Its My Birthday Today

— Bhushan Khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) September 11, 2017

Even the doctors present there were Akshay Kumar fans!

Dr. Kishore Dhone Talking About @akshaykumar Sir At #AkolaAkkians Free Health CheckUp camp Event Of Akshay Sir Birthday @AKFansGroup

— Bhushan Khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) September 11, 2017

Another fan club in Odisha fed many kids from orphanages and served packets of rice as well.

We celebrated birthday of our most loved @akshaykumar sir with serving lunch to small kids & donated rice packet I n an orphanage .

— Odisha Akkians (@OdishaAkkians) September 9, 2017

Similar thing was done by his fan club in Ranchi as well.

ख�शियां बाटने का दिन नही मौका चाहि� अकाउंट में पैसा नहीं हमलोगों को द�आ चाहि� अनाथ आश�रम के बच�चो के साथ ख़�शी के क�छ पल @akshaykumar

— Ranchi Akkians (@RanchiAkkians) September 9, 2017

And even blood donation camps were organised in certain parts of the country.

KHILADI GROUP donating blood on the occasion of @akshaykumar sir’s birthday. #HappyBirthdayAkshayKumar

— â?¤ KHILADI GROUP â?¤ (@TKhiladiGroup) September 9, 2017

Akshay took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude for all the love.

Extremely touched and proud of you all �� Thank you so much

— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) September 10, 2017

It’s gestures like these that make you believe that being a great human is more valuable that being a good actor. While Bollywood houses many actors, it’s not everyday that you read beautiful stories like this. Only proves the fact that Akshay Kumar, as a human, has touched more lives than Akshay the actor. Here’s hoping he lives a long life and continues to inspire many more people.

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Sep 092017

It’s Bollywood’s macho-man Akshay Kumar’s birthday today. While the whole world is busy wishing Akki in their own way, it is one particular message that has left everyone smiling from ear to ear.

You know you’re having a good time when you don’t realise how days have passed. Last day in paradise…making the most of it ðŸ˜?

A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Nov 3, 2016 at 10:29am PDT

Twinkle Khanna has done it again, stealing the thunder from everyone. Though every celeb has given their best wishes to the actor, Mrs. Funnybones came up with something new this time and we just can’t stop obsessing over it.

The perfect getaway from the Mumbai heat, chilling quite literally with my partner in crime 🙂 #vacaymode #holidayvibes

A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on May 1, 2016 at 10:36pm PDT

Akshay and Twinkle are the cutest couple in B-town and keep giving us insane relationship goals. From sharing their memorable moments to talking about their ups and downs, they are just adorable. And now that her hubby has turned 50, how can we not expect something amazing from her?

Sometimes we do end up in the same boat if not on the same page #sailingaway

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Jun 13, 2017 at 12:47am PDT

It’s not that she posted something lovey-dovey (that’s just not her style), but she has shared the cutest video on Instagram. Where their daughter can be heard asking Mr. Khiladi to act in various poses and he definitely follows the command. She also posted a heartfelt message, “Happy happy birthday to my best friend, the kindest man in the world, a wonderful father with the best ‘dancey face’ and Jeez all that hotness on top of it all 🙂 #HappyBirthdayMrK.”

Isn’t that so cute? Check out the adorable video that has left everyone in splits here:

Happy happy birthday to my best friend, the kindest man in the world, a wonderful father with the best ‘dancey face’ and Jeez all that hotness on top of it all 🙂 #HappyBirthdayMrK

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Sep 9, 2017 at 12:03am PDT

Earlier, she also posted a photo of Akshay, builder Vikas Oberoi, Gayatri Joshi and herself (Swadesh actress), giving it a epic twist.

The birthday boys and their merry cheerleaders! #happybirthdayboys

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Sep 8, 2017 at 12:09pm PDT

However, this isn’t the first time that power couple has left us filled with a ton of love. When it comes to Akshay, he is very straightforward and expresses his love in front of millions of people on social media.

Your love, humour and madness make me keep falling in love with you every single day…Happy birthday Tina, never change 😘

A post shared by Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) on Dec 29, 2016 at 4:03am PST

Though Twinkle has her unique way of expressing her feelings for her handsome husband that we love, love and love.

So now I can officially refer to him as my trophy husband 🙂 #NationalFilmAwards #Hurrah

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on May 3, 2017 at 7:44am PDT


Father and son busy making soufflé and layered white chocolate mousse for our dinner guests.I have trained my boys well 🙂 #dessertstory #sundayshenanigans

A post shared by Twinkle Khanna (@twinklerkhanna) on Aug 13, 2017 at 4:05am PDT

But then can we expect anything less from Mrs. Funnybones? Nope, no we can’t!

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