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Blair Underwood refused ‘Sex And The City’ due to black stereotype

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March 29 : Actor Blair Underwood originally passed up the chance to appear on hit TV drama series “Sex and the City” because he refused to be the token black character.

The “Quantico” star played Dr. Robert Leeds, a love interest for Cynthia Nixon’s lawyer Miranda Hobbes, in season six back in 2003, but he says he was initially approached to make a one-off appearance in season three, opposite Kim Cattrell, who portrayed sex-mad PR guru Samantha Jones, reports aceshowbiz.com.

However, Underwood rejected the role of a top record executive whose sister takes issue with interracial relationships, because the storyline of the “No Ifs, Ands or Butts” episode was too stereotypical for his liking.

Discussing his time on “Sex and the City” on Netflix’s “Strong Black Lead” podcast, he said: “I said no first, two years prior, because there was an episode… Kim Cattrell’s character wanted to be with a black man and it was all about the curiosity. ‘What’s it like to be with a black man? Are the rumours true?’ And I said, ‘Thank you, but no thank you. I appreciate it and I’m honoured.’ And I mean that, I don’t take that lightly when people offer you a job. But I said, ‘I’m not interested in being the black curiosity, but thank you.'”

Producers later reached out with another proposal for the part of Dr. Leeds, and this time, Underwood’s wife, Desiree DaCosta, urged him to take on the gig, which featured a five-episode story arc.

“Two years later, they came back and had an offer to come join the show,” Underwood shared. “And I said, ‘Is it going to be about his race or is he going to be a human being?’ They said, ‘Naw, he’s a doctor that’s in her building who she meets in the elevator and they hit it off.’ That was important. I only did five episodes and they only mentioned it (interracial relationship) once because it’s obvious,” he added. “You don’t have to talk about the black guys. It’s obvious what you are.”

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Kangana Ranaut talks about a ‘mistake’ Sushant Singh Rajput made

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday opened up on what she feels is a mistake committed by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Reacting to a tweet by a news portal appreciating her performance in last year’s sports drama Panga, the actress tweeted saying she needs no validation of polls and juries anymore.

In this cointext, the actress claimed that Sushant Singh Rajput made the mistake of letting others decide who he was.

“I need no validation of polls or juries anymore, when we give them power over us then only mafia gives them price tag, Sushant made this mistake he let them decide who he was, remember if you don’t know who you are the world will tell you,
I know who I am so thanks but no thanks,” Kangana tweeted.

In a separate tweet, the actress mentioned: “…when people or system fail you it becomes all the more important to be kind to yourself, most people hate themselves because others fail to love them, never make that mistake. Know your worth.”

Sushant was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14 last year. His death is still being investigated.

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Ekta Kapoor remembers Manav of ‘Pavitra Rishta’ on Sushant’s birth anniversary

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Producer Ekta Kapoor remembered late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput on his 35th birth anniversary on Thursday.

Ekta shared a video on Instagram, which is made of a collage of several scenes from her daily soap Pavitra Rishta, which had made Sushant an overnight sensation.

In the video shared by Ekta Kapoor, the words “Remembering our Manav, now and forever” appear on screen towards the end.

“Sushi forever ! Shining bright like a star! Love n light wherever u r! Happie birth on earth day!” Ekta captioned her video.

Sushant began his career as a television actor before venturing into Bollywood. Ekta had launched Sushant as an actor in the Balaji daily soap Kis Desh Mein Hai Meraa Dil. He later became popular as Manav Deshmukh in the Balaji soap, Pavitra Rishta, before venturing into Bollywood.

Pavitra Rishta also featured Sushant Singh Rajput’s ex-girlfriend, actress Ankita Lokhande, opposite him.

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Sidharth Malhotra begins shoot for ‘Thank God’

Sidharth took to Twitter to share the announcement. “Excited for this new journey. #ThankGod for it. Shoot begins today,” he wrote along with photos of the team, including director Indra Kumar.

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 Actor Sidharth Malhotra has started shooting for his upcoming film Thank God here on Thursday.

Sidharth took to Twitter to share the announcement. “Excited for this new journey. #ThankGod for it. Shoot begins today,” he wrote along with photos of the team, including director Indra Kumar.

Thank God, which also stars Ajay Devgn and Rakul Preet Singh, is pitched as a slice of life comedy with a message.

Ajay is expected to join the team later though he tweeted: “Lights. Camera. Action. The shoot for #ThankGod begins today in Mumbai!”

Rakul is also missing in the mahurat shot photo. Still, she tweeted: “#ThankGod shoot begins today !! Super thrilled to bring to all of you this slice of life comedy. Trust me we will have you in splits.”

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