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Had to change my name to enter places for ‘Mirzapur’: Ali Fazal

It stars Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers.

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Mumbai, Nov 6 : Actor Ali Fazal had to change and register his name to Mir Fateh to enter the core interiors of Benares and Lucknow to shoot for the upcoming digital series “Mirzapur”.

“I had to change my name to be able to enter these places. It has been the most scary time while shooting for ‘Mirzapur’, yet adventurous. I am not saying this proudly and would not recommend this to others. To others I would say, try acting for a change and forget method,” Ali said in a statement.

Ali plays the role of Guddu Pandit, a gangster set to take over a lawless land where trade of arms and drugs is normal life. For months to play the role convincingly and to look the part, the makers made Ali go through an intensive physical transformation to look like a convincing and intimating gangster on-screen.

Also, to do his stunts right, Ali took to discovering underground fight clubs in Benares, Old Delhi and Lucknow.

He, through the knowledge of his friend, spent time to attend these gatherings to understand the fight techniques of raw underground fighters.

“I just chanced upon underground fight clans in Benares and Badohi during my research, and I picked up some tricks of the trade. It helped,” he added.

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Ali Zafar moved by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar says he does not remember the last time he was so moved by a feature film as he was by “Bohemian Rhapsody”, a biopic on the late singer Freddie Mercury.

“I don’t remember the last time I was so moved by a feature as I was by ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and a performance like the one by Rami Malek of the great Freddie Mercury. What a movie,” he tweeted on Monday.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is about the British rock band Queen, focusing on lead singer Mercury’s life leading up to Queen’s Live Aid performance at Wembley Stadium in 1985. The film gets its title from the 1975 Queen song of the same name.

Directed by Bryan Singer, it is written by Anthony McCarten, produced by Graham King and former Queen manager Jim Beach.

It stars Malek as Mercury, with Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, Allen Leech and Mike Myers.

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Taking a break is important: Richa Chadha

Actress Richa Chadha, who is currently busy with the final schedule of the upcoming biopic “Shakeela”, says taking a break from work is important.

To adhere to her dates committed to her future projects, Richa will spend a working Diwali due to the shoot for the film away from home and friends. She is glad to be doing it this way.

“These dates were locked months ago. I agree that taking a break is important but I have had a busy few months and we as a team wanted to finish the shoot on time so that the film can be ready for its release on time. I’m happy to be spending time on sets on Diwali, it would be different, but we will make it special here to be with my little family I have made on the sets here,” she added.

Director Indrajit Lankesh is helming the movie, which stars Richa in the role of real-life adult film actress Shakeela, who was popular in southern showbiz in the 1990s and continues to work even today.

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Hailey Baldwin confirms marriage to Justin Bieber as she changes her surname

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Los Angeles, Nov 17: Model Hailey Baldwin subtly confirmed her marriage to pop singer Justin Bieber on social media by changing her last name to Bieber.

On Friday, the 21-year-old model changed her Instagram handle to “Hailey Bieber” even including her married last name in her bio, reports people.com.

“Hailey Rhode Bieber,” the daughter of Stephen Baldwin wrote.

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According to TMZ, Hailey previously submitted an application to register the trademark for the name Hailey Bieber, so she can use the trademark for a possible clothing project in the future.

The two reportedly wed in a secret ceremony in September, just two months after Bieber proposed with a custom oval engagement ring on July 7 in the Bahamas.

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Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you! So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!

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The name change comes one day after Hailey was spotted at a store opening in New York City on Thursday evening.

Also on November 15, Justin confirmed their marital status.

“My wife is awesome,” he captioned a photograph of the pair smiling and holding hands.

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I can now die happily after working with Big B: Mouni Roy

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Mumbai, Nov 17: Actress Mouni Roy, who made her Hindi film debut with “Gold”, has said that she can now die happily after working with megastar Amitabh Bachchan in her forthcoming film “Brahmastra”.

“I can die now happily after doing the scenes with him (Amitabh). It can’t get better than that for me working with him in a film,” Mouni said while interacting with media here as the newly appointed brand ambassador for RSH Global, a personal care company for their new marketing campaign ‘Beauty By Nature’ on Friday.

Mouni is sharing screen space with Amitabh for the first time in their forthcoming film “Brahmastra”.

When asked Mouni if Amitabh gave her any acting advice while shooting for the film, she said, “No… he didn’t give me any specific advice as such while working because Ayan (Mukherji) used to be there on film sets but I just lost my focus on the day when I was working with him.”

“I was just staring at his face thinking that what an opportunity God has given me because he is legendary as we all know so, I feel very blessed and lucky to have worked with him,” she added.

After making an impressive debut in “Gold”, Mouni will be seen in “Brahmastra” along with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. She also has “Made in China” in her kitty along with Rajkummar Rao. She will also star opposite John Abraham in “Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW)”.

When asked Mouni about her work experience with all these actors, she said, “I feel very grateful and lucky to have worked with these people. All of them have been extremely supportive. They all are such giving actors so every day, I thank them and the god.”

Reacting on Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone wedding, Mouni said, I wish them very meaningful and loveliest journey ahead and they are my favorite couple.”

“Brahmastra” is a fantasy film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. It is scheduled to release on Christmas 2019.

The film features Amitabh Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Dimple Kapadia, Akkineni Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy in lead roles.

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Veteran actor, adman Alyque Padamsee passes away

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Mumbai, Nov 17: Veteran actor, theatre personality and advertising guru Alyque Padamsee died here on Saturday morning, family sources said. He was 90.

He is survived by three former wives and four children besides other relatives.

Among other achievements, Padamsee is best remembered for his role of Mohammed Ali Jinnah in Richard Attenborough’s multi-Oscar award winner classic, “Gandhi” (1982).

A renowned personality in English theatre productions, he produced notable plays like “Evita”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Broken Images”.

He achieved global fame in the brand advertising with memorable campaigns like the Liril girl in a waterfall, Lalitaji in Surf, Hamara Bajaj, MRF Muscle Man and the Kamasutra Couple among others.

Alyque, born to wealthy Khoja Muslim couple Jafferbhai and Kulsumbai Padamsee of Gujarat, one of his brothers is the famous modern Indian art painter Akbar Padamsee.

 

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