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Jessica Simpson got hooked on to diet pills

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Los Angeles, Jan 25 : Singer Jessica Simpson has revealed she was body shamed to such levels that she was almost pushed to the edge and started hearing voices.

Simpson got hooked on to diet pills at the age of 17 after she was ordered to lose weight by record executive Tommy Mottola.

Simpson dropped to 46.72 kg (103 lbs) after she was told to shed 15 lbs (6.80389 kg) in order to get signed to a record label, she said in excerpts of her new memoir “Open Book”, obtained by People, reports aceshowbiz.com.

On her 17th birthday, Simpson had the chance to sing for Mottola, who at the time was the CEO and chairman of Sony Music Entertainment, parent of the Columbia label, and belted out “Amazing Grace” in a bid to get snapped up and signed to their roster.

Simpson said that “he wanted to sign me”, but he said: “You gotta lose fifteen pounds.”

After questioning his remark, he reportedly told her: “That’s what it takes to be Jessica Simpson.”

She said that at the time she was five-foot-three and weighed 53.5 kg (118 lbs). After the meeting, she “immediately went on a strict diet, and started taking diet pills, which I would do for the next twenty years.”

She said that she also took sleeping pills at this time, noting: “I started hearing voices when I was alone at night, waiting for the sleeping pill to kick in ‘Do more sit-ups, fat a*s.”

She notes she “couldn’t enjoy” her success “because I was so freaking hungry” and said that after she lost weight, the label reportedly told her “show more skin” which sent her on more of a downward spiral.

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Jacqueline Fernandes ‘super excited’ to work with Asim Riaz in music video

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandes says is “super excited” to work with “Bigg Boss 13” runner-up Asim Riaz in a music video.

“The song is very relevant and modern and will be extremely fun. I loved just the idea of it, too. The tale we’re telling through this music video is magical. The concept of song and the music video were too enticing, for me to pass it up. The choreography and the steps are traditional and desi but has a modern touch too which overall fits beautifully in this story of eternal love. The team and I have been prepping and rehearsing to get every nuance right,” said Jacqueline.

She added: “I am super excited to be working with Asim Riaz for the first time. The music video is going to be a visual treat for everyone. We’re looking forward to everyone seeing it. I really loved working on this, because it was a passion project for me.”

Earlier, the actress and Asim took to Instagram Story and posted boomerang videos in which they can be seen doing dance rehearsals at a studio.

In the video, Jacqueline sports athleisure while Asim dons a yellow T-shirt.

“Here we go,” Asim captioned the video.

According to the reports, the song is a folk number composed by Tanishk Bagchi. It has been sung by Neha Kakkar.

Fans are going gaga after watching the videos.

A user commented: “You guys should do a movie together.”

“So happy for Asim.”

The song will be released by Bhushan Kumar under his banner T-series.

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When Big B met little Ranbir Kapoor 30 years ago

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday posted a 30-year-old picture where he is seen with his “Brahmastra” co-star Ranbir Kapoor, then a little boy.

Big B uploaded a collage of ‘then and now’ photos of the two on Instagram and Twitter.

“THEN and NOW .. the wide eyed RANBIR on sets of Ajooba with Shashi ji and me .. and the dominant RANBIR today on sets of BRAHMASTRA with me … 1990 to 2020 !!!! Phew !! Been a while,” Big B wrote.

In the images, Amitabh be seen greeting little Ranbir as he stands beside his late granduncle Shashi Kapoor on the set of the film “Ajooba”. The collage also has a picture of Ranbir and Big B on the set of their upcoming movie “Brahmastra”.

Directed by Ayan Mukerji, “Brahmastra: Part One” is set to release in five languages — Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam — on December 4. The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy.

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A.R. Rahman on turning producer

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman says turning producer is like being born again as a new man.

He has turned writer and producer with his movie “99 Songs”.

“I feel like I have been reborn since the time I have decided to turn producer. It’s an entirely new feeling,” Rahman said.

Opening up about the challenges of making a film, he said: “It’s like being born again as a new man. When I started as a film music composer, I already had ten years of experience.

“But as a producer, it felt so new and seemed like I was starting all over again and I wanted to leave no stone unturned in giving it my best. Also, since I was working with other debutants — the director and the actor — I was reminded that I have a completely new team and we had a modest budget. I didn’t want to spare any effort in presenting it well and try to make our own epic.”

Asked if he was a regular on sets during the shoot, he said: “I knew that if some important scenes needed to be expanded, I ensured I would be present on set. Our executive producer would tell me that we have time constraints and will have to wrap the scene in a day while I was keen on four because those are the scenes that need love and complete justice. It’s an art to balance between creative and commercial. However, if you get too creative then you may have to sell your property.”

“It is a first attempt and I hope we have done our best. My wife and daughters have been a great support,” he added.

The movie is directed by debutant director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy and will release in three languages, including Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. “99 Songs” will also introduce Ehan Bhat.

Presented by Jio Studios, the film is produced by A.R. Rahman’s production company YM Movies and co-produced by Ideal Entertainment.

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