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Rahman, Shruti Haasan thrilled about Cannes debut



Rahman, Shruti Haasan

Chennai, May 19: Double Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman and actress Shruti Haasan are thrilled to have made their maiden appearance at the 70th edition of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

Both are representing their upcoming trilingual historic drama “Sanghamitra”, a story set in the eight century AD.

On Thursday, the first look posters of the film were launched in Cannes.

The project sees Rahman team up with director Sundar C for the first time.

“This is my first time at Cannes. I’m so overwhelmed to be surrounded by wonderful people,” Rahman told IANS on the phone from Cannes.

“It’s a very ambitious film. Six months back when I heard just 30 minutes of the narration, it was good enough for me to come on board,” he said about the rumoured Rs 150 crore project.

Rahman added “Sanghamitra” not only has great story but “Sundar has good vision for music too”.

“Nothing as compelling as ‘Sanghamitra’ came my way in recent times. The project is in rights hands,” he said, heaping praise on the makers – Sri Thenandal Studios.

The film features Shruti in the role of a fierce warrior.

Talking about being in Cannes for the first time, Shruti told IANS on the phone: “The atmosphere is lovely and there’s so much of excitement around that you get sucked in. It feels special to be in this place at the beginning of my career.”

Has being at Cannes made her happy?

“I’m usually happy around people. I’m a nomad and I find happiness irrespective of the place I’m in,” she said.

In preparation for her role, Shruti has been training in sword fighting in London over the last few weeks.

“It’s going to be a physically taxing role. I’m getting myself ready not just physically but also mentally. Being fit also means building stamina and that’s precisely what I’m trying to achieve,” she said, expressing absolute joy over being part of this project.

Talking about her character, she said: “It’s not a straight-forward role where I follow the instructions of my director and act. The character is layered and I have been waiting for a long time to essay such a role.”

On joining hands with Sundar C, she said it’s going to be “one epic combination”.

“As a director, he is someone who understands the audience’s pulse like nobody. This time with an epic subject in hand, we can only imagine the magic he can weave,” she said.

The project is slated to roll from August. It also stars Jayam Ravi and Arya.



Jessica Simpson got hooked on to diet pills




Jessica Simpson

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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Taylor Swift’s father feared for her after Senator episode



Taylor Swift

Los Angeles, Jan 25 : Taylor Swift’s father Scott Kingsley Swift feared for the singer’s life when she openly spoke out against Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn during the 2018 mid-term elections.

Taylor made it clear she was a LGBTQ- and women’s rights- supporter and a fervent Democrat as she took on Blackburn.

In her new Netflix documentary “Miss Americana”, director Lana Wilson has captured the moment the “Love Story” star told her parents she was getting political, despite warnings from publicists, who feared she would be attacked just like the Dixie Chicks were when they spoke out against President George W. Bush, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Speaking after the world premiere of “Miss Americana” at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 23, Taylor recalled the scene in which she spoke about her plans with her parents and shared her father’s concern.

“My dad has always just been terrified about my safety since I was a kid… The fact that my job entails standing on a stage and there’s so many threats we get on a daily basis that nobody ever knows about and we just try to keep that stuff under wraps as much as possible, but my dad is the one who has to see it,” she said.

She added: “And so for him it was all about, ‘What could happen to you if you say this? If you say this, is my daughter in danger? Is this the moment that I should have stopped it from happening?’ “

“Our political opinions and our opinions are defined by what happens to us in our life… Seeing what was happening in my home state, and it all culminating with having a conversation with people who’ve been so wonderfully supportive of me throughout my entire career, feeling so afraid for my safety…”

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TV actress Sejal Sharma commits suicide

Reports claim the possible reason behind the suicide might be some disturbance in the late actress’ personal life.




Mumbai, Jan 24 : TV actress Sejal Sharma committed suicide on Friday. She was known for her role of Simmy Khosla in the show “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”.

“Yes, this is true. I am shocked to hear the news. It’s very difficult for me to believe as I had met her just 10 days ago and we had even chatted on WhatsApp on Sunday. I am unable to come to terms with the news. I met her 10 days back and she was absolutely fine,” Aru K. Verma, Sejal’s co-star in “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”, told TimesofIndia.com.

Verma, who played Sejal’s brother in the show, further told the portal: “Her family discovered the news today morning, but I think she committed suicide yesterday night. Her family has taken the body to Udaipur for her last rites.”

Reports claim the possible reason behind the suicide might be some disturbance in the late actress’ personal life.

Sejal hailed from Udaipur and came to Mumbai in 2017 to try her luck in showbiz. Before her debut on the Star Plus show “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”, she appeared in a few commercials. She had also featured in a web series titled “Azad Parindey”.

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