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Back in India after Bellbottom shoot, Lara Dutta recalls how safe and sanitized the experience was!

Lara Dutta recounts how the challenges during this unusual time were dealt with professionalism and personal attention.

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Pooja Entertainment, the studio behind cult hits like  Coolie No. 1, Hero No. 1, Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, and many more became the first production house to start shooting during the Covid-19 pandemic. The film in question is Akshay Kumar starrer Bellbottom. Directed by Ranjit M Tewari, the spy thriller is being shot extensively in Scotland. The young producers Jackky Bhagnani and Deepshikha Deshmukh are ensuring that the cast and crew feel totally safe on and off the sets.

Shooting in the thick of a global pandemic sounds daunting but Lara Dutta recounts how the challenges during this unusual time were dealt with professionalism and personal attention.

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Lara Dutta in a still from Bell Bottom BTS

 Also read: Pooja Entertainment’s BellBottom achieves an unbelievable feat!

She says, “Initially, it was normal to feel a little anxious considering that Covid-19 cases are rising rapidly in India. But I felt immediate  reassurance and confidence when I saw the many protocols in place and how correctly things were being handled. Ours was the first film to be shot after the lockdown but despite the nervousness, we were all eager to get back to work. We were all taken in a chartered fight to Scotland to retain and contain the safety bubble. On landing, we were tested again and sent into a two week quarantine. It did not however feel that we were imprisoned as we had the company of each other. Akshay and Deepshikha had brought their kids and so had I. It was like being with an extended family and since all of us had tested negative, we spent time with each other and kept the circle tight and safe for each other and especially the children. So this gave me a sense of security.”

Also read: Bell Bottom duo Akshay Kumar and Vaani Kapoor stylishly arrive back in Mumbai!!

About the thrill of returning to work, she says, “When shooting finally began, I was the first actor on the sets. To be part of the first film to be shot after the lockdown felt hugely gratifying. I felt  grateful to be on a set where every single precaution possible was being taken, sanitisation was meticulous and the cast and crew were checked everyday.  Everything was  secure, right from the food delivery on sets to the drivers who took us to and fro. Yes, we had to remove our masks during scenes but because we felt safe in a strictly regulated environment, we just wanted to do our job to the best of our abilities.”

When asked, what it was like to shoot in this kind of an environment, Lara said, “It was a surreal experience and I hope this is not going to be the new normal. I felt immense gratitude towards Pooja entertainment and every member of the crew for taking such good care of us. We have done some  good work and am excited to see how the film turns out.”

Also read: Akshay Kumar breaks his 18 year rule for Bell Bottom!

Bellbottom, directed by Ranjit M Tewari and written by Aseem Arrora & Parveez Shaikh finds itself in the company of a handful of international, mega-budget films that got back on the floors during the pandemic such as Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7 and Jurassic Park: Dominion, managing to shoot in an unprecedented environment. In the process, Bellbottom has become the first film to complete shooting the entire film during the pandemic.

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Tara Sutaria to be paired opposite Tiger Shroff for Sajid Nadidwala’s Heropanti 2

Tara Sutaria is also a part of Producer’s upcoming movie opposite Ahan Shetty.

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Tiger Shroff and Tara Sutaria

After huge anticipation, the makers of Heropanti 2 have finally announced Tara Sutaria as their female lead opposite Tiger Shroff in the second installment of the successful action franchise.

Tara Sutaria is also a part of Producer’s upcoming movie opposite Ahan Shetty. Spokesperson from the production house shares, _“Sajid Sir saw the rushes of Tara’s scenes in the Ahan Shetty debut film and was really moved by her brilliant performance. She is a great actress who would be a perfect match for the role in Heropanti 2 opposite Tiger Shroff.”

Also read: Sajid Nadiadwala and Tiger Shroff are all set for a double dhamaka with Heropanti 2 and Baaghi 4

The duo Tara Sutaria and Tiger Shroff will reunite on screen after two years. Earlier this year, producer Sajid Nadiadwala had announced Heropanti 2, and with the second installment of the action franchise, Producer Sajid Nadiadwala has planned to take this franchise to the next level in terms of scale, action and all other aspects. Heropanti 2 will be directed by Ahmed Khan who has earlier directed Baaghi 2 & Baaghi 3 from the Baaghi franchise.

The first instalment Heropanti worked wonders at the box office, and Tiger’s performance was the highlight of the movie. Fans had loved Tara and Tiger’s chemistry too and now with high octane action and under Sajid Nadiadwala’s guidance, Heropanti 2 will surely be making new records.

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Get ready to hit the dance floor as Asees Kaur, Remo D’Souza, Nakash Aziz team up for Moj Pe Moj

Remo D’Souza has teamed up with choreographer Mukti Mohan and singers Asees Kaur, Badal and Nakash Aziz to bring to you the ultimate peppy number ‘Moj Pe Moj’.

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Remo D'Souza, Asees Kaur, Nakash Aziz

For the first time renowned choreographer Remo D’Souza has teamed up with choreographer Mukti Mohan and singers Asees Kaur, Badal and Nakash Aziz to bring to you the ultimate peppy number ‘Moj Pe Moj’.

The track is the brand song for short video platform Moj and has been released on ii Music . It features over 30 influencers including Remo D’Souza Mukti Mohan and Dharmesh. It’s an upbeat and high-spirited number that will blend well with the current festive and freedom spirit post lockdown.

Also read: Siddharth Mahadevan and Souumil Shringarpure to create an original music track live in front of the audience

The theme of the song is super fun, catchy and energetic which resonates perfectly with the season’s mood. Talented playback singer Nakash Aziz, known for songs like ‘Gandi Baat’ and ‘Sari Ke Fall Sa’, has collaborated with Asees Kaur, famous for her melodious songs such as ‘Bolna’ from ‘Kapoor & Sons’, ‘Ve Mahi’ from ‘Kesari’, to create this groovy single, ‘Moj Pe Moj’.

Commenting on her ‘Moj’ moment, Asees Kaur said, ​“’Moj Pe Moj’ is the ultimate track for Gen Z, and their modern digital lives. This quirky earworm is guaranteed to get you up on your feet and make you dance to the energetic voice of Nakash and I. The peppy track is composed by Goldie Sohel, Badal and includes an upbeat rap from Badal himself. Join the Moj experience and sing along to the new chartbuster in town”.

Also read: Eccentric musician Ritviz collaborates with homegrown Indian app to release short original songs

Even Remo D’Souza enthusiastically said, ​“Well, dance is everything to me and given me the complete freedom to express the music and lyrics through it, brought me real ‘Moj’ for this entire project. The song will honestly give you the feeling of what it stands for, ‘Moj pe moj’”

The video highlights the vibrant and fun spirit of individuals through a celebration, ‘Moj’. ‘Moj Pe Moj’ is a colourful song and has a lot of energy and a fun vibe to it. The song has been released on 27th of October, 2020 on ii Music’s official YouTube channel and we have already hopped on its euphoric trail. The song is available on all the streaming platforms.

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Ananya Panday turns 22 on the sets of her upcoming film

Work doesn’t stop for Ananya Panday on her birthday; shooting for her upcoming film

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Ananya Panday, the young sensation has been a rage on the big screen since her first appearance in SOTY2. The actress was recently seen in her movie Khaali Peeli that garnered rave reviews from the audiences especially for her portrayal of a Bambaiya girl in the movie.

Ananya Panday turns 22 today, but work still goes on. Shooting on her birthday, the actress shares positively, “But no complaints. It will be a different kind of celebration without family and friends but with the cast and crew.”

The actress turns a year older and wiser on the sets of Shakun Batra’s untitled next, she is shooting with Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi.

Sharing her first day experience on sets after a six month break, she says,” I had not taken an off since I started Student Of the Year 2 and these six months were scary and uncertain. I was afraid, I had forgotten how to face the camera. But it was smooth sailing from day one.”

After success of Khaali Peeli, we are all excited to see her performance in her upcoming next directed by Shakun Batra. The actress has a Pan-India film under way with Vijay Deverakonda named ‘Fighter’.

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