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Sharman Joshi recalls how 3 Idiots changed people’s perspectives

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Actor Sharman Joshi, best known for his roles in films such as 3 Idiots and Rang De Basanti, is all set for his Gujarati debut with the film Congratulations which features him as a pregnant man. In an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times, the actor talks about working on the films, recalls some of the milestone films in his career, and a few anecdotes from his childhood. (Also read: Sharman Joshi would search phonebook for directors and call them for work)

Talking about playing the role of a pregnant man, Sharman said, “Arnold Schwarzenegger played a pregnant man ( in the 1994 film Junior). Ankush Choudhary also played a pregnant man (in 2006 Marathi film Ishhya), I do not know what is the story (of those films). Unfortunately, I have not seen what Riteish Deshmukh (Mr Mummy) and Ankush have done. But, this one (Congratulations) is what Rehan (writer and director Rehan Chaudhary) has written and I was immediately excited about working on it. We got going very quickly.”

He added that the film also shows some scientific research in the field. “The film focuses on the entire gamut of pregnancy and the challenges, which are kind of addressed in the film, in a light-hearted manner. Primarily, Congratulations is an emotional, dramatic comedy. It is not a make-believe world, we have some scientific references but it is still a work of fiction which could be a reality very soon. It (the film) ends with a ticker saying that in writing.”

Produced by Sharman, Congratulations will release on February 3. The film is not the first time Sharman will act in Gujarati – he has worked in Gujarati theatre earlier – but it is his first film in the language. He said the recent work in Gujarati films inspired him. “In the past 20 years, there has been some great work mostly by youngsters. Abhishek Jain to Krishnadev Yagnik and Pratik Gandhi have all done such fine work and now we hope to join hands and take the journey forward.”

Asked about the best part of working on the film, Sharman said, “The best part of working on it was that I could put on weight. I had to be pregnant, so I was supposed to put on weight, but I got carried away, and that was not a good thing. It was actually embarrassing, the weight I put on in just two months. But, it was for the film, so it was worth it. I was able to return to my normal weight soon enough and towards the end of the shooting, I had started slimming down.”

Reminded that Rang De Basanti and 3 Idiots were path-defining films of his career, Sharman recalled some of the memorable responses to those movies. “Those films were very important for me and my career. I got the exact kind of work that I was hoping to get. They gave me great creative satisfaction. Also, through films such as 3 Idiots and Rang De Basanti, I discovered how powerful our films are, apart from being entertaining, they impact how people look at things.”

He added, “After 3 Idiots, parents have come up to me and told me personally ‘I used to be strict with my children’ and how they changed their behavior after watching the film. They started being a little easier. Many professionals have told me that they were inspired from 3 Idiots to changed track and start afresh in a profession that they wanted to. That was very gutsy.” He then recalled how R Madhavan’s confrontation scene with his father in 3 Idiots remains one of the most inspiring ones. “That encompasses all the emotions of those individuals who came up to me. Their love for what they want to do is stunning. To see and realise that (is amazing).”

Sharman also recalled he was happy and proud when he was told by a film festival director about the smile Hindi films bring to faces. “Once, I went for a film festival in Russia and the festival director took me out for coffee. She told me ‘do you know why all these faces that you see have a serious, intense, or anxious expression?’ When I asked her the reason, she said ‘Most of the films that come here are very political, intense kind of subjects. And, overall Hindi, films add that light-hearted entertainment quotient. They bring smiles’ to the audiences.”

Most recently seen in films such as Mission Mangal and Mera Fauji Calling, currently, he is the host of the sports entertainment show WWE Super Dhamaal. “WWF is what we knew as kids. I was a big fan of WWF, I’d never miss an episode. Then years passed by and Sony Sports came to me with this offer (to host the show WWE Super Dhamaal). I was excited, of course, I had lost touch with WWE. I caught up on various videos to get updated with it.”

Recalling the time when he was a WWF fan, Sharman said, “Yes, we used to play with the cards, and Hulk Hogan was my favourite. I completely believed it was a real fight happening. Then, I realised it is not, but I was hooked on to it.” Asked if ever had fights with siblings or friends the way WWF showed, the actor added, “My sister was too much of a bookworm, so, never at home. (And with friend), the norm for staying over at a friend’s is a current day. In my days, parents were careful. By the time we grew up and had that permission, we realised it is not real.”


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Athiya Shetty gets a sweet kiss from hubby KL Rahul at after-party. Watch video | Bollywood

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Newlyweds Athiya Shetty and KL Rahul had a blast at their wedding after party and a new video has surfaced. The couple tied the knot on January 23 at Suniel Shetty’s Khandala house. In the new video, the couple is seen planting sweet kisses on each other’s cheeks. Also read: Athiya Shetty, KL Rahul spotted on dinner date for first time after wedding

The video clip consists of several photos featuring Athiya and Rahul at a photo booth. The two posed with different expressions and were seen goofing around with each other.

In one of them, Rahul placed an adorable kiss on Athiya’s cheeks. She also did the same in another one. While Athiya wore a maroon traditional dress in the photos, Rahul sported a black sequined outfit. The actor also sported a minimal mangalsutra.

The video has been shared by the celebrity wedding planner, Shaadi Squad who arranged Athiya and Rahul’s D-day. Sharing the video, their caption read, “One Tequila, Two Tequila, Three Tequila Floooor!! Best after party with the best peeps dancing the night away on the best beats.”

Later, KL Rahul too shared the video but ditched the caption. Reacting to it, Athiya’s best friend Anushka Ranjan wrote in the comment section, “Loooove.” “Kisi ki Nazar na lge aap dono ko (May God protect you from evil),” added a fan. “You both are always my favourite,” another one mentioned.

KL Rahul and Athiya Shetty got married last week after dating for several years. Their wedding ceremony was an intimate affair, with less than 100 guests, including family members and close friends. For the pre-wedding festivities, the house was decorated with white flowers. It changed to a marigold theme for the haldi ceremony.

The couple made their first public appearance as husband and wife on Monday, days after they had posed for the paparazzi on their wedding day. Suniel told the media the couple’s wedding reception will be held after the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, most likely in Mumbai.

Talking about his son-in-law, Suniel said in a post, “Despite having the adulation of the nation, Rahul remains humble. He’s well mannered, intelligent, & extremely composed. Mana & Rahul are a riot together! Most importantly, like all athletes, he’s seen ups & downs – which is something that will help him long after he’s done with cricket. Athiya is blessed to have found such a loving family, because his parents are really just the nicest people.” Athiya was last seen in Motichoor Chaknachoor (2019), co-starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

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Jawan director Atlee, wife Priya become parents to baby boy: We loved you from…

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Jawan director Atlee Kumar and his wife Priya Mohan have revealed that they have become parents to a baby boy. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday, Atlee and Priya shared a joint post announcing the birth of their first child. The couple also posted two pictures. (Also Read | Vijay attends Atlee’s wife’s baby shower. Watch)

In the first photo, Atlee and Priya lay on a bed as they each hold tiny shoes in their hands. The duo looked at each other as they smiled. The words ‘it’s a boy’ was written on the photo. The next photo showed the duo smiling for the camera. They also held each other while twinning in cream outfits for a photoshoot.

The couple captioned the post, “They were right (heart eyes emoji). There’s no feeling in the world like this (black heart emoji). And just like tat our baby boy is here! A new exciting adventure of parenthood starts today! Grateful. Happy. Blessed. (hug, black heart and folded hands emojis).”

Reacting to the news, celebrities as well as fans congratulated the couple. Actor Samantha Ruth Prabhu wrote, “Congratulations my loves.” Actor Kalyani Priyadarshan said, “He is going to have so much love surrounding him. Congratulations.” A fan commented, “Congratulations darling @priyaatlee welcome to motherhood. God bless.” “Awwwwwww congratulations darlings,” said an Instagram user.

Taking to his Instagram Stories, Atlee posted a video also featuring Priya. The clip ended with the words, “Little boy, we loved you from the very start, you stole our breath, embraced our hearts. Our life together has just begun, you’re a part of us, cute little one. Welcome more…”

Atlee posted a video also featuring Priya.
In December, Atlee announced Priya's pregnancy.
In December, Atlee announced Priya’s pregnancy.

In December, Atlee announced Priya’s pregnancy. On Instagram, Atlee shared pictures with Priya from her pregnancy photoshoot. A note was also added to the photo and it read, “Happy to be sharing that our family is growing. Yes! We are pregnant. Need all your blessings and prayers throughout this wonderful journey of ours. With love Atlee, Priya and Becky.” Atlee captioned the post, “Happy to announce that we are pregnant need all your blessing and love. Wit love Atlee & Priya Pc by @mommyshotsbyamrita.”

Known for helming Tamil films such as Raja Rani, Theri, Mersal, and Bigil, Atlee will make his Bollywood debut with Jawan. The film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, and Vijay Sethupathi among others. It is set to release on June 2 this year. It is produced by Shah Rukh’s production company Red Chillies Entertainment. It will release worldwide in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui, his family gave ‘no food, bathroom’ to actor’s wife: Lawyer | Bollywood

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The advocate of Aaliya Siddiqui, wife of Nawazuddin Siddiqui, has alleged that the actor and his family members haven’t provided ‘food, bed, bathroom to take bath’ to his client in the last week. In a statement, Rizwan Siddiquee said, “Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members did everything possible to remove my client Mrs Aaliya Siddiqui from the house. They filed an untenable criminal complaint of trespass against her. Thereafter, through the police they threatened to arrest her and were calling her each day to the police station, after sunset.” (Also Read | Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s wife Aaliya feels ‘trapped’ inside actor’s house after FIR against her)

“Whilst, I do not want to directly attribute the actions and the failures of the police department to them, yet the fact remains that no police officer ever came to protect my clients rights, even when her modesty was insulted before the police officers. Not only her relationship with Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui was questioned before the police officer, but even the legitimacy of the minor son was questioned. Yet the police officer did not act on the written complaint given by my client under Section 509 of IPC,” the advocate added.

“Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members have in the last seven days ensured that no food, no bed, and no bathroom to take bath is given to my client. They have even posted innumerable male bodyguards all around my client and further installed CCTV cameras in the hall, where my client is currently staying with her minor children,” he continued.

“To add to all of this, they even ensured that I do not obtain any signatures of my client to file appropriate court cases against Mr. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his family members. Despite being stopped and threatened at multiple levels and no police officer coming to the aid of my client, me and my team managed to obtain signatures of my client for the court cases. Accordingly, multiple cases are being filed in the courts now,” the advocate concluded.

Last week, Aaliya claimed that she was being harassed at her home after Nawazuddin’s mother filed a complaint against her over property dispute. Aaliya is currently staying at Nawazuddin’s Andheri house. Aaliya reportedly returned from Dubai with her kids, Yaani and Shora, due to passport issues.

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