Divya’s birthday made ‘very special’ by Shabana Azmi (Movie Snippets)

Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Divya Dutta’s 38th birthday on Friday was made “very special” when she received a compliment from her “Chalk N Duster” co-star and veteran actress Shabana Azmi.

“Happy happy birthday @divyadutta25. What a super performance in ‘Chalk And Duster’ and so different from ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’. So proud of you, bless you,” Shabana posted on Twitter.

In response, Divya thanked Shabana, and wrote: “Big big thankuuu!!! Means the world to me coming from you! You just made my day so very special. Big hug and regards.”

Directed by Jayant Gilatar, “Chalk N Duster” also stars Juhi Chawla, Jackie Shroff, Samir Soni, and Girish Karnad among others.

Divya, who has been a part of the industry since the last two decades, has starred in films like “Badlapur”, “Welcome to Sajjanpur”, “Veer-Zaara” and “Baghban”.

She is spending a working birthday.

“Best way to celebrate…Shooting with the super talented Pradeep Sarkar!ahem bad network though! But good morning from the b’day gal,” she tweeted.


KJo roots for ‘Court’

With “Court” representing India at the 88th Academy Awards, filmmaker Karan Johar hopes that the film, which opens a chapter on the legal hassles in the Indian judicial system, goes on a “victorious journey” to the Oscars.

“#Court is undeniably a great decision! One of the best films I have seen this year…finger crossed for its victorious journey ahead,” Karan tweeted on Thursday.

Chaitanya Tamhane’s directorial debut, “Court” made the cut as India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 88th Oscars after selection by a Film Federation of India-appointed 17-member jury, led by veteran actor-filmmaker Amol Palekar.

The film has garnered plaudits at several global platforms as it was premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival last year, and went on to win a National Film Award in the Best Feature Film category for 2014.

The multilingual film features actors Vivek Gomber, Vira Sathidar, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane and Shirish Pawar, and puts the spotlight on the Indian judicial system through the trial of an ageing folk singer in a lower court in Mumbai.


Deepika, Tiger are fittest: Sooraj

Actress Sooraj Pancholi says Deepika Padukone and Tiger Shroff are the fittest actors in Bollywood.

“I think in men, it is Tiger Shroff and among women, of course Deepika Padukone has the true fitness,” Sooraj said here at an event.

The “Hero” actor was present at the event here with his co-star Athiya Shetty to launch celebrity fitness trainer Yasmin Karachiwala’s book ‘Sculpt AND Shape”. Being a fitness enthusiast, Sooraj often shares images of his workout session on social media.

Sooraj said that through workout sessions, “you discover many things about your body”.

“Being fit is most important thing in life, and not only for a celebrity. It is an important aspect of anybody’s life. If you are fit, it makes you feel good about yourself,” he said.

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