Sushant Singh Rajput gears up for cricket fun (Movie Snippets)

Mumbai, April 30 (IANS) Sushant Singh Rajput is yet to walk onto the silver screen as Mahendra Singh Dhoni via the biopic “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”, but the actor is already in the cricket mode.

Starting a guessing game, the actor teased his fans and followers on social media with a post: “I’m getting ready to hit a six.”

With the post, he also shared an image in which he can be seen holding a bat and seems to be all set to hit a perfect stroke. Giving out a hint, the actor shared that he has “something special” in store for his fans in form of a television commercial.

His post read: “I’m getting ready to hit a six. Are you? New TVC for something special coming very soon.”

For the biopic, Sushant was trained by former Indian wicketkeeper Kiran More, and he reportedly injured his ribs while practicing the cricketer’s signature ‘helicopter’ shot.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey and produced by Fox Star Studios, the film will release on September 2.

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Shekhar Ravjiani gets nostalgic about ‘Neerja’

Singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani says he is glad that he picked “Neerja” to debut as an actor as it has turned out to be a “life changing experience in more ways than one” for him.

Looking back at the memories associated with the film — a biopic on the late Neerja Bhanot who lost her life while saving others on a hijacked plane — Shekhar took to Twitter to express his views. The film features Sonam Kapoor as the protagonist.

He tweeted: “Fond memories of shooting for ‘Neerja’ under the expert guidance of my dear friend Ram Madhvani.

“‘Neerja’ has given me so much to be thankful for…some beautiful new friendships…a life changing experience in more ways than one. ‘Neerja’ also gave me the opportunity to sing the beautiful ‘Gehra ishq’ composed by Vishal Khurana and written by Prasoon Joshi”.

Produced by Fox Star Studios and Bling Unplugged, the film also features Shabana Azmi and Yogendra Tiku.

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Lata Mangeshkar pays her respects to Dadasaheb Phalke

Melody queen Lata Mangeshkar paid tributes to cinema legend Dadasaheb Phalke, known as the father of Indian cinema, on his 146th birth anniversary on Saturday.

Starting with his debut film “Raja Harishchandra” in 1913, now known as India’s first full-length feature, Phalke went on to carve a permanent place in the book of Indian cinema with his work as a producer, director and screenwriter.

She tweeted: “Greetings. It is father of Indian cinema Dadasaheb Phalke’s birthday anniversary today. I am proud of the fact that I got the award, which honours his legacy, in 1989. I bow down to all his work and memories (Namaskar. Aaj Bhartiya Film Industry ke Pitamah Dada Saheb Phalke ji ki jayanti hai. Mujhe is baat ka garv hai ki mujhe 1989 mein unke naam se diya jaanewala Phalke award mila tha. Main unki yaad ko naman karti hun.”

The Bharat Ratna awardee, who is also called the ‘Nightingale of India’ for her melodious voice, is known for songs like “Aayega aanewaala”, “Dil wil pyar wyar”, “Bindiya chamkegi”, “Tune o rangeele kaisa jaadu kiya”, and “Aaja shaam hone aayi”. Her track to salute the valour of Indian Army soldiers with “Aye mere watan ke logo” still brings tears to the eyes.

–IANS

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