RICHA’S HOME TRUTHS

ACTRESS Richa Chadda hit out at women who opt to go on the casting couch and said she gets angry with women who are ready to sleep with producers. She said although it was a personal choice of women who do it, they make it difficult for other actresses because some producers expect them to do it too. Talking of the talented actress, she confirmed her relationship with Ali Fazal and will be starring alongside him in their comedy sequel Fukrey 2.

CHOPRA LETS HIMSELF GO

He may not have been a great actor, but Uday Chopra looked after himself and regularly showed off his impressive physique. But he seems to have really let himself go since Dhoom 3 released in 2013 and shocked. Bollywood fans when these photos of him emerged. With no film offers on the table Uday is now concentrating on producing so perhaps isn’t bothered about having a movie star appearance anymore.

OMUNG GOES BHOOMI

A FEW weeks back I said Omung Kumar had jumped the gun by announcing Sanjay Dutt would star in his film The Good Maharaja and it was highly unlikely the actor would work with him again if their film Bhoomi failed. Well Bhoomi failed miserably and Sanjay won’t be working with him again. In fact the film did so badly that Omung will find it difficult to get anyone to invest in him. Meanwhile Sanjay is busy shooting the third instalment of Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster.

NOT SUCH A BAD BOY

IN FORTHCOMING film Padmavati, Ranveer Singh is supposed to play a ferocious villain named Sultan Alauddin Khilji, but instead of striking fear the first look made a lot of people chuckle. He looked more like a naughty fakir playing dress up. Some women found it sexy, but that isn’t the point of his character. In stark contrast the first looks of Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor received a much more positive response.

POP PIONEER RETURNS

SINGER Sonya Aurora Madan was one of the first British Asians to crack the western mainstream with Echobelly in the early 1990s. The band showed they had lost none of their magic when they made a comeback earlier this year with their fifth album Anarchy & Alchemy. I have heard their new single Faces In The Mirror, which releases next month and it is superb. They have a series of live dates planned to coincide with the song’s release. Look out for my revealing interview with the pioneering pop star next month.