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Akshay Kumar 'joins' the army

Akshay went to the Ferozepur border in Punjab for NDTV's "Jai Jawan" programme and spent one-and-a-half days with the troops.
PTI | By Nitin Sethi, Indo-Asian News Service, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON AUG 11, 2005 05:45 PM IST

That patriotic fervour runs in Akshay Kumar's blood is not in doubt. When a TV news channel asked him to feature in a special programme for the armed forces, he was more than enthusiastic.

Akshay went to the Ferozepur border in Punjab for NDTV's "Jai Jawan" programme and spent one-and-a-half days with the troops, reports Bollywood Trade.

Akshay was extremely touched by the experience.

"Whenever I go outdoor for shoots for even 10 days, I start missing my wife (Twinkle) and son (Aarav). But these brave hearts stay away from home and families for months and years at a stretch. I wonder how they bear it. There's no doubt that they are tough from outside, but they are much more strong within," he commented.

Akshay also played games like tug-of-war and volleyball with the troops.

"At lunch and dinner, they served Punjabi food and whatever was served to the jawans was served to me. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hospitality," he said.

What's Delnaz Paul smiling about?

Delnaz Paul, the affable TV, theatre and film actress, just can't stop smiling.

It's been like that ever since director Hriday Shetty offered her a chance to work with her childhood idols Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia in his new film "Pyaar Mein Twist", reports Bollywood Trade.

"My earliest memory is of watching Rishi Kapoor in 'Hum Kissise Kam Nahin' while I was in senior KG. I have been his huge fan and I told him that when I met him on the sets of 'Pyaar Mein Twist'.

"Unfortunately, I don't have any scenes with him as I play Dimple Kapadia's elder, pampered daughter, Dolly. She is married but stays with her mum while Soha Ali Khan plays my younger sister. It was quite an experience working with Dimpleji and being in the same film as Rishiji."

Delnaz says she feels blessed to have had the opportunity of working with big names like Jaya Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in Karan Johar's "Kal Ho Na Ho" and now "Pyar Mein Twist".

"I really feel great to have had the pleasure of working with top rated stars, see them work from close quarters and have some lovely memories and moments," Delnaz maintained.

Meanwhile, Delnaz is bringing the roof down as the talkative and humorous Parsi housewife Gulshan Batliwalla, who keeps butting in while her son Shahrukh Batliwalla keeps jabbering with his guests in Sony's "Batliwalla House No 43".

She's also seen in Paritosh Painter's comic play, "Paying Guest".

Shalini Kapoor in bilingual film

She's a regular face on television and Gujarati film goers would remember actress Shalini Kapoor from the different hit films she's been part of in that language.

The Kolkata-born actress is on cloud nine as she is just back from shooting her bilingual film, a Hindi-Bhojpuri movie produced by Gopi Mallya. Mallya is liquor baron Vijay Mallya's cousin and is entering film production in a big way, reports Bollywood trade.

"It's the role Karisma Kapoor had done in 'Anari', in which she was the pampered sister of three brothers. It's a very interesting role and the hero opposite me is Manish Kumar, who is a huge star in Bhojpuri cinema. We recently shot for the film in Ramoji Rao's studio in Hyderabad and it was a beautiful experience," she said.

After being crowned Miss Kolkata in 1996, the dream to make it in the Hindi film industry brought Shalini to the city of opportunities.

"I came to Mumbai to try my luck. Fortunately my family stood by me and goaded me on to try my hand at acting. I got offers in Gujarati films. Since I have the knack of picking up any language, I learnt Gujarati. I have acted in 12 Gujarati films and some of them have been hits. Acting in Hindi films too is on my agenda and the film with Gopi Mallya is just the right beginning. We will be soon going to Bangalore for another schedule."

Shalini says though she has dabbled in both films and television, she wouldn't trade one for the other.

"Today, television is so big that as an actor you are very satisfied. I have always enjoyed working on television simply because it makes you a household name.

"A lot of people are watching your show and they shower you with love and adulation. It feels good to be part of an industry where you are loved so much," she maintained.

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