Kartik Aaryan has finally trimmed his beard after much contemplation. The actor shared a picture of his clean-shaven look, and wrote, “Good Boy is the New Bad Boy.”

Fans seem to be loving his new look already as they flooded his comments section with heart and kiss emojis.

One fan wrote, “Looking so hot.” Another said, “You are perfect.”

Apart from Kartik, actors including Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan and many others had also embraced the bearded look while under lockdown.

On Monday, Kartik shared a throwback picture on his Instagram profile from the time when he was not a Bollywood star. The actor revealed that the picture was taken in the year 2008 and shared the backstory behind it. The photograph also features actress Sagarika Ghatge.

Sharing the picture on Instagram, Kartik Aaryan wrote in his caption, “2008 Mumbai Marathon,” adding that he jumped barricades to click a photograph with the actress and asked her to convey his greetings to her Chak De! India co-star Shah Rukh Khan. “I jumped barricades to take a pic with Preeti Sabharwal (the name of Sagarika’s character in the film) and also told her Shah Rukh Khan ko mera Hi bolna. “

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Kartik Aaryan made his Bollywood debut with Luv Ranjan’s Pyaar Ka Punchnama and he has been a part of movies such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, Kaanchi-The Unbreakable, Luka Chuppi , Guest Inn London, Pati Patni Aur Who, and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. He was last seen in Love Aaj Kal, opposite Sara Ali Khan. The actor will next be seen in Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, co-starring Kiara Advani and Tabu. He has also signed the second installment of the 2008 film Dostana, co-starring Janhvi Kapoor and newcomer Lakshya Lalwani.

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Legendary Bollywood choreographer Saroj Khan passed away on July 3 at the Guru Nanak Hospital in Mumbai following a cardiac arrest. While she was one of the leading choreographers in the film industry, there was a time when the talented choreographer was out of work and Salman Khan promised to work with her.

In a throwback interview with Mid-Day, Saroj had revealed, “When we met, Salman asked me what I was doing nowadays. So I told him honestly that I don’t have any work, and that I am teaching Indian classical dance to young actresses. Upon hearing that, he said, ‘Now, you will work with me’. I know he is a man of his word, so he will keep his promise.”

Prior, Salman and Saroj have worked together on films like Biwi Ho Toh Aisi and Andaz Apna Apna.

Meanwhile, the last song choreographed by Saroj is Tabaah Ho Gaye from Kalank, picturised on one of her favorite female artist Madhuri Dixit. Previously, the two have collaborated for a number of songs, including Ek Do Teen from Tezaab, Dhak Dhak Karne Laga from Beta, Chane Ke Khet Mein from Anjaam and Dola Re Dola from Devdas.

Stars like Madhuri Dixit, Taapsee Pannu, Akshay Kumar and others have mourned the loss of the legendary choreographer Saroj.

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Actress Vaani Kapoor will star opposite superstar Akshay Kumar in upcoming espionage thriller “Bellbottom”. This will be Vaani’s first film with Akshay.

“I am elated to share the screen space with Akshay sir. I am also thrilled to partner with the whole team who have already made me feel at home at this initial stage of our film. Hoping that this excitement will translate beautifully on screen,” Vaani said.

Inspired by true events, the film is set in 1980s, the story is about one of India’s forgotten heroes.

Directed by Ranjit M. Tewari, the film is scheduled to go on floors later this year. It is written by Aseem Arrora and Parveez Shaikh.

Welcoming Vaani to the team, director Ranjit said: “Vaani’s character in the film is extremely intriguing. She has a certain flair and we’re all very excited to have her on board!”

Explaining the casting choice, producer Jackky Bhagnani said that the script made him choose a fresh pairing.

“Vaani is an intelligent and an effective actor and I have loved all her performances. The female lead in �Bellbottom’ has to be in sync with Akshay sir’s screen persona. The role is meaty and I am confident that Vaani will ace this one,” said Jackky, who is backing the film with his banner Pooja Entertainment.

“Bellbottom” is scheduled to release on April 2, 2021.

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A unconfirmed report that had gone viral on Wednesday, suggesting Karan Johar has been dropped as co-producer of the much-hyped Akshay Kumar-starrer Sooryavanshi, has been refuted as “fake news” by the makers.

Late on Wednesday, social media was abuzz with reports that the film’s director Rohit Shetty and lead star Akshay Kumar have dropped Johar’s Dharma Productions and its share from the film, further claiming that they had even returned Johar’s investment in the film.

Soon, the film’s producers and presenter Reliance Entertainment were confirming that the news doing rounds of Johar not being part of Sooryavanshi is incorrect.

Trade expert Taran Adarsh also tweeted: “IMPORTANT… News doing the rounds of #KaranJohar not being part of #Sooryavanshi is untrue, clarifies #RelianceEntertainment.”

In Sooryavanshi, Akshay will be seen as ATS officer Veer Sooryavanshi, on a lookout for terrorists planning a deadly strike on Mumbai. Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh will also reprise their roles of Singham and Simmba in cameos, to help Akshay bust the terror plot.

Actress Katrina Kaif will be seen as Veer Sooryavanshi’s wife while Jackie Shroff plays the antagonist.

Sooryavanshi also features Gulshan Grover, Abhimanyu Singh, Niharica Raizada, Sikandar Kher and Nikitin Dheer. The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment.

The news comes a day after it was announced that Sooryavanshi will release in theatres during Diwali this year.

Meanwhile, Karan Johar has been at the receiving end of a volley of criticism after the news of Sushant Singh Rajput’s death broke. Sushant died by suicide on June 14 and it is alleged that “professional rivalry” may have had a role to play. However, actor Swara Bhasker and filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma have defended Karan, calling the social media backlash ‘height of idiocy’. With the debate around nepotism reignited, Karan has also unfollowed several accounts on Twitter.

(With inputs from IANS)

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