Mumbai, Dec 9 (IANS) Taapsee Pannu is gearing up to play former captain of the Indian women's cricket team, Mithali Raj, in the biopic "Shabaash Mithu". The actress informs shooting for the film will start in the middle of 2020.
"It is going to be difficult, I know. I watch cricket a lot but I never played the game. So, it is going to be challenging for me. Mithali (Raj) has already told me that 'I'd like to see how you play the cover drive!' So, I dream of cover drives now," Taapsee laughed.
"I will start preparing for the film at the start of next year because we are going to start shooting of the film from middle of 2020," added the actress.
On December 3, Taapsee took to Instagram to wish Mithali Raj on her birthday with a series of pictures and a heartwarming message, along with which she made the formal announcement of the film.
Taapsee Pannu has lately been a part of several successful films such as "Badla", "Mission Mangal" and "Saand Ki Aankh", and she has been vocal in her demand that male and female actors should get equal pay.
Has her recent streak of success ensured a hike in her fee? "Yeah… With every successful film, producers are ready to give more," she replied.
There are media reports that Taapsee Pannu might be seen essaying a double role in the upcoming "Sia Jia", produced by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Talking about the film, Taapsee said: "Let me first sign the film, and I will talk about it then. Otherwise, I feel scared to talk about it."
"Shabaash Mithu" is backed by Viacom18 Studios and directed by 'Raees' helmer Rahul Dholakia.
Mumbai, Jan 27 (IANS) Blackstone-backed Aadhar Housing Finance Ltd has filed for an initial public offering worth up to Rs 7,300 crore.
The offering would include equity shares aggregating up to Rs 1,500 crore and offer of sale of up to Rs 5,800 crore by the promoter BCP Topco VII Pte Ltd.
In its draft red herring prospectus, the company said that it would utilise the money raised through the IPO towards augmenting its capital base.
The offering gains significance as it joins the bandwagon of IPOs amid the pandemic, which have benefitted from the surge in stock markets.
A recent EY report showed that proceeds from initial public offerings (IPOs) in the country surged 61 per cent last year to over $4.09 billion.
It said that the fourth quarter of 2020 saw a strong rebound in IPO activity and market sentiment remains positive.