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Deepika, Priyanka trying to achieve ‘different things’

Posted on 01 February 2017 by admin

Actress Deepika Padukone, who is often compared with actress Priyanka Chopra, feels there is no need to compare the two as both are trying to achieve “very different things” for themselves.

Deepika, who returned on Friday after promoting her Hollywood debut film “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, said: “I don’t think there is any need for comparisons. We both are in very different worlds and are trying to achieve very different things for ourselves.”

After making her debut in the popular American series “Quantico”, Priyanka is now gearing up for her Hollywood project “Baywatch”.

Directed by Seth Gordon, the film also features Dwayne Johnson. Asked about the response to “xXx: Return of Xander Cage”, Deepika said: “It was amazing. We received an extremely overwhelming response for our film and my performance. I am very happy.”

The Bollywood star, who has been shooting for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus “Padmavati”, also shared her schedule for the film and her upcoming projects.

“I think there will be an outdoor shoot for the film. Besides that, I have some endorsement commitments. I am going straight back to my work now,” she said. The period drama also features Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh.

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OMG! SRK’s train journey ends on a bad note

Posted on 26 January 2017 by admin

One person died and two policemen were injured after police lathicharged a crowd going berserk following the arrival of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan at the train station here.

Khan arrived in Vadodara onboard the August Kranti Rajdhano Express on Monday to promote his new film Raees. The deceased has been identified as Farid Khan Pathan of Hatikhana area of Vadodara, who arrived at the railway platform with his wife and daughter to catch a glimpse of the actor.

Two constables of the Railway police also collapsed during the chaos and are undergoing treatment.

Officials at the railway police control room here said, “At around 10.30 PM the train arrived at platform number six of the station and halted for 10 minutes.” “Shah Rukh’s fans had gathered in large number to have a glimpse of the actor who had boarded the train from Mumbai and is going to Delhi as part of the promotional campaign for his film,” railway police said.

Pathan was rushed to hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Earlier, reports said he felt suffocated during a stampede at the railway station and then suffered a heart attack.

“The crowd went berserk when the train halted and began banging its window panes and even falling on top of each other. Police had to resort to mild lathicharge to control the crowd. When the train started moving, people started running along with it,” officials said.

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Priyanka reveals Dwayne Johnson’s plans

Posted on 26 January 2017 by admin

Bollywood’s leading ladies Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone are making waves in the West with plum projects. Dippy, promoted her international film along with co-star Vin Diesel in India recently.

Now, all eyes are on Priyanka’s Baywatch. The film, which has her essaying the antagonist’s role, also stars Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in pivotal roles. So, will it have an India premiere before its US release?

Priyanka told BT, “Dwayne and Zac, and in fact the entire team of my film love India and they really want to come. There are almost five months left for the film to hit screens and we are still shooting. There is a big plan for the film’s release around the world and I am sure India will be incorporated in it.”

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Richa excited to join stand-up comedians on stage

Posted on 26 January 2017 by admin

Richa Chadha is excited to do a special set with a few stand-up comedians.
Richa said:”I think making people laugh is a tough task. And by doing so you can capture an audience like no other. Stand-up (comedy) is something I have always been intrigued by because it doesn’t feel so rehearsed and these guys who are up on stage literally take the pulse of the audience and reactions and build their jokes or lines accordingly.
“And that I think is a commendable thing to do. I agreed the moment the idea of doing a guest portion for a stand-up comedy special came to me. It was an instant yes. It’s going to be a whole new experience on stage which is far different from acting.” The script of the show is being worked upon. 

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Kareena Kapoor Khan to resume work next month

Posted on 19 January 2017 by admin

All throughout her pregnancy, Kareena Kapoor Khan continued to work amidst endorsements and never shied away from appearances. Setting a trend in Bollywood, not only did she break stereotypes by flaunting her baby bump proudly but she made appearances that made fashion statements.

Unlike many, Kareena Kapoor Khan decided to keep her maternity break short. The actress is all set to resume work. She delivered a baby boy on December 20 and now she has taken up her first assignment post her delivery. Apparently, Kareena is all set to walk the ramp at a renowned fashion week next month.

Kareena Kapoor Khan will be turning showstopper for the finale of this fashion week and will walk the ramp for a popular Mumbai-based designer. We also hear that the actress will start work on her movie assignments by March.

Kareena Kapoor Khan had two releases in 2016, Ki & Ka and Udta Punjab. The actress will next be seen in Veere Di Wedding also starring Sonam Kapoor and Swara Bhaskar.

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Have not played by Bollywood rules: Shruti Haasan

Posted on 19 January 2017 by admin

She made her debut with a Hindi film and went to do several South Indian movies but actress Shruti Haasan says she does not play by the rules of Bollywood. Imran Khan starrer Luck marked her first big screen appearance in 2009, which did not do well at the box office. The actress then went on to win critical acclaim for her role in the 2011 Telugu film Anaganaga O Dheerudu followed by her Tamil debut 7aum Arivu the same year. “I made my debut in Hindi but it took that turn, for whatever reasons. It really wasn’t planned. Whenever I’ve worked here, I’ve enjoyed it. But it (Bollywood) is a different mindset, the different set of rules. I’ve never played by those rules,” Shruti told PTI.

Post her Bollywood debut, the 30-year-old actress did do more Hindi films like Ramaiya Vastavaiya, D-Day and Gabbar Is Back but says she has predominantly focused more on South Indian films. When asked if Bollywood directors haven’t tapped her full
potential yet, Shruti says, “I do feel that but I also think you can’t say ‘it’s because of this or that’. I think predominantly I’ve focused more on the South than Bollywood. I’ll be honest about it.”

“But in Hindi films, be it D-Day, Welcome Back, there is nothing in common. Even in South, my trajectory has been like that because I am a person who needs change. If it’s something interesting, something which I’ve never done, I’ll do it.” Shruti explains that to do more Bollywood films one has to spend a lot of time in Mumbai.

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Om Puri: The actor who never got his due

Posted on 11 January 2017 by admin

One of India’s finest actors, Om Puri, died in Mumbai on Friday, aged 66. Film writer Aseem Chhabra believes he never got the recognition he deserved.

In 2007 Om Puri played a significant supporting role in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War: portraying a near-perfect Pakistani president Zia-ul-Haq.

In one scene he spoke in a delightful Punjabi accented English and cautiously suggested to Charlie Wilson, a Congressman from Texas played by Tom Hanks, that covert aid to the mujahideen, fighting the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, should pass through the hands of the Pakistani government.

I wanted to write something on this terrific actor, one of the few from India who straddled so many film spaces – from Bollywood to Indian art house indies, British Asian immigrant stories and big Hollywood productions.

Om Puri: Veteran Indian actor dies aged 66

But the publicists for the film and even the studio Universal Pictures informed me that they had no images of Puri.

Sadly this amazing actor had left no impression on the publicists who were mostly focused on promoting Hanks and his co-star Julia Roberts.

Puri acted in over 300 film projects in India and abroad, and yet he did not get the kind of recognition that he surely deserved.

He won two National Awards in India in the acting category (Arohan, 1982 and Ardh Satya, 1983), and was recognised at a number of film festivals, including a lifetime achievement medal at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival.

He was even nominated for a Bafta film award in 2000 for playing the lead in Ayub Khan Din’s autobiographical British film East is East.

But unfortunately in the last decade or so Puri, the actor, was largely forgotten in the West and even in India.

He did play one last big role in the West – that of an Indian chef in a remote French town in The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), opposite a feisty Helen Mirren.

It was a rare moment when Puri was suddenly, albeit briefly, the focus of a film produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

No meaty roles

While promoting that film, Puri told me that Hindi cinema mostly concentrated on younger, good-looking actors. And the industry had relegated him to roles of the father of a lead actor or a police officer. He was rarely offered meaty roles, he complained.

He was always hungry for more challenging work and recognition.

In another interview while promoting East is East (1999), Puri told me that his big regret was that he would never get the kind of roles given to Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro.

But Om Puri was as great an actor as Hoffman and De Niro.

In fact, one can say he was even better, given the number of films he acted in and the range of his performances.

His comic timing was perfect and we can see that in the cult classic indie Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro (1983) and later on in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Maqbool – a modern-day take on Macbeth, where Puri played one of the witches, along with his colleague and friend Naseeruddin Shah.

Also in the same time period he played a sleazy photographer in Shyam Benegal’s Mandi (1983).

Hollywood calling

He was the voice of an angry, frustrated cop in Ardh Satya (1983), but was equally charming and seductive with his co-star, the late Smita Patil. And in Aakrosh (1980) he was the oppressed peasant who barely uttered a word.

Puri became one of the first Indian actors of his generation to crossover to the West with his work in British films – East is East, its less successful sequel West is West (2010), the rarely seen Brothers in Trouble (1995), the Hanif Kureishi scripted My Son the Fanatic (1997), and the mini-series White Teeth (2002), based on Zadie Smith’s bestseller novel.

That was a time when nearly every Indian or Pakistani role in a British production was offered to Puri.

Hollywood came calling as well.

Mike Nichols also cast him in an important role in Wolf (1994) where Puri shared screen time with Jack Nicholson. And earlier Roland Joffé cast him in a supporting role in City of Joy (1992).

In 1994, Ismail Merchant cast Puri as a hapless college professor who sets out to interview an ageing and overweight Urdu poet (Shashi Kapoor) in In Custody, based on Anita Desai’s Man Booker Prize shortlisted novel.

Puri was perfect in the film, displaying his frustration as he observed the decline of Urdu language and poetry.

But it is the sad reality of the film business, that talented men and women find it harder to get juicy roles as they get older. And Puri had to face that fact.

Om Puri died too soon. But he has left a huge body of work reflecting his four decades as a film actor. He should get the most attention that a master actor of his stature deserves.

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Your performance is what is remembered, says Shraddha Kapoor

Posted on 11 January 2017 by admin

Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor who is looking forward to her upcoming release “Ok Jaanu” opposite Aditya Roy Kapoor says that the recognition of an actor is not totally dependent on the film’s box office fate but their performance.

“You will be remembered for your performance as an actor in people’s mind. Many times, the film does not do well at the box office… that is the fate of the film, and we cannot control that, but good work will be appreciated by our audience,” Shraddha told the media here alongside her co-actor to a query about the failure of their last release.

Seconding her opinion, Aditya said: “I think our fate changes in every Friday. I have seen both the side of it. In the beginning of my career, three of my films did not do well; then two films (“Aashiqui 2”, “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani“) released in the same year and both worked well. So as an actor we have to hang on, believe in ourselves and keep working with the best of our ability.”

Shraddha and Aditya are going through the same phase that happened back in 2013 before the release of their super hit film “Aashiqui 2” with their last releases – “Luv Ka The End” and “Guzaarish” respectively – being flops.

So, will “Ok Jaanu” be the comeback with a success for the on-screen couple?

“Well I think while casting us our director Shaad Ali must have seen something in us that fit us into the role, and it is an advantage that as on screen pair, audience loved us, so that can work in our favour,” said Aditya.

“As our on screen pairing was a hit, we got lot of offers after ‘Aashiqui 2‘, but those were not the right film for us, but we loved the script of ‘Ok Jaanu’. So we said yes to the film,” added Shraddha.

Directed by Shaad Ali, “Ok Jaanu” will be releasing on January 13.

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Disha not interested in being a superstar

Posted on 05 January 2017 by admin

Actress Disha Patani says she is not looking for being the best in the industry and doesn’t aim to be a superstar.

Asked if she fears failure, Disha told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “I think the most amazing thing about me joining the Bollywood industry…I never aim to be a superstar, I never believe to be like the best. That’s not what I am looking for.” “I love to work, I love the camera and I like to act. I want to do different kind of things in acting and doing a film doesn’t only include acting, it includes dancing and many other things.”

Disha, who made her acting debut in 2015 with the film “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”, added that she likes the whole aura about shooting on a set, and never thinks about failure and success. “I understand that you cannot always be on the top or be the best. It’s not in my mind right now. Maybe, I think it is too early. I am just a film old,” she said. The 24-year-old says she is only thinking about doing good films and “parts that people would remember”.

She is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film “Kung Fu Yoga”, which will also star legendary actor Jackie Chan. In the film, which is slated to release on January 28 next year, Disha will be seen playing an archaeologist.

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Kangna Sharma released the hottest song of the year!

Posted on 05 January 2017 by admin

Everyone searches Hot Item songs of Bollywood but for what? They want to see sizzling hot Indian beauties in sexiest way though item number has become trend in Indian film industry that began by Helen though since then traveling as Maliaka to Kareena to Sonakshi to Katrina and nowadays there is a new name on everyone mind that is non-other than hot and sizzling Kangna Sharma. She has set the temperatures soaring with her seductive dance moves in the song ‘Manmmani’. The bold and beautiful Kangna Sharma gets really intimate with her co-star Danish Bhatt in this video album. The two are right there to set the screen afire in this number. This one from album makes for one of the most sensuous songs in Bollywood till date. Apart from the bold lyrics, which seem to be doing it all for ‘Manmmani’ it’s the sizzling on-screen chemistry between Bollywood’s Danish Bhatt and bombshell Kangna Sharma, which gives the track an all the more erotic feel. Kangna Sharma broken all the record of the year and her song listed in the hottest song of the year. This is the beautiful romantic and sensual song of the year. The beautiful song Manmmani sung of dazzling Kangna Sharma, Directed by Firoz A Khan, Music by Palash Muchhal, Lyrics written by Alok Jha and Produced by Prince Attri under the Banner of Anand Kumar Production. The song release by Zee Music.

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