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Vaani Kapoor on life, love, and her relationships

Posted on 21 December 2016 by admin

Vaani Kapoor’s last release Befikre is doing well at the ticket windows. People are appreciating her performance as well. The actress says ‘she is in a happy place now’. While her Shyra is brazen, outspoken and ultra-modern when it comes to love, Vaani says she’s ‘old school’. On that note, we begin our chat where Vaani makes some candid confessions on love, her singleton status and her dream man. Over to her…

Befikre has worked well. But is the box office a parameter for you to sign a film?
Ideally, I want my films to work because I want the people who have invested their money to get back their investment and make profits too. I am personally so connected with my projects that when people tell me that the film is doing well and my performance has been appreciated, why would numbers matter? But I just feel that for me, I give it my all to a project. For me it becomes a protected thing. I do keep checking if everything is going well for my films. I don’t understand the business that well but I hope that the numbers get better and I hope they make money!

Has Befikre affected your choices in life and love?
Playing Shyra has surprisingly made me stronger. There are times when you discover something new about yourself. Maybe because I was living and playing that character for so long, I have realised things and discovered things about myself which even I was unaware of. I am glad I got to live her. Because now, I can see things and deal with certain situations in a way that I never thought I could earlier. She’s definitely strong headed and one thing which Shyra and I both have in common is – we are extremely self-respecting and dignified. Her choices might be different but I find her very cool – living life on her own terms. She’s just being herself and I could play her only because I could relate to her life. I could understand her situations and give a justification to myself because I have seen people like her. I have spent a lot of time abroad because my sister lives there. So her friends are there and Dutch people or French people – they are very composed about things. They are calmer in handling various situations.

Befikre is a story that dealt with modern day relationships, casual hook-ups. But is that how you think about love as well?
No, I am very old school. Everybody has a different definition of old school today. But yes, I do feel that I would like to meet, know a person before taking it forward. I am not the casual hook-up types.

When was the first time you fell in love?
Yaar, the thing is that if it was love-love that had to last for a lifetime, I would be with that person even now. Unfortunately, I am not. I’m single right now and I’m hoping I am going to find somebody like that but I guess, the crazy heart-skips-wala-beat is yet to happen to me. I have had relationships but it just didn’t work out for whatever XYZ reasons, which are extremely personal. I guess, it wasn’t meant to be and I take it like that. Something that’s truly meant to be will happen and it will come to me when it’s supposed to.

What’s the kind of guy you would like to date?
I want somebody who’s very passionate about things in life. Loyalty is utmost priority and I expect him to be just crazy about me. So, I can be crazy about him too. Because I’m a giver so I also need a person who can give in a relationship otherwise I’m only the one giving while others are just receiving. (Smiles) Although I’ve met really wonderful people in my life so I can’t really crib. But then again, it’s just a connection. You either have it or you don’t. So, I hope that there’s a strong connection with somebody and I wouldn’t want to let go of that.

You said your relationships didn’t work and you lost some friends too. Which one hurt you more?
I have very few friends. They are so gina hua that I can literally count them on my fingertips. Others are acquaintances and people who I’m friendly with. So when I call someone a friend, I take it seriously because I like to spend a lot of time with these people or I care about them. Those are the people I call friends. But heartbreak is heartbreak. It happens when you are disappointed with someone who’s valuable or special to you. Be it a friend, or in a relationship, I can’t define who broke my heart more.

Do you have friends in the industry?
I am so new that I barely know anybody. I only know people from YRF. There are times when I ask my manager how people are really in the industry because I haven’t really interacted much with people. People within YRF are really nice, even actors are! I love Anushka (Sharma) a lot because she’s extremely genuine. Even when the trailer came out, she was one of those few people who texted me and congratulated me. Ranveer (Singh), Parineeti (Chopra) are very nice. It’s not needed but they still make the effort. Surely, I don’t have 3 am buddies who I would call up and say, ‘Hey, let’s hangout and all. I can’t sleep.’ Those are not the friends I have in this industry. But I do have good relations with people.

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Saif-Kareena blessed with son

Posted on 21 December 2016 by admin

Bollywood star couple Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan has been blessed with their first child, a son, and have named him Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi. Kareena delivered the baby on Tuesday morning at the Breach Candy Hospital here, a source told IANS.

A statement released on behalf of the actors read: “We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son : Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on December 20, 2016.

“We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over the last nine months, and of course especially our fans and well wishers for their continued affection. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all…With love, Saif and Kareena.”

Kareena and Saif, who have worked together in films like “Tashan”, “Kurbaan”, “Agent Vinod”, LOC Kargil” and “Omkara”, tied the knot in October 2012.

Saif was earlier married to actress Amrita Singh and shares two children with her – daughter Sara and son Ibrahim.

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OMG! Wajah Tum Ho leaked online

Posted on 21 December 2016 by admin

Erotic crime thriller movie Wajah Tum Ho has been leaked online. Wajah Tum Ho has become the latest victim of piracy and is now available on many sites for viewers to watch the full movie online or download it for free. Starring Sana Khan, Gurmeet Choudhary, Sharman Joshi and Rajniesh Duggall, Wajah Tum Ho was released on December 16 and in no time it has been leaked online. The leaked version of the movie is of average print quality but it is good enough for viewers, who would prefer to watch Wajah Tum Ho online.

While Wajah Tum Ho has had a decent start at the box office with a collection of Rs 5.54 crore nett at the domestic market in its first two days, the full movie being available to be watched and downloaded for free may affect its earning in the coming days.

Directed by Vishal Pandya, the film had received mixed response from the critics but it has considerable hype for sensuous appearance of Sana for the first time. The trailers and posters of the movie had displayed much sensuality that may work in favour of the movie. However, the movie being leaked online may appear as a shocker for the makers of the film.

Piracy has become a bigger problem for Bollywood of late. Almost all Hindi movies had been leaked online in the recent past, sometimes even before the theatrical release. Even Ranveer Singh and Vaani Kapoor starrer Befikre had also made its way to the internet just two days post its release.

Earlier, films like Manjhi: The Mountain Man and Great Grand Masti were leaked online days before the official release, causing huge losses to the producers of both the movies.

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Big Dilemmas: Why was Sunny insecure about her item song in Raees?

Posted on 21 December 2016 by admin

Sunny Leone has arrived in the big league with Raees. Being a part of a Shah Rukh Khan film is a big deal. Even if it is an item song (the remix version of Laila O Laila). The actress talks about her nervousness at being compared to Zeenat Aman, the SRK factor and being shocked at being approached for a item song in Rahul Dholakhia’s next.

Your reaction on being approached for the song?

I was shocked, actually! I kept wondering if they called the right number. For the first few days I would try on the costumes in sheer disbelief as I still couldn’t believe that they wanted me to do the song. I would try on the costumes during the rehearsals but it was always at the back of my mind that if they didn’t like me they could replace me.

Now I know it’s happening and I am happy, honored, thankful and so excited! Have you seen the original song?

(Laughs) I had seen the song in Qurbani and then a couple of times before I started shooting for the song and again a few more times after shooting our song – out of sheer anxiety! Fortunately my song is not a remake of Laila O Laila but a completely different dance song with different dance steps and a different look and styling. It’s more of a tribute to the original than a remake and has some really important moments which moves the story of Raees forward.

Are you apprehensive about being compared to Zeenat Aman?

Of course! I am very nervous about being compared to her. She was such a big star and the song became iconic. I am not thinking too much about it and focusing on the fact that I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The fact that my Bollywood career has taken such a wonderful turn and I got to work with a huge star like Shah Rukh, whom I admire very much. More than the pressure of expectations of just a song, I wish I can live up to the expectations of Shah Rukh and Zeenat Aman. I wish that when they and whoever cast me in Laila O Laila, watch the song are happy with my performance in it and that the film is a super success!

How was Shah Rukh to work with?

I was extremely excited to work with him and on the first day though I didn’t show it on the outside, I was very emotional. I wanted to cry! These are the moments that only dreams are made of… It was the first time I saw Shah Rukh. And being together in the same frame… Shah Rukh and I had a couple of different moments together in the song and hopefully I didn’t make it too difficult for him as there were some complicated dance moves that needed to be done.

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Will Ash not be the part of Padmavati?

Posted on 15 December 2016 by admin

Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s association extends beyond the films they’ve collaborated on. `They meet socially (last at the Bachchans’ Diwali bash). He counts her as one of the few friends he has in the industry. But that’s it. There’s been no talk of working together on Padmavati,` says a source close to SLB.

That puts paid to rumours and reports that the two will be teaming up. According to the source, there is no scope at all to include another actress in a leading role or a special song, as is being reported.

`The conflict in the plot hinges on the three characters – Rani Padmavati (Deepika Padukone), her husband Raja Rawal Ratan Singh (Shahid Kapoor) and Alauddin Khilji (Ranveer Singh), who falls for Padmavati. Aditi Rao Hydari plays Khilji’s wife. Besides that, there is no other female character,` adds the source.

In fact, at one point of time Aishwarya was the prime contender to play Padmavati. But when Ranveer Singh came on board as Khilji, the entire casting had to change. Will they work together in the near future? By all accounts, SLB has a love story set in Kashmir, for which he only wants ARB.

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Unravelling the mysteries of the charming Bollywood star Anushka Sharma

Posted on 15 December 2016 by admin

As the actor finishes eight years in cinema on December 12, she attempts to solve eight mysteries about herself.

In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, why would the heroine (Alizeh) not fall for Ranbir Kapoor’s character (Ayan): he’s smart, good-looking, funny, charming, and they get along like crazy. What could be wrong with him? Is it that the first time they met and made out, there was no sexual chemistry?

That was definitely one of the reasons, which is why that scene is there in the first place. Basically when she called him over to hook up at the party, she didn’t think it was going to turn out this badly, and she’d instantly friend-zone him. Also, in life, it’s a superficial way of looking at things—that he’s good-looking, charming etc., and why would you not fall for him?

So it was about the snog-fail…

Initially, yes. But sometimes you just don’t feel that way about someone. Yet, you realise there’s so much more to two people than a possible hook-up—which would get over, and they would move on anyway.

They actually end up talking, figure they’re both film buffs, their lives are similar, and they have great chemistry otherwise. She certainly loves him, but there are several layers to those feelings, and that’s what’s novel (about what the film explores).

Usually (in films), it’s either ‘dost hain’ (they’re friends) ya ‘pyar hai’ (or they’re lovers). Ya phir dost se pyar ho jaata hai, ya pyar se dosti ho jaati hai (Or they become lovers after being friends, or vice versa). I really worked hard on this headspace of Alizeh, trying to understand her completely. You can’t just play such a role learning your dialogue… The feelings are very complex.

It can also get toxic when two people are friends, but one of them harbours other feelings.

I think boys tend to take this bit about friend-zoning far more seriously. But yes, it does get difficult and toxic for the girl too. Still, soon as Ayan expresses his feelings for Alizeh, they stop talking to each other, right? It is for this reason, I had asked Karan to include a point in the film where Alizeh makes it known to Ayan that if being in this kind of relationship is difficult for you, then let’s not (carry on any further), because it is not difficult for me.

I have somewhere in my life experienced this—being aware of someone’s feelings for me, while being in no position to reciprocate. You have to take responsibility so as not to lead them on. You have to give them the power to leave.

And she was also in a relationship…

I remember when Fawad was cast, we all felt relieved because the other person (in the film) just had to be as strong, and it is a cameo, with little space for Fawad’s character (Ali) to reveal his feelings for Alizeh, and demonstrate the dynamics of the relationship. He had to convey a lot more, merely through his expressions.

Fawad was there in Ae Dil… as your co-star (even if in a cameo), but everybody just abandoned him during the film’s release, given the Pak artiste controversy. I can understand Karan Johar’s predicament as a producer, but what about the cast, and his Bollywood ‘friends’? Did you not speak to him, or did you lose touch?

I’d never been in touch with Fawad to begin with. We only interacted on the set, and that’s about it. So there was nothing new about it, in that sense, after the incident took place.

Did you feel terrible about the situation, though?

We didn’t feel it would turn out the way it did. Everybody had worked hard for months on the movie, when things were very different, and now we couldn’t have been held responsible for a changed (Indo-Pak) situation.

But things between India and Pakistan have always been bad, so this self-censorship on the part of filmmakers to not work with Pakistani artistes was weird in its own way, no?

I wouldn’t want to comment on the issue, because it can get misconstrued. And it’s a much larger issue than a film. All I know is that I come from an Army background. My father was in the infantry, I’ve sat next to my mother and seen her glued to the TV screen during Kargil War, when my father would call us once in three months, and we didn’t even know where he was. I’ve seen it that close, so I can understand how people must’ve felt. But the issue itself is beyond two people’s conversations on it.

How gorgeous is Aishwarya Rai, 43, in Ae Dil…? There’s a scene in which you make fun of what you’re looking like, next to her. Was that a self-conscious/deliberate take?

I am that girl in real life. I’m not some stunner. I’m not an Aishwarya Rai to look at. And that’s what Alizeh is—she can make a joke about such things, because she doesn’t take herself so seriously. There’s an awkwardness, when you meet somebody (like Aishwarya). It becomes an elephant in the room that you need to address, by making light of the situation!

Going by box-office figures, around Rs 420 crore is what your two movies have grossed this year, which makes you the no. 1 female star, numerically speaking. But your biggest achievement is starring in a Salman film, Sultan, and actually bagging a proper female part that you even had to prep for! That’s a genuine first. How did that work out?

Adi (Aditya Chopra) has always known that my choices are made on the basis of what contribution I’ll get to make in a film. And I’ll only have it that way, in order to derive any professional satisfaction.

So when Sultan was first offered to me, I was like, what would I be doing in this film? But I knew if Adi is offering it to me, there must be something. Once I heard the narration I was convinced about the potential of the role.

And it’s not about the length of the role, but what the presence of the character does to the film’s story.

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All doors for Mahira’s return shut?

Posted on 15 December 2016 by admin

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS chief Raj Thackeray at his residence in Mumbai.

The meeting, that took place in the evening, assumes significance as Mr Khan’s upcoming film “Raees”, which features Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, is scheduled for a release next month, party sources said.

After the meeting, MNS Chief Raj Thackeray told news agency ANI: “He (Shah Rukh Khan) had come to inform that rumours about Mahira Khan promoting Raees are false.”

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray met Shah Rukh Khan on Sunday. Notably, the MNS has in the past objected to casting of Pakistani actors in Indian movies citing the neighbouring country’s reported involvement in terrorist attacks in India.

earlier in October, the MNS had staged high-voltage protests against the release of filmmaker Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” for featuring Pakistani actor Fawad Khan.

The Bollywood superstar had previously run into trouble for the release of “My Name is Khan” in 2010, with Shiv Sena, opposing its screening then.

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I am picky about my projects: Bhumi Pednekar

Posted on 08 December 2016 by admin

She made a successful debut last year with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ but Bhumi Pednekar has taken things slow and the actress says she does not mind the gap as she is ‘picky’ about her films.

Bhumi (27), had to put on several kilos to look the part of an overweight girl, Sandhya, in her last film. The actress says her career is going as per her plan because she needed the time off to get into shape.

`Honestly I needed time to get back into shape. I was expecting this gap and whatever would have been my second film, it was supposed to start now. My life is going as per plan. I am a little picky about scripts. I have taken my own time to select my films. But things are unfolding the way I had planned,` said Bhumi.

The actress is currently shooting her second film ‘Toilet- Ek Prem Katha’, which also stars Akshay Kumar, in Nandgaon, Mathura. The film is again set in a small town just like ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’, which was shot in Haridwar but Bhumi says there is no similarity between Sandhya and her character from the upcoming film.

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Whoa! Sunny and Big B has a special connection

Posted on 08 December 2016 by admin

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and actress Sunny Leone have been raking in the votes for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India’s Hottest Vegetarian Celebrity 2016 contest.

Sunny, who makes her debut on the list, said: “(T)ook me a while (to) come (to) terms with (vegetarianism)…but I have seen things I can’t erase from my mind which made me stop eating meat”.

Hot on their heels are Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Jacqueline Fernandez, Shahid Kapoor and R. Madhavan.

In PETA’s “Glass Walls” video expose, narrated by R. Madhavan, chickens’ throats are cut while they are still conscious, and pigs scream as they’re stabbed in the heart. Cows are seen crammed into vehicles in such large numbers that their bones break as they’re hauled off to slaughter houses, where many are dismembered while they’re still alive. PETA India will announce the winners before the end of the year.

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Aditya Chopra is humble: Vaani Kapoor

Posted on 08 December 2016 by admin

Actress Vaani Kapoor, who is gearing up for the release of her second film “Befikre”, has praised its director Aditya chopra saying that he is a humble man.

Asked how was it working with chopra, Vaani told IANs over phone from Mumbai: “He is such a humble man. You can never feel intimidated by him because he makes sure that he is approachable and friendly.”

“Before he announced (about ‘Befikre’), he broke the news I am doing this movie…He was taking my workshops. I didn’t know for what movie and who is directing it…He made me feel very comfortable when we were doing workshops also,” she said. the 28-year-old actress says by the time she reached the film’s set, she “did become a lot comfortable”.

“For me, I could be myself (in front of chopra). I could goof up and make mistakes and not feel judged…that fear had gone,” she said. talking about her “Befikre” journey, Vaani said: “It was amazing. I felt like it was the best thing that had happened to me…Not only because it is an Aditya chopra movie or it has ranveer singh or I had such a fabulous team, but also for the character I got to play.” the “shuddh Desi romance” actress says she has something to treasure for life. shot widely in Paris, “Befikre” is a fresh interpretation of love as viewed in the 21st century. the film is slated to release on December 9.

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