Bollywood Briefs: Playing Dhoni, Radhika Apte, Kriti Sanon, Parineeta, Raaz Reboot, Lata Mangeshkar

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Radhika Apte (Photo: Facebook)

We are just a failure phobic society: Vikram Bhatt

Mumbai–Filmmaker Vikram Bhatt, whose past few films “Creature 3D”, “Mr. X” and “Love Games” bombed at the box office, says the society is failure phobic.

“I feel it’s okay if your past few films didn’t work. Sometimes, ideas work and sometimes they don’t. I think we are just a failure phobic society. We do everything to make sure we don’t fail, but the only way to not fail is not to make a movie,” Bhatt told IANS.

“I have always tried to do something different. I am trying to give something new to the audience all the time. They might like it or not like it, but you can’t doubt my intentions,” he added.

Why doesn’t Bhatt make films with Bollywood stars?

He said: “I think that time has passed…I am interested in other things. I cannot make my life into one film. There is a lot of stuff that I like to do and the kind of films I make, are not really star specific. I am someone who likes to encourage great concepts.”

His latest directorial “Raaz Reboot” features Emraan Hashmi, Kriti Kharbanda and Gaurav Arora.

Playing Dhoni special for me: Sushant

Mumbai–Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who portrays Indian ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his upcoming biopic “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”, says playing the cricketer was special for him.

Dhoni has joined Sushant for Kingfisher Premium’s “Original Social Network” campaign. The two are seen together in a TV commercial for the same.

“It was great to share screen space with Dhoni in my latest ad for Kingfisher. It’s a first for any brand to have us both together in an advertisement,” Sushant said in a statement. “While in the movie I play him, which was really special for me as an actor, we also came together to celebrate this very special moment when we were shooting for the commercial,” he added.

The commercial celebrates success, friendship and the real spirit of “good times”.

“This is my fourth TV commercial with Kingfisher, which reinforces the positioning of Kingfisher as the ‘Original Social Network’. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our camaraderie than to come together on-screen with the legend,” Sushant said.

Directed by Neeraj Pandey, “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” is slated to release on September 30.

Radhika Apte (Photo: Facebook)
Radhika Apte (Photo: Facebook)

Don’t consider myself a star, says Radhika Apte

Mumbai–Actress Radhika Apte says she doesn’t consider herself a Bollywood star, and believes she has a long way to go.

“I don’t think I consider myself a star. The journey has been difficult, but it’s been fulfilling. I believe my journey has just begun and I still have a long way to go,” Radhika, who was praised for her performance in films like “Phobia” and “Ahalya”, told IANS.

Radhika will now be seen in Leena Yadav’s directorial “Parched”. Set in rural India, “Parched” follows the lives of four ordinary women who begin to break free from century-old traditions.

The actress said: “I think Leena is a remarkable woman. Her way of thinking is very ahead of its time. It’s fun to work with her. I hope to work with her again. She is very good with actors.”

Produced by Ajay Devgn, “Parched” is set to release on September 23.

Kriti Sanon teams up with Tiger Shroff again

Varanasi–Actress Kriti Sanon will be working with her “Heropanti” co-star Tiger Shroff on another project, which will be directed by filmmaker Anand L. Rai.

According to reports, Kriti and Tiger, who made their Bollywood debut in 2014 with the Sabbir Khan directorial, will next be seen in an advertisement.

Kriti took to Twitter on Sunday to share a photograph with Tiger and Rai from the set here.

“Shooting with Tiger and Anand sir in Banaras. Surprise surprise,” Kriti captioned the image.

After “Heropanti”, Kriti and Tiger featured in the video of the song “Chal wahan jaate hain”, which released last year.

Rai has directed films like “Tanu Weds Manu”, “Raanjhanaa”, “Tanu Weds Manu: Returns”.

Parineeta to romance Zubeen Garg in ‘Gaane Ki Aane’

Mumbai– Actress Parineeta Borthakur will be seen romancing popular singer Zubeen Garg in the upcoming Assamese film “Gaane Ki Aane”.

Parineeta, who plays the role of Sharmishtha in the popular TV show “Swaragini”, says she was “very comfortable” while working with the “Ya Ali” hitmaker.

“It’s always a wonderful experience working with Zubeen. In fact, I was very comfortable working with him. He is so talented, there is so much to learn from him,” Parineeta said in a statement.

Parineeta has even crooned a song in the film which has been extensively shot in Assam and Mumbai.

“I would love to sing for a Bollywood film as well,” she said.

“Gaane ki Aane”, directed by Rajesh Jashpal, will release on October 14.

Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar to be conferred Bengal’s Bangabibhushan award

Kolkata–Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar will be conferred the “Bangabibhushan” award by the West Bengal government in recognition of her contribution to Bengali songs, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Saturday.

“Lata Mangeshkar has sung a large number of memorable Bengali songs. In order to honour her contribution, we have decided to bestow the Bangabibhushan award to her this year,” Banerjee told media persons at the state secretariat Nabanna.

Banerjee said she has already spoken to Mangeshkar who has agreed to accept the award.

The chief minister said she would personally go to Mumbai and present the award to the singer at her residence after the Durga Puja festival. Banerjee would be accompanied by music company Saregama chairman Sanjiv Goenka.

The earlier recipients of the award initiated in 2011 include danseuse Amala Shankar, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, renowned singer Manna Dey, Aauthor Mahasweta Devi, footballer Sailen Manna, hockey Olympian Leslie Claudius, painter Jogen Chowdhury, writr Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, filmmaker Goutam Ghosh, Hindustani classical music exponent Ajoy Chakraborty and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly.

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