Bollywood Roundup: Anupam Kher, Ali Fazal, Nia Sharma, Katrina Kaif, and more..

Anupam Kher’s ‘Indian hospitality’ for Robert De Niro

New York– Veteran actor Anupam Kher took Hollywood star Robert De Niro, his wife Grace, director David O. Russell and a few other friends to a popular Indian restaurant here.

“It was a wonderful evening. I took Robert De Niro and his wife Grace, David O. Russell and his wife Holly and their friends out for dinner to an Indian restaurant. They absolutely loved the food there. We were there for over two hours,” Anupam said in a statement about their visit to the restaurant last week.

Anupam has been shooting for an international TV series here.

De Niro had earlier surprised Anupam by hosting a birthday dinner for the Indian actor, who turned 63 on March 7.

Hansal Mehta procures real-life footage for ‘Omerta’

Mumbai– Filmmaker Hansal Mehta says that to make his film “Omerta”, which is based on terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikhs life, as authentic as possible, he purchased real-life footage from a number of sources.

Footage of the Kandahar attack, media footage following the 9/11 attack in the US and other clips were acquired from a whole range of sources by the film’s team.

“When it comes to the film, everything has to be credible. To ensure we kept it as real as possible, we purchased the actual footage. The film covers various crucial events from world history. I had to buy these videos from different agencies. They were bought in bits and pieces through the years,” Mehta said in a statement.

“Omerta” was shot in real locations across London and India. It is woven around some of the most bloody terror attacks, including the 9/11 attack and the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl.

Presented by Swiss Entertainment and Karma Media, produced by Nahid Khan and directed by Mehta, “Omerta” stars Rajkummar Rao. It will release on April 20.

Ali preps for ‘Milan Talkies’

Mumbai– Actor Ali Fazal has shed a lot of weight, is working on a particular accent and is refreshing his memories of growing up in Lucknow to get his character right for “Milan Talkies” which is being shot in his hometown.

Ali Fazal (Photo: Twitter)

Ali, who has returned from the US where he was seen attending pre-Oscar parties, is going to begin work on the Tigmanshu Dhulia-directorial.

The film is a romantic drama and will be shot entirely in Lucknow and neighboring regions. South actress Shraddha Srinath is set to debut in this film opposite Ali.

As the movie revolves around the sorry predicament of single-screen theatres in the days of the multiplex, and the narrative is based in the north of India, it requires a typical accent to be mouthed by the actors.

Ali has started preparing himself for the role. He is meeting trade pundits to understand the tips and tricks of the movie game.

He said in a statement: “Some films allow room for research, some demand lots of preparations, while some ask you to look back inside yourself for all the answers.

“Growing up in Lucknow, I visited a lot of single screens, so I am just refreshing my memories.”

The movie went on floors on Monday.

On working with Dhulia, he said: “Tigmanshu is going to be directing me soon. I start shoot later. So till now, it has been friendship and exchanging notes of political ideologies and creative sensibilities.”

“Milan Talkies” also features Ashutosh Rana, Sanjay Mishra, Yashpal Sharma and Sikandar Kher.

Nia Sharma excited about Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Twisted 2’

Actress Nia Sharma, who played a bold role in filmmaker Vikram Bhatt’s digital series “Twisted”, says she feels more confident about the second season.

Nia Sharma (Photo: facebook)

The show, produced by Bhatt and JioCinema will premiere on the filmmaker’s OTT platform VB on The Web and for the Jio users on JioCinema from April 25.

The second shooting schedule of the show is currently underway in Mumbai. Nia plays Aliya Mukherji.

Nia said in a statement: “‘Twisted’ season one came as a game changer for me since it was my move from television to web and also in a completely changed avatar which was tough for me as well.

“I never thought of myself as a glamorous girl or never thought that I’d ever pull of a character like Aliyah. But it gave me a lot of confidence after it released.

“Now with ‘Twisted 2’, I feel more confident, more glamorous and more experimental in terms of Aliyah’s looks and I’m extremely elated that the story also is so much more deep and impactful than last time.

“This is a series and a character that will not be written for me each time I go out to find projects. So I’m going to give it my all.”

Movies are great to get people’s attention on a topic: Katrina

Mumbai– Actress Katrina Kaif believes movies can be effective in putting out a message that can bring about a change in society.

Katrina Kaif (Photo: Twitter)

Katrina interacted with the media when she joined the international award-winning non-profit organisation ‘Educate Girls’ as their ambassador here on Monday.

Asked what she thinks about having a movie based on ‘educating girls’ in Bollywood, she said: “I don’t believe you need to have a movie to take this cause further or spread the awareness about this cause. There are many ways we can do it, although with a movie on it, sometimes a message comes across in a non-judgmental, non-forceful or organic entertaining form.

“A movie is an amazing way to get the message across. Someone making a movie on this would be outstanding.”

Katrina cited the example of “Secret Superstar”.

“That movie had that message. That was definitely the message that got across. A young talented girl who is being stopped from fulfilling her dreams because the society and world around her are not allowing her to do that… So for me, there are movies being made like that. You don’t necessarily need a movie just about the classroom.

Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor to be honoured at NY Indian Fest

New York– Indian cinema icons Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi will be remembered at the New York Indian Film Festival.

Sridevi Photo: Mid Day)

The event will be held from May 7-12.

Shashi Kapoor, star of Merchant-Ivory films such as “The Householder”, will be honoured with the screenings of “Shakespeare Wallah” and “Heat and Dust”, reports variety.com.

The fest will also hold a Merchant-Ivory retrospective that also includes the screening of “Autobiography of a Princess”, starring Madhur Jaffrey.

To honour Sridevi, her 2012 hit “English Vinglish”, which was mainly set in New York, will be screened.

Son of Prithviraj Kapoor and younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor made his debut in Bollywood with the 1961 film “Dharmputra” after working as a child artist. He passed away in December 2017.

Bollywood’s ultimate “charm house” Shashi Kapoor then went on to make a name for himself globally by associating with international cinema. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Indian government in 2011.

Sridevi, known for her ability to slip into myriad roles, expressive eyes, sheer comic timing and her fluid dancing skills, died on February 24. Her death left everyone shocked and saddened.

The fest opens on May 7 with “Nude”, a Marathi-language film directed by Ravi Jadhav.

The story centres around a single mother who gets a job as a nude model at an art school but fears the judgment of others and keeps her job a secret.

Hansal Mehta’s “Omerta”, starring Rajkummar Rao, is the closing night film on May 12. The film traces the life of British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Armaan Malik’s dream to sing for Varun comes true

Mumbai– Armaan Malik is “really excited” about his upcoming song for the Varun Dhawan-starrer “October” as it was his dream to collaborate with the actor.

The song titled “Theher ja” is set to release on Wednesday.

Armaan Malik

“I’ve said in the past that it’s my wish to sing for Varun Dhawan and when he announced to the world that I’m the voice of ‘October’ movie, I was over the moon. Even both our fandoms wanted us to come together for a song. So finally, my wish has come true and I’m really excited,” Armaan said in a statement.

“Theher ja”, he says, is a feel-good track.

“It is about the emotion of love in a simplistic manner which is why it will make it more relatable and appealing to the youth. This song is unlike the usual Bollywood romantic songs that you get to hear.

“It has a very European vibe to it and for that very reason, it will stand out. This is my solo song and the music has been composed by Abhishek Arora with lyrics penned by Abhiruchi Chand,” added the “Bol do na zara” hitmaker.

On his future projects, the singer said: “There are many songs in the pipeline. It’s an exciting period for me as I am getting to work with a lot of new people. I can’t wait to bring more and more music for my fans. All I can reveal now is that I’m working on a new single which should be out soon.” (IANS)

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