Bollywood Roundup: Arjun Kapoor, Kamal Haasan, Nidhhi Agerwal, and more…

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Arjun Kapoor falls sick ahead of IIFA

Mumbai– Actor Arjun Kapoor, scheduled to perform at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards gala in Bangkok on Sunday, says he is not well but will try to be ready for his performance on stage.

Arjun Kapoor

“I hate being sick… It is such a dilemma sometimes — do you medicate yourself and work through the sickness or rest it out and lose out on work and your time? Anyway I guess have to rest it out and recover in time for IIFA and nail it on stage there,” tweeted Arjun on Thursday.

The three-day gala will witness the presence of some of Hindi filmdom’s iconic stars and new actors on the red carpet, in the audience and on stage.

Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Kriti Sanon, Bobby Deol and Nushrat Bharucha are among those in the performers’ line-up.

Veteran actress Rekha will be performing live on stage after 20 years.

Kamal Haasan meets Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi– Actor Kamal Haasan, who has floated a new political party Makkal Needhi Maiam, on Thursday met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi here.

Kamal Haasan

Informed sources described the meeting that took place at the residence of Sonia Gandhi as a “courtesy call”.

Kamal Haasan had on Wednesday met Congress President Rahul Gandhi and discussed the situation in Tamil Nadu.

He had also met Election Commission officials and expressed confidence that the process of registration of his political party will be done in around a week’s time.

KL Rahul denies dating Nidhhi Agerwal

Mumbai– Cricketer KL Rahul says he is not dating “Munna Michael” actress Nidhhi Agerwal.

Nidhhi Agerwal (Photo: Twitter)

KL Rahul opened up about his relationship status on chat show “Open House with Renil”. The episode will air on Sunday on zoOm styled by Myntra, read a statement to IANS.

Asked about his relationship with Nidhhi, he said: “We have known each other since our college days. We are just good friends and all the rumours are false.”

On his bond with cricketer Virat Kohli and actress Anushka Sharma, he said: “There was one instance after a match at Melbourne where I had a terrible performance. I was miserable and depressed.

“Anushka, who noticed this, came up to my room and asked me to accompany her and Virat to their dinner date. The couple talked me through their similar experiences and that helped me understand how to manage these situations better.

“They took immense care of me and ensured I was not alone. They even made sure I spent the new year night with them. They are an amazing couple and have really had a powerful influence on me.”

Rajneesh Duggal to play ghostbuster in ‘Mushkil’

Mumbai– Actor Rajneesh Duggal will be seen playing the role of an exorcist in supernatural thriller “Mushkil”.

Kunal Roy Kapoor will also be seen as a ghostbuster in the film, a project by Big Bat films. It will be shot in Italy and Mumbai.

It is based on life-changing events involving four Mumbai girls who travel to Greece for a vacation. They meet a local guide who takes them around but it is their visit to a historical castle that triggers an unwanted series of events.

“‘Mushkil’ is a fab film. We finished shooting the first schedule of the film. Shooting for a supernatural film always gives you chills and on hearing the script it was an instant yes,” Rajneesh said in a statement.

“For the first time, I am playing the role of an exorcist and a hypnotist, which is very intriguing and challenging. This film is sure to take the horror genre to the next level with its VFX,” he added.

Ravinder Jeet Dariya, who is producing the film, said: “Whenever evil has prevailed, goodness has erased evil, however with much difficulty… The same concept is shown in the film.”

It also stars Pooja Bisht and Archana Shastry.

First look of Tabrez Noorani’s ‘Love Sonia’ out

Mumbai– The first look of Demi Moore and Freida Pinto-starrer “Love Sonia”, based on the horrors of child trafficking, features the intense gaze of a girl child, and it is unsettling.

The Tabrez Noorani directorial will open The Bagri London Indian Film Festival 2018 on Thursday evening at the Cineworld Leicester Square, London.

The film’s cast also features Mark Duplass, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Richa Chadha, Anupam Kher, Adil Hussain, Sai Tamhankar, Sunny Parwar, Mrunal Thakur and Riya Sisodiya.

The poster has a portrait image of a young girl with searing eyes which tug at the viewers’ heart.

“Love Sonia”, inspired by real events, is produced by David Womark along with Noorani.

Moving into my abode a step closer to my perfect home: Sidharth

Mumbai– Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is shifting to a new centrally located abode in Bandra here, says it is a step close to his “perfect home” as it will reflect his preference and personality.

“It is always exciting to move to a new space. I needed a bigger apartment since my parents often visit me. They say, ‘Create a space that reflects your personality’. And you know what? I am exactly doing that,” Sidharth said in a statement to IANS.

The Delhi boy shifted to Mumbai to pursue a career in showbiz over a decade ago.

“While I have spent most of my growing years in Delhi, Mumbai has become very close to my heart too. I moved out of Delhi in 2007 and shifted in a co-sharing apartment in Mumbai. While I think of the past, each day was fun and a new adventure. Moving into my new abode is a step closer to my perfect home,” he added.

Sidharth began his tryst in Bollywood with Karan Johar’s “Student Of The Year”. He has since starred in movies like “Hasee Toh Phasee”, “Ek Villain”, “Brothers”, “Kapoor & Sons”, “Baar Baar Dekho” and “Ittefaq”.

He has been roped in to play the lead role in a biopic on Kargil war hero Vikram Batra. It is being produced by Karan and directed by Vishnu Varadhan.

Parineeti brings best out of me while shooting: Arjun Kapoor

Mumbai– Actor Arjun Kapoor says his “Namaste England” co-star Parineeti Chopra brings out his best while shooting for a film.

Arjun, Parineeti and director Vipul Amrutlal Shah interacted with the media here at the wrap-up party of “Namaste England” on Wednesday.

Both actors earlier featured in “Ishaqzaade”, and “Namaste England” marks the second time that they have been paired. They will also be seen in “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”.

Arjun said: “As an actor, Parineeti brings the best out of me because I feel that if you are honest with your co-actor, then automatically, you deliver good results.

“There is not a feeling of fear in me while working with Parineeti as I can tell her to improvise on a certain scene or ask her to do some more retakes together. There is no sense of insecurity among us in terms of outdoing each other. So, you look forward to work with such actors because eventually it helps both the actors to perform a good scene. That is the reason I enjoy working with her.”

Arjun said they have also witnessed a lot of ups and downs in their careers.

“It’s been almost seven years since we did our first film together. We were really young while shooting ‘Ishaqzaade’. So, there has been a lot of gap… Both of us have been in touch, but I think we have witnessed so many ups and downs in our personal and professional life, but while working on ‘Namaste England’, we didn’t feel like we have shot a film after six years. (IANS)

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