Bollywood Roundup: Ranbir Kapoor, Karan Kundra, Paresh Rawal, Aakriti Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, and more…

Have learnt from my failures, not successes: Ranbir

Mumbai– For Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor, failures have translated to more learning than his success stories.

In a rare question and answer session with fans on social media on on Sunday, when a user asked him about how he deals with frustration and failures, Ranbir said: “I have only learned from my failures and not from my successes.”

And how does he celebrate success?

“By wiping the sweat off my forehead and muttering ‘bach gaye’ to myself,” said the actor, who has had a career of many hits and misses in Bollywood.

Having forayed into films with “Saawariya”, Ranbir featured in films like “Wake Up Sid”, “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” and “Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year” before entering a new league with movies like “Rockstar”, “Barfi!” and “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”.

“Bombay Velvet”, “Tamasha” and “Jagga Jasoos” are some of the films that didn’t work for Ranbir.

When a fan asked where does Ranbir see himself 10 years from now, the actor said: “I hope I can continue entertaining all of you for years to come.”

His forthcoming movie is “Sanju”, a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt.

He says working in a biopic has been “terrifying and exciting at the same time”.

Unfortunately, I’m not single anymore: Karan Kundra

Mumbai– Actor Karan Kundra, who plays a character that he describes as “popular with the ladies” in “Dil Hi Toh Hai”, acknowledges his real life female fan following, but says too bad that he isn’t single anymore.

Karan Kundra (Photo: Facebook)

Talking about his “Dil Hi Toh Hai” role, Karan told IANS: “He is young, he is successful, he is popular with the ladies. He enjoys himself like any other boy in that category would. It’s not like how we have typical heroes in television, and stereotype them that if he is nice, he won’t ever do XYZ thing.

“This character is always surrounded by women and he enjoys the fact that he gets the attention. A lot of youngsters will relate with this.”

What about his own female fans in real life?

“Well, unfortunately, I am not single anymore. I have been there, done that. For any young and successful person, it’s a good thing. Like any boy of that age, I have also had my share of fun,” said Karan, who is in a relationship with popular TV host and video jockey Anusha Dandekar.

Ranbir an inspiration for the coming generation: Paresh Rawal

Mumbai– While Ranbir Kapoor has been vocal about how inspiring it has been to work with Paresh Rawal in “Sanju”, the veteran actor believes the young star is an inspiration for the new generation.

Ranbir and Paresh bring alive the father-son bond of Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Dutt on-screen in “Sanju”, a biopic directed by Rajkumar Hirani.

Praising Ranbir, Paresh told IANS: “I have worked with various actors, but working with Ranbir is something else. He is a very talented actor. And let me tell you, playing Sanjay Dutt, whom we can see every now and then on-screen, is certainly not easy for any actor.

“The way Ranbir internalised and delivered the character… He is flawless. He is an inspirational actor for the coming generation.”

Working with Hirani for the first time was also special for Paresh.

“I think I am lucky to be a part of this special film. I was destined to be a part of a film where some of the finest talents like Raju (Hirani), Abhijat Joshi and Ranbir are a part of. I was supposed to work in ‘Munna Bhai MBBS’ but it did not work out. I was offered the role that later Boman Irani played in the film.

“But such things happen, and I had in my mind that one day, I will work with him (Hirani). Finally, it has happened with ‘Sanju’,” he said.

The film is releasing on June 29.

Aakriti Sharma meets her biggest fan

Mumbai– Child actress Aakriti Sharma, who is getting positive response for TV show “Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala”, was pleasantly surprised to see her fan — a three-year-old girl child — fly to Mumbai from Faridabad just to meet her.

There was a video on Twitter showing Shanaya Arora, 3, singing the title track of the show “Paith bichara”. Aakriti noticed it and expressed her wish to meet her. Then Shanaya flew down from Faridabad along with her parents, read a statement to IANS.

“I was very happy that Shanaya came to meet us. When she surprised us on set, I personally took and showed her around along with her family like her elder sister. We also sang my favourite song ‘Paith bichara’ together,” said Aakriti.

Said Shanaya’s father Sachin Arora: “My daughter Shanaya is a huge fan of Kullfi. Whenever Kullfi sings on screen, she sings along with her. This show has brought me closer to my daughter and I am very grateful to Aakriti and Mohit Malik for this.”

Mohit says it is nice to know that one’s work is being recognised and is changing lives.

“When we saw Shanaya’s video, we really wanted to meet her. Little did we know that the team will actually make this possible. I am really grateful to the Arora family who took the time to come down from Faridabad just to meet us and they even chose they perfect day, Father’s Day,” he added.

“Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala”, which airs on Star Plus, tells the story of seven-year-old Kullfi and her talent of composing a song on every situation.

Aayush Sharma overwhelmed by response to ‘Loveratri’ teaser

Mumbai– Debutant Aayush Sharma, superstar Salman Khan’s brother-in-law, is overwhelmed by the positive response to the teaser of his maiden film “Loveratri”.

“I am overwhelmed by the reactions pouring in for the teaser. There is nothing more empowering than to be appreciated for your hard work and effort,” Aayush said in a statement to IANS.

He witnessed the response when he visited Gaiety Galaxy to watch the teaser of his film which is attached to the print of “Race 3”.

A Gujarati couple who saw the teaser recognised Aayush in the audience and approached him, and praised his performance.

The film’s teaser, which released on June 13, begins with Salman introducing the storyline, narrating the colourful love story.

Directed by first-time director Abhiraj Minawala, written by Naren Bhatt and produced by Salman Khan Films, “Loveratri” also stars Warina Hussain. It will release on October 5.

Didn’t always share easy relationship with my father: Sanjay Dutt

Mumbai– Actor Sanjay Dutt, whose life of ups and downs has inspired a Bollywood biopic “Sanju” that tells a father-son story, says he did not share an easy bond with his late father Sunil Dutt.

On Father’s Day on Sunday, Sanjay, now a dad of three, remembered his father.

“Whatever I am today is because of my father. He is my inspiration and I miss him every day. I did not always share an easy relationship with him. But he always stood by me. I wish he was here to see me as a free man and the beautiful family that I have today. He would have been proud,” Sanjay said in a statement to IANS.

It was in February 2016 that Sanjay walked out of jail completing his prison-term for illegal possession of arms. For the actor, his father was always a pillar of strength throughout his roller-coaster personal and professional life.

While Sanjay keeps sharing memories of his father on social media, it is this bond that finds focus in Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju”, which features Ranbir essay the title role and Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt.

Talking about his own children, Sanjay said: “Trishala, Iqra and Shahran are such good kids. I am so proud of them… I can’t wait to get back home and spend sometime with them.”

Sanjay is currently busy shooting for “Prassthanam”.

Sahil Khattar eyes Bollywood

New Delhi– YouTube star Sahil Khattar has faced rejection by casting directors for being bald. He wonders why cant he turn into an “endearing actor and performer” just because of his physical appearance.

“Next for me would be other comedy shows. I am in talks with 2-3 channels for a show. Films are next for me and I hope to get a chance in Bollywood,” Sahil told IANS.

“The way people appreciated and loved a bald guy on the digital space…Television also warmed up to me. A lot of times the casting directors, producers tell you that the look is not going (with the role). The look is not going because I am bald.

“Now, look at Dwayne Johnson. He is one of the most successful actors on this earth, look at Jason Statham – he has got the hottest wife, look at Pitbull, the biggest rapper in the world… All of them are bald and are ruling the roost. So why can’t I turn into an endearing actor, performer and why can’t they give me a role on whom the whole film is dependent or revolves?”

Sahil, who became famous through digital channel Being Indian, says he wants to be in a position where a film revolves around his role.

“And where I can be a parallel lead or negative lead. So, Bollywood is the next big step for me and I hope it is soon,” he added.

After hosting the dance-based TV show “Dance India Dance” season 6, he is hosting a show related to FIFA World Cup 2018 for Sony Ten 3.

“To host comedy, a dance reality show and FIFA World Cup is a complete different thing and not a transition. It was always in me, but I have got the opportunity now. I am really excited,” he said.

It was high time to jump back into Bollywood: Ashutosh Rana

Mumbai– Actor Ashutosh Rana has completed shooting for four films in the past six months, making a grand comeback of sorts into Bollywood. He says it was high time he returned as people had started questioning him about “vanishing” from the industry.

Ashutosh has been working a lot in the southern film industry for the past few years. Now he has seven big Bollywood releases in a span of the next two years. The projects include Dharma Productions’ “Dhadak”, Anubhav Sinha’s “Mulk”, Abhishek Chaubey’s “Sonchiraiya”, Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Milan Talkies”, Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, Ismail Darbar’s “Tigdum” and Shekhar Sirrin’s “Chicken Curry Law”.

On working in back-to-back projects, Ashutosh said in a statement to IANS: “In a party, I met someone who said that I have vanished from the industry, and it wasn’t like that. I have been working in the south industry and a film in Bollywood at regular intervals.

“I guess that comment hit a nerve and I decided to make an imprint here again and I took up the projects. There is lot of work in the south, but I guess it was high time to jump back. So, I completed everything in one shot.”

Perhaps he found a comfort in southern film projects.

“Directors in the south industry don’t typecast you and let you explore as an actor. And along with us, they also think out-of-the-box and are keen on exploring and pushing you beyond the limit. Whereas here (in Bollywood), after doing larger than life characters in ‘Sangharsh’ and ‘Dushman’, people couldn’t think of anything else for me,” said the actor, whose last Hindi film was “Brothers”. (IANS)

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