BOLLYWOOD BRIEFS: Aamir and Leone, Akshay and Lara Dutta, Johar on Aligarh and not being scared

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Sunny Leone (Photo: Facebook)

Would be happiest girl if I could work with Aamir: Sunny Leone
Mumbai–Actress Sunny Leone says she will be the happiest girl in the world even if she could share screen space with superstar Aamir Khan even for a second.

Sunny Leone (Photo: Facebook)
Sunny Leone (Photo: Facebook)

“Even if I get the opportunity to work with him for a second, I would be the happiest girl in the world forever. Even if I am just passing behind, I would be very happy. I think it is any actor’s — whether it is male or female — dream to work with such an amazing person and such an amazing actor,” said Sunny when asked about Aamir’s recent comments at a promotion event for her upcoming film “Mastizaade”.

In an interview with a news channel, Sunny had said Aamir probably wouldn’t work with her because of her background. But Aamir later said he would like to work with her and didn’t have any issues with her past. He reiterated the same point at the 10-year celebration of his film “Rang De Basanti”.

Every character in ‘Aligarh’ moved me: Karan Johar
Mumbai–Filmmaker Karan Johar says he can relate to Hansal Mehta’s film “Aligarh” and every character in the film emotionally moved him. “I related to the film, that means I related to each and every character. I was upset by the treatment meted out to the character by certain people, which means that it was performed efficiently,” Karan said after the film’s screening on Wednesday.

“More than having my sympathy, it had my thought engaged. It has made me think, it made me question, it’s aroused me in a certain way and I think that’s what films should do. It should make you get out of the cinema, think about it and have a strong opinion,” he said. The film is based on the real-life of Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras, a professor of Aligarh Muslim University who was removed from his job for homosexuality. Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of the professor while Rajkummar Rao plays a journalist.

“I’m very emotionally moved by the film. Not just the outstanding performances by the lead actors Manoj Bajpayee and Rajkummar Rao, Hansal Mehta has made a beautiful and a thought-provoking film,” Karan said. Some films such as “Fire” based on homosexuality faced protests in the past and the theme of homosexuality usually has a divided opinion in the country.

Not scared of anyone: Karan Johar
Mumbai– Filmmaker Karan Johar says he is not scared of anyone and is proud of his opinions and about having a voice, after his remarks on freedom of expression grabbed headlines recently. At the Jaipur Literature Festival, Karan had said freedom of expression and democracy were the biggest jokes in the country. He had said that expressing one’s views could land you in jail.

Asked if he could express his views about the film “Aligarh” without fear and hesitation after he saw the movie, Karan replied: “Without fear and without any hesitation, I can say anything. My silence has stated everything. I’m not scared of anyone. The thoughts are mine and will always be mine and I’m very proud of my own feelings and thoughts. “Unfortunately, some people might agree or disagree but on a film like ‘Aligarh’, there will be no disagreement. It’s a very special film,” said Karan.

“We are filmmakers, we are entertainers, and that doesn’t mean that we don’t have our own thoughts and opinions. Sometimes these things happen and sometimes we make statements at certain platforms. “I’m proud to be a filmmaker in India. I’m proud that I have a voice because I’m a filmmaker and I hope I continue to have that voice,” he said.

His comments came under attack from political leaders, while actors Akshay Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha and Anupam Kher said there was no intolerance in the country or in the film industry. On the criticism that came his way, Karan said: “Just the way our films are, we must take all kinds of opinions, all kinds of feedback, all kinds of criticism in the right way.

An actor is a star because of fans: Akshay Kumar
Mumbai–Actor Akshay Kumar, who has over millions of well-wishers across India, credits his fans for making an actor a “star”. “What I have understood with these many years in the industry is that an actor is a star because of his (or her) fans and should do anything in power to entertain viewers,” Akshay said in a statement.

Akshay added that when he joined the Hindi film fraternity, he “didn’t have much of a choice. “All I was ever really good at was stunts as I had to make my mark. That was what I focused on the most,” he said. The “Khiladi” actor added that he doesn’t take things for granted and has gone through highs and lows in his over a decade long movie career.

Akshay is known for action film as well as comedy movies like “Singh Is Kinng” and “Welcome”. The actor feels great to know the audience love the movies he does and adds that he likes doing films which offer “wholesome entertainment to the entire family”.

The “Khiladi” star shared that he requested his co-star Lara Dutta Bhupathi to be a part of “Singh Is Bliing”, which will be aired on Zee Cinema on January 30. “I love working with Lara. In fact I had requested her to do ‘Singh Is Bliing’ which she obliged. And her performance is flawless in the movie as usual,” he said.

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