Bollywood Briefs: Sidharth Malhotra, Saqib Saleem, Taapsee Pannu, Pulkit Samrat, Shafqat Amanat Ali

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Each film a great learning experience: Sidharth Malhotra

Mumbai–Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who is basking in all the positive response coming his way for “Kapoor & Sons”, says he is still a ‘student’ in showbiz as “each and every film has been a great learning experience” for him.

“I have been fortunate enough that different kind of roles are coming my way. Each and every film has been a great learning experience for me as an actor,” Sidharth said in a statement.

Sidharth Malhotra
Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth entered Bollywood with “Student of the Year” in 2012, and since then he has explored various roles like a lover out for vengeance in “Ek Villain”, guy-next-door in “Hasee Toh Phasee” and a boxer in “Brothers”. The latest is family drama “Kapoor & Sons”.

Directed by Shakun Batra, “Kapoor & Sons” also stars Alia Bhatt, Rishis Kapoor and Fawad Khan. Sidharth will be seen next in “Baar Baar Dekho” opposite Katrina Kaif in a love story which spans over 60 years.

Saqib found it ‘irritating’ to work with Huma

Mumbai–Actor Saqib Saleem, who will be seen sharing screen space with his sister Huma Qureshi in a Hindi remake of Hollywood film “Oculus”, says it was exciting yet “irritating” to work with her onscreen.

“It was exciting. It was like, I am acting with my sister… you live together, eat together, now you work together… So it’s kind of irritating. But once you get into it, and get into the actor mode, it’s great. It was exciting,” Saqib said.

The title of the film will be announced later this month, he shared.

Released in 2013, “Oculus” is the story of a brother and sister battling paranormal activity. Saqib and Huma will be reprising the characters played by Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites.

Taapsee Pannu takes Delhi Metro ride

Actress Taapsee Pannu, who is in the capital to shoot a Shoojit Sircar production, didn’t mind taking a metro ride to avoid traffic woes.

The actress took to Twitter to share a selfie in which she is seen waiting for the metro to arrive during late evening.

She captioned it: “When the going gets tough, The tough get going… In a metro… After a long day at work… Avoiding the traffic jam.”

Taapsee looks casual in a black top with white stars on it.

The 28-year-old has been enjoying her time on the sets of “Pink”, which also stars megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

“Not a dull moment on set! We get the happiest moments in the most saddening scenes as well. ‘Pink’ shooting progress,” she had shared on Twitter last week.

Badshah’s energy is infectious: Pulkit Samrat

Actor Pulkit Samrat, who first worked with Badshah on “Sanam Re”, has collaborated with the rapper again — this time for an ad film. He is impressed by the singer’s energy.

Even Pulkit’s vibrancy has caught Badshah’s fascination.

Talking about their camaraderie, Pulkit said: “Badshah and I have a great time when we work together. The song in ‘Sanam Re’ and now this advertisement, both were night shoots but fun, because this guy is crazy and his energy is infectious! The response to the ‘Saturday Saturday’ second version has been great.”

Shafqat Amanat Ali would love to sing for Big B

Bachhan-CricketNew Delhi–Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali says he would love to playback for Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Ali shared the platform with Big B at the opening ceremony of the World Twenty20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan. While the former performed his country’s national anthem, Amitabh sang the Indian national anthem.

However, Ali’s performance was marred by technical glitches.

Asked about his experience of sharing the frame with Big B, Ali said: “It was a great moment. But it could have been better if that sound problem wouldn’t have been there. I wasn’t nervous but my entire energy and focus was that it should happen nicely.”

If given a chance, would he like to playback for the “Piku” actor? “I would love to. I would simply love to do that,” said the “Mitwa” singer.

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