Bollywood Roundup: Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar, Ali Abbas Zafar, and more…

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Amitabh Bachchan meets Twitter officials

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who threatened to quit Twitter after losing followers earlier this month, met some officials from the micro-blogging site to understand the digital platform.

He says the working on the micro-blogging platform is very apparent.

“The Twitter team came from across the seas to visit me at work and to explain to me how Twitter works… Thank you,” Big B tweeted late on Sunday.

“The truth of the working is so apparent,” he added.

On February 1, the cine icon threatened to quit Twitter, accusing the micro-blogging website of reducing his followers. That time, the fan following of Big B quickly dropped from 33 million to 32.9 million.

At present, his following is 33.1 million.

On the film front, the actor will be seen in “102 Not Out”, “Thugs of Hindostan” and “Brahmastra”.

German orchestra plays ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ in Berlin

Berlin– Filmmaker Karan Johar says he felt honoured and excited after listening to a German chamber orchestra playing songs from “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, which launched him as a director in 1998.

Karan is representing Indian cinema at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival where the orchestra played some tunes from the Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji-starrer.

The Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra gave a rendition of “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”.

“Was so excited and honoured to see this! ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’,” Karan tweeted on Sunday.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is participating in the European Film Market from February 16-18 in Berlin. The Indian delegation, which also consists of filmmakers like Jahnu Barua and Shaji Karun, is being led by Karan.

Later, Karan also took a quiz related to the film on Twitter.

“I can’t believe that I didn’t get all right! Shameful!” he tweeted.

“Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, a romantic drama, followed the lives of three characters — Anjali, Rahul and Tina.

Ali Abbas Zafar starts ‘Bharat’ journey

London– Director Ali Abbas Zafar has started working on his next film titled “Bharat” with superstar Salman Khan in the lead.

“Work begins on ‘Bharat’ in freezing London, home for some days. May God bless us all,” Zafar tweeted on Monday.

This will be the third time Salman and Zafar will be collaborating for a movie after “Sultan” and “Tiger Zinda Hai”.

“Bharat” is an official adaptation of the 2014 South Korean film “Ode to My Father”.

There were reports that the film will also be shot in Abu Dhabi, Spain, Punjab and Delhi. It is scheduled to hit the screens on Eid 2019.

Other details about the movie and the female lead are yet to be announced.

Former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant joins Kangana-starrer

Mumbai– Former “Bigg Boss” contestant Vivek Mishra has joined the cast of “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, starring actress Kangana Ranaut.

“I’m really happy to star in the film. The film itself will help to educate the generation. It will teach the meaning of love for the nation. Queen of Jhansi was an inspiring figure,” Vivek said in a statement.

“I enjoy being a part of such movies. Earlier, I was a part of Aamir Khan’s ‘Mangal Pandey: The Rising’,” he added.

On his role in the upcoming film, he said: “I am playing Sipahsalar. My role will be close to Jhalkari Bai, portrayed by actress Ankita Lokhande.”

Vivek finds Kangana “kind as we can imagine how Laksmi Bai was. She has a very pure and lovely soul. She is beautiful and amazingly talented”.

Vivek Agnihotri brings ‘The Tashkent Files’ to Delhi

New Delhi– Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri is having a “wonderful” time shooting “The Tashkent Files”, a film dedicated to former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, in the national capital.

“Shooting in Delhi has never been so wonderful. #TheTashkentFiles,” Agnihotri tweeted on Monday.

He also shared a selfie, and seems to be around India Gate.

The investigative thriller will feature veteran actors Naseeruddin Shah and Mithun Chakaraborty, and will have two sides to the narrative.

Shastri died in Tashkent, then in the Soviet Union’s Uzbekistan, soon after signing a peace pact with Pakistan to end the 1965 India-Pakistan war. He was the first person to be posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.

Sahel Phull in Vikram Bhatt’s web series

Mumbai– Actor Sahel Phull, known for shows like “Uttaran” and “Kundali Bhagya”, will feature in filmmaker Vikram Bhatt’s web series titled “Twisted 2”.

“I have signed ‘Twisted 2’ with Vikram Bhatt. I will be playing a character named Vinod. He will be (actress) Nia Sharma’s boyfriend in the show,” Sahel said in a statement to IANS.

“I am very excited to work with his (Bhatt’s) production house. This is my first association with Vikram Sir. ‘Twisted’ was a huge success. When I got selected to play a role in ‘Twisted 2’, I said ‘yes’ without thinking twice,” he added.

Sahel has had a strong desire to work with Bhatt since the beginning of his acting career, which commenced in 2014.

“I am glad that I have got this opportunity to work for him,” said the actor about the filmmaker, known for films like “Raaz”, “1920” and “Raaz Reboot”.

Jeethu Joseph to make Bollywood debut with Rishi Kapoor-starrer

Mumbai– Critically acclaimed Malayalam filmmaker Jeethu Joseph, best known for helming Mohanlal-starrer “Drishyam”, is gearing up to make his Bollywood debut with a horror film starring actors Rishi Kapoor and Emraan Hashmi.

AZURE Entertainment and Viacom18 Motion Pictures announced a collaboration to produce Jeethu Joseph’s Hindi film debut on Monday in a statement.

“Directing a Hindi feature film has been on the anvil for some time and I have been waiting for the right story.

“This crime mystery thriller with elements of horror has excited me tremendously and we have got perfect casting for the two protagonists in the film. I am looking forward to start the film at the earliest,” said Joseph.

The yet untitled film will be shot in a single schedule between May and July.

Emraan said that the project will be “a riveting, nail biting treat for fans of the genre and with Jeethu at the helm of things. I’m confident the film will be a game changer”.

Ajit Andhare, Chief Operating Officer, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, said: “Ever since we produced ‘Drishyam’, a Hindi remake of Jeethu Joseph’s original masterpiece, we have been looking for a subject to make with Jeethu in Hindi.”

Wanted to do something big on small screen: Aditi

New Delhi– Actress Aditi Rathore, best known for playing the lead character Avni in the show “Naamkarann”, is not keen on doing films at the moment. She says she always had a desire to do something big on the small screen.

“I like TV more right now. I want to play good characters so that people remember them forever. It’s not my aim to do films. I always wanted to do something big on the small screen…play powerful characters,” Aditi told IANS.

She is playing one in “Naamkarann”. In the current track of the Star Plus show, Avni, who fought for her family and against the bad guys, has chosen to stay away from her family for their safety and happiness.

Leaving her past behind, Avni will lead a new life as Nilanjana. Her look has also got a makeover. Her character will no longer don saris. The audience will get to see her in western outfits and a pair of spectacles.

“Her past story is over. She has stopped fighting back and has accepted things as they are. She is no longer aggressive. She tries to be happy but she is upset and misses her family,” said the “Ek Duje Ke Vaaste” actress.

“Naamkarann” is her first show in which she is playing a lead role.

“When you play a lead role and the story revolves around you, then the responsibility grows. You have to give more time and dedication to it. I try to present my character in the best way possible and in a natural way,” said Aditi.

But daily soaps call for long working hours. Doesn’t she wish to do a reality show or a finite series?

“No, not all. We generally work for 30 or 31 days. The shift is for 12 hours or sometimes more, but we chose this,” she said. (IANS)

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