Bollywood Roundup: Richa Chadha, Surbhi Chandna, Samta Sagar, Irrfan Khan, and more…

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Richa Chadha

I sign films based on their potential: Richa

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha says she signs film based on the merit of the story.

Richa is known for featuring in critically acclaimed films like “Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Masaan” and “Sarbjit”. Most of her films even did well at the box office, barring a few like “Jia Aur Jia”.

What made her choose unusual films?

Richa told IANS here: “I sign films based on their potential, but we have to understand that at times, how a story looks on the paper might not be turned out on the screen in the same way.”

“Some stories get lost in the process of execution. My film ‘Jia Aur Jia’ faced the same problem. Though as an actress, I understand that the film is going to the wrong director, I cannot do much because cinema is a director’s medium.”

However, she is extremely excited now as the year looks quite promising with two of her films — “Daas Dev” and “3 Storeys” — ready for release.

In “3 Storeys”, she is playing a mysterious woman named Leela. The film is set in a ‘chawl’ in Mumbai. The story revolves around different neighbours living in the same building.

Does she find the neighbourly culture in Mumbai?

Richa said: “Not really, but it used to happen in Delhi more. My Delhi neighbours were very friendly and warm. We used to share food and people knew each other pretty well. We all knew about each other’s whereabouts. Now in Mumbai, though my neighbours are friendly, it is not the same as Delhi.”

Helmed by debutant director Arjun Mukerjee, the film also features Pulkit Samrat, Sharman Joshi, Renuka Shahane and more.

“3 Storeys” is set to release on March 9.

Surbhi Chandna finds doing comedy challenging

Mumbai– Actress Surbhi Chandna says it is challenging for an actor to get the comic timing right.

At present, the actress is challenging herself and trying to do comedy through her character of Kumari Rosie Rani in TV show “Ishqbaaaz”.

“For an actor to have an impeccable comic timing is a challenge. And I love the challenges that this show and my character are giving me,” Surbhi said in a statement.

“It is a lot of fun to challenge myself and do better than the previous day. This character has a quirky style and a quirky way of being, let alone her look and so it is a lot of fun,” she added.

The show is aired on Star Plus.

I’m a fan of Irrfan Khan: Samta Sagar

Actress Samta Sagar admires actor Irrfan Khan for his acting skills as well as the kind of projects he takes up.

“I am a fan of Irrfan Khan’s work. ‘Hindi Medium’ is my favourite movie and I love the kind of roles he portrays. Not only are his roles meaningful, but are also prominent,” Samta said in a statement.

On the work front, Samta will be seen as Chaitu Lal in the Star Plus show “Har Shaakh Pe Ullu Baithaa Hai”, about a corrupt and funny politician in his madcap world.

Talking about the project, she said: “When I was approached for ‘Har Shaakh Pe Ullu Baithaa Hai’. I was very happy to be part of a project that showcases political issues in our country.”

The show will go on air on February 26.

Shubhangi Atre enjoying her work trip in Goa

Shubhangi Atre (Photo courtesy: India Opines)

Actress Shubhangi Atre, who essays the role of Angoori bhabhi in “Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!”, says she is having fun shooting for an upcoming sequence of the show in Goa.

“We are shooting for our upcoming track in Goa and I’m really enjoying it. Goa is one of my favourite places. Mostly people come here for holiday, and I am lucky that I came here for work,” Shubhangi said in a statement.

She says she is taking some time out to roam around.

“I feel blessed by seeing that the people including tourists are recognising me…I will always remember this shooting schedule,” she added.

The show is aired on &TV.

SC asks Rajanikanth wife’s company to pay back loan

New Delhi– The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked a company, one of whose directors is Latha Rajinikanth – wife of Tamil superstar-turned politician Rajinikanth and one of the firm’s directors, to repay the outstanding loan within three months, otherwise she will liable for the amount.

Latha Rajinikanth is one of the Directors of the Mediaone Global Entertainment that had taken Rs 14.90 crore loan from Bengaluru-based Ad-Bureau Advertising to finish post-production work of Rajanikanth-Deepika Padukone starrer film “Kochadaiiyaan”, directed by Rajinikanth’s younger daughter Soundarya. The amount outstanding is Rs 6.20 crore.

Keeping the petition by Ad-Bureau Advertising pending for three months, the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R.Banumathi, in their order, said that Mediaone would pay the amount in three months failing which Latha Rajanikanth would bear the burden of payment.

“Special leave petition is kept pending for three months. Within the aforesaid period of three months if the company – Mediaone Global Entertainment Ltd – does not pay the balance dues, the respondent-accused (Latha Rajanikanth) has undertaken before the Court to pay the amount due,” it said.

Recording the statement made on behalf of Latha Rajanikanth, the court directed the next hearing of the matter on July 3.

Irrfan hopeful ‘Blackmail’ will recreate ‘Hindi Medium’ magic

Mumbai– Actor Irrfan Khan, who will next be seen in “Blackmail”, says he is hopeful that the film will recreate the magic of “Hindi Medium”.

Irrfan Khan

After “Hindi Medium”, which was written by Zeenat Lakhani and directed by Saket Chaudhary, Irrfan and T-Series are set to collaborate again. While Irrfan will act in “Blackmail”, the banner will back the Abhinay Deo directorial.

“I am glad Bhushan Kumar from T-Series and I have got together for our next entertainer ‘Blackmail’. The film is a fantastic vision of Abhinay. I am hopeful that ‘Blackmail’ will recreate the magic,” Irrfan said in a statement.

“‘Hindi Medium’ will always be an important film for me as it was a story that was relatable and the reality depicted impacts most of us at some level. Audiences loving the film and the awards that the film bagged have made the journey exciting,” he added.

Dancing with pigeon on head in ‘Delhi-6’ wasn’t easy: Sonam

Actress Sonam Kapoor says it was not a cakewalk to dance with a pigeon on her head for the song “Masakali” from the 2009 film “Delhi-6”.

Sonam Kapoor in Ralph and Russo

“Can’t believe it has already been nine years since ‘Delhi-6’! I still remember it like it was yesterday. Trust me though, dancing with that pigeon on my head was not as easy as it looks,” Sonam tweeted on Tuesday along with the video of the track.

The Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra directorial was Sonam’s third film. It also featured Abhishek Bachchan, late actor Om Puri, Waheeda Rahman, Rishi Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Deepak Dobriyal, Divya Dutta and Aditi Rao Hydari.

Sonam will soon be seen in “Veere Di Wedding”, “Sanju” and “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga”

‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’ to release on Aug 24

Mumbai– “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”, a sequel to the hit 2016 film “Happy Bhag Jayegi”, is set to release on August 24.

Actress Diana Penty, who played a runaway bride in the first part of the film, has returned for the sequel. She is joined by actress Sonakshi Sinha, whose character also runs away from her wedding, in “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi”.

“Turns out I’m not the only ‘Happy’ around, there’s one more on the run! Lace up Sonakshi Sinha. Let’s get this started ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’. August 24,” Diana tweeted on Tuesday.

Mudassar Aziz, who helmed the first part, is back on the director’s chair for the sequel.

The film will be singer Jassie Gill’s first Bollywood project. “Feeling thrilled and proud to share this news with you guys, my first Bollywood movie ‘Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi’ is releasing on August 24,” he tweeted.

The film will also feature Abhay Deol, Ali Fazal and Jimmy Shergill.

Kavita Seth happy with son’s solo musical debut

Mumbai– “Iktara” hitmaker Kavita Seth, who has worked with her son Kanishk on an album, is happy about the launch of his solo musical career and to see him carve out his own style in music.

Kavita Seth

Kanishk had released the album, “Trance with Khusrow”, with his mother in 2014.

On Tuesday, he launched a new solo single titled “Aane ko hai khaab”. He has composed the song, which is about a story of a woman waiting for her husband to come back home to his village.

“What is better than to see your children follow their dreams with so much passion and dedication. Kanishk has grown up with me on stage and I couldn’t be happier to see him nurture his musical journey himself,” Kavita said in a statement.

“I see him carve his own style in music and that is what is important. Rest everything will follow,” she added.

Talking about the single, Kanishk said: “This is my first solo music video and I have never been so excited about it. Having lived in a Hindustani classical environment and being an experimental artiste, I am trying to make a sound of my own by fusing different electronic sounds with soulful compositions,” he said.

Kanishk added that he has no pressure, but is afraid that he would start sounding “like someone else”.

Tochi Raina wanted to be cricketer

Mumbai– Singer Tochi Raina, who has sung songs like “Kabira” and “Iktara”, says he aspired to be a cricketer.

During his visit to the Hungama office here for a meet-and-greet session called Hungama Spotlight, Tochi shared why the song “Saibo” is special to him, read a statement.

“The song has both my daughter and mother’s name in it,” he said.

He also shared that he takes at least two to three weeks time before selecting any song.

“I bring the song home, understand its meaning, study the whole song and then sing it,” he explained.

While talking about his childhood, he said: “I wanted to become a cricketer and not a singer.”

On independent music, he said: “Being an independent musician means you have to trust and believe in your song. I have been an independent artiste for the past 14 years.” (IANS)

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