Bollywood Roundup: Anupam Kher, John Abraham, Rajkummar, Rukhsar Rehman, and more…

Anupam Kher (Photo: Facebook)

Anupam Kher hopes to create awareness on relevant social issues

Mumbai– Actor Anupam Kher says it is very important to reach out to people and create awareness on relevant social issues.

Anupam Kher

“It is important to reach out to people and create awareness on socially relevant causes. In my career across 34 years, I have supported various campaigns,” Anupam said in a statement to IANS.

The actor has been recently invited as the chief guest and speaker at the Cancer Patients Aid Association here on Wednesday ahead of World No Tobacco Day, which is observed on May 31. He is happy to raise awareness about the same.

“It is our responsibility to our country and to the world. This is not about just being anti tobacco, it is about being pro-life,” he added.

At the event, Anupam would hand over voice prosthesis to cancer patients and he will also felicitate the transgender patients who have given up tobacco.

On the work front, the actor will soon be seen in an upcoming medical drama titled “New Amsterdam”.

We don’t value our soldiers: John Abraham

Mumbai– Actor John Abraham, who is celebrating success of his recently released film “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran”, has said that “we don’t value soldiers of our country”.

John was interacting with media along with director Abhishek Sharma after success of “Parmanu” on Monday in Mumbai.

Talking about soldiers of the country who deal with difficulties in their life, John said: “I always say that they are the real life heroes and we are just reel life heroes.

“I think they should not face any kind of difficulties. They protect us on boarders and here by sitting in air conditioned room, we complain about petty issues in life.”

“In Siachen (Glacier), they survive in -50 degree Celsius and in Jaisalmer, they survive in +50 degree Celsius so, I think we don’t have any right to complain, whatever we can do for them as a country, we must do for them,” he said.

Talking about success of the film, John said: “I am thankful to audience and media because they have appreciated our film. Abhishek (Sharma) and me, both of us are feeling very relieved and happy that this film worked at the box-office.

“This film not only has garnered positive response from the critics and audience but, I think everything in this film has come together. I think direction of Abhishek, my and other actor’s performances has worked in the favour of the film, so it feels amazing.”

Rajkummar loved working with Aishwarya

New Delhi– Actor Rajkummar Rao is happy with the way “Fanne Khan” has turned out, and says he had fun working with actors Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

“‘Fanne Khan’ has shaped out quite well. I am very happy with the film,” Rajkummar told IANS.

Rajkummar Rao

“I had a great experience working with both Aishwarya and Anil Sir,” he added.

“Fanne Khan” is the Hindi adaptation of the Dutch film “Everybody’s Famous”. Produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and directed by Atul Manjrekar, the film is scheduled for a worldwide release in June.

Rajkummar will also be seen in horror comedy “Stree”, “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” and “Mental Hai Kya”.

He entered filmdom with an interesting role in 2010 with “Love Sex Aur Dhokha” and went on to cement his position in the industry with back-to-back powerful performances in films like “Kai Po Che!”, “Shahid”, “Aligarh”, “CityLights”, “Bareilly Ki Barfi” and “Newton”.

Asked how he gets a reality check in life, he said: “I don’t have to keep a check. I am very real.”

Parents must strike a balance with kids: Rukhsar

Mumbai– Actress Rukhsar Rehman says it is important for parents to be strict but they should also be calm and friendly while dealing with children.

Rukhsar Rehman (Photo: IMDb)

One of the key highlights of her show “Mariam Khan – Reporting Live” is the mother-daughter relationship between Mariam and her mother, played by Rukhsar.

Rukhsar’s character of Madeeha is a strict mother. In real life, Rukhsar has a daughter too.

“As a parent, I have always believed that parents should strike a balance with their children. Be strict but be equally calm and friendly with them.

“Extreme behaviour in either scenario can either lead to the children becoming a rebel or receding into a shell. Hence, a balance is necessary,” Rukhsar said in a statement.

“Mariam Khan – Reporting Live” is aired on Star Plus.

Taapsee to star in short film ‘Nitishastra’

Mumbai– Actress Taapsee Pannu will be seen in a short film titled “Nitishastra” and she says that her love for telling tales and being a part of some great stories made her say “yes” to the project.

“For the love of telling and being a part of some great stories, here is my first ever attempt to be a part of a short film. All because of this man whose vision and story made me say ‘yes’ to it instantly, Congratulations Kapil Verma. ‘Nitishastra’ Out for you all to see on. June 4, 2018,” Taapsee tweeted alongside her first look from the short film.

Actress Taapsee Pannu

The film, a family drama, is directed by Kapil Verma and is presented by Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films — a digital platform.

Verma thanked Taapsee for saying an “instant yes” to the film.

“It started as an idea that turned into a story and was supported by some great talents. Thanks Taapsee for that instant ‘Yes’. Introducing the first look of our short film ‘Nitishastra’. A Family drama co-starring Vicky Arora and Aishwariya Sonar,” he tweeted on Monday.

This is the first time Taapsee will feature in a short film.

She currently awaits the release of her upcoming feature film “Soorma” on June 29.

She also has three more films in her kitty — “Tadka”, “Mulq” and “Manmarziyan”.

Richa’s play ‘The Life in Telling’ to be made into short film

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha says turning her “The Life in Telling” play into a short film will reach a new level and to many more people.

Richa Chadha in Daas Dev

“The first show of the play in Mumbai went off well and it was great to see a packed venue. The response to it has been great. We have even got requests from people asking when the next show would be in the city. It was quite a good surprise when the production told us that due to the responses they had received they were making the play into a short film,” Richa said in a statement.

She added: “And adding to that is the fact that it might just be the first of its kind. While watching it as a play has its own feel, as a short film it will reach a whole new level and many more people.”

“The Life in Telling” is directed by Quasar Thakore Padamsee and stars Vinay Pathak and Ashwin Mushran. It was held at the Royal Opera House here exclusively for the heads of the international bank HSBC. The officials decided to sponsor the short film based on the play.

The film shall also be named after the play and it will have three stories with a common thread. Richa will be playing the female lead in all three stories along with Vinay.

The “Fukrey Returns” actress will also be seen in the upcoming feature film “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”, directed by Anubhav Sinha.

Aasif Sheikh to work with Salman after 12 years in ‘Bharat’

Mumbai– Actor Aasif Sheikh, who is popularly known as Vibhuti Narayan Mishra from the television show “Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hai!”, will be seen starring in the upcoming film “Bharat”.

A post on the official Twitter page of the film read: “Ace comedian Aasif Sheikh from popular TV serial ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai!’ to work with Salman Khan after 12 years.
Ali Abbas Zafar, ‘Bharat’.”

Aasif and Salman have previously worked together in films like “Karan Arjun”, “Bandhan”, “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya” and “Dil Ne Jise Apna Kahaa”. The two were last seen together in the 2006 film “Shaadi Karke Phas Gaya Yaar”.

“Bharat” also stars Priyanka Chopra, Tabu, Disha Patani and Sunil Grover in key roles.

The film is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. This will be Zafar’s third outing with the “Dabangg” actor, with whom he has worked in blockbusters “Sultan” and “Tiger Zinda Hai”.

“Bharat” is an official adaptation of a 2014 South Korean film “Ode To My Father”. It is produced by Atul Agnihotri’s Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series.

“Bharat” is slated for an Eid release in 2019.

Working with Om Puri was learning experience, says Manish Dayal

New Delhi– Indian American actor Manish Dayal says working with late actor Om Puri was a huge learning experience for him.

He has worked on “The Hundred Foot Journey” and “Viceroy’s House” — both of which featured Om Puri.

“Working on ‘The Hundred Foot Journey’ and “‘Viceroy’s House’ showed me a side of India which I didn’t experience before,” Manish told IANS.

“Working with Omji was a huge training for my career and something which I value very much. My exposure is limited but I am open to working in India.”

Manish is seen as Dr. Devon Pravesh in “The Resident”, which airs in India on Star World. It looks at the working of fictional Chastain Park Memorial Hospital from the eyes of first-year resident Devon.

On the show, he said: “It has been great. I first read the script over a year ago. I read the pilot and we were able to have discussion with the creators about the story. It really excited me to play a character that in my opinion is a picture of American dream.”

Rishi remembers Prithviraj Kapoor on 47th death anniversary

  Mumbai– Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor remembered his grandfather and legendary actor Prithviraj Kapoor on his 47th death anniversary on Tuesday.

“Prithvinath Kapoor. Born: November 3, 1906, Samundri, Lyallpur District, Punjab, British India. Died: May 29, 1971, Mumbai, India as Prithviraj Kapoor (changed name) Remembering you! Wikipedia has got the year of death wrong,” Rishi tweeted.

Prithviraj began his acting career in the theatres of Lyallpur and Peshawar in the 1920s.

He later featured in films like “Cinema Girl”, “Sher-e-Arab”, “Prince Vijaykumar”, “Alam Ara”, “Vidyapati” and “Mughal-e-Azam”.


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