Bollywood Roundup: Anupam Kher, Madhur Bhandarkar, Kartik Aaryan, Alia, A.R. Rahman, Shaan and More…

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Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

I never got over 38% marks: Anupam Kher

Mumbai–Veteran actor Anupam Kher says he never scored more than 38 per cent marks, but still his father “celebrated” his failures, which thereby liberated him from the fear of getting less marks.

Anupam shared this on Twitter when he congratulated 17-year-old Meghna Srivastava for topping the CBSE Class 12 results scoring 499 out of 500, and a scribe pointed out how applauding those with “70-80 per cent marks should be equally celebrated”.

The actor then clarified: “My friend, I celebrate people who fail too. Because for me failure is an event. Never a person. But that doesn’t stop me from applauding somebody who gets 99.6 per cent marks.”

When the scribe pointed out that the tweet was in general as “this is the time when people who fail or get lesser marks need support the most”, Anupam wrote: “I agree. By the way I never got more than 38 per cent marks. Marks are important but parents shouldn’t stress their children so much that they fear getting less marks.

“It is psychologically damaging. My father always celebrated my failures and in the process liberated me from this fear.”

Bhandarkar’s Dehradun diaries

On a visit to Dehradun, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar not just met the Uttarakhand chief minister, but also visited some students and went to a single screen theatre.

During the meeting with Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, Bhandarkar discussed the possibility of promoting Uttarakhand as a film shooting destination.

He also met students of St Joseph’s Academy.

Of visiting the single screen theatre, Bhandarkar tweeted: “Visited oldest Single Screen theatre of Dehradun, Prabhat Talkies, which is standing tall since 1947. Met the owner, a passionate exhibitor and film enthusiast Deepak Nagalia, It’s sad to know that this theatre is on the verge of closure.”

Nothing wrong between Luv Ranjan and I: Kartik Aaryan

Mumbai–Actor Kartik Aaryan, who is riding high after the success of his last film “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, says there is nothing wrong between him and his mentor and director Luv Ranjan.

Kartik was interacting with the media at the GQ 100 Best Dressed Awards 2018 here on Saturday.

Kartik and Ranjan have worked together in four films, after starting their career together with “Pyaar Ka Punchnama”, “Akaash Vani”, “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”.

On the buzz around a fallout between the two due to monetary issues, Kartik said: “There hasn’t been discussion between me and Luv (Ranjan) sir about money. So, I don’t know from where these kind of news (reports) are emerging.

“We both have started our respective careers together so there hasn’t been discussion about money and it will never be in the future as well. I just want to clarify that there is nothing wrong between me and Luv sir. I think we both are same as we used to be earlier.”

Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

Alia, A.R. Rahman add ‘star’ power to channel’s revamp

Mumbai–Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt features in a new song while Oscar winner A.R. Rahman has composed a signature tune for channel Star Plus, which has taken on a fresh look and brand identity.

In the song, Alia steps into the world of the revamped channel and interacts with a variety of shows and characters. She takes the viewers along as she witnesses the new stories.

“What convinced me to associate with the channel is the similarity the brand and I share. We both give a lot of importance to our families, friends and relationships and understand their importance,” Alia said in a statement.

Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Chandni RMW, the song has been composed by Ram Sampath and written by lyricist Swanand Kirkire.

The channel’s new logo is the trademark red crystal star with the swoosh, now in gold dust signifying positivity, freshness and celebration of relationships.

Rahman, who has composed the signature tune, said: “While composing the sound identity, I kept in mind the need to create something memorable, inventive and which gives a sense of warmth.

I enjoy doing songs that can bring people together: Shaan

New Delhi–From singing some of Bollywood’s most romantic numbers to lending voice to songs with a message — the melodious Shaan says he finds himself at peace while working on tracks which bring people together.

His latest work is the #BeatPlasticPollution anthem called “Tik Tik Tik”, part of a campaign initiated by Bhamla Foundation in association with Hungama to raise awareness about plastic pollution ahead of the World Environment Day.

Shaan may not be singing as often in Bollywood as he once used to, but he finds himself drawn to songs with social relevance.

“Whenever there’s an opportunity to do something that has a social relevance to it and which aims to make a change, I am always there… It explains why whenever there’s any song that has multiple singers for a cause, I am one of them,” Shaan told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“So, whether it was Behtar India campaign, which was about children from higher strata helping the not so privileged ones, or a song for the under-18 boxing championship anthem… I enjoy doing songs that can bring people together. The song on plastic pollution hits that list at the moment,” added Shaan, known for chartbusters like “Jab se tere naina” and “Chand sifarish”.

“Tik Tik Tik”, which he has composed, is penned by Swanand Kirkire and choreographed by Shiamak Davar. The anthem also brings together Sonu Nigam, SunidhiChauhan, Ayushmann Khurana, Kanika Kapoor, Shankar Mahadevan, Armaan Malik, Shekhar Ravjiani and Neeti Mohan.

“When you put the right notes, use the right intonation, sing it with right feel and expressions, it says so much more than just words.”

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