Bollywood Roundup: Vaani Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Taapsee Pannu, and more…

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Vaani Kapoor to play Ranbir’s love interest in ‘Shamshera’

Mumbai– Actress Vaani Kapoor has been zeroed in on to essay the love interest of Ranbir Kapoor in “Shamshera”, director Karan Malhotra has confirmed.

Vaani Kapoor

Vaani will play the character of the most desirable and sought after travelling performer from the heartland of India.

Malhotra said in a statement: “Vaani plays Ranbir’s love interest in the film and is a very important collaborator in his character’s journey. Her character graph is interlinked to the plot of the film making her a crucial catalyst in our hero’s rebellious mission.

“Vaani is a perfect fit for the role. She is a fine actor, a fabulous dancer and a gorgeous Hindi film heroine. We wanted someone absolutely fresh to wow audiences on the big screen and she beautifully fits that brief.”

The high-octane entertainer, produced by Yash Raj Films, promises “jaw-dropping action sequences” and Ranbir Kapoor in a never seen before avatar.

Sanjay Dutt plays the merciless nemesis of Ranbir in the project.

“Shamshera” is set to go on floors end of 2018 and shooting will wrap by mid 2019.

Manoj Bajpayee wins Best Actor at NY film fest

Mumbai– Actor Manoj Bajpayee bagged the Best Actor Award at the New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) for his work in “Gali Guleiyan” (“In the Shadows”).

Manoj Bajpayee

Acknowledging the praise and good wishes coming to him, Manoj posted on Twitter: “‘Gali Guleiyan’ gets an honour at New York Indian Film Festival. Congratulations to the team of and the captain Dipesh Jain (director).”

Jain said in a statement: “We are elated to hear about Manoj sir’s award at NYIFF. It is an acknowledgement of his stellar performance in the film. We consider ourselves very blessed to have worked with an actor like him who embraces his character so seamlessly and makes it his own. Heartiest congratulations to him once again.”

“Gali Guleiyan” is a Hindi psychological drama about a man trapped within the walls and alleys of Old Delhi and his own mind. He attempts to break free to find a human connection.

The film has on board an ensemble cast including Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi and Shahana Goswami along with debutant child actor Om Singh.

Produced by Shuchi Jain of Exstant Motion Pictures, “Gali Guleiyan” will soon release worldwide. It has already travelled to over 15 international film festivals.

My personal style personifies independence, confidence: Taapsee Pannu

New Delhi– Actress Taapsee Pannu loves to experiment with her outfits with a right amalgamation of Indian and western inspiration and she says that her personal style personifies independence and confidence.

Taapsee Pannu

“For me, style reflects your real personality – clothes and accessories should enhance that. I love to fuse Indian colours and patterns with silhouettes from western wear. My personal style is one that personifies independence, confidence and beauty with ease and comfort,” Taapsee, who is also a brand ambassador of clothing brand Melange by Lifestyle, said in a statement.

For her the concept of ‘the perfect attire’ is not set in stone.

“I love to experiment with my outfits. In my ethnic wear I love to go for some nice colours with a slight touch of the modern day and age as well. I like modern silhouettes, classy cuts and vibrant prints – it gives an interesting twist to ethnic wear,”

So how does the wardrobe of “Pink” fame actress reflect your personality?

“Fun, colourful, comfortable and vibrant – that’s me and my wardrobe,” she said.

Irrfan Khan’s ‘Karwaan’ to release on August 10

Mumbai– Irrfan Khan-starrer “Karwaan” has been locked for release on August 10, its makers announced on Monday.

Irrfan Khan

The film, produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP in association with Ishka Films, also stars Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar, marking their debut in Bollywood.

Southern film actor Dulquer tweeted: “And finally we are happy to announce a release date for ‘Karwaan’! Coming to a cinema near you on August 10! Cannot wait for you all to watch it.”

The film’s first look was revealed sometime ago as the poster introduced three lost souls, two dead bodies and a promise of a lifetime journey with it.

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, “Karwaan” revolves around three oddballs from different walks of life who are thrown together on a somewhat bizarre journey which helps them find normalcy in their lives.

It has been shot in Kerala.

This will be the second Irrfan-starrer movie to release since the actor announced he is suffering from a rare disease. “Blackmail” had released after Irrfan made it clear to its producers that the movie shouldn’t suffer due to his condition.

The acclaimed actor has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour.

Get addicted to better yourself, Mahesh Bhatt tells Alia

Mumbai– Mahesh Bhatt is proud his daughter Alia Bhatt is “flying higher and higher”.

Mahesh Bhatt

“Alia my girl you are flying higher and higher! Get addicted to bettering yourself. Love,” Mahesh tweeted on Monday, following the slew of positive responses that the actress is getting for her role in “Raazi”.

Alia, daughter of Mahesh and actress Soni Razdan, plays a Kashmiri girl who gets married to a Pakistani Army officer and becomes a spy to protect her own country.

The film marks the first time that Alia has shared screen space with her mother.

Mahesh feels Alia has inherited her talent from her mother.

According to a source in the know, he told Shiladitya Bora, producer of “Yours Truly” — which stars Mahesh and Soni — that Alia has inherited her acting skills from her mother. He also said his wife has delivered a phenomenal performance in “Yours Truly”.

Rannvijay praises Sayani in ‘Kaushiki’

Mumbai– TV host-actor Rannvijay Singha has praised his “Kaushiki” co-star Sayani Gupta. He said the writer of the web series has done an incredible job with her character.

“Each actor has given their best shot. Everybody’s role in the show has been etched out very beautifully, especially Sayani Gupta who is the protagonist. The writer has done an incredible job with her character, and how I wish I could have got the opportunity to play Kaushiki,” Rannvijay said in a statement.

Featuring on the web streaming portal Viu, “Kaushiki” is a story of a group of friends whose adventurous lives are seen through the eyes of their new friend named Kaushiki.

Their lives are all about parties and alcohol but they are hiding some dark secrets.

Rannvijay is currently seen on the youth-based reality show “Roadies Xtreme”.

Believe in entertaining people through commercial stuff: Arjun Kapoor

Mumbai– Actor Arjun Kapoor, who will be seen in an item number titled “Chumme mein chavanprash” along with his cousin Harshvardhan Kapoor in “Bhavesh Joshi”, says doing energetic songs gives him a high as he believes in entertaining people through “commercial stuff”.

Arjun Kapoor

“It’s a big high for me as an actor to do such super energetic songs. I believe in entertaining people through commercial stuff. I feel nice when they enjoy a song or film and feel it is full paisa vasool (worth every penny) for them,” Arjun said in a statement.

“Chumme Mein Chavanprash” is a promotional music video for Harshvardhan’s film.

On the concept of the song, Arjun said: “It’s ‘Fight Club’ meets ‘Blade Runner’ meets ‘Madmax’ meets ‘Chikni Chameli’. It’s just insane. It’s a proper male item song after years and I hate using the word ‘item’ but this truly is an item. The set-up is the item.”

This will be the first time Arjun and Harshvardhan would be seen sharing screen space together.

On working with his cousin, he said: “It was an amazing experience being on set with Harsh. I truly enjoyed watching him play Bhavesh in front of me. He had to be in his character — he has to stay honest and stay good. But I on the other hand, was able to be myself and have lots of fun.

“I got to be a goofy older brother entertaining him, showing him how I function and he showed me how he works.”

Arjun, 32, said that it was nice to have a camaraderie on a film set and to be able to take their relationship forward.

“I felt very proud watching him in person on camera. He is very sure of his craft,” Arjun added.

Presented by Eros International and Phantom, “Bhavesh Joshi” is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and is slated to release on May 25. (IANS)

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