Bollywood Roundup: Alia Bhatt, Aamir Khan, Anil Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Divya Dutta, and more…


Alia Bhatt enjoys working with Big B

Mumbai– Actress Alia Bhatt says she is having a great time working with megastar Amitabh Bachchan on “Brahmastra”.

“Working with AB has been supreme greatness! Today Amitabh Bachchan packed up an hour before the actual pack up but he stayed back on set just to give ques! I can’t begin to explain the amount of things I am learning on set just by watching him,” Alia tweeted late on Thursday.

The “Raazi” star also shared her excitement over getting back on set.

“Yes I call him AB because that is the term of endearment we have all agreed to. Thank you for being so wonderful sir! Can’t wait to get back onto set with you, Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor for some more ‘Brahmastra’ madness,” she added.

Humbled by the gesture the cine icon responded to Alia’s post, and corrected her spelling mistake.

“Yo…Alia, you are the best… thank you for the generosity … and … its cues not ques’… you are just too cute,” he posted.

The upcoming fantasy adventure trilogy titled “Brahmastra” will be the first time that Amitabh, Ranbir and Alia will be joining hands for a project. The trilogy’s first part will release on Independence Day, 2019.

Aamir to launch trailer of Kamal Haasan’s ‘Vishwaroop 2’

Mumbai– Bollywood star Aamir Khan will digitally launch the trailer of the Hindi version of Kamal Haasan’s bilingual “Vishwaroop 2” on June 11.

Aamir Khan

The Telugu version of the trailer will be launched by Jr NTR and the Tamil version by Shruti Haasan digitally.

The film, directed and produced by Kamal — who is also its lead actor — is shot in Tamil and Hindi. It is also dubbed in Telugu.

Its Hindi version will be presented by Rohit Shetty and Reliance Entertainment.

Kamal said in a statement: “I am extremely happy that we are coming out with the trailer of ‘Vishwaroop 2’. I have to thank you all for the patience you have had for this sequel and the constant love and support has not gone unnoticed.

“This film is very close to me and everyone who is a part of this film has worked very hard… It is the faith of the people in our work that makes us stronger. I hope you all like what we have made with love and passion for you all.”

“Vishwaroop 2” is a sequel to Kamal’s 2013 movie “Vishwaroopam”. It also stars Shekhar Kapur, Waheeda Rehman, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nasser, Anant Mahadevan, Yusuf Hussain and Rajendra Gupta.

Shetty said it was a matter of pride for him to work with a “legend” like Kamal.

Salman has brought mass appeal to ‘Race 3′: Anil

Mumbai– Anil Kapoor, who is one of the constant actors of the “Race” franchise, says the involvement of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan has brought mass appeal to the forthcoming movie “Race 3”.

Anil Kapoor

Asked how different the new film is from “Race” and “Race 2”, Anil told IANS: “Though the world of the film is the same because it is the same franchise, involvement of Salman has brought mass appeal to ‘Race 3′.

“The story is also more accessible to the larger audience, especially Salman’s fan following. While the first two stories of the film were directed by Abbas-Mustan, Remo D’souza who is directing this time has also brought his own touch to the treatment of the story.”

Giving an insight into the film, he said: “I think this time the story is more interesting because the conflict, betrayal, drama and everything is happening among the family members.

“The fact is that your family members know all your strengths and weaknesses more than outsiders. So, no one can break you more than your own family. The story revolves around it.”

The film has intense action scenes too.

“Salman’s fans are waiting for such scenes to watch in the theatre. We had to make a film that not only keeps the world of ‘Race’ intact but also satisfies Salman’s fans. I think Shiraz (Ahmed), the writer of the film, did that for us because he is the common thread for all the three films,” said Anil.

Vicky Kaushal embarks on ‘Uri’ journey

Mumbai– Actor Vicky Kaushal on Friday started shooting for his upcoming film “Uri”.

Vicky Kaushal (Photo: Facebook)

The actor, who is riding high on the success of “Raazi”, took to Twitter to share an update about his next project.

“Day 1. ‘Uri’. Aditya Dhar, Ronnie Screwvala, Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and Mohit Raina,” he posted.

The actor also shared an image of the film’s clapboard in front of the Indian flag.

Vicky didn’t share the location, but his co-star Yami Gautam had said that the first schedule will be shot in Serbia.

The film, directed by Aditya Dhar, is based on the Uri attack of September 2016.

In September 18, 2016, terrorists from Pakistan attacked a military base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir leaving 19 Indian soldiers dead. Eleven days later, the Indian Army retaliated with a series of surgical strikes on terrorist camps across the border.

I want to get directed by Gulzar: Divya Dutta

Mumbai– Actress Divya Dutta says that she wants to get directed by veteran filmmaker and writer Gulzar.

Divya was interacting with the media when she inaugurated ‘The Thailand Week 2018′ on Thursday where she said: “There are many characters which I wish to play. I have seen all films directed by Gulzar saab and it is my wish that whenever he directs a film, I want to be part of that as I really like his way of filmmaking.”

“I really like his ‘Mausam’ (1975) and ‘Aandhi’ (1975) so, I would love to do those films and apart from him, there are many directors with whom I haven’t worked yet…half list of directors is still remaining,” she added.

Talking about her upcoming projects, Divya said that her 7-8 films are lined up for release.

“There is Nadita Das’s ‘Manto’ and ‘Fanney Khan’ with Anil Kapoor. I am also doing a romantic film called ‘Music Teacher’ with Manav Kaul. There is a thriller with Arshad Warsi and Juhi Chawla as well. I am also doing Anubhav Sinha’s ‘Abhi To Party Shuru Hui Hai’ which is a comedy film and there is another film called ‘Nastik’ with Arjun Rampal,” she said.

Divya Dutta was last seen in Abhinay Deo’s “Blackmail”.

Pooja Chopra in Akash Goila’s next

Mumbai– “Aiyaary” fame Pooja Chopra is all set for her next big project with Akash Goila, whose last directorial venture was a short film “Dum Dum Dumroo” starring Sanaya Irani.

Pooja Chopra (Photo: Facebook)

The budding director has roped in Pooja for his next project which is going to be his first digital feature film.

“I have known Akash for long and when he discussed this project with me, I knew I had to be a part of it. This film is a rare gem and this kind of cinema comes far in-between so you can’t let go of such an opportunity.

“I’m very sure that this film will leave an impression like his last film ‘Dum Dum Dumroo,” Pooja said during a promotional interview.

Akash made his directorial debut with Vinay Pathak starrer “Dark Brew”.

Celebs wish fitness, health to Shilpa Shetty

Mumbai– Celebrities like Madhuri Dixit Nene, Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu wished actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra on her 43rd birthday, and hoped for her happiness and good health.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan in 1993’s “Baazigar”. She then went on to work in hit films like “Main Khiladi Tu Anadi”, “Gambler” and “Dhadkan”. She has made special appearances in movies like “Om Shanti Om” and “Dostana”, and went to be part of several reality TV shows.

Shilpa married businessman Raj Kundra in 2009 and gave birth to son Viaan in 2012.

Here’s what the stars tweeted:

Madhuri Dixit Nene: Happiest Birthday to my very talented and loving friend. May your year ahead be filled with blessings.

Anil Kapoor: Wish you a very happy birthday Shilpa Shetty!! Health is happiness and you definitely are one of the happiest people I know! (P.S: Birthdays are always cheat days).

Suniel Shetty: Putudina dinada shubecha urudare! Have a wonderful and fitter than ever year ahead! Stay blessed always.

Genelia Deshmukh: Dearest Shilpa Shetty, Happy Birthday… Wishing you loads of love and happiness.

Bipasha Basu: Happy birthday Shilpa Shetty. Have an awesome one. Stay blessed.

Sonam Kapoor Ahuja: Happy birthday Shilpa! I hope this special day brings you everything you’ve dreamt of.

Sophie Choudry: happy birthday you gorgeous, inspiring woman Shilpa Shetty! I”s ridiculous to keep looking hotter and fitter every year and still be such a down to earth sweetheart! Have the best year..lots of love.

Rohit Roy: happy Birthday my dearest … love and warmth always.

Jackky Bhagnani starts shooting for ‘Anandwaa’

Mumbai– Actor Jackky Bhagnani started shooting for the film “Anandwaa” on Thursday here.

The actor will play the lead role in the film, which is an ode to Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s cult classic “Anand”. The 1971 film featured the late actor Rajesh Khanna and megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

“I am very excited to play this role. ‘Anand’ is such a poignant and beautiful film. I am honoured to be working for this project. The film requires a lot of sensitivity and what drew me to the script was how maturely the writing was handled.

“I am sure the audience will love the film,” Jackky said in a statement.

Directed by Abir Sengupta, “Anandwaa” explores the journey of a man who chooses to handle a life-altering situation with humour.

I don’t wish to do television at this point: Pulkit Samrat

Mumbai– Actor Pulkit Samrat says he declined an offer to judge a dance reality TV show as he wants to concentrate on his career in Bollywood.

“I was recently offered to be the judge of a dance reality show. But I didn’t take it up because I don’t wish to do television at this point,” Pulkit said in a statement to IANS.

Is he willing to work on TV in the future?

“If I am adding value as an actor to something that’s offered to me on television, why not to do it? But it must challenge me and I must add some value to it,” added the actor, who got famous with his role in TV show “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”.

Pulkit feels television has a wide reach.

“The content is so diverse, be it dance or comedy reality shows that people really enjoy watching these days as compared to the saas-bahu sagas.”

But at the moment, Pulkit is happy with the way his career is turning out to be. The “Fukrey” star said that there are good offers coming his way.

“The subjects and characters that have been offered to me are quite interesting and something that would challenge me as an actor,” he said.

Ranveer Singh inspires this TV actor

Mumbai– Actor Paras Kalnawat says that he took cue from Bollywood star Ranveer Singh’s role of Bittu in “Band Baaja Baaraat” to play Rehaan in a TV show.

In the show “Mariam Khan – Reporting Live”, Rehaan is a cool, college-going boy who is a flirt and has a raw charm to his personality in terms of energy and vibes.

“I am a huge fan of Ranveer Singh and when I was told that my character is on the lines of Bittu Sharma from ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’, I got really excited,” Paras said in a statement.

“I went back and watched ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ again to get a hang of Ranveer’s mannerisms and try my level best to play Rehaan in the best way possible.”

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



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