Bollywood Roundup: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Divya Dutta, and more…


SRK thanks Salman for making ‘Zero’ dream come alive

Mumbai– Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has thanked actor Salman Khan for making the “Zero” dream come true.

Shah Rukh Khan

Calling the “Dabangg” star his brother, SRK tweeted on Friday: “A big thanks to brother Salman Khan, Jaaved Jaaferi, Red Chillies vfx and Aanand L. Rai for making the ‘Zero’ dream come alive. Dil se (from the heart).”

Shah Rukh and Salman wished India “Eid mubarak” by featuring together in a special song in a teaser of Aanand L. Rai’s “Zero”, which was shared on Twitter on Thursday.

The two stars, who have earlier worked in films like “Karan Arjun”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam”, shared a warm camaraderie in the teaser, which will be attached to Salman’s Eid release “Race 3”.

Shah Rukh enters a stadium, followed by Salman. They are seen dancing together as a voice in the background says: “Dono bhaiyon ke taraf se saare Hindustan ko Eid mubarak. (Here’s wishing Eid mubarak to the whole of India from the two brothers).”

“Zero” features Shah Rukh as a vertically challenged man piquing the interests of the audience to witness the unusual tale.

Red Chillies Entertainment and Colour Yellow Productions have joined hands for “Zero”, produced by Gauri Khan. The movie, releasing on December 21, also features Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.

Hrithik to throw party for 26 IIT-JEE students

 Mumbai– Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan — all set to play a mathematician in the much-awaited biopic “Super 30” — is planning to host a party for 26 students of Anand Kumar’s Super 30 academy who cracked the JEE-Advanced 2018.

Hrithik Roshan at Rado sport collection launch.

Hrithik said in a statement: “In the process of shooting for ‘Super 30’, I have got a fair understanding of how tough these exams are. Kudos to the students and their great mentor, Anand Kumar. The party is just a small way to meet and personally congratulate them. I wish them greater heights in life, in whatever they do.”

On June 23 evening, Hrithik will host the party and looks forward to spending some time with them. Onirjit Goswami, Suraj Kumar, Yash Kumar and Suryakant Das are a few of the students expected to be present.

Anand Kumar established the Super 30 programme in Patna in 2002 to coach economically backward students for IIT-JEE, the entrance examination for the Indian Institutes of Technology.

Every year, his institute, Ramanujan School of Mathematics, conducts a test to select the top 30 students to groom them for the entrance exam.

This will be the first time that Hrithik will be seen playing the role of a real-life character.

Helmed by Vikas Bahl, ‘Super 30’ is slated to release on January 25, 2019.

Would love to make India proud via foreign cinema: Niharica Raizada

Mumbai– Actress Niharica Raizada, busy shooting for her upcoming film “Total Dhamaal”, will soon begin work on a French film. She says she would love to make India proud by working in international cinema, like Irrfan Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

Niharica Raizada (Photo: Twitter)

Niharica was at a photo shoot by photographer Anuj Shah for the upcoming French film here.

She said: “I would love to make India proud by working in international cinema. There is nothing in the world that would make me happier. At present, I am working for a French film. I don’t know if I can reach those heights. Irrfan Khan and Priyanka Chopra have done tremendously well for themselves. They have made India really proud both nationally and internationally.

“I would love to work in European films in the languages I speak… like French, Spanish, and German. It has been my dream… I can tick off Hindi, now next is French, and if I can work in Spanish and German films, it will complete my filmography’s bucket list. It would be amazing.”

The photographer praised Niharica saying: “I have worked with Niharica before and she is outstanding. She is such a beautiful soul… Her expressions and body language just flows. Her eyes talk and that is the most important thing for a model.”

Rajkummar Rao to star in ‘Made in China’

Mumbai– National Award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao is set to star in “Made in China”, which will be directed by Mikhil Musale whose “Wrong Side Raju” bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati.

Musale will make his Bollywood debut with the Maddock Films production which will be shot in Ahmedabad and across China.

“My working experience with Rajkummar started on our film ‘Stree’. I always knew he was a good actor, but his performance in the film really bowled me over,” Dinesh Vijan of Maddock Films said in a statement.

“It was on the sets of ‘Stree’ that I narrated the idea of ‘Made in China’ to Rajkummar and he was immediately on board,” he added.

The lead actress has not been finalised yet.

The upcoming film is a hilarious take on a struggling Gujarati businessman and the bizarre journey he undertakes to become a successful entrepreneur.

The film is expected to roll this September.

John Abraham starts shooting for ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’

Mumbai– Actor John Abraham has started shooting for his upcoming film “Romeo Akbar Walter”.

John on Friday tweeted: “And the journey begins! ‘RAW’ ‘Romeo Akbar Walter.”

The actor had told IANS that the movie is his “most challenging role to date” and that he was nervous getting into it.

The film also stars Sikander Kher in a negative role.

“Romeo Akbar Walter” is directed by Robbie Grewal. Other details of the film have not been shared.

Earlier, actor Sushant Singh Rajput was roped in for the title role in the film, but the makers of the movie mutually parted ways with the actor due to “unavoidable circumstances”.

John is fresh from the success of “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran”, his home production which is inching close to the Rs 60 crore mark.

Ashish Chowdhury misses Sumona Chakravarty

Mumbai– Actor Ashish Chowdhury is missing his “Dev” co-star Sumona Chakravarty as she is not a part of the show’s second season.

The Colors show, set to premiere on June 25, will feature Ashish, Jigyasa Singh, Puja Banerjee and Amit Dolawat.

“In this season, the other cast remains the same which includes Puja Bannerjee as Mehak, Amit Dolavat as inspector Narvekar, Joyshree Arora as Zohra Apa. But Sumona is not a part this time. All of us shared a wonderful rapport together on set,” Ashish said in a statement.

“We all miss her on the sets and I hope I can work with her again, soon. But Jigyasa Singh is the new addition to our family and she has bonded with all of us really well. She is really nice girl and all of us have a great time together,” he added.

Amit Dolavat says he loves to pull pranks on his co-actors just to lighten up their mood.

Once the team was preparing for the shoot and Amit went around telling people that they will shoot in a foreign location for a few episodes. Everyone got excited and a few crew members decided to get their passports and documents ready. Finally, Amit broke out laughing as he couldn’t hold his amusement any longer and confessed that he was joking.

He feels it helps to have a fun environment.

“We all shoot for long hours and it gets tiring for us. I always play such pranks to lighten the mood for everyone. The trick is to play such pranks with a straight face and everyone falls for it. But jokes apart, everyone on set is a great sport and it’s good to mix some play with all the hard work that we put in making ‘Dev 2’ enthralling for viewers,” Amit said in a statement.

Grateful to work with best in first film: Aayush Sharma

Mumbai– Salman Khan’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma has thanked the superstar for being a part of “Loveratri” and says that he is grateful to work with the best in his debut film.

Aayush on Thursday tweeted: “So grateful that I could work with the best in my first film! Thank you Salman Khan for being an important part of ‘Loveratri’.”

The film’s teaser, which released on June 13, begins with Salman introducing the storyline, narrating the colourful love story.

Directed by debutant director Abhiraj Minawala, written by Naren Bhatt and produced by Salman Khan Films, “Loveratri” also stars Warina Hussain.

It will release on October 5.

Acting makes one conscious of own actions: Divya Dutta

Mumbai– National Award winner Divya Dutta says the field of acting teaches one to be more conscious about his or her own actions in order to make the world a better place.

Divya Dutta

“When you are involved in retelling of stories of people who changed the world or who helped shape it, you become more aware and more conscious of your own actions and actions of people around you. Our responsibility as humans should be to leave the world as a better place than what we came into, and that should extend to our environment as well,” Divya said.

The actress feels it’s high time people stop abusing nature.

“I think we are least bothered to make an effort. Our world of cleanliness revolves only around our houses because beyond that, it is not our concern and none of our business. What causes such insensitivity, I wonder sometimes… towards your own city, your own country. Is it just lack of education and civic sense?

“A sense of dismay always trickles inside me. What are we doing to our environment? Everything is being commercialised. Trees are being cut, new constructions are being done. We are gradually taking away all the green land by killing the flora and fauna. We are now getting chemical-induced fruits and vegetables.

“Nature is going away from us and we are choosing to turn our heads away thinking ‘It’s okay, life’s moving’. I wonder till how long nature will allow us to abuse it. These are warning bells we dare not ignore. I think we should restore what rightfully belongs to nature or it will show its wrath in the most unexpected ways.” (IANS)


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