Bollywood Roundup: Karan Johar, Rajkummar Rao, Urmila Matondkar, and more…

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Proud of Abhishek Bachchan’s work: Karan Johar

Mumbai– Filmmaker Karan Johar has praised the entire cast and crew of the film “Manmarziyan” and said that he is proud of actor Abhishek Bachchan’s performance in the film.

Karan Johar

“The man-woman dynamics of ‘Manmarziyan’ are beautifully chaotic. The atmospherics combined with the Anurag Kashyap madness makes this film a truly unusual and magical emotional ride! I was on an Amit Trivedi roller coaster and enjoyed every bit of it,” Karan tweeted.

The filmmaker also praised the film’s writer Kanika Dhillon’s writing.

“She captures the emotional beats with ease and expertise. The performances are extraordinary! A superbly solid, silent and sensitive portrayal by Abhishek Bachchan! So proud of his work! He is so amazing!” he wrote.

“Vicky Kaushal is all gusto and glory portraying a manic lover with genius abandon! He has some moments of brilliance in the film! Taapsee Pannu holds the strings of her layered character like an absolute veteran,” he added.

“Manmarziyaan” is a love triangle set between two men played by Vicky and Abhishek who fall in love with Taapsee. The film released on September 7.

Comfort level is there: Rajkummar on Kangana

New Delhi– Actor Rajkummar Rao, who is set to share screen space with Kangana Ranaut in the upcoming films “Mental Hai Kya” and “Imli”, says that he and the actress became more comfortable over the years.

Rajkummar Rao (Photo: Twitter)

Rajkummar and Kangana have also worked together in the 2013 film “Queen”.

Asked how the bond has evolved between the two actors, Rajkummar told IANS: “We have become way more comfortable with each other than we were earlier because (that time) I did not know her and she did not know me.

“But now it’s been about three-four years, we kept meeting in between at different events and parties… So, the comfort level is definitely there.”

“Mental Hai Kya” is slated to release on February 22, 2019. It is written by Kanika Dhillon and helmed by National award-winning director Prakash Kovelmudi, who has helmed south Indian films like “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” and “Size Zero”.

“Imli” is touted to be a love story which deals with relationships on a very human level. The shooting will begin in November.

Urmila reveals her favourite childhood Ganpati memory

Mumbai– Actress Urmila Matondkar, who is a devotee of Lord Ganesha, has shared her favourite childhood Ganpati memory.

Urmila Matondkar (Photo: IMDb.com)

“I really miss celebrating Ganesh Utsav in Konkan away from the noise pollution amidst nature. Also, the authentic modaks are from Konkan and the celebration there is very different from that of Mumbai.

“I miss being in Konkan during Ganesh Chaturthi and cherish my childhood Ganesh memories,” Urmila said in a statement.

The actress performed on “Adbhut Ganesh Utsav”, a special show for Ganesh Chaturthi festival. This will be aired on StarPlus for five days till Friday.

Family members are real heroes behind army men: Sonal Chauhan

New Delhi– Actress Sonal Chauhan, who has returned to Bollywood after a long gap with J.P. Dutta’s film “Paltan”, believes family members are the real heroes behind army men.

Sonal Chauhan (Photo: Twitter)

“We often praise and honour our brave soldiers but we should not forget the important role their families play. Families of soldiers should also be remembered and honoured.

“It takes immense courage to let someone whom you love to go to border and risk life for the nation. Despite knowing anything can happen, spouses of military men strongly face all the problems and support them. In reality, families and loved ones of our army men are the real unsung heroes,” Sonal told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Released on September 7, “Paltan” is based on the Nathu La and Cho La military clashes of 1967 which took place along the Sikkim border.

Asked about her experience working with J.P. Dutta, who is known for making war films like “Border” and “LOC Kargil”, Sonal said that he is an ‘encyclopaedia’ when it comes to projects on war dramas.

“I feel nobody makes a war film better than him. He knows everything about wars. He made me learn about people who risk their life for the nation. While working with him, I learnt a lot of discipline from him. He is one man army,” added the 31-year-old.

Sonal will next be seen in Mahesh Manjrekar’s untitled drama alongside actor Vidyut Jammwal.

Dhruvi Jani bags first short film

Mumbai– Actress Dhruvi Jani will soon make her debut in short films with “Mind F**K”, which is about two individuals dealing with depression.

“In schools and colleges, we have had issues and topics related to depression. Be it art or cultural or even stage shows, this one topic is common to all. Even during my college days, I was inclined towards social relevant tasks,” Dhruvi, 21, said in a statement.

When people of her age prefer romance or teen based scripts, what led Dhruvi to take up a film on depression?

“A lot of credit goes to social media. In today’s digital age, I see a lot of people speaking about depression and many have even overcome it gracefully. Their stories are inspiring and when the same is dealt and handled by global celebrities it just doubles the impact.

“We have put in serious efforts to highlight this issue and I hope people like and appreciate my work. Sakar Raut, who is a renowned Marathi movie director, has shot the movie and it is completely shot against the beautiful landscape of Sri Lanka,” she said.

The film’s team is planning to screen it at various international film festivals.

Dhruvi is also playing the role of Suman in the TV show “Bitti Business Wali”.

Akshay, Rajinikanth battle face-to-face in ‘2.0’ teaser

Chennai– The teaser of director Shankar Shanmugham’s upcoming film “2.0” shows an ultimate showdown between its two stars, Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth, who are seen as the “biggest rivals” battling it out between good and evil.

Akshay Kumar

On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi on Thursday, Akshay, who will be seen playing a supervillain named Richard, tweeted: “On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, doing Shree Ganesh of India’s Grandest Film: ‘2.0’ ! Here’s a glimpse of the biggest rivalry, good or evil… Who decides.”

The over one minute teaser, which sees a high dose of CGI work, begins with a shot of birds circling over city skies, which later is being seen taken over by flying cell phones. People seem confused as the swirl of phones create havoc.

Rajinikanth, who is reprising his role as Dr Vaseegaran and also Chitti, suggests that they take out Chitti the Robot and make him their weapon in the battle against Akshay’s character.

He is heard saying: “This is beyond science, for this we need a superpower… Chitti the robot.”

The second half of the teaser sees Akshay’s evil character destroying the city as Chitti takes it upon himself to save the world from an apocalyptic disaster.

The film will hit the screens on November 29.

“2.0” marks the Tamil debut of Akshay and his first film with Rajinikanth. The film also stars Adil Hussain and Sudhanshu Pandey. It is a sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Enthiran (Robot)” which also featured Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

The movie also has Amy Jackson in a supporting role. The music is by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman. (IANS)

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