Bollywood Roundup: Yami Gautam, Aditi Rao Hydari, Varun Dhawan, and more…

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Good co-actors make exhaustion enjoyable: Yami Gautam

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Yami Gautam, who plays a pivotal role in the film “Uri: The Surgical Strike”, says the filming process was exhausting yet enjoyable because of the participation and enthusiasm of the film’s cast and crew.

Some parts of the film, which is high on action, were shot in Serbia.

Yami told IANS here: “Shooting of such films is never easy, and is rather consuming. The same thing happened with me when I was shooting for my earlier film ‘Kaabil’ in which I had to learn dance and understand the body language of a visually challenged girl.

“The fact is, when my co-actors are giving by nature to get every scene right, and not working in isolation, the exhaustion becomes enjoyable for all the performers,” added Yami, who features in “Uri…” with Vicky Kaushal and Kirti Kulhari.

The teaser of the film was unveiled on September 28.

It is a movie on the Indian Army’s surgical strikes on the intervening night of September 28-29, 2016, eleven days after terrorists from Pakistan attacked a military base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir leaving 19 Indian soldiers dead.

Dhanush seamlessly wears actor-director hat: Aditi Rao Hydari

Mumbai– Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who is returning to Tamil cinema with a project directed by and co-starring Dhanush, says he is effortless in managing both the fields.

Aditi Rao Hydari (Photo: IMDb)

On her experience of collaborating with Dhanush for the first time, Aditi told IANS in an interview: “This is his second directorial and one should see how effortlessly he is directing the film and playing the protagonist as an actor. He is such a multitasker. I must say that Dhanush wears the hat of director and actor pretty seamlessly.”

“Though all actors do not make good directors, Dhanush is really one of the finest. He knows exactly how to direct an actor to extract the performance the way he wants it. Perhaps that is happening because he is a performer himself,” added the actress, who started her career in Bollywood with the film “Yeh Saali Zindagi” in 2012.

Aditi essayed the pivotal role of Begum Mehrunisa in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat” and has acted in films like “Delhi-6”, “Rockstar”, “Wazir”, “Fitoor”, “Daas Dev” among others.

Now she is constantly balancing her Bollywood projects along with her work in regional films. She even had a role in Tamil film “Chekka Chivantha Vaanam”.

‘October’ will live on forever: Varun Dhawan

Mumbai– Actor Varun Dhawan, who won the Best Actor award at the 9th Jagran Film Festival, says his film “October” will live on forever.

Varun Dhawan

Varun on Sunday tweeted a photograph of himself receiving the award for the film, directed by Shoojit Sircar.

“Won best actor for ‘October’. The shiuli flower has a life span only for a night but I have a feeling ‘October’ will live on forever,” he wrote.

“October” is slice of life romantic drama film produced by Ronnie Lahiri and Sheel Kumar under their Rising Sun Films banner. It also stars Banita Sandhu. The film depicts the life of a hotel-management intern who takes care of his comatose fellow intern unconditionally and unconventionally.

Varun, who is currently enjoying the success of “Sui Dhaaga – Made In India”, will next be seen in “Kalank” along with actor Sanjay Dutt.

‘Baazaar’ was not offered because I’m star kid: Rohan

Mumbai– Rohan Mehra, who will make his acting debut with the Saif Ali Khan-starrer “Baazaar”, says he was not offered the film because he is the son of late actor Vinod Mehra.

Talking about how Rohan bagged a role in “Baazaar”, he said in a statement: “I heard about the film. In fact, I read about the film and was very intrigued by the storyline.

“When I learnt that Nikkhil Sir (producer Nikkhil Advani) was making this film, I thought of auditioning for it. Initially, the film was supposed to have only established actors and they were not planning on taking newcomers. Eventually, they got convinced.”

After a few rounds of audition, he had to wait for months before getting the confirmation call.

“It was not something which was offered because I was a star kid, but I had to really work hard for it,” he said.

“Baazaar”, a film on stocks, money and crime, also stars Chitrangda Singh and Radhika Apte.

Sayantani feels comfortable doing mythological shows

Mumbai– Actress Sayantani Ghosh, who has featured in mythological shows “Mahabharat” and “Santoshi Maa”, says she feels comfortable in this space.

Sayantani Ghosh (Photo: Twitter)

“I am really glad as an artiste that makers always offer me substantial roles when it comes to the mythological genre. It gives me immense scope to explore myself as an actor. I also feel that the genre loves me and I feel very comfortable in this space,” Sayantani said in a statement.

She will be soon seen playing Kunti in “KarnSangini”, set in the backdrop of Mahabharat. The show will trace the journey of Kunti’s sons Karn, Arjun and Uruvi in a new light.

“KarnSangini” will premiere on StarPlus on October 9.

Education, financial freedom important for women: Shabana Azmi

New Delhi– Veteran actress-activist Shabana Azmi, who runs NGO Mijwan Welfare Society, says women must be educated and have financial freedom.

Shabana Azmi

“Education and financial freedom are very important for women. It is necessary that parents and the life partner should respect a woman and take participation with her in every work. For women empowerment, it is also important that women come out from home and feel this world,” Shabana said at ‘Asmita-Woman’ here on Sunday.

It was a programme hosted by the Foundation for Management Research and Training (FMRT) to recognise the power of women and also to bring together some women who have made the change happen in society just by thinking different and being independent.

Mijwan is Shabana’s native village, and the NGO aims at promoting employment, self-reliance and sustainable development.

“It is one of the examples of women empowerment. This village was famous for child marriage. I initiated (my NGO) and now this practice has been stopped there,” the actress said.

At ‘Asmita-Woman’, Shabana was the chief guest along with dance exponent Shovana Narayan.

Narayan said the mantra to empowerment lies in being honest towards your thoughts and actions.

Rajendra to do cameo in ‘Kya Haal Mr Paanchal’

Mumbai– Actor Rajendra Gupta, who has featured in movies like “Tanu Weds Manu” and “Paan Singh Tomar”, will make a cameo in the TV show “Kya Haal Mr Paanchal”.

Currently, the show’s track revolves around the topic of old-age home. Rajendra will be seen as Pratibha’s (actress Dharti Bhatt) ‘tauji’ (uncle).

“I thoroughly enjoyed my stint with the team of ‘Kya Haal Mr Paanchal’. Everyone on the set, from the actors to the production team is creative and perfect with their characters,” Rajendra said in a statement.

“Also, my current appearance perfectly fitted the on-screen look of ‘Tauji’ and I did not require much of a makeover,” he added. (IANS)

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