Bollywood Roundup: Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Nushrat Bharucha, and more…

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Barriers in Indian film industry are honing down, says Farhan Akhtar

Mumbai– Film producer Farhan Akhtar, who is gearing up for the release of ‘K.G.F: Chapter 1’, as a presenter, has said that barriers in Indian films are honing down every day.

Farhan Akhtar (Photo: facebook)

Farhan Akthar was interacting media at the trailer launch of ‘K.G.F: Chapter 1’ along with film’s lead actor Yash and his partner Ritesh Sidhwani on Wednesday in Mumbai.

With Indian film industry producing movies in so many languages, there are questions whether the industry has reached a point where language of the story is not important but the story itself, — at a time when Akhtar became a presenter of a Kannada film.

“Yeah… I couldn’t agree more. I think barriers are honing down every single day and the world is becoming a smaller place. We are enjoying work from cultures and languages which we weren’t familiar with many years ago,” said Akhtar.

“In digital revolution, we are consuming content without bothering whether it’s subtitled or dubbed. Filmmaking eventually is about storytelling. I feel story of KGF is very strong and it’s visually very exciting. Ritesh (Sidhwani) and I are presenter of this film and we are very honoured being part of it and presenting it to the Hindi-speaking audience,” said Akhtar.

When asked if he will be seen acting or directing a film, he said, “I am just finishing with Shonali Bose’s film called ‘The Sky Is Pink.’ You will see at some point mid-next year and beyond that, we will discuss it on some other forum.”

Touched by your kind words: Priyanka Chopra to Modi

New Delhi– Newly wed actress Priyanka Chopra has thanked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for gracing her wedding reception with his presence.

Priyanka Chopra (Photo: Twitter)

“A heartfelt thank you to our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji for gracing us with your presence. Touched by your kind words and blessings,” Priyanka wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Along with the tweet, the “Quantico” actress shared a photograph in which she and her husband American singer Nick Jonas and her mother Madhu Chopra can bee seen having moments of laughter with the PM.

Modi, who was dressed in a white kurta-pyjama with a black Nehru jacket, gifted the newly weds a rose each and remained on stage for about 10 minutes. He met Nick and Priyanka’s families with folded hands and exchanged pleasantries.

After getting married at Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan palace last week, Priyanka and Nick hosted a grand reception party here on Tuesday.

The reception also saw designers like Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal, Ritu Beri, Anju Modi, JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, along with Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) President Sunil Sethi, in attendance. Key mediapersons were also invited.

Comedy is quite difficult to do: Nushrat

New Delhi– Actress Nushrat Bharucha of “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” fame has some more comedy films coming up but says they’re not easy to do.

Nushrat Bharucha (Photo: Facebook)

“Comedy actually is quite difficult to do. The timing, the tone, the delivery and the precise expressions are all very crucial, especially for actresses because we are not given the author-backed punches,” Nushrat told IANS.

“But I’m very comfortable with the comedy films that I have done because they have a certain premise and subtext. I have been playing catalyst sort of roles in the comedy films that I’ve been doing. I love what I do, I love what is being given to me, I am comfortable with it and I love the way it has been received,” added the “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” actress.

Looking back at her Bollywood career, which started over a decade ago, she said: “If you come to think of it, it’s been a comical journey for me.”

Salman to be 1st guest on Kapil Sharma’s new show

Mumbai– Comedian-actor-producer Kapil Sharma has started shooting for a new edition of “The Kapil Sharma Show” with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as its first celebrity guest.

Salman Khan (Photo: Twitter)

The episode, which will be aired on Sony Entertainment Television, will also feature Salman’s brothers Sohail Khan and Arbaaz Khan as well as their father Salim Khan, read a statement.

Kapil will be joined by his original gang – Chandan, Kiku Sharda and Sumona Chakravarti.

The audience will also get to see comedians Bharti Singh and Krushna Abhishek along with Rochelle Rao.

Meanwhile, Kapil will marry his fiance, Ginni, at her hometown in Jalandhar on December 12.

Proud to share screen with Ranbir, Sanjay: Ronit Roy

Mumbai– Actor Ronit Roy, who has started shooting for the upcoming film “Shamshera”, says he is proud to share the screen with actors Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt.

Ronit Roy (Photo: Twitter)

Ronit on Wednesday morning tweeted: “As I start shooting for ‘Shamshera’ on a magnificent set, I feel so proud to be a part of this movie, led superbly by our director Karan Malhotra and share the screen with Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. Thank you Karan Malhotra and Yash Raj Films for having me in this one.”

“Shamshera” marks Ranbir’s comeback to the Yash Raj Films (YRF) banner after nine years. Sanjay plays the merciless nemesis of Ranbir in the project.

The film, which also stars Vaani Kapoor, is part of Yash Raj Films’ (YRF) three-movie deal with filmmaker Karan Malhotra, who directed “Agneepath” and “Brothers”. The shooting for “Shamshera” will wrap up by mid 2019.

Ranbir’s last two outings with YRF were “Bachna Ae Haseeno” and “Rocket Singh: Salesman Of The Year”. (IANS)

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