Bollywood Roundup: Rani Mukerji, Yami Gautam, Radhika Apte, and more…

Rani Mukerji (Photo: Wikipedia)

Rani Mukerji to star in ‘Mardaani 2’

Mumbai– Actress Rani Mukerji, who was last seen on screen in “Hichki”, will be starring in the second instalment of “Mardaani”. She says the first part of the movie is very close to her heart and cannot wait to start filming “Mardaani 2”.

“‘Mardaani’ is and will always be extremely close to my heart. Right since its release, everyone has asked me time and again when I would be doing ‘Mardaani 2′ and I’m sure this announcement will come as a pleasant surprise to them all. Gopi has written an extraordinary script that we all love and I can’t wait to start shooting this film soon,” Rani said in a statement.

“Mardaani”, which released in 2014, featured Rani as a feisty senior inspector named Shivani Shivaji Roy, who took on the kingpin of a child trafficking racket played by Tahir Raj Bhasin.

Yash Raj Films’ edge-of-the-seat entertainer, “Mardaani 2” is set to go on floors next year and will release in the later half of 2019.

Rani gave a sneak peek into the character of the chilling villain who she will have a big face off with.

“Shivani will face a cold, merciless villain who has no empathy, no fear of God and is pure evil. The character has been written superbly and I’m excited to find out who the actor will be,” she added.

Yami would love to bring Wonder Woman alive on screen

New Delhi– Actress Yami Gautam, who attended the Delhi Comic Con, says if given a chance, she would love to bring her favourite comic character Wonder Woman alive on the big screen.

Yami visited the 8th edition of Maruti Suzuki Arena Delhi Comic Con on Saturday as a ‘brand friend’ of Swiss watch company Swatch which introduced its ‘Fall-Winter’ 2018 collection.

The experience was “very good”, Yami told IANS over the phone.

“It was quite nice to see the turnout and to see how people are evolving to this new cultural zone that countries are globally trying to connect with,” she added.

Asked if she was a comic enthusiast as a child, Yami said: “Not really, I was not much into comics. But of course, I did have my favourite comic characters and I still do.”

Which one?

“My one and only would be Wonder Woman. I love Wonder Woman,” said the “Vicky Donor” actress.

If she had to play one comic character on-screen, which one would it be?

“Wonder Woman, any day,” Yami said promptly.

In her view, “every woman has a wonder in her and it’s all about exploring that”.

As of now, the actress is being noticed for her powerful dialogue delivery and tough avatar an intelligence in the trailer of “Uri”. That’s quite a ‘wonder woman’ in itself, isn’t it?

Breaking into a laughter, Yami said: “It’s a very strong role, and I am glad I got to play one. The response to the trailer has been very good and positive. We are very happy as a team. We have got all the more validation for the choice we have made. ‘Uri’ is one film that’s not just important for me as an actor, but even as a citizen.

Radhika Apte is magical: Stana Katic

New Delhi— Former “Castle” star Stana Katic, who will be seen sharing screen space with Radhika Apte in a World War II spy drama, says the Indian actress is magical.

“She (Radhika) is magical. It was quite a lot of fun working opposite her. She is a very special gift. I know why Indian audiences love her dearly,” Katic told IANS.

Radhika Apte (Photo: Twitter)

Talking about the film, she said: “We wrapped that film in June. It’s in the stage of editing. The film centres on a story of three real women who were spies during World War II. It focuses on their efforts to free Nazi-run France.

“In this film, I play a British spy mistress. The creator of the James Bond series had said that in the real world of spies, Vera Atkins was the boss. So since we started telling that tale, we learned about these extraordinary women who just stood out as epic heroes from World War II. I have come to admire them very much.”

Radhika plays Indian-origin British spy Noor Inayat Khan in the movie.

Additi Gupta juggles between reel and real life wedding

Mumbai– Actress Additi Gupta, who plays Archana in “Kaal Bhairav Rahasya 2”, is juggling between two weddings — one on the show and the other in real life.

Additi had donned the look of a bride for the show and was shooting day and night for the wedding sequence.

“Shooting day and night is quite challenging with heavy wedding costumes on. I’m struggling to even find time for my real wedding. I wish the schedule of our show changes so that we can enjoy life outside work too,” Additi said in a statement.

The actor is getting married to Kabir Chopra on Tuesday. She was shooting until Sunday night for the show.

I’m totally fine: Shahid Kapoor on health rumours

Mumbai– Actor Shahid Kapoor on Monday said he is totally fine, contrary to rumours that he is suffering from stomach cancer.

“Guys I am totally fine please don’t believe random stuff,” Shahid tweeted.

There were reports doing the rounds on social media that the “Udta Punjab” star is suffering from stomach cancer.

On the Bollywood front, Shahid will be seen in the Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” titled — “Kabir Singh”.

The original film, starring Vijay and Shalini Pandey in the lead, revolves around a medical student who falls in love with his junior and how their relationship evolves.

The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Mussoorie. Shahid will sport four different looks in the film and has been preparing for it over the last three months. Workshops with all the actors are right now in full swing.

It is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani, Krishan Kumar and Ashwin Varde.

Vivek Dahiya hides phones on show’s set

Mumbai– Actor Vivek Dahiya says he hides phones of his show’s teammates “just for fun”.

He plays an intense role in “Qayamat Ki Raat”, but it seems like he is quite a prankster off-screen.

Vivek Dahiya

“Most of us are always glued to our smartphones during breaks. That is one thing most of us can’t do without. I randomly started hiding their phones or replacing them with duplicate ones that we often use while shooting… just for the fun of it,” Vivek said in a statement.

“Karishma (Tanna), Mehul (Nisar) have all been victims. I once tried to reach for my creative’s mobile. In a bid to save it, she kind of dropped it and we got into a light-hearted argument of sorts. It has now become a habit,” he added.

He called the show’s team “one big family now who spend time together between breaks”.

Rishi Kapoor keeps you on your toes as a performer: Omkar Kapoor

Mumbai– Actor Omkar Kapoor, who will soon be seen sharing screen space with Rishi Kapoor in the upcoming film “Jhoota Kahin Ka”, says the veteran star is a spontaneous actor and keeps everyone on their toes as a performer during scenes.

Talking about working with Rishi, Omkar told IANS: “It was amazing to have Rishiji play my father in the film. He is such a phenomenally spontaneous actor that he keeps you on your toes as a performer during the one on one scenes. He was extremely helpful and supportive through out the shoot in every manner.”

The 32-year-old actor said he was like a “kid learning from all the experiences he use to share with me.”

Directed by Smeep Kang, “Jhoota Kahin Ka” also stars Lillete Dubey, Manoj Joshi and Sunny Singh.

Asked about the film, Omkar said: “It is a mad house comedy about lies told for good reasons but situations that arise due to them.” (IANS)



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