Bollywood Roundup: Abhishek Bachchan, Narayani Shastri, Saumya Tandon, and more…

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‘Delhi-6’ was a film with soul, poignant message: Abhishek Bachchan

Mumbai– As ‘Delhi-6’ clocked 10 years of its release in the Hindi film industry on Wednesday, actor Abhishek Bachchan said the film has a heart, soul and a poignant message.

Abhishek on Wednesday took to Instagram, where he shared a few motion posters from the film, which revolves around an NRI who returns with his ailing grandmother to his homeland and gets caught in a bizarre temple-mosque dispute in the heart of Delhi.

“Hard to believe. What a wonderful time I had shooting this film. Such a powerful and fun cast and crew. One of my favourite soundtracks, that I still listen to regularly. A film with a heart and soul of gold and also a very poignant message. Thank you Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for allowing me to be a part of this gem,” he tweeted.

The actor thanked the film’s cast, which included actors Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor Om Puri, Waheeda Rahman, Divya Dutta and Aditi Rao Hydari.

Narayani makes debut in supernatural thriller space

Mumbai– Actress Narayani Shastri has taken up her first supernatural thriller TV show.

She will have a cameo role in the show “Nazar”.

“This is the first time that I am doing a supernatural thriller on television. I am very excited to be a part of ‘Nazar’. When I was approached for the role, I got attracted to it immediately since I knew I would get an opportunity to do a role that was very different than what I had played on-screen before,” Narayani said in a statement.

Talking about her role, she shared: “Devika (her character) and her daughter are fellow passengers on a train with Ansh and Pia while the train gets attacked by Vetal Mritakis (zombies).

“She helps them escape from the zombie attack and saves their lives,” added the “Piya Ka Ghar” actress.

It’s a personal choice: Saumya Tandon on #CashForTweet

Mumbai– “Bhabi Ji Ghar Par Hain” actress Saumya Tandon, one of the four celebrities who refused to tweet in support of a political party in exchange for money as part of a sting operation, says it is a “personal choice” if a person agrees to do it.

Saumya Tandon

As for herself, she says, “I would never sell myself for money on these kind of things”.

Over 30 Indian film and TV industry actors/artistes were caught on camera accepting a ‘cash for tweet’ offer during a sting operation conducted by media portal Cobra Post over a period of 3-4 months last year.

Cobra Post revealed that Saumya, Vidya Balan, Arshad Warsi and Raza Murad were the only ones among those approached, to refuse the offer.

Saumya said in a statement: “There have been many times I’ve been approached for either endorsing a political party, especially close to elections or to rally for a particular candidate or to talk about a particular party on social media or go attend their parties. I’ve never done that, and I’ll never do that unless and until I truly believe in the person or the party.”

She asserted that politics is far more serious and has “greater implications”.

“I would never sell myself for money on these kind of things. If I have to really earn money, I would rather do a role or a project which is not of national importance to something which has serious consequences. As far as my comment goes for people who do it for money, I would say that it’s their personal choice.”

Yogita talks about challenges of playing young mother

New Delhi– Actress Yogita Bihani, 23, says it was challenging to play a mother in her debut TV show.

“Dil Hi Toh Hai” had premiered in June last year on Sony Entertainment Television. A few months later, the channel pulled the plug on the show. It is now back with season two, this time on a digital platform.

The characters have gone through changes. Yogita’s Palak is now a mother of two girls.

Asked what it was like to play a mother at such a young age, Yogita told IANS here: “It was always meant to be a finite series. We ended season one on the channel and now we have season two. I knew this (would be the) story.

“As an actor, you have to play different characters – mother, daughter, sister or even a physically challenged person. So playing a mother by a 23-year-old Yogita Bihani was a different challenge because I don’t know how kids work. I deal with my nephews and I love kids but being a mother was different.”

I can’t handle horror: Sayani Gupta

New Delhi– Actress Sayani Gupta is not a fan of the horror genre, and says it took a lot of convincing to get her to say ‘yes’ to supernatural thriller “Darkness Visible”.

Helmed by Neil Biswas, “Darkness Visible” is shot in Kolkata. Biswas has built the film from a script he co-wrote with Ben Hervey. Along with Sayani, the film stars Jaz Deol, Neil Bhoopalam, Seema Biswas and Salóme Gunnarsdottir.

“It was actually quite fabulous collaborating with a great team. Neil Biswas has very clear directions. He knows exactly what he wants from you and the script was also very interesting. ‘Darkness Visible’ is actually a supernatural thriller in the realm of horror, black magic, voodoo and all of that,” Sayani told IANS.

“It’s a very strange eerie subject. Honestly, I don’t watch horror films, I just cannot handle horror. I actually read the script and I turned the film down. I had done some scenes for the audition and Neil apparently really wanted me,” she added.

The actress says Guneet Monga and Shaan Vyas from Sikhya Entertainment who were line-producing it in India, somehow convinced her to do it over a very funny conversation.

Less visibility reduced my fan base: Gautam Gulati

New Delhi– Actor Gautam Gulati developed a strong fan base and became popular with his stint in TV reality show “Bigg Boss 8” in 2014. But after that, he was not seen much on-screen apart from movies like “Azhar” and “Behen Hogi Teri”.

In a telephonic interview to IANS, Gautam, who has recently come up with the new web series “Operation Cobra”, spoke about his absence from showbiz and how his low visibility has impacted his fan base.

“I agree when you are away from showbiz, it impacts your fan base. The same thing has happened with me. Less visibility reduces your craze and hype among fans. But it has nothing to do with an artiste’s mind.

“It takes time to get good projects. After ‘Bigg Boss’, it wasn’t like there was any dearth of opportunities. I got several offers but I took my time to decide what is good and bad for me.”

Gautam said he chose struggle instead of getting stuck in a pool of projects.

“I got many opportunities but I knew struggle was on my way, and I chose it even after my success. I was preparing myself for good projects. I don’t want to do something just for the sake of it. I analysed myself and improvised myself as an actor… So, that’s why I was a little away from the limelight.

“But I didn’t take any break. I hosted one show and did movies like ‘Azhar’ and ‘Behen Hogi Teri’, but my roles in those movies did not leave much impact on the audience… I don’t know why. Sometimes films are edited a lot due to which some roles lose their importance,” he added.

Dancing for me is a small part of acting: Arshad Warsi

Mumbai– Actor Arshad Warsi, who has worked as a choreographer for stage shows and for the 1993 film “Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja”, says dancing for him is a small part of acting. He primarily wants to be known as an actor who can dance.

Before entering Bollywood, he worked as a choreographer for stage shows. He also opened a dance school and won an English Jazz Dancing Competition when he was 21.

Asked if he would he like to star in a dance-based film like Varun Dhawan, Arshad told IANS: “I will not be able to do that. When I joined the industry, I was asked and I said, ‘I would like to be known as an actor who can dance rather than a dancer who can act’. So, for me dancing is a small part of acting.”

The 30-year-old actor, who is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming film “Total Dhamaal”, says if an opportunity comes knocking at his door, he will take it up.

“Until and unless I am asked to do a film which is dance-oriented, then maybe. But I will not force just because I can dance,” he added.

“Total Dhamaal” is the third installment of the successful franchise “Dhamaal”, which originally starred Arshad, Javed Jaaferi and Riteish Deshmukh alongside Sanjay Dutt.

It also stars Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Anil Kapoor and Boman Irani. Co-produced by Fox Star Studios, Ajay Devgn Ffilms, Ashok Thakeria, Kumar, Sri Adhikari Brothers, Anand Pandit, Sangeeta Ahir and Kumar Mangat Pathak, the film will release on Friday. (IANS)

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