Bollywood Roundup: Akshay Kumar, Jasmin Bhasin, Rohit Shetty, and more…

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Haryana youth flees home, climbs tree for Akshay Kumar

Mumbai– A die-hard fan of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar performed ‘khiladi-style’ stunts to catch a glimpse of his favourite actor but ended up in the lock-up, police said here on Thursday.

Akshay Kumar

The incident happened late on Tuesday when the 20-year-old Haryana youth Ankit Goswami went to the actor’s building near Juhu Beach, demanding to meet Akshay, but was chased away by the security personnel.

He went away, but returned later in the evening to try his luck again though he was unaware that his idol was not at home.

Goswami climbed onto a parked tempo near the building, to reach the top of the boundary wall and then waited for a couple of hours on a tree branch to avoid detection by the security guards.

Around 1.30 a.m. that night, he quietly got off the tree and attempted to go to Akshay’s house, but was caught by the security personnel who handed him over to the police.

He was booked for tresspassing and sent to police custody, an official said, adding that the boy’s father, Brijendra will reach Mumbai in a couple of days for bailing him out.

“Considered as a harmless but starstruck ‘fan’, the youth had run away from his home and reached Mumbai by train on Monday, wanting to meet Akshay and also try his own luck in Bollywood,” the police said.

Don’t think I’ll ever take up supernatural shows: Jasmin

Mumbai– Actress Jasmin Bhasin says that she doesn’t relate to the current trend of supernatural shows and so, she doesn’t think she will explore that genre.

Jasmin Bhasin

“I don’t think I will ever take up supernatural or thriller shows as I do not relate to them. I am happy with the kind of work I am doing,” Jasmin said in a statement.

She is currently playing the role of Happy Mehra in the show “Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji”.

“When you play a daily soap character that character lives with you for a really long time. The span of my previous character was almost for a year and a half and I had to let go off that Gujarati girl completely so that I could get into the skin of Happy who is exactly like me in real life,” said the “Dil Se Dil Tak” actress.

Rohit Shetty, Farah team up for action-comedy

Mumbai– Filmmaker Rohit Shetty has signed Farah Khan to direct an action-comedy film for his production house, Rohit Shetty Picturez.

“Sometimes the universe just conspires to give you what you didn’t even imagine. Together with Rohit, who I genuinely love as a brother and whose work ethic I respect and share, I can only promise ‘Mother of all Entertainers’! Cant wait to say ‘roll camera’ for this one,” Farah said in a statement.

The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez.

Fresh off the success of “Simmba”, Rohit said it’s a privilege for his production company to have Farah on board to direct a film for them as she is “extremely talented and hard working”.

“It will definitely be a wonderful association. I can’t wait to start working with this extremely talented powerhouse,” he added.

After giving a decade of hits as a director, Rohit has proved himself to be a successful producer as well after doing films like “Golmaal Again” and “Simmba” under his production house.

Tushar Pandey excited about playing characters of different age groups

Mumbai– Actor Tushar Pandey finds it an “exciting challenge” to play characters of different age groups.

He is one of the lead actors of the forthcoming film “Hum Chaar”, produced by Rajshri Productions. He will also be playing a pivotal role in Nitesh Tiwari’s next directorial venture “Chhichhore”.

On playing characters of two different age groups in both the films, Tushar said in a statement: “It’s an exciting challenge to play different age groups on-screen. We, in real life, belong to a certain age bracket and the ability to understand and comprehend any situation is limited.”

“To be able to play a character who is either younger or older requires an understanding of different maturity and to perform it, honestly is a journey which any actor aspires for,” he added.

He is currently shooting for “Chhichhore”. “I have a lot of scope to experiment with the character,” he said.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra was not open to recreating ‘Ek Ladki…’: Composer

Mumbai– Sonam Kapoor’s latest movie “Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga” is not just earning praise for promoting the LGBTQ community, but also for its songs, especially the title track. Composer Rochak Kohli says recreating the iconic song was not easy.

The film’s title track is a recreated version of a song from Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s “1942: A Love Story” film.

“The title song that we hear is the 12th version and this was not originally a part of the script. We created this song because it has the name of the film. Till the last moment, we did not have a song because the original song was very dear to Vidhu Vinod Chopra sir. So, he was not very open to the idea of recreating this song because he was sure that we would ruin it,” Kohli told IANS over e-mail.

After a lot of rejections, Kohli managed to impress Chopra with the song.

“We created some versions of it, but all of them were rejected. In the last version that we created, we removed the lines which were there in the original song so that there is no comparison between the old and new song. We took a risk and gave a whole new twist to the song and I am so glad that it is being appreciated,” Kohli said.

Mohit Raina to star in ‘Bhaukaal’

Mumbai– Actor Mohit Raina has been roped in to play the role of a police officer in the upcoming police drama “Bhaukaal”.

The series is inspired by the real-life achievements of Navniet Sekera, an IPS officer who brought down an organised crime syndicates in Uttar Pradesh in the early 2000s.

Actor and producer Harman Baweja is the creator and showrunner. He has teamed up with director Jatin Wagle for the series.

The series will adapt real life stories based on the criminal gangs and their turf wars. It will also highlights the nexus of criminals, local persons of influence and authority and their impact on people and local culture.

“‘Bhaukaal’ brings me a chance to play a brave police officer, one who brought change and broke through the age old criminal and local political nexus. I am happy and excited to play this character,” Mohit said in a statement.

The series is being made by Applause Entertainment, the content studio from the Aditya Birla Group, along with Baweja Movies.It also features Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor, Bidita Bag, Sunny Hinduja, Rashmi Rajput, Pradeep Nagar and Gulki Joshi. It is written by Akash Mohimen, Jay Bansal and Rohit Chauhan. (IANS)

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