Bollywood Roundup: Ranveer Singh, Sanjay Dutt, Aahana Kumra, and more…

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When Ranveer Singh questioned his acting dream

Mumbai– Actor Ranveer Singh says there was a time when he thought he would never make it big in Bollywood as he had no filmy connections.

“I had a struggle period, my first realisation of becoming a mainstream actor was perhaps a bit far-fetched. It was in the 10th standard. I sort of realised that my dream – after all – may not come true because most of the people around me were from a filmy lineage,” Ranveer said.

The actor looked back at his struggle in his initial days in his acting career during an episode of “Starry Nights 2. Oh!”. The episode will air on Zee Cafe on Sunday, read a statement.

“I thought to settle for something which seems within my reach. So, I decided to join a university in America for further studies and I was late to register for classes due to procrastination only to find out that the acting class for non-majors had a slot empty, so I enrolled myself in,” he added.

“I was told to perform on my first day by my instructor and everybody loved the performance, and that is when I realised I am a performer.”

Sanjay Dutt wants to help youth get rid of drug addiction

Chandigarh– Actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been vocal about his battle with drug addiction, is supporting an anti-drug campaign that aims to eliminate drug addiction.

Sanjay Dutt (Photo: Facebook)

Sanjay Dutta on Sunday took to social media to announce his support to spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s #DrugFreeIndia campaign.

“I always wanted to do something to uproot drug addiction from India. The #DrugFreeIndia campaign is a step towards that! Because of my personal experiences, it’s a cause very close to my heart and I want to help the youth of our country,” he wrote.

Sanjay’s struggle with drugs is even captured in his biopic “Sanju”, in which actor Ranbir Kapoor essays his role.

Apart from the “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S” actor, celebrities like Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan, Kapil Sharma, Parineeti Chopra, Badshah and Varun Sharma have lent support to the anti-drug campaign, which will be launched on February 18 here.

Filmmakers scared to make women look different: Aahana Kumra

Mumbai– For her role as Priyanka Gandhi in “The Accidental Prime Minister”, Aahana sported short hair and a simplistic look — diametrically different from what the audience had seen so far of her in a show like “Yudh” or a film like “Lipstick Under My Burkha”. She feels the role will help the film industry look at her differently.

Aahana Kumra (Photo: Twitter)

“People often look at you (me) as a girl next door, and not sometimes as a character. And I think what is interesting is that because there was a different look, and a different hairdo, I think now they will be open to giving me a different get-up altogether.

“I don’t know why do they (filmmakers) get scared to make women look different. We don’t even live in a country where everyone looks the same,” Aahana told IANS here.

She finds it unfortunate how all the actresses today look the same.

“There’s no difference from one to the other. There was a Geeta Bali, there was a Nutan, there was a Sadhana… They all looked so different from one another.

“In today’s time, I can’t make from one another. Everyone has the same hairstyle, the same look… I sometimes lose interest and think I’ve seen the same girl in another film. I do not see the looks being changed.

“What would be interesting is to change hairstyles, looks… do it. Girls are ready to do it if the filmmakers are ready to do it,” the actress added.

Women have started getting strong roles in Indian cinema: Tisca

New Delhi– Actress Tisca Chopra feels Indian cinema is entering a golden phase as women have started getting their due in terms of roles.

“Now is the best time to be in Indian cinema. We are entering into a golden period. Female actors are dominating our industry. Look at films like ‘Veere Di Wedding’, ‘Raazi’ and ‘Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi’….all of these are women-oriented films.

“Time has changed now… Filmmakers have started making strong roles in their films for women,” Tisca told IANS over phone.

“There is a huge shift in our industry. Earlier, the audience used to go to cinema halls to see heroes on-screen but now they go to theatres to watch our powerful heroines.”

Tisca, who debuted in Bollywood with “Platform” in 1993, made a name for herself with power-packed performances in projects like “Taare Zameen Par”, “Firaaq”, “Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost”, TV show “24” and “Ghayal Once Again”. She even stepped into the producer’s shoes with a short film “Chutney” for which she garnered a lot of praise from both critics and audiences.

Currently, the 45-year-old is co-hosting Star Bharat’s “Savdhaan India”, a show which aims to spread awareness about crime and keep people alert.

I don’t believe in restricting myself: Sumeet Vyas

Mumbai–Actor Sumeet Vyas loves to write and says he hopes to get back to the writing board while balancing his acting work.

“I like writing. I think the last one year has been all about acting in films and web series but I’m very keen on getting back to the writing board. This year I’m hoping to accomplish some writing work. I’m in the process of writing a small piece in a theatre production,” Sumeet said in a statement.

Sumeet has worked actively in the writing department during his theatre days. He is popular for acting in “Veere Di Wedding”, “TVF Tripling” and “Permanent Roommates”.

“I don’t believe in restricting myself to one thing. The more creative outlets the better for an artist. I would like to focus on writing as much and I also intend to write more movies as well as plays. I have always had a soft corner for theatre,” he said.

Summet said he doesn’t want to write for money.(IANS)

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