Bollywood Briefs: Alia, Farhan, Salman, Sultan, Zubaan, Loveshhuda, and more

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Salman hit-and-run case: SC junks plea for CBI probe into expenses
New Delhi–The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a CBI probe into the expenditure of Rs.25 crore by Salman Khan in the hit-and-run case till his acquittal by the Bombay High Court. Dismissing the public interest suit by advocate M.L. Sharma, the bench of Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice R. Banumathi said the amount the actor’s father Salim Khan claimed to have been spent in the course of the litigation may have gone as fee of the lawyers.

“These are wild allegations without any basis,” Justice Khehar said. “You are misrepresenting the facts” he told Sharma. On Sharma’s plea for witness protection, the court said Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi was arguing for the Maharashtra government which has challenged Salman Khan’s acquittal by the Bombay High Court and he could assist him in the course of the hearing.

Salman Khan fears bachelorhood!
Mumbai–Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor, superstar Salman Khan, whose love life has always been in limelight, has revealed that while he fears the fact that he is single, he likes the fear. The 50-year-old “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” actor made the revelation in a video, posted by actress Sonam Kapoor on the micro-blogging website Twitter.

“I am afraid of the fact that till now I am a bachelor. But, I like this fear. I would like this fear to persist for some more time,” Salman said in the video. The actor will next be seen in Yash Raj Films’s “Sultan”, in which he plays Sultan Ali Khan, a Haryana-based wrestler. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film also stars Anushka Sharma.

Alia ‘dreams’ of attending New York Fashion Week

Mumbai–Actress Alia Bhatt says attending the famed New York Fashion Week is a “dream” for her.

One of her favourite make-up artists, Elton J Fernandez, has been sent to New York Fashion Week by Maybelline New York, and she is “super excited for him as it will be his first-time working backstage with renowned designers and international makeup artists”.

Wishing him lots of luck, Alia said in a statement: “It has been my dream to attend New York Fashion Week, where ultimate fashion and style icons have made their mark! It’s a brilliant platform and I would love to attend Fashion Week next season.” Alia is currently busy shooting for a new film with superstar Shah Rukh Khan.

‘Rock On 2’ shoot nears end
The shooting of “Rock On 2” is nearing its end, and actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has thanked his team for it. Written and directed by Shujaat Saudagar, the film is a sequel to the 2008 film “Rock On!!”.

“As the Rock On 2 journey nears its end, the riders step off one by one. Thank you Shashank S Arora .. It’s been a pleasure. Keep shining,” Farhan tweeted.

Produced by Farhan and Ritesh Sidhwani, the music has been given by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Besides Farhan, the film stars actors Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Purab Kohli who were also seen in the prequel of the film and it also stars Shraddha Kapoor who is new to the franchise.

Have lot of expectations from ‘Sultan’: Aamir Khan
Mumbai–Superstar Aamir Khan on Monday said that he is eagerly awaiting Salman Khan’s next film “Sultan” and has lot of expectations from it. “Salman’s films are always good, so I have lot of expectations from ‘Sultan’. Like how all wait with bated breaths for his films, I too wait for it. Definitely it’ll be a very good film,” said Aamir at the screening of Sonam Kapoor’s film “Neerja”.

Salman plays a wrestler from Haryana in “Sultan”, also starring Aamir’s “PK” heroine Anushka Sharma. Incidentally, Aamir too plays a wrestler in his next film “Dangal”. While Salman earlier shared pictures with a moustache, he has been recently sharing pictures with his clean-shaven look. Aamir had also shared pictures of him with grey hair and overweight physique. But he is all set to lose the excess flab.

About his physique in “Dangal”, he said, “(It’s) Not like ‘3 Idiots’, but similar to ‘Ghajini’. I gained 25 kilos in 6 months and the shooting of my overweight self has been completed. The same character is younger in the beginning of the film when he is a national champion wrestler like Sushil Kumar ji.” “I’ve been working hard on that look, it’ll take 4-6 months to get there,” Aamir said.
“Sultan” is slated for an Eid release while “Dangal” is set for a Christmas release this year.

Vicky Kaushal wants to test himself
Mumbai–Actor Vicky Kaushal says he feels blessed with his run of films in 2016 — “Zubaan”, “Manmarziyan” and “Raman Raghav 2.0” — but wants to explore and test himself as an actor. “I’m just feeling blessed that life is taking such a beautiful turn. I just want the audiences’ love, and their appreciation. I’ll keep working hard. My motto as an actor is to explore myself, to test myself and to see that whatever characters I do are as different from each other as possible,” Vicky said.

While his films “Masaan” and “Zubaan” are relatively small films with not many big stars, with “Manmarziyan” produced by Yash Raj Films and “Raman Raghav 2.0” produced and directed by Anurag Kashyap, he makes his way into big production houses and is also working with the likes of Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.

“Zubaan” is almost a musical with 14 songs. But Vicky said: “You’ll be surprised when you watch the film, how those 14 songs have beautifully become a part of the narrative. “It is a lovely story and a coming-of-age story of a boy. It is a musical drama and also a romantic story, it has a noble thought, and I feel this thought will connect with everyone, of knowing your truth and identifying your truth.”

Salman, Hrithik textbook for actors like me: Girish Kumar
Mumbai–Actor Girish Kumar says superstars Salman Khan and Hrithik Roshan have tremendously inspired him and they were “textbook” for actors like him. “Salman sir and Hrithik sir are such huge personalities. I’ve not actually met them but they’re like a textbook for actors like me. You can watch them how they approach their scenes, you hear stories because you are from the fraternity about how hard they work, and they just inspire you, you don’t have to really be interacting with them to learn from them. I’ve learnt a lot.”

“I don’t follow anyone but I’m a fan of them, I think they’re just wonderful,” said Girish. While Salman made bodybuilding a trend to follow in the 1990s, Hrithik also impressed with his physique in the early 2000s. This could be one of the reason why Girish looks upto them, considering he has been working on his physique since his debut film “Ramaiya Vastaviya”.

Girish has displayed his topless avatar even in his second outing “Loveshhuda”. “All others who do good work like Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and so many others, even Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, they all do such amazing work, so I really think they’re inspiration for all of us.


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