Bollywood Briefs: Amitabh Bachchan, Kabir Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Aman Uppal, Aditya Chopra, Vaani Kapoor

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Conscious efforts by writers to improve quality of cinema: Amitabh

New Delhi–Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who recently featured in much-lauded “Pink”, on women’s rights and addressesing the problem they face in day to day life, believes that today a “conscious effort is being made by writers to improve the quality of cinema”.

Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan

“The kind of work most of writers are doing these days is phenomenal. Keeping in mind the taste of the audience today and other kind of entertainment that has come into our lives from all over the world… thanks to the TV and Internet.

“The need to compete with it almost everyday and how to get the audiences away from environments of their homes and bring them to the theatre… and they are happy seeing whatever they are seeing on their TV and perhaps they see better quality and therefore there has been a conscious effort by our word-makers to improve the quality and the kind of cinema,” Amitabh said at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit on Friday.

Kabir imagines Salman in stories nobody thought before: Mini

Mumbai–Former VJ Mini Mathur says her husband Kabir Khan manages to see superstar Salman Khan in incredible roles. Mini said: “I think Kabir likes to imagine Salman in stories that nobody has seen him before. He is an incredible actor.”

Mini, dressed in a sari, spoke to media at a festive preview pop-up fashion show on Thursday here. The event was attended by actresses like Sana Khan and Huma Qureshi.

Salman is all set to star in the sequel to Kabir’s “Ek Tha Tiger”. The film will be called “Tiger Zinda Hai”, and is expected to release on Christmas 2017.

How does Kabir manage to convince Salman? Mini said: “I feel story is the king. If Salman likes the story, he says yes immediately. If he does not like the story, then he won’t agree at all.”

The former “Indian Idol” host also shared about the experience of being wife of a director, who has made films like “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” and “Phantom”.

She added: “Kabir never makes a film thinking about awards or expectations. He will make what he wants to. I think only those films work which are made from the heart and without any expectations.”

Virtual reality is like theatre, says Aman Uppal

Mumbai– Actor Aman Uppal, who is set to feature in a virtual reality (VR) web series with actors Aditya Kumar and Vijay Varma, says that the medium is like theatre — an actor’s medium.

Produced by SpectraVR studios, the web series has been written and directed by Sumit Saxena.

“The best part of VR is that you are free to do whatever you want to do. You can enjoy and have a ball in virtual reality. In a film, the director becomes the medium while in VR, it’s like theatre, it becomes an actor’s medium,” Aman said in a statement.

“I had a very enjoyable and fulfilling experience. A lot of the credit goes to the writer because I think he has such thought in his writing. He has a knack of not making it sound grave or deep unnecessarily,” he added.

The series, which is currently being filmed, talks about four friends who are reuniting in Goa after a long time.

The web series will also have actress Patralekha.

Kirti Kulhari
Kirti Kulhari

Kirti Kulhari to start shooting for Bhandarkar’s film soon

Mumbai–Actress Kirti Kulhari, who was recently lauded for her performance in the critically acclaimed film “Pink”, will soon start shooting for Madhur Bhandarkars movie “Indu Sarkar”.

“Finally something good is happening. I am doing Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Indu Sarkar’. We are going to start shooting from December 10,” she said at the launch of the book “Wet” by Tanveer Bookwala.

“Set in Delhi, it is a story with the backdrop of 1975’s Emergency period. The film will be completed by end of January. And then, I will be announcing two more projects,” she added.

She will play the title role in the upcoming film.

“Brought up in an orphanage, she belongs to a small place in Uttar Pradesh. She has a speech impediment and there is a poetic side to her. She gets to settle in her life. The story is about the journey of a woman who has a deficiency in expressing herself and how she eventually copes with the situation and expresses herself.”

Asked about her journey after the success of “Pink”, Kirti said it is going as expected. “‘Pink’ is the turning point in my career. It just changed everything for me overnight,” she said.

Aditya Chopra is humble: Vaani Kapoor

New Delhi–Actress Vaani Kapoor, who is gearing up for the release of her second film “Befikre”, has praised its director Aditya Chopra saying that he is a humble man.

Asked how was it working with Chopra, Vaani told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “He is such a humble man. You can never feel intimidated by him because he makes sure that he is approachable and friendly.”

“Before he announced (about ‘Befikre’), he broke the news I am doing this movie…He was taking my workshops. I didn’t know for what movie and who is directing it…He made me feel very comfortable when we were doing workshops also,” she said.

The 28-year-old actress says by the time she reached the film’s set, she “did become a lot comfortable”.

“For me, I could be myself (in front of Chopra). I could goof up and make mistakes and not feel judged…That fear had gone,” she said.

Talking about her “Befikre” journey, Vaani said: “It was amazing. I felt like it was the best thing that had happened to me…Not only because it is an Aditya Chopra movie or it has Ranveer Singh or I had such a fabulous team, but also for the character I got to play.”

The “Shuddh Desi Romance” actress says she has something to treasure for life.

Shot widely in Paris, “Befikre” is a fresh interpretation of love as viewed in the 21st century. The film is slated to release on December 9.



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