Bollywood Briefs: Great Grand Masti, Ali Fazal, Mahika Sharma, Kareena Kapoor

Urvashi Rautela
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Great Grand Masti’ a family film, not vulgar: Urvashi Rautela

Mumbai–Urvashi Rautela, the lead actress of “Great Grand Masti”, says it’s a family film and is devoid of vulgarity.

On the sidelines of a photoshoot for the Exhibit magazine, Urvashi spoke about “Great Grand Masti” and said: “It is a family film, not at all vulgar. It’s more inspired by ‘Masti’ (the first film in the series). The audiences can come in with their families and enjoy.”

Urvashi Rautela
Urvashi Rautela

Urvashi says that she plays the girlfriend of characters essayed by Riteish Deshmukh, Vivek Oberoi and Aftab Shivdasani in the film, the story of which is about how she turns into a virgin ghost.

“It is my first comedy film. It is a very interesting story and the character I play forms the main crux of the story, the soul of the film. I am very excited,” she said.

Urvashi started her film career by playing a homely wife wearing saris in Sunny Deol’s “Singh Saab The Great”, but in “Great Grand Masti”, she will be wearing revealing outfits.

About the transformation, Urvashi said: “As an actor, it is very important that there should be a character which is slightly ‘hatke’. For example, Kajol did a negative character in ‘Gupt’. Of course, my character is the solo heroine of the film, but this is a very different, very challenging and very demanding character.

“As a creative person, I got the opportunity to do comedy, action and also romance, to live and feel so many emotions and as an actor to showcase yourself to the fullest. To be able to portray such a significant character, I’m thankful to have that level of belief from my producers, my directors and my actors.”

“Great Grand Masti”, directed by Indra Kumar, is releasing on July 22.

Ali Fazal hopes to visit Pakistan

Actor Ali Fazal hopes that someday he gets to shoot in Pakistan.

Ali, who recently completed shooting for “Happy Bhaag Jaayegi” with Abhay Deol and Diana Penty, says he used to wonder that Pakistani fans may have mistaken him for Ali Zafar. But he was elated when that was not the case.

“I didn’t know I had a fanbase on the other side (of the border). I thought Ali Zafar is Pakistani and they might have mistaken me for him. Yeah, that happens. Anyway, I am so delighted to maybe one day go there and meet those who like me and my work,” Ali said in a statement.

“The closest I went (to Pakistan) was to the Attari-Wagah border when we shot some scenes there and it’s electric to witness the same enthusiasm and vigour coming from the other side just a few feet away.”

It was a case of so near, yet so far for Ali.

Surrogacy is cup of tea for rich people: Mahika Sharma

Former Miss Teen Northeast Mahika Sharma, who is involved in social work, feels more than welcoming children through surrogacy, celebrities should think about adopting orphans. She says surrogacy is a “cup of tea for rich people”.

After superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan, actor Tusshar Kapoor became the latest Bollywood celebrity to announce the arrival of his son Laksshya, born last week through IVF and surrogacy.

Commenting on it, Mahika said in a statement: “Surrogacy is cup of tea for rich people. I feel adopting orphans is quite more important as it helps the child to live a better life in a family environment.

“When a person goes for surrogacy, he brings a new child to the world. So, I feel why bring a new one when many are already suffering from poverty and so on.”

Mahika said that there should be more examples like actresses Raveena Tandon and Sushmita Sen, who have adopted children.

“Raveena, Sushmita and others have adopted and brought the child to a new state of living. They are an example of humanity. If I need to became a single parent, I’ll better choose to adopt a child than go for surrogacy,” Mahika said.

Don’t want to do many films at a time, says Kareena

New Delhi–Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is preparing for her upcoming film “Veere Di Wedding”, says she is not keen to do many films at a time.

What is she doing apart from working on Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor’s co-production “Veere Di Wedding” — India’s first real chick flick?

“Right now, just ‘Veere Di Wedding’. I do not want to do five films at a time. I took so much time to say yes to Rhea (Kapoor),” Kareena told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

“I feel it’s not about doing five films, it’s about one film, which I enjoy doing. I enjoyed ‘Ki & Ka’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’. I loved doing ‘Udta Punjab’, even though it was a small role and now I am sure I am going to enjoy this,” said the “Refugee” star, who will share screen space with Rhea’s sister Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania in the upcoming film.

Richa Chadha stays mum on ‘Cabaret’ release date

Madrid–Actress Richa Chadha’s much talked about film “Cabaret” is yet to see the light of day as the film’s release date has been pushed again. She says she has no idea about the reason behind the delay.

“I have no idea about the date of the film being pushed. I think the producers can give you the right reason behind that,” Richa told reporters at the 17th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards green carpet here on Saturday.

“Cabaret” unfolds the story of a girl who begins her journey from a small village in Jharkhand and wants to make it big in the world of dance. Along with dance, the movie will present a dose of love and romance.

The film, directed by Kaustav Narayan Niyogi and co-produced by Pooja Bhatt and Bhushan Kumar under the banner of Fisheye Network Private Limited, was initially scheduled for release in May. It was later postponed to June 10 and now, the film is yet to hit screens.

Richa, known for movies like “Fukrey”, “Masaan”, “Gangs of Wasseypur” and “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, was last seen on the big screen in “Mary Kom” famed director Omung Kumar’s biopic “Sarbjit”.

Saif Ali Khan undergoes minor surgery

Mumbai, Ju Actor Saif Ali Khan, who was taken to Kokilaben Ambani Hospital after he injured his thumb, underwent minor surgery and will be discharged in a day or two, said source.

“He had hurt his thumb so he underwent a minor surgery and he is absolutely fine now. He should get discharged in a day or two,” said a hospital source.

The 45-year-old actor was shooting for his upcoming film when he had the accident.

Kabali’ director to team up with Suriya next

Hyderabad– Director Pa. Ranjith, who currently awaits the release of superstar Rajinikanth-starrer “Kabali”, confirmed on Sunday that his next film will be with actor Suriya.


Talking to reporters at the audio launch of Telugu dubbed version of “Kabali”, Ranjith said he’ll be teaming up with Suriya next.

“After ‘Kabali’, I’ll be working with Suriya sir. This project will go on the floors after he wraps up ‘Singam 3’,” he said.

Suriya is currently shooting for the third installment in the “Singam” franchise.

Ranjith’s “Kabali” will hit the screens worldwide on July 15.


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