Bollywood Briefs: Kung Fu Yoga, Sonu Sood, Raveena Tandon, Ayan Mukerji

Raveena Tandon (Photo courtesy: Bollywood Hungama)
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Hrithik Roshan strengthens his team

Mumbai–Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan has put to rest rumours about changing his management team.

Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik took to Twitter and wrote: “Contrary to the rumours I have not parted ways with my management team led by Afsar Zaidi. They (Afsar zaidi and team) have been part of my journey since last 10 years and they continue to propel the growth of HRX with renewed strength.”

However, the actor has worked on strengthening the team.

“Regarding endorsements, I have teamed up with KWAN and together we build from hereon,” added the actor, who is riding high on the success of his latest film “Kaabil”.

Kung Fu Yoga’ should have a series: Sonu Sood

Mumbai–Actor Sonu Sood feels “Kung Fu Yoga” deserves to have a series.

At the launch of Skechers GoFlex Walk Range here on Wednesday, the actor said: “I would love to take the venture forward. I remember that I was talking to my director Stanley Tong in China and he was very happy.

“He said, ‘We are planning to have ‘Kung Fu Yoga 2”. I agreed with him. ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ should have a series and continue to come again and again,” added the actor, who features in “Kung Fu Yoga” with international star Jackie Chan.

About the response to the film, Sonu said: “We all are very glad to see that the film is receiving so much love. Everybody loved the film, especially the kids. They are watching it again and again.”

The film is part of a three-film deal signed between India and China. It is ruling the Chinese box office.

According to China Film News, the movie topped the Chinese box office in the week ending on February 5, earning 963 million yuan ($140 million), Xinhua news agency reported.

Ayan Mukerji yet to lock title of his next film

Mumbai–Director Ayan Mukerji says his next film with actor Ranbir Kapoor will feature a character who has a mystical connection with fire. And since fire is the symbol of power, the director tentatively called the film “Dragon” though he is yet to finalise the title.

At the premiere of the Oscar-nominated film “Moonlight” on Tuesday, Mukerji spoke about his film which is tentatively titled “Dragon”.

Mukerji, who earlier directed Ranbir in films “Wake Up Sid” (2009) and the 2013 blockbuster “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, said: “We’ve not yet locked the title. It is tentatively called ‘Dragon’. Somehow the word got out and everybody started asking me about the film’s progress.”

Explaining the reason behind the title, he said: “The boy has some mystical connection with fire. Fire is the symbol of power so, I called it ‘Dragon’. Let’s see… I am not 100 per cent sure about the title, but I like something about it.”

The director shared that rather than a superhero film, he would like to call the movie a “modern-day fantasy love story”.

The film, produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, also features Alia Bhatt.

Ranbir will reportedly begin shooting for “Dragon” after he wraps up filming for the biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt.

Raveena Tandon (Photo: Facebook)

Compassion necessary for every human being: Raveena Tandon

Mumbai– Actress Raveena Tandon believes that every human being should have compassion within him, especially towards the weak.

At a fundraising event for NGO IDA (In Defence of Animals), Raveena said: “I think this is very good cause by IDA to sterilise the stray and rescued animals. It is a community service. We bring those animals who are injured and hurt in accidents for treatments.”

“Regarding this, an awareness is very much needed as I believe compassion is very necessary for every human being.”

Raveena’s children Rasha and Ranbirvardhan, who were made ‘cub ambassadors’ through an initiative called the Compassionate Kids Club, were also awarded at the event on Tuesday.

Raveena said: “My children made handmade bracelets and collected Rs 50,000 for the organisation as part of the Compassionate Kids Club (CKC), so they both got felicitated.”

“According to the statistics in most of the criminal cases, the criminals have a history of showing cruelty towards the weaker and the animals. I would say whenever you see some sign of this type of mentality in someone, please alert them. We need to bring awareness that we should protect the weaker section not do any harm to them.”

Sonu Sood’s next a biopic

Mumbai– Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who shared screen space with martial arts star Jackie Chan in “Kung Fu Yoga”, says he is set to act in and produce a biopic.

So what next after “Kung Fu Yoga” — part of a three-film accord signed between India and China — that is ruling the Chinese box office?

“I am planning to work on a biopic,” Sonu told IANS here.

Asked about his association with it, he said: “I am acting in it and producing it.”

He also said that the biopic will be based on a person from the social welfare sector.

“I feel that as an actor, it is pretty exciting to work on a biopic. It’s a huge challenge. I remember… My first film was ‘Shaheed-E-Azam’ on Bhagat Singh and at that time I met his family, so all that homework you do for a biopic… is very exciting as an actor,” Sonu said.

The 43-year-old, who was reported to star in a film based on late wrestler and actor Dara Singh, says he always wanted to do a biopic.

“I have shortlisted someone on whom I want to make a biopic…Hopefully, I would start something very soon,” he added.




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