Bollywood Briefs: Ranveer Singh, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Big B, Sharman Joshi, Alia Bhatt, Ira Dubey, Sonam Kapoor

Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)
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Sonam Kapoor (Photo: Facebook)
Sonam Kapoor (Photo: Facebook)

Sonam Kapoor to be feted at Asia Vision Movie Awards

Mumbai– Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor will be feted with the Best Actress honour for her performance in the biopic “Neerja” at the Asia Vision Movie Awards.

The actress will be presented the honour at the 11th Edition of the Asia Vision Movie Awards, to be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Friday, read a statement issued on behalf of Sonam.

Directed by Ram Madhvani, “Neerja” featured Sonam as Neerja Bhanot, who had lost her life while saving others on a hijacked Pan Am plane.

Sonam has already won some accolades for her performance in the film, and was lauded by critics for her role.

On the work front, Sonam is gearing up for her next “Veere Di Wedding”, which also stars Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali changed my notions about acting: Ranveer Singh

Mumbai–Actor Ranveer Singh says filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, under whose direction he worked in “Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela”, has changed his ideas about acting and helped him to evolve as an actor.

At the “You and me” song launch event of his upcoming film “Befikre” here on Tuesday, Ranveer said: “Mr Bhansali broke my ideas and notions about acting. There was a spike in my evolution when I worked with him for the first time. He comes and changes everything, and you have to adapt the fluidity of his creativity that moment and go with it with full conviction.

“It was a huge evolution working with him.”

Ranveer is next working with Bhansali in “Padmavati”. He says while he is not a “method actor” — a term that he feels is used loosely — he does “have a process which changes with every film, every character and every scene”.

About “Befikre”, which celebrates the feeling of being carefree in love, the 31-year-old actor said: “‘Befikre’ is a film of banter, a lot of walking and talking. There are many humorous dialogues. That casual quality in a relationship adds a value to the film.”

“Befikre” will release on December 9.

 Big B is Sharman Joshi’s favourite onscreen policeman

Mumbai–Actor Sharman Joshi, who will be seen playing a police officer in upcoming movie “Wajah Tum Ho”, says his favourite onscreen cop is megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

“My favourite onscreen cop is Mr Bachchan. His dialogues as a cop are deadly. But I haven’t taken any reference for playing this character in ‘Wajah Tum Ho’,” Sharman said here.

“Vishal (director Vishal Pandya) used to share some nuances for this particular character. So I added my instincts with his inputs,” he added.

Sharman has worked with Pandya in “Hate Story 3”.

“When he offered me an unusual role again with ‘Wajah Tum Ho’, I was happy. I am grateful to Bhushan (Kumar) and Vishal,” he said.

“Wajah Tum Ho” is an erotic thriller that also features Sana Khan and Gurmeet Choudhary. It will release on December 2.

Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)
Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

Alia a sensible, grounded girl, says Ira Dubey

Actress Ira Dubey says her “Dear Zindagi” co-actor Alia Bhatt is sensible and grounded despite the fame she enjoys.

Ira is a skilled actress given her theatre experience.

Asked about her experience of working with a young actress like Alia, Ira said: “I was very impressed with Alia from the first day itself. My mother (Lillete Dubey) used to tell me that when she met Alia, she was three or four years old.

“She always said she wanted to be a star. So she has that star aura in her attitude and personality. You can see what Alia takes to be a star. But at the same time, what I really liked about her that she is a very grounded and sensible girl.”

Ira added: “Alia has not caught her head up in the cloud like the perceptions people seem to have about her. She is very committed towards her work. Alia is always prepared when she comes to the set. She don’t even have to look at the script.”

Alia is all of 23, but she has already found fame with the variety of roles she has portrayed on the big screen in films like “Student of the Year”, “Highway” and “Udta Punjab”.

Appreciating that, Ira said: “She is just 23 and she has her whole career ahead of her. She has already made some very smart choices. The kind of work she has done, I also strive for it. As actors, we don’t want to be typecast.”

Helmed by Gauri Shinde, “Dear Zindagi” features Shah Rukh Khan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunal Kapoor and Angad Bedi. It is releasing on November 25.

Raima Sen looks forward to exciting 2017

Actress Raima Sen, who is juggling between Mumbai, Kolkata and international destinations, will have an exciting 2017 with five releases scheduled throughout the year.

“I am lucky to be blessed with so much of good work coming my way. I am sure 2017 will be an exciting year with five releases. I have worked very hard in 2016 and travelled a lot to make all this possible. I hope the audiences love my work,” Raima said in a statement.

This year, Raima started working in Bollywood with renewed vigour. Her Hindi film “3 Dev” will release early next year, and she is currently shooting for two thrillers; one with Kay Kay Menon titled “Vodka Diaries” and another titled “Varanasi”.

She has also shot for an Indo-Argentine film on the life of Rabindranath Tagore. It is titled “Thinking of Him”, which will release in multiple languages in 2017.


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