Bollywood Roundup: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and more…

Aamir Khan (file photo: Facebook)
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I fear not trying: Aamir Khan

Mumbai– From “Lagaan” to “Rang De Basanti”, from “Taare Zameen Par” to “PK”, Dangal” and now “Thugs Of Hindostan” — actor Aamir Khan, who has experimented with genres and looks galore in his movies, says he is scared about not trying something new.

Aamir Khan

On “Aamir ki Paathshala” on Tata Sky Acting Adda, Aamir spoke about his motto of success, his responsibility as a film producer and more, read a statement.

“I don’t feel fear of failing, I fear not trying. As a producer or a director, when a story grips the audience, that’s when I feel, I have achieved something out of my art,” he said.

Starting from an early age, Aamir had been heavily influenced by his director father Tahir Hussain, who always asked him, “How will you describe the story in one line? What’s the premise of your story?” These questions helped established a base in Aamir’s life for the selection of scripts of his movies.

As an actor, Aamir said: “I don’t charge a single rupee for my films. It is my responsibility to take care that the cost is recovered and the whole crew has been paid. And when this is done, I get my share in profit. This gives me a sense of responsibility, of which you all can see the results.”

The actor will soon be seen in “Thugs Of Hindostan”, Yash Raj Films’ mega project which features Aamir for the first time with megastar Amitabh Bachchan. They are joined on-screen by Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in what promises to be a high-octane action drama.

Health, fitness top priority for me, my family: Kareena

Mumbai– Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has taken to exercising indoors to battle the rising levels of air pollution, says health and fitness is of utmost importance to her and her family.

Kareena Kapoor (Photo courtesy: StyleCraze)

“I am very aware of my surroundings and the environment we live in. Being a mother, I am extremely particular about having a clean home and mindful of the dust and indoor air pollution we are subjecting ourselves to in our daily lives. Health and fitness is of top priority for me and my family,” Kareena said in a statement to IANS.

The actress endorses Honeywell, which offers indoor air purification solutions. The brand has come up with a ‘Healthy Sleep’ campaign, which draws attention to the fact that even while sleeping, we inhale the polluted air which is full of germs, dust and PM2.5 particles, which is why sound sleep alone is not always a healthy one.

Promoting the thought that a healthy sleep is more important than a ‘good night’s sleep’ for an active, more productive and a healthier lifestyle, Kareena said: “To tackle indoor air pollution, I have my house aired out regularly, apart from having plants placed indoors and trust air purifiers to provide clean breathable air for me and my family.”

Dilip Kumar ‘doing well’

Mumba– Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is “doing well”, his close family has said amid rumours that the 95-year-old’s condition is deteriorating.

Dilip Kumar

Faisal Farooqui, a family friend of the actor, refuted media reports claiming that Dilip Kumar is now unable to take food, medicine and even water through his mouth.

Farooqui told IANS over phone: “I want to assure to all the millions of people who love Saab and admire his work, that Dilip Kumar is doing well. There is no need to panic… Such unfounded fake news creates panic and anxiety in the minds of millions of Dilip Kumar fans and well-wishers.”

He urged fans to follow the official Dilip Kumar Twitter handle for health updates on the actor.

Earlier this month, Dilip Kumar was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital for treatment for recurrent pneumonia.

The nonagenarian is known for films like “Kohinoor”, “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Shakti”, “Naya Daur” and “Ram Aur Shyam”.

Sanjay Dutt to produce his first Marathi venture

 New Delhi– After backing the Hindi remake of the Telugu film ‘Prasthanam’, actor Sanjay Dutt will now make his debut into Marathi cinema as a producer.

Sanjay Dutt

His production banner, Sanjay Dutt’s Productions, will produce the yet untitled Marathi film.

Sanjay tweeted on Tuesday: “Ecstatic to announce Sanjay Dutt Productions’ first venture into Marathi films alongside Blue Mustang, yet untitled.”

Being directed by Raj Gupta, the film stars actors like Deepak Dobriyal, Nandita Dhuri and Abhijeet Khandkekar.

Pankaj Tripathi excited to work with Satish Kaushik

Mumbai– Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who will essay activist and farmer Lal Bihari from Azamgarh in a film by Satish Kaushik, is excited about working under his direction.

Pankaj Tripathi (Photo courtesy: Indian Express)

The film is a real life tale of an innocent farmer from Bihar who was, through bribery, declared dead in his town’s official records by his relatives to illegally capture his land. Lal Bihari had to then fight with the Indian bureaucracy for 18 long years before he could prove himself to be alive.

Pankaj plays this role in the film, for which the shooting has begun in a small village in Bihar.

Talking about it, the acclaimed actor said in a statement: “I know Satish sir better as an actor. I have seen him performing in films since my childhood, the recent one being ‘Udta Punjab’. As a director, I’ve seen his ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’ and the rest of them I am yet to see.

“The story of our film is based on the real life incidents of Bharat Lal aka Lal Bihari from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh who struggled 18 years in a legal battle to prove his identity that he is not dead but alive. For the story that he (Satish) conceived, according to him I was the correct person to play the part.”

Satish and Pankaj are both alumni of the National School of Drama and have a theatre background.

“He called me to hear the story and I liked it very much.”

Actor Sahil Vaid’s father wanted him to be a soldier

Mumbai– Actor Sahil Vaid, popular for starring in films like “Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania” and “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, says his father wanted him to serve the nation as a soldier.

“I used to do theatre. I enjoyed doing it. I never thought of coming to Mumbai and becoming an actor. I come from a family of soldiers,” Sahil said during a session at the Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star on Monday.

“My uncle, who is a retired Brigadier, said ‘You can’t hand over a rifle to someone and say go be a soldier’. That’s not possible. When I was 15 or 16, he asked me if I wanted to be a soldier. I said ‘no’.”

The actor had never thought of becoming a soldier.

“I was missing my mathematics and science classes to do theatre. I asked why I couldn’t do that all my life. He said ‘This is not going to pay you enough. If you are serious, you should go to Mumbai and do movies’. I agreed to do that.”

But it wasn’t easy to convince his family, especially his father.

“My father always wanted me to be saluted. He always dreamt of me being a soldier. It was very hard to convince him,” he said. (IANS)


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