Bollywood Roundup: Amitabh Bachchan, Rukhsar Rehman, Anusha Dandekar, Alia Bhatt, and more…

Amitabh Bachchan, winner of The GQ Legend Award with Jaya Bachchan at GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016
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Storytelling is impressive these days: Big B

Mumbai– Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is in awe of the process and idea of storytelling followed by the current crop of filmmakers in Bollywood.

He says never before has there been the kind of acceptance to the variety of films which are being made presently.

“The makings and the idea of story telling are so impressive these days that never before has there been an acceptance to the variety of films being made today.

“They are small and large budgeted, fantasy and real and they all have a value at the box-office,” Big B wrote in his blog.

The 75-year-old cine icon said the time for the Hindi film industry “right now” is good.

“The times for the Industry are well. The audience has developed a tremendous taste for the good and the blatant bad and they express it in volumes.

“Competition is strong, makings are tedious and the creative ideas are the very best. A moment of pride in our little world — a world that has always been the horse to be whipped but we are a strong world and we shall continue to survive and fight,” he added.

Amitabh is currently busy with Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra”, a trilogy with actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. He is also prepping for filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh’s next which will be shot in Scotland.

Rukhsar juggling between films, TV shows

Mumbai– Actress Rukhsar Rehman is excited to star in a TV show as well as feature in movies “Uri” and a Rishi Kapoor-starrer.

Rukhsar Rehman (Photo: IMDb)

“I am very passionate about what I do and getting to do such good movies and TV shows gives me a great rush. I am really excited about my show, ‘Mariam Khan – Reporting Live’ and also excited about my movies,” Rukhsar said in a statement.

“I will be juggling between my films and TV commitments. But I coul’n’t have asked for more,” she added.

She also featured in films like “PK”, “Love Games” and “Bheja Fry 2”.

I never pushed for acting: Anusha Dandekar

Bogmalo (Goa)– Popular VJ Anusha Dandekar says she loves to act but never pushed for it.

Anusha Dandekar is Thailand tourism’s brand ambassador

Anusha made her acting debut in 2003 with “Mumbai Matinee” and was later seen in films like “Viruddh” and “Delhi Belly”.

“I love acting… But I never pushed for it because… I did not really learn Hindi the way I should have. But yeah if acting comes (my way), I would do it. It’s so much fun,” Anusha

The 36-year-old, who is currently seen hosting the third season of MTV “Love School”, says the VJ culture was amazing.

Talking about the VJ-ing time, Anusha said: “I loved it and I still love it. I throw in my VJ in shows…. The culture was amazing. We had a great time and it was fun, light and easy.”

Tigmanshu Dhulia is a master: Sikander Kher

Mumbai– Actor Sikander Kher, who will be seen playing a negative character in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s upcoming film “Milan Talkies”, has described him as a master of direction.

“Tigmanshu is very passionate. He is rooted to India and Uttar Pradesh to be precise… this is his zone… He has been with this (‘Milan Talkies’) script with for many years now. It’s like his child that he has nurtured that is going to high school now. As far as him as a director I think his work speaks for itself — he is a master,” Tigmanshu told IANS in an e-mail interaction.

“Milan Talkies” has been shot in Lucknow with Ali Fazal in the lead role.

Shraddha Srinath will make her debut with the film, which also stars Reecha Sinha and Deep Raj Rana, Sanjay Mishra and Ashutosh Rana.

Produced by PS Chhatwal and Prakash Bhatt, the film is scheduled to release this year.

Alia Bhatt to endorse air hostess training institute

Mumbai– Actress Alia Bhatt has been announced as the brand ambassador of the air hostess training institute Frankfinn Aviation.

Alia Bhatt (Photo: Rohan Shrestha)

Alia said in a statement: “While preparing for my role in ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, I experienced first hand the passion and dedication with which Frankfinn instructors conduct the training programme. It’s the perfect platform for youngsters who are looking to build a successful career in the aviation industry.”

Frankfinn Aviation provides vocational training to aspirants for jobs of air hostesses, flight stewards, ground hostesses, air ticketing executives in airlines and guest relation executives, front office executives in hotels, travel industry and customer service industries.

K.S. Kohli, Chairman, Frankfinn Aviation Services Pvt Ltd said: “We are thrilled about this partnership since we sought a popular personality harbouring similar vision and values as Frankfinn. As India’s youth icon, Alia is the perfect fit for our brand – bold and beautiful. She clearly symbolises confidence, poise and passion required to accomplish personal ambitions.”

Farhan Akhtar condemns Shillong violence

Mumbai– Filmmaker and actor Farhan Akhtar on Monday condemned the violence that has erupted in Shillong over a road skirmish a few days back and had refused to subside.

“Saddened to hear about violence in Shillong. Sincerely hope that whatever the issue is, it is resolved peacefully. Also hoping that my friends there and their families are safe and unhurt,” Farhan, 44, tweeted.

Violence had erupted in the Meghalaya capital on May 31, after an altercation between a driver of the Khasi community employed with the Shillong Public Transport Service and some Punjabi women in Theme lew Mawlong, a Punjabi settlement there with around 350 households.

The violence has continued over the next few days even after the parties involved in the skirmish reached a compromise.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has denied rumours of an attack on any Gurdwara or any Sikh institution.

Curfew was imposed in the violence-hit city, which was later relaxed for seven hours on Sunday.

Every song I’ve sung has been milestone: Palak

Mumbai– Singer Palak Muchhal, who is known for lending her voice to numbers like “Prem ratan dhan payo”, “Kaun tujhe” and “Gori tu latth maar”, says every song she has sung has been a milestone for her.

“Every song that I have sung has been like a milestone for me, every song has contributed in my life. But leaving my debute song ‘La pata’, one project that has been like a game changer for me would be ‘Aashiqui 2’ because after its songs released a ‘Aashiqui 2 girl’ tag got associated with me,” said Muchhal at MTV Beats.

She added: “Working with Mohit Sir, Mahesh Bhatt Sir, Mukesh Bhatt Sir, Jeet Sir, Mithun Sir, Irshaad Kamil, Arijit Bhaiya and the entire team feels like a huge blessing. That is one project that I feel would be always close to my heart.”

Muchchal says she decided to become a playback singer at age six and started the process of training herself.

“I belong to Indore. When I was 14 even my parents decided that once I grow old or once my guru feels that my voice has matured, we will move to Mumbai and we did. So I think becoming a playback singer was always planned,” said the 26-year-old.

“At a very early stage in my life I realised that music is a very powerful medium through which I can save someone’s life. If I didn’t have music in my life I would not have been able to save 1,416 lives. So for me music is a way of giving someone a new life,” Muchhal added. (IANS)



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