Bollywood Roundup: Richa Chadha, Tabu, Neena Gupta, and more…

Richa Chadha (Photo: Twitter)
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Sarah Paulson is Richa’s inspiration for ‘Section 375’

Mumbai– Actress Richa Chadha will essay the role of a lawyer for the first time on screen. She spent a lot of time to research for it and also took inspiration from others, including actress Sarah Paulson.

Richa Chadha (Photo: Wikipedia)

She is currently busy shooting for courtroom drama “Section 375”.

“When I first saw ‘The people v. OJ Simpson’, I was floored by the phenomenal portrayal of prosecutor Marcia Clark that (actress) Sarah Paulson essayed. I took to watching the show again for playing my part in ‘Section 375’,” Richa said in a statement.

“Also, Gloria Allred… her documentary is so detailed and covers her life so incredibly… to be the pioneer woman who fought such landmark women’s rights cases,” she added.

Tabu to be honoured at LA Indian Film Festival

Mumbai– National Award winning actress Tabu will be honoured at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in April.

Tabu (Photo: Facebook)

Announcing the lineup of films and the other activities of the festival, Christina Marouda, IFFLA Executive Director, said in a statement: “We have been discussing honouring Tabu for a long time, and this year felt like the right time. Her work and personality embody everything that IFFLA is about — being fearless, versatile, independent in spirit, unwilling to compromise, brilliant in the range of her performances, and simply beautiful.”

“With half of the festival’s 2019 lineup directed by female filmmakers, this couldn’t be a stronger celebration of women in Indian cinema,” he said.

While Tabu’s recently released film “Andhadhun” will be the opening film of the festival, other female filmmakers’ work will also be showcased on the occassion. With several feature, shots and documentaries — films will be shown in nine languages.

‘Taking The Horse To Eat Jalebis’ by Anamika Haksar, ‘Jonaki’ by Aditya Vikram Sengupta featuring veteran Bengali actress Lolita Chatterjee, ‘Namdev Bhau In Search Of Silence’ by Dar Gai, ‘The Sweet Requiem’ by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam among others.

The short film “Maya” featuring Kirti Kulhari and Naveen Kasturia will also be screened at the festival.

The 17th edition of the festival will be held from April 11 to April 14 at Regal L.A. LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center in Los Angeles.

Neena Gupta looking for a platform to relaunch ‘Saans’

New Delhi– Veteran actress Neena Gupta is looking out for a platform to relaunch her 1990s’ cult TV show “Saans”.

Neena Gupta (Photo: Twitter)

“I want to re-launch ‘Saans’ and I am looking for a platform where we can carry it. Be it a digital medium or TV, I am fine with any platform,” Neena told IANS over phone.

“Saans” was one of the iconic shows on television in 1990s. It depicted the story of an independent Indian woman, who deals with her husband’s extramarital affair.

Apart from starring in the show, Neena also directed it. The show also starred actors Kanwaljit Singh and Kavita Kapoor.

According to the National Award-winning actress, the new show “won’t be same as ‘Saans’ and may be released with a different title”.

“It may be not ‘Saans 2’, but something like ‘Saans’ with the same actors. It will be based on relationship between a couple.

“For two years, we have been planning to re-launch the show and once we get a platform, we will immediately work on it. Also, I had earlier shot a pilot episode for a particular channel, but now depending upon who takes it, I have to shoot it again,” she added.

Not only TV shows, Neena has done several movies. Last year, she won applause for playing a pregnant woman in “Badhaai Ho”.

Actors should try to attempt roles that break their image: Priyal

Mumbai– Actress Priyal Gor feels that actors need to show variation on screen and should take up roles that break their image.

After playing the girl next door and negative roles on screen, the “Ram Milaayi Jodi” actress played a lesbian in a web series last year.

“Portraying bold characters makes an actor get out of his or her comfort zone and experiment with roles that he or she would have never thought of attempting. I strongly feel that every actor today needs to show variation on screen and try to attempt roles that break their image and make them standout,” Priyal said in a statement.

“While content on web series is usually bold and out there, television is not far behind and to be able to get noticed is a big thing. We have great actors in the industry who have attempted doing so,” she added.

She will soon be seen in “Laal Ishq”. In an upcoming episode of the show, Priyal plays Kajri, a married woman who is waiting for her husband to come back but in the process, falls in love with a spirit, read a statement from &TV channel.

Sikandar Kher never hesitates to ask people for opportunities

Mumbai– Bollywood actor Sikandar Kher, who will soon be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s directorial venture “Milan Talkies”, says he keeps seeking work from people as he finds it the best way to create an opportunity for himself.

“I am never hesitant to audition and ask people for the opportunity. I keep messaging people and ask for work because I know that opportunity will not come to me… I have to find that. I have been messaging people for work and I will be doing that,” Sikandar told IANS here in an interview.

He says he has bagged all roles in all his upcoming films in the same manner.

“I messaged Tigmanshu sir because I wanted to work with him, and of course I was seeking work. After three days, sir told me to meet him. After the meeting he called me in the evening and said that I was on board for the role in ‘Milan Talkies’,” said the actor, who began his career in Bollywood with the film “Woodstock Villa” in 2008.

Having grown up in an environment where films was a common topic of discussion as his mother Kirron Kher and step-father Anupam Kher are both actors, why did he not seek help from his parents?

“Well, that is never the equation I have shared with them because I have seen how they are constantly working hard to follow their passion. Between my father and I, we have a different kind of friendship, but there is no room for me to walk up to him saying, ‘Please recommend my name’.

“I will be really embarrassed to do that, no. I am a struggling actor and I have my journey to follow,” said Sikandar, who will also be seen playing the brother of Sonam Kapoor in the upcoming film “The Zoya Factor”. He also has a pivotal role in John Abraham-starrer “Romeo Akbar Walter”.

“I have no siblings, so playing an on-screen brother in ‘The Zoya Factor’ will be very special,” the actor said with a smile. (IANS)


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