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Abhishek Bachchan on playing Robbie in Manmarziyaan: I really like the conviction in his actions


After introducing Taapsee Pannu as Rumi and Vicky Kaushal as DJ Sandzzz, the makers of upcoming film Manmarziyaan have shared a video on Abhishek Bachchan’s transformation into Robbie for the Anurag Kashyap directorial. Talking about the character, Abhishek said, “Anurag saw Robbie is just sitting back and conveying a lot by not saying anything. If you read Robbie as a character, he comes across as very staid. There is a dignity about him. He is very reserved and internalised. He doesn’t let out easily what he is thinking. The one thing that I liked about Robbie is that he is very sure of what he wants. He has a lot of conviction in his actions.” In the video, we also see how Abhishek and Anurag would break into conversations in order to improvise a particular scene. Talking about his working mechanism, Abhishek posted a photo with the caption, “We were rehearsing a rather intense scene…. I know it doesn’t show from our body language. But, this is how @anuragkashyap10 approaches such scenes. He makes the environment and atmosphere very relaxed and allows his actors time to just effortlessly slip into the mind space he wants. This was a very new approach for me but I really enjoyed it. He removes the stress and hustle-and-bustle of the set and just gives his actors space and time. A true luxury if you’ve ever been on a film set. And once everyone is at ease and ready he throws you a curve ball!!! “Let’s shoot this entire scene in 1 shot”!!!!.

Have taken references for my character from The Zoya Factor book: Sonam Kapoor


Actor Sonam Kapoor, who is playing the lead role in The Zoya Factor, says she has taken quite a bit of reference from Anuja Chauhan’s similarly titled novel for her character in the film. “I have read the book several times and have taken quite a bit of references for my character in the film,” Sonam told IANS on phone from Mumbai on the sidelines of the third edition of “Word to Screen” Market — an initiative by Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star — held last week. With Sonam as the festival champion of the two-day event, Word to Screen is a platform where the literary world engages directly with the creators of film, TV, and digital content. The actor, who is currently filming The Zoya Factor along with Sikandar Kher and Dulquer Salmaan, says Chauhan is a part of film’s writing and screenplay too. “Anuja is a part of the writing and screenplay. She is writing the dialogues and it’s all her vision,” said the actor. Literature has always been a vital part of the Indian entertainment Industry, Sonam said. “I think it has been done for many years. In fact, Oscars has a category for adapted films. It should be a category in itself and it should be something that we should be recognizing in India more. I think internationally, people buy books before they are published,” said the actor, who wants the classic “Rebecca” to be adapted in a film. Word to Screen platform this year had books in English, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam, which were optioned by authors and publishers to directors and production houses. The MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) Recommends List has 36 titles — 25 fiction and 11 non-fiction titles — and the Publishers list with 174 titles for optioning. Talking about the initiative, Sonam said, “I have been associated with ‘Word to Screen’ since its onset. It has been something that I have been very excited to be part of. I feel the stories of books are amazing and great. Sometimes when a writer is writing just for a book and not just for a film, it is not corrupt.”

Manikarnika controversy: Major portions of Kangana Ranaut’s film to be reshot


After grabbing headlines for a viral clapboard photo with Kangana Ranaut’s name as director and the shocking exit of Sonu Sood from the film, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is back in news again. The latest development is that major portions of the film will be reshot. “The fall out between Kangana and Sonu was a nasty one. It was gradually that Sonu realized Manikarnika under the direction of Kangana was not progressing as scripted. Upon expressing his concerns, Kangana hurled outrageous abuses at Sonu. That’s when Sonu decided that it was enough, and excused himself from the project,” a source close to the film said. Speaking about the status of the film, the source added, “The team has only shot for 20 days out of the 70-day long shooting schedule of the film. Now with a pivotal character like Sonu walking out of the film, major portions of Manikarnika will have to be reshot.” Earlier, clarifying why Kangana Ranaut will be directing the film from now on, producer Kamal Jain said, “After the last schedule was over, we saw the lineup of the film. On seeing it, we decided that apart from the patchwork, we also needed a few additional scenes. Once the scenes were written, we approached Kangana for additional dates. But Krish had moved on to his next project by then. Given how driven and creatively involved Kangana Ranaut has been on this project since its inception, we realised that she would be the best person to take over the mantle. Hence, there is no hijacking of the project and whatever decisions are being taken are with the full support of the producer and the studio.” Produced by Zee Studios in association with Kamal Jain and Nishant Pitti, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi will see Kangana Ranaut in the titular role of Rani Laxmibai. Principal photography on the film began in May 2017. Initially, the film was scheduled to release on April 27, 2018 but was postponed to January 25, 2019.

Alia Bhatt resumes shooting for Brahmastra


After enjoying a refreshing holiday in London, Alia Bhatt is back at work. Dharma Productions shared a photo of the actor, welcoming her back on the sets of Brahmastra in Bulgaria. The caption of the photo read, “Back where she belongs! @aliaabhatt on sets of #brahmāstra”. Alia also shared the same photo on her Instagram story and wrote, “And we are back”. The actor will be seen sharing screen space with her rumoured boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan for the very first time in Brahmastra. Helmed by Ayan Mukerji, Brahmastra is a fantasy drama. Alia, who has been proving her versatility with films like Highway, Udta Punjab, Dear Zindagi and Raazi among others, believes that her only focus is to do her best. Talking about her choice of roles, Alia had earlier said, “I want to keep pushing myself with every role that I play. To strike a balance between commercial and brave films has always been a priority. I make it a point to not let pressure influence my choice of roles. An inhibition is always present in every actor’s mind when they take up a challenging role, but the focus is always to give it our best shot and that is what we always strive for.” Alia Bhatt has several films in her kitty including Ranveer Singh starrer Gully Boy to Karan Johar’s multi-starrer period drama Takht. Alia is certainly on a roll in her career.

Kareena Kapoor Khan: Being glamorous comes naturally to me.


Kareena Kapoor Khan believes in challenging the norms, be it with her film choices like Chameli, Asoka and Jab We Met, or her decision to flaunt her baby bump, and the actor says it is necessary for women to be fearless to succeed in their lives. The 37-year-old actor says women should not shy away from living life on their own terms and even fight, if need be. “It is important for women to be fearless. It is necessary to be fearless in your choices. I am a fearless person myself. Be it the choice of roles I have made, the way I lived my life post marriage or after a baby. “The idea is that a woman should constantly live her life the way she wants. It should be (done) fearlessly and confidently. That has been my mantra of life,” Kareena told PTI on the sidelines of the recently-concluded Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018. The actor, who is considered to be the modern-day Bollywood diva, says she does not take the tag seriously and lives her life as normally as any other woman. “I don’t consider myself a diva. I think I am as normal a person as anyone else. I stay in my most normal clothes. I think I am the most normally dressed person when I am flying. I never sport an airport look. “Being a diva or being glamorous comes naturally to me. I don’t know how and why it is like that… But I like it when people say I am a diva or a fashion icon. But at the same time, there is a side of me when I am without any make-up, like any other woman. When I am at home with my family, I am just myself,” she said. Kareena, who was last seen in Veere Di Wedding, will soon start working on a Dharma Productions project opposite Akshay Kumar. The actor is also part of the multistarrer Takht, to be directed by Karan Johar. The cast includes Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Bhumi Pednekar, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. It is scheduled to be released in 2020. Kareena is excited about working with Ranveer and said reuniting with Karan is like homecoming.

Taapsee Pannu on Manmarziyaan character Rumi: She is all heart


Taapsee Pannu believes it is very difficult to define her character from upcoming film Manmazriyaan. The actor says her character Rumi is “someone you cannot live without” but is also the most difficult person to be with. “It’s very very difficult to define Rumi. I will not get into that. I just say one thing for Rumi. She is someone you cannot do without but when you are with her, she is probably the most difficult person to be with. She speaks before she thinks. I think that’s what it is like. Whatever will be in her heart will be on her face and will be what you hear,” Taapsee said in a making of Manmarziyaan video. The actor further said, “When someone like Anurag believes that you are the perfect bet and he wants you but no one else to do the character, any actor would feel at the top of the world.” When Abhishek Bachchan was asked about Rumi, he said, “Taapsee doesn’t really need to act when she has to be Rumi. It’s just her. I just knew she would be brilliant.” On the other hand, Vicky remarked Taapsee is as crazy as Rumi. “Taapsee is Rumi. Taapsee is as crazy as Rumi. She is a very spontaneous actor. When you work with her, you don’t know how she is going to deliver her dialogues, which makes you alive as an actor,” Vicky said in the behind-the-scenes video. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, Manmarziyaan stars Vicky, Abhishek and Taapsee in the lead roles. Produced by Aanand L Rai, the film heads to theatres on September 14.

India’s Most Wanted: Arjun Kapoor as intelligence officer Prabhat is a man on a mission


Arjun Kapoor shared his well-groomed character’s first look from his upcoming film India’s Most Wanted on Monday. Donning a grey shirt Arjun looked like a macho intelligence officer in the photo. While posting the picture on his social media handles, Arjun wrote, “An exceptionally talented team has come together to tell a story that from day one stirred me from within. Some journeys give you a different perspective on everything u thought u knew. This is one such journey.” Arjun will be seen getting into the shoes of an intelligence officer in the Raj Kumar Gupta film. Bankrolled by Fox Star and Rapchik Films, the movie is scheduled for a May 24, 2019 release. Fox Star Hindi also shared the photos on its Instagram handle with a caption that read, “A mission is as good as its leader. And #IndiasMostWanted has one of the best. Here’s @arjunkapoor AKA Prabhat.” Arjun Kapoor’s sister Anshula also shared his photos from India’s Most Wanted and wrote, “WOW!!! Powerfully intense first look of @arjunkapoor as #Prabhat in India’s Most Wanted!! 💯🔥How incredible does my brother look!?! #IMW 👊🏼 #DontMessWithThisGuy”. During the announcement of the film a few months back, Arjun shared a note on Twitter talking about the project. He wrote, “Honoured to be a part of an untold story that will inspire India! #IndiasMostWanted, a tribute to all the unsung heroes who dedicate their lives to protect ours.” He also mentioned, “As actors we all want/search for rare stories that have the potential to inspire. ‘India’s Most Wanted’ is one such story based on true events that will make every Indian proud. ‘India’s Most Wanted’ is our tribute to the valour of those who devote their lives to protecting ours.” Apart from India’s Most Wanted, Arjun Kapoor will also be seen in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Namastey England alongside Parineeti Chopra.

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