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‘Saif is like a kid’

The last time Puja Gupta was seen on the big screen, it was for her debut — F.A.L.T.U. Now, the actress is back with ‘Go Goa Gone’, and she insists that her roles in both the films are entirely different.

While she played a college fresher in her first film, this one will see her as a graduate, who is — strangely enough — trying to save herself from zombies. But unlike the spirited character she played in F.A.L.T.U, Puja’s role in ‘Go Goa Gone’ is a bit more action-oriented.

“I am one of the boys. I am playing this girl, who finishes college and goes off with her friends. This girl is more of an action girl. It’s not at all like F.A.L.T.U,” Puja says.

Puja’s co-stars in the film are Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Saif Ali Khan. However, despite being the most senior actor, Saif did not make anyone else feel inexperienced or junior, says Puja.

“Saif sir is like the senior-most amongst us — but he is like a kid. He would come to the set all smiling and sit with us. So, he never made us feel that he is senior,” she smiles.

“I am the youngest one on the set. Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and all of them are older and senior to me. All of them have been around and we had a great time,” adds Puja.

The actress is also excited about her first romantic role, opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh, in director Susi Ganeshan’s upcoming romantic thriller ‘Shortcut Romeo’.

Puja, 26, is keeping her fingers crossed and says that she is “hopeful” about it.

“In the first half, I get to play an extremely glamourous girl and in the second half, I get to play a simple girl who comes from a poor family. It’s the same character and she gets to play two parts,” Puja says, adding that Neil helped her in improving on her role.

“If people would like me for my acting, I would give credit to Neil because he really helped me,” she states.

‘Virat is a treat to watch’

British actor and cricket fan Hugh Grant admits that he is star-struck — and by none other than Indian cricketer Virat Kohli.

The Hollywood star, who has portrayed multiple roles in his upcoming movie ‘Cloud Atlas’, has played quite a few celebrity cricket matches for charity himself.

Talking about Virat Kohli, he comments, “Virat is one of my favourite batsmen from this new generation of cricketers. He is a treat to watch on the field.”  Although Hugh Grant mentions that he is a profound cricket fan, he also reveals that he does not like the Twenty20 format of the game.

He prefers the ‘civilised’ test version of the sport, in spite of the fact that his home country England is the reigning world Twenty20 champion.  ‘Cloud Atlas’, Hugh Grant’s new movie also stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in major roles.

More accolades for Omi

Indian-American actor Omi Vaidya’s documentary ‘Big In Bollywood’, which was recently declared the best foreign film at the Las Vegas Film Festival, has now been screened at the Indian Film Festival Japan (IFFJ).

 “My doc, ‘Big In Bollywood’ screens in Tokyo, Japan Oct 7 at 9:20 pm at the IFFJ. Wish I could go (sic),” Omi tweets.

The documentary chronicles Omi’s struggling days as an actor in Los Angeles and how he lands a dream role in the blockbuster ‘3 Idiots’.The seven-day film fest, aims at providing a common platform for both India and Japanese cinema, in order to understand and appreciate the film cultures of both countries.

The original queen of cinema

Actor Anupam Kher is highly impressed with Sridevi after watching the special screening of her comeback movie English Vinglish. The veteran actor says that the film marks the return of the “original queen of cinema”.

Ad film-maker Gauri Shinde is making her directorial debut with the film -— a story of an Indian housewife battling a language problem in the USA. “With R Balki, Gauri Shinde and Sri (devi) at the special screening of English Vinglish in Delhi. Watch it for million reasons,” Kher tweets.

“English Vinglish is spectacularly beautiful. Film with a golden heart. Take a bow Gauri Shinde. Sridevi, original queen of cinema, is back (sic),” he further posts. This is Sridevi’s first release in 15 years. Her last film was the 1997-hit family drama Judaai.

Juhi’s cause for celebration

Juhi Chawla is back! The actress will be seen in the upcoming flick Son of Sardaar.

After a gap of nearly 13 years, she is going to be sharing screen space with Sanjay Dutt in this movie. The duo was earlier seen in ‘Safari’, which released in 1999.

What’s really making the actress excited, though, is the fact that Son of Sardaar is releasing on November 13, which just happens to be her birthday.

“Juhi is very excited about the film, especially as she is acting opposite Sanjay Dutt after a very long span of time. She is overjoyed about the fact that ‘SOS’ is releasing on her birthday and she just cannot wait for the day to come,” says a source close to her.










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