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‘I am representing my community’

Popular singer Daler Mehndi’s son, Gurdeep, makes his Bollywood debut with Meri Shaadi Karao and the actor says he is proud of the fact that he is the first original sardar hero in Bollywood.

“This is for the first time that Hindi cinema will see an original sardar playing the protagonist. So far, actors have donned a sardar’s look on-screen — but it will be great to see an original sardar in the film. I am representing my community and it is a great moment for our community,” Gurdeep beams.

The 23-year-old is even more excited about the fact that his entire family has contributed to his debut film. “My debut film will see my entire family’s contribution. My mom is playing a small role in the film, my sister has sung a song and the film is presented by my father, Daler Mehndi. It wasn’t a conscious effort but things fell into place on their own,” he adds. Though Gurdeep admits music is in his blood, he prefers acting.

 “Music is in my blood, but I chose acting over it. I have sung four songs in the film but there will always be a comparison with my dad. I can never give competition to my father, as he is in a different league altogether,” he says frankly. Directed by Syyed Noor, Meri Shaadi Karao is scheduled to release on January 4.

‘I don’t have any strategy’

Until now, Jacqueline Fernandez hasn’t registered as anything more than a pretty face on the big screen — but hopefully, all this will change with her upcoming release, Race 2. The actress believes that this is the most challenging film she’s done, and admits that she’s put a lot of hard work into it.

“It is the most negative character I have played. It is very challenging to do something like that. I had to tackle each scene with an underlying thought that the character is concealing a deep dark secret.

Every character is dark and that is the beauty of the film," she said in an interview. “It is a nice change. It's something new to try. It was very challenging. To be this evil person and be negative, you have to work on yourself,” she says.

Comparing this film to her previous hit, Housefull 2, Jacqueline adds, “Housefull 2 was like a walk in the park. It was fun, everyone was having a good time. Everything was spontaneous. Race 2 is more calculative, you have to rehearse. You need to understand that certain messages need to be sent to the audience. So Race 2 was most
challenging.”

With so many films crossing the Rs 100-crore mark, Jacqueline feels the term is overrated now. “I feel that a lot of films have crossed Rs100 crore now — I think it has become overrated. Now, we should talk about Rs 200 crore,” she suggests.

When it comes to choosing scripts, the actress admits that she has no strategy. “I don’t have any strategy, I just took whatever came my way. It just happened that these were fantastic offers, which just came my way. Things have really started shaping up for me,” she smiles. Directed by Abbas-Mustan, Race 2 also features Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ameesha Patel in prominent roles.

Lots of roles in his kitty

Actor Sushant Singh, who will be seen in a cameo role in Yash Raj Films’ Gunday, candidly admits that he signed it only for director Ali Abbas Zafar. “Ali Abbas Zafar comes to my gym regularly and he was my junior in college, so he must have seen me in the gym. My look and body impressed him and he felt that only I could fit the role that he has in his film,” the 40-year-old says.

“It is a cameo — but since he is from my college and a good boy, I went up to him and heard about the role. I found it interesting; besides, people have not seen me in such a look and it is a Yash Raj film and the co-actors are also good. So, I said yes,” he adds.

Gunday features Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in lead roles, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan. Sushant also adds “‘Hate Story 2’ will go on floors in January next year. Vikram Bhatt is producing it and I am doing that. Surveen Chawla is there. Vishal (Pandya) is directing it.” Sushant, who played the role of a dacoit in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Jungle’, will soon be seen in Four Two Ka One too.

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