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Huma Qureshi may just be a few films old, but the actress’ unassuming nature and brilliant on-screen skills have enabled her to carve a niche for herself in the film industry. Her powerful performances in films like ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana have earned her quite a fan following. Next, the actress will be seen in the horror-thriller Ek Thi Daayan. In fact, Huma has travelled Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh to promote the forthcoming film at the ongoing Maha Kumbh. She says that this is her first ever visit to the mela and is quite excited about the prospect.

“This is the first time that I am going to this mela. The only time I have heard of it is in the movies. I am really looking forward to it because it’s the largest assembly of believers anywhere in the world and this is the first time a film promotion is happening there,” she smiles.

The actress is accompanied by her co-star Emraan Hashmi and the film’s co-producer Ekta Kapoor on the three-day visit. Directed by Kannan Iyer, Ek Thi Daayan  also features Konkona Sen Sharma and Kalki Koechlin. It is slated to release on April 18. Huma feels lucky to be born in a secular nation like India.

“I think it’s fantastic and this can only happen in India. It’s such a secular country, where anybody could be walking down the road and you really can’t tell what faith or religion that person belongs to,” the 26-year-old reflects.

“Honestly, we are blessed to be born and live in a country like India. We have a mutual respect for each other’s beliefs all the time. I have grown up in a very secular way,” she adds.

An outlet for a passion

Vidyut Jamwal, of ‘Force’ fame, loves action. An expert in martial arts, the actor has pulled together a team of eight men who share the same passion for action. According to sources, Vidyut trains with these men for five to six hours a day. Interestingly, they do not belong to any martial arts academy — they are bus conductors, store keepers and others from different walks of life.

“Vidyut, unlike others, trains with a group of martial artistes and fitness enthusiasts, who believe in the craft beyond just a means of fitness. He has been able to put together a team of eight men, who may not fit into the traditional definition of what you imagine as the team of an actor,” a source says. Vidyut’s eye for identifying these talents comes from his background — he was in an ashram in Kerala, training in martial arts when he was younger. “It took him a while before he managed to put together his dream team, which today comprises of eight boys,” the source adds. Vidyut will soon be seen in an action flick called ‘Commando - The War Within’, which is being helmed by Dilip Ghosh.

‘I didn’t get support from my family’

Irrfan is known as one of the best actors in tinsel town. The actor is thankful for this status, since when was a child, his only motive was to become famous and change people’s perceptions of him. “I just wanted to become somebody. I wanted to change the perception of people towards me. That was the basic reason,” says the actor, who has worked in movie like ‘Namesake’, Paan Singh Tomar and Maqbool.

The 46-year-old, adds that it was tough to realise his dream because he never got much support. “Initially, I wanted to become famous — be it a player or whatever. But I didn’t get any support from my family,” he says, adding, “When I was a kid, I used to think that there are 11 players (in a cricket team) so there is a limitation. Then, I realised that there can be many actors, there is no limit. You have to work on yourself as there is nobody to choose — you and your talent can become a weapon. So, that’s how I chose acting.”

Irrfan will soon be seen in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Sahib, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns.


A complete mama’s boy

Actor Govinda’s late mother taught him about the power of humility and he says he always followed her advice — something which helped him through life.

“My mother Nirmala Deviji made me promise that until I turn 49, I would not consider myself a big hero. I have always bowed to my mother’s advice and it has always benefited me,” says the 49-year-old.

Govinda rocked the box office with hit comedies like ‘Hero No 1’ and ‘Coolie No 1’ in the 1990s. His last successful outing was ‘Partner’.

Karan gets down to business

Film-maker Karan Johar has started shooting for his segment in ‘Bombay Talkies’, a bouquet of four stories directed by four different directors. Karan’s segment stars Rani Mukerji, Randeep Hooda and Saqib Saleem and he has chosen to shoot his part in Mumbai. Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap are also contributing to ‘Bombay Talkies’, an ode to 100 years of the Indian film industry.

The fact that different directors, with dramatically different styles of film-making, are coming together for this project promises an interesting flick. It will come out on May 3.

Exploring a close relationship

Director Dibakar Banerjee will bring late film-maker Satyajit Ray’s short
story to the big screen with his segment in ‘Bombay Talkies’.

In this film, four film-makers are contributing to the plot with four different stories. Dibakar’s story is titled ‘Star’.

 Set against a Maharashtrian backdrop, it is about the sense of bonding between a father and son.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shiv Amrapurkar will play the lead roles respectively.

Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap are also making creative contributions to ‘Bombay Talkies’, which will release on May 3.

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