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All praises  for co-actor

John Abraham, who will soon be seen portraying gangster Manya Surve in Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Shootout at Wadala’, says that he marvels at newcomer Siddhant Kapoor’s performance in the film and feels that he could be the next star.

Son of actor Shakti Kapoor, Siddhant, is all set to make his acting debut in the gangster- drama based on Bombay police’s first official encounter, in which Manya Surve was shot down.

Praising Siddhant, who plays a sharp shooter from Manya’s gang in the film,
John says, “Siddhant Kapoor is another future superstar of tomorrow. He is absolutely brilliant. He plays Gyanchod in the film and his performance is outstanding. After the film, mark my words, we will have another star.”

Of course, the youngster did not forget to praise John for his support.
 “John went out of the way to help me and gave me a lot of confidence,” shares Siddhant, whose sister, Shraddha is already in the films and will be seen in the upcoming musical, Aashiqui 2.

Interestingly, acting happened to cross his way quite by chance. Siddhant started his career as a disc jockey, after which he worked with film-maker Priyadarshan as an assistant director, and finally, is ready to showcase his acting skills in ‘Shootout at Wadala’, which also features Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood, Tusshar Kapoor and Kangna Ranaut among others. The film is slated for a May 3 release.

Concerned about the crew

Director Rohit Shetty cancelled the day’s shooting of ‘Chennai Express’ recently after stuntman Shankar Anna suffered burn injuries on location in Wai. The incident took place while shooting a car chase sequence. The car that Shankar was driving developed a leak and the vehicle caught fire.

 Fortunately, Shankar was wearing a fire suit, which was a big relief. Rohit got the fire put out quickly and took Shankar Anna to the hospital in his car.

   He made sure that the doctors attended to him and also stayed over at the hospital to oversee his treatment and care.

   Shah Rukh Khan, who plays the lead opposite Deepika Padukone in the film, was not on location when the accident happened.

But he did stay in contact with Rohit about Shankar’s treatment and suggested that they move him to Mumbai for better treatment. The film will be released
later this year.

Eager to turn director

Actor Kunaal Roy Kapoor is so impressed with his Nautanki Saala co-actor Ayushmann Khurrana that he says that he would like to direct him at some point of time.

“Most definitely! I love working with Ayushmann and I love his acting so much that one day, I will definitely direct him,” says Kunaal. He expressed his views at the success party of his latest venture, Rohan Sippy’s Nautanki Saala, which is inspired by a French film titled Apres Vous (After You).

Before entering films, Kunaal was active in the theatre world and in 2006, had even directed a play called ‘The President Is Coming’, which he later adapted into a movie starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Shernaz Patel. As an actor, he has acted in films like ‘Loins of Punjab Presents’ and ‘Delhi Belly’ among others.

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