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‘Nothing has changed much’

Madhuri Dixit, whorecently returned to the silver screen with an item number in Ayan
Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, believes that dance forms haven’t changed much but the steps themselves are technically much better.

The actress set the screen on fire with her moves in the number Ghagra. “Nothing has changed much. I don’t see that much of a change. The way the camera is handled and the way it moves is more restless. But songs are songs, just technically better,” Madhuri, known for hit numbers Ek Do Teen and Dhak Dhak, among others, says.

The actress adds that she had a blast shooting for the song Ghagra. “It was wonderful, we had a blast. Karan and I gel well. Ayan is a fabulous director, I really liked his film ‘Wake Up Sid’. I was very impressed with it. It was very well made. Then, there was Ranbir and that is his introduction song. I have seen him in so many films and I loved his Badtameez Dil,” she adds.

When asked how she feels when contestants dance to her popular numbers, she says, “It is great to watch them because it is their interpretation. I try to see if they are getting themselves into it. That is what impresses me.”

In terms of acting, she just wrapped up Gulab Gang and is about to finish Dedh Ishqiya. The films mark her comeback to the big screen after six years, post Aaja Nach Le.

She says, “I am thrilled. That is why I did these two movies. They are very powerful roles and I enjoyed working on them.”

Post her marriage to US-based doctor Shriram Nene in 1999, Madhuri stayed away from the greasepaint, arc lights and cameras for a while. But fans never stopped showering their love on her.

Lively game on the sets

Versatile actor Boman Irani, who is currently shooting in Fiji for his forthcoming film Santa
Banta along with the talented duo Virdas and Ram Kapoor, recently witnessed some massive tiffs on the sets.

Akashdeep, the director of the film, is a gaming addict and was pleasantly surprised to find out that his lead actors Boman, Virdas and Ram Kapoor are equally addicted to it.
 Immediately, they decided to have a game.

A source present on the sets says, “At first, the game was played very sportingly and the trio, along with Akashdeep, were seen enjoying it. But later on, the game started becoming aggressive and the last we heard was that Boman was successful in beating his director!”

The leading ladies of the film, Neha Dhupia and Lisa Hayden, apparently had a hearty laugh over it.

‘I don’t have a career plan’

Actor Imran Khan, who plays a goon of the 80s in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again, took inspiration from Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff to play his part and is happy to have learnt their styles of acting. As a part of his research on getting into the skin of the character, Imran watched a lot of films featuring these two actors to understand how things were back then in 80s.

“As I had to go back to 80s for my role in the film, I based my character on actors like Anil Kapoor and Jackie Shroff. I watched a lot of films of these two actors to understand how things were back then.

It was great to copy some of the best actors like them,” Imran admits. Imran, 30, who has been a part of films like Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, ‘Delhi Belly’, I Hate Luv Storys and Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola, says that he does not think of setting an image for himself in his films. “I have not thought of my image.

People talk about my image change as I did ‘Delhi Belly’ and Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola. But I never think about it that way. I only look at the script as an audience and ask myself whether I would want to watch this film or not,” he explains.

“I don’t have a career plan. If I find a story entertaining, then I do it. I go with my gut feeling and don’t think about what will work and what will not,” the actor adds.

Directed by Milan Luthria, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again is a sequel to the 2010 hit film of the same name. The second instalment, starring Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha and Imran in the lead, will release on Eid this year.

A talent to reckon with

Tabu has always insisted that she’d much rather stay at home, her nose buried in books, than spend her days on movie sets where she doesn’t feel challenged. That explains her long absences from the screen.But she’s back on film sets now, playing Salman Khan’s sister in his latest film, titled ‘Mental’.

It took a call from Salman’s brother (and the film’s director) Sohail, who reportedly insisted that he wouldn’t approach her unless he had something worth her while, for Tabu to even consider the project. It turns out that the brother-sister relationship is indeed key to the film’s plot. Plus, they offered her a sizeable remuneration. Soon after she said ‘yes’, Tabu was flown to Dubai for the first shooting schedule with Salman.

Despite the concerns of unit members that their conflicting approach to work might make it hard for them to get through the film without causing one or both of them considerable heartburn, word is that they got through the shoot just fine. Tabu is believed to have reminded her worried friends that she has already done a bunch of films with Salman (Jeet, Biwi No 1 and Hum Saath Saath Hain) and has learnt how to adapt to his style of work.

Missing his ex-wife

Actor Tom Cruise reportedly misses his ex-wife Katie Holmes, especially when he sees glimpses of her happy and carefree life in New York.

The duo was married for six years before parting ways in 2012. They have a seven-year-old daughter named Suri.

“Katie hasn’t looked this happy and carefree in years. It reminds him of the girl he fell in love with — how she was in their early days,” says a source. Tom, 50, is still in love with Katie, who is rumoured to be dating actor Luke Kirby.

“He really loved her and still does — in fact, I think he’d take her back if he could,” adds the source.



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