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‘I am hoping for better stuff’

Ileana D’Cruz, who was a well-known name in the Southern film industry before taking her first steps into Bollywood, landed a debut that many other aspiring
actors would probably term as the dream.

Her film Barfi! was one of those rare successes which appealed to critics and managed to rake in the moolah at the box office, going so far as to cross the Rs-100 crore mark.
Ileane got to share screen space with popular faces like Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the film but surprisingly, she remains very grounded.

 In fact, she even admits that when she first set her eyes on the Hindi film industry, she did so with no expectations whatsoever.

“I have actually walked into Bollywood with no expectations whatsoever. I did not expect to be appreciated for my work in Barfi!,” she admits.

However, she isn’t complaining that her performance was praised to the skies. “When people did (appreciate me), it was very touching and humbling for me,” she adds.

At present, Ileana is working on yet another project, this one titled Phata Poster Nikla Hero. In this film, she will be seen opposite Shahid Kapoor. But she says that signing this film wasn’t a premeditated move and she generally doesn’t try to chart out her career graph too thoroughly.

“I am just taking it as it goes. I am hoping for better stuff to come my way,” she admits. Nevertheless, she is satisfied.

“I am very happy with the projects I have got on hand and I like the way my career is going so far,” says Ileana, who first forayed into filmdom with the Telugu film Devadasu
in 2006.

‘I loved playing the villain’

Refuting rumours that his role in ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again’ is based on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, actor Akshay Kumar says it is a fictional story about a
fictional character.

“It is not based on any such character. I play the character of Shoaib, who
is a underworld don. It is fictional. It is not related to anyone in real life. It is the continuation of part one,” he explains.

“I had seen Shoaib’s character in first part and I did carry the character forward,” he adds.

In the first part, Emraan Hashmi had portrayed the role of Shoaib, which got him rave reviews. But this doesn’t disturb Akshay. 

“I did not think of comparison. We do films because we like the script. I don’t know about comparison and all as I feel we are not in rat race,” he insists.

In ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai Again'’ Akshay will be playing a villain of sorts and is quite happy about it. “I have enjoyed doing this role.

I am thankful to my director Milan Luthria for giving me something great, as I have never got the chance to perform a role like this before. To play a villain is a good thing. There is a different charm on your face,” he says.

“A hero is innocent, poor and has problems with family. He also gets beaten up by the villain, while the villain is at the top. I loved playing the larger-than-life villain’s character. You get to play such characters rarely, so you should not let go this opportunity,” adds Akshay.

‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again’ also features Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Sonali Bendre.

Dismissing all the rumours

Actress Esha Deol, who hasn’t been seen has refuted rumours about being pregnant. She took to micro-blogging site Twitter to set the record straight about her pregnancy. “Sweet of the media, but I’m “NOT PREGNANT” (sic),” tweets Esha, 31. “Would let the world know when that happens as it would be a proud moment for us,” she adds. Esha married businessman Bharat Takhtani on June 29 last year. On the big screen, she was last seen in Tell Me O’ Khuda.

‘I hate dancing’

Emraan Hashmi, who recently grooved to the tunes of a qawwali number called Allah Meverbaan for his forthcoming release Ghanchakkar, confesses that he hates dancing.

“I hate dancing. I try to wriggle out of it every time, but this time they kind of dragged me out of the van and caught me at gun point because the film is releasing. It took a lot of convincing,” says the actor.

Coming out on June 28, the film will see Emraan with Vidya Balan.Talking about the song sung by Altaf Raja, Emraan adds, “This is actually a very interesting track, which kind of defines his (my character’s) philosophy. It’s a nice qawwali dance number. This is one of my favourite numbers in the film.”

The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi and it has four tracks and a remix number.

Small pleasures in life

Manisha Koirala, who recently battled ovarian cancer and emerged cancer free, is having a blissful time walking down the streets and indulging in some
shopping, after being confined to a bed for so long.

The actress is completely required and has begun to appreciate the small joys in life.

“I do love shopping on street fairs...have a lemonade, fresh corn... bargain a bit for antique jewellery.. felt great to walk on the street (sic),” the actress, who has acted in ‘Bombay’ and ‘1942: A Love Story’, posts on Twitter.

Manisha was initially admitted to Mumbai’s Jaslok Hospital on November 28 last year but after that, she flew to the US for further treatment. The 42-year-old has recovered and is expected to return to India in July.

A pleasant surprise for the family

Actor Kunaal Roy Kapur is happy that his brother Aditya’s film Aashiqui 2 managed to cross the Rs 100-crore mark at the box office.

He says it is “unbelievable” for his family. A Mohit Suri directorial, Aashiqui 2 features Aditya and actress Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. “I am just very proud and I am very happy that his (Aditya’s) film has attained blockbuster status,” Kunaal says.

“Actually, it’s kind of unbelievable. At home, no one is able to believe that people have liked the film so much. I am very happy for Aditya,” he adds.

Aditya and Kunaal’s elder brother is Siddharth Roy Kapur, the managing director, Studios, Disney UTV. He is married to actress Vidya Balan.


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