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Alia has her plate full

Actress Alia Bhatt donned an ultra-glamorous avatar for her debut film ‘Student Of The Year’ (SOTY) last year, in which she was seen playing the role of Shanaya, a spoilt, has-it-all school student. But the actress has made a conscious effort to prove to the audience that there’s more to her than pouting and preening.

In fact, in her next few projects, she will be showcasing her versatility as an actress in a series of different roles. For instance, she has gone de-glam for her upcoming film ‘Highway’.

She admits that the movie was quite a challenging opportunity. Directed by Imtiaz Ali and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, ‘Highway’ is the story of two completely different individuals, who take a road trip in a truck.

“I wanted to do something challenging, something different and I got the chance to do it in my second film,” Alia says. “I am very grateful that I got this opportunity,” she adds.

Alia plays a Kashmiri girl in the film. She has already wrapped up her portions of the shoot. “The shooting (for ‘Highway’) has finished. The film has been wrapped up and now, post-production (work) will start,” says Alia, who is paired opposite Randeep Hooda in the film.

‘Highway’ in scheduled to release on December 13. Alia, the daughter of veteran film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, is now caught up with her next project ‘2 States’, which is now in its third schedule.

“I am now fully into shooting for ‘2 States’. The third schedule has started now,” says Alia. ‘2 States’ is about a Punjabi boy who falls in love with a Tamilian girl, and the ensuing cultural clashes between them and their families.

In the film, which is being directed by Abhishek Varman, Alia is paired with Arjun Kapoor. “I am very excited about it,” Alia confesses.

Still raring to go

Shahid Kapoor is currently caught up with the shooting of his upcoming film, Rambo Rajkumar. He admits that shooting for the high-octane action scenes in the film has left him bruised and battered, but adds that he’s still raring to go.

“10th n last day of the action sequence for Rambo Rajkumar today. Body bruised and battered. Spirit raring to go (sic),” Shahid posts on Twitter.

The movie is being directed by choreographer-turned-film-maker Prabhu Deva. Shahid also escaped a fire accident on the sets of the movie in May. He had ended up with burn injuries on his back and hand.

Grateful to his team

The shooting for the upcoming flick, ‘Gang Of Ghosts’, is currently going on in the scorching heat in Surat, Gujarat, and director Satish Kaushik is grateful to his team for working despite the unfavourable conditions.

Kaushik took to Twitter to thank his cast and crew, saying: “Thanks my ensemble cast and crew for bearing high temperature in Surat and yet sharing my passion for shooting ‘Gang Of Ghosts’ (sic).”

A Hindi remake of Bengali blockbuster Bhooter Bhabishyat, the movie stars Mahie Gill, Sharman Joshi, Chunky Pandey and Anupam Kher and marks Southern actress Meera Chopra’s entry into Bollywood.

Producer Ratan Jain has bought the rights of the 2012 film, which was a horror-based comic entertainer.

No time for Ranbir

Although there were a few rumours that actress Deepika Padukone would feature opposite Ranbir Kapoor in producer Bhushan Kumar’s tentatively titled film ‘Roy’, the actress has not signed the movie. Deepika and Ranbir had teamed up for their latest film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, but it seems that the actress isn’t keen on continuing with their undeniably popular pairing. “If I am letting go of a movie, there might be other reasons. If I really like a script, the producer and I can always work around the dates. I have taken up only as much work as I can accommodate,” Deepika says in a statement. The film, which is to be directed by Vikram Singh, now stars Jacqueline Fernandez in a double role. But Deepika isn’t having any second thoughts. She goes on to add that her family has been incredibly supportive of her decision. “I have always said that they are my strength. They know that I am extremely busy and have no time to spend with them. But they have never complained — they understand,” she says. Deepika adds that due to her film commitments, she does not get time to spend with her family. Therefore, she now plans to take a break and enjoy the holidays with her father, Prakash Padukone, mother Ujjala and sister Anisha.

Mika sings for children

Mika, known for songs like Rani Tu Main Raja, Pyaar Ki Pungi and Subha Hone Na De, has lent his voice for a song based on children in the upcoming film Pappu Ki Pangdandi.
A source close to the singer says, “Mika paaji loves children and when he was approached for a song which is for a children’s film, he could not say no. He readily agreed to be part of this fun film and lent his voice. He has already recorded the song in Yash Raj Studios and loved the lyrics, which have been penned by Sateesh Seth”.
Pappu Ki Pangdandi is helmed by director Seema Desai.

‘I hope Sonakshi proves lucky’

Actor Ranveer Singh admits that he was in two minds over whether to take up a role in Vikramaditya Motwane’s upcoming period romance drama Lootera, as he felt that he could not do justice to the character.

Lootera, set in Bengal in the 1950s, features Ranveer as an intense lover, a character he has not explored so far, romancing Sonakshi Sinha. “When I started working on this movie, I was frustrated. I felt I couldn’t do it but it was our director, Vikramaditya Motwane, who helped me let go of my fears. I explored a different side of myself as a performer,” Ranveer says.

Inspired from O Henry’s ‘The Last Leaf’, Lootera is the uplifting story of two lovers — of heartbreak, betrayal and ultimate redemption. Ranveer says that he was aware that Sonakshi was termed a lucky mascot for her co-stars as many of her films have been hits. “I am happy that I got to work with her. I hope she proves lucky for me as well,” he states.

After a precious jewel

In ‘Deadly Intent’, Raymond (played by Lance Henriksen) returns from a trip to South America.

He is thrilled to have got the magnificent jewel known as the Window Stone of Naboth along with him and decides to throw a party in the honour of the jewel. But immediately after, Raymond is killed by the man he had double-crossed.

His wife Laura (portrayed by Lisa Eilbacher) is troubled no end by strange people insisting on knowing the whereabouts of the precious stone.Tune in to the film on
MGM at 10.45 pm on June 14.


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