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‘I’m choosy about my films’

Sonam Kapoor has a lot going for her right now — she is still riding high on the success of Raanjhanaa, which has been her highest grosser till date.
Although there have been some negative reviews for the film, most critics have praised her for her controlled and understated portrayal of Zoya, the small-town character she essayed.
And now, she has a lot more to look forward to this year. Apart from an untitled film with Ayushmann Khuranna, she has her fingers crossed for the Rakeysh Omprakash-Mehra directorial, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, which recently hit the silver screen.
This film, a biopic on legendary runner Milkha Singh, also stars Farhan Akhtar and members of the film fraternity have been full of praises for the ambitious project even before it released.
In fact Sonam admits that she is certain this film will go down in history — which is exactly why she wanted to associate herself with it. In her own words, her role in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is anything but long. In fact, she describes it as a cameo.
 “I did the film only for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. It’s a special appearance, but I hate the word special appearance. It’s a cameo. I did this film because I knew for sure this film will go down in history,” says Sonam.
The actress, who is tasting big success after several years in the film industry, admits that she has always been choosy about her film projects. “I’m choosy about my films.
I do one film in one to one-and-a-half years. My films take too long — like Mausam and Sawaariya,” she adds.

Simple look for Kareena

Kareena Kapoor Khan has always projected herself in ultra-glamourous avatars.
However, for Prakash Jha’s upcoming
Satyagraha, in which she plays a political investigative journalist, she will be seen in a de-glam look. She’s taking this a step further by
dressing down for the promotions of the film as well.
Satyagraha is the story of a son who yearns for a father, a father, who grieves for his lost son and a young woman who fights so hard with life that she has forgotten to love.  It is also the
story of an influential power-hungry despot who will stop at nothing to destroy them.

Rising to the challenge

Sekhar Kammula’s latest bilingual venture
Anaamika is planned to release in Tamil and Telugu this Dasara. The director plans on completing this saga by mid-July and is currently
filming with the cast at a fast pace across Hyderabad.
The film’s music and background score is composed by National Award-winning music director MM Keervani, who has given chart-topping tunes to over 200 films.
Excited about the project, Nayantara comments, “It’s an honour to have worked with a critically-acclaimed and award-winning director like Sekhar. I am thrilled to be a part of this project, which gave me an opportunity to play the lead protagonist of a strong
female character. With a
completely new look in Anaamika, I hope that the
audiences would appreciate the film and my role.”
 Sekhar adds, “My love and passion for movie-making gets bigger and better with a film like Anaamika. This adaptation in design and appearance of the characters is completely different and I hope it excites my audience. It’s always challenging to make interesting movies and Anaamika is a challenge I have thoroughly enjoyed.”

‘It has been a long journey’

Anupam Kher, one of the most renowned actors of the Indian film industry, recently won an award at the IIFA in Macau and is delighted by it.
The actor, who has featured in many international productions like ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘Bride and Prejudice’, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Midnight’s Children’, was presented with an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Indian to International
Cinema’. The award was presented to him by the  Hollywood action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Anupam says, “For a small-town boy who studied in a Hindi-medium school, it has been a long journey and this is a huge award. Indian cinema has been very kind to me and I’m thankful to the Indian film Industry which allowed me to dream big.”

Doing well at the box office

Suriya Sivakumar-starrer Tamil action-drama Singam 2, which released worldwide on July 5, has got a good opening, despite getting criticism for being too lengthy. “Reportedly made on a budget of Rs 45 crore, Singam 2 collected a total of Rs 9.25 crore on the day of release from Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka,” trade analyst Trinath says. The critics had said that Hari Gopalakrishnan’s directorial venture was over-commercial and extremely lengthy, but it seems that the viewers are enjoying the film. The success of Singam 2 comes as a respite for Suriya after his last two releases — 7am Arivu and Maattrraan — failed to keep the cash registers ringing. The film is a sequel to highly successful Singam, and Hari Gopalakrishnan went behind the camera to helm both the films. Besides Suriya, Singam 2 also features Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Nasser, Mukesh Rushi, Danny Sapani, Rahman, Radha Ravi, Santhanam, Vivek and Anjali.

‘I was at the right place at the right time’

Indo-Canadian vocalist Jonita Gandhi, who had the privilege of singing
for superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Chennai
Express’ along with singing legend SP Balasubramanyam (SPB), considers herself lucky.
   Jonita crooned the opening track, called ‘Chennai Express’.
“I still can’t believe that my first song in Bollywood is for Shah Rukh Khan, and to sing that song alongside SPB sir makes the experience even more special. I think I was at the right place at the right time,” Jonita says.
Even though she couldn't record with SPB, she still finds herself lucky to share the track with him.
“I couldn’t meet SPB sir because we had recorded the track separately, but I feel lucky to be on the track with him. How many even get such an opportunity?” she says.
Despite being raised in Canada with Indian roots, Jonita doesn’t consider
herself alien to Bollywood music.
“My father is a musician and I started singing in his band since very young age. I used to sing with him at
several community events. Even though I was raised in Canada, Bollywood has always been dear to me because I used to sing mostly Hindi songs at shows,” says Jonita.
“My passion to be a singer eventually led me to pack my bags and come to India. Even though I have a degree in business administration, deep down I wanted to be a singer,” she adds.
Jonita has already crooned a number each in Bengali and Malayalam, but her number from ‘Chennai Express’ will mark her debut as it is releasing first. Jonita has no strategy to survive in the industry.
“I don’t have any particular strategy because I want to learn as I move forward in the industry. I also want to put to use everything I have learned over the years. I’m trained in Western classical and now I’m learning Hindustani, so that I can be open to singing all types of songs,”  she adds.

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