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‘I have relied on glamour’

She received accolades for her understated performance in her Bollywood debut Barfi, but Ileana D’Cruz says she is more comfortable doing hardcore commercial roles.
The 25-year-old actress’s second film is Rajkumar Santoshi’s action-comedy
Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, a departure from her first Hindi film.

Ileana feels Bollywood and glamour go hand-in-hand and she is no Vidya Balan to pull off roles like Barfi on regular basis.

 “I must admit that if you want to survive in Bollywood, you have to have a certain amount of glamour attached to you otherwise it is difficult.

I can’t talk about other actresses but I have relied on glamour in films in the South. It works. If you look glamourous, dress well, it works in the film. You can pass off in a film by just looking good. I am not Vidya (Balan). She is great and does not need glamour. I cannot even compare myself to her,” Ileana says.

The actress reveals that she decided to be part of Phata Poster... as she felt people had started taking her too seriously after her portrayal of Shruti in Barfi and feared getting typecast.

“I think before Barfi released, I had a feeling that people won’t be able to accept me in such a serious role because they have never seen me do something like this before. After the film, they started taking me very seriously. So this time, I wanted to try something different,” she says.

Bonding with the beach

Anchor-actor-singer Ayushmann Khurrana shares a long history with the beaches in Mumbai. When the actor first came to the city of dreams, he had vowed to not go to any beach until he landed his first assignment.

He recalls, “I know people come to Mumbai and weave their dreams on these waves. But I did something exactly opposite. I vowed that I shall not come to the sea side till I get a job.” He adds, “The day I got my first radio assignment, I came to Juhu Chowpatty, spread my arms and posed like a hero.

Today, I have an emotional connect with the beaches.” After participating in the second season of a reality show, Ayushmann turned anchor. He moved to acting with ‘Vicky Donor’, and he followed it up with Nautanki Saala. The multi-faceted talent has sung in his films and recently launched his first single O Heeriye.

A tweet gone wrong

Film-maker Anurag Kashyap has apologised for posting an incorrect tweet about actor Dilip Kumar. The ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ helmer took to Twitter to condole the death of Dilip Kumar. Soon he was quick to correct his mistake. He attributed this error to the text messages he received. Later, he even managed to delete the tweet. “Apologies for the Dilip Saab tweet... I panicked because of three back to back messages. He is fine and the news is not true,” Kashyap posted. Dilip’s wife Saira Banu said that the actor is on his road to recovery but needs a lot of rest. “He has to overcome the problem and it will take some time. But he is recovering. This morning he got up and had tea. He needs to rest. I thank all the fans and well wishers for their prayers and request them to continue with it,” Saira said.

Raw fight on screen

Television actor Ronit Roy has been acclaimed for his roles in films like Udaan, ‘Shootout at Wadala’ and ‘Student of the Year!’ Ronit’s role in the upcoming action caper ‘Boss’ is already grabbing eyeballs. According to sources, the film’s hero and villain get entangled in a very raw hand-to-hand combat. Ronit will be seen in an all new avatar whe­re he portrays the role of a corrupt police office. A source close to the production team says, “Akshay and Ronit will be seen fist fighting with each other for the very first time and it is one of the main highlights of the film. The two are in the best form of their fitness and physique. There was no dull moment in the entire sequence, and we are sure the audiences are going to love watching the raw action seq­uence.” Produced by Viacom 18, Cape of Good Films and Ashwin Varde Productions, ‘Boss’ is directed by Anthony D’souza. It stars Akshay Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Shiv Pandit, Aditi Rao Hydari, Johny Lever and Danny Denzongpa. The movie will hit screens on October 16.

Touched by the warmth

Amyra Dastur, who is making her Tamil debut in the romantic-thriller Anegan opposite Dhanush, says she likes the warmth she received from the industry while shooting for the film in Puducherry recently.

Amyra entered Bollywood with Issaq opposite Prateik. “Everybody is so respectable and hospitable in this industry. They are so simple and shooting with them is so much fun. Even when we were shooting outdoors, we didn’t face any hassles with the onlookers. Everybody was very supportive on and off the sets,” Amyra says.

The 20-year-old plays a modern-day south Indian girl in the film. She says she didn’t have any problems with the costumes as well. “I don’t think I had any issue with the costumes after all these are Indian clothes. In south, people wear them differently, and therefore, all I had to do was learn their way of wearing clothes,” she adds.

Directed by KV Anand, Anegan features Karthik, Atul Kulkarni, Ashish Vidyarthi and Jagan. It is produced by AGS Entertainment.

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