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Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; June 12, 2013)
While his elder brother Dino has been apparently going around with his ladylove Nandita Mahtani for quite some time now, looks like Santino Morea has a new woman in his life. And it’s none other than Amrita Puri.
The couple has apparently been spotted together around town a few times. Sources say initially the two were very good friends and love happened soon after.
A source says, “Amrita is very guarded about her personal life. She is often seen at parties with Santino.” The actress and the restaurateur were recently seen hanging out together at a Bandra coffee shop. An onlooker says, “The two were behaving like a couple in love. However, when they were asked about their relationship status, they said they were just good friends.” Apart from partnering Dino in his restaurant business, Santino also assisted director Kunal Kohli for a while. Santino along with Chunkey Pandey also own a suburban nightclub.
Amrita was unavailable for comment.
B-Towners react to Mallika’s statements asking her to leave the country if it depresses her so much, and settle abroad )PS: Raakhee suggests a nudist colony for Ms Sherawat)
Subhash K Jha (DNA; May 30, 2013)
Pooja Bhatt It is said that we do not see the world as it is, but as we are. While there are pockets of India that are way more regressive than even Afghanistan, there is another India that is way more progressive than Europe or America. India is too complex a nation to be reduced to a blurb. At the same time it is also a nation that permits everyone to have an opinion, no matter how banal or profound.
Divya Dutta Wonder why she said what she did! Isn’t she undermining all the Indian women achievers who’ve been given great opportunities by this country? She got her fame here. Women in this country are on par with their sisters in any part of the world.
Raakhee Gulzar Poor thing. She tried every trick, yet made no impact. If she says we’re regressive then she must leave, find herself a more suitable place of her choice. Maybe a nudist’s colony?
Amrita Puri The context in which Mallika spoke was ridiculous. She made it sound like she is the only progressive actor in this country. It’s a shame that she was given a platform where she presented such a false and unintelligent point of view.
Shibani Kashyap She shouldn’t be talking against India. It shows her lack of empathy with her roots and an absence of loyalty to the country that has given her name, fame and stardom. More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; March 19, 2013)
One of the lesser-known facts about the up-and-coming star Amrita Puri is that she is the daughter of the Managing Director of HDFC Bank, Aditya Puri. While she may not have had the traditional struggle, she had to battle it out not just for the audience approval, but also the approval from her father. Aditya Puri confesses how his own attitude towards his daughter’s ambition changed as he watched her struggle and success. Excerpts:
CONVERSATION WITH AMRITA PURI:
Acting was an unconventional choice for you. When did you think of being an actor? Ever since I remember, I have had drama in me. Whenever my mom would go out of home, I would wear her sari, posing as Sridevi in Chandni. I loved literature and realised after getting into theatre that I wanted to be an actor. My dad was a smart man and had his way of putting his ideas in my mind, making me believe that they were mine. For instance, post my graduation, he made me work with O&M as a copywriter for a year, but I was bored out of my mind and the desire to see myself on the silver screen just grew and grew and I thought I would just burst.
Did you feel let down by the lack of support from your parents for you to join the film industry? They backed me all my life with my most stupid ideas and made me believe that I was the best thing to hit planet earth, but suddenly there was this thing that I believed the most in the world in, and I felt disappointed as nobody, not one More >
Urmimala Banerjee (MID-DAY; March 14, 2013)
Looks like Amrita Puri has received the greatest compliment of her life. The actress can’t contain her excitement at having been applauded about her latest film Kai Po Che by none other than Hrithik Roshan.
Says Amrita, “I am so touched by all the nice things people have said about the film. My family loved it too. When Hrithik told me that he was humbled by the performances given by my co- actors and me, I was dumbstruck. I just stood there staring at him for five minutes before I realised that I came across as rude. Then, I thanked him, delirious with happiness.”
A Hrithik fan, she says that she always felt that the actor was the coolest star ever. “As a school girl, I totally drooled over him in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and now it just seems so magical,” signs off Amrita.
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; February 20, 2013)
Now this sounds like a fun game of cat and mouse. According to Amrita Puri, who stars in Kai Po Che, the cast of the film snuck out of the sets in their free time and hid in their vanity van to make merry. And it would leave director Abhishek Kapoor wondering what his team was up to.
The actress says, “We used to dance to some jhataak numbers inside the van. Once when Gattu found out what we were doing, he was zapped.” Amrita says she had a gala time hanging out with her co- stars Raj Kumar, Amit Sadh and Sushant Singh Rajput. “I had great fun with all of them. Amit had almost become our on-set nutritionist and fitness expert!”
Jayoti Soor (DNA; Febrauary 4, 2013)
Amrita Puri’s role as Vidya in Kai Po Che directed by Abhishek Kapoor requires her to drive a scooty. As she did not know how to, her co-star Sushant Singh Rajput took on the mantle of a teaching her the basics of driving.
“I have always wanted to learn how to ride a bike. I was more than happy to learn how to ride a scooty. As things turned out, my scooty instructor was none other than my co-star Sushant Singh Rajput. After our acting workshops, Sushant and I would have scooty tutorials which were so much fun,” says Amrita.
But one day when she and Rajkumar Yadav, her other co-star in the film were practicing riding the scooty, they drove away too far and the scooty ran out of fuel. And they were stranded on the highway with no help or access to anyone and were on the verge of panic. But luckily, their co-star Amit Sadh, who is a fitness freak was on his evening jog on the highway and he came to their rescue. He saw both of them and all three pushed the scooty back to their shoot location. “I had a great time prepping for my role and this incident always brings a smile on my face. Though I must confess I still don’t know how to ride a scooty too well,” confesses Amrita.
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; January 29, 2013)
Amrita Puri, who was seen in the Sonam Kapoor-starrer Aisha and later with Kunal Khemu in Blood Money, will next be seen in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che based on Chetan Bhagat’s book. And she went an extra mile to convince Abhishek to cast her as his female lead.
When the filmmaker had penned the role, he wanted someone young, fresh and with a spark. He auditioned a host of new female faces but didn’t come across anyone who fitted his vision of the character.
During the casting process, Abhishek happened to meet Amrita at a party. He approached her and told her about the character in his film. A meeting was then fixed.
Says a source, “Amrita dressed up keeping the character brief she’d received when Abhishek casually told her what the role was about. This was the first step in convincing the director that she was his Vidya (her character name) in the film. And when she tested and said her lines, Abhishek felt she would be able to stand out amongst the boys as the film revolves around three guys — essayed by Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar Gupta.
Amrita who began with theatre and modelling landed in Bollywood by chance through as SMS from a theatre friend who told her about the auditions of Aisha.
MUMBAI MIRROR (June 2, 2012)
The sweltering heat is taking its toll on actors who are busy shooting or promoting their films in different parts of the country. A few days ago, lead actors Sushant Singh Rajput and Amit Sadh of Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che fainted on the sets in Vadnagar near Ahmedabad. We now hear the film’s lead actress Amrita Puri and DOP Anay are also suffering from heat stroke. So much so shooting has been stalled for the second time round.
Manish Hariprasad, Creative Director, Studios, Disney UTV confirmed the news and added, “Amrita and Anay are unwell and are under treatment. We hope to resume the shoot very soon.”
A similar fate befell Sharman Joshi while he was in Nagpur to promote Ferrari ki Sawaari. The heat and the exhaustion got to the actor who fainted in the vehicle he was in. He learnt the hard way that making it big with your very first solo film is one thing but promoting it is quite another.
A source close to the film told Mirror, “Sharman has to do lot of city tours. At the Nagpur event, he didn’t appear too comfortable.” Ultimately, he had to cancel his return flight scheduled in the evening and go to Raju’s house to rest for a while. Sharman refrained from comment.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt says his latest movie Blood Money targets youth with big dreams
Seema Sinha (BOMBAY TIMES; March 30, 2012)
About 25 years ago, in one of Mahesh Bhatt’s breakthrough films Naam, we saw Sanjay Dutt’s character getting mixed up with the underworld when he goes abroad for better job prospects. The film exposed how the youth were being misguided in their quest to earn quick money. And looks like Vishesh Films’ latest flick Blood Money, co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, bears resemblance to the plot and tells the story of a man who dreams of becoming rich and ends up doing that through illegal means.
However, Bhatt doesn’t agree with the comparisons drawn between Blood Money and Naam. “The core idea of Blood Money has nothing to do with Naam. Unlike the hero in Naam, who is a “bad boy”, in Blood Money our hero is an upright man who gets entangled in the web of the diamond mafia,” he clarifies, extremely confident about the success of the film. “Whenever our music has worked, our film has worked at the box office. Blood Money’s songs have become a rage. Even our harshest trade critics say the film will open well,” adds Bhatt.
“I was completely intrigued when I heard the script. It is a simple story told from a common man’s perspective. It is set in the corporate world, and we have shown the sinister side of the diamond trade,” says lead actor Kunal Khemu. “It’s a very important film for me because it is a solo hero project, and also my comeback More >
Vishal Mahadkar debuts with Blood Money
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; March 12, 2012)
The recent times has seen several debutant directors. Rohit Dhawan directed Desi Boyz, Karan Malhotra made Agneepath and Shakun Batra gave us Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu. And now, Vishal Mahadkar marks his directorial debut with Blood Money, a thriller starring Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri as the lead pair.
As an assistant director, Vishal was given the responsibility of handling projects in hot water. “He passed with flying colours,” says Mahesh Bhatt, adding, “His indefinable energy made him worthy to be placed in the driver’s seat for Blood Money.” Bhatt continues, “I saw in him a wild vitality, which is the fuel for any good work. Vishal had that restlessness in him. He had that ‘salt’ in him. He had that quality of a leader in him like a general in control.”
Mukesh Bhatt adds, “What makes me happy is that he delivered a quality product with a limited budget of 10 crores. Vishal has done a brilliant job.” For Vishal, making the film was a learning process. Each day of shooting brought a new experience. “It has given me a big kick. It has still to hit me that my film is on the brink of release. I can confidently say that my film will be received very well.”
The Vishesh Films and Viacom 18 production releases on March 30.