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Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 15, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor, Prithviraj and newcomer Sasheh Aagha visited the Mid Day office along with their entourage as part of the promotions of their upcoming film Aurangzeb. It’s South star Prithviraj’s second outing in Bollywood after Aiyyaa.
While this super hot man acted cool it is Arjun Kapoor who did most of the talking (Did someone say he’s shy?). In a hourlong session, the actors indulged in some serious talk and some banter…
Excerpts of their conversation with the Hitlist team.
ARJUN: I play a double role in this film, it’s like ek pe ek muft. We have been saying the same things at the promotions for the past few days and trying to make it as exciting as ever. But one thing I have realised, an actor may be having a bad day or whatever but you have to put up an appearance. You are there because of these people. It’s exactly a year since my debut film Ishaqzaade released. When I was offered Aurangazeb, I was initially keen to do the role Prithviraj has done. But Adi (producer Aditya Chopra) put me in my place ke bhaiyya tumhe double role mila hai.
PRITHVIRAJ: I play a cop… something that I have done umpteen times before on the screen. For three months, I had a Hindi tutor and even during the shoots I would rehearse the lines with him.
ARJUN: But he still does all the talking with his eyes. You have to watch him.
PRITHVIRAJ: I think now my Hindi is ekdum shuddh. And unlike Aiyyaa, I have a lot of talking to do now.
SASHEH: Prithviraj and More >
Upala KBR (DNA; May 14, 2013)
You have heard of the ‘game nights’ where a bunch of Bollywood and society folks meets and plays the word game Articulate. These are held once a month at different venues. One of the popular venues in the suburbs is director Farah Khan’s house. The other venues include Simi Grewal’s house in SoBo. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri’s home used to be one of the haunts too. The gamers include Farah Khan, Sajid Khan, Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora, Rahul Khanna, Queenie Dhody, Farhad Taraporewala, Simi Grewal, Kunal Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor and Kaajal Anand. This is usually the core group and then there are additions, when someone from the group brings over a guest.
At the last couple of games night, the fresh face was Kiran Rao. The regulars were very impressed with how well she played the game. She returned for the second time. And now one hears that Aamir Khan has shown interest in playing the game. An insider reveals, “Aamir’s wife Kiran recently has been joining the group for board games. She came for one game and got hooked to it completely. So much so that she went back and told Aamir about it. Now Aamir is also keen to join the group.”
The actor has promised that his schedule permitting, he will come for the next night. Knowing Aamir’s penchant for winning, one won’t be surprised if he has already started practicising the game at home, so that he doesn’t have the newcomer disadvantage.
Two groups are formed at these games night and they fiercely More >
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 14, 2013)
Aditya Chopra’s next Aurangzeb revolves around a construction company based in Gurgaon, who in the façade of construction conducts an illegal racket. The group is headed by Jackie Shroff and his son Arjun Kapoor helps the father in the illegal business.
Apparently, the scion of one of the leading construction companies based in Delhi feels that the story is too close home. The company is apparently worried about the image of the company and is demanding to watch the film before the release. However, Yash Raj Films says there is no such development. The spokesperson of the production company said, “The film is based on fictitious characters and situations. There is absolutely no truth in this. It is not based on any company. No one has approached us for a special screening.”
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 14, 2013)
After a bad start, Shraddha Kapoor is back where she has always longed to be – in the limelight, enjoying the adulation that Aashiqui 2 has earned her. And there’s more. There’s a buzz that her miniscule role in Imran – Kareena starrer Gori Tere Pyaar Mein has been touched up to give her more screen time and a special song and dance number too. But the petite girl just giggles when we mention that.
The 24-year-old daughter of Shakti Kapoor and Shivangi Kolhapure insists she is enjoying the new heights with her feet firmly planted in the ground. The disaster that was her debut, Teen Patti, still haunts her. “I was devastated. Life came to a standstill. But my mom, dad and aunt (Padmini Kolhapure) sat me down and said, ‘Rise and shine. Brush this off. Don’t let one failure affect you so much. There will be light ahead. Get up and restart your dance classes and gym.” And that’s what she did.
At a time when almost all newcomers have the tacit or explicit endorsement of major productions houses or directors, Shradhha has had to deal with some heavy baggage – that of her father’s controversial legacy. Reason why she has been on her own all this while. “It hasn’t been easy,” she admits, elaborating, “I auditioned for Teen Patti alone. The audition for Luv Ka The End too was very exhaustive. I had to give a test for five scenes and two songs. I know the film was made for a niche audience but I don’t know the numbers the film got but More >
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; May 10, 2013)
Producer Dinesh Vijan has managed to bring two exciting actors together for his next. He has signed his friend and critically acclaimed director Homi Adajania (Being Cyrus and Cocktail) for an English film titled Finding Fanny that will be aimed at a global audience.
What is remarkable is the fact that Dinoo has managed a casting coup by bringing together Deepika Padukone, his Cocktail leading lady, and Arjun Kapoor. The two will share screen space for the first time. Sources tell us that the film is based on a road trip and a major portion of it will be shot in India’s beach haven, Goa.
Ranveer Singh on the girls and the controversies that surround him
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 10, 2013)
Ranveer Singh is in a more than usual outspoken mood as he talks about the girls and films in his life as we ask him…
You are working with Sanjay Leela Bhansali so early in your career… He is a dream director. There are a number of stories of him being temperamental and a difficult director to work with and to a certain extent there is some truth to it. But it is not as bad as it is made out to be. He has mellowed with age. He has never ever shouted at me on the sets. He protects actors like a tiger would protect its cub.
But your fight with him over your beard was reported… It was a particularly tough day and there was stress. I trimmed my beard a little more than required and it was a mistake So it kind of led to some sort of stress.
You have landed in trouble because of your outspoken nature… I realise that I need to refrain from speaking from my heart at least10 per cent. If you are outspoken by nature it is difficult to sugar coat things but I have realised that I need to express my honest opinion within the confines of my house with friends I trust.
You have had your share of problems with Arjun (Kapoor) and Ranbir (Kapoor)… The newer generations of actors are all very cool. It makes for entertaining news to pit us against each other but there is no such thing. Everyone is too busy to worry about others and I share a close bond with Arjun. As far as Ranbir is More >
BOMBAY TIMES (May 10, 2013)
Debutante director Sonam Nair’s Gippi is about an endearing teenager, played by Riya Vij. Even as the public verdict is awaited, Gippi is already winning hearts in Bollywood.
RANBIR KAPOOR Gippi took me back to my schooldays. She’s so full of energy and joy, yet so innocent and shy. Riya told me that she loved Barfi and I told her that Gippi would do what Barfi did — make people smile and spread happiness. I also met Sonam after a long time. She was assisting Ayan Mukerji on Wake Up Sid. I can’t believe she’s directed a film already.
IMRAN KHAN We have never made a movie that is on the coming of age of a girl. I’m really glad that someone has had the courage to do it.
ARJUN KAPOOR I could relate to Gippi because I myself have been an overweight child. In fact, Gippi inspires every person who has been through a phase of self-doubt to leave it behind and triumph.
SIDHARTH MALHOTRA Gippi reminded me of a girl I knew in school. The film reminded me of all the awkward moments I had during my schooldays.
VARUN DHAWAN Anyone from the age of eight to 80 can watch Gippi. It’s a film that takes you back to the best times of your life. There’s a Gippi in each one of us. So it’s easy to relate to the film.
ADITYA ROY KAPUR The film is enjoyable; it has so many endearing moments.
Gippi, produced by Dharma Productions, releases today.
Sonali Joshi Pitale (MID-DAY; May 9, 2013)
Yesteryear actress-singer Salma Agha’s daughter Sasheh makes her debut in Aurangzeb opposite Arjun Kapoor. The newcomer who had grabbed headlines even before her debut for her alleged link-up with actor Ruslaan Mumtaz followed by a MMS scandal. Sasheh admits that even though she went through a crisis then, now it is behind her. Says Sasheh, “ We were shooting in a hotel in New Delhi. I had no issues wearing a bikini but since it was during winter, I was shivering. I can’t even sit in a strong air-conditioned room for long. So it was a bit difficult and I was actually wondering what I am doing here and why I have to do it.” Sasheh has also done some intimate scenes and a smooch sequence in the film. She says, “I was well aware about it. Director Atul Sabharwal told me well in advance and I was fine with it as it is the requirement of the script. I think when we actually shoot such scenes they are very technical and boring. Moreover my co-star Arjun Kapoor has been my friend even before I signed the film, therefore I was not so anxious.”
Reticent Arjun Kapoor opens up about missing his mother, his relationship with Sridevi and about his envy for Anil Kapoor…
Jigar Shah (MID-DAY; May 9, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor, currently taking baby steps into filmdom, is confidently gearing up for his second film after his debut in Ishaqzaade. In a candid chat with Hitlist, Arjun talks of matters close to his heart..
Your second film’s title, Aurangzeb, is a historical character’s name. How good (or bad) were you in history as a student? (Laughs) As a young boy, I was very good in history. My mother used to be really happy with that. But Aurangzeb is not a period film. I would to play a historical character from the contemporary Indian history, the political scenario of the ’ 70s, ’ 80s and ’ 90s.
In your debut film you were a solo hero but in your next, you have three other heroes — Prithviraj, Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff. Is there a fear of being one in the crowd? Competition kahan hoti hai? A film needs actors. We all are playing characters and all these actors bring credibility to the film. Seeing them as competition is a very small way of seeing things.
Did you feel extra comfortable with Rishi (Kapoor) and Jackie (Shroff) who have been friends of your family? There was no ice to be broken with them, I know them since I was a kid. I would touch Chintu uncle’s (Rishi Kapoor) feet. He would tell me ‘Tu Boney ka beta hai aur Ranbir ka dost.’ With Jaggu dada, I would go to their house for Tiger’s birthday, hang out with him More >
Arjun Kapoor tells us why he prefers to keep a low-key profile
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 8, 2013)
Arjun Kapoor is back from Ahmedabad after wrapping up the first schedule of Two States. He is impatient to see the first cut of Aurangzeb when we catch up with him at a suburban studio. Excerpts from the chat.
You are quite a star… (Interrupts) I am an actor, not a star. When you are a star you can’t venture out in public.
What really annoys you at a public place? I have seen this profession from very close quarters and I know there are small prices to pay. But when I am having a bad day or spending a private moment, I do wish I could tell people to give me some space. Also, I think it’s disrespectful to secretly click pictures of me. I prefer to come out and talk to people when I have work to talk about.
You play a double role in Aurangzeb. Is it a calculated risk? Hrithik played a double role in his debut film, Kaho Na Pyaar Hai. But there, the two characters didn’t share screen space, like my characters do in this one. Aditya Chopra finalised me for the film after watching the rushes of Ishaqzaade. And when a producer shows such faith in you, it bolsters your confidence. Risk or no risk, I just went for it with conviction.
You play the spoilt child of a rich father. Does it have any parallels to your life? I am the antithesis of my onscreen character. I never got swayed by my background. Had I been a spoilt child of a renowned producer, I wouldn’t have been More >