Posts tagged Kangna Ranaut
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; May 16, 2013)
Tuesday night saw the cast and crew of Shootout at Wadala converge at a suburban venue for a bash thrown by Tusshar Kapoor, who played the perfect host in the absence of sister Ekta, who is currently pursuing a business course abroad.
Seen at the do were Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Sonu Sood, Kangna Ranaut and Sophie Choudry among others. Strangely though, John, who plays the pivotal role of Maanya Surve in the film, left soon after he arrived. Kangna’s presence came as a bit of a surprise considering there were reports she had been upset with the makers for promoting certain members of the cast more than the others. If she was feeling left out, she certainly didn’t show it. Or was it just a publicity stunt, we wonder!
A source present at the party told Mirror: “Tusshar more than made up for Ekta’s absence. He stood at the entrance, welcoming each guest. A huge crowd had gathered outside the venue to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars but there was no chaos.”
About the star guests, the source said: “John left very early though someone as senior as Anil stayed on for the longest time and interacted with everyone.”
Tusshar took care of the guests including organising a delectable spread for the guests, the source added.
Among the highlights of the evening was Sonu, who had recently undergone a leg surgery, appeared fully recovered. Funnily enough, the DJ kept playing ‘Manya Aala’ for hours after John had left the place. More >
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 16, 2013)
Who needs a reason to celebrate Mother’s Day? While several members of tinsel town were present along with their moms at an event to mark the day at Bandra fort, strangely Sonakshi Sinha gave it a miss.
Though the invite for the day distinctly mentioned Sona’s name among the celebrities gracing the occasion, the actress apparently refused to come out of her vanity van parked at the venue and left without meeting anyone.
And apparently it had something to do with the presence of another B-Town actress at the same party.
Our source says, “Sonakshi was not informed by the organisers that Kangna Ranaut would also be a part of the event. While she reached the venue on time with her mother Poonam, one of her staff members informed her that Kangna was also present at the event.”
Change of heart
Sona apparently was already looking irritated when she came in and lost her cool, even refusing to step out of the van in spite of the organisers pleading to her. She didn’t exit the van until the event was over.
Surprising, since Sonakshi is known to be extremely professional and people who have worked with her consider her as completely tantrum- free.” Industry insiders say that Sona’s no-show could have been because of the two actress’ close connections with Salman Khan.
The source explains, “While Sona and Kangs actually do not have any history, the bone of contention is Salman. While the actor gave Sonakshi her first Bollywood break, More >
Raj Kumar who essays slain lawyer Shahid Azmi was recently moved to tears
Shaheen Parkar (MID-DAY; May 13, 2013)
After garnering accolades for Kai Po Che, Raj Kumar Yadav is now pining hopes on his next film Shahid. The Hansal Mehta’s film, based on the life of the slain lawyer and human rights activist Shahid Azmi, has Raj Kumar essay the title role.
It was a proud moment for the trained actor from the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) when Shahid’s younger brother Khalid Azmi (who is an advocate himself) after watching the film told Hansal, “ This is exactly how Shahidbhai was.” Says Raj Kumar, “I am overwhelmed.I am very touched.”
Incidentally, Mehta won the Best Director award for Shahid at the 13th New York Indian Film Festival. The film, produced by Anurag Kashyap, has been on the festival circuit and had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“This is my proudest accomplishment so far,” says Raj Kumar who will next be seen in Vikas Bahl’s film Queen opposite Kangna Ranaut.
Shahid Azmi was popular for defending some of the 26/ 11 Mumbai attacks accused and he was shot dead in his Kurla office in February 2010.
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; May 7, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut was conspicious by her absence at the Shootout At Wadala success party at Ekta Kapoor’s Juhu home over the weekend. This is clearly a signal that all is not well between the actress and the producer. Kangs has been upset for being left out in the film’s publicity blitzkreig.
Says a source, “Kangna feels that despite being the only leading lady of the film, she was totally ignored. What annoyed her even more was that she was left out of the film’s posters too.”
The source adds, “Kangna is still clueless what prompted Ekta to sideline her. Perhaps it was her decision not to be part of an item song (Ala Re Ala) with co-star John Abraham and Sophie Chowdry. She felt it did not go well with her character, so she chose not to be a part of it”
Another source said, “Being a producer, Ekta might have had her reasons for wanting Kangna to do that particular item number. This seems like a case of misunderstanding.”
When contacted Ekta Kapoor said, “I didn’t do the invites. I was just a host and all this doesn’t matter, what matters is that the film has worked.”
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; May 6, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut, who plays Mumbai gang-lord Manya Surve’s love interest in Shootout At Wadala (SAW), seems to be the all-time-favourite moll of gangster films. After earning acclaim for her performances in Anurag Basu’s Gangster and Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai — she played a gangster’s girlfriend in both films — Kangna has scored a hat-trick with her latest portrayal in a similar genre, with critics and audience lauding her performance alike.
SAW director Sanjay Gupta especially chalked out the character of Vidya, Manya Surve’s love interest, after he learnt about her existence during his interaction with the police while researching on the subject.
Though her character was kept under wraps, Kangna ensured Vidya stood out with her portrayal and her on-screen chemistry with John Abraham. Bringing a certain tenderness to the raw machismo in the film, the actress essayed Vidya in a heart-wrenching, true-to-life manner that the National Award winner (Fashion) is known for.
All praise for his heroine, Gupta says, “Kangna is the tender soul of a very dangerous and violent world depicted in SAW. And it’s amazing how she has portrayed the character of Vidya minus any star trappings. She completely surrendered to the role and made it all her own.”
Besides being a powerhouse actress and eccentric style diva, Kangna is also among the most sought after leading ladies, proof of which lies in her line-up of films this More >
BOMBAY TIMES (April 28, 2013)
It’s not just about gun power. Ekta Kapoor’s Shootout At Wadala seems to have some hot scenes as well. Just check out Kangna Ranaut and John Abraham’s intimate onscreen moments and you will know what we are talking about.
BOMBAY TIMES (April 22, 2013)
While item numbers by Priyanka Chopra, Sunny Leone and Sophie Choudry have generated a lot of hype, the heroine of Shootout At Wadala, Kangna Ranaut, has been kept away from limelight. Ask why and director Sanjay Gupta, who is also producing the film in association with Ekta Kapoor, quips, “Haven’t you heard of saving the best for the last?”
Kangna plays Vidya, the love interest of Manya Surve (John Abraham). Though there’s no mention of Vidya in S Hussain Zaidi’s From Dongri To Dubai — some chapters of the book have inspired the movie — Sanjay learnt about her while interacting with the police as part of his research.
Says he, “The Police know about Vidya, and so do the residents of Mumbai’s Dadar and Agar Bazaar areas. Many believe that she betrayed Manya, leading to his encounter. No one knows what happened to her after Manya’s death.”
About casting Kangna, Sanjay explains, “Vidya’s role was originally written with Vidya Balan in mind; we needed a powerhouse actress to pull it off. But when it didn’t work out, we opted for Kangana, as she is also a fantastic actress. She has delivered a knockout performance.”
Interestingly, Kangna’s de-glam cotton-sari look has been styled on the lines of Shabana Azmi’s character in Arth.
Shootout At Wadala, produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and White Feather Films, releases May 3.
And is upset when told that the widow she plays must dance away her sorrow in a sexy dress
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 20, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut is looking for logic in the unlikeliest of places – in a guns ’n goonda Bollywood film. The actress, who has been in the news for reportedly dissociating herself from Shootout at Wadala, has been telling her friends that she is upset with director Sanjay Gupta making ‘unreasonable’ demands from her character in the film.
When Mirror probed into the matter, it emerged that the actress was expected to do a special song with John Abraham and Sophie Chaudhry in the film. While that did not at all sound like an ‘unreasonable demand’, a friend of the petite actress had to say this: “Kangna put her foot down on the song and dance number because she believed it was not in sync with her character in the film. She plays a Maharashtrian widow. The director wanted her to do a jig while reminiscing about her past. And that too in dare-bare outfits! Does that make any sense?” Her friend also alleges that this song was not part of the original script, and was thought up much later, to spice things up.
Reports suggest Kangna and Sanjay Gupta could never arrive at consensus over this song, prompting the former to stay away from all the promotional activities of the film so far.
While producers Balaji Motion Pictures declined to comment on the issue, a friend of Gupta called up to say: “Kangna is the heroine of the film and she should More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; April 16, 2013)
Recently Kangna Ranaut had to appear for a major test of her career. The actress had to match steps with 81-year-old lavani dancer, Gulab Bai. The dance sequence was for her upcoming film Rajjo helmed by Vishwas Patil, where Kangs is playing a nautch girl.
A source says, “Kangna was very nervous dancing alongside Gulab Bai. There is a scene in the film where both dance together. However, her efforts left the senior dancer quite impressed.” Says Patil, “Gulab Bai was the tamasha queen of yesteryear and Kangna has danced with her in the film. The senior dancer also entertained us by singing on the sets.”
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; April 15, 2013)
Kangna Ranaut, who was shooting in the Chambal Valley for her next film, Revolver Rani, almost had an encounter with the dacoits that the area is (in)famous for. The actress was returning to Gwalior with the film’s director, Sai Kabir, and the crew in a convoy of about four-five cars and a police van, when they were stopped by about 12-15 men armed with guns and knives, says our source.
We’re told that the dacoits wanted Kangna to pose for pictures with them and refused to let her car pass. However, Kabir managed to reason with them and succeeded.
Kabir says, “I have lived in that area for over 15 years. So, while I was expecting trouble, we managed to get out of it smoothly. The place is famous for guns and dacoits fire them without any reason. There was a little argument with the dacoits, but Kangna didn’t meet or shoot pictures with them. We had a police van for our security and in this area, even a constable has a machine gun.”
To avoid any further altercation with the dacoits, Kabir says he called his MLA friend Rakesh Chaudhary. “We waited for about half-an-hour at his place, before he and his security personnel escorted us to Gwalior,” recalls the director, adding, “We had strict instructions not to shoot after 5.30 pm and we would return to Gwalior daily. Even male actors would have reservations about shooting in Chambal, but Kangna didn’t have any apprehensions.”