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Parineeti Chopra shoots from the hips when we quiz her about sex appeal, Maneesh Sharma and the perks of being an actress
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 26, 2013)
Parineeti Chopra was shooting at Film City for Hasee Toh Phasee with Sidharth Malhotra when Mirror caught up with her. With a special mention for her performance in Ishaqzaade at the 60th National Awards and a slew of rather interesting films on the anvil, she is never at a loss for words, even when we try to catch her off guard with the tricky questions. Excerpts from the conversation:
There was a time when you disliked actors and acting, isn’t it? (Laughs) Yes, I used to think that the profession was an excuse to wear too much makeup, travel far and wide, and make quick money. Let me be more candid. I thought actors were successful for no reason. And everyone at YRF would tell me what a big dramebaaz I was.
If we are not wrong, even Anushka Sharma used to address you the same way… Yes. Even Rani Mukerji used to tell me the same thing. (Pauses) Slowly I realised acting was no cakewalk. And I started nursing a strong desire to make a splash in Bollywood.
And your second film Ishaqzaade got you a speacial mention at the 60th National Awards… I am very excited at the thought of receiving this honour from the President of India. I will never forget that day when I started receiving a flurry of messages congratulating me for the same. But I couldn’t believe it until Karan Johar and my sister sent me a More >
Asira Tarannum (MID-DAY; February 6, 2013)
Ever since buzz about Maneesh Sharma’s hush-hush romance with Parineeti Chopra has been doing the rounds, word is that the director is extremely upset. So much so that he has apparently been venting his ire on his hapless unit members.
Also rumours about his tiff with Ranveer Singh is apparently playing on his mind.
A source from the sets of his next film says, “Maneesh comes and leaves at his own sweet time. He thinks it’s alright if he arrives late. But if someone else is behind schedule, he loses it completely. He is very irritated these days. And if he spots any news story about him and Parineeti, we’ve had it!” A source close to Parineeti says, “Post Ishaqzaade Parineeti got a lot of offers but she deliberately didn’t sign any, as she was keen to work with Maneesh alone. They may deny all the rumours, but the truth is that they are going strong and steady.” The source from the sets adds, “All the controversy around him and the buzz that he stole credit from writer of Ladies vs Ricky Bahl Habib Faisal has taken a toll on him.”
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; January 23, 2013)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who is not usually seen at social gatherings, was recently spotted at the birthday bash of Sushant Singh Rajput at a suburban restaurant, raising speculations of an upcoming project between the two. It was a surprise party planned for the Kai Po Che star by his long-time girlfriend Ankita Lokhande of Pavitra Rishta fame and the guest list included a select few including friends from the television fraternity and directors of Sushant’s upcoming movies, Abhishek Kapoor and Maneesh Sharma.
A source told Mumbai Mirror: “Sushant wanted to spend his birthday with his girlfriend. But Ankita had already chalked out all the plans, keeping Sushant in the dark.”
However, the highlight of the party was Sanjay Leela Bhansali. “Sushant was in for a pleasant surprise when Sanjay Leela Bhansali, who rarely steps out, except for his trips to music studios and sets, showed up at the party. Sushant was delighted. He thanked him for gracing the occasion. Sushant also hugged and thanked Abhishek and Maneesh for giving him such crucial breaks in industry,” the source said.
The actor’s Kai Po Che is up for release and he is currently juggling work between Rajkumar Hirani’s PK and YRF’s yet-to-be-named film directed by Maneesh Sharma.
Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 20, 2013)
Sushant Singh Rajput, 27, was clear he wanted to be a star even though he ranked seventh in the All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE). Seven years after dropping out of Delhi College of Engineering, he has bagged leading roles in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che, Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. and Maneesh Sharma’s next. He opens up to Bombay Times about his first dancing partner Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, his mentor Shiamak Davar and his girlfriend Ankita Lokhande. Excerpts:
Let’s talk about your childhood. I was born in Patna where my father worked for the government as an engineer. I was most attached to my mom, who I lost during my 12th standard. She called me the night before she died and started crying and asked me to take care of myself. That night she had a brain hemorrhage and died. I was never close to my dad, as my mother was such a cushion. She used to always be worried about me, but never saw my success. She had a son who had died at the age of four after which she had four daughters and then me. So, I was totally pampered and spoilt. There was a vacuum in my life after her as she was the only one with whom I would discuss everything. After school, I joined Delhi College of Engineering, ranked seventh in the AIEEE and was the national Olympiad winner in Physics. I cleared 11 national engineering exams, including the Indian School of Mines at Dhanbad, but wanted to stay in Delhi for Barry John’s theatre and Shiamak More >
Or is someone conspiring to paint him in bad light?
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; January 17, 2013)
Looks like Ranveer Singh has been attracting a lot of negative publicity lately. Not only is he reported to have a series of cold wars with his industry colleagues, the actor apparently has also been trying “too hard” to impress girls at a Bandra club. One can only wonder why Ranveer is so keen to rub people the wrong way. There is no escaping the fact that the actor has been consistently making headlines with his bizarre antics. A dekko:
Hair today, gone tomorrow
For his upcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali film, Ram Leela, Ranveer was specifically asked to keep a beard. But when Ranveer walked onto the sets with a clean- shaven look, it was enough to earn SLB’s ire. Apparently a huge fight followed and crewmembers had to resolve the issue by suggesting prosthetics.
The big shatru?
After Ranveer paid some rather cosy compliments to Sonakshi by saying, “I would like to date Sonakshi, she is the perfect Indian beauty”, Shatrughan Sinha was apparently infuriated by the actor. While the actors shot in Kolkata, Shatru summoned Sona back to Mumbai.
Get, set, go
There was simmering tension on the sets between Ranveer and his co-star Arjun Kapoor, both lead actors of Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gunday. Apparently while shooting there was constant struggle over oneupmanship between the two. Industry insiders say ever since Ranveer’s alleged ex Anushka Sharma was linked to Arjun, he took an instant More >
What went wrong with the actor who had everything going for him? Mirror investigates
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 24, 2012)
Shahid Kapoor, who began as a background dancer in Taal, has had his share of both controversies and accolades. Good looking and talented, Pankaj Kapur and Neelima Azim’s son could have easily consolidated his position on the top of the pile after Vivah, Jab We Met and Kaminey. But quite inexplicably, 31-year-old actor has been throwing it all away, as if willingly stepping aside for the younger actors to surge ahead.
Hailed by critics as an actor who leaves an ‘indelible impression’ on the audience, Shahid has earned the reputation of being ‘arrogant’ and ‘difficult’ with a string of career decisions that have baffled even his staunchest critics, and ticked off some of his closest allies. Not to mention the half-a-dozen flops since Kaminey.
There are whispers of Shahid’s ‘unprofessionalism’. Filmmakers who approach him with new projects, complain that he likes to keep them on tenterhooks.
Apparently, Shahid made Balaji Motion Pictures wait for two months before telling them that he was not interested in playing Chhota Rajan’s character in the sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai. Imran Khan moved in for the kill. Shahid also lost out to Hrithik Roshan for Siddharth Anand’s remake of Tom Cruise-starrer Knight & Day.
A source close to Shahid’s former best friend Ken Ghosh, who made Ishq Vishk, Fida and Chance Pe Dance with him, adds: More >
Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 24, 2012)
Mirror caught up with Shahid Kapoor in Mysore, where he is shooting for Rajkumar Santoshi’s Phata Poster Nikla Hero. Excerpts from the interview in which we grilled him on the controversies dogging him:
Did you lose out on the YRF film because you turned up for a puja in a pair of shorts? Do you really think YRF films get cancelled because of shorts? Have I not attended enough pujas in my life to know what not to wear? I waited eight months for Maneesh Sharma’s film after committing to it. First it was inclement weather. Then, Maneesh had a slip disc. And finally, I was told he needed time to finalise the script. Imagine an actor wasting eight months of his life for a film. Post Mausam, I was offered 18 films. The fate of Mausam at the BO was a personal injury.
Did you also refuse to attend reading sessions and rehearsals? Ridiculous. Why will I wait for eight months and not follow my director’s vision?
They say ‘Shahid is fickle minded’. You refused Punit Malhotra’s film because you wanted changes. You were also replaced in Milan Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Again. I am not fickle minded. I had never committed to both the films. I would love to work with Milan, but the film never reached the narration stage. Karan and I have been in talks, but nothing has materialised.
Do you think you made some blunders? Some of my films didn’t do well. Obviously those choices were not correct. But I don’t fear failures anymore. More >
The newcomer has been signed by YRF head honcho Aditya Chopra opposite Sushant Singh Rajput
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 18, 2012)
Try as they might to keep it under wraps, Yash Raj Films’ big secret is out. Having launched talents like Anushka Sharma and Parineeti Chopra in the last five years, the banner’s next untitled film being directed by Maneesh Sharma will serve as launch-pad for a fresh new face: model Vaani Kapoor. Vaani, who has done campaigns for both national and international brands, will star opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in the film produced by Aditya Chopra.
Just how Vaani landed such a plum project is a story in itself. Apparently, she walked into Aditya’s office with her portfolio, asking for a film. Taken in with her ‘direct’ approach, Adi, who was on the lookout for a new girl to be cast opposite Sushant, offered her the role, subject to Maneesh’s approval.
When Maneesh screen-tested Vaani with Sushant, “He saw the same chemistry between them that he had seen between Anushka and Ranveer Singh in Band Baaja Baraat. Although Vaani and Sushant had never met,” a source close to the project revealed.
YRF has signed Vaani for a three-film deal and placed her under a no-media, no-public appearance contract. In a bid to keep her identity and look a secret, she was furtively flown into Jaipur for the first schedule of Maneesh’s film. What’s more, she was introduced to the unit not by her real name but by her reel name.
What about the film’s other More >
He will star with youngsters again after SOTY, Aurangzeb
Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 17, 2012)
Maneesh Sharma’s next with YRF will see Rishi Kapoor in a pivotal role. This will be the actor’s second under production with Yash Raj Films after Aurangzeb.
According to a source close to the project, this is part of a well thought-out strategy to cast Rishi aka Chintuji in a strong supporting role opposite talented newcomers in the lead. Aditya Chopra intends to launch at least eight newcomers next year.
“The company also wants to substantiate its talent resources at a basic level,” the source said. Apparently, the hunt for new talent is in full swing at YRF. “Maneesh’s film has two heroines. A new girl is being launched alongside Parineeti Chopra and she has an equally strong role,” said the source. While Aditya, Maneesh and Yash Raj’s casting director Shanoo Sharma have been auditioning many girls for the part, no one has been finalised yet.
“You can expect the new girl in Maneesh’s film to be a patakha. Parineeti, who has so far played fire brand characters will be cast against her image in the film while the other girl will be a more spirited and sassy kind of girl,” said the source.
Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 10, 2012)
Parineeti has got herself a hero albeit for the camera. After dropping Shahid Kapoor from his next with Yash Raj Films, Maneesh Sharma has finalised his male lead. Apparently, after a lot of thinking, the makers have decided to go with a young and fresh talent, namely Sushant Singh Rajput.
A source told Mirror, “After the Shahid controversy, Maneesh didn’t waste any time. He started brainstorming on various actors’ names and eventually decided to go with a relatively new face. Someone recommended Sushant’s name and he asked his team to arrange the meeting.”
Sushant who has wrapped up the shoot of Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che and has also signed Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K, remained unavailable for comment.
Parineeti had been finalised as one of the two leading ladies in Maneesh Sharma’s next with Yash Raj Films months back. “The other girl is most likely going to be a new face too. The film will go on floors by the end of this year,” said a source close to the project.