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I’ve always got great roles: Parineeti Chopra

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New Delhi, May 10: National Award-winning actress Parineeti Chopra feels lucky that she has always landed “great roles” in Bollywood, as well as a chance to sing — because music is her “soul”.

“I started with ‘Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’ for which I won awards. Then I did ‘Ishaqzaade’ for which I won a National Award. I have always done roles which were amazing. By the grace of God, I have always got great roles,” Parineeti told IANS over phone from Mumbai.

Parineeti, who has received rave reviews for her debut single “Maana ke hum yaar nahin” from the forthcoming film “Meri Pyaari Bindu”, says singing is the most important thing in her life.

“Any person who knows me knows that singing is the most important thing in my life. Music is really my soul. That’s why ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ is a special film for me as I wanted my first song to be done well.”

“I wanted it to be a hit. That’s exactly what has happened. It’s a beautiful track. Everybody loves it. People talk about it wherever I go. I am very happy about it now,” she added.

Parineeti, also known for her roles in films like “Hasee tho Phasee”, is returning to the silver screen with “Meri Pyaari Bindu” after almost two years.

“I just took a break for nine months in 2015 and that was because I was making my house and working on my fitness. After nine months, I signed ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’ and started shooting it. So, by the time you finish shooting and the film releases, it takes one more year,” Parineeti said.

“I was getting a lot of work, but I just wanted to look better and feel better. I had to concentrate on my health, which I had neglected. Also, I wanted to make my house and give my heart and soul to it,” she added.

On choosing “Meri Pyaari Bindu”, the 28-year-old said: “It was really one of the sweetest films that I read. The moment I read the script I felt this was the character that I wanted to play. The film is full of nostalgia. It has a lot of old songs which are associated with various chapters in our lives.

“That’s something that I relate to even in my real life because I have songs for every event and person in my life. I connected a lot to the film, so I thought I should be a part of it.”

Talking about her and Ayushmann Khurrana’s chemistry in the film, Parineeti said: “Our chemistry is beautiful because of the real-life bond that we share. He is one of my closest friends right now. I have connected and bonded a lot with him off screen.

“Also, there is a lot of comfort with him. He is a very easy co-star and not a very demanding or difficult one. He is a very simple and honest guy. We both used to sing a lot on the set as we both have been born with a lot of musical influence. The shooting of the film has been very organic and beautiful for me.”

Meanwhile, Parineeti is also not worried about the clash between “Meri Pyaari Bindu” and Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Sarkar 3” at the box office on Friday.

“If the film is good, it will connect with the audience. A film becomes a hit when people love and enjoy it. If people will like ‘Meri Pyaari Bindu’, it will be a hit,” she concluded.

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Won’t discuss this issue, feel disgusted; says Big B on Kathua rape

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Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor was present at the song launch of his upcoming film 102 Not Out.

New Delhi, April 19: Few days after many Bollywood celebrities took to the streets to protest the Kathua and Unnao rape case, a hurt Amitabh Bachchan asked media not to rake up the issue and he feels “disgusted” even talking about it.

The 75-year-old actor — who is the face of the government’s “Beti Bachao-Beti Padao” campaign — was asked about the two rapes that have outraged the country.

“Mujhe uss vishay par charcha karne mein ghinn aati hai. So uss vishay ko uchhalo mat (I feel disgusted even talking about it. So, don’t rake up this issue). It’s terrible to even talk about it,” he told reporters.

Big B was speaking at the song launch of his upcoming film 102 Not Out.

On January 17, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

Earlier, joining the growing outrage, celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadha and many others posted messages on their social media demanding justice for the victim.

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Rishi Kapoor feels proud to work with Big B for 44 years

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Mumbai, April 19: Veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan will reunite on the big screen after 27 years, but the former doesn’t “feel the gap”.

Talking about his experience of working with Amitabh in the forthcoming film “102 Not Out”, Rishi told the media here on Thursday: “We worked in this film after 27 years but from the time we went on the set, we started rehearsing. We did not feel the gap between these years.”

“I feel proud to say that I have been working with him for the last 44 years. Our first film was ‘Kabhi Kabhie’ (1976) and the last time we worked together was in ‘Ajooba’ (1991).”

Together, they have delivered celebrated films like “Naseeb”, “Kabhi Kabhie”, “Amar Akbar Anthony” and “Coolie”.

Amitabh appreciates all his “102 Not Out” co-stars, including Jimit Trivedi.

“I believe if you are appreciating my performance, it is due to my co-artistes. If they don’t perform well enough for your reaction, then your reaction would go wrong,” said the megastar.

“So I would like to compliment Rishiji and Jimit for this film. Whenever you see (a movie), if you like it or don’t like it, it depends on their performance too. Our performances are the reflection of their performances,” he added.

The film’s team gathered here to promote its song “Badumbaaa”, which is composed and sung by Amitabh.

Not many films are made on senior citizens. Asked why there isn’t much representation of senior citizens in films, Amitabh, 75, said: “Senior citizens are very respectable people of our society. If they are not there, we are not there. Whenever we try to make a film on them, we treat them with dignity. I hope that through this film, we will be able to convey the message to our audience.”

Adding to that, Rishi said: “He (Amitabh) did films like ‘Piku’ and ‘Pink’. Yes, there are not many films made on senior citizens but there are not many Bachchans around, right?”

“102 Not Out”, directed by Umesh Shukla, will release on May 4.

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Rakesh Roshan to get lifetime achievement honour at Dadasaheb Phalke awards

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Mumbai, April 19: Veteran filmmaker Rakesh Roshan will be felicitated with a Lifetime Achievement honour at the Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards for his contribution as a producer, director, screenwriter, editor and actor in Hindi films.

Parul Sud, Vice President of Glocal Thinkers, the event’s organisers said: “It’s an honour to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Rakesh Roshan for his prodigious work to film industry. His recently produced movie ‘Kaabil’ is such an inspiration to the youth.”

He said the DadaSaheb Trust was the only award property which also celebrated and recognised technicians behind the scenes.

Ashfaque Khopekar, President of Dadasaheb Phalke Film foundation Awards, said: “We are planning to conduct a seminar and other social activities to promote and support Indian film culture.

“I am trying to provide more benefits like pension and medical facilities to our technicians, workers and artistes.”

The awards ceremony will take place on April 29 at Chitrakoot Ground here.

As an actor, he was mostly known for his supporting roles in big-budget films starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rajesh Khanna in the lead role. Later, he achieved fame for directing films with titles beginning with the letter “K” since 1987.

As a filmmaker, his most notable work includes- Khudgarz (1987), Khoon Bhari Maang (1988), Kishen Kanhaiya (1990), Karan Arjun (1995), Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai (2000), Mil Gaya (2003) and the superhero Krrish film series (2006—2013). Roshan won the Filmfare Award for Best Director for directing the films; Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai and Koi Mil Gaya.

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