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‘Peepli Live’ director Anusha Rizvi remembers Sitaram Panchal

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Mumbai, Aug 10: “Peepli Live” director Anusha Rizvi remembered actor Sitaram Panchal, who died on Thursday after a brave fight with cancer.

“I first met Sitaraman Panchal, or Situ Bhai as he was popularly known, when I was casting for ‘Peepli Live’. Unlike many other actors who would tell me that they are ‘one take’ actors and perform best only on the set, Situ bhai had no issues auditioning for the role of Bhai Thakur,” Anusha said.

“The character I felt was best represented by his opening line ‘Oh ho! Budhiyon babu aaiyen hain’. In this one line, I wanted condescension but also the confidence of a man so acutely aware of the power equation between the characters that he doesn’t need to be menacing in any way,” she said.

“Several fine actors auditioned for the role and somehow couldn’t strike a balance for me. Then came Situ Bhai. I along with my casting director Mahmood Farooqui went into the audition pretty low on expectations,” the filmmaker said.

“…’Bambayya actors hain’, we would say to each other. After the brief outline of the story and his role I asked Situ Bhai to perform his introductory scene which we were recording. I remember it vividly.”

Recalling the memories associated with Panchal, she said: “He was sitting on a sofa in Aamir Khan Productions and he just loosened his body a little. Then he delivered the most perfect Bhai Thakur I could imagine.”

“Farooqui himself as performer couldn’t stop himself and asked me not to call ‘cut’. What followed was a spectacular jamming of the craft of acting. It was breathtaking. I wish I could get my hands on that recording again. It’s one of the most accomplished performances in a long long while,” Anusha recalled.

“Needless to say I am deeply saddened. My condolences to the family and his friends. ‘Jaane wale Na palat kar aaye… din dhala, shaam gayi, raat hui’, wrote Nasir Kazmi.”

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Amitabh Bachchan clicking selfies with Ranbir , see photos

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Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan were seen clicking selfies on the streets of New York.

Brahmstra’ co-stars Amitabh Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor are currently shooting in New York  and Megastar took to his Twitter to share the pictures and wrote, “T 2874 – Out on a walk on the streets of NYC with THE Ranbir Kapoor .. selfies and all ..” While the men are here having fun, we wonder what Alia Bhatt was doing.

 

Amitabh Bachchan wore a white sweatshirt with black track pants, while Ranbir donned a blue-green jacket with blue denim. The actors wore similar looking white sneakers and finished the look with trendy sunglasses.

The stars are currently in New York to shoot for ‘Brahmastra’, first from the trilogy to be produced by none other than Karan Johar.

One can  get a glimpse of what is actually happening on the sets of the film. “Sitting under the branches of ISHY, no its not a pet name from the member unit, but the name of the coffee hot chocolate cookie by the road, sophisticated ‘dhaba’, en route to the studio for work, or impending work ..,” the photo caption read.

 

This is the first time that Bachchan and Kapoor will be sharing the screen space.

Directed by Ayan Mukerji, the movie also stars Alia Bhatt, Mouni Roy and Tollywood star Nagarjuna.
The flick will hit the big screens on August 15, 2019.

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Actor Siddharth Shukla arrested for rash driving

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Mumbai, July 22 : Actor Siddharth Shukla of Balika Vadhu was arrested on the charges of rash driving after he crashed his BMW X5 sports utility vehicle in Mumbai’s Oshiwara area on Saturday evening.

Shukla’s BMW X5 sports utility vehicle hit three cars before mounting the road divider around 6 pm.
37-year old was heading to his Evershine Complex residence when he lost control of his BMW car and hit an Innova.Due to the impact, the MUV went on to hit two more cars. Three people suffered minor injuries in the incident and the actor did not suffer any injury.

Shukla was taken into custody and sent for a medical examination.

The police have registered a case of rash driving.

He has also acted in the films Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Soorma.

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Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Manikarnika’ to clash with Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Super 30’

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Mumbai, July 21: Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan will clash again — this time at the box office. The actress’ “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi” has been locked for release on January 25, 2019, when Hrithik’s “Super 30” will also release.

The two actors were involved in a row which began after Kangana hinted at Hrithik being her “ex-boyfriend”. What followed was an exchange of legal complaints and mud-slinging.

Now their films are set to clash on the Republic Day 2019 weekend.

Zee Studios and producer Kamal Jain on Saturday announced the release date of their magnum opus “Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi”, in which Kangana will bring alive the “extraordinary tale of strength and valour that inspired Indians across generations”. The film is directed by Krish.

Hrithik’s “Super 30″, meanwhile”, will see him take on the role of real-life mathematics wizard Anand Kumar, who teaches 30 meritorious and talented candidates each year from economically backward sections for the entrance examination for the Indian Institute of Technology. The actor has been upbeat about playing a man from Bihar and flaunts a simpleton’s look for the movie.

Hrithik Roshan Super 30 look

The period drama ‘Manikarnika’ also features Atul Kulkarni as Tatya Tope, Sonu Sood as Sadashiv and Ankita Lokhande as Jhalkarbai.

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It is backed by Reliance Entertainment and Phantom Films and directed by Vikas Bahl.

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