Truly, wonders never cease. Actor-filmmaker Nandita Das has cast Kapil Sharma to play a food delivery rider in her next movie, which also stars Shahana Goswami as his wife. On her choice of the lead actor, Das, who is also producing the film, with Applause Entertainment, says, “One day, Kapil Sharma popped up on my screen! I hadn’t seen his show, but I could see him wholly representing the ‘common man’, despite not being one anymore! I am certain he will surprise everyone, including himself, with his natural candidness.” On his part, Kapil beams, “I am very excited because I’m doing Nandita Das’s film, whom I have seen both as an actor and a director. My job as an actor is to just do what she tells me. Her work is very different from mine, and I am happy that the audience will get to see a new side of me.” Shooting for the film, set in Bhubhaneshwar, Orissa, starts later this month.
In the loving memory of Rajiv Kapoor
In the memory of Rajiv Kapoor, who passed away on February 9 last year, Ashutosh Gowariker and Bhushan Kumar hosted a special screening of his film Toolsidas Junior on Thursday evening for the Kapoor clan. Ranbir Kapoor, Neetu Kapoor, Rima Jain, Randhir Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Armaan Jain, Anissa Malhotra Jain and Aadar Jain attended. Also present were Sanjay and Maheep Kapoor. Later, Ranbir was seen talking to Ashutosh about his uncle and Sanjay, too, spoke about how he missed the late actor. Toolsidas Junior is an inspiring sports drama written and directed by Mridul.
Shilpa mourns pet’s death
Shilpa Shetty Kundra’s pet beagle, Princess, died on Thursday, leaving her heartbroken. Sharing a video, Shilpa wrote, “My first baby… my Princess Shetty Kundra has crossed the rainbow bridge… Thank you for coming into our lives and giving us some of our best memories for over 12 years. You’ve taken a piece of my heart with you… nothing will ever fill the void you’ve left behind. Mumma, Papa, Viaan-Raj, and Samisha will miss you. Rest in peace, my darling Princeeeee (sic).”
Real estate shopping
Kajol. Pic/Yogen Shah
After Ajay Devgn bought a new bungalow last year, it is actor-wife Kajol’s turn to shop real estate this year. The Tribhanga actor has bought two flats on the 10th floor of Ananya building in Juhu. The combined area of her new purchase is over 2000 sq ft, costing approximate Rs 12 crore. Sources indicate that Kajol is likely to rent out her new houses, like her other place in Powai, which she leased out last year, for a monthly rent of Rs 90,000.
Thrilled to work with SK
Ankur Bhatia, who earned praise for his performance in Aarya Season 2, is thrilled to begin work on his next, Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bloody Daddy. The action flick stars Shahid Kapoor and Bhatia, who plays a character named Vicky, enthuses, “Being a part of such a film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar is also an honour. The character I play is very interesting and it’s great to share the frame with gifted actors.”
Aim it like Basanti
Dharmendra, who is the special guest on India’s Got Talent this weekend, will also be revisiting one of his cult classics, Sholay, for the episode. Apart from the top 14 contestants performing to his chartbusters, the veteran actor will be recreating a scene from the Ramesh Sippy directorial venture, with Kirron Kher stepping into Hema Malini’s shoes. We hear Dharamji and Kirron will enact the scene in which Veeru teaches Basanti how to aim and shoot with a gun. Additionally, the special episode will also pay a tribute to music legend Bappi Lahiri, who passed away on Tuesday.
Rukhsar goes grey for her next
Rukhsar Dhillon, who made her Bollywood debut in Bhangra Paa Le opposite Vicky Kaushal’s brother, Sunny Kaushal, is excited about her next venture, Jugaadistan. Juggling between her projects in South and in Mumbai, the actor plays a character that starts black and later turns grey in Akarsh Khurana’s edgy drama set in a college campus. We hear that during the course of the narrative, Dhillon’s character realises that the only way to achieve her goals is by resorting to unfair means.
Sling no bar
It looks like Janhvi Kapoor, who’s also a fitness enthusiast, is in no mood to take a break from her gym. Never mind if she’s injured a ligament in her right arm and has been sporting a sling in the last few days. We hear the Dhadak actor goes about her exercise regime as usual while ensuring that she doesn’t use her right arm, lest it slow the recovery pace.