After his success with Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, we hear that Shah Rukh Khan may be returning to his old (read, YRF) hunting grounds. The King Khan, it would seem, is in talks with director Maneesh Sharma (of Band Baaja Baaraat and Shuddh Desi Romance fame) to star in his next project for YRF.
“Shah Rukh is busy shooting for Happy New Year at the moment. Yes, he did have a meeting with Maneesh and has verbally committed to play the lead in his film. However, he is yet to sign on the dotted line,” said a source from the production house.
Known for being staunchly loyal to the YRF camp, SRK last worked with the production house in Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
In the meantime, YRF is looking at the possibility of roping in a top actress to star opposite the King Khan in Maneesh’s film. Since Deepika Padukone is already working with SRK in Happy New Year, the two names that are being considered are that of Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma. “Since both the actress have bulk dates to allot for the film, let’s see who bags the opportunity,” our source added.
Anushka Sharma tweeted a picture of hers with gun survivor Johnson Philem. (Photo: Twitter)
‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’ actress Anushka Sharma tweeted a picture of hers with gun survivor Johnson Philem. Johnson, who comes from Manipur, was victim of a cross fire that took place in his city.
Anushka Sharma tweeted the picture saying, “Introducing The Bravest , coolest , most spirited , positive ,inspirational, teacher … JOHNSON !”
Anushka was introduced to Johnson by ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ host and megastar Amitabh Bahchcan.
Anushka tweeted saying, “Thank you @SrBachchan for introducing me to Johnson through KBC. It really was one of the most cherished days of my life.”
The actress also confessed that for the first time felt good about being a star. She said, “For the first time I felt glad about being a star . That I could make him smile . So much goodness . Such strength.”
Johnson was shot in the back near his spine, he is now paralysed waist down. He has also been to KBC.
Anushka Sharma made special efforts to to meet her fan Johnson. Johnson had called Anushka on KBC and admitted his fondness for the actress. Anushka confirmed that tweeting, “He is the one who called me on #kbc and told me he likes my complexion hahahahha . Be good people.”
‘Kai Po Che’ actor Raj Kumar has cleared the air about recent casting controversy that he has been ousted from upcoming film ‘NH 10′ on the insistence of actress and co-producer Anushka Sharma.
The 25-year-old ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ actress is co-producing the action thriller about a road trip gone wrong with Phantom Films.
Raj Kumar, 29, says the decision to back off from the much-delayed project was mutual as he had already committed to another film and he has no issues with Anushka.
“I never signed ‘NH 10′ officially. I was supposed to do it. Then it got delayed. Then I moved on to other films like ‘Kai Po Che’ and ‘Shahid’. Then I started working on another film. I can’t do two films at the same time. I prefer doing one film at a time,” Raj Kumar told PTI in an interview on the sidelines of IFFI.
“So it was a mutual decision. I share a very good relation with the team. I think Anushka is also a very sensible girl. She is a really good actor and I don’t think she will do anything like that,” he added.
According to some reports, Anushka decided to replace Raj Kumar with actor Neil Bhoopalam, who is currently a part of Anil Kapoor’s ’24′.
Raj Kumar’s last three films – ‘Talaash’, ‘Kai Po Che’ and ‘Shahid’ have been hugely successful. In ‘Shahid’, directed by Hansal Mehta, the actor received rave reviews for his sensitive and accurate portrayal of lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai.
When asked if the success of the film has sunk in yet, Raj Kumar said, “Yes it has in a way. We have got a lot of great response. Everyone who has seen the film has loved it. I think it is a great feeling. But now its all over and I have moved on to another film¿ I have undertaken a new journey.”
After five years in the movie business, Anushka Sharma has experienced all that Bollywood has to offer and it has made her the woman she is today. The stunner has always been slim, yet Anushka decided to shed some more weight to get into a bikini for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. She credits it all to her intense workout sessions. The actor, who will soon wear the hat of a producer for the film NH10, where she also plays the lead, shared some savvy fitness tips:
■ I do weight training four times a week to tone my body.
■ Yoga is a recent addition to my workout, as it rejuvenates my mind, and gives my skin that inner glow.
■Sufficient rest is also important for the body.
■ I love the tender coconut water.
■ I avoid coffee, because it does not suit me.
■ I am lucky not to have a sweet tooth and thus can avoid sinful chocolates.
■ I prefer to be a vegetarian, and is a selective non-vegetarian.
■ Diet includes fruits, green leafy vegetables and 2-3 litres of water every day. I eat in moderate proportions.
Word of Advice:
■ Eating right and healthy is a very important part of my wellness routine.
■ You have to make time to exercise, if you don’t have the time to exercise make sure to eat healthy food that is rich in protein and carbs.
■ Be yourself. Don’t fret over having a body like a star.
As soon the news break happened around Anushka Sharma turning producer with NH10, it was also reported that she had ‘ousted’ Rajkumar Yadav from the film and instead roped in Neil Bhoopalam (who is playing the role of a Prime Minister in the making in Anil Kapoor’s ’24′).
However if sources close to the actress are to be believed, truth is something else as there is no one finalized for the part yet.
‘When there was no one signed yet on the film, where is the question of replacement come into picture. Moreover, there is nothing concrete about Rajkumar, Neil or anyone else for that matter. No decision has been taken yet,’ says the source.
Furthermore surprise factor came in when none other than Neil’s name popped up as a so-called ‘replacement’ of Rajkumar.
‘Rajkumar is a much better known actor in comparison,’ the source adds, ‘If there is someone bigger replacing him, it still makes for news. This one was a complete non-story and speculative at best.’
Still, considering the fact that Rajkumar is close to Phantom Films – who are producing the film along with Anushka – and have been associated with many of their outings, a development like this is being looked at with suspicion.
The source goes on to add, ‘Any producer would want the best for his or her film. Anushka too wants the same, considering this is her first film as a producer. However, she had definitely not bargained for rumours like this spreading within days of announcement being made around her wearing a new hat.’
As things stand today, decision on the male lead opposite Anushka is yet to be taken. On his part, Rajkumar Yadav has cleared the air by stating that he is not doing the film due to ‘date issues’. Hence Anushka has got a clean chit around the entire matter.
We tried contacting Anushka but she was unavailable for comment. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates.
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who is coming up with her first production ‘NH10′, is facing a tough time in finalising its lead actor. Since the movie is heroine-oriented, it is becoming a Herculean task to find an actor who is happy in a limited role. Hence, Anushka has reportedly asked Shiv Pandit, who was last seen as Akshay Kumar’s brother in ‘Boss’, to be a part of the film.
However, a DNA report suggests that the newbie has turned down Anushka’s offer. The report adds that while he was keen on working with both Anushka and Navdeep Singh, director of the film, he did not want to be a part of female-oriented film so early in his career. The actor is understandably looking for meaty roles in this stage of his career.
The movie, titled NH10, has been surrounded by controversy for quiet some time. Initially Freida Pinto was signed for the film as the lead actress. However, she walked out of it. Then Navdeep signed Anushka only after he agreed that he will let her co-produce it. Recently there were also reports that Anushka got Raj Kumar Yadav thrown out of the film as she felt he wasn’t popular enough.
Well Anushka sure is facing a hell lot of teething problems in her debut production.
Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who is now one of the youngest producers of the tinsel town, has decided to take matters in her own hands when it came to her debut production ‘NH 10′.
The actress reportedly decided to replace Rajkumar Yadav of ‘Shahid’ and ‘Kai Po Che’ fame with actor Neil Bhoopalam, who is currently a part of Anil Kapoor’s ’24′. for her film.
‘NH 10′ has already undergone quite a few of changes during the casting process of its female leads. From Freida Pinto to Sonam Kapoor, actresses have been walking in and out of the project and finally, Anushka took the lead of not only acting in the film but also producing it.
The film is an action thriller about a road trip gone wrong and is being co-produced by Phantom Films.
After her Yash Chopra outing in Jab Tak Hai last year and her quirky role in Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola early this year, the actress is now set to try her hands as a producer for her film, NH10. Anushka, who will also play the lead role in the film, is co-producing it with production house Phantom.
“I’m thrilled to get a chance to do this so early on in my career. And I couldn’t have found a better project than NH10 to kick-start this new phase in my film journey,” she says.
Having portrayed strong and realistic characters like Shruti Kakkar in Band Baaja Baaraat and Akira Rai in Jab Tak Hain Jaan, she says of her acting, “For me it’s very important that I give my all to the character I am playing, the essence of loving what you do and putting your heart and soul into it.” Her smart choice of roles has helped her establish herself as an actor. “For me the most exciting part about being an actor is ‘acting’. I’m not saying that I don’t enjoy everything else that comes with it but what gives me a real high is getting to play challenging characters and being able to pull it off.”
Anushka Sharma sprung onto the big screen quite out of the blue when she made her debut in 2008 with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and later went on to do films like Badmaash Company, Ladies v/s Ricky Bahl and Patiala House, besides Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Her future projects include Peekay and Bombay Velvet.
For the actress, this will be the first time that she will be teaming up with Aamir in Rajkumar Hirani’s Peekay, and says she is lucky to work with great directors so early in her career.
Talking about a degree of meticulousness, she says, “I don’t have any preconceived notions in my head and I guess it’s also because I don’t do too many films. And since I don’t show up in every other movie, it’s easier to make me look believable.”
For now it’s work all the way for the youngster. Keeping her busy right now is Anurag Kashyap’s period drama Bombay Velvet opposite Ranbir Kapoor where she plays a ‘60s jazz singer beside Peekay.
“I would love to play different roles with brilliant directors,” she chimes, much like any actress worth her salt.
Besides acting, the 25 year-old is also obsessed with moisturisers, which perfectly explains her being chosen as the face of Nivea Whitening Cell Repair Lotion. “In my house there is a moisturiser everywhere,” she says sheepishly.
Also known for her killer physique, Anushka’s fitness regime includes intense weight training for an hour a day, five days a week.
“Just as you can’t blindly follow fashion, you can’t follow fitness either. Don’t stress yourself out thinking, ‘I have to lose weight’, or look like Deepika or Priyanka or Anushka. Be yourself in whatever you do,” she concludes with her two cents worth.