Irrfan shoots with kids for Ek Jindari in Hindi Medium

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Irrfan Khan with the kids

The Irrfan Khan starrer Hindi Medium has several impressive soundtracks and adding to the list is Ek Jindari, which which is the climax song of the film featuring Irrfan with 50 kids from the Katputli colony in Delhi. These kids are magicians, snake charmers, acrobats, singers, dancers, actors and musicians. They are also world’s largest community of street performers. Amongst these kids is a child prodigy drummer of India, Anshuman Nandi, who has won a National award at the age of 3. He will be seen playing drums in the song.

The song has been composed by Sachin-Jigar and marks the Bollywood singing debut of Tanishka (Sachin’s daughter). Well, it all happened when Irrfan heard her crooning to a stanza of the song and he was so mesmerised that the composers decided to make her sing the number. The makers realising that she fitted the age group of the kids they were shooting with, flew her to Delhi to be a part of the song and sing it for the live audience. The song will be out tomorrow.

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Shraddha promotes reading habit

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Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor is extremely fond of reading books across genres when she has some time on hand. Recently, the actress took to Twitter and posted a video of kids with books, giving out the message of developing the habit of reading. Shraddha came across this video through a friend of hers who had put it up.

When Shraddha saw it, she loved it and even agreed with the message it was giving out. She found it very inspiring. The actress felt that in today’s time the ability to read is considerably devalued. And so she wanted to take the opportunity and spread awareness on the same.

Shraddha says, “I am extremely fond of reading and feel like it’s a good habit to have. Wish I could make more time for it so I am working towards that. It has a lot of benefits. It helps develop the imagination, educates and informs you and helps develop you as a person. I urge kids and adults to try and make time to read!”

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AR Rahman forays into direction, launches poster of his film

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The poster

We know him as a composer who mesmerises us with his tunes and now Academy Award-winning ​composer AR Rahman has turned director with Le Musk – one of the world’s first Cinematic Virtual Reality Immersive narratives. Rahman has unveiled the first poster of his much-awaited VR movie today.​ The poster features the film’s female protagonist Nora Arnezeder. Shot in Rome, the film follows the journey of an orphaned child Juliet, full-time heiress and part-time musician, who grows up to be a Diva on a mission. All through, she has one constant companion – the lingering Muskan scent. However, her life takes a dramatic turn when she receives an anonymous message, which brings back ​her mysterious past.

Written,​ directed and with music by Rahman, the movie stars Nora, Guy Burnet,​ Munirih Jahanpour and Mariam Zohrabyan ​in the lead. The prelude of the film was showcased at the ‘NAB’, Las Vegas, as part of the Intel-Keynote on April 24.

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Athiya and Ileana turn pals on Mubarakan sets

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(From left): Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty

Anees Bazmee’s Mubarakan has an interesting ensemble cast and is all set to witness a lot of firsts. For the very first time, the uncle-nephew jodi, Anil Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor have come together for a film. Arjun will be playing the role of a Sikh for the first time and has put in immense hard work to get into the skin of the character. Arjun has been paired opposite Ileana D’Cruz and Athiya Shetty for the first time. During the entire shoot of Mubarakan, Ileana and Athiya turned best pals.

The whole unit of the film was like one big happy family shooting in England. But the strongest bond of all seems to be between Ileana and Athiya. They hit it off when they shot together in Mumbai for Mubarakan. In London, they were inseparable.

On their off days, the two girls spent all the time with each other, exploring London to the core. From shopping together to eating out together to watching films together, they have become the best of pals.

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Divya starts shooting for Raita

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Divya Dutta

Actress Divya Dutta has begun shooting for her film Raita with director Abhinay Deo. She will be seen collaborating with Irrfan Khan and is really excited about this film. Divya says she is really fortunate enough to work with Nawazuddin Siddiqui and now Irrfan.

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Farhan looks back in time on his visit to Dehradun

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Farhan Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar recently visited the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, where he got nostalgic remembering the happy memories from his critically acclaimed film Lakshya. The actor-director recollected memories of him working on the Hrithik Roshan-starrer. Farhan had visited Dehradun for a live show with his band members, when he requested the IMA if he can visit the place again to which the administration happily obliged. He had visited the academy to research and understand its mode of working as parts of the film centered on Hrithik’s military training.

It has been 13 long years since Farhan visited the IMA, but then too he recalled several incidents and anecdotes while shooting at the base. Some shots from the movie had real army officers, so while shooting at IMA Farhan had also got to know some officers and young recruits. IMA really is a special place for Farhan as the actor has a lot of  memories from the place.

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Harshvardhan slogs it out for new film

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Harshvardhan Kapoor

Harshvardhan Kapoor who will next be seen in Vikramaditya Motwane’s Bhavesh Joshi, has three distinct looks in the film – a skinny college-geek, a middle-aged-bald man and a muscular vigilante and went all out to transform into each of his drastically different looks. The actor first dropped over 6 kg through intense cardio last year to play the college boy and then sported a fake paunch and a bald patch for his middle-aged avatar.

To look the part of the muscular vigilante, Harsh trained in martial arts with MMA fighter Andrew Neal, for specific sequences that include hand-to-hand comba and mixed martial arts action scenes. The young star even met with an injury while shooting last week, but continued training, hitting the gym even after 14-hour shifts.

Says Harsh, “Even after long shifts, I hit the gym as I have to try and hold on to as much muscle as possible while filming intense action scenes. I hurt my head and I cut my arms badly in two places while trying a jump, but it’s fine. It’s all part of acting.”​

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