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    Leading from the front

    Anushka Sharma is one busy girl. No sooner did she wrap up the shoot for Sultan—the sports drama starring Salman Khan—earlier this month, than she dove in head first into her next production, Phillauri. The actress-producer is currently in Patiala shooting for the romantic drama, which also stars Punjabi musician-actor Diljit Dosanjh and model-turned-actress Mehreen Pirzada. Meanwhile, Sharma has been tweeting about how excited she is by the response to the trailers of Sultan, where she will be seen in the role of a wrestler. And if we go by her Instagram posts, the film’s shoot included lazy rambles in the fields of Punjab and even a spot of tomato picking. On a separate note, speculations are rife whether the actress has mended fences with current IPL sensation, Virat Kohli. Recently, a photo of the duo with a fan surfaced on the Internet, along with reports of her visiting the cricketer from time to time. They caught up before an IPL match in Bengaluru and were even spotted dining at a restaurant. She sure knows how to rock the work-life balance.


    The wait is over Anu Menon

    London-based director, Anu Menon, made her debut with romantic-comedy, London Paris New York, in 2012. She was also one of the featured directors in X: Past is Present, a collaborative film made by 11 directors. Her second full length feature film, Waiting—which had its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival last year—releases in India today. Shot almost entirely on location in Kerala, Waiting stars Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin as two characters that meet in a hospital while their respective partners lie in comas. Menon has said the script is “based on a personal experience”. She takes on a tricky subject, but approaches it with a light touch, which works all the more thanks to the solid lead actors. Menon said she wrote the part with Kalki in mind, but it took her a while to get Shah on board. Rajat Kapoor stars as the doctor, Arjun Mathur as the husband in a coma, and Suhasini Maniratnam plays Shah’s ailing wife in this moving story.

    karan-joharBirthday with besties
    He did it last year and repeated it again this year.Bollywood’s darling director-producer Karan Johar was joined by nearest and dearest in London to celebrate his birthday on May 25. London has long been Johar’s second home and it helps that besties Shweta Bachchan Nanda and Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan happened to already be there for the high school graduation of their respective children. The party was extended to include more of KJo’s inner coterie, including Kareena and Saif Ali Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, who’ve been shooting in Morocco.

    SidharthReinvention specialist
    However else one might describe Sidharth Malhotra, one cannot argue that the model-turned-actor has been making unpredictable choices. After a dream debut in Student of the Year, he surprised all by signing films like Hasee Toh Phasee and Ek Villain, followed by Brothers and then Kapoor and Sons. Brothers gave Malhotra his first taste of failure. The 31-year-old has just finished shooting Baar Baar Dekho with Katrina Kaif and is currently shooting for a film with Jacqueline Fernandez. In a recent interview, he said that his game plan is to reinvent himself every couple of years. “I try and give something new and exciting with every second film. I will give them a new story every time and try out new characters, and choose different genres,” he said. Going ahead, this means romantic comedy to action to murder mystery to dysfunctional love story, with Malhotra hotly tipped for the remake of Ittefaq, being produced by Shah Rukh Khan, and Aashiqui 3.

    -Udita Jhunjhunwala

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