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Amitabh Bachchan back from Cannes

Plus: Kavita Srinivasan keen on action films; Ranbir reunites with Anurag Basu; Pooja Kumar performs own stunts; Yeh Jawani fails to credit Kashmir.

Amitabh Bachchan says he's open to doing more Hollywood projects, but that his heart is in Bollywood. AFP
Amitabh Bachchan says he's open to doing more Hollywood projects, but that his heart is in Bollywood. AFP

After starring in The Great Gatsby, Amitabh Bachchan says he's open to doing more Hollywood projects, but that his heart is in Bollywood. Speaking to the Times of India after returning to Mumbai from the Cannes Film Festival, Bachchan said: "If there is an opportunity, then why not? But my main interest is here in India." Talking about the festival, he said: "Cannes is a lovely platform. The whole atmosphere of the city, the people, the organisation; it just lends itself to a very fantastic atmosphere. The amount of respect they give to the artists, makers, to films per se." - IANS

Kavita Srinivasan keen on action films

Having played an antagonist in her forthcoming Telugu film Kalicharan, the southern actress Kavita Srinivasan wants to try her hand at a new genre. "I don't want to restrict myself to certain roles, but I'm keen to do action roles," she said. "I would love to do some kick-boxing and would be more than happy to do roles that may involve some physical training." Srinivasan said her Telugu debut happened by chance and she has her sights set on Bollywood. "I don't want to discard any industry, but I want to concentrate on Hindi films," she said. - IANS

Ranbir reunites with Anurag Basu

After impressing audiences with his performance as the mute character Barfi in Anurag Basu's film of the same name, Ranbir Kapoor is set to play a detective in the director's next film, titled Jagga Jasoos. The 30-year-old star credits his success to his late screen-legend grandfather, who died 25 years ago. "I am standing here because of Raj Kapoor. He showed me the way," said Ranbir. "I hope he would be smiling at me watching me in the films that I am doing and he is proud of me." - IANS

Kashmir minister upset about Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani attribution

Omar Abdullah, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, is disappointed that shots in the new romantic comedy Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani were attributed to Manali while they were filmed in north Kashmir's Gulmarg. "It is irritating when we roll out the red carpet and facilitate the shoot only to have people believe it's Manali #YJHD," Abdullah posted on Twitter on Saturday. "If anyone has seen the movie, can you tell me whether they have at least mentioned the state in the credits #YJHD." The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. - IANS

Pooja Kumar performs own stunts

As a certified scuba diver, the actress Pooja Kumar performed her own underwater stunts in Kamal Haasan's forthcoming drama Vishwaroopam 2. Kumar plays Nirupama, a nuclear oncologist and wife of Haasan's character. The movie, which is currently being shot in Bangkok, is the sequel to Vishwaroopam, filmed predominantly in Afghanistan and the US, and which was released in January. Alongside Kumar, the new movie also features Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat and Shekhar Kapur. - IANS

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