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Kareena Kapoor: women’s role in Bollywood is changing

Plus: India's Supreme Court gives Sanjay Dutt a month; projects keep rolling in for Shraddha Kapoor; Manchu family to star together in movie; Dharmendra all praises for Akheeva.

Kareena Kapoor says the portrayal of women in Indian cinema is changing and film directors are creating more meaningful roles for them. AP
Kareena Kapoor says the portrayal of women in Indian cinema is changing and film directors are creating more meaningful roles for them. AP

Kareena Kapoor says the portrayal of women in Indian cinema is changing now that film directors are beginning to offer them roles that are more meaningful. Kapoor, 32, said: “Women’s roles are being written by new and young directors and they are showing that we are not just objects of desire,” she said. Kapoor was speaking on New Delhi Television channel on Monday after receiving its Entertainer of the Decade award. She has featured in more than 50 films since she joined the film industry in 2000. – AP

Vishal Bhardwaj and his wife Rekha are collaborating on an album

The filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj, who has been keen to collaborate musically with his singer wife Rekha for some time, says they are close to releasing an album. “We have been working together on an album for the past three to four years but because of my film commitments, it always gets behind,” Bhardwaj told reporters. “I think we will come out with the album within the next year.” Vishal said the collection of songs is based on the work of the Urdu poet Bashir Badr because “he has been our source of inspiration since we were children”.

Projects roll in for Shraddha Kapoor

The actress Shraddha Kapoor is keeping herself busy. In addition to the imminent release of her romantic musical Aashiqui 2, she has also begun shooting the film Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in Bangalore this week. Kapoor says she’s ever mindful of the responsibility that comes with working with leading production houses such as Hindujas Ventures, Yash Raj Films and Dharma Productions. “It is a big privilege and there are so many people who would do anything to get an opportunity like this,” she said. “The pressure comes and goes. It’s both nerve-racking and exciting.” – IANS

Manchu family to star together in movie

The brothers Manchu Vishnu and Manchu Manoj will produce and act in a Telugu epic drama that will also feature their father, Manchu Mohan Babu. “It will be a bombshell of an entertainer and will be the film to watch out for this year,” they said in a statement. “We promise it will be two hours of non-stop entertainment like never before.” Besides the Manchu family, the film will also feature the actors Hansika Motwani, Praneetha, Varun Sandesh and Tanish. The Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon will also play a prominent role. – IANS

Dharmendra all praises for Akheeva

The veteran actor Dharmendra has nothing but compliments for his latest co-star, the Australian model Kristina Akheeva, who is making her Bollywood debut in Yamla Pagla Deewana 2. “She is a very beautiful girl. We wanted such a girl. I thought that it would be great if the audience could fall in love with her at first sight. People will surely love her,” said the 77-year-old actor. The film, directed by Sangeeth Sivan and featuring Dharmendra’s sons, Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol, is scheduled for release in June. – IANS


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