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Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan celebrate with children

Plus: Johar calls new film a game-changer; Gunday wraps first shoot in Mumbai; Bhatt wants roles that suit her age

The actor Ranbir Kapoor, centre, with children at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. AFP
The actor Ranbir Kapoor, centre, with children at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai. AFP

Ranbir and Varun celebrate with children

The Bollywood filmmaker Anurag Basu and the actors Ranbir Kapoor and Varun Dhawan celebrated Christmas in the children's cancer ward of a Mumbai hospital. Kapoor says he had fun at the event at the Tata Memorial Hospital. "This is my first time here. It is a great initiative. There is nothing better than making children smile. Smile is the most important thing," said Kapoor. The Tata Memorial Hospital organised Hope 2012, a Christmas celebration for children battling cancer. Kapoor, who played a deaf and mute boy in Basu's recent blockbuster hit Barfi!, also danced with the children to the tune of the film's lively songs. - IANS

Johar calls new film a game-changer

The filmmaker Karan Johar, who is making a movie based on the popular book Immortals of Meluha, believes the big-screen adaptation will prove to be "the greatest challenge" he has ever faced. Amish Tripathi's book narrates the story of Shiva, a Tibetan refugee who is taken to Meluha because the king of the land believes in the legend that an outsider will be their saviour. "For me, it is not just another film. I would say it would be a game-changer for Dharma Productions," said Johar at the launch of the third book in the Meluha trilogy, Oath of the Vayuputras, expected to hit bookshops in March. - IANS

At 40, Bhatt wants roles that suit her age

Pooja Bhatt is considering returning to the big screen after a decade - as long as she gets to act her age. Bhatt first turned producer with the film Tamanna in 1998. Later, she took up film direction with the 2003 project Paap. "I would like to act my age. I am proud to be 40 because I have survived until 40 with my soul intact," she told reporters. "If somebody can accommodate my girth and my mirth in a roll, then I am your woman. I am not going to go historical, go under the knife and starve myself for three months because of a role - no chance." - IANS

Gunday wraps first shoot in Mumbai

The director Ali Abbas Zafar is getting ready for the second phase of filming in January of his latest project Gunday. The movie deals with Kolkata's black market mafia of the 1970s. It is headlined by the stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. "It is set on the outskirts of Mumbai," said Zafar. "There is going to be a lot of action in the second shooting schedule." The first phase of shooting took place at Chandivali Studio in Mumbai. According to Zafar, during the filming of a song number for the movie, Singh injured himself, suffering a small gash on the cheek which required a few stitches. He has fully recovered from the incident, said the director. - IANS