Plus: John Abraham starts fitness franchise; Anushka Shetty to shed weight for film; Russian film wins top prize in Shanghai film fest.
Ranveer Singh would like to star in a biopic
His favourite genre is action, but Ranveer Singh says he’s ready to take up the challenge of doing a biopic. “I am looking forward to making a biopic. I think it would be very exciting to transform into a person whose life has been closely chronicled. As an actor, I feel I am up to it,” Singh said during a press conference for his movie Lootera, out in the UAE on July 4. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the romance drama also features -Sonakshi Sinha. – IANS
The actor John Abraham, who runs his own production house, said he has teamed up with the professional British boxer David Haye to start a fitness franchise in India that focuses on boxing. “The concept stemmed from Haye when we were having dinner together. He wanted to do something unique in India. And since boxing is his forte, I jumped at the idea,” Abraham, 40, told reporters. “It’s fair to say that I want to make the John Abraham brand bigger, and do something revolutionary as well as meaningful in this country as far as both fitness and films are concerned.” Abraham says he has plans to build businesses related to football and motoring. Asked by The Times of India if this would mean he’ll spend less time in Bollywood, the actor replied: “Acting is my core competency. I will never compromise on that. Just like my production house hasn’t taken anything away from my work, the fitness centres will also have the best expertise managing them.” – IANS
Anushka Shetty to shed weight for period drama
The southern Indian actress Anushka Shetty has apparently been asked to lose as much as 15 kilograms for her role in the forthcoming period drama Rudhramadevi, directed by the Telugu filmmaker Gunasekhar. Shetty will play the role of Rudhramadevi, a prominent queen of the Kakatiya dynasty. “In the next two months, she will stick to a strict weight regimen to perfect the look for the film,” said a production source. The film also features Rana Daggubati, Aditi Chengappa, Vikramjeet Virk and Prakash Raj. – IANS
Russian film wins top prize at Shanghai festival
The Russian movie The Major won the top prize at the 16th Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday. The film, which won the Golden Goblet for Best Feature Film, tells the story of a group of corrupt police officers attempting to cover up a hit-and-run case for their colleague. The jury said the film revealed a complicated Russian society, told in “a great Russian art and storytelling tradition”. The director Yuri Bykov also won awards for Best Director and Outstanding Artistic Achievement. The Jury Grand Prix went to the Swedish film Reliance, directed by William Olsson. The Hong Kong actor Nick Cheung won Best Actor for Unbeatable, while the 10-year-old Malaysian actor Crystal Lee made festival history by winning the Best Actress prize. About 1,665 films produced in 112 countries were screened during the nine-day festival. – IANS
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