x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Shah Rukh Khan: awards still excite me

Plus, Anurag Basu has finally finished writing the script for his biopic on Kishore Kumar; Dhoom 3 is halfway to completion; Arbaaz Khan says his wife Malaika is his 'sounding board'.

Akshay Kumar, left, Shah Rukh Khan, centre, and the actress Kirron Kher at the Big Star Entertainment Awards in Mumbai on Sunday. AFP
Akshay Kumar, left, Shah Rukh Khan, centre, and the actress Kirron Kher at the Big Star Entertainment Awards in Mumbai on Sunday. AFP

Shah Rukh Khan: awards still excite me

Shah Rukh Khan picked up two gongs at the Big Star Entertainment Awards held in Mumbai on Sunday. The Bollywood superstar won the Entertainer of the Year award and shared the Best Romantic On-Screen Couple trophy with his co-star Katrina Kaif for their recent film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Yash Chopra’s final movie before he died. “No matter how many awards I receive, they still have the same effect on me, like they did when I was new in the industry,” said Khan. “I almost become like a kid in a candy store when I win something.” He also praised Kaif: “Katrina is a very hardworking girl and it was a pleasure working with her.” – IANS

Basu finished with Kishore Kumar script

The filmmaker Anurag Basu says he has finished writing the script for a biopic on the late singer-actor Kishore Kumar. The film will feature the actor Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role. Basu and Kapoor worked together earlier this year on the box-office hit Barfi!. “We are committed to the project and you’ll soon hear more details on when we are going to start shooting the film,” said Basu. “After Barfi!, I started on the script for this movie and now it’s complete. We will soon begin the next stage of preproduction.” – IANS

Abhishek Bachchan talks about Dhoom 3

The actor Abhishek Bachchan says that the third instalment of the Dhoom franchise, Dhoom 3: Back in Action, is already half finished. “The status of Dhoom 3 is that we are currently about 50 per cent done,” says the actor. “We have just returned from a marathon shooting schedule in the US.” Co-starring with Bachchan in the action thriller is the actress Katrina Kaif, who says she’s looking forward to a busy 2013: “After Dhoom, I will start a film with Hrithik Roshan in February. The movie is a mix of romance, drama and action. So it’s going to be a busy start to my year.” – IANS

Arbaaz: Malaika is my sounding board

The actor-turned-director Arbaaz Khan described his wife, the producer Malaika Arora Khan, as his “sounding board” while filming his latest movie Dabangg 2. “From the subject of the film to finalising the actors to where I will be shooting – I discuss everything with her,” he said in an interview. “I wouldn’t say she’s creatively involved in the films, because that’s not her job and that is not what I want her to do. But because she is my wife and not just a producer, I talk to her about everything and she listens and helps out whenever she can.” Dabangg 2, which is headlined by Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha and Prakash Raj, is an action film and will be released in cinemas across the UAE tomorrow. – IANS

Pariva Pranati to continue TV career

The actress Pariva Pranati says she has no plans to leave television for the sake of a Bollywood career. “In television I have done different types of shows and roles. TV offers me something different and I plan to continue doing it,” she said in an interview. The actress co-stars with Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji and Kareena Kapoor in the new thriller Talaash. On the small screen, she recently appeared in the Star Plus drama series Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum, which concluded its run last month. “I played the role of a wife who loses her husband – because of that my scenes demanded that I cry a lot. Television actors have to keep long hours and several intense scenes are shot in a single day, but I enjoy what I do and plan to continue doing it for a long time.” – IANS