x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Sharman Joshi thankful for film success

Plus: Richa Chadda dislikes Bollywood label, Sonu Sood says this is the time for action, and Sachin Parikh ready to move into movies.

Sharman Joshi, left, and Boman Irani. Suhaimi Abdullah / Getty Images
Sharman Joshi, left, and Boman Irani. Suhaimi Abdullah / Getty Images

The actor Sharman Joshi, whose latest film Ferrari Ki Sawaari opened to rave reviews last week, says he's humbled by the praise being showered upon the movie. "We're very thankful to audiences and critics for their love. We're very humbled by the affection. I'm feeling so happy," he said. "In Mumbai, in the whole country, it's earning a huge collection in every cinema." The drama-comedy, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by the first-timer Rajesh Mapuskar, also stars Boman Irani, who says he has nothing but praise for Joshi's acting talent. "He's a fantastic actor. It would be unfair if our directors don't take notice and use a talent like him. I feel good to have worked with an actor like him." * IANS

Richa Chadda dislikes Bollywood label

The Gangs of Wasseypur star Richa Chadda says she takes objection to the word Bollywood and would like to be labelled as a Hindi film actress. "I don't want to be called a Bollywood actress. I don't mean to challenge Bollywood - I love it. But I don't think we should derive a name just because there's Hollywood," she said. The young actress, who debuted in the 2008 comedy Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, clarified she's proud to be part of the film industry. "We are the only industry in the world that has the guts to go against Hollywood. If you go to Europe or Japan or China, their cinema is suffering. But us, we have the guts to make big-budget films. We're in a good place." * IANS

Sonu Sood talks action star role

As he headlines the two forthcoming crime-thrillers, Maximum and Shootout at Wadala, the actor Sonu Sood says this is the year for action films in Indian cinema. "I feel that this is the time to do action in Bollywood," said Sood, who portrays the role of a police officer in the Kabeer Kaushik-directed Maximum, out in India next week. Talking about his role, he said: "When you play a cop, it's a different feeling altogether because it's based on real characters. I have been waiting for a film like this. I don't know if this will be my best performance as an actor, but yes, this one of my most special films - it's very close to my heart." Maximum also stars Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia and Vinay Pathak. * IANS

Sachin Parikh to transition to films

The television actor Sachin Parikh, who plays the villain in the Indian soap opera Kuch Toh Log Kahenge (People Will Say Some Things) hopes to move to the big screen this year. "I don't want to do much of television anymore. There are talks of a movie, which I might sign," he said. "It will be a Hindi feature film. I can't say any more about it right now." Parikh says he enjoys playing antagonist roles as he finds them more challenging: "Most TV shows feature goody-goody roles, so a villain character is always a challenge for an actor. I enjoy it." * IANS