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Soha Ali Khan prefers character-driven roles

Plus, Vivek Agnihotri shoots electro-classical rok song; Saroj Khan fine despite rumours of ill health and Ayushmann Khurana's employee found dead.

Soha Ali Khan says she doesn't believe in Bollywood's
Soha Ali Khan says she doesn't believe in Bollywood's "hero-heroine dynamics". AFP

The Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan, 34, doesn't believe in the "hero-heroine dynamics" of Bollywood, and prefers a character-driven role in a movie, even if she doesn't get to play the protagonist's role. "I don't think about hero or heroine. I look for character-driven scripts. I find the words hero or heroine very absurd. We all play characters," said Soha. "When I did my first film Dil Maange More, I chose the character of a girl who chooses her career over the boy. But then everyone was like: 'You are not the heroine of the film! She has to get the hero.' But I felt the other role was more interesting," Soha said. - IANS

Electro-classical rock song for Freedom film

The filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri has shot an electro-classical rock song, a heady mix of classical tunes with rock sounds, for his film Freedom. "We have recently shot for a song. It is an electro-classical rock song composed by Rahul Sharma," he said. "The song is choreographed by Salman Yusuff Khan. This song will be played throughout the film and it is very different. Classical rock has come up very well." Agnihotri says it has become tough to shoot outdoors with Salman ever since ABCD: Any Body Can Dance hit the screens. "So far it was going good, but soon after the release of ABCD, it has become impossible to shoot with Salman on outdoor locations. Huge crowds gather to see him. He is the new shining star of our industry," said Agnihotri. - IANS

Saroj Khan says she's fine

Contrary to rumours of ill health, the choreographer Saroj Khan says she is doing fine and looking forward to doing some challenging work. There were reports that Saroj Khan is "critically ill" and hospitalised, which Khan dismissed as someone "spreading rumours". "I am doing fine and I don't know why my well-wishers so badly want me to be unwell. Allah na kare mein beemaar padoon [God forbid that I fall ill]," she said. "Nowadays there's a huge demand for sensationalism in the media. Putting a well-known entertainer on a hospital bed makes instant news. But I am sorry, I am not obliging the sensation-mongers by falling ill," she added. Khan will be choreographing an item song for Ram Leela. - IANS

Khurana's employee found dead in home

The actor Ayushmann Khurana - who made his Bollywood debut in Vicky Donor - says he is "saddened" by the news that his domestic help was found dead at his Goregaon residence in Mumbai. The staff member Rudra Prasad, 26, hanged himself with a dupatta when Khurana and his wife Tahira were out of the city. The body was discovered on Saturday. "It is very unfortunate. I am saddened by the news of my house help committing suicide. We are in the process of gathering all the information. All the due procedures are being observed," Khurana, who is currently shooting in Delhi, said in a statement. - IANS