Sidharth Malhotra on dating Kiara Advani: If everything you read would’ve been true, then kya baat hoti

Actor Sidharth Malhotra has quashed dating rumours with Kiara Advani and said he is too busy with work right now to do anything else. There were reports that Sidharth is currently dating the “Lust Stories” actor and their relationship is at a very nascent stage.

When asked about it, Sidharth told reporters, “If everything you read would’ve been true then kya baat hoti. I’m in a relationship only with my work. I am too much involved in it right now and don’t have time for anything else.” The actor was speaking at an event here last evening. Sidharth will be soon be starting two projects- an untitled love story with Parineeti Chopra and the Vikram Batra biopic. (Also read: Is alleged ex-boyfriend Sidharth Malhotra avoiding Alia Bhatt due to her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor?)

The actor says playing the Indian army officer who was posthumously awarded with the Param Vir Chakra for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War is his most challenging role yet.

“It’s the toughest role of my life. Preparations are in full swing. There is an emotional responsibility. When the family of Vikram Batra had come to us and said they see me in that role, it’s a responsibility to tell their story.

“It took me nearly two years to set up this film, be in script sessions and find producers. Today when Dharma Productions is involved we are very excited. Shooting will begin in a few days,” he added.

My take on nepotism is that I don’t do it: Ekta Kapoor

Producer Ekta Kapoor today said she believes in giving a chance to someone who is deserving rather than getting influenced by a person’s background and connections while casting for her movies and TV shows. Ekta, who is promoting her home production “Laila Majnu”, featuring newcomers Avinash Tiwary and Tripti Dimri, said she decides her cast after watching the audition tape.

“My take on nepotism is that I don’t do it. I don’t agree that it is only film industry’s problem because there is a whole world around it…” she said when asked about her take on nepotism at the trailer launch of “Laila Majnu”. For her, newcomers are not strugglers but “untapped talent”. (Also Read: Laila Majnu trailer: Imtiaz Ali and Ekta Kapoor’s spin on the age old love story will stir up the romantic in you; watch video)

“When I see an audition we only notice how good or bad they are, if there is vulnerability and if they fit the role. To the young talent out there, ‘Do not stalk me or follow me. Just send me your audition tape. Your legacy and background will not matter and don’t make your friends or uncle, politician aunty or family friends call me, it will be a dampener,” she added. The producer, however, admitted that launching a fresh face can be challenging.

“I do get calls from politicians, bureaucrats, actors and friends and my mother tells me if we don’t cast that person we will have to bear the brunt. I see the audition tape and cast if I think they fit the bill. It is a financial stress at the end of the day but it is less stressful because at least, I am honest to my job.”

When director-producer Imtiaz Ali approached Ekta with the idea of making “Laila Majnu”, the producer said she was in a financial trouble but she still decided to back the project because it is a great story.

The film is set to release on September 7.

Priyanka Chopra REVEALS her biggest fear – find out

Priyanka Chopra may be one of the biggest and most successful Indian stars, but the actor says failures still scare her. The 36-year-old actor, who forayed into the West with ABC thriller “Quantico”, said she feels “miserable” when she faces a setback in any aspect of her life. “My biggest fear is failure. I hate failures. I am miserable when I fail. My mom tells everyone, ‘Let her be alone for while’, whenever I fail. But because I am so afraid of failing that developed a way of not being nervous,” Priyanka said.

The actor believes the fact that women have always had lesser opportunities makes them worry a lot about their lives and in the quest to make the best of the options they have, they “tend to pull each other down”. “When I entered the entertainment industry I came in through a beauty pageant. I was also thinking that only I should get the job. So I had to teach myself that I had to be the most confident of the lot. After spending three-four years in the industry I realised if I wear my confidence well I don’t need to elbow anyone out. (Also Read; Did Priyanka Chopra quit Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kothewali after Bharat? here’s the truth)

“I felt if I just be great then I can be the person who actually pushes the other person up. That was a phenomenal change that came in me when I started working in movies… I really want to be that person who can be a support other girls out there because we get less opportunities anyway,” she said. Priyanka said even though she appears confident in front of the world, she still get serious nerves when going on the set.

“I like nervous energy when I walk on to a set. Because if I don’t feel like that then I can’t perform somehow. I will be complacent and it is boring,” she added. The actor was speaking at an interactive session titled ‘Challenging the Status Quo & Forging New Paths’ organised Jointly by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) and Yes Bank.

Did Priyanka Chopra quit Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kothewali after Bharat? – here’s the truth

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s spokesperson today said the director was not in talks with Priyanka Chopra for any project. Days after Priyanka walked out of Salman Khan’s “Bharat”, reports emerged that she has also quit Bhansali’s gangster drama movie, based on the life of female gangster Gangubai Kothewali.

“Sanjay Bhansali has a lot of love and regard for Priyanka Chopra, however, no such film has been discussed,” the director’s spokesperson said in a statement. Bhansali and Priyanka have worked together on “Bajirao Mastani’” and “Mary Kom”. Priyanka also did a special song for his film “Ram-Leela”. (Also Read: [VIDEO] Priyanka Chopra swiftly hides her engagement ring from the paparazzi (again) and we’re wondering why)

In Bollywood, the “Quantico” star will next be seen in Shonali Bose’s “The Sky Is Pink” opposite Farhan Akhtar.

Salman Khan: I don’t know where I lack X-factor, but everyone I see has some quality in them

Salman Khan, who is backing brother-in-law Aayush Sharma’s debut film “Loveratri”, says it is important for newcomers to have interesting personality.

The actor recalled his own debut 30 years ago with “Maine Pyaar Kiya”.

“I did ‘Maine Pyaar Kiya’ where Sooraj Barjatya launched a new face like me and here I am standing in front of you all. It has been 30 years. I think whenever you see faces of people who can make your head turn, they should be launched. It’s not just how they look,” Salman said at the trailer launch of “Loveratri”.

“It’s their personality, hardwork and dedication all put together. Then we do our bit and once the film releases, then it’s up to you (the audience) to decide whether they will become one of us and remain in the industry,” Salman added. (Also Read: [Pic] Katrina Kaif begins prepping for Salman Khan’s Bharat and we can’t wait to see her look)

When asked whether it was important to have X-factor, Salman told reporters, “Yes, they have it in their personalities. I don’t know where I lack that, but everyone I see has some quality in them.”

Salman was also asked about Priyanka Chopra’s last minute exit from his forthcoming “Bharat”, which has created quite a stir in the industry but the actor did not comment.

Karan Johar says he is so honest with his advice, that often he has broken relationships!

Filmmaker Karan Johar has helmed some of the biggest romantic films of this generation but the director says he is yet to make a movie he entirely loves. Karan, who debuted with “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, and went on to direct films like “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham”, “My Name is Khan”, “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, says he often cringes when he sees some portions of his work.

“In retrospect when I look back and see some parts of my movies I cringe and feel terrible that I actually subjected an audience to those portions. Some of them got fortunate, other parts in those films made them reach a certain success mark,” Karan said. “I’m not proud and happy with each and everyone of them. I am yet to make a film that I entirely love,” he added. ALSO READ: “If making Dhadak is wrong, so is every fan,” says Karan Johar on comparisons with Sairat

He was speaking at the launch of his radio show “Calling Karan” season 2 on Ishq 104.8 FM. On the show, the director gives love advice to callers but says he never takes a cue to help people from his films. “No, what we show in the movies is ridiculous. You can’t possibly ruin people’s lives by giving those situations. Those are meant for cinema halls but not for people,” he said.

Karan said he is so honest with his advice that often he has broken relationships. “We have a disclaimer in the beginning that I’m not a professionally trained individual so my advice should be taken at that level. But I give extremely sincere advice and I’ve broken a few relationships” he added.

Aamir Khan admits to crying over the films that did not do well

He is often praised for his script sense but Aamir Khan says he has cried for the films that did not do well. The actor-director says he has a curious mind and his biggest fear is not failure but of not trying. “I want to go with my conviction while making a film and if there is a loss, I will mourn that also. I cry when my films don’t work,” the 53-year-old actor said on the sidelines of the second edition of Indian Scriptwriters Association. Aamir believes it is a coincidence that his films have been successful. ALSO READ: Aamir Khan reveals his first rupee comes when his film’s cost is recovered!

“I often get the credit… It is a coincidence to a certain extent that my films have been successful. The fact is that the story is written by a writer and then has grown organically.” He says filmmaking is a collaborative process and if any aspect – be it the script, casting, location, sound design, editing or marketing fails, it will not work. For a film to be successful, it is important to hit the ball in the centre.”

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