EXCLUSIVE! John Abraham opens up about extreme physical transformation for his 18 looks in Romeo Akbar Walter – watch video

John Abraham, if you don’t know already, has com to a theater near you to end corruption and the corrupt in Satyameva Jayate. The action-drama film which also stars Manoj Bajpayee and debutante Aisha Sharma in lead roles is directed by Milap Zaveri and is being touted as good competitor for Akshay Kumar’s Gold which also released today. Although, a confident John believes that there nobody is here to compete, we will believe when we see the cash registers ringing at the box-office. And of course, we are looking forward to the same. Also Read: Aisha Sharma reveals both John Abraham and Manoj Bajpayee picked on her while shooting for Satyameva Jayate- watch video

But while there is still time before the verdict of the audience, John has already begun preparation and shooting for for his role in his upcoming film, Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW). The film which is being helmed by Robbie Grewal will have the actor in varied looks and the work behind the same is under progress. In an exclusive interaction with BollywoodLife, he confirmed that he is undergoing physical transformation to look his part but he also shed light on the fact that there’s a big price to pay, if it is not under ideal circumstances. He said, “If you don’t do it the right way, it’ll affect your health. It’ll take a toll on you. I think some of us are used to doing it and I’m okay with it.” Speaking about his looks, he even revealed that he will be seen in as many as 18 avatars in the film. “This is a look for my film RAW and I don’t have hair on my head because I have got 18 different looks in the film, so I have to keep experimenting,” he added.

Earlier, the man of the moment had tweeted, “And the journey begins! ‘RAW’ ‘Romeo Akbar Walter.” The actor had told IANS that the movie is his “most challenging role to date” and that he was nervous getting into it. The film also stars Sikander Kher in a negative role. If you’re not in the know, Sushant Singh Rajput was initially roped in for the title role in the film, but the makers of the movie mutually parted ways with the actor due to “unavoidable circumstances.”

Exclusive! Aisha Sharma’s sister Neha Sharma gave this advice before her debut in Satyameva Jayate- watch video

Model Aisha Sharma is all set to debut alongside John Abraham in the Milap Zaveri directorial Satyameva Jayate. The action-drama that also stars Manoj Bajpayee in a pivotal role will hit the theaters on 15th August and needless to say, excitement is in the air. Fans are awaiting the movie and its punchy dialogues, with bated breath and if we may add, it is poised to go emerge as a hit from many angles. Yes, it is clashing with Akshay Kumar’s Gold but John who has been a buddy to Akshay, believes that there is enough space for both the films to do well. Also Read: “We are not here to compete,” John Abraham opens up about clash with Akshay Kumar’s Gold – watch video

For those of you who don’t know, Aisha Sharma, the newest face on the block, is also actress Neha Sharma’s sister who has also worked with Manoj Bajpayee in the short-film Kriti. When asked if her sister had any suggestions for her before the debut, Aisha told BollywoodLife, “My sister has given me only one advice, she’s like don’t let success get to your head and failure to your heart, irrespective of the fate of the film because the film is tracking really well. She has said if it does well, it shouldn’t make any difference to your life. (But) If it doesn’t do well, it shouldn’t make any difference. Just work hard and keep doing better work.”

Earlier, she had also opened up about working with the talented actors and sharing screen space with them in her first movie itself. “Working with them, it’s something you takeaway with you for the rest of your life. It’s just been such a special opportunity and I’m extremely fortunate to work with John and Manoj sir in my first film. And other thing, you can’t plan the right team, the right team finds you. As much as you dream and wish, the right team, at the right time just comes together,” she had explained.

EXCLUSIVE! Rani Mukerji: More special to win my first award, for Hichki, after being a mother

Rani Mukerji delivered a stellar performance in this year’s severely underrated film, Hichki. The movie marked her return to the big screen after four years. In Hichki, she played the role of a school teacher suffering from Tourette’s syndrome fighting against the society, suffering prejudice. Well, the actress’ hard work has already paid off, as she has bagged her first award for the film. Rani was at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, where she won the Best Actress award for Hichki and also the Excellence in Cinema award.

In an EXCLUSIVE chat with BollywoodLife, Rani said, “It’s been phenomenal because winning an award here, where the esteemed jury was from Australia, they judged the movie and gave me the award. I feel blessed because Hichki was a special film because it was made to raise awareness about Tourette’s. Now that it has won an award, many more people will want to see it; ones who have not yet watched it.”

Making the trip to Melbourne all the more special was Rani’s two-year-old daughter, Adira Chopra. Rani said, “All in all, it has been a fantastic trip. Also because it is my first trip with my daughter to Melbourne. It just makes it even more special to win my first award for Hichki after being a mother. To win it at a place far away from your homeland, you feel all the way more connected and more special.”

Rani has won several accolades over the years, including four Zee Cine Awards, which also marked her first major win, for her role in Kuch Kuch Hota in 1999. The actress says that the feeling and emotions of the award-winning moment have not changed over the years. “It’s a very gratifying feeling when you work hard on a movie and believe in a story and the character. And people appreciate that and give you an award, you feel they are with you, in sync with your viewpoint. That just feels really really happy.”

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She further added, “Films have no language barrier, they transcend boundaries. They are the universal language that binds a lot of people together around the world. When jury from Australia watches an Indian film, they are actually watching a foreign language film, and for them to be connected with the story, to be connected with the character, that just shows that cinema doesn’t actually have any language. And when you connect emotionally with audiences around the world, that is what is really special to win an award overseas.”

A video of the actress went crazy viral on the internet on Sunday. In the video, she was seen hoisting the Indian flag in Melbourne. Reacting to the same, Rani said, “I think for any citizen of any country hoisting a flag means a lot. And especially me, because I am obviously bestowed with this honour because of the love and affection that has been showered on me for so many years. That is why today I can be a representative of my country and hoist the flag. I would totally say that I am too honoured with this. It makes it all the more special because when you hoist the flag, at Federation Square, it feels great because you are far away from home. You are hoisting your national flag at the centre of a foreign country and foreign land. it’s truly special because you feel so patriotic and so connected with your homeland. It fills you up with a lot of emotions and I went through all of them when I was hoisting the flag.”

“We are not here to compete,” John Abraham opens up about clash with Akshay Kumar’s Gold – watch video

Box-office rivalry is as gruesome as it gets. With film clashes, filmmakers often pick squabbles and spats in between themselves and god knows, Bollywood doesn’t do patch ups well. While things go astray outside the theater, inside scenes also suffer the loss of a divided viewership and ultimately affect the weekend numbers after the movie’s release on Friday. In fact, and industry insiders will agree, the animosity transpires even between lead actors and we usually end up reading about them in the newspapers. However, things are looking upwards and so believes John Abraham whose Satyameva Jayate is about to clash with Akshay Kumar’s Gold. Also Read: John Abraham wants to do Garam Masala 2 With Akshay Kumar, Read His Full statement

In a recent interaction with BollywoodLife, the actor who has worked with Akshay in films like Garam Masala and Desi Boyz maintains that the duo is thick as thieves and this forced rivalry will not dampen it. When asked if there were any jitters regarding the same, he said, “Not at all. I’m speaking as a producer more than anything else, I think there’s enough space for two films. It’s such a long weekend and there’s enough space for the two in the number of screens, in terms of people watching.

Not just that. John who is essaying the role of an exterminator in Satyameva Jayate also gave a shout-out to both the releases and explained that there is no competition. “Please go watch Satyameva Jayate and Gold as well. We are not here to compete, we are here to complement each other. I’m sure we both will survive and do well,” he added. While that is that, Akshay will be seen in an avatar of a Bengali hockey coach in Gold and the movie is set on the backdrop of India’s historic Olympic win in 1948.

EXCLUSIVE! Birthday girl Ashi Singh says she is fed up of crying nowadays on Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai

Ashi Singh is one of the cutest young stars around. She has won us over with her effortless performance as Naina Agarwal in Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai. The young lady turns 21 today and fans have flooded Twitter wishing the cute actress. Bollywood Life caught up with her for a chat. So, what is the best thing about turning 21? “Hahaha…I only feel it is becoming easier for me to get entry into clubs as I am turning older,” she says roaring with laughter. She says that she has no special plans for her birthday as she will be working. “My time will be spent on the sets. I have not thought about a party. Most of my time is devoted to my work and family, so I want to gift myself something, it is some time for myself,” says Ashi. (Also Read: Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai Spoiler Alert: Sameer to expose Sharad’s fraud before Naina?)

The current track where Sameer and Naina are separated is causing a lot of grief to viewers. Even Ashi is bearing the brunt. She tells us, “I really want this track to wind up soon. I am fed up of crying. Whenever someone tells me, now you have to cry, I’m like when is the pack up. My eyelids feel heavy even after I reach home and they’re swollen on most mornings. I do not remember sad episodes of my life and cry because then I find it tough to get out of that zone. Of course, Samaina will meet but everything will happen in a realistic manner because ours is a slice of life show.” She says that she enjoyed the wedding sequence the most as it was very enjoyable and colourful.

The actress also says that she does not compare herself to anyone but looks at making small improvements in herself. “I do not like to compare. I am quite contented. I only want to improve but I do not ever feel pressurized,” she says. As Naina, she has earned millions of fans in India and the UK. Recounting an incident, she says, “I remember once my way home from the sets, I stopped at Oberoi Mall because I was extremely hungry. I just could not control. When I went up ordered something and was about to take a bite, a woman came to me for a selfie. I obliged. Within seconds, there were so many people getting clicked. Finally, I had to request people to let me eat.” Bollywood Life wishes her a happy birthday and hopes that her fan mania grows.



Bepannaah: This is how Taher Shabbir knew everything about Jennifer Winget without meeting her, thanks to Aneri Vajani

After all the speculations about who will play the role of Arshad in Bepannaah, actor Taher Shabbir Mithaiwalla has been finalised for the role. He was last seen in the film, Fan. Taher is best known for the role of Viraj in the youth show, Nisha Aur Uske Cousins. His entry scene is tonight. In an EXCLUSIVE conversation with Bollywood Life, Taher said, “I really liked my character of Arshad. He is a wonderful human being and totally family-oriented. Moreover, he is a feminist. I feel my character is written for close to a month. I loved the positive vibes around my role. I also loved the idea of how two people come close after being cheated on by their spouses and rediscover love.” So, how has his bonding been with the two actors? “I spent a lot of time with Harshad. We eat our dabba together. He is a senior actor with so many projects in his kitty. You can learn a lot from him. He is a very nice guy,” gushes Taher. Earlier, there were rumours that Vatsal Sheth would be playing the role of Arshad in the show. The Tarzan actor shares a close association with the production house. “Incidentally, Vatsal and I were together for a fashion show in Indore few days back but we did not discuss Bepannaah. I later heard he was one of the front-runners. I guess they had zeroed down two to three people for Arshad’s character,” he explains. (Also Read: Taher Shabbir to join the cast of Jennifer Winget-Harshad Chopda’s Bepannaah)

The actor also spoke about working with Jennifer Winget for the first time. He reveals that Aneri Vajani who is a close friend of Jennifer and him had given him sufficient heads up about her. “Jennifer is fabulous. Aneri told me so much about her before I joined Bepannaah, so I had this visual in mind. She is far more endearing than that. It always helps to have common friends, you see. Jennifer watches a lot of shows and so do I. We exchanged notes on shows we need to watch now. As actors, you need to see a lot of other actors to constantly improve,” he says. (Also Read: Bepannaah spoiler alert! Aditya to propose to Zoya with Arjun’s help; watch video)

He was much loved in Nisha Aur Uske Cousins but Taher did not take up many projects post that. The actor reveals the reason and it will surprise you. “I don’t like the misogyny on TV. I do not mind playing a negative character who is a misogynist throughout but to see a positive man suddenly ill-treating a woman does not appeal to me. I rejected many such roles. I feel it is not a good message to society,” he says. Taher also tells us that the show he loves of late is Roop – Mard Ka Naya Swaroop. “I feel the concept of a young man deciding to be like his mother and sisters is terrific,” he signs off.

John Abraham: With so many biopics happening, Satyameva Jayate is a breath of fresh air – watch video

Well, Independence day is almost here and so are the I-day releases! While we are still at it, John Abraham’s Satyameva Jayate that also stars Manoj Bajpayee and debutante Aisha Sharma looks promising. The film revolves around corruption and seemingly has just the right mix of aspirations and patriotism that makes for a good watch. That and a hunky and gritty John who is out to eradicate the corrupt in the dysfunctional system and serve justice, that too rightfully. And with Nora Fatehi’s groovy Dilbar which is topping the charts and breaking viewing records as we speak, the film certainly looks a crowd-puller. Also Read: John Abraham and Aisha Sharma starrer Satyameva Jayate’s romantic song Tera Jaisa is out now

But that’s not all. The fact that John and Manoj Bajpayee are playing tough cops also piques one’s interest. Yes, they have both essayed the roles of police officers earlier but “you need to see the film to understand,” vouches a convincing John. Speaking about what’s different for the audience this time, he told BollywoodLife, “Who’s the good guy, who’s the bad guy? There’s a twist and suspense in the film so I think you need to see it.” He also helmed the movie as a breather in between all the biopics that are raining in Bollywood. “We heard a script that was fantastic and we all decided to do it. There are so many docu-dramas that are happening, and biopics, that for a change this has come as a breath of fresh air.”

The action-drama has been directed by Milap Zaveri who is popular for his adult comedies and clashes with Akshay Kumar’s Gold. Reportedly, Zaveri took one and a half months to write Satyameva Jayate, but the idea was with him since 18 years.