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I’m a bankable actor: Kartik Aaryan

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New Delhi,  He rose to fame with “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” and is currently riding high on the success of his latest Rs 100 crore film “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”. Actor Kartik Aaryan, who is loving his space in Bollywood, says he is now a bankable star.

“Yes, I am in a very good space in Bollywood right now. I am loving it and all the love that people have been giving me from within the industry and outside too… I do feel that I am (a) bankable (actor). I am loving it and I hope I do satisfy everybody’s needs,” Kartik told IANS here.

Hailing from Madhya Pradesh, Kartik, 29, made it big with his performance in Luv Ranjan’s bromantic comedy “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” in 2011. The film launched him into fame, with every young man relating with his endearing character.

Talking about a sprinkle of relatability and realism in films nowadays, he said: “It all depends upon your content. It can be a fictional character and yet relatable… It always depends on the content of the film and what you are doing…”

He thinks that realism in cinema is important but only in a “realitic situation and content”.

With all the characters he has played till now, Kartik, who was here this week to launch the Motorola’s moto e5 plus, has often been described having an image of a lover boy, chocolate boy and a heartthrob.

Does he think he needs to break the monotony?

“I love the chocolate boy image. I love my heartthrob image. I don’t want to change anything… Why should I change it when I am the only ‘bromantic’ hero. I have created my own niche. Things are somewhere falling on there own also and it is also my decisions also in life,” he said.

Kartik stresses he does not want to change anything. But he does not mind dabbling in other genres.

“But if a script comes my way which is different, I need to like that and character. It does not need to depend on the genre,” he said.

With entering the Rs 100 crore club, does he feel pressurised for his future projects?

“Nobody thought that it (the film) would (enter) Rs 100 crore (club). But the moment it happened now everyone is expecting from me to give Rs 100 crore films back to back, which I also want but you have to be reasonable…” he said.

The “Guest Iin London” actor said even if his films don’t cross the benchmark he would be happy if the its distributers and producers get the money back and their profit.

“I want to my films to make Rs 200 crore and Rs 300 crore also but I have to be reasonable. I cannot put pressure on myself that I have delivered a Rs 100 crore film and now I have to give it again or it will not be successful. Films that earn Rs 50 crore or Rs 60 crore are successful too,” he stressed.

He will now star alongside actress Kriti Sanon in the upcoming film “Luka Chuppi”, produced by Dinesh Vijan.

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Shilpa Shetty faces racism at Sydney airport

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Sydney,  Actress-entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra on Sunday alleged that she faced an unpleasant experience for being “brown” at the Sydney airport over her cabin luggage. Upset by an official who was curt, she says people’s tone must not change with preference to colour.

Shilpa, who dealt with racism in 2007 when she was a contestant on the fifth season of the British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” — which she went on to win — faced the latest experience while boarding a plane for Melbourne from Sydney.

The 43-year-old took to Instagram to share the ordeal with a Qantas Airways lady staff member over a cabin luggage, which was deemed as ‘oversized’ at the check-in counter.

A furious Shilpa wrote: “At the check-in counter, met a grumpy Mel (that’s her name) who decided it was ‘okay’ to speak curtly to ‘us’ (brown people!) travelling together. I was flying business and had 2 bags (my allowance) and she insisted and decided my half empty duffel bag was oversized (to check-in), so she sent us to check it in at the other counter dealing with ‘oversized luggage’.

“There a polite lady (yes this one was) said, ‘This is not an oversized bag, please check this in manually if you can at another counter’ (all this happening while the counter is going to shut in five minutes).

“As the manual check-in wasn’t going through for five minutes (we tried), I went upto Mel and requested her to put the bag through as her colleague said it wasn’t an oversized bag. She refused again… Just being adamant especially when I told her this is causing a lot of inconvenience.


“We had no time to waste so we ran to the oversized baggage counter and requested her to put the bag through which she did after I told her that rude Mel had issues! To which another colleague joined in and reiterated my duffle wasn’t oversized and could’ve easily been checked in.”

The “Dhadkan” actress said her intention to narrate her experience is to make Qantas Airways take cognisance of the matter.

“Their staff must be taught to be helpful and tone can’t change with preference to colour. ‘We’ are not pushovers and they must know that being callous and rude will not be tolerated,” she added.

Along with the note, Shilpa also posted a picture of her bag and asked her followers “whether it is oversized or not”.

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Kriti Kharbanda shares screen space with Ranveer Singh

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Mumbai,  Actress Kriti Kharbanda, who was seen on the big screen in “Yamla Pagla Deewana : Phir Se”, will now share the frame with actor Ranveer Singh — but for an ad commercial.

Kriti will feature with Ranveer in an advertisement commercial for paint brand Kansai Nerolac. They shot for the commercial recently at a suburban studio.

“It’s an honour to be part of such a prestigious brand that has existed for decades now and considered as the leader in their segment. It was a great opportunity to share the screen space with Ranveer and I had a whale of a time shooting with him for the commercial,” Kriti said in a statement issued on her behalf.

The actress has earlier been seen in films like “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” and Guest in London”. Her next movie is Sajid Nadiadwala’s multi-starrer comedy franchise movie “Housefull 4”.

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Alisha Khan hopes to share frame with Mahesh Bhatt

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Mumbai,  Actress Alisha Khan, who is gearing up for the release of her forthcoming film “The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City”, says she hopes to share screen space with filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt in her next project.

Alisha was interacting with media for promotion of her forthcoming Tariq Khan directorial “The Dark Side of Life: Mumbai City”, which will see Bhatt as an actor.

Asked about working with him, Alisha said: “I didn’t get the chance to work with him in this film, but I watched him closely during shooting and it was an amazing experience.

“I hope he will act again. I have signed an untitled film with Tariq (director) which will be written by Mahesh Bhatt. Since he acted in this one, I hope I get the chance to share screen space with him in the next project.”

On the film’s story, Alisha said it talks about reality.

“There are seven beautiful stories that you will be able to watch in the film. And the relatable emotional aspects are what you see everywhere in life and it will really touch your heart.”

Alisha was last seen on-screen in “Dare You” in 2016. Why the gap?

“‘Dare You’ was a completely different script. It was based on rape and I was playing the victim in it… It was also a very realistic film. I enjoy being part of realistic films.

“The gap between the two films was only because I was waiting for a film that will motivate me. I really believe in Tariq. He is a very talented man and he made all of us very comfortable while shooting for the film. It was a very homely feeling working with him.”

Alisha made her southern film debut with “Thakiduthatham” in 2016 and has also feature

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