'I thought Emraan would be shameless in real life'
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Pakistani actress Humaima Malick, who will be seen sharing screen space with Emraan Hashmi in Raja Natwarlal, says she initially thought the actor would be similar to his onscreen avatar of a shameless brat.
The film will mark the debut of Humaima in Bollywood.
"Before meeting Emraan, I had thought he would be like what he is in films. I thought he would be a 'besharam' (shameless). But when I first met him, he ignored me completely and was busy in his work. I messaged my family saying in real life he is a nice guy," Humaima told reporters in Mumbai at the trailer launch of the film.
Humaima reveals she is a big fan of the 35-year-old Shanghai star.
"I like him and all his films. I am a big fan of him. I watch every film of his with my friends there (Pakistan). I had great experience working with him. He made me comfortable and is a funny guy," she said.
Though she comes from neighbouring Pakistan, India too is like her home.
"I have come here before and I love being here. I am happy I got to work in both the countries. I am glad this film came my way I had a lovely experience doing this film," she said.
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Image: Emraan Hashmi and Humaima Malick in Raja Natwarlal
Kalki: Anurag initially rejected me for Dev D
Kalki Koechlin, who made her Bollywood debut with Dev D, has revealed that director and estranged husband Anurag Kashyap thought she was a misfit for the role.
The 30-year-old played Chanda in the modern-day take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic Bengali novel Devdas.
"While the producers of Dev D directly contacted me to audition for the role of Chanda, Anurag Kashyap was completely against the idea. After seeing my portfolio, he rejected me stating that I am not an Indian and do not look the role.
"However, the production house secretly auditioned me without informing Anurag and sent him the audition tape for his feedback. After hesitantly agreeing to watch the audition, he was so impressed that he immediately called me and offered me to play the part," Kalki said on a chat show called The Ride.
The 2009 hit film was written and directed by Anurag and was produced by Ronnie Screwvala.
Kalki and Anurag started dating each other after the film and tied the knot after two years on April 30, 2011. But the couple separated last year citing differences.
The Zindagi Na Melegi Dobara actress said she wishes the best for Anurag.
"There are still some differences between Anurag and me and that equation is complicated. While there are still some unhealed, raw wounds, I respect Anurag and cherish being his friend," she added.
The first episode of The Ride will go on air tomorrow on Pepsi MTV Indies.
Image: Kalki Koechlin in Dev D
Parineeti: Aditya and I bonded over food in Daawat-e-Ishq
Parineeti Chopra, a self-confessed foodie, says during the filming of her upcoming film Daawat-e-Ishq she and costar Aditya Roy Kapoor bonded over their love for food.
The Habib Faisal-directed film is a love story between a Hyderabadi girl named Gulrez and Tariq, a Lucknawi cook, who can charm anyone with his biryani and kebabs.
"I am a foodie of another level. After working with Adi in this film I realised that it is only him who can compete with me when it comes to eating. Both of us love food and we would devour plates in minutes. In this film, I got to eat so much. It's tailor-made for me," Parineeti said.
The film has been mostly shot in Lucknow, besides Hyderabad and Mumbai. The 25-year-old actress says both Aditya and herself are at their fattest best in the film, thanks to their binging on local delicacies in Lucknow.
"I think we are at our fattest best in this film. Aditya, Anupam Kher and I used to have meals together all the time. Anupam sir has lived in Lucknow for some time and he knew many eateries and we would order from there," she said.
Daawat-e-Ishq is the second collaboration between Parineeti and Faisal after previously working together in Ishaqzaade. Just like the 2012 film, the actress plays a Muslim girl in this upcoming film but she says the similarity ends there.
"I think as an actor you always want something different every time. I hope that I am offered something interesting.
"Though I have played a Muslim girl before in a film directed by Habib sir but this film is different. It is not a repetition. My body language is different, my styling is different. I speak in a Dakhini accent which I don't think any actress has done before," she said.
Daawat-e-Ishq has been produced by Yash Raj Films and will release on September 5.
Image: Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor in Daawat-E-Ishq
Rahman to receive honourary doctorate from Berklee
In recognition of his two-decades-long musical legacy, the prestigious Berklee College of Music is all set to honour Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman with an honourary doctorate.
The honour will be conferred on Rahman, 47, best known globally for the original scores and songs in Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and Million Dollar Arm, at an event at the Berklee College of Music on October 24, a media statement said.
"I'm deeply moved to receive an honourary doctorate from such a distinguished school which has contributed so much to the world of music," said Rahman.
"I'm especially proud and honoured the college is graciously establishing a scholarship in my name for future generations of musicians to follow their dreams," he added.
Berklee College of Music president Roger H Brown said, "A friend from India described A R Rahman to me as John Williams and Sting rolled into one -- a leading film composer and a wildly popular, brilliant songwriter and performer.
"We welcome him to Berklee, where the college and our students look forward to paying our respects."
At a concert celebrating his career on October 24, 2014 in Boston, students and faculty will perform songs paying tribute to his distinguished work with Rahman performing alongside them for select pieces.
In addition to the performance, Rahman will conduct a master class at the Berklee Performance Center, the college said in a statement.
In honour of Rahman's new relationship with Berklee, the college will establish a scholarship in his name to help bring students from India to Berklee. All proceeds from the October 24 concert will go toward this scholarship fund, the statement said.
Image: AR Rahman
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