Sonam has no new film post ‘Neerja’, feels ‘stressed out’

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Actress Sonam Kapoor, whose last film “Neerja” was widely appreciated, has not signed any new project after the movie’s release. And this, she says, is stressing her out.

Asked if she has taken on anything new, Sonam told IANS: “No, I haven’t signed anything and it’s stressing me out that I haven’t.”

In “Neerja”, Sonam played a real life character — a flight attendant who displays bravado on a hijacked plane to save the lives of passengers by risking her own.

Sonam admits that the portrayal of women in films has become stronger over the years, but she still feels that in terms of remuneration, discrimination against actresses exists.

Talking about the pay disparity, she said: “It is slowly changing, but it’s a far way off despite the numbers that ‘Neerja’ has done and despite the numbers my films have done.”

“I have been a part of female-centric films but we are still only opening to 700 screens.”

“It’s not about what the industry is paying you… It’s about whether the audience wants to see the film or not. If my film is going to open at Rs.6 crore, is it okay for the producer to pay me that money or not,” she said.

Bhumi Pednekar keen to play freedom fighter

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Actress Bhumi Pednekar says she desires to play the role of a freedom fighter.

“I am such a greedy actor. I want to do all kinds of roles. I want to run around trees or anything. Of course, material has to be good. However, I would love to play a freedom fighter, it is something I am dying to do. If somebody is making a movie on freedom fighter, please take me,” said the “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” actress.

As such, she doesn’t want to limit herself to the kind of films she wants to do.

“I don’t have a favourite genre as I have done only one film. I do not know what kind of films I will do. I literally go by my instinct while I read a script. As an actor, I think I should be capable of doing every kind of film. I don’t want to stick to a certain kind of film,” she said.

Next up, she will be seen in “Manmarziyan”, in which she has been teamed up with Ayushmann Khuranna once again after “Dum Laga Ke Haisha”.

Asked why she took time to sign her second film, she said: “I read many scripts, but I needed something that clicks. ‘Manmarziyan’ is a classic love story that is very relevant to today’s time. Today even in a relationship there is a shade of grey. It shows the most real aspect of a relationship.”

Talking about her role, Bhumi said: “My character’s name is Rumi. a Punjabi girl from Amritsar. You may see shades of Bhumi in the character.”

Jennifer Lawrence dying to make more ‘X-Men’ films

Los Angeles, March 31 (IANS) Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence says she is eager to star in more “X-Men” films.

“I am dying to come back. I love these movies, I love being in them. I love ensemble movies because it’s not on anyone’s shoulders,” Lawrence told Empire magazine, reports

Lawrence’s statement comes as a surprise, considering that last May she confirmed that the spring 2016 release of “X-Men: Apocalypse” would mark her final appearance in the sci-fi franchise.

She played blue mutant Mystique in “X-Men: First Class” (2011), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014) and now in “X-Men: Apocalypse”, the latest installment in the film series.

Directed by Bryan Singer, “X-Men: Apocalypse” is slated to release on May 27.

Ranveer Singh to star in Rohit Shetty’s next

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Actor Ranveer Singh, who was last seen on screen in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus “Bajirao Mastani”, has landed a film by director Rohit Shetty.

Ranveer will soon be working with Shetty, who is known for his snazzy car wreck stunts, action sequences and cool comedies, read a statement from the actor’s representative.

The details of Shetty’s directorial have been kept under wraps.

Meanwhile, Ranveer is busy shooting for his next film “Befikre”, which is helmed by Aditya Chopra, who is making a comeback after a hiatus of seven years.

Actress Vaani Kapoor, who made her acting debut in 2013 with the film “Shuddh Desi Romance”, will be seen starring with the “Bajirao Mastani” star.

Ranveer was launched in 2010 by Chopra’s home production company — Yash Raj Films — in “Band Baaja Baarat”.

The film is set to release on December 9.

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