Sikandar delighted by audience’s reaction to new film 

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Mumbai, Feb 27 (IANS) Actor Sikandar says he feels humbled with the appreciation that has come his way for his work in “Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive”, particularly from family audiences and children.

“I’m very happy that people are laughing. We were sitting inside the theatres and families and children were enjoying it a lot… Children should come and watch the film because it is a fun-filled film,” said Sikandar, who was present with his co-star from the film, Manish Paul at a theatre here.

“It’s quite exciting, and seeing their reactions is delightful. I feel humbled and I feel amazing… it’s a nice thing to hear appreciation,” he added.

Sikandar is seen in two different looks in the film, which traces the life of a struggling filmmaker (played by Manish), who uses Pradhuman Singh’s character of an Osama Bin Laden lookalike to his benefit. This impersonation leads to hilarious situations in the film.

“Tere Bin Laden: Dead Or Alive” has been directed by Abhishek Sharma, who had previously directed the first part of the franchise, “Tere Bin Laden”.


Shefali Shah has her fingers crossed for TOIFA 2016

Actress Shefali Shah has been keeping her fingers crossed after being nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Female Category for “Dil Dhadakne Do” at the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA).

For the award, Shefali is pitted against Priyanka Chopra for “Bajirao Mastani”, Tabu for “Drishyam” and Tanvi Azmi for “Bajirao Mastani”.

Commenting on the nomination, Shefali said in a statement: “I am feeling very excited to be nominated at the Times of India Film Awards and with such great talent. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”

TOIFA will be held next month in Dubai.


You’re a rockstar: Rajkummar to Hansal Mehta

With plaudits galore for “Aligarh”, actor Rajkummar Rao has thanked his fans for the love, and his director Hansal Mehta for being a “rockstar”.

“Thank you so much guys for all the love and appreciation.It’s very inspiring. Gratitude. ‘Aligarh’ Hansal Mehta, you are our rockstar sir,” Rajkummar tweeted.

“Aligarh” features Manoj Bajpayee in the pivotal role of a homosexual professor who loses his job due to his sexual orientation.


Ranjha Vikram turns producer with Punjabi film ’25 Kille’

Actor Ranjha Vikram Singh, who was seen in a negative role in “Heropanti”, will be seen as the lead actor in Punjabi film “25 Kille”, which also marks his debut as a producer.

He told IANS: “I am glad to do this Punjabi film. Being an actor and a producer of this film, I also understand the dynamics of the business, so we are tapping on worldwide market with this film as Punjabi films have scope in Canada and Britain.

“We will also be releasing this film in Dubai. I am excited about this project, which I am co-producing this film with Shirin Morani.”

Directed by Simranjit Singh Hundal, “25 Kille” is produced under the banner Running Horses Films and Color9Productions. It is slated to release on August 25.

Talking about the Punjabi film industry, Ranjha Vikram said: “The Punjabi film industry is booming and this is the best phase for the industry. Even if you talk of Hindi films, a majority of the projects have Punjabis as their backdrop. Unlike Bollywood, Punjabi films have medium budgets but they are recovering their money as well.”

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