When Katrina Kaif stalled ‘Indian Idol Junior’ shooting 

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Mumbai, Aug 20 (IANS) Actress Katrina Kaif, who has her roots in England, visited the set of TV show “Indian Idol Junior” along with her “Phantom” co-star Saif Ali Khan and reportedly sought stoppage of the shooting in between when she was asked to participate in a Hindi contest.

According to a source from the set, Asha Negi, who co-hosts the singing reality show along with Hussain Kuwajerwala, began the episode talking in Hindi and said “Aaj hum Hindi classes karenge” (Today we will do Hindi classes) and then she looked at Katrina and asked if she was ready for the Hindi class.

“We had started rolling the moment Katrina entered the set. Asha and Hussain were introducing one contestant and they usually have a very funny and quirky way of introducing them. Asha was playing a Hindi teacher’s role and she happened to ask Katrina if she was ready for the contest. To which Katrina just had to say ‘yes’,” the source said.

“Instead she requested for a cut and asked for a proper brief as to what she had to say. This isn’t all… she requested to be briefed going forward on whatever she had to do. A simple introduction was blown out of proportion and the shoot was stalled for 5-10 minutes,” the source added.

Katrina and Saif visited the set of the Sony Entertainment Television show on August 16 on the occasion of Saif’s 45th birthday. Katrina even sang the birthday song for him.

“Indian Idol Junior” is being judged by Sonakshi Sinha, Salim Merchant and Vishal Dadlani.

The episode featuring Katrina and Saif will be aired on Sunday.


Hardworking Sharad Kelkar!

Actor Sharad Kelkar, who will next be seen essaying the title role in upcoming TV show “Agent Raghav”, was on a family holiday in Europe but rather than enjoying his vacation, he spent his time observing people there and their mannerisms to imbibe in his own character in the show.

Sharad will be playing a clever and slick police officer in the &TV show. So he was trying to learn about human behaviour and body language of people as he felt it would help him to understand his role more easily.

“I have been observing people lately and making note of their body language to understand how they react to different situations. All this helps an actor in portraying the role more realistically. But quite honestly, Keerti had a tough time with me looking at people in Europe,” Sharad, who is married to actress Keerti Gaekwad Kelkar, said in a statement.

“Agent Raghav”, which will start from September 5, will also star actress Aahana Kumra. It will replace singing reality show “The Voice India”.


Learnt everything about music from my father: Aditya Narayan

Singer-actor Aditya Narayan, who along with his father Udit Narayan visited the set of singing reality show “The Voice India” earlier this week, says he has learnt everything about music from him.

“It’s always been a pleasure to make an appearance with my father. I have learnt everything about music from him and to be invited on a platform like ‘The Voice India’ along with him is an honour,” Aditya said in a statement.

The duo visited the set of the &TV show on Tuesday for the Live rounds as special guests.

“There is so much musical talent in India and ‘The Voice India’ is picking out the best talent from that. I am a fan of the show and it was a pleasure to join the show as a guest,” said Udit Narayan.

“The Voice India”, an Indian version of the internationally acclaimed reality entertainer “The Voice”, features Bollywood singers Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mika Singh and Himesh Reshammiya as coaches.

The episode featuring Udit and Aditya will be aired on Sunday.

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