Karan Johar ‘dying’ to watch ‘Fan’

Mumbai Filmmaker Karan Johar says he is “dying” to watch his close friend and superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s forthcoming film “Fan”.

Karan, who has worked with the 50-year-old star in films like “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”, “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna”, “”My Name Is Khan” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” took to Twitter to share his desire to watch the film.

“Dying to see ‘Fan’! Shah Rukh Khan… Do you think Adi (Aditya Chopra) will show it to anyone before the 15th,” Karan tweeted.

“Fan”, which is directed by Maneesh Sharma, will see the “Dilwale” star playing a double role.

The actor was first seen playing a dual avatar in the 1998 film “Duplicate”, in which he played both a postive and a negative character.

Produced by Yash Raj Films, the movie hits the screens on April 15.


‘Sarbjit’, a story that needs to be told: Jackky Bhagnani

Actor Jackky Bhagnani, who is making a foray into film production with a new division for his home banner Pooja Films Entertainment Ltd., says it’s a “meaningful” movie based on a story that needs to be told.

“I believe there are some stories that need to be told and Sarbjit is definitely one of them. I have been meaning to carve out a niche within Pooja Films for meaningful cinema for a while now, and when Omung Sir narrated the story of Sarbjit, I knew we had found that story,” Jackky said in a statement.

“Sarbjit” is a biopic on Sarabjit Singh, an Indian farmer who was convicted in Pakistan on charges of terrorism and spying and was sentenced to death. He was attacked by inmates in a prison in Lahore in April 2013 and died a few days later.

Jackky had kept his association with the film under wraps and it’s only when the second poster of “Sarbjit” was released digitally on Wednesday that many in the film industry learnt about his move to take Pooja Films into the biopic and meaningful cinema space.

Social media was abuzz with industry friends and others wishing the young actor on his new role. Filmmaker Karan Johar tweeted: “Congratulations Jackky Bhagnani, can’t wait to see this true story unfold”. Among the others congratulating the actor-producer were Riteish Deshmukh, Dia Mirza, Atul Kasbekar and Raj Kundra.

“Sarbjit” director Omung Kumar reminisced about how the two got together to bring the film into being.

“My association with Jackky goes back a long way when we started our careers – me as a director, and Jackky as an actor. Now we are associated together with our film ‘Sarbjit’ as producer and director. I knew him as a kid who would be on his father’s sets and I see him now as this bright and promising young actor.”


Lauren Gottlieb collaborates with health app

Dancer-actor Lauren Gottlieb, who has featured in films like “ABCD: Any Body Can Dance”, “Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!” and “ABCD 2” has been as chosen as the brand ambassador of a health app.

The announcement was made on the occasion of World Health Day on Thursday.

The fitness app called MevoLife is a health and fitness regulator that helps its users in keeping a track on their workouts, calorie intake, makes delicious food recipe suggestions and even lets people share their scores and updates on fitness with their friends.

“I am really happy to come on board as the ambassador for MevoLife. I think anyone like me who is an avid fitness freak would love for more such tools which are a click away to help me organise and keep a track of my fitness progress,” Lauren said in a statement.