Monday, 21 April 2014
Mumbai-born and Dubai-raised actor Navdip Singh is on cloud nine. His debut film Khwaabb has got the support of none other than Salman Khan! Salman who is known to promote new talent, appreciated the film and even attended the music launch. Khwaabb, a film directed by Zaid Ali Khan, starring Simer Motiani and Navdip, is a sports film that captures the journey of an athlete who dreams of winning a medal for India. Reminiscent of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, the actors in this film too had to undergo intense training to prepare for their roles. Now, as the young team – mostly comprising debutants – gets ready for the release of the film on May 9, we caught up with the lead actor Navdip on his Bollywood dream, passion for sports and the Salman Khan connection. Excerpts from an interview:
What do you feel about Salman Khan coming to launch the music? How did you get him to support the film?
Salman Khan’s support for Khwaabb at the music launch and to appreciate the film was a high point for me. It’s an achievement in itself! His praise for my work, the film’s music and his whole-hearted support to the team has given us an incredible boost. I am very thankful to him for that.
Did Salman Khan give you any tips or advice?
His advice to me and the team was simple: Keep working hard and keep dreaming.
How challenging has Bollywood proved to be so far?
I look up to many Bollywood and Hollywood personalities. To name a few, Amitabh Bachchan was my idol during childhood. During my teens, it was mostly Salman Khan. His legendary stardom and persona inspires me and motivates me every day. In Hollywood, I am deeply inspired by Tom Hanks.
Excerpts from Masala
Priya Gupta,TNN | Apr 21, 2014
Sajid Nadiadwala is currently shooting his film Kick in Poland with Salman Khan. There was a sequence to be shot which required Salman to hang from the 40th floor of the Palace of Culture and Science, which is the tallest building in Poland.
To the shock of everyone Salman chose to do this scene himself without a body double.
Despite taking all precautions the entire unit was on tenterhooks for the entire period of 5 hours that the scene was being shot. Of course for the hundreds of fans standing below, cheering for their real life hero it was a treat.
Rameshinder Singh Sandhu | April 20, 2014
The charm of Punjabi cinema has slowly, but surely smitten our Bollywood actors. Joining the sea of stars taking the route to Punjab is the barely two-film old stunner Zareen Khan. All for new exposure and experience, Zareen, who debuted with Salman Khan in Veer, is more than just excited to be a part of her Pollywood debut — Jatt James Bond. Directed by Rohit Jugraj, the movie stars singer-turned actor Gippy Grewal, and is slated for an April 25 release worldwide.
When we ask her why Pollywood, pat comes her reply. “Ever since I signed Jatt James Bond, I have been asked the same question. Other than the script and my character which melted my heart, the urge to learn new things pushed me to sign the movie. For the same reason, I have also signed a Telugu film, the shooting for which will commence soon”.
Sharing the details of the film, Zareen says the story is set in the backdrop of a village and is packed with romance and action. She adds, “I play the role of a school teacher — a very sorted character who is straightforward and talkative.”
We ask the actress if she faced any hurdles delivering dialogues in Punjabi.
She says, “I attained a great learning experience, but delivering dialogues was a bit arduous for me. However, Gippy and the entire crew played a very supportive role. No one got impatient if I took time to deliver any dialogue authentically”.
Remembering her fond memories on the sets, the actress chips, “As most of the film is shot in the villages of Punjab, I ensured to put my best foot forward to explore the village culture. I moved around with my team and interacted with the villagers in Punjabi.
I loved their simplicity and hospitality. Above all, I regularly visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar where I felt so blessed”.
Just as we were about to ask the damsel about Salman Khan, who is known to give her and many other new comers a ticket to Bollywood, a broad smile comes on her face. “All that I am today, is because of Salman,” she is quick to add.
As we share Salman’s inspiring tale of tracing his teacher after 31 years while shooting for Bodyguard in Patiala, she says, “I am surprised and inspired to know this. Rarely do children remember their teachers. I must say, Salman has a memory like an elephant. Above all, this also highlights the greatness of his personality.”
“I adore him for being grounded despite being such a big star. I consider myself lucky that I worked with him, and will always be thankful to him for having changed my life,” the actress concludes.