Anushka Sharma, first actor signed for Bombay Velvet

Anushka

A section of media had recently reported that Anushka Sharma was not the first choice for Anurag Kashyap's next Bombay Velvet that led the displeased director to clarify with a statement, "Anushka Sharma was the only choice for Bombay Velvet."

Interestingly, the news is that the film-maker cast the actress even before anybody else was cast in this period film set in the 1960s based on Gyan Prakash's book, Mumbai Fables. An excited Sharma says, "He handed me the script exactly one and a half months after the release of Band Baaja Baaraat. At that time, he did not even have a hero in the film. It was a great feeling, because such things don't happen in our industry. Obviously, the guy is chosen first and then the female lead is decided."

Overwhelmed by Kashyap's confidence in her, the actress says, "I don't mind working even for 20 hours if I have to, to make him proud. The maximum amount of confidence that an actor can get is when the director reposes faith in you." Co-starring Ranbir Kapoor, this film is set to go on floors in the middle of next year. Meanwhile, the actress currently awaits the release of Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola and will begin the shoot for Rajkumar Hirani's P.K. from February.

Chilling drama

Luscious red lips biting into a rose stem and a trickle of blood. The chilling teaser poster of Murder 3looks like another offering of gore and blood from the makers of Murder franchise. But producer Mahesh Bhatt has a surprise up his sleeve. "There is hardly any blood in Murder 3. It is more about interpersonal and multi partner relationships between men and women and people of the same sex! In fact, the story is more gripping than Murder and Murder 2 and will have the audience glued to their seats. The film's out-of-the-box story will jolt the audience," said Bhatt.

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