Ritesh Batra gets innovative to revive Mumbai's Irani cafes

Mumbai: "The Lunchbox" fame director Ritesh Batra is trying to revive Mumbai's Irani cafes with a series of events at select spots in the city.

The first two sessions were held at Koolar Cafe and Kyani Bakery, while the third session - a candid chat with casting directors Atul Mongia and Seher Latif - was held on Friday at Excelsior Cafe.

"My objective is to reinvent these cafes as cultural spaces to exchange ideas. It's very heartening to see full house at these events," Batra said in a statement.

In the one-hour interactive session, Mongia and Latif shared their thoughts on the casting process, while Batra moderated the talk.

In his endeavour to promote the Irani cafes, Batra even requested the enthusiastic audience of young and aspiring actors to order eatables or drinks worth Rs.50 from the cafe and come back to these cafes again.

Vidhu Vinod to host 'Broken Horses' screening for B-Town directors

Mumbai: A host of veteran and young Bollywood directors are likely to attend a special screening of Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra's Hollywood project "Broken Horses" here on Monday.

Chopra is hosting the screening of his maiden Hollywood venture, and it will be attended by the likes of Ramesh Sippy, Pradeep Sarkar, Sudhir Mishra, Sriram Raghavan, Abhishek Kapoor, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Subhash Kapoor, Bejoy Nambiar and Nikhil Advani to name a few.

The event is slated for this Monday evening, read a statement.

Written, directed and produced by Chopra, "Broken Horses" is creating a buzz globally since the time of its trailer launch, which had legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan sharing the stage.

Set in the shadow of the US-Mexico border gang wars, "Broken Horses" is a thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and futility of violence.

The film is co-written by Chopra and Abhijat Joshi, and is based on an original story by Chopra.

Its principal cast features Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette and Maria Valverde.

It will be distributed and marketed by Fox Star Studios in India.

Post 'Bigg Boss', Gautam Gulati finds time management tough

Mumbai: Determined to ensure that his "Bigg Boss 8" victory doesn't go to waste, Gautam Gulati is making an all-out effort to market his popularity in every conceivable way including films. But time management is turning out to be a hassle.

"Suddenly time management is a problem. I've to juggle between various events and my regular regime and personal life. I can't allow any of this to suffer," he said.

Now Gautam has a marketing team on board, and yet there is a lot of strain. However, he isn't complaining.

"It's very nice, very pleasant now. After 'Bigg Boss', I am recognised and treated well. When I meet film producers, they are good to me. The big stars also meet me warmly, so I can't complain," said the actor, who has even signed two films.

"In one, I play a conman, and in the other I am a film director."

Beyond these details, Gautam is not willing to talk about his film projects yet. He admits life has become a rollercoaster ride since his victory on "Bigg Boss", a popular reality show.

"While I was inside 'Bigg Boss' I never knew how I was being perceived. When I was being calm and restrained, I was only being my natural self. It was only after I came out that I got to know I was liked for being the person I am," confessed Gautam.

He has however not been able to keep in touch with his friends from the show.

"We all got busy with our own things. I barely have time to get through all the commitments each day. I am not able to see as much of family and friends as I'd like to. But I am enjoying every minute of this new phase in my life," he added.

Big actors refused my film due to Sunny Leone: Bobby Khan

Mumbai: Filmmaker Bobby Khan, who roped in Sunny Leone for his movie "Ek Paheli Leela", says many known actors refused to work in it because of the presence of the Indo-Canadian adult film star.

Khan told IANS: "Many big actors and known faces were approached for the film. They loved the script, but they refused it because Sunny belongs from the porn industry. It was very sad that many actors refused to do this film."

After working with Sunny, Khan vouches for her professionalism.

"Her past life was her choice, but in India, people's thinking is still like that...Many actors refused the film... Sunny felt bad and Daniel (Sunny's husband Daniel Weber) told me, 'Next time if you see an actor, I will come with you as I want to tell them that please work with my wife as she is very professional'. I felt very sad," added Khan.

Apart from Sunny, "Ek Paheli Leela" features Jay Bhanushali, Rajneesh Duggal, Rahul Dev and Mohit Ahlawat.

The director hopes Sunny gets an "image makeover" with the film.

"It's a very strong script and I visualized Sunny as Leela," he added.

My father living his dream through me: Jaz Dhami

Mumbai: "High Heels" hitmaker Jaz Dhami, who is all set to make his Bollywood singing debut after the launch of his latest single "Beparwaiyan", says his father -- Viccar Dhami, lead vocalist of the bhangra band Sangam -- has been his "biggest inspiration" and is "living his dream" through Jaz.

Born and brought up in Birmingham, Britain, Jaz shot to fame after his collaboration with rapper-singer Yo Yo Honey Singh for "High Heels", which gained tremendous popularity among youth.

"My family has been really supportive towards me. Because my dad has a passion for music, he always wanted me to become a singer. So, basically he is living his dream through me... And he has been the biggest inspiration for me. Also, Mohammed Rafi sir, A.R. Rahman sir, they're my favourite artists," Jaz told IANS in an interview.

Jaz, whose real name is Jaswinder Singh Dhami, says although he was raised in Britain, being brought up in a Punjabi family helped him grasp Punjabi.

"I come from a Punjabi background, so obviously we spoke Punjabi in the house. I came to India when I was 16, after my education, and I spend a lot of time in India. I guess that's how I grasped the language," said the singer, who turned 29 earlier this month.

His new single "Beparwaiyan" released on March 12, and now the singer is all set for his Bollywood debut with music director Himesh Reshammiya and singer Dr. Zeus in a yet-untitled Abhishek Bachchan film.

Speaking of his experience working for the song, Jaz gushed: "It was crazy, I was in Mumbai and I got a call from T-series saying that we'd like you to do a song for Bollywood and the next moment, I was recording in the studio with Himesh and Dr. Zeus."

A lover of Bollywood music, he said: "It has always been on top of my list to make an entry into Bollywood and work in Bollywood. I am excited about the song in Abhishek's film and I am excited about the fact that I'm finally getting my feet into Bollywood."

Although the "High Heels" video features Jaz as a stylish hunk, he says acting "is just not in my cards". But he may consider it if he's offered screen space with Bollywood superstars Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

"I'm not an actor, so that's something I wouldn't want to do. My passion is music, I always wanted to become a successful singer. Being an actor is just not my cup of tea at all, but, if it happens and Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar are in the film, maybe I'll consider it," said Jaz.

Can't see myself just looking pretty and dancing: Radhika Apte

Mumbai: Actress Radhika Apte is content after two back-to-back different entertainers -- Sriram Raghavan's "Badlapur" and Harshvardhan Kulkarni's "Hunterrr". Happy with the praise coming her way, she says she will continue trying to pick unique characters.

Talking about her performances, she said: "I guess what really worked for me was that the two films and my characters in them were so different from one another. It was just lucky that the two films came out together.

"We shot 'Hunterrr' over a long period of time. We did a major part of the shooting and then stopped. We picked up the threads again after two years, completed the film and quickly released it. Fortunately, the time lapse doesn't show in the film."

For an actress who has worked in films in seven languages even before turning 30, Radhika has a hunger to excel in unexpected roles.

"I cannot see myself just looking pretty and dancing. I am sure that requires a helluva lot of discipline and hard work. But I'd rather channelise my energy to do something different, like I did in 'Badlapur' and 'Hunterrr'."

In "Hunterrr", Radhika played a character with a past.

"We are living during times when women are not expected to be 'sati savitris'. My character in 'Hunterrr' had a relationship and an abortion. This is a relatable person. I don't know any friend of mine who hasn't had sex before marriage."

And now the quest for real characters continues.

"I don't care what the language of the cinema is, as long as it has a connect with real life. I am doing Leena Yadav's 'Parched' where I am pitched against some really brilliant actresses in a story that's set in Rajasthan. And I am doing 'The Field' about the Delhi mafia where my co-star is Neeraj Kabi (the monk in 'Ship Of Theseus').

"Then there is the biopic on Dashrath Manjhi with Nawazuddin Siddiqui which Ketan Mehta has directed. I got to play a Bihari rustic woman for the first time. I am also doing a couple of short films, one directed by Pia Sukanya called 'Bombairiya', and another one co-starring Soumita Chatterjee directed by Sujoy Ghosh.

"Then there is a short film by Anurag Kashyap on forbidden love."

Radhika who is married to a British musician, is very clear in her views on nudity in cinema.

"I have done a nude scene for an English-language film. In fact, I wrote an article about how strongly I felt on the subject of nudity. At the same time, I wouldn't allow my personal space to be violated by any intrusive attention.

"Sometime ago, someone had posted a nude selfie on the internet claiming it was me. The girl didn't even look like me. And the controversy died a natural death."

Sighs Radhika: "I am here because I am passionate about acting. Just after I was noticed in Raj Nidimoru-Krishna DK's 'Shor In The City', I left for London to study contemporary dancing. I came back feeling more empowered.

"I grew up idolising Aamir Khan. I had a poster of his in my room. Every day I said 'bye' to it before going to school. I want to create a similar sense of self-worth in my career," she said.

Katrina Kaif unveils her statue at Madame Tussauds

London: Actress Katrina Kaif has became the latest Indian to be featured at the Madame Tussauds museum here.

The museum is marking 15 years since its first Bollywood statue was created. Katrina was at the museum for the unveiling, reports bbc.com.

Katrina collaborated closely with the musuem's sculptors and artists to decide a dancing pose and outfit for the figure, having given a sitting in Mumbai where all the measurements required to create an accurate likeness were gathered.

A team of 20 artists worked on the figure, which cost around 150,000 pounds to produce.

Miley Cyrus makes necklace with her wisdom tooth

Los Angeles : Singer Miley Cyrus has made a necklace from her recently extracted wisdom tooth, which she combined with numerous colourful beaded chains.

Cyrus channeled her creativity and went topless to model for her creation, before posting the photograph on photo-sharing website Instagram, reports aceshowbiz.com.

"Made Meeeeesahhhh @waynecoyne5 #dirtyhippie necklace with my realllll life tooooof in it that's some exclusive a$$ DUDE NOW YIEW CAN CLONE ME," she captioned the image.

A few days before, Cyrus also took to the photo-sharing website to share some graphic photographs of her getting five of her teeth removed. Among the images she posted were a picture of her pulled teeth and a selfie that showed her with gauze in her mouth and two ice packs on both of her cheeks.

I want ten children, says Katie Price

Los Angeles : TV personality and former model Katie Price says she would call her life a "success" if she had 10 children. Also, she would consider adopting if she is told she cannot have any more children.

The 36-year-old star already has five children, Harvey, 13, Junior, nine, Princess, seven, 18-month-old Jett and seven-month-old Bunny.

"I'd like to come down one day and have 10 kids sitting around the kitchen table --that, to me, would really be a success.

"I want this marriage to work and I want more children. I want as many as I can have before a doctor says 'no more' and then I'm going to adopt," Price, who has Jett and Bunny with husband Kieran Hayler, told ES magazine, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

The former model, who was left devastated last year when she discovered Hayler had cheated on her with two of her best friends, insists she is a "good mum" and has vowed to "always" be there for her children.

"I'm not a conventional mum but I'm a good mum. My kids are happy, polite and respectful. They know most things that happen to me but they deal with it. I'm always there, we talk about anything," she said.

Price and Hayler renewed their wedding vows last month and they seemed to be very much enjoying each other's company on Thursday as they enjoyed a date at Thorpe Park in Surrey, south east England.

Bruce Jenner in tears over Kris's will plan

Los Angeles : Former athlete and TV personality Bruce Jenner was left in tears when his former wife Kris Jenner told him he was no longer the executor of her will.

The 65-year-old star is seen getting teary eyed in a clip from an upcoming episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" as his ex-wife reveals she has put her eldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian, 35, in charge of her affairs should anything happen to her, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Speaking on Sunday's "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" episode, Kris says: "For my entire marriage with Bruce he has always been listed as the executor on my living will.
But when Bruce and I got divorced I decided that Kourtney was going to be the executor."

Kris reveals the news to Bruce at a medical facility, where she is undergoing a procedure, after she is asked by a member of staff who should be contacted if there are any complications.

He fails to hide his emotions following the revelation, and disagrees with Kris' decision.

He says: "The problem I have with all of this... Kourtney with the final say? What, I'm not here? I'm the only one here. She's not here."

But the 59-year-old reality star clarifies her decision, insisting she doesn't see why Bruce, who she was married to for 24 years until their divorce was finalised earlier this year, should have that authority anymore.

She explains: "If somebody needs to make a decision, like taking you off life support, we're divorced. I don't think you should be the one that would decide."

Outsiders have less pressure compared to star kids: Gulshan Devaiah

Mumbai :To many, star kids are the privileged lot in tinsel town, but "Hunterrr" actor Gulshan Devaiah feels "outsiders" like him in the film world have less performance pressure to deal with.

Asked if he feels things are easier for those actors who come from film families, as compared to the outsiders, Gulshan told IANS: "Star kids have to deal with a different pressure. They have to constantly deal with comparisons.

"The way people judge them...it creates extra pressure on them. I feel outsiders have less pressure compared to star kids as they don't expect much. It s better if you are not a star kid."

Earlier seen in films like "Shaitan" and "Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela", Gulshan also believes in competition.

"I am very competitive. I think I can compete with anyone... not in box office level, but creatively. It's very healthy to have a competitive spirit. There is no hatred."

Jonas understands Malik's exit from One Direction

Los Angeles: Former Jonas Brothers star Nick Jonas says he can understand how the "pressure" from being in the boy band made Zayn Malik quit.

Jonas can relate to the difficulties caused by being in such a hugely successful group with such an intense fan base and why those difficulties made Malik decide to leave the band on Wednesday, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

Jonas is grateful he was in his band, which broke up in 2013 after eight years together, with his brothers Joe and Kevin, so no matter what happened with their career, they knew their family bond came first.

In an interview with 'Entertainment Tonight', Jonas said: "It's a lot of pressure. I think that my situation was really unique, I had family with me. I feel like it is a tough world already, and I was thankful to have family and walk through it with them, but it's all about how you balance it, and trying to implement a few moments of normalcy and quietness in a really crazy ride."

The 22-year-old musician has sent a message of support to Malik, the rest of One Direction -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne -- and the group's fans, in the wake of Malik's departure.

"I feel for the fans, and totally understand fame as well and what he's going through, all the best to all of them," added the "Jealous" hitmaker.

Malik, 22, revealed he decided to leave One Direction after five years, during which time they became the biggest pop band in the world, because he wanted to live a normal life.

Jason Derulo doesn't want to settle down

Los Angeles: Singer Jason Derulo says he doesn't want to "settle down" yet and that he is enjoying "relearning" about women, following his split from Jordin Sparks six months ago.

The "Trumpets" hitmaker has admitted he has no plans to get serious with anyone at the moment but is having "fun".

"I'm having a lot of fun. I'm not really looking to settle down right away. It's been amazing," Derulo told people.com.

"I've gotten a chance to really learn about myself and what I like and what I'm into, because sometimes you fall into something, and then you don't really know what else is out there. I had to relearn what else was out there and how other girls are, really," he added.

Meanwhile, the crooner recently revealed he had started dating again. But he insists he doesn't have a specific type and believes love comes in "all shapes and sizes".

"I am dating. I want somebody that I can talk to and is kind like me and likes to have fun and try new things. I really don't have a type. I think when someone is beautiful, it comes in all shapes and sizes so in terms of looks, I don't have a specific type," he said.


Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris 'make a great couple'

Los Angeles: Singer Taylor Swift and record producer Calvin Harris have reportedly been hanging out since late February when they first met at the 2015 Brit Awards and are said to "make a great couple".

"He is taken with her. They connected properly at the Brit (Awards), and it's been going on since then," a source told eonline.com.

"It's been going on a few weeks. They actually make a great couple. They are just getting to know each other and we'll see what happens," the source added.

Neither Swift nor Harris has confirmed the romance rumours. Speculation went into full swing earlier this week when the two were spotted together at Whole Foods in Nashville.

"He is such a good guy. He's serious but also very goofy at the same time. She really likes that combination. It's exciting for both of them. It's hard to meet someone in their business," the insider said of Harris.

Gwen Stefani's father granted restraining order

Los Angeles: Singer Gwen Stefani's dad Dennis Stefani has reportedly been granted a restraining order against a fan he claims is following his daughter.

Dennis got the green light for a protection order after he filed documents claiming fan Richard Portnoy visited his house and then read him a letter about his feelings towards the 45-year-old singer, reports tmz.com.

Dennis also claims in the papers that Portnoy has gained access to information about where his daughter has medical treatments and attempted to contact her on March 16, and has also been to both his and Gwen's house three times since February.

The restraining order means Portnoy isn't allowed any contact with Gwen, her husband Gavin Rossdale and their three children, Kingston, eight, Zuma, six, and 12-month-old Apollo, as well as Dennis and his wife Patricia, and must stay 100 yards away from the family.

Dennis filed the documents because he and Patricia were worried Portnoy might turn up at their home, or Gwen's home again.

Earlier this month, it was reported Gwen called the police because she thought someone had followed her to an acupuncture clinic here. Police officers arrived and started searching nearby shops but didn't find anyone.

Charlize Theron rolled in dirt for film

Los Angeles: Actress Charlize Theron says she rolled in sand every morning before shooting started on "Mad Max: Fury Road" so she looked like she was living in a post-apocalyptic world.

The 39-year-old actress features as Imperator Furiosa in the forthcoming action movie and would prepare for shooting by covering herself in dirt in the arid landscape of Namibia, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"I got to show up 20 minutes before we went on set and I would walk out of my trailer in my wardrobe and roll in the sand, literally just roll," Theron told Total Film magazine.

Theron also took other deliberate steps to prepare for the role, including getting a buzz cut hairstyle which she had clipped every three days during filming.

Director George Miller said: "She called one day and said, 'I'm thinking of getting a buzz cut.' The moment she said that, I just thought, 'Brilliant'."

Theron, who is in a relationship with Sean Penn, also ensured she gained weight to play the character because she didn't want to look 'scrawny' opposite co-star Tom Hardy, who is taking on the titular role made famous by Mel Gibson.

"I wanted to look like I had tremendous upper body strength because there was so much physicality in the movie, especially with someone like Tom Hardy. I just hate that idea of scrawny little girls fighting men off and then winning. I looked like a football player in this movie," she said.


Kalki Koechlin wants to act in adult comedy

Mumbai: Actress Kalki Koechlin is quite impressed with recently released adult comedy "Hunterrr" and says she would love to do a film in the same genre, provided the story is original and different.

Directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, "Hunterrr" revolves around Mandar Ponkshe's lustful journey, played by Gulshan Devaiah.

Kalki was present at the success bash of "Hunterrr" here on Friday, when she was asked if she is interested to act in adult comedy movies.

To that, she said: "Of course... It's an interesting concept. I would definitely do if it has an original script."

Meanwhile, Kalki will next be seen portraying the role of a young girl who is affected by cerebral palsy in the film "Margarita with a Straw".


Ranbir Kapoor is superstar of our times: Arjun Kapoor

Mumbai: Actor Arjun Kapoor has showered praise on his contemporary Ranbir Kapoor, calling him the superstar of the current generation.

Arjun was at the Ficci Frames 2015 conclave here on Friday to discuss the new wave in Hindi cinema.

Asked whom he considered the superstar of the current age, Arjun said: “I think Ranbir Kapoor is the superstar of our generation for the kind of roles he is doing, the choices he has made. And he always takes risks.”

“With 'Bombay Velvet' he is again taking a risk. He has always been very brave. He is loved by everybody and we look forward to see Ranbir's movies. You'll never disregard a Ranbir Kapoor film even when he does a special appearance,” Arjun added.

Arjun was last seen with Sonakshi Sinha in “Tevar”, which failed to create a stir at the box office.

'CSK': Good thriller that needed more thrills

Film: "CSK"; Cast: Sharran, Vimal, Narayan, Mishal and Jai Quehaeni; Director: Sathiyamoorthy; Rating: ***

"CSK" is the kind of thriller that attempts something offbeat but doesn't quite succeed in keeping us on the edge of our seats.

The opening moments are impressive and instantly thrill-inducing -- a woman with her mouth and hands tapped, is surrounded by three men. She's lying at their feet and as one of them swings a wooden log at her head, the story goes back a few hours in time.

In CSK, which stands for Charles, Shafiq and Karthiga; the girl is wanted by four men. It's nice how the entire story rests on the shoulders of Karthiga, played here by Jai Quehaeni, who was last seen in Lakshmy Ramakrishnan's "Aarohanam". The only other recent Tamil film where the heroine had a similar role to essay was Balaji Kumar's "Vidiyum Munn", in which all the characters are after Pooja Kumar, who played a hooker. Interestingly, both these stories unfold in a single night. But that's where the similarities end.

Karthiga is an independent working woman who singlehandedly takes care of her family, which includes her paralysed father and mother. Her close friend is Charles, a passionate cricketer with the ultimate dream of playing for Chennai Super Kings.

Charles likes Karthiga, and he literally follows her everywhere. But this isn't stalking because she likes his presence and in one scene, she's concerned why he doesn't come to see her off at the bus depot. But like a curse on all good relationships in our movies, Charles's mother doesn't like the idea of welcoming a Hindu daughter-in-law. And the scene where she conveys the message loud and clear to Karthiga, takes places outside a church. It's a nice touch by the director.

Shafiq belongs to a struggling Muslim family. And to get his sisters married, he agrees to get his hands dirty by doing a transaction of smuggled diamonds. When his plan goes awry, he entrusts the diamonds with Karthiga, who is a witness to the murder of a colleague and the killers are after her. Charles and Karthiga have a misunderstanding and he wants to right the wrong.

With an interesting premise set against the backdrop of a single night, CSK is yet another small film wonder that shouldn't be taken lightly. Most of the second half takes place inside a shopping mall, where Karthiga is being hunted by the killers. She escapes from the clutches of her killers far too many times too easily, but you still don't mind because here's a heroine who doesn't wait for her boyfriend to come to her rescue. And finally, when her boyfriend does arrive, there's a feeling that too much time was spent on building the premise and the film feels overdrawn.

Until one point, the multiple stories in the film run parallely, but once Karthiga gets trapped, we lose interest in Shafiq's plot because very little time is spent on it. Also, Karthiga's boyfriend realises quite late into the film that she could be in danger. Had the director not prolonged the story, the thrills would've worked better. But with the long drawn narrative and just a few thrills, you feel let down after being impressed initially.

The appreciating factor of the film is the strong female protagonist. Rarely do you see a courageous heroine in Tamil cinema, and it's a treat to see how Karthiga deals with her relationship, a box of smuggled diamonds that she mysteriously finds in her handbag, the murder of her colleague and finally protect herself from her killers. And all this during the course of a single night. Brilliant!

CSK has some problems, especially with its narrative but kudos to the team for daring to experiment.

Audience wants realism, not fantasy: Varun Dhawan

Mumbai: Actor Varun Dhawan, who has scored a critically acclaimed dark and intense performance in "Badlapur", believes that audiences these days want realistic cinema and "not a lot of fantasy" - something that Bollywood movies are known for.

"Right now, I feel the people want some other type of cinema. Some more thrill, something a little bit more realistic, not a lot of fantasy," said Varun, whose role of a grieving family man seeking to avenge the death of his wife and child in "Badlapur" met with appreciation.

The "Main Tera Hero" actor feels it's a great time to be in the industry.

"The time is now... the things that we were talking about five years back, saying to ourselves, 'This should be done in Hindi cinema'... that time has come now. Youths today have started accepting new ideas; people have become broadminded," he added.

Although the 27-year-old actor makes it "a point" to "connect with the youth" with his work, he doesn't feel that he is a youth icon.

"I make it a point, whenever I'm promoting a film, that I go and try to connect with youth because I think my connect is more with them.

"I don't really know if I am a youth icon. I would like to tell the youth: please choose Virat Kohli or Sania Mirza or Saina Nehwal. Please choose these people as youth icons because my youth icons while growing up were Sachin (Tendulkar), (Rahul) Dravid, (Saurav) Ganguly when they were playing.

"I chose sports stars as my icons because you get to learn so much from sports in terms of determination, in terms of comebacks and the general attitude in life," said Varun, who made his debut with "Student Of The Year".

Asked what he wants to convey to his young fans, he said: "Just be yourself! Individuality is the main thing. Express yourself, ask a lot of questions. Experience everything once in life, but don't do anything that you feel would embarrass your parents."

Varun, the son of filmmaker David Dhawan, believes getting a platform to "express and explore" is really important for an artiste to perform and grow.

"Only when you get a platform, you can express and explore. Like I've done street plays and that really helped my confidence. There is a small crowd, but a few people watching you also helps. When we perform as actors, our confidence grows. We make our craft better," he said.

Varun's next film is "ABCD 2", which also stars Shraddha Kapoor. It will release on June 26.

He is also now busy shooting for Rohit Shetty's directorial "Dilwale", which also stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol.