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Deepika Padukone got to do some martial arts in Chandni Chowk to China , but the experience in that film was not substantial while compared to the stunts she has performed for Rajinikanth starrer Kochadaiiyaan . “I come from a family where sports is a given. So doing my own stunts was exciting,” says Deepika. She has a 10-minute stunt in Kochadaiiyaan, choreographed by Peter Hein, who was also responsible for the stunts in Rajinikanth’s Robot . Kochadaiiyaan’s co-producer K. Murli Manohar describes Deepika’s stunts as “never seen before action by a female star from any part of the world, on a par with Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill and Angelina Jolie’s Lara Croft.

Kareena clarifies on Suriya

Actress Kareena Kapoor, who seems to have angered Tamil superstar Suriya’s fans by saying she doesn’t know him, has clarified that she knows him but has never met him. “It is a fact that I don’t know him. I’ve never met him, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know who Suriya is. Of course I know him. He’s a big star in Tamil cinema, and in fact one of the biggest. I truly respect his standing in the Indian film industry,” clarifies Kareena. The actress stars in the sequel to Singham , the film where he played the lead in Tamil cinema. Kareena says she was upset because of reports that she was doing an item song in the Suriya-starrer Anjaan . “I had never met the film’s director Linguswamy nor agreed to do any song or dance for his film,” she added.

Fashion forward

Stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Vidya Balan have come forward to support Ronnie and Zarina Screwvala’s Swades Foundation, which held a fundraising gala in Mumbai for rural empowerment. Amitabh, recounted his visit to villages in Raigad, Maharashtra, and says, “To say that it was a transformational journey would be an understatement. We met and interacted with so many people and heard wonderful stories of empowerment.” Amitabh Bachchan also recited verses from his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s works. Filmmaker Karan Johar hosted the fundraiser and promised to support the cause. The evening included a celebration of rural India on the ramp by designer Vikram Phadnis. Swades Heroes — villagers who lead by example in their rural communities — walked the ramp with stars like Sonakshi Sinha, Bipasha Basu, Neha Dhupia, Malaika Arora and Dia Mirza.

Next to nothing

Andrew Garfield says wearing a spandex costume for his role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made him feel “pretty much naked”. At the premiere of the film, he shared his experience of fitting into the suit, reports mirror.co.uk. “I have that great British reserve where I don’t like attention. Spandex does not suit the British. You are pretty much naked so you have to trust what you have is enough,” the actor said.

If he had failed…

Ranbir Kapoor might be a star now, but the son of actor Rishi Kapoor and actress Neetu Singh says that before joining the Hindi film industry, he knew that if acting didn’t work out for him, he would have tried his hand at filmmaking. Appearing in a television show recently, he talked about the pressure of coming from an illustrious film family, his education, and entry into cinema and more. “If I fail as an actor, I thought I will take up direction or produce films but I will do something in the film industry. Once I had made up my mind, I told my father I would go to an acting institute and train myself,” he said.

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