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Janhvi Kapoor joins Rajkummar, Varun Sharma-starrer

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Actress Janhvi Kapoor has joined the cast of producer Dinesh Vijan’s film, “Rooh-Afza”, which also stars Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma.

“For ‘Rooh-Afza’, we needed actors who could jump into their roles with unabashed conviction. Rajkummar and Varun are phenomenal actors, comedy is a space they excel in and own,” Vijan said in a statement.

The daughter of late actress Sridevi will play two characters — Roohi and Afsana — in the upcoming film.

“For the female lead, we needed someone who could portray two contrasting personalities with ease, and Janhvi stood out. She really connected with the script. Her talent is still raw, but she is excited about being moulded. The script is young, refreshing and totally crazy, and she is exactly that,” Vijan said about the actress, who made her debut last year.
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Produced by Vijan and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba, the film will be directed by debutant Hardik Mehta.

Lamba said: “We took some time to finalise the female lead. Besides being pretty, she needed to oscillate between two characters which are poles apart. You will fall in love with her in one scene and won’t believe she is the same girl in the next one. It’s not an easy switch for an actor. It’s the perfect casting.”

The shooting will start in Uttar Pradesh this June and the film is slated to release on March 20, 2020.

“Rooh-Afza” is a Maddock films production and a Jio Studios and Dinesh Vijan presentation.

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Shabana Azmi hurt in road accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

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Raigad (Maharashtra): Renowned Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi was injured in a road accident involving her car near Khalapur on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the police said on Saturday.

As per preliminary information, her car, in which her husband and noted lyricist Javed Akhtar was also travelling, dashed against a truck on the highway towards Pune at around 4.15 p.m.

The injured actress was brought out of the car and admitted to a hospital in Navi Mumbai.

It is not immediately clear whether Akhtar was also injured, but another unidentified woman is reported to be seriously hurt.

Highway police patrol teams have rushed to investigate the accident site. Further details are awaited.

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