Bollywood rising stars impress Dubai with easy charm, quick wit at DIFF


The rising stars of Bollywood, Ranveer Singh and Anushka Sharma charmed Dubai with their candour, wit and effortless grace, at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival, as they presented their latest movie outing, Ladies V/s Ricky Bahl, which made its world premiere at the festival.

Addressing a press conference at DIFF, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Ranveer and Anushka described the breezy moments in shooting the romantic comedy.

Quickly moving into serious mode, they told the audience that irrespective of the fame and glamour associated with the industry, they believed that it was more important to find a balance in life, as “one has to give as much to get as much.” They said that it was important to connect with the grassroots, not lose sight of reality.


Ranveer described his newest venture with co-star Anushka and director Maneesh Sharma as a ‘desi, pulp, revenge chick-flick,” and would leave everyone –both men and women – leaving the theatre halls happy.
On Friday, Indian film lovers have more reason to celebrate. At 2 pm, First Group Theatre will screen the international premiere of director Srijit Mukherji’s 7th August, a Bengali film that explores the dark underbelly of Kolkata; and at 5.15 pm, the same venue will host the world premiere of Akam, a Malayalam film directed by Shalini Usha Nair, on a man’s perfect life turning upside down when a terrible accident traumatizes him. 7th August will also screen on Dec. 10 at 2.15 pm at MoE 2, and Akam at 11.30 pm at MoE 12.

Accomplished filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s Jai Bhim Comrade (2.30 pm at MoE 12); the international permiere of Kaushik Ganguly’s Laptop starring Rahul Bose (10.30 pm, First Group Theatre); a second screening of Maithanam, directed by Muthuswamy Sakthivel (7.00 pm; MoE 12) and the Amir Khan-starrer Lagaaan, the Academy Award nominee in the Foreign Film category, screened to mark the DIFF Lifetime Achivement Honour for music composer A.R. Rahman (2.45 pm, MoE 10) are among other Bollywood film selections on Friday.

The DIFF box office is open online at and at the DIFF box offices in Dubai Media City, JBR The Walk, Mall of the Emirates and Madinat Jumeirah. Additional information is also available through the Festival’s dedicated customer care number, 363 FILM (3456).


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