Vidya Balan takes acting lessons from Naseeruddin Shah (Film Snippets)

New Delhi, Sep 29 (IANS) Bollywood actress Vidya Balan is doing every bit that she can to deliver her best in Vishal Bharadwaj's "Ishqiya". For this, she even joined a 10-day workshop with her co-star Naseeruddin Shah.

"The character that Vidya is playing in 'Ishqiya' is very complex and difficult to enact. Vidya thought that the way to emote the character on screen was best learnt from Naseeruddin Shah because the veteran actor is a master at it," a source close to the actress said.

"She was ecstatic to be discussing cinema with the master himself. Though they ended up discussing the film and cinema at length instead of doing a serious workshop, Vidya treasures the experience and is looking forward to working with the actor in the film," added the source.

Vidya, who stars opposite Arshad Warsi in the film, is not only taking lessons from Naseer but also also underwent classes to speak the typical Uttar Pradesh dialect during those 10 days.

"Vidya was just not familiar with the native that kind of Hindi. She mastered it by getting a teacher," said the source.

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Tanushree Dutta bats for breast cancer awareness

With October round the corner, loads of people will be observing the Breast Cancer Awareness month, including Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta.

Tanushree, last seen in "Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex", started showing solidarity for this cause ever since one of her friends was hit with the disease.

"I have seen a close friend who has survived this dreadful disease and since then I have been an avid supporter of this cause. I just don't pick up one day in the whole month to promote awareness, but go all out and spread the word throughout the month," said Tanushree.

During the month, the actress will sport a pink ribbon, which is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

"I wish every woman gets access to the right diagnosis and treatment and doesn't have to suffer," she said.

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After football in 'Goal', it's basketball for John Abraham

Bollywood actor John Abraham, who played the role of an ace footballer in "Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal", will now be seen dribbling the basketball in one of his forthcoming films.

The similarity doesn't end with the fact that John will be seen as a sportsman - he will be paired with his real life girlfriend Bipasha Basu in the film. Both were paired in "Goal" too.

Bipasha will sport an absolutely fresh look in the film.

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Sammir Dattani promotes yoga among local Mumbai residents

As yoga becomes the buzzword for fitness in tinsel town, actor Sammir Dattani of "Mukhbiir" fame took the onus of spreading awareness about the age-long therapy among local Mumbai residents.

Sammir along with fashion designer Shaina NC and other members of the Malabar Hill Association in the financial capital, where the actor resides, planned a five-day free yoga camp for all residents of the locality.

"I think it is a great initiative to spread awareness of the benefits of yoga. I have been practising yoga for five years now and without it my week doesn't feel complete. I might miss my gym training but never yoga," said Sammir.

He feels that more clubs and associations should organise such camps for the benefit of its members and the society.

Other actors who promote yoga include Kareena Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty.

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