The makers of Aladdin hosted a special screening for all the television stars and their kids at a popular multiplex in Andheri, Mumbai. Actor Mena Massoud said in a media interaction that the upcoming live-action adaptation of Aladdin is important with respect to the representation of people of colour in Hollywood. Massoud, who was born in Egypt and lived in Canada, will be seen as Aladdin in the Disney film. All pictures/Yogen Shah
In picture: Hiten Tejwani and Gauri Pradhan with kids at the screening at a multiplex in Andheri.
"I don't feel a lot of pressure but a lot of responsibility. I think things are changing with Rami Malek winning an Oscar for doing an incredible job as Freddie Mercury. There are a lot of Middle Eastern actors coming up," actor Mena Massoud said.
In picture: Rochelle Rao and Keith Sequeira at the special screening of Aladdin.
"I think this film is important for representation. Hopefully, if it does well in cinema, Hollywood can have confidence in the fact that you can put a Middle Eastern in a lead role or in iconic role and it will still do well," Mena Massoud further added.
In picture: Mohit Sehgal and Sanya Irani with Ridhi Dogra at the screening.
He said Princess Jasmine will be empowering women all over the world. "We really focused on making this an empowering role for women all over the world seeing it and Naomi does an incredible job with that," said the actor.
In picture: Iqbal Khan was also clicked at the special screening of Aladdin with wife Sneha Chhabra and kids.
Talking about Aladdin, Will Smith, who plays Ginnie in the movie, is in love with the world of Bollywood and says he asked director Guy Ritchie to add a touch of it in the forthcoming film Aladdin. The actor, who has visited India several times for professional as well as personal reasons, said that he is eager to produce and work in a Bollywood project.
In picture: Nakuul Mehta and Jankee Parekh also attended Aladdin's special screening.
"Aladdin is hot... you are going to love it! I was trying to do my best Bollywood version in this movie and there is a Prince Ali sequence in the film and I kept telling Guy Ritchie you got to go full Bollywood, you have to give them the full flavour," said Will Smith.
In picture: Poonam Narula attended the screening with kids, which was held at a popular multiplex in Andheri, Mumbai.
Asked about whom would he like to collaborate next in Bollywood, he said, "I have been visiting India, meeting and hanging out. They need to present me something. I don't know what do we want to do, but we should start, we should produce it together."
In picture: Rajeev Paul was also snapped at the multiplex.
'Aladdin's' release in China comes after the release of much anticipated Marvel film 'Avengers: Endgame'. The 22nd film in the franchise hit the screens on April 24 in China, two days before its release in the US.
In picture: Shruti Seth posed for the shutterbugs at the screening of Aladdin.
The trailer of another upcoming Disney film titled 'Dumbo' was also aired during the Grammy Awards. Disney is also set to remake other animated classics including 'Mulan', 'The Little Mermaid', 'Snow White' and 'Pinocchio'.
In picture: Shweta Tripathi opted for a pastel shirt-dress, paired with tan coloured block heels for the outing.
The animated classic 'Aladdin' was directed by John Musker and Ron Clements and premiered in 1992. It earned more than USD 504 million globally.
In picture: Surbhi Chandna and Vikas Gupta were also snapped at the screening.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar. "Aladdin" will release in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on May 24.
In picture: Vikas Manaktala and Gunjan Walia were spotted twinning at the screening.
Hiten Tejwani, Gauri Pradhan, Keith Sequeira, Rochelle Rao, Sanya Irani, Mohit Sehgal, Iqbal Khan, Sneha Chhabra, Nakuul Mehta, Jankee Parekh, Poonam Narula, Rajeev Paul, Shruti Seth, Shweta Tripathi, Vikas Gupta, Surbhi Chandna, Vikas Manaktala and Gunjan Walia attended the special screening of Aladdin held at a popular multiplex in Andheri, Mumbai. See pictures.
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