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I like surprising myself with different roles: Rashmika Mandanna


I like surprising myself with different roles: Rashmika MandannaHyderabad, Apr 10 (IANS): Actress Rashmika Mandanna, who has had a series of blockbusters in the Telugu industry, recently entered the Hindi entertainment scene with the music video of “Top tucker”, sung by Uchana Amit, Jonita Gandhi, Yuvan Shankar Raja and Badshah. Even before her Bollywood debut “Mission Majnu” has released, she has signed her second Hindi film, “Goodbye”, with Amitabh Bachchan.

Rashmika says she is always curious to know how the audience reacts, and that is what drives her towards diversity.

“Since I am just a beginner in the field of acting, as a person I am curious how it is going to pan out when I do different things. For me, every film I choose, I do a different character because, for me, I wouldn’t want to watch myself do the same content twice. Be it ‘Geetha Govindam’, ‘Dear Comrade’, ‘Mission Majnu’ or ‘Goodbye’, each is so different,” says the actress.

She adds: “I like to keep surprising myself — ‘am I really doing this?’ It’s wonderful when you can surprise yourself. I am grateful. People are seeing me in different characters and it is not easy but I am doing it,” says the actress, who made her acting debut with Kannada film “Kirik Party” in 2016.

The actress, who is called “National Crush” by her fans, is aware that people around the country have watched her work through dubbed films. It makes her feel more confident about the fact that film lovers are watching content across the country, irrespective of language barrier.

“For me, the films which I have done so far, people have watched them with subtitles. I recently got to know that ‘Dear Comrade’ with subtitles was hitting 100 million views and I was like, ‘this is crazy and this is big’! People here (Mumbai) still call me by (names of) the characters from the South and that is how I know that barriers are breaking,” she says.

She adds: “People are watching good content and not just national cinema anymore. I am craving to do better work in any language and it’s not that I am from South, so I should be doing only South Indian films or if I am doing Bollywood, then I would do only Bollywood films. Now the barriers are breaking and I just want to be part of good films. People loving me came with the films I chose, and I hope that a lot more people love me with the work I do.”

The actress has almost finished the shoot of “Mission Majnu”, co-starring Sidharth Malhotra, and has started shooting with Amitabh Bachchan for “Goodbye.” Her Telugu film “Pushpa” with Allu Arjun is under production. She will also be seen in the Telugu film “Aadavaallu Meeku Johaarlu”.

Won’t be part of story showing women in poor light: Aahana Kumra


Won’t be part of story showing women in poor light: Aahana KumraMumbai, April 9 (IANS) Aahana Kumra says being an actress she understands the power and influence of cinema, and that is the reason she never wants to be a part of a project that does not offer a respectful portrayal of women.

“I know as an actress, I have the power to influence people, and I want to do it in the right direction. Films can have an enormous impact on society, especially young minds. So, I never want to be associated with a project that will showcase women in a poor light. It’s important and a high time to have conversations around women’s rights and safety,” she said.

Aahana recently wrapped up her shooting schedule of Madhur Bhandarkar’s film “India Lockdown”. She will be seen in the upcoming short film “Happy Birthday” alongside Anupam Kher.

Source: IANS

There cannot be competition between actors: Pratik Gandhi


Was convinced ‘Scam 1992’ would not be a bingeable show: Pratik GandhiBy Durga Chakravarty (IANS) He became a pan-India sensation almost overnight, with his portrayal of Harshad Mehta in last year’s popular series “Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story”, and has now planted his feet in Bollywood. With the spotlight firmly on him, actor Pratik Gandhi says he does not believe in competition among contemporaries.

“There can’t be competition between actors. Had it been products, there would have been competition. If I was a biscuit or a soap, there would be competition,” Pratik told IANS.

He added: “I am a human being. How can two people, looking so different and having distinct types of acting, be compared? I don’t take the pressure that your next thing has to be bigger than the previous one.

Gujarati actor Pratik first made his mark on stage and his name was included in “Limca Book Of Records” for a monologue he performed in three languages, in the play “Mohan No Masalo”. He would tell you the “Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story” success has been a progression of his steady rise as an actor, and it has opened up opportunities.

“I would convert this as excitement where people are giving me different opportunities now. They are open to work with me in different subjects — which is very exciting for me as an actor, and I am just looking forward to playing another character. So yeah, I don’t think that much. My theatre background is helping me here,” Pratik said.

He insists fame and success are peripheral products. “I don’t think about all these things (fame and success) because they are peripheral byproducts. I am getting much love from the audience all across, and across all age groups. I don’t think about it much. It is the character that worked for them,” he said, about his “Scam 1992” success.

Before starring in the OTT show, Pratik was also seen in the Hindi film “Loveyatri”, but he admits Hansal Mehta’s web series was a game changer for him.

“It is an absolute gamechanger. It changed a lot of things for me personally and professionally. More so, it has changed the way people look at me now,” he said.

He finds all the love coming his way satisfying and describes it as “a very overwhelming feeling”.

“It has something that I have been waiting for, over the last 16 years,” he concluded.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

Source: IANS

As of now, digital is the only way to go: Avinash Tiwary


As of now, digital is the only way to go: Avinash TiwaryMumbai, April 10 (IANS) Actor Avinash Tiwary has been balancing theatrical and OTT releases from before lockdown gave a boost to the digital way of watching content.

While his films like “Tu Hai Mera Sunday” and “Laila Majnu” released on the big screen, “Bulbbul” and “Ghost Stories” were released on OTT. Talking about the current times, when Covid cases are on the rise again and impacting box office business, he feels the inclination towards digital projects is only natural.

The actor’s upcoming project “Dongri To Dubai” is based on author Hussain Zaidi book of the same name, and will release on an OTT platform as a series.

“As of now, when there is uncertainty in the industry, digital is the only way to go for. I am doing more stuff on OTT but having said that, I am also looking at projects that take me back to the theatres. I am doing ‘Dongri To Dubai’, which as of now to my knowledge is Amazon’s biggest project,” Avinash tells IANS.

Talking about how the release platform affects his craft as an actor, Avinash says: “It doesn’t change anything for me. Eventually I am doing a story that is said by the director. My job is essentially to create that character, which my director wants to tell the story with. I don’t think there is anything different. Every story has a different process, every actor also finds a different process. While that varies, it doesn’t matter if it is a OTT platform or anything else.”

The actor, who was recently seen playing the role of Shekhar Kapoor in the film “The Girl On The Train”, made a mark with his 2018 film “Laila Majnu”, directed by Imtiaz Ali’s brother Sajid Khan. The film, however, didn’t get the cash registers ringing.

Does he feel the film deserved more reach? “That I would feel for every work I have done,” says Avinash, who goes on to add: “The film disappeared by the third day. It was there for a week but I think by the third day, it was taken off from big theatres. From then on if we are still talking about it, then it means the film made an impact. Thankfully I get more messages for the film now than I got back then. Imtiaz sir had told me once that a film is for life, so if it’s of any worth it will keep finding its audience,” shares the actor.

Source: IANS

Always on my toes shooting with Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupati: Raashii Khanna


Always on my toes shooting with Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupati: Raashii KhannaPanaji, April 10 (IANS) The second schedule of Raj and DK’s upcoming thriller series, starring Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupati, has commenced in Goa, and cast member Raashii Khanna is excited to shoot with the filmmaker duo for a series featuring the two stars.

“Shooting for this one-of-a-kind thriller has been an absolute joyride and diving into a fresh schedule is going to be very exciting for me. The experience of being directed by Raj and DK is fantastic, and with stars such as Shahid and Vijay, I am always on my toes,” said Raashii.

The actress has undergone the Covid test twice and continues to observe all precautionary measures stipulated by medical authorities.

The actress is an established name in South Indian films, having scored hits such as Bengal Tiger, Supreme, Jai Lava Kusa, Tholi Prema, Imaikkaa Nodigal and Venky Mama.

Her upcoming slate includes Tughlaq Durbar, Aranmanai 3, Methavi, Bhramam and Thank You.

Source: IANS

‘Hello Charlie’ gorilla had to be breathtaking: Ritesh Sidhwani


‘Hello Charlie’ gorilla had to be breathtaking: Ritesh SidhwaniMumbai, April 9 (IANS) Actors Aadar Jain and Elnaaz Norouzi will appear in the upcoming comedy film “Hello Charlie”, but it is their ‘co-star’, Toto the gorilla, who seems to be getting a lot of the attention.

The film’s co-producer Ritesh Sidhwani says that to ensure that the gorilla looked convincing, the team invested nine months hunting for the perfect gorilla suit. Finally, they got what they needed in Los Angeles, along with the artiste who would wear the suit and dress up as Toto in the film.

“It was the script that got us interested. When (director) Pankaj Saraswat narrated the script to us, we were rolling with laughter with what he had put in there. A man who scams the country of Rs 15,000 crore and decides to escape the country as a gorilla sounded absurd but it was damn funny. The job of transporting him from Mumbai was given to this simpleton (Aadar Jain), who comes to Mumbai to get a job. So, it was an interesting road trip with the gorilla,” said Sidhwani.

It took the film’s team nine months to get the suit, necessary permissions and the artiste Garret to India. The team that has worked in “Hello Charlie” is, incidentally also the team that worked in the Hollywood blockbuster franchise “Planet Of The Apes”.

“The gorilla had to be breathtaking. In India, we don’t have access to such suits because it takes 100 to thousands of dollars to build such a suit. The guy who performed as the gorilla is also very important. So, I told him (Pankaj) that you need to make a trip to LA and I need to send my executive producer with you. Then the team eventually started contacting people there,” said Sidhwani.

“A lot of gorilla films have now moved to CG in Hollywood. During the first film of ‘Planet Of The Apes”, everyone was in these suits but as the time passed only the guy who plays the main ape is in the suit. Everyone else is CG-created. But we wanted a suit because we had to tell the audience that there is a guy in the suit who is trying to escape. So, it took us a few months in LA to find the right suit, then the right performer who can play the ape, because he was used to play an ape inside the suit. In our film, he had to do both. He had to play a human inside the suit as well as play an ape. It took us time to adapt,” shared Sidhwani.

He added: “A lot of research went into it. It’s not a job that can be done by any kind of performer. It has to be authorised by the acting guild in the USA and there are only a specific number of people who can perform in such a suit. We had to be sure that the audience liked it, especially the kids, because they are the main audience.”

What kind of specifications went into getting the gorilla suit? “We had to get the suit, and adapt it as per our film, we had to customise the head because it had to be removed in certain parts. We then waited for the suit to come because at the time we found it, it was on sets of other Hollywood films,” he says.

Source: IANS

I don’t have a great sense of humour in real life: Aparshakti


I don’t have a great sense of humour in real life: AparshaktiBy Durga Chakravarty (IANS) He is known for his comic timing in films such as “Dangal”, “Lukka Chuppi”, “Stree” and “Bala”, but Aparshakti Khurana surprises you when he says he does not have a great sense of humour.

If comedy has dominated his filmography so far — although he impressed with the odd emotional act in “Street Dancer 3D” — the actor says it was not a conscious decision to play the funnyman all along.

“It just happened. I think in real life I don’t have a great sense of humour. I used to have PJs… all bad jokes. Thankfully, I have some really good lines in my films to add a good sense of humour in the films, but otherwise my sense of humour is very word play,” he tells IANS.

“Talking about why comedy (is) more (in his filmograpohy), it was not a conscious effort. Let’s be honest, beggars can’t be choosers. I started my journey with whatever I got on my plate. I took it with arms wide open. Even today, I don’t think an actor in my space has a lot of choices to make. Whatever comes your way you do it,” he says.

For Aparshakti, Singing has always been his passion

Aparshakti feels that his role in “Street Dancer 3D” helped him move out of the comic zone.

“Having said that ‘Street Dancer’ is something that helped me to come out of the comedy zone and I could strike an emotional chord. People did relate to that character and had a sentimental moment. So, that makes me believe that I am not here only for comedy. I can also do serious stuff as well,” he says.

The actor says there has been a shift in the way the audience watches films.

“There has been such a paradigm shift in the way we watch films or talk about our actors. There is nothing called a villain anymore,” he says.

Aparshakti is all geared up for “Helmet”, his first film as a solo lead. The film is a satire on the ground reality in the country, where people feel awkward while buying and talking about condoms. The film tries to highlight the message in a funny manner without being preachy.

Does Bollywood have a herd mentality, considering the recent surge in socially relevant films? “It (a socially-relevant theme) just makes your script a little more relevant. That’s about it. Otherwise there is no math that you need this particular element (refers to social message). At the end of the day it will always be about good storytelling, tight script. You can have fun, if it’s funny. You can get creeped out if it is a suspense thriller or a horror film. If you have that you are home. Of course, if the film has a social element it is just a cherry on the cake. People can go home with a little message,” he says.

“It is more important to have a nice narrative, script, and an apt form of storytelling. It does not matter if it has a social message or not,” he concludes.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

Source: IANS

Anupria Goenka loves working with newcomers with a voice


Post ‘Aashram’, Anupria Goenka feels amazing to be part of content-driven projectsMumbai, April 8 (IANS) Actress Anupria Goenka loves working with newcomers who have a distinct voice, and it is the reason she agreed to star in one of the films of an untitled upcoming anthology, set to release on OTT. The film also features Girish Kulkarni.

The actress is part of a thriller story that revolves around love in today’s time.

“I saw the trailer of one of the shorts in the anthology that they had done with Girish Kulkarni and I really liked it. I went with my gut feeling because I believe in working with newcomers who have a voice. We had a wonderful shoot and it was a great two-to-three day affair with the entire crew being new but extremely passionate,” Anupria tells IANS.

The short film is being directed by Deepankar Prakash who, Anupriya feels “has interesting directorial sensibilities”.

“I just took a leap of faith with this new team based on the script,” she added.

Source: IANS

Emotionally draining to play psychiatrist: Sandeepa Dhar


Emotionally draining to play psychiatrist: Sandeepa DharMumbai, Apr 8 (IANS): Actress Sandeepa Dhar says playing a psychiatrist in the web series “Bisaat” was an emotionally draining experience.

The eight-part-web series is directed by Vikram Bhatt and also stars “Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2” actor Omkar Kapoor.

“It was very intense shooting for ‘Bisaat’, because it was emotionally draining. We shot the show over 50 days and those 50 days have been amongst the most emotionally exhausting in my life. However, as an actor it’s been very satisfying, because each day when I would come back home, although I would be emotionally and physically tired, I would feel happy about the fact that I gave it my all,” she told IANS.

To bring alive her character Kiyana, Sandeepa had to understand what goes in the world of clinical psychiatry. For this, she met medical professionals.

“I spent a month and a half meeting different psychiatrists, understanding medical terms, jargons, their lifestyle at personal and professional lives,” she said.

“The character is a complex and layered personality, she has her baggage, a troubled marriage she is trying to sort. She also has certain professional difficulties to deal with. She is the epitome of the modern contemporary woman who is trying to balance her career and professional life,” she says.

“Bisaat” will streaming digitally from April 15.

TV is high-paying but can be exhausting: Siddharth Nigam


TV is high-paying but can be exhausting: Siddharth NigamMumbai, April 8 (IANS) Television actor Siddharth Nigam, who recently joined the cast of the show “Hero: Gayab Mode On”, says while actors get paid well on television, shoots can be exhausting.

“TV is high-paying but can be exhausting. However, I feel if you love something you can’t be exhausted. I love acting and I love my job, so I don’t find it that strenuous,” he told IANS.

With the new Covid protocols, the actor feels it is scary to step out for shoot.

“I am taking all the precautions during the pandemic. It is very tough to shoot nowadays. Even our normal lives have changed. You can’t touch anything and have to be cautious of who is near you. It is very risky to roam around. How I am managing is by ensuring I have my mask on and sanitizer with me at all time. On set, they have taken good precautions and I also maintain my own precautions,” he says.

The actor is seen alongside his brother Abhishek Nigam in “Hero: Gayab Mode On”, which was a huge draw for him.

“It is a wonderful feeling to be working alongside my brother in ‘Hero: Gayab Mode On’. While this feels amazing to me, I am equally nervous because he is my elder brother and he knows me. So, obviously this is a wonderful feeling with a hint of nervousness. I am sure, this experience will be something we’d always talk about,” he says.

The actor will also be seen in the film “The Shoonyah: Chapter 1 — Blow Of The War Horns”.

Source: IANS

Akshaye Khanna on OTT debut in ‘State Of Siege: Temple Attack’


Akshaye Khanna on OTT debut in ‘State Of Siege: Temple Attack’Mumbai, April 8 (IANS) Actor Akshaye Khanna makes his digital debut with the web film “State Of Siege: Temple Attack”. The Ken Ghosh directorial is based on the Akshardham temple terror strike of September 24, 2002, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Akshaye says he feels privileged to wear the uniform for his role and that he is extra careful and respectful towards the uniform.

“To be able to wear the uniform without taking the oath of the ultimate sacrifice is a privilege that only an actor is afforded. My only focus during the making has been to not disrespect that privilege,” said the actor, who made a mark playing an armyman in JP Dutta’s 1997 superhit “Border”.

“Very rarely have we highlighted the role of the Indian commandos in neutralising attacks by our enemies. The ‘State Of Siege’ series was designed to give their perspective and contribution. The success of ‘State Of Siege: 26/11’ encouraged us to tell these stories further and the obvious extension for us was to chronicle the events of the temple attack that shook the nation,” said producer Abhimanyu Singh.

“State Of Siege: Temple Attack” will depict how, on September 24, 2002, a terrorist attack at Akshardham temple claimed over 30 lives and left 80 injured. The National Security Guard (NSG) arrived at the spot, killed the terrorists, and ended the siege. It is slated to premiere on Zee5.

Source: IANS

Alaya F says mom Pooja Bedi is ‘an extremely positive person’


Nepotism is a reality and I am really glad to be spoken about: Alaya FBy Anjuri Nayar Singh (IANS) Her mom, actress Pooja Bedi, has never really minced words when it comes to sharing her thoughts. However, budding actress Alaya F says when it comes to sharing knowledge and experiences about the industry, she and her mom have always had positive conversations.

She says when it comes to her mom, she has always been positive about her experience in the industry.

“The one wonderful thing is that she is an extremely positive person. She focusses on telling me the positives. If I ask about it, she will tell me anything I want to know. Most of the conversations related to the the industry have been positive,” Alaya told IANS.

She adds that her mother never planned to be an actress.

“My mother never intended to be an actor. It was never her big dream to be an actor. She kind of fell into it. I don’t think there were many heartbreaks with the industry when it came to her,” she says.

Meanwhile, the actress, who was seen in her film “Jawaani Jaaneman”, recently starred in a music video called “Aaj sajeya”. The song has been written, composed and sung by Goldie Sohel.

“My film released and the world went into lockdown, so I lost a year at the start of my career. Which is okay! I knew that I wasn’t going to have a release coming out super soon. When Punit (Malhotra) came to me, I saw no reason not to do it. I mean Manish Malhotra was doing my clothes and Micky (Contractor) sir was going to do my make up and he (Puneet) was directing it. Everyone else involved was just so wonderful, I was like let’s totally do it!” she says.

Alaya dons the look of a young bride in the music video.

“The concept is fun, young, new, modern bride. It is funny because when I go to a wedding, instead of heels, I wear boots or high sneakers as they are more comfortable. I related to it on a personal level. I loved the whole vibe of it. It was something which my character from ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’ never got. In the film, I got pregnant, but never married. So here I got to get married!” she says.

Source: IANS

I still get nervous before first day of shoot: Emraan Hashmi


All that matters is intent of the character: Emraan on portrayal of womenMumbai, April 8 (IANS) Actor Emraan Hashmi says despite his years in the industry, he is very apprehensive before starting a new film. The actor says that he is nervous about matching up to the demands of his character.

“With each film I hope I can match up and portray my character well. Every new character, you feel you have to learn (all over again), that I don’t know anything. I still get nervous before the first day of shoot. Things get easier as you continue to shoot,” he told IANS.

The actor adds that his process of coming on board with a film has remained the same over the years. “If you have an interesting story, I am up for it. That has remained the same since my first film,” he says.

Talking about the other things that help him get on board a film, he says: “It’s the same process from the word go — hearing stories, enjoying them, wanting to work with certain people.”

Ask him if money is an important criterion , and he says: “Money is not the sole criterion to do a film, it’s a by-product. It’s not my first love, that is the process of filmmaking. But there are business aspects. I don’t do films for free.”

Meanwhile, Emraan has a busy year ahead. He was recently seen in the film “Mumbai Saga”. His next film “Chehre” is all set for release. However, the makers had to push the date due to the second wave of Covid. He will also be seen in “Tiger 3”.

Source: IANS

Could relate to ‘Well Done Baby’, have become dad recently: Pushkar Jog


Could relate to 'Well Done Baby', have become dad recently: Pushkar JogMumbai, Apr 7 (IANS): Actor Pushkar Jog, who stars in the Marathi film “Well Done Baby”, says he could relate to the film’s plot because he became a father recently.

The film is about a modernday couple, played by Pushkar and Amruta Khanvilkar, who are on the verge of divorce but find new meaning in their marriage when the wife becomes pregnant. Besides acting, Pushkar has also produced and conceptualised the story.

“The story of ‘Well Done Baby’ holds a special place in my heart. I could enact my character very realistically as I could totally relate to it, as I too have recently become a new parent. My own experience was such an eye-opener that I couldn’t help but relate to the script of this film and Aditya’s character,” he says.

He adds: “The entire journey, from the complexities involved between a couple to the moment one realises that they are going to be parents, to actually becoming one; every stage of a pregnancy is a joyous adventure of its own. I hope the viewers find this endearing story as special as it has been for me.”

The family drama is the directorial debut of Priyanka Tanwar, and premieres on Amazon Prime Video in India from April 9.

Comfort defines fashion sense: Amruta Khanvilkar


Amruta hopeful of getting action roles post Khatron Ke Khiladi 10Mumbai, Apr 7 (IANS): Actress Amruta Khanvilkar, who is loved by the fashion police, says she likes to experiment with her wardrobe but not at the cost of comfort.

“I think comfort and trying out differently inspire my fashion sense,” Amruta tells IANS, adding: “I have been working with my stylist Neha Chaudhary and my team for a long time now and they know me. My stylist keeps pushing me to do something different every time.”

Amruta explains why comfort is her priority.

“I am a very outgoing person so the comfort in any outfit for me is very important. I love talking to people and I love being myself. If I am uncomfortable in heels or an outfit, I think that takes away from my personality. So comfort is extremely important to rock the red carpet,” says Amruta.

Amruta’s upcoming Marathi film “Well Done Baby” will release on Amazon Prime Video on April 9. The actress is of the opinion that Marathi cinema has lived through its golden decade of cinema over the last 10 years.

“Marathi cinema has always been getting good content but I think the last decade has been a golden era. We have seen some amazing content and box office business. Today marathi industry is holding its head high with the entire OTT boom.We are very fortunate as actors, writers, producers and directors. We get to speak our story and get to explore more. Maharashtrian people are very hardworking and I am very proud to be a part of this industry,” she said.


Why Vaquar Shaikh ended up on ‘Silence’ set on off-day


Why Vaquar Shaikh ended up on 'Silence' set on off-dayMumbai, Apr 7 (IANS): Actor Vaquar Shaikh features alongside Manoj Bajpayee and Arjun Mathur in the thriller film “Silence… Can You Hear It?”. He is cast as a cop named Raj Gupta, and he says he was so engrossed living the character that he once ended up on set on an off-day!

“We were shooting for three to four nights, back-to-back. We were shooting in Madh Island and on the third day, we were shooting throughout the night and I had packed up earlier. On the fourth day, I landed up on the set at two o’clock and there was no one. I called up my EP but he didn’t pick up the call. I tried calling up my producer Kiran (Deohans) sir. He didn’t pick up the call. I started thinking I had goofed up and they were angry with me,” Vaquar tells IANS.

He continues with a laugh: “I felt like the sky had fallen on my head. I thought that I missed the location. After an hour, my EP called me. That’s when he told me that it is a turn-around day. We were shooting nights and so, we had a day off. It was mentioned on my schedule. But I was so engrossed in the shoot and enjoying the entire process that I forgot that it was an off-day.”

Vaquar, who has been part of television shows such as “Justujoo”, “Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki”, “Qubool Hai” and “Saraswati Chandra”, reveals his character is very disciplined.

“This is my first major role in a film and I was always on time, putting my best foot forward and always in character. I was always so particular about giving my best. My character Raj is a very honest, upright and conscientious cop who takes orders and delivers the goods. Not even for a moment did I want to step away from being Raj. I used to get up early and hit the gym. A lot of people on the set told me that I don’t speak much. I used to tell them to meet me after the film is over,” says the actor.


Aahana Kumra would ‘do even a small role with a good actor’


We must have an opinion, we must have a mind of our own: AahanaBy Yashika Mathur (IANS) Actress Aahana Kumra stars in Madhur Bhandarkar’s next film “India Lockdown”, and she will also be seen in the short film “Happy Birthday” with Anupam Kher. She says she never misses out on the chance to work with a good actor, and asserts when it comes to picking a project she never compromises on a good story.

“I have to like the script. If I can do something new with character or work with an interesting actor, it is great. I don’t lose the opportunity to do even a small role with a good actor,” Aahana tells IANS.

She tries to learn using power of observation.

Realised how careful artiste needs to be while wearing prosthetics: Aahana

“Even if I get one scene with a good actor, I think it is really important. I observe actors like a hawk. I watch everyone on sets and how they transform. We have to keep observing people,” she says.

Aahana is very excited to work with Anupam Kher in the short film “Happy Birthday” and says that the format of short films is offering good cinema.

“When ‘Happy Birthday’ came to me I was blown away with the script. I didn’t know what Anupam sir is doing but felt that a very senior actor must be onboard to play the kind of role he is playing.. I think short film writers are writing really powerful scripts. They are very experimental in that space. If you can tell a story in 20 minutes then nothing like it. I really enjoy working in short script space”

We must have an opinion, we must have a mind of our own: Aahana

With Covid cases increasing, the shoots in Mumbai has once again been affected. Does she fear lockdown will shut down the industry again? “I am assuming if there are no shoots in Mumbai, they will find ways to shoot elsewhere. Bollywood is a very smart industry. I think it’s the smartest industry ever. Locations can be figured out. They will not be flamboyant shoots, there will be more controlled shoots. Wherever I have been shooting, a lot of precautions have been taken.”

Aahana is also in awe of her “India Lockdown” director Madhur Bhandarkar. She says, “I thought he would be very strict on sets because he is such a senior person and he has made such big films.I was so wrong because he has such positive energy and he really keeps the set happy and it shows. He is very collaborative,” she says.

Source: IANS

I’m an actor who is simply trying to equip himself: Adarsh Gourav


Projects on OTT more liberating for an actor: Adarsh GouravMumbai, Apr 7 (IANS): Adarsh Gourav, who is nominated at the forthcoming BAFTAs in the Best Actor category for his role of Balram Halwai in “The White Tiger”, says he is forever trying to equip himself with whatever it takes to work with a list of filmmakers he has.

“I’m an actor who is simply trying to equip himself with whatever it may take to work with a certain list of filmmakers that I have. I can’t wait to collaborate with them in the future,” Adarsh said.

He does not want language to be a barrier and is learning Tamil from his father. He is also keen on knowing Malayalam.

Adarsh Gourav washed dishes to prepare for “The White Tiger” role

“To do that (work with directors of choice), I cannot have language act as a barrier. I also have been learning to play the guitar. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since I’m no longer a part of a band. I wanted to be self-reliant to play my music with my vocals,” he said.

Adarsh said he wants to sing professionally and “also on-screen for my characters when the opportunity strikes my way”.

He added: “So in a way, I’m just preparing myself for roles that I’m yet to receive.”

Sunny Singh watches ‘Ramayan’ to prepare for ‘Adipurush’


Sunny Singh opens up on playing Lakshman in 'Adipurush'Mumbai, April 7 (IANS) Actor Sunny Singh, who plays Laxman in the upcoming film “Adipurush”, has been preparing for his role by watching the evergreen TV series “Ramayan”. He makes sure to observe on-screen Laxman’s mannerisms and body language.

“As a child, I had watched Ramayan along with my parents. I didn’t focus much on the characters but the story was enough to keep me invested. Now that I’m going to essay the character of Laxman, I have re-watched the whole Ramayan with complete focus on Laxman which helped me learn about his mannerisms, body language and a lot more about the clothes, accessories they put on,” he says.


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The actor says that he is having fun preparing for his role and is learning many new things along the way.

“My character demands knowledge of archery and that is what I’m learning as a part of my prep. I have had fun learning this new activity, getting the postures right, the level of concentration you need is unfathomable in order to perform it. The whole learning process has been just amazing,” he says.

Sunny has also been training hard to build his physique for the film.

“Adipurush” stars Prabhas and Kriti Sanon, and is slated to have a pan-India release.

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Only in India do actors talk about a film’s business: Sayani Gupta


Sayani Gupta turns producer for the film directed by Karma TakapaBy Durga Chakravarty (IANS) Actress Sayani Gupta feels the concept of star worship can only be prevalent in India, and she claims it is bizarre that actors here talk about the business a film has done.

“I don’t think as an actor you should think about any of this… Your job is not to think of any of this. Your job is to do your job well and we are not people who are in this because of some ulterior motive. Box office is not in your control, and I hate it when actors talk about numbers and say their films have done 100 crore. How does that matter?” Sayani told IANS.

“It is bizarre and it is only in our country that actors talk about business a film has done,” she added.

Sayani says as an actor her job is to do her job well and do it right, and “to portray the character in the best possible way, becoming the medium of the vision of my director and writer”.

She stresses that in cinema, the actor is the smallest part.

“In our country we make them big. This is star worship, but honestly I am as important as the DoP (director of photography) of the film. Half of the acting happens on the edit table. Cinema is not just an actor’s medium but also a director’s medium,” Sayani said.

She added: “The business has to be seen by the producers, let them worry about that. If it’s a huge star then those responsibilities are probably different.”

What about actors being blamed for a film’s failure? “I don’t think actors are to blame. It only happens to stars — only five stars in the country, probably. So, let’s not kid ourselves by thinking (we are) in that position. We are not those people. And it took the stars 40 years to get where they are. But as actors I feel I am safe because we have to do our job and leave,” she said.

A film’s turnout is not in an actor’s control, she insists. “(It is) Not even in the makers’ control. I am always nervous when I start working on a character and I am extremely critical of the work I do, and my only thing is if I have done a good job or not and thankfully I haven’t got a bad review recently,” said Sayani, who was seen in the Netflix film “Pagglait”.

(Durga Chakravarty can be contacted at [email protected])

Source: IANS