Interviews

Ashutosh Gowariker is still gung ho about carving his own story

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Ashutosh Gowariker’s much awaited period drama Mohenjo Daro may not have done expected business at the ticket window. But that hasn’t undermined his spirit. Because all said and done, his daring effort of transporting audiences to that golden era has been appreciated. What’s gratifying for the director, despite the film’s damp reception, is the fact that he could give form to his long nurtured dream. “I’m happy with the overall reaction,” he says.   It’s interesting to note that Ashutosh got the idea of making Mohenjo Daro while location hunting for Lagaan. “When I was in Bhuj for the location hunting of Lagaan, I stumbled upon the city of Dholavira in Gujarat. I could feel the echo of a lost civilisation there. And somewhere the thought lingered in my mind that a film needs to be made on such a subject.” He says the unknown, the past, has always fascinated ...

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Pooja Hegde talks about Mohenjo Daro working with Hrithik and how she earned confidence…

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 Pooja Hegde is living out a fairytale. The young actor could not have dreamt of a more celebrated debut. As Hrithik Roshan’s beloved in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro, it’s nothing short of an epic unveiling. The Miss India contestant feels blessed. “It’s been more than a decade since Deepika Padukone or Anushka Sharma had such a big launch,” she says.She plays princess Chaani in Mohenjo Daro. But it’s a character that seems tailor made for the new-age actor. She reveals, “According to Ashu sir, I was everything that he had pictured for Chaani. His suggestion was to just be myself and not act at all. That made my life easier.” Unlike Pooja, Chaani’s character is bound by her situations and that’s what made the role challenging. She explains, “Chaani is suppressed because there’s a prophecy about her. They call her the Navlokini, which means the chosen one. And the belief ...

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My father Hariharan is a Padma Shri and yet he has no attitude

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Veteran singer Hariharan’s younger son Karan Hariharan is all set to make his acting debut in Abhishek Jawkar’s Missing On A Weekend. Sadly, the film got embroiled in a controversy before it could release. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asked for 50 cuts in the thriller mystery, which is about a group of five friends who suddenly go missing and one is killed, during their vacation in Goa. An investigative officer (played by Pawan Malhotra) has just 48 hours to solve the case. After a legal battle CBFC reduced the number of suggested cuts to seven. Talking about it, Karan says, “I’m surprised more than disappointed with the Censor Board’s reasoning. They have their own school of thought.” He  shares that the filmmakers were even asked not to mention Goa in the film where the entire film is shot and based. “That kills the entire film. You can ...

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Emraan-Sunny to steam up the screen

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  Emraan Hashmi is mastering some groovy dance steps. Reason? He’s going to shoot a special song for Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho. “I’m learning some dance moves because I’m shooting a song with Sunny… not Sunny Deol mind you. It’s Sunny Leone,” he laughs. Emraan doesn’t have any problem sharing screen space with Sunny given her ‘past’ image. “Why should I have a problem? Meri image kahan itni achchi hai!,” he says with self-deprecating humour. “I understand her pain, she understands my pain,” he says with mock seriousness. “Sunny’s a bright girl. She’s found success on her own. It’s great to be working with her.”   This is the first schedule of Baadshaho with the second planned for November-December later. Reportedly, a chunk of the film will be shot in Rajasthan.     Source link

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Udit Narayan looks back at his career with affection

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Udit Narayan Jha is no stranger to awards. He recently received the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to Indian films and he can’t stop grinning from ear-to-ear. “I’ve been in the Indian film industry for close to 40 years now,” says Udit, who’s originally from Nepal. “This industry has been kind to me. It has given me everything and this award is an icing on the cake.” Udit grew up listening to Nepalese and Maithali folk songs. His mother Bhuvneshwari Devi was known for her folk singing and young Udit imbibed that.  Slowly, from singing for 25 paise at village fairs, he made a name in the cultural corridors of Nepal. He started singing for the Kathmandu Radio by the time he was a teenager. He recollects how an official in the Indian consulate was instrumental in him journeying to Mumbai. “I was asked to perform at a cultural evening ...

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Super six with Varun Dhawan

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If you could carry only three things on an island, what would they be?A fresh pair of boxers, toothpaste-toothbrush and dates. (Laughs) What dates those are, go figure! What does love mean to you?Love means the world… It’s the reason to live.What’s your idea of your perfect date?A pool, mountains and good music.What are the three songs in the current playlist on your iPod?Sau tarah ke from Dishoom, Me, Myself and I (G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha) and Hymn for the weekend (Coldplay).What’s the one thing about Dishoom that’s special?It’s a buddy cop film about two guys coming together to crack a crime scene. The biggest cricketer of the country goes missing and we are out to find him!After Dishoom what next?Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya! I’m excited. Source link

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Gaurav Arora talks about being the new Bhatt boy and his equation with Kriti Sanon

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His story sounds like it’s read out from a Bollywood struggler’s diary. Small-town boy, years of hanging around, rejected auditions, rents to pay, shelved films and shattered dreams… But Gaurav Arora has managed to stick in there. After years as a supermodel, he eventually bagged his debut film Love Games, helmed by Vikram Bhatt. The film garnered mixed reviews and kind of went blink-and-miss at the box-office. But the newcomer is on a good wicket as he’s already signed a three-film contract with Vishesh Films. “Some critics texted me saying ‘you’ve done a good job’. I wasn’t expecting that so I’m happy,” he says his optimism palpable.  Gaurav is from what he likes to call ‘a very small’ town named Mungaoli in MP. “We didn’t even have a theatre there while I was growing up. My parents sent me to a boarding school. There I’d bunk class, cross fences and ...

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Akshay Kumar has gravitas a screen presence – Raj Menon

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He’s on cloud nine. Director Raja Menon didn’t expect his film Airlift to do so well at the box office. The film based on real-life events during the 1990-91 Gulf War­,­ when India evacuated its citizens stranded in Kuwait, has hit the 100 crore mark. Besides, the movie raked in rave reviews. Naturally the director is in blithe spirits. Says he, “It was a huge feat to bring back 1,70, 000 people in 488 planes. I wanted to celebrate that. As a nation we should stop being cynical. We can do incredible things.” According to him, the film has changed the concept of mainstream cinema. He believes that producers will now start putting money in unique subjects. “After a long time people felt the emotion of patriotism and for the right reason.” The most unexpected compliment came from his son’s teenaged friend. “He said it felt good to be an ...

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Simpallag Innond Love Story has been an image makeover for me

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There was a gap of three years between your last release, Charminar and the most recent – Simpallag Innond Love Story. Why? Yes it’s a deliberate gap. I do films for passion. The offers I got after Charminar didn’t interest me much until Simpallag Innond Love Story came along. I signed the film two years ago in 2014. So there’s not really a gap, per se.What kept you busy in the last three years?I did my Masters in English Literature. Plus I signed another film called Gulaabi Street after Charminar, which I eventually gave up on because of its delay and the dates clashed with Simpallag Innond Love Story. Nevertheless, I am very happy I am part of this film. I had been wanting to work with this team for long.What do you think is the highlight of Simpallag Innond Love Story?The film is doing really well. People love simple for ...

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Southern sonata: Parul Yadav

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How did you get interested in acting? An ad film director spotted me at a fashion show that I had attended as a teenager. He wanted to cast me for a chocolate ad and I agreed. I was a girl who loved dressing up, make – up and also loved imitating people. All my close people used to be very amused by my acting in general. Thats when it grew into me and entertaining people through my performances got me into mainstream cinema and acting. What types of roles would you like to do? I’m keen on women-oriented roles or performance-oriented roles. Whatever it may be, for me any role that gives me a chance to showcase my acting potential is a winner. I like it even more when the role challenges me, as my heart goes out to perform and outdo my own expectations. What are the conditions you ...

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