“I want to work with Katrina Kaif in a LOT of films” – Ranbir Kapoor

ranbir-kapoor-katrina-kaif-jagga-jasoos Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are busy promoting their eagerly anticipated film Jagga Jasoos and they’re being judged with a hyper active microscope. Everything that they say or do is being ‘decoded’ by the gossip hungry media. Ranbir Kapoor in a Bollywood Hungama exclusive with Faridoon Shahryar spoke at length about Katrina. Why he thinks Jagga Jasoos is her best work, how he’d love to work with her and how she egged him on to deliver better performances.

You said at the promo launch that this is the best performance of Katrina Kaif. Why do you say that?
You’ve never seen Katrina like this, it is such an endearing character, whenever she is on screen you will smile because of the things that are happening around her, the kind of energy she brought to the film. Like I found it very endearing, I have never seen her like this before so I am waiting for the audience’s reaction to her performance.

One thing you discovered about Katrina on Jagga Jasoos you never knew before?
You know I always believe that acting is about partnership. You know you are usually acting with somebody and I think the dynamics that Katrina and me have on set and the kind of movies that we have done, it’s like a game of ‘catch’, you know I throw her something, she catches and I throw something, she catches and I have realized that Katrina has always allowed me to shine. You know there are many actors that you work with who are probably very selfish; they want to like come out. But I think Katrina has that amazing, graceful quality where she wants you to shine and I am really grateful towards it. The other two films we did together Rajneeti and Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani, it was a similar process, she wanted me to get better, she wanted me to come out as a good hero so that people love me. And I think that in Jagga Jasoos, she has supported me in the same way

One thing you love about Katrina Kaif?
There is not one thing that I love about her but if I had to pick one thing it would probably be her positivity, her positive attitude, you know towards her work. You know with this film also there are many times that you doubt, but she give you that energy that stand by your work.

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There is all this speculation, whether you guys will work together or not, sometimes it is said in jest but jis tareeke se present kiya jaata hai it seems very serious. 
I said Yeh kya hai yaar? Will you not work with me? I think people just grabbed something from the Facebook chat that we had done. Like I said yaar, Katrina and my creative partnership is something I don’t want to lose out on. I want to work with her in a lot of films.

 

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Karan Johar On Fatherhood: Best Phase Of My Life

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Filmmaker Karan Johar, who recently became a father to twins – Roohi and Yash, said that it is an overwhelming time for him. The 44-year-old director said it took him a while to adjust to the ‘big change’ in his life.

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We asked Salman Khan is he in a relationship and his answer was ALWAYS! Watch exclusive interview

Salman Khan has been a mystery to many. Despite the actor wearing his heart on sleeve the actor never openly talks about his relationships or love. But when BollywoodLife met the Tubelight star we were pleasantly surprised to see the actor bare his heart out to us.In an interaction with BollywoodLife editor-in-chief Tushar Joshi the actor talked about relationship and loyalty. It was the first time that Salman featured in Google Autocomplete and he seemed to take on to it pretty easily. We were in fact pretty impressed with the way Khan took on these questions. And yes, for all those of you who were wondering if Salman is in a relationship the answer is positive. When we asked Salman about his relationship he said, “Yes, Salman Khan is always in a relationship.”

That’s not all during the same course of the interview we quizzed the Tubelight hero what does he love? His response is what his fans would completely understand just like we did. Salman said, “Salman Khan loves loyalty, nothing better than loyalty.” Looks like the actor with this statement has just confirmed rumours of him dating Romanian beauty Iulia Vantur.

In BollywoodLife’s this interview Salman also reminisced his good old days with buddy Shah Rukh Khan. The two stars had not talked to each other because of a cold war, however when Salman spoke of SRK this time around one thing was clear that their friendship is built on a pretty strong foundation. Salman also revealed that he had pics of Shah Rukh and him dancing at a concert on his phone, sweet right?

Salman’s Tubelight featuring brother Sohail Khan and Chinese actress Zhu Zhu is all set to release on June 23. This is the third time that Salman has collaborated with Kabir Khan for a film. Their last two outings on screen, Ek Tha Tiger and Bajrangi Bhaijaan spelt success. This film will also reunite Salman and Shah Rukh Khan after almost a decade. Well, we simply cannot wait for Tubelight’s release. You come back right here for more news and updates on Salman Khan and Tubelight right here!

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Game of Thrones: HBO clarifies prequels, final seasons plan

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HBO is offering some revelatory new details concerning the final seasons of Game of Thrones and its plan to find a prequel successor. Entertainment Weekly spoke to programming president Casey Bloys about his strategy to usher the worldwide pop culture phenomenon to an epic and satisfying conclusion and possibly launch new adventures in Westeros as well. Below the entertainment executive discusses the prequels, the level of involvement of author George R.R. Martin and Emmy-winning showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, and tempers expectations for how long all this will take — the Game of Thrones final season and any prequel series (there are now five in development) might not air as soon as fans think.

“I want to put the prequels in context,” Bloys began. “It should go without saying I love having a show with this much intense interest around it. Even the smallest bit of information is a big deal and I appreciate that. But I wanted to make sure fans know this is a really embryonic process. I haven’t even seen outlines. In the press at large, everybody said, ‘there are four spinoffs’ and they assume that means each one is happening and we’re going to have a new Game of Thrones show per quarter. That’s not what’s going on. The idea is not to do four shows. The bar set by [Benioff and Weiss] is so high that my hope is to get one show that lives up to it. Also, this is a long-term plan. Our No. 1 goal is the seventh season this summer and getting the eighth season written and aired.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you talk about your strategy to develop multiple Thrones prequels at once? It’s a unique approach, particularly for a network that’s never made a spinoff or prequel series before.
CASEY BLOYS: You couldn’t do this with a lot of shows. In talking with the drama group here, and the nice thing is George has created an entire universe. The fact that there’s enough material to even contemplate making different prequels is crazy when you think about it. George has all these histories he’s thought about and that’s one reason why the books are so good.

The other reason, frankly, as I said, is the bar is so high. If you only developed one, everything would rest on that one shot. It’s such a special show. I want to make sure that [any prequel] feels worthy. We have some amazing writers who want to take a shot at this. They’re also looking at different times in the universe and all will have different feels. This increases our odds of finding one that’s unique.

What sort of timeline are you looking at for potentially launching a newThrones universe series?
Making Game of Thrones as good as possible is the No. 1 goal, and then we’ll see about these scripts. You’re not going to see a situation where the next show in the Thrones universe launches off the back of this one. The show that Dan and David have created will get its proper send off first. We wouldn’t want to take away from that in any way.

I heard originally that one or more might be a limited series instead of a regular series. Is that anthology-style format possible?
At this point, everything is on the table. The idea is to find a series. It would be nice to find something that has the legs this one did. But if something works better as a limited series, sure.

On the Dan and David side of things, they told me that they’re not going to be involved in the prequels and instead are going to work on the final season for the next year and a half. Is that right?
Yep. I’m glad you asked that because that is one thing I want to clarify: By the time the final season airs, Dan and David will have been at this for 12 years. Which is an amazing fact. They didn’t go and do movies in between seasons, they didn’t set anything else up, they put everything — and are putting everything — into this show. They came into HBO with an idea for a show with a beginning, middle, and end, and they want to see it through. In conversations with them, they feel if their name is on the prequels — even in a passive way — it conveys some sort of expectation or responsibility. They want to enjoy the show as fans and don’t want to worry about the scripts or production issues. We were hoping to have their names on it out of respect for them, but we understand why they don’t want that.

So as of now, the final season could air in 2018 and/or in 2019 depending on their needs?
Yeah. They have to write the episodes and figure out the production schedule. We’ll have a better sense of that once they get further into the writing.

Creatively, it’s my understanding that the final season is going to be extremely cinematic — so much so that there was an urge behind the scenes for years to end the show with a movie. But it sounds like instead of doing that you’re effectively making six one-hour “movies” for HBO.
One of the hallmarks of the show has been how cinematic is it. The show has proven that TV is every bit as impressive and in many cases more so, than film. What they’re doing is monumental. When you see these battles in season 7, and what I imagine season 8 will be, it’s a big, big show. We’ve done a lot of great shows, but this one combines the complex characters we love with a huge cinematic scope. I think this is the first show to prove that can be done — and we’re the first people to pay for it.

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I think it’s great HBO keeps giving the producers the resources they need to each season as strong as possible, no matter how many — or few — episodes there are.
And circling back to what I said earlier, that’s why I want to temper the expectation on the prequels. We want to focus on seasons 7 and 8. If any of these scripts come to pass, you’re not going to see anything air anytime close to the season 8 finale,

Martin is credited on two of the prequels, and he says he’s involved with all. Is he actively co-writing these pilots or is he more like the franchise’s creative advisor?
It varies project by project. The writers each have to decide how they operate with George. Some like to collaborate, some look at the source material and do their own thing. There’s no one way, but in all cases, George will be reading the scripts and weighing in.

And because they’re all prequels there is no expectation of any roles in the prequels for the original cast?
Nope.

Have you seen a cut yet of the Thrones season 7 premiere?
I don’t want to oversell, but I can’t imagine anybody being disappointed in this season. It’s amazing.

 

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Will work with Athiya if focus on her, says father Suniel Shetty

Sunil Shetty with daughter Athiya

Suniel Shetty says he wishes to work with his actress-daughter Athiya Shetty, but he has a condition — the “focus” should clearly be on her. Asked if he hopes to share screen space with Athiya, Suniel said, “Definitely would want to. Very clearly if the focus is on Athiya and papa plays second fiddle, he will do it. Otherwise, he won’t.”

“It’s Athiya’s career and it’s her period. It’s only fair if she dictates and I follow. If it’s the other way round, I will not do it,” added the 55-year-old.

Athiya made her acting debut in 2015 with the film Hero and is currently busy shooting for her second film Mubarakan.

The proud father feels she has evolved with time. “She has become more confident. I am seeing a different person in Athiya. She is very focused and disciplined… Because Bollywood is about eating right, looking good and developing your own personality, which she is doing beautifully. Somewhere down the line it influences my son Ahan, who is extremely conscious about everything right now. He has become more conscious, focused and responsible. That is what has happened with Athiya too,” he said.

Suniel’s son Ahan is all set to make his entry into Bollywood with Sajid Nadiadwala’s upcoming film. Talking about that, Suniel said, “He is very excited. Who wouldn’t be excited to star in a film by Sajid Nadiadwala? Ahan is a very hardworking and disciplined boy. So I know he will not trouble his producers and directors. Only luck has to support him. He has to work doubly hard on his body now because he has got competition at home.”

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Tiger Shroff shares his mantra for good health, glowing skin

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Actor Tiger Shroff, who has been chosen to play the lead role in the Bollywood remake of Rambo, follows three mantras to maintain his fit frame and glowing skin.

The actor, who started his Hindi film career with Heropanti and has come on board to endorse Garnier Men with Sushant Singh Rajput and John Abraham, believes staying healthy is a way of life.

To help his fans and followers lead a similar life, Tiger has spoken about his regime:

Regular workouts: Considering our hectic routine and demanding work pressure, it is crucial for everyone to conduct regular workout sessions. I make sure that I work out for at least two hours every day. In addition to an attractive physique, it largely helps improve blood circulation in the body and boosts positivity making you feel healthy and happy.

Eating healthy: To look good and fresh always, it is pertinent to eat healthy. If you are not following a good diet, then the workout you do is worthless. The food you eat should be high in proteins and vitamins for your body. I follow a balanced diet that includes a good mix of dry fruits, eggs, vegetables, sprouts, meat and fish. I also try and stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Additionally, I believe in the power of detox so I ensure that I consume green tea at least three, four times during the day.

Daily skin care regimen: While it is important to drink adequate amount of water and get proper sleep to look good, it is equally vital to address external factors that tend to take a toll on your skin. In my profession where I have to perform my own stunts, dance in the blazing sun and fight villains in outdoor locations, I still need to look good and fresh at all times.

Therefore, I make sure I use products that take care of my skin’s needs without much hassle. My personal favourite is the Garnier facewash which has Matcha green tea as it not only helps to cleanse my face but also detoxifies it from dirt and impurities. I just have to use it twice a day and it guarantees me clean and purified skin, making it easy for me to carry out my active lifestyle, without a worry.

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Sushant Singh Rajput Revealed His Favourite Sex Position

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Ahem! Sushant Singh Rajput reveals his favourite sex position and you will be surprised to know what it is!!! Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon’s upcoming flick ‘Raabta’ has a very intriguing plot, with reincarnation at its heart, and the duo is leaving no stone unturned to reach out to maximum people. Fans, obviously, are beyond excited and looking forward to the release of this film, helmed by Dinesh Vijan. The actors, who are rumoured to be dating in real life as well did a fun Facebook chat with Pinkvilla, where they sportingly answered all the questions.

One of the questions was Sushan’t favourite sex position.

The actor was initially taken aback, but he soon responded –

“I like things in 60 so it has to 69.”

Om Puri was very open about his life, says Manoj Bajpayee

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At this point in time, awards don’t add or subtract anything from your career,” he announces, fanning our curiosity a tad bit. After all, the actor is fresh from two back-to-back Filmfare wins not just for his film, Aligarh, but also his short, Taandav. Manoj Bajpayee, posterboy of good cinema, lets us in on why award ceremonies are losing credibility, how he has never been to LA and the transitions he noticed in Bengali cinema. In town to promote Naam Shabana, he opens up on Om Puri’s final words to him. Excerpts:

You’ve lost quite a bit of weight. Is it for Naam Shabana?
I am trying to get into some kind of shape for a film that I’m doing next. I can’t talk about it right now; the makers are keeping it a secret…

It’s been debated if Naam Shabana is a prequel to Neeraj Pandey’s Baby…
It’s a spin-off. A prequel is about all the characters and what they had done earlier. Here, it’s about Shabana (Taapsee Pannu), who we see in a bit role in Baby. The film is about how she was spotted by the intelligence department and what they saw in her and her relationship with the department. It’s a very nice back story that writer-producer Neeraj Pandey discovered. It’s an extraordinary journey of an extraordinary girl.

So, you play the chief of the intelligence department. A lot has already been written about how it comes close to your character in Special 26. How similar/dissimilar are the two?
They are diametrically opposite to each other. The only similarity is the moustache and it stops right there. My character in Special 26, Wasim, a CBI officer, is a very conservative husband and a doting father; he is always full of himself, who thinks he is way ahead of others in terms of intelligence. Then, he is proven wrong. Wasim laughs at himself for being proven a fool. Here, the intelligence officer is a sharp guy, he thinks 10 steps ahead. His only interest is the national security. He is the one who spots Shabana. There’s not an iota of emotion in him. The challenge was that I had to deliver more than 150 lines without showing any emotion. I had to use my craft to a considerable extent.

Casey Affleck got the Best Actor award at the Oscars this year for his subdued performance in Manchester by the Sea. Are you hinting at his style of acting?
You can see so many things going on in Casey Affleck’s mind. His character is not unemotional; he comes across as
disturbed. The chaos that is there in his mind is visible. With Ranveer, my character, there’s no chaos but complete clarity. He has no personal agenda; it’s always the nation.

You must have liked Baby a lot…
I loved it; I missed being there. The reason for doing this film is also Neeraj Pandey, he is such a unique writer-filmmaker. He is one of the most successful directors of our country. Whatever he touches turns into gold. Here, he is the writer and also looked after the entire project. His mind intrigues me — how he can choose such unconventional ideas and turn them into mainstream subjects. It’s no small task and he always comes out with flying colours. Who wouldn’t want to work with him!

You also did a short film with him, Ouch, and a few more with a couple of other filmmakers. Do you see a short-film revolution taking shape
in Bollywood?

Last year, I did three short films — Taandav, Kriti and Ouch. It was my wife’s (Neha) idea that I do a short film. I still keep thanking her for that. She said if you do that, everyone will take this medium seriously. We were talking; we talk a lot on quite a few aspects. Today, everyone is making a short film. Every famous actor/director wants to delve into it. When I gave the idea to Shirish Kunder, he started thinking. He thought if Manoj is ready to do it, let’s go ahead and make a short film. He was surprised by his own ability. Debashish Makhija, who directed Taandav, is also a great talent; he will soon be directing me in a film. When I discovered his talent, I wanted to explore it. He is from Kolkata. Neeraj Pandey is also from Kolkata. Now see, I have a great Kolkata connect!
After a gap of a few years, when you won a Filmfare Award for Aligarh, the whole country was rooting for you…
It was humbling for an actor. Eventually, if you listen to the audience carefully, you will know that they want the award functions to be credible. I am happy that Filmfare took a step in that direction —by not just giving me the Best Actor award but also including the short film category, where too I got an award for Taandav. I hope others follow suit. At this point in time, no awards in this country add or subtract anything from your career. They don’t add value to it.
What about the National Film Awards?
They give you respect. National Film Awards are prestigious, as you are being honoured by the president himself. But even those awards have been questioned. The Indian awards need to meet the expectations of the public and they can do that only by being transparent and credible. You need to add great jury members. I am not saying that they favour anyone. The awards today have become events. Now one has to take the event bit out of the awards and make them more of an award function. Only then will the public start respecting the awards.

You did a one-minute role in Drohkaal and later on, worked with Om Puri in a few other films like Chakravyuh and Ghaath. His untimely demise must have come as a huge shock…
It’s a huge loss not just for the film industry, but also his family and friends like me. It’s very rare that a great actor is a great human being and he was a combination of this rarity. He always sat with me. He was very open about his life and never shied away from telling us what he felt on a personal level. He gave us the liberty to ask him to lose weight or to give us more films like Ardh Satya and Aakrosh. He was trying hard to get hold of a DVD of Aligarh till the time he died. He told me he would buy one. He tried to watch the film while he was travelling, but could not, as he had a busy schedule. He would call me at midnight and say sorry that he couldn’t watch the film.

You said that should there be a film on him, you will be best-suited to play his character…
I said that in a very humorous way. The journalists were asking who I think would be best-suited to play the role
and I said no one can play it better than me. It was a joke. I didn’t mean it. I felt bad that the harmless statement made headlines everywhere. Right now,
we are finding it hard to cope with the loss. To talk about a film on him is talking too soon. But yes, his life deserves to be documented as it’s quite an inspiration. I am inspired by his life and films.

Om Puri made it to the West and others followed suit. Do you have any such ambition of acting in international projects?
This year, I did a film called Love Sonia, which was shot in India. A film on trafficking, it’s an American production. I play a negative role in the film. Beyond that, I have not made any effort to get into that industry. I have never been to LA… Tomorrow if any good role comes my way, I will definitely be part of it.

Who are the GenNext actors that you look forward to?
I am very fond of Kangana Ranaut’s acting. I have been following her graph since Gangster and she is only growing as an actor. Everyone knows Tabu is a great actor and I have been part of a film with her called Missing, produced by Neeraj. I am waiting for its release. These are the two actors that I am really fond of. Rajkummar Rao, who is a dear friend, has a great lineup this
year and Nawaz is balancing both the worlds very well. There are too many people to learn from and look up to. I have not seen The Waiting yet. It stars Naseeruddin Shah and I really look up to him.

You have been to Kolkata many times. Are you clued into the films churned out by the Bengali film industry?
Yes, as an actor and a film personality, I am always updated on regional cinema and look out for cutting-edge stuff. The Bengali film industry has gone through many transitions — from parallel and niche to completely commercial. Now again, some very serious minds are coming into Bengali cinema. The only way an industry can move forward is
by encouraging all kinds of films; let them co-exist. The commercial cinema brings in money and the experimental movies put sense into every department. The balance should be there. This is what the Indian film industry has achieved recently and it’s a boon for actors like me.

Talking about Shah Rukh Khan, you recently said some actors are born with stardom…
You can’t inculcate charisma; some are lucky to have it. When I was in Kolkata to promote Aks with Mr Bachchan, my mind was completely blown. I saw thousands of people lining up on both sides of the road, waving at him. I was in his car and such incidents only humble you. It makes you think others have qualities you don’t have…

While on stardom, one last question. When did you sign your first autograph?

I had done a play, Suno Re Kissa, for Barry John, which was televised. It came on Doordarshan. I was in Mumbai to conduct a workshop with children and was crossing a narrow lane. A few kids came running to me and asked if I was the same guy.

I said yes and two of them promptly asked for my autograph. It was some 23 years back…

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The audience and the industry have given me a place that’s beyond any number: Prosenjit

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Tollywod badshah Prosenjit Chatterjee’s energy is contagious. And he proved that again during an exclusive photoshoot with us. The actor travelled the length of Kolkata, but his energy didn’t drop at any point during the sultry day. Ahead of the release of Birsa Dasgupta’s One, the actor spoke to us about playing an antagonist, how the Bengali film industry needs both parallel and mainstream cinema to survive and his undying hunger for good roles. Excerpts:

What prompted you to take up the role of Aditya Sen, the antagonist in One?

I wanted to essay an out-and-out negative character — something I haven’t done in my career. In Baishey Srabon, I wasn’t an evil man (smiles). When Birsa narrated the script to me, I was kicked because the story wasn’t run-of-the-mill and the script was smart. Aditya Sen is unpredictable. He plays mind games and a does a lot of talking through his eyes and body language. He’s evil to the core, but wears the veil of a Padmashree Award-winning scientist. You know why the audience likes detective films? Because when they watch those films, they start participating in the mystery. One is such a movie and I hope the audiences will love it.

Tell us about the film.
The story revolves around a passionate police officer Ronojoy (Yash Dasgupta), who wants to destroy corrupt people. It’s a cat and mouse game between two very powerful people who are devoid of emotions. Aditya is an evil genius, who wants to reach the top of the food chain. Ronojoy, too, wants to be on top but he’s a better person. The film is about their tussle, mind games and a lot more.

One is the remake of Tamil thriller Thani Oruvan. Did you hesitate before taking up on a project that’s not original?
The way Birsa has treated the story — the script, direction and editing — it has the feel of a new story. He’s added a touch of Bangaliana to it. To be honest, I haven’t watched the original film because acting is something you don’t copy from others. Every movie is inspired from something and I don’t think there’s anything wrong in it.

Bikram Singha, your last commercial venture, didn’t fare well at the box office. Does that make you jittery about One?
Bikram Singha was a well-made film but sadly, didn’t do well at the box office. But I’m confident about One because it’s a performance-based film. Every actor has their space to perform. I enjoyed working with a young team. Today’s intelligent youngsters will love this film. It’s high time that we broke the myth that some films are made for the suburbs and some for urban audiences. That’s ridiculous! All films are commercial — whether or not they make money. I hope the film is enjoyed by all.
Rituparno Ghosh, one of the finest directors of all time and a dear friend, used to visit the sets of Swapan Saha and Haranath Chakraborty to meet me. He would tell me, ‘If these films don’t do well at the box office, we artsy directors won’t survive in the industry.’ Commercial films have to sustain to back parallel films. Sosurbari Zindabad, Amar Sangi, Beder Meye Josna are all blockbusters that ran for 50-60 weeks in Kolkata. What the industry needs is good content. Was Praktan an art film? But its content worked in its favour. Whenever a commercial movie fails, we look to blame its failure on someone. What we fail to understand is that cinema is for different target groups. Swapan Saha never cared about critical acclaim while Buddhadeb Dasgupta made films for a niche audience. Does that make either of them any less a director? We need to have both commercial and parallel films to run the industry.

What is the pressure like to be the number one actor in the Bengali film industry?
There’s a lot of pressure. But I know how to live with it — it’s part of my life. The pressure motivates me to do better. But now I feel I’ve crossed the stage of being numbered. The audience and the industry have given me a new place that’s beyond any number. It’s overwhelming.
The audience also expects a lot from you with every film. How difficult is it to live up to their expectations? Do you ever feel like quitting it all?
Never. The day I feel that way, I’ll opt out of the profession myself. I enjoy what I do and with each film that I sign, I feel like a debutant. I’m willing to learn from the newer generation to enrich my art.

Despite being the most sought-after actor, you’re one of the most reasonable actors when it comes to the paycheck. A few actors charge a bomb and won’t negotiate on money matters. What’s your take on it?
(Laughs) Perhaps they deserve that kind of money and I don’t? Jokes apart, even after acting in 340 films, I never think about anyone else’s remuneration because that’s unethical. I only charge the amount that I believe I deserve or I’m certain the producers can make from the film. If producers are safe, we are safe too. I know how to assess myself. I remember the time when my film Mayer Anchol was a blockbuster and so was Mithun Chakraborty’s Minister Fatakesto. So many producers came and asked why I was charging half the amount that Mithunda was asking for. I told them Mithun Chakraborty is an actor who’s nationally known and is doing only a handful of Bengali films that he chooses to. I belong to the
industry and hence charge reasonably. I’ve given so many hits over the years but not one producer can say I demand a hefty amount.

The industry, it seems, is not at its best phase…

It’s a phase that’ll pass. In the past 33 years, I’ve heard this almost 8-10 times over. Filmmaking is an unpredictable profession and that’s the charm of it. I believe good content, new faces, small budgets and flexible actors and directors will help the industry grow by leaps and bounds. Indo-Bangladesh projects are encouraged these days. The condition of single screen theatres has to improve as well. Now, with web series and entertainment options right on our smartphones, actors and directors are fighting to bring the audiences to the theatres.

Who do you think will take your place as Tollywood’s badshah?
The young generation is doing good work and everyone possesses some unique creative strength. Yash, Ankush, all are doing good work. Abir (Chatterjee) has matured with age, but people have a pre-conceived notion that he’s apt for parallel films while Yash is for mainstream films. Why don’t we have a role reversal? Srijit Mukherji attempted to do this with Zulfiqar.

Was Yash intimidated by you during the course of the film?
You can ask him that! I try to maintain a friendly atmosphere on sets so that work gets done smoothly. On a film set, I’m not Bumbada but a co-actor to a junior artiste too. I take 10 minutes to do my makeup and get ready. I feel Yash will go a long way — he’s hardworking, dedicated, has a fresh onscreen presence and a good command over Bengali.

But people will compare him with you…
That’s unfair! Just like it wasn’t right when the audience compared me with Soumitra Chatterjee. Every actor grows with experience. Yash has just started his career and I’m sure he will excel with time.

After Ruby Roy, the widow of accident victim Sanjay Roy lodged an FIR against a private hospital, the government is taking stern actions against treatment issues in private hospitals. One, we hear, also deals with such issues?
The film does have a social message. However, it is not a political film. It touches upon illegal rackets in hospitals, bill discrepancies and how the poor fights for their rights. What the government is doing in the state is a great initiative. I hope more people are benefitted from it.

Last year you won many accolades for Gautam Ghose’s Shankachil. How much do awards matter to you?

Before signing any project, I ask myself, ‘Why am I doing this film? What will I add to it?’ If I get a positive answer, only then I give my nod. Praktan is a successful film and I’ve done a pretty good job in it. But when it comes to awards for a performance, Shankachil was more deserving. I’m happy when I get an award for a film that deserves it. But the audience’s appreciation means a lot to me — even more than awards.

Rituparno Ghosh, Goutam Ghose and Srijit Mukherjee are known to extract the best of your acting skills…

Rituparno was a master director and a very dear friend. I was his protege. Goutam Ghose, on the other hand, has always given me offbeat characters to play. Only he can get an urban hero, as good looking as me, to play Lalon Fakir in Moner Manush (laughs)! As for Srijit, he’s sure of what he wants from an actor. He’s like a smart professor — in his debut project, Autograph, he signed up the best student to play a challenging character! When the student delivered a stellar performance, the professor was brimming with pride. All three of these directors have different formulas for a hit movie.

And what about Birsa Dasgupta?

He knows me well. If we work together in few more films, we’ll understand each other’s creative strengths better.

Rumours are abuzz that you are doing a film that’s directed by Churni Ganguly…

(After a pause) Well, I might. It’s too early to talk about it. But yes, talks are on.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bengali/movies/news/the-audience-and-the-industry-have-given-me-a-place-thats-beyond-any-number-prosenjit/articleshow/58004381.cms

I would love to go NUDE onscreen, says Harshvardhan Kapoor

Harshvardhan Kapoor

Harshvardhan Kapoor

The first thing that strikes me about Harshvardhan Kapoor is how open he is about his life, choices, and thoughts. He speaks his mind, much like his elder sister, Sonam. It could also be because he’s a debutant (his first film is the upcoming Mirzya, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra), untouched by the cynicism that comes with being a B-Town veteran. Over the course of our chat, one thing is clear, this newbie wants to do cinema that matches his sensibilities and doesn’t compromise on his beliefs. Here are a few excerpts…

How is a Mirzya different from the debut films of a Ranbir Kapoor or a Varun Dhawan’s?

When Mehra narrated Gulzar’s script to me, I realised that I was getting a chance to be a part of something so poetic, and beautiful, which also suits my personality. Also, I felt Mehra was correct when he said that I was right for the cinematic world that he built up in terms of my facial and physical characteristics. I feel that when you tell a story with honesty in your heart and mind, you work hard and your intentions are good, that will somewhere connect with the audience.

Your father’s and your own sensibility towards films are very different. How do you guys converse about films?

I think my dad’s sensibilities keep changing over time. So does everybody else’s. We both look for certain things. I think he looks more for things that constantly keep you engaged. I look for moments that linger, that grow and that seep into you and make you think about the film three or four days after. I particularly enjoy the kind of film which leave you a little bewildered and later you are like, ‘Oh, that was interesting!’

Is there any film that has left a solid impression on you?

There is a film called Badlands starring Martin Sheen, directed by Terrence Malick. I love Malick’s films because he tells stories visually. Dialogue is only used when it has to be. Otherwise, a lot of films tend to get very talky. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing; it’s a great thing for films that require that.

But I am saying it’s an audio-visual medium. Today, when you have Netflix, and torrents, you have to entice the audience to go and watch the film on the big screen and have an audio-visual experience. I feel, Malick does that. A lot of people might not like it, but I do. For me, beautiful imagery and music and those things keep me involved and I can feel an emotional story through that. Mirzya’s way of telling a story is very similar, very visual and musical.

How much will you rely on your dad’s advice when it comes to picking films?

As an actor, everybody has a different heart and mind. For example, you might read a scene and I might read a scene and my instincts will be different in terms of how I would like to play the scene. And your first instinct when you read something, only happens once. Immediately after that, it gets contributions from a lot of thoughts, by a lot of insecurities, preconceived notions and so, when it comes to creativity, I never listen to anybody. First, I’d like to read something and react to it my way and after I’ve done it, show it to people I trust. But that first instinct is normally the right one. I can’t tell you how many times in Bhavesh Joshi or Mirzya, I have done something for the first time, tried around four takes and gone back to the first take. I think it’s a common thing with a lot of actors because then, you start thinking. Then, that’s not necessarily always a good thing.

Your reaction when someone says, ‘How can Anil’s son and Boney’s nephew not make his debut in a masala film?’

I think it’s fantastic. It’s one thing to sit here and say you know I want to do this kind of film, but to actually go out there and do it and put your neck on the line, to do those characters that we all aspire to do… to actually get down to doing it, it takes your life. Mirzya and Bhavesh Joshi are both those kinds of films. When you see Mirzya, it’ll all be worth it. I think it’s a great place to be. It’s scary. Because I can’t promise anybody only commercials.

How are you handling the pre-release jitters?

In terms of creative expectations, I am not stressed because I have immense confidence in what we have achieved. It took a lot of hard work and dedication, time and patience and rejection. But when I watch myself in the film, I am happy and if my director is happy as well, that’s a good sign.

Name a contemporary actor whose work you’ve admired over the last few years.

Ranbir Kapoor. Also, if you ask me to name an actor whose filmography I would like to have, there is nobody. But I would like a couple of films from actors’ filmographies. Like Barfi! from Ranbir, Delhi Belly from Imran, I see myself there. Ditto with Ranveer Singh in Lootera, Abhay Deol in Dev.D and Abhishek Bachchan in Delhi-6.

Any films this year you wish you had done?

I would have liked to play Shahid Kapoor’s character in Udta Punjab. Or Fawad Khan’s character in Kapoor & Sons. I think Shahid was outstanding in Udta Punjab, please tell him that!

Has anybody told you that you resemble Dev Patel from The Lion?

I get Andrew Garfield a lot.

Your dad has worked with Tom Cruise and Danny Boyle, do you see yourself working in a Hollywood project ?

I would like to have some success locally first. But my whole trip in life is to tell Indian stories because there are so many and they all deserve to be told. And I don’t think I see myself spending too much time there to be completely honest with you, although I love it. I feel very good and comfortable to be home, I love the people here.

What advice has your cousin Arjun given you on Mirzya?

He has only seen the trailers so far. His advice was that we should have put out more of the story. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. We have a certain way of marketing the film. Whether it pays off or not, I don’t know. But I think he likes the trailers, he just wants to know more.

What is your strategy about handling the attention that is going to come your way in terms of your personal life, who you are dating, seen with, etc.?

I don’t think anyone is interested in my personal life. I don’t have a girlfriend. I have not had a serious girlfriend for a very long time. I have been making Mirzya for three years. I didn’t have the time.

Going with the ‘I am focusing on my work right now’ cliche?

No. If I meet a girl and fall in love, my priorities might change. I am very open to it and anything in life, really. But I like the single thing. It’s fun. I get to do my films properly. If I meet a girl where I feel like okay it can’t really get better than this, let’s go with it, I might do fewer films, might buy a small house somewhere in Goa.

Would you ever date an actress?

Hundred per cent! Why not? They are beautiful, they are talented, you share common interests. Why would I not date one? They do the same thing as you, so they understand why you may not be able to reply to their messages and take their calls immediately. So…

But over dinner, won’t you both be discussing work?

Not necessarily. Once you have confidence in each other and you are into each other, the conversations open up.

Who have you had a crush on over the years?

I have had my share of poster girls. Priyanka Chopra, for sure. We have a personal friendship and all. So PC is my number one locally and then abroad, would be there are so many incredible women. There is a model called Kelly Gale. I think she has a boyfriend. She is Swedish-Australian and half-Indian, too! I think she is, right now, one of the most beautiful women in the world. And Saiyami Kher is the most beautiful actress in Bollywood right now.

Are you consciously staying away from hardcore commercial films?

Mirzya is completely ready for release. Bhavesh Joshi is half-ready. I am doing a third film, which I cannot talk about it. I have indulged myself to a certain extent with my first three choices. After that, I will see where I am in terms of my career, because I am an honest and practical person. If I feel I need to do a film where I need to reach a slightly wide audience, if my first three films fail to do so and if I can’t make it, maybe they will. Or maybe I won’t need to, maybe I’ll do one Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani or even an Aashiqui 2. That is as far as I want to go. I can see myself in a Yeh Jawaani…

What is your take on screen nudity?

I am dying to do nudity. I would love to do it. How can we have censorship over it? We are artists and we need to tell our stories in the best way possible. If I am playing a guy who is being tortured, I am not being naked to show off my body, I am being naked because people are tortured in that state. If you cut that scene, how will we make the film?

A four-star review, box-office figures, your dad’s compliment or Mehra’s pat on the back. On release day, what would make you the happiest?

The four-star review. I’ll tell you why, because Mehra and I have had many of those pat-on-the-back moments already. I am sure once the film releases, we’ll have more. Dad has seen the film, so I have had that. Also, the box-office figures are beyond our control. It comes down to so many things. I am an actor and am not in control of those things.

Source : http://www.bollywoodlife.com/news-gossip/i-would-love-to-go-nude-onscreen-says-harshvardhan-kapoor/