Sunday, 29 March 2015

Today’s cinema suits actors like me: Sushant Singh Rajput

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Today’s cinema suits actors like me: Sushant Singh Rajput

'Kai Po Che!' actor Sushant Singh Rajput has attributed his success in Bollywood to the new-age filmmaking.

The 29-year-old actor, who has also starred in film like Shuddh Desi Romance and Aamir Khan's PK, will also be seen in a biopic on Indian cricketer MS Dhoni and Shekhar Kapur's ambitious Paani besides the upcoming Dibakar Banerjee's sleuth drama Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!.

"The change in cinema has created room for actors like me. If we were not making the films that we are right now then I would not have been excited about my work. Most probably, I would have not got a chance to do films. The films that are being made want actors like me who can change themselves with each and every film and not think about their star value or the way they are perceived," Sushant told PTI.

The actor said that bagging those films has not been a cakewalk as he had to audition for each and every one of them. YRF's Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! is Sushant's first major release after almost a gap of one-and-a-half years.

He had a cameo in last year's release PK. The actor, however, said he does not worry about not having back-to-back releases as he enjoys the filmmaking process more than waiting for Friday.

"The main reason I am in this industry is because I want to do films. I enjoy the shoots, not just Fridays. The entire journey is important to me. Obviously, as an actor I want validation, of course the feedback is important and I want people to like me. But it is not the most essential thing for me.

"I am not counting the number of films releasing, I am counting the kind of films I do," he said. Having started his career from the small screen in 2008, it took Sushant some time till he finally managed to get his big break in Bollywood in 2013 with Kai Po Che!. The actor said that being a part of the industry is like a dream come true for him and has also brought a lot of changes in him.

"It is too good to be true. I always believed in myself. I am living my dream. Initially, I used to take myself very seriously. That has somewhat gone away," Sushant said. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! also stars Anand Tiwari and Swastika Mukherjee in principal roles. The movie, produced by Dibakar Banerjee Productions and Yash Raj Films, is set to release on April 3, 2015.

Taapsee Pannu: Being an actor a torture for skin

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Taapsee Pannu: Being an actor a torture for skin

'Baby' actress Taapsee Pannu, who has signed up an endorsement deal with skincare brand Everyuth, says the acting profession is a "torture" on one's skin - but with a mix of right food and liquid intake, she keeps herself glowing.

Being in showbiz can have adverse effects on one's skin. Asked how she manages to keep her skin glowing, Taapsee told IANS: "It's almost like a torture for the skin to be in this profession. I just make sure my skin is well-hydrated, and I drink a lot of water to keep it healthy from the inside. I also avoid as much fried oily food as I can -- in summer especially."

Her association with Everyuth is her first beauty endorsement. "I have always been extremely careful of the brands and products I am associating my name with, so it's the first and the only skincare brand I am associated with as of now," added the 27-year-old, who prefers to endorse brands and products "which people of my age group fancy".

The debate on fairness creams and their publicity continues to attract attention. What is your take - should celebrities promote the concept of fairness creams?

"I myself am not really inclined towards fairness products. To get a glow is a different thing, which the product I endorse does, but fairness is not proportional to being beautiful," she said. Talking about the importance of endorsements in an actor's career, she said: "It is important. Because the commercials run on TV much more than what our movies or interviews do. So, it's important for our visibility that we take up endorsements.

"Also it helps knowing and building our target audience according to what products we endorse."

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Katrina Kaif: We have a mandir at our home

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Katrina Kaif: We have a mandir at our home

Katrina Kaif has come a long way to become India's most glamourous and sought-after star. She has not just learnt how to speak Hindi, but can today read Devanagari. Her being private can get mistaken for her arrogance, but in reality, she is an extremely sensitive, emotional and caring person. She prides herself on being a director's actor, but she is equally focussed on achieving a healthy balance between her work and personal relationships and life. She is competitive but secure and the one thing she is clear about, is that she will give her 100% to whatever she does. Excerpts from a conversation with her just before she left to launch her wax statue at the Madame Tussauds, London.

Your mother tongue is English. How did you learn Hindi?
I can read Devanagari today. Jackie Shroff taught me many years back. I would learn Hindi everyday for three hours. Those days, 11-12 years back, there were no bound scripts. Directors would come on set with the lines and some like Anees Bazmee would write them in Hindi, so it was very important to know how to read Hindi. And now, I insist that the scripts are given to me in Devanagari so that when I am sitting in my room, I read written Hindi.

How important is it for you to connect personally with your directors?
It's very important for me, more important for me than for most people. People may not realise it, but I am actually a very sensitive person. So if my director has a disconnect with me or shows disinterest, I can sense it. So I need to connect, otherwise I feel alone and unwanted.

Which are the directors that you have most connected with?
In the initial years Kabir Khan for sure. During the making of New York, he became a good friend. He had a lot of trust in me. Then I connected immensely as a woman with Zoya Akhtar while making Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Working on Fitoor with Gattu (Abhishek Kapoor), I get what he is saying. I know that he will put me up in a new and interesting way, but what is nice is that he is also interested in hearing your point of view.

You are working on Fitoor and Jagga Jasoos that are both very different films than what you have done in the past. Is that by design?
In any profession, you go through different phases. At some point you are focusing on one aspect, while at other times you are focusing on other aspects. This is a little bit of another phase for me right now, in the sense the kind of films I have chosen this year, is slightly different. I purposely chose them that way. Like, may be two years back, I may not have done a film like Fitoor. But the moment I knew that Gattu was writing his script, it was something I wanted to be a part of. I have been wanting to work with dada's vision (Anurag Basu) for the longest time, but was waiting for the right film and then Jagga Jasoos happened.

How competitive are you as a person?
Very, but it's complicated. It depends on the phase you are in your life. When I started, you are running behind your vision with your heart and mind. When you have achieved a part of that vision, then you get a sense of calmness and then, when you see someone else doing well in the space that used to be your target, you are okay with it as you have achieved that target already. Now my goals have to be different and cannot be the same that they were three years ago. And I see them changing on their own organically and naturally. I am a lot calmer. And that does not mean that your focus or drive is any less, but it just means that you are working on two films as against three, that you are balancing other aspects of your life and people in your life, that you are taking a lot of satisfaction from that as well. Also the different types of work you do. There was a time when I wanted to do as much as I could in the dancing and glamour space. But I think I achieved a lot in that. That does not mean that I don't want to do something new in that or a new film on dance, but now I also want to elaborate on other aspects of my persona in my films. To do characters that can show a different aspect of your personality, maybe the more serious, confused, layered, complex and anxious side of you, something every woman can connect with.

You look so much more secure now.
Nobody is 100% secure. But yes, I do feel secure now. Everyone goes through moments of insecurity, be it about your work or people in your life or about your family. Everyone goes through that, but at some point in time, you have to try and get yourself on the road and find peace with yourself. And I feel life does it for you. What life will give you is some amazing moments and at other times, will give you things you really don't expect. You need to experience your lows at times. Then when the high comes back, which it always does, you feel so much higher and better. Different strokes for different folks, but for me, I try and remain happy for the balance that I have in my life.

Does your being a private person get mistaken for your arrogance at times?
I am a private person, but am extremely sensitive and very emotional. I am quiet and mind my business. I keep to myself for the most part and the people in my life are the people in my life and they have my dedication, time and support. When I am working, I am 100% professional. I can live a very private life. I do stay away from events or functions or parties. I want to balance the things I do. Very few actors can say that they are arrogant. They are the most uncertain people as everyday you are faced with lesser comings or your weaker side.

I have heard from some of your star friends how you manage your home so well. Is that true?
I try and manage all aspects of my life well and that is why I don't take on too much at certain times and it may seem that I am staying away. I can take only that much that I can give my full dedication to. I have been much more out there in the past, but life changes and you adapt to the different phases that come in your life.

Can you cook?
I am a terrible cook.

Are you religious?
I have always been religious. While my father was a Muslim and my mom is a Christian, we have been brought up to practise all faiths. We have a mandir at our home. And while I don't do puja, I do light a jyot sometimes.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Badlapur wins praise from the industry

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Badlapur wins praise from the industry

Badlapur, directed by Sriram Raghavan, is an intriguing tale of love and revenge.

Varun Dhawan, who attempts a dark role for the first time as the angst-ridden Raghu, has created curiosity among the audience. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the perfect antagonist in this revenge drama, which also features Yami Gautam, Huma Qureshi, Divya Dutta and Radhika Apte. While the trailer had generated interest from the start, the music too has gained popularity.

Many celebrities who watched the movie, produced by Dinesh Vijan's Maddock Films, were all praises for it. Karan Johar said, "The film is absolutely stunning. Varun has made us so proud. He is exceptional. And it doesn't get better than Nawaz. I think it's a must watch." Homi Adajania said, "Badlapur impresses with Sriram Raghavan's inimitable style. I love the premise of his narrative, of unknowingly becoming everything you want to destroy. It is a psychological roller coaster with such effortless performances of difficult characters. We all have to back cinema like this in order to grow creatively."

Tabu, too, was heard appreciating Varun and Nawaz's performances. She even added how she is impressed by Sriram's work and wished the film great success. Badlapur, presented by Eros International and Maddock Films.