Tuesday December 10, 2019

Acid Attack Is One Of The Most Heinous Crimes: Vikrant Massey

Actor Vikrant Massey feels that we are not doing enough to stop acid attacks

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Actor Vikrant Massey will be starring in "Chhapaak". Wikimedia Commons

BY ARUNDHUTI BANERJEE

Bollywood actor Vikrant Massey plays a pivotal role in the Deepika Padukone-starrer “Chhapaak”, which is based on the real-life story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal.

Pointing out how most of his choices reflect his opinion, Vikrant told IANS: “I won’t associate myself with any project that I do not believe in. I strongly believe that an acid attack is one of the most heinous crimes in the world, so if we are talking about a progressive society where we are trying to create an environment of parity for all genders, it is a shame that we are yet to eradicate a crime like an acid attack. The report says that in India, most of the cases are of jilted lovers. When a girl rejects the proposal of a boy, the boy throws acid on her face!”opi

After a pause that clearly signals outrage, he added: “No one has the right to ruin someone’s life like that!”

“We are a developing country and we are sending Chandrayaan to the moon, and showing the world how we are progressing! Yet we are, at the same time, still living with a criminal practice like acid attack! We all know that it is wrong, still we are not doing enough to stop it!” added the actor.

Actor Vikrant Massey
Vikrant Massey strongly believes in stopping crimes like acid attacks. Wikimedia Commons

Over the past few years, Vikrant has managed to make his space with films like “Dil Dhadakne Do”, “A Death In The Gunj”, “Half Girlfriend”, and “Lipstick Under My Burkha”. Interestingly all these films address issues like parental interference in an adult life, elitism in society, language barrier, and gender disparity.

The actor said he uses film as a medium to express his thoughts.

“I have a lot of things to say in my lifetime and, being an actor, cinema is my medium. I am glad that I am an artist who gets a chance to reach out to thousands of people at one time. Being a sensitive human being, I always try and choose stories that somewhere translates my opinion,” said Vikrant, who has also explored the digital entertainment space with web shows like “Mirzapur”, “Made In Heaven”, “Criminal Justice” .

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He will soon be seen in the new season of the web series “Broken But Beautiful”, where he shared screen space with actress Harleen Sethi. The show will be streaming on the OTT platform ZEE5 and ALT Balaji from November 27. (IANS)

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I have Been Fortunate to Get the Amazing Scripts: Bhumi Pednekar

I continue striving for excellence in cinema, says Bhumi Pednekar

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Actress Bhumi Pednekar says she continues to strive for excellence in cinema. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who is currently riding high on the success of her back-to-back hits “Bala” and “Pati, Patni Aur Woh”, says she continues to strive for excellence in cinema.

Bhumi has had seven releases in theatres so far and six out of those have been hits.

Talking about her box office run, Bhumi said: “I have been fortunate to get the amazing scripts that have resonated with audiences and I’m thankful to all the filmmakers for their belief in me. As an artist, I have looked for incredible stories and searched for brilliant characters that stay with you long after you have seen the films.”

Bhumi Pednekar
Bhumi Pednekar is thankful to filmmakers believing in her. Wikimedia Commons

The “Dum Laga Ke Haisha” actress feels hugely empowered with her hits and she says it drives her to back her instincts while choosing a film.

“My successes are a validation that I have taken the right decisions in choosing content and gives me huge confidence to back my vision going forward. As a creative person, you need to trust your instincts at all times and successes only tell you that you are taking the right calls,” she said.

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She only wants to chase excellence in cinema.

“I’m fortunate that I have been blessed so far and I only wish that I continue striving for excellence in cinema. I’m thrilled about my next line up of movies as they all challenge me as an actor and will definitely push me to only getting better,” Bhumi said. (IANS)