Monday December 18, 2017

“Pankaj Tripathi” Full Interview:From politics to cricket to cinema, India is a star-struck society

Actor Pankaj Tripathi
FUll Interview With Actor Pankaj Tripathi

New Delhi, Sep 28 : Critically acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi is currently in the limelight for his film “Newton”, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for Oscars 2018. However, the National School of Drama alumnus, who has worked in films like “Omkara”, “Gangs of Wasseypur”, “Masaan” and “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, says that in India, actors are not actors but are more like products and brands.

A number of films which have theatre actors in them are relatable and enjoyable; yet they remain critically acclaimed and rarely smash the box office.

What does he think is the reason for this trend?

“Currently our country is going through the trend called ‘image-making’. Sadly, theatre actors don’t have this knack for marketing. Theatre itself doesn’t know how to market itself. Which is a huge reason why the actors associated with the medium cannot solely depend on theatre for their livelihood.

“So, if you take a theatre actor, the acting part is taken care of because we are trained for that, but we cannot sell because we don’t know (how to market ourselves). I have been in the profession for so long; It took me 12 years to reach here; I can act well, but I am not salable. Why? Because in our country actors are not actors, they are products; they are brands,” he said.

Pankaj, who worked with actor Rajkummar Rao in “Bareilly Ki Barfi” before “Newton”, said Indians are mostly star-struck, be it in any field.

“We want a star everywhere, be it in politics, cricket or cinema. It is a star-struck society. Theatre actors are not stars. They keep looking for truth and how they can bring truth to their lives. They concentrate on how their work can be more entertaining and attract more people,” said Pankaj, who essayed the role of principal Srivastava in “Nil Battey Sannata”.

Talking about the art of selling and marketing, Pankaj drew a comparison between his films “Newton” and “Gurgaon”.

“You need support for your film to sell, like ‘Netwon’ has (distributors) Eros International (production company) Drishyam Films. We therefore got a good release. On the other hand, some time back my film ‘Gurgaon’ came. It was an independent film, did not get a good release and not many people came to know about it — though it got some of the best reviews,” said Pankaj, who will next be seen in “Fukrey Returns”, “Munna Michael” and a web series he is not yet ready to talk about.

Pankaj, however, says the market is changing, but slowly.

Hailing digital platforms like Netflix and YouTube, Pankaj believes that easy access to cinema the world over has changed minds or is in the process of bringing about change.

“It is picking up, things are changing, hopefully it will get better. Digital mediums like Netflix and similar apps or websites have turned things around. People have access to world cinema and so they know what is good cinema and good acting,” he said.

Hailing “Newton” as a film which needs the audiences to put on their thinking caps and not consider it a “time-pass”, Pankaj took indirect pot shots at films devoid of content.

“‘Newton’ is a brilliant film. It entertains you and delivers a message too. ‘Par dimag leke aao’ (Don’t leave your brains at home). This is not a time-pass film. In our country, people have a lot of time on their hands for things which do not need time — which is why time-pass films were in excess at one time,” he said.(Interviewed By IANS)

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Ranveer Singh prays for The peace of Alauddin Khilji’s Soul

Ranveer Singh tweeted his farewell tweet.

Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati
Ranveer singh Playing Alauddin Khilji in Padmavati. Instagram
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    Ranveer Singh tweeted about his role in Padmavati.
  • He has wrapped up from the shoot of Padmavati.

Ranveer Singh tweeted a goodbye post for his role Alauddin Khilji

Actor Ranveer Singh who will be seen in upcoming movie Padmavati playing the role of Alauddin Khilji has recently wrapped up his shoot for the movie.Alauddin Khilji was held responsible for several brutal deaths in India and self-immolation by Indian women.

Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will be playing leads along with Ranveer in Padmavati.Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s directorial is set to release on 1st December this year.

The actor informed his fans that he has lived the character of Alauddin Khilji and tweeted a sketched poster with a caption “your restless soul find its peace.”. Look at the tweet-


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‘At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things’, says Bollywood Actress Ileana D’Cruz

Actress Ileana D'Cruz was once suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Watch out what she has to say.

Actress Ileana D'Cruz
Actress Ileana D'Cruz . wikimedia commons
  • Actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal.
  • But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.

Actress Ileana D’Cruz suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder

At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health here on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.

She said: “I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.

“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”

The “Barfi!” and “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.

“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked if you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favorite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”

Ileana D’Cruz, whose mother was her biggest pillar of strength throughout, also said imperfections are a part of life.

“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”

Ileana D’Cruz said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.

The World Congress was organized by the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), a global alliance of mental health professionals, national health associations, NGOs, policy experts and other institutions.( IANS)

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Twinkle Khanna Apologises for Comments on Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua Controversy at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge

Twinkle Khanna has put an apology as a facebook post for her stance on the Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua controversy at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge

Twinkle Khanna
Twinkle Khanna posted a long apology on Facebook on Akshay-Mallika controversy. Wikimedia.

New Delhi, October 3: The Akshay Kumar-Mallika Dua controversy took a great high after his wife, actor-turned-author Twinkle Khanna made an absolute remark by participating in it.

Twinkle Khanna took to twitter to defend Akshay’s comment to Mallika by stating that humour should have been seen in the right context, along with a tweet of two lame jokes meant against Mallika Dua.

Soon after a week when the whole controversy came to a chilling note, Twinkle Khanna penned down her apology on Facebook by asserting her comment as a purely unperspective emotion. In her long facebook post, she articulated that this apology came as a mere weapon to save her family and children from this controversy.

Twinkle wrote, “Unwise Wisecracks -As I reflect on my actions this past week, I realize that I got pulled into this debate not as a social commentator but as a wife and unlike my normal, slightly rational self, my reaction was purely emotional and without perspective, and I have been rather miserable about it ever since. I would like to apologize to everyone who felt that I was trivializing the cause of feminism especially because I strongly believe in equality and have been a feminist from the time I was a young woman, much before I even knew the term. I think this came at a point where I was already reeling from an onslaught of abuse against various members of my family, which started with vicious and personal comments about my mother and went on to a widely shared open letter where the writer as a comeback for my comments about Karva Chauth tried to fling muck at every single member of my family. So when in this latest episode regarding my husband, my five-year-old was also dragged in for something that she had absolutely nothing to do with, I reached breaking point. And with my protective instincts in overdrive, I reacted irrationally with the only tools I have that help me retain my sanity in this fishbowl existence -words and lame jokes -though they have got me into trouble often enough in the past as well.”

Akshay Kumar had given a comment to Mallika Dua on The Great Indian Laughter challenge, by saying, “Aap bell bajao, main aapko bajata hoon.” (In the show, the judges are expected to ring a bell when a contestant performs well on the show).

This seemed unbefitting to Mallika Dua and she took to Twitter to stress on her uncomfortability with the comment by Akshay Kumar. Mallika’s father, journalist Vinod Dua also lashed out at Akshay with a demand for an apology. Later, Mallika had deleted her post, while the post by Vinod Dua’s got discarded due to a copyright issue.

-Prepared by Bhavana Rathi of NewsGram. Twitter @tweet_bhavana