Monday December 11, 2017

Actor’s film choices reflect political, social beliefs: Naseeruddin Shah (IANS Interview)

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Mumbai, Oct 31 : The films that an actor chooses reflect not just his or her political and social beliefs but also establishes the person’s individuality, says film industry veteran Naseeruddin Shah.

“If I agree with the vision of the director, then and only then will I do the film. Therefore, an actor’s individuality comes from his choices. The film you choose reflects your own political beliefs and social expression,” Naseeruddin, 67, told IANS in an interview here.

At the same time, he believes that the job of an actor in films is to be the messenger of writers and the director.

“I think my definition of acting might just make many actors uncomfortable, but the fact is an actor’s role is to follow and execute the vision of the writer and the director who has created the character.

“With time, cinema has changed, but my approach hasn’t because I always attempted to tune in with their idea. I, an actor, am the messenger of the director’s vision. I am not there to create my individuality.

“Yes, my signature could come from my means of expression, but those expressions are of the director,” he said.

With a film career spanning over three decades, Naseeruddin is among the prominent faces of India’s parallel cinema. He has also been a part of more ‘commercial’ movies, but it’s interesting to observe how the widely awarded talent does not prefer to put himself in the spotlight of a film.

Asked what makes him not get seduced by attention unlike other actors, he said: “Because actors are basically narcissists, they love themselves. Not that I am not, but over a period of time, I realised there are a lot more qualities that are required to be an actor. Narcissism is just one of them.”

Naseeruddin spoke to IANS on the sidelines of the 19th Jio MAMI With Star, where his movie “The Hungry” was screened. He plays a dark character in the Bornila Chatterjee directorial.

On his process to internalise a character, Naseeruddin said: “I don’t look outward for inspiration, rather within, to find a connect with the character. I try to find the potential of the character within me, I try to understand how I would react if I am in a certain situation.

“If I can, I agree to do the role. It’s an internal process. I do not take a reference to someone I have seen next to me,” said the actor, whose contribution to the arts has been recognised with a Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

It was in 1980 that the actor debuted in Hindi cinema with “Hum Paanch”. He went on to act in films like “Karma”, “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro”, “Masoom”, “Hey Ram”, “Monsoon Wedding”, “Sarfarosh”, “Maqbool”, “A Wednesday” and “The Dirty Picture”.

His filmography is laced with projects with iconic directors like Shyam Benegal, Sai Paranjpye, Govind Nihalani and commercial filmmakers like Anees Bazmee, Zoya Akhtar and Vishal Bhardwaj, to name a few.

What is the way to stay relevant with time?

“I keep trying to inculcate my thoughts and ideas of acting in youngsters. I think acting is a means of expression, it is a tool of communication.

“Sadly, in films, actors are conditioned to believe that they are the centre, their performance is everything for the film, which is not right. Therefore, they cannot take criticism and failure, because being the most visible component of a film, they face the criticism first.”

But film reviews are not something he takes seriously himself.

“For me, reviews are as good as the opinion of a taxi driver… Pardon me, but reviews are nothing but another piece of opinion on our film. Half of the reviewers do not critically analyse every aspect of the film but write about the plot in their review.

“And then half of the reviewers condemn a film for what it is not. I mean, what is the point of finding social relevance in David Dhawan’s film when he himself never claimed to have one? Or, of calling a Mani Kaul film ‘too heavy’ for not having song and dance?

“Is it right to take the reviews seriously?” questioned the actor.(IANS)

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

Ranveer Singh tweeted his farewell tweet.

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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.

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  • 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

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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