Tuesday December 10, 2019

Rapper Badshah has Newfound Respect for Actors, Filmmakers After Acting Debut

"Khandaani Shafakhana" will be aired on Sony MAX on November 22

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Badshah. Flickr

Rapper Badshah made his acting debut this year and he says now he has newfound respect for filmmakers and actors.

Although the film “Khandaani Shafakhana”, which marked his debut as an actor, failed to create fireworks at the box office, his experience of working on it will “always be one of the biggest learning experiences of my life”.

“I was lucky to be part of a tremendous team who were more of friends and made me feel very comfortable with what I was doing. It was amazing to be among such hardworking people as Sonakshi (Sinha). Playing Gabru was both, difficult and easy for me because I had seen so many Punjabi pop stars while growing up and I already had a character lay out in mind,” he said.

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Collaboration helps to broaden horizon, says rapper Badshah. Flickr

“It was while executing it in front of the camera, with his own nuances and then the complete transition in the last courtroom scene, was the challenge,” he added.

His co-star Sonakshi had played a “very important role” in helping him decide and go ahead with the film.

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“She read the script first and had recommended my name. When I spoke to her, she made me go for it. I did not have to prepare much for the role. I had a certain image of Gabru in my mind from the moment I heard the script and I was just going with the flow. I definitely have a lot of newfound respect for filmmakers and actors after this experience. I think the whole process was a lot of fun,” said Badshah.

“Khandaani Shafakhana” will be aired on Sony MAX on November 22. (IANS)

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Bollywood Has A Long Way To Go: Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu hopes that gender-neutral wages should become a reality in Bollywood

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Taapsee Pannu talks about the gender inequality in Bollywood. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood has a long way to go as far before pay parity between male and female actors happens, actress Taapsee Pannu claimed on Saturday, hoping that gender-neutral wages would become a reality in her lifetime.

“We have a long way to go. It is insane,” Taapsee said, at an interactive session during the ongoing 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is underway in Goa.

She said the amount that actresses get in Bollywood are “not even half of (what) the leading men (get paid)”, and added: “It is way less than one-fourth at times — to be honest, even less. Half of the salary of the leading hero is the entire budget of a female-driven film of an A-list actress,” Taapsee said.

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Taapsee Pannu said that the amount that actresses get in Bollywood are not even half of what the leading men get paid. Wikimedia Commons

The ‘Pink’ actress also said that at times, even top female leads were paid one-fourth of the remuneration paid to a male star, and added that only box-office success of women-oriented films would end the sexist lopsidedness.

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“I hope it changes in my lifetime. That can happen when more and more people walk into a female-driven film in theatres. Only box-office can change this. Yes, women-driven films have increased drastically over the last four to five years but the big difference will happen when the (box-office) numbers come in. There is no other way,” she summed it up. (IANS)