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Bollywood movie ‘Awaara’ had huge impact on Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, still sings title track at times

Zhangke is in Mumbai for the 18th edition of the famous MAMI festival

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Mumbai, October 21, 2016: Renowned Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke says that the movie ‘Awara’ by actor-director Raj Kapoor, made such a huge impact on him that he likes it greatly and still sings the title track at times.

“When I was young I had seen ‘Awaara’ and the film had a great impact on me. Till date, I remember that film. Throughout the day I was singing ‘Awaara Hoon’ song as I am in India,” Zhangke stated in an interview to PTI.

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The director further added, “The film showed equality and it’s good. This film made us think that we all are equal. The respect towards the poor people made me think (about such people).”

Bollywood Actor-director Raj Kapoor. Wikimedia commons
Bollywood Actor-director Raj Kapoor. Wikimedia

According to Jia Zhangke, Kapoor was an excellent actor. Jia Zhangke said that films like ‘PK’ and ‘3 Idiots’ are more watched by people in China and those are quite popular there. He added that he had recently watched ‘3 Idiots’ and enjoyed it and he would love to watch more of Indian art and realistic films which are normally less promoted, mentioned PTI.

A Chinese actress Zhu Zhu is likely to be seen in a Bollywood flick named ‘Tubelight’ alongside Salman Khan and Jackie Chan have teamed up with Bollywood actor Sonu Sood for the upcoming release ‘Kung Fu’. Zhangke is thrilled about such team-ups of Chinese and Indian actors and expressed his delight about the artists working together.

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He said about working on a new project called ‘Journey to the West’, in which India has been referred to as the ‘west’ and it is based on an ancient novel. He further added that the director has not been finalised yet and it will be great to collaborate with India as a producer of the film.

Zhangke is in Mumbai for the 18th edition of the famous MAMI festival. “I am interested in Indian religion; I want to understand the religious philosophy of India. India is a country of many languages and this also fascinates me,” Zhangke stated to PTI.

On his maiden visit to the megapolis city, Zhangke looks forward to visiting the great Elephanta Caves. Apart from that, he also expressed his excitement to gorge on Indian delicacies.

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“I have heard there are lots of different kinds of curries being made in India so I would like to try that,” he said.

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Not Afraid To Fail, Asserts Deepika Padukone

Deepika said while people suffering from depression were not expected to identify the symptoms and reach out to a psychiatrist, those around them have to understand it

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Deepika Padukone opens up about her mental health and related concerns in an interview. Twitter
Deepika Padukone opens up about her mental health and related concerns in an interview. Twitter
  • Deepika Padukone is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood
  • She recently revealed that she is not afraid to fail
  • She also opened up more about depression and other mental conditions

Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone said she was not afraid to fail and not afraid to talk about the way she feels.

She believes that success and failure are all part of life and everybody fails at one point in their life. “I am at a stage in my life where I have been through everything.”

Deepika Padukone speaks about not being afraid of failures. Wikimedia Commons
Deepika Padukone speaks about not being afraid of failures. Wikimedia Commons

She was speaking on ‘Making mental wellness a boardroom priority’ at the World Congress on Information Technology and Nasscom India Leadership Forum here on Wednesday.

In a packed hall at ‘global influencer session’ on the last day of the three-day event, Deepika, the founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, shared her experiences with depression and gave tips to technologists on how to overcome it.

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In a chat with Nasscom Vice-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Wipro Rishad Premji, she said that depression is going to be the next big epidemic.

She said it was important that the persons suffering from depression speak about it with his or her near and dear ones and approach a counsellor and psychiatrist.

Deepika Padukone advised all IT companies to have counsellors and psychiatrists to help the employees who may be suffering from depression.

Deepika requested all IT companies to hire psychiatrists. IANS
Deepika requested all IT companies to hire psychiatrists. IANS

She said the employers should also ensure that such employees are not treated differently, noting there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness and such people don’t speak due to fear of losing their job.

She believes technology can help create awareness on depression but personal touch and feel is important to help the person. “Personal feel and touch, physical proximity, one-on-one is important which technology in some way is taking away from us.”

On whether social media is adding to the problem, Deepika said while it has been a boon in a lot of ways, she believes that everything should be in moderation. She observed that people on social media sometimes present a glorified version of life.

Recalling her fight with depression, the actress said she was not afraid of being judged when she opened up about the problem. “It’s okay to have moments of weakness, okay to break down and okay to cry. It’s okay if you don’t look great all the time,” she said.

Deepika Padukone is taking up many initiatives involving mental health.
Deepika Padukone is taking up many initiatives involving mental health.

Replying to a query from the audience, Deepika said when she was suffering from depression, she used to feel like not getting up from bed and going for work.

“There was no motivation and drive. I was not able to think straight. You feel a burden. You feel clouded and don’t feel like yourself.”

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About the many episodes of breaking down, she said one day when her parents were returning to Bengaluru after visiting her, she broke down in front of her mother, who understood the problem and reached out to a counsellor.

“If my mother had not understood the problem, I would not have got the intervention.”

Deepika said while people suffering from depression were not expected to identify the symptoms and reach out to a psychiatrist, those around them have to understand it.

The actress said frequent sessions with counsellors, medication, lifestyle changes, spacing the work, adequate sleep and the right kind of food helped her overcome the problem.

Deepika Padukone also opened up about her struggles with mental illness. Instagram
Deepika Padukone also opened up about her struggles with mental illness. Instagram

She stressed the need for people to come out and speak about mental illness. “You are not alone. One in three or five persons feels depression. It’s going to be next big epidemic to hit our country,” she said.

On the activities of her Foundation, she said it was working to create awareness in Karnataka’s Davangere district. “If I am able to save even one life, I will feel my job is done.” IANS