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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

Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Wikimedia

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.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

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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

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


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)