Tuesday June 19, 2018

John Abraham Feels He Has Become An Old Horse Of The Film Industry

The movie was caught in a legal battle prior to its release.

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Actor-producer John Abraham, who has been appreciated for his new release “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran”, feels he has become an old horse of the film industry when it comes to taking praise and criticism in his stride.

John spoke to the media at a success party for the film here on Tuesday along with director Abhishek Sharma.

The actor’s career spans over 15 years and he has worked in almost 45 movies in Bollywood.

Talking about the industry, audience and media’s changing perception on the ups and downs in his career, John said: “See it’s cyclical. If your one film does good, then people laud you for it and you get a bouquet of flowers for it and if your film doesn’t do well, then you also get brickbats for it.

“So I think I have become an old horse in this industry. Now I understand what works for the film and what runs in the mind of people.”

Generally, films made on issues of national interest get noticed, and John’s “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran” is based on the nuclear tests conducted at Pokhran in 1998.

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Asked if he is expecting a National Award for his film, he said: “We hope we make it to the National Awards. I think it will be well deserved on the part of our director, Abhishek Sharma.

“It’s a good, commercial, entertaining and content-driven film but it’s too early to talk about our chances of winning a National Award. We are not over-confident people. We think we will deserve whatever the jury will decide for our film but at the same time I think people loved the film and that is important for us.”

John and Akshay Kumar share a really close bond with each other. They have earlier worked in “Garam Masala”, “Desi Boyz”, “Housefull 2” and “Dishoom” together. But on this Independence Day, Akshay’s “Gold” and John’s “Satyamev Jayate” will clash with each other.

On this, John said: “Akshay is an actor in ‘Gold’ and I am an actor in ‘Satyamev Jayate’. It’s a producer’s decision from both sides. It is about Excel Entertainment and T-Series, so I have no say in that at all. As far as competing with Akshay is concerned, I want to make it clear that he is my senior in the industry.

“I love him and I have always wished the best for him and I am sure he also wants best for me.”

There have been reports that the release of Salman Khan’s “Race 3” on June 15 will not affect the screen numbers that have been acquired by “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran”.

John said it’s good news as it will help his movie complete 50 days at the box office.

“Personally, I want this film to complete 100 days at the box office… We have a certain target in mind and we want to reach that target. At least 65 days at the box office is what we are looking at and we are hoping for it. We are thankful to the High Court, media, distributors, exhibitors and audience for giving tremendous support for this film.”

Aso read: John Shares the Reasons to Make Parmanu

The movie was caught in a legal battle prior to its release. (IANS)

 

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Shahid Kapoor Says He Now Understands His Responsibilities As An Actor

It's not just his professional life that is keeping him busy, but he is also excited to be a father again. He already has a daughter named Misha with wife Mira Rajput.

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Shahid says his life's journey would "probably be a book". Wikimedia

“It’s been a journey of a young kid who didn’t know what it meant to be an actor. And now I understand my privilege and responsibilities and I am thankful for it. I’m also proud of what I’ve achieved and I feel the need to grow and evolve,” Shahid Kapoor said in an email interview.

Shahid, who made appearances as a background dancer in the films “Dil To Pagal Hai” and “Taal”, made his acting debut in the 2003 romantic comedy “Ishq Vishk”.

From his portrayal of a teenage student that earned him the Best Male Debut at an award function to portraying hard-hitting roles in films like “Haider” and “Udta Punjab”, or as the restrained king in “Padmaavat”, he is counted as one of Bollywood’s most bankable actors.

Shahid says his life's journey would "probably be a book".
The actor, who is a Reebok brand ambassador for which he has backed a new campaign, says the drive within him makes him unstoppable. Wikimedia

Shahid says his life’s journey would “probably be a book”.

“It has been 15 years in this industry and I’ve given a large part of my life to it, so I want to maximize my effort for this job. Yeah, I’m a very different person today,” Shahid said.

The actor, who is a Reebok brand ambassador for which he has backed a new campaign, says the drive within him makes him unstoppable.

“People who are young, somehow seem to lack the drive and don’t seem to be excited or charged and lack momentum. There are people who are much older, who have immense drive which is internally found. It comes when you’re truly passionate about something.

“The fire is within and comes from the need to achieve something. If you have no need or desires, there won’t be anything to be excited about,” said Shahid, whose next films are “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” and the Hindi remake of Telugu movie “Arjun Reddy”.

Shahid said that it was the first remake he was doing. “It’s a very different journey. I’ve actually seen the film and loved both the lead actors and all the actors in the film; so there is this huge responsibility of a film that has achieved cult status and we want to make it as well if not better.”

Shahid, who will step into the shoes of Telugu actor Vijay Deverakonda for the emotional drama, is confident it is going to be an amazing character to play. “I fell in love with the character the moment I saw it and I am quite nervous about it and excited at the same time,” he said.

It’s not just his professional life that is keeping him busy, but he is also excited to be a father again. He already has a daughter named Misha with wife Mira Rajput.

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Representational Image. Wikimedia

“I think having a child makes you re-look at everything. Over the years you get used to things… The minute you have a child, the parent within you jumps out and you feel protective and want to give them the best life,” he said.

“I just want to be there for my daughter and my second child! I want to spend my life with them. I want to know about their life. I hope that I’m a good influence. I hope I’m not stuck up and can allow them to fly. They have their own identity and destiny… Your job is to be there when they need you, that’s it,” said Shahid.

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With life moving so perfectly, is Shahid ever scared of losing out on the fame and popularity that he has right now?

“No, I would not say that I’m afraid of losing out on fame and popularity. I’m afraid of losing out on opportunities to work with the best filmmaker or get the best opportunities or not being able to maximize my potential, or not being able to reach out to people that I could have. Fame and popularity are a by-product. The idea is to worry about what you do as opposed to what happens because of what you do,” he said. (IANS)