Friday February 22, 2019

Kajol Says, She Want To Explore Western World And Welcome Hollywood

Kajol says her children were thrilled about her dubbing assignment.

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Kajol Says, She Want To Explore Western World And Hollywood
Kajol Says, She Want To Explore Western World And Hollywood, flickr

After dubbing for the Hindi version of Disney.Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”, actress Kajol says she is willing to explore the world of the West and work in a Hollywood film.

“I would love to do a Hollywood film. There is no particular genre in mind, and it depends whether the script appeals to me or not,” Kajol told IANS in a recorded response.

“I would ask the same questions that I would ask for a Hindi film before picking the project,” added the mother of two.

Kajol has lent her voice to the character of Helen Parr, Elastigirl. The sequel picks up right after the 2004 original, with Craig T. Nelson returning as the voice of Bob Parr, Holly Hunter as Elastigirl and Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone. Brad Bird, who voices fashion designer Edna Mode, is back to direct the project.

The sequel again deals with the Parr family attempting balance having a normal life with their superhero powers. The film is slated to release in India on June 22 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

Kajol says her children were thrilled about her dubbing assignment.

“They were the most excited one especially when I told them that we will be the first ones to watch the film. It was like a big thing,” she said.

Kajol Devgan
Kajol Devgan, flickr

Kajol and Ajay Devgn, who got married in 1999, are parents to two children — daughter Nysa and son Yug. She is known for projects like “Karan Arjun”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”, “Ishq”, “Dushman”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…”.

Be it “Avengers: Infinity War” or “Spider-Man” series, “Iron Man” or “Wonder Woman” — superhero movies are performing well at the Indian box office.

“The popularity of superheroes has increased over time owing to the fact that it is digital age. There is so much flow of information. Everybody has access to the entire international fraternity which they didn’t have earlier.

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“Therefore, they are more familiar with language, the way people are and all these Hollywood films do”t feel alien as they used to,” said the actress, who was a big fan of Superman while growing up. (IANS)

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Oscar Nominees Furious Over Exclusion From Telecast

Rachael Stanley, the Executive Director of the Costume Designers Guild, lamented the loss of attention for her guild's industry siblings

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Hollywood filmmakers like Alfonso Cuaron and Guillermo del Toro and leading craftspeople have condemned a decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to hand out four awards during commercial breaks in the hope of trimming the shows (Oscars) run time.

Nominees and their colleagues from the commercial-banished categories of cinematography, make-up and hairstyling, film editing, and live action shorts slammed the decision in interviews and via heated posts on social media, reports variety.com.

“I find it depressing that they are doing this. Hopefully it won’t be like the part of the show where they play clips from the Sci-Tech awards dinner. That always feels a bit sad, like they didn’t get invited to the real party,” said cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a nominee this year for “Never Look Away”.

Deschanel is referencing the Academy’s annual Scientific and Technical Awards, held two weeks before the Oscars and typically hosted by a celebrity, which honours technical achievement in film.

Deschanel has been nominated six times stretching back to 1983’s “The Right Stuff”, but has yet to win.

Filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, a multiple-nominee for producing, directing, writing and cinematography for “Roma”, criticised the Academy’s decision.

“In the history of cinema, masterpieces have existed without sound, without colour, without a story, without actors and without music. No one single film has ever existed without cinematography and without editing,” wrote Cuaron.

Three-time Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki called it “an unfortunate decision”.

Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro said he “would not presume to suggest what categories to cut during the Oscars show but cinematography and editing are at the very heart of our craft”.

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An Oscar Award.

“They are not inherited from a theatrical tradition or a literary tradition. They are cinema itself,” del Toro said.

Drake Doremus, indie director behind the late Anton Yelchin’s “Like Crazy”, even called for a “boycott”.

In a memo outlining the changes, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President John Bailey said representatives from categories that were shunted off to the commercial breaks volunteered to have their award presented off-camera.

However, the board members who represent those crafts don’t speak for the unions or guild membership.

The show’s director, Glenn Weiss, will determine what emotionally resonant moments from the four speeches make it to air later in the broadcast, according to an individual close to the production.

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The show will cut any comment from presenters, as well as any recitation of the nominees, said the insider. While Bailey said the speeches will air in their entirety, that may not be the case on the big night as broadcasters reserve the right to cut them, the source said.

“This decision could be perceived as a separation and division of this creative process, thus minimising our fundamental creative contributions,” said Kees van Oostrum, President of American Society of Cinematographers, in a statement on Tuesday.

“To find out so close to the actual awards that you’ll be in the commercial break, it’s disappointing,” Lee Smith, last year’s film editing winner for “Dunkirk”, said.

Rachael Stanley, the Executive Director of the Costume Designers Guild, lamented the loss of attention for her guild’s industry siblings. (IANS)