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Filmmaker Mira Nair said in an interview that even with all pulls and pressures of making a film, keep your voice alive with entertainment.

The maker of several critically acclaimed as well as commercially successful movies such as “Monsoon Wedding” (2001), “Salaam Bombay” (1988), “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” (1996) and “Mississippi Masala” (1991), is currently busy with the post-production of her new film “Queen of Katwe”.

Nair said, “There are commercial pulls, of course, when you are helming a film. And bigger the project, the greater the number of people you are answerable to. But in the midst of all this, I always try to keep my voice alive. As the director of a film, as the story teller, you have to keep your voice alive.’’

Her film “Queen of Katwe”, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, is a biography on the life of Phiona Mutesi, an 11-year-old Ugandan girl who coincidentally walks into a chess school in her city, develops a passion for the game, and goes on to become a world class player at a very young age. The movie is set to be released in October this year, stars Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o.

“When I heard the story from a Disney representative, I was like ‘That’s my stuff’, and I instantly agreed to direct the film,” said Nair.

The National Award winning director who is known for the bold theme and treatment of the story said, “I don’t think boldness should be associated with showing off the skin. It’s not the basis of boldness. I think there is a lot bolder thinking that is now in the cinema here.”

“Also, the craft and quality have seen miles of improvement. In earlier days we had to be apologetic about the standard of things, but now we are as good as anyone else. That is just really exciting,” she added.

Explaining on one of her films “Kama Sutra”, which caused an uproar in the 1990s, she said, “Yes, definitely I would make it very differently because the world has changed and I have grown. But, yes, censorship is still there. That has not changed here, and that is incredible. Not just in cinema but in society as well. In that sense, it’s not the most open place we have been in.’’

Nair looks film as a medium of bringing about positive change in society. She also runs a film training institute called Maisha Film Lab in Uganda.

“It’s really for you to say. But I think in terms of activism associated with my films, be it Salaam Baalak Trust or Maisha, taking the idea of cinema as a way to change people, I feel heartened. I am glad that we have impacted thousands of lives,” Nair said.

She is amazed if you can create a platform where people can start to talk again.

“That’s extraordinary. So that is the power sometimes you are privileged to have had, and that is the power of cinema that can keep on going,” she added.(IANS)

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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)