Tuesday August 20, 2019

Lots of Positive Stuff for Female Stars in Showbiz: Shah Rukh Khan

Over the years, Shah Rukh has established himself as a successful actor, film producer, television host, philanthropist and an entrepreneur

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SRK calls 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' a special journey. wikimedia commons

Shah Rukh Khan feels the attitude towards women is changing for good in India. The Indian superstar says there are lots of positive developments for female actors in the film industry.

The actor expressed his views on the changing gender dynamics in Indian entertainment industry in an interview to BBC Asian Network. He was in London to receive an honorary doctorate in Philanthropy from The University of Law, London.

“The roles of women and the kind of attitude you have at the workplace for women is changing for positive,” Shah Rukh is seen saying in the video shared on the official Twitter handle of BBC Asian Network.

“There will be discrepancies and ups and downs too. There were times when I was working in the 1990s that if a lady got married, she normally did not have the opportunity to come back and act in a film.

“But now they are married and acting in films and its so seamless and nice, so I think lots of positive stuff for female actors in the film industry,” he added.

On the film front, Shah Rukh has failed to generate box office hits despite his wide fan following and ‘superstar’ status. With “Dilwale”, “Fan”, “Raees”, “Jab Harry Met Sejal” and last year’s “Zero”, Shah Rukh’s projects have failed to elicit the expected response back-to-back.

There was some respite for him with “Dear Zindagi”, but the film was about the journey of Alia Bhatt’s character Kaira and his role was more about helping Kaira discover happiness. He was also seen in hit film “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” in a special and brief role.

A fan Dangal between the onscreen Dangal girls for Shah Rukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan. VOA

What will his next role be?

“My next role will be as sexy as my last one. So you want me to be a sexy father, a sexy hero, sexy whatever you want me to be. My next role will be as sexy as you want me to be,” he said.

“When I meet people around the world, they will turn around and say ‘your films makes us happy’. And that is very encouraging. But I want to now make people happy personally and change their lives,” he said.

On being asked about filmmakers’ fight with the Indian censor board, the superstar said: “There are going to be issues between creative people and what they want to say but I would say no filmmaker, ever, I think wants to disturb the sensibilities of the audience. People are changing, society is changing but culturally I think we are a very strong nation and I think that needs to be respected always.”

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Over the years, Shah Rukh has established himself as a successful actor, film producer, television host, philanthropist and an entrepreneur.

The “My Name Is Khan” actor has also earned love for championing human rights in India. He has lent support to the Indian government’s campaigns, including Pulse Polio and National Aids Control Organization. He has worked closely with several charitable foundations, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Shah Rukh’s non-profit organisation Meer Foundation primarily works with acid attack victims and aims to initiate change at the ground level to build a world that empowers women. He was honoured with the Crystal Award at the World Economic Forum 2018 in Davos for his work towards acid attack survivors. (IANS)

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Karishma Kapoor Believes Actors Today Are Blessed To Have Great Design Options

Calling his style "innovative and creative", Karisma praised the fact that the designer uses eco-friendly fabrics and dyes.

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Earlier, we had to wear what we were told in movies. Overtime, then I had a say in what I wanted to wear and what I didn't want to wear: Karishma Kapoor Pic: Wikimedia Commons

Karisma Kapoor believes that the new generation of actors are blessed to have a huge pool of design and style talent to choose from.

Over the years, Karisma’s own fashion sense has evolved.

“I think it’s a great compliment,” Karisma told IANS here on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019.

“Even though I am not actively doing films, people like my fashion sense. In that sense, it’s a personal style that has evolved over the years.

Actress Karishma Kapoor. Wikimedia Commons

“Earlier, we had to wear what we were told in movies. Overtime, then I had a say in what I wanted to wear and what I didn’t want to wear. Today, there are so many talented designers and stylists out there, and today’s generation (actors) are very lucky to have the talent that they can use,” added the charismatic beauty.

She turned showstopper for Jaipur-based designer Punit Balana’s line ‘Maya’.

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Calling his style “innovative and creative”, Karisma praised the fact that the designer uses eco-friendly fabrics and dyes.

“The most important thing is that he gives a chance to local artists to showcase their talent along with his own. His line ranges from western silhouettes to Indian styles and they are very wearable,” Karisma said.

Balana’s line is an ode to the French novel “Madame Bovary”. (IANS)