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Welsh Actor Michael Sheen talks about his Inspirational figures Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair from Indian Cinema

Sheen will be seen co-staring with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Patt of ‘Jurassic World’ in the sci-fi romance movie "Passengers"

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Los Angeles, December 22, 2016: Indian filmmakers have made their marks in every generation. Adoring these Indian talents, acclaimed Welsh actor Michael Sheen said the cinema of India, including movies by legendary Indian filmmakers Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair have had a big influence on him.

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“I would love to come and do something in India. It will be amazing. The films from India, the cinema of India has had such a big influence on me, watching Satyajit Ray, Mira Nair films. It is such an incredible country and culture and so I hope that I can come soon,” Sheen told PTI in an interview here.

Sheen will be seen co-staring with Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Patt of ‘Jurassic World’ in the sci-fi romance movie “Passengers”. It is a Sony Pictures Entertainment film which will hit Indian theatres on January 6 in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.

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The movie is about two strangers Jim and Aurora, played by Pratt and Lawrence, who are on a 120-year journey to another planet on a technologically-advanced “cruise-liner” style space ship when their hibernation pods wake them 90 years too early.

They are forced to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction as the ship teeters on the brink of collapse, jeopardising the lives of the several thousand passengers traveling from Earth on the spaceship to the distant planet for starting a new life. Sheen plays ‘Arthur’, an android bartender onboard the ship.

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While sharing his experience with PTI, Sheen said the role of a robotic bartender was “physically quite uncomfortable” as he had to be strapped into a machine and had a steel rod tied through his back to facilitate his robotic movements.

In spite of the discomfort, the role was interesting to him and the actor said he had a great time working with Lawrence and Pratt, adding that “it was just such a laugh working” with them on the sets.

“They are great people, really funny and we all got along really well which is handy because it was just the three of us every day for a long time,” he said.

 – prepared by Saptaparni Goon of NewsGram. Twitter: @saptaparni_goon

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‘Paa’ was a Sort of Landmark for me: Vidya Balan

'Paa' awakened maternal instinct in me, says Vidya Balan

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Actress Vidya Balan talks about what 'Paa', the national award-winning film meat to her. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Vidya Balan could not believe that her film “Paa” has completed 10 years since release.

Noting how time flies, Vidya got nostalgic and shared what the National Award-winning film meant to her.

Directed by R. Balki, “Paa” narrated the story of a 12-year-old boy named Auro (played by Amitabh Bachchan), who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called progeria. In the movie, Abhishek Bachchan played the role of Big B’s father while Vidya Balan was seen as his mother.

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Vidya Balam is currently shooting for a biopic on the late mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi. Wikimedia Commons

Revealing how the film awakened maternal instinct in her , Vidya said: “‘Paa’ was a sort of landmark for me…I have said it many times over that it awakened the maternal instinct in me for the first time ever …and to top that I got to witness the magical transformation of Mr. Bachchan into Auro…And lastly working with Balki was unbelieveable …It was ofcourse a big idea to start with but the process was easy and effortless..and the way he normalized behaviour of all the characters and that too with such little instruction was a huge learning.”

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Vidya is currently busy shooting for a biopic on the late mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi. (IANS)