Paresh Rawal: “Art Is Apolitical”

Art and artistes exist beyond religion, politics and boundaries, says veteran actor and politician Paresh Rawal, who believes the audience must also watch the performance of an artiste in an apolitical manner. In an era when artistes are attacked because of their political ideology, how must the audience respond to an artiste?

The BJP MP (Lok Sabha/Ahmedabad East) told IANS in an interview: “I think the audience should watch the performance of artistes keeping their political opinion aside because art is apolitical. Our film industry is the most secular and apolitical place. Art should not have any boundaries and we should keep it beyond political ideologies. I think there are only a few narrow-minded people who create such fuss. In our film industry, when we work together, we are not bothered about who is coming from which religious and political background… So as an audience, why would they bother,” questioned the actor.

The acclaimed film and theatre actor, who has decades of work behind him and a filmography that goes beyond 200, will next be seen in “Sanju”, a Rajkumar Hirani directorial which is a biopic on actor Sanjay Dutt’s life. He will also play National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in “Uri”, and he is also gearing up for a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said he is a big critic of his own work.

Playing Sunil Dutt on screen was gratifying: Paresh Rawal
Paresh Rawal: Art Is Apolitical

“I can watch my films very objectively and most of the time I criticise my work very hard. Every time I watch my performance thinking I should have done this or that… I am always dissatisfied with my work as I think I could have done it much better,” said the actor, known for his roles in films like “Hera Pheri”, “Awara Paagal Deewana”, “Woh Chokri”, “Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?” and “OMG – Oh My God!” among many others.

Since he has received a lot of awards and praise from the audience and critics, and has gone beyond hits and flops as an actor, does the box office result makes any difference to him? Paresh said: “No. I live with a film till the film releases. What matters to me is the response of my first audience, who are the director and the writer of the film. As an actor, I execute their vision and only they have the overview of the film. So, as long as they are happy, my job is done as a performer. Yes I feel happy when a film does well at the box office and the producer makes money, but that does not make or break me as an actor.”

In “Sanju”, a father-son story, Paresh essays Sanjay Dutt’s father, the late actor-politician Sunil Dutt. Actor Ranbir Kapoor plays Sanjay. ” The story captures different phases of the father-son relationship. I tried to maintain a distance off camera with Ranbir so that as performers, we can stay true to the character. So on set, we were not pals who would chat together in between the shots. In the film also, that was the relationship we have shown, where Dutt saab loved his son to death but never had a friendly equation with Sanjay,” Paresh said.

He contemplated on how perhaps that was the reason why Sanjay, to an extent, felt lonely after the death of his mother Nargis Dutt. ” He was close to his mother, and though he loved and respected his father, he never opened up (to him) until a certain point. There was a complexity in the relationship but there was a bonding… I won’t unveil more as one should watch the film for that,” he added.

Being a part of the movie and essaying Sunil Dutt has “amplified” the respect Paresh has for the late actor. ” All his life, he fought the battle of his life without complaining, without bad-mouthing anyone, without even cursing God. I think one can fight such a battle with dignity if only his ethical values and principles are strong.”

Which chapter of his life did he find toughest to perform? “More than performing, I think I got goosebumps realising his loneliness after the death of Nargisji. He was already going through a lot as a father, as a politician and as a husband who ran around with his wife when she suffered from cancer. But he couldn’t save her life. After her death, Dutt saab was a lonely man… That loneliness was spine-chilling for me,” Paresh said.

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‘Hichki’ Receives A Standing Ovation At The Shanghai Film Festival

Director Siddharth Malhotra, whose film “Hichki” received a standing ovation at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF), says it was an honour.

Malhotra on Monday shared a few images of the film’s screening over social media, and captioned it: “What an honour and an overwhelming feeling when your work gets a standing ovation from a foreign audience who simply watches a film with subtitles and gets moved to tears/laughter.

'Hichki' gets standing ovation at Shanghai film fest
‘Hichki’ Receives A Standing Ovation At The Shanghai Film Festival

“Thank you Shanghai SIFF 2018 at the festival for this experience, from the entire team of ‘Hichki’.”

Hichki“, starring Rani Mukerji as a woman who deals with Tourette syndrome but goes on to become a teacher, was screened as part of The Belt and Road Week at the film festival on June 16.

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Badshah: Rapping Is Not Taken Seriously In India

Rapper and music composer Badshah, who is excited about his new reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani 2”, says that rapping is not taken seriously in India as an art form. Badshah was interacting with the media at the launch of Star Plus channel’s forthcoming reality show along with singer Sunidhi Chauhan on Monday.

Badshah, who has delivered some chart-busting rap songs like “Kar Gayi Chull”,”Saturday Saturday” and most recent “Tareefan” is eager to spread awareness about rap as an art form. Talking about it, he said: “Rapping along with dance and stand-up comedy is not taken seriously as an art form in India and this misconception should change.”

My next song will make you cry: Badshah
Badshah: Rapping Is Not Taken Seriously In India

“That is one of the main reasons why I have chosen to be a judge on the show. But apart from that, I’m here to have fun as well, and have a better connection with the audience,” he added. The rapper is also gearing up to produce Bollywood and Punjabi movies and also launching a web series soon through his production house. Talking about the future of the digital platform, Badshah said: “I think it (digital media) is the future, so it’s very important for any production house right now to concentrate on digital media.”

Sunidhi and Badshah will be judging the second season of the reality show “Dil Hai Hindustani”, along with Bollywood singer and composer Pritam.

The show, which first aired in January 2017, provides a platform for people from all over the world and of varying age groups to showcase their talent in Indian music.

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Aayush Sharma Is Overwhelmed By The Response To The ‘Loveratri’ Teaser

Debutant Aayush Sharma, superstar Salman Khan’s brother-in-law, is overwhelmed by the positive response to the teaser of his maiden film “Loveratri“.

“I am overwhelmed by the reactions pouring in for the teaser. There is nothing more empowering than to be appreciated for your hard work and effort,” Aayush said in a statement to IANS.

Aayush Sharma overwhelmed by response to 'Loveratri' teaser
Aayush Sharma Is Overwhelmed By The Response To The ‘Loveratri’ Teaser

He witnessed the response when he visited Gaiety Galaxy to watch the teaser of his film which is attached to the print of “Race 3“.

A Gujarati couple who saw the teaser recognised Aayush in the audience and approached him, and praised his performance.

The film’s teaser, which released on June 13, begins with Salman introducing the storyline, narrating the colourful love story.

Directed by first-time director Abhiraj Minawala, written by Naren Bhatt and produced by Salman Khan Films, “Loveratri” also stars Warina Hussain. It will release on October 5.

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निक की Ex दुखी, कहा- स्टारडम वाली हैं प्रियंका, नहीं कर सकती मुकाबला

प्र‍ियंका चोपड़ा इन दिनों अमेर‍िकन स‍िंगर निक जोनस को डेट कर रही हैं. इन
खबरों को भले ही प्र‍ियंका और न‍िक महज अफवाह बता रहे हों. लेकिन दोनों की
दोस्ती से निक जोनस की एक्स गर्लफ्रेंड डेल्टा बहुत दुखी है.

Gold Trailer Release Date: Akshay Kumar Fans, Here’s A Good News For You All!

The trailer of Excel Entertainment’s ‘Gold‘ to be attached to the much awaited Rajkumar Hirani directorial ‘Sanju‘.

Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold‘ is creating the right noise with the posters and teasers capturing the attention of the audience. After garnering a phenomenal response at the theaters for the unique Gold promo, the makers of the sports drama are set to attach the trailer of the film with the much anticipated ‘Sanju‘.

Cine-goers will be treated with a double dose of entertainment with Sanju and Gold hitting the screens together.

'Gold' trailer to be attached to Sanju
‘Gold Trailer Release Date: Akshay Kumar Fans, Here’s A Good News For You All!

Gold traces the journey of a man dreaming to win free India’s first Gold in Hockey. The sports drama starring Akshay Kumar takes the audience back in time to witness the struggle of a team to make the nation proud.

The upcoming sports drama ‘Gold‘ starring Akshay Kumar releases this Independence Day marking 70 years of Free India’s first Gold medal at the 1948 Olympics.

India won its first Gold medal as an independent nation at the Olympics on the 12th of August 1948. Celebrating this historic occasion, the makers are all set to release the film on the 15th of August this year.

Gold’ not only marks the first ever association between Akshay Kumar and Excel Entertainment led by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar but also is the debut of TV sensation Mouni Roy.

Also starring Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Singh and Sunny Kaushal, Gold promises power packed performances by an ensemble cast.

The teaser depicted the struggle for India’s first Gold as a free nation. While we had won several medals under the British Raj, the story of this Gold medal was special.

The film has been shot across the UK and India, capturing the fascinating aspects of the pre-independent era.

Gold is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, helmed by Reema Kagti and is all set to release on the 15th August 2018.

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Fans are coming up with hilarious desi memes about Nick Jonas singing Bollywood songs for Priyanka Chopra

Desi Girl Priyanka Chopra might be dating Nick Jonas. While the two have not opened up about it, all evidence points towards that. Well, fans are very excited for this relationship. Maybe a little too much, in fact. We did see resistance earlier, but now the internet could not ship Nick and Priyanka more.

Priyanka and Nick first met at the 2017 Met Gala where they represented Ralph Lauren. Priyanka is a Bollywood diva, who has acted in 50 films and headlines ABC’s Quantico. Nick is a pop star, who is the crush of millions of girls around the globe. Mix the two and what do you have? One hilarious meme. We are not saying that. The Internet has come up with a new meme. The format is simple: Nick croons a Hindi song that he has learnt for Priyanka but sings it with his accent, mispronouncing the words. Hilarity in abundance for desi Twitter only!

The one that started it all

Inner Sauna is something we all need! Just saying!

Hint: Haare Ke Jeetne Wale Ko Kya Kehte Hain?

Tummy Whore sounds like a whole new level of curse words

This one is easy!

Why are so many interpretations so dirty!?

There is no it sounds like THAT!

Mehboob Mere is a classic! -_-

Oh Ho!