Aamir Khan believes his strength lies in the fact that he is not scared of failure

Aamir Khan believes he is not a natural actor and unlike others has to work his way through a performance to reach the perfect pitch. The actor says he has a sense of what a good performance entails but it takes him a while to embody the character. “When I see actors like Naseer (Nasseruddin Shah), Om Puri ji, Raghubir Yadav, Dilip Kumar sahab, Amitabh Bachchan ji and Zaira Wasim, I feel they are a powerhouse. When they give their shot, there is so much belief in them and it comes out very naturally and effortlessly. “I don’t feel that I have that gift. I feel I have to work myself up to that level, it will take a bit of effort to reach to that level,” Aamir said in a group interview. The actor, who has completed 30 years in the film industry, says he fights through his doubts and does not mind going through multiple rehearsals if it can better the performance. Citing the example of “Dangal”, Aamir said it took Wasim just a week to pick up the Haryanavi accent, whereas he struggled for four months to learn it. “I am not a natural (actor). When I start my first reading I feel I am very bad, like when the reading of ‘Lagaan’ was happening I was like director Ashutosh Gowariker shouldn’t drop me as other actors like Raghubir ji are doing good. My first reading is always pathetic and I start working on it.” (Also Read: Throwback Thursday: When Katrina Kaif picked Salman Khan as a better actor than Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan; watch video)

But the 53-year-old star believes his biggest strength lies in the fact that he is “not scared to fail”. “I don’t mind doing bad rehearsals again and again to finally discover where I am supposed to pitch. I have a good sense of performance. Everyone is not a born actor but in my case I can sense what a good performance is and I work my way there.” Aamir explained his process of acting, saying the performance becomes richer when it is “layered”. “Often how we behave is not how we are feeling. In a performance, if I show I am hurt so that will be a superficial level of performance, the other way is ‘I am hurt but I don’t show it and you are realise it.

“Acting is like layers… I feel my strength lies in my ability to understand that this character is going through a phase and how many layers I need to add to make it look good.” The actor says he would not call himself a method actor as he has not studied acting. “I have my own method, my own way to finally arrive at what I am now.” Besides acting, a lot of young actors today focus on taking dance and action classes before entering in the movies and Aamir says these skills are important to enhance the overall performance. “All this is very much part of getting ready to be an actor. Perhaps learning dancing, singing, fight or horse riding or anything is just a skill which if you have acquired in your training, it will come in good help.”

He says he needs time to rehearse, especially learn his lines beforehand. “Sanjay Dutt has photographic memory. You give him three pages, and he will look at them and keep the paper and will be ready. I don’t have photographic memory, I take time. “I do rehearsals for three to four months before a film (shoot). I rehearse with the director, then I do rehearsals alone. That’s when I memorise my lines so that when I am on the set, I’ll be ready. It should be your lines and not the writer’s line. I write lines as well.” After working for 30 years, Aamir says it feels like yesterday he entered the industry. “… When I look back, (I think) good quality performances ended up building a goodwill for me overtime. When you are consistent, only then you are able to build faith. “I cannot claim I tried to do that but I did try to satisfy myself as a creative person and that ending up in building trust between me and my audience.”

Naamkarann actor Zain Imam slept in his car for days, and the reason will shock you – read details

He is a household name today. His popular TV show Naamkarann just came to wrap and avid viewers of the show are utterly disappointed with it. How often do you come across a show and its actors when the audience is sad about the show coming to an end. Such is the love and fandom Zain enjoys today. But things were pretty different for the actor back in his days of struggle. In the latest episode of Rajeev Khandelwal‘s chat show JuzzBaatt… Sangeen Se Namkeen Tak, we saw Barun Sobti and Zain Imam sharing their darkest secrets. And Zain’s story was something that hit us hard as it took us back to a reality of life that we don’t hear about very often.

Reminiscing his days of struggle in the city, Zain recalled the time when his landlord threw him out of the house and he had no place to stay. “During my auditions phase, my landlord threw me out of the house. I desperately looked for a decent place to stay but no one would rent me a place because I was an actor and also because of my religion. There have been times when I’ve slept in my car for days because I was homeless and my parents still don’t know this.” ALSO READ: Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actress Shireen Mirza shares a heart-wrenching post after being denied a flat in Mumbai – read details

Very recently, we heard a similar story from Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actress Shireen Mirza who also had a tough time finding a rental accommodation in Mumbai owing to her profession and her religion. It is heart-wrenching and outrageous at the same time, that even today, such regressive mentality plagues our society. It is detrimental to humankind and evolution of the society to say the least.

So cute! Deadpool Ryan Reynolds trolls wife Blake Lively for a spoiler from A Simple Favor

Actor Ryan Reynolds says actress and wife Blake Lively once drove him to the hospital when she was giving birth to their child. He really wants the inside scoop on Lively’s upcoming thriller “A Simple Favor”. The “Deadpool 2” star took to Twitter on Saturday to ask his wife for spoilers, spilling some secrets on the couple’s five-year marriage in the process, reports etonline.com. Reynolds retweeted Lively’s post, which featured a new teaser trailer for the film in which Lively plays Emily Nelson, a mysterious, wealthy woman. “You can tell me. We are married,” the actor wrote. “You once drove me to the hospital when you were giving birth. So… what the f**k happened to Emily?”

The couple are parents to two daughters — four-year-old James and one-year-old Inez. They have been together for a few years now. In 2010, they worked together on the film Green Lantern and made their first appearance at Comic Con. However, their relationship began after he divorced Scarlett Johansson with whom he was married for three years. The couple began dating unofficially from 2011 and made for a cute couple. They married in a surprise wedding in 2012 and are an adorable couple since then.


Priyanka Chopra takes a dip in the pool with her niece in California and we so want to be in her place – view pic

With the temperature in the city reaching its peak, all we wish for is monsoons to arrive. If not that, we’d like to exchanges places with Priyanka Chopra! Wishful thinking, we know. But the lucky desi girl is having such a good time with her niece in California. Just a few hours ago, she shared a picture of herself taking a dip in the pool with her niece. Isn’t that what we all want to do in this killer heat?

Wearing a mustard yellow swimwear, PeeCee is playing with niece Krishna Sky Sarkisian who is perched on a pink floater. How colourful the is the sight in the picture! Besides, Priyanka’s Instagram story is also flooded with various moods of Krishna and each picture has a rather cute and quirky caption to it. The caption on the picture that Priyanka shared, reads, “Meanwhile…masi and baby…@sky.krishna best hugs ever @divya_jyoti” [sic]

Check it out right here…

Meanwhile…masi and baby…@sky.krishna best hugs ever @divya_jyoti

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Adorable, isn’t it?

On the work front, Priyanka will reunite with Salman Khan onscreen, in Bharat. The film also stars Disha Patani and Tabu and is being directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. PeeCee begins shooting for this film in July. “She will wrap up promotions for Quantico 3 and her other international commitments by June-end. She will be back to India and begin shoot for the Ali Abbas Zafar film July onwards. The team plans to shoot a few portions of the film with Salman before PC joins them on the set,” DNA quoted a source. ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra is already having withdrawal symptoms as Quantico draws to an end – view pic

For the uninitiated, Bharat is an official remake of a Korean film Ode To My Father. It will be Salman Khan’s Eid release in 2019.

Leading GEC ropes in Alia Bhatt to add spark to revamped brand identity

Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt features in a new song while Oscar winner A.R. Rahman has composed a signature tune for channel Star Plus, which has taken on a fresh look and brand identity. In the song, Alia steps into the world of the revamped channel and interacts with a variety of shows and characters. She takes the viewers along as she witnesses the new stories. “What convinced me to associate with the channel is the similarity the brand and I share. We both give a lot of importance to our families, friends and relationships and understand their importance,” Alia said in a statement. Sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and Chandni RMW, the song has been composed by Ram Sampath and written by lyricist Swanand Kirkire.

The channel’s new logo is the trademark red crystal star with the swoosh, now in gold dust signifying positivity, freshness and celebration of relationships. Rahman, who has composed the signature tune, said: “While composing the sound identity, I kept in mind the need to create something memorable, inventive and which gives a sense of warmth. “The tone had to be young, uplifting and joyous while capturing the beautiful journeys of the variety of characters showcased on the channel.” Of late, Star Plus has launched an array of shows that reflect the young contemporary India. While “Sabse Smart Kaun” gives people a chance of winning on the basis of common sense, “Krishna Chali London” is a narrative about boy next-door Radhey.

Then there’s the story of Kullfi, a young girl in “Kullfi Kumarr Bajewala”, and another story about the innocence of Mariam from “Mariam Khan – Reporting Live”. Sanjay Gupta, Star India Managing Director said: “We are once again creating a new world of entertainment for today’s young and aspirational India – offering a diverse range of characters and unconventional stories that will spark a new conversation in society. “In keeping with the same spirit, the channel has also roped in one of the most talented and dynamic youth icons of the country, Alia Bhatt, as the face of the brand campaign.”

Qayamat Ki Raat promo: Karishma Tanna and Vivek Dahiya awaken the sleeping evil in this creepy tale – watch video!

On the day of the IPL 2018 finale, Ekta Kapoor decided to unveil the promo of Qayamat Ki Raat that will soon air on Star Plus. We have been hearing about the supernatural show for a while now. It stars Karishma Tanna and Vivek Dahiya in lead roles. Actress Dipika Kakar is also supposed to be in it. Well, the promo starts off on a tried and tested note.  A couple are warned against entering a cave but then who listens to well-meaning advice in horror stories. Actor Nirbhay Wadhwa makes quite an impact as the evil Tantric. This will be Vivek’s second supernatural show after Kavach. (Also Read: Dipika Kakar to return to TV post marriage, with Vivek Dahiya-Karishma Tanna starrer Qayamat Ki Raat)

Karishma Tanna is back in the Balaji camp after many years. She is also a part of Naagin 3. For her, Balaji Telefilms is like home. We must say Vivek and she make for one helluva good-looking couple. Talking about her role in Naagin, she told us, “My character is called Ruhi. She has a lot of shades to her. She is a shape-shifting Naagin who gets born in the human form after 1000 years along with her lover. It is a milan ki raat when a few boys come and ruin our romantic moment. Rajat and I are harassed and he gets killed. How I come and take badla is the plot of the show. The character has sexiness, oomph, larger-than-life quality and sympathy, which draws the audience.”

Madhuri Dixit: The warmth, closeness and bonding on the sets are missing these days

Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit, who has made her debut in Marathi cinema with Bucket List, says the regional film industry has evolved in terms of content and production values, which has made it appealing to the young generation. Most young film industry aspirants who live in Mumbai, first target Bollywood instead of trying their luck in Marathi cinema.

Asked about it, Madhuri told IANS, “If you want to try your luck in Marathi film, you have to be Marathi speaking. If you are not, then you tend to try your luck in Hindi cinema. Also, Marathi films (earlier) did not have the appeal we have today. It is more evolved and more appealing to the young generation. Technically, its production values are no less than a Hindi film.”

She said films like Natsamrat, Court and Sairat have come and changed the scenario too. “Now thanks to the subtitles, more people have access to Marathi films, and you never know how Marathi films will be more appreciated by people in future.”

What stopped her from doing a Marathi film all these years despite knowing the language? “In my case, in the first place, I had no ambition to become an actress. I was happy doing my dance, acting in school plays, my study and everything. Films happened to me, so I just started with Hindi films and continued doing that.” ALSO READ: Bucket List movie review: Critics are bowled over by Madhuri Dixit’s effortless performance

Madhuri has done her share of female-centric films in the 1990s era. But according to her, now the definition of that genre of films has changed. “I think writers understand the women better today than in our earlier days. Therefore, they are writing much better characters for us. I think the definition of female-centric cinema has changed now and that is very interesting for all of us. Earlier it used to be a woman taking revenge, someone who was victimised rising like a phoenix… a woman doing lot of action….Such kind of films were considered female-centric film. Now it is of a slice of life,” she said.

The actress, pointing to her career graph, said, “I was fortunate enough to play a various character from the beginning of my career. So whether it is Tezaab, Dil or Beta… my character has her own mind. In today’s writing, women are treated on a cerebral level. Characters are close to reality.”

Citing the example of Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu and her latest release Bucket List, she said, “These characters are housewives in their happy space. It is much relatable for all of us as it deals with daily life. That is the fun to play these characters.”

According to her, such characters celebrate the idea of keeping the spark of life alive. “In my film, the character does not have any larger than life wishes to fulfill because the idea is we can find the joy of life in the small things. We women tend to lose ourselves in family life. The fact is, if you keep the spark of life alive, relationships around you will also be more in harmony,” said the multiple award-winning actress.

Having started her career in 1984, Madhuri has observed the transformation of the the film industry over the last three decades and more. Is there anything she misses out on from the old days? Madhuri says, “The bonding. Earlier, whenever we used to shoot a film, it used to become a family. We used to share a warmth and closeness among people. It is missing now. Nowadays, after the shot, actors are into their vanity van, busy in social media. So, interaction with each other is not that much.”

On the extensive preparation that actors come with in the film industry today, Madhuri said, “I disagree on that. No matter how many shifts you are doing, as an actor, when you are before the camera, you are the character. We all have our way to get the mind frame of the character right. That is an internal process one cannot explain. But the process or preparation people are talking more about is of physical preparation. An actor is gaining or losing weight. Of course, that luxury was not there earlier when one actor is making three films, running around three sets.”

She is currently busy shooting for Kalank and Total Dhamaal.