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Post on Nov 04, 2018
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Actress Rasika Dugal, who will be seen in online series like "Mirzapur", "Delhi Police" and in a feature film titled "Hamid", says the digital space has opened up a new world for actors.

Talking about the digital space, Rasika told IANS: "It has opened up a whole new chapter in our lives and I am so grateful for it. The format of a web show the series concept is very interesting from a writing point of view. It has given a lot of writers opportunities to explore characters and plots." She adds that "the web welcomes content which is path breaking and really pushing boundaries".

"The kind of scripts I have read for web shows have been outstanding. I have had the opportunity to act in two 'Mirzapur', which is a kind of role I have not done before and I am excited about that. It is totally different from 'Manto'. So, from 'Manto' to 'Mirzapur' is one full transformation," she added.

The 33-year-old actress is looking forward for the series "Delhi Police", where she will be seen playing a police officer. "I have also done a web show called 'Delhi Police'. It is about the investigation around the Nirbhaya case. It is also very path-breaking and interesting. So, this space has opened a whole new world for us and I hope it remains as free as it is right now," she added.

Post on Nov 03, 2018
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It is the seasons of weddings in Bollywood with Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra set to tie the knot this year. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who launched the trailer of Zero on his 53rd birthday on Friday, was asked about the same at the trailer launch.

Shah Rukh, in his trademark style joked, “It is good that everyone is getting married. What do I do? Begani Shaadi Mein Abdula Deewana. They are getting married so good and then they will have kids. I am already married, how can I get married again.” But he wished Deepika and Ranveer on their wedding later this month, saying he gets emotional when his co-stars settle down in their life.

“When I came in the film industry I started acting with Sridevi ji, Madhuri  ji. They got married. I have flowered as an actor and star because of the love these ladies have given me. The second generation got married and this is the third set who is getting married. I get really emotional when they get married. I called Deepika and I wanted to hug her, I told her be happy. My love to Deepika and Ranveer. We will be celebrating as and when they call,” he said

“As a matter of fact both Deepika and Anushka made their acting debut with me. So it is special for me,” he added. Deepika made her Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh in Om Shanti Om while Anushka made her debut with him in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

Post on Nov 03, 2018
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That content platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime are the next big thing to happen to cinema, is no secret. With most established film stars and filmmakers already having jumped the bandwagon, three-time National award-winning filmmaker Nagraj Manjule is no stranger to the party. “I have been talking to people across these platforms. All of them are great and are changing the viewpoint and the way of experiencing films.

In the case of Netflix or Amazon or any other platform that is there, you can sit at home and watch films from all over the world. The films that we couldn’t release in theatres or could not speak about, can now find platforms like Netflix and that’s a big thing. There is so much freedom, from language to visuals to choosing a subject. So it’s probably more about the next world. I like that this is finally happening,” says Manjule.

The actor-director, who made Sairat, one of the better films in recent years and the highest grossing Marathi films of all times, inspired several remakes in other languages including one by Karan Johar. He made it in Hindi as Dhadak. Manjule admits that while Hindi industry is still where the big money lies, good content in regional cinema is now getting an audience. He added that this happens because in mainstream cinema there is more glamour, bigger films, bigger budget, and the language is Hindi, which the whole country can connect to.

“If you say regional cinema, then a regional language’s reach itself is very less. The number of people who speak that language is lesser. But still, films like Baahubali, which is actually a regional film, was seen all over India. Sairat is also a regional film but it became successful. So I think it depends on what is it that you are trying to say. We are such a big country and there are so many different languages. But since Hindi connects everybody, it is an advantage for Bollywood,” he states. Manjule adds that the pride of regional cinema is its rich content and relatable stories. “These are stories on a human level of common people and ones that are true. They are personal and connect. If you see films in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, you get to know the society as it is reflected in the movies. And that is the strength of regional cinema,” he says.

As to his own Hindi film debut, Jhund, based on the story of a Nagpur teacher who used gully football to turn slum children away from addiction and towards sports, he is rather non-committal in his reply. Having run into choppy waters, first with actor and lead protagonist Amitabh Bachchan who fell ill, then reports of him pulling out from the movie and later over alleged copyright issues, Manjule doesn’t want to reveal much. “If it happens, you will see me there. Currently, I am in the middle of writing something else,” he says.

When Manjule is not busy writing or playing director, he can be seen in front of the camera. In Pune, where he was present for the promotion of his upcoming Marathi movie, Naal, where he plays the father of the lead character, an eight-year-old boy Chaitya, he talks about his passion for the screen.

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