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Post on Oct 25, 2018
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Saif Ali Khan, who is gearing up for the release of "Baazaar" and a period drama "Tanaaji: The Unsung Hero" alongside Ajay Devgn, talking about his acting skills said that acting is something that grows with time. Saif said that he has spent a lot of time in introspection rather than focusing on the world outside.

"I think I'm a late bloomer in some ways. My acting is getting better and better today. And I think acting is something that grows with time - something as an understanding and maturity... To know what to do what not to do," Saif said.

The eldest child from a high-profile interfaith marriage, the actor recalls spending his formative years with the Westerners, whose laid-back, outdoorsy lifestyle he identifies with.

But living in Bombay, the actor says being introspective has now become a way of life.

"When I'm abroad, I'm out all the time, running around Taimur or going out to lunch and dinner, not in a very touristy way, but quite chilled out," Saif said.

"Living in Bombay, I don't go out much. In Bombay, no matter how much money you have, it's better to be inside, at least, for me. I've spent a lot of time inward looking rather than outward looking. So I read, I think and I read more. And I listen to music," he added.

Saif, who later enrolled in Winchester College, says it is only now that "the ancient halls of education" finally clicked something in him and he tries to understand what the teacher meant while talking about 'Ring Cycle' by German composer Richard Wagner.

"I'd listen to Wagner's Ring and think let me read the translation while I'm listening to it and some ridiculous things like this, which I would never do normally. I have become more and more academic for some reason...I look up those things now and I read about them and I have a curious mind. A lot of looking inward has made me used to reading, thinking and sometimes I answer questions like what I'm feeling and it leads to at least the illusion of understanding," he said.

The actor will next be seen in "Baazaar", which is based in stock market with a mentor-protege relationship as its spine and he dubs the film as the rise of the anti-hero.

Saif plays a seasoned stock trader, Shakun Kothari, who unlike his previous suave-oozing roles, is a "bit crass in places".

"There might be a little grace to the character. I think when I was a kid I used to watch Alain Delon movies. He was the best looking guy that's ever been. This French actor used to play these slightly darker roles but he used to give it a little style and in my head I thought, that's cool. I've always been slightly intrigued by darkness more than the light side of things,'' he said.

"I find light to be misleading or boring. But as one gets old, even light needs strength to be reflected or to play Ram or to play a hero properly. You have to tap into different things. It's just something I enjoy. I actually wouldn't mind cornering the market (of anti-hero). It would be good fun to be known as that. Whereas earlier, people used to be like 'Oh, you are playing negative roles'. Now, it's becoming more grey," he said.

Besides "Baazaar", the actor will also be seen in period drama "Tanaaji: The Unsung Hero" alongside Ajay Devgn, who plays the title role.

Saif is reportedly set to play Udaybhan Rathod, the Rajput officer and fortkeeper appointed by Jai Singh, chief of the Mughul army under Aurangzeb.

He says the kind of roles he has been finding are some negative roles, but he believes they are actually anti-heroes.

"'Tanaaji' director said, 'You're like Imran Khan or Shahid Afridi. It's like you are the cricket captain of Pakistan. You're amazing but you're on the wrong side."

And yet his filmography finds space for a struggling, good cop, Sartaj Singh in "Sacred Games". The actor is floored by the reviews of the show and is excited for the second run of the Netflix India original.

The audience ate right out of Nawazuddin Siddiqui's Ganesh Gaitonde for channelling the character's in-your-face assurance and notoriety and Saif remembers having an argument with director Vikramaditya Motwane on why was his Sartaj "so passive"?

"I felt like he's getting slapped by everybody. What's happening? Some second rate thug Bunty is jhaaping him. I got irritated. But it takes time. And if you see the show and I saw it much later... I asked him, 'Are you sure you want me to do this role because this other guy has such a fun colour?' and I was told that those things are true but we have seen that before,'' he said.

"So I said to myself that 'just be confident'. Sartaj is a fascinating character. He's holding the show forward. Technically, the show is not moving forward without him. He is the soul and grounds it. And then, you need something to believe in otherwise everyone can be immoral," he said.

"The idea was not to get tensed that the other guy is seeming to get all the attention but just more attention. And on a deeper level, and enough journalists have said it to me to get my justification that it is Sartaj's show. He could have easily been this gun-toting cop but he's not. He's screwed on every level in his personal life. He's trying to commit suicide, maybe by drinking the drain cleaner. Everyone is hitting and punching him, he's so down. Perhaps that's what made us feel that he's different. I think the fact that I did it and did it quite willing to get slapped made a difference," he said.

Post on Oct 25, 2018
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A spokesperson for Irrfan Khan Wednesday dismissed the reports that the actor will soon start shooting for Hindi Medium 2. The 51-year-old actor is currently in London undergoing treatment for a neuroendocrine tumour.

The spokesperson, however, said that Irrfan may return to the country after Diwali.

“The story floating about Irrfan starting Hindi Medium 2 shoot in December are all based on speculations. However, there is a possibility of him returning to India after Diwali,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

A report in an online portal had claimed the actor will be flying to India to shoot for the sequel of his 2017 hit.

Irrfan first spoke of his health on March 5, when he revealed that he was suffering from a ‘rare disease’. He later revealed that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour, a rare disease that can target various parts of the body.

In June, Irrfan penned a heartfelt letter about how life-changing the disease has been for him, and how it has made him realise “how you are just a cork floating in the ocean with unpredictable currents”.

Post on Oct 24, 2018
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Bhushan Pradhan is set to make his Bollywood debut with Simi Joseph’s untitled project, starring Raima Sen, Atul Kulkarni, Prathamesh Parab and Tejashri Pradhan. The Coffee Ani Barach Kahi actor shares, “Yes, I am doing a Hindi film. This is my debut in the industry. We have completed the first schedule in Delhi and the second will begin in a couple of months.”

Bhushan will be sharing screen space with Raima and admits that the two gelled well on the sets and are good friends now. “We had a 20-25 day schedule and we hit it off. She is a great actor and a very good human being.”

The Aamhi Doghi actor can’t divulge much about his role right now, however, he adds that the film is about human trafficking and has a social message. “It is not a out-and-out entertaining film. It has a strong social message and it is something different from what I have done so far.”

This year, Bhushan has another release, Tu Tithe Asave, which stars Pallavi Patil. Directed by Santosh Gaikwad, the film highlights the dream and aspirations of a singer. “It is a feel good story of a young man who sidelines his talent and passion to take my financial responsibilities. However, his wife/partner encourages him to pursue his passion. And, that’s what the film is about  your partner dreaming it big for you and supporting you to achieve it.”

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