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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.”

Post on Oct 24, 2018
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While fans of India’s global sensation Priyanka Chopra are waiting to hear about her wedding date, the actor is busy making memories with her ‘Bae’ Nick Jonas. On Wednesday, Priyanka shared a love-soaked photo with the American singer where the two can be seen striking a romantic pose. Along with the photo, the Quantico actor wrote, “Bae ❤️@nickjonas.”

Priyanka, who will next be seen in The Sky Is Pink, also posted a video of fiance Jonas performing at the TIDAL annual benefit concert. “Amazing @nickjonas,” read the caption. Other photos from the concert have surfaced on several fan pages. Earlier too, we have seen the Desi girl of Bollywood cheering and hooting for Jonas at his music concerts.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas made their relationship official in India with an intimate roka ceremony. The couple have been quite expressive about their love ever since. Their several photos together have often invited frenzy of their fans on social media. The two are expected to tie the knot this year and according to reports, Priyanka has zeroed in on Jodhpur as the wedding destination.

On the work front, Priyanka Chopra will be seen in Hollywood movie Cowboy Ninja Viking, where she will be sharing screen space with Chris Pratt. Her Bollywood outing The Sky Is Pink also stars Farhan Akhtar and Zaira Wasim.

Post on Oct 24, 2018
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Actor Shahid Kapoor’s wife Mira Rajput, 24, showed of her newborn son, Zain Kapoor, for the first time at the Mumbai airport. Mira gave birth to their second child in September and after waiting for weeks, we almost got a glimpse of his sweet face on Tuesday. New airport photos and videos on social media show Mira as a hands-on, loving mom to her children, son Zain and two-year-old daughter Misha Kapoor.

The sweet photos show the doting mother-of-two cradling her newborn son Zain as they made their way outside the airport, although the baby’s face was hidden under a blanket. They were accompanied by Misha and a nanny who tended to the little girl. New mom Mira wore black skinny jeans and a simple white tee for the family travels.

After welcoming son Zain on September 5, actor Shahid Kapoor reflected on how becoming a father for the second time had affected his work and life in general. A couple of days after Zain’s birth, he revealed the name of their newborn son on Twitter. “Zain Kapoor is here and we feel complete. Thank you for all the wishes and blessings. We are overjoyed and so grateful. Love to all,” he wrote in his tweet. He also thanked Mira’s doctor in a special post.

Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput have been an adorable duo since they tied the knot in July 2015 at Delhi. The couple are also parents to two-year-old daughter Misha. On the work front, Shahid will begin work on his new film, a remake of Telugu hit Arjun Reddy. He will also be seen in a biopic on Asian gold medallist boxer Dingko Singh.

Post on Oct 24, 2018
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The phrase “women oriented” maybe a popular word in cinema now but actor Renuka Shahane says television, for one, has always been a medium dominated by female actors whether the content is progressive or regressive.
The 52-year-old actor, who led shows such as Mrs Madhuri Dixit and Kora Kagaz in the 1990s, says with the arrival of daily soaps, she decided to lay low.

“Whether it is progressive or regressive, TV has always been a women’s medium. Most of the heroes and heroines of the small screen have been women. In that sense, I have done much more TV than films. In the ’80s and ’90s films, women were not given meaty roles except a Sridevi once in a while.

“I have been privileged to get really good stuff when television was in its Golden Age. Then, I kind of took a backseat at the right time when the daily soaps took over and it changed the profile of television totally. It’s still women oriented. But I look out for roles that are progressive, which is a rarity on TV,” Shahane told PTI in a telephonic interview.

The actor, who became a household name after 1994 release Hum Aapke Hain Koun!, says she took a sabbatical after she gave birth to her first son, Shauryaman in early 2000s as she always wanted to be around for her children.
Shahane is married to fellow actor Ashutosh Rana and the couple shares another son, Satyendra.

“I was very clear about being a hands-on mother. I wanted to do that for a long time. I enjoyed seeing them growing up. And I wasn’t missing work much anyway as the content that was being made did not excite me much. So I didn’t feel like going out of my way to work,” she says.

Now that they are grown up, the actor is stepping out and reclaiming her place. The actor currently stars in the second season of Dice Media’s webseries What the Folks, which explores how modern-day families grow together despite their differences.

She believes the digital space has emerged as a great platform today.  “It has opened a whole new world. You can relate with the content that was being done in the ’90s on TV, but of course, in a modern context because things in the digital sphere are always on par with what is going on globally,” she says.

“What the Folks” first installment saw Nikhil  caught in a bittersweet relationship with his wife Anita’s parents, when he moves in with them for a few days.

Season two, which is currently streaming on YouTube, introduces Nikhil’s parents played by Shahane and Shishir Sharma. Shahane describes her character Vandana as a modern working woman who is unlike TV’s stereotyped mother-in-law.

“Vandana doesn’t have the typical saas-like expectations from both her son and daughter-in-law. She has a great sense of humour and has a sane head on her shoulders. She shares a very warm and casual relationship with them. She is more like a buddy to them in a family that believes in communicating with each other.”

Shahane says it would be “condescending” to say that daily show format has pushed TV back. “A daily soap has its own benefits and it has given a lot of popularity and glamour to so many actors, actresses and the people behind the camera. So I don’t want to put down any of that. It is just that there’s no variety of content. It’s okay if you have regressive content but if you only have regressive content, then it is hammered 24-hours a day and it doesn’t make an impact on the society.”

She says channels need to be a lot more responsible than what they are today. “They should subsidise some shows which are progressive. They might not work, which is okay but I feel in the days of Doordarshan or even in the beginning of the satellite TV, that was an important part of the bouquet, a term the channels used that they would cater to different sections of the society. And now strangely, what we see is the same kind of shows with different actors.”

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