Aamir Khan’s latest release “Dangal” has set the box office on the storm by collecting record crowds as well as rave reviews from the media. In a freewheeling interview, Aamir Khan tells that he is happy that he has been able to do his mite towards women empowerment by making this film which is dear to his heart.
1. What exactly does your film set out to unravel?
My film “Dangal” is about woman empowerment in our country, which is the need of the hour, as well as very close to my heart because we tend to neglect the girl child. In my family, we are two brothers and two sisters but my dad and ammi jaan did not distinguish between the sons and daughters and gave equal treatment to all four of us but not everyone is like us.
2. What is your role in Dangal?
I play the role of the real life Mahavir Singh Phogat who was determined to make his two daughters learn the art of wrestling and emerge as the national winners. The idea struck me and I decided to make the film with Siddharth Roy Kapoor as one of the producers and Nitesh Tiwari as the director. Nitesh has been working on my production team for the last ten years.
3. Has Nitesh set out to glorify Mahavir Singh Phogat?
Neither Nitesh nor I set out to glorify then the character of Mahavir Singh Phogat that I play in the film. If you remember Dangal is my fourth film on sports after Awwal Number which was on cricket, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander, and Lagaan. Before Lagaan, sadly no film on sports had worked including Awwal Number and Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander but after Lagaan came a number of films which worked with the theme of sports like Chak De India. It is good to have different subjects or different genres.
4. How tough or easy was it for you to essay the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat on the screen?
It was a big responsibility for me to bring Mahavir Singh Phogat alive on the screen. The best thing about the film is that Mahavir and his daughters Gita and Babita also liked the film and the way they have been portrayed in the film. I had come in contact with them for the first time when I was making the show Satyameva Jayate. It was after I and my team had done a lot of research on Mahavir Singh Phogat that we set out to make the film Dangal.
5. How do you feel when people refer to you as a superstar?
I feel amused because I know for a fact that I am not a superstar at all. I know when I enter a room, people will not notice me at all the way they will when Salman Khan or a Shah Rukh Khan enter a room and I will look like a waiter and not a superstar as I do not have that quality. Sorry, I apologize to waiters and want to clarify that I do not mean to belittle them, so please substitute the term waiter with very ordinary. I am not a superstar at all like Salman Khan or Shah Rukh Khan or for that matter Amitji. Also, there are big stars like Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan amongst us and you just cannot say who is a bigger star.
6. Do you think a film will have a far-reaching impact on the viewers?
Every one of us making a film should try to convey some pertinent message to the audience. My film Taare Zameen impacted on the education that kids are imparted in the society today and made people think of letting the words pursue their own passion. My film 3 Idiots also dwelt at length about the system of education in our country.
7. Is it true that you had suggested to Nitish to shoot with Ranbir Kapoor or Ranveer Singh your younger portions in Dangal?
Whenever 80% shooting of any film of mine is complete, the dark thought always comes in my mind as to what would happen to the film if I were to die all of a sudden before a film is completed. I suggested to Nitish that he should cast either Ranveer or Ranbir in the youth portion in case I die all of a sudden when only 15% of the shooting of the film was remaining because I felt that our efforts should not go waste in case I die.
8. Is it true that you had asked Rajnikant to dub your lines in the Tamil version of Dangal?
Yes. I had actually gone to Chennai to meet Rajnikant and discuss with him the possibility of him dubbing my voice for the Tamil version but when he explained to me that since his voice is very recognizable all over Tamil Nadu, it would not gel with my voice and I too agreed with him and dropped the idea.
9. You haven’t acted with Rajnikanth for a long time!
Yes. We had acted in the film Aatank Hi Aatank. That was way back in 1995. Whether he does a Tamil film or a Hindi film, we all watch it. I’d like to collaborate with Rajnikant in a Hindi film as I am a great fan of his.
10. To what extent has Prime Minister Modi’s move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1000 affected you as a person?
Demonetization has affected mostly those who hoard black money. Though I feel sad for those who are affected in their day to day life due to demonetization, It has not affected me personally for the simple reason that I deal with cheques and do all my transactions through credit or debit cards.
11. You are acting in a film with Amitabh Bachchan for the first time!
Yes. It was a cream, of mine to act with Amitabh Bachchan in at least one film. I am indeed thrilled to be working with the actor who I have admired all my life. Vijay Krishna Acharya alias Victor who had directed Dhoom 3 is directing the film Thugs of Hindostan, which is being produced by YRF. It’s for that film that I have grown this thick beard which I cannot shave till it is completed. The film is slated for release in Diwali 2018
12. You are also producing a film called Secret Superstar!
I have already completed the film “Secret Super Star” directed by Advait Chandan with a bunch of talented newcomers, like Meher Vij, Zaira Wasim, and Raj Arjun. It is about a girl from Vadodara who wishes to take up singing but her strict and conservative father is against the idea. There have been many superstars among women in our country including Nargis, Madhubala, Sridevi, Juhi Chawla, Deepika Padukone, Madhuri Dixit, Kajol, Waheeda Rehman and Priyanka Chopra. It is in stark contrast to what Dangal sets out to show. I play the role of an alcoholic musician in the film, which revolves around a teenager who saves her mother from her abusive father with the help of a musician who is alcoholic and a divorcee. It is a different role of an interesting character that I have done which is like dal in tadka.
Bollywood Loses One More Star As Sushanth Singh Rajput Commits Suicide
As Bollywood was coming to grips with the tragic loss of two of its finest actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor, tragedy struck once again as news broke out about the death of Sushanth Singh Rajput. The news left everyone shell shocked as news reports about police finding his body at his Bandra residence in Mumbai. Sushanth Singh Rajput committed suicide according to the police and further reports are awaited following the post mortem autopsy.
Sushanth Singh Rajput was a brilliant method actor who performed in some memorable movies like Kai Po Che!, Shuddh Desi Romance, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and his last film Chhichhore. Sushanth was working on his next project Dil Behcare, which is a remake of the Hollywood movie and the best selling novel, The Fault In Our Stars. As news about Sushanths demise came out, shocked celebrities reacted with disbelief and offered their condolences.
Sushanth Singh Rajput is believed to have taken the extreme step due his battle with depression. Incidentally, in the last movie he was seen in Chhichhore, he gives the message that suicide is not an option for anything and that there is so much in life to look forward.
We at Mango Bollywood extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sushanth Singh Rajput as they cope with the loss.
Rishi Kapoor- A Remembrance Of Bollywood’s Heartthrob And Legend
Rishi Kapoor is known as one of the legends of Bollywood who was responsible for making Bollywood what it is today. As the entire nation is coming to grips with the sudden demise of Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor’s untimely demise is a heavy blow to the movie industry as well as the nation. Fans and celebrities are still in shock from the news of Rishi Kapoor’s demise and it will surely take a while for the news to sink in. Rishi Kapoor passed away in a hospital in Mumbai after losing a long battle with cancer.
Rishi Kapoor hails from a clan who made its mark in Bollywood beginning with his father Raj Kapoor, who is revered as one of India’s most greatest and influential actors and filmmakers. Rishi Kapoor is the second generation Kapoor to make his mark in the movie industry. Rishi won a National Award for his debut role as a child artist in Mera Naam Joker (1970,) a movie which starred his father Raj Kapoor. Rishi Kapoor was known as a heartthrob for playing romantic roles on the silver screen and has racked up some impressive hits as the lead actor like Rafoo Chakkar (1975,) Laila Majnu (1976,) Sargam (1979,) Karz (1980,) Prem Rog (1982,) Nagina (1986,) Chandni (1989,) Heena (1991) and Honeymoon (1992.)
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Rishi Kapoor moved on to playing supporting roles in the latter part of his career and gave us many notable performances. Hum Tum (2004,) Fanaa (2006,) Namastey London (2007) and Love Aaj Kal (2009) are some of the famous films in which Rishi Kapoor’s performances are still cherished to date.
Rishi Kapoor left a proud legacy and his son Ranbir Kapoor will continue to carry the torch through his films. India and Bollywood will miss its charming heartthrob Rishi Kapoor, but there is no doubt his family, friends and fans will continue to remember him through his films.
Irrfan Khan- An Ode To The Gentleman Actor
Irrfan Khan is one of Bollywood’s finest actors whose career spanned almost three decades. Irrfan Khan brought multiple accolades to India and Indian cinema throughout his career by acting in Indian, British and Hollywood movies. The Angrezi Medium actor, sadly passed away in Mumbai owing to a sudden colon infection. Khan recently battled with a neuroendocrine tumour and has announced his success against beating the cancer.
Irrfan Khan is known for his offbeat and slice of life movies which make the viewers deeply reflect on life and philosophy. Having made his debut with the Academy Award nominated movie Salaam Bombay! (1988,) Irrfan rose to prominence with his wide variety of roles he essayed throughout his career. However, Irrfan Khan’s talent gained recognition with his portrayal of Paan Singh Tomar (2011) in the biopic movie of the same name. Khan won the National Film Award for the best actor for his performance in Paan Singh Tomar.
Over the course of his career Irrfan Khan appeared in several Hollywood films like The Warrior (2001,) The Namesake (2006,) The Darjeeling Limited (2007,) the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008,) New York, I Love You (2009,) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012,) Life of Pi (2012,) Jurassic World (2015) and Inferno (2016.)
Some of Irrfan Khan’s best works came late into his career and they include movies like The Lunchbox (2013,) nominated for a BAFTA Award Haider (2014,) Gunday (2014,) Piku (2015) and Talvar (2015) and the critically acclaimed Hindi Medium (2017) which went on to become one of the biggest grossing movies of Bollywood before Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with cancer in 2018.
Irrfan Khan’s last movie was the recently released Angrezi Medium which hit the theaters earlier this year. With the untimely and unfortunate demise of one of India’s finest actors, Irrfan Khan will leave a huge void in Indian cinema but there is no doubt that Irrfan Khan immortalized himself on the silver screens. Indian Cinema will miss the maverick actor of modern Bollywood classics.
Nishabdham Trailer – Madhavan Starrer Promises An Intense Thriller
Nishabdham is an upcoming multilingual movie which stars Anushka Shetty and Madhavan in the lead roles. Directed by Hemant Madhukar, this film is jointly produced by T.G. Vishwa Prasad, Vivek Kuchibhotla and Kona Venkat.
The trailer begins with an intense and ominous shot in the basement of a house in the U.S., showing a dead body and a terrified Sakshi (Anushka Shetty) turning towards the camera. The next shot shows a news anchor outside the house which is being referred to as a haunted house. A visibly injured Sakshi is seen in a hospital bed trying to convince Maha (Anjali,) a cop that it was a ghost who committed the murder. Maha believes it is Sakshi’s best friend Sonali (Shalini Pandey) who committed the crimes but it turns out she is already deceased and cremated. The plot of the movie can be deduced from the rest of the trailer. Nishadham will be a movie where Sakshi and Maha race against time to connect the dots and uncover the killer.
Watch the trailer here:
Madhavan will be seen in an upcoming bilingual movie Rocketry: The Nambi Effect in which he will star alongside Simran Bagga. The movie is based on the life of Nambi Narayan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation who was accused of espionage.
Nishabdham stars Anushka as a mute artist and Madhavan as a musician in the lead roles while Hollywood’s Michael Madsen, Anjali, Subbaraju, Shalini Pandey and Srinivas Avasarala will appear in supporting roles. Nishabdham is slated for a release worldwide, on April 2nd, 2020.
Hrithik Roshan Credits Ranveer Singh For Fashion Inspiration, Ranveer Responds
Hrithik Roshan delivered one of biggest hits of 2019 with War, a movie jam packed with action, fights and beautiful visuals. Following the movie, Hrithik Roshan seems to have taken some time off to vacation with friends.
Hrithik Roshan posted a picture from his vacation where he can be seen walking barefoot on a grass lawn wearing a red t shirt and a white towel wrapped around like a ‘lungi.’ The actor credited Ranveer Singh for the fashion inspiration.
It is well known that Ranveer Singh has a fondness to make style statements through his eccentric dressing styles. Ranveer Singh earlier paired a white t shirt with a green lungi and Hrithik Roshan’s credit was a subtle hint towards that.
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Needless to say, Ranveer Singh immediately responded with a comment on Hrithik’s Instagram post saying ‘sax’ god, a subtle nod to Hrithik Roshan’s popularity and being on the list of the world’s sexiest men.
Hrithik Roshan will be working on Krrish 4, the next instalment of the Krrish franchise while Ranveer Singh will be seen in the upcoming Kapil Dev biopic 83.
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