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(8 A.M.) Happy with roles I am doing: Nushrat Bharucha



Bangkok, Having done films of the same genre back-to-back with “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, actress Nushrat Bharucha has no fear of getting boxed in a category and says she is happy with the roles she is doing.

With mostly light hearted films to her credit, does she feel that filmmakers are not looking beyond when it comes to offering her roles?

“Every filmmaker has his own vision and when they write a film or characters they see certain people in those characters….A filmmaker is allowed to have his own view and an artiste has 100 per cent to be able to prove himself as an actor in different tests or meetings. So, I think it is a collaborative click….I am happy with the roles I am doing and I am going to keep trying doing more and better films and roles,” Nushrat told IANS.

The 33-year-old actress’ latest release “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, which released in February this year has crossed the Rs 100 crore bench mark at the box-office.She says she is in a good space in the Hindi film industry not only because her films did well but those was appreciated by the audience as well.

“‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’… they (the audience) loved the whole series and ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ took it to another level. From every single person I have walked up to from children to adults — they have all said to me that they have loved the film. This is the most important that you are a part of a project which has been enjoyed and loved by people unanimously across all sort of generations and age groups,” she said.

The “Akaash Vani” actress performed at the IIFA Rocks segment at the 19th Edition of the the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards on Friday.

Nushrat ventured into Hindi filmdom in 2010 with “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”, a film which had three sub-plots — honour killing, MMS scandal and a sting operation; and she was a part of the honour killing sub-plot.

Asked how does she see the touch of realism in films nowadays, she said: “We have a lot of content driven films that are doing very well. We have simpler subjects, characters and stories yet very impactful, emotional and entertaining.

Nushrat, who calls the shift “refreshing”, credits the audience for the change in Bollywood.”It is great that the tastes of audiences in terms of what they like watching and is refreshing and entertaining. Hence, you see the films are leading towards more content driven subjects and I think in those films realism plays a really large part,” she added.

After her debut in 2010, Ashe starred in “Pyaar Ka Punchnama” in 2011, the second instalment of the film hit the screens in 2015 and “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” released after a gap of three years in 2018.

Why does all her films have long gaps?

“My films have had long gaps in the middle it is primarily because the team I have been working with they have always taken their time to make a film — whether it is from writing to shooting and then executing and releasing….They have always done it at a pace where they feel that now we have got a good product.”

She says she is not very choosy when it comes to picking film.

“It’s not that I am very selective and choosy. Of course I want to do films that I feel I like and I feel like are either entertaining or different sort of value attached to it which I personally lean towards and that’s how I make my choices,” she said.

Asked what’s next for her in terms of work, Nushrat said: “I want to make sure that I start with something that I am really kicked about and that’ what keeps me going the fact that I am super excited about.”

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Digital platform has generated employment, good content: Radhika Apte




Mumbai, Actress Radhika Apte, whose “omnipresence” on Indian Netflix shows has been much talked about, says the digital platform has generated a lot of employment and really good content.

Radhika, who will be seen in the forthcoming film “Andhadhun”, was announced ambassador for a botanical hair tonic brand here on Monday.

Having starred in “Sacred Games”, “Ghoul” and “Lust Stories”, Radhika said: “I personally feel that digital platform has really generated a lot of employment and really good content and it has various reasons for that.

“It doesn’t have censorship and of course, the format of web series is very different from the format of films. So, it has great advantages and because of that, a viewer has the choice to watch something at home as well as something in theatres.”

Asked whether the growing popularity of the digital platform can pose a threat to full-length feature films, she said: “I think certain films will still run and I hope they do because I love cinema.”

“Andhadhun”, releasing on October 5, is a mystery thriller film directed by Sriram Raghavan. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte in the lead roles. It is produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Matchbox Pictures.

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Not everyone gets the concept of feminism: Sanya Malhotra




Mumbai, Whether it was essaying a wrestler in “Dangal” or playing a feisty sister in the upcoming “Pataakha” — Bollywood actress Sanya Malhotra is carving out a niche for herself as a performer who celebrates the idea of gender equality and feminism. She says it’s a concept quite misunderstood by many.

Asked about the changing image of women actors in cinema, Sanya told IANS here: “It is inspiring to see that women are majorly not objectified in cinema and more women-centric films are happening. As an actress though, I don’t want to limit myself.

“I cannot play a disrespectful projection of woman because I believe in gender equality. Having said that, not everyone gets the concept of feminism, especially in our country.

“I am glad that people are talking about it and a conversation has started all over. We should not expect everyone to change drastically as it will take time. Filmmakers are writing many substantial roles for women and presenting them as equal to a man. That is a positive sign. That is how we see our image changing.”

Sanya has worked under directors like Nitesh Tiwari in “Dangal”, Vishal Bhardwaj for “Pataakha” and Ritesh Batra for “Photograph”. She says they have helped her learn the craft of acting better.

Sharing one such instance, she said: “As an actress, I should know how to use my body while performing, how to use my hands, when even I am delivering a simple dialogue. During the shooting of ‘Pataakha’, I learnt it. I also do not have any physical inhibitions that I had earlier … I do not have it anymore.

“I think I have opened up physically and mentally much more after gaining the experience of Pataakha’.”Sanya features in the movie with Radhika Madan.

While most of the young actresses of the same age group have a competitive spirit, Sanya shares a very warm relationship with all her co-stars.

Her first film “Dangal” revolved around the bonding of two sisters and she became close friends with Fatima Sana Shaikh. Now in “Pataakha”, which is again a tale of two sisters, she has developed a bond with Radhika.

“Catfights between two actresses is so last season… I always bond with people who are secure. I believe in luck to an extent where I know that if a film is meant for me, it will come to me. Putting myself in a competitive space, I do not want to ruin the friendship and good vibes,” said the actress, who also did an ad film with Fatima recently.

“Pataakha” is releasing on Friday.

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‘My Client’s Wife’ a true, mean suspense thriller: Anjali Patil




Mumbai, After “Newton”, National Award-winning actress Anjali Patil has explored the territory of bad marriages with disturbing outcomes in forthcoming film “My Client’s Wife”. She says it’s a mean suspense thriller.

On her role and the film, Anjali said here: “This has been the most challenging role for me emotionally, mentally and physically. There are layers to my character Sindoora Singh, which are uncovered minute by minute. I had to really dig deep within myself to create such a vulnerable, real and manipulative girl.

“It is the truest and meanest suspense thriller. The narrative of the film is like Akira Kurosawa style. There are three parallel narratives and the truth. And nothing is revealed till the end. I like these kinds of suspense thrillers, which can keep audience on the edge of the seat and when all is revealed they are in shock.”

The film is written and directed by Prabhaker Meena Bhaskar Pant. It also features Sharib Hasmi and Abhimanyu Singh.The movie revolves around a lawyer who uncovers a truth about his client’s wife.

On the concept, Anjali said: “I loved the concept of the film. It has many layers and parallel truths. I was impressed by the core of the film, which shows a woman can fight back and has a dark side to her as well.”

The film is bankrolled by Adamant Pictures and Roller Coaster Motion Pictures. It will release on October 26.

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