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Fortunate to pick films with fantastic roles for women: Arjun Kapoor

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Bangkok, Having done films like “Ishaqzaade”, “2 States” and “Ki & Ka”, actor Arjun Kapoor says he feels fortunate to be a part of projects where the women have had strong and fantastic roles.

The actor has often spoken out about the need for gender equality.

Asked about women getting meatier roles in films, Arjun told IANS: “I feel lucky and fortunate that as an actor, I have picked films that have had my co-actors with fantastic roles along with me, and I feel very proud that I have been a part of such films that have not been about having someone like a cut out.

“It had started about seven years back… Even if you look at my debut film ‘Ishaqzaade’, Parineeti Chopra had an absolutely amazing role and I never looked at it as ‘If hers is better or mine is better’. And I don’t think the audience sees it as whose is better or longer. Basically, it comes down to the scenes having a value where the characters are well-rounded,” he added.

Arjun, 32, who supported the Bend The Gender campaign this year, credits women writers in Bollywood for bringing the change.

“Even it is an ensemble cast or there are many other characters, every female character has a certain voice and that started I think six to seven years ago because of the writers. A lot of writers are women and somewhere the society dictates the change,” he added.

Audience has been important too.

“The growth of the meatier roles comes from the fact that the audience has evolved and the mindset has changed… So, it’s exciting for an actor like me to work with fantastic fellow actors,” he said.

Over his six-year journey in Hindi filmdom, Arjun has experimented with his roles. He has played a lover boy, a negative character and a house husband among others

Explaining the variety, he said: “If you are offered certain kind of films, then you pick and choose, and then other people also tend to see ‘He is experimenting’… So, they (filmmakers) offer you more. From a ‘Mubarakan’ to ‘Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar’ to ‘Namaste England’ to a Rajkumar Gupta film to a ‘Panipat’ — what happens is invariably the offers that have come my way have allowed me push it… Since the beginning of my career I have done all kinds of films.”

The actor, who is here to perform at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards on Sunday, says he has tried his bit to not get pigeonholed in one kind of genre.

Arjun is looking forward to his current slate of work.He has “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”, “Namaste England”, “India’s Most Wanted” and “Panipat”.

On working in a historical period drama, he said: “It is exciting to work for Ashutosh Gowariker, and to do a film in that era (third battle of Panipat). I am looking forward to it.”

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Parineeti, Gul share holiday vibes

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New Delhi, Holiday is on the minds of stars like Parineeti Chopra, Gul Panag and Karan Tacker. They say they like to travel for new experiences and new adventures.

“I have two official destinations that I escape to all the time. If it is a quick holiday then it is always Goa because it is just a 40 minute flight up and down. So even if I have work, I can come back to Mumbai,” Karan said in a statement to IANS.

“There has been one time where I went to Goa, I came back to Mumbai, finished my meeting and went back to finish the rest of my holiday. My second go-to destination is London. I am absolutely in love with the city. It is a perfect blend and it makes me very happy. There is a sense of heritage to the entire city and I have too much love for that city. So, it is usually London, if not London it is Goa.”

Parineeti “absolutely loves Australia”.

“I would never miss out on an opportunity to visit the country. Australia’s New South Wales is a world full of experiences with an adventure at every corner. But if there is one experience that has stayed with me, it is the climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

“It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and would suggest everyone to try this. When you reach the top you can see the beautiful Harbour City in full swing and it’s absolutely mesmerising,” said the “Ishaqzaade” star.

Couple Keith Sequeira and Rochelle Rao say they “love travelling to tropical beach paradises like Bali”.

“We love the warm sun-kissed beaches and the swimming/snorkelling in the inviting sea water. It’s great to relax and unwind.” Actor Dino Morea loves “the sea, the sand, the sun and the food”.

“So, for me to just relax, unwind, swim in that beautiful salt water in Goa would be it. I love travelling so seeing and discovering new places is something high on my agenda so if I haven’t been to certain country or certain city of certain town, I try to put that on my bucket list, go somewhere new and just explore.”

Gul Panag is really looking forward to going to Moscow. “I can never get enough of it! Always something new to take in,” she said.

Celebrity chef Kunal Kapur said: “As a chef, the food and wine of Australia is a major attraction for me. I love Australia for its fresh produce especially seafood.

“While in Australia, a visit to the beautiful vineyards is a must for every traveller. The country offers such a myriad of vegetables and meats and different flavours; I have thoroughly enjoyed strolling through the farmers’ markets and discovering their rich produce as well as exploring lesser-known cafes and eateries across different parts of the country.

“The food and wine of the country have a world full of options to present for food enthusiasts.”

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Actors not allowed to have fears: Kajol

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New Delhi,  Actress Kajol says there is no place for fears in her profession as people expect them to be perfect all the time.

“I feel that in this profession and in this field, we are not allowed to have fears of any sort. We are supposed to kind of just go out there be perfect, incredible, amazing and not have any faults. We are supposed to be perfect all the time,” Kajol told IANS in a recorded response.

“I am very clear on the fact that we all are imperfect. Not only me, we all are imperfect and we all are humans and we have a right to be human as much we can.”

The actress says she has started embracing her fears.

“I have a lot of doubts… ‘Can I do this or not, should I do this or should I not?’ Especially, when the stage is big and many people are looking at you, many people are judging you and there is so much of critic happening.

“So, I think yes, you need to have faith in them on a daily basis. You have to calm them down and work through them.”

Kajol, daughter of actress Tanuja, made her Hindi film debut with Rahul Rawail’s “Bekhudi” in 1992, and was known as the most natural actress of the 1990s. She was always clear what type of roles she wanted to do, the genres she wanted to explore and she was confident about taking a break to enjoy family time.

She went on to do projects like “Yeh Dillagi”, “Karan Arjun”, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, “Bambai Ka Babu”, “Gupt: The Hidden Truth”, “Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya”, “Ishq”, “Dushman”, “Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain”, “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”, “Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha”, “Raju Chacha” and “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” — some bombed and some worked their magic at the box office.

Kajol dubbed for the Hindi version of Disney.Pixar’s “Incredibles 2”. She lent her voice to the character of Helen Parr, Elastigirl.

What next?

“I would like to surprise myself. Currently, I am just challenging myself to go through the promotion of ‘Eela’.”

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Big B decodes fashion trends

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Mumbai, Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he either donates his old clothes to the needy or keeps them for himself as he believes fashion has a cyclical nature.

“It took time for the human to realise that clothing could be a work of art. It now covers most of our clothing, more with art than practicality… When design searches, art takes the shape of changed design – where to place that obscure artwork, the painting of objects and other material, the use of metallic contents and coloured and semi precious stones on them… the footwear too… and in time, they all repeat themselves,” Big B wrote on his blog.

He added: “I do not destroy old clothing. I give them away to the needy, or keep some for myself for they in turn shall be the fashion within years… It is the narrow drain pipe trousers today, it will become the flared wide bottomed soon. Some already are… glory be, for the purchase of the new shall be limited, or none at all.’

Pankaj deserved National Award for ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut’: ShabanaActress Shabana Azmi says her “Ek Doctor Ki Maut” co-actor Pankaj Kapur deserved to win a National Award for his performance.

“Pankaj Kapur should have won the National Award for ‘Ek Doctor Ki Maut’. I loved working in the film directed by Tapan Sinha,” Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

The 1990-released film, which touched upon the themes of ostracism and bureaucratic negligence, features Pankaj as a doctor who discovers a vaccine for leprosy but others take the credit for it. Shabana plays his wife in the movie.

Kirron loves how Anupam can laugh at himself.Actress-politician Kirron Kher finds it endearing that her actor-husband has the ability to see the lighter side of life. “What I love about Anupam is his great sense of humour. And his ability to laugh at himself,” Kirron tweeted.

She wrote this in reaction to Anupam’s tweet on how losing almost 130,000 followers left him with panic, memory loss, disbelief, anxiety and (he) questioned his eyesight.

“Even though I was explained patiently that it is part of cleaning up policy. But I felt like they expelled me from their wealth,” he had tweeted on Saturday.

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