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Tough to be blunt in today’s times: Soha Ali Khan

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Actress Soha Ali Khan says it is difficult to be plain spoken in today’s times as there is no tolerance, especially in the social media world.
“I think it is difficult for anyone to be blunt in today’s time. I mean we celebrate freedom of expression and speech, but the people who do speak out, we don’t seem to have much tolerance for that… at least on social media because you can see when you say something, you end up offending a lot of people,” Soha, who was here last week to celebrate International Women’s Day with BBLUNT.
The 40-year-old actress said the recoil of loathing sometimes remains at word level, but sometimes it escalates into brutality.”There is this backlash of hatred and sometimes it just remains at a word level and sometimes it actually translates into violence, leading to people losing their employment and facing consequences. This is worrying so then one would think twice before being blunt which is sad,” she added.

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My wish fulfilled: Alia on Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’

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Actress Alia Bhatt, who turned 26 on Friday and will make her Telugu debut with S.S. Rajamouli’s “RRR”, says now her wish has been fulfilled as she always wanted to work with the “Baahubali” series filmmaker.Alia was interacting with the media at the Economic Times Edge – Femina ‘Maharashtra Achievers Awards 2019’ here on Thursday, on the day Rajamouli announced that she and Ajay Devgn would be a part of the period action film which stars Jr. NTR and Ram Charan in the lead.
On being a part of “RRR”, Alia said: “Now, I am doing the preparation for it. I can’t reveal details of the film because I don’t know whether I am supposed to talk about the film, but… I am feeling really grateful as I wished in my heart that I wanted to work Rajamouli sir and that wish has been fulfilled now, so I feel immense gratitude.

“It’s my first time to work in the South Indian film industry, so I am really excited.””RRR” will tell a fictitious story based on two freedom fighters. The film will release on July 30, 2020, in Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and other Indian languages simultaneously.Apart from this announcement, the teaser of Alia’s upcoming film “Kalank” has got an immensely positive response from the audience. After that she will feature in “Brahmastra”.
Asked if she she has set a new benchmark for herself by doing such big films, she said: “Whenever I do any film, I first see what is my character in the film and who is the director of the film. I think it’s not important to remember that what benchmark I have set for myself.”I feel that playing my character honestly is important and what my director wants me do with that character is important than anything else, so I don’t know what benchmark I have created, but now I just want to create something good for my next film with lot of honesty.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged well-known personalities and others to strengthen voter awareness efforts across the country.Urging people to cast their votes in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, Alia said: “I tweeted that the nation’s voice is the nation’s choice. We have elections for every resident of the country, so I urge people to go out, cast their vote and make a choice.”

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Every young actor can become a superstar: Rajkummar

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Actor Rajkummar Rao feels that every young actor of his generation has the potential to become a superstar of the Hindi film industry as all of them are doing some very good work.Rajkummar spoke to the media on the sidelines of Economic Times Edge – Femina ‘Maharashtra Achievers Awards 2019’ here on Thursday.Actors like Varun Dhawan, Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Ayushmann Khurrana, Tiger Shroff and Sushant Singh Rajput, apart from Rajkummar himself are doing some great work in the Hindi film industry.
Asked which actor has the potential to become a superstar, he said: “Every young actor has the potential to become a superstar. Who am I to say which actor has or does not have the potential to become a superstar? I am really happy to see that we are doing some good work as an industry and because of that, we are able to see good performances from every other actor.”When I see a good performance on-screen, it inspires me to do better work.”
What’s the status of his film “Mental Hai Kya”?”We are going to announce release date of that film very soon,” he said.On his experience of working with Kangana Ranaut in the film, Rajkummar said: “I had a really good experience working with her. I think she is one of finest actresses of this country. Earlier, we have worked together in ‘Queen’ and now I worked with her in ‘Mental Hai Kya’. It is always fun to work with her.””Mental Hai Kya” is a black comedy crime thriller, produced by Ekta Kapoor and directed by Prakash Kovelamudi.

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If a film does well, it becomes trendsetter: Priti Shahani

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Film producer Priti Shahani, who has commercially successful films like “Badhaai Ho”, “Raazi” to her credit, says though once a particular kind of film becomes a superhit, it becomes a trendsetter, it is certainly not a rule.Talking about how the receptive audience is encouraging new narrative to earn box office numbers, Priti said, “The problem is that once a certain kind of film does well, it becomes a trendsetter. When few biopics did well, I know there are 6-7 biopics are ready to be directed and released. But I don’t think that is a rule. The markers from audiences have been very encouraging. There has been an eclectic number of stories that were very well received.
She was talking during interactive sessions at the 20th edition of FICCI FRAMES, the global media, and entertainment conclave, conducted by Anjum Rajabali on behalf of Screenwriters Association.Though there are many budding scriptwriters has tried to reach out to the production house, many times they feel disappointed as they do not receive any response from producers. To find a solution to the matter, she said, “A good writer cannot be necessarily a good narrator. As a producer, it is impossible to read all the scripts that are submitted to you as it is really time-consuming. So the writers should try and tell their stories in 15-20 pages.”
“If we see merit in that, then we are very happy to go through the entire development process with a writer. I also think that 15-20 pages are enough to attract director because it is a combination of a writer-director coming together, that makes a feature film,” she explained.

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