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Writing thriller is quite challenging: Sriram Raghavan

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Film director Sriram Raghavan, whose new movie “Andhadhun” is being eagerly anticipated in the Hindi cinema circuit, says writing a thriller story is very challenging for a film which demands constant audience engagement.

The movie, releasing on Friday, features Ayushmann Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte.

Raghavan told IANS here: “We have written this story with a group of writers. So when one person came up with an element, others were reacting to that as an audience to find out if it was thrilling enough to feel engaged and worth enough to incorporate in the story. Writing a thriller is quite challenging, especially for a film because we have to keep the audience engaged constantly.”

The story has been written by Arijit Biswas, Pooja Ladha Surti, Yogesh Chandekar along with Raghavan.

“Andhadhun” revolves around a visually challenged piano player, played by Ayushmann, who gets into a mysterious situation. It is about how a series of incidents get unfolded afterwards, bringing about significant changes in his life.

While Raghavan was quite sure about roping in Tabu for the movie, he was initially on the lookout for a new face to play the male protagonist.

“Just after finishing the story, I narrated it to Tabu and asked if she is interested because I so wanted to cast her in the film. Thankfully, she agreed. But the shooting of the film started much later because I wanted to cast someone who is ready to invest time to learn the piano.

“Though I auditioned three actors, none of them were fitting my kind. Ayushmann took two months to learn the instrument,” said Raghavan, who has earlier made films like “Badlapur”, “Agent Vinod” and “Johnny Gaddaar”.

Why was it important for an actor to learn the piano just for a film?

“Authenticity, I guess… In the film, there is a 90-second musical piece that Ayushamann is playing in the beginning. That establishes the fact that he is a piano player who is visually challenged. Even the close-ups of fingers can depict emotions that I do not want a body double to do. The tune on the piano itself is an element of the story,” Raghavan said.

The shooting of the film took place in Pune. What was the toughest part of shooting the film?

“Firstly, getting a house with an old world charm that we found in Pune was a little difficult. We shot the film in a house of a middle-aged couple. During the shooting, we had to uproot the family to a hotel. The toughest part was after finishing the shoot when we realised that some patchwork needed to be done and therefore the house,” he recounted.

Raghavan says convincing the members of the house to allow the film’s crew to shoot there again was tough.

“In shooting, we tend to turn a place upside down. So it’s obvious for any house owner not to allow people to do that again. Thankfully, the family was very cooperative and we finished the shoot perfectly,” he said.

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Kerala Government Promises High Court; Will allot 2 days exclusively for women in Sabarimala

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New Delhi: Kerala government on Friday advised the Kerala High Court that it might take steps to ensure entry of women on the Sabarimala shrine. The Kerala government stated that they may be prepared to allot two days solely for entry of girls inside the temple. Four women have filed a petition in Kerala High Court in search of police protection for Sabarimala go to. They have sought guidelines from the court to state government to ensure protection and reserve days to facilitate only girls’s access inside the temple. The temple is slated to remain open until December 26, followed by way of some other month-long window till January 20, for an annual pilgrimage.

Many girls, together with social activists and journalists, have tried to attain the hilltop shrine in Sabarimala on account that Supreme Court’s verdict on September 28, in which, the apex courtroom allowed the entry of girls between the age group of 10-50 to go into the shrine. Protestors have however blocked the access of women and instead, urged the country government to take felony steps to revert the Supreme Court’s verdict.

The devotees believe that Lord Ayyappa is living in the Sabarimala in a nation of everlasting celibacy and women inside the menstruating age group have been banned from coming into the shrine. A Supreme Court bench, headed via former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra, but, ordered that women have to be allowed to go into the temple, bringing up gender equality.

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Baby Girl in India miraculously survived even after being ‘run over’ by Train; Watch Video

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This is a one year old girl’s great scrape from death in India.

She dropped onto the tracks moments before a train got here roaring through the station in Uttar Pradesh state.

Remarkably, the one-yr-old survived.

Footage confirmed the baby’s body fitting smartly among the rails, that means the train surpassed over her with out inflicting any harm.

Her mom had in advance accidentally dropped her among the platform and the carriage as she was getting off any other train.

The incident happened in Mathura on Tuesday.

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Irrfan was my acting school: Mithila Palkar

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Mumbai, Nov 23;¬†Mithila Palkar says acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan was like an “acting school” for her when she worked with him in “Karwaan”.The movie features Irrfan and Dulquer Salman.

On her experience of working with two well-known actors in the industry, Mithila said in a statement: “Initially it took me time to realise that I am sharing screen space with Irrfan Khan. But when I started working with him, a lot of times I would end up laughing in a scene.

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“I have never been to an acting school and on the sets of ‘Karwaan’, Irrfan was my acting school. By observing him, I learnt to improvise in the scenes along with focusing on the smallest of the details.”

Mithila also revealed her current favourite in Bollywood is Alia Bhatt. She feels Alia carries out brilliant roles with ease, and that really inspires her to push herself to perform better.

“Karwaan”, directed by Akarsh Khurana, will air on Sony Max on Saturday.

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