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Arya on Success of Sarpatta Parambarai

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Arya Speaks  To  Subhash  K Jha  On  The  Success of Sarpatta Parambarai

Arya, congratulations. What a dedicated performance  you have  given in Sarpatta Parambarai. Would you  say this is   your most  important  film and  performance  to date?

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Oh definitely.  This is most definitely the most  important  film  I’ve done so far.The amount  of  my  time  labour and concentration I’ve  given  to this film, this is by far the most challenging  role of my career.

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Sarpatta Parambarai is  a very formulistic  film. And  yet a tremendous amount  of preparation seems to have  gone  into it?

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We actually had a 45-day workshop before we started shooting  the  film. During that  time  all of us (the  actors) had  to read  the  script , rehearse  the scenes,get the dynamics  right ,master the  body language of a North Madras boxer (this  was in 1975 when there was no Chennai) and the body language  of dock workers in  Chennai/Madras.We  also had boxers  from 1975   on the sets  to guide us .They came to the workshops  to  share their experiences during that era.

That must have been an amazing experience?

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In fact one  of  the  boxers  from that era  played my trainer on  the beach at  the  climax  of the  film.So far  North Chennai’s boxing culture was shown in a  very bad light in our films. These men were  often shown  to be  rowdies  and  criminals whereas in real life they treated  boxing a as a religion.All these  boxers  in North Chennai were  from the fishing community.

Did you  actually shoot the  film on location at this  fishing village of boxers?

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It’s actually part of Chennai . I grew up there myself. I completely  believed  in  what we were making.  In fact me,Ranjith Sir and  another  person are co-producers  of  Sarpatta Parambarai.

The  period details  are never overdone?

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Actually  Ranjith Sir and I were very clear that  the  period aspect should not  overpower  the  plot . The  period details should be organic , not emerge  from the  foreground material.

The actress who plays  you wife  Dushara  Vijayan is  quite  a firecracker?

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Ha  ha yes, she  just killed it.  Can you believe  this is  her  first film?

You’ve been in  several  hits  in the past. Where do you place  Sarpatta Parambarai?

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It’s  a game-changer for my career. I never expected it would go this far. It’s all thanks to the Amazon platform. OTT  has  made  cinema in  the South accessible to  North Indian  viewers.I think this  is the biggest success of my career. Because of this   film I’m talking to  you. I’ve done so many  films in the past. But  this is  the first time  you reached out to me.

 That’s true  . Do you think the OTT platform gave  Sarpatta Parambarai a wider platform?

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It did, specially during these  times(of Covid). I don’t think audiences  would have seen it  in the theatres in these  numbers . Even  in  the theatres, unless you are a superstar  you will  never have  the kind of  reach in theatres  provided by  the OTT platform .

Another  pugilistic  film Toofan  released  on Amazon the same day as  your Sarpatta Parambarai. Did  you watch it. What  did you  think of it?

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Yes I saw  it. I think even  Farhan Akhtar has worked really hard  on  getting the body language  and the  boxing moves right. I love  all boxing films like Raging  Bull, Cinderella Man. Actually I  have  been a sports  lovers  from my  school days.It was  my  dream to do  a sports  film, any sport. When  I  got Sarpatta Parambarai it  was  dream come true  for me.  I  watch  a lot of football and cricket matches. I am a huge football fan.Every day I watch  at least three hours  of football.  I watch more football than movies. It’s my life’s biggest  pleasure.

Were you at all familiar with  boxing  before  doing this  film?

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Oh yeah  yeah. I love boxing .  I had taken it up as a sport  long before I  did this  film. I never   knew one  day I’d actually get to play a boxer.

So Sarpatta Parambarai was a dream come true?

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I actually chased  down the  script.I knew director Pa Ranjith  had a boxing script which he  wanted to make for  the  longest time. I sent  him a  message through  an actor whom we  both know, saying I was interested  in doing the  film. He took some  time  to  make up his mind. Finally he agreed.

Now you can’t  go back to running around trees?

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(laughs) Ha ha there aren’t too many trees to run around.I’d like to keep  up to the standards I’ve set  for  myself. But it’s hard to get a role like Sarpatta Parambarai.

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Why On  Earth Is Sushmita Sen Smoking A Cigar In Aarya’s First  Look?

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Season 3  of Aarya is being shot as  you read this, and naturally Sushmita Sen is  super-kicked about it, so kicked that she has put  out a  video where she is seen  in the  best Lady Boss version of herself.

Alarmingly, she is seen puffing away at a  cigar, to  complete her Badass Lady Boss image.

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 There was a  time when women smoking  cigarettes  in Hindi cinema signaled vampishness. If a female actor was  shown smoking it meant she had evil designs  over the  hero, and life in general.

 Sushmita being Sushmita, a cigarette won’t do. A  cigar it is, to go with her formidable image. The last Bollywood actor I saw smoking a cigar  on screen was Premnath in the 1970s. Back then so  many  people didn’t die of cancer  by smoking.

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 These are  different far more dangerous  and deadly times.

Sushmita is an iconic  actor.She  needs to be more careful about the image  she projects . Smoking  a  cigar doesn’t  enhance a woman’s(or a  man’s) muscle power. Nor does it make her look cool.

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About shooting for the third season of Aarya  Sushmita says, “Aarya is synonymous with my name.  I have lived as Aarya for two whole seasons and the love received by the audiences has only encouraged me to do more. Walking on the sets of Aarya Season 3 makes me feel at home and gives me  a sense of empowerment. I’m grateful to the entire team at Disney+ Hotstar, Ram Madhvani Films and Endemol Shine India for the vision of creating Aarya and taking it to newer heights with every season.”

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Shah Rukh, Deepika, John Will Meet The Media  On Monday At 4 pm(But There’s  A Catch)

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Pathaan has effectually discredited the  efficacy  of media interactions to promote  a  film. The  film’s lead actors Shah Rukh  Khan, Deepika Padukone  and John Abraham did not conduct any  press or portal interviews  to  promote the  film.

And  yet Pathaan  is  a blockbuster.

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 This  weekend  the Pathaan producer Aditya  Chopra  of  Yash Raj Films  took a call on behalf  of  the Pathaan team  to do one media  meet at the Taj Land’s End in Mumbai  on Monday January 30 at 4 pm.

The  three principal actors  and  director Siddharth Malhotra  will address  the  media.

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 But  here’s the catch: the media will not be allowed to ask any questions. There will be no  Q& A s or  one-on-one  interactions.This  basically means that the  Pathaan  team will  have an opportunity to  say what it wants  to the media. But the  media will have no say.

Make what  you will of this  one-way traffic.

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A  source close  to Yash Raj informs  me that this is  the   pattern  regarding the media that  Yash Raj will follow for  future  releases: no  press meets  no promotional  engagements.

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Siddharth Anand Denies Considering  Any Project With  Deepak Mukut

A  word of caution to those marketing and publicity wizkids  who think  it’s okay to  plant fake stories  on (fake) projects  with the Pathaan director.

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 It is  not.

Such baseless announcements  are meant only to  raise  the equity  of the  producers  with whom Siddharth   Anand’s name is  linked. One  such  producer whose name  has cropped up after the  spectacular success of  Pathaan is  Deepak Mukut.

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There were  reports  everywhere that Siddharth Anand’s next would  be with Mukut.

Turned out to be a false rumour.

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A  source in the  know informs, “Siddharth now has to complete Fighter  starring Hrithik Roshan and  Deepika Padukone  for Yash Raj.Then  he  is   committed to direct the sequel to War 2 for  Yash Raj films.  They will then start  work on the  next film in the Pathaan  franchise. There is no scope  or  room for any outside  projects  for Siddharth Anand. So every announcement  that  you read of a  new film  to be  directed by Siddharth Anand  for an  outside  producer is likely to  be  a hundred  percent fake.”

When I asked Siddharth Anand  about the  supposed project  with  producer Deepak Mukut he promptly replied,  “NOT AT ALL.”

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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