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I am not here to make news: Kamal Haasan

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Kamal Haasan Constantly In The News For Bigg Boss, His IconocalsticViews and Potshots At  Politics And Politicians, Created A furore On Thursday Evening When He Shared A Platform  With DMK Supporters & Apparently Took A  Potshot At Rajinikanth Who Sat In The Audience. So Is Kamal Haasan Joining Politics? He Talks To Subhash K Jha

You are back in the news again?

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This is not what I want to do , or be. I am not here to make news. I have much larger plans which have nothing to do with me.

You mean you are finally taking a plunge into active politics?

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Did I say that? What  makes you think that?

You were on  the  platform at a DMK event  on Thursday?

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I was, and I am glad I did. I was there not  as a political  animal  but in support  of and admiration for the DMK’s newspaper  Murasoliwhich completed  75 years….75 years  in this era  of instant  news and  overnight journalism! Wouldn’t you want me to be there with you when you complete 75 years?

I doubt it?

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What? That you will complete 75 years? Or that I will be  on stage  with  you?

Both. But tell me when you  made that jibe from the stage  about how you would rather do things for selfrespect  than self defence were yoy  aiming at Rajinikanth?

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Nooooooo. Why would  I want to  take  a  jibe at my friend and colleague whom I’ve known  and loved for  40 years? Mr Jha, you want me to heckle  a dear friend?

Well  it seemed like that’s exactly what you were doing?

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Then it seemed wrong. I  was taking an aim at  all those who refuse to stand up against corruption. When you  don’t take  a stand  against corruption you tacitly support it. And I am  not talking about only the corruption in Tamil politics. I am looking at  a pan-Dravidian India, freed of corruption.

How can you singlehandedly free India politics of corruption?

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Let me at least try. Do you mind? If my idol Mahatma Gandhi could fight to eradicate corruption at the age  of  78, why can’t I  try at 60?

Do do you see corruption as the  scourge  of Indian politics?

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I absolutely do. And I want to fight it until my dying breath. The whites(British colonists) took their skin-deep whiteness with them but left behind the blackness of corruption. Today that blackness is destroying the very fabric  of our democracy.

 What according to you, is the solution?

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A  performance-oriented democracy.  Make our  representatives in parliament accountable. They cannot sit in power for  five years without showing results.We should work towards a legislation to sack non-performing politicians. This  may not happen during my lifetime. But I will try for it anyway.

Are  you joining the DMK?

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That question again! Mr Jha, are you looking for your headline for the day? No  I am not joining the DMK. But I am in support of any organization that stands against  corruption. Like I said, I was up there to support their newspaper’s platinum jubilee. They(the DMK) had sent  me  a telegram to join  their party  30 years ago.

Are you responding to that telegram now?

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No ,I would rather be like Mahatma Gandhi, sending out my own telegrams to the world. In fact my daughters call me Bapu.

What according to you ails Indian politics?

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We are not exercising  our democratic rights properly. We need to stop looking for  solutions in  others. All of are politicians , waiting for our political calling.If we don’t listen to those warnings within our heart we will destroy our hard-earned freedom.

 

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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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Fake Projects of Pathaan Director Being Planted In Media

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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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