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“I don’t live in the  future”, Babil Khan, son of the iconic Irrfan Khan

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Babil Khan, son  of  the iconic  Irrfan Khan who  left us too soon,makes his debut in  Anvita  Dutt’s  Qala on Netflix. In an  interview with Subhash K Jha , Babil opens up on his aspirations  as an actor and  of course on his  late dad.

I saw your work in Qala and liked it. How and why is this your debut film?

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I am so happy you liked  the film Qala . This film for me  was not about showcasing my talent.It was like a first step into the world of cinema as a performer after being a student of cinema  for my degree course and not an acting student , and the best part is what we learnt in an international school .The world of Anvita Dutt has the  finesse of  an international  school. To be honest I am proud to begin with as a  part of an Indian film which has a  compelling story amazing cinematography costumes and the art and great original music.

You play a folk singer of intuitive brilliance.Did you get to learn Hindustani classical?

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I  am not a learnt singer and I don’t think one can learn Hindustani classical music in the limited time of prep of a film,  or else every singer would be claiming to be a classical singer.No ,but I heard a lot of classical music,especially Kumar Gandharva as he was my Baba’s favourite singer too . And I am grateful in my heart that this film  has my Baba’s most favourite Kabir’s  doha Udd  jayega hans akela.

How helpful and supportive were your costars considering you were the baby of the team?

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Well , babies always have the most lovely time and I behaved like a baby trying to feel secure at the warmth of director Anvita Dutt, Producer Karnesh, Varun(Grover)  sir,Swanand(Kirkire)  sir and Swastika(Mukherjee)  Maa’m. I  was also that baby who watched Tripti Dimri  with awe ..She is brilliant in the film..I learnt so much from all my co-actors. I think the word baby fits the situation the   best because this is the only film in my carrier I will  be a baby taking baby steps .I am already  in primary school in my next project .So yes,  this will my most precious project in terms of vulnerability and innocence.

Babil,how difficult has it been for you to get a break in films? Did being your father’s son help you get a foot in the door?

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I did not go through  that route .In fact I was still grieving  after Baba passed away and I was called for this audition, and I  passed .

How daunted are you by the prospect of being compared with your legendary father ?

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I would say iI  would be more responsible for my choice of films because I could always hear him say in that lighter note he only used for me in the world: “What? Sach? Babila yeh kahani pasand aai?” I   would be more truthful towards the  values learnt from my parents rather than being  daunted by being judged ,or being compared to him .

I knew Irrfan as a kind honest and caring human being.How much of his personality traits have you inherited?

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How do I answer that ? How can I  say, ‘Oh, I  am very humble like my dad.’ If we meet ever for a long chat you could decide that.

How do you see your future? Is acting the only vocation that interests you?

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I  don’t live in the  future .I  live in this present which looks very busy like 24 hours are too little  to balance everything.There is so much to do.I want to travel through the whole India ! I am a city-bred boy.I want to know my  rural country .There are so many gurus in every part of India  whom my parents know . I  wish I could learn something from them.So there is a huge to-do list  as of now, let me learn that with honestly then only I think I can talk about the future.Acting,I love.But I love music too and at some very late point I would like to tell stories not only as an actor.But first,  let me plumb  the depth of acting .

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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Pathaan Collects 55 crore nett in India On Day 1

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YRF’s Pathaan has apparently wiped out all previous records as it collected 55 crore nett in India and recorded the biggest ever Day 1 for a Hindi film. The total collections of Pathaan on Day One is 57 crore nett (Hindi – 55 crore and dubbed versions 2 crore).

It is the widest Hindi release of  all  time in India and also the highest grossing 1st Day for a   Hindi film.It is  also the  highest grosser  on the  first first for a  non-holiday release. Pathhan is  also the highest  opener for Shah Rukh Khan.

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Akshaye Widhani, CEO of Yash Raj Films, says, “It is a historic day for Indian cinema and we are humbled to see the love and appreciation that is flowing for Pathaan globally. For Pathaan to shatter records in this fashion on a non holiday, just proves that the theatrical business is here to stay, provided we make films that entice people to come to the cinemas to witness a never seen before experience that entertains them thoroughly.“

He adds, “We, at YRF, are thrilled with the start that the film has got across India and we are hopeful that Pathaan brings joy to cine-goers globally in the days to come! Pathaan is the fourth film of our YRF Spy Universe and we are thrilled that we have been able to elevate the cinematic experience of audiences with each film from this franchise. We humbly share this moment with all the stake-holders of the film who have given their blood, sweat and tears to give people a movie-going experience like never before.”

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“Professionally, What  A Year It Has Been For Me,” Raveena Tandon On Her Padma Shri

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Raveena Tandon  feels  she is in a dream. “I woke  up  today to the  news that  I have been awarded the Padma Shri by  my Government. I felt all my years  of hard work  has  finally come to  fruition.I can’t wait to get  back to Mumbai.”

Raveena  is  in Bhopal attending a  wedding.  “I woke  up  on Thursday morning to the good news. My husband(film distributor Anil Thadani) who is in Mumbai had no clue about it. I had to inform him that his wife is now Padma Sri Raveena,” she laughs heartily.

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She then grows  melancholic. “The past one year has been a whirlwind  for me. Professionally, it couldn’t get any better. My webseries Aranyak on Netflix  and  then the bigscreen  blockbuster KGF 2 where I played one of the protagonists , became huge  successes.Sadly,it  was  also the year that  I lost my father(well-known producer-director Ravi Tandon). It was  the severest blow of my life.I am still processing the loss. The Padma Shri would have made  my Dad so proud.”

Remind her  she is  still young and already a Padma winner and Raveena expresses  her  happiness. “I guess I am lucky to have received the honour at the  midpoint of my life and career. I am also very happy that M M  Keeravani Sir has  also received the Padma Shri.His Naatu naatu has  the  world dancing to his tune. But even  before Naatu naatu he has done such exemplary work.”

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Getting nostalgic Raveena  says, “I started working when I was 17.I have done every kind of  cinema, balancing out a Chote Miyan  Bade Miya  with  a Shool, a Rakshak with a  Ghulam-e-Mustafa,  a Bulundi and a Khauff with a Daman and an Aks. It’s  always been  my endeavour to be be seen in escapism and  real cinema. Some people think dancing around trees  and  doing the masala  stuff is easy.  It is  not!  In fact  being real on screen is far easier.”

Raveena feels the  good days  are  back in the entertainment  industry. “I saw Pathaan and  I whistled  and clapped the loudest. It is  an out-and-out mass entertainer and bound to revive the  sagging fortunes  of  our industry.  While the Padma Shri is a personal triumph,  the success of Pathaan  is  a happy occasion for the entire industry.So yeah, I am on top of  the world,”

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Raveena’s fans  would like to know her khubsoorati  ka raaz.

She  laughs, “It’s nothing more than sleeping and eating right. I  try to eat  correctly. I have only  organic  food. More  importantly,I am happy and secure in life. If you are content within it is  bound show on your face.”

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