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Kamal Haasan Speaks To Subhash K  Jha On His Bigg Boss Plans And Possibilities Of  Pairing With Rajinikanth

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When do you start shooting for Bigg Boss, have you worked out a procedural strategy?

Next month. The parameters of the show remains the same. Me as a person might  bring a different decorum to the show. Or so, the Channel(Colors) seems to think.They may be wrong.  But I am not complaining(laughs)

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What would you want the the contestants to take away from you, gyaan or friendship?

We all have to take away something to make it a wimning situation. So I guess I’d like  to take  some gyaan and the contestants may want to  take away some friendship…..That’s what I hope to achieve. But you know what they say about the cup and the lip?

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I tend to lean towards stature and demeanor akin to mine somewhat. Amitji is taller wiser and  older, and  in many ways.And  I don’t just mean  in terms of chronology and biological age.

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Moving away from the politics of a game show. Tamil Nadu’s politics remains in a flux. What according to you ails the State’s politics post-Jayalalitha?

It remains chaotic and avaricous as always . As long as politics is considered as  the best most lucrative business in the country, the situation will not change. We need administrative wizards not mal-appropriating charlatans masquerading as leader

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There is  a lot of speculation about Rajinikanthji joining politics. Do  you think it’s a good idea?

Good idea, bad idea… who am I to decide? He and I  never interfere in one another’s  career decisions. Whether it is the choice of films, or politics, we don’t advise one another. Tamil politics  is in such a state of flux.Anything is possible.Whether he  joins politics or I, who can tell what will happen in the future?

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What keeps you away from active politics?

It isn’t  practised properly or decently. We’re responsible for that. .  Change isn’t going to fall in our laps. To quote Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, be the change  you want. If I join politics I would have to give up cinema completely . Like acting  and direction, politics requires absolute concentration. I think I’m doing my bit  by doing my  chosen work properly and sincerely. If all of us  did that,  democracy would be on the road to recovery.

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How do you rationalize the frenzied fusion of cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu?

It started with the DMK who wanted a propaganda tool. The worldover cinema has beeen used as  one of the most powerful mediums of political propaganda. So why not Tamil Nadu?    When  C.N. Annadurai Saab  incepted  the   DravidarKazhagam   party, it was not a  contesting party.   Annadurai Saab was also a screenwriter. When he died Karunanidhi Saab was unanimously chosen as his undisputed successor. From then on, he has  been a dominant factor in Tamil Nadu politics.   His only  rival was MGR whose personal charisma and political knowledge  are legendary. After 1967, Tamil Nadu hasn’t seen a single non-cinema chief minister.  Even N.T. Rama Rao in Andhra Pradesh saw the close link between cinema and politics through MGR. NTR played almost every role in Telugu cinema that MGR  played in Tamil. Plus, NTR had the religious aura to his personality.

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One hears of several Jayalalitha  bio-pics being designed. Do yo think it’s a good idea? Would you be tempted to make one? If so, whom would you cast as Jayalalitha?

I don’t think it is a safe or a good idea. Besides, hasn’t Mani Ratnam done Iruvar?

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How has the success of Baahubali impacted the South Indian film industry and  Indian cinema on the whole?

The numbers prove there is more iceberg under this peak jutting out of this sea of deceit. The industry should take a deep breath before exploring it and not go breathless with euphoria. Success is not granted to those who stand in a queue waiting for their turn

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Would you be tempted to return to Marudhanayagam in which you had visualized the epic scale  of Baahubali 25 years ago?

I am most often tempted by offers and especially some admirers who still insist I should go at it

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Are you keen on doing a film with Rajnikant?

It depends. He said if we do a film together he won’t direct it. It has to be either  me or someone else. It would be quite  interesting to do a film with him. At a function Rajni recalled an incident early in our careers when he was riding pillion on a mo’bike with me. When I  sort of took a skid   Rajni asked if I knew how to ride a mo’bike. I assured him even If I fell I wouldn’t let him fall. I was so touched when at the Thenali function   Rajni said, ‘That’s what happened in our career. He never let me fall. In 1983 when I wanted to leave everything behind it was Kamal who cajoled me back to the material world.’  I guess we’ll do a film together. We’ve been talking about it for five years. We’re worried about the expectations.[tooltip type=”box” html=”Input Your Content Here” box_background_color=”#eeeeee” box_opacity=”0.95″ box_padding=”10″ box_border_color=”#3F3F3F” box_border_width=”1″ box_border_radius=”0″ id=”88b6af99531f838ed90aed058b7d870a” /][tooltip type=”box” html=”Salman Khan Bollywood Actor” box_background_color=”#eeeeee” box_opacity=”0.95″ box_padding=”10″ box_border_color=”#3F3F3F” box_border_width=”1″ box_border_radius=”0″ id=”c1b465420d07c688942ed18eadfd9f92″ /]

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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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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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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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