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Kartik Aaryan On Why Freddy Is A Challenge He Never Faced Before!

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Kartik  Aaryan Speaks To Subhash K Jha  On Why  Freddy Is A Challenge He  Never Faced  Before.

Freddy looks like nothing you have done so far?

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 That was the point of doing this film. Even as a genre, it’s a first for me. Masses today are accepting everything new and unique if it is done right, so when there is demand amidst our movie lovers, why not serve them? Today international shows and films globally are serving us so much, it’s high time we as Indian cinema too can satisfy those needs and wants of the audiences and give them something new. And I am so glad I am a part of it.

What was it like working with Shashanka Ghosh known to make twisted films?

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He is the  most sorted person I have met. His films might be twisted, but he is the most chilled-out person. He has been in the ad world before, he has done a female-driven romcom like Veere Di Wedding – he is a master of all trades. He has so much knowledge and there is so much to learn from him, that while working on this film – I learned so much about on-screen and off-screen nuances. It is so much fun when you work with cool people around and you vibe so well. Despite being a dark film, the atmosphere on the set was never serious.

Do you see this as a move towards exploring characters far removed from your personality?

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Of course and why not? Today when audiences are accepting me wholeheartedly, giving me immense love through my movies and social media, that now to give them back, it is important for me to explore more. Movies are meant to have a wide platter of genres and connect with everyone. If I got to be a part of this world, I have to give in my all. And if that requires exploring more characters far from my personality – I am 100 percent doing it and giving my 200 percent. The more varied roles I do, the more I stay happy with my job. Acting is my job and I have to do what the work demands.

Right now you are on top of your game, you could have played safe by doing movies in your comfort zone. But you are taking risks like Dhamaka and Freddy again and again. Aren’t you scared of taking risks?

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 If one doesn’t take any risk, how is one going to move ahead? Not only in movies, but even in life this motto has always held. Taking risks is a part of the journey. And while taking these risks, one has to put in all their hard work and dedication and make sure that it gets paid off. Again, being scared is not the word I would use, but yes I do think a lot before giving my nod to these lovely hatke films that come my way. But once I give my nod, I do it with full conviction, and then there is no looking back or being scared.

Just out of curiosity, did you observe the other great dark sociopaths on screen like Rajesh Khanna in Red Rose and Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker before playing Freddy?

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I am a huge movie buff. I have watched movies since my school days, bunked college, and watched movies. Spent a lot of my pocket money on films and made sure I consume all the films that I could. So Whether I had a chance to play Freddy or not – I have always been a fan of movies and The Joker was my favorite film when it was released. As an actor, watching other actors perform similar traits to your character, is fun, and there is so much learning. Watching any film starring Rajesh Khanna, I would learn so much and Joaquin Phoenix in The Joker was just exceptional! As an actor just getting inspired by them is a big thing for me.

Your leading lady in Freddy  has some very complimentary things to say about you. Would you like to reciprocate?

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 I too enjoyed working with Alaya. She is my sweetest co-star and was so enthusiastic  to learn on the set. She always has a smile on her face and is ready to take feedback. It was fun to work with her and have that extra burst of energy on the set whilst shooting a thriller film.

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother In Pathaan

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Aamir Khan’s Sister Plays Shah Rukh’s Mother

Ever  since Pathaan released on Wednesday, audiences  have been  curious to know who  is the woman who plays Shah Rukh Khan’s adoptive mother in Afghanistan. The stately lady  with  royal looks is none  other than the late producer  Tahir Hussain’s daughter and  Aamir Khan’s elder  sister Nikhat Khan.

 Nikhat has been  closely  associated with the  film industry  and has helped her father in the production of his  films like Dulha Bikta Hai and  Tum Mere  Ho.

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Nikhat has  acted earlier in the Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal ,  Ajay Devgan’s Tanhaji and  in Sandh Ki Aankh(as a Maharani).

For Pathaan, it was Shah Rukh Khan who suggested Nikhat Khan should play his foster-mother in  Afghanistan who names him ‘Pathaan’. It proved to be  an inspired  piece of casting, as  audience have  loved Nikhat  Khan’s cameo.

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It is  heartwarming that  all three Khan superstars  are  associated with Pathaan in one  way  or the other.

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Anurag Kashyap’s New Film Is About Love Jihad

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Love Jihad, whatever  that means, is  the theme  of  Anurag Kashyap’s new film Almost Pyaar  With D  J Mohabbat.

Debutant Karan  Mehta plays a Muslim boy  in an intense relationship with  Alaya F who plays  a Hindu  girl.Kashyap has spared the  audience none of the ugliness that  such a relationship generates  among  social-media  bouncers, the self-styled  guardian of morality .

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In the hardhitting powerful and pertinent film  a  bigot is heard commenting snidely, “These people first talk about Mohabbat. Then  they talk about Mohammed.”

Happily and  surprisingly,  the Central Board Of Film Certification gave the  film a ‘UA’ certificate  with no  cuts: a  rare non-‘A’ film of Kashyap.

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So far  Kashyap and his  team have kept the Love Jihad part  of  the plot  out of all media interaction.

But the  cat is  now  out of the bag.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu to Star Alongside Varun Dhawan in Prime Video’s Indian Original Series , Samantha Speaks

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu will be starring alongside Varun Dhawan in the Indian installment of the Citadel universe, the global-event series from Prime Video and the Russo Brothers’ AGBO. The untitled Citadel series based out of India is being helmed by renowned creator duo Raj & DK (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), who are the showrunners and directors.

 The local installment is written by Sita R. Menon, along with Raj & DK. The streaming service also confirmed that the production is currently underway in Mumbai. After this, the unit will head  to North India and then onwards to international locales like Serbia and South Africa.

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  Richard Madden (Bodyguard) and Priyanka Chopra Jonas will star in the first-to-launch series within the Citadel universe, which comes from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO along with David Weil (Hunters) and is set to premiere in 2023. Alongside Madden and Chopra Jonas, the first-to-launch Citadel series will also feature Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games saga). Additional local-language Citadel productions are also in the works, including an Italian Original series starring Matilda De Angelis (The Undoing).

  Speaking on  her participation in  The Citadel  franchise for  the  first time,Samantha says, “When Prime Video and Raj & DK approached me with this project, I decided to take it up in a heartbeat! After working with this team on The Family Man, it is homecoming for me.The Citadel universe, the interconnected storylines between the productions across the globe, and most importantly, the script of the Indian installment really excited me.”

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   Samantha  says she is  looking forward  to working with Varun Dhawan  .  “I am thrilled to be a part of this brilliant universe conceptualised by the Russo Brothers. I am also looking forward to be working with Varun for the first time, on this project. He is someone who is full of life and cheer when you’re around him.”

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Bollywood’s Achche Din Have Come

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All you doomsday  prophets, the  booms-day  profits  are here.  Pathaan  has  opened the floodgates again for Bollywood’s  bumper  bonanza at the  boxoffice.And now there is  only the achche din ahead  for  Hindi  cinema.

In the  next   two months there are  three sureshot  blockbusters coming up, beginning with Shehzada.  An astute devilishly impish  adaptation  of  Allu Arjun’s  2020 Telugu   blockbuster  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.The super-popular Kartik  Aaryan gives  his own  spin to the  character. This  performance will take   Kartik to the  next level of stardom. Kartik’s version of  Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is  radically different  from  its Telugu  version. Shehzada  takes  the core idea of  the Telugu original  and turns it into a  something  completely different. Kartik’s  co-star in Shehzada  is  Kriti  Sanon with whom he earlier shared superhit space in Lukka Chuppi.

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 Then there  is Luv Ranjan’s ravishing rom-com   Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar. The director’s   male viewpoint on the chaos  of love relationships  crests to a comic  high in his latest. Ranjan  for  the first time, collaborates with Ranbir Kapoor for the  first time  collaborates with Shraddha  Kapoor  who badly needs a hit.This film should do the  trick. The winsome  lead pair tries  to do one  another  in a  game of Luv This is Luv Ranjan’s Hum…Aapke Hain Con. Ranjan  has in the past used  the romcom  space to  entertain his audience  to the hilt, he  says this  time the stakes are different. It is  not something we’ve seen before.

 Finally  it is   Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani.  Karan  Johar’s first directorial in six years(not counting the one segment each  in Ghost Stories and  Lust Stories). This time he has assembled a dream star-cast  of Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Shabana Azmi, Ranveer Singh and  the  boxoffice darling(s) Alia Bhatt.  But trust me, this one is  not about assembling stars  into a complacent plot. The writing in this  zany Romeo & Juliet is so crisp  and engrossing, the experience  is  likely to be   the visual version of a multi-flavour icrecream cone. Colour, choler and karma collide in this tragic-comic love story . Let the  box office dhamaka  begin  from the house  of Dharma.

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