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Ramcharan Teja: “After 10 Years  Of Acting I Needed A Complete  Change.”

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Telugu superstar Ramcharan Teja admits he is more anxious about his new release, director Sukumar’s Rangashthalam than  any of his films  so far.

 Not that he has  not been  challenged as an actor before.
Says  the softspoken Telugu superstar, “Even in my last film Dhruva where I played a a cop I had to  beef up for the part. I built the body that the film required.Unfortunately  Dhruva  came  at the time when the country was  hit by demonetization. My audience  was just not in the mood to spend on  movie tickets. So  Dhruva suffered, yes. But never mind. I am as proud of that film as I am of everything I’ve done so far.”

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Ramcharan admits Rangasthalam is a new beginning for him.  “After ten  years of acting I needed a  complete change. I have to constantly challenge myself as an actor.And what bigger challenge than this  film where I play a real-life character who is also deaf.It’s a completely different  zone of  performance for me.Hopefully my audience is  going to be as excited by me makeover as  I am.”

The superstar of Andhra who made his acting debut in 2007 , says Rangasthalam was  a first  for him on many levels. “I’ve  never played a rural character before. In fact I had never stayed in a village  before, though I’ve  visited  my native village with my father(Telugu cinema’s legend  Chiranjeevi)  a few times.  But this was my first exposure to rural  life. We actually went and stayed in the remotest  town on the map of Andhra Pradesh where there was no network for mobile services,  no luxury hotels. Nothing to remind me of my metropolitan  existence. We had to rough it out. The entire  process  of acclimatization   changed my attitude to the process of acting.”

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Ramcharan also spent considerable  time  understanding  his character’s physical  disability. “I spent  five  months understanding the character’s body language and  his  hearing disability . Since  I had never played a rustic character before I wanted to ensure I got it right. I didn’t want my portrayal to look  superficial.”

He is  full of praise  for the team of Rangasthalam. “I have to admit that  the  script itself  was so  coherent and  comprehensive  it made my job easier.I also had a fabulous  co-star in Samantha Akkineni. Without her ,my performance  would not have been possible.She is truly one  of  the  best co-stars I’ve worked with.”

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 The  young actor hopes his  fan base  would be as charmed by  his  makeover as  he is . “We are  giving the  film as big and wide a release as  my other films.  I  hope the audience gives it the same love and appreciation that they’ve always  given to my films. Am I anxious for the   change of image? Not anxious. Because change is  imperative for an actor.With Rangashthalam I’ve entered  a more realistic  phase of acting.  I hope to do more such  roles in  future.”

For now the best endorsement for his  new avatar comes from Ramchararan’s father the great Chiranjeevi. “He saw some rushes ofRangasthalam and he felt I had nailed it. To me that was  the most satisfying moment  since I took up this challenge. Now I  look forward to the audiences’ response.Hopefully my journey into a   new phase would be as smooth as it has been for the  first ten years.”

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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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