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Sanjay Mishra On His Struggle, Triumph, Dreams  & Desires

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Sanjay Mishra Speaks  To Subhash K Jha On His Struggle, Triumph, Dreams  & Desires

Congrats, another triumph in Kadvi Sach. Your performance has again been unanimously hailed as magnificent.Was it hard playing blind,impoverished and  yet unvanquished?

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The weather  and the topography we shot in were a challenge. But I am not a stranger to hardships, on screen and  off it. I’ve known struggle  and  challenges  for  a good 25 years ever since I came  to  Mumbai,started with  bit roles on television and cinema. I guess playing socio-economically challenged characters comes easily to me.When I  travelled from Patna to Delhi to join the National School Of Drama, my father gave me five letters of  recommendation to people he considered to be  influential. I still have those  letters.

What sort  of praise are  you getting  for Kadvi Hawa from your colleagues?

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I’ve been so  busy shooting my next film day and night I’ve missed out on many of the golden moments. I’ve never been to Goa for the IFFI film festival. I wanted to be there this time with my director Nila Madhab Panda for  the  screening of our film. But I couldn’t. Among the colleagues  the one I cherish was the call fron Nana Patekar. He called a number of times when I was  shooting. Finally he  got pissed off the way only Nana Patekar can. I had to pacify him(laughs).  Life is good. I am getting the kind of work my father would have been  proud  to see me do.

Just a few months back we saw you spewing nonsense in Golmaal Again. Now you epitomize unfathomable levels  of  pain tragedy and  social relevance on  Kadvi Sach. How do  you balance absurdity with profundity so easily?

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That’s what life is,isn’t it, that’s what we all are, a combination of  the absurd and the profound. Sometimes  we see both the qualities  in the same situation.  It’s  important to recognize that life is to be taken  neither too seriously nor too lightly.I put in as much effort into the Golmaal series as I  did in Masaan,Ankhon Dekhi, Kadvi Hawa or Anaarkali Of Arrah where I played  a sleazy college  principal.

You humanized the  sleazebag?

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Yes, all  villains have a core of humanism in them. I am sure even Raavan had it.

The turning  point for you is Rajat Kapoor’s Aankhon Dekhi in 2014.We thought you’d get  the National award  for  it

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Abb hum kya bolen  National award  ke baare mein? Usske  liye danda lekar khada hona padta hai. Akshay Kumar ko mila na…(what can I say about the National award. One has  to stand with a stick for that…)

Danda lekar toh  aap Kadvi Hawa mein khade hain?

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Toh shayad iss bar  mil jaye(Maybe I will get it this time).

Tell me about your next  character and film?

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It is  the  biggest challenge  of  my career. I am playing a character-actor from the 1970s…You know those very talented actors like Iftikher, KaderKhan, Bob Cristo,Manmohan, Viju Khote, Om Prakash, Kader Khan Saab who added so much to every film but got no recognition? I play one such character actor . The  film is called Kamyaab and it’s  directed  by Hardik Mehta. You might  have seen  his  celebrated documentary Amdabad Ma Famous. This is his feature-film debut and it’s going to be a very special film . I can feel  it.

Like  all your recent films?

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No this is  extra-special. Character-actors  never got their due in  our film industry.Even I was a victim of this.Luckily I got saved.Do you know the famous  line Hum jahan khade hote hain line wohi se shuroo hota hai, attributed  to  Bachchan Saab, was  actually mouthed by Bob Cristo in  Kalia? I play a character-actor based on the actor Sudhir who played small-time villains in the 1970s. This is  the story of his struggle. And you know how  good I am at struggling.

You’ve come  a long way. What are you thoughts on your journey?

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Bahot diya dene wale ne mujhko(the Almighty have given me  a lot).I can’t complain. But yes, I do get upset when I am  still referred to as a comedian. A leading Hindi paper screamed in a  headline, ‘For The First Time A  Comedian On  The Poster With The Lead Actors Of Golmaal Again.’ To all those who think they are doing me a favour by such gestures I have Salman Bhai’s dialogue : Humpe itna ehsaan karna ke humpe koi ehsaan mat karna.

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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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