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Yes I Am Doing A Film With Siddharth Malhotra: Rakul Preet Singh

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The  petite Punjabi Telugu-Hindi actress Rakul Preet Singh is going places.

Having conquered the Telugu film industry with a slew of successes she is back in Mumbai . This time it’s a film directed by Neeraj Pandey called Aiyaary opposite Siddharth Malhotra.

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“Yes. I  guess it’s official now. I am doing that film.For  some time I had to keep quiet about it because producers wanted to make their own announcement,” says Rakul who admits it got awkward saying no about signing a film when she had actually signed it.

Rakul who started her career with a Kannada film Gilli in 2009 did her first Hindi film Yaariyan for T Series in 2013. She admits doing another Hindi film is  like  homecoming for her.

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“Can you imagine a Punjabi girl from an army officer’s family , I was in college doing my BSC in mathematics,barely able to understand life, trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I got this offer to do a Kannada film. At that time I had no idea what I  wanted to do with my life. Acting was not even an  option. I was doing some modeling when this offer to do a film came my way. I agreed only because I  was offered Rs 5 lakhs for it.Can you imagine what 5 lakhsmeant for a girl in college 8 years ago whose pocket money was  Rs 2,000?”

Rakul says she agreed only for the money.

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After Gilli Rakul was flooded with Kannada offers . But she chose to go back to college. “By then I was pretty sure I wanted be an actor. But I wanted to complete my education, so I’d have something to fall back on  if I didn’t succeed in films.”

She  returned , this time with a Telugu film Keratam.After that there was no looking back.

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“I’ve done close to 18-19 films in Telugu since 2011.How do I work so much? I don’t  need much sleep. Can’t say it has been a rapid climb. Rather my success was slow and steady. In fact for the first film I did in Telugu  I chose to do a guest appearance rather than  the lead.”

Then followed the leads in a succession of Telugu hits and todayRakul is in the top league in Telugu cinema. “Most of the film I did were hits. Today  I am  proud to say I am doing well for myself. Andi can speak Telugu fluently, though I haven’t done my own dialogues in any of my Telugu films, except one where I  played a  London-based character. Not being in Andhra Pradesh my  character could get away with some mistakes in the Telugu diction.Here, as you know, they are are very particular about how the lines are spoken.”

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Rakul says she has not been particularly hit by the patriarchal system of working in Telugu cinema. “Of course there is male  dominance in Telugu cinema. But  nothing that has affected my career or put me in aseconday situation. You will find men dominating in every work place of this country.So why should cinema not be male-dominated?”

In  her next Telugu release Spyder, Rakul is paired with MaheshBabu. But she is not embarrassed about the length  of her role. “I’ve a very interesting part as a medical student who is a little weird and very clumsy. She has her own ideas on life and living and I am quite amused and surprised by what my character expects in life.”

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Rakul’s own expectations are simple. “Good well-defined roles in cinema of any language,be it Telugu, Tamil or Hindi. I don’t think language is a barrier any longer. Look at what Baahubali has  achieved.”

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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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