Rishi Kapoor Interview: Actors my age are getting work is because of Amitabh Bachchan; he spearheaded everything!

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Rishi Kapoor is one of the most iconic actors of Indian cinema. After playing lead roles for more than three decades and starring in many blockbuster films, the talented actor is now playing the second inning of his professional life by doing some terrific work as a character actor. Last seen in Kapoor & Sons, Rishi will next be seen in Patel...

Rishi Kapoor is one of the most iconic actors of Indian cinema. After playing lead roles for more than three decades and starring in many blockbuster films, the talented actor is now playing the second inning of his professional life by doing some terrific work as a character actor. Last seen in Kapoor & Sons, Rishi will next be seen in Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi. As the film races towards its release, BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, catches up with the maverick actor for an interaction.

Rishi Kapoor Interview: Actors my age are getting work is because of Amitabh Bachchan; he spearheaded everything!Rishi Kapoor

Q. Please, tell us something about your film, Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi.

A. It’s a fun film, a cultural shock film. There are two different kinds of characters who live in a different environment. The solution is that we all should live in harmony. That is the message which actually comes about in the film. The fun element is that they live in different ambiences, different lifestyles and how a cross connection happens. The cross connection is not with the lovers. It's the people who are not going to live together have more problems. The lovers don’t have any problems but others do have. To make the story little simpler for you, I will give you an example. If you make a film like Bobby today, forget about Rishi Kapoor and Dimple, if the film was made according to Pran and Prem Nath who played our respective fathers, that is what Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi is about. It’s about the parents of the lovers, mostly about the fathers of the lovers. It is their cultural problem for their children to settle down. So, that is what Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi is all about.

Q. In general, even though the society is open enough, it is not very open when it comes to love marriages, especially in northern and southern part of the country. Would you talk about that?

A. This is what the film is about. It is about one culture not being able to survive with the other culture. That’s what the film is about. What your question is that is what the film is. And what is the solution to it is the film which you will see.

Rishi Kapoor Interview: Actors my age are getting work is because of Amitabh Bachchan; he spearheaded everything!Rishi Kapoor

Q. You come from an era where actors, directors and music composers used to sit together and put in a lot of thoughts into each and every song of the movie. Even you have mentioned before that you used to discuss your songs with Mohammad Rafi and Kishor Kumar. But that does not happen anymore. Nowadays, there are multiple composers in a single film which we have read you are not in much favour of. So, why has that changed so much and how is that affecting Indian cinema? Please comment on that.

A. I don’t think it’s affecting Indian cinema because everybody is seeing films. Everybody still loves films and every actor takes a huge amount of money to work in films. So, it’s not affecting films. It’s not affecting anybody. I do tell you this much that some journalists asked me the question that why RK Films is not making films anymore. I said to them that maybe we are not capable to survive in

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Ayushmann Khurrana Interview: It’s a welcome change for me to not be the simple, sweet and good guy in a film!

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Not puzzling much over the failure of his last release, Meri Pyaari Bindu, actor Ayushmann Khurrana is all psyched up about his next film, Bareilly Ki Barfi. Also starring Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, the movie has been directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. Before the film enters cinema halls on 18th August, BollywoodMDB Reporter,...

Not puzzling much over the failure of his last release, Meri Pyaari Bindu, actor Ayushmann Khurrana is all psyched up about his next film, Bareilly Ki Barfi. Also starring Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, the movie has been directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. Before the film enters cinema halls on 18th August, BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, catches up with the actor at Mehboob Studio for an interview. Read on…

Ayushmann Khurrana Interview: It’s a welcome change for me to not be the simple, sweet and good guy in a film!Ayushmann Khurrana

Q. Given your current choice of movies, when are you planning to do a serious movie?

A. The next film which I am doing is a serious movie. It’s a movie with Sriram Raghavan. That is a serious film. It’s a thriller.

Q. When a film is set in a small town, especially if it targets a particular section of a region, filmmakers tend to caricaturize things, especially their accent. What is your take on that?

A. I think it all depends on the director and the school of thought he or she is coming from and the kind of cinema he or she is making. In this particular film, we have tried to keep the accent of our characters exactly like the people of Bareilly and people of Lucknow speak. In Dum Laga Ke Haisha, there was a particular way of speaking, too.

In India, after a few kilometers, the twang changes, the accent changes. In this film, we had a language coach, Rohit Chaudhary, who has also acted in the film. He is playing my best friend in the movie. He is the one who took great care of our language and diction while shooting. He is from Uttar Pradesh. He has done theatre in Lucknow. He has been to Bareilly. He has traveled across the entire East and Western UP. So, being caricaturish is not the tone of our film. The level of the film is very commercial. It is a very realistic kind of cinema. The whole plot is interesting. And we believe in realism.

Q. Do you think if a story is set in the heartland of India, it becomes easy for the audience to connect to it?

A. It is a mix of the heartland and probably the class, the middle class. Apart from that, a film like Sairat, for example, was a Marathi film. Many non-Marathi people could still relate to it. I could relate to it. There was the small town romance, the basic rooted romance, which was so strong that people could relate to it. Similarly, Haider was set in Kashmir. So, it was kind of different for the rest of India to see how the language is there and how they portray their culture. So, getting acquainted to a different culture in a rooted manner is very new for the cinema. So they love watching that kind of films.

Ayushmann Khurrana Interview: It’s a welcome change for me to not be the simple, sweet and good guy in a film!Ayushmann Khurrana

Q. It is the first time that you have got another hero to share the screen space with. What was the reel and real life chemistry like with Rajkummar Rao?

A. This is the first time I am working with a contemporary. But having said that, it’s always fun to work with somebody of your age. In a solo film, if the schedule is of 50

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Dhanush: 'VIP 2' starts from where 'VIP' ended. It's a proper sequel to VIP!

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After 'Raanjhanaa' and 'Shamitabh', talented actor Dhanush is all set to face the Hindi audience with his bilingual film 'VIP 2', which is also being released in Hindi. The film becomes even more special as it also sets the stage for the comeback of iconic actress Kajol to Tamil cinema after a huge gap of 20 years. The movie, which is a sequel to D...

After 'Raanjhanaa' and 'Shamitabh', talented actor Dhanush is all set to face the Hindi audience with his bilingual film 'VIP 2', which is also being released in Hindi. The film becomes even more special as it also sets the stage for the comeback of iconic actress Kajol to Tamil cinema after a huge gap of 20 years. The movie, which is a sequel to Dhanush's previous film VIP, has opened to overwhelming response in South and is ready for a wider theatrical release in Hindi on 18th August. In a conversation with BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, Dhanush speaks about his film, experience working with Kajol and lots more.

Dhanush: 'VIP 2' starts from where 'VIP' ended. It's a proper sequel to VIP!Dhanush

Q. VIP was a huge success at the box office. What are your expectations from its sequel, VIP2?

A. Definitely the same kind of box office numbers, maybe more. VIP means unemployed graduate. The film got a lot of love from people because it dealt with day to day problems. The life can still be beautiful if you believe in the basic essence of life which means love. I am hoping for the same kind of love for VIP 2 also.

Q. VIP was made only in the Tamil language whereas its second installment is coming up in Hindi as well. What made you make the movie in both the language?

A. When we made the film (VIP), we didn’t know it would become such a huge blockbuster. Of course, we hoped for it, though. Once that happened, initially we wanted to do the second part is Tamil and Telugu. But then when Kajol ma’am came into the picture and since I am known here a little and she is a star in Hindi market, we thought why not explore the Hindi market as well.

Q. Is the movie a proper sequel to its predecessor or it's a completely new story?

A. It is a proper sequel to VIP. The movie has started from where VIP ends. It’s a tale about a simple man and his ordinary world where he wants to be an engineer and waits till he gets his desired job. He doesn’t hop onto anything that is offered to him, but decides to work only what he desired to. Here, his humble world collides with an empress of the corporate world. Both of them have their own principles and ideologies and that’s where the narrative moves forward.

Dhanush: 'VIP 2' starts from where 'VIP' ended. It's a proper sequel to VIP!Dhanush

Q. How was it like to work with Kajol?

A. It was fascinating. I have grown up watching Kajol ma’am's films and it’s been a pleasure working with her. Who has not seen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge? She is such a fine, talented and seasoned performer that her performance helped me do my job better.

Q. How did you come about casting her in the film?

A. Once I finished writing the film with Vasundhara all that came to my mind was somebody like Kajol ma’am, just somebody who is like her. And one day I was like 'why not her?'. I mean, we were aware that she hasn’t done any film in another language in the last 20 years but I just wanted to give a thin chance. We just approached her

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Megha Chakraborty Interview: The first thing I did after bagging ‘Peshwa Bajirao’ was to watch ‘Bajirao Mastani’!

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After playing some upbeat and vivacious characters in Bengali and Hindi shows, beautiful actress Megha Chakraborty is now being seen in Sony Entertainment Television’s historical show, Peshwa Bajirao, as Mastani, a character quite different from the characters she often plays on screen. Megha sits down with our entertainment reporter,...

After playing some upbeat and vivacious characters in Bengali and Hindi shows, beautiful actress Megha Chakraborty is now being seen in Sony Entertainment Television’s historical show, Peshwa Bajirao, as Mastani, a character quite different from the characters she often plays on screen. Megha sits down with our entertainment reporter, Mohnish Singh, to answer questions about her career, how she landed the role of Mastani, and much more. Check out an excerpt below.

Megha Chakraborty Interview: The first thing I did after bagging ‘Peshwa Bajirao’ was to watch ‘Bajirao Mastani’!Megha Chakraborty

Q. Tell us something about your character which you are playing in the show.

A. I am playing Mastani in Peshwa Bajirao. I don’t think I need to tell much about Mastani because whoever did not know about her earlier, know everything about her now thanks to Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Bajirao Mastani. Mastani is fearless. She is strong. She does horse-riding and sword fighting. She knows a lot about politics. Except for her father and mother, no one really likes her in the family. But she is always concerned about her family. She is really strong from within.

Q. How did you bag the role?

A. I appeared for an audition. The very next day I got a call from their team regarding a mock shoot. But it got canceled as Karan, who plays Bajirao in the show, was not available that day. The next day they called me to their office where they made me sign a contract. I could not believe that I was finalized for the role. To be double sure, I just asked them if they would not replace me later. They said, ‘No, you are in for the role.’

Q. How did your career begin in the field of entertainment?

A. I am from Kolkata. I had no plans of making a career in this field. I had just completed my graduation when one of my friends, who is a cinematographer, told me about an audition where they were looking for an actress for an episodic Bengali show. I went there and got selected. Then I got a call for another Bengali show. I got through that audition as well.

By and by, I started enjoying acting. I did a small-budgeted film also. I would love the energy and vibrancy on the sets. Over the period of time, my acting skills also improved and I decided to stick to this profession forever.

Megha Chakraborty Interview: The first thing I did after bagging ‘Peshwa Bajirao’ was to watch ‘Bajirao Mastani’!Megha Chakraborty as Mastani

Q. I When did you decide to move to Mumbai?

A. I was in Kolkata when a team from Shashi Sumeet Productions went there to conduct a recce for their new show, Badii Devrani. They called me up for an audition. Though they liked the audition, they found that my Hindi was not up to the mark. I promised them to work on the language. They said ‘Ok, we will let you know.’ Then they went back to Mumbai.

After 4-5 days, they called me up in one afternoon and said that they wanted me to reach Mumbai from an evening flight. When I came to Mumbai, I signed my contract with them for Badii Devrani. So, this is how I bagged my first Hindi show and my journey began in the maximum city Mumbai.

Q. What kind of preparation you did for the role of Mastani?

A. I did not have much

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Ankit Siwach Interview: While doing Chakravyuh, I never feel like I’m doing a TV series. It’s like a film.

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Ankit Siwach, a young and dynamic boy from the city of Meerut, has finally begun his journey to get a foothold in the glitzy world of entertainment. With the newly launched Star Plus show, Chakravyuh, he lights up the screen for the first time. Siwach plays a CBI officer in the show, but he says that in real life he is diametrically opposite to...

Ankit Siwach, a young and dynamic boy from the city of Meerut, has finally begun his journey to get a foothold in the glitzy world of entertainment. With the newly launched Star Plus show, Chakravyuh, he lights up the screen for the first time. Siwach plays a CBI officer in the show, but he says that in real life he is diametrically opposite to his onscreen character. To know more about this new lad on the block, BollywoodMDB Reporter, Mohnish Singh, recently caught up with him on the sets of his show and spoke at length about his journey, initial days in Mumbai and, of course, how he bagged his first show. Read on…

Ankit Siwach Interview: While doing Chakravyuh, I never feel like I’m doing a TV series. It’s like a film.Ankit Siwach

Q. ‘Chakravyuh' marks you debut in the world of television. How are you feeling right now?

A. Right now I am feeling at the top of this world. My show went on air a couple of days back only. Its premiere held here on the sets. I don’t remember the last time when I was so happy. My entry is yet to take place, but the kind of show it is and the kind of vibes it is giving off, I am sure people are going to like the show and also my performance. In nutshell, I would say Chakravyuh a very well-packaged show. I am eagerly waiting for my entry now.

Q. Tell us about your character in the show.

A. I am playing Adhiraj. He is a CBI officer. He is a no-nonsense, tough guy who never listens to anybody. He goes to Lal Mahal in connection with a case. But Adhiraj has some hidden, personal motives as well. He has a small sister and father in his family. He has a strained relationship with his father. Why so, you will get to know further in the show.

Q. Did you always want to become an actor?

A. Yes, I always wanted to be a part of this world. Everyone sees the reflection of a hero when they see themselves in the mirror. I would feel the same way in my childhood. By the time I reached 9th standard, the acting bug had caught me completely. I used to participate in a lot of cultural activities during my school and college days in Meerut. I was good at sports, too. I won’t say that I had decided to become an actor in 9th standard only, but the thought was definitely there in my sub-conscious mind.

Q. When did you finally realize that acting is your true calling?

A. When I grew up a little more, I went to Delhi for my further studies. There I came to know that there is something called modelling. So, to make a portfolio, I started a part time job without informing my family about my decision. While doing modelling, I made some friends from theatre background. In their company, I came to know what real acting is. Slowly, my interest in modelling dissipated and I decided to focus solely on acting.

Meanwhile, my family wanted me to complete my MBA, which I actually did, but I did not apply for placement. It was then my fate was sealed. I lied

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