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A web show is no less than a film: Actor Ali Fazal

Ali has appeared in Hollywood film “Furious 7”, and has travelled with his movies to various international film festivals.

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Mumbai, Dec 11 : Working in American TV show “Bollywood Hero” to sharing screen space with Oscar-winning veteran actress Judi Dench in the British-American film “Victoria & Abdul”, making a mark in Bollywood in the beginning of his career with his presence in the National Award-winning film “3 Idiots” to becoming a part of web series “Mirzapur”, actor Ali Fazal has successfully dabbled in different realms of the entertainment world.

The actor says the entertainment industry going through a positive transformation where the lines between web series and feature films are blurring to celebrate good stories over screen size.

“I think this transformation is a natural progression that was bound to happen. Now, a web show is no less than a film. This is the same phase Hollywood went through five years ago when, whether it was OTT (over-the-top) platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime or even television, they offered their audience… great content. That time, cinema faced a challenge…

“Now, globally, the youth is smart enough to consume content on their smartphones, smart TV and the demand for content is increasing,” added the “Fukrey” actor.

Ali has appeared in Hollywood film “Furious 7”, and has travelled with his movies to various international film festivals.

According to the actor, though India is a nation that celebrates cinema on the big screen more, the constant demand for good content by the audience has led content makers to invest in quality production to match the international level.

“That is precisely the reason why, these days, we get to see the extensive promotion and publicity of even web shows, and those are as good as those of a feature film. Perhaps that is why a large audience waits for the digital release of a film, rather than its theatrical release, unless it is an event film that demands to be experienced on the big screen,” said the “Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi” actor.

A question arises on why “content-driven Indian films” that get wide recognition internationally hardly survive in Indian theatres?

“Well, in Hollywood, superhero films are commercial potboilers but they also give space for films that win awards like Oscar, Golden Globe and travel to film festivals. Abroad, there is room for every film because every story has its audience. In our country, it is success driven… If a film earns box office numbers, the film will be in the theatre — whether it is artistically good or not. The good thing is, that is changing now,” Ali said.

The actor has been widely lauded for essaying the role of a gangster named Guddu Pandit in the Amazon Prime web series “Mirzapur”. Its second season will be out in 2019.

Produced by Excel Entertainment, the show features Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Messay, Shweta Tripathi and Divyendu Sharma.

Ali has also finished shooting for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Milan Talkies” and another feature film, “Prassathanam”, which also features Manisha Koirala and Sanjay Dutt.

(Arundhuti Banerjee can be contacted at [email protected])

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Kangana Ranaut REACTS on working with Salman Khan

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Actress Kangana Ranaut, who is awaiting of her upcoming film “Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi”, recently said that she would like to work with Salman Khan, who is busy shooting of his period film titled ‘Bharat’ which releases on Eid this year.

At ‘Manikarnika’s ‘Bharat’ song launch, when Kangana was asked about working with Salman in future.Manikarnika also marks Bollywood debut of actress Ankita Lokhande in the movies wherein she plays the role of Jhalkaribai.

The movie has been co-directed by Kangana herself after Krish left the movie midway to direct another movie.

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Richa Chadha’s 12 different look for Shakeela calendar

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Richa Chadha is not your conventional Bollywood beauty. Fukrey actress knows how to get noticed for her work in a very competitive industry. Richa is always very particular about the characters she plays in the movies. And the next movie of hers is the new experiment.

Richa Chadha will be seen in and as Shakeela next. Shakeela will be a biopic on the famous southern adult film actress Shakeela, who made it big in the low budget film world. The team has thought of an interesting way to promote the movie through a dedicated movie calendar.

It will be for the first time that a calendar of a movie will be launched. Richa will be seen in 12 different avatars in the calendar. Actress Richa Chadha will be featured in 12 different avatars for 12 different months of 2019. Expect it to be quirky and hot. It will be inspired by ’90s pulp films.

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Divyanka excited to be solo anchor of reality show ‘The Voice’

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Mumbai, Jan 18: Television actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya is all set to host the singing-based show “The Voice”, which has music maestro A.R. Rahman as a super guru. She is excited as this will be her first reality show as a solo anchor.

“It’s not my anchoring debut. I had done anchoring for award shows earlier. But being a solo anchor for a reality show, dealing with ‘real people’ away from glamour, dedicated towards their art is my first,” Divyanka said in a statement.

The actress is already multi-tasking between her daily show “Ye Hai Mohabbatein” and a web series. Now, she has “The Voice” in her kitty as well.

“Its a lot of time management, but I am not complaining. I am loving the fact that I am part of three different genres and am getting the ability to experiment as an actor,” Divyanka said.

“Yes, it’s draining and I know that it’s easier said than done, but I’m sure it’s possible with planning as well as cooperation from my production houses and channel,” she added.

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