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All actors have to show return on investment, says Arjun Kapoor 

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Mumbai, June 30: Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor, son of producer Boney Kapoor and nephew of veteran actor Anil Kapoor, says coming from a film family is futile in the industry if one can’t show returns on a filmmaker’s investment.

Arjun spoke about it in an interview for Vogue India’s July 2017 cover story written by Udita Jhunjhunwala.

He started off as an assistant director and associate producer on films such as “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (2003) and “Salaam-e-Ishq” (2007) before landing a role in “Ishaqzaade”, which released in 2012.

Arjun says he got it through an audition.

“Yes, the casting director knew of me, but I didn’t ask my father to launch me. My father could open the door for me but eventually somebody’s investing in you for a reason.

“If you don’t show a return on the investment, they will stop investing in you. You have to make the industry and the audience realise that you’re not here just because of the surname. And only you can do that – in front of the camera,” he said.

The actor, who celebrated his 32nd birthday earlier this week, also said the success or failure of an actor depends on the audience.

“You join the industry and you keep trying. If the audience wants to see you, you’ll get more work. If the audience has no interest, you won’t.

“In most other businesses you get degrees, in most other jobs there are qualifications. Our profession doesn’t offer a certificate of capability beforehand. You have to earn it, and the best judge of that is the audience,” Arjun said.

His “Mubarakan” co-star Athiya Shetty — daughter of actor Suniel Shetty — who had a stint at the New York Film Academy, said: “I did go to a film school but I feel I learned a lot more on the job.”

Ever since “Mubarakan” was announced, there have been rumours about the onscreen pair’s “link-up” even as both of them have denied it.

Athiya says when such gossip comes along, she relies on her father’s advice on how to deal with the intrusiveness: “He said, ‘Take it with a pinch of salt and don’t stress about it. Lack of privacy is the price of stardom.'”

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‘Sultan’ wins three awards at Tehran film fest

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Mumbai, Jan 22: “Sultan” director Ali Abbas Zafar and its actors Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma emerged winners at the Tehran International Sports Film Festival.

Zafar won a Honorary Diploma for the Best Director of Long Narrative, while Salman and Anushka won the Best Actor and Diploma in the Long Narrative section and the Best Actress trophy and diploma in the Long Narrative section, read a statement from the movie’s production banner Yash Raj Films.

“‘Sultan’ has cut across borders, cultures and languages with its powerful story, performances and honest belief in the life changing impact of a sport. The team and I are very thankful to the organisers at Tehran International Sports Film Festival for their appreciation and love,” Zafar said in a statement.

“Sultan” revolves around a middle-aged wrestler, who gives up the sport. Years later, he sets out to revive his career as he needs the prize money and wants to regain his lost respect.

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‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ release shifted to February 23

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Mumbai, Jan 22: The makers of “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety” have announced that the film will now release on February 23 in the wake of the changes in the Bollywood calendar due to “Padmaavat” and “Pad Man”.

The film was earlier to release on February 9, a date when “Pad Man” and “Aiyaary” are slated to hit the screens.

The makers did not think it was beneficial for anyone if three films of this size release on the same date. So, they decided to postpone it.

“We are all aware of the recent developments with regards to release dates. It didn’t seem logical to stick to a Friday so crowded,” Luv Ranjan, writer and director of “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, told IANS.

A new-age love triangle set in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the film is produced by T-Series’ Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and Luv Films’ Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg. It features Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh.

The Bollywood calendar got shaken up after Akshay Kumar decided to shift his much-awaited “Pad Man” to February 9 from the January 25 date, leaving the pre-Republic Day release window open for a solo release for Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial drama “Padmaavat”.

When “Padmaavat” was announced to have a clash with “Pad Man”, the makers of “Aiyaary” had altered its release date from January 25 to February 9.

Now, “Pad Man” and “Aiyaary” will once again be competing at the box office.

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B’Day Special: Rank holder in AIEEE to assistant director, few lesser known facts about Sushant

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New Delhi, Jan 21: Sushant Singh Rajput is celebrating his 32nd birthday today. The actor with his amazing acting skills, and killing attitude rocked the Indian cinema with films like Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, PK, Shuddh Desi Romance and Kai Po Che!

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Sushant was born in Patna, Bihar in a Rajput family. His ancestral village is Maldiha in Bihar’s Purnia district.  His mother’s death in 2002 left Sushant devastated and it was in the same year that the family moved from Patna to Delhi.

He started his career with television serials, including an award-winning performance in the soap opera Pavitra Rishta (2009–2011) and as a participant in two dance reality shows.

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He then entered films with a role as one of the three male leads in the drama Kai Po Che! (2013), for which he received critical acclaim as well as three Best Male Debut awards.

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His other notable films since then have been as male lead of the romantic comedy Shuddh Desi Romance (2014) and as the titular detective in the thriller Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!. In 2016, Rajput appeared in Sports drama M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, in which he essayed the role of Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the film was a commercial success and earned him critical acclaim and not many know that the talented and good-looking actor had almost chosen another career path for himself, that of an engineer.

And it looks like the actor made the right decision, as all seems to be working in his favour. Sushant is currently shooting for Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath where he co-stars with Sara Ali Khan and Abhishek Chaubey’s Chambal with Bhumi Pednekar.

Here are some lesser-known facts about the talented star:

1. Rank holder in AIEEE- Sushant was an All India 7th highest scorer in AIEEE exam conducted for engineering students. He was studying for Mechanical Engineering, but dropped out in his last year after he realised that he wanted to pursue acting.

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2. National Olympiad Winner- He was also a National Olympiad Winner in Physics. In all, he cleared as many as eleven engineering entrance exams, including that for the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. H

3. Debut in Small Screen with Balaji- Many think the popular daily soap Pavitra Rishta was his television debut, but no, this is not true. He started his acting career with the role of Preet Juneja in the daily soap Kis Desh Mein Hai Dil Mera.

4. Fabulous Dancer- Apart from being a good actor, he is also known as a fabulous dancer.

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He was trained at the Shiamak Davar Dance Academy and performed as a background dancer for various award shows before  getting his first screen role. He even participated in a couple of popular dance reality shows, including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 4 and Zara Nachke Dikha.

5. Sushant is a multi-talented man. Not only is he a capable actor and a good dancer, but the actor has also learned martial arts from Allan Amin.

6. It Took almost one and a half year for Sushant to prepare for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s biopicand Sushant practised the ‘Helicopter shot’ for M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story 225 times a day!

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7. Heart-throb of millions of girls- Sushant’s favourite actor is Daniel Day Lewis.

8. Assistant Director- Not just an actor, he had also worked as an assistant director on Mohit Suri’s on Raaz 2.

Here’s Wishing Sushant Singh Rajput a very Happy Birthday!

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