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Darren Aronofsky finds it ‘tricky’ to line up ‘big movie stars’ for films

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Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) Darren Aronofsky has cast several stars like Natalie Portman, Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman in his directorials, but the Oscar-nominated filmmaker hasn’t worked with them more than once. He says sometimes it gets tricky to line up “big movie stars” in his films.

Actors like Mark Margolis and Jennifer Connelly have had the chance to re-team with Aronofsky, but that’s not the same with most of his lead actors.

Why doesn’t he repeat his lead actors in films directed by him?

“The problem with movie stars is that getting their schedules… to line up when you are ready to go, is always really hard. Also, when you do work with a big movie star, you have to have a role that they are interested in… that makes sense for them,” Aronofsky told IANS here.

“So getting all that stuff to line up, is tricky sometimes. But I have worked with a lot of same supporting actors,” he added.

He is now looking forward to finally work with Hollywood star Brad Pitt, who had dropped out of Aronofsky’s 2006 film “The Fountain”.

The news of the two uniting for a film based on a book titled “The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival”, as producers came out in 2010. After a long gap, the film is back in news.

Asked about the delay, the “Black Swan” director said: “It’s been a very hard project to get the script right. We finally have a very good director (Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi) on it. Hopefully, we will figure out a way to make it.”

Aronofsky, known for movies like “Requiem for a Dream”, “Noah”and “mother!”, also spoke about working with actors during a masterclass as part of the ongoing Jio MAMI 20th Mumbai Film Festival with Star.

“It’s about communication and trust. It also helps to have a decent track record with actors so that other actors say ‘Oh! he’s going to help me get to this place so, I can trust him’.

“As far as young filmmakers out there, it’s very much about spending time with actors, trying to figure out what they are going to need to feel safe. What you try to do is create an environment where they can take risks.

“Your job as a director is to make them open up as much as possible and to not hold anything back.”

He feels the best way to do this is by being honest and trustworthy.

“Sometimes little tricks can help, but you only want to trick actors if they want to be open and want to be tricked,” said the filmmaker, who has also taken classes in acting.

While sipping masala tea mixed with the content of an “ayurvedic” sachet in it and talking about filmmaking at the iconic Liberty Cinema here, the American filmmaker also opened up about his love for India. He has been in the country for about six times.

He said he likes to “get lost” here.

“When you are directing, you are a complete control freak… but when you come to India you can’t control anything,” said Aronofsky, who has been friends with Indian cinematographer Faroukh Mistry for long.

Along with Mistry, actors like Ali Fazal and Ishaan Khatter also attended the masterclass on Wednesday.

(The writer’s trip to Mumbai is at the invitation of the festival organisers. Natalia Ningthoujam can be contacted at [email protected])

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Kangana bungalow demolition smacks of malice, says Bombay High Court

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal

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Mumbai, November 27: The Bombay High Court on Friday has said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) action of demolishing part of Kangana Ranaut’s bungalow here smacks of malafide and was done to cause substantial loss to the actor, and quashed the demolition order.

The court also said it did not approve of authorities using “muscle power” against any citizen.

A division bench of Justices SJ Kathawalla and RI Chagla noted that the action undertaken by the civic body left hardly “any manner of doubt” that it was unauthorised.

The bench was hearing Ranaut’s petition challenging the demolition carried out by the BMC at her Pali Hill bungalow in suburban Bandra on September 9.

“The civic body has proceeded to act wrongfully and illegally against the rights of a citizen,” the bench said.

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urged the court to declare BMC’s action illegal.

On the issue of compensation, the bench said it was appointing a valuer who would hear the petitioner and the BMC on monetary damages caused to her due to the demolition.

“The valuer shall by March 2021 pass appropriate orders on compensation,” the court said.

The civic body had opposed the plea and said the actor had brazenly and unlawfully carried out extensive alterations and additions to the bungalow in breach of its approved plan.

Ranaut had filed the petition on September 9 when the demolition process was initiated by the BMC. The court had in an interim order on September 9 stayed the demolition work. PTI

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik’s husband reveals his relatives in law-enforcement approached him to file complaint against Aly Goni

Talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita Kaushik’s husband Ronnit Biswas slammed Aly Goni. Here’s what he said!

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Bigg Boss 14 saw a massive showdown between Kavita Kaushik and Aly Goni after the actor lost his cool when she takes away his personal items as a punishment for breaking house rules.

In a fit of rage, Aly kicked a trash bin which hurt Kavita, who was standing close to it and the house erupted in chaos.

Now talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita’s husband Ronnit Biswas said, “Physical violence was never a thing which we had signed up for whether it happened directly or indirectly it doesn’t matter.”

“I had seen the promo first, a day before yesterday and I was very disturbed. But once I saw the way Kavita was putting up to it and how she was behaving I felt extremely proud of her. My sadness disappeared and I got happy thinking that no matter how much you try to target this girl, she will not bow down to anyone. She will come out shining and strong,” said a proud Ronnit in a conversation with ETimes TV.

He also went on to say that what Kavita said to Aly was not a big deal. Stating that Aly also said the same line to Kavita thrice, Ronnit revealed, “He has also said this to her thrice after that. So, I think the topic should have ended then and there itself. But I understand most of the housemates know that Kavita is quite strong and if they fight with her or corner her, they will get some footage. It is very sad that in a country where we keep talking about women are equal to men, we worship Goddess, we celebrate women and talk about women empowerment, there is a man who is threatening a woman on national television that he will make her life a living hell or won’t let her sleep.

Few of Ronnit’s relatives, who are in law enforcement, have approached him asking him if he wants to file a complaint against Aly Goni. “I have been getting a lot of calls from our well-wishers and relatives who are into the Police force, Government officials and they are asking me If I want to take action against Aly Goni or register a complaint. Although, I have told them that it is not needed, but I was expecting from the channel and the production house a stricter punishment. One week’s nomination doesn’t make any sense,” concluded Ronnit.

Let’s see if Aly and Kavita bury the hatches in weeks to come or not.

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TV actor Ashiesh Roy passes away

Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy who died on Tuesday. The actor’s staff member confirmed the news that he was suffering from a kidney ailment and was undergoing dialysis.

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Actor Ashiesh Roy passed away due to kidney failure on Tuesday. He was 55. Roy had been keeping unwell for a while and was admitted to the ICU in a Mumbai hospital in May this year.

Ashiesh Roy’s staff member confirmed the news. He told that the actor died at his home.

“He collapsed around 3.45 am. He had a kidney ailment and his dialysis was also going on but he had gotten better in the last few weeks… His sister will arrive from Kolkata in the evening. A call on funeral will be then taken,” the staff member said.

The Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy via a social media post. “#CINTAA expresses its deepest condolence on the demise of Shri Ashiesh Roy (Member since: January 2003)” CINTAA’s Facebook post read.

In May, Ashiesh Roy had announced on social media that he was on dialysis and even sought financial assistance. “I am in the ICU… Very ill. Dialysis,” Ashiesh Roy first wrote on Facebook, followed by another post that read, “Need your urgent money for dialysis (sic).”

Read: TV actor Ashiesh Roy hospitalised, seeks aid from fans

Following Ashiesh Roy’s social media posts, filmmaker Hansal Mehta also requested film bodies to provide financial assistance to the ailing actor. Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Actor Ashish Roy (Bond) is seriously ill, on dialysis and in the ICU. He has appealed for financial help on FB. I’m doing all I can to help. Can industry associations also help the ailing actor?”

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