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I really want to be a legend: Shah Rukh Khan

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New Delhi, Feb 24: Shah Rukh Khan, who is touted as one of the biggest superstars of the Hindi film industry, says he is done with the tag and now wants to be a legend.

Shah Rukh was here on Saturday at the fourth edition of Global Business Summit to speak on “Bollywood’s Digital push: What it means for the stakeholders”.

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“I am 26 years old in the film industry which is half my lifetime really. From here on I am going to spend time in the world of cinema than the outside of it… I realised I should do away with the tag of being a superstar instead I should work towards tag of being a legend,” he said.

He added: “No megastar… as egoistic and self-centred like me will fade away into the past without trying to wedge his or her foot into the door to the future. So even I want to put myself into the future of cinema like I have been in the past 25 years.”

The actor, 52, who has been in the Hindi film industry for over two decades, stressed that he really wants to be a legend.

“I really want to be a legend.

“Unfortunately, there are no articles or books on how to be a legend. So, I rummage through my personal library… I found a book on the history of human kind called ‘Sapiens’ and going through the book I found that the only reason homo sapiens have dominated the rest of the species is because of one thing — because we gossip,” added the superstar.

The actor said that the spreading of ideas is a way of story telling.

“Genuinely, story-telling has anchored communication between human beings. Even entertainment is actually a derivative of story-telling. Whether you music, art or poetry all of these things are a form of story-telling,” he added.

The modern art of story telling is of course filmmaking, he said.

“I think there has been radical change in cinema and content over the years. A change even in the way we consume films. But right now I think we are witnessing the greatest change. The greatest change of this century has been the evolutionary revolution that has taken over the human kind is the opening up communication, information on the digtised platform,” he added.

Shah Rukh says that the future of cinema will be changed through the advent of digitisation.

“There will be a lot of changes on how we consume cinema and watch it. But mainly the changes is going to be how we market cinema…

“The second change that there is going to happen is that there is going to be… there will be radical movement away from the content itself… Instead of waiting for loans there is going to be a lot more crowd funding,” he added.

Shah Rukh says there will be a big change between the viewer and how an individual watches the film.

He added: “Right now the movie that attract us, it’s a momentary catch of emotions or expression but soon movies will itself become an experience. They will be interactive.”

Artificial intelligence, virtual reality and visual effects all these are so important that roles of actors and stars will diminish, stressed the actor.

The access to cinema will be more easier.

“It is going to be on your mobile…there will be no more appointment cinema. Cinema will be at will — whenever and where ever you want to watch. I do not think cinema theatres will close down,” he said.

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Ranveer Singh has ‘fan moment’ on meeting P.V. Sindhu

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Mumbai, Sep 26: Actor Ranveer Singh says he had a fan moment meeting Indian star shuttler P.V. Sindhu and added that he loves her spirit.

Ranveer met Sindhu on Tuesday at the Forbes India Tycoon Of Tomorrow event, where he was feted with the Youth Icon Award.

Sindhu shared a photograph of herself with the actor and captioned it: “Finally we meet! It was such a pleasure meeting you and an absolute fan moment.I congratulate you for all the success and I wish you all the very best for your future endeavours. I would rather call you ‘rockstar’ than Ranveer Singh.”

To which, Ranveer replied: “Yes, finally! it was a pleasure indeed! and likewise, a fan moment for me too… You make us so proud, champ! Love your spirit. May you continue to shine bright.”

On the acting front, Ranveer is currently busy shooting for filmmaker Rohit Shetty’s “Simmba”, which also features actor Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara.

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Amitabh Bachchan to start shooting for ‘Jhund’ in November

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Mumbai, Sep 26: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan will start shooting for his next film “Jhund” in November in Nagpur.

The cine icon will start shooting after the season finale of quiz show “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, and after the release of his upcoming film “Thugs Of Hindostan”, which will open on November 8.

Filmmaker Nagraj Manjule’s “Jhund” is reportedly based on the life of Vijay Barse, who is the founder of Slum Soccers. Big B plays role of a professor who channelises the street children to build a soccer team.

The total shoot duration is 70-80 days, and Amitabh will shoot for 45 straight days in Nagpur.

“I chose the city of Nagpur because the story is based there. I wanted the look and feel to be as authentic as possible and Nagpur has its own unique charm, feel and locales, different from Mumbai and Pune. The language of the film would be best showcased in Nagpur hence I chose the lanes of that city,” Manjule said in a statement.

On working with Big B, Manjule said: “Working with Mr. Bachchan on a story like this is a dream come true. He has always been my favourite legends and there was nobody other than him who fit the role perfectly and to do justice to this particular character.

“In fact, the other people in the film are all new and since I have been known to work with fresh talent, I think the combination of Mr. Bachchan with this young team will be something to watch out for.”

“Jhund” is produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-Series, Savita Raj Hiremath, Manjule under the banner of T-Series Films, Taandav Films Entertainment Ltd, and Aatpat.

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We need less corruption and scams, says Saif Ali Khan

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Mumbai, Sep 25 (IANS) Saif Ali Khan, who is all geared up for the release of his forthcoming film ‘Baazaar,’ says “we need less corruption and scams in the country.”

Saif was present at the trailer launch of ‘Baazaar’ at Bombay Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

‘Baazaar’ is based on stock market scam and corruption. When asked about recent scams, Saif Ali Khan said, “I think it is horrible and terrible, we want less corruption and less scams.”

He said artists are in a very honest line of work. “We try and make films, we try and sell films, most of the times, press is catching movie stars to make examples of, and you should catch these guys. Seriously, press should catch these guys (those who do scams) , we’re nothing, we’re small-time people,” he said.

“The big game is happening somewhere else and we don’t even know what the game is,” he added.

Taking dig at the press, Saif said, “Someone says he did this, or that, and everyone is happy with that… it is like a dustbin. We celebrities (are always blamed ) I mean, everyone gets happy with that, we need people to blame. But the real people you should be blaming are the people who are stealing your money.”

In the movie, Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Shakun Kothari as a ruthless businessman whose world revolves around money and power.

Talking about his role, Saif said it has been the most special role he has ever played in his career. “First of all, I would like to thank Nikkhil Advani for offering me such an amazing role. It is one of the most special parts that I have played in my career,” said the actor.

The film is directed by Gauravv K. Chawla, written by Nikkhil Advani, Aseem Arora and Parveez Sheikh. The film also stars debutante Rohan Mehra, Chitrangada Singh and Radhika Apte.

The film is scheduled for release on October 26.

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