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I take criticism from industry seriously: Sidharth Malhotra

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Mumbai, Aug 8: Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra believes in the power of constructive criticism, but says he takes criticism seriously when it comes from industry insiders.

Within a short span since his debut with “Student Of The Year”, Sidharth has tasted a fair share of success and failure.

Asked whether he has learnt to handle criticism better after films like “Kapoor & Sons” and “Baar Baar Dekho”, Sidharth told IANS here: “Well, I think film reviews don’t really help an actor to grow or improve creativity because their words and comments are black and white… They are always inching towards negative or positive.”

“And I understand that for them, they mostly concentrate on the business potential of a film.”

He added: “Only constructive criticism can help us to grow as creative people, as actors. Therefore, I take any constructive assessment seriously when it comes from insiders of the fraternity.”

The actor said he tries to do new characters with every film, and then assesses if he has got it right or explores the flaws.

“These things matter for me to go to the next level. So, I take criticism seriously, depending on where it is coming from.”

The actor has also featured in films like “Hasee Toh Phasee”, “Ek Villain” before “Brothers”.

“‘Kapoor & Sons’ earned more than Rs 100 crore at the box office and people and critics showered their praise on me. And then ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ happened. Now you understand… I do not live on my success and failure. It’s really temporary,” he said.

“Our film ‘Brothers’ earned around Rs 85 crore at the box office. It is not a small number. So, calling the film a failure would be little unfair. But I accept that we couldn’t live up to the expectation set by ‘Baar Baar Dekho’. Such things happen… As a young actor, I will choose the script that won’t work at times and I will learn something out of that as well.”

Sidharth’s upcoming film is “A Gentleman: Sundar, Susheel, Risky”, in which he will be seen in a double role. The film revolves around a person with a mistaken identity.

Talking about it, he said: “Since both the characters are different from each other, the film caters to a wide audience. It has action, romance, mystery and that interests people who love watching action and romance both.”

“We had a great time working with everyone. Whether it is Raj, DK (director duo of the film) and Jacqueline (Fernandez), it was so much fun. She is such a happy girl and has an infectious energy. Hopefully, people will like the film.”

The Fox Star Studious film is releasing on August 25.

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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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New Delhi, Jan 21: Members of the Hindi film industry came together to celebrate the best of Bollywood in the year 2017 at 63 rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018, held on January 20 at the NSCI Dome in Worli, Mumbai. The event was hosted by none other than the Badshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan.

The evening was graced by who’s who of Bollywood including Akshay Kumar, who walked the red carpet along with his “Pad Man” co-star Sonam Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Shah Rukh Khan, Ranveer Singh, Manushi Chillar, Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Shahid Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Saqib Saleem, Armaan Malik, Amaal Malik, Karan Johar, Preity Zinta, Rekha, Jaya Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Vidya Balan among many others.

Actor Irrfan Khan won the Filmfare Best Actor in Leading Role (Male) award for “Hindi Medium” while Vidya Balan bagged the Filmfare Best Actor in Leading Role (Female) Award for “Tumhari Sulu”. Rajkummar Rao bagged two awards. He won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) for “Bareilly Ki Barfi”, and also Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male) for “Trapped”.

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Vidya received her award from legendary actress Rekha.

In case you are wondering about the complete winners list, here it is:

Best Film: ‘Hindi Medium’

Critics’ Award for Best Film: ‘Newton’

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female): Vidya Balan for ‘Tumhari Sulu’

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) : Irrfan Khan for ‘Hindi Medium’

Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male): Rajkummar Rao for ‘Trapped’

Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female): Zaira Wasim for ‘Secret Superstar’

Best Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’

Best Debut Director: Konkona Sensharma for ‘A Death in the Gunj’

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male): Rajkummar Rao for ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’

Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female): Meher Vij for ‘Secret Superstar’

Best Dialogue: Hitesh Kewalya for ‘Shubh Mangal Saavdhan’

Best Screenplay: Shubhashish Bhutiani for ‘Mukti Bhavan’

Best Original Story: Amit Masurkar for ‘Newton’

Best Actor (Male) in a Short Film: Jackie Shroff for ‘Khujli’

Best Actor (Female) in a Short Film: Shefali Shah for ‘Juice’

People’s Choice Award for Best Short Film: ‘Anahut’

Best Short Film (Fiction) : ‘Juice’

Best Short Film (Non Fiction): ‘Invisible Wings’

Best Music Album: Pritam for ‘Jagga Jasoos’

Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for ‘Roke na ruke naina’ – ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’

Best Playback Singer (Female): Meghna Mishra for ‘Nachdi phira’ – ‘Secret Superstar’

Best Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya for ‘Ullu ka pattha’ – ‘Jagga Jasoos’

Lifetime Achievement Award: Mala Sinha and Bappi Lahiri

Best Choreography: Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani for ‘Galti se mistake’ – ‘Jagga Jasoos’

Best Background Score: Pritam for ‘Jagga Jasoos’

Best Action: Tom Struthers for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’

Best Cinematography: Sirsha Ray for ‘A Death In The Gunj’

Best Editing: Nitin Baid for ‘Trapped’

Ayushmann Khurrana made the evening entertaining with some of the evergreen super hit cult classics like “Jab koi baat bigad jaaye”, “Tera mujhse hai pehle ka nata koi”, “Ruk jaana nahi tu kahi haar ke”, “Kehdu tumhe ya chup rahu” and “Janu meri jaan main tere qurbaan” on stage.

Ranveer Singh appeared at the function with an interesting outfit that clubbed poster motifs of various classic Hindi films.

When host Shah Rukh Khan asked Ranveer about his costume, he replied: “People eat movies, drink movies, I even wear movies.”

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali invites Karni Sena to watch ‘Padmaavat’

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Jaipur, Jan 21: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has sent an invitation to Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput associations to watch “Padmaavat”, its patron and founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi said. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film.

In a press conference here on Saturday, Kalvi said the letter has been sent after the date of release of the film has been fixed which shows that this is well-planned gimmick.

“This letter will be put into flames as it is just a part of show-off which has been done in an endeavour to prove that ‘we have invited Rajput community leaders’.”

Kalvi has now appealed to the Prime Minister to ban the film under “section 6 of the Cinematography Act”.

He said: “(A total of) 1908 Kshatriya females have registered their names to perform jauhar in Chittorgarh on January 24 if the film’s screening is not stopped.”

The letter reads that the Rajput community has been misled in this context.

It reads: “The film will maintain the honour and dignity of Queen Padmavati… The dream sequence being talked about in the film is just a rumour and we have already apprised you about the same in the letter sent on January 29, 2017. There is no such scene… We assure that the entire Rajput community will feel proud after watching the film.”

Talking about the move, Kalvi said: “We never asked him to show us the film but we wanted nine historians to be shown the film, out of which the film has been shown to three historians only. On top of it, the advice of these historians was also not considered. We now want that the film should be shown to the six remaining historians as well and their opinion on the same sought.”

He added that the historians have been insulted as their opinions were ignored and the film’s release date was decided.

“Now at this point of time, the only solution is to ban the film completely.”

“Padmaavat” has had a long history of trouble. It stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.

From being assaulted on the film’s set in Jaipur to the set being vandalised in Kolhapur to getting threats from detractors — Bhansali has been facing the ire of organisations that are up in arms against the period drama since its inception — from when it was titled “Padmavati”.

Months after facing opposition, the makers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, clarified that the film was based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem “Padmavat”, and does not distort historical facts — as was being alleged by some Rajput outfits.

The makers of “Padmaavat” secured a U/A certificate from the censor board after incorporating five modifications, and locked the release date as January 25.

The Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for the all-India release for “Padmaavat” on January 25 by staying the operation of orders by the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana governments banning its release.

But Kalvi said that “like every year, January 25 will come but (it will) not (be) the day of the release of the film”.

“I feel obliged as Rajasthan and Gujarat film distributors have assured us that the film will not be released,” he said.

He also made an appeal to the “public to impose public curfew”, saying they should not go to watch the film.

Kalvi also said that Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Prasoon Joshi and lyricist Javed Akhtar will not be allowed to attend the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF).

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