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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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Akshay’s ‘Gold Trailer’ shows one man’s struggle to make India proud

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New Delhi, June 25: After releasing some intriguing posters, the makers of Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ have finally dropped the official trailer of the upcoming film on Monday.

Gold is a story of one man’s dream, dedication and struggle. And, he thus makes India proud.

The trailer opens with a voice-over announcing the words, “Gold, British India,” and an intense-looking Akshay giving ‘the stare’ to the British flag. What transpires over a couple of minutes in the trailer is a mix of patriotism and sports, just everything one could have expected from Khiladi Kumar.

Akshay, perhaps for the first time, will be seen as a Bengali in the film and the trailer gives a peek into that persona.

Naagin star Mouni Roy appears for merely five seconds in the trailer chastising Akshay in Bengali. She plays the actor’s wife in Gold. Akshay then proceeds to deliver a monologue laced with an almost overbearing love for the country.

The over two-minute long trailer also featured Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal, each of them a hockey player with a passion to play the game.

The film is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.

Post Gold, Akshay will be seen in Kesari which is again a period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

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IIFA 2018: Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers

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Bangkok, June 25: Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher, bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema honour here, has dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet in the showbiz world without having a godfather.

“Thank you IIFA for honouring me with Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you the people of Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The actor received the honour at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala on Sunday night.

An introductory speech to Anupam’s life and career was made by his long-time friend and co-actor Anil Kapoor, while the trophy was handed over to him by Viacom18’s Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

“Thank you my dearest friend Anil Kapoor for introducing my Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award at IIFA with so much love, warmth. Selflessness and grace. You are a priceless and a unique friend. Your words moved me,” wrote Anupam, who has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across the theatre, television and film mediums.

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Shashi Kapoor honoured at IIFA

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Mumbai, June 25: Late Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor honoured at the 19th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Sunday for his outstanding contribution to Indian film Industry. 

Father-son duo Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor accepted the award on behalf of Shashi Kapoor, who passed away last year December at the age of 79 following liver problems.

“Thank you for honoring Shashi Kapoor with his award. It’s a moment of pride for us,” Rishi said.

Son of legendary Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor stepped into Bollywood with the 1961 film ‘Dharmputra’ after working as a child artist.

In 2011, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Indian government in 2011..

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