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I’m just a Homo sapien after all: Kangana Ranaut

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Noida, May 29 : Her journey in filmdom has been a “roller-coaster ride”, and Kangana Ranaut likes it this way! Between the highs and lows of stardom, and amidst controversies, the National Award winning actress says being under a scanner constantly gets too much to handle at times because at the end of the day, she’s just a “Homo sapien”.

Talking about her decade-long journey in Hindi films, Kangana told IANS: “It’s been quite an open book…we’ve all witnessed it together. So, it has been quite a roller-coaster ride and honestly I don’t want it to be any other way.”

Of late, Kangana has been in the news for her legal spat with Hrithik Roshan. Does being under a constant watch by people bother her?

“Well, I think sometimes, a bit. I think sometimes a distant approach to a human being despite or in spite of them being celebrities, is needed,” said the Himachal Pradesh-born actress, who has no role model.

“I think there are no standards and parallels that I draw. There is no certain somebody that I want to live like or I would want to have a life similar to. So, my own standards is (are from) my own life.

“It (the attention and controversies) does get a little too much at times, but, like I said, the most beautiful thing about life is that it keeps moving on.

“I think, when very humanly things are being discussed about us (celebrities)… About how can her hair twist in that way, or how can her nose run… These things get slightly little too much because I am just a Homo sapien like you call it,” added the 29-year-old actress.

If she has had successes in the form of “Fashion”, “Tanu Weds Manu” and “Queen”, there have also been movies like “Game”, “Rascals” and “Katti Batti”, which did not fare well at the box office.

Kangana, who’s known for her style sense, says she takes opinions of a bona fide critic seriously.

“There are bona fide critics, who would give a critic and that would be actually valuable to a lot of people… so I respect it.”

What doesn’t impact her are opinions on social media.

“Social media is very different. That’s about a lot of personal space, where everyone has a personal opinion on everything. It is not something that is going to make a direct impact on anything.”

Kangana says she is not on social media platforms, but when she stumbles across a joke — even if it’s about her — she enjoys it.

“But do I want to take this seriously, and consider it? When a person is criticising a set of ideas, there is another dimension that your brain opens up to. Do I want to see it like that? No, may be not… Because they are not bona fide critics, they are just people like you and I,” she added.

Does she ever plan to join social media?

“I am really not a person who likes, what you call, say, junk communication! There are no valuable ideas being exchanged out there. That’s out of my very little understanding of social media,” said the actress, whose next film is Vishal Bhardwaj’s upcoming directorial “Rangoon”.

Just last week, Kangana was here to launch her fashion line Venice Cruise for European-high street fashion brand Vero Moda.

Asked if she ever plans to launch her own label, Kangana said: “That’s actually a huge responsibility. Having your own label actually is like setting up an industry of your own. It’s not easy to produce garments and it’s not easy to set up a team of people.”

Kangana also understands that “making garments is not just about designing”. Having said that, at some point, she would love to launch her own label.

“But right now I really don’t have the time and experience to set up my own brand.”

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OBITUARY: Basu Chatterjee – He told stories about you and me

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One of India”s great storytellers Basu Chatterjee and the high priest of middle cinema in India passed away in Mumbai today. Basu was one of the founding fathers of the new wave cinema, with stark but poignant Sara Akash in 1969, and a fountainhead of middle cinema (along with older colleague Hrishikesh Mukherjee), so popular nowadays. Unlike many of his contemporaries his cinema was not obscure or tedious. A prolific filmmaker he drew upon the cinema of his predecessors Bimal Roy and Hrishikesh Mukherjee and European new wave masters to tell human stories of middle-class Bharat that is India.

What some of our young filmmakers are doing successfully today Basu Da did it four decades ago. Just see his oeuvre — Piya Ka Ghar, Choti Si Baat, Chit Chor, Rajanigandha, Swami, Baton Baton Mein, Manpasand, Priyatama, Manzil, Chakrvyuh, Prem Vivah, Khatta Meetha, Dillagi, Shaukeen, Jeena Yahan, Kamla ki Maut, Ek Ruka hua faisla, Chameli ki Shaadi, Sheesha, Triyacharitra, Gudgudee and many others. He worked with many top stars — Ashok Kumar, Dev Anand, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Jeetendra, Amitabh Bachchan, Mithun Chakraborty, Anil Kapoor, Hema Malini, Jaya Bachchan, Moushumi Chatterjee, Neetu Singh, Tina (Ambani). At the same time we could see Girish Karnad, Utpal Dutt, Amol Palekar, Farooq Shaikh ,Naseeruddin Shah, Shabana Azmi ,Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Vidya Sinha, Mallika Sarabhai and others. He was as familiar with Sarat Chandra as with as with George Bernard Shaw. He often drew on literature for his stories and was equally at home with Manu Bhandari and Paddy Chayefsky. His films were layered but were always simply told. Basu”s cinema was unobtrusive, straight from the heart set in in a familiar milieu.

Always economical in his craft (his film had excellent cinematography by KK Mahajan and AK Bir for the most), he seldom compromised with quality. Much before the trend of casting directors, Basu Chatterjee”s films were always perfectly cast with interesting actors doing small cameos. He had begun his career as a cartoonist (Bal Thackeray and Lakshman were his contemporaries) in the fifties, which gave him his brevity of expression and wit. He had spent his childhood in Mathura and thus had an excellent grasp of the Hindi language. Usually writing his own scripts, his dialogue is laced with everyday lingo and profundities in equal measure. A staunch film society enthusiast he was always up to speed with the best of world cinema, yet he kept his own storytelling simple. Interestingly many of his films had outstanding music and he worked with a range of composers like SD Burman, Salil Chowdhury, RD Burman, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Rajesh Roshan and Bappi Lahiri, who all gave him distinctive scores.

Whether it is middle-class office romance in Rajanigandha or a lower middle class bride discovering her husband and his family in a Mumbai Chawl in Piya ka Ghar, Mumbai local romance of Bandra Christians (Baton Baton Mein), premarital relationships in a conservative middle class setting (Kamala Ki Maut) or the Hindi adaptations of classics like Pygmalion (Man Pasand), Twelve Angry Men (Ek Ruka Hua Faisla) Basu da ”s characters were always well etched out. You would often see simple everyday happenings highlighted in his films. Many of his films had strong women characters –Swami, Chitchor, Jeena Yahan, Apne Paraye, Pasand Apni Apni. Subtle humour expressed quietly was another of his hallmark.

Basu Chatterjee was one of the first filmmakers to successfully take to the small screen. His series on everyday life Rajni (featuring Priya Tendulkar) was the first attempt at consumer guidance on Indian screen. Kakaji Kahin, Byomkesh Bakshi, Darpan and Ek Prem Katha were some of his other landmark serials. If he had been keeping good health in the last few years, I am sure we would have seen some pathbreaking stuff from him on streaming platforms as well.

Though he won several National awards (and many Filmfare awards too), he remains one of the most underrated directors in Indian cinema. He has neither been honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award or has been given a Padma award, though many lesser deserving contemporaries have been given these honours. One rarely saw him at gala film parties or award shows. Yet his films will continue to inspire generations of film makers. His passing away brings to a close another great chapter in Indian film history. I am fortunate to have worked with him over the years. We did not meet so often but I was in touch with him until recently and had asked her daughter Rupali to please facilitate my telephonic conversation with him after his recent illness. Unfortunately, that call did not happen. I will always treasure my time spent with him.

By: Amit Khanna

(Amit Khanna wrote lyrics for Basu Chatterjees “Swami” (1977) and “Man Pasand” (1980). He also produced “Man Pasand” and executive-produced the 1997 release, “Gudgudee”)

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Urvashi Rautela: I belong to no religion

The film also features Gautam Gulati, Archana Puran Singh, Delnaaz Irani, Rajiv Gupta and Brijendra Kala, Niki Aneja Walia and Rumana Molla.

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The social media sensation took to Instagram, where she shared a photograph of herself dressed in a bright yellow blazer, green top and paired it with a chunky neckpiece.

“I belong to no religion. My religion is love. Every heart is my temple. I LOVE U ALL,” she captioned the bright image.

Urvashi also shared a video of herself jumping into the ocean in a white and neon green bikini.

“I jumped back into ocean again and saw the giant fish swimming straight towards me. … with my GoPro until it disappeared into the darkness of the deep ocean,” she wrote.

Urvashi, who made her Bollywood debut in 2013 with with the film “Singh Saab the Great”, was last seen onscreen in the multistarrer film “Pagalpanti”.

Now, the actress, who has a whopping fan following of 26.3 million on Instagram, and 631.2K on Twitter, is waiting for the release of her upcoming film “Virgin Bhanupriya”, which is set for an OTT release.

The film also features Gautam Gulati, Archana Puran Singh, Delnaaz Irani, Rajiv Gupta and Brijendra Kala, Niki Aneja Walia and Rumana Molla.

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Richa Chadha: Must have been a witch in some past life

Richa has taken to gardening with great interest amid lockdown. She feels at a stressful time like this, an activity like gardening could be therapeutic.

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Mumbai, June 4 : Actress Richa Chadha has a hilarious reason for liking lightening. She says she must have been a witch in a past life.

Richa took to Instagram Stories, where she shared a photograph of herself with a face pack and sipping on a coffee mug.

“Someone said storm? Must”ve been a witch in some past life, cuz I feel energised by lightening and look forward to storms! Praying for no damage to life and property though,” she captioned the image.

Earlier, Richa, an ardent animal lover, shared a photograph where she holds her cat Kamli.

Richa has taken to gardening with great interest amid lockdown. She feels at a stressful time like this, an activity like gardening could be therapeutic.

On the acting front, the actress was last seen in the court room drama “Section 375”. She currently awaits the release of her upcoming films “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai” and “Shakeela”.

–IANS

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