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Movie-making, audiences have matured: Jeff Goldblum

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Chennai, June 15 : Actor Jeff Goldblum, most popular for his work in films such as “Independence Day”, “The Fly” and “Jurassic Park”, says the movie-making process has matured and so have the audience.

Currently awaiting the release of the sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence“, Goldblum told in an interview over phone from Sydney: “I’ve become more appreciative of this beautiful planet since I played the character David Levinson in the first film. It has made me more caring towards life and be thankful for the opportunity of being present on this planet”.

Since the events of “Independence Day”, his character David has become the director of Earth Space Defence Program (ESDP), a defence unit where hybrid weapons are created to protect the world from alien invasion.

“I’m (David is) leading a whole new life now. Probably everyone on Earth is since the war of 1996. As an MIT-graduate, I was thrust into some circumstances I wasn’t prepared to face. Twenty years have gone by, and we’re facing something much bigger and stronger than what we faced last time,” he said.

Was he aware of a sequel in the offing?

“I wasn’t sure if they were going to work on a sequel. A few years ago I got a call from director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin. They’d said they cracked the story idea for the sequel. When I heard the story, I was quite excited, and I really liked what they had done to my character,” he said, and added he had to revisit his character.

“Twenty years is a long time to stay attached to a character. Before we started shooting for this film, I revisited my character and it was educational, enlightening and really fascinating. I was so thrilled to see it again, even though it’s played on the television quite often,” he added.

The film also marks Goldblum’s reunion with Emmerich, whom he considers a very passionate filmmaker.

“Roland’s vision is a whole, whole lot bigger this time. The movie-making process has matured and so have the audience. It’s amazing what Roland has achieved with new tools and advanced technology. With bigger budget, he’s created something incredible and epic,” he said.

When asked how Roland has changed as a filmmaker over the years, he said: “As a human being, he’s still the same person. He’s become warmer, sweeter and more generous. As a director, he has gotten more passionate. Dean was telling me, ‘I’ve never seen Roland with such a fire in his belly’ “.

“Independence Day” is a story about a few brave men and women coming together to save the planet from the brink of extinction.

Can a few men and women bring about a change when they collaborate?

“If people work in synergy and collaborate over shared principle of a vision and only work towards win-win credo, then it will definitely work. As a kid, I remember my mother reading Dr. Seuss’s book, ‘Horton Hears a Who!’ In the story, a small world is in jeopardy and everybody works in harmony to save it. When people come together, the intention should be clear of what they want to achieve and only then can they succeed,” he added.

As Goldblum gets ready for the war against aliens in “Independence Day: Resurgence” on June 24, he feels extra-terrestrial life is not completely a myth.

“Research shows us that nobody has contacted us from outside. But one can’t completely rule out the likelihood of some form of life on another planet,” he concluded.

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After getting ‘ticket’ to legislature, Urmila Matondkar joins Shiv Sena

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

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Mumbai, Dec 1 : In Indian politics, prominent personalities or leaders usually first join a party and then are rewarded with a ticket for legislatures or parliament.

In what is said to be an unprecedented change from the norms, Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar got a ‘ticket’ first and then officially joined the Shiv Sena, in the presence of senior leaders, here on Tuesday.

Shiv Sena President and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray accorded Matondkar a warm welcome to the party fold while his wife Rashmi Uddhav Thackeray tied her a thread, ‘Shiv Bandhan’ symbolizing her ties with the new party.

Soon after that, she bowed with folded hands and paid her respects before a wall-portrait of the founder-patriarch of Shiv Sena, the late Balasaheb Thackeray and his wife Meenatai Thackeray, at the Thackeray residence, ‘Matoshri’ in Bandra east.

The development came after Matondkar remained in a ‘denial mode’ for 14 months since she quit the Congress in September 2019, and even after she got a ‘ticket’ from the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) to the Maharashtra Legislature’s upper house.

In anticipation of her joining, the MVA last month (Nov. 2020) recommended Matondkar’s name – along with 11 others of MVA – to Raj Bhavan for a coveted nomination to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the quota of Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Matondkar quit the Congress in a huff on September 10 last year, alleging party infighting, post-defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Gopal Shetty in Mumbai North constituency.

Earlier, prior to the October 2019 Maharashtra Assembly polls, there was intense speculation that she would join either the Shiv Sena, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party or even Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, but she had scoffed it as rumours.

An outspoken person known for her bold stand on various issues, a couple of months ago, she and actress Kangana Ranaut were engaged in a verbal scuffle after the latter made certain remarks targeting Matondkar on the social media.

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Sonakshi Sinha enjoys a lazy Sunday

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

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Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha is in a mood for a lazy Sunday, and said that she just wants to be on the couch all day.

The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share a glimpse from her “lazy” Sunday with a picture in which she is posing on the couch.

“Gonna be on my couch all day today #lazysunday,” Sonakshi wrote with the picture.

In the image, she is seen resting on a blue couch, and channels a casual look in an all-denim avatar, with a white top.

Earlier this week, Sonakshi shared moments from her vacation in the Maldives. She also announced that she is a licensed scuba diver.

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

“Knighted by the holy fins! I am now a licensed scuba diver… something i have been wanting to do for years, and finally got down to it! My love for the ocean has just grown ever since my first snorkel experience and this is taking it to a whole new level…” Sonakshi captioned the images.

Sonakshi will next be seen in “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. The war action film, based on a true story, also stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

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Watch: Former actress Sana Khan goes out for car ride with husband Anas Sayied

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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Former actor and Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan who recently got hitched with Mufti Aas Sayied in a private ceremony with family in attendance, has found her peace and living her fullest with her husband.

Sana Khan in the video asks Anas Sayied, “kaha leke jaa rahe ho tum mujhe?” To this, Anas replies, “Starbucks ki coffee pini hai na tumhe.” The former actress then shares that they’ve finally come out of their house today. She flaunts the Starbucks coffee cup with ‘Begam’ written over it.“Ye spelling wrong hai aapne bataya nahi unhe?” (The spelling of Begum is wrong, didn’t you tell them?), the new wifey questions her Anas Sayied.

“Maine bataya lekin wo bichara bhi kya karta, begum labz hi pehli dafa suna hoga usne” (I told him but what could that poor person also do. He must have heard the word for the first time in his life), he replied.

Sana had also shared a bunch of pictures from her mehendi ceremony. “Agar mera Ishq itna pak na hota toh meri mehendi ka colour itna dark na hota (Had my love not been true, then my mehendi would not have been so dark) @anas_sayied,” she had captioned her post.

Last month, Sana announced her decision to quit showbiz to ‘serve humanity and follow the order of my Creator’. She said that the ‘real purpose’ of one’s life was not to chase wealth and fame but ‘actually for the betterment of life-after-death’ and that ‘it would be better if the slave lives according to the command of his Creator’.

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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