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Risk over repetition: Shahid Kapoor on his evolution

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New York, July 14: From the much-loved chocolate boy of “Ishq Vishq” to the effortless portrayal of intense roles in “Haider”, “Udta Punjab” and “Rangoon”, Shahid Kapoor’s evolution as an actor comes from the fact that he prefers to take risks.

“I think it’s a reflection of how an actor evolves over time,” Shahid told IANS here as he pondered over how a certain maturity has set in not just in his choices, but performances too.

He is also working with ace directors — be it Vishal Bhardwaj for “Haider” or Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s upcoming film “Padmavati”.

“It’s important to be open to rediscovering yourself. I think if any actor stops feeling the need to rediscover himself or limits his own potential, he becomes stale.

“Of course, it’s very important to be successful, because that’s when the best opportunities come to you. But how you choose to be successful is a very personal choice… And my choice is to try and do things that haven’t been done before.

“The satisfaction that you get by achieving something risky or different, is way more than repeating yourself just because it’s popular,” said the son of veteran and nuanced actor Pankaj Kapur.

How about thoughts of revisiting the loverboy’s avatar for fans who loved his “Ishq Vishk” days?

“You want me to be a college boy again,” laughed the actor, promptly adding: “Then what will Varun Dhawan and all do?”

On a serious note, he said: “I’d be happy to do it if somebody came with a role which is exciting… I’d be more than happy to do it.”

Over the years, Shahid has impressed viewers and critics alike with films like “Jab We Met”, “Kaminey”,”Udta Punjab” — which got mired in controversy for its subject, content and title and saw Shahid essay a maverick drug addict and singer to perfection.

In the Big Apple with his wife Mira and daughter Misha for the 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Weekend and Awards, Shahid has been nominated for the Best Actor trophy for “Udta Punjab”.

“I’m very proud of ‘Udta Punjab’ as a film. It’s great that a film which was so different and experimental is getting so much love.

“It was really a great film to make for Abhishek Chaubey and it was a difficult film to do for mainstream actors like me, Alia (Bhatt), Kareena (Kapoor Khan) and Diljit (Dosanjh).

“But sometimes being brave gives you great results,” added the actor, who will also perform on the IIFA Awards stage at the MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.

By Radhika Bhirani

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Salman Khan reaches Sonamarg for ‘Race 3’ shoot

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Srinagar, April 23: Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on Monday reached the picturesque Sonamarg hill station in Jammu and Kashmir for a two-day shooting schedule of Remo D’Souza directed movie “Race 3”.

The action-packed thriller is being produced jointly by Ramesh S. Taurani and Salman.

Besides Salman, “Race 3” will also feature Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem.

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Like all Salman blockbusters, “Race 3” is scheduled to be released coinciding with the Eid festival on June 15.

Salman is likely to shoot for the movie in Ladakh region after completing the schedule in Sonamarg.

Sonamarg is hosting Salman for the second time. He spent over a fortnight in Sonamarg last time shooting for Kabir Khan directed the super-hit movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”.

Sonamarg has been one of the most favourite shooting locales for Bollywood.

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Raj Kapoor’s “Ram Teri Ganga Meli” and Yash Chopra’s “Silsila” are some of the better known Bollywood movies shot in Sonamarg.

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Fans of the superstar are likely to throng his shooting schedule in Sonamarg, thereby helping local hoteliers, tea vendors and pony owners.

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PVR launches smog-free auditorium

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New Delhi, April 23: With the aim to combat indoor air pollution, cinema exhibition company PVR Ltd on Monday rolled out its “clean air theatre” concept by launching the “Audit-Air-Ium” theatre here.

The company will revamp and retrofit the central air purification systems powered by Nirvana Being to combat indoor air pollution. PVR ‘Audit-Air-Iums’ will be installed across Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

“Ensuring a luxurious cinematic experience in a clean-air environment is our vision of tomorrow and PVR intends to implement this in a phased manner to guarantee an invigorating movie watching experience,” said Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd.

The first ‘Audit-Air-Ium’ was launched at the Directors’ Cut, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj. Retrofitted with customised air cleaners, the “clean air theatre” concept maintains indoor air quality as per the National Air Quality Index (AQI) standard.

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Supreme Court stays proceedings against Salman over caste remarks

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New Delhi, April 23: The Supreme Court on Monday put on hold the proceedings pending against Bollywood superstar Salman Khan before several courts across the country in cases registered under the SC/ST Act for alleged derogatory remarks against a community.

A bench of Chief Justice Deepak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud also issued a notice to states on the actor’s plea seeking quashing of several proceedings after complaints and FIRs were registered last year.

The bench sought the state governments’ response by July 23, the next date of hearing.

The actor has been accused of humiliating the Valmiki community by using an offensive word to describe them on a TV show while promoting his film “Tiger Zinda Hai”.

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