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Sanjay Mishra’s Interview: Films now made from mind, not just money

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New Delhi, Nov 9: Today’s “clever” audience is driving filmmakers to use more of their minds rather than merely money to bring out unique stories, says veteran actor Sanjay Mishra who has balanced his roles in mainstream and off-beat cinema in his over 25-year career.

After getting praised for his work in “Golmaal Again”, Sanjay is now gearing up for the release of “Kadvi Hawa”, a movie on climate change, featuring him in the lead role of a 70-year-old visually challenged man.

“Nowadays, the budget of a film hardly matters. You spend Rs 200 crore or Rs 2 crore, moviegoers are not interested in that. They are demanding meaningful cinema. Love stories have become old now as people know that life doesn’t end after 25 — just like these films,” Sanjay told IANS here.

“‘Ankhon Dekhi’ proved this. I am really thankful to Amitabh Bachchan for playing lead roles of his age. A film today is made from mind, not just money. Whether you are Kapoor, Khan or Chopra, if the story is not able to strike the right chord in viewers’ mind, your film won’t work,” he added.

Sanjay says being an actor, he likes to enjoy both mainstream and offbeat cinema.

“In multi-starrer films, the story is based upon various characters. However, in ‘Kadvi Hawa’, I am the protagonist and it’s on my shoulders to take the film forward. This is the only difference. In two hours, you have to tell a story that the audience will feel is worth watching. So, the hero has a lot to do and there is pressure on him.

“Luckily, audiences are praising my work in both mainstream and offbeat films. I also like working in both. But, mainstream films are like a T20 match for me. And offbeat films are like a test match where I have to stay on the pitch for three days,” he quipped.

Sanjay, known for portraying a mix bag of characters in films like “Dil Se..”, “Zameen”, “Golmaal”, “Welcome”, “Masaan” and “Baadshaho”, says after reaching on the set of a particular film, he tries to behave like the character that he has been signed on to portray.

“When I reach the set of a film on the first day, I forget that I am Sanjay and try my best to behave like the character that I am playing — here in ‘Kadvi Hawa’, it’s a 70-year-old blind man. As an actor, I have to feel like what I would have done if I was that same person in real life,” he said.

“I proudly say that I don’t read scripts. I have never done that. I get dependent on my director. When I am told about the character I have to play, I personally ask about the character of the film. If you ask why I don’t read the script, I will say that if I will do that, I won’t be able to show the director’s vision on screen.”

On “Kadvi Hawa”, directed by Nila Madhab Panda, he said climate change is a very pertinent subject to make a film on.

“I have always kept myself aware about climate change. Wherever I live, I try to plant trees nearby. My upbringing has been such that I always have food on the floor. There is a place in Shirdi where I plant trees in the name of people close to me.

“This was never taught to us during school days. This was a natural thing for us. Now we live behind four walls in a cemented house. I really miss my childhood that way,” he added.

“Kadvi Hawa”, releasing on November 24, also features Ranvir Shorey and Tillotama Shome. It has already been to several film festivals and has been lauded.

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Case filed against Salman Khan, ‘Love Yatri’ team in Bihar

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Patna, Sep 22: A case has been lodged against Bollywood actor-producer Salman Khan and others associated with his upcoming home production “Love Yatri”, which was earlier titled “Loveratri”, in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district following the order of the local court, police said on Saturday.

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The film was earlier titled ‘LoveRatri’

“An FIR was lodged on Friday against Salman Khan and six others including Aayush Sharma, Warina Hussain, director Abhiraj K. Minawala, Ram Kapoor and Ronit Roy in Mithanpura police station following the order of the court,” police station officer-in-charge Vijay Prasad Rai told IANS.

Rai said that the case was lodged against Salman and others in pursuance of an order passed by the court of Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate last week.

The court has passed the order on the complaint of an advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.

In the complaint, Ojha has claimed that the title of the movie made fun of the holy festival of Navaratri. He also alleged that the promos of the movie suggested that it contained vulgarity and could hurt the sentiments of Hindus.

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Still from ‘LoveYatri’

“I am happy that a case has been lodged against Salman and others for playing with a popular festival and sentiments of people,” Ojha said.

Earlier this week, Salman had announced on Twitter that the movie’s title has been changed from “Loveratri” to “Love Yatri”. The film is slated to open on October 5.

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Neil Nitin Mukesh, wife Rukmini name their baby girl `Nurvi`

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Mumbai, Sep 22: Bollywood actor Neil Nitin Mukesh on Saturday took to Twitter to reveal the name of his daughter, a day after she was born.

Taking to his Instagram account, Neil wrote that he and his wife Rukmini are proud to announce the arrival of their “darling daughter, Nurvi”. The entire Mukesh family is elated,”.

“Both mother and daughter are well by the grace of God,” he added.

Rukmini delivered the baby at the Breach Candy Hospital here on September 21.

In April, Neil had announced via Instagram that they were going to become parents soon and that they were “very excited” for the next phase in their life.

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Neil married Mumbai-based Rukmini in February 2017. It was an arranged marriage and they had a courtship of one month.

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The actor, who is the grandson of legendary singer Mukesh and son of veteran singer Nitin Mukesh, is known for films like “Johnny Gaddaar”, “New York”, “David” and “7 Khoon Maaf”.

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Celebs dazzle at Isha Ambani’s engagement bash in Italy, See Pics

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New Delhi, Sep 22: Many stars on Friday attended Reliance Industries Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh Ambani’s daughter Isha Ambani’s engagement bash in Italy.

The Ambani family is hosting a three-day extravaganza to celebrate the engagement of Isha with Anand Piramal in picturesque Lake Como, in northern Italy on the lap of Alps.

The three-day Isha and Anand engagement ceremony began from Friday.

The list of guests included Priyanka Chopra and fiance Nick Jonas, along with Anil Kapoor, Manish Malhotra, Janhvi Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor with hubby Anand Ahuja among others.

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Other celebrities who are expected to attend the grand celebration are Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt and many more.

Social media is abuzz with the pictures of the newly engaged couple, Priyanka and Nick. The two looked stunning in traditional Manish Malhotra attire.

Anil Kapoor looked dapper as he attended the Ambani bash. He took to social media to share a picture from the event.

Isha and Anand are reportedly set to tie the knot in December this year.

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Anand, son of Swati and Ajay Piramal, is the founder of Piramal Realty, one of India’s most admired real estate companies. Earlier this year, he proposed to his long-time friend Isha at a temple in Mahabaleshwar.

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