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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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Hindi Film Industry’s Heart & Soul In Mumbai, Says Association After Proposed Move To UP

Yogi Adityanath had recently unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the film city in Noida and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to Uttar Pradesh.

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The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association (IMPPA) on Friday wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, stressing that the film industry will continue to stay in the city.

The letter comes days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath proposed an alternate film city in UP.

Adityanath had recently unveiled an ambitious plan to set up the film city in Noida and rolled out an open offer to film fraternity to come to Uttar Pradesh.

Ahead of his Mumbai visit recently, ruling Congress in Maharashtra had alleged a conspiracy to snatch away the film city to UP, and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had vowed not to allow anybody to “forcibly” take away businesses.

In a letter addressed to Thackeray, IMPPA said they were “happy to note” that the Chief Minister had “vocally and clearly stated that Maharashtra is the birth place of the film industry.”

“Mumbai is the heart of the Hindi film industry and nobody can take it anywhere because the industry consists of its people, which are producers, directors, artistes and other technicians are the ones who form the core of the industry.

“We can assure you that our members will definitely not lose out on opportunities made available to them by other states and countries but they will never shift their base,” the IMPPA said in the letter.

The film body further asserted that Mumbai is the “heart and soul” of the industry.

“It is noteworthy that Mumbai produces majority of films in Hindi language which is the one language in the country which has kept Indians all over the world connected to each other due to the entertainment and drama provided to them by Hindi films which are the main source of saluting our culture and social fabric and keeping national integrity alive and intact.

“In the present economic scenario as the lockdown pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the birthplace of Hindi cinema is gradually becoming the graveyard and we have repeatedly pleaded that necessary steps need to be taken to save the Hindi film industry,” IMPPA added.

It said that the Maharashtra government has a responsibility to ensure the film industry’s survival.

“The Hindi film industry is also a business which needs to be nurtured and looked after and hence all benefits available to other industries have to be made available to films and entertainment industry if they are going to be a sustainable and viable proposition,” the letter added.

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Kangana Ranaut reacts to legal notices against her

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

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Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday reacted to legal notices piling up against her.

“Film mafia filed many cases on me, last night Javed Akhtar filed one more, Maharashtra government filing one case every hour now congress in Punjab is also joined the gang…. Lagta hai mujhe mahan banake he dum lenge (I think they will take a break only after making me great.) Thank you,” Kangana Ranaut tweeted from her verified account on Friday reacting to a news piece talking about the legal notice.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee sent a legal notice to Kangana, seeking an “unconditional apology” for her “derogatory” tweets against farmers and activists involved in the farmers protest against the Centre’s three Farm Laws, the committee’s president.

“We have sent a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut for her derogatory tweet calling the aged mother of a farmer as a woman available for Rs 100. Her tweets portray farmers protest as anti-national. We demand an unconditional apology from her for her insensitive remarks on farmers protest,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of DSGMC tweeted.

The notice comes in the wake of a tweet from the actress alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the National Capital Region.

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

On Thursday a petition had been filed in Bombay High Court against Kangana. The petitioner seeks the suspension of the verified Twitter account of the actress for allegedly spreading hatred and disharmony.

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik in no mood to give explanation for stormy exit

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Mumbai, Dec 4 : Television actress Kavita Kaushik, who left the controversial reality show Bigg Boss 14 following a spat with fellow contestant Rubina Dilaik earlier this week, is in no mood to offer explanation for her behaviour.

“Dear youtubers, n those messaging n calling for interviews pls know that if I cared to give more explanations I would’ve stayed back n not walked out at will, you can go ahead n write or say anything, just if you paint me bad dont just stop at that , make me the devil. cheers!” Kavita tweeted from her verified account on Friday.

Kavita stormed out of the house during Wednesday’s episode of the show, following a fight with housemate couple Rubina Dilaik and Abhinav Shukla. Explaining her exit, Kavita had shared on Thursday: “When the players take the game as low as themselves always leave on your 1high.”

Supporting Kavita’s decision, actress Kamya Punjabi had tweeted on Thursday: “One needs lot of guts to do that… people die to be in this game n can go till any extend to win it.. u walked out of it. u have created history @Iamkavitak #KavitaKaushik #BB14 @ColorsTV.”

However, TV actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee found Kavita’s behaviour strange. Soon after Kavita’s exit, Devoleena tweeted: “Something is really wrong with #kavita.. #rubina shared personal thing as per the task.. What was she doing then?? Wasn’t it personal whatever she shared..Nobody is talking about that task but #kavita.. #BB14.”

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