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Satyajit Ray never made us memorise dialogues: Sharmila Tagore

“The way he had to raise finance for ‘Pather Panchali’ is part of film-lore and throughout his career, he had to face shortage of money. His was the pre-multiplex era,”

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New Delhi, May 15 : Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore, who began her career with Satyajit Ray’s 1959 Bengali film “Apur Sansar” (“The World of Apu”) at the age of a mere 13, says the late legendary filmmaker never made child artistes memorise dialogues.

Sharmila was here at The Nehru Memorial Museum Library for the inauguration of “Revisting Ray”, a conference and exhibition on the filmmaker, on Tuesday.

“I started working at 13 and he never over-instructed us. I was given the script but (was) never made to memorise the dialogues. He would come very close to you in your ear and whisper to you what you have to do and in no time, we were in awe of him. we were never nervous with him,” said the 73-year-old actress.

“He would give very clear instructions. It was very easy to follow him. He would never treat a child like a child,” she added.

Hailing Ray as a man of ideas who was “not at all influenced by the market-driven world”, Sharmila also shed light on the dedication of the filmmaker.

Ray’s first film “Pather Panchali” won eleven international prizes, including the inaugural Best Human Document award at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. This film, along with “Aparajito”, and “Apur Sansar” form “The Apu Trilogy”.

Ray did the scripting, casting, scoring, and editing, and designed his own credit titles and publicity material for the movies.

“He still remains the most credible filmmaker in India and abroad. Till date, the trilogy remains amongst the best 100 films ever made in the world. It was in the list of Time’s Top 100 films in the world in 2005. Ray’s films were created despite many materialistic constraints which he had to face throughout his career.

“The way he had to raise finance for ‘Pather Panchali’ is part of film-lore and throughout his career, he had to face shortage of money. His was the pre-multiplex era,” said Sharmila.

The Padma Bhushan recipient said the conditions in which he made his films were “unimaginable”.

“Floors were full of potholes, making a simple trolly shot a huge challenge and at that time, there was a lot of load shedding and the power cuts used to cost him dearly. He did not even have the right equipment because of which he had to improvise continuously and that of course helped,” said the actress, who worked with Ray in 1966’s “Nayak” and several other movies.

“Refusal to compromise, his steadfastness and commitment are at the heart of his legacy,” she added.

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Justin Bieber reflects on getting arrested in 2014

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Pop star Justin Bieber is looking back at the time when he was arrested in 2014, and shared that he is not proud of that moment in his life.

In 2014, the singer, who was 19 at the time, was arrested on the suspicion of drinking under influence, resisting arrest and sitting behind the wheel without a valid license.

Now, the 26-year-old pop superstar took to Instagram late on Saturday to look back on getting arrested in 2014.

“7 years ago today I was arrested, not my finest hour. Not proud of where I was at in my life. I was hurting, unhappy, confused, angry, mislead, misunderstood and angry at god,” Bieber wrote alongside a photo of himself in handcuffs.

“I also wore too much leather for someone in Miami,” he joked, before delving into how he has become a better person.

“All this to say God has brought me a long way,” Bieber said.

“From then til now I do realise something.. God was as close to me then as he is right now. My encouragement to you is to alet your past be a reminder of how far god has brought you. Don’t allow shame to ruin your “today” let the forgiveness of Jesus take over and watch your life blossom into all that God has designed you to be,” he added in the post.

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Bollywood star Kareena Kapoor’s well-heeled confession

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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan has shared what would be the only situation when one could find her lowering her head.

Kareena posted a video from a shoot on Instagram. In the clip, she is seen sporting a black dress with a thigh high slit.

“If I ever let my head down… It’ll be to admire my heels #FeelItReelIt,” she wrote as the caption. The actress is all set to welcome her second child with her actor husband Saif Ali Khan.

Saif and Kareena reportedly started dating after “Tashan”. They got married in 2012 and Kareena gave birth to son Taimur in 2016. She is currently expecting their second baby, and she often shares photographs of her baby bump on social media.

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Kangana Ranaut talks about a ‘mistake’ Sushant Singh Rajput made

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Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday opened up on what she feels is a mistake committed by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Reacting to a tweet by a news portal appreciating her performance in last year’s sports drama Panga, the actress tweeted saying she needs no validation of polls and juries anymore.

In this cointext, the actress claimed that Sushant Singh Rajput made the mistake of letting others decide who he was.

“I need no validation of polls or juries anymore, when we give them power over us then only mafia gives them price tag, Sushant made this mistake he let them decide who he was, remember if you don’t know who you are the world will tell you,
I know who I am so thanks but no thanks,” Kangana tweeted.

In a separate tweet, the actress mentioned: “…when people or system fail you it becomes all the more important to be kind to yourself, most people hate themselves because others fail to love them, never make that mistake. Know your worth.”

Sushant was found dead in his Mumbai apartment on June 14 last year. His death is still being investigated.

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