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‘Secret Superstar’ based on girl child empowerment: Aamir Khan

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Mumbai, Aug 3: Aamir Khan, whose last film “Dangal” told the story of two girls who grow up to become formidable wrestlers, says his upcoming movie “Secret Superstar” — a musical drama — is yet another film on the empowerment of the girl child.

The film revolves around a teenager who dreams of becoming a famous singer.

“Both ‘Dangal’ and this film are based on the same topic… That we look differently at our daughters. And probably we aren’t able to give the same treatment to our daughters as our sons. So, ‘Secret Superstar’ is another film based on empowerment of the girl child,” Aamir said here when asked about the message that “Secret Superstar” carries for the society.

The actor was present at the trailer launch of the film here on Wednesday.

Aamir, a father of three, feels the Indian film industry must make more films for children.

“We should make more films for children. This film (‘Secret Superstar’ is for youngsters, but isn’t restricted to an age group. This is a family film… It has a wider scope. When our kids were younger, we used to show them foreign animated films which are only for kids. And that is definitely something we should do.

“We don’t make enough films for kids in India,” Aamir said.

After portraying the character of Mahavir Singh Phogat in “Dangal”, Aamir will be seen in a very unusual avatar in “Secret Superstar”. He says he and his wife Kiran Rao were both very apprehensive about him taking up the role he plays.

“When I heard the story for the first time, I loved it a lot. But Advait (director Advait Chandan) asked me to play Shakti Kumar’s character. I told him I couldn’t see myself in that role. Kiran also didn’t want me to do this role.

“So, I decided to go through the screen test process. Then while doing the screen test, I had fun and this was a very unusual character, completely opposite of me. So it proved to be a challenge for me as an actor to make the audience believe in the character.”

Kiran, who has co-producer the film, also spoke about not wanting Aamir to play the role.

“I told him not to do this role as (I felt) he won’t be able to do it. It’s kind of a creepy character… He is a kind of guy who you really don’t want to hang out with alone in a room. So I told him, ‘Please don’t do this role as it will be very weird to do such a character after a film like ‘Dangal”.

“But when we went through the screen test, we laughed so much that we were convinced he can do this role too. But he wasn’t the original fit.”

When asked about the 100 per cent success rate of his films on the box office and his secret for it, Aamir said: “We just make films we believe in. I am just very fortunate with the films that we have made, the writers and directors that we work with and the talented people that come to us with the films that they want to make.

“Somehow it all works out well in the end. I don’t know if it’s anything else to it other than the fact that we believe in what we make and we work with people who are very talented.”

“Secret Superstar” also features Zaira Wasim along with Meher Vij. The film will release in October.

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Akshay’s ‘Gold Trailer’ shows one man’s struggle to make India proud

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New Delhi, June 25: After releasing some intriguing posters, the makers of Akshay Kumar starrer ‘Gold’ have finally dropped the official trailer of the upcoming film on Monday.

Gold is a story of one man’s dream, dedication and struggle. And, he thus makes India proud.

The trailer opens with a voice-over announcing the words, “Gold, British India,” and an intense-looking Akshay giving ‘the stare’ to the British flag. What transpires over a couple of minutes in the trailer is a mix of patriotism and sports, just everything one could have expected from Khiladi Kumar.

Akshay, perhaps for the first time, will be seen as a Bengali in the film and the trailer gives a peek into that persona.

Naagin star Mouni Roy appears for merely five seconds in the trailer chastising Akshay in Bengali. She plays the actor’s wife in Gold. Akshay then proceeds to deliver a monologue laced with an almost overbearing love for the country.

The over two-minute long trailer also featured Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Kumar Singh and Sunny Kaushal, each of them a hockey player with a passion to play the game.

The film is about India’s first Olympic medal win as a free nation in 1948 at the 14th Olympic Games at London. It will release on Independence Day in 2018.

Post Gold, Akshay will be seen in Kesari which is again a period film based on the Battle of Saragarhi.

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IIFA 2018: Anupam Kher dedicates award to struggling actors without godfathers

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Bangkok, June 25: Bollywood veteran Anupam Kher, bestowed with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema honour here, has dedicated the award to strugglers who try and find their feet in the showbiz world without having a godfather.

“Thank you IIFA for honouring me with Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award. I really feel honoured and energised. Thank you the people of Bangkok for your love, warmth and hospitality. I dedicate this award to all the struggling actors who have to make it without godfathers,” Anupam tweeted on Monday.

The actor received the honour at the 19th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) gala on Sunday night.

An introductory speech to Anupam’s life and career was made by his long-time friend and co-actor Anil Kapoor, while the trophy was handed over to him by Viacom18’s Group CEO Sudhanshu Vats.

“Thank you my dearest friend Anil Kapoor for introducing my Outstanding Achievement In Cinema Award at IIFA with so much love, warmth. Selflessness and grace. You are a priceless and a unique friend. Your words moved me,” wrote Anupam, who has featured in over 500 movies in his career, which has seen him work across the theatre, television and film mediums.

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Shashi Kapoor honoured at IIFA

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Mumbai, June 25: Late Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor honoured at the 19th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards on Sunday for his outstanding contribution to Indian film Industry. 

Father-son duo Rishi Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor accepted the award on behalf of Shashi Kapoor, who passed away last year December at the age of 79 following liver problems.

“Thank you for honoring Shashi Kapoor with his award. It’s a moment of pride for us,” Rishi said.

Son of legendary Prithviraj Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor stepped into Bollywood with the 1961 film ‘Dharmputra’ after working as a child artist.

In 2011, he was conferred with the Padma Bhushan — the third highest civilian honour — by the Indian government in 2011..

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