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SRK turns 53: Been there, done that; time again to reinvent himself

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Dharamsala, Nov 2: From being a romantic hero who made women weak in the knees to playing his own fanatic fan, a bootlegger, a psychologist and now a vertically challenged man in “Zero” and an astronaut in the Rakesh Sharma biopic — Shah Rukh Khan, who turns 53 on Friday — has been experimenting and reinventing himself by taking risks, say experts.

The risks may have not always reaped praises, especially with films like “Dilwale” and “Jab Harry Met Sejal”, but that hasn’t deterred the actor from trying something new.

Superstar Aamir Khan has vouched for Shah Rukh’s “Zero”, after watching its trailer at a special event.

“SRK, you have outdone yourself,” Aamir tweeted, impressed by a glimpse into the Aanand L. Rai directorial which also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma.

The film’s trailer will be officially launched on Friday afternoon. Trade analysts who have already had a sneak peek into it have said the movie, which is likely to have a “strong undercurrent of emotions”, promises “hardcore commercial drama and melodrama at its best”.

While “Zero” will release on December 21, according to filmmaker Rahul Dholakia, who directed Shah Rukh in the gritty “Raees”, the actor’s energy and appetite to experiment is still like that of a 23-year-old.

“At 53, he is hungry. Still very hungry. And he has so much to offer that I am not surprised as to why he is trying different roles, and I am really glad he is open to that.

“He can play intense scenes as easily as he could charm and romance. He has the biggest, widest and most convincing range than any other actor in the industry,” Dholakia told IANS over phone.

Asked about the impact of the rise of actors like Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao and Vicky Kaushal, who are scoring big with offbeat films, Dholakia said: “I don’t think Shah Rukh’s work will be affected. If at all, he will reinvent himself to suit, match and excel at new scripts and narratives that are emerging and getting popular.

“For actors like Shah Rukh, it’s going to be about picking different parts and right scripts. He is very smart and hardworking. He has got the passion and drive of a newcomer.”

Shah Rukh, who entered the industry via the small screen route with “Fauji”, went on to win the audience’s heart with films like “Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge”, “Dil To Pagal Hai” and “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”. Not only in terms of love stories, Shah Rukh garnered a huge fan following for his villainous roles in movies like “Darr”, “Baazigar” and “Anjaam”.

In the past five years, the actor has featured in movies like “Chennai Express”, “Happy New Year”, “Dilwale”, “Fan”, “Dear Zindagi”, “Raees” and “Jab Harry Met Sejal”. While some scored success, some stories did not strike the right chord with the audience.

Shah Rukh had even reportedly refunded distributors of “Jab Harry Met Sejal” after it failed to generate the expected response.

Trade expert Vinod Mirani feels Shah Rukh should take a career break.

“Instead of doing same romantic roles again and again, Shah Rukh should do something different. Like Rishi Kapoor took a break in his career and then rediscovered himself, SRK should also do the same,” Mirani said, adding that mediocre scripts are responsible for the actors’ films which have not performed well.

He said: “It has been more than 25 years since SRK is a part of this industry. With each of his projects, his fans expect something new from him. He should do stories which are different and don characters which people could relate with.”

Shah Rukh himself wants no mediocrity — so suggested one of his latest tweets in which he wrote: “I am okay to die of excess… I welcome starving because of want… just don’t let me succumb to an accident with mediocrity.”

Actor Sonu Sood, who worked with the ‘Bollywood Badshah’ in “Happy New Year”, finds Shah Rukh’s process of “rediscovering” himself interesting.

“He always tries to explore himself, with the kind of body work he has. He has done everything. He is discovering new projects. That is the journey of a true actor… when you keep trying new things and try to rediscover yourself. He is doing that and he is a well-read man. I am sure whatever he will do, will be something he will always be proud of,” Sonu told IANS.

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Bigg Boss 14: Kavita Kaushik’s husband reveals his relatives in law-enforcement approached him to file complaint against Aly Goni

Talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita Kaushik’s husband Ronnit Biswas slammed Aly Goni. Here’s what he said!

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Bigg Boss 14 saw a massive showdown between Kavita Kaushik and Aly Goni after the actor lost his cool when she takes away his personal items as a punishment for breaking house rules.

In a fit of rage, Aly kicked a trash bin which hurt Kavita, who was standing close to it and the house erupted in chaos.

Now talking about his wife’s struggle Kavita’s husband Ronnit Biswas said, “Physical violence was never a thing which we had signed up for whether it happened directly or indirectly it doesn’t matter.”

“I had seen the promo first, a day before yesterday and I was very disturbed. But once I saw the way Kavita was putting up to it and how she was behaving I felt extremely proud of her. My sadness disappeared and I got happy thinking that no matter how much you try to target this girl, she will not bow down to anyone. She will come out shining and strong,” said a proud Ronnit in a conversation with ETimes TV.

He also went on to say that what Kavita said to Aly was not a big deal. Stating that Aly also said the same line to Kavita thrice, Ronnit revealed, “He has also said this to her thrice after that. So, I think the topic should have ended then and there itself. But I understand most of the housemates know that Kavita is quite strong and if they fight with her or corner her, they will get some footage. It is very sad that in a country where we keep talking about women are equal to men, we worship Goddess, we celebrate women and talk about women empowerment, there is a man who is threatening a woman on national television that he will make her life a living hell or won’t let her sleep.

Few of Ronnit’s relatives, who are in law enforcement, have approached him asking him if he wants to file a complaint against Aly Goni. “I have been getting a lot of calls from our well-wishers and relatives who are into the Police force, Government officials and they are asking me If I want to take action against Aly Goni or register a complaint. Although, I have told them that it is not needed, but I was expecting from the channel and the production house a stricter punishment. One week’s nomination doesn’t make any sense,” concluded Ronnit.

Let’s see if Aly and Kavita bury the hatches in weeks to come or not.

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TV actor Ashiesh Roy passes away

Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy who died on Tuesday. The actor’s staff member confirmed the news that he was suffering from a kidney ailment and was undergoing dialysis.

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Actor Ashiesh Roy passed away due to kidney failure on Tuesday. He was 55. Roy had been keeping unwell for a while and was admitted to the ICU in a Mumbai hospital in May this year.

Ashiesh Roy’s staff member confirmed the news. He told that the actor died at his home.

“He collapsed around 3.45 am. He had a kidney ailment and his dialysis was also going on but he had gotten better in the last few weeks… His sister will arrive from Kolkata in the evening. A call on funeral will be then taken,” the staff member said.

The Cine & TV Artistes’ Association (CINTAA) expressed solidarity for Ashiesh Roy via a social media post. “#CINTAA expresses its deepest condolence on the demise of Shri Ashiesh Roy (Member since: January 2003)” CINTAA’s Facebook post read.

In May, Ashiesh Roy had announced on social media that he was on dialysis and even sought financial assistance. “I am in the ICU… Very ill. Dialysis,” Ashiesh Roy first wrote on Facebook, followed by another post that read, “Need your urgent money for dialysis (sic).”

Read: TV actor Ashiesh Roy hospitalised, seeks aid from fans

Following Ashiesh Roy’s social media posts, filmmaker Hansal Mehta also requested film bodies to provide financial assistance to the ailing actor. Hansal Mehta tweeted, “Actor Ashish Roy (Bond) is seriously ill, on dialysis and in the ICU. He has appealed for financial help on FB. I’m doing all I can to help. Can industry associations also help the ailing actor?”

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Comedian Bharti Singh, husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa granted bail in drugs case

While Bharti Singh was arrested on Saturday, Haarsh was taken into custody on Sunday. The NCB told the Esplanade court that the two have confessed to consuming ganja. Singh is said to have told officers that she would smoke weed procured by her husband.

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A Mumbai court on Monday granted bail to comedian Bharti Singh and husband Haarsh Limbachiyaa in a drugs case. The couple, who was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) following the seizure of ganja from their house, was sent to judicial custody till December 4.

While Bharti was arrested on Saturday, Haarsh was taken into custody on Sunday. The NCB told the Esplanade court that the two have confessed to consuming ganja. Singh is said to have told officers that she would smoke weed procured by her husband. Limbachiyaa said that he purchased ganja from one peddler and that he would keep one bag of the contraband at his office and another at his house for consumption.

Search operations were carried out at the couple’s properties following a tip-off. The NCB recovered a bag with 65 gram of ganja from Limbachiyaa’s production house in Versova. Later, another search was carried out at his residence, Oberoi Springs in Andheri, from where another bag consisting 21.5 gram of cannabis and unaccounted cash of Rs 1.49 lakh were seized.

NCB officials said they had recently arrested a 21-year-old man from Khar Danda area, who was allegedly involved in drug trafficking. During his interrogation, names of Singh and Limbachiyaa had come up, after which raids were carried out at their residence, said an NCB official.

Singh and Limbachiya have been booked under sections 20(b)(ii)(A) (involves small quantity of drugs) and 8(c) (possession of drugs) and 27 (consumption of drugs) of the NDPS Act.

Singh, who has appeared in several popular television comedy shows, currently hosts another comedy show named Khatra Khatra Khatra with her husband.

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