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Wish to recreate Madhubala, Waheeda Rahman’s magic on-screen: Janhvi Kapoor

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Mumbai, July 12: All eyes are on Janhvi Kapoor — daughter of the iconic Sridevi whose demise earlier this year left a huge void in the Indian film industry — as she steps into Bollywood with her maiden film “Dhadak” on July 20.

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The young actress says she wishes to bring back the magic of magnetic talents like Madhubala, Meena Kumari and Waheeda Rehman on the silver screen.

“I have watched Madhubalaji in films like ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi’ and ‘Mr & Mrs 55’. I have seen the beautiful Waheedaji in ‘Guide’, ‘Pyaasa’, Meena Kumariji in ‘Pakeezah’, ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam’. Watching them, I get fascinated and mesmerised.

“I so wish to (re)create the magic of these legends on-screen. Every time I watch these films, I get motivated and tell myself, ‘Mujhe yeh karna hai (I want to do this)’… This magic, this performance,” said the 21-year-old, whose eyes lit up during an interview with IANS.

Janhvi has been getting a lot of attention from the media and the audience for her much-anticipated debut in a Karan Johar production which is a remake of Marathi cinema’s highly acclaimed “Sairat”.

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She can already feel the pressures that comes along with celebrity status. But she is wading through it.

“I am trying to preserve a sense of my identity in all that because it is very easy to lose my head in this madness. I am getting so much attention, people are talking about me, my pictures are out there, I am talking so much about myself… I am reading about myself every day. It is easy for me to think that I am the most important person in the world.

“But then I am not letting that happen. I know it is happening all for the film and if I want people to talk about me, I have to deliver hit films. Otherwise, that will be wrong. I am trying hard to earn the right to grab the spotlight, I am trying to be a deserving person to talk about,” she said, sounding more mature than her age.

Janhvi was very close to her mother. She says even though she has never tried hard to adopt Sridevi’s style, there may be certain things she has inherited genetically.

“I am my mumma’s daughter, so I look like her; but I know I am different. There was that one montage shot where I am drinking milk in a scene. For a fraction of second, I thought that was mumma… I was like ‘Oh God, wasn’t it her? Actually, in that shot, I saw my side profile.”

What led her to feel that?

Jhanvi said: “I have one such image of mumma where she used to have juice in the early morning. So the moment I woke up and looked out for her around me, I would see her drinking juice from a side. So yes, that was one moment.”

“Dhadak”, directed by Shashank Khaitan, explores how the protagonists deal with issues like differences between castes and honour killings. The film is set in Rajasthan.

Born and brought up in an megalopolis like Mumbai, playing a Rajasthani girl was not easy for Janhvi. She went to Udaipur and Jaipur to imbibe the body language of the local girls.

However, she does not prefer to talk much about her preparation process.

Citing what she learnt from her mother, Janhvi said: “It is not about how you prepare, but what you deliver on screen. If you are playing a hungry man, you could stop eating for 24 hours before shooting the scene. But that is the point if that does not translate through your eyes while performing? So I think that is what matters… What I managed to deliver in the film.”

“After the film releases, if the audience appreciates my performance and still wants to know how I prepared for the role, I will talk about it. Because preparation looks meaningless if the result is not fruitful.”

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Richa Chadha faces racism in Georgia

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Tbilisi, Sep 20: Indian actress Richa Chadha on Thursday took to Twitter to share her experience of meeting a “racist officer” at passport control while exiting Georgia.

“Met a racist AF officer at the passport control, while exiting Georgia. Slammed my passport on the desk, twice…muttered under her breath in Georgian, yelled and asked me to hurry. Sad that people like her are the last ones we perhaps see on exiting the country,” Richa wrote.

She also mentioned meeting “the gentlest cabbie” here.

“He was so sweet, he changed my experience of the city, refused a tip, smiled throughout. We communicated only through gestures but I could feel his heart,” she tweeted.

Richa visited Georgia to shoot for the second instalment of Excel Entertainments “Inside Edge”. She will reprise her role as Mumbai Maverick team owner Zarina Malik.

The show also stars Vivek Anand Oberoi and Angad Bedi.

Apart from this, Richa will also be seen in Anubhav Sinha’s “Abhi Toh Party Shuru Hui Hai”, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s “Panga” and a biopic on southern actress Shakeela.

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‘A Star is Born’ gets India release date

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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in 'A Star Is Born'

New Delhi, Sep 21: Actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga starrer “A Star is Born” will release in India on October 12.

Warner Bros Pictures is bringing the film to India. It will release in English, read a statement to IANS.

Cooper has expanded his creative horizons and will be making his directional debut with “A Star Is Born”. He is also co-producing the project through his 22 and Green production company along with Jon Peters, Bill Gerber and Basil Iwanyk.

The project is based on the eponymous 1937 film, which was directed by William Wellman.

In this new take on the tragic love story, Cooper plays seasoned musician Jackson Maine, who discovers and falls in love with struggling artist Ally (Gaga). She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Maine coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Maine fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

It also features Andrew Dice Clay, Dave Chappelle and Sam Elliott.

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‘Ishqeria’: An out-dated and poorly written love story

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“Sabko confuse karna band kar do”. This harmless dialogue told in a jocular tone in the film, inadvertently sums up the fate of the narrative of this 2 hour film. Purportedly, a college love-story, this film ends up confusing the audience with its constant failed attempts to create suspense.

A chick-flick, “Ishqeria” is a film about a small town girl Kuhu (Richa Chaddha) who falls madly in love with her college senior Raghav Dalmia (Neil Nitin Mukesh).

How she manipulates her way into his heart, the circumstances that lead to their separation and a happily-ever-after ending, is what this film is all about, albeit centred round a convoluted plot.

A hackneyed a la Mills & Boon love story set in Mussorie, there is nothing refreshing or new in the treatment of this film. The characters seem jaded and the drama, trite and oft-seen.

Narrated in a non-linear manner, the screenplay appears a tad confusing. The first half is seemingly watchable, while the second half drags and makes for tiresome viewing.

The uncalled for playful suspense elements are over-stretched for no apparent reason and in the bargain lay bare gaping plot-holes.

Hinging on a wafer-thin and frivolous plot, the narrative is overextended and fails to involve the audience beyond the first half an hour.

Richa Chaddha as Kuhu Singh, a small town girl, essays her character with sincerity and aplomb. She is effervescent and bubbly and lights up the screen with her energy.

Neil Nitin Mukesh as the sad rich boy, Raghav is staid and plays his studious character to perfection with restraint.

The duo are ably supported by stereotypical characters who play their respective friends.

It is the direction which seems slapdash and the poorly-etched characters cannot deliver beyond a point.

The flavour of the film is unrefined and rustic and thus the dialect spoken reiterates this.

Technically, the film is astutely mounted. The camera work is glossy. The swipes used for transition while editing, make the film seem amateurish, giving it a comic-book feel.

The music too fails to leave an impression and the songs are picturised like music videos.

Overall, it is the poorly written script sans any novelty that proves to be the tragedy of this love story.

Film: “Ishqeriaa; Director: Prerna Wadhwan; Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Richa Chadha, Raj Babbar, Manish Anand, Rating **

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