Dec 092017
 

Farhan Akhtar takes fitness seriously, but he says it’s important to understand the importance of having a health insurance. “We live in a stressful world

Farhan Akhtar takes fitness seriously, but he says it’s important to understand the importance of having a health insurance. “We live in a stressful world. When we talk about our parents’ generation, the times were different. The world is so fast now. If we see the lives of people and their sleeping patterns, health issues start at a younger age as compared to the past. So, it’s important to plan and be careful,” he says.

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Dec 022017
 

In the last few months, rumoured couple Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor were spotted together on several occasions. But if sources are to be believed, the Rock On 2 actors’ relationship seems to have hit a rough patch

In the last few months, rumoured couple Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor were spotted together on several occasions. But if sources are to be believed, the Rock On 2 actors’ relationship seems to have hit a rough patch. Apparently, the problems have resulted in a delay of Kapoor’s next film, backed by Akhtar’s banner. Sources say that there’s no certainty if the movie will still star the Aashiqui 2 actor.

Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor
Farhan Akhtar and Shraddha Kapoor

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Nov 262017
 

Farhan Akhtar is a football enthusiast

Akira Akhtar
Akira Akhtar

Farhan Akhtar is a football enthusiast. He recently promoted a tournament that aims at promoting the sport and find talented youngsters. While he urged people to promote football in India, his younger daughter, Akira Akhtar, is already doing her bit.

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

Farhan shared a picture of Akira, in which she is seen on the ground. He wrote, “Let the children play… #funtimes #football #akistagram.” Seeing the picture, we can make out that the little one isn’t pleased with her father disturbing her practise session.

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Nov 222017
 

While all eyes were drawn at the goings-on at a Mumbai concert, part of Farhan Akhtar’s Mard campaign, we couldn’t help but notice that the badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, looked inarguably different. We can’t put a finger on what piqued our interest – the hair, probably – but, our eyes were unfailingly drawn to his skin, which looked younger. What do you use, SRK?

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan

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Nov 192017
 

Bollywood actor-director Farhan Akhtar ‘hopes’ two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar does not accept the gold medal, which he clinched in the National Wrestling Championship without even breaking a sweat. Back in action after three-long years, Sushil fought just at the first and the second rounds before he was declared the ultimate winner in the 74kg category of the event, held in Indore, as three of his challengers wrestlers, including the finalist, Praveen Rana, offered him walkovers.

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

However, the ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ star, who does not seem convinced with the triumph, took to Twitter to voice out his opinion. ‘I hold @WrestlerSushil in high regard for all he has achieved through hard work, discipline, blood and sweat. Sincerely hope he does not accept the gold in this manner. It’s not sportsmanlike,’ he tweeted. It should be noted the three opponents also touched Sushil’s feet while giving him a walkover as their tribute to India’s greatest individual Olympian.

After Sushil lifted the national gold, fighting for just two minutes and 55 seconds in five matches, the referee reportedly applauded the gesture of the wrestlers and said: ‘Yeh hai Bharat ki kushti ki parampara’ (This is the tradition of Indian wrestling). Finalist Rana, who was sent to the 2016 Rio Olympics by the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) following the Narsingh-Sushil controversy, gave a walkover to the two-time Olympic medallist citing a thigh injury. The two other wrestlers Sushil faced earlier in the day were Sachin Rathi of Uttar Pradesh and Praveen of Haryana.

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Nov 152017
 

‘Unfortunately, we also have to blame ourselves. We should not just be pointing fingers,’ said Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar while addressing the controversy surrounding ‘Padmavati’ and retraction of two regional movies from IFFI. Apart from Marathi film ‘Nude’ and Malayalam movie ‘S Durga’ being dropped by the centre from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum-opus has still been facing protests from certain sections.

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

The 43-year-old, while speaking on the sidelines of a book launch event, addressed these issues and stressed upon the lack of unity in the film fraternity. “Everyone gets scared when it’s there film on the line. It is a small industry… There are not that many people. If they don’t come together to create an environment where they themselves can function in, the way they want to, nobody else is going to do it for them,” he said.

The ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ star further said that audiences should not be treated as children. “This is not just about those two films or just about ‘Padmavati’. This has happened in the past with many films. I am totally against anything being banned. I genuinely believe we should stop treating our audiences as children. We should allow them to grow.’

‘We should allow them to be exposed to different kinds of ideas to counter cultures, to counter thinking. It’s very important for the development of any nation that there are viewpoints which are not always in agreement with the majority.’ The actor-director strongly opposed any kind of threat or violence.

‘In cinema there’s no such law that if a film is made you have to go and see it! You have the freedom to boycott the film. You can tell people to boycott the film. But you don’t have the freedom to threaten somebody with grievous bodily harm or break somebody’s theatre or cause damage in any way,’ he concluded.

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Oct 252017
 

His first actioner has already seen Ali Fazal train with different guns. Mirzapur, which is being produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidwani, features the actor as a local don. Fazal’s Munna rules over the fictional town of Mirzapur, which is set in the desi heartland. The Karan Anshuman-directed show marks Fazal’s return to the digital platform after he won accolades for Bang Baaja Baarat. In an interview with mid-day, Fazal talk about returning to a platform that “bridges the world” and finding inspiration in his close one for the part.

Ali Fazal
Ali Fazal

Tell us about the show.
I guess you can call it a concoction of Narcos and The Godfather. It has a rural setting and explores what goes on in the underbelly of the Hindi heartland.

You perform a fair share of action in the show. What prompted you to take it up?
I’ve never performed action sequences of such intensity. In fact, when I’m in character, I can hardly recognise myself. The role is one that any artiste would aspire to play. I’ve tried to imbibe the qualities of a man that I’ve looked up to all my life for this outing. However, the role is only loosely based on him. We’ve already commenced filming for it in Benaras.

How have you prepared to get into character?
I need to have a grasp over the local dialects of Uttar Pradesh. The dialect changes from Bihar, Allahabad and Lucknow, and the nuances are different. I haven’t mastered it yet, but have learnt enough to do justice to my part. Also, I learnt how to shoot with different guns.

Your web show, Bang Baaja Baraat, was among the first to gain popularity online. Do you think it paved the way for other actors?
It did. And look at where the Internet has taken it now! The web world is bursting with great and unique content. The world is getting smaller, the stage, bigger. I can’t wait to bridge it all. So, I am happy to spearhead this show.

Has your approach to your craft changed after you acted with Judi Dench in your last film, Victoria & Abdul?
She taught me compassion and gratitude. If Judi still likes to call herself a working actor [at 85], then it’s time to revisit how we view our job. Every day is a new day, and one full day. Life is more than just, worrying about paying s**t off.

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Oct 162017
 

Bollywood filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, who recently produced Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Lucknow Central’, says the marketing team asked him to create a scandal involving Farhan to promote the film. The producer, who was present at a panel discussion along with two young producers at the 19th Jio MAMI With Star, said this when he was asked if marketing creates pressure during film promotion or if marketing overpowers creativity.

Nikkhil said: “I got a call from the marketing person saying Kangana’s scandal is going on, tell Farhan to do a scandal. This is an actual conversation!  “Farhan has to have a scandal, otherwise our buzz won’t go up. I said ‘but what scandal?’ and they were like ‘do any scandal but we need it’.” He added: “I don’t understand it at all. How can I approach Farhan and say ‘hey let’s do a scandal, otherwise no one will watch our film’.”

The panel discussion was also attended by Vikramaditya Motwane and Prerna Arora

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Oct 142017
 

Actor and filmmaker Farhan Akhtar believes that it is the woman, who is more harassed than the man, but it is not true all the time. Answering a query on this at a media interaction here, he said: “I don’t think that would be true from existing records or information out there on public domain. I do believe that more often than not, it is the woman, who is harassed but it doesn’t mean all the time.”

Farhan Akhtar
Farhan Akhtar

Farhan, the brand ambassador for Linen Club, was present on Friday at the inauguration of their exclusive brand outlet here. About his personal style mantra, he said: “I think the important thing is to be yourself, to have an individual style quotient. You don’t need to necessary follow what other people are doing.

“It is about being comfortable, it is about being yourself. I think that is most important to me as far as personal style mantra is concerned.” On celebrity looks, Farhan, asked which celebrities’ style statement does he love and if he is conscious about his looks in public, said: “I love my own style statement, and I don’t really have an airport look.

“But of course, if you are going somewhere like a red carpet event so you dress accordingly. It’s not forced on you but you have to respect where it is that you are going. Within that, you still have the opportunity to still do your own thing. That’s where our individuality plays an important role.” Farhan was last seen in “Lucknow Central”, directed by Ranjit Tiwari, along with Diana Penty and in a special appearance in “Daddy” with Arjun Rampal.

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Oct 122017
 

Hrithik Roshan recently gave a tell-all interview to a popular news channel and a host, where he explained his side of the story in the big Kangana Ranaut vs Hrithik Roshan fight. Hrithik, denied being involved with the actress and has sought help of the police force to help him sort out his mess. He also feels that his silence was being misconstrued as his weakness and that he has now decided to speak up. Soon, after this interview aired, Bollywood celebs decided to show their solidarity for Hrithik and decided to stand by him. Not just actors, but even actresses posted their thoughts about the Kangana-Hrithik fight, but it was obvious that their views were partisan. 

Hrithik, however gave another statement asking his friends to not take sides. The most vocal support that he received from the fraternity came from Farhan Akhtar, who is known to voice his opinion on ‘women oriented’ issues. However, all seems to be forgotten as Hrithik was seen partying with Farhan Akhtar, Farah Khan, Tabu and few other friends from the industry. Filmmaker Karan Johar was also spotted at the soiree and he shared a pic with Hrithik on his Instagram page. 

Seems like all is fine now that the industry has decided to back Hrithik and cheer him up from his personal woes. The past few years have been tough on Hrithik due to personal and professional issues. His film ‘Mohenjo Daro’ bombed badly at the box-office and his wife of 17 years, Sussanne Khan decided to separate from him. 

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