Sep 112017

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On Sunday, the unstoppable Kangana Ranaut attended the press conference of her upcoming film ‘Simran’ and as usual spoke her mind and heart fearlessly.

The National award-winning actress tasted horrible failure with her last release ‘Rangoon,’ which also featured Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor.

Finally, sinking into it, she shared the experience saying, “Rangoon’s failure was a tragic one, there’s no hiding to it that I was drastically affected by it. I started to expect a lot with that film, but, later I got a much-needed reality check. I thought that when I escaped from my house, I thought of achieving a goal, and I have achieved more than that. Then, I started to realise that my expectations from my own self is rising higher, which is wrong. In that case, I’ll start turning greedy. So, somewhere, the failure gave me a sense of freedom. Now, I have a beautiful house of my own in Manali, which I’d never thought about.”

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Further talking about her films not doing well, she stated, “If tomorrow, my films don’t work well, I’ll go to Manali. I’ve received three National Awards. I’m considered the leading face of the Hindi film industry. All this is a lot for me. When failure hit me, I thought it’s the end, nothing worse than this can ever happen to me, because people look down on you. However, it teaches you to be strong and gives you the much-needed push, and also makes you realise that nobody can pull you down than this because you’ve already tested the worst. So, it’s a kind of a relief to me.”

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“For a girl like me, who was nothing and now, has achieved everything, I think nothing is impossible for me, I can achieve everything in this world. I’m not insecure in any way. I’m content with what I have,” signs off Ms Ranaut.

Her film ‘Simran’ will hit the screens on September 15.

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Jul 312017

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Months after she got into a war of words with Apurva Asrani for his unwillingness to share the writing credit for Simran with her, Kangana Ranaut, it seems, has now irked the marketing department of the Hansal Mehta-directed project. After the team was unhappy with the film’s first trailer, the actor, we hear, has decided to take matters into her hands.

A source tells mid-day that Ranaut is in discussion with Mehta to zero in on how the trailer should eventually turn out, and the marketing team is apprehensive about her methods, since it may delay the promotional strategy. Given that the last commercial success she enjoyed was the 2015 comedy-drama, Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Ranaut has her hopes pinned on this outing, which, she believes, will put her back on the map. Hence, she is leaving no stone unturned to make the film a promising one, and may even sit at the editing table, calling the shots on how it will play out.

Mehta, is happy to give the actor a free hand since he finds her inputs crucial. It is believed that he is of the opinion that had Vishal Bhardwaj paid heed to Ranaut’s recommendations, crisper editing could have made Rangoon a better film.

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Jul 222017

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All the debate and exchange of thoughts on nepotism is exasperating, but healthy. While I enjoyed some of the perspectives on this subject, I did find a few disturbing ones. This morning, I woke up to one such open letter (circulating online), written by Saif Ali Khan. 

The last time I was deeply pained and upset about this issue was when Mr Karan Johar wrote a blog on it, and even once declared in an interview that there are many criteria for excelling in film business. Talent is not one of them.

I don’t know if he was being misinformed, or simply naïve, but to discredit the likes of Mr Dilip Kumar, Mr K Asif, Mr Bimal Roy, Mr Satyajit Ray, Mr Guru Dutt, and many more, whose talent and exceptional abilities have formed the spine of our contemporary film business, is absolutely bizarre.

Even in today’s times, there are plenty of examples where it has repeatedly been proven that beyond the superficiality of branded clothes, polished accents, and a sanitised upbringing, exists grit, genuine hard-work, diligence, eagerness to learn, and the gigantic power of the human spirit. Many examples, all over the world, in every field, are a testimony to that. My dear friend Saif has written a letter on this topic and I would like to share my perspective. My request is that people must not misconstrue this and pit us against each other.

This is just a healthy exchange of ideas, and not a clash between individuals.

Saif, in your letter you mentioned that, “I apologised to Kangana, and I don’t owe anyone any explanation, and this issue is over.” But this is not my issue alone.

Nepotism is a practice where people tend to act upon temperamental human emotions, rather than intellectual tendencies.

Businesses that are run by human emotions and not by great value-systems, might gain superficial profits.

However, they cannot be truly productive and tap into the true potential of a nation of more than 1.3 billion people.

Nepotism, on many levels, fails the test of objectivity and rationale. I have acquired these values from the ones who have found great success and discovered a higher truth, much before me. These values are in the public domain, and no one has a copyright on them.

Greats like Vivekananda, Einstein and Shakespeare didn’t belong to a select few. They belonged to collective humanity. Their work has shaped our future, and our work will shape the future of the coming generations.

Today, I can afford to have the willpower to stand for these values, but tomorrow, I might fail, and help my own children realise their dreams of stardom. In that case, I believe that I would have failed as an individual. But the values will never fail. They will continue to stand tall and strong, long after we are gone.

So, we owe an explanation to everyone who either owns, or wants to own these values. Like I said, we are the ones who will shape the future of the coming generations.

In another part of your letter, you talked about the relationship between genetics and star kids, where you emphasised on nepotism being an investment on tried and tested genes. I have spent a significant part of my life studying genetics. But, I fail to understand how you can compare genetically hybrid racehorses to artistes!

Are you implying that artistic skills, hard-work, experience, concentration spans, enthusiasm, eagerness, discipline and love, can be inherited through family genes? If your point was true, I would be a farmer back home. I wonder which gene from my gene-pool gave me the keenness to observe my environment, and the dedication to interpret and pursue my interests.

You also spoke of eugenics — which means controlled breeding of the human race. So far, I believe that the human race hasn’t found the DNA that can pass on greatness and excellence. If it had, we would’ve loved to repeat the greatness of Einstein, Da Vinci, Shakespeare, Vivekananda, Stephen Hawking, Terence Tao, Daniel Day-Lewis, or Gerhard Richter.

You also said that the media is to be blamed, since it is the real flag-bearer of nepotism. That makes it sound like a crime, which is far from the truth. Nepotism is merely a weakness of the human nature; it takes great deal of will-power and strength to rise above our intrinsic nature — sometimes we excel, sometimes we don’t. No one is putting a gun to anyone’s head to hire talent they don’t believe in. So, there is no need to get defensive about one’s choices.

In fact, the subtext of all my talk on this subject has been to encourage outsiders to take the path less travelled. Bullying, jealousy, nepotism and territorial human tendencies are all part of the entertainment industry, much like any other. If you don’t find acceptance in the mainstream, go off beat — there are so many ways of doing the same thing.

I think the privileged are the least to be blamed in this debate, since they are part of the system, which is set around chain reactions. Change can only be caused by those who want it. It is the prerogative of the dreamer who learns to take his or her due, and not ask for it.

You are absolutely right — there is a lot of excitement and admiration for the lives of the rich and famous. But at the same time, our creative industry gets this love from our countrymen, because we are like a mirror to them — whether it’s Langda Tyagi from Omkara, or Rani from Queen, we are loved for the extraordinary portrayal of the ordinary.

So, should we make peace with nepotism? The ones who think it works for them can make peace with it. In my opinion, that is an extremely pessimistic attitude for a Third World country, where many people don’t have access to food, shelter, clothing, and education. The world is not an ideal place, and it might never be. That is why we have the industry of arts. In a way, we are the flag-bearers of hope.

At the IIFA

When Varun walked on stage to receive an award at IIFA, Saif joked, “You’re here because of your papa,” to which Dhawan replied, “You are here because of your mummy.”

KJo joined them and said he was in the industry because of his father.

The trio then shouted, “Nepotism rocks.” Taking the joke further, Saif, Varun started singing, ‘Bole Chudiye Bole Kangana’, when KJo cut in, “Kangana nahi bole toh achcha hai, bahut bolti hai.”

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Dec 172012

Last week we reported on Kangna Ranaut being cast as a mujrawali in her next film Rajjo. Now we hear that Kangna has been signed on to play a crime sleuth in a film tentatively titled Nikita Pai. The film which is being produced by Viki Rajani will be directed by Pawan Kriplani of Ragini MMS fame.

The film Nikita Pai will see Kangna playing a science teacher who also moonlights as an amateur detective exposing supernatural crimes. Inspirited by the crime novels Sherlock Holmes and Nancy Drew, the film will have Ranaut yet again playing a strong female centric lead.

Nikita Pai is set to go on the floors next year in May, with almost ninety per cent of the film being shot in Kerala.

The film is written by Rahul and Vivek Kumar.