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Bollywood directors work on old formula, but South makers experiment a lot: Piyush Mishra

Veteran-actor Piyush Mishra, who's known to play complex characters, spoke about the South Indian film industries in an interview recently

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Veteran-actor and writer Piyush Mishra is known to play complex characters. And we can’t forget his roles in movies like ‘Rockstar’, ‘Gangs Of Wasseyour’, ‘Pink’ and ‘Sanju’. Recently, in an interview, the actor spoke about the South Indian film industries. 

“I feel the directors down South are very intelligent. Rather, more intelligent and innovative compared to the Bollywood directors. In Bollywood, directors have been working on the same old formula. Whereas, in the South, filmmakers experiment a lot,” said Piyush and added, “Look at ‘Pushpa: The Rise’! It’s a typical action, violence and a flashy film, but look at the way it was made. I’ve worked in a South film, like ‘Indian 2’ with Shankar. In my first experience of working with him itself I understood how innovative Shankar was. Even though the concepts were the same, but were presented in different ways.”

Talking more about parallel cinema, Piyush added, “Well, commercial films mean art made for commerce, I feel parallel films don’t exist. Having said that, if your film is not reaching a ‘larger mass audience’, it’s not called cinema. South Indian filmmakers will know this better.”

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Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravani is a great musician; just that he’s underrated: AR Rahman

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SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ has been making news for the past few weeks. Be it winning Golden Globe for the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ or being nominated for Oscars 2023, composer MM Keeravani is a national name now. The Oscar-Golden Globe-Grammy awards winner, AR Rahman said, spoke about MM Keeravani in a recent interview.

Expressing that Keeravani is ‘underrated’, he said, “You know what? MM Keeravani is a great composer, it’s just that he’s underrated. And I’m not sure if it’s true, Keeravani wanted to quit music in 2015 and retire. In fact, that’s when his career had actually started. And everyone noticed it. I believe when someone thinks their life is over, that’s when your life starts. You just need to live. I even tell my kids the same, ‘that gentleman (Keeravani), who’s been in the industry for 35 years, wanted to quit so early when his career actually started at that point.” 

This video of Rahman’s interview about Keeravani has been appreciated on social media. And many users have also praised him for his positive and inspirational statements. Moreover, Keeravani will be conferred with Padma Shri this year, who once thought of quitting and wanted to retire in 2015. 

Also read: To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut

 

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To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut finished the shoot of her much awaited film ‘Emergency’ recently. But finishing this film wasn’t an easy journey for the actress. She went through a lot of ups and downs while finishing this period drama where she plays former PM, Indira Gandhi.

Talking about all the difficulties she faced to complete the film, Kangana recently said, “Whatever task I take up, I make sure I finish it. But to finish the film, I had to mortgage all my properties, every single thing I owned as I am also banking the film as a producer. Moreover, mortgaging all my property to complete the film wasn’t a big deal. I am someone who makes all my big decisions within minutes. The main struggle was running to banks back-to-back while shooting the film. Somehow, it hampers your work big time.”

Kangana, who made her entry into Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ in 2006, also spoke about her initial days in Bollywood. “When I came to Mumbai, I had only ₹500. So, if I lose all my property after ‘Emergency’ release and I’m completely ruined, it won’t matter much. I am very confident and strong enough to stand up on my feet once again and bounce back. Such possessions hold no meaning for me to be frank,” said Kangana to the paparazzi during the ‘Emergency’ wrap-up party held recently.

Also read: Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar

 

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Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar

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Be it ‘Sholay’, ‘Don’, ‘Zanjeer’ or ‘Deewaar’, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar have worked together in many such iconic films. And lyricist Javed Akhtar revealed how it was writer Salim who encouraged him to become a screenwriter. 

In an interview recently, the lyricist revealed that he wanted to become a director before becoming a writer and a lyricist. Talking about his friendship with Salim Khan, Javed said, “Salim saab was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a writer. The plus point was I used to live in a room which was close to his home, hence I would visit him often. Had I been living somewhere else, I doubt if I would be able to meet him regularly.”

Adding more about his years-long association with Salim Khan and why they stopped working together, Javed added, “In our struggling days, we were like ‘one team’. We didn’t have any friends, hence we would be together from morning till evening and even work together. Even our dinners would be together, in fact, out of 24 hours, we would be together for at least 15-16 hours a day. But once we tasted success, new people entered our lives and gradually our circle changed. Hence, the rapport we had broke and we couldn’t work together further.”

Also read: On the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’, I couldn’t speak in front of SRK sir: Sidharth Malhotra

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