Yami Gautam, who made her debut as a lead with ‘Vicky Donor’, considers ‘solo or multi-starrer’ films equally important. “When we give a nod to a good script, we are aware of what we’re getting into. Like, when I heard the script of ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’, I was sure of doing the film. It was for the first time someone casted me in an intelligence office role,” said Yami.
Her career took a U-turn after she did films like ‘Uri’ and ‘Kaabil’. “Before films like ‘Uri’, ‘Kaabil’ and ‘Vicky Donor’, I would get roles, but nothing I would get excited about. They were neither substantial nor meaningful roles! I decided to take up good roles in multi-starrers and gradually I got good roles. Even if you see ‘Bala’, it was a multi-starrer, I was one of the leads. But my performance was appreciated, because of the character I played, it just clicked for me,” she said.
Her performance in her last OTT outing, ‘A Thursday’ was appreciated. And she has a solo film ‘Lost’ up for release. But Yami admits of liking the attention she gets for her films and roles. “It’s natural to feel or think that people should appreciate and talk about my role too. But in the case of ‘Uri’, that happened later even though I was an important part of it,” said Yami.
Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar
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.”
On the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’, I couldn’t speak in front of SRK sir: Sidharth Malhotra
Today, Sidharth Malhotra has many fans. But the ‘Student Of The Year’ actor remembers those days when he used to work as an assistant director on Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘My Name Is Khan’. Being an SRK fan, he remembers about his first interaction with his idol.
“I still remember my first day of the shoot on the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’ in LA. I had rehearsed for the clap so I wouldn’t fumble in front of SRK sir. But he was so warm and sweet, for sure it’s because of his upbringing. He just made everyone around him so comfortable. Trust me, on the first day of the shoot, I couldn’t speak at all in front of SRK sir.”
Sidharth even remembers how while working on one scene, Shah Rukh gave him some acting tips. “We were shooting a scene and only Shah Rukh sir and I were at that location. It was somewhere on a road. And suddenly he started talking to me and said, ‘You know, you should always come first and see if you can use anything on location as a prop’. I was like, ‘It’s just two of us here, who is he talking to?’ But he knew that I wanted to be an actor. He continued telling me, ‘You’ve to see if you can use anything.’ He’s so sharp that he creates many things on the spot. And from then, my respect and my love for him grew even more,” expressed Sidharth who’s seen in ‘Mission Majnu’ currently.
For a very long time I believed that the ‘left side of my brain had a short circuit’: Ranveer Singh
Ranveer Singh, the power house of Bollywood is known for his spontaneity. From the very beginning the actor has been fond of arts and crafts, drama, dance and singing. But confessed to struggling in ‘math’. The ‘Cirkus’ actor also believed for the longest time that the ‘right side of his brain dominated the left one’. And the left side had a short circuit.
Recalling how he struggled with math, Ranveer said in a recent interview, “For a very long time I believed that the left side of my brain had a short circuit. I was bad at math or accounting. But I knew my strengths from a very young age and believed that my right brain was the dominating one. Also, I was good at dance, singing, drama, arts and crafts. And the disparity between my interest levels in both the subjects made it even more apparent.”
The actor went on to add, “You’ve to be smart when you’re in the movie business. Fortunately in my case, I’m lucky to be surrounded by people or a support system which helps me make up for what I lack. I’m a creative person and I protect that big time. So, I leave all the analytic and strategic stuff to those who are better equipped to deal with it.”