The year 2022 has been fruitful for Anupam Kher. Be it ‘The Kashmir Files’, ‘Uunchai’ or Telugu hit, ‘Karthikeya 2’, his films did wonders at the box office. When asked the legendary actor, who’s done 530 films, if he ever feels to take it slow, he said, “Well, I still don’t feel like I’ve done 532 films, for me they’re just numbers. I’m not trying to be modest, but I think I’ve learnt the art of acting now. For my first film, ‘Saraansh’, at the age of 28, I played a 65-year-old man. That gave me the credibility of being an actor who knows his job. Having said that, now I compete with myself. Sometimes I also feel that I’ve just started working. So when I’m termed as a legendary actor, I feel it’s just a perception. It’s a good feeling though, but I believe you explore yourself after you cross 60. That’s when I feel you become comfortable with yourself.”
Last year, ‘The Kashmir Files’ made news for many reasons. But for Anupam, doing this film was going back to his roots. “I believe this film is a turning point of Indian cinema. After 30-40 years when people will talk about the growth in Indian cinema, I can guarantee that it will be – ‘Cinema before ‘The Kashmir Files’ and after ‘The Kashmir Files’. Forget the theme or the genocide part, cinematically it’s brilliant. It’s a film we Indians should be proud of. This film is close to my heart because I’ve seen my relatives who’ve gone through this. We all have been talking about the issues in Kashmir for years, but the worst part was many didn’t believe it. ‘The Kashmir Files’ made people realise the truth behind it and opened the eyes of many.”
‘The Kashmir Files’ was made on a very low budget, but it turned out to be one of the successful commercial films of 2022. But during the pre and post release of the film, it gained much controversy on social media platforms, in media and even otherwise. “We end up underestimating our audience and forget that they are very intelligent. If a film is good, it will do well. It’s our insecurities that we overthink sometimes. So, a good film will reach the hearts of the people at some stage or the other.”
Social media not only helps me stay visible and relevant, but also have a source of income: Alaya F
Alaya F made her entry in Bollywood with Saif ALi Khan starrer ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’. And after a three year gap we saw her in Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Freddy’. Even though she was missing from action in those three years, social media kept her in the limelight for her fans. The actress, who’ll next be seen in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat’, gets vocal in a chat…
Talking about social media, which kept her connected to her fans during those three year gap, she said, “There’s no such mystery left in the life of an actor in today’s time, thanks to social media. Our fans have access to us a lot of time and I think that’s fine. Because we’ve signed up for it to be part of the industry. And I believe, as an actor, you’ll always want your fans or people to see you a lot more. So, I don’t worry about keeping any mystery on my social media. Whenever I want to take a break, I take a break. At least that’s in our hands.”
Moreover, Alaya feels it’s important for a celebrity to be on social media. It not only gave her visibility, but was a source of income too. “It’s important to be active on social media. It was a big blessing for me at least during the three-year gap between my first ‘Jawaani Janna’ and second film, ‘Freddy’. It helped me to not only stay visible and relevant, but also have a source of income. No matter how much I hate social media, I’m grateful for it as it gave me a great foundation that I managed to continue in Freddy. Now, I want to be active because I’ve realised that if you use social media correctly, it can be really powerful in the right ways.
Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravani is a great musician; just that he’s underrated: AR Rahman
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.
To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut
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.