Actress Anu Aggarwal became a known face of the 1990s with the blockbuster film ‘Aashiqui’. Still, the actress never felt that she belonged to the cinema world. In an interview recently, Anu said, “I would be ‘put off the way’ women were portrayed in Hindi movies in the 1990s. I don’t remember powerful characters being written back then. They just had to look pretty, do three sings and do tear-jerker scene at the end, bas!”
The ‘King Uncle’ actress added, “I used to work for an NGO where they taught us how the media is ungrateful to women. Even in Devdas, the hero beats the woman when she refuses to marry him. That was one of the main reasons why I was reluctant to do ‘Aashiqui’ at first. But when I heard the story of the film, I agreed to do it. I played an orphan who wants to make it on her own.”
Talking about how was it to juggle between both acting and modelling, the ‘Ram Shastra’ actress said, “I didn’t have to juggle at all, all fell in place perfectly. I was not only modelling in India, but abroad too. Anu became a brand. However, I understood that we were far behind in the Indian movie scenario when compared to Hollywood movies.”
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The Kashmir Files felt like propaganda, vulgar and inappropriate: Israeli director, Nadav Lapid
One film that was much talked about and gathered controversy this year is ‘The Kashmir Files’. And actor Anupam Kher, who played a central role in the film, is applauded for his acting. But, a recent video released from the film festival has gone viral. The video shows IFFI Jury Head, Nadav Lapid making controversial remarks about the film. And it’s confirmed by a team member of IFFI that the Israeli filmmaker made the remark at the closing ceremony.
“I would like to thank the head of the festival and the director of the programming for the cinematic richness of the programme, for its diversity, for its complexity. It was intense. We saw seven films in the debutant competition, and 15 films in the international competition, the front window of the festival. 14 out of them had cinematic qualities, defaults and evoked vivid discussions,” said Nadav Lapid in his speech.
Calling ‘The Kashmir Files’ ‘propaganda’ and ‘vulgar’, he further added, “We all were shocked and disturbed after watching ‘The Kashmir Files’. The film felt like propaganda, vulgar and inappropriate for an artistic competitive section of such a prestigious film festival. I don’t mind sharing my feelings openly in front of you all. In the spirit of this festival, I’m ready to accept a critical discussion, which is important for art and life.”
These statements of Lapid didn’t go well with actor Anupam Kher. He tweeted, “No matter how high the height of the lie is.. It is always small in comparison to the truth.” The actor also attached pictures from ‘The Kashmir Files’ and Steven Spielberg’s film ‘Schindler’s List’ with his tweet.
Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday
Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it.
Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.”
Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.