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I’m a buddy to my son Tiger and will always be: Jackie Shroff

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Jackie Shroff (Picture Source: Santabanta.com)

Some actors are known for their superb acting skills, some for their dashing looks and some for their distinct style. Jackie Shroff or Jaggu da as he is affectionately called by his close ones and his fans is known for all three of these things! In an exclusive conversation with Nation Next Jackie Shroff speaks about his style, his son Tiger and his relationships with people in Bollywood.

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You have played different kind of roles over the years. From a dashing actor in Hero to Aamir Khan’s father in Dhoom 3. But over all these years your distinct style and charm has remained intact. How have you maintained that?

There’s nothing to maintain. I’m just natural and I’ve always been natural in what I do. It’s my style which has been unique right from Hero till now. And that style will be there no matter what role I play and what film I do.

Along with numerous Hindi films, you have done quite a few Marathi films as well. Will we see you doing more of Marathi cinema in the near future?

I’m waiting for a nice role yaar. I want to do Marathi films but I’m getting fed up of the typical roles. I had a strong role in the 2009 Marathi film Rita. I’m looking for a role where I can project myself. There’s so much of me inside which wants to do something different. Kua hain bidu, kua se pani nikalte aane chahiye bas!

When Heropanti was released, Tiger became a rage of sorts. But then there came a lull period in his career. Do you advise him regarding his career?

Hes relaxed and chilled out. Hes absolutely at ease; people still go bananas about him. I don’t need to give him any advice as we don’t give advices in our household. And I don’t feel there’s any lull period and the crazy fan following on his social media page is a proof of that.

You come across as the ?coolest dad. Do you share a very friendly relationship with Tiger?

Yes of course. He shares everything with me. I’m a buddy to him and I’ll always remain a buddy. Hes just always concerned about me and tells me to look after my health and exercise.

You have always had a great rapport with almost everybody in Bollywood. Mr Subhash Ghai once said that he can never say a no? to you. In the past as well you have done films just because of your relationships with people without even looking at the script. Do you still follow the principle?

My mind is absolutely flexible. If my friends want me to be a part of their films and they feel that my existence in their film will be in their interest, I’ll do the film. I don’t know how it’ll benefit them but if they feel it, I do it. If I say a no? then I’m actually in a way destroying the hope and trust the person has on me. The role may be bad, some critics may pan it but I don’t care about that. All I care is that my friend should know that he called me just once and I went ahead to help him. He should know that his friend stood for him when he needed it. There are times when people have told me, What the fuck are you doing? Why are you destroying yourself?? But for me, it’s just that I don’t want to destroy the trust I share with my friends. Fortunately, no ones come with a bad role ever. They have all come with different, strong and fantastic roles.

You have this propensity of charming everybody. You always oblige everybody in an industry where there are a lot of pulls and pressures. You have always been the ?Bada dilwala? actor. Where does all this energy come from?

By knowing that I’m not going to be in this world forever! By knowing that my brother and parents all came and left me, all the people I loved deeply from my heart. When you lose people so close to you, you come to know that, nothing really stays, nothing is permanent and that boosts your energy levels higher as you want to live your life to the fullest because as it is you’re going to die someday!

So, no regrets in life?

Are bidu ek chawl thi, ek bathroom tha aur dus log line me lagte the. Aaj teen bathroom hain ghar me, kidhar bhi ja sakta hu main!

You come from a school of thought where interpersonal relationships mattered a lot and were the cornerstone in Bollywood. Things have changed over the years and everything has become overtly materialistic even when it’s about supporting anybody. How do you find this scenario since you’re such a bada dilwala actor?

Kalyug aahe! You should do what you want to do without thinking of others and about changing the world. It’s a materialistic and professional world. These days people charge for interviews as well! If I put all the things which I’m telling you in my autobiography, it will have a novelty but still I’m telling you all the things I feel and my experiences.

You got into production as well. Do you think you can get into production again with a non-materialistic approach that you’ve always had

It’s impossible to do it for me. I can’t be a producer. I can be a documentary maker on different issues or as a public service announcer (Ex: Swacch Bharat) though.

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DR Karthikeyan attends Rocketry: The Nambi Effect premier, recalls experience with Dr Nambi Narayanan

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Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

R Madhavan with DR Karthikeyan (centre)

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, former officials from the probe agency and members of the film industry recently attended a special screening of film ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’ at Siri Fort auditorium in New Delhi.

DR Karthikeyan writes…

“On personal invitation phone call from Dr Nambi Narayanan, I had the opportunity to see the very first premier show of the film ROCKETRY – The Nambi Effect – at Sirifort Auditorium, Delhi on 26th June – Sunday evening.

On arrival at the venue, I was happy to be met by the talented Star/Director/Producer  Mr R Madhavan and senior officers of the Ministry of I&B, Govt of India. It was an amazing production – destined to get an award – nationally and globally! The movie was screened all over the world on 1st July – produced both in English, Hindi and Tamil and also dubbed in many more languages.

Former CBI Director DR Karthikeyan, ex-officials from the probe agency recently attended special screening of ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect.’

At the end of the show at the packed auditorium, I was invited by Mr Madhavan to the stage and given a bouquet of flowers along with my colleague PM Nair IPS. I shared a couple of words with the audience. “At that time when there was sensation about the so called “ISRO Spy Case,” I was asked by the CBI HQ for my opinion. I was then investigating Rajiv Gandhi Assassination –  as Chief of SIT CBI – I spent a few hours of conversation with Dr Nambi Narayanan who was in our custody at Malligai, Headquarters of SIT CBI at Chennai. I had no hesitation in reporting to CBI Hq my finding that not only Nambi Narayanan is innocent of any of the charges alleged against him but also he was a noble person.” It so happened when his case came up before the National Human Rights Commission for compensation, I was the Director General, NHRC at Delhi.

After hearing from me what actually happened to Nambi Narayanan, the Commission awarded him financial compensation, as interim relief. Dr Nambi Narayanan has been in touch with me since then from time to time. 

Here is one of his recent communications to me on WhatsApp – “The role you had played in relieving me from the charges was immense.Thank you very much Sir. I will be certainly very happy to meet you in person when I visit Delhi. Once again thank you very much! With regards Nambi Narayanan”. 

As early as on 30th June 2021, Dr Nambi Narayanan had sent to me on email – the extract – MEETING KARTHIKEYAN  ‘Pray to God, he will come.’– chapter 14 of his just then released Biography “Ready to Fire”- (How India and I Survived The ISRO Spy Case).  The same is also attached herewith. The life of Padma Bhushan Dr Nambi Narayanan, the celebrated space scientist, which is very powerfully portrayed in the movie Rocketry – The Nambi Effect carries a powerful message to everyone.

Satyameva Jayate – Truth alone triumphs – Mundaka Upanishad.

While the guilty should be identified and punished promptly and severely, no innocent or the family should suffer physically or mentally or emotionally. That should be the commitment on the part of everyone of us – particularly those in charge of governance, administration, law enforcement, intelligence and the judiciary!”

Released on July 1, the film is a biographical drama based on the life of Nambi Narayanan, a former scientist and aerospace engineer of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who was falsely charged with espionage in 1994.

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Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveils poster, releases trailer of Nagpur film ‘Aamhi Butterfly’

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Former Maharashtra Minister and current MLC Chandrashekhar Bawankule unveiled the poster and released the trailer and songs of the upcoming Marathi film – Aamhi Butterfly – at an event held at Deshpande Hall in Nagpur. The film, which has been shot in Nagpur and other parts of Vidarbha, has been directed by Aniiket Limje and produced by Rajesh Rangari and Shrinivas Shiras.

Many child actors who have worked in the movie are from Vidarbha. During the trailer launch, MLA Tekchand Sawakar, actor Girish Pardesi and other actors from the movie, were present. Aamhi Butterfly is going to be released in August 2022.

Above are some of the pictures from the event!

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee named ‘Best Director’ for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at IWMBuzz Digital Awards

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee (R) whikle receiving the ‘Best Director’ trophy at IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee won the ‘Best Director’ award for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at the recently held IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The film is produced by Esha Deol Takhtani and Assorted Motion Pictures. Apart from winning the award, it was a special occasion for Mukherjee as two other films he directed also got recognized.

Esha won the ‘Best Actress’ award in the popular categories for her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Ek Duaa.’ After accepting the award, Esha said: “This film is extremely special for me, because I turned producer with this film and I would like to give entire credit to captain of the ship Ram Kamal Mukherjee for bringing such a wonderful subject to me.”

Avinash Dwivedi won the ‘Most Promising Debut’ award for his acclaimed performance in ‘Rickshawala,’ a film directed by Mukherjee. Avinash, who was accompanied by his wife and actor Sambhavna Seth, said: “This is beyond my expectation that today I am getting this recognition as an actor amidst all Bollywood celebrities for my role in Ram Kamal sir’s film Rickshawala. To get honoured for a regional cinema amidst such Bollywood biggie reinforced my faith in good content.”

Gurmeet Choudhary won the ‘Most Popular Actor’ award for his performance in Mukherjee’s film ‘Shubho Bijoya.’ Choudhary said: “Ram Kamal is an amazing story teller. When he narrated this story to me and Debina, we knew that this film will click instantly. I am honoured to receive this award, though the competition was really tough. I thank my fans and jury members who voted for me.”

Other winners at the award ceremony included Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet, Raveena Tandon, Huma Qureshi, Dino Morea, Sikander Kher, Sonu Sood, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Paul and other popular names from the Hindi film industry.

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