SS Rajamouli’s film ‘RRR’ is doing wonders globally. And has been in news for a while now after it won Golden Globe Awards for the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ in Best Original Song category. But, ‘RRR’ couldn’t make it to the Oscars 2023. Pan Nalin’s Gujarati film ‘The Last Film Show’ (‘Chhello Show’) created history by officially being shortlisted in the Best International Feature Film category at Oscars 2023. Rather, it’s the first Indian film in 21 years to be listed at the Oscars.
Even though SS Rajamouli is quite happy about ‘The Last Film Show’ being listed for the much coveted awards. But he also agrees with the fact that his film ‘RRR’ too had ‘big chances’ at the Oscars.
Talking about ‘RRR’ not being part of Oscars, he expressed, “I’m disappointed! But, I’m not someone who’ll sit and crib about why we couldn’t make it. We should get going with what happened and move on for better things. Having said that, I’m happy that ‘The Last Film Show’ (‘Chhello Show’) has been shortlisted for Oscars as it’s also an Indian film. Though everyone knew that ‘RRR’ had a bigger chance, especially in the US. But I don’t know under what guidelines did the committee (Film Federation of India) select the films. So I can’t comment on that.”
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.”