Television actor from Nagpur Ratan Pratap received ‘Shri Dadasaheb Phalke International Film and Television Award 2022’ at an award ceremony held in Mumbai by the Dada Saheb Phalke International Awards Film Foundation. The award was in recognition of his work as a host on Indian dance reality shows on television, digital and live platforms.
Speaking about this honour, the host turned actor said, “I am actually speechless. Dada Saheb Phalke award is one of the most prestigious awards. To even be considered for it by the jury would have been an honour. Receiving one and that too at my age, is a dream come true. I still remember when I received the letter from the foundation I re-read everything because I thought maybe it’s a mistake or a misprint. Maybe they are just inviting me to attend. I am so grateful to the foundation for giving me this award”.
When asked about his journey in the industry, Ratan elaborated, “The entertainment industry works on the motto of perform or perish. There are days when everything is going right and then there are days when literally everything goes wrong. And none of it is in your hands. It’s extremely competitive and being in the public eye means being open to scrutiny. I am not from Mumbai and I have zero Bollywood connections. So whatever work I’ve done so far is on the basis of my talent. It’s tough to navigate this business and sometimes it makes you question whether you should carry on. But when a recognition like Dada Saheb Phalke comes your way, you realise that you are on the right path. I can’t really explain my journey like this but all I can say is that I am highly motivated to put my best foot forward and work doubly hard now”.
Ratan Pratap, reportedly, is supposed to make his acting debut in the coming year and has been working on developing an OTT show. When quizzed about the same, he clarified, “If there is a show why would we hide it. Let’s see how things pan out”.
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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.