Son of Bollywood veteran Jeetendra and brother to soap opera Queen Ekta Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor has definitely come a long way in Bollywood by working in movies with genres ranging from action, romantic, comedy and adult comedy. In an interview with Nation Next, Tusshar Kapoor spoke about his film Kyaa Cool Hain Hum 3, his sister Ekta Kapoor, and the Censor Board in India.
Today, as compared to the past, actors are more conscious about their image. Were you at any point reluctant to take up the role you took in Kya Kool Hai Hum 3′?
Never! I’m a ?film-child and I have grown up watching movies so I know what the audience likes. And eventually, that’s what matters the most. We have to worship the audience like God. The movies that they like are the ones which become successful and are remembered too. Sholay, Mughal-E-Azam, Jai Santoshi Maa, PK, Andaz Apna Apna, David Dhavans movies, etc, are great classics and they all are entertainers. I don’t think my image is going to be affected by doing movies like Kyaa Kool Hai Hum at all. I think an actor is judged by the audience for his performance and not the genre of the film. If I don’t succeed in quality acting in my movie, then it’s a failure for me.
You once said that Ekta is scared of you contrary to the popular belief that she is a tough taskmaster and not somebody to mince words. How was it working with her as she played the role of producer for Kya Kool Hain Hum 3?
Ekta has always been someone who calls a spade a spade. She has matured a lot as a producer as compared to her early 20s when she had become extremely successful. Now, she doesn’t come on sets because shes more involved in the pre-production and marketing. She has enough on her plate, so she has people in place for everything. She doesn’t get hyper about everything now. In those days (early 2000s) when there were around 10 daily soaps of hers on air, there was a lot of pressure on her and she would lose her cool frequently. But the next day, she would always apologise to the person she had hurt. It’s still not excusable but I think she was a child then who’s grown up now. As an actor, when you come on set, everythings professional. The same fear, the jittery feeling, the dialogues, the tension, etc, is always there. I think now I have come to a stage where the comfort level is same with every film.
There have been a lot of disparities in the way the Censor Board has been functioning off late. While they allow words like ?bastard, they are chopping off words like ?saala?. Whats your take on the same?
I really don’t want to comment on this because the people in the Censor Board are working as per certain guidelines. Each person has to report to somebody who in turn has to report to another. They are all doing what they have been told to do. I think the entire system has to change and there has to be some research. It’s good that now they have intelligent and renowned people like Shyam Benegal and others who are working out a new strategy and restructuring the entire system. I respect the Censor Board as they do their job in spite of the entire hullabaloo.
Indians don’t mind watching western adult comedy movies but they create a hullabaloo over Bollywood adult comedy movies. Do we need a more mature audience for such films in India?
Why is sex such a taboo in India? There’s so much of skin show in movies. We need certification rather than censorship. There should be some uniformity in the way you are judged. Online viewership of adult content is pretty high. Children sit with their iPads at home and browse whatever they want and their parents don’t bother.
In two-tier cities, aspiring actors don’t have an easy access to opportunities and platform. Does Balaji Telefilms in future plan to provide any easy access to scout talent in such cities
We had started a website called ?www.screentest.com? but people were not really browsing and following it at that point of time. I guess now everybody knows about the auditions and castings through Facebook, etc. We could probably have auditions in different cities but for that, it becomes a little cumbersome for the production house to manage all cities.
You are an intelligent finance graduate from the University of Michigan. How difficult is it to essay roles which are a contrast to your personality?
As I mentioned earlier, I am a ?film-child so I think it’s a part of my intelligence only that I understand what works. I feel in this industry, people who cater to the masses and commercial audiences are the ones who really survive. The elite audiences have their taste fluctuating every six months. I understand what works in India and it’s a part of my marketing knowledge, business and management education that I have pursued from the US. Having said that, I do different kind of films like Shootout At Wadala, Dirty Picture, Shor In The City, Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai, etc, to cater to the serious audiences. I don’t work for any sort of perception. I work for the audience.
RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President
The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.
Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.
Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.
The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.
Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka, Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.
President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .
Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.
Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .
Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.
Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.
“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.
“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.
With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.
Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live
A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.
During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.
On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.
The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.
After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.