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Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale passes away

Veteran film and television star Vikram Gokhale passed away on Saturday afternoon following health complications.

Vikram Gokhale

Veteran film and television star Vikram Gokhale (82) passed away on Saturday. Gokhale was hospitalised at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune following health complications for 15 days.

His condition had worsened, following which he had stopped responding to the treatment and was in a critical condition. However, Gokhale’s family did not issue any official statement on the actor’s worsening health conditions.

The senior actor who made his mark in Marathi films too was popularly known for his works Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Bhool Bhulaiyaa, to name a few. Having worked in over 90 films and plays, he retired from stage activities in 2016 following a throat ailment.

Actor Ajay Devgn, who shared screen space with him in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, took to Twitter to write, “Vikram Gokhale Sir brought a lot of gravitas to the roles he essayed. He always stood tall. I had the good fortune of sharing screen time with him. His passing away is very sad. I pray his soul finds eternal peace. RIP Vikram Sir. Condolences to his family Om Shanti”

 

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Salim Khan was one of those few friends who encouraged me to become a screenwriter: Javed Akhtar

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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.”

Also read: On the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’, I couldn’t speak in front of SRK sir: Sidharth Malhotra

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On the sets of ‘My Name Is Khan’, I couldn’t speak in front of SRK sir: Sidharth Malhotra

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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.

Also read: For a very long time I believed that the ‘left side of my brain had a short circuit’: Ranveer Singh

 

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For a very long time I believed that the ‘left side of my brain had a short circuit’: Ranveer Singh

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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.”

Also read: I’m happy that ‘The Last Film Show’ is shortlisted for Oscars, but ‘RRR’ had bigger chances: SS Rajamouli

 




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