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Whether you do good films or have an excellent year, female actors have to start afresh every time: Bhumi Pednekar

Bhumi Pednekar

The ‘pay inequality in the Indian film industry’ is an old debate many female actresses have been vocal about. And recently at a round table session, actresses like Bhumi Pednekar, Rakul Preet Singh, Huma Qureshi and Tamannaah Bhatia took part. Bhumi and Tamannaah shared their thoughts on the debatable topic. They expressed how ‘female actors are paid less’ as compared to male co-stars in a big-budget film.  

Bhumi entered Bollywood with ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha’ and went on to do films like ‘Bala’, ‘Badhaai Do’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and recently released, ‘Govinda Naam Mera’. She expressed, “No matter how good films we do or an excellent year we female actors have, we’ve to start afresh every year. A hit film or a year doesn’t give us ease for the next year. Having said that, earlier, female actors had fewer options, but now things have changed.”

Bhumi added that she had the ‘power of saying no’ from the beginning of her career. And wanted people to respect her and her decisions. Agreeing to Bhumi’s point, Tamannaah said, “It’s unfortunate to even talk about such a topic on this platform. I guess, we female actors are auto tunes to not ask for our dues. If we try to put or prove our point, it’s taken as an offense. And if we have an opinion, they say we’re tough to work with.”

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Social media not only helps me stay visible and relevant, but also have a source of income: Alaya F

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Alaya F

Alaya F made her entry in Bollywood with Saif ALi Khan starrer ‘Jawaani Jaaneman’. And after a three year gap we saw her in Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Freddy’. Even though she was missing from action in those three years, social media kept her in the limelight for her fans. The actress, who’ll next be seen in Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat’, gets vocal in a chat…

Talking about social media, which kept her connected to her fans during those three year gap, she said, “There’s no such mystery left in the life of an actor in today’s time, thanks to social media. Our fans have access to us a lot of time and I think that’s fine. Because we’ve signed up for it to be part of the industry. And I believe, as an actor, you’ll always want your fans or people to see you a lot more. So, I don’t worry about keeping any mystery on my social media. Whenever I want to take a break, I take a break. At least that’s in our hands.”

Moreover, Alaya feels it’s important for a celebrity to be on social media. It not only gave her visibility, but was a source of income too. “It’s important to be active on social media. It was a big blessing for me at least during the three-year gap between my first ‘Jawaani Janna’ and second film, ‘Freddy’. It helped me to not only stay visible and relevant, but also have a source of income. No matter how much I hate social media, I’m grateful for it as it gave me a great foundation that I managed to continue in Freddy. Now, I want to be active because I’ve realised that if you use social media correctly, it can be really powerful in the right ways.

Also read: Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravani is a great musician; just that he’s underrated: AR Rahman

 

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Naatu Naatu composer MM Keeravani is a great musician; just that he’s underrated: AR Rahman

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AR Rahman

SS Rajamouli’s ‘RRR’ has been making news for the past few weeks. Be it winning Golden Globe for the song ‘Naatu Naatu’ or being nominated for Oscars 2023, composer MM Keeravani is a national name now. The Oscar-Golden Globe-Grammy awards winner, AR Rahman said, spoke about MM Keeravani in a recent interview.

Expressing that Keeravani is ‘underrated’, he said, “You know what? MM Keeravani is a great composer, it’s just that he’s underrated. And I’m not sure if it’s true, Keeravani wanted to quit music in 2015 and retire. In fact, that’s when his career had actually started. And everyone noticed it. I believe when someone thinks their life is over, that’s when your life starts. You just need to live. I even tell my kids the same, ‘that gentleman (Keeravani), who’s been in the industry for 35 years, wanted to quit so early when his career actually started at that point.” 

This video of Rahman’s interview about Keeravani has been appreciated on social media. And many users have also praised him for his positive and inspirational statements. Moreover, Keeravani will be conferred with Padma Shri this year, who once thought of quitting and wanted to retire in 2015. 

Also read: To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut

 

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To complete my film ‘Emergency’, I mortgaged every single thing I owned: Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut finished the shoot of her much awaited film ‘Emergency’ recently. But finishing this film wasn’t an easy journey for the actress. She went through a lot of ups and downs while finishing this period drama where she plays former PM, Indira Gandhi.

Talking about all the difficulties she faced to complete the film, Kangana recently said, “Whatever task I take up, I make sure I finish it. But to finish the film, I had to mortgage all my properties, every single thing I owned as I am also banking the film as a producer. Moreover, mortgaging all my property to complete the film wasn’t a big deal. I am someone who makes all my big decisions within minutes. The main struggle was running to banks back-to-back while shooting the film. Somehow, it hampers your work big time.”

Kangana, who made her entry into Bollywood with ‘Gangster’ in 2006, also spoke about her initial days in Bollywood. “When I came to Mumbai, I had only ₹500. So, if I lose all my property after ‘Emergency’ release and I’m completely ruined, it won’t matter much. I am very confident and strong enough to stand up on my feet once again and bounce back. Such possessions hold no meaning for me to be frank,” said Kangana to the paparazzi during the ‘Emergency’ wrap-up party held recently.

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