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Actor Rana Daggubati: Didn’t go to college so never connected with college stories




Rana Daggubati completes 11 years as an actor this year, and his new Telugu film “Aranya” opened on Friday. The multilingual film is titled “Kaadan” in its Tamil version, and also has a Hindi version titled “Haathi Mere Saathi”, which got postponed owing to surge in Covid cases in Mumbai.

Dadasaheb Phalke-winning producer D. Rama Naidu’s grandson and Telugu superstar Venkatesh’s nephew, Rana started out starring in the Telugu political drama “Leader” in 2010, and made his Bollywood debut in Rohan Sippy’s multistarrer “Dum Maaro Dum” a year later. Ever since, he has mostly been active in his home turf of Telugu cinema but has occasionally also worked in Bollywood and Tamil films.

“When I came into the industry, there was nothing, no alternatives. We only had mainstream cinema and I had very little to choose from. I am not someone who did regular love stories. I didn’t go to college so I never connected with college stories either. I was not somebody who was a big fan of regular, commercial cinema that were set on patterns of revenge, action and pieces like that,” Rana tells IANS.

The actor, whose role as the antagonist Bhallaladeva in the blockbuster “Baahubali” films brought him pan-Indian recognition, says he never considers language as a barrier while signing projects.

“I have never kept language as a barrier. All of it eventually came and fell into where I am today, in my comfort zone,” he says.

Over the past decade in Bollywood, after “Dum Maaro Dum”, Rana has worked in the films “Baby” and “Department”, besides essaying cameos in “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”, “Housefull 4”, and “Welcome To New York”. He feels this is the best time to tell new stories on screen.

“Now I get many stories whether it is Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi. I get all stories. So, I think it’s beautiful whether you are a filmmaker or an artiste. Definitely, there was never a better time than today for storytelling,” he says.

The actor’s film “Aranya”, which is titled as “Haathi Mere Saathi” in Hindi recently got postponed due to the rising cases of Coronavirus in Mumbai.


Debutante Sharvari: ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ is my big-screen debut, have given it my all




Debutante Sharvari will be seen as the new ‘Babli’ in the comedy ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’. She says it is her big screen debut and has given it her all.

Sharvari said, “I was honoured that YRF could see me as the new Babli in the film. ‘Babli’ is an iconic character in the history of Indian cinema, thanks to Rani ma’am’s incredible work in the first film. I’m a big fan of her and hope that I have done justice to the role.”

The new actress is being presented in an uber-glam avatar in the film in which she has been paired opposite Siddhant Chaturvedi who plays the new ‘Bunty’.

Sharvari will imbibe all the characteristic traits of Babli — highly intelligent, sassy, always up for a great challenge, and most importantly a supremely talented con-woman. The new Babli is tech-savvy, she is a product of the digital boom and thus, supremely skilled and equipped to pull off intricate cons.

“Since my character is based in today’s times, I have tried to play it in my own way and I only hope that Rani ma’am and the audiences will love my effort. This is my big-screen debut and I have given it my all. I can’t wait to see all the responses that my performance will evoke. I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” she added.

‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’ is an out-and-out family entertainer that is set to release on November 19. The film has been directed by Varun V. Sharma.

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Kristen Stewart ‘tried to get taller’ to play Princess Diana




Actress Kristen Stewart, who stars as the late royal in the new film ‘Spencer’, said that she wanted to alter her height to match Diana’s physical stature.

Kristen told The Sunday Times newspaper: “I tried to get taller. I’m 5ft 5in. She had such beautiful stature. I thought, ‘I wish I could grow my femur! But I’m playing Diana, I’m not her…”

The movie is set at Sandringham over a weekend at Christmas 1991 and follows Diana’s decision to end her marriage to Prince Charles and Kristen was determined to find the “inner fire” of the princess, reports

The ‘Twilight’ star said: “She’s at her lowest point, but there’s still this inner fire. Just don’t let it go out.”

She also reflected on the way film roles have changed for women as they can be “curious, honest and messy” on screen.

Stewart said: “We’re just allowed to exist now in a way that feels curious, honest and messy.

“Films have been made for a long time by men and you can tell. We are getting to a place, though, where we can destigmatise things that should not be taboo. We’ve been conditioned our entire lives to go, ‘We’re OK! We don’t feel anything! I don’t have cramps right now!’

“If men had periods they’d have two weeks off a month. But, anyway, it’s an exciting time to make films, as women can externalise feelings that have been suppressed forever.”

‘Spencer’ has raised concerns that it could upset Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry but the actress believes that things have changed as the pair have been allowed to make their own “choices and mistakes”.

The actress said: “They have been saddled with the burden of our curiosities for their entire lives and that is the job. (Diana’s) legacy is clearly in her boys.

“They have obviously made different choices, but they’ve been allowed to make choices, and mistakes. Whereas, before, choices and mistakes were not to be made. Ever. That is a shift. Whether people admire their choices or not, they are making them.”

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Samantha could simply seek apology rather than filing defamation cases





 South India’s most happening actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who recently filed defamation cases against a couple of YouTube channels and an individual for streaming malignant content about her, has apparently received a legal blow.

Samantha had filed legal cases, which come under Kukatpally court in Hyderabad. After listening to her side of the case, the court apparently ordered that the actress could simply seek an apology from her opponents, rather than filing defamation cases.

“The actress can seek a word of apology from the content owners of the concerned YouTube channels, individuals and media outlets, rather than filing defamation cases on them,” the court suggested, as per reports.

The court went on to school the actress and apparently indicated that celebrities share personal details on public domain and then file defamation suits.

“In court, everyone is equal before the law. There is no sense of some being high and others being low. We will hear Samantha’s case as per the procedure,” the court concluded.

Samantha’s announcement about her divorce from Naga Chaitanya had invited unwanted comments and speculation about their relationship, and some channels went forward and linked her up with random colleagues.

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