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Actress Kriti Sanon: I took baby steps, my patience paid off

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Actress Kriti Sanon is the “outsider” in Bollywood who changed the game for herself without a bloodline or godfather. She is glad that people believed in her.

Right from her first film, the actress has only worked in projects that are either backed by big production houses, have a good script or are studded with big names. She feels that while she took baby steps as she navigated her way in the industry, her patience has paid off.

Talking to IANS, the actress talks about how her life changed when she had moved from suburban Delhi to Mumbai’s glamour world.

“I took baby steps. I was not running very fast,” says Kriti, and she continues: “When you come into the industry, there is not so much that you know. You have a set of managers and agencies that tell you what is good and what is not. I have always been very opinionated, to an extend that sometimes my managers have gotten irritated because I have a strong mind and I end up not listening to them.”

The actress, who started her career with “Heropanti” in 2014, reveals that while there was a lot of nervousness in her before the big debut happened, she now knows that the dilemma will always resurface before every release.

She adds: “Even when I did my first film, there was a lot of restlessness before release. I was in a new city, had done B-tech and was coming to a city where I didn’t know anybody. It does get restless and insecure on whether it will happen or not. At that time, it’s important that to find one or two people, like I did with my agency, who believe in you. They told me to wait and not be in a hurry because the first film is very important. My patience paid off.”

The actress believes that “with every film, there is a dilemma because you don’t know how it will do.”

For her second film, Kriti bagged Rohit Shetty’s “Dilwale”, which was led by Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, and brought Kriti and Varun Dhawan together. While she says that saying yes to the film was a “no-brainer” due to the names associated with it, post its success Kriti’s eagerness to prove herself increased.

“Post ‘Dilwale’, after a point, I was craving to act but I was not getting that space. I am very ambitious as a person, I am very hungry as an actor. I am always driven and I want to do more. I am greedy that way,” she says.

“Raabta” gave her the creative satisfaction she was yearning.

“When I got ‘Raabta’, I felt that I really got a platform to explore a character. I went through workshops for the first time and I realised that I enjoyed it a lot. So, from loving, being in front of the camera to actually falling in love with the craft, was a process for me. I eventually realised my method of acting, what works or doesn’t work for me. Little things made me grow as an actor. For instance, initially when you start acting you have a tendency of saying dialogue to dialogue and then someone tells you to just break that pattern and talk and not say just the dialogue (on paper),” she says.

Kriti added more films to her slate post “Raabta” and is now awaiting the release of “Mimi” and “Bachchan Pandey”. She has also kickstarted the shoot of her upcoming film “Bhediya”, which pairs her with Varun again.

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‘Shabaash Mithu’ to hit the screens on Feb 4, 2022

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On the occasion of Mithali Raj’s birthday on Friday, the release date of ‘Shabaash Mithu’ starring Taapsee Pannu has been announced. It will hit the screens on February 4, 2022.

‘Shabaash Mithu’ is the coming-of-age tale of women’s cricket in India as witnessed by the most successful woman cricketer. The film chronicles the highs and lows, setbacks and moments of euphoria of Mithali’s life with Taapsee essaying the titular role.

Also seen in the film will be the talented actor Vijay Raaz in a key role.

‘Shabaash Mithu’ has been shot across domestic and international locations to aptly bring alive Mithali’s iconic journey and her meteoric rise to the world stage.

Produced by Viacom18 Studios, Shabaash Mithu’s Creative Producer is Ajit Andhare, while the film is Directed by Srijit Mukherji and Written by Priya Aven.

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Ali Fazal joins Gerard Butler in action thriller ‘Kandahar’

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Actor Ali Fazalis all set to star in an action thriller titled ‘Kandahar’ alongside Gerard Butler.

‘Kandahar’, is being directed by Ric Roman Waugh, who has directed films like ‘Angel Has Fallen’, ‘Felon’, Greenland’ and an upcoming Film with JK Simmons ‘National Champions’ among many others.

Commenting on being a part of the project, an excited Ali said: “I always look forward to new and exciting ventures . We are all set to begin production soon”.

‘Kandahar’ is based on the screenplay, which the director developed in tandem with former military intelligence officer Mitchell LaFortune. Mitchell’s experiences at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan have shaped up the story and the principal photography of the film is expected to begin soon in Saudi Arabia.

The film is being produced by Thunder Road Films, the producers of the ‘John Wick’ and ‘Sicario’, G-BASE and Capstone Group.

Back at home, Ali will be soon seen in an untitled Arati Kadav film. The actor took to his Instagram a few days back to share the first look of the futuristic space film.

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‘Bob Biswas’: Intriguing but perfunctorily mounted

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Film: “Bob Biswas” (Streaming on Zee5); Duration: 132 minutes.

Director: Diya Annapurna Ghosh; Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh, Paran Bandopadhyay, Ronith Arora, Tina Desai, Samara Tijori, Ditipriya Roy, Pavbitra Rabha.

IANS Rating: ***1/2

This film focuses on the assassin Bob Biswas, a character conceived by Sujoy Ghosh and Advaita Kala in 2012 released Kahaani which featured Vidya Balan, thus technically making it a prequel to Kahaani.

Actor Saswata Chatterjee had portrayed the quirky character in Kahaani with such flair and unconventional style that it landed becoming an intriguing figure worth exploring his backstory, and thus this film germinated.

Unlike the high-octane, nifty thriller Kahaani, Bob Biswas with a character-driven plot, is a slow-paced film. The titular character in a vulnerable state of mind embarks on a journey of self-discovery after being in a coma for eight years. Unable to recall his past, and while trying to piece his life together with his wife Mary, son Benny and stepdaughter Mini after he steps out of the hospital. How he gets his prospective victim’s MMS on a mobile phone and is forced to kill them while working undercover as a life insurance agent, forms the crux of the film.

Set in Kolkata, the script does have its moments, with the twists in the tale and the code of conduct among criminals, but it is Bob’s gullibility that keeps you hooked to the screen.

While we miss Saswata Chatterjee as the eponymous killer, Abhishek Bachchan with his bemused appearance and unwonted demeanour delivers an equally earnest performance. He is aptly supported by Chitrangda Singh as his wife Mary, Ronith Arora as Son Benny, and Samara Tijori as Mini.

Purab Kohli has his moments of onscreen glory as the drug peddler Bubai. Similarly, Pabitra Rabha as Dhonu the street-food seller, and Paran Bandopadhyay as the pharmacist Kali Da who keeps saying: “Niyam, Niyam hota hai…” leave their mark on the screen.

Tina Desai in a significant role as Police Officer Indira Verma is stereotypical and so are all the other supporting actors who are a part of the city’s underbelly.

While Bob Biswas’ back story is intriguing and the film informs you of how he is connected to the tale in ‘Kahaani’, writer Sujoy Ghosh takes the lazy way out.

His script fails to tell us about Bob’s initiation into the world of crime, how he became a contract killer in the first place. This would have been much more interesting. Also, Bob’s journey as the assassin is smooth and perfunctory that beyond a point, you just don’t get emotionally hooked.

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