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Amitabh Bachchan: Everytime I work with Balki, he comes up with weird ideas

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The Amitabh Bachchan Retrospective opened on Thursday as part of Indian Panorama at the ongoing 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), with the screening of R. Balki’s “Paa”.

“Paa”, which won Bachchan a National Award as Best Actor, has the actor playing a child suffering from progeria, a rare genetic disorder.

Noting the unusual plot of the film — as well as the other films he has worked on with Balki — the veteran actor said: “Every time I work with him (Balki), he comes up with these weird ideas. I keep asking him how the hell will you be able to execute this, and what the heck have you been drinking before you thought of this. But he has been successful in all his endeavours. He comes across with very unique ideas.”

Bachchan was speaking at the inaugural session of the Indian Panorama section.

Balki has directed Bachchan in three films so far — “Paa”, “Shamitabh” and “Cheeni Kum”. At the “Paa” screening, Bachchan recalled how Balki strongly felt about the illness depicted in the film.

“R. Balki had a very strong feeling about the illness called progeria. It is a terrible disease which children go through and they age very rapidly and by the age of 12 they start looking and behaving like people who are 75 years old and they don’t have much longer life after that,” he said.

“Most of them perish after the age of 13. He felt that he could not just bring to the audience the concept of progeria is all about, but also build a lovely entertaining story around it,” Bachchan also said.

Commenting further about the film, Bachchan said: “Paa means father, but in this case because this is R. Balki and because he is strange, he wanted my son Abhishek to play my father’s role, with me as the son who is suffering from progeria.”

The nine-day long IFFI is billed as one of Asia’s largest international film festivals, during which nearly 200 films from 76 countries will be screened for a more than 7000-odd strong contingent of delegates.

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Sahher Bambba to be seen in B Praak music video along with Emraan Hashmi

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Actress Sahher Bambba, who was last seen in the rom com ‘Dil Bekaraar’, is set to star in a yet-to-be-titled music video along with Emraan Hashmi and performed by B Praak.

The actress has been a fan of B Praak’s tracks so when the opportunity came knocking on her doors, she jumped on it.

Sharing her feelings when she first got to know about the collaboration, she said, “Working with Emraan and B Praak was a dream come true.”

Talking about her love for B Praak’s music, she says, “I’ve been a huge fan of B Praak’s music. I used to listen to his music on loop and when this opportunity came my way to collaborate with Emraan and B Praak, I was on cloud nine. It was such a fun experience working with the two of them.”

The song, which will soon hit the airwaves, has been produced by Raj Jaiswal under the music label DRJ Records, with the lyrics of the song penned by Jaani and B Praak, both of whom have also composed the song with B Praak going behind the mic for the track.

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Lin Laishram thanks Priyanka Chopra for acknowledging lack of diversity in ‘Mary Kom’

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Actress Lin Laishram, who impressed audiences with her performance in the movie ‘Axone’, has praised Priyanka Chopra Jonas for acknowledging lack of diverse casting in her 2014 film ‘Mary Kom’.

In response to a question, Priyanka completely agreed and commented that someone from the northeast should have played Mary Kom: “I look nothing like her,” she had said.

This acknowledgement was received as a welcome gesture from Priyanka which was then openly appreciated by Lin who had the same point of view on it.

We got an opportunity to speak with Lin on it where she said: “It’s really gracious and brave of Priyanka to finally accept this and put it out there. My admiration for her has only grown immensely. Inclusivity I feel is very hard to understand unless you are excluded.”

With OTT gaining prominence, it seems that merit and authenticity are slowly getting the due importance that they deserve. I’m very thankful for this welcome change and looking forward to good work coming our way.”

Lin is an international model and actress who hails from Manipur.

‘Mary Kom’ that was helmed by Omung Kumar, is based on the life of the eponymous boxer from Manipur who won several honours for the country.

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‘Chidiya Udd’ was a tightrope walk for Sikandar Kher

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Actor Sikandar Kher, who is gearing up for his next venture ‘Chidiya Udd’ has called the show a tightrope walk as the show not just caters to a mass audience but at the same time aims to clicks with the international audience.

The actor will be seen sharing the screen with Jackie Shroff, with whom he has earlier worked in 2019’s ‘Romeo Akbar Walter’.

Talking about the show, the actor says, “Extremely excited for ‘Chidiya Udd’ as it has an international feel and certainly looks like a show that will go far and wide and be worthy of a world audience. It was a very tricky tightrope to walk for all of us because with this show, we are trying to capitalize on a certain mass audience that the country has and also reach out to the global viewer.”

“So there were certain dos and don’ts that came with the territory and we had to be careful with the tonality. I think we’ve hit the right blend of both sides. I am grateful to Harman and Vicky (the producers) for providing me with this wonderful opportunity.”

The show, which also stars ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actor Madhur Mittal, is produced by Harman Baweja and Vicky Bahri. Helmed by director Ravi Jadhav (‘Banjo’, ‘Chhatrapati Shivaji’ and the ‘Timepass’ duology), ‘Chidiya Udd’ will soon be available for streaming on MX Player.

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