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Arif Zakaria: Digital format shooting allows more trial and error for filmmakers




Actor Arif Zakaria has been in the entertainment industry for over two decades and has witnessed a lot of subtle changes. He feels the current wave of OTT has ushered a lot of change, including the fact that a lot of filmmakers get to tell the story they want to.

“A lot of small, perceptive and real narratives are finding space on OTT. So much content that wouldn’t have found theatres is now getting space. Being in the business for two decades I have been a witness to a lot of subtle changes in the industry,” he told IANS.

While a lot has been for the better, there are changes that Arif fails to fathom. He says: “There is a culture of screen tests that wasn’t prevalent earlier. I really don’t understand this. I mean what do you gauge by performing a scene in front of a young rookie with a handycam or smartphone in a decrepit room in Aaram Nagar?”

He says while technology can help rectify small mistakes, acting is something that remains to be the same.

“The technology has changed as digital format shooting allows more trial and error for filmmakers. A lot of bad shooting ends up looking very good after the post-production. But as actors, we still have to do what we have to in front of the camera.”

Talking about his new film “Ahaan”, he says that he was blown away by the script. The film directed by Nikhil Pherwani narrates the story of a young man with Down’s Syndrome, who develops a friendship with a neighbour suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Arif, who plays the role of the neighbour, says the story is heartfelt and unique.

“I was blown away when Nikhil Pherwani narrated the story to me. In fact, Abuli Mamaji, who plays the lead part of the person with Down’s Syndrome, suffers from the same in real life, too. So that’s totally real. The passion of the filmmaker was infectious. He had no money to shoot, which earlier I thought would be an impediment, but he managed. The finished product has a nice feel to it, which money could’ve never brought to the film, I feel. We shot it for fun around Mumbai and that was it,” he says.

The film briefly had a theatrical release in March. “Nobody was venturing to cinema halls then because of the pandemic, so it feels like the film never released in theatres,” he says.

The film released recently on Netflix.


Jacqueline Fernandez named as accused in ED’s supplementary charge sheet: Sources




Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez has been named as an accused in the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) supplementary charge sheet filed in the Rs 200 crore money laundering case involving conman Sukesh Chandrashekar, claim sources.

The ED is likely to file a second supplementary prosecution complaint against the actress before the Patiala House Court on Wednesday.

Jacqueline and Nora Fatehi, also a Bollywood actress, have already recorded their statement as witness in the case.

Earlier, fixed deposits worth Rs 7.2 crore belonging to Jacqueline were attached by the ED.

The probe agency termed these gifts and properties as proceeds of crime received by the actress.

In February, the ED had filed its first supplementary prosecution complaint against Pinky Irani, an alleged aide to Chandrashekhar who introduced him to the actresses.

It was alleged in the charge sheet that Pinky used to choose costly gifts for Jacqueline and later used to drop it at her house after the payments were made by Chandrashekhar.

In December last year, the ED had filed the first charge sheet in this matter before the court of Additional Sessions Judge Praveen Singh.

Chandrashekhar has allegedly spent around 20 crore on different models and Bollywood celebs. A few had refused to take gifts from him.

According to an excerpt from the charge sheet, Jacqueline says she did receive expensive gifts from Sukesh and that he had also purchased a horse “Espuela”.

The actress further claimed that he had bought a luxury car for her but she returned it

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Bipasha, Karan announce pregnancy: ‘A creation manifested by our love’




Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu and her actor husband Karan Singh Grover have announced that they are all set to welcome their first bundle of joy.

The 43-year-old actress took to Instagram, where she shared a motley of pictures from her pregnancy shoot. In one picture, Bipasha is seen dressed in a white shirt while her husband Karan is seen lovingly kissing her baby bump.

She captioned the images: “A new time, a new phase, a new light adds another unique shade to our prism of life. Making us a little more whole than we used to be. We began this life individually and then we met each other and from then we were two.”

“Too much love for only two, seemed a little unfair for us to see… so soon, we who once were two will now become three. A creation manifested by our love, our baby will join us soon and add to our glee.”

She added: “Thank you all, for your unconditional love, your prayers and good wishes as they are and will always be a part of us. Thank you for being a part of our lives and manifesting with us another beautiful life, our baby Durga Durga.”

Bipasha met Karan on the sets of “Alone” in 2015. The two got married in 2016. The actress was earlier dating actor John Abraham.

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Danny Boyle saw Anil Kapoor’s ‘Taal’, offered him ‘Slumdog Millionaire’




Actor Anil Kapoor revealed that Danny Boyle saw his film ‘Taal’ and his performance in it that made the Hollywood filmmaker offer him the hugely successful film ‘Slumgod Millionaire’.

Anil also shared that he was destined to do this film as it was first offered to actor Govinda and then it came to him.

As the film, which also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Akshaye Khanna, completes 23 years of its release on Saturday, Anil took to social media to share some pictures from the shoot and pen a note.

“23 years of Taal! I will forever be grateful to have been a part of this iconic movie. In many ways, I was destined to do it, as my role was first offered to Govinda but ultimately came to me.”

“It was Taal that Danny Boyle saw and my performance in it that made him offer me Slumdog Millionaire, I thank my lucky stars for the love and support of the phenomenally talented showman @subhashghai1 saab and for 4 hugely successful milestone films with him!”

‘Taal’ released in 1999. The musical romantic drama is directed by Subhash Gahi. It was also dubbed in Tamil as ‘Thaalam’.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film in 2008.

The British drama film is loosely adapted from the novel ‘Q & A’ by Indian author Vikas Swarup, telling the story of 18-year-old Jamal Malik from the Juhu slums of Mumbai. Starring Dev Patel as Jamal, and filmed in India, it also stars Freida Pinto.

As a contestant on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, Jamal surprises everyone by being able to answer every question correctly, winning 20 million. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly.

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