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Bobby Deol: I was a big star once but things didn’t work out

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Bobby Deol’s poetic tribute to Covid-19 fighters.

He was dubbed the Italian Stallion when he entered Bollywood, long mane adding to his dashing loverboy charm. Although his debut film Barsaat fared way below expectation in 1995, he had a few top hits in the early decade of his career, notably Gupt, Soldier, Baadal and Bichhoo.

Yet, what followed didn’t make for a happy picture. Dharmendra’s younger son and Sunny Deol’s younger brother Bobby suddenly witnessed a drop in his career graph in the new millennium. Films stopped doing well, the offers started slowing down.

The actor says that it took him some time to accept the fact that he would have to settle for roles lesser than the lead.

“I used to be a big star once upon a time but things didn’t work out. My market value went down. I went through a phase where I couldn’t understand why this happened and I started giving up,” Bobby told IANS.

The actor adds that it was when his kids wondered why he was at home, did he realise that it was time to get back to work.

“When I saw my kids noticing me sitting at home, it dawned on me that I am an actor and my job is to perform and play characters, and not just the main lead. As an actor, I realised that I needed to prove myself and that’s how I started looking at things,” he said.

“This is why I am getting so much work now. People have appreciated my hard work and have seen that I have the capability of doing different roles,” said the actor.

He seems to have made a good-enough comeback. His role as the vile Baba Nirala in Prakash Jha’s web series last year Aashram has been appreciated, and he is set to return next year. He has lately been seeing a regular flow of releases, too.

Bobby has projects such as Love Hostel and Aashram season 2, besides Bollywood deals such as Apne 2 and Animal coming up. Talking about the love that he has been receiving from fans, especially for Ashram, he says: “I don’t know what to feel. It is the love of my fans plus the new fans that I have made who helped me receive this award. They appreciated my work and the web series was watched by so many people. Their appreciation has helped me get this award and I am so grateful for that.”

Today, Bobby is on the lookout for roles that help him explore his acting abilities. “I put myself outside my comfort zone when I look for roles. I want to do roles that question the uncertainty and non belief that one has in oneself. I want to the kind of roles that when people offer them to me and I also go like, ‘I don’t see myself doing this! Do they really want me to do that?’,” he sums up.

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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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