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Hindi cinema once again redefined: Shatrughan on ‘102 Not Out’

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Politician and veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha says “102 Not Out”, starring the “legendary” and “most popular” Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, has redefined the landscape of Hindi cinema.

Shatrughan on Tuesday tweeted: “The great Amitabh Bachchan and most desirable Rishi Kapoor ne kar diya kamaal (they have done wonders)! ‘102 Not Out’ is a well done and (is a) spotless hit film being seen and enjoyed by every section of society. Hindi cinema’s landscape has once again been redefined by the legendary, most popular and wonder actors.”

The 71-year-old actor praised Amitabh, saying the 75-year-old is a “youth icon” and that his performance in the Umesh Shukla directorial “is a testimony to it”.

He added: “Hindi cinema has finally taken the plunge and shown that if content is good, it can ride even on slightly older shoulders who are youthful in every other way. What a delightful film!”

Shatrughan, father of actress Sonakshi Sinha, also praised Jimit Trivedi’s performance in “102 Not Out”.

“It was a pleasant surprise to find a true gem of an actor Jimit Trivedi, who touches the heart of the audience by being in the same frame with such senior dependable and desirable actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor,” he wrote.

“‘102 Not Out’ will want you to live more, love more, smile more,” Shatrughan added.

The movie is about a father-son relationship. Amitabh plays a 102-year-old dad to Rishi’s 75-year-old character.

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OTT experiments with politically correct content

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Politics and Bollywood are a phenomenon in India. Its growing influence on the minds of the people is manifold. The portrayal of political inspired dramas in web series has been the recent flavour on the OTT platforms. As the digital space takes a grip over content, makers are now not shy about approaching the topic as going political on screen is getting a welcome with open arms.

India is a land of politics and Indians lap up political news everytime — seeing that as an added advantage, content makers over the last few months have come out with successful and talked about stories such as “Tandav”, “City Of Dreams” and “Madam Chief Minister”, “Maharani” to name a few.

Actress Richa Chadha, who played the title role in the film “Madam Chief Minister” agrees the genre is intriguing and said that it is because everyone is affected by politics.

Richa told IANS: “Why people generally find political dramas intriguing somewhere or another is because we are all affected by politics, we are affected by which party has won the state elections, who improves the condition of living among the people.”

The actress shared that when her film released that’s when people realised the movie was not based on former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati.

She said: “News comes to us in various forms and the news is not just limited like a murder or gossip of a celebrity. It’s news, national news that really affects everything and that is what makes political dramas so popular. When Madam Chief Minister was released only once when people saw the film that they realised its not really based on Mayawati.”

“There was a lot of speculation because they can identify and recognise famous political figures from newer times over the past 10-20 years so, I guess that’s why political dramas are so popular,” added the 34-year-old actress, who considers former Minister of Law and Justice of India B.R. Ambedkar as her icon.

Social scientist Ankit Sharma explained the emergence of political fictional dramas. He said: “We notice a social engagement in fantasy art form of combat, power and justice when a society in reality is suppressed from expressing these instincts fully. A similar thing happened with eroticism in Hindi cinema during the 2000s, which has become a norm now.”

Popular actor Sachin Pilgaonkar, who plays Chief Minister Jagdish Gourav in “City of Dreams”, cited “struggle” as the reason behind the genre’s popularity.

Sachin told IANS: “It’s the struggle saga that makes a political drama so popular. Anything that will have a struggle will have drama in it and therefore it will be intriguing and hence people will watch it. Otherwise after watching 2 episodes only people give their verdict that they will continue watching it or not.”

The 63-year-old actor stressed that it is important to make such content that leaves an impact.

“Politics is one such subject which is very impactful. On the other hand there is so much crime based content on the web that there was a requirement of doing something different. Maybe that’s why people are enthusiastic to see political dramas,” he said.

Actor Pankaj Tripathi, who is the uncrowned king of the OTT space, in an interview to IANS in 2019 had talked about how he wanted to pursue politics, he still has time before he pursues it.

The 44-year-old actor reasons why politics makes an interesting watchable genre.

“I think political dramas show politics and that it plays an important role in modern days and democracy. Our life in some or the other way in democratic country is linked with politics. This can be the reason,” Pankaj told IANS.

Actor Eijaz Khan, who will be seen sharing screen space with Sachin in the second season of “City Of Dreams”, feels everyone is “political” and that strikes a chord.

Eijaz told IANS: “How much ever we may say we speak from a space from a privilege that we can be apolitical…I think all of us are political. We have an opinion. We see political dramas unfolding in front of us day in and day out which makes this even more interesting.”

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Vidya Balan on how each character she portrays teaches her something

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Actress Vidya Balan, who has always wowed the audience with her power-packed performances and strong roles, has opened up about how each character she has portrayed till now has educated and changed something for her.

Ever since she made her Bollywood debut with “Parineeta” in 2005, Vidya has treated fans with her dynamic portrayals in films such as “Bhool Bhulaiyaa”, “No One Killed Jessica”, “The Dirty Picture”, “Paa”, “Kahaani”, “Ishqiya”, “Mission Mangal”, “Tumhari Sulu” and “Shakuntala Devi”.

Her latest release is “Sherni”, where she plays an upright forest officer battling social barriers set by the patriarchal society and lackadaisical attitudes within her department.

Asked if she takes back anything from her character or if they educate her in any way, Vidya told IANS: “Yeah absolutely. It’s like you always take back something after you have an interaction with another individual. It’s the same. You live this person’s life for one and a half months or two or maybe more because you start prep before that.”

The 42-year-old actress says it is difficult not getting impacted by a character.

“So, I almost stay with one character for at least four months. So, it’s difficult not to let that character impact you. I feel sometimes, you can articulate how the characters touched your life or changed you and sometimes you can’t but there is always it changes for me,” she concluded.

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‘Radhe Shyam’ to release on January 14, 2022

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Prabhas starrer period romantic drama “Radhe Shyam” will hit the big screen on January 14, next year.

Prabhas shared the film’s poster on Instagram on Friday morning. In the poster, the actor looks dapper in a classic black suit and is seen carrying a briefcase in one hand.

For the caption, he wrote: “Can’t wait for you all to watch my romantic saga, #RadheShyam, which has a brand new release date – 14th January, 2022 worldwide!”

“Radhe Shyam” also marks Prabhas’ return to the romantic genre after a gap of almost a decade. It also stars actress Pooja Hegde.

The multilingual film is helmed by Radha Krishna Kumar, presented by Gulshan Kumar and T-Series.

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