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John Abraham says: Next five years very defining for me

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John Abraham believes he is in the “purple patch” of his career, and rightfully so. The actor, who changed his big screen game from the time he turned producer, says his best is yet to come and that the next five years are “very defining” for him.

“Since the day I became a producer, my performance as an actor has seen a huge quantum leap and that’s simply because as an actor I wasn’t getting to do the films I really wanted to do or wanted the audience to see. So when I became a producer, not only did I start producing films like I did, but I also brought in something like ‘RAW’, for example, to act in,” John told IANS in an interview.

“RAW” is his latest movie, which sees him play multiple avatars in the role of a spy. It comes after the success scored by his films “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” and “Satyameva Jayate”.

“My best is yet to come. The next five years are very defining for me because I know what I have been researching on, I know what I have on hand and I know where I am going to take my production house JA Entertainment, myself as an actor and other actors who we have introduced in the industry, like Ayushmann Khurrana in ‘Vicky Donor’.

“I know we are going to get other actors in the industry and I know we are going to change the trajectory of the way people look at actors, scripts and films. That’s very important.”

His next projects include action thriller “Batla House”, around the 2008 Batla House encounter case. John is also set to work in a film that revolves around motorcycles, apart from planning an action franchise, as well as a football-oriented film “1911”. Adding a dash of fun in his filmography will be “Pagalpanti”.

“I think it’s a great time for me. It’s a purple patch for me. I say this not because of anything… I could have said this 15 years ago, but it never was. Today it is (a good time) because the audience preferences have finally come to the forefront. Filmmakers are succumbing to what the audience wants rather than throwing crap at the audiences and the audiences have become brave enough to through crap out of the window.

“So, it’s fantastic.”

Action is one genre John takes seriously.

“I want to change the way action heroes are seen in this country because I believe action heroes are not about six-pack abs, bulging biceps and stunts. They should have vulnerability and that’s what I think we miss to a large extent here (in India). That’s what I intend to change here in this country, and I will do it in my own way.

“There is also a series that we want to go on the digital medium with. We are working on it as of now,” he said, without giving out any further information.

As for “1911”, he said it is being developed actively.

“Nikkhil Advani will direct it. It will have an ensemble cast in it… It has me and another hero in it, and a few other characters in it. I think we will go on floors by the end of the year or beginning of early next year.”

Considering John is himself a football fanatic and owns Indian Super League (ISL) football team NorthEast United FC, can we expect to see some real sportsmen in the film?

Pat came the reply: “We want real footballers in it, but let’s open everything one at a time and let us throw some surprises on to you.”

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Actress Aditi Rao Hydari: Dropping ‘fair’ from a beauty product takes us closer to inclusivity

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A cosmetic brand recently dropped the word ‘fair’ from the name of their skin-whitening product that, till a while back, endorsed the idea of fair complexion as the parameter of beauty. Many celebrities have applauded the decision. Among them is actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who feels such a step take us a step closer to beauty inclusivity.

“I think our generation of celebrities is always standing for a world that is more inclusive. At the beginning of my career, I got an offer to be a part of a fairness cream ad campaign that could have given me a great deal of visibility, followed by entries into the movie business. Coming from a non-film family that was an opportunity for me to grab, but I didn’t,” claimed Aditi, while speaking to IANS.

She added: “I come from a family where I was taught to look at an individual beyond caste, region, colour, religion or even appearance. I cannot stand by and endorse an idea of beauty that is discriminatory. So, as the word ‘fair’ is removed from such a product, it takes us a step closer to inclusivity in the beauty and cosmetic world.”

“Having said that, we have to understand it is a slow process. We are putting the idea of inclusive beauty in the minds of those people who have been practising the definition of ‘fair is lovely’ for ages now. Not just here, this is the worldwide scenario. It has to trickle down in the right direction. Our society is dealing with so many other basic issues of human rights that �beauty inclusivity’ is a topic that is not catering to their immediate interest,” Aditi noted.

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana: It was great to shoot again after so many months

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Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has returned to the sets for an advertisement in Chandigarh, finds it great to be back in action.

“It was just great to be back on the sets and shoot again after so many months. We all have been at home and we all have been waiting to get back to what we were doing,” Ayushmann said.

“Things will have to limp back to normal and with all the necessary safety precautions, we will all go out and work.”

The actor says he had a great time shooting in Chandigarh, his hometown.

“I set foot on a set for the first time since we went into lockdown and I saw how people have prepared themselves for the new normal. I was completely at ease,” he added.

Ayushmann is in Chandigarh with his family to spend time with his parents. The actor recently shared that the Khurranas have purchased a new family home.

The Khurrana family — parents P. Khurrana and Poonam, Ayushmann and his wife Tahira, and Aparshakti and his wife Akriti — bought a house in Panchkula, a satellite town of Chandigarh.

On the work front, Ayushmann was recently seen in Shoojit Sircar’s digital release, “Gulabo Sitabo”, scripted by Juhi Chaturvedi and co-starring Amitabh Bachchan.

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Actress Rakul Preet: I totally believe in institution of marriage

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Actress Rakul Preet Singh believes in love and the institution of marriage, and says that she doesn’t understand how people think of it as “some sort of pressure”.

Opening up about her personal life, she said: “I have changed as a person. What I was isn’t what I am, and for me the meaning of love is what I see in my parents. I totally believe in the institution of marriage and love, and I think it is beautiful. I don’t understand how people think of this as some sort of pressure. When you love someone, you love them with all your heart and that’s the kind of person I am.”

She also stated the qualities that she looks out for in a guy.

“Most important is that the guy has to be tall. Even in heels, I should still be able to look up to my man. The second-most important quality is that he should have an intellect, and lastly some purpose in life,” said the actress.

Rakul also shared that she always wanted to dive into the world of acting.

“I have always wanted to be an actress. I started on this path at a very early age with modelling, when I was 18. Eventually, I did my first film to earn some pocket money, and early on I got noticed. I received a call for my first break in the Kannada industry,” she said.

Talking about priorities, she said: “I thought of doing this properly only once I completed my education. I did reject a lot of films. I took up smaller roles in films as I was falling short of attendance and hence had to cover up.”

“I’m a person who can only do or venture into something that I am passionate about. So, the order of importance is films first, then fitness and food — the 3 F’s of my life,” she said on Zee Cafe show, “Starry Nights Gen Y”.

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