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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 Ananya Panday shares first look test pics of ‘Khaali Peeli’

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Ahead of hew new release Khaali Peeli, actress Ananya Panday has shared a glamorous throwback to the first look test she gave as her character, Pooja, in the film.

The actress posted snapshots of the first look on Instagram pictures and wrote: “POOJA throwback to the first look test and now the film is releasing in two days #2DaysToGo #KhaaliPeeli releasing 2nd October on @zeeplexofficial & @zee5.”

In one photo, Ananya looks chic in a white top and shorts. In the other, she flaunts neon green bangles and wears a bright pink outfit.

Her fans gave a thumbs up to both the looks, with some calling her hot and others describing her as pretty.

Ananya is paired with Ishaan Khatter in the film.

Apart from “Khaali Peeli”, the actress also has Shakun Batra’s untitled film, co-starring Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi, besides a film opposite Vijay Deverakonda.

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Actress Urvashi Rautela is a pop diva in new song of ‘Black Rose’

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Actress Urvashi Rautela has turned a pop diva for a promotional song of her upcoming Telugu debut film, Black Rose.

The Hindi version of the promotional song is titled “Hai kya yeh mera kasoor”.

“I’m a pop diva in the song. It’s a very beautiful look. It’s a very ‘masalish’ South Indian dance form, choreographed by Jani master. This song has a lot of elements. It has gymnastics, hip-hop, jazz and a lot of Bollywood dancing. It has the ‘masala’ factor of south India, but it also has western dance form,” said Urvashi.

“It is one of my rare songs where I just went on to the floor and I did it with no rehearsal, as we didn’t have time,” she added.

“Black Rose” is a heroine-centric emotional thriller. It was simultaneously shot in Hindi and Telugu languages.

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Actor Shekhar Suman feels Irrfan’s grave is ‘unkempt’, suggests marble covering

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Actor Shekhar Suman feels the grave of late actor Irrfan Khan looks unkempt. On Wednesday, he suggested a marble covering for the grave on behalf of the film industry along with a loving epitaph.

Shekhar Suman shared a photograph of Irrfan’s grave on his unverified Twitter account, which was originally posted on Instagram by the late actor’s son Babil.

Along with the picture, the actor tweeted: “This is d late actor Irrfan Khan’s grave. Does it teach anything about life? After all the fame n adulation, International acclaim, you lie alone in an unkempt grave. Can the industry wake up and at least get this place done in white marble wid a loving epitaph?”

Earlier this week, Babil shared the photograph of his father’s grave on his verified Instagram account and wrote: “Baba liked it wild, Ayaan is staying strong. mamma recently wrote about the wilderness around when some of his fans were worried that it looked unkempt, I need you to understand, he always always wished to be surrounded by the grass and the plants and the trees. Waste and plastic is always removed from that wilderness.”

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