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Rajkummar Rao on Bollywood journey: Came to city with no background or backbone

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Rajkummar Rao has time and again proved that he is one of the best actors in Hindi cinema. Be it his performance as the strong-willed lawyer in Shahid, a dreaded terrorist in Omerta, a gullible boy in Stree or the naive Pritam in Bareilly Ki Barfi, the actor has raised his bar with every new role.

“The journey has been pretty overwhelming. I never expected this to happen. I always wanted to work of course and that’s why I invested so much time on training and came to the city with no background or backbone, and with very little money. From there to here it is still like a dream to me, but I don’t sit back and think about it,” Rajkummar told IANS.

The actor likes to lives in the moment.

“I live each day as it comes so I just enjoy each and every moment. I love acting and playing different characters on screen and as long as that is happening I am more than happy,” he added.

How does he manage to up his own game each time with his performance? “I really don’t know. I just love what I do and I want to take risks. I try to do something different from what I have done earlier,” he replied.

The 36-year-old actor currently awaits the release of her next film Roohi, a horror comedy. The film co-stars Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma.

Roohi follows his 2018 hit Stree, which seems to have started a gamut of horror comedies in Bollywood, including “Atithi Bhooto Bhava”, “Phone Bhoot”, “Bhoot Police” and “Bhool Bhulaiya 2”, with “Laxmii” having already released last year.

“I hope all these films do well at the box-office. The point is to take Indian cinema to the next level and raise the standard of our cinema, which is already on the way up. We are making way more good content now, so I just hope all these films are amazing and do well,” Rajkummar told IANS.

Roohi is is slated to hit the big screen on March 11. With the sudden rise in Covid cases, is he concerned about audience turnout at the theatres?

“No, not really. I think the kind of precautions the theatres are taking you will feel pretty safe going there… We anyway see people going out, of course people are being careful but that is the same thing. You have to be a little careful while you go watch a film but the experience of watching a film on the big screen in a dark theatre is something else. That you cannot recreate anywhere else,” he replied.

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Actress Katrina Kaif tests negative for Covid

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Actress Katrina Kaif has tested negative for Covid-19. The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share the news with fans on Saturday.

Katrina shared a picture on Instagram dressed in yellow, and thanked everyone who had checked on her health while she was down with Covid.

“Negative (everyone who checked up on me thank u, it was really sweet felt a lot of)” she wrote, completing a sentence with a yellow heart sign. Traditionally, a yellow flag is used to denote quarantine.

The actress tested Covid positive at the beginning of the month. She had shared the health update on Instagram and asked everyone who had been in touch with her to get themselves tested.

Meanwhile, the release date for Katrina’s “Sooryavanshi” has been postponed again. She will share the screen with Akshay Kumar in the film. The actress also has “Bhoot Police” lined up, which also stars Siddhanth Chaturvedi and Ishaan Khatter. She will also be seen with Salman Khan in “Tiger 3”.

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Actor Sonu Sood tests Covid positive

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Actor Sonu Sood has tested Covid positive. He took to social media to share the news with fans on Saturday, asking them not to worry.

He posted a picture that read: “Hi Everyone, this is to inform you that I have tested positive this morning for COVID-19. As a part of precautions, I have already quarantined myself & taking utmost care. But don’t worry this gives me ample time to solve your problems. Remember I’m always there for you all. — Sonu Sood.”

He captioned the post as: “Stay safe Stay positive.”

The actor was recently appointed brand ambassador of Punjab’s Covid vaccination programme by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

Sonu has been actively helping people cope with the Covid crises. Last year, he helped thousands of migrants reach houses during lockdown and also provided e-rickshaws to the unemployed.

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Aditi Rao Hydari: I am dying to go back to theatres

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Aditi Rao Hydari says while OTT is doing a great job at entertaining the audience, she does miss the big screen.

The actor says there is a sense of “magic” in theatres, which has always been there and will never go away.

“I miss it because there’s the magic associated with the theatre, there’s a whole childhood nostalgia, and it’s a very immersive experience. You go there and you become a part of the world there,” Aditi told IANS.

However, she said that since last year, OTT platforms have really gained prominence.

“In lockdown, OTT platforms have been our best friends. With OTT, there has been amazing writing, content, and the way the audience has consumed the content, that’s been really incredible,” she said, adding that the platform has given a lot of work to people in the industry.

“As an actor, there is so much more to do on it, in fact, for directors, writers, and everyone in the industry it has opened a whole new world,” she said, adding there will come a time when both platforms will be at the same level.

“Of course, I am dying to go back to theatres, but I feel there will be a time when there will be a value of the theatres and there will be the same value for OTT because each platform is powerful in its own way,” she says.

The actress adds that the kind of content that plays on both platforms is diverse.

“For writers, directors, actors, it has opened up a new world in terms of stories that one can only make for OTT which is different from (what) one makes for the theatres. Quite often, the theatrical films are larger-than-life and mounted differently. A producer might tell it better, how it is structured. OTT is different because the pressure is different,” she says.

“As an artist, I have the same passion and the same love. It’s just the medium and the way it is done for each platform, that is a whole producer and the finance thing, that’s different. So, it doesn’t make a difference in how I work. I do believe, the variety can be more and it is, the kind of topic people are making films and shows on, might not be conducive to the theatre or the way stories they tell like in 6 to 7 seasons, in theatre you just have 2 hours. That’s different,” she says.

Aditi is currently seen on the OTT-released film “Ajeeb Daastaans”, and will soon be seen in the Tamil film “Hey Sinamika”, “Maha Samudram”.

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