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Rani Mukerji shares Kamal Haasan’s wise words on her height

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Rani Mukerji has revealed what actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan said to her that made her more self-confident about her height and her brilliant skill-set as an actor.

Rani and Kamal’s critically acclaimed movie “Hey Ram” has completed 20 years of its release in the Hindi film industry. The “Mardaani” actress goes down memory lane and shared interesting life lessons that she learnt from the movie, directed by the southern superstar Kamal Haasan.

“‘Hey Ram’ has been one of my most major learning curves. Getting an opportunity to work with Kamal Haasan for me at that point in my career was something very special because I was always an admirer of his performance and his acting and here I was going to get directed by him. So, I think it was one of those opportunities that I didn’t want to let go and I remember going to Chennai for the shoot,” she said.

Rani says she loved every second of just being on the sets of “Hey Ram”.

“What I loved about ‘Hey Ram’ was the discipline of the entire shoot. There was a bell that used to ring for the take to start, there was a time given for make-up, there was a time given for hair which today is very normal in the way actor’s shoot,” she said.

Rani added: “Today, there is a shoot call, there is a call time, there is make-up time, there is hair time, there is costume time, but in Hey Ram that I actually saw a production house following every aspect of this and that was amazing.

“The first shot used to be taken at 6 in the morning and pack up used to be at the time that the bell used to ring. They used to not go even one minute more than that time and even if there was a take left to be shot like even if we had rehearsed for the shot and the bell rang for pack up we would have to pick up that scene the next day, which for me was completely a new experience because of this work ethic and work discipline on a set.”

Kamal gave Rani invaluable lessons in building self-confidence.

“I remember in those times, because I am quite short, I remember wearing these platform slippers and Kamalji looked at my slippers and said ‘wow, wow what are these!’ I said I was very comfortable walking in platform slippers, but, because my height is short. He said ‘are you crazy?, just wear flats. You are not to be measured by how tall you are but your achievements will measure who you’ are and I think that also stayed with me,” she said.

“From then on, I was confident about my height. To be an actor, you don’t necessarily need to be tall. Being an actor is about performing, is about acting and that is the biggest lesson I learnt from Kamalji.”

The 41-year-old actress was seen in no make up for the film, which was a huge learning for her.

“Getting to be directed by Kamalji, I think, I have learnt a lot from him. It was very, very, special. I remember the first day walking onto the set — Kamalki looked at me and said okay now you can go and wash your face and come back. I was like what is he saying, he was like ‘ya ya just go and wash your face and come back’ and I remember going back; as an artiste, you always have the insecurity of facing the camera without make-up.

“I remember being slightly insecure about the fact that he was asking me to wash my face and I went back just removing some of it and I went back on set and he looked at me and said no, I need you to wash your face again. I said but I have washed, he said no you have not washed!”

“He said to go back and wash it as if you are leaving the set after pack-up, I said ok and I went back and actually removed all my make-up and I came to set completely stripped of all make-up. At that time, doing a film without make-up was unheard of. Kamal Ji came and he put the bindi on me and he told the makeup artist to just put little kajal in my eyes and then he said yes, ‘now my Aparna is ready’.”

Rani said that was the first time she “understood actresses or actors don’t need that much make-up”.

“You can actually do a film without make-up. It all depends on the lighting, the lenses the cameraman uses and I think I found a lot of confidence with the way Kamalji went through with his shoot,” she said.

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Kangana Ranaut remembers Rani Laxmibai on her death anniversary

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Actress Kangana Ranaut took to social media on Friday to remember Rani Laxmibai, the legendary warrior queen of Jhansi, on her death anniversary. The queen died in battle on June 18, 1858.

“On this day when Rani Laxmi Bai made supreme self-sacrifice, remembering her iconic roar which shook British Empire, ‘Main apni Jhansi nahi dungi’. Manikarnika: Queen of Jhansi,” Kangana wrote in Instagram story.

Kangana had starred as Rani Laxmibai in the 2019 film “Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi”, a film she also partially directed. She also shared a couple of videos featuring scenes from the film in her Instagram post.

The actress also shared a message for AL Vijay, director of her forthcoming film “Thalaivi”, on his birthday on Friday.

Sharing a photo with the director from the set of the film, Kangana wrote on Instagram story: “Happy birthday to my most favourite director to work with, Thalaiva of team #Thalaivi. Best wishes sir, can’t wait to see the film”

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Pankaj Tripathi: Those of us who have power and potential must look out for others

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Actress Pankaj Tripathi feels those who have power and potential must take up the duty of looking out for others more than ever today. He addressed the subject through an audio clip on social media.

“It’s time for us to be selfless and help anyone who looks like they’re in need of it. Trust me, doing this will feel good. Care is always welcome, especially in times of crisis. A book I read recently describes how even in the presence of a powerful king in the jungle — which is the lion — all the inhabitants of the forest have to look out for themselves,” said Pankaj.

“In human society, it’s not the same. Those of us who have power and potential must take up the duty of looking out for others who need us more than ever today,” he added.

Meanwhile, as life slowly trickles back to normalcy, Pankaj looks forward to his upcoming films. His next release is probably the much-hyped “83”, which is ready for release. The film narrates the story of India’s first cricket World Cup victory in 1983. Tripathi plays the team’s manager Man Singh in the film that stars Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev, captain of the Indian team.

He will also be seen alongside Akshay Kumar in the film “Bachchan Pandey” which is currently on the floors in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The Farhad Samji directorial film also stars Arshad Warsi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon and Prateik Babbar.

Among his other projects is “Mimi” starring Kriti Sanon, a film about surrogacy.

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Kriti Sanon reveals a gym secret: ‘ Instagram v/s Reality’

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Actress Kriti Sanon showcases expectation versus reality when it comes to leg workouts, in her new Instagram post on Friday.

Kriti has posted two videos on Instagram. In the first clip, she is seen doing squats with weights effortlessly. The second video showcases what actually went on, and you realise the first video is a neatly edited clip that makes Kriti’s exercise regime seem so easy.

“I hate squats,” Kriti declares at one point in the second video. She seek a minute’s break but her trainer won’t allow more than 30 seconds.

“Leg day and Me!! @yasminkarachiwala Expectation v/s Reality Or rather…. Instagram v/s Reality. Don’t forget to Swipe… to see how much I love doing legs!” she wrote as caption.

On the professional front, Kriti has a long line-up of films ahead. She has wrapped up shooting for the upcoming supernatural film “Bhediya”, co-starring Varun Dhawan. The Amar Kaushik directorial is slated to release on April 14 next year.

She will be seen in “Mimi”, which is based on surrogacy, and also star with Akshay Kumar in the action comedy “Bachchan Pandey”, and with Tiger Shroff in the action drama “Ganapath”.

Her upcoming roster also includes “Hum Do Hamare Do” with Rajkummar Rao, and “Adipurush” with Prabhas and Saif Ali Khan.

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