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Saif Ali Khan: It is a right time to be an actor

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Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan feels the shades of cinema are changing, and says it is the right time to be an actor.

“Earlier, commercial cinema was slightly less honest. Satyajit Ray would always talk about the honesty of the kind of cinema he is making, and the world would know India as that kind of country,” Saif said.

“As rightfully pointed out, the shades of cinema are changing and it is a right time to be an actor,” he added.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui agrees with Saif. “Bollywood is such an industry where the most and all kinds of films are made. The beauty of Bollywood is that those who make bigger films also work on shorter films, everything is co-related,” he said.

The stars opened up about the changing face of the industry in an upcoming episode of “Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films”.

Actress Mandira Bedi also opened up on the issue. She spoke of the inclusion of women-centric roles in the digital media. “These days we have well-written stories that revolve around what women are capable of pulling off. People are accepting them and are also now accepting the newer face that is slowly gaining importance. Lot of credit goes to the audience for the rise of women-focused roles,” she said on the show, which airs on Zee Cafe in India.

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Amitabh Bachchan warns against effects of cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai

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Veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has warned against the effects of cyclone Tauktae in Mumbai.

“The effects of the #CycloneTauktae have begun .. rains in Mumbai .. please be safe and protected .. prayers as ever,” Bachchan tweeted early on Sunday.

He also spoke about the cyclone in a blog post written early on Sunday.

Taking to his blog, Big B wrote: “Cyclone Tauktae in the Arabian Sea intensifies along the Western Coasts of India .. from the South moving up .. the effects of its arrival have begun here in Mumbai with rain as I write .. the preparations for the monsoon rain sheds had just begun so the vulnerability of leaks , is there and the dealing with rain leakages about is a concern .. we try to make some make shift arrangements .. but they are weak and not entirely protective.

“The severity of the monsoons as you all know is massive and all buildings and locations become most vulnerable during those 3-4 months of its presence. The JVPD Scheme is a low lying area and flooding is most imminent .. so.”

Informing about how the cyclone has been named, the veteran actor further wrote: “The word ‘tauktae’ .. the naming of storms cyclones typhoons et all are taken up and suggested by the countries in the region and this name has been given by Myanmar, erstwhile Burma, which is the name of a vocal lizard.”

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Prasoon Joshi reacts after Amitabh Bachchan credits him for poem

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Poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi has reacted after veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan rectified his error and credited Joshi for the poem which he had recited on social media.

“I feel humbled if my poem ‘Ruke na tu’ can provide support in these difficult times, which has been recited by respected Amit ji with all his heart, as always. Several sites in the internet consider it as a creation of respected late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. It is an honour that his craft is reflected in my work. My respect to Ma Saraswati,” Joshi tweeted in Hindi late on Wednesday.

It all began with Amitabh Bachchan reciting the poem “Ruke na tu” on social media on Tuesday and erroneously claiming it as the creation of his father, late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Bachchan took to social media on Wednesday to rectify the mistake he made the day before and acknowledged in a tweet that the poem is actually written by poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

Bachchan had recited Joshi’s poem in an attempt to encourage frontline workers amid India’s battle with a raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mrunal Thakur: ‘Most important thing is patience’

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Actress Mrunal Thakur says uncertainty is a natural trait if one belongs to the film industry.

“I think the most important thing is patience. As an artiste, you are always curious to perform but the big question is content. You have to choose the right script. I feel pressured (and think) should I choose this script? I feel internally that I can do better but then I feel if I let this script go, will I get more films? This thought keeps bothering me all the time,” she told IANS.

Mrunal has interesting films such as “Toofan”, “Jersey” and “Aankh Micholi” coming up, and says it is important to not take up films just for the sake of having work.

She talks of patience again, while noting that the Covid outbreak has delayed her releases, just like all other films.

“It all depends on how patient you are. It’s been a while after ‘Batla House’, then ‘Ghost Stories’ came, and now ‘Toofan’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Aankh Micholi’ are taking time. I tell myself every day that I know it is difficult but the wait is worth it. These are special stories and it is an honour to be part of them. These are the kind of films which deserve to be celebrated. The storyline content, screenplay, characters, makers — everything. It is difficult but it’s a game of patience,” she says.

Like everyone else in the industry, Mrunal wants to be part of cinema that is meaningful.

“If I try to hurry up, I may end up taking up scripts just for sake of it. I will end up losing myself. For me, films are an integral part of my life and I want to be associated with a film that will have a message and do good for society in some way or the other,” she sums up.

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