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Seerat Kapoor on Bollywood debut: Telugu audience knows I’ll never leave them

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Telugu star Seerat Kapoor will soon make her Hindi debut in the upcoming film “Maarich”. The Mumbai-based-actress insists joining Hindi films does not mean shifting focus from Tollywood.

Seerat, whose Telugu hits include “Raju Gari Gadhi 2”, “Touch Chesi Chudu” and “Columbus”, shares screen space with veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and Tushhar Kapoor in her Bollywood debut

“I am definitely inclined towards Hindi cinema but I am not leaving my south industry for sure. It’s been a really loving journey and I have met so many loving people to work with. I have had such a loving audience who know that I am working in Hindi. So, when I talk to my fans, they don’t say that I am leaving them, they know I won’t ever leave them. I know I am going to be back and they are more than happy for me. I am open to all industries as long as I am part of a film that gratifies me and I am looking at working in content driven films for sure,” she tells IANS.

Having worked with several established Telugu stars including Nagarjuna, Ravi Teja and Samantha Akkineni, Seerat’s choice of films down South have worked in her favour so far. While many actors call their first film as the turning point, for Seerat it was her fifth Telugu film, the 2017 release “Okka Kshanam”.

“I don’t speak to myself in the language that ‘I am a star’ or ‘I have arrived’. When I sit down with myself and reflected on what made me feel strongest in my career, it was shooting for ‘Okka Kshanam’. That film didn’t have me in every scene but something about the content, the team that I worked with and also my state of mind during the shoot of the film, helped me perform who I was as a performer. I started getting a sense of my individuality through that film, because the film gave me that particular feeling (of confidence), I started choosing scripts that were closest to that radar and right after came films like ‘Krishna and His leelas’ and ‘Maa Vintha Gadha Vinuma’,” she says.

Granddaughter of well-known acting guru late Roshan Taneja, Seerat says: “So, I think it was a mental shift and understanding of who I was and aspire to be. Generally it is the first film for artistes but I think ‘Run Raja Run’ was just God being nice to me. When I saw ‘Run Raja Run’, I didn’t have an emotional reaction to it or wasn’t blown away and I saw it as a third person. I wanted to know what people thought of it.”

Talking about “Maarich” and how lockdown has again slowed things down, Seerat says: “We are still in progress because we had to control the current scenario a bit. We are just waiting for the government to give us a heads up and then we will see what’s next.”

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Bollywood on floating corpses: You can fudge data, how do you hide bodies?

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With more dead bodies found floating in the Ganga amid the ongoing second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Bollywood celebrities took to social media to express shock and condemn the horrific incidents.

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar tweeted on Wednesday: “The news of scores of bodies being discovered floating in rivers and washed up on its banks is absolutely heartbreaking. The virus will be defeated someday but there has to be accountability for these failures in the system. Until then, the pandemic chapter is not closed!”

Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt wrote: “You can fudge the data.. how do you hide the bodies? This will haunt us for generations to come.”

Reacting to a news piece talking about the same, actor-comedian Jaaved Jaaferi wrote: “This is tragic and horrific.”

Earlier, Bollywood celebrities like Urmila Matondkar, Shekhar Suman and Divyenndu Sharma had also reacted to the shocking development.

On Monday, around 45 dead bodies in a decomposed stage were found on the banks of the Ganga in Buxar district, and the district administration claimed the bodies were from the upstream districts of Ghazipur, Varanasi or Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh.

After Bihar’s Buxar, around two dozen bodies have been found on the banks of the Ganga at adjoining Ghazipur district of Uttar Pradesh, some of which have been partially cremated and then thrown into the river.

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Sambhavna Seth on father’s death: It was not just Covid which killed him

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Actress and former “Bigg Boss” contestant Sambhavna Seth, who lost her father to Covid-19 complications, says he could have been saved and it was not just the deadly virus that took his life.

“My father could have been saved. It was not just covid which killed him,” Sambhavna wrote, with an Instagram picture showing her with her father. The image, she shared, was taken at her wedding with actor Avinash Dwivedi.

Sambhavna’s strong statement probably hinted at the lack of medical supplies, ICU beds and oxygen and cryptically condemning negligence on part of authorities.

She lost her father on May 9 following a cardiac arrest.

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Zareen Khan on playing a gay character: Just had to be honest to emotion of love

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Zareen Khan plays a homosexual woman in the recently released film “Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele”. While makers were sceptical to cast her in the role initially, the actress says it is not the first time that she has faced such a situation.

“It is not the first time that people have been sceptical to cast me in their film if it is a non-glamorous role. They have this whole thing because of all the previous work that I had done. This was not the first time that people were sceptical,” Zareen told IANS.

“But, yes, I was asked for an audition and I was more than happy to give because if a person does not know if I would be able to pull off this character. They loved the auditions and I was a part of this film,” she added.

This is the first time Zareen was seen playing a lesbian on screen. Did she have any inhibitions portraying the character at first?

“It wasn’t really difficult I would say. As for the body language, I have been a tomboy all my life, so that trait, which I was always told to correct, helped me here in the film,” she said.

“The thought occurred to me — because I am not a homosexual — that I shouldn’t end up doing something unknowingly, saying or portraying something that might offend the LGBTQ community. Then I thought to myself that it is about portraying the emotion of love and that emotion is felt the same way how a straight person would feel it, because the emotions are the same,” she said.

The actress, who was launched by superstar Salman Khan in the 2010 film “Veer”, felt that the love would be the same, and once she decided on that, she portrayed the character with full honesty.

“I just had to be honest to the emotion of love and just portray it on screen with all honesty,” she said.

“Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele” released on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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