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Sohum Shah on filmmaking: Don’t just want to make packages to earn money

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Actor-producer Sohum Shah insists content has always been his priority over box office collections.

“Content is always first. How to make a film, all that comes secondary. You write a script, select a director and then you look for others to come on board. I don’t make films for profit, neither do I want to make packages to earn money. I only make films which I enjoy making,” he told IANS.

However, he also adds that box office numbers are relevant in terms of understanding how many people liked the film.

“There is importance as the number also shows your reach. You work because you have fun, but you also need validation from outside so box office numbers matter,” he says.

However, he says he has never felt pressured because of this.

“There is no pressure that you have to do something for box office figures. A project should be interesting and exciting. Box office figures are secondary for me,” he says.

In fact, Sohum adds that OTT has changed the game quite a bit when it comes to box office numbers.

“Now the value (of box office) has changed as Corona has come back. OTT is there and the reach is immense. ‘Mirzapur’ was as big as a big movie. People recognise us now. The reach (of OTT) is very big and the numbers are huge,” he says.

Sohum was seen in the film “The Big Bull” which was released digitally. The actor has produced films such as “Ship Of Theseus”, “Gulaab Gang” and “Tumbbad”.

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Anuradha Paudwal recalls recording of ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hai’ from ‘Saajan’

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 Anuradha Paudwal, who has given voice to several popular tracks like ‘Mujhe Neend Na Aaye’, ‘Dhak Dhak Karne Laga’ and many more shares an interesting anecdote from her recording days.

The renowned singer will appear as special guest on the reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. She goes down the memory lane after looking at contestant Anshika Chonkar’s performance on Anuradha Paudwal’s melodious song ‘Bahut Pyar Karte Hai’ from the movie ‘Saajan’.

Revealing an incident from the day of her recording, Anuradha Paudwal said: “Back in those days we used to record multiple songs in a day, so we always were in a motion and our voices were also prone to that. So, one day, while I went for the recording, I was told we would rehearse a bit before the final take of the song, and I agreed.”

“I still remember there were live musicians because it was supposed to be a live recording and I heard the song and went on to rehearse for it. And when it was done, I asked when we would be recording the final one, and to my surprise they said it was done. So, the scratch version of the song that I recorded thinking I was rehearsing, actually went on to be the final song for the film and I had no clue about it,” she added.

Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan and Himesh Reshammiya are the judges on the singing reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’. The show hosted by Aditya Narayan airs on Zee TV.

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Kamal Haasan returns to take over as anchor of ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 5’

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Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, who returned from hospital on Saturday after recovering from Covid, took over as anchor of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss Tamil 5’ from actress Ramya Krishnan who had stepped in for him for a week.

Confirming his return, the makers of the reality show released their first promo showing Kamal Haasan hosting the event.

In the promo, Kamal said, “I, who have recovered only because of your love, am back with you all again today.”

“This season, from what I have observed from the outside, I think people are playing as individuals. Each one has their own plans and strategy. Let’s watch the outcomes of their strategies tonight,” the star said, much to the delight of the fans who were sorely missing him in action.

Ramya Krishnan had to step in to anchor the show in Kamal’s place for a week, after Kamal Haasan tested positive for Covid-19. The actor isolated himself and underwent treatment at the Sri Ramachandar Medical Centre in Porur from where he was discharged on Saturday.

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Deepika Padukone flies to Hyderabad for Nag Ashwin’s magnum opus ‘Project K’

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Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone preps herself to put the shoulder to the wheel on her upcoming magnum opus ‘Project-K’. Helmed by ‘Mahanati’ fame filmmaker Nag Ashwin, the movie is to star Deepika as the female lead.

As Deepika Padukone was spotted at the airport, it is reported that the ‘Piku’ actress has flown down to Hyderbad for Nag Ashwin’s upcoming movie ‘Project-K’. In her cropped lavender blazer-pant set, the actress was seen in a perky mood.

Sources reveal the actress is to participate in the first schedule of the upcoming movie in Hyderabad before she leaves for Mumbai. Deepika is to appear in Shakun Batra’s film, for which she is to begin dubbing as soon as she wraps up her present commitments.

Starring pan-India star Prabhas Uppalapati as the hero, the movie is said to be Nag Ashwin’s much-hyped venture. Touted to be a movie with a big budget, the movie is to feature megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a key role as well.

Prabhas, who is currently busy with ‘Salaar’ and ‘Aadipurush’, has reportedly allocated bulk dates for the project. A major portion of the film will be shot in special sets that are laid up in Hyderabad’s famous Ramoji Film City.

Telugu’s ace producer C. Ashwini Dutt is bankrolling this mega-budget project and the film is expected to hit the screens in 2023.

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