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Sonakshi Sinha: Never got treated like ‘star’ by my folks

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Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is soon to be seen in “Kalank”, says her friends and family members keep her grounded, and that’s what makes her enthusiastic towards her craft of acting.

Asked about how she remains an ever-smiling and humble actress without any starry tantrums, Sonakshi told IANS here: “I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I love what I do. So for me, every film is new, as if it’s my first film. So I am getting to know a character, and performing it, which is not mechanical. Rather there is a raw energy which I use to try to mould myself into the character.

“In real life, I am never treated like a Bollywood star by any of my loved ones — whether it is my parents, brothers, my childhood friends who are still my friends and not from the industry. They keep me grounded… (I am) the same Sona they know.

“I believe the best way to stay connected with the reality is not surrounding yourself with ‘yes madam’ people. People who are mine, they love and criticise me at the same time,” added the daughter of celebrated actor and politician Shatrughan Sinha

Sonakshi has multiple films lined up for release this year and versatility is something she is taking seriously.

“I want to say that this is such an exciting year for me… ‘Kalank’ is my first release of this year and I have three more after that. Yes, four releases. And the reason why I found back-to-back long working hours enjoyable because every character is so different from one another.

“While in ‘Kalank’, I am playing a woman of the 1940s era, in ‘Mission Mangal’ I am playing a scientist. I am shooting for a yet-untitled film in which I am playing an independent girl who is trying to achieve her dream against all odds. And there is ‘Dabangg 3’ where I am going back to Rajjo, the character I started my on-screen journey with. So you see, a full circle.”

Sonakshi is playing a crucial role in the multi-starrer “Kalank”, where she has shared screen space with Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Sanjay Dutt.

On her character, she said: “My character is a very strong, resilient and silent woman who holds the family together. She has a very important part to play in the narrative.”

As the story set in the 1940s era, asked about how she looks at the charge of women’s role in society and if new age women really hold the characteristics of ‘sacrifice’ at all, Sonakshi said: “The position of women in our society surely has changed for the better but there is a lot to come. In the present time, when we are celebrating women empowerment and just looking around us in the urban crowd, it looks really great.

“It only inspires more women to dream big and achieve. But we cannot deny the fact that there are women in every pocket of the society who are sacrificing their ambition because their voices are suppressed by the society that perhaps traditionally practising misogyny.

“The good thing is, the number is growing of women who are finding their voice and coming up on public platforms.”

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Rhea Chakraborty’s judicial custody extended till October 6

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A Mumbai Special Court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty till October 6.

Shortly afterwards she and her brother Showik’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde moved the Bombay High Court for bail.

“Rhea Chakraborty and Showik Chakraborty have filed a bail application in Bombay High Court. It is coming up for hearing on September 23 before Justice S.V. Kotwal,” said Maneshinde.

The actress was produced before the Special NDPS Court vide video-conferencing this afternoon after her 14-days judicial custody ended on Tuesday.

The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is expected to seek a day’s custody for Showik Chakraborty later in the day.

The Chakraborty siblings, along with several others, were arrested in connection with the drug case investigations as part of the probe into the death of the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

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Actress Mouni Roy: I am getting used to new normal

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Actress Mouni Roy, who will soon be seen in the digital film, London Confidential, opposite Purab Kohli, says that lockdown taught her some of the greatest lessons in life.

The actress, who is currently in Dubai, told IANS: “I realised a few things during lockdown that we otherwise never get a chance to sit down and analyse. I have understood that, in reality we need very little to feel happy because happiness is there in the small things of life. At times we just gather a lot of stuff in our house for no reason. In normal life, we tend to engage ourselves in many things that are otherwise irrelevant! If we want, we actually can stay away from such things!”

“I have also realised that as human beings we will come across different emotions like anger and being upset, but it is also very easy to drop these negative emotions if we work on these. If we practice meditation and yoga, and not just read thought-provoking books but apply those thoughts in life. We can get rid of negative emotions. Looking at the bigger picture, we do not even know what actually we are running after! It is like an endless goal, but we do not know where it is heading!” she said.

The actress shot her new film with Purab in London just after the process of unlock started.

While the cast and crew of the film maintained social distancing, Mouni said initially there was a sense of tension on the set.

“There were several rules. We were using disinfectants time and again. Only one department could be present at the set . We were following all of it but in the beginning, there was tension because obviously we have never been used to such rules on a set. Eventually all these became normal. Since I have left Mumbai, I have done seven swab tests! But again, this is part of the new set of rules. I am getting used to the new normal,” shared the actress.

“London Confidential” is directed by Kanwal Sethi and produced by Mohit Chhabra and Ajay Rai.

The story by S. Hussain Zaidi revolves around the search of people from China who are involved in the spread of a virus.

On her character, Mouni said: “Uma, my character who is an R&AW official facing a challenge and racing against time to find the important evidence and a mole in her team. There is a backdrop of pandemic, and of how she cracks the information of another upcoming virus that can create another pandemic situation.”

The film also features Kulraj Randhawa, Sagar Arya, and Diljohn Singh among others and is slated to stream on Zee5.

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Veteran actor Prem Chopra: Talent is not dependent on age

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Veteran actor Prem Chopra, who will turn 85 on September 23, feels that talent has nothing to do with age.

Chopra has played roles of every shade over the decades in more than 360 films, and notably “Bobby”, “Kati Patang” and “Do Raaste”. He was one of the most popular screen villains in Bollywood during the 1970s and 1980s.

While he has worked for over six decades, he feels an actor never retires, and there is always work if a person is willing to work hard.

“Talent is not dependent on age. If you are talented and deliver on whatever character is given to you, you will always be in demand,” he said.

Talking about a regular day in his life, Chopra shared that he does yoga each morning and likes to swim occasionally to stay fit. He also talked about his love for poetry, while openiong up on the show “Zindagi ek Safar” on Tata Sky Seniors.

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