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Tigmanshu Dhulia says Even big budget films need a good script now




His directorial career includes National Award winning film “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster” and his acting prowess was captured brilliantly in projects like “Manjhi – The Mountain Man” and “Gangs of Wasseypur”.

Actor-writer-director Tigmanshu Dhulia, who is now playing the role of Shah Rukh Khan’s father in “Zero”, feels that even big budget films need a good script now.

He also emphasised that after 1960s the respect for a content writer went down significantly and that must change now.

“Big budget films have started to face this challenge of just being big budget and loaded with stars. But even big budget films need a good script now. Look at ‘Thugs of Hindostan’. The stars delivered what they promised because the first day collections were phenomenal. So people went to see Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan, but from the second day the collections sank,” he said.

“So, whether it’s a big budget film or not, content is the king. The audience is smart and the type of things that are coming up online has given a good exposure to the audience to quality content,” Timangshu added.

“I think after 1960’s the respect for a content writer went down significantly and that must change now,” Dhulia told IANS over an e-mail when asked that how one should take care of both commercial imperatives and creative ambition in today’s time of filmmaking?

He was present at a grand scale theatrical play of Mahabharata from the point of view of Gandhari, Kunti and Draupadi, by students of Mount Litera School International. Following its inquiry-based learning methodology, the play aimed to imbue Indian values in the students and showcase human frailties, character flaws and highlight follies of the great and good of society.

Having grown up in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh, the filmmaker says he tries to incorporate his small-town experience in his cinematic presentation. His films including “Haasil”, “Charas” and “Shagird”, though did an average business at the box- office, but is still alive in the minds of moviegoers inspite of having no big stars in it.

When asked if Indian cinema was moving away from the fascination of Khan era with new faces taking the lead, he said cinema is now addressing a larger audience.

“Earlier, multiplexes were present only in big cities, but we see them now in smaller towns as well. Hence cinema is also addressing characters from small towns. Look at Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao — their characters are from small towns,” he said.

“The Khans of the industry typically played glamorous roles and not these roles. Also, these smaller towns are contributing significantly to the revenues hence that is also another reason these characters from small towns are considered,” said Dhulia.

Directed by Anand L. Rai, “Zero” was released on Friday and got a mixed reaction at the box-office with some critics calling the narrative weak, while some tagging the film as best coming from King Khan. The film also stars Anushka Sharma, Katrina Kaif, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayub, Abhay Deol, Sheeba Chaddha and Bijendra Kala.

So what made Dhulia say yes to the film and how was it working with Shah Rukh?

“Shah Rukh and I worked together during ‘Dil Se’ for which I had written the dialogues. Our friendship goes way back. In terms of ‘Zero’, there were twoo or three reasons for me to take it up. One — The role was really different and unique and not like what I played in ‘Ganges of Wasseypur’,” he said.

“Secondly Anand L. Rai is a dear friend who was making this technically heavy film with special effects. I was curious to see how he was making the film and learn more on the sets. And thirdly, one is always exited to work with Shah Rukh,” he said.

Dhulia, who feeds his creative hunger through newspaper, books, travel and meeting new people, can see the future of entertainment moving to web.

“Most content would move to the web and the cinema theatres would only see big movies like Bhabhuli playing,” he said.


Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, the poet hunk




Actor Ayushmann Khurrana balances brain and brawn in a new Instagram selfie he posted on Wednesday. While he strikes a shirtless pose on the social media handle, showing off a chiselled frame, he topped the impact with some original Urdu poetry.

“Agar tumhe mere fitoor aur fahem* ke darmiya ek ko chunna pade, toh tum fitoor ko chunna, kiyunki fahem toh vaisai bhi tumse dur rehhne ko kehta hai — Ayushmann *samajhdaari,” Ayushmann wrote as caption with his hunky snapshot.

The actor recently wrapped up the shoot of his upcoming film “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui”. The love story is directed by Abhishek Kapoor and co-stars Vaani Kapoor, and was shot in Chandigarh over just 48 days amid the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Ayushmann recently announced his next film, a campus comedy drama titled Doctor G. The film will be directed by Anubhuti Kashyap.

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Actor Manoj Bajpayee: ‘The Family Man 2’ an experience you won’t forget




Anticipation over the second season of The Family Man is running high, and lead actor Manoj Bajpayee promises the upcoming chapter will be an experience that is bigger and different.

Bajpayee returns as NIA agent Srikant Tiwari on season two. He struggles to balance personal and professional lives while fighting against a new nemesis, Raji, played by South star Samantha Akkineni.

“At times I reserve comments (about my work) because you start sounding flamboyant. All I would say is that it is going to be far bigger and far more different than before,” Bajpayee told IANS.

“It is going to be an experience that you will not forget easily,” he promised.

Besides Bajpayee, the show will bring back Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, and Sharad Kelkar from season one. Created, directed and produced by Raj and DK, the show also features Darshan Kumar, Sunny Hinduja, Shreya Dhanwantary, Shahab Ali, Vedant Sinha, Mahek Thakur and Seema Biswas.

The series will see actors from the Tamil film world including Mime Gopi, Ravindra Vijay, Devadarshini Chetan, Anandsami and N. Alagamperumal in the cast too, when it comes drops on February 12.

Meanwhile, the actor hopes the advent of content-driven projects, triggered by OTT, continues to draw focus towards talent. Asked about the change he would want to see in the industry, Bajpayee replied: “I just want this industry to focus on talent.”

“Just focus on new talent that is coming in, with so ideas, integrity and passion. I think we should give priority to that,” said the actor, who recently joined stars like Saif Ali Khan, Samantha Akkineni, Tisca Chopra and Divya Dutta to discuss the future of the industry through Royal Stag Barrel Select Large Short Films Evening discussions.

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Actor Varun Dhawan thanks all for the love post marriage to Natasha




Just-married actor Varun Dhawan on Wednesday tweeted his thanks to all, for their love and positivity shown towards him and his wife, fashion designer Natasha Dalal.

“The last few days me and Natasha have received so much love and positivity from everyone so just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart,” he wrote.

Varun got married to his childhood sweetheart Natasha at The Mansion House resort in Alibaug on Sunday. He opted for an intimate affair, rather than a big wedding owing to the ongoing pandemic. He got married in the presence of family members and close friends.

Since Sunday, the actor has been sharing various moments from the wedding on his Instagram.

He shared wedding pictures on social media, captioning the post: “Life long love just became official”.

In his latest post, he has shared a picture of Natasha’s mehendi ceremony where the actor can be seen planting a kiss on her cheek.

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