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Ankur Vikal, a lead actor of Naseeruddin Shah’s theatre group, on his mentor and what sets him apart from the other acting gurus in town
By Sujata Chakrabarti (MID-DAY; May 7, 2012)
30-something Ankur Vikal is a self-confessed culinary expert. When we call him for a telecon, he is busy planning his beloved cat, Tigger’s first birthday party and dinner.
There is of course the option of cooking fish for his tabby, while also whipping up some chicken-based dish for the novelty factor. For Ankur, managing both comes rather effortlessly, which is also reflected in the way the young actor has been flitting in between acting on stage and on the big screen for more than a decade now.
After being handpicked by Naseeruddin Shah to become a part of his theatre company Motley, Ankur not only plays lead in several of the group’s plays, but has also reprised characters that were once played by the stalwart himself.
And being a true chef at heart, Ankur uses a reference from the culinary world to describe what he learnt best from his mentor and now co-actor Naseer. The NSD alumnus points out, “If I cook a particular dish several times over, I will end up doing it better. That is exactly what Naseer means when he taught me those priceless words — ‘Everything that is spontaneous is extremely rehearsed’,” and adds, “You need to be thorough everyday.”
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INTERESTING LINE UP OF FILMS THIS WEEKEND!
This is going to be one of the most crowded Fridays of the week! There are 3 Hollywood releases as well as 3 Bollywood releases tomorrow! My views on the significant films out of these:
JANNAT 2: Surely the biggest film of the week! The film is the second part of the Jannat franchise whose first part was a roaring success at the box office. While Jannat was about betting and match fixing, Jannat 2 deals with illegal arms trade. Emraan Hashmi plays a bindass character called Sonu Dilli KKC (Kutti Kameeni Cheez), a name which has been well publicized and has caught on big time! The film marks the debut of Esha Gupta who seems to have impressed the Bhatts so much that they signed her for Raaz 3 as well and now even Prakash Jha signed her for his next, Chakravyuh! The film also stars the talented Randeep Hooda who plays a very interesting character in the film. As with any Bhatt product, music of Jannat 2 has been loved. The film is expected to open huge since Emraan’s popularity has grown a lot, more so after the success of Murder 2 and The Dirty Picture. A bad response can make matters worse though! Let’s hope Sonu Dilli KKC manages to entertain!
FATSO: Directed by Rajat Kapoor, Fatso stars Ranvir Shorey as the ‘Fatso’ and he gained almost 18 kgs for the role. Purab Kohli, Gul Panag and Brijendra Kala are the other actors in the film. The film has an interesting premise – the ‘department of death’ makes an error and the repercussions More >
It hasn’t been a bad beginning to the New Year for Bollywood. While the spillover effects of ‘3 Idiots’ continues to dazzle the 2010 box office too with its rich haul that of a staggering total gross of Rs 196 crore, ‘My Name is Khan’ has sent the industry in a tizzy once again.
The film shows up a first day haul of Rs 8 crore with Mumbai screening it in only half the theatres and Pune drawing a no-show due to the Shiv Sena threat. Trade pundits would like to add another Rs 2 crores to the first day total gross, if the film had been screened as per scheduled: to total capacity in both Pune and Mumbai which accounts for a major share of the box office receipts. This would have taken the first day total to Rs 10 crore and pitched MNIK amongst the top slots when it comes to first day pickings. Currently, it is at second spot.
In most other cities, the multiplexes ran to 100% capacity, while the single screens opened to a 70% showing. The film has also reportedly opened to serpentine queues in the overseas market. Trade analysts are still counting the figures for the weekend and will pass their verdict shortly on whether the film comes close to the ‘3 Idiots’ juggernaut. Nevertheless, the industry is already upbeat.
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