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Being a small-town 17-year-old from Bhambla in Himachal Pradesh didn’t stop this stunner from taking on Bollywood. Waiting in her vanity van to front the camera for Knock Out, her latest movie with Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan, where Kangna plays a crime journalist – today’s Kangna is confident, composed and totally at ease with being ‘real’.
Excerpts from the interview:
What made you become an actor?
I was restless when I was 15/16. I was pursuing science but I was more attracted towards art. So I started pursuing theatre. Thereon, I also tried modelling because people kept harping that I looked different. I signed up with a modelling agency and took it quite seriously. Unfortunately, modelling didn’t take me very seriously! I figured that in India, modelling is only something you can be happy doing part-time. In the mean time, I was pursuing theatre and my guruji, Arvind Gaur encouraged me a lot. I started giving auditions for movies. The truth is even if I wasn’t selected for Anurag Basu’s Gangster, I would’ve tried other projects. However, I got selected and Bollywood became my career.
What is the creative process that goes behind every character you etch?
Each role is challenging. You have to do your homework. For instance, in Abhinay Deo’s Game, I play a cop from London and she has a Brit accent. It was difficult for me to emulate that. Acting is a job where you have to learn to look, talk and project a certain body language. The trick is to remain focused, yet flexible.
With no filmi background, how do you hold yourself in this fiercely competitive industry?
People in Mumbai are judgemental. Here, your fate changes every Friday. Also, it’s true that if you’re a star kid or if you’re a star girlfriend, you get extra mileage. But if none of these things work in your favour, you tend to work on your talent. My challenge was to be able to fit in here. People criticised the way I talked, walked and even the way I looked—more so because I come from a small town. There are two ways of dealing with such a situation: either you care a damn; or you can improve yourself.
You’ve gone through several ups and downs in your personal life. Do you think the media has been fair to you?
I feel that the media, somewhat, is nicer to people coming from a filmi background, or personalities they have connections with. The media doesn’t accept you easily. A Shah Rukh Khan or Aamir (Khan) have been around for two decades and have established a relationship with the media and the public. That’s why their films get 90% opening. So, tomorrow, of course their children will get special treatment because the rapport is already there. But now I realise that if I connect with the media personally, it always works better. They figure out your dimension too.
And how have you evolved as an actor?
I’ve always been surrounded by very creative people—whether it’s Bhatt saab, Anurag Basu, Mohit Suri, Madhur Bhandarkar. I can write a whole book on my experiences and the craft I’ve learnt in the last five years! (laughs) When I entered Bollywood, (Mahesh) Bhatt saab made me unlearn everything – he taught me not to act and be real in front of the camera. You don’t fake crying or laughing. You actually do it.
But the turning point came when one day Bhatt saab told me I was the ugliest woman he’d seen. I asked, why? He retorted, asking where my dark circles, pimples were and why I was hiding behind makeup. He called me a mannequin! That’s when I realised that it’s important to be real.
Can you actually be ‘real’ in Bollywood?
It’s difficult. It’s almost like being naked in front of the public. Every time you’re in front of the camera, there are so many emotions you let out and you’re not scared. You may even portray emotions that might not be familiar to you. But you need to be you, your real self, to give that astounding performance.
How do you keep fit?
I take care of my body and make sure that I’m happy. I work out, but I don’t over-do. I don’t remove that cheese slice from my sandwich; or remove the oil when I’m having kheema pav! I try to be as normal as I can be in my habits. I love food and I love life. So I’m not the kind who’d count calories everyday and kill myself in the gym, or die doing yoga. I listen to myself and my body. I don’t push myself very hard.
What’s more important to you: critical acclaim vis-à-vis box office success?
For me, there are two kinds of movies– good or bad. To please only a particular group of people is not my goal. I think a film should be entertaining.
Kangna’s hit list
Holiday destination: Paris
Perfume: I wear men’s perfume. But I like Chanel.
Dream director: Aamir Khan
Tabu failed to match Prabhu Deva’s moves in Urumi ; so her movements were restructured
Madhuri Dixit is probably the only actress who has matched up to Prabhu Deva’s dance moves; her Que Sera Sera number in Pukaar being the prime example.
Naturally, Tabu had large shoes to fill while attempting to dance with Prabhu Deva in Santosh Sivan’s Urumi. When Sivan approached the actress for this dance number, she was apparently shocked. Not only did she have to match up to Vidya Balan’s classical number in the film, she also had to match steps with Prabhu Deva, unarguably one of the best dancers in the Indian film industry.
Tabu apparently begged to be let off but Sivan wouldn’t take no for an answer. Says a source, “Tabu knows Santosh Sivan is a big fan of her work. In fact, he had written the role of the human bomb in his directorial debut Terrorist for Tabu and was heartbroken when she opted to play a similar character in Gulzar Saab’s Hu Tu Tu instead. Since then Sivan has been pursuing her for various films. The actress could not refuse his offer.”
Taking the offer however had its own ramifications. Tabu’s attempts to match up to Prabhu Deva were supposedly mostly futile, so her moves had to be restructured according to her body language.
Explaining how different Tabu’s movements in this song are, director Santosh Sivan says, “Tabu’s dance is more like a song for the Mother Earth’s fertility. It’s based on a 15th century harvest song.” To imagine Prabhu Deva incorporate his dance moves according to this, would surely need a fertile imagination.
Choreographer Ahmed Khan, who worked with Prabhu Deva for the first time says, “It was a very rustic number with basic movements.”
Not all that basic for Tabu however.
Kangna Ranaut, who refuses to be typecast, is having fun with her multiple roles
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 29, 2010)
She’s arrives at a five-star hotel coffee shop dressed casually in a pair of skin-fitting blue jeans and a matching blouse. Her curly hair and her large, foreversearching-for-something-brown-eyes give her the quality of a child-woman. Kangna Ranaut is an interesting mix of innocence and equanimity.
Life is currently “very good’’ to her. Her slate is choc-o-bloc. Post the supersuccess of Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai for which she won accolades for her role as a yesteryear actress, it’s raining films and assorted roles in her backyard.
Says Kangna, “I don’t think any other actress in Bollywood has as many films as I do.’’ But, hello, she is not being immodest. In the next six months she has four films slated for the marquee. And unlike many actresses who are content to be typecast, Kangna is fortunate to have a wide array of roles to bite into. In October she’ll be in Sohail Maklai’s racy thriller Knockout with Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan where she plays a journalist. Then there’s Tanu weds Manu where she plays a wannabe girl from small town Kanpur. But, of course, the high point of her career is producers Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar’s Game where this 23-year-old plays an Interpol officer.
“It is by far the most difficult role I’ve attempted,’’ says Kangna. “It was challenging to prepare for this role of a British girl from London who is actually quite like a man in many ways,’’ she says. The reason why she found this role so hard to prepare for is because she had no reference point of a girl who has stayed in London and speaks with a Brit accent. Having said that, the mountain beauty drops a bomb. She confesses that she has seen precisely six-seven Hollywood films in her entire life, and around 25 odd Bollywood films.
“So it wasn’t as if I knew a lot about FBI agents or CIA officials,’’ she points out. “And officers on special duty in our Hindi cinema are very different from their foreign counterparts. Abhinay Deo, the director of Game, helped me a lot by breaking the role down for me so I could interpret it correctly.’’
Kangna says Excel Entertainment (Ritesh and Farhan) were actually toying with the idea of getting a guy for this role. “However, they felt that a guy chasing a guy thing didn’t have that much of a novelty, so they changed it and I’m fortunate that they got me to do the role instead. I had to make sure that I got the body language perfect. There is nothing romantic or sensual about this Interpol officer. Yet my director didn’t want to go overboard with the stiffness and appear like too masculine. Believe me, it was a challenge. And Game is a film that I just enjoyed preparing for. It’s a never-been-seen before character as far as Bollywood goes.’’
It doesn’t stop there. While her contemporaries are falling over each other trying to grab films, Kangna’s booked way for the next year having signed on Priyadarshan’s Hindi adaptation of the Bullet Train; Indra Kumar’s comedy Double Dhamaal; David Dhawan’s Rascals; and, a film with debutant Chiraag Paswan. “Then I have been reading scripts and considering a few more projects. But now dates are an issue because I have signed on a lot of films and all are good,’’ she shrugs. What does one say? Get ready for a Kangna Ranaut film festival. For her the game has just begun.
Former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Pappu Yadav is behind bars. But he wants to watch Dabangg for having helped Sonu Sood enact the role of a Bihari politician in the film
Former MP of Bihar, Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who is currently serving a term in prison, wants to watch the forthcoming Salman Khan starrer Dabangg before the release of the film.
Aesthetics aside, the jailbird helped Sonu Sood play the role of a Bihari politician in the film. The actor had met Yadav before starting work on the film to get all his acting nuances right. Pappu can teach, saala!
A couple of days ago, Yadav’s wife, Ranjita Ranjan, sent a request to Sonu to arrange for a special screening in the slammer. Commenting on the role and Yadav’s influence on his thespian abilities, Sonu says, “Yes, I have imitated Yadav’s look and body language in Dabangg.
|Pappu Yadav (below); a still from Dabangg|
Now that he wants to watch the film in jail, I hope some arrangements are made. I am going to talk to Arbaaz Khan (producer of Dabangg) about this. If yet nothing comes of it, then we shall have a special screening for his wife and friends. However, I don’t know what the authorities will decide.”
Sonu Sood got to know Pappu Yadav through Yadav’s brother-in-law. What connections. The actor happened to visit Bihar in July this year and it is on this trip that Yadav offered to host him and tour him around Purnia, Bhabhua, Siwan and Gopalganj to give him a taste of life in the badlands. Sonu gladly accepted the offer.
Reminiscing those days, Sonu adds, “I don’t know too much about Bihari politics but meeting Yadav was certainly interesting.
He was quite excited about Dabangg. He also offered to show me around the state and meet his political colleagues.” It’s payback time for Sonu.
By Subhash K. Jha, August 18, 2010 – 11:34 IST
Here’s John in a startling unexpected avatar. We’ve seen John Abraham flaunt his physique in so many variations and permutations that we don’t know what he looks like with his clothes on. Tarun Mansukhani who has to strip John in a new way in Dostana 2 is being driven up the wall.
“After Dostana how much more can John strip without getting into his birthday suit?” says Tarun in exasperations as he sits on the storyboard poring over ways to make John look like a reborn beefcake.
But beefcake is the last thing that John has in store for his fans in Jhootha Hi Sahee. Now it can be told. But not seen. John Abraham’s carefully-concealed look in Abbas Tyrewala’s film will remain out of bounds for a while. And with good reason. John actually gets out of his body-beautiful space to play a nerdy ordinary whitecollar bespectacled guy with a flabby physique in Jhootha Hi Sahi.
John in fact wanted to go all the way for the role to add buckteeth to the guy’s personality. But Abbas put his foot down.
Says the director, “This is a side to John that no one has seen. He’s painfully ordinary in speech, body language and clothes. He wears thick glasses and can’t look straight into anyone’s eyes.”
The clothes for John’s character were bought off the rack from departmental stores.
Confirms Tyrewala, “Yup, no designer clothes for John in Jhootha Hi Sahi. We shopped for his clothes in retail outlets, actually purchased working-class labels like Arrow and Raymonds.”
Forget the itsybitsy swimming trunks from Dostana. John actually slouches and shuffles his way through Jhootha Hi Sahi trying to blend into the crowds.
Naturally, stripping for the camera would seem like the last thing on the character’s mind. But hang on! John’s nerdy character does take off his clothes in Jhootha Hi Sahi.
“And when he does strip, boy does it come as a shock,” chortles the director.
Apparently, John got flabby for the stripping scene. When he disrobes fans would be shocked to see a little paunch peeping out.
Says Abbas, “John wanted to put on a lot more weight. I decided against overdoing it. Those who are used to seeing his chiselled body would be shocked by the absence of contours when he strips.”
Ask John and he chuckles, “From a Greek to a Geek, long journey I think.”
By Faridoon Shahryar, July 13, 2010 – 12:38 IST
The name is Chulbul Pandey. And he calls himself Robinhood. As a cool cop he kicks-in-a-punch with zealous panache. Salman Khan is back with a raging vengeance determined to repeat the Wanted magic. For there’s an electrifying energy as the two and a half minute First Look promo of Arbaaz Khan Production’s Dabangg gets over leaving you gasping for breath and panting for more. Directed by feisty Anurag Kashyap’s brother Abhinav Kashyap, Dabanng looks like a deadly combo of unbridled realism and adrenaline thumping macho daredevilry.
The Theatrical trailer of Dabangg will be showcased with Khatta Meetha on July 23rd. Bollywood Hungama had an exclusive sneak peek of this racy trailer that will become a subject of whopping discussion, the moment it is viewed by the Public. For Salman fans, there’s good news. Firstly, it seems that Khan the actor has never been presented like this before. You don’t witness Salman Khan, the clean shaven handsome lover-boy. Instead, for the first time, you come across Salman Khan actually becoming the Character. It’s not Salman Khan but Chulbul Pandey that stays with you once the promo is over. There’s something new in the dialogue delivery, the body language and the whole attitude.
If you loved the action of Wanted, then Dabangg seems to be an outright winner with the Junta that feasts on high octane Herogiri. Action Director of Wanted, S Vijayan, has choreographed some superb action sequences for Khan that whips up a shock-n-awe effect. I can already hear endless loud whistles in the cine hall corridors. Debutante Sonakshi Sinha appears briefly in the first look promo and leaves an impact with a smart filmi dialogue on the vagaries of love. Dabangg releases this Eid.
The stylishly dishevelled actor would undergo a drastic, rather rustic makeover for his next, Milan Talkies
Forget Pratik’s shaggy metro sexual Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na image; he’s up for a complete makeover. For Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies, which starts shooting in October, Pratik will have to undo his urban look and get into a brand new rustic avatar. Pratik has been asked to study the local dialects of Uttar Pradesh very carefully. He also has to watch Amitabh Bachchan’s body language in Namak Halaal, a film that incidentally starred Pratik’s mother Smita Patil.
In Milan Talkies Pratik plays a small-town boy from UP who makes duplicate video films of famous blockbusters. This character was earlier to be played by Irrfan Khan who had even begun researching on the basics of such a character and his mannerisms.
But at that time Irrfan’s other film Paan Singh Tomar with Dhulia was in progress and while playing the character of the real-life athlete, Irrfan broke his ankle, which in turn caused a delay. Hence, there was no way Irrfan could accommodate another Dhulia project into his schedule. That’s when Pratik was brought into the picture.
Says Dhulia, “Pratik came to my mind immediately because he’s dark and very intense, much like his mother (the late Smita Patil). I had seen and liked him immensely in Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na. One hurdle was that he had so far only been seen as an urban personality. But Pratik has also done Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat, where he plays a small-town character. I haven’t seen a frame of Dhobi Ghat but if Aamir Khan had faith in Pratik to play a non-urban role, I was sure he could.”
Pratik was asked by the director to shed all his sophistication for his playing this role. The young actor will now have to change his look, body language and speech to play the character. And one of the most important additions would have to be acquiring a North Indian accent. But that might take a while since the actor has barely managed to get a hang of normal Hindi.
So, Dhulia has found a unique way of getting Pratik to speak like a street-smart small-towner from UP. “I’ve asked him to read a Hindi newspaper every morning and to watch Hindi plays and films with UP-Haryanvi heroes like Bachchan saab in Namak Halaal. As for his clothes he doesn’t have to dress up too flamboyantly. No small-town guy dresses up in red shirts and yellow trousers any more.”
By Subhash K. Jha, June 25, 2010 – 12:27 IST
Saif avoided cameras and paparazzi pictures until his departure to Morocco this week to avoid giving away his Agent Vinod look. But man proposes, Aamir disposes. Aamir insisted that Saif make it to the party at his home last weekend, thereby blowing the whistle on Saif’s carefully-concealed look.
On the eve of his departure to Morocco for the shooting of his second home production Agent Vinod, Saif Ali Khan completely revamped his look and went into hiding until he left the country.
According to close friends, Saif was apprehensive about the exposure of his special makeover in as Agent Vinod. He has lost oodles of weight changed his hairstyle and redesigned his entire body language to play a lean spy.
A friend of Saif says, “If Shahid Kapoor in his dad’s film Mausam has modelled his look on Tom Cruise in Top Gun, Saif’s role model for Agent Vinod is Matt Damon in Bourne Identity.”
A special hair styling done by Aalim Hakim clipping off the long tresses that Saif was lately seen sporting had been planned for six months. Saif wanted to delay the haircut until the final moment before his departure from Morocco.
Besides that, Saif has been working out frantically and toning his muscles to look sinewy agile and panther- like.
While Saif remained inaccessible for any questions on his makeover for Agent Vinod (he probably thinks even talking about it would invite copycats) his ladylove Kareena Kapoor willingly and proudly spills the beans. “Saif has never looked cooler. He has lost 9 kilos in three months. He has all toned and rippling muscles. He was with long hair for so long that I had forgotten how dashing he looks in cropped hair. Saif has got his hair cropped really short, that’s all I can tell you about his Agent Vinod look. He got it done a couple of days back. Since then he was reluctant to step out of his house. ”
So frightened was Saif of revealing his new look that he refused to show it even to his own parents. Only Kareena had the privilege of seeing Saif’s makeover avatar. Until Aamir’s party.
“And that too only because I’ll see how he looks anyway because I’m his co-star,” laughs Kareena, adding that her look in Agent Vinod would also be unique.
“Akki Narula is doing my look for Agent Vinod. I don’t think I’ve ever looked the way I would in Agent Vinod. As for Saif, he looks like a Hollywood star for the film. I can’t take my eyes off him.”
Punjabi munda Akshay Kumar turns Marathi mulga for Priyadarshan’s ‘cerebral’ comedy
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 17, 2010)
Akshay Kumar and Priyadarshan have cooked up a hilarious plot once again, but this time, it’s a little Khatta Meetha. The famed director who has made blockbusters like Hera Pheri, Bhagam Bhag and Bhool Bhulaiya with Akshay, is presenting the actor as Sachin Tichkule in the film that’s produced by Cape of Good Films Private Limited and Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd.
Khatta Meetha is about a struggling construction contractor Sachin Tichkule with big dreams who lacks resources to realise them. He is the black sheep of the family unlike his brother, who is hugely successful albeit by using incorrect means. And when a new commissioner takes over the municipal office, Tichkule’s woes further increase.
Presented by Hari Om Entertainment Company in association with Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd, Khatta Meetha is largely a political satire on the municipal and construction dealings in India told through Sachin Tichkule’s life. It aims at highlighting and revealing the various facets and levels of bribing and crooked tricks required for a common man to survive the system. Says Akshay, who’s got himself in Tichkule’s shoes, “Khatta Meetha is a cerebral comedy about a man caught in an uncommon situation. This slice of film, much inspired by
RK Laxman, will get you thinking and have you laughing off your seat at the same time. And like all my other films, this one too comes straight from the heart.” Priyadarshan couldn’t agree less. “Sachin is the most intricate character I’ve ever dealt with and Akshay has indeed put his heart and soul to bring the character to it’s zenith. His body language, emotions, dialogue delivery and comic timing has all been done with enough realism and subtlety,” said the director and added, “Akshay scored in his role perhaps because he he life the life of an ordinary man before becoming a star. I’ve seen Akshay grow from Hera Pheri to Khatta Meetha, and I can proudly say that he’s on par with any actor you can compare with today.” Debuting alongside the Bollywood’s box office king, is one of South’s most sought-after actresses — Trisha and the music of the film has been composed by Pritam.
Shruti Hassan to star opposite Emraan Hashmi in Madhur Bhandarkar’s romantic comedy
After making her acting debut in the debacle Luck, Shruti Hassan now has a second chance to re-establish her filmi career. Soham Shah’s film didn’t do much for her but Shruti hopes that Madhur Bhandarkar will take her career to dizzying heights.
The young actress has been signed opposite Emraan Hashmi for Bhandarkar’s next romantic comedy Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji.
A source reveals, “Madhur is known for his unusual casting. This time it is Shruti and serial kisser Emraan. Madhur really likes Shruti’s attitude and body language. Moreover, she is the ideal choice for the role and she was always Madhur’s first choice for this comedy film.”
“This is a romantic comedy so it is quite different from what Madhur usually makes. Now that Shruti has been finalised opposite Emraan, Madhur is hunting for an 18-year-old girl to star opposite Ajay Devgn,” adds the source.
Madhur remained unavailable for comment and Shruti refused to comment.