Posts tagged confidence
Inshallah Football, a film on how the sport becomes a catalyst for youth in the Valley and suggests a solution to the Kashmir problem, has a limited reach due to its ‘adults only’ tag. Is Indian politics at work here?
Aseem Chhabra (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 17, 2011)
Towards the beginning of Ashvin Kumar’s remarkable documentary Inshallah Football, the film’s protagonist Basharat states his case and that becomes the basis of the film.
Basharat is an 18-year-old high school student in Srinagar, a star footballer who has a chance to go to Brazil to play in the minor leagues. But unfortunately, his passport application has been delayed for one obvious reason his father is a former Kashmiri militant, who travelled to Pakistan for training and was later arrested and tortured by the Indian security forces.
Basharat was only two years old when his father joined the militancy and he rightly feels that he is being unfairly punished for something he had no control over.The passport application of the protagonist, an 18-year-old star footballer, is delayed as his father is a former militant
His father has since renounced the militancy and now runs a legitimate business in Srinagar. The film follows Basharat’s struggle to get a passport. He eventually succeeds with the assistance of the state’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
Inshallah Football is a rare film that provides an alternative solution to the crisis in Kashmir, at a time when nobody seems to More >
By Joginder Tuteja, March 31, 2011 – 16:53 IST
There is something about Irrfan Khan and his various ways with women. After playing a hopeless lover (Yeh Saali Zindagi) and a sadist wife beater (7 Khoon Maaf), Irrfan is donning a new role for his next film Thank You. In this Anees Bazmee directed comedy around infidelity, Irrfan is playing a middle aged womaniser who believes that he knows women in and out and can have a way with them as and when he desires.
“In the film, Irrfan’s takia-kalaam is – ‘Jitna auraton ko main jaanta hoon aur koyi nahi jaanta’ (no one can read women beater than me)”, informs a friend of Irrfan, “He is over confident about this trait of his and this is what eventually leads to trouble in his marital paradise.”
The trouble here is in the form of Rimi Sen who plays his on-screen wife. While Irrfan tries to Mr. Know All, it is Rimi who he can never understand.
“And one fine day when he understands what his wife is all about, uske pairon tale zameen khisak jaati hai (he is totally taken aback)”, laughs the source, “Along with other male leads in the film (Bobby Deol, Suniel Shetty), he too gets into trouble. The difference here being that he was one amongst the trio who never ever thought that he could ever be caught in the act.”
For Irrfan too this is a unique experience because Thank You is the first time ever when he has let his guards down and acted in an out and out commercial comedy. Add to that the fact that he is shown to be More >
Priyanka Jain, Hindustan Times Mumbai, March 29, 2011
Dabboo Ratnani, one of the most respected celebrity photographers, came out with his 12th annual calendar this year. Having worked with some of the most glamorous faces, Ratnani says, “In all these years, I have noticed that the bigger the stars, the more grounded they are. They are confident of what they are doing. Once they trust they are in the right hands, they are open to suggestions and do exactly want you want them to.” The key, Ratnani says, is in getting the stars to trust you and “to do your job well.”
Whether it’s Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s beauty, Kajol’s carefree attitude, Amitabh Bachchan’s energy, Shah Rukh Khan’s dynamism or Hrithik Roshan’s charisma, Ratnani has captured it all over the years. He talks about his five favourite pictures from his portfolio:
Before I became a photographer, I felt it would be an achievement if I could shoot Aishwarya once. She’s every photographer’s dream. A stunning model, she has perfect features and looks equally good in a simple sari or an expensive gown. It’s about the attitude she wears.
The light in this picture is coming through the grill. It’s not flat and that explains the composition’s dramatic effect. No matter how many photo shoots she does, she’s always enthusiastic about the next one. She will go to any extent to make a picture work, and is open to suggestions.
‘I like his intense mood in pictures’
I have shot with More >
By Devansh Patel, March 19, 2011 – 10:46 IST
The actor is in an upbeat mood in Filmistan Studios in Goregaon. His film Game, a twisted thriller, is just a few days away from the big screen release. Add to that, this is the same Studio where he shot his first scene with his wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan twelve years ago when they were mere acquaintances. That explains why the actor greets me in his vanity van with a special chai ordered for me on the sets of Abbas Mustan’s Players being shot in the same studio. He sits tall and with his brewed coffee arriving just in time in his extremely special ‘Chelsea’ mug, you can make out that Abhishek Bachchan the man likes to hold things close to his heart, be it his first shot with wife at Filmistan, his forthcoming film Game or his ‘Chelsea’ coffee mug. Where’s my ‘Liverpool’ mug? Anyway…he doesn’t talk much but he talks precise. His words are sharp and his answers make absolute sense. He said something that is still engraved in my head, as I write this interview, “Failures shake your confidence, shake your belief but it won’t shake your love and passion for what you do.” But the strange thing about Abhi’s selective reticence is that it’s accompanied by a broad smile, as if to say he knows what game he’s being asked to play, and he’s just not interested. For a change, he has no option today but to play the ‘Game’ with me. UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent is all More >
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; February 17, 2011)
Actor Anupam Kher’s a happy man, for, he is able to pass on his fine acting prowess to the youth of this country. He says, “I believe that acting can be taught, learned and perfected by everybody, and the continual demand for my students from the industry is very heartening,” Anupam’s Actor Prepares, one of the leading acting schools in the country, has its students today in various commercials, television programmes and movies.
The academy celebrated its sixth anniversary recently, which was attended by students including some prominent alumni like Leander Paes and Pantaloons Femina Miss India World 2010, Manasvi Mamgai. Leander, who’s ready to make his Bollywood debut and will be seen in two films, says, “Actor Prepares provided me with the training, and ability, to make a transformation from a sportsman to an actor.”
In the same vein, pretty and tall Miss India Manasvi Mamgai, who’s in the 14th batch says, “This academy has got me out of my cocoon, infused self-belief and confidence. And that was one of the main reasons, I was absolutely at ease on the stage.”
Actor Ranbir Kapoor dips into his own experiences to play love guru and offers tips on matters of the heart. Are you listening, boys?
Namrata Bhawnani (MUMBAI MIRROR; September 26, 2010)
Ranbir is amused at the idea of playing love guru, as he feels he is yet to master the art of relationships. Over the years he has become aware of his flaws. But contrary to popular perception, he says, he’s very shy around women and needs a lot of encouragement to approach them.
He insists, “I need a sign, When I was in college, I liked a girl but didn’t have the courage to make the first move. I was low on confidence. So I got my best friend to call her and I would be on conference. This went on for two months!”
He talks about the secret of a good relationship and getting over heartbreak. Here are tips from the young Kapoor charmer:
Don’t have a checklist
She is a woman in your life, don’t treat her like a menu card. Sure enough, the young actor does not have a 10-point agenda when it comes to a date. He says, “I’m not desperate for a relationship. It will happen when you have a connection and if it grows organically. She just has to be a good person, positive and should respect our parents. But Indian women are like that — family oriented. I hope she has a career or something that belongs solely to her; I don’t expect her to live my life.” Respecting the partner’s individuality lays the foundation for a strong relationship.
True love is rare, respect More >
Karan Johar’s surprised sparks didn’t fly between Kajol and Kareena on the sets of his new film
Mark Manuel | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 3, 2010)
This is Karan Johar’s big day. His film, We Are Family — the third Dharma Productions release this year after My Name Is Khan and I Hate Luv Storys — opens to an audience whose appetite and curiosity has already been whetted and stirred respectively by its endearing promos. Bollywood hasn’t had a quintessential family film in a long while. And, to my mind, the anticipation of what might happen at the boxoffice to this film directed by Siddharth Malhotra ought to have reduced Karan to a nervous state. Not so. I found him sipping, well, coffee in his Khar office, relaxed and happy one evening earlier this week. “The final marketing of a film is the film itself — word of mouth,” he said, “and I believe in this product, I think it has legs, though few films last beyond their opening weekend nowadays, they don’t have staying power, they lack longevity.”
His confidence is based on his super star cast, led by that great actress Kajol and supported by the lovely Kareena Kapoor and hunky Arjun Rampal. “If Kajol had not done We Are Family, I wouldn’t have made it,” Karan declared. “The mother’s role is the fulcrum in the film — the pillar, she’s got shades of white and grey, there is an undertone of jealousy and envy in her. Only an actress with a high emotional quotient could have played the role without alienating More >
…as showstopper for Azeem Khan, to raise funds for charity
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; August 26, 2010)
To launch its preferred banking proposition for the fast-growing and affluent segment of society, Standard Chartered held an evening of entertainment on Tuesday where stand-up comic artiste Vir Das enthralled with his quick and ready wit, Sandip Soparrkar and Jesse Randhawa danced, and couturist Azeem Khan revealed his latest fashion collection. The 60-minute, action-packed show was put together by Ashvin Gidwani Productions and choreographed by Marc Robinson. Stopping the show for Azeem was Bollywood hottie Kangna Ranaut, looking breathtakingly resplendent as she took the ramp with confidence and elan. The outfit she wore was auctioned later to raise funds for an eye hospital in Kolkata.
Azeem, whose show was called ‘An Indian Durbar at Buckingham Palace’, said, “My collection draws inspiration from Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee celebrations when Indian royalty was invited to Buckingham Palace. I have attempted to amalgamate glamour, class, elegance and style with the prerequisite elements of wearability, comfort and practicality.”
By Subhash K. Jha, August 2, 2010 – 11:46 IST
Salman Khan who is taking a very keen interest in the Dabangg debutante Sonakshi Sinha’s career has personally advised her not to sign any more films until her first film is released. Which explains why Sonakshi has turned down lucrative offers from several big banners excluding a second film with Salman Khan.
The trailers for Sonakshi Sinha’s Dabangg went on air this week. Immediately, Sonakshi Sinha made an impact on many minds including Sanjay Leela Bhansali who wants to offer her a role. But Salman who has earlier played Christopher Columbus to the likes of Bhumika Chawla (Tere Naam), Zarine Khan (Veer) and of course Katrina Kaif (who was re-launched in Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya ) has already blocked Sonakshi’s dates.
Says the pretty debutante, “Yes I am doing another film for Arbaaz Khan. But we haven’t decided on the subject and other details. All I know is, that’s the only film I’ve said yes to. Otherwise I’ll wait for Dabangg to be released before signing anything.”
Sonakshi is all praise for the way Salman treated her. “Why only Salman? Arbaaz and Sohail also looked after me like a family member. I’ve been so spoilt by them that I don’t know how I’ll work with other banners where I’d just have to be very professional in my dealings.”
Was she ever intimidated by Salman?
Sonakshi laughs, “Not at all. He’s a really chilled-out guy. If I didn’t have Salman and his brothers to look after me in my first More >
Is Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai about him or not? Read this life-sketch of the legendary smuggler and check for yourself
Deeptiman Tiwary and Abhijit Sathe (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 23, 2010)
For Bollywood scriptwriters who tend to seek inspiration from the underworld, Haji Mastan would be hard to resist. Movies like Deewar and Mukkadar Ka Sikandar were loosely based on the life of this smuggler.
As Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai is all set to release next week – with a disclaimer as directed by court - we put together the stories from the life behind the legend.
Contrary to his eulogised figure in movies, Mastan was no dreaded don or gangster. He had never killed a man or shot a bullet in his entire life. He was merely a smuggler with money and connections. What turned him into our Don Corleone was his penchant for exhibition - of power in Robin Hood style and of luxury in the company of the glamour world.Haji Mastan with Sona, a starlet he fancied, financed movies for and later married
Haji Mastan was born Mastan Haider Mirza on March 1, 1926 in Panaikulam village near Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
His father, an impoverished farmer, migrated to Mumbai with Mastan in 1934. They ran a small cycle-repair shop near Crawford Market that barely fed the family.
As Mastan toiled through the day at the shop, Mumbai’s cruel wealth whizzed past him in luxury cars and beamed through the posters of art-deco film theatres. No wonder, he started nursing More >