Posts tagged gut feeling
By Devansh Patel, May 6, 2011 – 14:42 IST
It’s 5.30 on a Tuesday evening. My mobile was beeping with back to back text messages of Osama Bin Laden and then suddenly one text pops up that read – Come to Balaji to meet Ekta Kapoor. Now I’d be a fool not to take this one seriously. Within an hour I was dressed to meet India’s most powerful woman who has built an eponymous media empire named ‘Balaji’. So what does one do with so many preconceived notions? “Ekta is very strict. Mind your move”, “Ekta isn’t easy to deal with”, “Ekta’s interview is not going to be easy”, and the many more one line suggestions started to pour on my mobile as I left for her Andheri office. I reach Balaji at 7pm. Ekta is nowhere to be seen as she was just driving back from one of the television shows where she was the guest of honour. Time is ticking and its 8pm and I’ve already gulped down a cup of green tea and black coffee. Then I was told to come on the 5th floor where she is busy changing to get ready for my interview. It’s 8.30pm and Ekta is talking with me in her fifth floor suite because both her life and her company are very much in transition. But before our talks, Ekta being Ekta introduces me to a few of her colleagues where she is surprised to know that I know a few of them already: courtesy Facebook. In her flawless Malini Ramani, she looked every bit an actress, and with her stretched smile, you definitely get drawn to her stunning symmetry of beauty and brains all More >
Neil Nitin Mukesh talks about how the year-long delay before his debut changed his outlook to life
Sayoni Sinha (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 20, 2011)
Despite a known surname, Neil Nitin Mukesh had his share of struggles in the film industry. Since college, he was sure that he wanted to take up acting as a career. When he was offered Johnny Gaddaar by director Sriram Raghavan, he was thrilled. “When I bagged a role in the film, I was sure of getting a good debut.
Everything was going great until the film got stuck because of financial problems. I had no work for more than a year. I sat outside the offices of big banners. Producers would meet me; share pleasantries but nobody was willing to take on the project,” admits Neil. It was the most difficult phase of his life.
For a year and half, Neil and Sriram met producers, hoping to bring the film back on track. “It was disheartening to hear a ‘no’ everyday and even more upsetting to come home and give the news to my parents,” says Neil. His friends and family wanted him to move on and look for a different project, but Neil wouldn’t hear any of it. “I had full faith in the script. Finally, Manmohan Shetty saw the rushes and decided to produce it. Today, whatever I am, it’s because of that film,” he says.
After the incident, Neil has become a little superstitious. He started believing in destiny and fate. “Today, I am glad that I went with my gut feeling and luckily chose the right path, so all the More >
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Call it an ultimatum or whatever but Katrina Kaif is certain she will get married in 2012. And since that’s just two years from now, she is all set to have the time of her life in films.
That also explains her choices, which currently consist of Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan, Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar and Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana 2, which should take care of this year.
It also means she has stopped looking for another home. “I’ll get married and go to my husband’s home,” she says fluttering her eyelashes, “Why put in so much money into a new home when I have a perfectly comfortable one at the moment?”
Whether the 2012 groom will be Salman Khan or someone she still has to meet, or whether it will even be another actor, is something she refuses to comment on.
You have been a part of many multi-starrers, is that a formula for success? If there was a formula for success I would pay pots and pots of money and buy it (laughs). But seriously, I feel that while choosing your films, all one needs to do is follow your gut feeling and have faith in the project. You tried your hand at some unconventional stuff with Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, Mithya and Dasvianiya. What kind of response did you get for them? And are you going to be part of more such films? I have got a fabulous response for all the different cinema that I have attempted, and am looking forward to a lot more in the future. My film Raat Gayi, Baat Gayi? just won the viewers choice award at a film festival. That will be my next release after De Dana Dan. I agree it’s a mixed bag, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. How important are hits to you? While making a film we put in a lot of hardwork, and the only way it gets appreciated is when the audience views it and it becomes a hit… unless the critics are really kind (laughs). After doing realistic and masala movies, do you want to see yourself doing an absolute rom-com kind of movie? Yes, I would love to, I am screaming out loud that is my most favourite genre. I hope someone’s listening. But on a serious note, I have done one that’s in the same space… it’s called Pappu Can’t Dance More >