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Rachel Fernandes (BOMBAY TIMES; October 10, 2010)
Irrfan Khan’s reputation for versatility is well know in the film industry. He is one of the few actor who has essayed a wide range of characters, both dark and romantic, with equal panache. And in Knock Out, where he plays the role of a street-smart investment banker, the target of a nameless foe (Sanjay Dutt) who turns his world upside down, Irrfan has gone a step further by getting himself a brand new look. It’s suave, sexy and “very metrosexual” as the actor chooses to describe it.
“My role is that of a flamboyant guy and it needed me to sport a metrosexual look. Hence, I got myself a different hairstyle and consequently, a new look. I must say I’m really looking different and I feel it’s made a huge difference to my role. Had I stuck to my regular look, I think it wouldn’t have made the same impact on my character,” says the actor. He adds that though the producers initially weren’t keen on him changing his look, they eventually ended up loving what they saw.
Flamboyant and Irrfan? That’s got to be something new for his fans, isn’t it? “If one has to look at the same face again and again, it gets quite boring. Sometimes the role demands a new look, but sometimes I do it just for the heck of it. ,” he says.
Talking about the experience of shooting this fast-paced thriller, Irrfan says, “It was a bit tedious. There was no face to look at. All through the movie, the other person was on the phone and hence, it became a bit mechanical. But I have seen the film and I am very excited by it,” he says. About the rumours that his role is a copy of Colin Farrell’s in Phone Booth, Irrfan has just one thing to say, “Watch the film and then give the verdict. Anyways, what’s the point of doing a role that’s already been done by someone else?”
So will he carry on with this metrosexual look post the film? “If my future roles and of course, the public demand it, I will definitely repeat it,” the actor concludes.
Knock Out releases on October 15.
(Contributed by Meena Iyer and Prithwish Ganguly)
Image courtesy: Prasad Naik
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
Sanjay Dutt, who’s given up alcohol, is high on life and all excited about playing a patriot in his new film
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 7, 2010)
Sanjay Dutt is in an interesting phase in his career. At a time when the men in cinema (Rajinikanth, Ajay Devgn, Salman Khan) have been standing up and delivering, Sanju is getting ready for a challenge too. Yes, the countdown has begun. AAP Entertainment and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out, a fast-paced thriller that brings together Sanjay Dutt, Irrfan Khan and Kangna Ranaut together for the first time, releases worldwide on October 15. And Sanju is pretty confident about the film.
He says, “Mani Shankar and I went wrong with Rudraksh. It was a film slightly ahead of its time. But I have full faith in Mani as a director. He’s really good with the thriller genre. I only did Knock Out because the script had novelty. And my role is the backbone of the film.’’ Of the film that has the right amount of twists and turns to keep viewers riveted, Sanju says, “It’s a suspense thriller that can hook the audience because it’s a smart-sassy film that takes on anti-nationals. I play a desh bhakt… and I’m very sure the patriotic dialogue baazi will bring the house down.’’
Personally, too, the actor confesses to being in a very calm and collected phase of his life. He has given up alcohol because he says, “Life is giving me the high I need. My wife Manyata is expecting twins sometime in November end. I’m very settled in my head.’’ It is true. Sanju, who has never been an avaricious guy, has got more work at 51 than most other Bollywood actors have. In 2011, the actor will be seen in Indra Kumar’s Double Dhamaal, Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Power, Ram Gopal Varma’s Department and David Dhawan’s Rascals. “I will also start to shoot for Rajkumar Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s third edition to Munnabhai,’’ he laughs, “All the world is a stage. And, I’m happy for the career breaks I’ve got.’’
By Taran Adarsh, October 5, 2010 – 08:38 IST
There’s a strong possibility that JHOOTHA HI SAHI may be postponed by one week. Slated for release next week [15 October], the film may now arrive on 22 October because music composer A.R. Rahman is yet to complete recording the background score of the film. Producer Madhu Mantena doesn’t rule out the possibility. “Yes, the film may get shifted to next week. It’s true that Rahman hasn’t completed recording the background score. Also, with two major films clashing on 15 October [AAKROSH, KNOCK OUT], there’s no point releasing on that date. Besides, the music of JHOOTHA HI SAHI is picking up and if we shift the film ahead by one week, it will only help the music to grow further,” Mantena states.
If JHOOTHA HI SAHI is shifted to latter date, Madhu Mantena will hold the distinction of releasing four films on a single Friday – JHOOTHA HI SAHI and the three versions of RAKHT CHARITRA [Hindi, Tamil and Telugu].
BOMBAY TIMES (October 2, 2010)
It’s got all the necessary ingredients for a fast-paced thriller, one that promises to set your pulses racing. The Sanjay Dutt, Kangna Ranut starrer Knock Out, which is set to hit theatres on October 15, is already making the right waves. In fact, the members of the censor board were so impressed by the movie that they have given it a U/A rating. Now the censor board members are normally not allowed to express their opinion about a film. However, one of them liked Knock Out so much that he immediately called up the producer, Sohail Maklai and told him that he loved it.
Knock Out is the story about Sanjay Dutt, a new-age lone ranger who has the latest weapons and gadgets at his fingertips. He trusts and depends on no one. Working alone, he effortlessly uses his wit, skills, and love for stealth technology to manipulate and trap his elusive target.
The target, Irrfan Khan, is a streetsmart investment banker, a man who unwittingly holds the key to India’s destiny. He is a man consumed by his own obsessions, an extremely clever and unstoppable foe. Through a brilliant play of truth and pretense, Sanjay strips Irrfan of his arrogance and attitude, opens his heart and confounds his brain, locking him in a tangle beyond redemption, a tangle which can only be unraveled one way… leading to the biggest ‘counterheist’ in the history of this nation.
Hot on the trail of these two men is hard-nosed television journalist, Kangna Ranaut. As the film reaches its action-packed climax, the entire country becomes a witness to the live action that unfolds before television cameras. For a nation that has endured political thieves for six decades, this counter-heist of a massive scale wakes them up in a way nothing has ever done before.
Kangna Ranaut is a fashionable girl who loves experimenting
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 28, 2010)
Kangna Ranaut might have been a green-horn in BTown — wide-eyed and bushy-tailed about the whole fashion business when she started off. But along the way she learned how to dress and has today developed her own sense of style. Blessed as she is with a fashionably lean body, she could experiment with various ethnic and western designs. And today, she does manage to grab eyeballs when she walks on to the screen or walks into an event. Initially, AAP Entertainment Pvt Ltd and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out that is releasing worldwide on October 15, didn’t offer this sassy actress a chance to experiment with her wardrobe. “The film itself is a thriller that takes place within a time span of two hours of screen time. And since I play a television journalist, who is doing some serious spot reporting, I had to be wearing one costume throughout the film. So I didn’t get a chance to get myself an extensive wardrobe” explains Kangna, who’ll be seen wearing a smart-cut western outfit since her screen character resembles that of a high-profile reporter. Though Kangna had to have six copies of the same outfit to last her during the entire duration of the shoot, later on, she had a surprise in store for her. Kangna did get a chance to dress interestingly when the producers of Knock Out suggested adding a title track. “The music video shot is completely disconnected from the film. It is not in tandem with my screen character. But I loved the challenge of dressing up like a rock star because that’s exactly how the song is designed. Even Sanju sir (Sanjay Dutt) has a very interesting wardrobe for the song. We’re both carrying guitars and grooving to a snazzy number directed by Ahmed Khan,” she says. While Sanju is wearing a chic leather jacket over a pair of fashionable denims and heavy-duty jewellery like the rappers do, Kangna will be seen sporting figure-hugging leather pants, a smart short leather jacket thrown over a tube top with chains around her slender neck.
Kangna says she loves the fact that Hindi cinema gives an actor a chance to follow his/her heart and get into costumes that may seem bizarre off screen. But these costumes sit well on screen adding to the largerthan-life images that filmstars are often associated with. “When it comes to dressing up for songs or music videos we actors have a blast. It is truly dream merchant stuff. And if you let yourself go, you can thoroughly enjoy these situations,” says the actress who hopes that one will enjoy the nail-biting, hardcore, real stuff that Knock Out is made of.
By Taran Adarsh, September 23, 2010 – 09:00 IST
Initially, AAKROSH was slated for release on 1st October. However, when ANJAANA ANJAANI decided to shift to 1st October, the producers of AAKROSH decided to shift the film to 8th October, so that a clash can be averted between two biggies. However, the latest development is that AAKROSH has been shifted again, to 15th October now. According to producer Kumar Mangat, he didn’t want to release in the same week as CROOK. “Emraan [Hashmi] is acting in my film DIL TO BACCHA HAI JI, so we thought why release AAKROSH in the same week? 15th October suits us fine. It’s final,” Kumar Mangat reveals.
Meanwhile, a record number of films are slated for release on 15th October: AAKROSH, JHOOTHA HI SAHI, KNOCK OUT, RAMAYANA – THE EPIC [animation] and DUNNO Y… NA JAANE KYON.
By Joginder Tuteja, September 22, 2010 – 11:25 IST
Shifting ahead of Anjaana Anjaani has proven to be an expensive affair for many a filmmaker who were planning to release their movies in the month of October. One of them is Anjum Rizvi who would now be shelling out more moolah for the continued promotion of his newest production A Flat. Reason being that this Jimmy Sheirgill – Sanjay Suri starrer has now been pushed ahead all the way to November to avoid the clutter that has been created in the month of October. The film would now be releasing on 12th November even though the decision means an escalation in cost of promotion.
“It’s okay, ours is a reasonably budgeted film but I won’t mind pumping in some more money for the film’s promotion, says Rizvi who has earlier made A Wednesday and Charas with Jimmy Sheirgill, “Added promotion is only going to help the film further. People have been reacting positively to the well cut promos so far and now that we have more time in hand, there would be a lot more revealed about the true mood of the film in weeks to come.”
“A Flat should still find shows for itself since we are arriving a week later. There should be some empty space available”, says Rizvi, “In case there is any issue with that we would come on 19th November.”
Jimmy is also in agreement with his producer here. He says, “Anjum has been around for a reasonably good time to understand the rules of the game. He is a smart businessman and knows how to release his films. He won’t take any decision out of sheer emotion. If he is deciding to push the film ahead, it makes sense. This should only add on the film’s prospects in the long run.”
With Guzaarish (if at all it arrives) expected to be the only release on 19th November, A Flat could well enjoy some breathing space out of the October clutter. A good decision indeed since there are more than couple of dozen films already fighting it out in October. These are Anjaana Anjaani, Aakrosh, Crook: It’s Good To Be Bad, Jhootha Hi Sahi, Knock Out, Rakta Charitra – I, Hissss, Allah Ke Banday, Do Dooni Chaar, Benny and Babloo, Dunno Y Na Jaane Kyun…, Khichdi – The Movie, Baru – The Wonder Kid, Ramayana – The Epic, Dus Tola, Impatient Vivek, Paan Singh Tomar and Shahrukh Bola Khoobsurat Hai Tu.
Now that’s quite a line up!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; September 18, 2010)
They’re as different as chalk from cheese, especially in their acting styles. Yet Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt and the internationally-acclaimed Irrfan Khan share a deep bond. And, they absolutely cherish the experience of working together in AAP Entertainment Ltd and Sohail Maklai’s Knock Out that releases worldwide on October 15. The film deals with politics and the restoration of national wealth, a topic that is bound to generate headlines.
Sanju says that he accepted the film because it gave him an opportunity to work with Irrfan bhai whom he deeply admires as an actor. “I loved the script. It offered me something new. My entire portion is challenging because it is virtually a monologue. Normally acting is about action and a counter reaction. Here it’s different,’’ says Sanju. The actor admits that the other reason why he agreed to this taut thriller is because of his personal equation with Amitabh Parekh of AAP Entertainment Ltd and producer Sohail Maklai, whom he has worked with in the past.
Irrfan also says that his primary reason for doing Knock Out is because it offered him a chance to team up with Sanju. “The script is great. It has a lot of twists and turns. My role is exceptional. And, for an actor, this is truly exciting. Besides, it gave me a chance to share screen space with Sanjay, who is this largerthan-life star,’’ says Irrfan adding, “Without revealing the suspense, I can say that the two of us have some fantastic interaction that the audience will enjoy.’’
Besides these two very interesting actors, Knock Out also has Kangna Ranaut, Gulshan Grover and Sushant Singh in stellar parts. The story and screenplay is by Mani Shankar and the pithy dialogue by Shiraz Ahmed is other highlight. With everything going as per plan, the producer says, “We are sure the film will pleasantly surprise not only the industry but even the public. The plot starts with a one-off incident on a street, but soon it galvanises the entire nation with a vibrant and positive feeling. It is a two-hour edge-of-the-seat entertainer that’ll leave you charged.’’
The film Criminal is probably the one that comes to mind first when you think of Nagarjuna. Though he made fleeting forays into Bollywood, the actor will now be seen acting with Sanjay Dutt in a new Hindi film.
Mani Shankar will direct this film, the filmmaker who has cast Nagarjuna in the Telugu remake of Knock Out.
Incidentally, Sanjay Dutt and Nagarjuna are both 51 years old and very good friends. In fact, Sanju convinced him to do the Telugu version of Knock Out.
An excited Nagarjuna says, “I’d love to do another Hindi film. But being in Hindi cinema was never a burning ambition. I wasn’t really looking at an alternative career. Mahesh Bhatt was making Criminal in Telugu when he decided to make it in Hindi also.”
Though Nagarjuna prefers to take things as they come, director Mani Shankar sees potential in pairing him with Sanjay. He says, “I am doing a film, in Telugu and Hindi, bringing Sanjay and Nagarjuna together.”