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Dilip Kumar took to comedy to fight the demons of his tragedy performances, Shahid Kapoor’s being trained to fly a fighter plane and a ‘pregnant’ Vidya Balan has banned smoking on the sets… Acting is hard work, finds Seema Sinha
TIMES NEWS NETWORK (TIMES LIFE; February 27, 2011)
WHEN Shahid Kapoor decided to play an Indian Air Force pilot in his father Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut Mausam, he went through rigorous training to fly the F16, a sophisticated fighter plane, to get into the skin of the character.
Recently, Vidya Balan, who essays the role of a pregnant woman in the upcoming Kahaani, has banned smoking on the sets, besides learning how a sixmonth pregnant woman would walk, at what speed, how she would sit and get up. Says director Sujoy Ghosh, “In her mind, Vidya is a pregnant woman. People around would lift things for her. This way, the crew too started seeing her as the character.”
Not trained as an actor, Vidya approaches a role in her own way. During Paa, Vidya had sessions with a gynaecologist to find out the questions pregnant women came up with. Says Vidya, “My endeavour is to behave like the character. People said my character, a gynaecologist, appeared too matter-offact with her patients. But that’s how it was supposed to be. Before the shoot begins, I discuss the character with my directors, understand the emotional graph and on the sets, I just react to the emotions because by then everything else is More >
By Subhash K. Jha, November 24, 2010 – 11:02 IST
Sunny Deol and Rahul Rawail go back a long way. Way back in 1983, Dharmendra asked Rahul Rawail to launch Sunny Deol in a film that eventually shaped into a blockbuster called Betaab.
Today in the year 2010, Sunny’s 19-year old son Karan Deol has enrolled in Rahul Rawail’s acting school.
Confirming this Rawail says, “Yes, I’ve just started my acting school. It’s the first Indian branch of the world-famous Stella Adler Studio Of Acting. And Sunny’s son Karan is my first student.”
Stella Adler’s school in New York is named after Marlon Brando’s first acting teacher. It’s the world’s most well-known acting school having trained many Hollywood legends such as Anthony Quinn, Warren Beatty and Candice Bergen.
Says Rahul, “As proud as I am of having got the franchise for the Stella Adler Studio Of Acting, I am even prouder that Sunny’s son is my first student. I see a sense of continuity there.”
Filmmaker Rahul Rawail’s company LCA Communications Pvt. Ltd has tied up with the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York, known for having trained actors like Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Kevin Costner and Salma Hayek, amongst others.
The acting school has granted a license to Rawail to open the first Stella Adler Studio of Acting in India. Rawail will open the school in Santacruz and it will start functioning in January 2011. And guess what? Sunny Deol’s son, Karan, is an early bird admission.
Rawail said, “We wanted world class training for acting in India. That’s when I contacted Stella Adler’s grandson, Tom Oppenheim, who is also the president and artistic director of the school in New York. After a couple of meetings in New York, we finally came to an understanding.”
Rawail added, “The Indian faculty comprises of senior alumni members of National School of Drama, who have also received training at Stella Adler School of Acting.
There will also be visiting faculty from the parent school in New York.”
By Devansh Patel, June 15, 2010 – 17:24 IST
It’s the re-unite season of sorts I guess. Ram Gopal Varma re-united with his long lost friend Vivek Oberoi after a gap of eight years to create Rakth Charitra. And if that’s called a big coming together of lost mates, try this. Remember Bollywood’s one of the most loved villain Bhikhu Mhatre? Well, the time for Anurag Kashyap to re-unite with his friend Manoj Bajpai is here. The eccentric director who gave birth to Manoj Bajpai’s character in RGV’s most talked about film Satya is planning to direct his most ambitious project till date, titled Gangs of Wasseypur.
Anurag Kashyap’s adaptation, Gangs of Wasseypur, based on the coal mine mafia is all set to roll in a month’s time. What’s more shocking is the fact that Anurag is trying to create The Godfather on celluloid once again. So after RGV’s Sarkar and Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti, here is one more in the making which may well shock us with its treatment. That’s the trait of Kashyap. He does magic in every film of his.
Manoj Bajpai quotes, “Yes, it is true that I have been recommended for Gangs of Wasseypur by Anurag. It’s a pivotal role for me. I haven’t read the final script yet but will in a few days from now. I am so thrilled that the same person who wrote Bhikhu Mhatre’s role in Satya is not only writing my character in this film but is also directing it. We re-unite after twelve long years. That’s quite something.”
About the Godfather story in Gangs of More >
• How much of the real Ranbir do we know?
Probably 30 per cent. And that too from the films I do because it’s only then that I actually give something of myself to the character. But when I am doing interviews, there is a certain amount of a façade. If you are an introvert or shy like me, you need to exude some confidence, some belief in what you are doing. But honestly, I am scared. I am not that confident an actor to believe and think that everything I do will be a success.
I believe, the remaining 70 per cent will eventually come through when I reach a point where I can really surrender to a character. I hope that role turns up some day. As I keep saying, I am very ambitious. I have lots of directors to work with, lots of roles to play. I hope to be a working actor everyday of my life, to be able to go on a set. I really don’t know what to do with my time when I am not on set.
// • When you are not on your Segway that is…
(laughs) I do that every night. It’s my way of letting go. I know it sounds weird and stupid but it’s kind of spiritual. I do it at 2-2.30 in the night. The roads are empty, the weather is great and you just drive through.
• A girl who has worked with you, describes you as a mixture of the three Khans. A bad boy like Salman, charmer like Shah Rukh and focused like Aamir.
That girl might be drunk or on some drug because I am not even close toMore >
Despite wanting to complete the Sarkar trilogy, Ram Gopal Varma gives up on Sarkar 3 because of no satisfactory scriptBy Meena Iyer (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 21, 2009)
Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Sarkar Raj
Sarkar (2005) is one of Ram Gopal Varma’s acclaimed films. The film is his tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather series and it also netted handsome returns for the filmmaker. Then came the sequel, Sarkar Raj in 2008, but received a lukewarm response. Expectations from Bollywood’s first family, the Bachchans, were so high that critics and the audience were unkind to the film.
Ramu says, “At that stage, I seriously wanted to take the series forward.” The general buzz was that after Abhishek Bachchan’s character was bumped off, the mantle of running the family would be taken over by Aishwarya Rai’s character and the story would be taken forward by her and Amitabh Bachchan’s character. RGV felt he had a winner on his hands and his team of writers tried to take the story forward from where they had left it with Sarkar Raj.
“However, we couldn’t do justice to it,” confesses the filmmaker. Like The Godfather series, he too felt the graph going down with a third film. “If you have seen The Godfather, the first part where Marlon Brando plays the head of the family is easily the most arresting of the three films.”
Ram Gopal Varma
Now, as he struggles with his writers to come up with the perfect script for the third film, he More >