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A critically-acclaimed debut, a three-year hiatus and a stellar comeback, the bold CHITRANGADA SINGH displays her bravosity and prowess as she recounts her journey
By RUCHIKA VYAS (iDIVA; February 26, 2011)
CAREER CHOICE It sort of chose me. After some print modelling, I did a music video for Gulzar saab. I got noticed and was called for the audition of Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Fortunately, it all worked out.
OUTSIDER AMONG INSIDERS I had to make my own relationships. Also, when I returned to films after a three-year gap, I had to start all over again, which was a little difficult. But it is untrue that people have any prejudices if you’re not from a film background. As long you have talent and you’re good at your job, it’s enough. It gets a little tougher because you don’t get as many opportunities and things are not well planned for you. But I’m happy to have come so far and people have been very good to me.
THE THREE-YEAR TWITCH I want to state clearly that my husband had nothing to do with it! I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do at that point. It was a moment of indecision; I just wasn’t ready for it. I didn’t want it that bad, especially because it was so demanding. You have to be very committed to what you do, so I just thought I’ll think about it. I gave it a long thought, and after three years, I knew then that this is what I wanted to do. And I’m glad I took that break; it just made things so much clearer. More >
By Nilanjana Nag (MUMBAI MIRROR; April 11, 2010)
In India, what water is to milk, women are to Arjun Rampal. Now don’t draw your own inferences; it’s just that the two blend well. Having had his fair share of relationships with women, this National Award winner has managed to stay friends with a lot of his exes (Freud must be turning in his grave).
“Back in school, I used to think girls are the enemies,” says Arjun, “Always out to harm you. Until in eighth standard, my mother decided to shift me to the Kodaikanal International School. Ours was a typical lower middle class family in a small town called Jabalpur. So my mother took up a teaching job in the same school; or else funding my education would’ve been impossible. Suddenly, I was exposed to a new world of ideas, opportunities. This proved to be a turning point of sorts that changed my outlook towards women and men and most importantly, my relationships with them.”
The Kodai School transfer was more of an eye-opener for Arjun and the timid, quiet, insecure boy in him started opening up to others around him. “This school had no uniforms,” says Arjun, “So the students wore what they wanted. I would turn up in a t-shirt and a pair of shorts.” Didn’t the clothes make class distinctions more apparent amongst students? Arjun disagrees, “It just made us more comfortable with ourselves because our backgrounds didn’t matter. Each of us now had a locker to keep his things More >
Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known to be demanding director, but he gives credit where it’s due. According to an eye-witness Hrithik had to recently deliver a five-and-a-half minute-long monologue while shooting for a crucial turning point scene in Guzaarish
It had been broken up into three parts to ease the pressure on Hrithik. As the star launched into it, Bhansali was ready to call for a cut after two minutes. To his astonishment, Hrithik did not stop and delivered the entire monologue in one fluid take.(L): Hrithik Roshan (R):Sanjay Leela Bhansali
This amazed not only the entire crew, but the director as well. The monologue has Hrithik remembering a woman from his past, before he becomes wheelchair-bound. The intensity stunned everyone on the sets, as it was obvious that Hrithik had worked hard to memorise the part and rehearse it before reaching the sets. Bhansali walked up to the actor and said, ‘What can I say?’
A wary Hrithik thought that he had messed up. Bhansali then gave him the greatest compliment an actor can hope to hear from his director. He said to Hrithik, ‘You are in Bachchan’s league.’ Remember Amitabh Bachchan’s monologue in the climax of Baghban?
This is indeed an accomplishment for a man who used More >