Posts tagged Yashpal Sharma
After essaying several north Indian characters on screen, Yashpal Sharma is portraying a Maharashtrian in his next
Shakti Shetty (MID-DAY; November 26, 2012)
Yashpal Sharma might be a Haryanvi by origin but he has played characters from Hindi heartland for a major part of his acting. Now the actor is all slated to essay a Marathi guy in an upcoming period film about karmic retribution. Ironically, the film’s story revolves around the Bihar earthquake of 1934 and Mumbai’s 26/11 of 2008! Though the role was challenging, Yashpal says he tried not to give into cinematic stereotypes.
“My character’s name in the film is Sadashiv Apte and this is the first time I’m playing a local guy. During the making, I just tried my best not to be a victim of image. I do not confine myself to a particular genre or did not do only positive or comic roles. I’m not worried about the image just like Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan and Manoj Bajpayee, who are all real actors,” says the National School of Drama graduate.
Having never played a Maharashtrian before on the big screen, Yashpal had to prep himself to get the accent right. However, his theatre background came in handy. “I’m a theatre actor first so I just had to prepare a bit. I practiced and it made my dialogs perfect. You can’t say that I’m someone from north India when you hear me deliver my dialogues with Marathi accent,” signs off Yashpal.
Anurag Kashyap on creating a new brand of music, using retro Bollywood tracks and giving it a contemporary feel, in his Gangs Of Wasseypur series
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; August 1, 2012)
Just like the first installment of Gangs Of Wasseypur, the soundtrack in the sequel too reflects the theme of the movie. However, this time the sound is funky and contemporary, compared to the rustic music in the first outing. This is more so because the story proceeds with time.
Director Anurag Kashyap maintains that the approach was the same for both films. “There are English words in the songs and also North Indian colloquial lingo,” he says, adding that technologically, the music is modern and goes well with the film. “While we knew that I Am A Hunter and O Womaniya would do well, it feels great that Keh Ke Lunga became an anthem of the film,” he says. No wonder then that the song features in the sequel too, in a different version rendered by Amit Trivedi and Sneha Khanwalkar, who has also composed the soundtrack. Says Sneha, “While the song was from Sardar Khan’s (Manoj Bajpayee) point of view in the first part, it is from his son Faizal’s (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) perspective in the sequel.” In the same vein, Kashyap explains, “Here, it builds the euphoria into the climax, and when the sound goes from 5.1 mix to 7.1 mix — more hardcore and intricate — the whole theatre starts vibrating.”
The find of the album is Durga, who has rendered Chhi Chha Ledar. Anurag tells us that she’s a More >
Hiren Kotwani (BOMBAY TIMES; July 26, 2012)
Unlike the first part of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur, its sequel incorporates many Bollywood elements from the 1970s till the early 2000s. Taking the story ahead, Gangs Of Wasseypur 2 features many new characters all with individual funny quirks. Every character seems to be brimming with Bollywood ‘ishtyle’. The film also depicts Wasseypur’s citizens obsession with Bollywood, right from imitating hairstyles of actors to sporting the looks of major stars. That’s a diversion from the first part of the film, where the characters were all real.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who plays Sardar Khan’s son Faizal, is in awe of Amitabh Bachchan of the 1970s and sports sideburns and wears bellbottoms just like the veteran actor. A character called Perpendicular is a Sanjay Dutt fan, while Definite (Zeeshan Quadri, who’s also the script writer of the film) sports Salman Khan’s Tere Naam look. But, it’s not just the men, but the women too who have been inspired by Bollywood. Huma Qureshi’s Mohsina has borrowed from Madhuri Dixit’s look from Dil Toh Paagal Hai.
Yashpal Sharma is playing an item boy. Even though he doesn’t have a big part, Sharma plays a singer and has three songs in the movie. No wonder the talk is that the sequel is funnier than the first with all these filmi elements being used.
Viacom18 Motion Pictures’ Gangs Of Wasseypur II releases on August 8.
BOMBAY TIMES (May 18, 2012)
From Patna to Los Angeles, it has been a long journey for debutant director Gitanjali Sinha, the direcyor of Yeh Khula Aasmaan! It is the story of a young IITian going back to his roots, the film uses the kite flying sport as a metaphor to convey the message of the enthusiasm and a never say die spirit.
Yeh Khula… has already garnered rave reviews at various international film festivals and has also won the awards at the All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival (Best Foreign Feature Film) and Kids First Film and Video Festival. The film was also officially selected and screened at the Art of England International Film Festival, International Youth Film Festival, International Film Festival of South Africa and Ireland International Film Festival amongst others. It also received a standing ovation at the Haryana Film Festival. Actor Yashpal Sharma who was present there said, “After Lagaan, Yeh Khula Aasmaan is the only film to have received this kind of response from the audience.”
For director Gitanjali, assembling the project was an arduous task. “But I believed in my story and went ahead with the film, nevertheless,” she smiles.
She added, “Though told from the Gen X’s eye, it is meant for family so that understand them better. What I want to say through my film is — even if you fail don’t lose heart. Get up and fight once again. There will be a better tomorrow.”
Starring Raj Tandon , Anya Anand and Raghuvir Yadav, Yeh Khula Aasmaan has been More >
By Taran Adarsh, March 25, 2011 – 11:23 IST
Some stories intrigue you. And if they happen to borrow from real life, the curiosity to watch the screen adaptation only enhances considerably. More so if the story talks of the stormy and tumultuous relationship between a scheming politician, who aspires to be the Chief Minister of a North India state and a political journalist, who aspires to achieve the star status in her field of work. Now add love, lust, conspiracy, scams, deception and murder to the plotline and what emerges is a piece of work that stands apart from stories that we are habituated to watching on the Hindi screen.
Come to think of it, the trend of female actors essaying the part of a journo on the Hindi screen isn’t new. Right from Sridevi [MR INDIA] to Dimple Kapadia [KRANTIVEER] to Juhi Chawla [PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI] to Preity Zinta [LAKSHYA] to Konkona Sen Sharma [PAGE 3] to Deepal Shaw [A WEDNESDAY] to Kangna Ranaut [KNOCK OUT] to Rani Mukerji recently [NO ONE KILLED JESSICA], the fearless media person has been witnessed in varied avtaars. But the part Divya Dutta portrays in MONICA is a tad different from the ones mentioned above.BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM
MONICA is not just about a media person, but also looks at the various roles that she portrayed in her life – wife of an alcoholic, mother of an illegitimate child, a go-getter, ambitious woman who “has the access to the pants of a powerful politician” [that's a dialogue More >
Lucknow based Congress leader Kush Bhargava will release a film on the infamous telecom scam on March 25. Divya Dutta, the protagonist, will have shades of both Shivani Bhatnagar and Nira Radia
Saumit Singh (MUMBAI MIRROR; March 07, 2011)
Here again! Another infamous controversy has been turned into a film. A Lucknow-based Congress leader, Kush Bhargava, is set to release a film based on the recent telecom scam.
The film, Monica -The Politics Of Murder, revolves around the corporate-political nexus in the telecom sector and the protagonist Monica, played by Divya Dutta, has shades of both Shivani Bhatnagar and Nira Radia.
Producer Bhargava, who hails from a royal family has also served as the media cell chief of the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee. The timing of the film has raised eyebrows within the Congress.A poster of Monica
However, Bhargava insists that he will release the film on the scheduled date March 25. “After you see the film you will realise that the time frame points to the period when the telecom sector was being opened up.
The Congress was not in power at that time. The film cuts across party lines and I’m hoping people will take it in that spirit. In fact we plan to hold a special screening of the film for Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dixit on March 16.
Salman Khurshid has agreed to be present for the premier of the film in Mumbai on March 23,” he said.
Directed by Sushen Bhatnagar, the film has an ensemble cast More >