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WAR: ‘Thankfully, we were side by side and not facing each other,’ Tiger Shroff opens up on the first day with his mentor Hrithik Roshan

WAR is shattering all records at the Indian box office. Everyone who has seen the Tiger Shroff – Hrithik Roshan action drama is raving about the spectacular fight sequences and chemistry between the two hunks. In an EXCLUSIVE chat with BollywoodLife, Tiger Shroff said, “I was so nervous on the first day. I was shaking in my knees. Thankfully, we were side by side and not facing one another. Since we were not seeing each other directly, I could give the shot confidently.” We also told Tiger that Hrithik Roshan has spoken about how particular he was about getting everything right as he feels that the Baaghi actor is quite exceptional. “He is just doing natak. He is a very good actor. Whatever I have done or achieved is because I am inspired by him. I have to thank him for what I have achieved.”

Unlike his contemporaries, Tiger Shroff is the only one who has a market in a definite space. “I am blessed that people have accepted me as an action hero. There is so much competition so how does one stand out. The action hero tag has given me an identity. I am very thankful to the audience,” he says. Talking further about the experience of working with his idol, Hrithik Roshan, Tiger gushes, “For me there was no bigger high than when I would see my shots on the monitor and he did say something nice or give a feedback. That is my most precious memory and takeaway from WAR. Growing up, you idolise someone, then you get a chance to work with him and he appreciates you. There is no bigger high than that.”

When we asked Tiger Shroff about the comparisons to Saaho, another action extravaganza that released, he says that he did not get a chance to watch the film. He also told us that he would definitely like to do an action film with Prabhas Sir. As it is observed, many people love action stars of the West but have complaints with desi ones. Tiger Shroff’s acting skills even in action flicks have been under the scanner. Does that bother him? “It does. I mean what action heroes do, very few people can. It is not just about action but the emotions and expression behind the action. It is a loud form of expression. Doing that plus performing is not the easiest of tasks. I feel it is a misconception,” states the actor. He also reveals how the team of WAR started cheering as Hrithik Roshan and Tiger began shooting for the hit, Jai Jai Shiv Shankar. “We were so involved with the choreography that we did not realise that we were in the same frame,” he says. The film is made by Siddharth Anand of Salaam Namaste fame!

Sushmita Sen opens up about the deadly disease that almost took her life

Sushmita Sen is a living and walking inspiration for all the girls out there and there are no two ways about that. Be it the way she has challenged society’s norms and standards by adopting two girls as a single parent or the way she has done it with all the dignity in the world, the former Miss Universe is grace personified. It is that’s one of the many awe-inspiring things about her and we are just glad we are here to see her do it with elan. In fact, the actress who is currently dating model Rohman Shawl has opened up about a deadly disease that had left her broke.

In an interview with Rajeev Masand, Sushmita Sen revealed that while we saw her strutting and sashaying at ramps, she fought a deadly ailment all by herself, amidst raising her daughters. It dates back to 2014; the actress said that she fell seriously sick and was rushed to hospital after fainting. Initially, the doctors could not figure what was wrong with her but after a gamut of tests, it came to the fore that her adrenal glands had stopped making a vital hormone, called cortisol. Reportedly, she had gone into an adrenal crisis, which usually ends in multiple organ failure but she barely survived.

Batti Gul Meter Chalu box office collection Day 1: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha’s film opens with Rs 6.76 cr

Batti Gul Meter Chalu, despite featuring a prominent cast comprising Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam, had a slow start at the box office, earning Rs 6.76 crores on its opening day.

Shraddha Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor in a still from Batti Gul Meter Chalu

The film released alongside Manto, Saamy Square and The Equalizer 2. Trade analyst Girish Johar had predicted that the film would be able to amass Rs 5.5 crores on its first day. “Desi stories always connect well with people. Also, a social issue relating to a common man’s fight against power distribution companies will pull audiences to cinema halls,” Johar had told The Indian Express in a statement, adding that a combination of good cast and director increases the possibility of a positive box office outcome. Meanwhile, Shraddha’s other release, Amar Kaushik’s Stree where the actress features alongside Rajkummar Rao, has been steady at the box office, even after three weeks of its release.

Jagga Jasoos: Anurag Basu opens up about Ranbir, Katrina and shooting without a physical script

Anurag Basu is one of those people who has the habit of finishing his sentences very fast while communicating. This only means you have to be extra cautious while listening to him, lest you miss out on words.

When I meet him at the Disney office, he seems relaxed in a blue floral half-sleeved shirt and loose trousers. Along with Ranbir, he has just delivered a succession of TV interviews and is still raring to go. The relaxed vibe could also be attributed to a different technique that he has been employing for his films.

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in Jagga Jasoos. Image from Firstpost

“For both Barfi and Jagga Jasoos, I went ahead and shot the climax first. It gives you a sort of confidence and the entire film is clear in your head. I do this only because the climax of a film is the most difficult portion to shoot and if you are able to finish the most difficult portion first, then it’s like catching the bull by its horn,” explains Basu.

The germ of his latest venture Jagga Jasoos lies in his own daughter. After he showed Barfi to her and met with a disapproval, he was on the lookout for a subject that could appeal to his daughter and replace the Hollywood flicks synonymous with Disney and Pixar. Jagga Jasoos was thus born, a musical with a tinge of thriller.

The film also marks the second collaboration of Anurag with his ‘muse’ Ranbir Kapoor. “Ranbir is a great person and that’s why he makes a great actor” says Basu.

For the filmmaker, it was a task explaining the genre of the film to his investors. “It was very tough to explain, as there was no reference for this musical thriller. It was more like walking a completely dark path but then slowly as you move ahead, the vision became clear,” he says. Basu is a sucker for musicals and counts Mary Poppins, Sound of Music and the more recent La La Land as his favorites. He also cites a film that was made in his mother tongue Satyajit Ray’s Heerak Rajar Deshe, as one of his favourites.

To borrow words from Ranbir Kapoor, chaos is what best describes Basu’s sets. He reportedly never carries a ‘physical’ screenplay, as it’s all there in his head. Ranbir has admitted that when he was given the first narration of Jagga Jasoos, the entire movie was in his head but nothing on paper. “It’s just not possible to shoot a film without a screenplay. You have to have a graph with a beginning, middle and the end. You just cannot land on the sets and start shooting scenes. It’s just not possible. The script is definitely there somewhere, it’s either in the head, or in some drawer or in the back pocket of the director,” says the director, without revealing where he kept his script.

While the initial days of the film were marred with casting issues, there were also reports of some early scenes of the film being scrapped. As per Basu, only two small scenes were scrapped and nothing was reshot. The build-up to all this also resulted in negative publicity for the film.

“It’s difficult for both Ranbir and I to keep explaining and justifying. Ranbir is not on social media and I am hardly active. The film should speak for itself and there is no point giving justifications,” he clarifies.

Rumours related to Katrina Kaif’s commitment towards the film after her alleged split with Ranbir also did the rounds. Quiz Basu about it and he talks more about her professional commitments: “She has been amazing actually, and Ranbir and her compliment each other. They gave each other lots of space when on the sets. Both of them have behaved in a professional manner throughout the film.  It’s also very difficult for actors to give consistency when a film is in making for long. It was tough for them and they could have easily lost their interest.”

Basu also clarifies about the image of Govinda that’s been floating on social media these days. He clarifies that he did shoot with Govinda for a special appearance in the film, but because of some changes it could not find a place in the final cut.

Right at the helm of the film, I wonder what occupies the director’s mind. He jokingly reveals a grudge he has towards Ranbir. “I really want to work with most actors from the industry, but he is just not allowing me to. Kamina, karne hi nahi deta hai. There was a film planned with Shah Rukh Khan but something happened at the end moment, I am hopeful that after Jagga Jasoos it might just happen,” reveals Basu.

Ranveer Singh bares it all and opens up about his experience with casting couch

The film industry is often thought to be sexist towards women, constantly idealising their bodies and specific parts in general and dissing their brains. Stories about the ‘casting couch’ (promise of film offers/career growth for sex) have done their fair share of rounds in the media. However, we often work under the assumption that it is only women who are faced with the ‘casting couch’. In a candid interview for NDTV, Ranveer Singh opened up about his own experiences with the film industry evil.

Ranveer Singh. AFP

Ranveer Singh recalled how he met with a “sleazy gentleman” in the Andheri suburbs of Mumbai on the pretext that the person in question would go through his portfolio. Ranveer spoke of how it was apparent that he was not interested in the portfolio. “He didn’t even look at it,” said Ranveer. He told Ranveer that to succeed one must be “smart and sexy and be able to take and touch” and said, “Jo smart hai aur sexy hai woh aage nikal jaata hai (the one who is smart and sexy will move forward)”

Ranveer said that he said, “Kal main tumhe yeh office mein bhejunga, woh office mein bhejunga, tab tum kahoge take and touch (tomorrow I will send you to various offices and you will come and say, here take and touch). It was not enough for Ranveer to say no, when the person in question tried to negotiate and asked to touch it (penis), even if Ranveer did not want to do anything and then said if he could at least show it.

Ranveer mentioned how this is not a unique thing that happened to him and the ‘casting couch’ is a problem faced by many male struggling actors and not just an issue specific to women.