Bollywood Roundup: Supriya Devi, Mahesh Bhatt, Shraddha Kapoor, Slappies, Nawazuddin Siddiq, Rahul Boseui

Mahesh Bhatt (Photo; Facebook)

Young generation should learn from Supriya’s movies: Prosenjit

Kolkata– Iterating that Supriya Devi’s contribution to films can never be forgotten, Bengali matinee idol Prosenjit Chatterjee on Friday said the young generation should watch her movies and learn from them.

Supriya Devi (Photo: Starsunfolded)

“A phase is ending. Those whom we had looked up to during our growing up days, are all leaving one by one,” Prosenjit said after paying his last respects to Supriya Devi at her residence.

He referred to Supriya Devi’s performance as protagonist Neeta in the Ritwik Ghatak classic “Meghe Dhaka Tara” (Cloud Capped Star).

“Her contribution can never be forgotten. Leave aside other films, if an actress works with such excellence in a cult film like ‘Meghe Dhaka Tara’, she need not work in any other film.

“Her acting quality was exemplary. The young generation should watch films of actors like her and learn from them,” Prosenjit said.

She opened new opportunities for artistes of the Bengali film industry with her performance in the title role of “Janani”, one of the first mega serials in Bengali television, he said.

Seen so many transitions in this film industry: Mahesh Bhatt

Mumbai– Veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has been in the Hindi film industry for more than four decades, says he has seen a number of transitions in the industry including the time when filmmaker Vikram Bhatt marked his debut and then made a name for himself.

Mahesh Bhatt

Besides Vikram, who is Mahesh’s family friend, Vikram’s daughter Krishna too has boarded the filmmaking band wagon with her upcoming web-series “Untouchables”.

“I think I have seen so many transitions of this industry and Vikram came and joined me and then Vikram became a force to reckon with. He has made his foray into the world wide web and Krishna is one of that streak,” said Mahesh in a statement.

“As you get older you have faith in the younger people and I personally feel that the younger generation has the urgency and idiom of today to communicate with the world in their language but what they need is the draw from the emotional depth of the journeys that we have taken. My journey, her father’s journey and that’s how her graph will be fuelled by a deeper understanding and I think she already has that in her,” he added.

While Mahesh debuted in the film world with his direction of the film “Manzilein Aur Bhi Hain” in 1974, Vikram entered the film industry in 1992 with “Jaanam”.

Shraddha’s quirkiness hasn’t been explored, says Dinesh Vijan

New Delhi– Dinesh Vijan, who is currently working on his production venture “Stree”, says actress Shraddha Kapoor has a quirkiness which has not yet been explored.

Shraddha Kapoor (Photo: Facebook)

On casting Shraddha and actor Rajkummar Rao for “Stree”, Vijan told IANS: “I wanted to work with Rajkummar for a while and I had met Shraddha on a flight and I believed that she had this quirkiness which I feel has not been explored.”

Vijan believes Shraddha will be remembered for her role in “Stree”, which is helmed by Amar Kaushik.

“I feel that she was itching to do a comedy for while. And I feel her look and the way she is performing in this film is fantastic. I feel that with this film she will be remembered,” Vijan added. (IANS)

Vote for Bollywood’s best of worst with ‘Slappies’

Mumbai– The best of the worst from Bollywood will be recognised by Radio City’s Slappies – Season 7′.

While recognizing the best of the year is the usual norm, this activity has a unique twist of awarding the worst talent of Bollywood.

‘Slappies’ allows people to vote for Bollywood’s worst on Radio City’s website. The top five entries across categories are shortlisted for the final voting phase. This year’s punchline “De De Chammat” is aimed at figuratively slapping Bollywood’s worst, said a statement.

Worst movie, actor, actress, song, dialogue, debut, supporting actor and jodi are some of the categories, apart from lifetime achievement for worst film and lifetime achievement for worst actor/actress.

Listeners can vote from among shortlisted nominees between January 26 to February 7. The grand finale will be held on February 9.

Rahul Bose plans woman-centric story set in Mumbai slum

Mumbai– Actor-filmmaker Rahul Bose, whose directorial movie “Poorna” told the underdog story of the youngest girl in the world to scale Mount Everest, says he is hopeful of next directing one of Bollywood’s biggest actresses in a woman-centric story set in Mumbai slum.

“I have written a new script that I have given to one of the biggest actresses in Bollywood. She has loved it and I am hoping that she will agree to act in it. It’s a woman-centric story set in a Mumbai slum,” Rahul said in a statement.

“I will be directing this either end of this year or early next year,” he added.

On the acting front, Rahul is currently working in a movie which revolves around six people who meet as strangers and who realise that there is one thing that binds them all.

An actor, director, screenwriter, social activist and a national rugby player, Rahul is a multi-faceted talent.

He is proud of “Poorna” — starring Aditi Inamdar as Poorna Malavath — which premiered on &pictures on Republic Day.

“I wanted to do this film because it combines all three of my passions – working for the betterment of underprivileged girls, sports and cinema,” he said.

Will play ‘Thackeray’ with as much intensity as ‘Manto’: Nawazuddin

Kolkata– Claiming not to be bogged down by criticism, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has said he would play the role of Balasaheb Thackeray with as much intensity and passion as he did while acting as writer Saadat Hasan Manto in another upcoming film.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui

“My job is to act. So whatever character I get, I will play that with all my acuity. I will play the role of Balasaheb Thackeray with the same intensity that I had while playing Manto,” Siddiqui said at a session at the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet here on Wednesday.

“Your thinking or your political viewpoint can be different but because I am an actor, I will follow the process which I have acquired with my experience in acting, to play any role,” he said.

Nawazuddin is set to play the Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray in Director Abhijit Panse’s upcoming film “Thackeray”.

While the teaser of the film has been largely appreciated, some people criticised the decision of choosing Nawazuddin in the role of the founder of the Hindu right-wing Marathi ethnocentric party.

Asked about his point of view about the recent intolerance over the content of films in the country, the actor said he sometimes feels scared at the present situation but claimed he would not let anyone deter him from following his passion for acting.

“Yes. I feel very much scared sometimes. I was never abused so much in social media before. Whenever I tweet, someone or the other has an opinion. The truth is we are becoming so narrow-minded nowadays that we are not ready to accept anything.” (IANS)


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