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 ‘I don’t like movie promotions’

Actor Salman Khan says that he hates getting out of his house to promote movies before their release. The 47-year-old had a busy 2012 as he was extensively promoting his two releases — Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2. And the super star says that he misses the old days, when putting up a film’s poster was the only promotion required. “I don’t like movie promotions. Today, you have to keep aside a month and
half for promotions because producers tie up with so many brands. Producers have become kanjus (stingy) today. Back then, just a film’s poster was enough — but today, you have to go to so many cities, talk to so many people. It is very hectic,” says Salman.

Trying out a different industry

After doing a variety of roles in Bollywood, actor Boman Irani has signed a Telugu film. “I am doing a Telugu film. I have just signed it. Pawan Kalyan is the hero. I wanted to do a film outside Mumbai and
see what it feels like,” the 53-year-old says. “I am very proud that they have accepted me with open arms. We haven’t started shooting. I have just signed the film,” he adds. Meanwhile, Boman says his upcoming film ‘Jolly L.L.B.’ is certainly going to make a difference to the society. “It will be a film that will make a difference because it is about the judicial system in our country and is told in a very funny and sweet way,” he explains.

‘Jolly L.L.B.’, which is slated to release on March 15, also stars Arshad Warsi and Amrita Rao.

Mixed up in a mistake

PVR Pictures has issued an apology to actor Aamir Khan for misquoting him on Hollywood film-maker Kathryn Bigelow’s new film, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’. The actor was quoted talking about the Hollywood film and Bigelow, in a statement issued by PVR Pictures.

However, it seems that this wasn’t the case. “The team at PVR Pictures would like to clarify and categorically state that the quotes and comments attributed to Mr Aamir Khan in the story are not his at all. We sincerely apologise to him for the hurt and offence caused by this gross error from our side,” Kamal Gianchandani, president of PVR Pictures, says in a statement.

“Like millions of Indians, we hold utmost respect and admiration for him and his views,” he adds, also going on to state that the team “regrets this lapse immensely”.

‘Sanjay is such a great actor’

Prachi Desai, who was first noticed in ‘Rock On!’ — where she played Farhan Khan’s neglected wife — has come a long way since her
debut. She’s matured as an actress and delivered performances that are well
beyond her years. In fact, most of the characters she has played have been older than her — whether it was in ‘Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai’ or ‘Rock On!’.

But now, the actress has reason to smile. In the upcoming Policegiri, which also stars Sanjay Dutt, she will finally play a character that is her age. “Sanjay plays a cop in the film and I play a software engineer. I am really happy that I got to play (a character) my age,” Prachi says.

Talking about her character in the film, Prachi is all praises. In fact, she admits that her role is a very colourful one. “My character is a live wire and brings in energy all the time. Even when everything is pretty serious, the character is someone who comes in and changes the scene,” she shares.

She learnt a lot working with actor Sanjay Dutt — and Prachi knows what a great opportunity has come her way. Her experience of working with Sanjay, she says, was amazing. “He is such a great actor and it was amazing to work with him. When I work with such experienced actors, I keep watching and admiring the way they work,” reveals the actress, who began her career in show business with a television show, called Kasamh Se. She went on to make her Bollywood debut with ‘Rock On!’.

No scope for a sequel

Subhash Kapoor, writer-
director of the 2010 satire Phas Gaye Re Obama, is not sure if he will be associated with the sequel of the movie. Producer Ashok Pandey had reportedly announced the second part of the comedy film last year, but Subhash says, “I don’t think there’s any scope for part two. I don’t think that (just because) one movie works, a
second part should be made.

I don’t subscribe to that.” For now, the film-maker is busy spreading the buzz about his forthcoming movie ‘Jolly L.L.B’, a satire on the Indian law system. Starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani, the movie releases on March 15.

A touch of comedy

Siddharth, who was much appreciated for his
intense performance in Rang De Basanti, is back
with another Bollywood flick — David Dhawan’s Chashme Baddoor, which promises to be a laugh riot.

Siddharth, who has lately been busy with his numerous films in the South, was last seen in acclaimed director Deepa Mehta’s ‘Midnight’s Children’. His portrayal of  the antagonist, Shiva, in the movie, has brought in a lot of praise for him.

After being part of such powerful movies, Siddharth is all set to showcase a different side of himself to the audience. On a lighter note, he is gearing up to make a debut in comedy. Unlike his co-stars Ali Zafar and Divyendu Sharma, who have been a part of comic capers before, this genre is going to be new for Siddharth and he is all set for it.

Directed by David Dhawan, Chashme Baddoor stars Ali Zafar, Siddharth, Divyendu Sharma and Southern siren Tapasee, who is all set to make her Bollywood debut this year. It hits theatres on April 5.

 ‘I am happy with my career’

Ali Asgar has played his fair share of female characters on screen, something which his school-going son didn’t like too much. Best remembered for playing Kamal in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii, he was often seen playing a woman in ‘Comedy
Circus’. “It became very monotonous for me to play a girl again and again. I did
it in two or three places, and it was very scary to think that the audience may also find it monotonous,” he says.

“My son used to be teased in school about me dressing up like a girl and he asked me to stop playing such roles,” he adds.

The actor is now acting in Jeannie Aur Juju and says, “The show came as a breather for me. There is no vulgarity or double-meaning dialogues, like in ‘Comedy Circus’. ‘Comedy Circus’ was a competition and therefore, we were often forced to bring in those elements.”

The fact that Jeannie Aur Juju is an Indian adaptation of popular international show ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ attracted Ali towards it.

‘I Dream of Jeannie’ is something that the masses have watched before. This gave the show connectivity and acceptance,” he says. 

He adds, “Also, the makers of the original show are very happy with our adaptation.”

Talking about TRP ratings, the actor reflects, “I would not want these ratings to
affect me, but these are the numbers which show how successful the show is.”
Ali moved to reality shows after finding fiction-based series creatively
dissatisfying.

“I was not getting good characters to do in TV soaps. All the characters seemed like extensions of my role of Kamal from Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii. I was not getting any creative satisfaction,” he says.

However, he admits he’s content with his career. “I am happy with my career. I have been working continuously on TV for 27 to 28 years. I was always creatively occupied and didn’t have the time to sit and sulk,” he points out.

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