Filmi Fundas

Filmi Fundas

‘I had faith in myself’"

Madhuri Dixit, who ruled the hearts of the audience in the 80s and 90s, says that when she started her career, people tried to pull her down by saying she wouldn’t be able to make a place for herself in Bollywood.

“Being a woman, you always go through something or the other. When I made my debut in Bollywood, many people told me I couldn’t do it, it’s not a good place. They said I couldn’t make my position in this industry. But that time, I had faith in myself and worked and proved to everyone what I can do,” Madhuri says.

“When you push yourself, you rise up to the challenge and you realise your strength. When adversity comes, that’s when one stands (up) for themselves,” she adds.

Madhuri made her acting debut with Abodh in 1984 but the film failed at the box office. Her next release, Awara Baap (1985) also turned out to be failure. In 1986, Madhuri starred in Swati and Manav Hatya and both the films being declared as flops.

She had three releases in 1987 — Mohre, Hifazat and Uttar Dakshin, which also did not do well.

After a series of consecutive flops, she finally attained stardom with Tezaab in 1988. The film went on to become that year’s highest grossing movie.

Thereafter, she delivered hit films one after the other, including Ram Lakhan, Prem Pratigyaa, Tridev, Parinda, Dil, Saajan, Beta, Mrityudand, Dil Toh Pagal Hai
and others.

After her marriage in 1999 to Shriram Nene, a US-based surgeon, she did Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas in 2002.

She then took a break and staged a comeback with Aditya Chopra’s home production Aaja Nachle in 2007. Despite missing from the silver screen, the 46-year-old film star was very much present on the small screen. She appeared as one of the judges in
TV dance reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa in three consecutive seasons.

All praises for a legend

Film-maker Imtiaz Ali
believes that Raj Kapoor was legendary and
deserved more fame than he received.
“He (Raj Kapoor) was a legendary director. He
deserved much more
fame than what he got,”
Imtiaz says.
   Raj Kapoor was only 24 when he launched his own studio, RK Films, and became the youngest director of his time with Aag in 1948.
He went on to taste success by producing, directing and acting in successful movies like Barsaat (1949), Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955) and Chori Chori (1956). He also made Satyam Shivam Sundaram and then launched his sons Randhir and Rishi. In 1985, he made Ram Teri Ganga Maili for
his youngest son Rajiv and three years after directing the controversial movie,
died at the age of 63.
Imtiaz says his body of work is inspirational for film-makers such as him. “Somewhere, we all are trying to understand his films and learn from them. Although our work can never be as good as his, we can at least enjoy his work as directors,” adds Imtiaz, who has directed Raj Kapoor’s grandson Ranbir in ‘Rockstar’. 

‘I am far from being perfect’

Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha has come under a lot of criticism as well as praise for her refusal to shed her curves.

Unlike her rather figure-conscious contemporaries, she has always retained a healthy figure and been proud of it.  The actress, who is currently awaiting the release of her upcoming film Lootera, opposite Ranveer Singh, admits that she likes imperfection, since she thinks that being perfect is actually pretty boring.

“I am far from being perfect,” she admits candidly. “I feel that being perfect is boring. Imperfection is something that I like,” she adds.

The music of Lootera was recently released and at the launch, Sonakshi sung a few lines from Amit Trivedi’s Sawaar Loon. However, she’s pretty sure that she doesn’t want to do playback singing for any of her movies.

“I don’t think I will sing. I will remain a bathroom singer,” Sonakshi admits.
Lootera, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, is a period romance drama set in the 1950s in Bengal.

Sonakshi explains that when Vikram narrated the story to her, she was sure that she could do the role. This is surprising, since she normally doesn’t feel this way. “Usually, whenever I am offered a movie, I always think of other actresses who could have done the role.

But for Lootera, I was sure only I could do it,” she
recollects. The actress adds that she didn’t prepare for the role and just followed the directions of the film-maker.

“I don’t do any kind of preparation. I can only act when the camera is on. I spoke to Vikram often to understand what he wanted from me and that made things easy for me,” she says. The film will see Sonakshi romancing Ranveer Singh for the first time. It will release on July 5.

Saif goes the extra mile

Saif Ali Khan, who is essaying the role of a rural and raw gangster based in the state of UP for Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Bullett Raja, has been going the extra mile for this filmin a most unique manner.

The actor was required to get a dusky look for his earthy son-of-the-soil character and so, he decided to sit outside his van during afternoons to get a natural tan.

A source close to the team says, “Saif really puts in a lot of effort to get into his character. Tigmanshu wanted a certain tanned look since he is playing the role of a rural gangster.

When Saif learnt this, he decided that instead of makeup, he would sit outside his van in the afternoons to get a natural tanned look. We all told him that it was not necessary to do that as it was really scorching hot, but he did not listen to us.”

Bullett Raja, which is set against the backdrop of the mafia in Uttar Pradesh, also stars Sonakshi Sinha and Jimmy Shergill.

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