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Volume 67 # May 2018 / ISSN NUMBER 0971-7277
May 2018
65th Jio
Filmfare
Awards South
2018 polling
form inside
WHY AMITABH
BACHCHAN STILL
ROCKS AT 75
A NIGHT TO
REMEMBER
Jio Filmfare Awards
Punjabi 2018
Swiss wedding for
Deepika-Ranveer
VARUN DHAWAN
TO MARRY
“Ranbir’s
all heart”
ALIA BHATT’S DISCLOSURE
PHOTOGRAPHS: ABHAY SINGH
STYLIST: AMI PATEL
MAKE-UP: PUNEET SAINI
HAIR: AYESHA DEVETRE
LOCATION: PRIVIERA BY OBEROI REALTY
YELLOW FULL SET: FLIRTACIOUS
Editor’s Choice
04
The ed talks about
Alia Bhatt and the Jio
Filmfare Punjabi
Awards 2018
Usha Uthup still retains
her charisma
88
Masala Fix
Sonam Kapoor changes
venue of her wedding,
Varun Dhawan might
marry by year end,
Deepika Padukone and
Ranveer Singh may
have a Swiss wedding
and other grist from
the rumour mill
08
8
9
24
COVER
STORY
Alia Bhatt opens
up on Ranbir
Kapoor, her
career and more
53
61
55
preview
Sneak peek of
Raazi
Filmfare Awards
Punjabi 2018
14
your say
fashion
& beauty
81
18
Style quotient of the
stars decoded
86
Readers tell it like
it is
Shatrughan Sinha’s
wacky witticisms
exclusive
46
40
40
46
52
21
64
Ranveer Singh tells it
like it is
Amitabh Bachchan is
still the king of all he
surveys
Punjabi Awards Show
report: A fly on the
wall account of the
recently concluded Jio
Filmfare Awards
Punjabi 2018
Presenting the
winners of the Jio
86
Letter from the Editor
Girl uninterrupted
Alia Bhatt is on our cover this month, my favourite actress from
the current generation. Looking at her in person, you don’t feel
she has hidden depths to her. But that impression goes for a toss,
when she comes on screen. Suddenly, you aren’t looking at Alia
Bhatt, the daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan, all you’re
seeing is a character. It’s the hallmark of an actor that he or she
makes you believe, makes you invest in the character , he or she
is portraying. And Alia has done that every single time.
She could have stuck to eyecandy roles and given her good
looks, would have carried them off with her hands tied behind.
But she chose to push the envelope instead. Be it in Highway,
where her character feels liberated after being kidnapped, in
Udta Punjab, where she fights to reclaim her life despite all
the obstacles and even in Badrinath Ki Dulhania, where her
character prefers to carve her own niche and is even willing to
sacrifice love for it. In the coming months, she’s going to appear
in Raazi, a spy thriller, Gully Boy, a musical that explores the
underground music scene of Mumbai, and her most ambitious
project yet, Brahmastra, a fantasy. She talks about all this and
more in a freewheeling interview, yakking nineteen-to-the dozen
and offering her unique take on the world...
The issue is also dedicated to our recently held second edition
of the Jio Filmfare Awards Punjabi 2018. You get flooded with
warmth and high spirits whenever you visit Punjab. Awards
nights are mostly nerve-racking but it doesn’t feel that way
during our Punjabi edition. The films, like the people, are robust
and earthy and while lacking the production value of a high-end
Bollywood product, leave an emotional impact nevertheless.
The 2017 films like Lahoriye or Sardar Mohammad re-examined
the Partition of India and the two-nation theory and gave out
a message of peace and hope. Vekh Barataan Challiyan was
a social commentary on the superstitions connected with
marriage, while Rabb Da Radio brought home the fact that we’re
all connected to each other spiritually. We were also privileged
to honour two stalwarts of the Punjabi industry this year. Priti
Sapru, who made a name for herself during the ’80s and ’90s
through her histrionics, was our Lifetime Achievement Award
winner this year. While veteran Guggu Gill was honoured with
the Living Legend Award.
Turn the pages to know more about the winners, as well as the
magic of the awards night in our exhaustive coverage.
For more on tinseltown’s news and updates
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a bird’s-eye view of show town’s happenings
BHAI RETURNS
It was an emotional homecoming for Salman Khan, when he
was released from the Jodhpur jail after being granted bail by
a district and sessions court in the 1998 blackbuck poaching
case. A weary but relieved Salman waved out to his diehard
fans from the balcony of his Bandra apartment. Seen in the
picture are also father Salim Khan, mother Salma Khan,
bodyguard Shera and nephew Ahil.
Sonam di
wedding pg 8
Dhadak team
supports Janhvi pg Varun-Natasha
to wed pg PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
MASALA FIX
Rumours&More
SONAM DI
WEDDING
RANVEER-DEEPIKA TO WED
They’re the hottest on screen couple and off it too! The good news,
as the grapevine suggests, is that Deepika Padukone and Ranveer
Singh hey will soon tie the knot. In fact, according to the grapevine
the two even had a secret engagement in Maldives earlier in the
presence of their families. Sources reveal that their families got
together recently and have short-listed four auspicious dates between
September and December for a year-end wedding. A destination
wedding could be on the cards. Younger sister Anisha and Deepika’s
mother, Ujjala Padukone, have already started shopping for her bridal
trousseau and jewellery. Reportedly, the ceremony will be a traditional
Hindu one and extremely private with only close friends and family.
SOHAIL KHAN
GAME FOR TV
Apparently, Salman Khan will produce
a television show. And brother Sohail
Khan will be making his television
debut in it. Interesting!
Sonam Kapoor and Delhi-based
entrepreneur Anand Ahuja have
been dating for a while now.
Though the actress hasn’t
publicly commented on her
relationship, she hasn’t
shied away from being
seen with him either.
It was in January this
year that the news
of the two taking
their relationship to
the next level went
viral. Now, the buzz is that
Sonam and Anand will
get hitched in Mumbai, in a
two-day ceremony, apparently
between May 8-12. Earlier, there were
rumours that the wedding will take
place in Geneva. While there has been
no confirmation from the two, reports
suggest that the preparations are on
in full swing. Sources reveal that the
famed fashion house, Ralph & Russo,
will design an exclusive outfit for
B-town’s fashionista.
PATRIOTIC PARI
Parineeti Chopra is known to be
even tempered. But God forbid if
someone irks her. Then the actress can
unsheathe her claws easily. This is what
happened recently. One crew member
of foreign origin cribbed about how
terrible it was to stay in India. When
she wouldn’t stop complaining
Parineeti lost her cool. And told her in
no uncertain terms to keep quiet and
respect the country that gave her, her
livelihood. The crew member promptly
shut up. Hurray to that.
MASALA FIX
BHAI TO DO
A CAMEO IN
LOVERATI?
TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL: There’s no denying the fact that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif look too hot
together. They may not be a couple anymore but the comfort level they still share is extraordinary. One look
at the photo will tell you exactly what we are trying to say!
Kartik to pair up Brave Janhvi
with Aishwarya?
After the success of Sonu Ke Titu
Ki Sweety (SKTKS), Kartik Aaryan
seems to be the toast of the town.
Buzz is, that he has signed a
three-film deal with Karan Johar’s
Dharma Productions. Recently,
we even saw him walk the ramp
with Kareena Kapoor Khan in
Singapore for ace designer Manish
Malhotra. Now, we hear that the
young star has been offered a film
with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. As
per sources, Rohan Sippy has
planned a thriller with Aishwarya
already on board. He wanted
to bring in a fresh face and
who better than the young and
good-looking actor! The director
has already had meetings with
the talented actor. Let’s wait and
watch if Rohan can bring this
fresh pair on screen.
Young Janhvi
Kapoor, reveal
sources, frequently
breaks down on
the sets of her forthcoming film
Dhadak. Our heart goes out to the
young girl, who’s silently dealing
with the untimely loss of her mom,
the late Sridevi. The team of
Dhadak, including co-star Ishaan
Khatter, is said to be extremely
supportive of Janhvi.
Guess who?
So, the off-screen chemistry between a young actress and the
Bollywood biggie hasn’t gone down too well with his actress wife. The
actor, known for his big-ticket films, has developed a great rapport with
this leading lady, who he has even signed for his next film. Stories of
the wife dropping in on the sets have also been doing the rounds.
The magnanimous Salman Khan
is known to have supported several
newcomers including Sooraj
Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, Daisy
Shah, Elli Avram, Zareen Khan
and many more including singers
and music directors. When it comes
to the debut of his brother-in-law,
Aayush Sharma, sister Arpita
Khan’s husband, we trust Bhai to
go the extra mile. Sources from the
sets of Loveratri reveal that Salman
is extremely involved in the project
and is scrutinising every detail
including the music of the film. In
fact, he has even conceded to do
a cameo in the film. Initially, say
insiders, Salman was not keen to
do it as he didn’t want to distract
attention from the lead pair, Aayush
Sharma and Warina Hussein.
However, after much persuasion,
he has relented and may feature
in a dance number. The film is
directed by Abhiraj Minawala and
produced by Salman Khan Films.
MASALA FIX
SIDHARTHKRITI PAIR UP!
After strong rumours that Shraddha
Kapoor would be teaming up with
the handsome Sidharth Malhotra
for the quirky film Shotgun Shaadi,
come reports that Kriti Sanon has
been finally roped in. Apparently,
the Bareilly Ki Barfi girl was given a
narration and she liked the script.
Sid will reportedly essay a Bihari
character in the film produced by
Shailesh R Singh and directed
by debutant Prashant Singh. Set
in Bihar, the film revolves around
uthaiaa vivaah. She’s also filming
Arjun Patiala with Diljit Dosanjh.
FAN FRENZY: Hichki was her release after quite a while but the love and appreciation that Rani Mukerji
commands is as strong. That was much evident at a recent promotional show where fans took delight in
dancing with her.
Guess who?
This acclaimed director, known for
his offbeat films, is having a tough
time reigning in this newbie actor.
So, used to luxuries and comfort
is the young lad that, he doesn’t
understand hard work. It’s more play
than work for the youngster while
the director, a stickler for discipline
and quality has been going crazy
trying to get the actor to toe the
line. So, frustrated was he that he
picked up the phone and asked the
boy’s father to drill some sense in
the boy. We hope the actor mends
his ways soon.
TANISHAA MUKERJI,
KAJOL’S SISTER, IS
KEEN TO RESTART
HER CAREER IN
TELEVISION. AJAY
DEVGN FILMS IS
APPARENTLY GOING
TO LAUNCH A TV
SHOW STARRING HER
AS A PROTAGONIST.
THEY RECENTLY
COMPLETED A
TELEVISION SHOW
BASED ON BABA
RAMDEV.
Sushant’s
gesture for Kriti
While rumours of their on-off
relationship continue to do the
rounds, Sushant Singh Rajput
and Kriti Sanon seem to be
going strong. Sources reveal
that while Kriti, was shooting
in Chandigarh for her film,
Arjun Patiala, alongside Diljit
Dosanjh, Sushant flew down to
spend some quality time with
his alleged ladylove. Well, where
there’s a will there’s a way.
MASALA FIX
KAJOL
SHOOTS
AROUND
THE CLOCK
Kajol is one superstar, who has
always played the game by her own
rules. Family being her top priority,
she’s known to shoot not for more
than eight hours a day. However,
she seems to have bent the rules
for her home production Eela,
directed by Pradeep Sarkar and
produced by Ajay Devgn Films and
Pen India Limited. The actor is said
to have shot non-stop for 14 hours
at a stretch. Eela is reportedly an
adaptation of Anand Gandhi’s
Gujarati play, Beta Kaagdo. Kajol
plays a single parent, who turns
uccessful singer.
into a successful
FAM JAM: Hrithik Roshan, Sussanne Khan, sons Hrehaan and Hridhaan were seen returning from a
vacation in Goa. They were were accompanied by Zayed Khan, his wife Malaika and their sons as well. The
he
Roshans and the Khans sure make for a happy picture. Nice.
ce.
VARUN-NATASHA TO
TIE THE KNOT?
H the current heartthrob and she his childhood love. The
He’s
lo
love story, which has defied time and the shenanigans of
showbiz, apparently will now find culmination.
Yes, as rumours suggest, Varun Dhawan and
Natasha Dalal, may walk to the altar soon
enough. The fairytale romance, however,
did go through its fair share of trials and
tribulations. In between the couple, as the
he
grapevine hinted, had gone their separate
te
ways. But it all seems sorted now. The twoo
are back on track and intend tying the knot
ot
soon. And aren’t we happy for them!
SO THIS CRICKETER, WHO WAS GOING THROUGH
H
A ROUGH PATCH IN HIS MARRIAGE, THOUGHT
OF AN INTERESTING WAY TO RESOLVE ISSUES.
HE FLEW OFF WITH HIS BEAUTIFUL WIFE TO A
SCENIC DESTINATION TO SPEND SOME QUALITY
TIME TOGETHER, AWAY FROM THE MADDING
CITY. NOW THAT THEY ARE BACK, WE HOPE THEY
START AFRESH. WISHING THEM ALL HAPPINESS.
movies on the block, set-talk,
talent-buzz, hotties to watch out for
SINGING STAR
VIKRAM SINGH
X FACTOR: ROCKSTAR VIBE
Born in Bangalore, Vikram Singh went through the
school and college routine unmindful of his latent
passion for the performing arts. He only became
familiar with his desire for the limelight when he
began walking the ramp for events. But taking
on a job in the real-estate sector put his acting
dreams on pause. However, his experience on
stage and in music, eventually took him where his
heart belonged – to the glamour alley! He took on
modelling and won the Best Face title, awarded
by a leading radio channel. And then facing the
camera seemed to be the inevitable next step.
Gearing up for his passion to play out on celluloid,
Vikram, aims to be a singing star. Well, he only has
to follow the rhythm of his heart for that!
PREVIEW
In your custody: Vicky Kaushal, Alia
Bhatt, Rajit Kapur and Shishir Sharma
RAAZI
Danger calling: Alia
Release Date:
Producers:
May 11, 2018
Vineet Jain, Karan
Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar,
Apoorva Mehta
Banner:
Junglee Pictures &
Dharma Productions
Music:
Director:
Cast:
Meghna Gulzar
Alia Bhatt and Vicky
Kaushal
Trust me: Alia and Vicky
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
PREVIEW
Secret files: Alia
The Plot
Raazi is reportedly an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s
novel Calling Sehmat, about a Kashmiri spy married to
a Pakistani man during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.
Based on a true story, the young girl was sent to Pakistan
in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war
was imminent between the two countries. It is the journey
of an ordinary Indian girl in extraordinary circumstances. It
also features Vicky Kaushal in a pivotal role.
Mission Kashmir: Alia
Partners in crime: Vicky and Alia
They are hot, they are cool.
Meet our trend makers
and breakers
PRINCESS
IN PINK
ALIA BHATT IN
NEDRET TACIROGLU
WHERE: AT AN AWARDS SHOW
THE X FACTOR: PURE CONFIDENCE
Wearing a pale shade of pink,
Alia Bhatt attended an event
looking absolutely stunning in the
asymmetric chiffon gown. While
going for red lips is the classic
way to finish a light palette, Alia
sported hints of scarlet in her eye
make-up too. She strutted down
the red carpet in fuss-free style
and managed to steal the show
with her soft sexiness.
COMPILED BY: ANALITA SETH
PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
Priyanka Chopra’s
white magic pg Disha Patani-Tiger
Shroff rebel in style pg Varun Dhawan is hot
and cool pg FASHION & BEAUTY
THE WHITE
CHOICE!
Oscar De
La Renta
Priyanka Chopra’s
guide to wearing
white right
PRINT IMPRINT
LOO
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Nothing says trendy better
than a pop of colour and
print on your whites. Pick
out a sparkling white
t-shirt or shirt with either
pop art or a sassy quote
to go with your mood. Pair
it with plain or distressed
denims. Yes, ladies, that
doesn’t just sound chic,
it’s style in
the comfiest disguise.
Dolce & Gabbana
SHRUG IT!
A jacket, a blazer or simply a cosy shrug, these
make for fabulous accompaniments for your
white top. All you got to do is be careful to match
the colour with pants and you’re all set to make
a statement in white.
Emilio Pucci
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SHOE TIME
Redone
P.A.R.O.S.H.
A plain white crisp shirt or t-shirt with denims
and a pair of shoes that catches the eyes, that’s
casual style bliss 101. If you don't want a
busy look and yet want to feel like you’re walking down a
runway, then trendy shoes are your go to fashion accessory.
Ornamented, contrasting in colour or simply a union of all the
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TINT
LOVE
If you’ve decided on your white style,
it’s time to add the magic of an apt
lipstick to your look. While Priyanka
Chopra believes in rocking some
darker hues for her luscious lips, if
you like the nude palette better, dig
in, ladies. If you wanna play safe, a
stark red lip is the best bet.
LO
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Chinti &
Parker
Givenchy
TROUSER TALK
Ditch the classic demin and t-shirt combo for
a refreshing pair of palazzos or high-waisted
trousers in a different colour. A pair of stripped
trousers or printed palazzos are a white t-shirt’s
best friend this summer.
BLING
IT ON!!
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CHOICE
Here’s to global icons who add pop
to couture...
Ruffles, tiers, overlays aside, Bollywood is
now flaunting the elements of pop culture
to make outfits trendy. Patchwork and retro
prints are the most spotted of this trend.
From Marilyn Monroe’s iconic technicolor
portrait to the Campbell soup artwork, pop
culture transcends time and continues to
influence fashion around the globe
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FASHION & BEAUTY
Summer of Style
Varun Dhawan’s wardrobe is summer
goals for all the boys
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Canali
Gucci
Wood
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Fendi
Prada
Isaan Sellam Experience
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Saint
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Versace
Silvano Sassetti
Haider
Achermann
Stussy
4
If you’re tired of the simple denims with a shirt and want
to add some quirk to your look, follow Varun Dhawan
right now. All you have to do is add some nice
refreshing prints to your shirt or blazer and
you’re set to party. Go with denims
instead of trousers or chinos
to make your look casual
and summery.
Marseell
what’s on their mind?
SOUL
CONNECT
‘‘If I have issues and doubts, I just
start talking about it because a
20-somethng shouldn’t believe she’s
a poster girl of pure positivity and
constant joy. That’s something
I don’t want to put out there. I’m
not a negative person. But I’ve a lot
of doubts. I have confidence issues
sometimes. And I’m not always
smiling. I’m not always calm. I get
stressed out. I get scared.’’
Alia Bhatt bares
her heart in an
exclusive chat...
PHOTOGRAPH: ABHAY SINGH
RANBIR’S
ALL
HEART
The sparkle of youth, the insight of
experience... make ALIA BHATT a cocktail
of charming contradictions.
JITESH PILLAAI engages in soul-talk
with the youngest superstar
PHOTOGRAPHS: ABHAY SINGH
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OF LATE, I’VE
BECOME LIKE A
CHILD. AT THE DROP
OF A HAT, MY MOOD
CHANGES. I DON’T
THROW A TANTRUM
BUT I CAN CRY OVER
THE STUPIDEST
THING... PEOPLE
AROUND ME ASK,
‘WHAT’S HAPPENING
TO YOU?’ BUT YOU
FEEL IT, SO YOU WANT
TO EXPRESS IT
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T
ucked away in the nook and crannies
of Juhu is a quaint-looking building that
looks straight out of a picture postcard.
So, what do you do when you meet her at
her well-appointed flat at 9.30 pm? Say
hello and goodnight too. Today’s most
happening heroine is in her pyjamas and
ready to call it a night. At 25, while most
of her ilk would be ready to head out,
Alia Bhatt is securely tucked in the folds of her blanket.
Once she knocks back the interview of mine, she
will beckon the sandman. She, of the unconventional
choices. She, who was born to unconventional parents.
Except the high-profile debut in a Karan Johar film,
Alia Bhatt has consistently resisted categorisation. In
May, she has Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi ready to show at
the theatres. Based on Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling
Sehmat, it tells the real life of an intrepid girl married
to a Pakistani. And how she reportedly averts one of
the biggest disasters that threatened the fabric of the
country in 1971. Alia reprises the role of Sehmat from
the book. Undoubtedly, she will give it substance and
copious amount of feeling.
Feeling, is what she lends to the array of characters
she’s essayed on screen. Be it Highway, Udta Punjab,
Dear Zindagi. She can straddle the world of Karan Johar
with as much felicity as she can inhabit the world of
Meghna Gulzar and Abhishek Chaubey. In one word,
she’s a changeling. She can be cheeky, she can be
docile. Time and again, her pent-up fury is unleashed like
a volcano on screen. Interestingly, off screen she looks
unflappable. Why she does what she does so felicitously
is something she doesn’t think much about. She just
slips in and out of the character effortlessly. I’d like to
believe that she’s loath to carrying the ‘thinking actor’
baggage. And rightly so. Because when you see her
shake a leg with aplomb in a Tamma tamma loge remix,
you tell yourself yup, this is the same one, who ripped
off the fabric of an ostensibly happy family in Highway.
Alia Bhatt’s performances give you possibilities. She
shows you life can be lived on the edge or you can
traipse happily into the sunset. Her characters want to
find that little cloud of happiness beneath the layers of
angst and sometimes self-loathing.
She also makes it to headlines for her fashion sense,
her mercurial love life and her choice of directors.
Without exaggeration, every single big film being made in
the country has been offered to her. She’s on the wish
list of every leading filmmaker. In the coming months,
she will be seen in Abhishek Varman’s period piece
Kalank and a musical directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari.
She dreams of starting a fashion line, she hopes to
make content for the digital mediums, besides her pet
projects dealing with the welfare of animals. The girl on
the couch with her scrupulously scrubbed face, however
looks like a far cry from the much-feted actor that she is.
She’s ready for her night cap. But I still try and get her
interested to answer some of my questions...
Could you identify with
your role in Raazi? Was it
emotionally exhausting?
It was exhausting. But
that’s also why I chose it.
There were days when I’d
be thinking ‘Oh my God!
Aaj yeh scenes hai’! I
had to build up strength
and emotion. That feeling
is scary. But it’s also
addictive. When you move
past that feeling, you give
your best. Whether it was
during Udta Punjab, Dear
Zindagi or Raazi. Coming
back to the earlier question,
I don’t know if I identified
with the girl. She’s an
extremely brave girl. I’m
not saying I’m not brave.
But I’m not that brave. I
can’t just drop everything.
Would you ever get into a
situation like that in real life?
I don’t know how it would
be possible. But the best
thing about being an actor
is that you can detach
yourself. You become that
character and that becomes
your life for a few months.
That’s what I did.
So, you switch on and off?
By switch off I don’t mean
that I’m not interested
anymore. What helped
with this film was that
we shot it at a stretch
relentlessly, like eight-
nine scenes a day. It was
like you shoot, wind up,
shower, sleep and come
back. Sleeping doesn’t
count because as soon as
you’re awake, you’re back
on the set. I lived that
character for 40 odd days.
At 25, what’s your mindset?
It’s weird. Some days I feel
like I’m 40. And some days,
I realise I’m just 25. Earlier,
I was 23 and I wondered
what’s happening! It was
all happening so fast.
Does that unsettle you?
It doesn’t unsettle me. But
there’s a realisation, which
comes without being too
self-indulgent. If I have
issues and doubts, I just
start talking about it.
A 20-somethng shouldn’t
believe she’s a poster
girl of pure positivity
and constant joy. That’s
something I don’t want to
put out there. I’m not
a negative person. But
I’ve a lot of doubts.
I have confidence issues
sometimes. And I’m not
always smiling. I’m not
always calm. I get stressed
out. I get scared. That’s an
important emotion that
one should feel. I feel my
emotions fully. Like even if
I’ve got a pimple, I’ll cry.
I won’t keep it in.
WHAT I GENUINELY LOVE
ABOUT RANBIR (KAPOOR) IS
THAT HE’S ALL HEART. HE’S A
VERY VERY PURE AND SIMPLE
PERSON. THERE’S NO FUSS
AND THAT SAME SIMPLICITY
TRANSLATES IN HIM AS AN
ACTOR AS WELL. THAT’S WHY
YOU CAN SEE THROUGH HIM
AND SEE INTO HIS EYES...
YA, THAT’S WHAT I LIKE MOST
ABOUT MR RANBIR KAPOOR
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Were you always so
expressive?
Of late, I’ve become like a
child. My mood changes
at the drop of a hat. I don’t
throw a tantrum but I can
cry over the stupidest thing
and then immediately my
mood changes and I’m
happy again.
Are you bipolar?
No. People around me ask,
‘What’s happening to you?’
But you feel it, so you want
to express it. You don’t
want to hold it in. I’ve
become comfortable with
just feeling and being. I’ve
got a a Zen-like approach
to life. I’ve also been
meditating. It’s helped me.
So, you listen to chants?
There’s this app called
Calm, which has guided
meditation. I try to do it
for 10-20 minutes every
day. It’s difficult to do that
in a hectic schedule. But
it’s important, especially
for people like us because
around us anything and
everything can go wrong.
Then you get impatient.
There’s a lot of chaos
around. But you just must
keep going. Every day is
like a new run. It’s not a
sprint. It’s a marathon.
I love it. I’ve no complaints.
But it’s tiring sometimes to
think of what all you must
do and whether you’ll be
able to match your own
expectations.
That’s why I started
meditation. ‘Alone’ time
is important. Once I come
back from work, I need that
time with myself, with my
TV show, with my book,
my cat... I need that time
to just be myself. Then, I’m
rejuvenated. I’m not one of
those people who can work
work work and not have
down-time. I need time
to refresh otherwise you
become stale.
What else rejuvenates you?
Is there too much pressure to
look good?
There’s no pressure
because of other people.
I put the pressure myself.
I want to look good for me.
Not because I want to look
good at the airport. I want
to just look good. It doesn’t
mean I must be manicured.
By ‘look good’ I mean being
healthy, happy and bright.
Workwise too there’s so much
to do and be...
My friends, my workouts,
home food. (Smiles) While
shooting for Brahmastra,
by the end I was like, ‘I
wanna go home because I
want to eat my food’. I miss
home food so much.
Do you keep a watch on
competition?
I’m a curious chick. So, that
curiosity is there within
me, regardless of who it
is - a boy, a girl, a dog or a
cat. I’m curious and I want
to know. That has nothing
to do with competition or
me being insecure or the
fact that I’m an obsessive
person when it comes to
the movie world. Yehi meri
duniya hai. So, I might
as well know everything
about it or at least try to
know about it.
Did you grow up faster
because you’re surrounded by
people who are good 20 years
older than you?
Raazi
Possibly, yes. But my
family never treated me
I WAS GOING THROUGH A UNIQUE TIME WHEN
I STARTED SHOOTING FOR RAAZI. IT WAS A
NEW LONESOME PERIOD... I HAD BEGUN TO
ENJOY MY SOLITUDE...I KIND OF DETACHED
MYSELF FROM THE WORLD. SO MUCH THAT I’D
LEAVE MY PHONE BEHIND IN MY VAN. THE FILM
GAVE ME A LOT OF SILENCE AND TIME WITH
MYSELF, WHICH HELPED ME GROW
like a kid. We share mature
relationships with each
other. And yes, I do hang
out with people older than
me. But like I say, age is
just a number. It’s your
experiences that give you
your age. I’ve not had the
life of an average 20-yearold. By average, I mean
any other 20-year-old.
Maybe, another 20-yearold would have had a life
way tougher than mine.
So, I will not understand
their point of you and they
may not understand mine.
Everyone’s story is different
based on the life they’ve
lived. (Smiles) Also, I don’t
know if it’s just because
I’ve turned 25, but of late,
I’ve started thinking of
baby names. I’m a baby
myself but for some reason
baby names seem attractive
to me.
Like Highway, did Raazi also
help you grow?
I guess it did. I was going
through a unique time
when I started shooting
for Raazi. It was a new
lonesome period where
I was just discovering and
enjoying my company.
I had begun to enjoy my
solitude. Earlier, I would
not enjoy it, maybe not
even understand it. But this
film enabled me to do that
because I kind of detached
myself from the world. So
much that I wouldn’t even
look at my phone on the
set. I’d leave it behind in
my van or with my spot
boy. The film changed me
in a personal way. It gave
me a lot of silence and time
with myself, which helped
me grow.
When you were around 15, you
had screen tested for, Balika
Vadhu with Ranbir Kapoor,
who you said was your biggest
crush. Now, you’re rumoured to
be a couple. What do you like
and dislike about him?
I’ve gotten to know him in
the last couple of months
since we began work on
Brahmastra. I’ve interacted
a lot with him personally.
But what I genuinely love
about him is that he’s all
heart. He’s a very very pure
and simple person. There’s
no fuss and that same
simplicity translates in him
as an actor as well. That’s
why you can always see
through him and see into
his eyes. That’s why he’s
got that effect on you. He’s
simple. He’s not trying to
emote or express. Ya, that’s
what I like most about
Mr Ranbir Kapoor. What
I do not like about him?
I don’t dislike anything
about him as of now.
Any other discovery you made
about Ranbir?
I always believed that
Karan Johar was the
Sonam Kapoor of men’s
fashion. But now I believe
it’s Ranbir Kapoor. He’s
a hidden fashionista. In
Bulgaria, he was ordering
things just for fun. I saw so
many new looks. One day
he’d arrive in velvet, then
one day in camouflage,
then some coloured caps
and pants... He’s smashing
to a point where I’ve begun
seeking his advice whether
I should buy something
or whether something is
working or not. I’ve given
the fashionista tag to Ranbir
Kapoor. I believe Karan
will happily give away that
tag because he loves him
too much.
Are there any similarities
between Ranbir and you?
Yes and no. Some weird
and random things are
similar between us. Like
I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S JUST BECAUSE I’VE
TURNED 25, BUT OF LATE, I’VE STARTED
THINKING OF BABY NAMES. I’M A BABY MYSELF
BUT FOR SOME REASON BABY NAMES SEEM
ATTRACTIVE TO ME... I LIKED TWO THREE
NAMES AND HAVE KEPT THEM IN MIND!
he has a fixation for
number 8. And so do I.
We discovered that when
we started prepping for
the film. I mentioned my
email ID and he asked why
it had ‘08’. I said I just
like the number 8. He said
so do I. But he’s his own
person. He’s a Libran and
I’m a Piscean, two distinct
star signs. I’m sure there
are differences. But on set,
we’re similar.
In what way?
During Highway, Imtiaz
(Ali) called me ‘soldier’,
which became a nickname.
I asked him what he
meant. He said he used
to call Ranbir ‘soldier’
during Rockstar as well.
Basically, it means you’re
like a soldier with the
crew, you’re like a trooper.
Ranbir’s a true soldier and
so am I.
Heroines never seem to get
along. But everyone from
Priyanka Chopra, Jacqueline
Fernandez, Shraddha Kapoor
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I’VE KNOWN KATRINA
(KAIF) FOR A COUPLE
OF YEARS NOW... TODAY,
SHE’S SOMEONE, WHO
I CAN SAY IS MY FRIEND.
I CAN COUNT ON HER
WHEN I’M IN TROUBLE
AND SHE CAN COUNT
ON ME, FOR SURE. SHE’S
GOT MY BACK AND I’VE
GOT HERS
to Katrina Kaif have nice things
to say about you...
(Smiles) I’m a nice a
person and so are the girls
you mentioned. We’re
all warm and cordial
towards each other. I’m
particularly close to
Katrina and Priyanka
because of the time I’ve
spent with them. I make
it a point to hang out with
PeeCee whenever she’s
in town because she’s
someone who inspires
me. She’s warm and
welcoming. She’s been
that way since the first
day of my entry in the
industry. I get along with
people who’re passionate,
focussed and have this
‘let’s kill it attitude’.
There’s no insecurity
between us. Similarly,
I’ve known Katrina for
a couple of years now.
We’ve got to know each
other organically. It all
happened when Kat and
I started spending time
in the gym. Today, she’s
someone who I can say is
my friend. I know I can
count on her when I’m in
trouble and she can count
on me, for sure. She’s got
my back and I’ve hers.
What about your friendship
with Sidharth Malhotra and
Varun Dhawan?
respect and positivity for
both these boys.
I’ve had individual
equations with both Sid
and Varun. The three of
us branched out and have
found our own niche
through time. We felt
responsible to do justice
to the kind of launch we
had. Our journey has been
charged. Even when we
worked together, whether
it was Sid and I in Kapoor
And Sons or Varun in the
Dulhania films, we’ve
maintained the same
energy. I’ve a lot of love,
Now that your colleagues are
getting married, do you feel
pressured to do the same?
No! There is no such thing.
But I believe it’s lovely.
But you just said you’re
thinking of baby names?
Baby names are different.
I never thought of them
before. But suddenly,
I come across something
nice and think yeh naam
hona chahiye. I liked two
three names and have kept
them in mind!
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MADNESS IS HIS METHOD....
SUMAN SHARMA HAS A LAYERED
CONVERSATION WITH RANVEER SINGH
He’s an
outsider,
who’s
outshone
his peers.
Audacious
and
ambitious in
his choice of
roles, he’s a
star, who’s
more concerned about his
journey as an actor. If he’s
the paparazzi’s poster boy,
he’s also a director’s dream.
Right from Band Baaja
Baaraat to Gunday, RamLeela, Dil Dhadakne Do
and Bajirao Mastani, he’s
donned several avatars,
slipped into unique
characters. But his vile
PHOTOGRAPHS: ABHAY SINGH
act as Alauddin Khilji in
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s
Padmaavat broke all
previous benchmarks. He
visited places he never
knew existed before.
He underwent emotion
hitherto undeployed in his
spectrum. He rose notches
higher as an actor, even
though it may have left
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his soul devastated. Yes,
Ranveer Singh can never
live down Aladin Khilji
ever. He attempted to do
a take-off on a historical
character and created
history for himself in the
bargain. Despite raucous
protests and hostility
towards his latest offering,
the film managed to
release. It garnered around
300 crores at the domestic
box-office and generous
crores abroad. From the
eclipse of ennui, Ranveer
emerged as a shining star.
And what’s noteworthy is
that he wasn't portraying
a heroic character. Rather
he played the barbaric
Khilji, the second ruler
of the Khalji dynasty that
ruled the Delhi Sultanate
in the 13th century. The
film, reportedly was based
on the 16th century
epic poem, Padmavat,
written by Sufi poet Malik
Muhammad Jayasi two
centuries after Khilji's
death.
admaavat
completed
Ranveer’s
trinity with
Sanjay Leela
Bhansali, the
first two being
Ram-Leela and
Bajirao Mastani.
Ranveer’s character
in Padmaavat was
both a celebration and
condemnation of all
that could be vile in a
character. No doubt,
Ranveer was apprehensive
playing the evil Khilji.
“When I read the script,
I realised I’d have to
visit some dark places in
my own life, in my own
consciousness… iss mein
main paagal ho sakta tha
(I could go mad). I didn’t
want to do it. I wasn’t in
a happy space myself.
I didn’t want to delve
into so much negativity,”
he confides. “I had to
convince myself somehow
that duniya mein aisi
bhi cheezen hui hain,
duniya me aise bhi log
the (such bad things have
happened in the world,
there have been such
negetive people). These are
the rabbit holes that one is
scared to visit,” he states.
But being a passionate
actor, once he took on
the challenge, he enjoyed
every bit of it. “I’d always
wanted to play the
antagonist. So, I thought
why not with Bhansali sir?
Also, I can never say no to
him,” he says. “I evolved
in my craft. I grew mature
as a person. The process
is the price,” he smiles.
And appreciation, the
icing on the cake. “Sone
pe suhaga!” as he dubs
it. He reveals he brought
in a lot of innovation
to his role. “I added
madness to the character.
All the eccentricities
were not spelt out on
paper. Mr Bhansali and I
added layers, nuances…
to make the character
unpredictable. Everyone
has taken back a special
moment about Khilji,”
he smiles. He elaborates,
“Some people mention the
scene where Khilji throws
perfume on the girl and
then rubs himself against
her. That was suggested
by Mr Bhansali.” He adds
further, “The scene where
Raja Rawal Ratan Singh
tells Khilji, ‘Kitne achche
ho tum (you’re very good)!’
and he smells the food was
my improvisation.”
Padmaavat
Having said that
the script is his Bible
he maintains. “This
is something I learnt
during my training in
theatre. That everything
that you need to know
to play your character
is between the covers.
You do something called
text analysis, where you
just sit with the material,
study it and underline
things. All your questions
are answered there. Like
when Ratan Singh says,
‘Kucch usool seekh leta
tu insaan ban... (if you’d
learnt some principles,
you’d be human)!’ You
get to learn from this line
that Khilji is not a insaan,
he’s a jaanwar. Every bit of
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information that you need
to play your character is
in the script.” Khilji was
played out as a narcissist, a
megalomaniac but Ranveer
concedes there were other
traits in him as well. “He
was a great strategist. He
was shrewd. He had a
sense of humour, he was a
lover of arts, he was a great
fighter and an effective
ruler. But that was just a
small chapter of his life,”
he claims.
Staying in
character for 47
days, Ranveer
was more than
eager to get
out of it once
the shoot was
complete. “I was
waiting for my
character to wrap up. The
minute we cut the cake,
I let go of Khilji. He
didn’t even stay with me
overnight,” he says. “The
reason being I feared I
was losing myself to this
character. I was going
crazy. I was losing my
marbles. That was scary.
Hence, it was necessary
to step out of it and get
back to being normal.” He
goes on to explain how he
was consumed by Khilji’s
persona. “Someone made
a mistake on the set one
day and I turned aggressive
towards him just like
Alauddin Khilji. Then
I realised, it’s not real.
I played Khilji during the
entire day and largely
remained isolated after
that. I was generating
negative thoughts,” he
shares. It’s then that he
sought help from his family
and friends. “They started
visiting me after work.
They spoke about normal
things, about my cousins
and extended family. They
counselled me,” he says.
That explains why even
though he’s game to play
historic characters, there
are going to be no more
dark characters for him in
the near future. “It’s not
healthy,” he states.
By the time the film was
complete, Ranveer had
already begun working on a
different project. So, when
he saw the final cut, he was
moved to tears. “I felt it
was Mr Bhansali’s victory
after all he’d been through.
He had made an amazing
film. I love the film. And
I can’t say this about all my
films,” he states. He insists
Bhansali and he share a
special bond. “We match
on many levels. We share
a great synergy. We’re both
extremists. We’re both
attracted to heightened
emotions. We’re both
risk-takers,” he says. He
reveals that after watching
Padmaavat, Aditya
Chopra too couldn’t help
appreciate their creative
equation. “Adi sir said,
‘Bhansali and you’re just
magic together.”
Bhansali may be the
luminous star on Ranveer’s
horizon but he has equal
reverence for his other
directors as well. He
believes Zoya Akhtar, Rohit
Shetty and Kabir Khan,
with whom he’s now doing
Gully Boy, Simmba and 83
respectively, are complete
filmmakers with ‘a unique
cinematic language’. “Each
is a specialist in telling
With Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika Padukone
With Alia Bhatt in Gully Boy
a certain kind of story.
In the same way that Mr
Bhansali is. They are all
secure individuals and
accomplished filmmakers.
They are excited at the
thought of what they could
achieve,” he says. He was
relieved to move out of
the intense Padmaavat
and plunge into Gully Boy
where he’s paired with
Alia Bhatt. He needed that
switch to heal himself
mentally. “Gully Boy has
Bambaiya bhasha and
deals with the marginalised
sections of society. I
strongly feel for the people
from the lowest strata of
society, who have a tough
existence. In the film,
some such people find
expression as artistes. They
start a music scene that is
so unique. These teenagers
write a social commentary
about what’s f*****d up
in this system. They make
strong observations and
comments on the state of
affairs,” he reveals about
the Zoya Akhtar film.
In around seven years,
Ranveer, a complete
outsider, has managed
to impress connoisseurs
with a blitzkrieg of
performances. He made
his acting debut in 2010 in
Yash Raj Films’ romantic
comedy Band Baaja
Baaraat with Anushka
Sharma. The film earned
him a Filmfare Award
for Best Male Debut. He
then unleashed his talent
through his performances
in the romantic drama
Lootera (2013), the
tragic romance Goliyon
Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela
(2013), the actioner
Gunday (2014) and
the comedy-drama Dil
Dhadakne Do (2015). His
portrayal of Bajirao in the
historical romance Bajirao
Mastani (2015), won him
the Filmfare Award for
Best Actor. His meteoric
rise is often compared to
that of Shah Rukh Khan’s
swift superstardom.
“From my very first film,
people have been drawing
comparisons to Shah
Rukh Khan. I don’t believe
there’s any basis for that.
SRK is a living legend. He
has achieved so much,
he has contributed so
much to Hindi cinema.
He’s a game changer in so
many ways. Every actor
is unique. Every journey
is different. It’s unfair
to compare artistes,” is
Ranveer’s argument.
However, every film
he does, he says, only
reinforces his confidence
in himself. “I realise I’ve
got some extra gears that
I can use. I can do way
more than what I imagine
myself capable of.
I have discovered that my
capacity to deliver under
pressure is a bit more than
I estimated.” We agree
„
with you Ranveer.
INTERVIEW
FOREVER
YOUNG
CUTTING ACROSS GENERATIONS AND GEOGRAPHY...
AMITABH BACHCHAN IS THE GRANDMASTER OF THE GAME.
FARHANA FAROOK PRESENTS EXCERPTS FROM AN INTERVIEW...
There are film institutes. And then there is an institution. Amitabh Bachchan. A tall figure that
towers over the cinematic horizon. Nearly five decades and still a forerunner. Invincible in craft
and charisma. Superstars have bedazzled and faded. The jargon of cinema has undergone an
overhaul. But his palette continues to surprise with new hues. His fans refuse to break away
from his spell. If earlier they loved the rage in his romance, they now warm up to his aura
as a patriarch. Battling several setbacks, health and otherwise, his passion for the arc lights
dismisses every encumbrance. Perhaps, that’s mind over matter. Empowered by both – destiny
and discipline – Amitabh Bachchan, at 76, is a superstar for all seasons, all reasons. While 102
Not Out is about to release, his dossier has also earmarked Thugs of Hindostan, Brahmastra,
Jhund... Well, some stories have no full-stops...
Director Umesh Shukla mentioned that Rishi
Kapoor and you agreed to do 102 Not Out in an
instant. What is so stimulating about the role?
I cannot say about Chintu. But at 76 it’s rare
to get any film offer. So, when this came my
way, I immediately accepted it… before there
was a change of mind.
I SUPPOSE THE LONGER YOU LIVE, THE MORE YOU
GET TO SEE DIFFERENT FACETS OF LIFE, TO WITNESS
EXTREME CHANGES, TO POSSESS NOSTALGIA...
I AM HAPPY WITH THE YEARS I HAVE. AND IF
THERE ARE, BY GOD’S GRACE, SOME ADDITIONS,
I SHALL BE HAPPY WITH THAT TOO
The posters say, ‘Baap cool...Beta old school...’
What’s cool about your character in the film?
That’s asking me to reveal the plot. But I
guess, I may be permitted to say that my
character is 102 years old, has a son, Rishi
Kapoor, who is 75 and he is old school
and I am cool. Hehe! No, but seriously, my
character loves life and living. The film shows
how the two accommodate themselves in this
environment.
Apparently, your character wants to break the
‘longevity’ record held by someone else in the film.
Is longevity really a blessing?
Yes! Hey, look so you know the plot! Then
PHOTOGRAPHS:
AVINASH GOWARIKER
why did you ask me about my character in the
previous question? ‘Longevity a blessing’ is a
good debate. I suppose the longer you live, the
more you get to see different facets of life, to
witness extreme changes, to possess nostalgia
and mostly to be able to say, ‘Yaar, hamare
zamane mein aisa hota tha, aisa nahin hota
tha! (Friend, in our times it was like this and
not like this).’ Umar hogi toh hi zamane ka
zikr kar paayenge, hai ki nahi (only if you
have lived long enough will you be able
to talk about times past, isn’t it)? For some
though, life presents itself in not so favourable
a condition. And they, I would imagine,
would want longevity to be curtailed. Sad!
INTERVIEW
jaata hai na, bas waise hi ‘badumbaa’ nikal
ke ban gaya (After listening to a couplet or
a poem, or a good thought... you can’t help
saying ‘Waah’ in appreciation. In the same
manner ‘Badumbaa’ happened).
Charlie Chaplin is known to have said, ‘“Life is
a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy
in long-shot.” Does the film, despite its quirky
humour, have an underlying message?
n
I am happy with the years I have. And if there
are, by God’s grace, some additions, I shall be
happy with that too.
Your character is believed to radiate positivity
in the film. How would you dub yourself – a
pessimist, an optimist or a realist?
A pessimist.
Rishi Kapoor and you share a history having
done so many films in the past. What’s the joy of
working with a seasoned co-actor like him?
To be able to sit and talk glowingly of the
times gone by, to reminisce, to be a witness
to the changes and generally, to be an
excruciating pain for the director and the unit.
o
n
Waving out to his
fans outside his
bungalow Jalsa
o
With Rishi Kapoor in
102 Not Out
I do hope so.
Films without a
beginning, middle
and an end would
be questionable
entertainment.
And yes most such
endeavours do
have an underlying
message! Many a
times, when a film
falls under heavy
criticism, the often
asked question to
the maker is, ‘What
were you trying to say?’ And they have an
answer to that. That then is the underlying
message irrelevant, good, bad or indifferent.
Amongst many hindrances, what’s the one
advantage of the advancing years?
Any scene or scenes that challenged you?
Diminishing needs and desires.
I believe every day, every scene is a challenge
for any actor, no matter how proficient he or
she may be. Others may disagree with this.
I shall accept that and wish and pray that I
reach the kind of accomplishment they have
reached, to be able to support this.
You once wrote on Twitter, “When you do
something best, you don’t want to give it
up”- Roger Federer. Can that also explain your
relentless passion for acting?
Reportedly, you have sung a rap number titled
BAADDUUMMBAAA! in the film. Please share how
this oft-used and fun word was coined by you.
The song is just another fun song. I just
felt there needed to be one, and shared
the thought with Umeshji (Shukla). He
agreed. I gave him some ideas of what
and how it should sound. He accepted.
I went ahead and composed, sang and
produced a song. He liked it. And we have
BAADDUUMMBAAAAAA .. ! ‘Badumbaa' ..
is just an exclamation of joy and happiness,
which happened to come out of my mouth...
just... it’s like asking someone how did ‘Yo’
happen. Can you tell me how ‘Yo’ happened?
No! Well that’s how ‘Badumbaa’ happened !
Ek achcha shair ya kavita sunne ke baad, yaa
koi bhi achchi baat sunne ke baad, aapke
moonh se uski prashansa mein ‘Waah’ nikal
(THE JOY OF
WORKING WITH
RISHI KAPOOR
IS)... TO BE ABLE
TO SIT AND TALK
GLOWINGLY OF
TIMES GONE BY,
TO REMINISCE,
TO BE A WITNESS
TO THE CHANGES
AND GENERALLY,
TO BE AN
EXCRUCIATING
PAIN FOR THE
DIRECTOR AND
THE UNIT
Those were Roger Federer’s words, an
exceptional world champion. You cannot
possibly attempt to bring any kind of equation
between him and me. I am neither the world,
nor the champion. I would not ‘want to give
up’ acting because I ‘do something best’. I do
not want to give up acting because there is a
need. But I am certainly not the best.
You also wrote on Twitter, “We need better friends
to get success in life… But we need better
enemies to get extraordinary success in life...”
What has worked more for you?
A bit of both.
What’s something you never take for granted?
An interview with a journalist!
The Short Film is an interesting concept. Would
you wish to experiment with it?
Yes.
„
PUNJAB
EXPRESS!
The gorgeous Neeru Bajwa announced the second edition of the Jio Filmfare
Awards Punjabi 2018 at a press conference in Chandigarh
I
ndian cinema cuts
across cultures and
states to celebrate
entertainment.
While the core of
the films remains
the same, each industry
has a signature style that
makes it unique from the
other. After honouring
excellence in the Bengal
industry, Filmfare set out
to honour brilliance in the
Punjabi film industry. To
announce the second Jio
Filmfare Awards (Punjabi)
2018, a press conference
was held on March 16, in
Chandigarh.
Gracing the event was
the extremely talented and
beautiful Neeru Bajwa.
She shared the dais with
Filmfare editor, Jitesh
Pillaai. The event started
with the lighting of the
auspicious lamp, followed
by a round of queries for
the guest of honour, Neeru
Bajwa.
 Filmfare editor, Jitesh Pillaai,
lights the ceremonial lamp
along with Neeru Bajwa
 Neeru Bajwa interacts with
the media
Unable to attend the
first awards, Neeru
couldn’t contain herself
this time around. Though
she missed out on the
award show and also
could not accept her Best
Actor (Female) Award
last year, she was excited
about performing this
time around. Editor Jitesh
Pillaai and Neeru shared
a happy conversation
about the bright future
of Punjabi cinema. Jitesh
Pillaai spoke about the
process of nominations
and the emergence of
regional films in India,
while Neeru interacted
warmly with the media.
After a smashing debut,
last year, the second edition
of the Jio Filmfare Awards
(Punjabi) 2018, was held on
March 2018.
„
PUNJAB
DA SWAG
DEVESH SHARMA BRINGS YOU A FLY-ON-THE-LASSI
BUCKET ACCOUNT OF THE SECOND EDITION OF THE
JIO FILMFARE AWARDS PUNJABI 2018
M
arch 23, as
everyone
knows,
marks the
martyrdom
of freedom fighter Bhagat
Singh. It was on this day in
1931 that he was hanged
by the British in Lahore
for waging a war against
them. Ever since then, the
day holds a special place
in Punjab. We couldn’t
think of a better way to
begin the proceedings
of the second edition of
the Jio Filmfare Awards
Punjabi 2018, than by
paying our heartfelt tribute
to one of the foremost
heroes of the freedom
struggle. Rising talent,
singer Baaz Dhaliwal, rose
to the occasion as he sang
about the martyrdom of
Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev
and Rajguru and reminded
everyone of their ultimate
sacrifice for the sake of
the motherland. To say
everyone present got
emotional would be an
understatement indeed.
It was a night of
emotional highs alright.
Neeru Bajwa, the current
queen of Punjabi cinema,
thrilled the audience
when she paid homage
to yesteryear queen, Priti
Sapru by dancing to a
collage of the veteran’s
numbers. Neeru exclaimed
that she hoped she
had done justice to
the songs and
added she was
privileged to
recreate them.
Priti Sapru was our
Lifetime Achievement
Award winner
this year. Being
the daughter
of veteran
character
actor DK
Sapru,
she grew
up in
Mumbai
and had been part
Baaz Dhaliwal pays homage to Bhagat Singh
Sonam
Bajwa
Neeru Bajwa
paid homage to
yesteryear queen
Priti Sapru
through her
performance
Nirmal Rishi. Nimrat Khaira, Sargun Mehta,
Amberdeep Singh, Guggu Gill, Karaj Gill,
Munish Sahani and Surveen Chawla
Neeru Bajwa pays a Ravi
tribute to Priti Sapru Dubey and
Sargun
Mehta are
a muchin-love
couple
veen
Jimmy Shergill and Sur
Chawla enjoy the show
Ammy Virk makes his grand entry
B Jay Randhawa grooves to the beat Hosts Ammy Virk and B Jay are a riot
Simi
Chahal
Simi Chahal bonds
with Nirmal Rishi and
Gurpreet Bhangu
Jimmy
Shergill
of the Filmfare ceremony
earlier. She said as much
in her acceptance speech.
“I first attended Filmfare in
Mumbai when I was 30 and
had thought, will I ever get
this award? Today, when
my nieces and nephews
are into acting, I am getting
this award,” she said.
Presenting her the award
was Nirmal Rishi, her costar in many films, and
one of the finest character
actors of Punjabi cinema.
Nirmal too went on to
win the Best Actor In A
Supporting Role (Female)
trophy for her role in Nikka
Zaildar 2. She comes
across as a disciplinarian
grandmother, whom we
can’t help but love. And
she played exactly that in
the film.
V
eteran Guggu
Gill,who had
handed over
the LTA trophy
last year to Yograj Singh,
received the Living Legend
Ammy Virk looks on as Priti
Sapru and Nirmal Rishi bond
Yograj Singh showers
affection on Guggu Gill
Neeru Bajwa
struts her stuff
Tarsem
Ninja, Ranjit Bawa and ether
Jassar chill tog
Ranjit Bawa, Deep Sidhu, Guggu
Gill and Amrit Maan do the bhangra
Award this year from
his long-time friend and
colleague, Yograj, this year
in a reciprocal gesture.
Yograj’s happiness knew
no bounds when he came
on stage to hand over the
trophy. He waxed eloquent
about how he considered
Guggu as his younger
brother and was proud
of his achievements. He
recalled that his mother
too loved Guggu as her
younger son and went on
to say he had yet to come
In his speech,
Guggu Gill
thanked
veteran
Dharmendra
for being his
inspiration
and influencing
him to take up
acting
Surveen
Chawla
across
acr
a more handsome
leading
man in the
lea
Punjabi
Pu
industry. “Tere
varga
var sohna munda nai
jameya!”
jam
said he. Guggu
too grew nostalgic over
their
the long association. In
his acceptance speech,
he also thanked veteran
Dharmendra
Dh
for being
his inspiration and
influencing
inf
him to take
up acting. He addded
that
tha like him there were
many
ma actors, who owed
their
the existence to the
Ranjit Bawa
and Mandy
Payal Rajput and Takhar dance
Ninja jive together together
Harrdy Sandhu brings
the house down
Nimrat
Khaira
Har rdy Sandhu and
Mandy Takhar
Ranjit
Bawa
industry’s congenial HeMan. Deep Sidhu, who
had the honour of acting
with Dharmendra in the
crime actioner Jora Dus
Numbaria, couldn’t agree
more and shouted out
his approval from the
audience. Guggu may
have been nearing 60 but
his swagger is intact. He
regaled the audience with
his spirited performance.
Youngsters such as Ranjit
Bawa, Amrit Maan and
Deep Sidhu sportingly
Sargun Mehta and Payal Rajput
joined him on stage and he
matched them step to step.
Another emotional
moment occurred when
Ravi Dubey, husband of
Best Actor In A Leading
Role (Female), Sargun
Mehta, came on stage
to announce her name.
She was wearing a flowy
gown and he chivalrously
rushed down from the dais
to escort her up on stage
and the audience couldn’t
help but go awww! It was
Sargun’s second win in as
Jimmy Shergill, Surveen Chawla. Binnu Dhillon, Rubina Bajwa, Harry Jawanda are enthralled
LTA winner Priti Sapru enjoying the Amrit Maan, Tarsem Jassar, Simi Chahal, Dinesh
proceedings with her family Aulakh, Ninja and Karamjit Anmol are all smiles
many years. Her happiness
was palpable and she
thanked her husband for
being with her through the
highs and the lows. The
couple has been together
for nine years now ever
since they met on the
sets of the show, 12/24
Karol Bagh. Theirs has
been an inspiring journey.
Sargun’s co-star in the
film, Amrinder Gill, won
the Best Actor (Male) for
the same film, Lahoriye.
But he couldn’t attend due
The quartet of
Ninja-Payal
Rajput and
Ranjit BawaMandy Takhar
brought out
the fragrance
of romance
through their
performance
to prior commitments. His
trophy was collected by
the film’s producer Karaj
Gill. Lahoriye proved to be
the most successful film of
the evening, winning four
trophies.
B
innu Dhillon,
who won the Best
Actor Critics’ for
his role in the dark
comedy Vekh Barataan
Chaliyan, brought some
laughter to the proceedings
when he deadpanned,
“Punjabis are famous for
chasing goris. This is the
first time we are chasing
a kaali (referring to the
Black Lady).” Binnu,
who had won the Best
Supporting Actor last year,
was in a chirpy mood
when we rushed to escort
him backstage for the
photoshoot.
Staged at the MultiPurpose Sports Stadium,
Mohali, the awards night
came alive thanks to
the constant bantering
Ammy Virk, Amberdeep
Singh and Prachi Tehlan
Harry Jawanda poses for a
family photo with daughter
Inaya, wife Neeru Bajwa and
sister-in-law Rubina Bajwa
B Jay Randhawa
Ranjha Vikram Singh and
Sardar Sohi pose together
We spotted Neeru Bajwa with
husband Harry Jawanda,
daughter Inaya, and sister
er
Rubina Bajwa. They looked
ed
er
adorable as a family together
between the young
emcees, Ammy Virk,
Neeru Bajwa, Harrdy
Sandhu, Mandy Takhar
and B Jay Randhawa. The
dashing Randhawa gave an
energetic start to the event
through his act. While
Ammy Virk made a unique
entry when he came out
of a man-size replica
of Filmfare magazine.
Ammy’s performance too
won much applause. The
quartet of Ninja-Payal
Rajput and Ranjit BawaMandy Takhar brought out
the fragrance of romance
through their performance.
Only Ranjit Bawa
went home withoutt
a Black Lady as
the other three
bagged the Best
Newcomer and
the Best Actor
Critics’ (Female)
respectively.
Better luck next
time dear Ranjit!
Harrdy Sandhu’s
performance
was clearly the
showstopper, going
g
by the applause
he received.
Singer Rajvir
Jawanda’s energetic
c
Neeru Bajwa
Diljott takes a selfie
with Simi Chahal and
Prachi Tehlan
Ammy Virk
Rajvir Jawanda
Simi Chahal
Sonam Bajwa and Surveen Chawla
performance got much
appreciation as well.
Supporting these leading
faces of Punjabi cinema
was a dance troupe,
which exemplifies
professionalism and
sincerity to the core. Zenith
Dance Group enhanced the
performances through their
choreography and synergy.
The Delhi-based dance
Academy is helmed by
Sooraj Katoch.
Mention must also be
made about how event
agency, Prinday, helped
translate our vision and
steered the Jio Filmfare
Punjabi Awards 2018,
this being their second
year. Led by Prabhjot
Mahant, the Prinday
team was involved with
artiste management, show
direction and execution on
our big night.
Coming back to the
show, actors Harby Sangha
and Jagjit Sandhu tickled
the audience’s funny bone
with their split-second
comic timing. Their skit
involving the introduction
of Best Film nominees was
unique indeed.
Diljott and Dev Kharoud being
briefed backstage
Simi Chahal and B Praak bond
J
ass Grewal received
two awards - Best
Original Story and
Best Lyrics for Rabb
Da Radio. He exclaimed
that he had never written
a song in his life and was
delighted that he won an
award the first time he
attempted writing lyrics.
The lead actor of Rabb
Da Radio, Tarsem Jassar,
shared Best Debut (Male)
trophy with Ninja, who
got it for Channa Mereya.
He was appreciative of the
fact that young talent was
recognised at Filmfare.
S
urveen Chawla is
a household name
in Punjab and
nd
looked stunning
ning
in a Shriya Som dress,
ss,
while Sonam Bajwa killed
it in a black fit-and-flare
flare
dress. The duo caught
ht up
backstage and was seen
en
chatting nineteen-to-thethedozen. We spotted Neeru
eeru
Bajwa with husband Harry
Jawanda, daughter Inaya,
ya,
and sister Rubina Bajwa.
wa.
They looked adorable as
a family together. Inayaa is
a cutie and perhaps hass
the makings of a superstar
tar
like her mom and aunt in
the coming two decades..
She sure knew how to
pose for the camera and
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Harby Sangha and Jagjit Sandhu
Refering to the Black Lady
Binnu Dhillon deadpanned,
“Punjabis are famous for chasing
goris, this is the
h first time we’re
chas
chasing a kaali”
Tarsem
Jassar
wasn’t intimidated by the
paparazzi at all. A sheer
natural!
The night ended on
an emotionally sweeping
note when the entire team
of Lahoriye, including
director Amberdeep Singh,
producer Karaj Gill, and
p
aactors Guggu Gill, Nirmal
Rishi, Nimrat Khaira,
R
Sargun Mehta came
S
to
together as family when
the Best Film Award was
th
announced. Moments like
an
these leave behind timeless
the
memories. It was a Kodak
me
mo
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moment
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Kamal Dhaliwal
NIGHT OF THE WINNERS
Devesh Sharma profiles the winners of the recently held Jio Filmfare Awards Punjabi 2018
I
t was a night like no
other. The who’s who
of the Punjabi film
industry gathered in
droves to honour their peers
and applaud the winners of
the second edition of the Jio
Filmfare Awards Punjabi 2018.
The films this year were a
mix of social drama, comedy
and action. Vekh Baraatan
Challiyan, a light-hearted
satire, made us aware that
superstitions still persist
regarding marriage in our
society. Films like Lahoriye and
Sardar Mohammad showed us
that while the scars of Partition
haven’t yet healed, it’s time for
us to move on and start a fresh
dialogue with our neighbours.
And Rabb Da Radio and
Nikka Zaildar 2 taught us that
an open heart is the key to
maintain relations. Guggu Gill,
the most macho of Punjabi
filmstars, got the Living Legend
Award while Priti Sapru, a
force to reckon with in the ’80s
and the ’90s, was conferred
the Lifetime Achievement
Award. Read on to know more
about the winners...
Sargun Mehta,
Guggu Gill,
Mandy Takhar and
Binnu Dhillon
WINNERS & NOMINEES
JIO FILMFARE AWARDS PUNJABI 2018
POPULAR AWARDS
Best Film
LAHORIYE
(Producer: Karaj Jill)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)
KARAMJIT ANMOL
(Manje Bistre)
Other Nominees
 Manje Bistre
 Nikka Zaildar 2
 Rabb Da Radio
 Super Singh
 Vekh Baraatan Challiyan
Other Nominees
 Gobind Namdev (Vekh Barataan Chaliyan)
 Guggu Gill (Lahoriye)
 Jaswinder Bhalla (Vekh Barataan Chaliyan)
 Rajiv Thakur (Jindua)
 Sardar Sohi (Sardar Mohammad)
Best Director
KSSHITIJ CHAUDHARY
(Vekh Baraatan Challiyan)
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)
NIRMAL RISHI
(Nikka Zaildar 2)
Other Nominees
 Anurag Singh (Super Singh)
 Baljit Singh Deo (Manje Bistre)
 Harry Bhatti & Tarnvir Singh (Rabb Da Radio)
 Navaniat Singh (Jindua)
 Simerjit Singh (Nikka Zaildar 2)
Other Nominees
 Anita Devgan (Rabb Da Radio)
 Neeta Mohindra (Sardar Mohammad)
 Nirmal Rishi (Lahoriye)
 Sara Gurpal (Manje Bistre)
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)
AMRINDER GILL
(Lahoriye)
Best Lyrics
JASS GREWAL
(Rabb da radio - Rabb Da Radio)
Other Nominees
 Ammy Virk (Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Diljit Dosanjh (Super Singh)
 Gippy Grewal (Manje Bistre)
 Jimmy Shergill (Jindua)
 Tarsem Jassar (Sardar Mohammad)
Other Nominees
Kumaar (Takdi Ravan- Jindua)
Navi Kamboz (Hawa De Warke - Channa Mereya)
Surinder Sadhpuri (Akhar - Lahoriye)
Tarsem Jassar (Chithiyaan- Sardar Mohammad)
Veet Baljit (Mehndi- Nikka Zaildar 2)
Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)
SARGUN MEHTA
(Lahoriye)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
AMRINDER GILL
(Akhar - Lahoriye)
Other Nominees
Mandy Takhar (Rabb Da Radio)
Neeru Bajwa (Jindua)
Simi Chahal (Rabb Da Radio)
Sonam Bajwa (Manje Bistre)
Sonam Bajwa (Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Ammy Virk (Kali jota- Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Bir Singh (Dishaheen - Sarvann)
 Ninja (Hawa de warke - Channa Mereya)
 Sharry Mann (Rabb da radio- Rabb Da Radio)
 Veet Baljit (Mehndi- Nikka Zaildar 2)
Best Music Album
LAHORIYE
(Jatinder Shah)
Best Playback Singer (Female)
NEHA BASIN
(Paani Ravi da - Lahoriye)
Other Nominees
Other Nominees
Other Nominees
 Gold Boy, Jaidev Kumar,Sonu Ramgarhia
 Jasmine Sandlas (Jindua-Jindua)
 Nimrat Khaira (Dubai wale Shaikh-Manje Bistre)
 Sultana & Jyoti Nooran
& Deep Jandu (Channa Mereya)
 Gurmeet Singh (Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Jaidev Kumar & Arjunaa Harjai (Jindua)
 Jatinder Shah (Super Singh)
 Jay K (Jassi Katyal) & Jaison Thind (Manje Bistre)
(Baajre di Raakhi - Krazzy Tabbar)
 Sunidhi Chauhan (Hawa vich - Super Singh)
 Tarannum Malik(Gaani - Nikka 2)
TECHNICAL AWARDS
Best Background Score
SUNNY BAWRA AND INDER
BAWRA (Jora 10 Numbaria)
Best Sound Design
PARIKSHIT LALVANI AND KUNAL
MEHTA (Sardar Mohammad)
Best Editing
MANISH MORE
(Channa Mereya)
Other Nominees
 Jaidev Kumar (Rabb Da Radio)
 Jaidev Kumar (Sardar Mohammad)
 Jatinder Shah (Lahoriye)
 Raju Singh (Jindua)
 Surinder Sodhi (Saab Bahadar)
Other Nominees
Other Nominees
 Anand Pawar (Jindua)
 Joe Rodrigues (Sarvann)
 Parikshit Lalwani/ Kunal Mehta (Channa Mereya)
 Parikshit Lalwani/ Kunal Mehta (Rabb Da Radio)
 Parikshit Lalwani/ Kunal Mehta (Super Singh)
 Bharat Singh Rawat (Sardar Mohammad)
 Manish More (Rabb Da Radio)
 Manish More (Vekh Baraatan Challiyan)
 Rohit Dhiman (Manje Bistre)
 Sadik Ali Shaikh (Lahoriye)
Best Dialogue
AMBERDEEP SINGH
(Lahoriye)
Best Cinematography
VINEET MALHOTRA
Channa Mereya
Other Nominees
 Amardeep Singh Gill (Jora 10 Numbaria)
 Jagdeep Sidhu (Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Naresh Kathooria
(Vekh Baraatan Challiyan)
 Tarsem Jassar (Sardar Mohammad)
 Anshul Chobey (Super Singh)
 Chakravarty (Sardar Mohammad)
 Harmeet Singh (Jindua)
 Sandeep Patil (Lahoriye)
 Vineet Malhotra (Channa Mereya)
Best Original Story
JASS GREWAL
(Rabb Da Radio)
Best Screenplay
GIPPY GREWAL
(Manje Bistre)
Other Nominees
 Amberdeep Singh (Lahoriye)
 Gippy Grewal (Manje Bistre)
 Naresh Kathooria
(Vekh Baraatan Challiyan)
 Tarsem Jassar (Sardar Mohammad)
Other Nominees
 Amardeep Singh Gill (Jora 10 Numbaria)
 Amberdeep Singh (Lahoriye)
 Avtar Singh (Rupinder Gandhi 2)
 Jass Grewal (Rabb Da Radio)
 Jagdeep Sidhu (Nikka Zaildar 2)
Best Action
SALAM ANSARI
(Jora 10 Numbaria)
Best Choreography
DEWANG DESAI
(Yaari - Sardar Mohammad)
Other Nominees
 Javed Ezaz (Sardar Saab)
 Kinder Singh (Singh Is King)
Rupinder Gandhi 2
 Parvez Fazal Khan (Rocky Mental)
 Mohammad Parvez Shaikh (Super Singh)
Other Nominees
Other Nominees
 Pappu & Maalu (Kalliyan- Kulliyan-
Super Singh)
 Humble Motion Team (Dubai Wale ShaikhManje Bistre)
 Mehul Gadani (Jhumke - Sargi)
 Ritchie Burton (Gaani- Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Ritchie Burton (Rabb Da Radio)
CRITICS’ AWARDS
Best Production Design
TARIQ UMAR KHAN
(Lahoriye)
Other Nominees
Rashid Rangrej (Super Singh)
Ritesh Kumar (Manje Bistre)
Vijay & Dona (Channa Mereya)
Vijay Giri (Rabb Da Radio)
Vijay Giri (Sardar Mohammad)
DEBUT
DE
E
AWARDS
Best Debut (Male)
NINJA (Channa Mereya)
TARSEM SINGH JASSAR
(Rabb Da Radio)
Other Nominees
Amrit Maan (Channa Mereya)
Jass Bajwa (Thug Life)
Parmish Verma (Rockey Mental)
Ranjit Bawa (Sarvann)
Tarsem Singh Jassar (Rabb Da Radio)
Best Debut (Female)
PAYAL RAJPUT
(Channa Mereya)
Other Nominees
Kavita Kaushik (Vekh Baraatan Challiyan)
Navpreet Banga (Bhalwan Singh)
Nimrat Khaira (Lahoriye)
Prachi Tehlan (Arjan)
Rubina Bajwa (Sargi)
Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Male)
BINNU DHILLON
(Vekh Barataan Challiyan)
Critics’ Award for Best Actor (Female)
MANDY TAKHAR
(Rabb Da Radio)
Other Nominees
 Deep Sidhu (Jora 10 Numbri)
 Dev Kharoud (Rupinder Gandhi 2)
 Jimmy Shergill (Jindua)
 Ranjit Bawa (Bhalwan Singh)
 Tarsem Singh Jassar (Sardar Mohammad)
Other Nominees
Other Nominees
 Neeru Bajwa (Jindua)
 Sargun Mehta (Lahoriye)
 Simi Chahal (Rabb Da Radio)
 Sonam Bajwa (Nikka Zaildar 2)
 Wamiqa Gabbi (Nikka Zaildar 2)
Amardeep Singh Gill (Jora 10 Numbaria)
Harry Bhatti, Tarnvir Singh (Rabb Da Radio)
Karaan Guliani (Sarvann)
Neeru Bajwa (Sargi)
Param Shiv (Bhalwan Singh)
LIFETIME
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LIVING LEGEND
Critics’ Award for Best Film
HARRY BHATTI AND
TARANVIR SINGH
(Rabb Da Radio)
Other Nominees
 Jora 10 Numbriya
 Lahoriye
 Nikka Zaildar 2
 Sardar Mohammad
 Vekh Baraatan Challiyan
PRITI SAPRU
Best Debut Drector
AMBERDEEP SINGH
(Lahoriye)
GUGGU GILL
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
PRITI SAPRU
The beautiful Priti Sapru featured in a number of
Punjabi hits including Nimmo, Yaari Jatt Di and Qurbani
Jatt Di, with heroes such as Veerendra, Gurdas Maan
and Raj Babbar. Her father was well-known character
actor D K Sapru. Her mother, Hemavathi Sapru, too
was an actor. Priti started her career at the age of
13 with the film Habari in 1979. She was cast in
lead roles in Punjabi movies and as a leading and
supporting actress in numerous Hindi movies too.
Priti was the pioneer in releasing private albums and
her Bhangra Gidda, released in 1990, was a hit. The
talented Priti, apart from doing Hindi films, has also
written for films such as Zameen Asmaan (1984),
which starred Shashi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Rekha
and Anita Raaj. She is married to Upvan Sudarshan
Ahluwalia, an architect, and is the mother of twin
daughters Riya Walia and Rene Walia.
Nirmal Rishi hands over the trophy to Priti Sapru
as Neeru Bajwa looks on
LIVING LEGEND
GUGGU GILL
It’s said that his film Jatt Jeona Mour (1991) enjoys the
same status among Punjabi audiences as Sholay. Starring
Gugu Gill and Gurkirtan and directed by Ravinder Ravi, it
was based on the life of dacoit Jatt Jeona Mour. Guggu
Gill became a superstar with its release and enjoyed
unprecedented success in Punjabi films during the ’80s
and the ’90s. The actor, whose real name is Kulwinder
Singh Gill, started out in 1981 with the film Putt Jattan De.
The film starred Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha but
despite the big names Guggu was able to make a name for
himself, thanks to his daredevil fight scene involving dogs.
He formed a winning partnership with director Ravinder
Ravi, with hits like Anakh Jattan Di, Jatt Jeona Mour and
Pratigya. As a leading hero, he was paired with top female
artistes from Punjabi cinema like Daljeet Kaur, Upasana
Singh, Priti Sapru, Manjeet Kullar and Ravinder Mann.
Yograj Singh and Nimrat Khaira handed over
the Black Lady to an ecstatic Guggu Gill
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
(MALE)
AMRINDER GILL
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Amrinder Gill in Lahoriye
The actor portrays someone, who loves a girl
across the border and is willing to do anything to
marry her. He’s a strict clerk in the RTO on the one
hand and a lover, foolish enough to be with the
one he desires on the other. It was a role calling for
both passion and an undercurrent of humour and
Amrinder was a natural on both fronts.
Priti Sapru and Ravi Dubey hand
over the trophy to Karaj Gill, who collected
it on behalf of Amrinder Gill
BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
(FEMALE)
SARGUN MEHTA
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Sargun Mehta in Lahoriye
Love transcends all boundaries. When a man from across
the border falls in love with a Pakistani girl, played by
Sargun Mehta, she can’t believe her senses. What’s
more, when he somehow comes over and is successful in
convincing her parents in letting her get married to him, her
happiness is complete. Sargun captures the delirium of the
first flush of love admiringly well on screen.
A delighted Ravi Dubey hugs
wife Sargun while handing her the trophy
as Priti Sapru looks on
CRITICS’ BEST ACTOR
(MALE)
BINNU
DHILLON
Binnu Dhillon and Ranjit Bawa in
Vekh Barataan Challiyan
The broad comedy offered a humorous critique
on the blind faith people have towards certain
practices to ensure a happy married life. It showed
how the poor protagonist falls prey to them.
He has to even suffer various humiliations.
The versatile Binnu Dhillon took it all on the chin
for the role in Vekh Barataan Challiyan.
Guggu Gill and Amar Noorie present the
Black Lady to Binnu Dhillon
CRITICS’ BEST ACTOR
(FEMALE)
MANDY
TAKHAR
Mandy Takhar in Rabb Da Radio
A daughter-in-law is expected to toe the line
set by her mother-in-law even if the latter
is wrong. Mandy Takhar played one such
submissive bride to the T. However, when things
start turning from bad to worse, she takes matters
in her own hands and rebels. The role could easily
have turned melodramatic but Mandy gave a
restrained and sensitive performance.
Guggu Gill and Amar Noorie do
the honours for Mandy Takhar
CRITICS’ BEST FILM
HARRY BHATTI AND
TARANVIR SINGH
DIRECTORS: RABB DA RADIO
Ç Karamjit Singh Anmol and Sardool Sikander give away
the trophies to Harry Bhatti and Taranvir Singh
Rabb Da Radio is an old-fashioned tale, set during the ’80s
and the ’90s, wherein a joint family gets divided over social
status. The film depicts how this disparity comes in the way of
the relationship between the two branches of the family.
The film tells us that it’s important to let go of such
prejudices and move on.
BEST FILM
LAHORIYE
Ç Surveen Chawla hands over the trophy to
producer Karaj Gill as the whole team
of Lahoriye comes on stage to celebrate
The film reiterates the fact that the boundaries between India
and Pakistan are politically motivated. That given a choice,
people would willingly stay together in peace and harmony.
It seeks peace, forgiveness and above all tolerance.
The cross-border love story is told without any bias towards any
country or religion. And that’s its biggest strength.
Harry
Bhatti
Taranvir Singh
BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR
AMBERDEEP SINGH
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Ç Prachi Tehlan presents the Black Lady to Amberdeep Singh
Boundaries may be external but they can’t breach the
landscape of the heart. The people across the two countries, India
and Pakistan, still have a lot of love for each other. That’s the message
of Amberdeep Singh’s debut effort as a director, which he has
made with all the right sensibilities and intentions.
BEST DIRECTOR
KSSHITIJ CHAUDHARY
MOVIE: VEKH BARAATAN CHALLIYAN
Ç Satinder Sartaj and Sonam Bajwa
present the award to Karaj Gill, who collected
it on behalf of Ksshitij Chaudhary
Superstitions still rule our minds when it comes
to marriage. And sometimes the bride and
the bridegroom have to undergo ridiculous rituals to
keep their elders happy. This is the crux of this relevant
film, which not only induces laughter but makes
you think as well.
BEST DEBUT (MALE)
NINJA
TARSEM
SINGH JASSAR
MOVIE: RABB DA RADIO
MOVIE: CHANNA MEREYA
Ç Dinesh Aulakh and Simi Chahal honour Tarsem Jassar and
Ninja as Amrit Maan and Karamjit Anmol join in their joy
Channa Mereya required the protagonist to be all macho and
yet intense and sensitive at the same time. The talented Ninja
brought out all the shades in spades in this Sairat remake.
Rab Da Radio was an emotional rollercoaster and Tarsem Singh
Jassar’s role brought a touch of reason to the proceedings.
His personality and body language matched the role – that
of a kind-hearted landowner to a T.
BEST DEBUT (FEMALE)
PAYAL RAJPUT
MOVIE: CHANNA MEREYA
Ç B Praak and Mrs Jhuma Roy – Marketing Head – Aeroplane
Basmati Rice hand over the award to Payal Rajput
Ninja
Tarsem Singh Jassar
Television actress Payal Rajput makes her Punjabi debut
with this remake of Sairat. She wonderfully brought out the
nuances of a girl, who rebels for love. She was vulnerable in
some scenes and strong as a rock in others, displaying
steel where it was needed.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
(FEMALE)
NIRMAL RISHI
MOVIE: NIKKA ZAILDAR 2
Ç Karaj Gill And Jass Grewal do the honours for Nirmal Rishi
She’s one of the pillars of Punjabi cinema. The actor reprises
her role, that of a firebrand grandmother from the original
Nikka Zaildar. She isn’t as adamant and eccentric this
time around. Rather, she fills her character with softer hues.
BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
(MALE)
KARAMJIT ANMOL
MOVIE: MANJE BISTRE
Ç Vivek Ohri and Jarnail Singh give away the
trophy to Karamjit Anmol
He’s one of the finest comic actors around in the Punjabi industry.
Using prosthetics, a false beard and voice modulation, Karamjit
Anmol transforms himself into a 70-years old halwai in Manje Bistre.
His body language and diction were just perfect for the role. While
his punch dialogue won the maximum laughs in the film.
BEST MUSIC ALBUM
JATINDER SHAH
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Ç Sunita Dhir And Simerjit Singh hand over
the trophy to Jatinder Shah
A love story is held together by its songs in our films.
They also help take the narrative forward. The romantic numbers
of the film, composed by veteran Jatinder Shah, had a rustic feel
to them and complemented the cross border theme of Lahoriye.
BEST LYRICS
JASS GREWAL
SONG: RABB DA RADIO
MOVIE: RABB DA RADIO
Ç Diljott and Dev Kharoud do the honours for Jass Grewal
Though some bonds run deep, we sometimes tend
to lose connection with each other. It takes a momentary spark
to recognise that special someone, who is meant for us.
The song kind of resonates with the emotional core of the
rustic film and reminds us of that truth.
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE)
AMRINDER
GILL
SONG: AKHAR
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Ç Karaj Gill accepts the award on behalf of Amrinder Gill
from Munish Sahni and Rubina Bajwa
The song talks about how a name can become an obsession.
It’s filled with both the pain as well as the passion associated with
love. It’s a love ballad with soul and Amrinder Gill brought out both the
traits through his deft rendering of the beautiful melody.
BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE)
NEHA BHASIN
SONG: PAANI RAVI DA
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Ç Neha Bhasin receives the award from
Mahreen Kaleka and JSL Singh
The song, a folk number, equates love with a flowing
river. Its rustic melody reminds one of the
celebrated romances that have been part
of Punjab’s culture. And Neha’s melodious voice did
full justice to this evocative number.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
TARIQ UMAR
KHAN
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Ç Tariq Umar Khan receives the trophy from
Autur Singh and Malkit Rauni
Punjab is known as the heartland of agriculture. It’s also the
land of numerous love stories that have become part of
our heritage. The cross border romance is set in a rustic milieu
and the production design gets the delicate details right.
BEST SOUND DESIGN
PARIKSHIT LALVANI
AND KUNAL MEHTA
MOVIE: SARDAR MOHAMMAD
Ç Naresh Kathuria presents the award
to Parikshit Lalvani
It’s not easy to recreate the ambient sound of a bygone era.
The challenge was to create a soundscape resonating with both
the 1947 era, as well as that of the ’60s. The Partition of India
and its aftermath is the film’s subject and the authentic
sounds of riots and mayhem in particular bring goosebumps.
BEST EDITING
MANISH MORE
MOVIE: CHANNA MEREYA
Ç Autur Singh And Malkit Rauni present
the award to Manish More
Romance is the staple of most Indian films. It’s one formula
that directors never shy away from. The audience need to be
hooked to the plot and hence love stories have to be told crisply
and engagingly. Manish More made sure of that through his
deft scissor work in Channa Mereya.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
VINEET MALHOTRA
MOVIE: CHANNA MEREYA
Ç Vineet Malhotra is all smlles as he receives the trophy
from Arvinder Bhatti and Gurpreet Bhangu
This is Romeo And Juliet set in the verdant fields of Punjab.
The pastoral locales serve as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant
love story. Punjab has some scenic locations and given the
right lighting they can really come alive. Vineet Malhotra
masterfully captured the budding romance.
BEST ORIGINAL STORY
JASS GREWAL
MOVIE: RABB DA RADIO
Jass Grewal receives the trophy from Resham Singh Anmol
and Savita Jhingan – Head Of Operations – MH One
What made a mark with the audience is the film’s simplicity
as well as it’s underlying spirituality. Rabb Da Radio underlines the
soul connection between us all and all that we have to do is to
attune our antenna to it. In an I-me-myself world, we all need
to be reminded of that.
BEST SCREENPLAY
GIPPY GREWAL
MOVIE: MANJE BISTRE
Ç Ranjha Vikram Singh and Sardar Sohi hand over
the trophy to Rohit Dhiman, who collected it on
behalf of Gippy Grewal
The film revolves around a marriage function. Romance, more
often than not, brews during such occasions. At least our films
have been hinting on that. The screenplay gives us all the drama
found at such ceremonies and weaves in comedic pieces as well,
juxtaposing them interestingly with the romantic scenes.
BEST DIALOGUE
AMBERDEEP SINGH
MOVIE: LAHORIYE
Ç Amberdeep Singh receives the award from
Ranjha Vikram Singh and Sardar Sohi
The film was true to the way people converse in real life.
The conversation was free flowing and idiomatic. And carried
the fragrance of the border region. The pain of the Partition
finds a resonance in the dialogue as well.
Sunny Bawra
Inder Bawra
BEST BACKGROUND SCORE
SUNNY BAWRA AND
INDER BAWRA
MOVIE: JORA 10 NUMBARIA
Ç Naresh Kathuria hands over the award
to Sunny and Inder Bawra
Action films require special treatment when it comes to
background composition as the precise one can enhance the
narrative and keep the viewers spellbound. Well, the fast-paced
background score is just spot on for this hardcore action film.
BEST ACTION
SALAM ANSARI
MOVIE: JORA 10 NUMBARIA
Ç Salam Ansari hugs Arvinder Bhatti while receiving
the trophy as Gurpreet Bhangu looks on
The film is a gangland drama and revolves around
a young rebel, who takes to a life of crime. It needed
hardcore stylised action, which had to look authentic.
Salam Ansari’s action choreography is what the
doctor ordered for this gritty film.
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
DEWANG DESAI
SONG: YAARI | MOVIE: SARDAR MOHAMMAD
Ç Arvinder Bhatti and Gurpreet Bhangu present
the trophy to Dewang Desai
A group of young men have their own robust way of letting their hair
down. College is a place, where you let go of the shackles that rule
you in school. Yaari is a campus number set in the ’60s and brings
out the exuberance of the youth, as well of the era, superbly.
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Filmmakers and actors
are surely turning
prudent in presenting
‘infotainment’.
Congratulations to
both Bappi Lahiri and
Mala Sinha for their
exemplary contribution
during their illustrious
innings. Bappida’s
tunes and voice have
provided much delight
and continue to do so.
And Mala Sinha will
always be remembered
for her performances,
especially in films like
Pyaasa, Anpadh, Gumrah
and Dhool Ka Phool.
Prem K Menon, Mumbai
Winners of the 63rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018
HAIL THE
BLACK LADY!
Shah Rukh Khan
The excellent coverage
of the 63rd Jio Filmfare
Awards 2018 in your
first monthly issue
(March 2018) made
me happy. My sincere
thanks to the Filmfare
team for covering
various aspects of the
event and providing
excellent photographs.
The coverage of the
press conference with
Shah Rukh Khan was an
additional gift. Looking
forward to the coverage
of Filmfare Awards East
2018 as well.
Sonali B, New Delhi
FILMFARE IS THE
REPORT CARD!
The Filmfare Awards
reflect the ‘progress
report’ of entertainment
in India. It reflects
audience tastes, since
the winners are chosen
through audience voting.
Luckily, the Indian
I was delighted to see
Meghna Mishra bag
the Black Lady for Best
Playback Singer (Female)
for her number Nach di
phira in Secret Superstar.
True talent speaks
volumes and it does not
always need a reality
show to be validated. On
the one hand, we have
talent show winners
like Shreya Ghoshal (Sa
Re Ga Ma Pa) and Arijit
Singh (Fame Gurukul)
and on the other, we
have Meghna, who just
fell short of the Indian
Idol auditions. Also,
budding singers like
Pawni Pandey, Jasleen
Royal, Shashaa Tirupati
and Rachita Arora are
rocking Bollywood. Pawni
Pandey hit the bull’s
eye with Laila main Laila
(Raees). Jasleen Royal
has sung songs like
Kho gaye hum kahaan
(Baar Baar Dekho) and
Love you zindagi (Dear
Zindagi). Shashaa
Tirupati, who’s deemed
as one of AR Rahman’s
favourites, has sung
over 35 songs for him in
Telugu, Tamil, Hindi and
even Arabic. Rachita,
who is also a composer,
has sung songs for
Newton and Mukkabaaz.
Abhijit Ghosh, West Bengal
audience has evolved.
Heralding astute actors
like Rajkummar Rao
(Trapped), Irrfan Khan
(Hindi Medium), Vidya
Balan (Tumhari Sulu)
and Meher Vij (Secret
Superstar) and giving
a thumbs-up to films
like Hindi Medium and
Bareilly Ki Barfi, the
63rd Jio Filmfare Awards
2018 endorses the
fact that viewers have
discerning tastes.
Kabir, Delhi
Irrfan Khan
nd
2Prize
1000
Meghna
Mishra
GIRLS ON SONG
SRIDEVI – STAR
FOREVER
For most Sridevi was
an enigma. People who
have worked with her
have always said that
she was timid, shy and
an introvert. But the
moment she came in
front of the camera,
it was a shocking
transformation. Whether
it was Chaalbaaz,
Nagina, Mr India,
Gumraah, Lamhe, Sadma
or English Vinglish,
she simply floored you
with her performance.
She flawlessly blended
commercial chutzpah
with cinematic art.
Even in that era of male
chauvinism, scripts were
written with her in mind.
In her death, television
media tried to create a
controversy but for her
millions of fans, her work
will remain a treasure.
Vimal Pant, Dehradun
THE ‘54’JINX
It is a big sadma to hear
about the demise of
Hawa hawaii girl, Sridevi.
She like Mehboob
Khan, RD Burman and
Uttam Kumar passed
away at a young age
of 54. She formed a
great pair with co-stars
from Rajinikanth, Kamal
Haasan, Jeetendra, Anil
Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor to
Amitabh Bachchan. She
was a graceful dancer
and a fine actor. Yash
Chopra’s Lamhe remains
my favourite. She made
a comeback after 15
years in English Vinglish
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reviews to
wholesome cinema has
made it more even.
Sunil Melwani, Pune
Justone
Point
MELLOW WINE
Sridevi
with huge success. And
proved that she was
timeless.
Mahesh Kapasi
SRIDEVI –
ONE IN A MILLION
Sridevi, who dazzled
the silver screen for 50
years with 300 films,
bid adieu to the world
suddenly, plunging
her family, friends and
fans in grief. She first
appeared in Tamil movies
at the tender age of
four, sharing screen
space with veterans like
Sivaji Ganesan, MGR
and Jayalalitha. The
child-woman got a break
as a heroine with K
Balachander’s Moondru
Mudichu with Kamal
Haasan and Rajinikanth.
She went on to rule
the Tamil, Malayalam,
Telugu and Kannada
filmdom. Destiny led her
to Bollywood in the '80s,
where, she transformed
from Ms. Thunder
Thighs to the first
female superstar. Even
at 50, the dazzling diva
carried herself with rare
panache. RIP Sridevi!
Dr Brinda Balasubramanium,
Pune
CHINA CALLING
China has emerged as
a huge market for Hindi
movies recently. Given
our mature scripts and
unique stories, China
has now got hooked
onto the entertainment
content of Hindi films.
The success of Dangal,
Secret Superstar,
Bajrangi Bhaijan and
Hindi Medium is a case
in point. Hindi movies are
raking in crores in China.
The world is truly flat and
Why do our actresses
obsess so much about
looking young? In an
age, where cosmetology
has achieved miraculous
breakthrough, it has also
sadly become a refuge
of those who advocate
plastic beauty. And the
result is morphed faces!
It’s sad when mature
actresses try fitting in
gowns designed for
young girls. It’s pathetic
when the overdose
of botox even makes
it diffiuclt for them to
emote or smile.
We have witnessed how
actresses like Waheeda
Rehman, Asha Parekh,
Mala Sinha, Hema
Malini, Dimple Kapadia
have aged with grace.
A few kilos extra, a few
laugh lines, a few grey
hair… never took away
from a woman’s aura. In
fact, they add softness
to a well-lived face.
Mellow wine is headier!
Preeti, Pune
(Please mention your full name and address)
In Raid, the politician
Tauji, (Saurabh Shukla)
who is immensely
powerful, isn’t aware of
the false ceiling hiding
all his wealth – yeh baat
hamein hazam nahi hui!
Shekhar Khanna, Amritsar
Sridevi may be dubbed
as a ‘child woman’.
But her daughter
Janhvi Kapoor, who has
witnessed such a huge
tragedy, may perhaps
mature before time. That
pain could well reflect in
her performances.
Ruxana, Jaipur
Tiger Shroff has the
swagger of his father,
Jackie Shroff. Hope he
enjoys Jaggu Dada’s
goodwill and success
as well.
Divya Kumar, Bandra
Gauri Khan recently
won an award for her
talent in design. It was
gracious of husband
Shah Rukh Khan to sit
in the audience and
applaud her.
Moin Patel, Delhi
Waheeda Rehman
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ACTION RULES!
The success of Baaghi 2 is the big story this month. After the below par performance of both, A Flying Jatt and Munna
Michael, Tiger Shroff’s star is shining once again after the stupendous success of Baaghi 2. It has transformed the
naysayers into believers once more. Raid lived upÊ̜ expectations and consolidated Ajay Devgn’s position as a boxoffice wizard. Hichki was a feel-good film with a message. Rani Mukerji’s comeback vehicle was well-received.
HIT
RAID
BAAGHI 2
DIRECTOR: Rajkumar Gupta
CAST: Ajay Devgn, Ileana D’Cruz, Saurabh Shukla
RELEASE DATE: March 16, 2018
DIRECTOR: Ahmed Khan
CAST: Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee, Randeep
Hooda, Deepak Dobriyal
RELEASE DATE: March 30, 2018
FIRST WEEK
COLLECTION
` 63.05 cr
FIRST WEEK
COLLECTION
RAPID REVIEW: A film based on the biggest IT
raid conducted in the ’80s.
VIEWER'S VERDICT: “An entertaining watch.”
– Preeti Junnarkar, 45, banker
` 112.85 cr
RAPID REVIEW: Inspired by Telugu film Kshanam
VIEWERS VERDICT: “The action scenes were right
out of this world.” Vignesh M, 30, businessman
AGE
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AVE
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ABO
AGE
P
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AVE
FLO
HICHKI
BLACKMAIL
MISSING
DIRECTOR: Siddharth P. Malhotra
CAST: Rani Mukerji, Neeraj Kabi
RELEASE DATE: March 23, 2018
DIRECTOR: Abhinay Deo
CAST: Irrfan, Kirti Kulhari, Arunoday Singh
RELEASE DATE: April 6, 2018
DIRECTOR: Mukul Abhyankar
CAST: Manoj Bajpayee, Tabu
RELEASE DATE: April 6, 2018
FIRST WEEK
COLLECTION
` 26.10 cr
RAPID REVIEW: Social drama on empathy
towards the disabled
VIEWERS VERDICT: “It
reminded me of all the
good teachers, who
taught us so selflessly.”
– Neha Juwatkar, 31, HR
professional
IT
RH
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SUP
FIRST WEEKEND
COLLECTION
` 11.22 cr
RAPID REVIEW: A raunchy tale revolving
adultery and revenge
VIEWERS VERDICT:
“I was laughing
throughout.”
-- Ranjit Saraf, 35
Systems architect
FIRST WEEKEND
COLLECTION
` 1 cr
RAPID REVIEW: A missing person film with
too many twists.
VIEWERS VERDICT:
“Manoj’s and Tabu’s
acting is riveting.”
-- Nalinakshi Shetty, 33,
Marketing manager
ASK ME
Shatrughan
Sinha’s
PHOTOGRAPH: MEETESH TANEJA
Rapid fire
Do you still have a lot of
potential?
Subhash Chand, Chandigarh
Every phase of life
brings its own beauty.
Unfortunately, we are
obsessed with youth. Our
later years are equally
creative and fulfilling.
We should know how to
encash them and enjoy
them. Of course, there is
still a lot of potential in
me. I always believe that
I’m going through the best
stage of my life. Currently,
I’m constantly thinking
of how I can further my
resources in helping
others.
Which movie has made
you cry?
Puneet Chadha, Yamuna Nagar
The movie, which we
made with a lot of pomp
and show, excitement,
expectation. But which
unfortunately, bombed at
the box-office.
If our money is not safe in banks nowadays,
then where should we keep it?
J P Singh Kaka, Mumbai
Under the carpet or under the bed or perhaps
underhand dealings will safeguard money.
Do you consider yourself
attractive?
Puneet Chadha, Yamuna Nagar
Why should I not? After
all beauty lies in the eyes
of beholder. Please find
out more from them.
I had a khajoor on
Valentine’s Day. Now can
I tell my friends, I had a
date on Valentine’s Day?
JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
That’s either a good or a
bad joke. I certainly feel
sad that on Valentine’s Day
you had to eat khajoor if
you actually did.
Social media invades
the privacy of stars. How
comfortable do you feel
with it as compared to the
earlier days without it?
Bumeeka, Bangalore
Actually, it invades just
about everyone’s privacy.
I wish there was some
way of making yourself
immune to it or invisible
but that’s not possible.
I guess there’s a lot of
pressure on actors today
to maintain their star
status. It’s not only their
image on reel or real life
but even online that’s at
stake. One must always be
on guard.
When you look back what
gives you satisfaction?
Amit Jain, New Delhi
That I’ve created a good
body of work and a legacy
that I can proudly leave
behind as an actor, as a
politician and as a person.
Did you ever realise that a
wink can make a star?
Sudip Das, Kolkata
Mark my words, Priya
Prakash Varrier isn’t going
to be just a twinkling star
but she has the makings
of a superstar. She can
become one soon. Till
then, keep enjoying her
social media posts.
Isn’t it strange that
Priya Prakash Varrier,
an 18-year old actress
from Kerala got 3 million
followers on Instagram for
her 3.16-minute trailer of
her first Malayalam film,
Oru Adaar Love?
JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
When your stars are
favourable, everything
works for you. That’s the
truth. Believe it or not!
If one cannot bank on
banks anymore, which
is the most bankable
institution left for us
1st Prize
Whenever something goes wrong, the popular
tendency is to blame the woman. If the child is
spoilt, blame the ‘mother’, if the man has an
affair blame the ‘wife’, if the man leaves the
wife and family, blame the ‘mistress’. When
will all this end?
Richa Katiyar, Ranchi
To get the correct answer, please don’t stop at
worshipping the most revered Maa Durga, Maa
Laxmi and Maa Kali. Treat the women around you
with reverence as well.
Padmaavat: Historical fiction
2nd Prize
Why are women judged when they are
ambitious?
Amit Jain, New Delhi
Because men are not as ambitious. They have been
taking things for granted since centuries and are
now afraid that power could be taken away from
their hands.
Winking star: Priya Prakash Varrier
common people?
Kabir, New Delhi
Bankable, durable,
condemnable, trustworthy,
these qualities still exist in
all good banks including
PNB. Don’t let one scam
scare you away. In any
which case, what are the
other options - Swiss
banks?
If you were the Censor
Board chief and if
Padmaavat had come
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to you for certification,
would you have yielded to
the Karni Sena?
Dr D N Ramesh, Bangalore
There is more to it than
meets the eye. The
judgement and the cuts
made with regards to
the film were defined
by lots of factors other
than purely cinematic
ones. Cinema shouldn’t
be dictated by political
motives. But people’s
sentiments shouldn’t be
ignored either. If they are
genuine and if they are in
danger of being hurt that
should be kept in mind as
well. If by some cuts and
changes a clash can be
avoided, what’s the harm?
Genuinely speaking,
decision making is a tough
task when you hold a
position. It’s easy
to point fingers at the
Censor Board. But one is
unaware of the pressures
faced by them.
They say a barking dog
never bites. I know it. You
know it. But does the dog
know it?
N. K. Mani, Indore
You’ll have to ask the
dog. My advice is to let
sleeping dogs lie.
Which is the one
virtue, which is being
misinterpreted nowadays?
B Ajit, New Delhi
Smile and honesty
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or personal views. His answers are
given in jest and humour.
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LAST WORD BY JITESH PILLAAI
QUEEN OF
CROONERS
F
or me the
biggest highlight
of the Filmfare
Middle East
launch, held in
Dubai recently, was Usha
Uthup singing some of
her smashing hits down
the ages. And to our good
fortune, the original item
girl, Kalpana Iyer, who
danced to all these songs
like Rumba ho, Koi yahan
aha nache nache, and
Hari Om Hari was in the
audience. She joined Usha
Uthup on stage, making
the evening come alive
with the ’80s swag. I had
grown up hooked to these
songs and was in ecstasy
reliving those memories,
as was the audience.
Given her energy, it’s
hard to believe Usha is
70. She started out life
as a nightclub singer and
went on to make a name
for herself as a playback
singer, winning acclaim
worldwide. Hers has
always been a robust
voice, a quality which the
tradition bound Hindi
film composers weren’t
exactly fond of. It was the
genius of RD Burman, a
man ahead of his time,
who recognised her mettle
and gave her a chance in
Hare Rama Hare Krishna
(1971). After RD Burman,
Usha Uthup with Kalpana Iyer
the other music director,
she formed a formidable
partnership was Bappi
Lahiri. Her songs in
films like Wardat, Pyara
Dushman, Arman and
Disco Dancer became
hugely popular and she
became a much in demand
singer. Her shows, both
in India and abroad,
were sold-out events and
continue being so still.
It’s to her credit that she
never bowed down to
circumstances, never
changing her style and is
still going strong at her
age.
It’s said she became
lk
famous singing at Kolkata
nightclubs. It’s a city
closest to her heart and
her songs in Bengali
too have a dedicated
audience. She has sung
in the South under the
baton of Ilayaraja, as well
as AR Rahman. She can
flawlessly sing in Tamil,
Telugu, Malayalam, Oriya
and Punjabi as well. She’s
tried her hand at Swahili
too. In fact, it’s said her
songs became so famous
in Kenya that she was
given honorary Kenyan
citizenship. Her covers
of Western hits have a
following worldwide.
Whether
Mumbai,
Wh
th iin Mumbai
Kolkata, Dubai or Nairobi,
one thing that hasn’t
changed for her is her
big bindi, as well as her
Kanjeevarams. She’ll sing
the most happening dance
number clad in a saree
and make it sound ever so
sexy. Her live shows are a
thing of wonder indeed.
Another thing that hasn’t
changed is her warm
infectious smile. That 1000
watt smile just makes you
forget your worries and
jive to the inner rhythm
„
of life...
jitesh.pillaai@wwm.co.in
Twitter: @jiteshpillaai
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