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Imtiaz Ali, one of the successful filmmakers of Bollywood, says Subhash Ghai made a huge contribution to his growth in the field of filmmaking.
"I am here to congratulate Subhash Ghai and his entire team of 'Kaanchi'," said Ali, who Thursday attended the trailer launch of "Kaanchi".
"I don't think there is any director as successful as him. I have seen 'Hero' 25 times. You can see influence of Subhash Ghai's films in my films. Subhash Ghai contributed a lot to my growth and movie-making," added the director of hits like "Jab We Met", "Love Aaj Kal" and "Highway".
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Amid reports that ace comedian and character artist Jagadish would likely be fielded by the Congress for the Lok Sabha polls, the actor has said none has approached him so far.
"My association with the Congress party began almost four decades ago when I was a student and whenever I contested, it was only under the Congress banner and I always won. So, if the party wishes that I contest, I will not say no," said Jagadish to IANS.
During the 2011 Kerala assembly polls, Jagadish was the most sought after campaigner of the Congress-led United Democratic Front candidates and he managed to reach out to maximum people.
"I have come to know from reliable sources that the party is considering fielding me. If I get a call, I will certainly accept it and there is no going back on it," said Jagadish, who has acted in over 350 films and also is a popular TV actor.
Starting his career as a Commerce lecturer in late 1980s and after doubling up as a teacher as well as actor, he took leave from the college and turned full-time to acting. His wife is a professor at a state-run medical college.
Since 1984 when he acted in "My Dear Kuttichathan", he has played the lead role in 40 films and scripted a dozen films, including "Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu" and "Minda Poochakku Kalyanam".
His popular films include "Vandanam", "Mukhachitram", "In Harihar Nagar", "Godfather" and "Hitler" to name a few.
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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who recently wrapped up shooting for his new film "Bhoothnath Returns", has lent a helping hand to the underprivileged.
Early Thursday morning, he visited Raigad (a district in Maharashtra) to collect funds for former Disney UTV managing director Ronnie Screwvala's foundation Swades, which works towards empowering rural inhabitants.
"Having finished very late last night (Wednesday) at Lonavala and the 'Party with the Bhoothnath’, getting to bed almost at 5 a.m. to be up again at 6 a.m. to leave for Raigad (district in Maharashtra), by helicopter an hour away, to visit at my insistence, the work that the Swades Foundation does for the rural inhabitants,” Amitabh posted on srbachchan.tumblr.com Thursday.
The foundation is jointly run by Ronnie and his wife Zarine Screwvala. It focuses on empowering rural India through health, nutrition, water, sanitation, education and more.
For the 71-year-old thespian, "it has been a most humbling experience to be in the midst of the villagers and their life and expectations and what they build so diligently and passionately".
"I shall be joining them (Ronnie and Zarine) in this exercise to collect funds for the many activities and facilities they provide to the underprivileged,” Big B further posted.
“We tend to forget and put aside the comforts we in the city enjoy...he daily essential needs - common and of the most basic nature. It is almost embarrassing to be in the privilege we are in," he added.
He is "astonished that the most elementary needs are missing among them. Yet they smile, exist and work continuously to better their condition".
"Remarkable," he commented.
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Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who plays Sonam Kapoor's father in debutant director Nupur Asthana's "Bewakoofiyaan" says he isn't likely to be seen in any "stereotypical" fatherly roles as he finds them "too unexciting".
"If you notice, I didn't play my own son's (Ranbir) father in 'Besharam'. It is not vanity, just sanity. I can't do the stereotypical father's role. They don't challenge me as an actor at all. So I avoid doing father's roles. It's just too unexciting," said the 61-year-old.
"To my good fortune I am getting roles that do not require me to be the so-called father," he added.
"Bewakoofiyaan", he says, offered him a rare chance to further a father's role.
"In 'Bewakoofiyaan', there are only three main characters - Sonam's, Ayushmann's (Ayushmann Khurrana" and mine. The film gave me a chance to do something more than what we generally see fathers do in our films. Not that there is anything revolutionary or path-breaking about a father frowning over a daughter getting married," he said.
However, the versatile actor sees "Bewakoofiyaan" as a sign of the changing times.
"When I did the roles of the loverboy, parental approval for my choice of soul-mate was very important. And if the loverboy of yesteryears didn't get the father's blessings, he had to elope with the girl.
"If you remember, in 'Bobby' (1973) I had to flee on the mobike with Dimple Kapadia. Now in 'Bewakoofiyaan', my daughter says, 'This is the guy for me. You better accept it.'"
Rishi finds his transition from the rebellious lover-on-the-run in "Bobby" to the disapproving father in "Bewakoofiyaan" interesting.
"Today in 'Bewakoofiyaan', I am in the position that Pran-ji as my father occupied in 'Bobby'. I've been working for the last 42 years. And look at how much has changed. In 'Bobby', the parents tried to bully the lovers. One can't do that anymore.
"In 'Bewakoofiyaan', the father has to accept the fact that his daughter is an adult and can take her own decisions on her own life, however concerned the father may be about his daughter's lifestyle.
"Couples today work together towards achieving a common goal, whether it's a house, or holidays abroad or whatever. The parents have little say in their children's life," he said.
Rishi doesn't interfere in his own children's life in his real life. He has two children - daughter Riddhima and son Ranbir.
"They are independent individuals with minds of their own. If today I was to behave like Pran saab in 'Bobby', my kids would laugh in my face. Today parental intervention is permissible only to the point where the kids respect your opinion," he said.
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Singer-actress Monica Dogra, who has featured in a saucy and aesthetically shot cover for a men's magazine, believes featuring thus is akin to an honour.
"I think magazine covers are an honour of sorts... How important they are or not, I'm not too sure of. I do know, that it is an honor to be considered cover 'worthy' so to speak," Monica told IANS.
She features on the cover of the March issue of men's magazine FHM wearing a black jacket and her bare essentials to match the overall look, which is bold and powerful.
Monica, who was seen in "Dhobi Ghat" and "David", says the shoot was challenging.
"This shoot, as most bikini/men's magazine shoots are in India, was challenging merely because of how much of a stigma there is in India toward them. You have to ensure that shoots like these are tastefully done," she said.
However, she was "really pleased with the shoot" in the end.
"I still had a touch of worry inside me about how it'd be perceived. But that's all art really, right? You create something as best as you can and then you have to let it go and people will think of it what they will," added the talented artist, who is a popular independent artist and has sung songs like "Dooriyan bhi hai zaroori" from the film "Break Ke Baad".
As a person who is inclined towards music, Monica loves to catch up on music magazines.
"I'm a fan of Platform magazine, Motherland, and Rolling Stone India is nice because it's a magazine that covers a scene I'm intimately involved in," she said.