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Presenting the dichotomy kid… Ranbir kapoor

By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 05, 2009)

 

How much of the real Ranbir do we know?

 

Probably 30 per cent. And that too from the films I do because it’s only then that I actually give something of myself to the character. But when I am doing interviews, there is a certain amount of a façade. If you are an introvert or shy like me, you need to exude some confidence, some belief in what you are doing. But honestly, I am scared. I am not that confident an actor to believe and think that everything I do will be a success.

I believe, the remaining 70 per cent will eventually come through when I reach a point where I can really surrender to a character. I hope that role turns up some day. As I keep saying, I am very ambitious. I have lots of directors to work with, lots of roles to play. I hope to be a working actor everyday of my life, to be able to go on a set. I really don’t know what to do with my time when I am not on set.

// When you are not on your Segway that is…

(laughs) I do that every night. It’s my way of letting go. I know it sounds weird and stupid but it’s kind of spiritual. I do it at 2-2.30 in the night. The roads are empty, the weather is great and you just drive through.

A girl who has worked with you, describes you as a mixture of the three Khans. A bad boy like Salman, charmer like Shah Rukh and focused like Aamir.

That girl might be drunk or on some drug because I am not even close to any of these characteristics. The three Khans are living legends for me. Even using my name in the same sentence as theirs is an insult to them.

So you are saying that you are not a bad boy, charming or focused?

(blushing wildly) Actually I am. But I guess to a much milder degree.

So what is your charm?

I am just a happy person, I like talking to people who interest me. You just have to listen to people, I guess that’s what charm is. It’s not about corny lines, it’s not about the looks that you give somebody. It’s only about the attitude to and the conversations that you have with somebody.

Which Kapoor do you resemble as an actor?

As an actor, nobody. My grandfather, Raj Kapoor, was a stylised actor. I have always preferred him more as a director than an actor. Of course, though he was an amazing actor, his directorial abilities blew me away. Shammi Kapoor again had his own style. Shashi Kapoor had his own style. My father has always been a natural actor. So thankfully, I was never compared because you cannot compare natural acting. I would like to believe I have my own style and I am a natural too. I have my own good and bad qualities and I hope it remains like this. I anyway have the baggage of a lineage. If my acting reminded people of actors who they have worshipped earlier, I don’t think anybody would want to see me at all.

But you do want to direct at some point of time?

Yes, I do but it’s an immature dream. It is something I aspire to do one day. I am extremely passionate about movies, but right now I need to solidify my career as an actor. I need some bonafide blockbusters, I need people to have faith in me so that banks can give me money to make movies.

For a 27-year-old boy, you keep an extremely neat room. How come?

I am basically neat. I don’t like chaos, I can’t work like that. I like silence, I like loneliness. I like everything which is soft. I think because of my docile nature, it reflects in the environment I live in.

Even in your work?

Yes, of course, it just causes less confusion. But where my acting process is concerned, I am not bothered. I could be doing a scene in front of ten thousand people on the road, they could be loud and passing remarks, but it wouldn’t affect me. But I guess when the camera is rolling, you just change as a person.

Do you seek characters that are different from you as a person?

Not at all. An actor can only wish that these roles come to him. You can’t seek them. If I am not excited by a character, I can say no, irrespective of who the director or production house is. I need to connect with the characters I am playing.

One hears you were often beaten up by the principal in school?

My principal used to beat me up because I was very naughty in school. I used to do things which I should not have done as a student. I didn’t do it because I was somebody’s son. It was pure masti.

You were shy and naughty? That’s a strange combination.

I think I am just a confused soul. Confused, complicated and a bit complex. I am often told that. I think I am an amalgamation of everything.

And docile too?

That’s what I believe and that’s what my mother believes. I am just a calm soul.

Have you ever rebelled?

Not majorly, but I do believe that I have a rebel in me. I really don’t like to be told what to do.

You are most written about for your affairs…

It really hurts me that my affairs are being written about. I am suddenly acquiring this new image. It is not me. I have been in very few relationships in my life. Few have worked, few haven’t. And I am extremely sad about the ones which haven’t worked. I am not this lover boy, people think I am. The character I did in Bachna Ae Haseeno is not me. I am quite a romantic at heart, but at the same time, being in a relationship or being with a girl is not my priority. I do believe there are great things in store for me. I need to believe that if I need to move ahead. Women are lovely. I love and respect them, but that’s not my true calling in life. My true calling is cinema and acting.

Five films I can see again and againnd again:

1. Shree 420

2. Kaagaz Ke Phool

3. Dilwaale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge

4. Sanjay Bhansali’s Devdas

5. Andaaz Apna Apna

Six books that I can read again:

1. Songs That My Mother taught me by Marlon Brando

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

3. Dreams from My Father – A story of race and inheritance by Barack Obama

4. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

5. Ingrid Bergman’s autobiography

6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It is cinematic in its writing. I could actually smell the kebabs in Afghanistan.

Six people whose lives I want to see chronicled in pictures:

1. Charlie Chaplin

2. Raj Kapoor

3. Michael Jackson

4. Amitabh Bachchan

5. Sachin Tendulkar

6. Lata Mangeshkar

Five songs always on my Ipod:

I can think of just one… Kisi ki muskuraahaton pe ho nisaar

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Ajay Devgan proposes to Bipasha Basu suspended eight feet above the ground in an upturned car for All The Best. Gratifyingly, she accepts
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 22, 2009)

All The Best

Ajay Devgan, who is known for his daredevil stunt scenes, has broken all his part records in his forthcoming film, All The Best. He has proposed to leading lady Bipasha Basu in an upturned car, which is suspended mid-air.

A source from the production unit said, “It’s quite a unique stunt. We took all the precautions as it was risky for both Ajay and Bipasha. The car was suspended mid-air and Bipasha had to stand under it. Ajay had to maintain his balance in the car and, at the same time, look romantic as he was proposing to Bipasha by offering her a rose. It took almost two days to plan the scene and an entire day to shoot it.”

Vishal Bharadwaj is as much of an enigma as his films. He goes incommunicado when he is shooting a film but is wonderfully articulate and expressive once the pressure is off. Perhaps because he started his career as a music director, his films are appealingly lyrical and poetic even as they explore the dark side of human behaviour
By Indu Mirani (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 22, 2009)
All your films explore the dark side of the human psyche…

Yes, I have been doing that right from Makdee, in which I tried to show life from the point of view of a child. As a child, I remember, one of my relatives was supposedly possessed by a ghost and we would take him to a Maulvi to get rid of the ghost. I was only 14 – 15 years of age and I was traumatised. Then as I grew up, I realised that I had to get this out of my system and so I made Makdee. I tried to do the exorcising with Maqbool and Omkara too but I think we can never get rid of our dark side. We get dark images everyday. But Kaminey, I would say, has the lightest side of that darkness presented in a humorous manner with some seriousness.Where did Kaminey originate? Was it an incident or a film or a book that inspired you?

Four years ago, Mira Nair assembled writers from America, India and Canada to mentor ten students from Asia and Africa. This scriptwriting workshop was held in Kampala, Yuganda. A young writer from Nairobi showed me a script which was a story about twin brothers and what happens in their life in a span of 24 hours. It was like parallel cutting and I really liked that approach. Mira and I spoke about it at length and both of us felt that it was a typical Bollywood masala movie. I was in touch with that writer for the next six months. He also sent me another draft. Then two-three years later I asked him to sell me the idea. He was in need of money so I sent him some 4000 dollars and bought the script to make any time. I picked up that idea and added Bollywood masala and my dark and serious side to it. So now, one brother stammers and the other has a lisp.

I thought that it would be exciting to make. But it wasn’t that easy. It was very tough and I had to work really hard. I would never like to make such a film again.

Evidently you took this film to several actors before you signed Shahid. How far is this true?

When I was working with Aamir Khan on Mr Mehta and Mrs Singh and we would sit together for drinks, Aamir would narrate two ideas to me and then I would narrate six to him. He would get excited about them and we would say we would work together. When I narrated this idea to him he expressed his desire to do this double role. It’s the same with Shahid and me. I must have narrated six other ideas to Shahid too but it’s not necessary that I will cast Shahid in each one of them.

If we are to be so guarded when we are working together, it will not be possible to work. When Saif and I were working, I would do the same thing with him too. He too got really excited about this movie. But when I actually decided to make the movie, I genuinely found that Saif was a little over age according to the character and I wanted someone younger. So it was my choice, I never offered it to anyone.

Today I might tell a story to Shahid but I might make the film with Emran Hashmi. That doesn’t mean I had offered it to Shahid. Shahid has offered me umpteen number of things. Kareena had said that she wouldn’t work with anyone apart from me. If we were to go by that she would only have one release every three years and not be able to work in even three films during her career.

There is a huge difference between discussing and narrating and offering someone a film and I would like to clear up the rumour by saying that Kaminey was never offered to anyone else and so no one rejected it. This film wasn’t ever offered to Saif. Saif and Aamir are very fine actors but ultimately it’s about my choice.

Does the title Kaminey reflect young people’s fascination for things negative?

I think today’s youth is more open to face their mean side. There is less hypocrisy and in time, that too will decrease. And something negative always attracts attention. I was at the airport and a couple with their little boy recognised me and started talking to me. The boy asked me “Uncle, what is the name of your movie?” and the father immediately said, “I will tell you later. Not now.” I said, “Why will you tell him later? It’s not a maa-behan ki gaali.” And I told the boy that the name was Kaminey. That kid laughed aloud.

During Omkara, I met an MP, who was upset with me because of the abusive language in the film. I asked him, when there is a clash going on in the streets with a lot of abusive language used by people, do you really go and stop them? So why do you want us to portray what is not true? We are giving you an option to avoid watching the film by giving it an A certificate. I have the right to portray reality. But I feel we become very uncomfortable with our own language. It’s easy for us to say f**k but in our language we can’t say it at all, only because that is our conditioning. We feel really offended in our language. But the youth don’t care.

Your films have been critically acclaimed but have never been a big success. Do you think Kaminey will break that pattern?

I have thought this for all my films till now. I don’t know. This time I have gone a few steps ahead in terms of the kind of audience I want to cater to. Inshallah, it should do that. But, god forbid, it may also not do that well. I only want Ronnie (Screwvala) to make money.

When you get stuck in your writing, who or what inspires you?

When I get stuck, I go to my friends, my co-writers. Most of the time, I get my solution. And it has also happened that I get such solutions that I have to ultimately stop writing. It has happened that we had written 70 percent of a film and suddenly a problem came up. We took it to a friend who told me that I would never be able to overcome this problem. So, it’s better to move on.

What is your stress buster?

Tennis. It’s my best time of the day. I play from 6.30am to 9am and it’s on my return that I compose most of my songs. I composed Naina thag lenge, when returning from tennis.

Does it bother you that your film is so much in news for your actors and their activities and not for the film itself?

I don’t think so because ultimately it’s my film. I feel happy that it is promoting my film. (laughs)

Most people consider Maqbool your most perfect film…

I don’t agree or disagree because it is based on one of the best works of Shakespeare. The basic texture and the content of the story are well structured and I also had the best actors of the century: Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri.

Will you ever make a candy floss romance?

I will make such films one day. It’s part of my agenda that I have to go back to the time when I was 17-years-old and had fallen in love for the first time in my small town. I want to capture that. Right now I am too busy dealing with the structural part of the film, how to shock people with the structures, the curves and characters. Slowly, I will move to the texture of the film and when that happens I will be more close to reality in the real sense.

What are you planning to make next?

I had started planning much before Kaminey was released. I want to do one film a year. I am young right now. I have the energy and I want to translate that on screen. Right now I have three four projects on hand, but the Hrithik film is closest to start.

What is it called?

We haven’t named it yet.

Is it going to be Harami, Kutta or something like that?

No no no..(laughs) its not going to be like that.

Is it a romantic film?

Yes, it is a romantic film.

By Devansh Patel, July 17, 2009 – 11:07 IST

Is it possible to stir up passion after the flames of romantic love die down? How can one maintain a loving relationship that satisfies and stimulates year after year? Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent and UK’s Harrow Observer columnist offers one simple solution for stoking the fires of lifelong intimacy: awakening and uniting the Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul. These four freedoms-the essence of human nature-have the power to transform a love lost partnership into a divine union sparkling with limitless pleasure and unconditional love. We got hold of actress Adah Sharma to discuss just that because she too believes that sensuality and sexuality lies between the ears and not between the thighs. So in this third episode of ‘Intimacy’ we bring you the exclusive talks which lie in between the Debonair, Kamasutra, Porn films, Sex toys and much more. Time to explore the romantic and an erotic world with Adah Sharma.

First time heard about Sex:
When I was six years old and my mother was watching the Bold and the Beautiful, that’s when I first heard about the word ‘Sex’. I asked her what it was and the answer I got back was – When two individuals love each other it’s called Sex. When my mother explained me and my best friend about what the ‘periods’ were that’s when she actually discussed about ‘Sex’.

Mood for Romance:
I think when you’re even sitting with your mate on a park bench and getting intimate, it can be termed as romantic. For me getting intimate would be getting into the head of that person. For me, sensuality and sexuality lies between the ears and not between the thighs. I think a man who knows how to turn off the lights turns me on.

Seasonal Love:
Spring is an eternal season for me as far as romance is concerned. Having said that, seasons do not have any effect on the way I may feel for my boyfriend because my feelings are not seasonal.

Debonair – the Indian Playboy:
I don’t think I have to look at a magazine to get ideas for romance and sex. I’ve never in my life flipped through pages of Debonair. But the first time I saw nudity in a magazine was of model and actor Milind Soman where he was seen sitting in an athlete position. The nudity was very well shown and the picture did not look naked. It was a cover of a magazine. The second instance I can recall is of Milind again with his then girlfriend and model Madhu Sapre in a shoe advert where both posed nude with their private parts covered with a python around their bodies. It was very impressive and bold.

Being sexual and being erotic:
The most erotic thing for me would be to find out what a man thinks when he gets erotic. What goes in his mind at that time? Wish I had the sixth sense for it. As far as sexuality is concerned, if one is comfortable in their own skin, it’s like being sexual. But you can be sexual in many ways. By the vibes you’re setting out, the way you walk, the way you dance or even the way you drink a glass of water. That too can be sexual sometimes.

Bollywood romance:
I love the scene in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna where Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerjee are shown having a cup of coffee. There is some coffee seen on the side of Shah Rukh’s lips and when Rani goes to wipe off, that’s when the reality strikes and she realises that he still hasn’t had his first sip. I actually got goosebumps after seeing it because it’s all about reality and imagination of romance.

Hollywood romance:
Basic Instinct. I think it’s a mixture of romance, sensuality and being erotic. It’s by far a cult classic. I think Amitabh Bachchan or Hrithik Roshan are fit to act as Michael Douglas in the Hindi remake of Basic Instinct.

Porn Films:
I’ve never ever seen a porn film in my life but have seen some of ‘C’ grade Hindi films which can be termed as a part of porn. I cannot name any of those films.

Kamasutra:
I’ve read the entire Kamasutra and I own one copy of it. Kamasutra is a very technical book and you need a great degree of strength, fitness and flexibility to perform when you make love. Most people today are satisfied with only visual thinking that this is how they’ll have sex and think that they can do all the positions in the book. But trust me; you need to be really agile. My boyfriend and I have read the Kamasutra together.

Positions:
The guy standing on one hand and one leg making love is by far the most impressive sexual positions I’ve read in the Kamasutra. I don’t know that name of that particular position but I can only remember what it was all about.

Posing Nude:
I’ve always maintained that I like to leave a little bit to the imagination. If I don’t I’m giving the audience an easy way out. I like that degree of difficulty that one puts into them. I don’t think I’ll ever pose nude.

Sex toys:
I saw some bizarre sex toys while I and my friend were doing shopping in Colaba. Initially we didn’t know whether the schools compass box look-a-like was actually a sex toy. It was in a shape of a bus and a train. We came to know after we read ‘dildo’ written on it. That’s the first and the only time I saw and picked one in my hand.

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

As we had predicted, the Shahid Kapur-Priyanka Chopra relationship has come to an end
By Mumbai Mirror Bureau, June 15, 2009

Priyanka Chopra

Shahid Kapur

Even before they could officially announce that they were a couple, buzz is that Priyanka Chopra and Shahid Kapur have called it quits. News about their relationship having come to an end has been doing the rounds for a couple of weeks now. On April 15, Mumbai Mirror had first broken the news that all’s not well between the two. Priyanka was fed up of Shahid’s constant interference and he expected her to play the conservative girl, which didn’t go down well with the actress.

A senior and very sexy actress informs us that the relationship is finally off. “When I heard Priyanka and Shahid have called off their relationship, my reaction was one of incredulity. I didn’t even know they were a couple,” she said.

According to sources, Priyanka, who has been linked with the Hollywood hunk Gerard Butler at the same time as her relationship with Shahid began to gather momentum, tried very hard to make her relationship with Shahid work.

A source said, “Priyanka is a faithful and very romantic girl. As long as she was with Harman Baweja, there wasn’t even a whiff of her having a fling with anyone else. But then she simply outgrew Harman. She only tried to make the relationship work for old time’s sake.”

The relationship with Shahid started when during the shoot of their film Kaminey, Shahid saved her face from being injured when they both slipped and fell from a scooter. Shahid had reflexively extended his hand and buffered her fall.

According to the actress’ friends, it was like a Mills & Boon romance for Priyanka. Soon the two neighbours, who live in the same building, became close friends. Their friendship turned to love only a few months ago.

But Priyanka’s friends say she wasn’t happy with Shahid. “She was always restless, tense and uncharacteristically hyper. Maybe because she was being constantly questioned about her other friendships, especially the one with Gerard Butler, who she insisted was just a friend. Shahid, however, didn’t see it that way,” said the source.

After several attempts to make  the relationship work, Priyanka decided to call it quits.

“Shahid and Priyanka were just not meant to be. They’re completely different individuals. And the change in Priyanka’s recent behaviour proved it. She has now chosen to concentrate on her career. As for Gerard Butler, that was more hype than hope created by her publicity machinery. Priyanka is now single,” said the source.