I am very greedy about being an actor: Vidya Balan

ImageFrom a single mother to a sex symbol, Vidya Balan has portrayed a range of characters on the big screen and says acting allows you to live another person’s world.

“I don’t think it (acting) is about proving oneself. It is about inhibiting another person’s world, one you have not been in before. I think as an actor, living a person’s life is exciting,” Vidya told media.

Vidya was recently seen as a plump loud Punjabi woman with an unusual dressing sense in Rajkumar Gupta directed Ghanchakkar and the actress says she always finds a way to connect with her characters, and managed to do with this one too.

“There is also a part of them, which I connect with. My character in Ghanchakkar is not someone who I could identify with her initially, but the point of identification was that she was just happy with herself.”

“I might not be happy with myself all the time, but I love people like that. You find that point of identification with the character,” she said.

Although at the box office, Ghanchakkar couldn’t do much, but the critics and audiences praised Vidya’s performance.

She finds appreciation humbling.

“I feel humbled when people say that. I am just doing work, which I believe in,” said the actress who played central roles in Kahaani and The Dirty Picture, but was okay being second fiddle in Ghanchakkar.

“In Ghanchakkar, Sanju ( Emraan Hashmi) was the central character. I was not the protagonist. I was ok with it as I love the character. I don’t have set notions and don’t take on that kind of pressure. My only dream was to be an actor and I am living my dream to the fullest,” she said.

Vidya is married to Siddharth Roy Kapur, managing director of Studios, Disney UTV, but unlike her husband, she does not want to enter production business.

“I don’t want to start producing films. I am very greedy about being an actor and I always have a producer at home,” she said.

What about creative satisfaction?

“After The Dirty Picture, I thought I had done everything that needed to be done. But I was even taken aback when Rajkumar Gupta came to me with Ghanchakkar. I felt grateful to him that he could think of me in this diametrically opposite character. But he was also making a diametrically opposite film.”

Ranbir, Katrina take Vikramaditya’s help to give media the slip

ImageRanbir Kapoor and his alleged girlfriend are enjoying playing cat and mouse game with media. They try their best to evade media whenever they are together. This time too both of them were on the verge of getting discovered by media that they decided to take a friend’s help to bail them out of the sticky situation.

It is reported that Ranbir and Katrina were present during the screening of Lootera when they realised that the curious shutterbugs were waiting for them at the exit. To avoid being clicked together, Ranbir called up director Vikramaditya Motwane’s number and requested him to bail them out of the sticky situation.”

And a good friend that Vikramaditya is, he reached the theatre promptly to pick up Ranbir, while Katrina made a hasty exit in her car.

All my life I never got an opportunity to act: Rishi Kapoor

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At 60, Rishi Kapoor is breaking his image of a romantic hero and playing characters that he has never played before. With this, he aspires to get recognised as one of the best actors of the country.

You have changed your image of a romantic hero by experimenting with different roles in your recent films. Is it a conscious decision?
It’s a conscious decision. I’m an actor and an actor should be able to play all kinds of roles. Even the look of every character you see in my film is different. I’m not repeating myself. All my life I only sang songs. All my life I never got an opportunity to act. Today is the first time in this phase of my career that I’ve got acting assignments and I’m trying to do my best. I’m trying to tell the world that you forget me as an actor. You never gave me the distinction of being called a good actor. I know I’m a good actor. I know I can deliver hits. I want my name to be among the best in this country and I’m proving it with my work.

Now you want to be called an ‘actor’ rather than a ‘star’. Why so?
I was an actor even earlier, but maybe I didn’t land those roles. But I’m not complaining. I have had one of the most accomplished careers for 25 years as a romantic star. Not many actors have had this distinction. For 25 years, I was at the helm of affairs. Maybe I was not the number one star of the country, but I was never number four also. I was always there, always working, always romancing the heroines. I have done best of the films and worked with the best of the directors. I had a terrific innings as a romantic star and now I’m enjoying every moment of this innings of my life.

Would you call this your second innings?
Since 12-13 years, I’m playing a character actor. It’s only that I’m getting more recognition now, as I’m doing all these different kinds of roles.

How do you choose your projects?
I should have an interesting role. The story should be interesting with interesting people to work with. Roles just come by.

Arjun Rampal turns translator!

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Mumbai, July 22 — He has got rave reviews for his performance in DDay. But not many know that while shooting for the film, Arjun Rampal had another job to take care of. He had turned translator for the action directors, who were working on the film.

The Nikhil Advani film had three action directors, but all of them had very different accents when it came to conversing in English. “So while Tom Struthers has an Australian accent, John Street speaks with a thick British accent and Guru Bachan, with a Punjabi one. So although they worked in tandem beautifully, Arjun often found himself translating for the action team, whenever it would become an issue,” says an insider from the sets.

Very often, it would become a major source of entertainment for everyone. “But all of them had a great time while working on the film. Arjun ended up being the translator because most of the time he would be talking about some action sequence with one of the stunt directors,” says the insider.

Tom and John have worked on Hollywood films such as The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Blood Diamond (2006), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Inception (2010), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). “Arjun spent a lot of time with them because it was a dream come true for the entire cast to work with such stalwarts,” adds the insider.

Akshay gets a new heroine!

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Mumbai, July 22 — In a first, Akshay Kumar will star opposite Shruti Haasan in his upcoming action film, Gabbar. Shruti has bagged the role – considered to be her biggest so far in Bollywood – after names like Tamannaah (of Himmatwala fame) and Ileana D’Cruz (of Barfi!, 2012 fame) did the rounds.

“The makers chose Shruti because she fits the bill perfectly. Plus, it’s going to be a completely new casting for Akshay too,” says an industry insider. So far, Shruti has worked in four Hindi projects, including her latest ones – Ramaiya Vastavaiya and D-Day. “Gabbar will be her biggest. She is also happy to work with Akshay and Sanjay Leela Bhansali (who is producing the film). The shooting will start sometime early next year after Akshay wraps up all his current projects. Right now, he is busy with It’s Entertainment with Tamannaah and the remake of Thuppaki (2012) with Sonakshi,” adds the insider.

Gabbar is the official remake of the 2002 hit, Ramana, and will be directed by Telugu director Krish. The film will also mark the second time that Bhansali and Akshay will team up; their first partnership was during Rowdy Rathore (2012).

Shruti also has Telugu projects like Yevadu, Ramayya Vasthavayya (not related to the Hindi film), Race Gurram and Gabbar Singh 2 in her kitty. “She is trying to strike a balance among her Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films,” adds the insider.