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Pinto Mengejutkan Bollywood

14 Feb

Susunan Nurulhisham Abdul Latiff
nurul@bharian.com

Kemunculannya dalam filem Slumdog Millionaire membuka mata banyak pihak daripada penerbit, pengarah dan pelakon ternama di Mumbai

SETAHUN yang lalu, mungkin namanya begitu asing pada dunia perfileman antarabangsa.

Siapalah yang mengenali wanita bernama Freida Pinto, kecuali bagi peminat yang peka pada dunia peragaan. Maklum saja, ketika itu namanya sungguh kecil jika hendak dibandingkan dengan Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee atau Preity Zinta.

Namun hari ini, rata-rata pemerhati filem memperkatakan mengenai kemunculan si cantik dari Mumbai, India itu. Sejak beberapa bulan lalu, wajahnya sering kali terpampang di dada akhbar dan majalah, ketika melintasi pelbagai majlis anugerah.

Penampilannya yang pertama dalam filem hangat menjadi topik perbualan masa kini, Slumdog Millionaire, bukan hanya menjadikan dirinya aktres paling hebat diperkatakan di Bollywood, malah dia tentunya antara insan paling gembira apabila anugerah demi anugerah diterima filem berkenaan sejak tahun lalu.

Sehingga artikel ini ditulis, sudah 18 trofi Filem Terbaik sudah pun menjadi milik Slumdog Millionaire, termasuk pada Anugerah Akademi Filem British (Bafta) 2009 yang baru saja berlangsung 8 Februari lalu.


GAYA menarik pelakon wanita kelahiran Mumbai ini ketika menghadiri Anugerah Gaya Elle 2009.

Pada 23 Februari nanti, tentunya dunia tertunggu-tunggu, apakah filem drama ini sekali lagi dinobat Filem Terbaik pada Anugerah Academy.

Pinto sendiri yang dicalonkan dalam kategori Pelakon Pembantu Wanita pada anugerah Bafta ke-62 terkena tempias kehebatan filem berkenaan.

Malahan pada Isnin lalu, dia dipilih sebagai Pelakon Wanita Terbaik pada Anugerah Gaya Elle 2009 di London.

Apabila nama mula dikenali, tentulah gandingannya dalam filem berikutnya pun pasti terdiri daripada pelakon ternama juga. Freida turut mempunyai senarai impiannya sendiri apabila berbicara mengenai pelakon lelaki yang ingin didampingi dalam filem.

Pada majlis Elle berkenaan, Pinto mendedahkan betapa dia mengimpikan untuk berlakon di samping bintang terkenal Leonardo DiCaprio dan Johnny Depp.

Katanya juga, peluang beraksi di sisi aktor hebat Jack Nicholson pula tidak mungkin dilepaskan begitu saja seandainya rezeki seperti itu tiba ke riba suatu hari nanti.

“Jack Nicholson ialah seorang pelakon yang sentiasa saya idamkan untuk berlakon bersama. Dia seorang aktor yang mempunyai karakter cukup menarik,” ujar artis berusia 24 tahun ini.

Pinto juga tidak mahu mendabik dada walaupun filem arahan Danny Boyle (yang kini sudah mengumpul 19 trofi termasuk Pengarah Terbaik) yang dibintanginya itu dikatakan pencabar terkuat untuk merebut Oscar nanti.

Pada anugerah itu, antara lain filem Slumdog Millionaire akan bersaing dengan dua filem lakonan Pelakon Wanita Terbaik Bafta 2009, Kate Winslet, iaitu The Reader dan Revolutionary Road bagi kategori Filem Terbaik.

Katanya, Winslet ialah pelakon yang dipuja olehnya kerana bakat besar milik aktres terbabit.

“Pastinya saya akan dapat belajar banyak benda apabila dapat berlakon di sampingnya. Dia bintang yang begitu hebat. Kita sendiri pun sudah banyak bergelak ketawa dan berduka tatkala mengikuti menonton lakonannya selama ini.

“Jadi, peluang beraksi di sampingnya tentulah satu peluang yang cukup memberi makna,” katanya.

Menurut Pinto, dia banyak menerima tawaran berlakon selepas kejayaan filem terbabit, namun dia masih lagi terkejut dengan sambutan luar biasa yang diberikan penonton di tanah air sendiri.

Katanya, semua orang bagaikan gila terhadap filem itu kerana ia mendapat pungutan yang cukup tinggi di seluruh dunia, pencapaian yang jarang sekali berlaku di India.

Info:

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE menyaksikan Pinto berlakon sebagai gadis yatim berusia 18 tahun, Latika, yang menemui dua saudara lelaki baru, Jamal dan Salim. Bersama-sama, mereka memulakan perjalanan hidup yang penuh suka dan duka. Malangnya, langkah hidupnya tersasar ke arah onak penuh bahaya dan matlamatnya kini adalah untuk menyatukan dirinya dengan seseorang paling dicintai.

Pinto dipanggil oleh pengarah lakonan yang juga pengarah bersama Slumdog Millionaire, Loveleen Tandon, untuk hadir uji bakat filem berkenaan. Proses itu diikuti oleh sesi uji bakat berbulan-bulan bersama pengarah Danny Boyle. Hanya selepas proses yang dianggapnya menyeronokkan tetapi memeritkan itu, dia akhirnya ditawarkan watak Latika.

SEJAK zaman persekolahan, Pinto aktif membabitkan diri dalam semua kegiatan drama. Dia juga menjadi peragawati selama dua tahun lebih bersama ejen model Elite Model Management India. Selepas mendapat peranan dalam filem terbabit, dia belajar hampir kesemua perkara yang dimahukan daripada pengarah filem itu sendiri. Selepas penggambaran dilakukan, dia tertarik untuk menyertai sekolah lakonan untuk mendapatkan pengalaman. Lalu, dia menghadiri bengkel lakonan dikendalikan guru lakon, Barry John.

MENGINGATI rakaman pertama membabitkannya, Pinto berkata, ia dilakukan pada November 2007 dan kerana terlalu risau, dia tidak dapat melelapkan mata pada malam sebelum penggambaran bermula.

SEPANJANG pembabitannya dalam filem itu, Pinto mula menyedari, industri perfileman adalah untuk mereka yang tidak putus asa berjuang serta mereka yang kuat semangat. paling utama, katanya, seseorang itu mesti percaya pada diri sendiri. Walaupun beratus orang lain menolaknya, dia tidak putus asa dan akhirnya, seorang daripada pengarah terbaik dunia mempercayai bakat dimilikinya.

DI Bollywood, pelakon yang disukainya ialah Tabu. Dia turut menggemari karya Konkona Sen Sharma. Madhuri Dixit pula baginya lambang kepelbagaian bakat, manakala Smita Patil dan Shabana Azmi pula pelakon yang menakjubkan. Dia juga mengagumi Aamir Khan. Pelakon barat yang paling dihormatinya pula ialah Meryl Streep.

Info Freida Pinto:

Tarikh Lahir: 18 Oktober 1984

Bintang: Libra

Asal: Mumbai, India

Filem: Slumdog Millionaire

Program TV: Full Circle

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Berita Harian

Television Turns Extravagant

18 Oct

Television turns extravagant
 
By A. L. Chougule

Gone are the days when TV shows were shot on a shoe string budget.ῠῠ Today shows with their grand sets and exotic locales cost anywhere between Rs 60 and Rs 80 lakhs. And when it comes to reality shows, where the presence of Bollywood biggies is a trend, then sky is the limit for the budget. Channels are going all out toῠ woo the audiences and moolah is no constraint for them.ῠῠῠRamanand Sagar’s grandson isῠῠ remaking Ramayan in a grander way on a huge set in Baroda. The sets of Ekta Kapoor’s Kahani Hamaray Mahabharat Ki is spread over 1.5 acres at the Film City in Mumbai. Besides the huge Hastinapur set, the show also has two smaller sets each spread over half acre.ῠ Apart from Ramayan and Mahabharat, today, every serial runs into lakh of rupees.

Besides lavish sets, channels also pay actors huge monthly pay packets. That’s not all; reality shows bring in the best of Bollywood actors as anchors and members of the jury panels. Why is so much money being poured into fiction and reality shows?ῠ “Television shows of the 90s were shot in bungalows because they were closer to reality,” says producer Asit Modi who has made Saarthi for Star Plus and is currently making a daily comedy Taarak Mehta Ka Ultah Chashma. For Saarthi which ran for three and half years and had 725 episodes, Asit had erected a huge set costing around Rs 70 lakh, which he renovated twice at the cost of Rs 20 lakhs each. Such expenses were unheard of in the 90s but are pass
 today. For his daily comedy Asit has again built a huge set resembling a housing society and Film City.

According to television director Sanjay Upadhyay, Sony’s creative head (fiction), who has shot Saaya, Aatish and supervised the making of Kumkum says, “With dailies, television moved from reality to larger than life dream. With dreams being sold to viewers, things changed completely – be it the story, sets, costumes, jewellery or the look of actors. A set can be explored in many ways for visual beauty, charm, opulence and location variety,” he explains adding further, “Sets are also a necessity because dailies are shot for at least 25 days in a month compared to weeklies which require just about eight to nine days.”ῠ

Apart from Lavish sets beautiful and authentic locales are also an integral part of serials. Sony’s new daily Hum Ladkiyan is set in Benaras and the unit explored the city in detail for this. Producer Sunjoy Wadhwa shot many scenes of Balika Vadhu in Rajasthan and currently the show is being shot at a grand set in Vasai spread over 9,000 square feet. “Sets are done as per the requirement of story. We needed a haveli to shoot different story tracks,” says Wadhwa. Money is not an issue today. “Because of the competition, television spend has increased. When the emphasis is on upscale making, grandeur and opulence are a must,” adds Wadhwa.ῠῠ

Reality shows are monotonous: Asha Parekh
 
By A. L. Chougule

After she quit acting in films in the early 80s, veteran actress Asha Parekh switched to production and direction on television. She may not have made many successful shows but she did make a mark as a successful producer-director with shows like Jyoti, Palaash Ke Phool, Baje Payal, Daal Mein Kala and Kora Kagaz.ῠ One of the finest and graceful dancers of Hindi cinema, the veteran actress had done a dance show for DD Baje Payal in the late 80s. It was not a dance reality show but explored the multi-dimensional facets of dance in Hindi cinema. In recent years, dance has metamorphosed into a new programming genre in the form of competition where television celebrities battle it out for prize booty.

In fact, television has changed completely from the days when the veteran actress made some of her successful shows. “Television was vibrant in the 90s. Today it’s monotonous and lacks substance. Technically too it is faulty,” she says. In her view there is monotony in reality genre too. “Too many reality shows are happening,” she adds. If that’s the case then what prompted her to be a judge on Tyohaar Dhamaka? “Well, it is different and exciting. It has good dancers,” she says.

She adds, “Tyohaar Dhamaka is about celebration of our festivals and hence it has only Indian dances. The emphasis is more on graceful dancing.” When the show was offered to her Asha says she didn’t take too long to say yes. She explains, “It’s a carnival of Indian dances and culture and it’s so beautiful and enjoyable to watch and judge performances. Also, it’s a SOL production which has a lot of young and positive women on its staff. I couldn’t have said no to them.”

How is she going to judge the contestants? “I will judge them for their performance, synchronization, energy, style, expression, choreography and lip sync. Also, how graceful is their dance and whether it is in sync with the theme,” she reveals.ῠ Being a solo judge on the show, Asha says her job is quite difficult, “It’s really tough for me to see everything in every performance and mark it. But I am doing my job fairly and honestly,” she adds.

Strange are the ways of Tellydom
 

One year back Rajshree Thakur also known as Saloni of Saath Pheren was the most popular TV star on screen. However, the serial had seriously lost its focus and turned ridiculously convoluted. Looks like the melodrama continues with Saloni’s husband Nahar now being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease and predictably he has only two months to live. Now, under these circumstances, wouldn’t the most obvious thing be to confide in one’s family? But our TV characters believe in hiding such serious issues from their family members to protect them. And thus begins a web of deceit and suspicion. And the wife of course always discovers the truth, in this case through a pre-recorded message that Nahar had saved for his wife to listen to on his birthday, which falls two months after his death.

Now, any normal wife would obviously be mad at her spouse for hiding something so shocking. But not our on screen sati-savitris, who believes in weeping in silence and driving us batty with their simpering act while the onscreen fa‧ade continues. Strange are the ways of our Tellydom.

Delving deeper into the world of melodrama, a new serial on Sony, Hum Ladkiyaan, focuses on the life of four young girls who also happen to be good friends.ῠ The four friends have diverse characters – one is a singer, the second a dreamer, the third a loner and the fourth a simpleton but they all have their personal desires that over a period time don’t really materialise.ῠ The serial has begun on a fairly interesting note although one has toῠ really be cautious before getting carried away as most new serials loose their initial spark after a few weeks if not months.ῠ

Moving on from the fictional world of serials to reality television, the drama continues on Bigg Boss as Rahul Mahajan desperately tries to woo an uninterested Monica Bedi, from making early morning chai for her to singing her praises and even pouring his heart out to his colleagues. The love sick, Rahulῠ is openly wearing his heart on his sleeve.ῠ However, knowing his penchant for grabbing the eyeballs, this could well be a well-orchestrated publicity stunt by the channel to increase TRPs. Somehow after the exit of the loud-mouthed Sambhavana, the serial sure seems to have lost its spark. The funniest bit though is when guys like Zulfi and Debojit insist on referring to Monica as bhabhi, much to her amusement. But our lady thankfully has not bitten the bait.ῠ But with still a few more weeks to go, anything is possible on this show.

Credit crunch monster now after Bollywood
 
By Shama Bhagat

The bankruptcy of leading banks in the US has created a financial crunch in the market leaving a big vacuum. Nations are desperately trying to brace themselves against the threat of a collapse of the global financial system. With many international production houses collaborating with the big Indian production houses, Bollywood has also been hit hard.
Take the case of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM). Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank, which were trying to raise $1billion to finance films for MGM, withdrew their offer to underwrite the deal. Many major film releases have been pushed back.

There’s the Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone-starrer Chandni Chowk to China, a Warner Bros presentation all set for a Diwali release. It is produced by Ramesh Sippy. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions’ Dostana stars Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham with Shilpa Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan making special appearances. Karan’s erstwhile assistant Tarun Mansukhani is directing the film is on the anvil. Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal Returns produced by Dhillin Mehta under Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd slated for an October 17 release. There’s Yash Raj Productions’ Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, a Shah Rukh-starrer being directed by Aditya Chopra. Indian Film Company’s Ghajini, an Aamir Khan-starrer, is slated for December.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh feels that it won’t take much for the Indian audience to go out and watch movies. “This huge crunch is not going to affect the Hindi film industry. In India people seek entertainment all the time. Whatever the crunch, they will eventually go to theatres for entertainment. Though the market has hit the pockets of the average Indian who has invested in these companies, he will still spare money to buy a ticket at the cinema windows.

Siddharth Roy Kapoor, COO, UTV Motion Pictures, says that the market condition will only affect the business of cinema and not the way the Indian audience watches movies. “It is natural that the crunch will have an effect on the industry. As an entertainment industry, I think we will be able to sustain this. The funding can be affected but people will still buy tickets to watch a film. I am sure the budgets and star prices will come down if the crunch hits it.”

Manish Mathur, COO Percept Picture Company, believes that there is going to be no direct effect on the film industry. “Any private company doesn’t come down because of some market crunch. If it’s a public company, the dynamics can be affected to some extent. But production houses have a great way of recovering their costs. The box office is just one way. There are satellite deals and also the DVD and home video marketing, which are booming right now. The domestic market contributes to 85 per cent of the profit; the rest comes from overseas market,” he says.

Sandeep Bhargava of Indian Films says, “It is too early to predict the cascading effects that the industry will face. However, all the companies who look at the bottom line and are conservative in their approach will not face an issue. Certain unrealistic budgets and prices are floating around and will get rationalised.”

Whatever said and done, the makers are still pushing the release of their films to next year. Eros Multimedia has now postponed the release of their film Aladdin to next year. Shah Rukh’s Red Chilli Entertainment’s Billoo Barber, which was slated for a Diwali release has also been postponed to February 2009.

Shahid’s upset over Sania
 

All’s not well with Shahid. The actor seems to have been caught in a cycle of relationship – being dumped and then dumping his girlfriends before being dumped again. This time apparently, Sania Mirza has had enough of Shahid’s constant messaging and calls. She has asked him to back off for the time being as she is working seriously on her career.ῠ According to the unit hands on the sets of his upcoming Yash Raj film in Chandigarh, “Shahid has taken Sania’s remarks as a break up and wake up call, and he is very hurt.” Maybe that’s the reason why he had his best friend from Mumbai flown down to the location to help him get over his disappointment.

‘His best friend, who is a corporate CEO took a week off and left for Chandigarh to console Shahid and engage in some male bonding. The two were seen playing cricket (not tennis) on the sets and then would hang out at their hotel bars till the wee hours of the morning discussing things. Now isn’t that a refreshing change!

Amisha, Manyata bond well
 

Amisha Patel and Manyata seem to be bonding big time. The two are more often than not seen together at events. However, observers feel that Amisha hangs out with Mrs Dutt only to get into the good books of Sanjay and his collaborated production house with Suneil Shetty, but Manyata is overwhelmed by her classy friend giving her sociable tips.ῠ Whenever Manyata is hosting a party or is going out for a social do, she turns to Amisha for advice. And in return Manyata has been doling out gifts to the actress. But Amisha too has revealed her generous side by surprising Manyata.

Since Manyata ends up spending a lot of time alone when Sanjay is away, Amisha decided to give her a pup to keep her company.ῠ Manyata tried to appreciate Amisha’s gesture, but the moment she turned her back, the pup was packed off to Khandala, where Dutt’s farmhouse is located. The adage every dog has its day didn’t quite work in this case.

Priyanka surprises Gauri Khan
Priyanka Chopra can be generous when she wants to be. She was recently invited to a bash that Gauri Khan had hosted for a select group of gal pals at Mannat.ῠ It was an informal gathering and no one walked in with presents for the hostess. But Msῠ Chopra entered the party with driver in tow, who was carrying a big gift neatly wrapped for Gauri. To Ms Khan’s utter surprise the gift was a painting she had seen and liked last year when the Khans were traveling in London with Priyanka for some shows. Priyanka had remembered the art gallery and had picked the painting for Gauri.ῠ The hostess was touched by the gesture and has given the painting the place of pride in her house.

Ghai miffed with Katrina
 

Katrina Kaif is getting rave reviews for her new looks in Subhash Ghai’s upcoming Yuvraj and so you’d expect her to be gung ho about the film and jump into the publicity campaign for the film headlong.ῠ But far from it, Kats has been inaccessible to Ghai and his publicity managers who are trying to cash in on her pairing with Salman in the film as it’s USP. Katrina had clearly told Ghai that she would like the film to be promoted on its merit and not on the basis of it’s casting.

Her relationship with Salman being in doldrums, according to insiders, Katrina is doing all she can to stay away from the angry Khan.ῠ She has asked her agents to arrange press meets for her away from Sallu’s domain, as she doesn’t want another public spectacle to be made out of her. But since Ghai is adamant that she promotes the film on his terms, she has refused to oblige even if it means staying away from the blitz completely. It’s not Ghai but Sallu who might be feeling left out in the bargain.

A romantic, witty comedy
 
DVD review: 27 DRESSES

CAST: Katherine Heigal, James Marsden
Director: Anne Fletcher
Genre: Romantic Comedy

It is a wonderful thing to go to a movie and come out smiling. It is even better to be thrown into fits of giggling laughter and say wow “with all the movie goers in the theatre. It has a slightly predictable plot, but the witty comedy and sweet touches of romance keeps the big grin on your face from beginning to end credits.

The story is simple enough, as befits an entry into a genre where dense plots are few and far between. Jane (Heigl) is an amateur wedding planner. She loves weddings, relishing the fairy tale atmosphere. Her favorite thing is to watch the groom’s face as he gazes upon his bride approaching him at the altar. Jane’s day job is as an assistant to an advertising executive, George (Edward Burns), but her real passion lies in helping all her friends and colleagues arrange perfect ceremonies. She’ll do anything to help, from standing in for a busy bride at the gown fitting (if she happens to be the same size) to negotiating with the cake baker. She has been a bridesmaid 27 times and hopes that some day her prince will come. She’s in love (the unrequited kind) with George but lacks the courage to tell him.

Enter her fun-loving, globe-trotting slut of a sister, Tess (Malin Akerman), who sweeps George off his feet. After a whirlwind courtship, the two are engaged and Jane is faced with the bittersweet prospect of planning her sister’s wedding to the man she loves.

Complicating matters, Kevin (James Marsden), the Wedding Announcements writer for the New York Journal, who is intrigued by Jane’s history and wants to write a piece about her (without her knowledge). The two are like oil and water which, of course, means the attraction will eventually become too strong to deny. That moment happens when they both have a little too much to drink and sing Elton John’s “Benny and the Jets.” Jane begins to re-examine her “always-a-bridesmaid…” lifestyle. With a brilliant cast and just the right amount of comic relief, this is a must see chick flick.

Urmila turns down Yash Raj
 

It’s not very often that Yash Raj offers a film to an actress, that too, one who is not in her prime, and she turns down the film. But Urmila Matondkar did just that when she refused to be a part of Rani Mukherjee-Shahid Kapoor starrer.ῠ She was offered a cameo in the film. A key role of one who brings the lead pair together in the climax, despite their differences. Substantial or not, it wasn’t expected of Urmila to turn down a Yash Raj film. But Urmila who has no love lost for Rani, after a slight tiff in the past, is said to have told her friends that she wouldn’t mind playing second lead to any actress but not to Rani.

So that was it, there was no trying to convince her on that count. So Chopras have gone back to their favourite cameo girl, the gifted Tabu, who has readily agreed to do it. Now seeing Tabu and Rani Mukherjee in the same frame matching their acting prowess, will be a treat for the eyes. And losing Urmila in the bargain might not seem like a bad deal, after all.

Co-judges unhappy with Rakhi
 
Call it a status issue or a result of the dubious Bollywood standards, the fact remains that in showbiz no one is your friend. Diplomacy is the way to go. That’s indeed the case with the jury of Chota Packet Bada Dhamaka. Though on camera, Kunal Kohli, Annu Kapoor and Rakhi Sawant appear to be more than happy sitting on the same panel, the truth is completely different. Kunal and Anuu dont seem to be happy in the company of their co-judge Rakhi. They keep whispering in each other’s ears whenever Rakhi speaks. Of course, Rakhi feels hurt but she is not showing it. Probably Kunal and Annu think Rakhi, a contestant of reality shows and an item song dancer, is not qualified enough to sit in the jury’s chair.

Rupali goes job hunting
 

After winning the dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha popular TV actress Rupali Ganguly is now job hunting. It’s not that the actress is not getting offers but the actress is not getting work that interests her.  Ask the pretty lady who has shows like Sanjeevani and Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai to her credit, what next after winning Zara Nachke Dikha and she says, “I want to do something different that I haven’t done before.” The actress has played negative roles with elan. But she is not interested in taking up such roles again. “I am looking for interesting and new roles,” says the actress.

Rupali who was also seen in NDTV Imagine’s Ek Packet Umeed seems upset about the show going off air. At present the actress doesn’t have any shows in her kitty. But she is in no hurry to take up a new project, she has been rejecting a lot of offers coming her way.  Rupali, however, started her career with films. Though film offers kept pouring in she decided to pursue a career in television. So is she mulling over returning to films? Pat comes her reply, “If I get something different, will do it.”

Pranksters lighten the mood on Raakhi’s sets
 

The daily soap Raakhi on Zee TV has a multitude of tear jerking scenes The shooting, however, is not so stress filled. Karthik who plays the role of the prince and Faisal who plays his brother-in-law are big time pranksters.ῠ Ayub Khan, better known as bhairaja in Raakhi, says, “Karthik and Faisal are crazy. They do something at the spur of the moment and the people on the sets burst out laughing. At times Karthik and Faisal imitate the scenes being shot or crack situational jokes. They are very funny. This, however, agitates the director, who refuses to resume shooting unless everybody on the sets are back to serious working,” reveals Ayub.

With the kind of stress that the people work under, brief spells of fun filled interactions are a welcome respite. “When you work in a daily soap and spend more time with your team members than you do with your family, you invariably develop a strong bond with them. There is a lot of pressure that you have to deal with and it becomes extremely difficult without their support,” says Ayub.

Humour revs up Sean’s soulful
 
By Shruti Badyal

Being a Punjabi I ‘obviously’ have many names. Kamaljeet is my birth name, Nikki is my nickname, Jay is my name on stage which comes from my second name ‘Jhooti’,” laughs Kamaljeet Singh Jhooti better-known as Jay Sean. He is uninterrupted, an uncompromising musician, a Punjabi food lover, and a passionate lyricist. Well, that’s Jay Sean for you.

The RnB singer who left the crowd screaming for more with his exhilarating performance at Elevate recently, is a traditional Indian at heart. “Being Indians outside India, we tend to hold on to our Indian roots more than anyone else because we don’t want to lose them. So, whenever I’m at home, my family and I make a conscious effort to speak in Punjabi. I enjoy Punjabi food, especially when my dadi (grandmother) cooks. We even visit gurudwaras every Sunday,” says Nikki (his name at home).

Vh1 and Rayban, have jointly organised India’s biggest music initiative called “Rayban Vh1 Global Music Xpress”. They will bring down artistes and musicians from around the globe for “Live” performances every two months, andῠ could not have thought of a better way to start that with this “popular British RnB artiste” Jay Sean. And his connection with India dates back to the days when he came here for pilgrimage. He reveals that those are some of the best childhood memories he can recollect. Shares Sean, “I first came to India when I was two years old. But the one I really remember the most is when I was 13, and was takenῠ for yatras around India.”

He adds, “This pilgrimage included many religious places like Hemkund Sahib, Hazur Sahib, and popular temples also.” For this songwriter and singer, who is best known for his hits like Stolen, Eyes On You, Ride It, Maybe and Stay, among many others, writing a song comes “straight from the heart” and playful lyrics are his forte. “It’s very easy to write those clich
d songs about ‘I love you and you love me’, but I want to write songs which are different than just that,” quips Sean. “I like to write songs where love is a challenge and it hurts. For instance, Stolen is a hurtful song and people loved it. When the lyrics are real, the songs stay in the minds of the people,” smiles Sean.

So how was the experience of writing the very “witty” Me against myself? He laughs, “That song was my way of telling everyone that I don’t take myself too seriously. Me against myself is a song where I allowed my sense of humour to come in. For an RnB singer, it’s difficult to come up with a funny song because RnB is smooth.”ῠ Interestingly, out of the many soulful lyrics Jay Sean has gripped his fans with, Maybe and Stay are based on real stories connected with Sean’s life. “Stay is about how love canῠ hurt. When you’re in a relationship and you love each other, yet circumstances don’t let you stay together, it kills you from within. And that’s when it hurts the most, when you know it’s the world that’s ripping you apart. And the song shows how you try to make it work,” he adds.

Lyrics with wit and humour
 
By Shruti Badyal

Iῠ can’t write serious lyrics. I love all that innuendo filled ‘carry on’ kind of humour. Though some might say it’s not very sophisticated, but it still makes you giggle,” quips Liz, the lyricist of the Delhi-based all girls band, Wotshelike. Recently, the group gripped the audience by putting together a hilarious comedy act called Hardship Posting, at the Raga, in the capital. The band which started with a broader repertoire, has always been appreciated for its bulk of original songs. And Liz is an expert in coming up with funny lyrics. “I have been writing these fun-filled lyrics for about 15 years now,” laughs Liz.

This “full of life” band performs on original songs, all based on comical themes. Amusingly, their songs are written on topics like mothers-in-law, relationships, husbands, expatriate life in Delhi, and others, which most people can easily relate with. The band incorporated these ‘naughty lyrics, sweet harmony’ songs into a 40-minute act. The lively band surely knows the tricks to keep the audience engaged. They include dialogue in between the songs, involving the audience too.

The band with three aspiring musicians, of which two are foreigners share a deep bonding. Shares Sumana Bhasin, “With Liz and Irit I have a connection, which I feel is reflected in our performances. The three of us are all different but strong-minded individuals and that’s what makes us stick together. We respect each other’s cultures and perspectives.”

I’m fond of seafood
 
Chow ‘n’ tell: Bhargavi, singerῠ

I’m a foodie who is equally at ease with roadside eateries as well as five-star hotels as long as I enjoy the taste of the food. I’m also adventurous when it comes to food and I am planning to try out a weird combination, which I heard tastes yummy. In a TV show, an anchor demonstrated a recipe, where he topped the bread with chocolate sauce, Colgate paste and polo mint!

I’m an out an out non-vegetarian. So, whenever I feel stressed out, I pick up some non-vegetarian munchies and listen to music. It quickly lifts my mood. While cooking (that’s if I’m in the mood), I experiment with chicken and prawn dishes. My mom makes excellent pudina chicken and jeera roti. Among other unforgettable homemade recipes, I want to mention the lavish meal I ate at a friend’s place, who is now settled abroad. She used to make the best keema masala, shir khorma and biryani. There was magic in her hands.

Similarly, I felt the chief chef of Touch knew magic. He used to chop vegetables in equal size and correct proportion. So, even the stuffed omelette prepared by himῠῠῠ tasted unique.
I’ve eaten at almost all the restaurants in Hyderabad. My favourites include erstwhile Lagoona (now Nirvana), Kakatiya, the buffet at Ista, Singapore prawns in Chinese Pavilion and Aromas of China, Grill and Fusion 9. I’m fond of seafood. Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram are great places to try lobsters, squids and tiger prawns. At Chennai’s Fishermen’s Fare restaurant, I ate the most amazing crab curry.

In Kerala, I was delighted to eat the fish fry and prawns. But there, I didn’t quite appreciate the sweet biryani (with pineapple and raisins). I feel, biryani should always be hot and spicy as we get in Hyderabad. Moreover, the potato-substitute tapioca and the scrambled egg prepared in coconut oil that I had stumbled upon in Kerala had put me off. Chennai’s Murugan idli and other South Indian fare in Sarvana Bhavan and the Punjabi food I ate in Amritsar prepared from homemade butter were tantalising. I forgot all about calories while indulging.

Among global cuisine, the shawarma in Dubai, a preparation of mixed vegetarian and non-vegetarian rice on the cruise from Melbourne to Tasmania, the spicy Thai cuisine, kottu paratha stuffed with minced seafood, chicken and veg) in Colombo are some of my favourites.ῠ I still relish the taste of cheese, ice creams and honey in Tasmania. I ate honey with chilli flakes from a honey factory andῠ blue cheese from a cheese factory. There, the choco mousse and ice creams are so different. The bright blue, pink and sea green ice creams looked extremely tempting unlike the common vanilla-chocolate-pista ice creams one gets here. So, being a big foodie as I’m, I don’t hesitate to try out any food, I don’t crib about calorie while holidaying. After all, there’s only one life and what can give you more satisfaction than a hearty meal?

 
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Weekend Watch: Go To The Movies – At Home!

18 Sep

Amanda Peet stars in A Lot Like Love (TV3, tomorrow, 1.05am)

MOVIE-wise, there is something for everyone this weekend. One of them is Hart’s War over RTM2 in the “Saturday Nite Special” slot tomorrow at 9pm.

Colin Farrell stars in Hart’s War (RTM2, tomorrow, 9pm)

Maggie Cheung stars in Double Fattiness (RTM2, Sunday, 10pm)
Set during World War Two, it is an inspiring movie about friendship, trust and heroism. It stars Colin Farrell and Bruce Willis.

Those who enjoy romantic comedies can tune in to A Lot Like Love, aired in TV3’s “Cinema” slot tomorrow (1.05am). It stars Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet.

This weekend is the time to catch some Chinese comedies as well. Rice Rhapsody (ntv7, tomorrow, 11.50pm) is a whimsical take on family relations and how it affects a chicken rice business.

Double Fattiness (RTM2, Sunday, 10pm) centres on greedy prospectors waiting to get their hands on a family’s pizzeria which sits on prime land.
For those with a taste for the mysterious and the thrilling, Crimson River (RTM2, Sunday, 12.30am) is for you.

The film is about a couple of French policemen whose respective murder investigations lead to the discovery of common traits in their cases.

Over 8TV, singer Daniel Powter is featured in the Daniel Powter TV Special (tomorrow, 10.30am).

You can also catch The Making Of… Mamma Mia! (Sunday, 10.30am), a behind-the-scenes look at the movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.

TOMORROW

Bollygood Time On 2 (RTM2, 12.30pm) – Sunday

Sehar, a voice talent for animations, has a habit of forgetting things. One night, while Sehar and her friend Ritu go to a disco, two guys try to get fresh with them. Sehar decides to teach them a lesson. The next day, odd things begin to happen to Sehar when she wakes up. Starring Ajay Devgan, Ayesha Takia, Arshad Warsi and Irfan Khan.

Saturday Nite Special (RTM2, 9pm) – Hart’s War

In the last months of Word War Two, an American administrative lieutenant named Hart is captured by German forces and sent to a German prison camp.

There, two African-American pilots become the first non-white soldiers in the camp. However, one is murdered and the other accused of killing a white sergeant. Hart must defend the black pilot against charges before an obviously racist American tribunal, unaware that the trial itself is only a front for the real secret of the prison camp. Starring Bruce Willis, Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard and Cole Hauser.

Panggung Sabtu (TV3, 2pm) – Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega

Raj is a lonely orphan boy who goes to Mumbai to fulfil his dreams of becoming a top singer.

After a lot of struggles and failing to realise his dream, he becomes smitten with Pooja, whom he has saved from an accident.

Pooja is in coma after the accident and her hilariously humble, rich and loving family mistakes Raj for her husband!

Starring Salman Khan, Rani Mukherjee and Preity Zinta.

TV3 Cinema (TV3, 1.05am) – A Lot Like Love

While flying from Los Angeles to New York, the “good boy” Oliver Martin meets the “bad girl” Emily Friehl.

They spend a day in New York and before they part, he gives the phone number of his mother to Emily and asks her to call seven years later to check on him!

Starring Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher, Taryn Manning, Aimee Garcia and Lee Garlington.

Hong Movie Saturday (ntv7, 11.50pm) – Rice Rhapsody

Jen, who owns a Hainan chicken rice restaurant, feels she’s losing control of her life. She has three sons and two of them, Daniel and Harry, are gay. Fearing she will never have grandchildren, she takes in Sabine, a French exchange student, at the urging of her best friend as she hopes to keep her third son, Leo, straight. Starring Sylvia Chang and Martin Yan.

Chinese Movie (8TV, 8.30pm) – Love Is Love

Shek Kam Shui, who has been raised in the village, is good friends with Ng Dai Tai.

However, Ng’s father disapproves of their relationship, so they elope and move to the city to lead a new life of their own.

Starring Stephen Chow, Sandra Ng and Suki Kwan.

SUNDAY

Sunday Day Time Special (RTM2, 3pm) – Tornado

Berlin is struck by an unusual series of storms and hail stones.

In the middle of this unusual phenomenon is a meteorologist named John who has recently returned from studying tornadoes in Oklahoma.

He returns home to find his ex-girlfriend Eva is now a doctor.

Meanwhile John has a knack for weather predictions and he learns that a tornado is about to hit Berlin. Starring Matthias Koeberlin and Mina Tander.

Golden Premier (RTM2, 10pm) – Double Fattiness

When a family-owned pizzeria is targeted by property developers, an unscrupulous property agent is given the not-so-simple task of evicting the tenants.

The family does their best to hold out until their mum dies of a heart attack.

Starring Lydia Shum, Bill Tung Piu, Eric Tsang and Maggie Cheung.

Midnite on 2 ( RTM2, 12.30am) – Crimson River

Two French policemen – one investigating a grisly murder at a remote mountain college, the other working on the desecration of a young girl’s grave by skinheads – are brought together by the clues from their respective cases.

Soon after they start working together, more murders are committed, and the pair begin to discover just what dark secrets are behind the killings.

Starring Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Fares

New Straits Times

Weekend Watch: Alam Shares His Dream

31 Jul

Aishwarya Rai stars in Kuch Na Kaho on RTM2, tomorrow, 12.30pm.
Aishwarya Rai stars in Kuch Na Kaho on RTM2, tomorrow, 12.30pm.

Want to know how to become Malaysia’s favourite dancer? Watch Alam’s Story, writes SHARMILA BILLOT.

Julia Roberts stars in The Mona Lisa Smile on RTM2, Sunday, 3pm
Julia Roberts stars in The Mona Lisa Smile on RTM2, Sunday, 3pm

WHAT does it take to be Malaysia’s favourite dancer? Tune in to Alam’s Story on 8TV this Sunday at 10pm.

Winner of the first season of So You Think You Can Dance Malaysia, Muhammad Haslam a.k.a. Alam from Johor, will share his experiences in the reality dance show with viewers.

Corporate reality show The Firm 2 is premiering tomorrow on ntv7 at 8.30pm.

The show follows the struggles of 14 contestants in their exhilarating journey to the top of the corporate ladder.

Each episode depicts a discipline in business that is imperative to the success of a corporate high-flier.

These include branding, promotions, positioning and catering.

For movie buffs, 8TV is airing The Making Of… 21 tomorrow at 10.30am.

Directed by Robert Luketic, this action drama is about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting. They subsequently took millions in winnings at Vegas casinos.

The movie stars Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, Aaron Yoo, Liza Lapira and Jacob Pitts.

On Sunday, 8TV is also airing The Making Of… Dark Knight (10.30am).

Directed by Christopher Nolan, this action/crime movie is a sequel to Batman Begins.

It follows the caped crusader’s mission as he joins forces with Gotham City’s police Commissioner James Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent to take on a psychotic bank robber known as The Joker.

The movie stars Christian Bale, Heath Ledger and Aaron Eckhart.

TOMORROW

Panggung Sabtu (Hindi movie) (TV3, 2pm) – Hadh Kardi Aapne
Anjali suspects that her husband, Sanjay, is cheating on her. She asks her friend and namesake Anjali to go abroad and spy on her husband. Starring Govinda and Rani Mukherjee.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (English movie) (TV3, 12.30am)
Joel Barish is heartbroken after finding out that his girlfriend Clementine underwent a procedure to erase him from her memory and decides to do the same. However, as he watches his memories of her fade away, he realises that he still loves her, and that it may be too late to correct his mistake. Starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Gerry Robert Byme, Elijah Wood and Thomas Jay Ryan.

Bollygood Time On 2 – Kuch Na Kaho (Hindi movie) (RTM2, 12.30pm)
Raj is not interested in marriage. However, his uncle, Rakesh, has other plans for him. Rakesh enlists the help of his secretary, Namrata, to find a suitable bride for Raj. Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Satish Shah and Suhasini Mulay.

I Do I Do (Chinese movie) (8TV, 8.30pm)
Driver Ah Peng falls in love with Wen, who works as a manager in the same company. However, Wen does not feel the same about him. She meets a handsome stranger and is attracted to him. Starring Adrian Pang, Sharon Au, Marcus Chin, Allen Wu and Margaret Lee.

Secret Window (English movie) (RTM2, 9pm)
Famed mystery writer Mort Rainey is confronted by a stranger outside his house. The man, who calls himself John Shooter, claims that Mort stole an idea for a story from him. Mort declares his innocence but Shooter starts to become violent. Starring Johnny Depp, John Turturro, Maria Bello and Timothy Hutton.

SUNDAY

Raden Mas (Malay movie) (TV3, 3pm)
Prince Pengiran falls in love with dancer Mas Ayu and marries her against his parents’ wishes. One day, the queen commands her son to go on a hunting trip. Upon his return, Pangiran finds his home ablaze and his wife killed. He escapes to another village with his baby daughter. Starring Nordin Ahmad, Latifah Omar, M.Amin and Siput Sarawak.

The Mona Lisa Smile (English movie) (RTM2, 3pm)
Katherine Watson is a free-spirited graduate of UCLA who accepts a teaching post at Wellesley College, a women’s-only school where the students are torn between their repressive culture and their longing for intellectual freedom. Starring Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

 

New Straits Times

Access Guaranteed

28 Jul


Access guaranteed

Making the internet accessible to the visually challenged is simpler than you think. Sangeetha Devi Dundooreports…

Photo: P.V Sivakumar


Breaking barriers Rakesh works with the help of the screen reader as Sriram Bharatam looks on

Did you know that the humble typewriter, the computer keyboard and the keys on your mobile phone are friendly to the visually challenged? Take a look at the raised projections on the letters F and J on your keyboard. By placing your index fingers on these letters, you can type without looking at the keys. Number 5 on your phone has a similar projection that helps you dial the numbers with ease. Sriram Bharatam, CEO and Founder, Iridium Interactive, reminds us, “The typewriter was originally meant to help the visually challenged.” Remember Amitabh Bachchan pushing Rani Mukherjee to speed up her typing skills to pass her examinations in Black?

Visually challenged software engineers are part of the workforce at Sriram’s firm — Iridium Interactive, which works towards making web pages accessible. Accessibility is more than making a website compatible to users grappling with bandwidth restrictions. It’s about making the pages friendly to the blind.

We spot Rakesh Paladugula, one of the visually challenged software engineers in the firm, trying to book railway tickets online. Aided with screen reader software that reads out the contents of web pages, Rakesh usually works at a pace that makes his other colleagues to work harder. “I was diagnosed with Retina Pigmentosa as a child and lost my eyesight during my graduation,” he recalls. Trained by Enable India, a Bangalore-based NGO, Rakesh fine-tuned his skill sets. At Iridium, he conducts training sessions during the weekends. The firm has more professionals like him taking on varied tasks — from conducting training sessions to interacting with the US clientele.

“We hire trained challenged people as a HR strategy. They work twice as much as the regular employees do. They are eager to acquire new skill sets. This motivates the regular staff,” says Sriram. Each visually challenged person, when recruited, is trained for an hour or two to find their way in the office. Then, they are on their own. “We have inclusion programmes that help normal people learn to deal with their challenged counterparts. The moment you see a blind person, you tend to be too helpful. But trained people need no help. It’s amazing how they find their way across floors easily,” says Sriram.

Apart from the screen reader software, Sriram shows us how the websites can be reader-friendly to those with partial blindness. Two icons placed on the right upper corner can help increase and decrease the font size. Navigating through the webpage and working on a computer is simple thanks to the existing keyboard shortcuts.

Currently working on making more portals accessible, Sriram is the brain behind the world’s first internet fund raising model — www.causeaneffect.org — which he started soon after the floods in Orissa. Within 45 days, the portal helped raise Rs. 6 crore towards relief fund. Sriram plans to create an accessibility lab in the near future. “It is good to see these youngsters take up more responsibilities. We had a visually challenged software engineer who joined IBM after seven years of work,” he signs off.


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Bukan Senang Jadi Bidadari

1 Jul

INGATKAN main watak bidadari kayangan akan menjadi pengalaman menyeronokkan bagi Rani Mukherjee.

Sebaliknya, ia merupakan sesuatu yang menimbulkan tekanan dan menguji semangatnya kerana ia melibatkan beberapa babak berbahaya.

Sebagai bidadari di dalam filem terkininya, Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic, Rani bukan hanya membawa tongkat saktinya, malah perlu memanjat sana-sini dan melakukan aksi-aksi nekad di bawah bimbingan pengarah aksi, Shyam Kaushal.

Antara lain, Rani dibiarkan terapung-apung berpautan pada kabel tanpa sebarang sokongan. Beliau juga perlu mengekalkan posisinya itu dan disuruh usah banyak bergerak.

‘Sakit tulang dan tubuh saya apabila diminta melekukkannya ke sana ke mari,’ jelas Rani.

Shyam dan rakannya, Manish Malhotra, memastikan kostum khas direka untuk Rani sepanjang beliau melakukan aksi-aksi nekad itu.

‘Rani telah berlatih melakukan pelbagai aksi nekad beberapa kali sebelum penggambaran dijalankan. Dan apabila kamera mula merakamkan setiap gerak-gerinya, beliau memberikan aksi yang cukup menakjubkan.

‘Kami, malahan, tidak perlu merakamnya berulang kali,’ jelas Shyam pula.

Ditanya apa perasaannya, Rani menjawab:

‘Macam Hrithik Roshan dalam Krrish!’

Cyberita

Not Quite Child’s Play

7 Jul


Not quite child’s play

Acting is increasingly becoming a lucrative career option for children today. It comes with its own bag of snags though, writes RANA SIDDIQUI


The ‘young adults’ are here Ali Haji and Angelina Idnani with Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee in “Tara Rum Pum”

In the late 1980s, Doordarshan used to telecast a serial called Mujrim Hazir based on Bimal Mitra’s novel. In one of the scenes, the director showed an Id celebration at a villager’s house. A five-year-old, seeing his p
arents feasting on ‘sewai’, asked his mother to give some of it to his pet, a goat. The mother said, “Bete, bakri sewai nahi ghas khati hai (Goats don’t eat sewai, they eat grass)”. To which, the child sur
prisingly asked, “Even on Id?”

Cut to our entertainment world of today, and you will realise how times have changed! InKunal Kohli’s recent film, Fanaa, child actor Ali Haji ‘teaches’ a wounded Aamir Khan to throw ‘haldi doodh’ and
fool the mother. But his other dialogues were more like sermons.

Surely, gone are the days when you saw kids behave like kids on screen. Children in today’s Hindi films not only behave like adults, they are even given dialogues that don’t suit their age. Remember Kunal Khemu in Mahesh Bhatt’s Zakhm?

His expression of happiness on seeing his father visit his mother is almost adult-like almost adult-like in expression. In Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, eight-year-old Sana Saeed played a child who sets about getting her
widower father to marry his former batch mate. And this week, it’s time for Hansika Motwani to play an adult even though she is just 15! She plays the love interest of Himesh Reshammiya in the just-released Aap Ka Surroor. Han
sika, a known face among child artistes, is a ninth standard student.

That kids today are far more grown up for their age is a factor that perhaps works in their favour. They wear their attitude on their sleeve, and carry it off as impressively as adults. They are “young adults” as Zain Khan is portrayed in the recently released Chain Kulii Ki Main Kulii.


Sana Saeed with Shah Rukh Khan in “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai”

So, is acting becoming an irresistible career option for kids today? Indeed. They are no longer paid peanuts. “Today a child earns Rs.15,000 for a still and around Rs.30,000 for a TV commercial. And if an ad requires many children who just have to be part of a crowd and needs no styling, they get Rs.3,000 to Rs. 6,000,” says Gaurav Nautiyal from an ad agency. He says, “The amount is higher for films. A lead child model gets around Rs.20,000 to Rs. 50,000 depending upon his ‘grade’ and accessibility.”

Agrees Amit Arora from a Delhi-based modelling agency, “If a child is much in demand, he even gets Rs.50,000 to Rs. two lakh per year, subject to a flexible schedule. For instance, he shoots in Delhi and dubs in Mumbai or, say, signs a contract against endorsing a competitive brand. I know many parents who have taken transfer from Delhi to Mumbai only because their child is in great demand in ads and films.”

But doesn’t the taste of earning big money at an impressionable age rob them of their innocence? Doesn’t it also make their parents more ambitious? Says Robby Grewal, whose debut film Samay also had a five-year-old: &#8
220;When I was auditioning the kids, I saw parents pushing their kids to be proactive, and laying the pressure on them to do better than others. It is very difficult to shoot with kids. They have mood swings. You can’t push them beyond a point. They wear designer clothes, watches and colour their hair. They pat their older counterparts in the film on the back while talking to them. They are no longer innocent.”

Actor Sarika, who has now taken up the cudgels against “child labour in films”, agrees. She is trying to introduce a code of conduct for child actors in Bollywood.


Akshat Chopra.

“It is distressing to see children being pushed to enact mentally traumatic scenes without any counselling. In Hollywood, a psychotherapist is always present on the sets to counsel the child before and after the child enacts a traumatic scene. In Bollywood, they are ‘persuaded’ with chocolates! There is no schedule for them, and their education suffers. In Hollywood, there is a rule that only during school vacations, can a child act in films,” she states.

But Amit Arora disagrees, “I don’t think there is any emotional abuse of kids on the sets. They are well taken care of. See Akshat Chopra, the child star who shot with Kapil Dev, Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. He has entered the Limca Book of Records for getting maximum certificates for extra curricular activities in his school. It exposes them to a lot of other things that their schools don’t teach them. They are more aware and smarter than their schoolmates. Once, a client of ours wanted his child to do an ad with him. We spent two days shooting, but the child couldn’t utter two lines with his own father. So we had to call a professional child actor. Within 15 minutes, the shooting was over.”

Well, the debate will go on. But, if the case of Ahsaas Channa (who features in films such as Vaastu Shastra, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, My Friend Ganesh), whose father Iqbal Channa had filed a petition in court to prevent his wife fr
om turning her child into “a money machine”, or for that matter, Zain Khan “not getting any time to do his homework”, are any indication, Sarika is taking just the right step!


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