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Setters had Shreyas Talpade’s mind blown away – here’s why

As Shreyas Talpade gears up for the release of Setters, the actor gets candid about the film in an exclusive interview with CineBlitz

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Golmaal actor Shreyas Talpade will be seen playing a grey character in his next film Setters. The actor is currently busy promoting the film, and he looks set to impress us all with his character in it. Talking about Setters, here’s what the actor had to say. Read on…

Setters deals with the exam paper leaking scams in the education arena mostly the railway exams…

It is definitely about exam papers being leaked, but it is not only about railways. They operate at various levels. They are there in almost every sphere of the education forum. And the problem is that there are so many people getting affected by the whole thing. There are certain people who want to achieve things on merit. The unfortunate part is that it is not the students, but parents who want their kids to achieve certain things through these means. Of course that is the reason why these guys have gotten more powerful over the years.

This topic has not been much tapped upon, so did you like the script when it was offered to you?

When we heard the subject for the first time, I was actually blown by the concept. These things operate at a certain level. We have seen these things happen in college. Obviously we never really had the money to do something like this and my parents would have never really approved of it. During the film, we got to know the various nitty-gritties that go behind these illegal activities. What used to happen in school was very basic level copying. Some students used to do that, but this happens on a much bigger scale. It is like the country’s future is technically going down a route which is not acceptable. There are many entrance exams where there are many people sitting and they don’t know what is happening. So we are just trying to make a statement, but in a more entertaining and thrilling manner.

Not much was revealed about your character in the teaser and the trailer. Can you tell us something about your role?

He is a part of the ‘Setters Team’ and the film is in the thriller space. It’s a cat-and-mouse chase between Aftab (Shivdasani) and my character, so it is slightly more on the grey side. The film is essentially about how these setters operate. My character is a part of that team headed by actor Pawan Malhotra. So basically, he works for Pawan.

In today’s times where people get easily offended, aren’t you’ll scared of rubbing some educational authorities the wrong way?

The film talks more about the setters, the mafia which leaks these papers. Educational institutions are also getting affected. In fact, they want the students to pass on merit. Yes, there are certain lower-level coaching classes which do co-operate with these kinds of activities. But we are essentially making a statement about how the mafia operates and what it is that we can do to try and stop them.

Setters also stars Aftaab Shivdasani, Ishita Dutta and Sonnalli Seygall in pivotal parts. The film is slated to release on May 3. Let us know what you think about the film’s trailer. Comment in the section below and stay tuned to CineBlitz for more interesting updates on Bollywood.

 

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RAW actor Shadaab Khan: I want to focus more on acting now!

Having made an impactful comeback to the big screen after 19 years with Romeo Akbar Walter, Shadaab Khan reveals he is here to stay!

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Shadaab Khan was recently seen in the espionage film Romeo Akbar Walter, starring John Abraham and others. Even in a small role, he managed to make his presence felt in a suave, nuanced rendition of his screen character – Nawab Afridi – that other actors might have played loudly. Before RAW, the actor was last seen in the 2000 release Hey Ram, but we hope to see more of him in the future. In his elegant home just off Kalakar Amjad Khan Chowk in Bandra’s Pali Hill area, Suguna Sundaram caught up with the actor and his lovely wife Rumana, who was instrumental in his return to the big screen. In a candid chat, the actor talks about his big screen comeback, what kept him away for so long and juggling between writing and acting. Excerpts:

It’s been almost two decades since you disappeared from films…

Honestly, I don’t know what happened. Somewhere down the line, I just fell out of love with the business of films. I didn’t feel like I belonged here, and it was a feeling of just not wanting to be here. I wanted to explore other opportunities. It was always told to me that you should go into films because of my father (the late Amjad Khan) and grandfather (legendary late actor Jayant). I got here and thought to myself that I was probably better off someplace else. I can write. I wanted to explore that. And somewhere, while doing that, I just went further and further away from this place.

Your wife Rumana had been urging you to come back to films I believe!

Rumana played a huge part in this journey back. It was 100 per cent her doing and her belief in me. And her constantly telling me that I should not ignore something that I should be doing. She said, ‘You’re an actor, this is your family’. She was of the opinion that I should not just write, but act as well. In fact, she insisted that I was making a mistake in continually turning down work that was coming my way. Eventually, that would definitely stop. And she was absolutely right. Now I want to strike a balance between writing and acting with more attention on acting. I am thankful to her for bringing me back here, or RAW would not have happened.

So how did RAW come about then?

I am very grateful to Mukesh Chhabra’s casting agency. They always kept me in mind, for my role in Hey Ram, and kept calling me for roles. I turned down a number of roles, including one in Sriram Raghavan’s Badlapur. I wasn’t sure of or keen on coming back. Plus, I’d put on a hell of a lot of weight during the time I was out. I didn’t want to be seen on screen with the 131 kilos I was back then. If you are typecast in a film and it works, every other film you get will be in that same mould. I was very scared that if I came back with Badlapur, it would not look good for me. So I started working on myself towards losing weight.  But it was very nice of Mukesh Chhabra’s agency to keep remembering me because had they not, that role in RAW might have gone to somebody else. When they called me for RAW, I knew that I was not the guy the director had in mind. The physicality of character he had in mind was something else, someone greater in size and physical stature, and more menacing.

Tell us more…

For the character of Nawab Afridi, he was looking for somebody more Nawabi, someone heavy-set, like a fat, rich man. I had lost weight by then. I was not fitting the character. Mukesh’s team said let’s audition him for the role, and when they did, it worked well. That’s how I came back, though I wasn’t planning on that even now. But the kind of films being made, opened my eyes to this, honestly.

Post RAW, what’s next on the table?

I am currently in talks for two particular web series, as an actor. Verbally, I have committed to one, and I’ve auditioned for both. The good thing about auditioning, is as an actor, it gives you practice, it sharpens you up. Auditioning is the norm now. And until you don’t make it, until I am not in that position, until the director says, ‘Hey, I want this guy, we write a role for him,’ and you don’t need to audition, until that day comes, I will keep auditioning and keep my eyes open. I’m very competitive by nature, and I don’t want to fall back.

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Malaika Arora reveals her BIG secret for a flawless summer body – watch video

Malaika Arora is undoubtedly one of the hottest celebrities in Bollywood

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Malika Arora, even at the age of 45, sure knows how to maintain a toned body. Her Instagram feed is like a fitness goal in itself and everyone just wants to know her secrets. Well, there is good news for all her fans. Malaika, who last walked the ramp for Kalki at the Bombay Times Fashion Week 2019, sat down with team CineBlitz for an exclusive chat. And we couldn’t help but ask her some summer hacks and tips.

The Chaiyya Chaiyya actress was all up for it. She opened her box of Pandora and revealed, “As cliché as it may sound, I think water is the most important. Stay hydrated. Whatever it may be, juices or just plain water, don’t forget to stay hydrated.” Well, this tip is really important for sure but she did tell us more. Wearing cool, comfy fabrics and hitting the shower whenever possible is how the actress keeps her summers breezy. Want to know more? Check out our video right here:

On the personal front, the buzz is that Malaika will soon be tying knot with her beau Arjun Kapoor. Although the actress shunned the rumours saying none of it is true, the marriage is supposedly taking place in Goa tomorrow (April 19). Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.

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Rhea Chakraborty claims Jalebi’s failure was due to sabotage? Read shocking deets!

Rhea Chakraborty was last seen in Mahesh Bhatt’s Jalebi, which was a washout at the box office

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Bollywood stars do many films throughout their career out of which some turn out to be blockbusters while some even tank at the box office. The reasons may vary but the actors have to move on from the failure and focus on their next project. Something very similar happened with the Jalebi star Rhea Chakraborty and she exclusively told team CineBlitz what went wrong with her last outing.

“The film’s poster being tagged as a copy of some other poster was a small thing. The film did not work at the box office is what affected me more. After the release of the film, it was featured on Amazon as well and people eventually saw the film on it and we got a lot of love from that. And as for the critics and the reviews, they rammed us which I feel wasn’t required. But I guess there was some politics and some agenda to all of this. I would never believe that my work was bad. People came up to me and told me that they really enjoyed the film, so my purpose as an actor was fulfilled,” revealed Rhea.

Rhea recently featured in Jassie Gill’s music video Surma Kaala and has also signed a multi-starrer project. The official announcement, however, is yet to be made. Stay tuned to CineBlitz for more such updates from the world of Bollywood.

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