We pitted Uri co-stars Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam against each other in Cine Blitz’s Compatibility Test. Both of them have been going around town promoting their film, so we decided why not know how much they know each other. Check out how the two engage in some light-hearted fun as they talk about each other – from nice to naughty! We were surprised to know that the two actors actually know a lot about each other’s personal life and interests when they took the Cine Blitz’s Compatibility Test. From celebrity crushes and favorite cuisines to birthdays and first films, the two were on-point while answering the surgical strike of questions. And although both of them didn’t know each other’s birthdays, Yami guessed Vicky’s favorite food correctly, while Vicky surprisingly knew the first three people on Yami’s speed dial. To know who these three people are and some very surprising details, watch the full, exclusive video of our interview with the URI team right here.
For those of you who don’t know, Vicky Kaushal and Yami Gautam star together in Uri: The Surgical Strike – a film based on the Indian Army’s surgical strike on Pakistan in retaliation to the Uri attack in 2016. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala and is directed by debutant Aditya Dhar. The film also features Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina, and Kirti Kulhari. Vicky’s 2018 release Raazi had him playing a Pakistani army officer, while in Uri, he plays an Indian army officer. Yami, who was last seen playing an advocate in Meter Gul Batti Chalu, plays an intelligence officer in this one. Let us know what you think of these funny moments in the comments section below!
Shweta Tripathi: I relate to characters half my age – read full interview
As Gone Kesh is about to release, Shweta Tripathi has an EXCLUSIVE heart-warming chat with CineBlitz
An actress who has proved the phrase that age is just a number in her own unique way, Shweta Tripathi has been acting since she was a teenager. She made her debut on the big screen with director Neeraj Ghaywan’s critically-acclaimed and heart-winning film Masaan. Her versatile characters and the ease with which she switches between urban and small-town roles have become the talk of the town. While the actress is all set to play a teenage girl yet again at the age of 33 in her next film Gone Kesh, she sat down with us and had a candid conversation about alopecia, her film choices, life after marriage and why her Instagram handle is called Battatawada. Read on…
Due to your body of work and your versatile roles, people recognize you now, how do you feel about that?
I hope they do (laughs), it definitely feels very good, and it is a validation of sorts. Our profession is such that if you have achieved or made it in life, people know who you are. Now I feel very happy that people know who I am. I remember I was sitting somewhere and there was this person walking towards me. In my head, I was like please don’t ask me what I do and she came to me and said I saw your work in Mirzapur and I was like, ‘Thank God!’
Your next film Gone Kesh is about alopecia, which is not a much-discussed topic in films, how aware are you now?
I was clueless about alopecia, wasn’t even aware that this is a serious disorder. So when I read the script and met Qasim (Qasim Khallow, director of Gone Kesh), I realized that we are so self-absorbed and have slowly stopped caring about our surroundings. The feeling of ‘love thy neighbour’ is missing and our phones have taken over our lives. Till there is something life-threatening, we don’t take it seriously, but we miss out on the fact that it psychologically and physically affects you. It affects how you see yourself, it isn’t easy. Societal pressure is a thing and sadly, people look for moments to pull you down and make fun of you. Even in the film, her classmates call her head a ‘Brown Island.’ Such things really affect your soul. And then I got to know there are so many people around me who have alopecia and I never knew about it, which made me feel horrible about how insensitive we have become. But thankfully, the tone of the film is very light-hearted. There is bonding and relationships, dreams and hope, and that’s what really attracted me to this project.
Who was your reference point or an inspiration?
I follow some people who have alopecia and it’s not easy. I used to send their stories to Qasim and it’s not easy. This girl who inspired me a lot tries different wigs in various colours, but what I realized was that even without them she looks stunning. So when people ask me about my look in Gone Kesh, I am happy with the way I look, and I don’t see that as any less, just because I don’t have hair.
Being bald is still one of the prominent taboos in our country. What’s your take on this after playing this role in Gone Kesh?
First of all, I want to understand how these taboos help. As a society, we are so obsessed with complexion, colour and thick long hair. All of these are genetics; if you are blessed with good genes you have those features. If someone isn’t much blessed, you can’t punish them. It is not under our control. A disorder like alopecia is not under our control. Let’s stop comparing and become the best in our professions or as a person rather than nourishing these taboos. Indirectly, you end up paying money to the MNCs and ads.
After having played a teenager in Haramkhor, two years down the line, at the age of 33, you’re all set to play a teenager again. How’s that?
I think I relate to characters that are half my age. It’s just so much fun and I think it’s a boon if your screen age is lesser. You have those many years to catch up and play different characters. I enjoy playing these young characters because age is just a number in your mind. I have never lied about my age or about my relationship status. After marriage, my work has doubled, so I literally get energy from all these characters.
How much have things changed after marriage?
It has changed a lot, but for good. It has become better. Instead of one family, now I have two supportive families. They give me what I need and that is really great. Things like the age of an actress or her not being able to work much after marriage might happen, as priorities are different, but then you can make the change.
How do you switch between being an urban girl and a small-town girl so effortlessly?
Once you get a hold of the character, about what drives it, how it talks and how it looks, once you crack these things, it becomes easy. But if you ask me, I find it simpler to play a small-town girl because that is not me. I have been born and bought up in Delhi and have been in Mumbai for over a decade. So, I enjoy playing characters that are not me. I always choose characters which are as different from me as possible.
You were a part of the recently released successful show, Made In Heaven. What do you think about the amazing response it’s received?
First of all, I wasn’t expecting such an amazing response for myself, I had told this to our director Nitya as well. In my mind, I was just doing a guest appearance in this amazing show. But the response I received for that episode left me shocked. I was very happy. Firstly, that is the most dolled up I have ever been on screen. Or else I am always without makeup. My first reaction to the trailer was, “Wow, that’s me!”
What do you think about the digital evolution?
It is amazing. It is a superb time to be a writer, director or an actor right now because there are various platforms available. So, there are more chances and platforms to showcase your talent.
What do you prefer more, big screens or digital platforms?
The big screen is a fascination. I have been working on both the platforms, but of late, I was on a break from the big screen. I saw Vicky Kaushal in URI and realized that the big screen has its different touch. But I am glad that I have maintained a balance between both.
What is the story behind your Instagram name Battatawada?
Shweta is a very common North Indian name. When I was attending theatre workshops, I met a fellow actor whose ID was dalfry.com. That’s when I thought if dalfry can be an ID, why not Battatawada. And I love the way it sounds, happy and fun. After Masaan, many advised me to change it and I almost changed it. But then I stopped and thought, just because I am an actress now, doesn’t change who I am as a person. I am Battatawada, deal with it. Now that has become my name, people don’t remember Shweta but Battatawada!
Does social media validation bother you?
There are days when it definitely bothers more, especially with regards to work. But otherwise, I have come to terms with it. You can’t bang your head, because your peace of mind is the most important thing. If it’s good, then good, if not, be it. I don’t kill myself over it.
What are your future projects?
Laakhon Mein Ek season 2 is happening which is my favourite project. Then there’s my Tamil debut with the movie Mehandi Circus and we will be shooting for Mirzapur season 2 in May.
Kriti Sanon: Modern day relationships are frivolous and superficial; people give up easily – watch exclusive video
Kriti Sanon exclusively reveals why modern-day relationships are superficial and how she wants to go back to the time of love letters – watch video
Kriti Sanon is riding high on the success of Luka Chuppi. The movie is about a guy and girl posing as a fake married couple while staying in a live-in relationship. It has not only impressed the audience and the critics, but raked in the moolah too. Though live-in relationships are a taboo in India still, Kriti Sanon and Kartik Aaryan’s film resonated with people. In fact, the actress feels that it depends on people to be in any kind of relationship they want. However, Kriti feels that modern-day relationships have become frivolous and superficial. In fact, the Luka Chuppi star reveals that she is upset that people give up on relationships pretty easily these days.
Modern-day relationships including live-ins, having no-strings attached affairs and finding love on social media doesn’t appeal to the actress. As Kriti reveals exclusively, “Talking about modern day relationships, if you compare them to the earlier kind of love, I feel it has become slightly frivolous and superficial. People give up pretty easily these days. Having said that, we have become more open in terms of making our own choices and deciding for ourselves, which is great. But people give up and move on really easily because you now have that option.” Check out her video right here:
So what kind of a relationship would Kriti Sanon like? She adds, “I want to go back to the time of love letters and the romantic gestures. The love where you hold hands and it feels special, it still happens in a lot of the small towns. It is better than finding love and whatever on Tinder.” What do you have to say about Kriti Sanon’s take on modern day relationships? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to CineBlitz for more exclusive content.
Aparshakti Khurana: I would love to work on a biopic based on Fauja Singh
Aparshakti Khurana exclusively talks to CineBlitz about his journey in Bollywood so far, the kind of film he would love to do and how it feels to be a recognised face
From being a radio jockey to anchoring to proving his mettle as a character actor in Bollywood, Aparshakti Khurana has indeed come a long way professionally. Apart from impressing the audience with his roles, the talented actor even managed to get noticed amongst the stars that shine bright in their films and that’s one big reason why Aparshakti has become so popular in such a short span of time. Currently, his film Luka Chuppi is running successfully in theatres and though he is playing a supporting role in the film, the 31-year-old has yet again delivered an impressive performance. So we caught up the actor and had a candid conversation with him wherein he spoke about his film journey and revealed how he chooses his films and what kind of equation he shares with his actor brother Ayushmann Khurrana. Read on to know all the deets!
You have become popular and now people recognise you. How does that feel?
It took a while but the wait was worth it. I am satisfied with the way the audience has accepted me and whatever I have done so far. Be it radio, acting, anchoring and I hope people keep showering their love on me. I am grateful for the acceptance I have received and I know it is very difficult to get it from the audience. Touchwood, the universe has been kind!
You and Pankaj Tripathi are being appreciated for your performances in recently released Luka Chuppi. Do you think that writers have begun writing meatier roles for supporting parts as well?
I think in the current scheme of things, people are just writing scripts with good intentions. Earlier they were written only for the pieces. I won’t say they have now started writing for these characters; they now have genuinely started writing good scripts with a good world. Before they were only written keeping in mind the lead couple. But now a world is created. That is the kind of cinema we have entered into, that is the kind of paradigm shift we have managed to crack which is only for the betterment of the filmmaking, the craft, and the fraternity and even for the audience to come and watch a genuine world. So thankfully that has happened. Everyone including the audience, actors and the makers have become more mature and organic which is also one of the main reasons for this shift.
How do you choose your roles? What’s the process?
I just go and choose the world actually; if I would have chosen my roles they would have had lengths maybe then. And frankly speaking, I have been able to choose the right worlds so far.
Is there ever a fear of going unnoticed amongst the many faces in one frame? Considering you have done a few ensemble films?
Not really. Whenever you make a decision with all your honesty and good intention, I don’t think so good is so unfair on us. You choose a character on the bases of the people you are working with, how good is the character you are playing and so on. So a character only becomes better when people around him want to be. All the actors I have collaborated with are not insecure and are true to their craft. The fear only strikes in when the people around you are insecure, making you insecure and the chain continues.
Will we get to see you dance in your upcoming film Street Dancer 3D?
Unfortunately not! Initially, I joined the project thinking I will get to dance because I have a bit of a dancer inside me. And to my bad luck, my character is the only non-dancer in the film. So maybe I will have to wait a little more to dance in films.
You have had a long journey till here. How difficult was it to get in?
The preparation time was way too much but I think it is always better if you are better prepared. From the time I was preparing, it automatically went on becoming good. Maybe I wasn’t ready back then so god did not give me the opportunity. Now I am better so I am getting the opportunity to work with good actors and filmmakers. So I won’t complain. Things are just meant to be when they are meant to be. I came to Mumbai after eight years of completing my education. But I won’t ever regret those eight years and being in the radio which made me meet some amazing people who helped me a lot.
What about the anchoring phase?
Oh, I have so many beautiful memories from those days working for a food show. People who saw me back then know that I was the same up-tempo, jumpy guy which I am right now. Even today, I tell my agency that can’t we crack a good food travel show. I really want to go back and do that. I am sure I will get something pretty soon on the radio or a show and go back to those days and have fun.
Does being Ayushmann Khurrana’s brother puts you under pressure in some way? The thought that you have to live up to something, does that ever cross your mind?
As I said about having fear, the same applies here. Till the time my brother pressurizes me himself or he says something, I don’t think so anything can affect me. He is a typical older brother who has a check on my discipline, who corrects me just like all the elder ones do irrespective of the fact that they are actors or not.
Do you guys sit around the table and critic each other’s films?
We do that all the time! That is the main reason for my good grab in my space and his in his space. We constantly give each other instant reality checks. Be it scripts, songs, clothes, we keep on advising each other all the time. We are not the brothers who will keep praising each other.
Who are the directors you want to work with and what are the types of films you would love to do?
I would love to work with Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Aditya Motwane and apart from them Sharat Katariya is someone I really want to work with. If you ask me about the films, I would love to work on; it will be a biopic on Fauja Singh. I think me and Ayush Bhaiya would really fit well in a biopic on The Wadali Brothers because we both have music in us and he has a lot of it.
Photo Courtesy: Gaurav Batra
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