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Here’s how Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha impacted a fan’s life – read on…

Imtiaz Ali’s directorial Tamasha starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone made a fan spread positivity through social media. Find out how…

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Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Tamasha

Be it Kareena Kapoor – Shahid Kapoor starrer Jab We Met or the recently released Laila Majnu, Imtiaz Ali’s films are all about magic and love. The director has a different fanbase for the kind of films he makes. One such movie that is very close to the audience’s heart is the 2015 release Tamasha starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. And a fan named Harshit Bansal got affected by this film so much that he started a page on Instagram, where he intends to deal with cinema-related topics.

Called Humans of Cinema, Harshit created the page in October last year and said that the inspiration of it all came from a desire to work on something that he’s been most passionate about the impact of cinema. Talking to a news portal, Harshit revealed, “I’ve been a film buff all my life, but I started thinking about the personal, social and cultural impact of films only in the past few years. While I continued to be affected by films so deeply, I also observed a similar effect on the society in general.  It was baffling to see some people insulting cinema by calling it merely a source of entertainment with no social repercussions. I just felt that the best way to disprove them would be through people sharing their own experiences of how films have had a significant impact on their lives. That’s how the name came about too. It’s less about the films and more about the humans that watch them.”

He further revealed, “While the film (Tamasha) is about pursuing your passion itself, what really prompted me was the relationship that I shared with it, how I went back to it whenever I felt disoriented or lost and how it always showed me a path. It’s almost therapeutic for me (The Office, US being a close second). And after interactions with people around me, I realized that for almost everyone, there were some particular films or shows that they connected with the most, based on their own experiences, and I just knew that this had to be explored further.” Check out some of his posts here:

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"Dear Qais, I consider myself a realist and I wear it like a badge of honor. I tend to intellectualize imperfections of a character, but you called me out on it. If I heard someone say ‘Majnu’, I’d instantly attach to it toxic, obsessive and stalkerish attributes. But you, Qais. You held my hand and walked me through your journey from Qais to Majnu. You candidly said: “bohot mehnat karta hoon smart banne ki, shakal acchi nahi hai naa..”, and won my heart over. You struck me as a simple and rational boy with a charm and sense of humor. I envied Laila. I won’t lie, I found it silly, your mystically romantic “Laila aur mera rishta hamare bass ke bhi bahar hai..” banter. But something moved within me when you stormed out by saying “jaa mein nahi aata, ab tu dhoond mujhe..” In that moment I knew that I had set myself up for a heartbreak, as had you. When your restless gaze from the window met with a flashing image of Laila by the lake, I sensed that she never left you. I felt your loss and longing. Your nervousness, eagerness followed by your surrender after your eyes met hers for the first time in four years, it filled my heart and tears rolled down my cheeks. Your helpless sigh of “karoon toh kya karoon..” tugged at my heartstrings. I didn’t even notice when, but I organically stopped rationalising your narrative and just let the magic unfold. I empathized with your urge to break free, to run away and to entirely submit to the emotion. Your journey from loneliness to madness was oddly satisfying. I accepted your fate’s design and your tragic reunion with Laila, and I let go. I’m still my old realist self, very different from you. You haven’t dramatically changed my life but you strangely struck a chord. I felt your pain and liberation, and it left me wondering about the false dichotomy between head and heart. Qais Bhat, sahi kehte hai log, pagal hai tu." . – Akshata ( @akshataaww ) . #DearMovies #HumansOfCinema

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Dear Kamlesh Kanhaiyalal Kapasi, Kem Cho? From the very moment you entered Sanju's life, sneaking into the hospital room of his ailing mother and keeping your miraculous Ganapati Bappa murti by her side, it felt like you've entered my life too, forever and ever. Kamli, you were more than just a friend to Sanju, his "sabse aziz dost" who gave him hope and support he needed in the most selfless way possible. If Sanju was the soul, you were his heart. If Sanju was a lone traveller walking in the dark, you were his guiding light. Defending Sanju's love and affection for Ruby, asking his Dad to be more friendly and letting him realise his own potential, trying your level best to help Sanju out of his wretched life.. these were a few of the numerous occasions that showed time and again that you are a trustworthy friend, whom we all crave to have in our real lives. You made Sanju realise about the ill effects of drugs and years later, followed every news about him even as you pretended that you've put a full stop to this eleven years of friendship. That was more than enough to erase the question mark on whether you had actually stopped caring for him. Being the sweetheart you are, you still loved your best friend even though you couldn't bring yourself to say it out loud after he was declared unsafe to be seen with. My heart questioned, " Will you and Sanju ever reunite? In this lifetime?" The misunderstanding did shatter him and you to the core, even if you kept it lowkey but finally, you both reconciled and I couldn't be more happy! The hug that you both longed for, the tears, the happiness, the smiles. Amidst the feelings, I fell for you all over again. Afterall, as your 'Sex-spear' said, "All's well that ends well." You've been with Sanju by being his greatest source of positivity and strength and unknowingly with me too all the while. You gave a new meaning to 'Roar' – to bounce back and fight like a Tiger when everything seems to fall apart and helped me understand the meaning of true friendship and how to cherish the bonds in my own life. – Prem jode, Manjistha ( @sheoverthinker ) . . #humansofcinema #Kamli #Dearmovies

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"When Delhi-6 released in 2009, everybody was only talking about two things, the long Anarkali suits and the song 'Masakali'. I remember watching this song for the first time on TV and being amused by its lyrics, music and the way it was sung by Mohit Chauhan. There is so much 'natkhat' and flair in the song. The song was so catchy that whenever it came on TV, I would rush to the TV room from wherever I used to be, just to listen to the song. The song depicts peace and love which is the essential soul of the film. The song is also Bittu’s aspiration to break free and fly high. Bittu is symbolized as Masakali. That's why you see the bird almost every time Bittu appears in a scene. The lyricist wanted Masakali and Bittu to be themselves and be proud of who they were. Both of them were meant to fly; the bird in the sky and Bittu in her life to fulfill her ambitions. The song also wants both of them to retain their purity, innocence and naughtiness throughout their lives. I fell in love with Sonam after watching her in the film, especially after this song. She was absolutely uninhibited and natural throughout the film. It's one of her best performances till date. Bittu was one of the major highlights of the film just like Masakali was the major highlight of the song. The depth and subtext in this song were refreshingly surprising. Some lyrics also signify the relationship of the bird with the sky. Your home, O beloved In the colony of clouds Tease all those Who don’t know how to fly The pigeon motif is evident throughout the film, including other songs as well. There is a moment in the film where Roshan is captivated by Masakali and takes pictures of it on his phone. But as the film progresses, we see him taking pictures of Bittu instead. This was to symbolise his growing fondness and love towards Bittu. For him, Bittu's beauty and spirit is similar to Masakali's. In the song, Dil Gira Daftan (a dream song of Roshan), there is a stunning sequence where a painter is painting Bittu with Masakali in her hands. Then we get to see the world inside the painting and the love between Roshan and Bittu. It was fabulous. A dream world in a dream itself. Wow!".

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Dear Ved, . "Saamne iss jahaan ke, ik naqaab hai tu.". . You were unique. You were different. You were yourself. When the mask fell on the ground, it wasn't only you who discovered your true self. It was me and several others. When you said “Main maths mein acha nahi Hoon, I'm sorry”, you made me realise what I'm not good at. When you said, “Toh koi baat nahi, apni kahani hai ending change Kar lenge!”, You gave me hope that everything can be fixed at the end. The realization that you're not fit for a desk job made me realise the same. You have evoked the artiste in me and I can never go back to being the same person that I was earlier. Whenever there's monotony in my life, your monotonous scenes reflect in front of me and give me the strength to break the pattern. Choosing unconventional paths especially in career is difficult and challenging as well, but you've made me capable. Your storytelling wants me to reflect upon myself and show the world who I am. Thank you for taking me on a journey of self realization. You have changed me as an individual, as an artiste and I'll forever be grateful to you for it. Tu koi aur hai, jaanta hai tu… Thank you for making me realize who I actually am and what potential do I carry with myself. Thank you for being my strength when I was low, for being my guiding light in the days of darkness, for bringing joy to my life, for making me a theatrist, a performer. I feel as if a part of myself is complete now! Thank you for being Yourself!!. . Love, Suchi . . #dearmovies #humansofcinema #mentalhealthtalksindia #hocxmhti #tamasha #ranbirkapoor #deepikapadukone #imtiazali

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Lockdown edition: Episode 1, Sara Ali Khan shares a compilation of her travel across India learning more and more about her country

Keeping herself rooted to the grounds of her country, Sara loves to showcase the immense respect and love she has for it.

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Known for her indomitable spirit and remarkable craft, Bollywood’s buzz girl Sara Ali Khan enjoys the love and adulation of people. Keeping herself rooted to the grounds of her country, Sara loves to showcase the immense respect and love she has for it.

Amidst this resilient times, Sara shares a video of her travel across India covering some key destinations. A major part of what makes India a great destination for travelling is its people and diverse cultures. Learning about these diversities, beliefs and cultures amongst various things, Sara gives us a sneak peek of her beautiful journey and it’s a sheer delight to look at. Sharing the first episode of this lockdown edition with her famous Namaste, Sara will make us fall in love with her all over again. This edition is relatable to every Indian and by being at home we get to be a part of her great travel and learn so much more from her experiences.

Taking to her social media handle Sara shared, “Episode 1: Bharat ‘State’ of Mind 🇮🇳 🌈☀

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The character that I play in PonMagal Vandhal is the most challenging role I have ever played in my career”: Jyotika

Amazon Prime Video released the trailer for the much-awaited Tamil courtroom drama PonMagal Vandhal on May 21. With PonMagal Vandhal, Jyotika takes the centre stage as we find her in a conversation with us, ahead of the release.

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Tell us something about your next Tamil film PonMagal Vandhal. What do you feel about this project?

My next film PonMagal Vandhal is a thriller with a difference. You can also call it a contemporary courtroom drama. My heart is very close to the subject which has been tackled in the film by the director J.J. Frederick who has also written it, besides making his debut as a director. The film has a very pertinent social message with which each and every person who watches it will be able to identify with it instantly and also connect to it. It is a film which will make every woman proud.

As an actor, you have shared the screen with five different actors who are also directors of their own right. How was the entire experience?

I have been lucky that in the film, I got an opportunity to work with five actors who are also goods directors, including K. Parthiepan, Thiagarajan, Pandiarajan, Pratap Pothan and K.Bhagyaraj. It was Frederick’s vision and idea to cast five different actors who are also directors in the film. I should confess that it was a learning experience for me. I learnt how they prepared their dialogues and delivered them clearly with precision and clarity.

You play a lawyer in the film. To put it in a context, at home- are you a lawyer or a judge?

At home, I am never a lawyer because I am always a judge. If you compare me with my earlier films as an actress, you will realize that I have really come out of my shell. I am now under the blue sky. Today, if you ask me I can do any kind of role. I feel I am blessed that though I am not asking any director to give me a good role, I am being approached by many directors with subjects which are daringly different from the kind of subjects, which are being made these days.

How difficult was it to act with directors like Parthiepan and K Bhagyaraj?

It was a big challenge to deliver my dialogues in front of Partiban because they were lengthy and it is basically a courtroom drama but thankfully, I was prepared as I was given the script three months ago by the writer-director. It is to the credit of director Frederick that he has shot four single shots each of five minutes, You would not believe that Frederick who is in his 20’s has not only written the subject well but also made his debut with this film so much so that in the first narration itself I was hooked on to the subject and said eyes to be a part of it. The film has a lot of layers, thrills’, twists and turns along with an amazing interval point and also, a smashing climax. I was sure that he was going to give his best shot to the film when he narrated the subject to me.

You are very selective with your projects and do not accept all offers dangled in front of you. What is the reason behind this?

I cannot accept any and every role. I have a son as well as a daughter. I want characters that are not only intelligent but also dignified to the core. In PonMagal Vandhal, I play a lawyer in the session court in Ooty. I want to play real life characters, with which the audiences can easily identify themselves with. I will agree to do a film only if I am sure that people will talk about my role and the film even 20 years after your film is released. If you play a cop’s role, you can easily pad your scene with action but when you set out to play a lawyer, you cannot resort to action and have to deliver your lines with perfection. Considering the fact that I have never ever gone to a court till date, I should thank the director for having done all his home work with perfection.

Your film is being dropped on an OTT platform like Amazon Prime Video. What do you think about the pros and cons of this release?

I’d say, there are only pros and no cons. Especially, in the last months after the Coronavirus scare, the number of people who are watching the OTT platform has shot up considerably. Though all said and done, I will not deny that had the situation been different, it would have been a joy as an actor to see the reaction of the audiences when your film is released in theatres. OTT release is a big celebration for actors and directors because it is a very beautiful platform as a filmmaker will be able to reach many more- as many as 200 countries all over the world. I would say that OTT is actually an extension of films, but it is also not a permanent solution. It is the only solution for the time being when theatres are not open. If we wait to release PonMagal Vandhal, there is a long queue. It will take at least a year for the hero oriented films to release and the heroine oriented films will get their chance only after two years.

Why do you prefer to work in only your own home productions?

After 36 Vayathinile, I have mostly acted in only my own home productions, because I will be in my own comfort zone when I am acting in my own films, especially since I have to strike a balance between my career and also my home and kids. Also, when you do not know how the audience is going to respond to your film, it is better to invest in your film on your own. I am extremely happy with the role I have been offered in PonMagal Vandhal as there are several layers to my role as a lawyer but I would not like to divulge more details about my role in the film.  However I can say for fact that the message that is underlined in the film will touch every one’s heart.

You seem to opt to act under new directors in your films of late. J.J. Fredrick is also a new director, who is all set to make his debut with PonMagal Vandhal

I feel that working with newcomers as directors is very good because they do not follow the typical pattern. They belong to a new genre and their working process is very different from that of mine. If I work only with the same directors, I may end up becoming stagnant as an actress. If you ask me what the criterion by which I select my films is, I’d say that I always see what the screenplay of a film offers. The character of Venba that I play in PonMagal Vandhal is the most challenging that I have ever played in my career. It is my 49th film. Suriya loved the film when he saw it because it has such a fresh premise not yet seen earlier in any Tamil film before. I am 100 percent sure that everyone will connect to the film in large numbers.

Why did you decide to launch your own production banner?

2D Entertainment is the banner under which Suriya and I produce films. We set out to make films because we feel that cinema is a very strong medium and a gift to us actors as well as producers to influence feel good minds. It is nice to feel socially responsible as actors. Suriya is not only a great husband but as a producer he does not interfere at all. He came only once when we were shooting in Ooty because it was raining heavily and he just wanted to make sure that the shooting did not suffer on account of the rains.

Are you also open to act in web series in the near future?

Though my film as a producer and actor is going to be dropped on OTT platform, if you ask me whether I’d like to work in web series, I’d say that I am not sure. Nothing in my life including acting in films had been planned till today. I feel good cinema should live. See if I do not get good offers to act in films, who knows, I may take up acting in web series too.

Like you said, you balance your work as an actress as well as home. Which has been your best role till today?

My brain functions the best from 7 am to 12 noon every day. I feel, when my husband has constructed such a big and nice bungalow, why should I continue working. If you ask me which the toughest role to play is, I’d say that the role of the housewife is the toughest. It is tougher than being a part of a biopic.

How keen are you on entering into the world of politics?

Like my sister Nagma, I do not want to take up politics because I am of the opinion that you can do far greater work for the masses even though you are not in politics because I think every actor has a social responsibility and should not just depend on the government. Before setting out to clean your city, you should see to it that your house is clean. Isn’t it?

Watch Jyotika bring a new character to us all in her all new film. PonMagal Vandhal is a Jyotika and Suriya Production under their banner 2D Entertainment. The producer is Suriya Sivakumar and the film is directed by JJ Fredrick. Being the first Tamil film to premiere worldwide directly on Amazon Prime Video, PonMagal Vandhal will be available exclusively for Prime members to stream from May 29 in more than 200 countries and territories.

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Sanya Malhotra’s versatility sees no bounds, here’s proof

Sanya has achieved balance in both kinds of cinema be it festive films or commercial film.

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Sanya Malhotra is undoubtedly a fine actress who has made her roots strong by giving an impactful debut performance and has never stopped since. Being an outsider, Sanya has achieved balance in both kinds of cinema be it festive films or commercial film.

Bearing gifts during Christmas for her audiences, Sanya’s character in Dangal won hearts. The film crushed box office records and was loved globally. Talking about another festive release, ‘Badhaai Ho’ was no less. Sanya gave the perfect Diwali gift to her audiences with the film and it was a commercial hit as well. The actress received appreciation from the audiences and critics alike.

Talking around her versatility factor, in ‘Pataakha’ Sanya portrayed the role of a typical village girl. In the film ‘Photograph’ Sanya portrayed the character of a shy career oriented gujrati girl which was widely loved. Both the character portrayals won praises from the critics.

Sanya, in such a short span of time with her various characters on screen has showcased her versatility. Be it real life or a fictional one, Sanya knows how to breathe life into every character. Sanya is always a delight to watch on screens and the audience loves how with every film she comes up with a new character.

Sanya is all geared up with a stellar line ups of future projects with Pagglait, Shakuntala Devi and Ludo. Sanya is going to treat her audiences with yet again three diverse characters.

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