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‘Chak De! India became a bridge between the world of women athletes and the rest of the country’

On the 13th anniversary of the cult film writer Jaideep Sahni, speaks about the impact the film has had in cinema and society

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Jaideep Sahni’s 15-year creative collaboration with Yash Raj Films’ has seen him write some brilliant hits like Bunty Aur Babli, Rocket Singh : Salesman of the Year, Shuddh Desi Romance, Aaja Nachle and the cult classic Chak De! India starring Shah Rukh Khan. On the 13th anniversary of this generation defining film, Jaideep says director Shimit Amin and him had all the creative freedom from Aditya Chopra to make this film which is now regarded as one of the best films that the industry has ever made.

“I had wanted to tell this story for a few years. So, when Adi asked me after Bunty Aur Babli what I wanted to do next, I told him that I wanted to do this film which could somehow form a bridge between the world of women athletes and the rest of the country. As I told him more about what I’d seen and felt, he agreed that it was a shame that not enough people knew about this world, and also that it could make a really great film if we got things right,” says Jaideep.

Jaideep has made a mark in Bollywood in his own right, much like director Shimit Amin who too wowed everyone with his brilliance as a visionary director. The duo was encouraged to push the content envelope by Aditya, who wanted their distinct voice and vision to shine through.

“Shimit and I have been friends since the time I was writing Company and he was editing Bhoot at Ram Gopal Varma’s office but it was Adi’s conviction after seeing Ab Tak Chhappan that he must be the director for this film. Adi’s and Shimit’s faith in the film as producer and director at that early stage was very reassuring for me since I knew my writing was going into the hands of people I trusted and respected,” says Jaideep, who like Shimit, is a complete outsider and both were handpicked and groomed by Adi because of their sheer brilliance.

Jaideep, thus, feels he has always been given a free hand at YRF which is why he has written such diverse films. He says, “5 of my scripts, all very different from each other, have been produced by YRF. These have been directed by 4 different directors. There’s something different about a studio built and run by filmmakers, which cannot be described superficially but working filmmakers understand and appreciate.”

Media has often speculated if Chak De! India was way ahead of its time from a creative vision because they feel had the film released now, it would shatter every box office record. Jaideep is happy that Chak De! India became a milestone moment in Indian cinema.

“Sometimes people call Chak De! ahead of its times but I don’t know how to judge that. It’s just that as audience we get too busy in our daily lives and forget how happy something new can make us if we give it a chance, and as storytellers, we are always under pressure to be entertaining which can impose an artificial ceiling on our choice of subjects. But subjects are always bigger than the storytellers, and if we respect them, they gently show us the way,” he says.

Interestingly, Jaideep completes 20 years in the film industry. He debuted as a writer for Jungle in 2000 for Ram Gopal Varma. He collaborated with YRF in 2005 with Bunty Aur Babli and has since then worked closely with Adi.

He says, “Well, on my first film’s set someone mistook me for the DTP operator even after seeing me every day for two months because I used to work on a computer. To witness screenwriting come back from that forgotten corner to the forefront of everyone’s attention today is the greatest satisfaction of all for us writers.”

Jaideep adds, “To have imagined and written films of different genres, set in so many different environments, with different rhythms and dialects and slangs, has been a great joy. So many of these characters, dialogues or phrases of songs having become a part of peoples’ everyday conversation is something I didn’t aim for but have finally learned to enjoy gracefully without getting shocked. But I am always conscious that this is also because of the reach of this medium, and we should not let go of any opportunity to put this clumsy power to some good use, to build a few bridges of trust or maybe start a useful conversation.”

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Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan among top stars summoned by drug control agency

The Narcotics Control Bureau has expanded its investigation into drug use in Bollywood

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Top Bollywood actresses including Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan,  Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh have been summoned by the  Narcotics Control Bureau. All three of them will have to present themselves for questioning in the illicit narcotics case.

A senior official confirmed and said that they will be questioned and have to make themselves present in front of the NCB.

Deepika Padukone is presently shooting in Goa but will have to leave the shoot and come for questioning. Allegedly, the agency has a chat between Deepika and her manager Karishma Prakash in which the actress is asking for hash.

Sara Ali Khan whose name had emerged in the Sushant Singh Rajput case has also been called by the NCB.

Shraddha Kapoor and Rakul Preet Singh have also been summoned. Allegedly, Rakul Preet’s name too had emerged in the Sushant investigation. But Shraddha Kapoor’s chat is with Jaya Saha in which she is allegedly asking for CBD oil.

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Alaya F doesn’t let let anything get in the way of her work

The actress has recently bagged fresh face award for her film Jawaani Jaaneman

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Hailed as the ‘girl of the moment’ right after her debut in Jawaani Jaaneman, actress Alaya F made headlines for delivering a phenomenal performance on the silver screen. The actress nailed her unconventional character and is still considered one of the most impactful debutants. Being the learner that she is, Alaya is leaving no stone unturned being a force by herself as she continues to work from home.

From styling her own shoots and having taken it up even though it is not her niche, virtually taking dance classes to better her craft, watching documentaries to understand nuances of different characters and even, creating her own digital series- Alaya is doubling up and making sure that nothing hinders with her commitments during the lockdown, with her hardwork and dedication.

Talking about the same, Alaya F shares, “I had certain work commitments to fulfill even while on lockdown. As actors, our nature of work requires us to be in front of camera and usually we have a whole team of professionals to make us look our best. But due to the lockdown and the safety guidelines that were put in place, it became difficult to have a team so I had to get creative and do my own hair and make up and even styling for shoots! I even did a cover shoot by myself at home!”.

She further adds, “On social media I have to stay active and I also have brand commitments so for everything on my social media, not only hair and make up and styling is done by me, but also the creating video concepts, shooting them and editing them.. it’s all done by me! Everything now takes 5 times the work it would have taken but it’s been a great learning curve! It’s given me the chance to experiment and go out of my comfort zone in a lot of ways! It also always kept me occupied and busy and overall I must say, it’s been a lot of fun!”

Alaya has been on a roll after a promising debut, with back to back magazine covers, working on herself constantly and the actress recently bagged the award for the Fresh Face new comer for her debut performance in Jaaawani Jaaneman.

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Yash doubles up his daily workout regime as part of prep for KGF2

KGF2 will also be seen playing Adheera in the film

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Indian superstar Yash’ KGF created quite a noise across the country with its phenomenal storyline and Yash’ amazing portrayal of Rocky Bhai in the film. The audience is eagerly waiting for the sequel of KGF but due to the pandemic the shooting was put on hold and the team has recently started shooting for the remaining bits of the film again.

Superstar Yash is also all set to get back to the sets and resume his role as Rocky Bhai and is currently undergoing intensive training to get into the best shape possible.

Talking about the same, a source close to Yash shares, “Yash is going the extra mile and has doubled up on his workout routines while preparing to get back on the sets and start shooting for KGF2. His daily workout routine is broken down into different sets of exercises.”

Talking about the actors daily routine, the source continues, “Yash starts his day super early around 6 am with half an hour of cardio. Following which he starts weight training and ab work outs that take up an hour and then another cardio session. Yash also works out in the evening with different exercises and heavy weight training, he is also on a very strict diet.”

KGF2 is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year and will also see Sanjay Dutt essay the role of Adheera in the film.

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