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Have always believed in letting my work do the talking!’ : says Rani

The actress has delivered a hattrick of hits

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Rani Mukerji

With Mardaani 2 becoming a hit, Rani Mukerji has scored a hattrick of hits with her last three films Mardaani, Hichki and Mardaani 2. But what’s most interesting about this feat is that with her three hits, Rani has smashed stereotypes that actresses have battled for generations.

Rani’s first of the three hits, Mardaani, came right after her wedding. For long, it has been said that married actresses limit their career. With Mardaani, Rani threw out this stereotype and she did this in 2014! Rani’s next hit, Hichki (2018), came after she had Adira and she had taken a sabbatical from acting. According to industry beliefs, a leading lady who becomes a mother can bid adieu to her career in acting because no one wants to see a mother on screen – a clear, sexist point of view. Rani dashed those stereotypes too with her global blockbuster. And her latest hit, Mardaani 2, comes when she is a multi-tasking mother, who can juggle her career and personal life with aplomb, ensuring that she can pay equal attention to both. Her next film is the much-awaited Bunty Aur Babli 2 and we couldn’t be happier that we will continue seeing Rani on screen!

Rani says, “I have always believed in letting my work do the talking and not pay heed to what the stereotypes said about actresses. Having been in the industry for a while now, I’m aware of loose conversations like a woman ceases to be a leading actor once she is married or how she can say bye to her career if she becomes a mother. It’s regressive thinking and I’m delighted with the love that audiences have showered on my last three films.”

She adds, “Over the years, I have seen more and more women joining the workforce of our country and being self-made, independent and ready to chase their dreams. I see married women, women with children balancing their work and personal life beautifully. They have really helped change the perspective of society. I have been an actor ever since I grew up. I love what I do and I want to continue being an actor for as long as I would want to and as long as audiences want to see me on screen. So, the validation from audiences matter a lot and I’m thankful for the support I have received for Mardaani, Hichki and Mardaani 2. It motivates me to push myself more and do better work with each film.”

For Rani, her hattrick of hits were all social entertainers. She says, “It is important that cinema holds up a mirror to society from time to time and tells us all about the conditions that we live in, tells us how we should be kind and empathetic to fellow human beings and also trigger a call to action against such issues. I’m delighted that Mardaani, Hichki and Mardaani 2 have spread important messages to people across our country.”

The versatile actress adds, “People only connect to the storyline of a film when it evokes a strong emotion. They can either connect to it because it is truthful, authentic or shows reality like never before, like in our attempt with Mardaani and Mardaani 2. They can even feel for characters that inspire, that motivates and shows people that they can also rise above their circumstances and become a winner like Naina Mathur in Hichki. But most importantly, a film needs to entertain because people want to receive such a message in the most engaging manner. That’s why they go to a theatre to watch films.”

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The Man behind We Are A Family

Ad filmmaker Prasoon Pandey who directed Amitabh Bahchan’s Dr Fixit ad has virtual directed the short film

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We Are A Family is the brainchild of Ad filmmaker Prasoon Pandey who has directed Amitabh Bahchcan’s  Dr  Fixit commercial. The film conceptualised and virtually directed by Prasoon Pandey had 12 artistes from all over the country and drives the message that staying safe at home and maintaining social distancing can be productive.

Talking about this initiative  T S Kalyanaraman, Chairman and Managing Director, Kalyan Jewellers said, “We are extremely proud and delighted to be part of this initiative that aims to support daily wage workers across the country.  The concept of the film is exceptional and it is great to watch how these respective actors came together and used light-hearted humor to convey a very serious message around COVID-19. We congratulate all the actors on their contribution and telecast of this short film.”

The special part of this short film is that the families of these celebrities were also actively involved in shooting the film on their phones. The director shared the script and screenplay with all the actors which was remarkably executed by the cast. The short film has been shot in old-fashioned black & white format to match the colour tones of interiors across homes.

It is learnt that Pandey sent samples of some home shots to all the actors so that it matches and looks like it has been shot in one house. All of the shooting and final film done in a matter of six days. Of course there times when some actors were asked to reshoot their parts which they were more than happy to do it. Ranbir’s Part was shot by Alia and Alia’s by him. Amitabh Bachchan’s part was shot by Abhishek, Rajnikanth’s part was shot by his daughter Aishwarya and Priyanka’s portion by Nick Jonas.

The film is part of the ‘We Are One’ initiative which is supported by Kalyan Jewellers and Sony Networks Pictures India. This initiative pledges to support 1,00,000 daily wage earners who are most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Out of these, Kalyan Jewellers will take responsibility for 50,000 of these workers.

Led by Amitabh Bachchan, the film features celebrities like Rajinikanth, Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Alia Bhatt, Chiranjeevi, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Sonali Kulkarni, Shiv Raj Kumar, Prosenjit Chatterjee, and Diljit Dosanjh. It aired on the Sony Network last night at 9 PM.

Meanwhile, let’s all vow to Stay Home & Stay Safe. This too shall pass.

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Fatima Sana Shaikh’s Hidden Talent!

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Fatima Sana Shaikh is one of the most talented actress in the industry and is loved for her distinctive characters that she has essayed on-screen. Just like the audiences are a fan of Fatima’s acting skills, the actress also has a keen interest in photography and always  shares her view of looking at things in a different way which is nothing less than a treat to the eyes.

Fatima captures the beautiful vintage lanes, various color splashed skies, beautiful landscapes and much more! The actress just doesn’t capture images, she captures moments and shows it to her audiences from her perspective and it’s truly mesmerizing.

Fatima knows how to make the most of her travel diaries and capture still moments that will stay forever. The actress whenever travelling, also shares some beautiful raw images of the scenic beauty of nature and other things. This is just another way how the actress connects with her audiences like no other- the artistic way!

Having an eye of finding beauty in everything she sees, sets her apart. Fatima is also an actress in demand and fits as the perfect choice when it comes to her promising screen presence, even when she shared it with other talented actors and always wins hearts with her on-screen performances.

On the work front, Fatima will be seen in Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari and the second one being, Anurag Basu’s Ludo where Fatima will be playing characters poles apart and swooning the audience!

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Arunabh Kumar, Bhutan Bam and Prajakta Kohli join hands to serve Corona affected daily wagers

They start an initiative #CreatorsforWorkers for daily wage earners during Corona.

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As India continues to follow the lockdown due to coronavirus, many celebrities have reached forward to all the daily wage earners by helping them in any way that they can.

And amongst the people who have stood up to help is Arunabh Kumar, the founder of The Viral Fever (TVF) and a pioneer for online content who has started an initiative #CreatorsForWorkers along with fellow New Media Entrepreneurs like Gurpreet Singh, Founder of One Digital and other top creators to help the blue-collar workers during this lockdown period and the fight after. He along with his Foundation, have come up with an innovative technique to reach out to the nationwide workers and explain them good habits using, what he knows best, viral content.

Talking about this initiative and why he felt it was necessary to be done for the daily wage earners, Arunabh said, “Everyone is doing their best to help those in need by providing monetary help or donating medical help and other necessities to the underprivileged. After working with local groups to help these workers, I realized, that the workers, who are lifelines of India, need to be made aware of the pandemic in a more effective fashion. While all of us are sharing message in English & Hindi, its not reaching to these workers in their own local or regional language, and a lot is lost in translation. We saw it necessary that the information needs to reach them in their local language and dialect. That’s the insight that I along with my Creator Friends believe in and want to reach out to them using Whatsapp, so that they understand the problem as over 70 Crore Indians connected to workers are critical in fighting this war against Corona and for that they need to have the information they can appreciate, which we have tried to spread amongst all.”

Bhuvan Bam said, “It’s an idea which can actually help the people who have no presence on social media. Explaining them the seriousness of the situation in their own language will hopefully make things better for their family and friends.”

Prajakta Koli, (AKA MostlySane) said that, the thousands of housemaids in Mumbai can understand the habits to fight Corona in their local lingo much better and she believes change has to begin at grassroots.

The initiative will include loved content creators from across the country who will shoot a video in their native language explaining all the instructions that need to be followed by everyone in this time of need. Creators like Bhuvan Bam (BB KiVInes), BeYouNick, MostlySane(Prajakt Kohli), Lalit Shokeen, Neetu Chandra, Sanjay Mishra, Nidhi Bisht, RJ Abhilash, MAanvi Gagroo and many more have shown support for this initiative.

#CreatorsForWorkers will see all the loved celebrities coming together to help the daily wage workers through these videos.

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