Deepika Padukone opens up on her memorable roles, Ranbir and Ranveer and the secret of her and Ranveer’s lasting relationship and a whole lot more in a candid conversation with Rajeev Masand and Anupama Chopra
The opening session of the Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star, 2019 began with an engaging conversation between actor Deepika Padukone, the newly appointed Chairperson of MAMI, film critic Rajeev Masand and Anupama Chopra, Festival Director, MAMI. The focus of the chat was five of Deepika’s standout roles that the two leading critics love and are career milestones in her twelve-year illustrious career.
When asked to count the number of films she has worked on a modest Deepika said, “I have never really worked towards keeping a count on the number of films I have done, but more about connecting with the work I have done. My acting process begins with the narration. While a great narration may not necessarily translate into a great movie, it helps me visualize the story and the character. It helps bring out the honesty of the script.”
The conversation then steered towards Deepika’s roles. The first character the critics chose was Veronica in her breakthrough film Cocktail. This role was offered to Deepika at a time when she was going through a lean period personally. Speaking about why she chose to play the character of the dynamic and complicated Veronica, Deepika explained, “I reread the script to understand why Imtiaz (Ali) thought that while I was drawn to Meera, I was actually ready for Veronica.” She further added that it was Homi’s sensibility toward this complex character that empowered her to play it. “After a point I was spontaneous in my takes; Homi had just stopped directing me. Veronica helped Deepika shed her inhibitions both as a woman and as an actor and explore a side of her that she did not know existed.”
Next up for discussion was Meenakshi (Meenamma) from Chennai Express, a role in which Deepika channeled her comedic muscle. Speaking about playing the nightmare scene from the film, Deepika said, “My energy was completely off that day. I could see that Shah Rukh Khan and Rohit Shetty were not happy with me and they were wondering how to make it work.” According to Deepika comedy roles are tricky, especially when there are many actors on different wavelengths. These scenes cannot be rehearsed. The entire crew has to be tuned in to the comic timing. “You can’t prepare for scenes like these. It just happens spontaneously. But at the end of the day whatever you do with conviction becomes honest.” she said.
In the same year, Deepika portrayed Leela in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. The critics chose the Panchayat meeting scene, which was Deepika’s first ever shot for Mr. Bhansali and also her first film with now husband, Ranveer Singh. She spoke about how stressful and unnerving it can get working with Bhansali sir’s impromptu ways of shooting a character and how she gave her best to keep up with him. Given his fetish for changing things till the last moment, Bhansali rewrote the script of the panchayat meeting scene, just as Deepika was getting done with hair and makeup. “While the writers were cajoling me on how I could shoot it in parts. I almost broke down.” she reminisced. On working with her husband, Deepika said. “He likes to discuss work and take it home. But not me. I like to be in a different head space on the set and at home.”
Speaking on her experience of working for the runaway hit, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Deepika commented director Ayan Mukerji’s working methods. “Ayan likes to have discipline on the sets,” she said. “The scene should be fun on screen but the actors off screen shouldn’t be fooling around.” Playing the on-screen journey of Naina, who goes from being a reserved, bespectacled girl to a stylish, fun-loving one, was something that Deepika enjoyed. “I had a lot of fun playing Naina. I saw a lot of her in me, and lot of me in her. Naina’s evolution is, in some ways, like my own; so, portraying her transformation wasn’t all that hard.”
When asked about the how two of her co-stars – Ranbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – differ in their methods of working, Deepika was quick to respond. “Ranbir doesn’t really have a process; he is very spontaneous. I have never really seen him ‘prepare’ for his role as such. He’s like me in that respect. Our approach is 50% rehearsed and 50% spontaneous. Ranveer, on the other hand, really gets into the process. He changes everything for the role – right from the car he drives, to the clothes and the perfume he wears. He’s a different person every six months, which is probably one of the reasons why our relationship has lasted so long; I never get bored.” she joked, leaving the audience in splits.
The conversation then moved to one of her most loved and acclaimed roles in Piku – a movie that holds a special place in Deepika’s heart. “Given the chance, I would do the movie all over again,” she said fondly. “I miss Piku, I miss the experience of making the movie. We were all in a really good place when we were making the movie. I had gotten out of depression and things were looking up. We had sets that were fully functional – the house, for instance. Shoojit (the director) told us to go about our parts as if we were really living in the house, and the camera would follow us. In that sense, we really “lived” the film, and those moments were beautifully put together and presented to the audience.”
Speaking about her upcoming movie Chhapaak, in which she plays an acid attack survivor, Deepika said that the character stayed with her for quite a while even after the film was completed. It’s something, she said, that all actors experience. “The characters you play don’t just go away at the snap of the finger. They linger in your mind; they get pushed to the back as you start playing a new character; but they never entirely go away. Chhapaak was also a very physically draining movie; it would take at least three hours to put on the make-up every day and an hour to take it off. Even emotionally, it’s one of my most challenging roles yet and I’m looking forward to bringing it to audiences,” she signed off.
The session ended with a brief Q&A session and a group selfie of Deepika and the hosts with the audience.]]>
Knock Knock. Who’s there? Vikram Bhatt is back with another horror spine chilling experience ! #Ghost second trailer is OUT NOW In cinemas on 18th October!
After a long wait, the makers of Nawauddin Siddiqui’s upcoming film ‘Motichoor Chaknachoor’ dropped the trailer of the film yesterday and boy it has floored everyone. The trailer has received a great response not only from the audiences but also from Bollywood.
Known for opting for unique scripts, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is all set to make you laugh with his issue of not getting a girl for marriage. While the stunning Athiya Shetty with her unconventional Desi avatar is searching for a groom who is settled abroad. Witty one-liners and a comic take of the problem have taken the netizens on a laughter riot.
Social media was all praise for the trailer, check out the reactions;
We certainly can’t contain our excitement anymore.
Motichoor Chaknachoor, produced by Viacom18 Studios and Woodpecker Movies is directed by Debamitra Biswal. Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Athiya Shetty. The film is slated to release on 15th November 2019.]]>
Actress Kavya Kiran, who recently hosted her star-studded birthday bash in Mumbai, says she hails from the regional cinema sector, and the quality of regional content is improving, she wish Odisha industry also gets into the groove.
Kavya Kiran rose to fame with back to back hits, films such as Ram Ratan and Rahashya, which she followed with a massive hit series 3G, turned a year older and celebrated it with friends from Industry.
Talking about her birthday celebration, Kavya said, “I am celebrating my birthday with my friends. I believe in a small gatherings, so only people close to me are here. I am missing my folks and family a little bit, but these days work takes me places, I was in Bhuvneshwar yesterday and now I am here for work, I am kind of celebrating my birthday between work”
Ram Ratan famed actor Rishi Bhutani was among the invitees at the party, who praised Kavya for her extended work. He said, “Kavya is a great actor and human being. She is a good soul and a great performer. She is talented and beautiful, as we all know it. Her last release, One day, was a great movie and had a huge release. She puts a lot of effort and thought in her work. She is very talented; an amazingly well versed and trained dancer and even better actor”
Kavya Kiran is a known face in Odisha, her work speaks for itself. She is currently working to find a footing in mainstream Bollywood.
Talking about her work and Hindi projects, Kavya said, “My last release was Khushi, which is being line up for State and National Award. Currently, I am working on two films, back to back, which will release soon. My last Hindi release was ‘One Day’. I have done films, short films and web-series in Odisha and now working simultaneously in Hindi industry as well, I am enjoying it”
Talking about regional cinema, she said, “I am from Odisha, so most of my work is in the local language. I have seen a lot of Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Punjabi and more, regional films. I wish the kind of good content other regional industries are producing, Odisha industry starts doing the same. I wish bigwigs from the industry start putting some efforts to improve content quality”
“I really believe there must be some change for every regional industry. I really appreciate the people working in regional cinemas stepping out and doing different work, and there work is being appreciated nationally and globally” added Kavya.
Kavya was last seen in a cameo for “Nasha Menu Chad Gaya” song in “One Day – Justice Delivered” for T-Series.]]>
Tanishq, India’s trusted jewellery brand has launched a new TVC campaign marking one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, Diwali. For this auspicious occasion, Tanishq is launching its new festive collection- Virasat. The new TVC campaign brings alive the essence of age old traditions, cultures and rituals which have been followed through generations. The campaign aims to take forward the age old tradition of purchasing jewellery which makes Diwali auspicious.
Conceptualized with Lowe, the film perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Diwali celebrations and continuing the tradition of buying jewellery across generations in all its glory. The film truly brings to life various Diwali customs across the country of buying sweets, wearing something new on Diwali, lighting up each corner of the house and gifting jewellery. Highlighting the thought behind the collection Virasat, the film showcases the diversity amongst consumer, cultures and customs.
Diwali is the harbinger of joy and prosperity in Indian households across different cultures and people indulge in buying jewellery, keeping the age-long family traditions alive. Tanishq celebrates the spirit of Diwali by bringing alive these traditional elements. The TVC campaign shows how relations strengthen across different communities by revisiting their traditional roots and gifting their loved ones Tanishq’s jewellery while celebrating Tanishq Wali Diwali.
Speaking on the launch of TVC, Ms. Deepika Tewari, Associate Vice President– Marketing, Jewellery Division at Titan Company Limited says, “Each Diwali is a testament of the traditions that has been passed down from one generation to another and has been followed each year with equal vigour. This campaign is an ode to the innumerable ‘Rivaaj’ or traditions that are followed by us, especially that of buying gold and hence the name ‘Virasat’. We sincerely hope our grand new Virasat Collection will add a bit of sparkle to everyone’s life. At Tanishq we wish everyone to be a part of Riwaazon wali Diwali, Tanishq waali Diwali”
Quoting about the film Sagar Kapoor, Chief Creative Officer, “Diwali and Tanishq are integral to each other. Buying gold in Diwali has been a big part of tradition across the country. This year Tanishq inspires people to take this tradition, this ‘riwaaj’ forward. Of course at the heart of the communication is the love, prosperity and joy that Tanishq jewelry brings about in people’s lives.”]]>
After the roaring success of the last two editions, 93.5 RED FM one of the largest and most awarded private radio networks is back with its third edition of Swag Fest! Scheduled for 9th November at Leisure Valley, Gurugram, this celebration of Punjabi music will bring together the most popular Punjabi singers & rappers. It promises performances and energy, which will make the audiences ‘Go Mental’ to superhit Punjabi music.
Swag Fest 3.0 promises larger-than-life line up, artists such as Millind Gaba, B Praak along with Jassie Gill and Babbal Rai, Neha Bhasin and Parmish Verma are all set to make your evening, a memorable one. While Millind Gaba’s ‘Yaar Mod Do’ and ‘Zindagi Di Paudi’ would make your hearts skip a beat, Babbal Rai will take you down memory lane with ‘Tera Naam’ and ‘One Dream’. A friendship that created magic, the duo of music composer-producer-singer B Praak and Jassie Gill will sing their chartbusters in this high-octane gig. With superhits like ‘Gaal Ni Kadni’ and ‘Shada’, Parmish Verma will have the crowd swooning while Neha Bhasin will dazzle the crowd with her contemporary Punjabi folk. Also, catch the renowned hip-hop bhangra dance troupe, The Urban Sigh Crew as they make the crowd ‘go mental’ with their electric moves.
Speaking about the musical festival, Ms Nisha Narayanan, COO and Director, RED FM and Magic FM, said, “Regional music has no longer remained regional and music from certain regions has national impact and relevance now. In-fact, Punjabi music has become the second most consumed genre after Hindi music. It is one of the few genres which cuts across geographies making audiences enjoy festivals like Swag Fest. After getting an incredible feedback from the past two editions, we are bringing back the Swag Fest 3.0 yet again on popular demand. ”
Delhiites, upbeat music, sumptuous food with authentic Punjabi delicacies and lots of swag await you on 9th November, at Leisure Valley, Gurugram.
Tickets available on Book my Show: http://bit.ly/swagfest3]]>
INV Home – one of India’s most premium creator of luxury interiors for home and industry is set to redefine design sensibility with the launch of its experience centre in New Delhi. The studio is embellished with class-apart designs and materials that lend a luxe accent and provide a befitting space for the statement-making home décor pieces. Offering a curated experience of interior design and turnkey solutions, the new INV is a remarkable display of an enormous paradigm shift towards luxury interiors.
INV Home offers a plethoric range of premium products that deliver efficiency along with a flair of elegance and exuberant luxury addressing the aspirations of the most astute households. Known to provide élite creations to its most privileged clients, the studio strikes the perfect balance between modern aesthetics and factoring personalization, while transforming spaces.
Commenting on the new look, Mr. Nitin Jain, Founder & Managing Director, INV Home, said, “The all-new redefined INV is a curated experience of interior design and service. Our values encapsulate everything luxury and luxury everything. An evolved vision to bring global design methodology combined with artisanal craftsmanship enable us to set a new standard of luxury living in India.”
INV houses incredible ideas curated for an extravagant affair that is meant to be a part of a complete storytelling interior. Further elaborating on the same, Dutch designer – Mr. Jeroen Wolterink, Creative Director, INV Home, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to showcase an exquisite interior space and product line infused with understated elegance to the Indian audience. I am delighted to be a part of such a venture that is fine portrayal of Indian craftsmanship blended with European assets.” We aim to keep our customers confidence in us intact by offering them more magnificent interiors and interesting products in the times to come.”
The new look of INV Home envisages International techniques through Indian craftsmanship. Every piece from the house of INV reflects style with distinct opulence, revamping every corner of your abode with uber-luxury décor statement.]]>
Daniel Wellington, a leading watches and accessories brand known for its contemporary and sleek design celebrated the onset of the festive season in the capital city with an exclusive Diwali party at the most iconic setting at the Qla. The event was a true merriment to the flawless craftsmanship behind all of Daniel Wellington’s timeless designs.
Current Poster boy of Bollywood; Ayushmann Khurrana and the talented and versatile, Radhika Apte who are the brand ambassadors were seen gracing the occasion. Also seen at the party was actress Rakul Preet Singh who joined the festivities.
The event was launched with a global campaign featuring Ayushmann Khuranna and Radhika Apte as the faces of the new collection. Guests arrived on the red carpet donning the new Iconic Link collection.
Enthusiastic about being a part of the global campaign, Radhika Apte said, “I am thrilled to be here with Daniel Wellington to celebrate the festive season. The new Iconic Link Collection truly exudes elegance. With its understated charm, it is sure to add a touch of glam and magic to any festive look.”
Ayushmann Khurrana commented, “Diwali is one of the biggest festivals in India and it gives me immense pleasure to be a part of the revelry with Daniel Wellington, right before the festivities kick off. The festival is all about exchanging gifts and there is nothing better than giving the gift of time. The new Limited Edition box by Daniel Wellington makes for a perfect gift choice this Diwali.”
A lot of time and effort has been put into creating this new timepiece collection. After almost three years in the making, Daniel Wellington introduced the new Iconic Link as the biggest launch to date just in time for the festive season.
The Iconic Link features a luxurious metal bracelet with three-piece links; each segment is comprised of solid steel, individually crafted pieces in an elegantly tapered form, ensuring a seamless transition from case to clasp. It is available in polished stainless steel with a vibrant silver finish or with refined rose gold plating. The mild rose gold-tone of this piece comes from ion-plating and is custom-made by mixing a hint of copper with a 23-carat gold bar. The New collection makes a perfect gift for the upcoming festive season.
Carl Rosenqvist, Head of Marketing IMEA, Daniel Wellington said “India holds a special place in the world of Daniel Wellington. Celebrating the onset of the festive season with the New Iconic Link Collection in the presence of both our India Brand Ambassadors Ayushmann Khurrana and Radhika Apte gives an impetus to our commitment to the India market. The new Iconic Link is one of our finest timepieces; we are sure the customers are going to love this new collection.”
Available in Silver and Rose Gold with dials in either eggshell white or black finish, the watch is perfect for all occasions and appealing to trendsetters and fashionistas across the globe. The Iconic Link watch is priced at 12,399 INR for the 28mm and 32mm dial, and INR 13,599 for the 36mm dial.
Global trade enabler DP World today launched Log-X, a national technology accelerator platform for logistics, in partnership with Invest India, Kerala Start-Up Mission and its accelerator partner Startup Réseau, to encourage innovation and technology adoption in the Indian logistics sector.
The accelerator program is specially curated for entrepreneurs in the logistics and other associated sectors. The goal is to catalyze Indian entrepreneurs and the start-up community to develop smart trade solutions by leveraging massive opportunities offered by digital technology.
Log-X was launched by Rizwan Soomar, CEO and Managing Director, DP World Subcontinent; in the presence of Mike Bhaskaran, Global Chief Digital Officer of DP World.
The Log-X technology accelerator platform will focus on digital technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators and Internet of things (IOT systems). The platform will seek to identify logistics-focused technology start-ups through Startup India portal and will look to onboard up to 10 selected start-ups for conducting pilots, with a long-term objective of partnerships, strategic engagements and proof-of-concept development. The finalized start-ups will be mentored by DP World leadership team and external mentors onboarded to the program.
Rizwan Soomar, CEO and MD, DP World Subcontinent, said: “Technology adoption and innovation will play a strong role in building an integrated logistics platform which offer end-to-end solutions for cargo owners. DP World wants to encourage the creation of a start-up eco-system for logistics and supply-chain focused innovators with an aim to reduce the costs of logistics in India and make India’s exports more competitive. The LogX accelerator program is a unique partnership between DP World, Invest India and the Start-Up Kerala Mission to encourage innovation across the value chain in the logistics sector in India. Stronger technology adoption in the logistics sector will also improve transparency, reliability and predictability in the supply chains across the country. This will be transformative for India.”
Deepak Bagla, MD & CEO, Invest India, said: “This is a unique partnership and the first in the logistics sector. We are very pleased to be partnering with DP World on this unique initiative to drive innovation in the sector. We look forward to working with the final start-ups who are chosen by the Log-X accelerator platform.”
Invest India is the national investment promotion and facilitation agency for India, envisaged to be the first point of reference for potential investors. Invest India also has a series of initiatives including the India Investment Grid which showcases up-to-date information on investible projects, Startup India, an initiative to catalyse and support the startup ecosystem, AGNii, for linking Indian science and innovation to enterprise, and the Project Monitoring Group to accelerate large-scale projects.]]>
Jio MAMI 21st Mumbai Film Festival with Star has announced the 4th edition of Movie Mela. A celebration of popular cinema, Movie Mela is an event where cinema lovers can witness noted filmmakers and actors in candid conversations.
The day-long movie-carnival is scheduled to be hosted on 13 October in Mumbai at Balgandharva Rangmandir, Bandra.The event will kick off with actor and the new MAMI chairperson Deepika Padukone. The actor will chat about creating her top five roles, and her journey in the dazzling but challenging film world.
Speaking about the 4th Edition of the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Movie Mela, Artistic Director, MAMI, Smriti Kiran said in a statement, “At the end of the day, we are all film fans. Jio MAMI Movie Mela with Star gives fans a front-row seat to listen to and chat with some of the most talented names in the Indian film industry. No barriers, no negativity, no posturing. Just film lovers chatting with film personalities they love, Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Karan Johar, speaking to the people who have made them what they are. The whole event centers around their audience.
Movie Mela will have session with some noted directors of the Indian filmmaking industry, Amit Sharma, Amar Kaushik, Sriram Raghavan, Meghna Gulzar, and Sujoy Ghosh, giving audiences a peek into their on-set personalities and their quirks behind the scenes. Both sessions will be moderated by MAMI festival director Anupama Chopra, and film critic Rajeev Masand.
The day will end with a session with Karan Johar, who returns to Movie Mela with another edition of Big Talk, this time with Alia Bhatt and a surprise guest.]]>