13032019-LSTL-01.qxd 3/12/2019 8:22 PM Page 1 c m y b HAPPY ABOUT CHANGING TIMES “A girl now does not have to seek permission from a man or from the society to go out there to explore the world... there’s a shift in social conditioning.” TRIBUNE Sparkling! Famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie arrives for the world premiere of Disney’s Dumbo at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. AFP LUDHIANA | WEDNESDAY | 13 MARCH 2019 – Dia Mirza Lights, camera... class He is now a name that spells perfection. With marked presence on the silver screen, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who will next be seen in the film Photograph, directed by Ritesh Batra, believes Indian audience is still not ready for hardcore cinema Nonika Singh W REACH OF DIGITAL MEDIUM ITHOUT a doubt, he is an actor to die for. Nawazuddin Siddiqui, easily one of the finest actors on the Indian silver screen after having played two stellar real life characters, Manto and Thackeray, is back to being an ordinary man. Indeed, he could easily relate with the character of the photographer in his forthcoming film — Photograph. “Not because I have wielded the camera ever. But like one of the so many from small towns who come to Mumbai each year, I came here with dreams in my eyes. Not too long ago I did sail in the same boat.” Kabhi Kabhi Lagta Hai Ki Apun Hi Bhagwan Hai... if the words are still resounding in your ears, well, Ganesh Gaitonde, played with menacing perfection by Nawazuddin Siddiqui in famous web series Sacred Games, is ready with more. The vast reach of digital medium has him as stupefied as ordinary mortals. “Sacred Games was such a super-hit watched by staggering numbers, far outnumbering cine-goers.” Compared to cinema where time at hand is limited, he agrees web series allows you to pump in more into the graph of the character. As of now, except for the second season of Sacred Games, there is nothing more on his digital platter. NAWAZUDDIN SIDDIQUI AND SANYA MALHOTRA IN A STILL FROM PHOTOGRAPH LANE TO FAME Today, of course, Nawazuddin is parked in an exalted space with stardom writ all over. He doesn’t take his newfound position seriously though! “Were I to act in films for critical acclaim or for audiences, I would be lost.” Even effusive praise of mentor/friend/ director Anurag Kashyap is taken with a pinch of salt. “He In his films, each moment tells a story; each dialogue is laden with meaning and each frame is chosen with care. Just as his movies convey so much, but thrive on the art of minimalism, director Ritesh Batra remains a man of few words. After delighting us with heart-warming The Lunchbox, whose aroma lingers years after, the director is back on home turf. The response to his latest film Photograph’s trailer has him smiling too. Indeed, like all his movies, Photograph has already done the festival circuit. He fills us on the names; Sundance, Berlin to cite a few. Photograph has been picking up decent reviews as well. But as one odd review must have said so just to humour me.” Not that Nawazuddin is an easy man to humour. Forever eager to experiment, he is looking for roles that allow both the actor and the person in him to grow. Layers, nuances, minor details and more, excite him no end. Ritesh Batra, the director of Photograph with whom he has worked earlier in The Lunchbox too comes for fulsome praise, precisely for his characters allow him to delve deep. “No doubt Ritesh is a brilliant director and has a wonderful way of dealing with performers, which changes from film to film. More recently, after he has worked in two international projects, his acumen has Cut above the rest rates it as trifle too tender, we seek his reaction for the same. He answers with equanimity, “Never review the review. Each opinion is valid. ” With Photograph, he also returns to familiar ground, Mumbai, whose flavours he understands like very few do. Having taken Indie cinema to the world stage, we wonder if local is the new universal, and he couldn’t agree more. On relationships the consistent leitmotif of sharpened even further.” HOME SOIL Interestingly, Nawazuddin is not looking at international pastures. Foreign audiences, however, are a different ballgame altogether. Yes he is overwhelmed by the response ‘they really liked the film’ to Photograph at the Berlin International Film his films, he talks of how the two main characters in Photograph, despite a chasm in their backgrounds, come together. Having recently directed legendary actors Robert Redford and Jane Fonda in the Netflix film Our Souls At Night, he doesn’t see a massive difference between actors from different parts of the world. “Redford is humble and working with Nawaz was as great a feeling.” Having tasted stupendous success in foreign waters with The Lunchbox, does he see himself as a pioneer? “Mira Nair did it for me, tomorrow someone else would for others. I think one person’s success is not his or hers alone, it is everyone’s success.” firstname.lastname@example.org RITESH BATRA Kalank will be ‘beyond commerce’ THE CAST OF KALANK Filmmaker Karan Johar says the fate of Kalank will be beyond commerce for him since it is a project that was his 'father's dream'. The multi-starrer film Kalank, produced by Karan, will release on April 17. His Dharma Productions banner has delivered several commercially successful films. At the teaser launch of Kalank in Mumbai on Tuesday, Karan shared, "Though all our films are special for us, I would say, Kalank is beyond its box-office (collection) and beyond its commerce because it was my father's dream that has got fulfilled with the release of the film." The teaser launch event was graced by the film's star cast, including Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha. On the film's inception, Karan said: "After the release of Kal Ho Naa Ho in 2003, I shared the story of Kalank with my father. Since my father had knowledge about the subject... it became his dream to make the film." However, in June 2004 when his father passed away, though Karan wanted to start shooting the film, he couldn't gather the emotional strength to do so. — IANS c m y b Festival. But whether the same enthusiasm will be replicated closer home, he can’t be sure. Unlike all those going gaga over how Indian audiences have evolved, he is more circumspect, “We are still not there. That is why movies like Manto do not find much favour with audiences. Hardcore cinema is still not Indian viewers’ cup of tea.” Romance, suddenly, somehow, has become Nawazuddin’s favourite! It is not only in the Photograph that he will be romancing Sanya Malhotra, but also in the solid line up of films like Raat Akeli Hai and Roam Rome Mein in future. So, what is his idea of romance? “It’s not filmy for sure, but drawn from reallife experiences.” Almost on the lines, the characters experience in Photograph. On the surface, the film, may seem the good old tale of romance born out of expediency, but with Nawazuddin at the centre , expect anything but ordinary. Realistic and relatable — that is more like Nawazuddin.
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