Pakistani star Sajal Aly, who made an impressive Bollywood debut in Mom, says she had never dreamed of acting in the Indian film industry.
Speaking about her role as Arya in the Sridevi-starrer, Sajal said: “It was definitely a challenging role... I mean any character you play, you have to really commit to it and kind of naturally become like that, at least that’s how I function.
“I think the most challenging part was performing with Sridevi ma’m. Like my very first scene in the movie has me sitting at a dining table across from her and misbehaving with her — it was terrifying!” Dawn quoted her as saying.
“We had to shoot in Georgia and it was freezing cold... So yeah, that was pretty tough, too,” Sajal said.
Sajal said: “Bollywood was never my dream, in all honesty. I was happy working here and that was not something I was working towards but this story moved me.
“I always knew that if I worked in Bollywood, I have certain limitations and boundaries that I would not want to cross and this movie was about a sensitive topic, everything was handled so tastefully.”
The actress is all praise for her co-star Sridevi, who plays her mother in the movie. “She’s just the sweetest person. Even now, she keeps calling me and reminding me that I’m in her thoughts.”
Sajal said she had three film contracts with Boney Kapoor, Sridevi’s husband and a producer in Bollywood.
“But now I don’t know what’s in the near future. They handed me the complete package on a silver platter: a meaty character, an excellent cast, the best of the best and for that, I’m forever grateful...
“Everyone’s sending me messages telling me they’re proud of me, it’s just the best feeling, knowing everyone appreciates your work, including critics from across the border.” — IANS
People should know where
to draw line: Kirti on
Indu Sarkar row
Actress Kirti Kulhari, who plays the protagonist in Madhur Bhandarkar’s forthcoming film Indu Sarkar, which is embroiled in a censorship controversy, believes people should know where to draw a line when it comes to reactions that are based on a three-minute trailer of the movie.
The actress who shot to fame with Pink said it’s her first brush with controversy in cinema.
“This is my first time for sure with controversy. I have heard a saying in Bollywood that every publicity is good publicity so as far as our film is concerned, it’s great... people will have reactions.”
“I understand the film has a subject which will invoke further reactions, which are more negative than positive, I would say,” she told the media here.
Kirti said the team is “handling” the reactions and hoped the audience judges the film based on its entire content.
“In the name of freedom of expression, people are just expressing themselves whatever they feel about the film — just looking at a three minutes trailer, which is really amazing for me,” the actress said.
“But having said that, as long as those protests don’t harm us or our film or our release of the film, we will handle it. We are handling it,” she added.
“People should know where to draw a line. If they want to have the freedom to express themselves, they should also let us have the freedom to express ourselves through the films that we make, through the subject we decide to make the film on. So far so good... we have been able to handle it. I do hope people watch the film and react to finally what they see onscreen,” she said.
She plays a poetess who stammers in the film that is set in the 1980s.
The film Indu Sarkar, set in the backdrop of the Emergency, features Neil Nitin Mukesh, Kirti and Tota Roy Chaudhary and is all set to release on July 28.
The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has suggested 12 cuts and two disclaimers in the film.
Kirti opined that the censor board should limit itself to certification only.
“I think it’s time CBFC just give a certificate and let people take a call for themselves whether they like what they see or they don’t like it,” Kirti said.
“Also they should give the audience the freedom to form their own opinion rather than giving out the version of the film which they think is good for the people,” Kulhari told reporters here.
“We keep talking about censorship, we don’t realise that we live in an age of the internet where everything is available online,” she added. — IANS
Campbell ‘secretly dating’ tobacco company boss
Supermodel Naomi Campbell has reportedly fallen for millionaire tobacco company boss Louis C Camilleri.
According to a source, though Campbell, 47, is private about her dating life, the pair have set tongues wagging after enjoying a string of dinner dates, reports mirror.co.uk.
Campbell and the 61-year-old have reportedly been working to keep their romance secret — utilising private jets to meet up.
“Naomi and Louis have been secretly dating for weeks. They’re all over each other when they’re out,” the source told The Sun newspaper.
“Naomi likes to keep her relationships private and it is early days but there’s a real spark between them and their close friends are aware they’re dating,” the source added.
Camilleri is chairman of Philip Morris International — a global cigarette and tobacco company. — IANS
Miley, Liam’s ‘explosive fight’ over prenuptial agreement
Singer Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth are ready to get married soon but they are reportedly having a disagreement over a prenuptial agreement.
According to a source, the pair “were screaming and in tears” when the issue came up, as Hemsworth was “deeply offended” when his bride-to-be handed him a prenuptial agreement to sign, reports dailymail.co.uk.
“They got into an explosive fight,” the source told OK! Australia magazine.
“Miley told her friends that Liam got furious. They never yell, but they were screaming and in tears,” the source said, while adding that Cyrus “thought he was going to end the relationship”.
Cyrus and Hemsworth have gone through various ups and downs in their relationship. — IANS
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