Blog Posts by Sayoni Sinha

  • ‘Want my daughter to watch Inkaar’

    Says Arjun Rampal as he tells us why it is important to educate children about sexual harassment

    “Why don’t we discuss such topics with our children,” asks Arjun Rampal. One look at him and you are convinced that this man cannot even hurt a fly but this is the reason why Sudhir Mishra chose the actor in the first place. Arjun’s suave and sophisticated looks makes it impossible to see him as a perpetrator who harasses women. Inkaar opens with Arjun’s character facing an inquiry committee for a sexual harassment case and the story goes back and forth from there. “It is a relevant film in today’s time. I have two daughters and it is important to watch this film with your teenaged children because soon your child will be in an environment like this,” he adds. In a candid chat, the actor talks about his film and why parents should discuss such issues with their children.

    Excerpts from the interview:

    When you consider a role, what excites you as an actor?

    I always wanted to work with Sudhir;

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  • What happened after shootout at Wadala

    The man behind the encounter, Isaque Bagwan recalls how his life was under threat after killing Manya Surve

    The makers of Shootout at Wadala have revealed the first look of one of the characters played by John Abraham. John plays the character of Manya Surve, the first educated Hindu gangster whose reign of terror in the area of Agar Bazaar in Dadar. On 11th January, 1982, Bombay witnessed its first ever police encounter outside Wadala College when police squad led by Isaque Bagwan shot Manya Surve point blank.

     Actor Anil Kapoor, will play supercop Isaque Bagwan in Sanjay Gupta's 'Shootout At Wadala', When this reporter had met Bagwan few years ago, he recalled how his life was under treat after he killed Manya Surve. “After killing Manya Surve in an encounter, I used to receive threats from his associate Sheikh Munir who would call the crime branch with bogus names and ask for me. Then one day, he asked me to come to Mumbai Central where he tried to kill me.”

    And the threats didn’t

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  • ‘Still nervous while facing the camera’

    Veteran actor Pankaj Kapoor on his films, Indian cinema, and why he is still prefers a pen over keyboard

    “I like the romance of the pen making its mark on the paper,” says Pankaj Kapoor as we are ushered into his office in Versova which is devoid of any latest gadgets. “When people see me writing, they advice me use an Ipad or a laptop as it is easier. I don’t belong to that world but I am trying to cope up and keep pace with it.” Dressed in casuals, he sips a cup tea and politely offers us refreshments as we sit for a quick chat about his upcoming film ‘Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola’. His directorial debut 'Mausam' may have failed to impress the audience but Pankaj Kapoor is still unfazed with the failure. "I think the film was 15 to 20 minutes longer for today's audience," he feels. At 60, the actor is choosy about the characters he portrays and is a self-acknowledged stickler for perfection. After graduating from the National School of Drama, Pankaj came to the limelight with Gandhi

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  • Daayan won’t be out soon

    Ekta Kapoor has bound her team with non-disclosure contract for ‘Ek Thi Daayan’

    Not much is known about Ek Thi Daayan and for good reason. The producer of the film Ekta Kapoor has added a unique clause in her contract with the entire cast and crew film to keep the key character's identity a secret. If any crew member were found guilty they will be sued for the damages.

    “Going by the new age technology, often the spy cameras capture the suspense element of the film and USP of the plot is lost. Since this film is a thriller, Ekta does not want the suspense to be out before the release of the film,” said a source.  To keep the spoiler alerts at bay, the producer has introduced a confidentiality clause in her contract that forbids her cast and crew from sharing or leaking any information pertaining to the identity of the 'daayan' in the film.

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  • Konkona’s tryst with witchcraft

    The story of ‘Ek Thi Dayaan’ is based on  Konkona Sen Sharma’s father Mukul Sharma‘s book

    Konkona’s upcoming film ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ is based on a subject she has been aware of. Not much is about the plot of the supernatural thriller except that it involves something to do with witchcraft. Very few people are aware of the fact that the story of the film is based on Konkona’s father Mukul Sharma‘s book. Mukul is a columnist of Times Of India and based his book on observations he made in Bengal. It is said that witch craft is very rampant in Bengal and Sharma became very aware of the cult in Bengal and observed witches and their craft.

    Since Konkana Sen also grew up in Kolkata where witch craft is practiced on a large scale, she could grasp the nuances and intricacies of her role and this knowledge and awareness really helped her perform well. Director Kannan Iyer was confident that she would absorb the concept very fast and being the excellent actress she is has performed the role to the

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