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Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - Entertainment - Yashika Mathur yashika.mathur@htlive.com Rishabh Suri ■rishabh.suri@htlive.com AISH­WARYA RA­JESSH,

Ac­tor Kriti Sanon, who’s cur­rently hol­i­day­ing in Oman, posted this picture on In­sta­gram. “Un­plug. And just BE! #MeTime #oman #alila­ja­bal­akhdar”, she wrote. arhan Akhtar is cur­rently in no mood to take the story of Dil Chahta Hai for­ward. The 2001 film had starred Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna in the lead roles as three friends who share a deep bond, but have dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to­wards love and life. The film, which was Farhan’s di­rec­to­rial de­but, won a Na­tional Award and at­tained a cult sta­tus. Though two years back there were re­ports about a se­quel be­ing planned, Farhan has de­nied any such de­vel­op­ment at the mo­ment. “I have not re­ally con­sid­ered tak­ing the film for­ward. I feel there was a cer­tain en­ergy, mood and a time in my life when that film hap­pened,” Farhan said Late Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Paul Walker’s daugh­ter, Meadow, took to In­sta­gram to wish her fa­ther a happy birth­day. “In hon­our of my dad’s birth­day to­day, we’re chal­leng­ing you to DO GOOD! Share a video or photo of your ran­dom act of kind­ness and nom­i­nate 4 peo­ple to join the chal­lenge! ... hash­tag #PWF­do­good­chal­lenge, so we can check out all of your posts!” she wrote. “Now if I think of a se­quel, I will be forc­ing the is­sue. It is go­ing to go from ‘what I wanted to say’ to now ‘some­thing more should be added’.” Ac­tor-host Ma­niesh Paul posted this throw­back photo on In­sta­gram. “And i thought ki mu­jhse acha model koi nahi hai haha #throw­back my first ever pho­to­shoot ha­ha­haha my god!”, he wrote. #thosew­erethe­days #life #godiskind #del­hi­days ctor Rana Dag­gu­bati’s char­ac­ter, Bhal­laladev, in the Baahubali film fran­chise, has taken him to a new level of pop­u­lar­ity pan-In­dia. He feels that the film, which broke box of­fice records, has opened av­enues for him like no other. “Baahubali is like an ar­mour that I have, like Karna did. Ev­ery time I want to do some big crazy thing, Baahubali of­fers that to me. It’s like a big shadow, pro­tect­ing me and let­ting me do things which I couldn’t do ear­lier. Even if I wanted to do a sub­ma­rine-based war film like Ghazi, in Tel­ugu and Tamil ear­lier, there was no chance I was go­ing to do that. I was able to do all this stuff (be­cause of Baahubali) and that’s what Baahubali is and it will al­ways be like that for me for the rest of my life,” says Rana.

“We come from a land of sto­ry­telling. It’s ul­ti­mately a story that you tell. When a story is not re­gion-bound, I just take it and keep think­ing what story I am telling,” says the Baby and Dum Maro Dum ac­tor.

The ac­tor has re­cently ven­tured into the space of dig­i­tal me­dia and will soon be seen in a web se­ries called So­cial. Tak­ing risks has never been a point of worry for him.

“All my life I have been ex­per­i­ment­ing. I don’t know what works and what doesn’t and it just keeps me ex­cited be­cause you hear new sto­ries and get into that work,” he says.

Tamil ac­tor Aish­warya Ra­jessh, who made her Hindi film de­but with the re­cently re­leased Daddy, says that the big­gest chal­lenge for her, was grasp­ing Hindi. Aish­warya, who has done films such as Kaaka Mut­tai (2015) and Rummy (2014), says, “I can’t speak Hindi, so that was a chal­lenge. Also, I didn’t have any live ref­er­ence to base my char­ac­ter (Asha Gawli, wife of gang­ster Arun Gawli, played by Ar­jun) on. I have never met her, and the re­search ma­te­rial wasn’t much, hardly one or two pic­tures! While shoot­ing, our di­rec­tor Ashim (Ah­luwalia) would point out what needs to be added. Geeta Gawli (daugh­ter of Arun) would give in­puts too.”

While ev­ery new­comer as­pires to star in ro­man­tic, light-hearted come­dies for easy ac­cep­tance by the au­di­ence, the 27-year old in­sists that it was a con­scious de­ci­sion to be­gin her ca­reer in Bol­ly­wood with an in­tense film. “I don’t think any new­comer has gone for a film like this to de­but. I am some­body who is not too fond of fancy or com­mer­cial stuff, like danc­ing around the trees. Even in the 20 films I have done in South, none had any of such stuff, I have never danced in any film of mine, bar­ring some stage shows.”

She says she doesn’t be­lieve in only tak­ing up lead­ing roles. “I don’t go by the screen-space time. Even if I have 1-2 scenes, it is es­sen­tial that peo­ple re­mem­ber me.”

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ KRITISANON PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/MEADOWWALKER

PHOTO: MANOJ VERMA/HT

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