16 years of Mu­jhe Kucch Kehna Kai

Tusshar Kapoor com­pletes 16 years in the in­dus­try with his de­but film

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Entertainment - Shreya Mukher­jee

For ac­tor Tusshar Kapoor, (left) May 25 is a very spe­cial day. The rea­son: On this day, 16 years back, he made his Bol­ly­wood de­but with Mu­jhe Kucch Kehna Hai (2001). The film star­ring Tusshar, Ka­reena Kapoor Khan and Rinke Khanna was helmed by Satish Kaushik. “It was a su­per hit film. I never ex­pected that it would do so well, given at that time we all, Ka­reena, Rinke and I, were new­com­ers to the in­dus­try. Many thought that the film wouldn’t work, but it did. Most im­por­tantly Satishji be­lieved in us,” he says. Go­ing down mem­ory lane, Tusshar shares how he en­joyed shoot­ing the song se­quences of the film in the beau­ti­ful lo­cales of New Zealand. “An­other mem­ory for me was the scene we shot at Delhi air­port. Satishji was wor­ried as we didn’t have much time, but Ka­reena and I got the shot right in the first take,” he says. The first ever scene that Tusshar shot for the film (also the first shot of his life) was a train se­quence. “I am imag­in­ing a pro­posal to this girl (played by Ka­reena) and then how she re­acts to it. But I soon wake up from the dream,” re­calls the ac­tor. How­ever, the scene didn’t make its way to the fi­nal cut. “In the be­gin­ning I was a bit dis­ap­pointed, but then I re­alised that do­ing away with it made the film a lit­tle tighter,” adds Tusshar.

Asked whether he would like to work with Ka­reena again, Tusshar says that he would love to. ctor Roger Moore (above), known for por­tray­ing the role of James Bond in seven of the Bond films, died on May 23, aged 89 bat­tling can­cer. The ac­tor had vis­ited In­dia, in 2005, as the UNICEF good­will am­bas­sador and had spo­ken about the need to elim­i­nate io­dine de­fi­ciency disor­der (IDD) at the Hin­dus­tan Times Lead­er­ship Sum­mit.

At the Sum­mit, Moore had spo­ken about the “an­tic­i­pated vic­tory over IDD” as one of the great­est pub­lic health triumphs in his­tory. Its de­fi­ciency dur­ing preg­nancy or early child­hood is the largest cause of pre­ventable men­tal re­tar­da­tion among chil­dren. He said, “Every minute, 20 chil­dren die be­fore reach­ing their fifth birth­day. It is as if a tsunami is strik­ing or an earth­quake is killing more than 40,000 chil­dren every day. These emer­gen­cies must be ad­dressed.”

Moore ex­tolled In­dia with its high im­por­tance given to pub­lic health for suc­cess­fully erad­i­cat­ing small pox and guinea worm. “In­dia can elim­i­nate IDD if all of you come to­gether in part­ner­ship and de­cide to get the job done,” he said. He had spo­ken about how he was mo­ti­vated to join the UNICEF af­ter friend, ac­tor Au­drey Hep­burn first in­volved him with chil­dren’s is­sues. She asked him if he would join her in The Hague for a con­fer­ence. “Don’t worry, they won’t want to talk to you about chil­dren, they’ll talk to you about movies,” she had told him. Moore said, “Au­drey spoke with such pas­sion that I was awestruck.”

Ex­pand­ing on the Sum­mit’s theme of ‘Build­ing a Bet­ter Fu­ture’, Moore had said that no fu­ture could be built with­out in­vest­ing in chil­dren. This meant giv­ing them the best pos­si­ble start in life, en­sur­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, pro­tect­ing chil­dren against HIV/AIDS and shield­ing them against vi­o­lence, abuse and ex­ploita­tion. He said, “There can be no peace, no sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, with­out ut­ter­ing chil­dren first. Chil­dren don’t have or­gan­ised lob­bies to voice their views. It’s im­por­tant for the civil so­ci­ety to stand up and end these emer­gen­cies.”

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