DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition : 2019-02-11

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11 Monday February 2019 MUMBAI www.dnaindia.com AFTER PARTY SCREEN 03 06 Salman keeps it stylish Taapsee-bhumi: Shooting games? SAYS RANVEER SINGH, WHO SHOWED A GREAT FLAIR FOR IT IN AND IS NOW GEARING UP FOR HIS NEXT RELEASE, SIMMBA GULLY BOY Yogen Shah Chaya Unnikrishnan I like all kinds of comedy — situational, slapstick, and even brainless ones. I want to do something that has never been done before. There’s D ressed in a statementmaking printed yellow jacket and funky sunglasses, Ranveer Singh is in a hurry to reach somewhere. And since mine is the last interview for the day, he wants to know how much time it will take. While his manager says 10, I tell him I want 15 minutes and he sweetly obliges. The young superstar, who has had a phenomenal run at the box office last year with his two releases and crossing over `200 crore each, is now gearing up for his upcoming film, Exuding confidence and charisma, the 33-year-old tells us how he transforms himself for his roles, wife Deepika Padukone’s reaction to his look in the film and more. Napoleon Dynamite (2004), a small film that redefined the syntax of comedy Lootera Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela Dil Dhadakne Do Bajirao Mastani and two films like Padmaavat Simmba in 2013, and in 2015, that happened to some extent. And, now, this talk about me being versatile has gained momentum. It’s heartening because I have endeavoured towards that consciously. Actors like Daniel Daylewis and Christian Bale are my heroes. I’ve always aspired to be like that — putting on all that muscle mass for Alauddin Khilji or and losing all that for For me, a part of the process always begins with physical transformation, which is the first step to start feeling like the character. Fortunately, I have a median body type — six feet tall, 75 kilos — so if I put on 10-15 kilos, I can look really big and if I lose five kilos, I can look tiny. My body allows me that advantage. Next, I’m going to transform myself to look like the living cricket legend Kapil Dev. Everybody has a blueprint of him, which I have to match. It is the biggest challenge for me now. Gully Boy. Ajay Devgn You sported a muscular physique for and in you have a lean look. How important is physical transformation for you while approaching a role? z Simmba Gully Boy, MEGA-BUDGET PERIOD DRAMA SS Rajamouli (Padmaavat) Simmba Gully Boy. Along with Ajay, the film has two of the biggest stars from the South Indian film industry — Ram Charan Teja and NT Rama Rao Jr. The makers are mounting the actioner on a grand scale. It will be made on a budget of over `350 crore Growing up, I’ve admired actors, who have the ability to transform themselves completely, to the extent that they change the way they walk, talk, etc. Also, I am trying to establish myself as a versatile actor and after AJAY’S EXTENDED APPEARANCE Ranveer Singh Much like Rohit Shetty’s last year, the actor will be seen in an interesting cameo in too. Says a source close to the actor, “Rajamouli was looking for a popular Indian superstar, who would also cater to the Hindi-speaking audience. Ajay has an extended guest role and Simmba Again Golmaal Actors like Daniel Day-lewis and Christian Bale are my heroes. I have always aspired to be like that — putting on all that muscle mass for Alauddin Khilji or and losing all that mass for For me, a part of the process always begins with physical transformation, which is the first step to start feeling like the character RRR, (Padmaavat) Simmba Gully Boy. A source Contd on P6 ‘I AM AS AMBITIOUS AS I WANT TO BE’ Rani Mukerji on her absence from social media Harshada Rege S ocial media presence has become a big part of every actor’s life in today’s times. While many of Rani Mukerji’s colleagues including Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and even cousin Kajol have mastered this beast, she has stayed away from it. When we met the actress recently to talk about her film projects, we quizzed her about her absence from social media, too. Here’s what she had to say... Kapil has grown a lot, when I watch him ‘live’, he is fantastic. He is so good at doing things impromptu, interacting with the audience, interviewing celebrities, WHAT PEOPLE WANT... The actress hasn’t let her profession overpower her personal life. She says, “I think we (actors) are normal as normal can be. Acting is just a job for me. But I am who I am. Acting cannot be the entirety because I have my family, my friends. That’s why when people say, ‘Oh, you are not on social media’, I don’t fret. For me, those things are not the be all and end all. I feel that if I, who didn’t want to be an actor, have reached where I have and have worked for 23 years, it means people have loved me for who I am on screen. They haven’t liked me for what I wear to an award function or to the airport, or when I am on a vacation. They love me for the characters that I have essayed and as long as I give my fans that, I don’t need to be seen or heard otherwise.” Hichki woh uski hai power You and Kapil Sharma were arch-rivals at one point. So, what prompted you to be a part of his show? z show is doing fantastic and it’s wonderful coming back with him and Bharti. Kapil works so hard. I have seen that during the rehearsals, he works on everything not just his entries, but even ours. Krushna I didn’t have any personal rivalry with him. Even in my interviews, I would say that. Whatever rivalry we had was in connection with the ratings of our shows. Both of us wanted our shows to be the best and rank high on the charts. Whatever he or I may have said at that time, when my father passed away, he immediately called me. personal equation Kapil We have always been respectful of each other. When I was offered I People haven’t liked me for what I wear to an award function or to the airport, or when I am on a vacation. They love me for the characters that I have essayed on the screen and as long as I give my fans that, I don’t need to be seen or heard otherwise Abhishek Rani Mukerji number of followers they have are often considered to be an indication of the extent of their popularity. Rani says, “I do understand that I may have limited my popularity (due to her absence from socialnetworking sites). I realise that probably on social media, it could’ve grown tenfold, but I choose to do this. I am as ambitious as I want to be. I know this is my are doing it (being on social media).” For the actress, her passion besides her family is her work. “Once I get involved in a film, I am completely engrossed in it. What people are saying or commenting about me, doesn’t excite me. My life revolves around my roles. Right now, I am constantly thinking about how I can play Shivani Shivaji Roy differently from the way I did in in its sequel as it’s the same character.” Mardaani Mera saath kabhi kharab nahi tha. ke Jaate jaate do-teen bhi de jaata hai. From the first episode, the two of you have been raising laughs taking digs at each other... z punches THERE’S MORE TO LIFE THAN LIKES AND COMMENTS This is my genuine feedback. I don’t have to butter him up. The Kapil Sharma Show, bhi hai Rani’s husband Aditya Chopra is known to be an extremely private person, too. But an actor’s availability on social networking platforms and the thought Bharti (Singh) so it will be good. The three of us had done together and this ke chaddar aur mujhe pair itne hi failane hain. saath mein, Kapil Sharma Those who do have that passion and drive, it’s great that they Mardaani Contd on P6 Comedy Circus Note to reader: Some of the content/coverage that appear in our special ‘feature’ page/s may be paid for by the concerned brands. Such page/s will be appropriately declared as ‘features pages’ (e.g. reader engagement feature, etc.) Disclaimer:

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