Never made any film for my­self: Sonu Nigam

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Singer Sonu Nigam has also been a com­poser, per­former, host and an ac­tor. He says, while most people make films to launch them­selves, the Jaani Dush­man: Ek Anokhi Ka­hani (2002) ac­tor never made any movie for him­self.

In the new video of the song Ishq Ki Gali, Sonu is seen flaunt­ing his dance and act­ing skills. “I’ve fea­tured in a video song for a film af­ter a long time, and it felt nice. It’s a wed­ding song. I did this out of my love for Vib­has (com­poser) and also be­cause the ethos be­hind the film is so nice,” says Sonu.

Asked if he would you like to do a full-fledged film once again as an ac­tor, Sonu adds, “I never made any film for my­self. People of­fered (them to) me. Every­body else makes films to launch them­selves. I never wanted to do that. I don’t have the time or the in­tent or the in­cli­na­tion to in­vest 100 days of my life on some­thing, which is go­ing to take over the rest of my life.”

Call­ing him­self a “busy hu­man be­ing”, the singer, who will soon re­lease a sin­gle, shares, “I’ve a lot of things that I do in my life, so, to leave all that and get busy in shoot­ing, would be dif­fi­cult. I don’t say no to any­thing but yes, if I’m ever des­tined to and if I find some­thing good come my way... I will (act again).

It’s dou­ble joy for Sanya Mal­ho­tra. The ac­tor’s up­com­ing film is not just be­ing screened at the pres­ti­gious Ber­lin Film Fes­ti­val but she has also been fea­tured in the Ber­li­nale Break­outs as one of five tal­ents to look out for by The Hol­ly­wood Re­porter. Sanya’s ini­tial re­ac­tion to mak­ing it to the list was not that of ex­hil­a­ra­tion, rather she was quite un­fazed by it. The rea­son — she didn’t re­alise that it was a big deal.

“I didn’t know how to re­act. I was trav­el­ling and when I

landed in Mum­bai I got a Oth­er­wise, I am not mak­ing any spe­cial ef­forts for it.”

Ear­lier this week, Sonu up­dated his fans on so­cial me­dia about him get­ting hos­pi­talised due to sea food al­lergy. But that hasn’t What­sApp mes­sage from Rad­hika (Madan; ac­tor). She sent me a cut out of the ar­ti­cle. I thought, ‘nice’. I didn’t know that it’s a very big deal. My mother was so ex­cited about it and oth­ers started con­grat­u­lat­ing me. It was then that I re­alised that it is very im­por­tant,” she says.

Pho­to­graph, di­rected by Ritesh Ba­tra, will be screened on Fe­bru­ary 13 at Ber­li­nale, in Ber­lin, and it had its world pre­miere at the re­cent­ly­con­cluded Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, in USA.

“When I am ap­pre­ci­ated like this, it ob­vi­ously feels great. Af­ter that [list] came out, I am now feel­ing very stressed about at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val,” says Sanya with a laugh. stopped him from work­ing. Talk­ing about his projects, he says, “There’s another song that’s com­ing out soon and you’ll see me do­ing a lot of masti in that song too.”

The ac­tor calls the project, which also stars ac­tor Nawazud­din Sid­diqui, very close to her heart and says that she is look­ing for­ward to see­ing au­di­ences’ re­ac­tion at the film fes­ti­val.

So, be­sides at­tend­ing the film fes­ti­val, what else is she look­ing for­ward to do in the Ger­man cap­i­tal?

“I want to see the Ber­lin Wall. But I will only be there for two days as I have to come back and start shoot­ing for my next film (an Anurag Basu di­rec­to­rial). Hope­fully, I will get some time to go around and see some places. If not, I will def­i­nitely go back some time. For now, my film is my pri­or­ity there,” she says.

Ac­tor Kirti Kul­hari played an Air Force pi­lot in Uri: The Sur­gi­cal Strike

DHEERAJ DHAWAN/HT

Sana Sayyad in Luc­know

PHOTO: FOTOCORP

Singer Sonu Nigam was re­cently ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal due to se­vere al­lergy that he got af­ter eat­ing sea food

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