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Sunday, 20 January 2019 | Pioneer


‘Not being in the centre is tough for any actor’

Abhishek Bachchan's last few movies before his sabbatical that ended with Manmarziyaan were majourly second leads in big budget movies. He says it’s heartbreaking for any actor who has been at centrestage to move away. Asked how much of a problem it is to stand behind a bigger star, he told Koffee With Karan host Karan Johar: “It is heartbreaking to any actor who has been centrestage to be shadowed by another actor in the lead.”

“The industry is a brutal place. I don’t think anyone is entitled to say that I am who I am so I deserve this. No, you have to earn it. Moving from centre to left is heartbreaking but you have to use that hurt to inspire yourself to get back into the centre again,” the actor said. In the upcoming episode of Koffee with Karan, to be aired on Star World on Sunday, Abhishek was joined on the couch by his sister Shweta Bachchan Nanda, a statement said. He says his sabbatical from the industry was a result of a self-realisation about complacency towards his work. Karan asked Abhishek: “Is there a reason you took this backseat from cinema, did you feel the pressure of what was happening in your career, that's why?” Abhishek replied: "It's tricky. I don't think it was the pressure of what was happening. Rather it was more about my approach towards my work which I thought was incorrect. I was becoming complacent and comfortable.”

Stories of untold voices of women

Director Kajri Babbar, daughter of producer Kishan Babbar and niece of actor-politician Raj Babbar, says she was raised as a feminist. She is now speaking up for the “untold voices of women” through her films that deal with a topic like Indian brides being deserted by their NRI husbands.

“My family has brought me up as a feminist. And with a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Masters in Social Communication Media from Sophia College, Mumbai as well, I was groomed and nurtured to speak for the untold voices of women," Kajri said.

She feels that women make for great complex characters. “They can be strong and weak at the same time,” she said.

Her short film Khoj, which tells the journey of a teenage Punjabi bride —from being abandoned and betrayed to the pursuit of redemption — released on January 13 on ZEE5. The movie had premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 and was also a semi-finalist at Student Academy Awards 2018 established by The Academy to encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

After working on shorts, she is set to make her first feature film titled Burning Bride.

‘Balance is key when it comes to parenting’

Shahid Kapoor says he and his wife Mira have a different approach when it comes to parenting. He says she tells him to calm down a bit when it comes to their two children, while he feels she is “too casual”. Shahid opened up about his married life, parenting, his film career and more on an upcoming episode of Famously Filmfare Season 2, to go live on Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD, Voot and Jio on Sunday, read a statement.

On being asked if being protective about his children was a ripple effect of his parent’s separation, Shahid said: “My wife tells me that I am a little obsessive and protective and that I need to calm down a little bit. I tell her that she is too casual. Having said that, we try and find the middle ground which I think is good for the kids because you need to have both types of parents. If both are too obsessive or both are too careless I don’t think that works, so you need to find that balance.”

Shahid and Mira got married in 2015. They have a daughter named Misha and son named Zain.


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