Connect with us

Entertainment

Manoj Bajpayee says with 'Bhaiyya ji', North Indians will get 'proper representation' on screen

Published

on

New Delhi, May 15 (IANS) Manoj Bajpayee, who is gearing up for the release of his 100th film ‘Bhaiyya ji’, shared that after a long gap, people of North India will get their representation of their culture, the relationship they are very familiar with, and the culture that belongs to them, on screen.

The Padma Shri awardee, who hails from Bihar has opened up on the representation of the cultural ethnicity through such characters.

Talking exclusively to IANS, Manoj said: “These are the characters that people have seen many times. Characters belonging to the North India region. This culture has been showcasing for many years, but, yeah there has been a two-decade gap, we concentrated a lot on urban stories. Somewhere these stories and characters were left behind.”

“And that is why we are all very excited that after a long gap, the people of North India will get their representation on the screen, their culture, the relationship they are very familiar with, the culture that belongs to them. ‘Bhaiyya ji’ me hamare ‘mitti’ ki khusboo hain. When you make your film with all your heart, that is shown on the screen too. ‘Hamne isko pure garv ke saath banaya hain’,” said the actor, who was last seen in ‘Silence 2’.

ALSO READ:  Director Shawn Levy clarifies ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ movie is not ‘Deadpool 3’

Bajpayee, who made his feature film debut with a one-minute role in 1994 action drama ‘Drohkaal’, and a minor role of a dacoit in Shekhar Kapur’s ‘Bandit Queen’, shared he was not even aware that he has completed 99 films till date.

On ‘Bhaiyya ji’ being his 100th film, Manoj shared: “It was director Apoorv Singh Karki who came to me while we were shooting in Lucknow, and he told me that it will be my 100th film. I was surprised. When you look back, you see that it was never an easy journey. But God has been very very kind. He has shown me some failures, but he has also given me a lot of positivity and strength to carry on.”

“I didn’t decide that ‘Bhaiyya ji’ is going to be my 100th film. It was just destiny, and destiny’s game and play. And I am happy that this is my 100th film because when I was growing up in Bihar, all the 70s commercial films used to mesmerise me. And those are the films which gave me an idea that I should become an actor,” he said.

ALSO READ:  Jackky gifts heart-warming song for lady love Rakul as wedding present

The movie showcases Manoj in all massy and Robin Hood image. Bollywood’s ‘Bhaijaan’ Salman Khan, who played Inspector Chulbul Pandey in the 2010 action comedy ‘Dabangg’ called himself Robin Hood Pandey in the movie.

If ‘Bhaiyya ji’ will be able to break the ‘Robinhood’ image of Salman, Manoj said: “Those Salman, Shahrukh and Aamir are very big stars. Let’s not even bring their names here. We tried to make a very good film, and I know we have a very good film in hand, because I have seen the film, and I just hope and pray that people who go to theatres, watch the film and celebrate ‘Bhaiyya ji’ on screen.”

Speaking about the special preparations and challenges he faced while playing this role, Manoj said no character comes easy.

“You have to work hard on it. And here it was all the more physical, so for me to be fit for those actions, and do it the way the action director wanted me to do, it required a lot of physical fitness. My action director was my inspiration. And whatever he wanted me to do, whatever he wanted me to achieve, I just followed his instructions,” added Manoj.

ALSO READ:  96th Academy Awards: Vanessa Hudgens announces pregnancy while hosting red carpet

Produced by Vinod Bhanushali, Kamlesh Bhanushali, Samiksha Oswal, Shael Oswal, Shabana Raza Bajpayee, and Vikram Khakhar under the banners of Bhanushali Studios Limited, SSO Productions, and Aurega Studios production, the film is set to release on May 24.

–IANS

sp/dan

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Entertainment

Kunal Kemmu drives for an hour from Bandra to Mira Road to cast his vote with parents

Published

on

By

Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Bollywood actor Kunal Kemmu, who recently made his directorial debut with the comedy film ‘Madgaon Express’ stepped out earlier in the day and drove all the way from Bandra to Mira Road to cast his vote as he hold his domicile in Mira Road which comes under the Thane district.

The one side journey from Bandra to Mira Road takes about an hour. The actor’s family shifted to Mumbai after the Kashmiri Pandits’ exodus in the 1990s. It was during this time Kunal ventured into acting as a child artiste with encouragement from his actor father.

After casting his vote, the actor uploaded a selfie on his social media handle showing off his inked finger. In the set of pictures, his family, including his parents and sisters, can also be seen showing off their inked fingers.

Earlier, he also uploaded a video on his Instagram appealing to everyone to step out and vote.

ALSO READ:  96th Academy Awards: Vanessa Hudgens announces pregnancy while hosting red carpet

In his video, he said: “To shape India’s bright future, we all have a responsibility and our voice matters. Voting is a way that can become your voice, that’s tomorrow on Monday, May 20, 2024. Please vote in the Lok Sabha Elections for yourself, your family, and your country. Jai Hind.”

–IANS

aa/dan

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Rajkummar, Janhvi's song 'Agar Ho Tum' from 'Mr & Mrs Mahi' is all about love in Jaipur

Published

on

By

Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) The makers of Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor-starrer ‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ on Monday unveiled the second song titled ‘Agar Ho Tum’ filled with emotions, emphasising the sentiment of love and partnership.

The three-minute and 26-second song showcases the beautiful chemistry between Rajkummar and Janhvi, celebrating the love found in life’s simple joys.

Composed by Tanishk Bagchi, sung by Jubin Nautiyal, and penned by Kausar Munir, the song is set against the picturesque backdrop of Jaipur, capturing Mahima (Janhvi) and Mahendra’s (Rajkummar) relationship’s journey, showcasing love and companionship.

Sharing the song on social media, Rajkummar wrote: “Experience love in all its pureness & power in #AgarHoTum.”

Music composer Tanishk said: “’Agar Ho Tum’ is a fresh romantic element to the album. Kausar Munir’s beautiful lyrics and Jubin’s melodious voice will connect with the audience. It brings out the right kind of emotions and feelings, we hope audiences resonate with the song and enjoy it.”

ALSO READ:  Jackky gifts heart-warming song for lady love Rakul as wedding present

Jubin Nautiyal shared that the song is about being in companionship and feeling like nothing else matters ‘if I have you’.

“The emotions and the words align with the situation in the film, and Rajkummar and Jahnvi’s chemistry has shined through the song. The lyrics instantly resonate, and we have tried to infuse the song with deep emotions to truly honour its essence. The perfect choice of words and the brilliant composition bring out the best. Collaborating again with Tanishk was wonderful, and I hope audiences like it,” Jubin said.

Lyricist Kausar said that while writing the lyrics for this song, they aimed to capture the right blend of emotions, expressing the feelings of belonging and togetherness.

“Working with Jubin and Tanishk was an absolute delight. ‘Agar Ho Tum’ has a little bit of each one of us and I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s response to it,” the lyricist said.

ALSO READ:  Babil Khan: If you're feeling confused in life, embrace the confusion

The makers had earlier released the first song from the movie titled ‘Dekhha Tenu’.

Directed by Sharan Sharma, and produced by Zee Studios and Dharma Productions, ‘Mr & Mrs Mahi’ is scheduled for release on May 31.

–IANS

sp/dan

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Gauahar Khan finally gets to vote after facing 'difficulties' at Mumbai polling booth

Published

on

By

Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Actress Gauahar Khan claimed on Monday that she finally got to cast her vote after facing a lot of ‘difficulty’ at the polling centre in Mumbai.

“Yes, finally I have done it… Humne vote kardiya. I want to tell you that no matter how difficult and confusing it is, people can help… It can get confusing at the booths. But please guys, go and vote. Thoda mehnat kariye. Apne IDs dhoondiye. Go look at all the addresses to find where your name is, in which booth. Just go and vote because voting is very important in a democracy,” she posted on Instagram.

Earlier, the actress took to her Instagram Stories to slam the polling booth authorities after her name reportedly went missing from the list of potential voters. She, however, deleted the post later.

In the now-removed post, Gauahar said: “I have an appeal — why do we have Aadhaar cards if we are not considered citizens enough to vote? Your Aadhaar card is your identity that you are an Indian citizen and you should be able to vote. But when you go to the voting counter, the booth that has your building members on its list, everyone is there except people who actually live in the building.”

ALSO READ:  Director Shawn Levy clarifies ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ movie is not ‘Deadpool 3’

She also claimed that “people who left the building are still on the list”.

“I am just making a humble appeal that on the basis of your Aadhaar card, you must be allowed to vote as Indian citizens,” she said.

In another video, she asked, “If you are an Indian citizen and you present your Aadhaar card for every important thing in your life… Why not at the voting counters? Why are we being denied our right to vote?”

“The list does not have your names but it has names of people who are not even living in the building. They say it was this year’s survey. But it cannot be, because they left the building three years ago.”

She also appealed to the “Election Commission of India or whichever body that makes decisions for the voting process in India” to allow the use of Aadhaar cards or passports for voting.

ALSO READ:  Priyanka Chopra had 'fun' exploring jungles through the film 'Tiger'

–IANS

dc/arm

Continue Reading

Entertainment

'Bigg Boss' stars Monalisa, Nikki Tamboli vote: 'An expression of our commitment to ourselves'

Published

on

By

Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) ‘Bigg Boss’ fame actors Monalisa and Nikki Tamboli cast their votes at a polling booth in Mumbai on Monday.

Known for her major work in Bhojpuri cinema, Monalisa, who participated in ‘Bigg Boss 10’, took to Instagram and shared a series of pictures from the polling station, flaunting her inked index finger.

The actress wore a plain white shirt and flared dark blue jeans. The ‘Nach Baliye 8’ contestant captioned the post: “Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country, and the world… #loksabhaelection #vote #mumbai.”

On the other hand, the video shows Nikki, the second runner-up of ‘Bigg Boss 14’, walking at a fast pace to cast her vote. She opted for a red kurta and paired it with white leggings.

The visuals show Nikki saying to the paps: “Abhi vote karke aati hoon.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Monalisa has done Bhojpuri films like ‘Ranbhoomi’, ‘Hum Hai Khalnayak’, ‘Jade Mein Balma Pyara Lage’, ‘Nathuniya Pe Goli Maare’, ‘Devra Bada Satawela’, ‘Pocket Gangsters’, and ‘Pawan Raja’, among numerous others.

ALSO READ:  Jackky gifts heart-warming song for lady love Rakul as wedding present

She also stars in the show ‘Laal Banarasi’ that airs on Nazara TV.

Nikki was the contestant of ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11’.

–IANS

sp/prw

Continue Reading

Entertainment

Kareena Kapoor Khan stumbles as she steps out of her car after she arrives with Saif to vote

Published

on

By

Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Kareena Kapoor Khan stumbled as she stepped out of the car’s front seat after she arrived with her husband Saif Ali Khan to cast their vote in the city.

As Kareena got out of their car, Saif accompanied her inside the polling booth as they walked to the designated polling area.

While Saif was dressed in a beige kurta and matching pants, Kareena opted for a white kurta and blue denim outfit. Both Kareena and Saif wore dark sunglasses.

Voting is currently going on in Mumbai as part of the 5th phase of the Lok Sabha elections. The voting began at 7:00 am on Monday across 13 constituencies of the state.

–IANS

aa/dan

ALSO READ:  Babil Khan: If you're feeling confused in life, embrace the confusion
Continue Reading

Trending