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Add this weekend to your list, these films give a befitting reply to terrorism, these true stories



These days, Israeli military air strikes are targeting targets of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas on the Gaza Strip. Many countries of the world including India are struggling with the problem of terrorism. The issue of terrorism has been prominently raised in Hindi cinema. There are many films including ‘Roja’, ‘Matchbox’, ‘Fanaa’, ‘New York’, ‘Black Friday’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Uri – The Surgical Strike’, which tells the story of fighting terrorism. Smita Srivastava examines the aspects of what the producer-director does to research, what needs to be taken care of, what are the challenges of working in these films before the action director and the actors, to make the stories related to the terrorist incident. And Priyanka Singh

The film ‘Hotel Mumbai’ was based on the bravery with which the hotel staff saved the lives of their guests during the 26 November 2008 terror attack at a hotel in Mumbai. Anupam Kher, who plays the head chef in the film, says that the film is like a mirror. The truth must reach the people. It has been many years since the 26/11 incident, but what happened in those three days, it is important for the people of India to know. The film ‘Hotel Mumbai’ was about the courage and hopes of a normal person against terrorism, in which the people working in the hotel saved their lives by playing on their lives.

The film is coming on Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan 

In the coming days, Telugu film actor Adivi will be seen playing the role of Sandeep in Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan’s biopic ‘Major’, who was martyred in the 26/11 terror attacks. On February 14, 2019, 40 soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. It has also been announced to make a film on this attack. The story behind the attack, Ram Gopal Varma, who made films on the underworld, has also made the film ‘The Attack of 26/11’ on the 26/11 terror attack.

Ram Gopal Varma said…

Ram Gopal Varma says that it was a terrorist incident, but from the perspective of the filmmaker, I saw the scope of making a film in it. When I spoke to former Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria before making the film, he had told that he was taking a bath when there was a terrorist attack on Mumbai. When he came out of the bathroom, three phones from the house including the mobile were ringing simultaneously. He himself got upset about what happened in the city. From the film’s perspective, this situation was very dramatic. When the attack took place at Leopold Cafe, the people there said that the police did not have guns, they were trying to kill the terrorists with stones. It was an inhumane attack. Some people enter Mumbai and do something that changes the lives of people, people are interested in knowing about it. People see through the news what has happened, But they also want to know how it happened. I showed the same in the film. Emotions have to be taken care of while making a film based on terrorism, the author does extensive research. Location is also Reiki.

The feelings of the community are also taken care of

Behzad Khambata, who has directed in the film ‘Blank’, says that special care has to be taken in such films not to hurt the sentiments of any community. Terrorism is a major issue. Terrorism is not just explosion. The level of terrorism also varies. Regarding filming of bomb blast scenes in films, he says, ‘VFX helps in this. VFX needs both time and budget to show real. As far as weapons are concerned, we get dummies that make sounds. Bullets do not come out of it. She just sounds. Officially you can use it for shooting.

Action by story

In the fight against terrorism in the film, if the hero falls heavily on the enemies, then the audience is also filled with excitement. Action director Sham Kaushal explains that the situation, character, location of each film is different. Action accordingly

It is prepared, that is, it will have guns or explode or hand to hand fight. While preparing any action scene, one has to look at aspects such as its length, its need, location, whether it is being shot during the day or at night.

Understand the impact and pain of the incident before the film

On the question of taking cinematic liberty in the filming of action films of realistic films, Sham Kaushal says, “There is a difference in action between realistic films and fiction films.” You can take Liberty in fiction stories. The film ‘Black Friday’ was based on the real incident. His sequences were the same. You cannot take Liberty in it. People have seen the incident and its consequences in TV footage and photographs. At the time of ‘Black Friday’ VFX was not much, then there were a lot of challenges. Our effort was that the people who were present there at the time of the incident should like that scene. Those who did not see the incident, understand its severity, impact and pain.

The film ‘Kabul Express’ had the scope of taking a little Liberty. We shot him in Afghanistan. At that time, the Taliban ruled, there were different challenges. There used to be a unit of 50-60. Almost the same number of security personnel were with us. Still there was a fear of untowardness. Similarly, the film ‘Phantom’ was shot in Lebanon, when there was a civil war. Sometimes there are challenges during the shoot, but your hard work and honesty is reflected on the screen. The terrorist needs to be punished No matter how big the hero is in the films made on terrorism, but if he is in the role of a terrorist, then the responsibility of the makers is to set the right example.

Kunal Kohli, director of the film ‘Fanaa’ starring Amir Khan and Kajol, says that the reason for having a romantic angle in the film ‘Fanaa’ with terrorism was that we did not want to make the film too serious. The story had to be balanced, so that the global audience would also join it. The ending of this story was tragic because of terrorism. Aamir Khan’s character was a terrorist. So there were many layers to his character. He comes disguised when he comes to New Delhi to perform Reiki. His style of style was not in the original script. We made his character shayrana. Aamir was the hero of the film, but his terrorist character could not be saved by showing him as the hero in the film. There is both good and evil in every human being. According to the decisions a person makes, his life goes on. On the one hand, Aamir’s character picks up a gun to spread terrorism, while on the other hand, the one he loves, also gets his eyes treated, But as a terrorist, he had to be punished. Aamir did this film only because he liked that his love in the end gives him the gun.

Artists have to take training

The actors train hard to make the character believable. Vicky Kaushal did boot camp training for three months during the film ‘Uri-The Surgical Strike’. According to Vicky, the beginning of training was completed by applying 25 rounds of ground. We had to learn qualities like body language, tone and team cohesion of a military officer. Had taken training from Sikh Regiment. He taught us slidering. In slidering, you descend the helicopter through a rope. The stuntman is not used in the film. Only 20 actors came down with a rope from the helicopter. We roped from a height of 30 feet

Was learned to jump down from. Whenever I used to meet the Commandos of Special Forces, I used to say, Sir, I am trying so hard to put your life on the screen, you live that life. Salutations to you

Terrorism-based stories dominated digital platform as well

The ‘Crackdown’ web series is a fictionalized story of Indian intelligence agency Ra’s flamboyant officers who thwarted internal politics and terrorists. Saqib Salem is in the lead character in the show. ‘State of Seas 26/11’ This webseries is based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book ‘Black Tornado – The Three Seas of Mumbai 26/11’. Manoj Bajpayee has become a secret agent in ‘The Family man’. He is looking for a person who is going to carry out a major terrorist attack from 26/11. The trailer of ‘The Family man 2’ has recently been released. In the ‘Special Opens’ web series, many artists like KK Menon, Karan Tacker worked. The show mentions the terrorist attack on Parliament. Its second season has also been announced. ‘Barricade – The Seas Within’ is based on the surgical strike carried out in Pakistan by the Indian Army after the Uri attack. The show stars Amit Sadh, Darshan Kumar.

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Himanshu Soni, the lead of Jatin Sethi, Mahesh Pandey and Piyush Gupta’s show Aggar Tum Na Hote opens up!




Himanshu Soni plays the role of Aditya in Aggar Tum Na Hote on Zee TV. Having done shows such as Ram Siya ke Luv Kush, Radha Krishna, Buddha, among others, this is the first time the actor has made a shift from mythological and religious shows to drama. Both the actor and his fans are excited to see him in this new avatar.

“It’s a different experience for me and my fans. The title of the show is unique. It’s not like any other shows and is also relatable to the new generation. I have already started to connect with the show. The title song of the song is relatable as well, and goes with how the story unfolds. I hope the audience will also connect with the song. It’s a love story,” he says.

Sharing details about his character, Aditya, and how much he relates to it, Himanshu adds, “My role in the show is very different and unique. One will get to see all the kinds of emotions that Aditya feels. He doesn’t know what to do and what not to do, he finds his feelings very confusing.

Aggar Tum Na Hote is not like any other love story. In real life, I am totally opposite to the character. I always wanted to do such a part as it’s different from what I did earlier and completely opposite. I am not at all like Aditya, I am very calm in real life.” Himanshu credits producers Jatin Sethi, Mahesh Pandey, and Piyush Gupta for making such an amazing show.

“They all are really good and always on their toes to do things perfectly, have the energy in them to keep the team happy and together. They are also hard working and are enthusiastic about their work, they are simply all-rounders,” he adds. Commenting on the change in content, approach and presentation on television, Himanshu says that these were absolutely necessary.

“Time is changing, so are our audiences. And, TV must keep pace with it to stay in the game. With the advent of OTT, there is a boom of good content. Tv must experiment, and move out of the rut of following the same formula for success. We need to offer the audience something unique to hold their attention. The best thing about the television industry is that we can see different concepts, shoot for different types of roles and the change can be constant.

We have to equip ourselves to cater to all age groups like it was before,” says the actor. Pandemic has changed the way we work and live. “Surprisingly pandemic turned out to be good for me as well. I lost 25 kgs and wanted to do new things professionally. During this free time that I got, I read a lot of books, some of them were on positivity and spent quality time with family,” adds Himanshu.

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Playing a father made me realise that I would love to be a father someday: Nishant Malkhani




Nishant Malkhani essayed the role of a father in Beyond Dreams Entertainment’s ongoing show “Rakshabandhan: Rasaal Apne Bhai Ki Dhaal”. Though he had earlier played a dad in “Guddan Tumse Na Ho Payega”, the current show was his first full-fledged role as a father.

Talking about portraying fatherly emotions on-screen, he said, “This is the first time I have done a full-on fatherly role with two little kids, and honestly speaking, I think it was a beautiful experience because I got to explore the fatherly side of myself and I realized how much I love kids and how much I would love to be a father someday. So thanks to ‘Rakshabandhan…’ I have had the realization that I want to be a father someday.”

When the show started he played Umed Pratap Singh, a single father of two kids – Rasaal and Shivraj. Asked if there were any apprehensions about playing a father on-screen, he said, “My character was of course a father to two kids but otherwise he is shown to be a really handsome dude with Rajasthani royal looks.

He was shown like a king with a nice mustache and there are so many scenes where he is fighting like an action hero. He is showing off his body while working out. So of course, he’s a single father but a very attractive, very loving man. And I think overall looks-wise, Umed Pratap Singh was one of the most good-looking characters that I have ever played.”

After Umed’s death, the show takes a leap and Nishant is then seen as Shivraj. He said that he is lucky that he got to explore this concept of playing both son and father on-screen and added, “I never thought this would happen with me because usually most of the time this happens with the female leads of a show.”

He further said, “But like I keep saying, I am always very lucky when it comes to television. I get very male-centric roles in male-centric stories too. So in this show, when I played Umed Pratap Singh and now that I play his son, Shivraj, both characters are the center of the show, the story and the actual male protagonist of the show. So I think it is a wonderful opportunity for me to explore this and show that I can play the father and the son and do a convincing job out of it.”

Nishant has two music videos in the pipeline which will be out soon. He stressed that music videos easily reach a lot of people and said, “The chances of the video going viral is much higher if the song becomes a hit. Also, everybody loves music, everybody loves good songs, so if you get to be part of a super hit song, I think that’ll increase my audience by many folds from what I have currently.

Let’s hope for the best and hope that my songs do well when they come out.”

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Designer duo Hetvi Gindra, Tanisha Chhajer speaks on styling Vidhi Pandya in the Bigg Boss house




Designer duo Hetvi Gindra and Tanisha Chhajer are known for their styling work in Bigg Boss. The duo works together and runs a firm named Stylebytaashvi. They have worked with Paras Chhabra in Bigg Boss 13 and since then there is no looking back. In their career they have worked with celebrities like Neha Kakkar, Shefali Jariwala, Akanksha Puri, Dipika Kakkar, Shoaib Ibrahim, Nikki Tamboli, Shakti Arora and Rohan Mehra.

In Bigg Boss 15 the duo have designed for actress Vidhi Pandya. Talking about her journey Hetvi says,”We started our careers as an intern when we were 18. After sometime while studying we started our own firm and the first project we did together was Bigg Boss 13. We styled Paras Chhabra in that season and got great feedback. It’s been 2 years we have been working in this industry as Stylebytaashvi.

We have been doing personal styling, Reality Shows, Tv Shows, Ads, etc.”Speaking about Vidhi she says,”Vidhi is a known actor from Udaan. We met before she entered Bigg Boss house. We have liked how she has played and gave her 100% in tasks. She took a stand for whatever was right and raised a voice when something was wrong.

So Vidhi Personally doesn’t like to get dressed much, she likes simple, subtle and elegant styling. So we kept that in mind and accordingly sent clothes for her. I feel anything she wears she carries it so well that it gets complete by her confidence and doesn’t need any accessories.” How important is the styling part in the Bigg Boss house? “Ofcourse it plays an important role in this reality show as everything here is real. This will show your real personality and how you actually dress up.”

So who is your inspiration in this industry? “Our inspiration is within yourself how we get better each day in our work. But we really admire Tanya Ghavri and Shaleena Nathani.”

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