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‘Sameer’ actress Anjali Patil opens up about her role in the film and more…

‘Sameer’ actress Anjali Patil opens up about her role in the film and more…

Anjali Patil

Anjali Patil, who has been a part of films like ‘Finding Fanny’, ‘Mirzya’ and many others, is ready with her next venture. She would be essaying the role of a journalist in her next film titled ‘Sameer’. Directed by award winning documentary maker Dakxin Chhara, the trailer of ‘Sameer’ is intriguing and had left everyone stunned. It is dark, it gripping and it is edgy. It stars Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and Anjali Patil in the lead.

Speaking exclusively to us, the actress has spoken up about her role and how this industry functions.

Excerpts from the interview.

Tell us something about your role in ‘Sameer’? 

I play a role of a photo journalist in ‘Sameer’, named Alia Irade. She is kind of famous journalist in the circuit who has connections with all these people, these groups who intimate her most of the time before carrying out any attack. She is this kind of a celebrity journalist who always gets notification or a mail from these groups before any attack. Alia Irade has this own personal search of 55 kids who went missing after a bomb blast. Nobody knows about these kids, there is no record in the system and nobody cares about these kids.

Does it have any real life reference?

‘Sameer’ is a political thriller which means that there will be influences from politics, happening around us. You will see some references and images from real incidences, but the story is completely fictional. The premise is from the reality.

What preparations went behind this film? 

Nothing honestly! Answer for this question this varies from project to project. For Alia Irade, because she is a photo-journalist and I am a photographer, myself. So it was kind of nice to portray something connected to photography. My photography is also with real people, most of the time I am into real places and candid shots. I travel a lot and I go into the alleys and villages. I would find places that are not accessible to people to shoot. So that way my whole life was a preparation for this role.

How was it working with Zeeshan Ayyub? 

Zeeshan Ayyub is also my senior from National School of Drama, so we have this nice connection. It was a nice NSD family reunion. We all consider Alma mater as our mother and we have this tremendous love for this institute. Zeeshan is an incredibly talented actor and it was amazing to be with him and act with him.

You prefer doing offbeat films, is it a conscious decision? 

I don’t know. It’s not that I chose it consciously or may be very consciously. I would like to be a part of films that mean something more than only Entertainment. Having said that I don’t have problem with entertainment, we need that. Today is a space where we have space for everything. We have great Indie films coming up and then there are massy entertainers.

You were a part of a big film like ‘Mirzya’, but when the movie was promoted, it was more about Harshvardhan and Saiyami. Do you think not promoting supporting actors is something that stops them to come into limelight?

The way this industry has been functioning they have rules. Most of them go by these rules. Then some comes and breaks the rule like Nawazuddin or Kangana. So there are these people breaking these stereotypical ideas. I feel that it will always be about talent. After ‘Mirzya’, I got so many calls and messages on social media praising my performance more that the film. I don’t know whether I can say that (laughs) as I have shot a film with Rakeysh sir.

Recently, I and Rakeysh sir have done a film called ‘Mere Pyare Prime Minister’ which will release next year. It is about a kid who wants to build a toilet for his mother. So for me it doesn’t matter. I shy away from public domain; I do my work and vanish in mountains or interiors. I do my job and publicity and fame and all the other parts are accessories, are additional.

What’s your role in ‘Nimmo’ directed by Aanand L Rai?

I am the ‘Nimmo’, I am the girl. It’s a love story of a little boy who falls in love with me.

What happened to ‘Kill The Rapist’?

I have no idea. I seriously don’t know what is happening with this film. It started as an interesting project, but now I am not sure what is happening with the film. It was strong, but now my idea has now changed. Maybe, it will not release.

Lastly, any director on the wishlist?

Dilip Shankar, Vishal Bharadwaj and Vikramaditya Motwani. But I am more than happy to work with new directors, with new vision. Because the freedom you get is of a different kind.

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Zareen Khan on Women’s Day: Womanhood should be celebrated everyday

Today, the whole world is celebrating Women’s Day, and recently I got an opportunity to interact with a woman who has made a mark in Bollywood on her own. Well, I am talking about Zareen Khan. The actress, who is riding high with the success of her last release ‘1921’, spoke to us about appearing in a show where she gave it back to the person who had trolled her online. Also, her views on Women’s Day will clearly win your hearts.

Here are the snippets from my interaction with her:

You recently went on the show ‘Troll Police’ and gave it back with a bang to the person who trolled you on social media. So, what made you take up the show?

Somehow I was surfing the channels, and I happened to see their first episode with Taapsee. I really liked that concept because this is really required. We really work hard and these people who troll us behind a user name, they don’t know about all the hardships that we go through. They feel that he/she is a celebrity so their life will be full of luxury, full of comfort, they don’t know the kind of struggle that we have gone through in our life. I don’t think anybody has the right in this world to judge anybody else because they do not know their story, their struggle. You cannot just come and say anything. For such people, who think they are capable and who think it’s okay to tell, it’s really important to show them their place.

When you were there in front of the person who trolled you, what was the whole feeling during the shooting of that show?

It was a lot of mixed feelings. I am somebody who has gone through a lot of struggles in my life and today by the grace of god and the love of my fans I have reached here, I cannot get everything served on a platter. I really had to work hard for everything, and this person out of nowhere, being a 23-year-old, knows nothing about me, comes and just writes some crap on my social media. So, when I met him, it was a lot of mixed feelings, I was feeling very angry, but when I got to know his background, I really felt a lot of empathy with him. I felt that at a really early age in his life, maybe he is not got the right guidance. He was actually a loner. I understood that all these things that he is doing is out of maybe some kind of frustration. It is very important to show him direction. The thing was to help him, to make him understand that what he is doing is not right, and at 23 you should be doing something important out of your life rather than doing this.

You have received a lot of positive feedback for doing the show. How does that feel?

It feels great that people are so supportive of what I did. But, I also want to convey this to people that this is the person I am. I am and I always will be a no-nonsense person, I do not believe in taking nonsense from anybody because I know my journey I know what I am doing and I don’t think anybody has the write to point the fingers on me. So, I am very thankful and glad about the appreciation. But, the appreciation is coming right now because most of the people do not know this side of me. So, they got really happy and surprised and they have sent me congratulatory messages, more power to you messages, but I want them to know that this is the person I am. And I want everybody who is supporting me to be this no-nonsense person, I don’t feel anybody has a right in this world to make you feel inferior.

These trolls mostly happens to actresses (read women). But, your this act has made many woman come up and take a stand for themselves. How do you feel being an inspiration for them?

I feel very happy. I belong from a background of strong women, I belong to a family where we are always being taught that being a woman is not an inferior thing. We are always taught that women are as important as men. But, elders, they prefer to keep quite for what I don’t know because they are more concerned about the society rather than their own well-being. I am so happy that I belong to this mother, such a strong personality that even when my father left, she really bought us up well, and I feel I am this strong personality today because of my mother. Women are powerful, but it is because of this whole scare of society that they don’t speak up.

Now let’s talk about your movies. After giving a hit earlier this year with ‘1921’, your fans want to know what’s happening next?

I cannot reveal much, but I will be doing a comedy film which is tentatively planned to start by the end of this month or maybe in the beginning of next month. I cannot reveal much because producers want to make the announcement by themselves.

It’s Women’s Day today, so do you think that there should be a specific day dedicated to women?

No, I mean this has always been my thing, womanhood should be celebrated everyday, because if there are no women I feel anything couldn’t have gone ahead because we are the one’s who reproduce. In spite of knowing that women are such an important aspect in our society, I don’t know why they are still ill treated and looked down upon. Rather than writing respectful post on social media, you should follow it in real life.

A message for all your female fans…

I would want to wish all my female fans a very happy Women’s Day. I would just want to say that Women’s Day is not just restricted to one day, so celebrate womanhood everyday. Be proud to be a woman everyday because you are a very important aspect.

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When Ileana D’Cruz fought against harassment and sent a guy to jail

Ileana D’Cruz is one actress who never hesitates to speak her heart out. The actress, who is currently promoting her film ‘Raid’, recently opened up about an incident where she had sent a guy to jail for harassing her.

When she was asked if she has faced any incident of harassment, Ileana said, “Yes, I did, I had put a guy in jail because of that. I was 15 at that time. It wasn’t molestation it was harassment. It was harassment to another level. It was harassment that went on for months. It was something I got my mother involved because after three months of dealing with it everyday in the bus I finally told her because I didn’t know what to do.”


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“I tried to talk to the guy and say that please stop doing this but he wouldn’t stop. And it’s the mentality, because he was turned down by me he thought its okay to constantly yell my name and embarrass me in front of people. I took him to the cops and he got beaten up in front of me,” she added.

Well, this incident will surely inspire many girls to not just sit quietly and go through harassment.

Talking about ‘Raid’, the film also stars Ajay Devgn and will be hitting the screens on March 16, 2018. (Also Read: Say what! Ileana D’Cruz is a married woman and this picture PROVES it)

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