‘Sameer’ actress Anjali Patil opens up about her role in the film and more…
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.
Would love to do a sports-centric film: Ranbir Kapoor
Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor, who is set to play a football match for a cause, says he would love to do a sports-centric film which tells the inspirational story of any Indian athlete.
If he had to do a film on a sportsperson, who would it be and why?
“It’s a tough question! We’ve a lot of athletes in the country and every story is worth listening to (and) will inspire others. I would personally love to do a sports-centric film sometime on any athlete who has made the nation proud,” Ranbir told IANS in an email interaction.
The actor is one of the 18 Bollywood celebrities from the All-Star Football Club (ASFC), including Abhishek Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Kartik Aaryan and Dino Morea, who will play a friendly match to support Magic Bus Foundation’s goal to help 2,000 underprivileged children.
Magic Bus Foundation has associated with crowd-funding platform ImpactGuru.com in an initiative backed by GS Worldwide Entertainment to create awareness and raise funds for underprivileged children in 77 districts across 22 Indian states. The campaign, #GivingGoals, aims to raise Rs 60 lakh towards these programmes. (Also Check: Back in the city, Ranbir Kapoor enjoys playing a football match with his pals. VIEW PICS)
Ranbir is an ardent football fan.
“Everything about football excites us (ASFC members)! Playing induces adrenaline, explains the basics of teamwork and its importance. As a viewer too, it is the most involving game for audiences. Every minute, every second of it has something exciting for both the players and audiences,” Ranbir said.
The film industry keeps playing friendly sports matches off and on for noble causes.
“Sports in India is picking up and growing exponentially as a culture. We’re lucky to be a part of this process and it makes us proud whenever we can contribute to this positive trend,” added the actor, who is training hard to beat his seasoned opponents, who he believes have an “athletic edge” over his team.
There’s an opportunity for fans of AFSC stars to join the celebrities in raising funds.
Jayant Rastogi, CEO, Magic Bus India Foundation, is overwhelmed by the support pouring in from some of the well-known celebrities of Indian cinema.
“We have been fighting against poverty by ensuring children and young adults have a holistic education. Through this association, we hope to continue developing the skills today’s children require for a secure, stable and bright career,” he said.
Celebrity support in coming together to mobilise their fans from around the world to raise funds for a cause is heartening, said ImpactGuru.com’s CEO and Co-founder Piyush Jain.
Being seductive is part of womanhood: Urmila Matondkar
Urmila Matondkar who has been missing from the big screen since long is back with a bang. The Rangeela stars recent appearance in the song “Bewafa beauty” from Irrfan Khan starrer Blackmail was much loved by her fans. The beauty opened up on the dance number in an interview to IANS.
“Lyrically and contextually, the song is very interestingly put out and I liked that part. Having said that it was not my conscious decision to be a part of this song, but I was just trying out something very different that has not happened in the recent past,” said the actress, known for some superhit dance numbers like “Hai rama”, “Tanha tanha”, “Chamma chamma” and “Ruki Ruki”.
Urmila Matondkar has never failed to prove three strong elements as an actress in her career – power of acting, unmatched dancing skill and image of being desirable. The actress says as a woman, she always finds the tough but right chord to be seductive and not vulgar as the line is very thin.
“Being seductive is a part of womanhood and if a woman feels it strongly as a part of her personality, it is never represented in a wrong way. There is a very thin line between being seductive and vulgar, but it comes from the performer. I think I never fell in the grey area or went over the top because I am a strong-headed actor and I feel seductive as a woman.
“So whatever bold dance that I performed on-screen, it never looked vulgar,” Urmila told IANS in an interview.
In times of social media, several actresses who wear bikinis and bold outfits get criticism.
Asked if people are becoming over critical and bully actors, Urmila said: “Yes, that is happening. But in the era of social media, when we are putting out our videos, photos for promotional purpose and giving our audience a chance to share their opinion, we should expect both good and bad. Otherwise, one shouldn’t put it out there at the first place.(Also Check: When Urmila Matondkar’s first thought was that the news of Sridevi’s demise was a rude joke
“Having said that there is a difference between constructive criticism and personal attack. As actors, we should identify that before considering the opinion. One should never take the latter to their heart, never”, she added.
Urmila’s career has been a mix of films in the commercially successful space as well as those with strong content with titles like “Bas Ek Pal”, “Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara” and “Pinjar”.
Was it a conscious decision to balance out both kind of cinema?
“Not really, because for me, every character that I play is an experience. So, the criteria were to try out something that I have never done before… Then of course overall story, the director… But it was never a strategy to balance out commercial and art house cinema. It was never that.
“Look, our film industry now is going through a transition where some films are made on a middle-aged woman. I think it is a combination of what the audience wants to watch and what makers can deliver. I do not think there is any dearth of stories, but with the success of each film, makers will gain confidence to make more films on women of all ages,” said the 44-year-old who is not really planning for her next film outing with any filmmaker soon.
“Life goes on between what we plan and what the situation offers us. Like the way I did not plan ‘Bewafa beauty’, my next film will come to be when it is destined to happen,” she winked.