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Delnaaz Irani: Today, I cannot say I want to play Alia Bhatt’s friend

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She might be sharing the screen with the top actors of the industry but it is safe to say that actor Delnaaz Irani has been a clear favorite on screen. Her absolutely adorable looks and perfect comic timing has made her one of the most loved actors in the industry. But we have missed her on screen recently, right? While she rocked the role of Sweetu, actor Preity Zinta’s friend in Kal Ho Na Ho, Delnaaz does not ignore the fact that she cannot do those roles anymore. “I always believe everything goes hand in hand, you need to do your networking plus you need good luck and need to be at the right place at the right time. But the phase that I am in now is just wrong timing, I don’t blame luck or networking. 15 years back, I was younger and so I played Preity Zinta’s friend but today I cannot say that I want to play Alia Bhatt’s friend. And if I say I am ready to play a mother, I would still look young. I am too old to play a friend and too young to play a mother and somewhere I am lost in between,” she says.
The actor says that the fact that people feel she can only do comedy has also restrained her options. “Since I have always been doing comic characters, people don’t look beyond that. It’s very sad and I feel very dejected at times. I can give you an example of my recent film My Mother’s Wedding. This is a very touching film revolving around the relationship between a mother and a dead son. I was the protagonist and nobody could have ever imagined that Delnaaz, who plays comic characters in every film and every show, will be able to do this character. But a 23-year-old man came to me with his script and he directed this film, there were a lot of other actors he could cast but probably he took a chance with a comic actor and I feel this way you can break an image. In the show Ek Deewana Tha, I played the character of a tantric. It had all the shades. She was positive, negative, scary but there was nothing comic about the role. Like I said, as an actor, you should be ready to do all kinds of roles and I am ready to do that provided people are ready to accept, producers are ready to take a chance and give me those kinds of characters,” she says.
 
However, the actor has no regrets today. “I also feel destiny plays a major part in your journey. I have done such beautiful roles and have put my heart and soul in each role. People have appreciated my work. Whether the film or television show has worked or not people have still remembered me and my characters. People talk about Sweetu even after 15 years, it was a major hit. But I am also talking about films that didn’t work like Paying Guests, Milenge Milenge… people still remember my character that means somewhere I have done justice to my roles,” she says.

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Suparna Marwah fondly remembers her ‘No jaggery No shoot’ incident on the sets of San’84 Justice ?

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Suparna Marwah fondly remembers her ‘No jaggery No shoot’ incident on the sets of San’84 Justice ?

Kabir Singh, Patiala House actress Suparna Marwah who plays an important role in the upcoming film San 84 Justice ? is very fond of jaggery and her fondness for jaggery became quite an eventful incident on the sets of the film. Her assistant would always keep a nice little piece of a special fine quality jaggery wrapped in a foil for her to use anytime during the shoot. She also used this as her special formulae to clear throat and maintain good voice texture as jaggery is known to serve as a natural energy booster and stimulant also very good for throat.

However one late night shoot schedule followed by an early morning next day lineup led her assistant to forget the jaggery at home and she ended up without it at the shoot. All was well until Suparna asked for her favourite savoury and there was none, the nervous girl shivered and explained her limitation in getting it, she was very sure there was a storm coming her way and Suparnaji being the actor of class that she is made it look and sound exactly like that through her convincing expressions. The nervous girl threw all the apologies through a bouquet of words that she possibly could while Suparna ji was clear that No Jaggery no shoot till the drama continued for few minutes till Suparna ji bursted into laughed and gave it away that she was simply pulling a fast one

Suparna continued to laughs her heart out while we spoke to her about this. She described how the shoot ended successfully even with with no jaggery. This did become one of the popular lines on the sets No Jaggery No shoot and as a result of this next day there were boxes of Jaggery brought in by various people including a special one that was gifted fondly by Ashish Sahdev who had important scenes lined up with her and Ashish told us, I told Suparna ji, well I have made sure my scenes with you are going perfectly smooth, both had good laughs all through as they shot further. Suparna was actually overwhelmed with the love poured in from everyone on the sets with this lovely gesture. Director Sandeep Rana too had his take in this incident, he said It was a moment of pride for me to see my San 84 Justice team bond like a family and as a director there is nothing better to achieve, I knew from this moment we will have a good film in hand

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Subhash Ghai to be part of the steering committee of the 50th edition of IFFI

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The Show Man of Bollywood Subhash Ghai, Filmmaker Karan Johar and producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor will be part of the steering committee of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), said Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar “For the steering committee, Subhash Ghai Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Feroz Abbas Khan, have already confirmed their names to be part of the steering committee which will design the IFFI’s golden jubilee edition, because it has to be a professional show. And time as it is the golden jubilee year of the prestigious film event, The festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to November 28.

Commenting on this Subhash Ghai said “it’s the golden jubilee of IFFI and this special film festival deserves to be celebrated with more substance joy and pride. I would be happy to contribute along with my colleagues in the steering committee of IFFI 2019”

The film festival will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.”We will also have a business exhibition at the event because it is a good time to showcase latest film technologies and an exhibition of Gandhi ‘Gandhi150’,” the Minister added. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President John Bailey will also be a part of the festival. Ahead of the IFFI 2019, private theatres in Goa are being hired to screen popular films as part of the festival. “In the past, people did not get tickets to watch popular films, so we are enrolling private theatres to screen those films,” Javadekar added.

The IFFI is being organised in Goa jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

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The Show Man of Bollywood Subhash Ghai, Filmmaker Karan Johar and producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor will be part of the steering committee of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), said Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar “For the steering committee, Subhash Ghai Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Feroz Abbas Khan, have already confirmed their names to be part of the steering committee which will design the IFFI’s golden jubilee edition, because it has to be a professional show. And time as it is the golden jubilee year of the prestigious film event, The festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to November 28.

Commenting on this Subhash Ghai said “it’s the golden jubilee of IFFI and this special film festival deserves to be celebrated with more substance joy and pride. I would be happy to contribute along with my colleagues in the steering committee of IFFI 2019”

The film festival will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.”We will also have a business exhibition at the event because it is a good time to showcase latest film technologies and an exhibition of Gandhi ‘Gandhi150’,” the Minister added. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President John Bailey will also be a part of the festival. Ahead of the IFFI 2019, private theatres in Goa are being hired to screen popular films as part of the festival. “In the past, people did not get tickets to watch popular films, so we are enrolling private theatres to screen those films,” Javadekar added.

The IFFI is being organised in Goa jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

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