Jackie Shroff will be soon seen on screen as a ghost in the upcoming film `Atithi Bhooto Bhava` which also stars Pratik Gandhi and Sharmin Sehgal in lead roles. Divinaa Thackur, Simran Sharma and, Prabhjyot Singh will be seen in prominent roles as well. Directed by Hardik Gajjar, the movie will stream on ZEE5 from 23rd September 2022 in Hindi
The film touches on the topic of rebirth through Shroff`s character. Sharing his thought on the same, the senior actor said, “I would like to believe that there is rebirth and that we could get back to be with our beloved ones”.
Further when asked about his take on life after death and whether love can last over an eternity, he simply said, “I believe in Saat Janmo ka Saath”.
As for the film, `Atithi Bhooto Bhava` is a story of Srikant Shirodkar [Pratik Gandhi], a witty stand-up comedian who takes his relationships for granted including with his beautiful live-in girlfriend Netra Bannerjee [played by Sharmin Segal]. Things take a turn when a Ghost named Makhan Singh [played by Jackie Shroff] enters their lives and asks Srikant to fulfil a promise made by him. Confused Srikant then realises that he has been reborn and that he was Makhan Singh’s – Darji (Grandfather) in 1975. The movie explores the journey of two love stories in different time zones and how Makhan Singh helps and guides Srikant in his relationship with Netra.
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Pratik Gandhi: I have been prepping to play Mahatma Gandhi for the last 8 years
Director-actor duo Hansal Mehta and Pratik Gandhi announced this year that they will be collaborating once again for a web series based on the life of Mahatma Gandhi. The duo had also delivered the super-ht web series, `Scam 1992`. The series on Mahatma Gandhi will be based on the writing of historian and author, Ramachandra Guha and will be adapted from his two books, `Gandhi before India’ and `Gandhi-The Years that Changed the World`.
Pratik Gandhi has shared that the pre-production or the series is going in full swing. “As far as I am concerned, I have been prepping for this character for the last 8 years. I have been performing as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi on stage for the longest time and that too in the format of monologue,” the actor told mid-day.com.
The series will mark Pratik`s third collaboration with Hansal Mehta after `Scam 1992` and a segment in` Modern Love (Mumbai)`. Talking about his collaboration with Mehta, Gandhi said, “He is one of my favourite creative collaborators. It is fun to work with him. He is an actor`s director and he lets you be. For him also it is a very collaborative process. I feel at home whenever I am working with him.”
Pratik, who was last seen playing a stand-up comedian in the film Atithi Bhooto Bhava` is constantly experimenting with the kind of roles that he takes up. “That`s a conscious decision that I have taken. I don`t want to repeat myself. I want to give the audience different characters and different range also, which challenges me and give some something to learn from,” he said.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu takes Hindi dialect training for `Citadel`
Samantha Ruth Prabhu has always won the audiences over with her presence on-screen and it all comes from her dedication towards her craft. While the audiences are still spellbound by her performance in the dance number, `Oo Antava` from Pushpa: The Rise, the actress is leaving no stone unturned in her preparation for `Citadel`.
According to a source, “For her upcoming project, Citadel and a few others too, Samantha has been taking Hindi dialect training for a while. She is working with a very reputed dialect coach and tutor, who has previously trained the best of the best in the industry.”
Having seen her ace any range of roles, from Raji in The Family Man 2 to `Oo Antava`, it is assured that one of India`s popular female star is set to treat us again with `Citadel` amongst others. It will especially be a pleasant surprise for her Hindi-speaking fans across India to see her command the language for a project out and out.
The leading superstar has an exciting slate of projects ahead including Citadel with Varun Dhawan, Shaakuntalam, Kushi, and Yashoda.
Neha Dhupia: Was feeding my son in between shots
In some ways, Neha Dhupia feels that `Good Morning` mirrors her life. The Jyoti Kapur Das-directed short film revolves around Anagha, a mother of two, who juggles her personal life with a high-pressure job. “When I shot this film, I had just given birth [to son Guriq]. As a mom, sometimes, there is guilt about going to work. Becoming a mother makes you strong, but your kids become your weakness. That’s the emotion I took from my life to Anagha’s,” says Dhupia, who leads the Amazon Mini TV offering.
The on-screen depiction of working mothers is crucial, especially since women are unfortunately sidelined in professional spaces after they embrace motherhood. Dhupia says that mothers will identify with the protagonist. “We were mindful that when we show her in the workplace, she is powerful. Women have to strive harder to own their space. I worked through both my pregnancies. It’s important to underline and tell people that having a baby is our strength, not our weakness.”
Does she feel the film industry is empathetic to working mothers? “Some sets are accommodating. I told Guneet [Monga, producer] and Jyoti that my son is young, and I wouldn’t be able to come in for long hours. They were welcoming of my son. I had made a cot in my van. I was feeding him in between shots. Every three hours, I could go see him. Moving forward, I hope more makers are sensitive to working mothers.”