It won’t be wrong to say that when 2019 kicked off with Uri: The Surgical Strike, neither the trade world nor audiences had expected that it would become a huge blockbuster. Interestingly, even Vicky Kaushal didn’t have that huge an expectation. “Yes, we also didn’t expect this to happen (smiles). Toh hamare liye bhi utni hi hairani waali baat hai jitni baaki sabke liye hai (It is just as surprising for us as it is for everyone else). Of course, good business and all is a great morale booster for everybody associated with the film. But what gives us maximum happiness is the way people have resonated with the emotion of the film,” he says.
Interestingly, the film’s blockbuster dialogue, ‘how’s the josh’ has also gone on to become a part of day-to-day conversations. Ask Vicky how many times people say the same dialogue to him and he says with a laugh: “You know, main toh ab ginti bhi bhul chuka hoon (I’ve lost count). It’s like, instead of saying hi or hello, people only say, ‘how’s the josh.’ But the actor is happy the way audiences have “resonated” with the basic theme of the film.
“Our idea was to give tribute to the Indian Armed Forces. But the way audiences have resonated with the emotion of patriotism, valour and sacrifices of our armed forces has been amazing. That’s the biggest takeaway for us, ki log theatres mein taaliyaan bajaa rahein hai, flags lekar jaa rahein hai (people are applauding the film and taking flags to movie theatres ). Also, the kind of emotions and messages we are getting from our armed forces, woh hamare liye bahut special hai (it’s special for us). It’s something we will never forget and are going to cherish forever,” he says.
After Uri, Vicky has signed two period films – Takht and Udham Singh, and he admits that he loves history. “I feel that’s where the charm lies, to be part of an era jo aapne sirf kahaniyon mein suna hai (that you have heard of only in stories) but of course, haven’t lived yourself. For example, I don’t know how it felt when people lived when there was no electricity, or no phones. Uss samay koi aur hi daur tha (It was another era), with different values, morals, luxuries, revolution and necessities. Also, people would have very unique kind of struggles in life. Aaj ke daur mein common man ki struggle aur desh ki haalat kuch aur hai, tab kuch aur thi (The common man’s struggles were different back then),” he says.
The Masaan actor feels it’s a “very different thing to read about all those things in books but understanding them [personally] is very special.” Through such stories, you get to live those eras. Physically too, it’s great to visit those locations and be a part of them in a way. It’s like time travelling, which is always a thrilling experience. As a creative person, just to explore ki tab aisa hota hoga aur (what used to happen then) is exciting. And then you try and showcase those things with complete honesty. That way, I’ve always been excited as an audience to watch period dramas or period films,” he says.
A dream director!
Vicky readily admits that working with Shoojit Sircar was always on his wish-list. “Apart from the way Shoojit sir looks at stories and characters, I feel whichever actor works with him ends up giving his/her best performance. The more I interact with him, the more I get a feeling that he is an actor’s director. He wants you to not just play a part, but live it to make it a personal experience. I have just had a few meeting with him but I already have a feeling that I might just end up living that person. That would be a very refreshing experience,” says the actor, whose “most favourite” Sircar’s movies are Yahaan, Piku and Vicky Donor.
US woman’s bhangra performance wins hearts. Watch video
A US lady has left netizens stunned with her bhangra dance. The lady is seen killing the bhangra moves in a video shared on Instagram.
In the video, she is seen performing bhangra in her kitchen wearing a T-shirt and yoga pants. She effortlessly performs to the melody “Chidi Blauri”, sung by Mannat Noor and Ammy Virk, from 2018 film Laung Laachi. Happily, she grooves energetically, winning the hearts of netizens.
“Something delayed for now,” Omala, the Instagrammer captioned the post. The video has earned more than 1.2 million hits on Instagram.
One of her social media follower commented, “hell yes, you had the swag and attitude and perfectly done steps to traditional Bhangra! Whoot whoot.” Another client remarked, “What aa dance ????? amazing ?.”
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Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor’s wedding: Couple’s big day is finally here, the couple is set to tie the knot today
Finally, Ranbir and Alia are to tie the knot today. Ranbir Kapoor’s whole family is excited about it. Yesterday, the Yeh Jawani hai Deewani star held Mehendi and Haldi ceremonies at his Pali Hill residence Vastu. Apart from his family members, several other stars such as Karan Johar, etc were present at the rituals. Neetu Kapoor and Riddhima Kapoor have already confirmed with the paparazzi that Alia and Ranbir are tying the knot today i.e 14th April, some reports however suggest that the muhurat of Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding is at 3:30 pm. In a recent interview, Shakti Kapoor said that Rishi Kapoor wanted to see Ranbir-Alia’s wedding with his own eyes and he is glad that Ranbir didn’t delay the wedding anymore.
Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Arora confirm testing COVID-19 positive in official statements
Actors Kareena Kapoor Khan and Amrita Arora shared official statements on Monday confirming that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
The ‘3 Idiots’ actor took to her Instagram handle and shared a story in which she wrote, “I have tested for positive for COVID. I immediately isolated myself while following all medical protocols. I request anyone who has come in contact with me to please get tested.”
Kareena further continued, “My family and staff are also double vaccinated. They are currently not showing any symptoms. Thankfully, I am feeling ok and hope to be up and about soon.”
Amrita too shared her statement on Insta Stories and wrote, “I have tested positive for COVID. I am following all the medical guidelines and BMC rules.
Anyone who has been in contact with me, please get tested. My family and staff are all fully vaccinated and have all tested negative. Stay safe, stay Responsible.”
Meanwhile, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has revealed that the residence of Kareena has been sealed. They also said that “she has not given proper information yet but our officers are trying to find out that how many people did come in contact with her.”
It was reported earlier today that the duo had been attending several parties recently and hence might be super-spreaders of the deadly virus.
BMC had also instructed the people who came in contact with either Kareena or Amrita, to undergo an RT-PCR test.
Earlier in the day, Kareena’s official spokesperson in a statement had told that both Kareena and Amrita had contracted COVID-19 at an “intimate dinner where a few friends had gathered to catch up.”
Almost a week ago, Kareena and Amrita had attended a fun get-together hosted at the Mumbai residence of Anil Kapoor’s daughter Rhea Kapoor. (ANI)
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