Vijay Sethupathi on Maharaja, “When I heard the story, I was shaken” : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

Vijay Sethupathi’s performance in his new Tamil hit in the form of Nithilan Swaminathan’s Maharaja is so tonally correct—he is a father who won’t grieve until justice is served—I cannot imagine how the timorous structure of the storytelling would have worked without him. In the way he internalizes his grief and the raging need for revenge, Sethupathi reminded me of Nicolas Cage in Panos Cosmatos’s Mandy. It is ironical that at a time when Sethupathi’s role model Kamal Haasan is exploring surface-level revenge stories, Sethupathi has gone so deep into the theme that I feared he may lose his way. He didn’t.

Vijay Sethupathi on Maharaja, “When I heard the story, I was shaken”

Vijay Sethupathi on Maharaja, “When I heard the story, I was shaken”

Vijay is overjoyed at the success of Maharaja. “Sir, my first Rs. 100 crores film. See, every film I choose like that (to be a success). Some films become a hit like this. Some films connect. Some emotions connect. We choose all the films with so much passion and with so much effort only we do, sir. When this subject came to me, I just loved it. I loved the non-linear writing. That attracted me. Because it was a surprise for me. So, the director said, ‘You listen to the script fully, then only you will enjoy it’. So, I was sitting and listening to the whole story,” he said.

Vijay was hesitant about accepting Maharaja as he had already committed himself to another project with a similar subject. “I was supposed to do one more film like this only,” he said. “So, I said, I already gave my word to one director. So, I told Nithilan, let me check whether if the other director is making that film. If he is then I can’t do this film. The other director said, ‘I am not going to do that film’. He said so. Otherwise, it is not right. Because I liked that other script, then only I said okay to him na Sir. Whatever it may be, sir, we just wanted to tell an interesting story with the politically correct ethics. If anything comes, and if it convinces me, I will try to do that film, Sir. But I am not expecting many films Maharaja. I would hope that it happens more often, such films should happen more often. They are a reflection of society in the truest and the rawest sense.”

About the theme of child rape, Vijay admits he was disturbed. “Sir, when I heard the story, I was shaken. How could anyone do this to a child and how can a father cope with such a trauma? But then we actors have to rise above personal emotions. We do it, we just try to understand what are the emotions in the shot. Then we do it, Sir. When I do it, how do I communicate it? Out of expression, out of silence. So, it’s just in my mind,” said the actor.

Vijay continued, “I’ve always believed that for an actor, silences always speak louder than words. At least it’s true of me. I always feel the words come in the way of expressing the feelings. I am at my most expressive when I am not speaking. In a forthcoming film Gandhi Talks, I don’t know talk at all. It is a silent film. Actually, when I was telling the third story to the cops, I broke down. The first two times when I was telling the story, I didn’t lose control. But third time when I got that image, the tears were real. It was not… This shouldn’t happen to anyone.”

Vijay is all praise for Anurag Kashyap who plays the antagonist. “Sir, he did great job, sir,” he said. “Yes, he did. He actually got injured when he fell down the stairs in the climax. Which means pain was there. But when we did the climax, he was so happy that he got injured. He was saying, ‘Now that I’m crawling, I can use only my one hand. Otherwise, I would have used both my hands.’ So not bothering about your own physical hurt…. Because he’s a director, he understands these things. ‘Because I got injured here, so that I can use my only one hand.’ So that way of approach, that’s a great thing. It is a great thing.”

He added, “And then in the last minute only, he came up with the dialogue, Sir. Because he kept on changing the dialogue. He rewrites always. He worked very hard. He didn’t understand a single word of the dialogues in Tamil. Then I tried to help a little. I understood his difficulty, Sir, when it’s time to say Hindi dialogue. I have to read it for a long time. Because it’s not my native language. So my breath pattern is not for Hindi. Breath pattern is for my mother tongue. Everybody has it, no? Your breath pattern is based on your language.”

Vijay admits that he feels similar disadvantaged when speaking Hindi dialogues. He said, “If I read my Hindi dialogues 100-200 times, so that I get that breath pattern for saying Hindi dialogue. Suppose if I speak my dialogues in Telugu or Marathi, I’ve to read the dialogues over and over again, so that I get that breath pattern. But Anurag kept on changing the words so he could get the emotion of the scene. It was very difficult. But he did it. He understood it. So being a director, he could understand the script better than a mere actor like me.”

“Because our director Nithilan Swaminathan had so much respect for Anurag Kashyap, what happened was, Nithilan came in the middle of a shot when Anurag was about to fall down the stairs,” he said. “He loved and he respected Anurag sir so much. So, he came in the middle and he said, ‘Don’t do this’. But Anurag insisted on doing a real fall. Anurag was very sincere and he was very supportive. Not only Anurag, everybody around me. Combined. Yeah, it’s everybody. So when we are in the frame, we have to very cooperative with our co-actors. Otherwise, the energy, the timing won’t match. If I just wanted to show myself as an actor …. I want my co-actors, whether they are big or small, I want them to be comfortable. And it works.”

Maharaja, said Vijay, got a delayed release. He revealed, “Sir, we completed Maharaja last year November. We were delayed because of the elections. Release date is most important, Sir. We couldn’t release it with Kalki 2898 AD. We couldn’t release it with bigger films. So, we didn’t get theatres. We’ve been waiting for release, sir. Four months waiting for the release, sir. Give your best shot. Do your most sincere work. Be the best version of yourself on screen. And then leave the rest to whatever you want to call it. Destiny, God or whatever.”

Vijay’s next? “There is Viduthalai Part 2 is. In a few days we are releasing a new poster. Viduthalai means freedom. We are releasing it October-November. That’s the plan.”

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Trade predicts that Prabhas-starrer Salaaar’s Hindi version will cross Adipurush’s Hindi collections; Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dunki will collect Rs. 220-225 crores in its lifetime :Bollywood Box Office – Bollywood Hungama

A lot was expected from the big Christmas releases, Dunki, starring Shah Rukh Khan and Salaar, starring Prabhas. Also, while Dunki was directed by Rajkumar Hirani, Salaar was helmed by Prashanth Neel of KGF fame. These filmmakers have a separate fan base. As a result, the hopes were immense. While the films did well, a lot more was expected from them. We spoke to the trade about their performance at the ticket window.

Trade analyst Atul Mohan said, “People expected more from Dunki as it was directed by Rajkumar Hirani. Also, Shah Rukh Khan’s dream run was going on.” He added, “The plot was superb. Unusually such films show characters struggling to reach foreign shares. But in this film, unko Dunki maarke wapis aana pad raha hai. This was quite fresh. With a plot like this, that too coming from Rajkumar Hirani, anybody would jump at it.”

Girish Johar, producer and film business analyst opined, “Dunki, in my opinion, is a fantastic movie. It is message-oriented and has a lot of soul. The film has to be watched with a heart and not with conventional logic. The mood of the nation was action-oriented. That could be the reason (why it underperformed). Also, the promotions could have been a little better. They underplayed the film, relying a bit too much on word of mouth.”

He also said, “Salaar affected the film more. If Salaar had not released, Dunki would have collected Rs. 30 crores more and would have had first-week collections of Rs. 180 crores.” Dunki collected Rs. 149.77 crores in its first week.

Atul Mohan further explained, “The jokes didn’t land well. But the big problem was that people had too many expectations. People went for a film like Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, for example, without much hope. And it worked. But with Dunki, people expected the moon. It’s not like it has faced outright rejection. Moviegoers don’t mind the film but they come out of the theatre and say, ‘Thoda aur accha ho sakta tha’.”

When asked how much the film will collect in its lifetime, Raj Bansal, the owner of Entertainment Paradise in Jaipur predicted, “Dunki will collect Rs. 220-225 crores in its lifetime. It’ll definitely cross the Rs. 200 crore mark. It doesn’t have strong competition until Republic Day when Fighter releases. Also, on New Year, people will want to watch light, masti waali film.”

Atul Mohan and Girish Johar also agreed and felt that Merry Christmas, starring Vijay Sethupathi and Katrina Kaif and which releases on January 12, is not a strong competition. Dunki, along with Salaar, has a clean run for a month, as a result. Girish said, “Dunki has a couple of weeks more to score. I hope it picks up over the second weekend. Rs. 200 crores plus is a given. Anything above Rs. 225 crores will be a bonus.”

Trade predicts that Prabhas-starrer Salaaar’s Hindi version will cross Adipurush’s Hindi collections; Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dunki will collect Rs. 220-225 crores in its lifetime

Salaar collected Rs. 87.75 crores in week 1 and experts feel that it’ll cross the Rs. 135.04 crore collections of Prabhas’ previous film, Adipurush. Raj Bansal stated, “Salaar will 100% collect more than Adipurush’s Hindi collections.”

Girish Johar explained why it didn’t perform up to the mark, “Marvel superhero fatigue has set in. A similar scenario might emerge with these action films. Throughout Salaar, the tempo is so high that you are always alert while watching it. You are not consuming or feeling the film. Action, obviously, is praiseworthy. But the audience is saying ‘Ab ho gaya yeh sab. Thoda dil bhi chhu ke jaao’. Thankfully, the twist in the climax worked. Or else, the film would have fallen flat.”

Calling the fight scenes as ‘tappa action’, Girish complained, “How many times you’ll see heroes attacking baddies with such force that they bounce and fall? If you see the film from a particular point of view, it just has slow-motion action. Nothing else.”

As for the lifetime, he said, “The response is muted and not as big as was expected from the makers of KGF – Chapter 2 (2022). Rs. 90 crores toh ho hi gaya hai. Rs. 135 crores toh ho hi jaayega.”

Atul Mohan exulted, “Rs. 125 crores would be the best case scenario for Salaar. After delivering a film like KGF – Chapter 2, agar aap Rs. 125 crores mein nipat jaate ho, toh phir kya faayda?”

Film exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi made his displeasure clear over the fight that erupted over the sharing of screens between the two films, “What happened last week was not business. It was ugly and uncalled for and showed our industry in a really bad light. It only led to a lose-lose situation. It hampered the business of both films. It’s not like one benefited over the other. Both lost out on the business because the advance just didn’t open on time beyond the national chains till the day of release. A lot of business, which could have happened due to these advance ticket sales, didn’t happen. I hope that we can leave aside our squabbles and egos and try to think a little more holistically and sensibly. Here, we literally witnessed a scenario where two production houses and distributors, who were at each other’s neck, ensured that hundreds of distributors all over the country, faced financial losses. That’s not healthy. I really hope we can be a little more sensible and mature in the year ahead so that such scenarios are handled with some dignity and grace.”

He signed off by saying, “I am not talking about these movies in particular. But movies that have hype and not-so-great content can benefit from advances opening up early and having a certain amount of sales. God forbid the advance don’t happen until release day and the content is not up to the mark, you miss out on a chunk of business that could have happened.”

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Odisha Train Accident: Salman Khan, Jr. NTR, Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and others express grief over the tragic collision : Bollywood News – Bollywood Hungama

Indian celebrities on Saturday took to social media to express their sadness over the tragic train accident in Odisha. As per the latest report in NDTV, at least 238 people were killed and more than 900 injured in the horrific collision between three trains. The officials have said that this is the country’s deadliest rail accident in more than 20 years. The accident occurred between Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, and a goods train on Saturday. The rescue operations are currently underway. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced one-day state mourning. Meanwhile, PM Modi, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Jr. NTR, and Sunny Deol among others are mourning the loss of lives.

Odisha Train Accident: Salman Khan, Jr. NTR, Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra and others express grief over the tragic collision

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Distressed by the train accident in Odisha. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon. Spoke to Railway Minister @AshwiniVaishnaw and took stock of the situation. Rescue ops are underway at the site of the mishap and all possible assistance is being given to those affected.”

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World Needs To ‘Move On’ From Ukraine War Because ‘Global South Is Suffering’: India’s G20 Negotiator

The West cannot ignore the suffering of the Global South and bring global developmental issues to a standstill due to the Ukraine war, India’s G20 summit negotiator Amitabh Kant said.

Kant’s scorching comments Wednesday came as the G20 meet on education under India’s G20 presidency is underway in Amristar.

“Europe cannot bring growth, poverty, global debt, all developmental issues to a standstill across the world,” Kant told reporters Wednesday, as reported by Reuters. “Especially when the south is suffering, especially when 75 countries are suffering from global debt, especially when one-third of the world is in recession, especially when 200 million people have gone below poverty line. Can that one war bring the entire world to a standstill?” he asked.

Kant, who is designated as India’s G20 sherpa, said people have become “wasted” as the world is fixated on the ongoing war.

His call also echoes the comments made by Bangladesh’s foreign minister A.K.Abdul Momen earlier this month on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in New Delhi. The minister had demanded that companies profiting from the conflict should be asked to compensate poor nations impacted by it. He had also said that developing nations should be consulted before any sanctions and counter-sanctions are imposted by the warring parties.

“Nutrition has been impacted, health outcomes have been impacted, learning outcomes have been impacted, people have become stunted and wasted and we are just concerned with one Russia and Ukraine war,” Kant said in New Delhi. “The world needs to move on and Europe needs to find a solution to its challenges.”

With the war having disrupted global trade, poor and developing nations have argued they have more pressing problems — like food security, energy crisis, mounting debt, climate change related problems — to deal with instead of getting tangled in the Russia-West geopolitical rivalry.

“India’s emphasis on global poverty as a larger global issue than Ukraine makes sense if one keeps in view India’s national interest, as such an emphasis does not require India to get entangled in power politics as in Ukraine,” Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, professor of political science at Florida State College at Jacksonville, told International Business Times.

“War in Ukraine and global poverty are global issues affecting the globe in different ways, but depending on a nation’s, and in this case India’s, priorities and national interest, one issue can be put forward as more important than the other,” he added. “It also demonstrates India’s exasperation at the protracted nature of the conflict, possible widening of its nature and scope with the active involvement of more powers, and the risk of jeopardizing its relations with either of the major powers.”

When Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a special military operation, G7 countries and several other democracies condemned it, while India, South Africa, China and many from the Global South refused to be drawn into taking sides.

Kant’s comments show that there “is a growing frustration with a war status quo in Europe, which is economically debilitating from the Global South’s perspective — there is a frustration in Europe too but the concerns are different from those of the Global South,” Vivek Mishra, a fellow with Indian think tank ORF’s Strategic Studies Programme, told IBT.

“If you take the Ukraine-Russia war, for instance, it may well be existential for both Europe and Global South — but in two very different contexts,” Mishra explained. “Unlike the threats which the world faced due to the pandemic, the war in Europe is accompanied with the possibility to stop it through negotiations. Perhaps the compulsions of the ongoing war are still far outweighing other concerns like global food security and therefore the juggernaut continues.”

India, as the current G20 host, has tried to represent the voice of the Global South in the grouping.

India’s response to the war was largely out of self-interest, said Mahapatra. “National policies are guided by the concern to promote national interest. This concern is at display in the context of Ukraine,” he said.

“India, which has remained a traditional partner of Russia, plays a delicate balance by openly calling for peaceful resolution of the conflict and gearing its channels in that direction while at the same time not supporting the U.S. and allies’ position, which is to condemn Russia as the aggressor and support Ukraine by providing weapons while exploring solutions to the conflict,” he added.

But he said that, in the grand scheme of things, India is expected to continue strengthening its relationship with the U.S. and Quad countries. The Quad is a grouping of the United States, Australia, India, and Japan.

Though the grouping is sometimes dubbed the “Assian NATO,” it is not a formal military alliance. Quad members cooperate across various fields including Covid-19 and natural disasters, climate change and sustainability.

“India as a major power in the post-Cold War globalized world is interested in developing close ties with the U.S., and leverage its democratic culture and demographic connections to promote its national interest,” Mahapatra said. “As the Quad relationship suggests, India is interested to strengthen relationships with these countries to address China’s moves in Asia while at the same time continuing relations with Russia, a major weapons’ supplier and a supporter of its position on issues like Kashmir and terrorism.”

India will still try to mark its presence on the global stage without possibly ever having to pick a side in the divide caused by the Ukraine war.

“This is an important year for India’s leadership at the global stage,” Mishra said. “This year could have seen incredibly high momentum in India’s engagements with Europe and the west on G20 collaborations if the west remained unshackled from any combat commitments.”

“India still has a very expansive G20 agenda despite the war but the repercussions of the war on the global economy and a resultant fractured world order have all led to a moderated achievement,” he continued. “As a champion of the Global South’s concerns and one of the largest economies, it is incumbent upon India to talk about other pressing concerns, which may not always coincide with that of the West.”

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