Actor Harshita Gaur recently joined NewsX for an exclusive interview as part of its special series NewsX India A-List. Best known for her roles in the Channel V’s TV show ‘Sadda Haq’ and Amazon prime series Mirzapur & Mirzapur 2, Harshita shared with us her journey so far in the industry and her insights.
Harshita Gaur was seen reprising the role of Dimpi Pandit in the hinterland dark-crime drama series, Mirzapur 2 and earned many critical acclaims for her character. Talking about post-Mirzapur success and how does it feel Harshita said “Obviously things have changed, and especially it has been overwhelming when people come to you and they also recognize you from like your character now and mention how much they like the show. Individually also they talk about your performance and it’s just too overwhelming.”
Sharing with us how the journey been from being a trained Kathak Dancer and Engineer to now being a very successful actor, Hashita told us “When I was growing up I was a dancer but not professionally and engineer again by qualification. I’ve only been an actor professionally. But the journey has been interesting because I come from a background of doctors. They were a little sceptical initially, but then now, I was lucky enough to start with a show and the moment I was in Mumbai I had a show that went on for a long time. It was good and I appreciate it and after that, it’s still ongoing. Anything that people experienced before they get their first project I experienced those after I got my first project.”
From TV to Web, Hashita has acted on a couple of shows and she further shared with us if any Bollywood films in line next and her views on OTT platforms and its popularity. “I see a lot of Bollywood actors coming to web series. Maybe Web has taken that space and people would want to move to project basis like if I just talk about myself I wanted to move to project basis. OTT played a huge part because then suddenly, it opens doors to many actors, many projects, many directors. Everybody like this field and it has a lot more to do. At the same time, the web is really accessible and people now want to really watch the good content. Even when it comes to films, they would want to go to a film and spend money, only if they feel that they really want to see that content.”
“When we are talking about Bollywood it’s mainly talking about films and people going to watch it. It’s obviously a dream because community watching on a 70 mm screen is an experience in itself. One cannot take away the fact from films and it is appealing,” Harshita added.
One thing which is much debated when it comes to the entertainment industry at large is nepotism and the entire debate around nepotism. Harshita in the conversation had put forward her opinions on it. “I have absolutely no opinion on it. I just feel that it exists, and it exists everywhere. For example, I come from a family of doctors. If my father had a hospital and he wanted me to be a doctor. It would be easier for me to work in that hospital tan anybody else coming into that hospital. It’s just people who are born with advantages and sometimes I empathize with the star kids who want to make their own way out.”
On the other hand for outsiders again I’m also considering the hard work that people like us, who knew on one from the industry have to face all these things. That’s how things were always for me. So I just need to be happy when I’m doing a show and keep my aspirations high and keep working towards it. That’s the only thing. If you take undue advantage of nepotism and people who are in positions of power to give you work for them where it becomes deciding criteria that we need to give these people work and not others I think that shouldn’t happen but actually, I can hope it shouldn’t happen that way.
On a concluding note, Harshita shared with our viewers about the kinds of projects she will be looking at for working on and also if there is a director that she would love to work with on the big screen. “I cannot talk about anything right now by 2021 looks really good. I would absolutely love to work with everyone. I think two of my most favourite directors that I would want to work on is Zoya Akhtar and Anurag Kashyap. I just absolutely love her though I’ve done Sacred Games with Anurag Kashyap but that was a very small part but would love to work with him again like on a bigger project and yes, the list goes on.”
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WITHOUT DAUGHTERS, SOCIETY AND CULTURE WILL BE DULL: BIG B
MUMBAI: On the occasion of Daughters’ Day 2021, megastar Amitabh Bachchan highlighted how culture and society are enriched by the presence of daughters. “Happy daughter’s day .. SEPT 26 ..betia na hoti toh sansar, samaj, sanskriti..sab ke sab nadarat (Society, culture will be dull without daughters),” he wrote on Instagram. Alongside the note, Big B posted an adorable picture of him sharing smiles with his daughter Shweta Bachchan.
Amitabh’s gesture has won Shweta’s heart. Responding to the post, Shweta commented, “Love you Papa.” For the unversed, Shweta handles clothing label MxS in association with designer Monisha Jaising. She is also an author. In 2018, she had launched her book ‘Paradise Towers’.
RADHIKA APTE WRAPS UP SHOOTING FOR ‘FORENSIC’
NEW DELHI: Weeks after being stationed in the idyllic hills of Mussoorie, actress Radhika Apte has wrapped up shooting for her upcoming film ‘Forensic’ which also stars Vikrant Massey in the lead role.
Taking to her Instagram handle, Radhika posted a hilarious behind-the-shoot picture featuring herself posing with Vikrant who gave a pout pose for the camera with a red coloured lipstick applied on his lips. Sharing the picture, she wrote, “And it’s a film wrap (for me).”
The shooting of ‘Forensic’ went on floors in August. Few weeks after commencing the shoot, the team of ‘Forensic’ including the leading duo Vikrant, Radhika, actors Prachi Desai and Vindu Dara Singh along with the producers Deepak Mukut, Mansi Bagla, and Varun Bagla among others from the crew met the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. ‘Forensic’ is directed by Vishal Furia.
RANVEER’S ‘83’ TO RELEASE THIS CHRISTMAS
The wait is over! Actor Ranveer Singh has confirmed that his much-awaited film ‘’83’ is finally going to release this Christmas. The latest development comes a day after Maharashtra announced that theatres will be opened in the state in October. “It’s time………..83 IN CINEMAS THIS CHRISTMAS,” Ranveer wrote on Instagram.
Directed by Kabir Khan, ‘’83’ revolves around India’’s historical 1983 Cricket World Cup win. It stars Ranveer in the role of the legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, who captained the team in the tournament. It was originally scheduled for theatrical release on April 10, 2020, but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Harrdy Sandhu, Pankaj Tripathi, and Sahil Khattar are also a part of the movie, which will release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
SHAHID ANNOUNCES NEW RELEASE DATE FOR ‘JERSEY’
MUMBAI : Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor, on Sunday, announced the release date for his highly anticipated film ‘Jersey’. The sports drama which was earlier slated for a Diwali release will now hit the silver screens on December 31, 2021.
Shahid took to his Instagram handle and shared a still from the film to announce the release date. In the caption, he wrote, “JERSEY releasing 31st December 2021.” Earlier the film was scheduled to release on November 5 but due to the second pandemic lockdown, necessary changes were made. The latest development comes a day after Maharashtra announced that theatres will be opened in the state in October. ‘Jersey’, a Gowtham Tinnanuri directorial film also stars Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur in pivotal roles. It’s a Hindi remake of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Telugu Film of the same name.
‘THE STARLING’ IS A DEEPLY PHILOSOPHICAL FILM ABOUT OVERCOMING GRIEF
Toronto International Film Festival 2021 offered a very interesting lineup of films. On one hand we had crowd pullers like Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ and Edgar Wright’s ‘Last Night in Soho,’ on the other we had gritty dramas like Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Guilty’ and Michael McGowan’s ‘All My Puny Seasons’. The festival also screened riveting documentaries like Mohammed Abugeth and Daniel Carsenty’s ‘The Devil’s Drivers’ and Gian Cassini’s ‘Comala’. But, perhaps, the most unique film to screen at the 2021 TIFF was Theodore Melfi’s dramedy ‘The Starling,’ based on a screenplay by Matt Harris. The film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline, Chris O’Dowd, and Timothy Olyphant.
After Lilly (McCarthy) and Jack (Chris O’Dowd) lose their infant daughter, grief gets the better of Jack and he enrolls in a psychiatric clinic. But Lilly decides to deal with her guilt while going about her day to day affairs. She keeps her job at the grocery store, continues to look after the family’s expansive rural property, and dutifully visits her husband at the clinic every week. Even as she is trying to come to terms with the reality of her existence a combative bird takes nest beside her quiet home and repeatedly taunts and attacks the grief-stricken Lilly.
During one of the sessions at the psychiatric clinic where Jack is staying, a counselor suggests that Lilly should see a local therapist, Larry (Kevin Kline), after she suspects that Lilly isn’t tending to her own grieving process. But the counselor fails to mention that Larry gave up psychology long ago to become a veterinarian. Things come full circle when Lilly meets Larry as the latter’s veterinarian skills prove quite handy to the former in dealing with the territorial bird wreaking havoc in her garden.
The idea for the unique story stemmed from Matt’s personal experience of working in a mental health hospital to earn a living while attending graduate school for his Master’s. It evolved into a story of an inexplicable tragedy that befalls a couple as they are forced to reconcile their grief and seek a way forward if they are to share a future together. Matt wrote the script with the prize money he won from the prestigious Academy Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. It made the rounds until director Ted Melfi fell in love with it. After years of near-misses, the film finally got made with its post-production getting completed during the pandemic.
Now, The Starling doesn’t offer a regular story. The ideas and themes that it deals with make it a very complex film. And perhaps that’s why it’s been in the waiting for so long. And if it wouldn’t have been for Ted Melfi it would have remained a screenplay for at least some more years to come. Melfi is known for films such as ‘Winding Roads,’ ‘St. Vincent,’ and ‘Hidden Figures,’ which was nominated for three academy awards including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. The Brooklyn-born filmmaker has a rare gift to deal with subjects that puts strong women characters in the mix of things. While ‘Winding Roads’ is about three women navigating their respective love lives, ‘Hidden Figures’ tells the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.
In ‘The Starling,’ Melfi has his job cut out to make the rather peculiar character of Lilly look believable. And he does succeed in the task. Of course, the casting choice of his ‘St. Vincent’ star Melissa McCarthy in the role of Lilly proves to be an inspired one. McCarthy is one of the few actors around who are capable of making the audiences laugh and cry at the drop of a hat. I remember recently watching her in the Hulu show ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ wherein during one of the funny scenes she chokes on a grape. McCarthy is so good in the scene that I just couldn’t hold back my laughter in spite of the precarious nature of her situation. From that point onwards in the show whenever she appears on the screen she is able to punctuate the tension. But few minutes into ‘The Starling,’ I totally forgot about the character in ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ and all I really cared about was Lilly. That’s how good an actor McCarthy really is.
‘The Starling’ is a deeply philosophical film that is not easy to watch if you are looking for your regular escapist entertainment. It’s a movie that demands patience. But, patience does have its rewards. McCarthy’s layered performance alone makes it worth a watch. The chemistry between McCarthy and Kline is what holds the movie together. Melfi proves that what’s good on paper can also be successfully translated on the screen as long as a director is willing to back it up and he/she has access to good actors.
AJAY’S ‘DEFINING MOMENT’ FROM HIS MALDIVES TRIP
MUMBAI: Actor Ajay Devgn, on Friday, treated his fans with an adorable picture of him sharing smiles with his little son Yug. In the image, the father-son duo can be seen enjoying the sea waves on the boat in the Maldives. The two can also be seen wearing life jackets as the ‘Singham’ actor holds his son close. Ajay has beautifully described the click.
Sharing the photograph on Instagram, he wrote, “Yug wearing his safety jacket, that’s me, when we hit the waters at Maldives…A few of the many defining moments that we had during our short September break.”
Ajay recently went to the ocean paradise for the shoot of “Into The Wild With Bear Grylls” show.
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