Q. When you look back at the year gone by, how was 2020 for you?
A. 2020 has been an interesting year, difficult and exciting in some ways. It was difficult because live classes and performances were not possible but the tech platform introduced us to newer and innovative ways to teach and to perform which made it interesting. It’s given me time for myself and my family which I appreciate. Work-wise it has been difficult as two tours of the contemporary company Navdhara to France and Germany were postponed and my choreography assignment with the Linz ballet in Austria was also postponed.
Q. What was lockdown learning for you?
A. It’s important to take time out and breathe. Value the time you have spending it with people you work with and those you love. I got a chance to spend time with my family and my son which was lovely. Also, I realised some things we do out of habit and are not necessary. I worked just as much as I needed to and did not see any significant difference to the results. There are many ways to connect and reach out to other artists and dancers.
Q. What did you miss the most doing this year?
A. I missed being in the studio and the theatres, meeting friends and the dancers who are like family to me.
Q. Professionally, how was the year for you?
A. Professionally it’s been interesting as it has forced me to look at newer ways to dance, perform and teach. Though it has taken away live interactions it’s opened up possibilities of collaboration which would otherwise be difficult.
Q. What was the lowest moment for you this year?
A. I don’t think I have really had a low period as what I let go of was replaced by other things. Everything happens for a reason. In every situation, there is an opportunity to understand more about you and your craft. So the year has been different but not low.
Q. What do you believe will change in your industry after this year?
A. Learning how to translate your art to the digital medium is going to be important in the coming year. Be it teaching or performing I believe live interaction will remain a dominant playr but at some level, the digital interactive process has definitely sped up with this and so newer innovative ways will appear as an add-on.
Q. What is your New Year’s resolution?
A. To get fit and healthy and live a positive and balanced life
Q. What are your hopes as you look forward to 2021?
A. I have a couple of tours which were postponed for Navdhara which will happen in 2021 and during lockdown I got offers to create two new shows. For the Danceworx academy, we are looking to introduce an international level professional course purely for contemporary dancers.
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CELEBS SLAM MEDIA FOR MOBBING SRK DURING HIS VISIT TO JAIL TO MEET ARYAN
NEW DELHI: Social media was flooded with reactions from fans and celebrities slamming paparazzi for mobbing Shah Rukh Khan as he arrived to meet son Aryan at the Arthur Road jail Thursday morning.
SRK on Wednesday paid a visit to his son Aryan Khan, who is lodged in Arthur Road Jail. Aryan was arrested on 3 October in connection with a drug seizure on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast. According to jail authorities, the actor left after a brief meeting with his son.
The ‘insensitive’ reporting by the media during the superstar’s visit angered fans and the film and TV fraternity. Celebrities including Hansal Mehta, Sonu Sood, and others slammed the paparazzi on Twitter.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta wrote, “Being a celebrity, being a star, being from ‘Bollywood’ means your emotion, your torment and your concern as a father become a matter of public consumption, heartless abuse and ruthless judgement.”
Sonu Sood slammed media by writing, “Before running after someone’s feelings with a camera, remember, God’s camera is sitting on you. Because not every news is news.”
Re-tweeting the video of SRK being mobbed ruthlessly outside the Arthur jail, Pooja Bhatt wrote, “Dear members of the press. I know times are tougher than ever and there is immense pressure on you’ll from your respective employers to grab a byte even if it means compromising your own health and safety but how do you’ll explain this pack like behaviour to your own children? Tragic.”
‘DDLJ’ TURNS 26: KAJOL EXPRESSES GRATITUDE TO FANS FOR LOVE
NEW DELHI: On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of her super-hit movie ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaengye’, Kajol penned a note of thanks to all her fans for showering their love to the cinematic marvel throughout the years. Taking to Instagram, Kajol shared the iconic train sequence from the movie co-starring superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. Sharing the iconic scene, Kajol wrote, “Simran caught the train 26 years back and we are still thanking everyone for all this love.”
The film had shattered all box office records and is one of the biggest all-time blockbusters in the history of Hindi cinema. It also went on to become the longest-running Hindi film of all time. DDLJ is also the winner of a record-breaking (at the time) 10 Filmfare Awards and the film literally changed the face of Bollywood globally.
NEW CAST REVEALED FOR KEANU’S ‘JOHN WICK’ PREQUEL SERIES
WASHINGTON: Hubert Point-Du-Jour, Jessica Allain, Mishel Prada, Nhung Kate, and Ben Robson have been set as leads opposite Colin Woodell and Mel Gibson in ‘The Continental’, prequel to the Keanu Reeves film series ‘John Wick’.
According to Deadline, ‘The Continental’ will explore the origin behind the hotel-for-assassins, which increasingly has become the centerpiece of the ‘John Wick’ universe. This will be accomplished through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott (Woodell), who is dragged into the Hell-scape of a 1975 New York City to face a past he thought he’d left behind. Hubert will play Miles; Allain will portray Lou; Prada will play KD, Nhung Kate will play Yen and Robson will portray the role of Frankie.
Gibson will play a new character named Cormac. However, not many details about the roles have been revealed yet. With the ‘John Wick’ prequel series, Gibson will make a full return to the small screen for the first time since the 1980s.
As per Deadline, executive producers Greg Coolidge (Wayne, Ride Along) and Kirk Ward (Wayne) are writing the event series and also serving as show-runners.
Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Erica Lee, Stahelski, Kolstad, David Leitch, Shawn Simmons, Paul Wernick, and Rhett Reese will also serve as executive producers. Reportedly, ‘The Continental’ will be a three-night event series.
SHAHID BAGS ACTION-PACKED FILM ‘BULL’
MUMBAI: Get ready to witness your favourite star Shahid Kapoor in an action avatar in the new film titled ‘Bull’.
As per Deadline, the upcoming film is set in the 1980s inspired by events from the life of Brigadier Bulsara. Debutant Aditya Nimbalkar will helm the project. Excited about the film, Shahid said, “’Bull’ is a full blown action film inspired by real events from the life of Brigadier Bulsara. It is a privilege to play a paratrooper who lead his boys through a historic and selfless mission that has now become iconic for its precision and bravado. The opportunity to play a paratrooper is exhilarating and truly an honour.”
T-Series’ head honcho Bhushan Kumar is producing ‘Bull’ alongside Guilty By Association partners Amar Butala and Garima Mehta. Most probably, ‘Bull’ will go on floors in early 2022.
SANJAY SHARES ADORABLE PICTURES OF HIS TWINS ON THEIR BIRTHDAY
MUMBAI: Star couple Sanjay Dutt and Maanayata Dutt’s twins Iqra and Shahraan turned a year older on Thursday.
Marking the special occasion, Sanjay took to Instagram and penned a sweet wish for his kids. “Happy birthday to my precious children! May love and happiness follow you wherever you go,” he wrote. Alongside the sweet birthday note, Sanjay posted a collage featuring images of him spending quality time with Iqra and Shahraan.
Maanayata, too, took to her Instagram account to wish her children a happy birthday. She shared a photograph, in which the twins can be seen cutting their birthday cake. “Keep dreaming and achieving!! Spread you wings and spread happiness…Love… laugh and live…. happy birthday @duttshahraan & @duttiqra.I love you,” she captioned the post.
Iqra and Shahraan were born in 2010. Sanjay is also a father to Trishala Dutta, whom he shares with his late first wife Richa Sharma.
FARDEEN, RITEISH’S ‘VISFOT’ GOES ON FLOORS
MUMBAI: Fardeen Khan and Riteish Deshmukh-starrer ‘Visfot’ went on floors on Tuesday. The film, which marks Fardeen Khan’s re-entry into Bollywood after an 11-year-hiatus, is being directed by Kookie Gulati and also stars Priya Bapat in a pivotal role. ‘Visfot’ is the official remake of ‘Rock, Paper and Scissors’ (2012), Venezuela’s entry to the Academy Awards that year for the Best Foreign Language film section.
The story of ‘Visfot’ oscillates between the chawls of Dongri and the high-rises of the city of Mumbai and will be shot in real locations. Fardeen and Riteish were last seen together in ‘Heyy Babyy’ and will be teaming up for this film after a gap of 14 years.
‘Visfot’, presented by T-Series and Sanjay Gupta, is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta and Sanjay Gupta.
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