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Decades before Deepika Padukone chose to play a girl with an acid-scarred face on the big screen, Zeenat Aman and Rekha essayed strong women with disfigured faces in films, a medium where the heroine has typically lent glamour.The instances may be few and far between, but are welcome at a time when creating an inclusive society is the buzzword.With Chhapaak, director Meghna Gulzar - known for her deft handling of sensitive subjects - has given Deepika a chance to raise the bar for her already versatile filmography by playing an acid attack survivor who looks beyond her scars with "immense courage and strength in the face of crippling adversity".For Laxmi Agarwal, whose heart-wrenching story has inspired the film, the fact that a star like Deepika not just chose to act in, but also produce such a story, was overwhelming."I felt, 'See, they are finding beauty in an acid-burnt face'," Laxmi told IANS of the roaring response that the actress' avatar for the film, got all over social media.Interestingly, last year, the British Film Institute (BFI) had announced it would no longer fund movies featuring villains with facial scars. This was in support of an #IAmNotYourVillain campaign by a charity group on a mission to de-stigmatise facial scars in film and television, since scarring has often been used on villains like "The Joker" and "Darth Vader".
Deepika, Bhumi, Alia - Actresses who nailed the deglam look

Actress Anupriya Goenka says Fuh se Fantasy comes with a unique subject, and she enjoyed working on a special music video for the web show."Fuh se Fantasy is a 'hatke' (unique) show with a hatke concept. I had a total blast shooting for the music video with my lovely co-stars Karan, Gaurav and Priya," Anupriya said in a statement. "I believe 'Not Vanilla' is a sweet twist to an unusual story and I thoroughly enjoyed essaying it as an actor. I can't wait to binge watch it myself and witness audience reaction on it," she added. The makers of VOOT original's Fuh se Fantasy have come out with a musical video featuring Karan Wahi, Gaurav Pandey, Priya Banerjee and Anupriya. Through a virtual reality set, the actors go on a joyful ride and groove to the beats of their fantasies. On the music video, Priya said: "It was such an amazing time shooting for the music video for Fuh se Fantasy. Just like the series, it is all about the quirk in love, relations with a twist of adventure and well, fun and glamour. This is the first time something different has been done for a web series and I am glad to share the screen space with such a talented bunch of celebrities."
Fuh se Fantasy is different concept: Anupriya

Actress Vedhika says shooting for forthcoming Tamil horror-comedy Kanchana 3, the fourth part in the widely popular Kanchana franchise, was like going on a big holiday and she considers the movie a great addition to her filmography.Vedhika has returned to the franchise, which kicked off with the 2007 film Muni, after a decade and she can't be more excited. Kanchana 3, which has been directed by Raghava Lawrence, releases on April 19 worldwide. "When I did Muni, I was very young and didn't know anything about filmmaking. Back then, Lawrence master was very popular for his dance-based films and I thought I was being called for another dance film. But when I heard the story, I thought this was something new. The story was about a hero who is generally afraid. It was a character I could relate to so much because I get easily scared in real life," Vedhika told IANS."When Lawrence master again called me after so many years and said we should do this film, I thought it would be a great addition to my filmography. With Kanchana 3, I was getting an opportunity to do something really commercial and I didn't want to miss it. It's a film very close to my heart," she said.Talking about the experience of working on the project, Vedhika said: "I gave most call sheets to this movie. I shot for 70 days but I never realised how time flew because we were having so much fun shooting. It was like I was on a big holiday."Vedhika also feels Kanchana 3 would mark her strong return to Tamil filmdom after a hiatus. Her last Tamil outing was the 2014 critically-acclaimed Kaaviya Thalaivan."It was not like I wasn't getting any offers in Tamil in the last few years. I didn't want to do films which were not exciting. I have always been quality conscious when it comes to choosing projects," she said, adding that she has signed a couple of Tamil films."I started acting when I was very young and I had to take a break after 2-3 films to complete my education. I was fortunate enough to work with filmmakers like Bala and Vasantha Balan quite early on. I've always been careful about the films I did. Kanchana 3 couldn't have come at a better time and it was a fun film to do."This year, Vedhika will make her Bollywood debut with a yet-untitled thriller starring Emraan Hashmi. The project has been directed by Jeethu Joseph."It's exciting to debut all over again. It's a new industry and it means new opportunities and new people. I'm paired opposite Emraan and he is one of my favourite actors. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor and I'm fortunate enough to share screen space with him as well," she said.
Shooting for Kanchana 3 was like holiday: Vedhika

Actress Rakul Preet says it is extremely tough for an outsider to get meaningful roles in the film industry.But she is glad that she is getting a chance to explore her calibre with films like De De Pyaar De. "I said 'yes' to the film because of my role. Let's face the fact, it is very difficult for an outsider to kind of crack the film which has a great role for the girl and when you are an integral part of the story," Rakul told IANS. "When I heard the role, I was completely blown by it. I said 'I will do anything to get this role'. I am extremely grateful that I am getting such a good response and people are noticing me in the trailer when it has two stalwart actors. I was overwhelmed with the response," she added. The film, a romantic comedy, also stars Tabu and Ajay Devgn. Written and co-produced by Luv Ranjan and directed by Akiv Ali, it tells a story of how a 50-year-old falls for a girl much younger than him, and what happens when she meets his former wife. In the film, Rakul will be seen essaying the role of a girl from London. On her look, the actress said: "My look is very different. When I got the film, Luv Sir asked me that to lose weight. The brief given to me was, 'You need to look like Deepika Padukone from Cocktail."Considering I own a gym myself, I couldn't say no. I had 25 days before I started the film and I lost about 8-10 kg at that point of time. It was a lot of work in terms of getting the look right."She continued: "I was training for four hours and there was a proper regime. I had to crash diet for a week and then build muscle. It was one month of intense training. It was probably the most hardworking month of my life in terms of fitness."De De Pyaar De, produced by T-Series and Luv Films, will release on May 17. Rakul hopes the "film creates the same excitement as the trailer".
I had to look like Deepika from Cocktail: Rakul on De De Pyaar De

Pay disparity has been a concern in the Hindi film industry, but things are changing, believes Kriti Sanon. The actress says the situation is getting balanced out, with female actors also getting what they deserve monetarily.On male actors being paid more than their female counterparts in films, Kriti told IANS over an e-mail interview: "I've always believed that pay has to be decided on the amount of work that you put in a film and the numbers your films drive at the box office."The situation is slowly but steadily balancing out where female actors are also getting their monetary due. But we still have a long way to go."Ever since her debut in Bollywood in 2014 with Heropanti, Kriti has done her fair share of women-centric films and roles. She says she feels good when films like Bareilly Ki Barfi, Stree and Raazi do well.Does she see a change in the way women characters are perceived in the film industry?"Most definitely," she replied, adding: "It's the best time for women in cinema and we have the audience to thank for that. They have been accepting of stories around female protagonists that are today drawing in figures on par with top male stars."But ultimately, it's the content that matters, she said."The content has today become the king and the deciding factor, which is great," Kriti said. The 28-year-old's latest biggest money-spinner was Luka Chuppi, a tale about a couple living-in together in Mathura and the complications that follow. The film has managed to cross over Rs 90 crores at the Indian box office."The box office numbers are encouraging and I'm grateful to the audience," said the actress. She believes the audience is now much more accepting of different subjects that would earlier be considered "taboos". "Our idea wasn't to state that one should go for live-in relationships in general. But yes, we did want to stir the audiences a bit and leave them with the thought that everyone has the right to lead their lives according to their wishes and we shouldn't judge them for that," she said of Luka Chuppi.Kriti now has an interesting slate of work, with Arjun Patiala, Panipat and Housefull 4. "I'm in a good space right now in my life where I'm getting to do the kind of work I really want to. All these films belong to different genres and I'm glad I took those decisions in choosing different kinds of roles and films because I feel that's the only way you can grow."
Actresses getting their monetary due: Kriti Sanon

Marriage has been a fulfilling experience for actress Bipasha Basu, who will clock three years of marital bliss with actor Karan Singh Grover. She is lucky to have a husband like him because he does not believe in a man-woman divide.Bipasha started dating Karan in 2015, and they married a year later on April 30, 2016. "It has been four years together and now it's going to be three years for our marriage. It has been beautiful. I feel that it is important that your partner is like your best friend. So, we are in complete sync every day. We do love to spend time together. Doing everything together. It is a fulfilling experience when you come back home and there is someone waiting for you," Bipasha told IANS over phone from Mumbai."For a long period of my life, I have been very alone I have done everything by myself. It feels good to be pampered by him (Karan) all the time," she added. The 40-year-old actress could not stop gushing about her actor-husband, whom she first met on the sets of the horror film Alone in 2015. Bipasha, who lovingly calls Karan her "monkey", said: "He is an all-heart human being. He is emotional and sensitive. He senses every mood of mine and tries to cheer me up always if I am angry or upset with anything in the world. He is the kind of person who makes me smile and laugh a lot, takes care of me... You don't see such sensitive people around in today's time but Karan is a person who is ruled by heart, which is my most favourite thing about him."I'm lucky to have a husband like him because he does not believe in a man-woman divide. He helps me in everything."The couple are all set to share screen space once again. Bipasha and Karan will be seen in the upcoming thriller titled Aadat.Asked what made her take up this film, she said: "The fact that I have done quite a few supernatural films does put you in a bracket. Yes, my aim was not to do another supernatural film and that is why I chose Aadat as a film to do after a long time because it is a thriller. I love thrillers and it has got romance as a base."The No Entry actress said she has been really trying hard to break her image as she was getting "amazing stories which were all in the supernatural genre"."As an actor it is difficult to refuse them because when the film, storyline and the part is good, it is very tempting. But I have tried staying away from it."
Marriage has been fulfilling experience: Bipasha


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