Says Aparshakti Khurana about his next, which he hopes to wrap up by September
It has been almost four months since Aparshakti Khurana moved to Chandigarh
to spend time with family. During the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, he released two singles, collaborated on an audio script, and shot for almost 15 brands at home.
“A productive mindset keeps you energised and creative. I don’t want to go with a lazy mindset to the set whenever shooting resumes,” reasons the actor, who shot with his parents and wife for the first time while handling the shoot by himself. “Since I had done radio before, I am used to multi-tasking and doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work. So, this was not new.”
Aparshakti returns to the city on September 8 to complete work on his first film as a leading actor, Helmet. “Just the climax is left, which is only a couple of days’ work. We should resume by mid or end-September depending on the situation,” he informs.
The film is about condoms, not so much to promote its usage as much as it is about including the word in our daily vocabulary. “We just want to establish that it’s normal to go and ask for a condom at a store. The film ends on the word ‘condom’, to normalise its usage, and not something that has to be whispered into someone’s ear or conveyed through gestures,” he avers, adding that he plans to start his next film around October 15. “It will require some outdoor shooting, so we are still figuring out places where the impact of the virus has subsided.”
Apar and brother Ayushmann Khurrana shared glimpses of their family time on social media during the lockdown. However, Apar denies a film together on cards for them. “There are offers, but we haven’t found something that we both connect on,” he reveals, happy that the brothers celebrated Raksha Bandhan together at home after almost 12 years. “It was amazing to be with family as that is what makes a festival worth celebrating.”
In Photos: Five best jodis David Dhawan has gifted Bollywood
Happy Birthday, David Dhawan!
Senior filmmaker David Dhawan turned 64 on Sunday. With a career spanning over 30 years, Dhawan has given Bollywood and the nation some of the most memorable and entertaining films of all time. He carved his own niche in the Hindi film industry and was one of the few directors who successfully established the genre of comedy in the 90s. Speak of a film with perfect comic timings, light-hearted storyline and some of the best actors, and one of Dhawan’s films is sure to pop up in your mind.
And along with the films, the director has also given Bollywood some of the most iconic on-screen duos. On his birthday, here’s a look at the five best jodis that Dhawan has presented to movie lovers:
Govinda – Sanjay Dutt
Dhawan marked his debut in 1989 with the film Taaqatwar which starred Sanjay Dutt and Govinda in lead roles. And during the film, the director became so fond of the latter that he went on to do a staggering 17 films with him, most of which belonged to the comedy genre. Sanju Baba and Govinda came together once again for Jodi No 1 and the film went on to become a superhit among the masses. The famous song Ande Ka Funda was from this film.
Govinda – Karisma Kapoor
Dhawan first paired Govinda and Karisma Kapoor in the 1994 film Raja Babu, and the rest is history. Even though the duo did only four films together — Raja Babu, Coolie No 1, Saajan Chale Sasural and Hero No 1, they managed to the set the stage on fire every time they came together on the silver screen. Both the actors have also delivered some of the most successful films of their career under Dhawan’s guidance.
Salman Khan – Karisma Kapoor
Salman Khan and Karisma collaborated for the Dhawan-directorial Judwaa in 1997 which went on to become one of the landmark films in both of their careers. The film was lauded by the audience as well as by the critics for its comic timing and the electrifying chemistry between Salman and Karisma. The duo also starred in two more of Dhawan’s films — Biwi No 1 in 1999 and Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge, which completed 20 years in 2020.
Govinda – Salman Khan
Dhawan proved that when two of his best actors come together on the screen, the result is just a blockbuster film. In 2007, Salman Khan and Govinda starred in Partner and the film went on to become one of the biggest successes at the box office. People thronged the theatres to watch their favourite actors together on the silver screen and it was a treat from Dhawan to Bollywood lovers everywhere. It also proved to be quite a comeback vehicle for Govinda.
Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif
While Salman and Katrina Kaif are now one of the top on-screen couples of Bollywood, it was David Dhawan who had first come up with the idea of pairing them on the big screen. In 2004, the filmmaker directed Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya with both the actors and fans just couldn’t take their eyes off the chemistry between Salman and Katrina. Well, thanks to Dhawan, or people might have never realised how much the actors complement each other every time they star in a film together!