Sridevi was the real star in the male hegemony of Hindi cinema, says Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty

Acclaimed Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty says it was the Academy Members’ collective wish to acknowledge the huge talent of Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor in the world of cinema

 By Manishaa R

Renowned Oscar winning sound designer Resul Pookutty has described the tribute paid to Sridevi in the ‘In Memoriam’ section as a true acknowledgment of her global impact as an actor, “She was a real star among all the male hegemony of Hindi cinema. It truly represents her global presence as an entertainer. It is indeed a great gesture on the part of the Academy to pay tribute to Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor,” Pookutty said.

The veteran sound technician who is also a voting member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, further described it as one of the most befitting gestures of the Academy to recognize the talent of the two great actors, “Both Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor were great entertainers who enthralled audiences the world over with their magnificent talent…It was our collective wish as Academy members to include their talented life to be recognized…it also makes the Academy more diverse when it recognizes such huge talent from neighbouring countries,” he said.

It may be recalled that Twitter was abuzz with celebrities from the Indian film industry and emotionally overwhelmed fans when Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor were paid a homage at the 90th Academy Awards alongside several other global legends including James Bond fame Roger Moore, King of comedy, Jerry Lewis, French star Jeanne Moreau, Bela Lugosi actor Martin Landau, popular actor, Harry Dean Stanton and The Silence Of The Lambs director, Jonathan Demme among others.

Among the earliest who took to Twitter to thank the Academy were choreographer-director Farah Khan, “Teary eyed to see #Sridevi being featured in the Oscars IN MEMORIUM,” she said.

Veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor who had co-starred with Sridevi in one of the best-known classic Chandni, tweeted, “Oscars. Thank you for remembering Shashi Kapoor and Sridevi. Thrilled to see the name Raj Kapoor as the executive producer of the show. We are on the threshold of world cinema!”

Actor Varun Dhawan’s twitter handle read, “So amazing to see the #Oscars pay respect to #shashikapoor and #sridevi #Oscar90.”

Director Kunal Kohli tweeted, “Proud and teary eyed moment for us all to see a tribute being paid to #Sridevi & #ShashiKapoor at the #Oscars.”

Well-known casting director, Mukesh Chhabra, wrote, “How lovely to see the #Oscars pay respect to #srideviBkapoor and #ShashiKapoor.”

On the other hand, singer and actor, Sophie Choudry wrote, “Thank you #Oscars for paying tribute to #Sridevi & #ShashiKapoor tonight amongst the many incredible global artists we lost this last year #Oscars2018.”

However it was Anna MM Vetticad-writer and author of ‘The Adventures of an Intrepid Film Critic’ that truly underscored the sentiment, “Call me a sentimental fool if you will, but I always wait for the #Oscars In Memoriam section. I knew #ShashiKapoor would be remembered at today’s ceremony because he has worked abroad, but they also honoured #Sridevi today and that meant a lot. A big hug to @TheAcademy,” her tweet read.

Earlier, actress Priyanka Chopra, who is a global icon in her own right, had paid an emotionally stirring tribute to Sridevi in an article penned by her for Time Magazine, in which she said, “Sridevi leaves behind a legacy that will live beyond us all, a legacy built on the foundation of pure dedication, talent, hard work and a sprinkle of fairy dust that was showered on her by the Gods! She was my childhood and one of the big reasons I became an actor,” she wrote.

On the other hand, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai in an emotional tribute had earlier tweeted, “Her performance in Sadma was one of my favourites and have special memories of watching Sridevi with my family. She was a pioneer and an inspiration to so many of us. So very sorry for your tragic loss and may she RIP.”



Aishwarya Rai will inspire the youth in a big way with this role in Fanney Khan, says producer Prerna Arora

By Manishaa R

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will inspire the youth in a big way with her character in Fanney Khan, in which she plays the role of a glamorous singer. The former Miss World, who was last seen in Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, will be seen addressing the issue of body-shaming, which has lately become a matter of great concern. This was revealed by the producer of Fanney Khan, Prerna Arora, who recently spoke about how the actress was kicked up about the role from day one, “It is a role that Aishwarya has never explored on screen in her career so far. Moreover, she will talk about the issue of body-shaming in the film. It is an extraordinary role with a lot of substance and Aishwarya is an outstanding performer in her own right.  The film is a very special one on many fronts but it will be one film that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will feel very proud about,” she said.

Apparently, Aishwarya Rai is so immersed in the role that she along with the other lead actors Anil Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, shot round the clock at a suburban studio when Mumbai was inundated with heavy rains due to Cyclone Ockhi. Recalling Aishwarya Rai’s thorough sense of professionalism Arora said, “She is gorgeous but it’s not just about physical appearance. I saw her at work on the sets one day and noticed that even after finishing her part she would sit back to clap and inspire the other character artistes.”

 Fanney Khan is a very special film on many fronts but it will definitely be one film that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will feel very proud about,- producer Prerna Arora

Fanney Khan which is co-produced by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and directed by debut-making director, Atul Manjrekar, is said to be the Hindi adaptation of the 2000 Dutch film, Everybody’s Famous, which was also nominated for a Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars. The film narrates the story of a father and his teenage daughter, who aspires to become a great singer. However the 16 year old’s weight and appearance, pose a major barrier in her making it big. Her father then holds a famous singer hostage, in order to ensure that his daughter gets her due. Aishwarya Rai will reportedly be playing the role of one of most popular singing stars in the country, who is kidnapped by the father of the teenager. Among other things, the musical will also reportedly have the actress rendering her voice in at least four compositions in the film.