reflect the confusion within the CPM over the tactics it needs to adopt to stay relevant in national politics. he said.
A highlight was the new Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum. We spent hours looking at these preserved miracles and not once did the brow furrow again, Since your last film was Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! what kind of preparation has it taken to play MS Dhoni in which you have a very different look and physique This is the 53rd character I play in my acting career spanning theatre television and movies People who watch my performances already know how I behave I realised that in spite of acting well and playing good cricket in the film I might still not be convincing Imitating Dhoni alone would not have worked So I tried to slip into the character more organically by convincing myself that I am Dhoni That was tough since I have been a Dhoni fan for many years Over several months I watched footage of about 1000 hours featuring Dhoni on the cricket ground as well as off it At the same time I had to cultivate a skill since just believing that I am a very good cricketer would not make me one Tell us about the training you went through for this I used to play cricket but was not particularly good at it Though the film is not about cricket there are cricket scenes Most of us know how Dhoni plays The biggest challenge of the film is to make the audience believe what they are watching is true That’s why we had former cricketer Kiran More training me There was a physio expert and an analyst I was 29 when the preparations started My body was not used to such training It was intense and demanded long hours Wicketkeeping is a different skill There were professional bowlers bowling at me The first four months were devoted to training in batting and wicketkeeping After that period the analyst would break down the shots — frame-wise — carefully explaining them to me How much do you enjoy these processes that certain roles demand I understand a few things about a character or a script but don’t get a lot of it In order to understand them fully I devote time to preparing for them Ishaan in Kai Po Che was different from Shudh Desi Romance’s Raghu So are my characters in Detective Byomkesh Bakshy and MS Dhoni My next six films are going to be very different too Raabta releases next After that I will shoot for Homi Adajania’s next Takadum with Parineeti Chopra and Tarun Mansukhani’s film for Dharma Productions I play an astronaut in a film titled Chanda Mama Door Ke and the title role in the biopic of Murlikant Petkar a paraplegic athlete who won an individual gold medal in the 1972 Paralympics Petkar was serving the Indian Army when he was severely injured in the 1965 Indo-Pak war There is another film in the pipeline that I am going to produce as well as act in These movies are scheduled to be wrapped up by February 2018 What made you go for these roles Excitement We can only look at our past and analyse it logically You can only take your work seriously because there is no other way to go about it You can obsess over it and get a high out of it But even as one does that it is necessary to find a way not to take oneself seriously I have a strong tendency to do that So I try to think of the present and make it exciting by being 100 per cent there I don’t know how things will turn out The only thing I can decide is which films to take up and that’s what I have done Before I started preparing for the character of Dhoni I was preparing for Shekhar Kapur’s Paani But that film did not work out I don’t regret it as the kind of conversations I had with Shekhar completely changed me as an actor I realised how rigid and wrong I was about various facets of acting You were a good student What drew you to drop out learn dancing and later take up acting I am still a good student (laughs) I come from a big family — I have four elder sisters I have led a sheltered life During my school days (St Karen’s High School Patna and Kulachi Hansraj Model School New Delhi) I struggled to communicate Since the only way I could be noticed was by scoring good marks I focussed on my studies However when I was 18 and a student at Delhi College of Engineering I performed for the first time for a Shiamak Davar show Immediately afterwards I performed in a Barry John play That’s when I discovered other methods of expression and communication When I was dancing I realised I could get people to notice me I thought with acting I can better that Even when I started acting I never stopped feeling like a dancer Dance has given me a sense of rhythm That’s the first thing I work on while building a character When did you nurse the dream of becoming a film actor In 2005 I moved to Mumbai and joined Nadira Babbar’s Ekjute Balaji Telefilms people were watching one of my plays at Prithvi Theatre and asked me to audition If I could act in front of a live audience I thought I could act in front of a camera too The television shows brought me a few film offers I was not excited about them till I got Kai Po Che Television also got me good money Money has made a major difference to my life I come from a big family there are certain things I could not do as I did not have enough money Money can decide the way one thinks But it does start losing its value the moment you acquire the kind of money you wish to have I hit that mark thanks to television so I could experiment with my choice of films MS Dhoni: The Untold Story is all set to reveal the real life story of the Indian skipper MS Dhoni at the end of this month What were your takeaways from television That there are two ways of approaching a character First you have to convince yourself about the role This remains the same for every medium When acting in a play I have the responsibility of conveying my emotions to the audience sitting in the last row Television goes for extreme close-ups If you are pretending you will be caught Measuring what works and what does not is something I learnt there That apart I earned a certain amount of money to make it completely irrelevant for the rest of my life You wanted to join a film school Have you dropped the idea now I thought of going to University of California Los Angeles as I was not getting the kind of films that I wanted to do Before I joined I signed Kai Po Che Acting in films is like being in a filmmaking school Today I understand a lot more about how to say the same thing in a more effective way Kai Po Che also changed people’s perceptions not just about me but about television actors Those who hire us started to believe actors from television can do movies Also it motivated other television actors to believe they could do it too Three years ago you had said you want to be on the cover of film magazines Has the goalpost shifted (Laughs) It was important to me then and that desire stayed with me for many gullible and formative years If you strongly desire something then you should really go for it to let go of the baggage For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Madrid | Published: September 9 2016 5:30 pm FIFA ban restricts Real Madrid from registering new players during the next two transfer windows (Source: File) Top News Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is confident the team’s results will not suffer from a one-year transfer ban imposed by FIFA for breaking rules regarding the signing of under-age foreign players FIFA rejected the appeals by Real and Atletico Madrid against the punishment which prevents the two La Liga clubs from registering new players during the next two transfer windows “I don’t think the ban will affect us because I’m very happy with the team that I have” Zidane told a news conference on Friday “I have a big roster I’m happy with the players and they are happy with me If we have to have the same team for two or three years it’s not a problem” Zidane is however concerned at how the ban will affect the youth section of Real The Frenchman has two children under 18 who play in Real’s youth system “I don’t understand the ban” Zidane said “I can speak with regards to my children They were born here have lived here all of their lives and it’s absurd that they can’t play football It bothers me and I don’t understand what is going on I hope it a solution can be found” he added “The club is going to do all that it can to change this We have to wait because the ban has just come out and I hope things are resolved” Zidane’s primary focus is on Saturday’s home game against Osasuna and the expected return of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema from injury Without the two Real won their opening two league games a 3-0 triumph at Real Sociedad and a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo Zidane did not reveal if Ronaldo who got hurt in Portugal Euro 2016 final victory over France will start on Saturday “Cristiano is very happy to be with us” Zidane said “Sixty days have passed since he last played a game and we have to give him time He is an important player for us and I always want him with me “I’m happy to see that all the players are well after the international break “Tomorrow we have a difficult game and we need to be at our best to win” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by MANOJ MORE | Pune | Published: July 10 2016 11:59 am PMPML buses parked on a public road in Pune (Source: Express photo) Top News The state government’s latest decision to transfer Abhishek Krishna from the post of chairman and managing director of PMPML the city’s transport body has not gone down well with commuter organisations and civic activists in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Krishna’s transfer which came just over a year after he assumed charge has been the 14th transfer in PMPML since the transport body came into being He has been transferred to Nashik as the municipal commissioner of the local civic body Angry commuter organisations and activists have shot off letters to the Chief Minister’s Office questioning why the PMPML cannot get a CMD who remains in the saddle for a full three-year term to bring about the necessary changes in the functioning of the transport body The organisations pointed out that in the last few years only one CMD R N Joshi was allowed to complete his full term and even he did little to improve the functioning of the PMPML Mayor Prashant Jagtap too has written to the Chief Minister opposing Krishna’s transfer after a short tenure of one year Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news Civic activists are also irked that Praveen Pardeshi who is the Principal Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office did not intervene to stop the transfer of Krishna “Pardeshi who headed the PMPML CMD’s post as an additional charge when he was the Pune Municipal Commissioner is well aware of the functioning of the PMPML Yet he has done nothing to ensure that PMPML gets a long term CMD Puneites have been demanding that PMPML should have a competent CMD so that the city’s transport body draws more passengers and there are less private vehicles coming on the roads and jamming them” said Jugal Rathi who heads the PMPML Pravasi Manch When contacted Pardeshi said he will convey the sentiments of the civic activists and commuter organisations in Pune to the Chief Minister He refused to comment on criticism directed at him and Fadnavis Activist D G Baliga a resident of Pimpri said”What is surprising is the thinking that goes on in those who rule us Are they really bothered about Pune or its transport situation Or they just want to play political one-upmanship Krishna’s transfer in Nashik looks like something to do with settling political scores We thought Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who has a clean image and people like Praveen Pardeshi who are his advisors will do something seriously for Pune and its worsening transport scenario but they have been a big let down” Rathi said though Krishna “did not do much” during his one year tenure he had “given glimpses of doing something to spur the transport body” “He was not like his predecessor who did nothing Krishna had taken some good decisions and it seemed he was prepared to do well in the future but unfortunately the state government had different ideas” said Rathi whose organisation has sent a letter criticising the way the state government was handling the PMPML In the letter the PMP Pravasi Manchi said “Krishna’s transfer is the 14th one in the last eight years of the PMPML’s existence This is certainly not good for improving the transport situation in Pune Because of such decisions the traffic and transport situation in Pune has gone from bad to worse The vehicular population in Pune has gone beyond 30 lakh and everywhere the figure keeps growing As a result accidents traffic jams and pollution have become the order of the day To stop this it needs an efficient safe and convenient mode of public transport And for a good transport system it needs a competent head who should be given a long tenure to first understand the complexities of running a transport body and then implement the necessary steps to tone it up” said Rathi “Such short stints and frequent transfers of CMDs heading the only public transport utility that we have in Pune is a matter of great and serious concern The only CMD who stayed put was R N Joshi who pulled through three full years before he retired That was merely because he did not ruffle any political feathers and just prodded along” said activist Qaneez Sukhrani of the Association of Nagar Road Citizens Forums Sukhrani too has sent a letter to the Chief Minister opposing Krishna’s transfer “Such frequent changes at the head of an authority or utility is construed as a failure of the planning capability of the state government For any organisation to survive and progress there has to be consistency at the helm where administration and policies are concerned This is certainly not the case with PMPML where with every new CMD new policies and functioning are introduced” said Sukhrani The PMP Pravasi Manchi said that after the Fadnavis government came to power it had given Shrikar Pardeshi the charge of CMD “However he had to relinquish the post in four months as he was appointed to the PMO In his short tenure Pardeshi had taken several decisions to drastically improve the functioning of the PMPML Which only means that if a strong official is appointed to head the transport body there will be improvement in its functioning and ultimately it will benefit Pune Therefore we earnestly request the Chief Minister to appoint a competent officer to head the PMPML and give him a long term” said Rathi In a letter Sukhrani said “It seems that the state government is appointing CMDs as a stop-gap arrangement This is the main reason that more and more citizens are purchasing two-wheelers and four-wheelers Here it seems that the highly powerful automotive manufacturing industry in Pune is hard at work to prevent all modes of public transport from coming in Along with the hysterical solution (which only benefits infra-contractors) of building flyovers grade-separators and underpasses this has messed up Pune And the government cannot shy away from this truth” Sukhrani said “If what our organisation states is wrong then kindly prove it by appointing a professional full-time qualified capable and tough transport official for the full term of three years at least till the BJP government’s term at the state level remains” Sukhrani asked “How can the state government expect Pune to remain on top of the Smart Cities mission listing without a competent public transport system” The letter said “We realise that governments do not have a policy of replying to citizens and NGOs except stating ‘we will look into the matter’ that too very rarely However we would request this time that state government deviates and send us a line in confirmation on the name of the person you will appoint for the period he or she will be appointed along with his or her credentials” For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published: December 4 2015 3:15 am Related News Taking a serious view of the “failure” on the part of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Delhi Police to record the statement of two witnesses in the Nand Nagri custodial death case and other lapses Delhi High Court on Thursday transferred the case to CBI “… it can be said that the investigation is far from fair and independent Refraining from suggesting that the SIT should or should not have taken such steps… It is incumbent upon me to transfer the investigation to CBI to instill confidence in general public as serious allegations are levelled against police personnel” said Justice Siddharth Mridul Two witnesses in the case over the death of Nand Nagri resident Shahnawaz Chaudhary 35 while being taken to the police station had not been examined by the SIT The Delhi Police had constituted the SIT headed by an ACP of the Crime Branch and monitored by the DCP after a writ petition was filed by the deceased’s wife Rabia alleging foul play and harassment by the police following the death of her husband on September 7 Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves who was representing Rabia and counsel for Delhi Commission for Women Prabhsahai Kaur urged the court to transfer the case to the CBI The DCW counsel also argued that the incident and the investigation indicated “prime facie involvement of the police” to “cover up” the incident Senior Advocate Kirti Uppal appearing for the police opposed the plea to transfer the case to the CBI as the reports from the CFSL and AIIMS were awaited “I wish you had spent as much time in investigating the case as you are doing defending yourself in the court” commented the bench The court directed the CBI to register an FIR in the case and complete the investigation within six months The bench also directed the Delhi government to award compensation within one month to Rabia for her husband’s custodial death For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsTokyo: Acid-tongued Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte takes his diplomatic roadshow to Japan on Tuesday days after his apparent tilt towards China raised questions about his strategic intentions The Philippines and Japan have long been key US allies in Asia but Duterte has done a dramatic U-turn since coming to office in late June That appeared to culminate last week in Beijing where he declared his "separation" from the United States played down a maritime dispute with China and pledged to enhance friendship and economic ties File photo of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Reuters Back home on Saturday however the former mayor seemed to walk back his comments saying he would not be severing the alliance with Washington And on Monday he went further telling Japanese media that the US will remain the country’s sole military ally "The alliances are alive it is there" he said in a reference to the United States according to Kyodo News "There should be no worry about changes of alliances I do not need to have alliances with other nations" Other Japanese media including the top-selling Yomiuri Shimbun quoted him as saying that all military activities with the US should be halted His seesawing has been closely watched in Japan a major investor and aid donor to Manila that is wary of China’s rising influence Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has worked to beef up ties with Manila by providing patrol boats and has supported it in the territorial row with China as Japan seeks support in its own maritime dispute with Beijing Duterte’s predecessor took Beijing to an international tribunal over its extensive claims in the South China Sea — where it has built artificial islands capable of hosting military facilities — and the Philippines won a resounding victory in July Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper said that improvement in diplomatic relations among "neighbouring nations" is desirable in principle "But if they disrespect the rule of law for the sake of narrow bilateral interest that would be a grave concern for the Asian region" it said in a Saturday editorial referring to Duterte’s Beijing visit Duterte told Japanese public broadcaster NHK that his talks with Abe will centre on economic cooperation and "shared interest" in an interview ahead of his three-day visit "Now the most important thing there is the shared interest. it’s about the South China Sea" he said Duterte has made a habit of hurling sharp even profane verbal barbs at the US and President Barack Obama which resulted in Washington cancelling talks between them at an ASEAN summit last month But Kunihiko Miyake a former Japanese diplomat and visiting professor at Ritsumeikan University warned against reading too much into such rhetoric "President Duterte is an anti-US nationalist and populist leader which doesn’t necessarily mean he is pro-China" Miyake told AFP Still he noted the need to "watch closely" his future words and actions In recent months Abe has criticised China for rejecting the international tribunal ruling which said Beijing’s expansive claims to the waters had no legal basis At talks Wednesday Duterte and Abe are expected to agree on expanding ties in areas of "maritime security and defence cooperation" a Japanese embassy official in Manila told reporters Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: October 22 2012 4:46 am Related News The VVIP residents of Vikramaditya Marg and adjoining Gautampalli and Mall Avenue areas may soon get direct connectivity to Janeshwar Mishra parkwhich is being developed on around 350 acres land in Gomti Nagar extension area The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) will conduct a survey to find the most suitable alignment for a connecting roadparallel to the railway line between railway stations of Dilkusha and Malhore A new bridge will also be constructed over the Gomti river for this road The LDA has already invited tenders to hire a firm to conduct a survey between Vikramditya Marg and Harit Viharthat is Janeshwar Mishra park When contactedLDA vice-chairman Rajeev Aggarwal said he did not have detailed information about the work Another LDA official said that a topographical study has to be conducted to find a suitable route to connect Vikramaditya Marg to the parkwhich is being upgraded by the Akhilesh Yadav government The plan is to construct a 2 km road starting somewhere near the railway crossing on Vikramaditya Marg and finish near a Master Plan road ending at Gomti embankment adjacent to Janeshwar Mishra park? 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reflect the confusion within the CPM over the tactics it needs to adopt to stay relevant in national politics. he said.