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Netflix’s Mowgli: Christian Bale on how Bagheera might be his biggest transformation ever | hollywood

As someone who has received numerous accolades for his transformative performances, Christian Bale can’t help but wonder if modern technology will make his skills obsolete in the future. “Maybe one day, instead of actually gaining weight (for a role) I’ll just sit on a chair with cameras around my head and it’ll all be created digitally,” Bale said. “I wouldn’t be surprised.”

The Oscar-winning star of films such as The Dark Knight, The Fighter, and American Hustle, was in Mumbai to attend the world premiere of Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle – the first of its kind to be held for a major Hollywood film in India – along with director Andy Serkis and co-stars Freida Pinto and Rohan Chand.

He plays Mowgli’s mentor and friend, the panther Bagheera, in the film, through state-of-the-art motion capture technology. “Andy is the master of motion capture,” Bale said, and ‘it was a very different kind of filmmaking experience.’

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Bale’s take on Bagheera – keeping with the film’s revisionist tone – is unlike any version of the character we’ve seen before. “The thing I found really intriguing is that the sentiment, the feeling of this film is one that I would usually associate with an independent film,” he said. “It’s very bold, it doesn’t make compromises in the way that many big-budget films do, because naturally, they have to make their money back.”

This unexpectedly dark rendition of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, which is popularly known as a whimsical children’s story, is perhaps what gave Warner Bros. cold feet. A few weeks after having debuted the first trailer and announcing an October release date, the studio announced that it had sold the film’s distribution rights to Netflix. But Bale, like Serkis, said that ‘the themes’ in this version ‘stay very true to Kipling’s writings’ – more so than any previous version. “It’s a fascinating piece,” he said. “It’s really quite beautiful.”

The most astounding achievement of the film is probably its use of motion capture, a technology that Serkis is considered a pioneer of. He has previously played iconic characters such as Gollum in the Lord of the Rings movies, King Kong, Captain Haddock in the Adventures of Tintin and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot series through the same technology. But because of the intensive visual effects work, and because of Warner Bros’ wanted to distance the film from director Jon Favreau’s 2016 live-action remake, Bale said that his relationship with Mowgli has been rather unusual.

Christian Bale as Bagheera and Rohan Chand as Mowgli.

“It’s been a film that I would visit from time to time,” he said. “I’m very fond of Andy and I know the struggle he’s had in finishing this; it’s been a real labour of love for him.”

Bale said he first met with Serkis about the film when his son was two months old. “And now my son is four.” But unlike lead actor Rohan Chand, who essentially grew up with the film in the four years it took to make, Bale would ‘go off and make other films in a more intense manner, and then speak with Andy and go back and do a couple of days here and a couple of days there.’

While Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle was overcoming the many hurdles – from delays in the release to that last-minute dumping by Warner Bros – Bale starred in four films, and scored an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Big Short. He will reunite with director Adam McKay in Vice, and likely earn his fourth Academy Award nod for playing former US vice president, Dick Cheney.

For many years, there has been a vocal contingent in the film community that has advocated for Andy Serkis to be considered for the Oscars, for his groundbreaking performance as the ape Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy. The passion with which Serkis approaches the technology – which captures an actor’s movements and translates them into digitally created characters – is evident in the unique characterisations in Mowgli.

Andy Serkis in his motion capture suit as Caesar.

Bale’s Bagheera has elements in common with both the protagonist of the film, Mowgli, and with the antagonist, Shere Khan. He was ‘brought up in confinement’ and abused by men, ‘but he chooses to be compassionate and full of love’ when he could have chosen ‘hatred and bitterness’ – like Shere Khan. Bale said. “He calls Mowgli ‘little brother’, and he’s a very noble creature, but he’s also capable of savagery when he requires it.”

Making another reference to Kipling’s writings, Bale said that the author’s belief that ‘man is the weakest and most defenceless of any animal’ is reflected in Bagheera’s relationship with Mowgli (played by Rohan Chand) in the film. “He treats Mowgli more harshly than anybody else, but out of love. He wants him to be able to survive.”

Bale, along with stars Rohan Chand, Naomie Harris (Mowgli’s adoptive wolf mother, Nisha), Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Khan), Cate Blanchett (the hypnotic Kaa), Freida Pinto (Mowgli’s adoptive human mother, Messua), and Serkis (Baloo), will be seen in Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, on December 7, when it will be made available on Netflix. The film has been given a limited theatrical release in the UK and the US.

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First Published: Dec 06, 2018 09:11 IST

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Dinesh Vijan’s wedding party: Kriti Sanon, Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan attend the bash in stylish avatars. See pics | bollywood

Stree producer Dinesh Vijan tied the knot with Dubai-based realestate agent Pramita Tanwar on December 13 in a private ceremony. The wedding was followed by a dinner for his close friends and a starry cocktail bash a day later. The party was a classy affair and was attended by all from Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh to Sonakshi Sinha. The celebs posed for the paparazzi before hitting the dance floor with full force.

Newlyweds Deepika and Ranveer danced their hearts out at the party and were seen grooving on the Dil Dhadakne Do song Gallan Goodiyan. Bareilly Ki Barfi actors Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao also shook a leg at the party. Kriti arrived in a bottle green off-shoulder lehenga. The diva looked stunning in middle parted hair and red and green jewellery. Kartik Aaryan also attended the party and looked a dapper in a black suit. He was among the few who joined Ranveer and Deepika on the dance floor.

Dinesh Vijan with wife Pramita Tanwar and Kriti Sanon.
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Happy Bhag Jayegi actor Diana Penty also attended the party in a coffee tone corset gown. She posed for pictures with Befikre actor Vaani Kapoor, who looked glamourous in an off-shoulder sequinned silver gown. Lootera actor Sonakshi Sinha was also spotted at the party in a silver ensemble.

Bhumi Pednekar too attended the bash in a floor-length red dress. Dhadak actor Janhvi Kapoor and Kedarnath actor Sara Ali Khan also attended the do in their stylish avatars. While Janhvi carved a pretty picture in an embroidered white and beige lehenga, Sara stood out in a red fusion sari and golden leggings. Chunky Pandey and wife Bhavna also attended the party along with daughter Ahana Pandey. The star kid, who is currently working on her debut film Student of the Year 2, made it to the event in a red dress. Mouni Roy, who made her debut with Gold, was also spotted at the party. Pankaj Tripathi, who had a prominent role in Stree, also attended the party with wife and daughter.

Filmmaker Karan Johar, Vicky Kaushal and Riteish Deshmukh also turned up in black suits for the cocktail party. Filmmaker Homi Adajania and wife Anaita Shroff Adajania were also present at the bash.

Chunky Pandey with wife Bhavna, Homi Adajania and wife Anaita Shroff Adajania and Bhushan Kumar with wife Divya Khosla Kumar.
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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 11:48 IST

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Kapil Sharma hosts grand wedding reception in Amritsar, Daler Mehndi performs at star-studded bash. See pics, videos | tv

Comedian Kapil Sharma hosted a grand wedding reception in Amritsar on December 14 after tying the knot with Ginni Chatrath. The two got married in a Hindu ceremony followed by an Anand Karaj ceremony in Jalandhar. The two then reached Kapil’s home town of Amritsar for the wedding reception at the Radisson Blue hotel.

While the groom donned a purple sherwani embellished with gold sequins, the bride chose a pink and a mint green anarkali.

Kapil Sharma and his wife Ginni Chatrath pose during their wedding reception party at a hotel in Amritsar.

The theme of the night was black and gold and elaborate arrangements were made for the guests. The newlyweds also cut a big cake on the occasion. Singer Daler Mehndi sang a medley of his Punjabi songs at the event and raised the spirits of the guests with his performance. Comedians Krushna Abhishek, Kiku Sharda, Bharti Singh, singer Babbu Maan and many other Punjabi celebrities attended the party. While the men were dressed in black, Bharti chose a sequinned gold gown for the party.

Kiku Sharda (R) and actress Sumona Chakravarti (L) attends the wedding reception party of Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at a hotel in Amritsar. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)

Punjabi singer Malkit Singh (C) attends the wedding reception party of Kapil Sharma and Ginni Chatrath at a hotel in Amritsar on December 14, 2018. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)

Kapil had earlier shared two pictures from the twin wedding ceremonies. He had donned a green sherwani along with a golden turban with three kalgis for the wedding which had the bride in a red lehenga. Ginni wore a pink lehenga and Kapil wore a white sherwani with a pink turban for the Anand Karaj ceremony.

The pre-wedding celebrations began at Kapil’s house with a jagran while an Akhand Patth was organised by Ginni’s family at her place.

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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 13:28 IST

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Tanushree Dutta set to return to the US after sparking the MeToo movement in India | bollywood

Actor Tanushree Dutta has packed her bags and is ready to leave India after kick-starting the MeToo movement in the country. The actor revealed her plans of returning to New Jersey in an interview to Mid-Day saying, “My future lies there. I will head out early next year. When I came down to Mumbai, I thought I would go back after a month, but it’s been five months.”

The actor had accused actor Nana Patekar of sexual harassment for demanding to shoot an intimate dance step with her on the sets of the 2008 film Horn OK Pleassss. She had also accused Vivek Agnihotri, director of the 2005 film Chocolate of asking to remove her clothes and dance in front of Irrfan Khan in order to give him cues for a scene.

Talking about the movement which took a much bigger form with several victims accusing known filmmakers, actors and singers of rape, molestation and harassment in lieu of work, she said, “I do not look at it as now hot, now cold. Such things are a revolution. What matters is its impact in the future. It has created an atmosphere where sexual predators are aware that they cannot get away with misbehaviour. It came as a surprise when women began calling out the sexual predators. I am aware that #MeToo cannot be front page news every day.”

The Aashiq Banaya Aapne actor is, however, hopeful of getting justice one day. She said, “I have been living with it for a decade without redressal. The legal process is not dependent on me being around. If I have to be around to push the case, what is the point of the legal system and law enforcers?”

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First Published: Dec 15, 2018 15:11 IST

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