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Waluscha De Sousa on working with Khan in her debut film
She always wanted to be an actress, but life had something else in store for her. Waluscha De Sousa, who made it big as a model, fell in love, got married at the age of 19 and vanished from the fashion scene. And now, after three children and a divorce behind her, this pretty woman has made her Bollywood debut with Fan opposite Shah Rukh Khan at the age of 33. She is in only a few scenes in the film, but Waluscha is undeterred. The fact that she is acting in films and that too opposite SRK is a dream-come-true for the actress. With a spirited attitude, optimistic outlook and confidence, the actress is all set to take on more work. Over to Waluscha...
It's been overwhelming. A lot of people have been calling and telling me I have performed well.
No, I haven't had the pleasure of talking to her. I do know her socially, but we haven't really sat down and had a conversation.
The thing is Maneesh (Sharma, director) talked to me a lot about Gauri being a strong woman and that she and SRK have a lot of love between them. He took me through their journey and how Gauri is completely in love with him, and is also the backbone behind everything. When I had to play this character I had to keep in mind that the two are tremendously in love with each other, and stay strong through difficult times.
Suddenly, I am this star for them (laughs). For children, their mother is a star no matter what. It was a great experience sitting with my family and close friends, cheering and whistling for me. I hold this experience dear to me. Working with all these stalwarts has been a dream come true. It will always be close to my heart.
Honestly, it was an intimidating experience. There are so many people on the set and you have this huge responsibility. Though I had done TV commercials with Shah Rukh before, I was very nervous while shooting my first scene. I had to wear this skimpy, satin night gown, run into Shah Rukh's arms and hug him. Initially, I was to wear a bathrobe over the gown, but since my character is shown sleeping before SRK walks in, we decided against it. I was so nervous that we ended up doing the scene several times and I started feeling embarrassed. Shah Rukh then gave me pointers on how I could approach the scene and I felt better.
Yes, that entire scene from the time he comes back home and I don't know it's Gaurav, was challenging. It's only when I hug him that I realise his body is not my husband's. Still, I had to look at him with love and in my head I know it's not him. That was the most difficult scene. Also, Gauri is not one of those women who go berserk, so I calmly go to the bedroom where my gun is. You never see her panicking " even when she goes with Gaurav to the library to see the trophies. She knows this man is crazy and is even feeling sorry for him. She also knows her kids are up in the room and needs to keep it together. Keeping all those emotions in mind and performing was challenging.
I had done a Pepsi ad with him many years ago and did the Hyundai ad just two months before Fan. Post the film too, we have shot for a print ad together which is not yet out.
Yes, it's completely different. When he is shooting an ad, he's a lot more busy as he is moving from set to set. His manager tells him he has half-an-hour to wrap up the shoot and move to the next. Despite this, he is much at ease and we interact a lot, talk about his children, etc. The atmosphere is lighter. But on a film set, he is completely into the character. The way he transformed himself into Garuav in the film was amazing. He was feeling those scenes, the way he stood, spoke, his body language even when the camera wasn't rolling was great. I gave him his space and didn't want to intrude.
I was always passionate about films, but everybody knows my life took a different turn altogether. Films did come my way then, but I was busy with my family. It wasn't the right time for me. Now, personally it's the perfect time for me to be entering films. The industry has changed so much " they are looking for talent and not bothered about whether she is married, divorced, has babies, etc. We have come really far and people are only concerned with the character being portrayed and not the actor's life " present or past.
I have no expectations at this time, but anything that is character appropriate. I am hoping to get work and do justice to it. See Nargis Fakhri and Aditi Rao Hydari (they made their Bolly debuts in their 30s), they are beautiful, are looking fabulous and doing some great work. Last thing people want to know is how old these women are!
Till now, all my energies were focussed on Fan. I am still in that phase where I want to know what people have to say about me. Yes, I am talking to a couple of filmmakers and there is something very close to happening, but I will talk about it later.
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The gateman at Mannat has been informed about my
and the car is allowed to drive inside without fuss. In the lobby, the
preoccupied on the telephone raises three fingers to indicate you have
to go to
the media room. From the glass window overlooking the actor's bungalow
can see glimpses of his lifestyle - a temple, a staircase, a roof.
Fragrant tea combined with a leisurely walk around the passage, some
soulful conversation with his core team against a Hussain painting, and
it's time to walk to the actor's den.
Mandavi, Khan's publicist, gently opens the ornate door leading to his spacious study stacked with books and announces my arrival.
He is engrossed on the phone, looks up and rises to welcome you. Some pleasantries and compliments later I come straight to the point.
Not nervous, but responsible definitely. In my early days I never felt anxious because I was ignorant about the impact of a hit and a flop. I remember post King Uncle (1993) I met up with my director Rakesh Roshan at Mehboob studios I think, and he said, Congrats! Our film is a success.' I smiled. I was walking home just down the lane and I met Salim uncle and he said, Your film is a hit!' and I smiled again. Those were innocent times.
With success came expectations and after I launched my production house, responsibilities grew. So today it is more about accountability than anxiety.
Gaurav has his energy and is in that sense a studied character. While Aryan despite his status and power, was more challenging because, though I'm playing a superstar the character is not me.
One thing that my director Maneesh Sharma and I agreed upon was that no matter what the provocation, the star will not lose his dignity.
Deconstuction, I agree. But not of Shah Rukh Khan, but the perception of superstardom! The script consciously includes scenes that demerit the actor. For instance, him not being recognised by security in the UK, and even more lethal when the businessman ticks him off for coming late to perform at his daughter's wedding. Now, I may have started the trend of dancing at weddings but nobody dare speak to me in that tone in real life. However this happened to somebody and finds a place in our narrative.
You say I'm brave to play such a part. I feel I'm honest, because only I know the real Shah Rukh Khan.
(Smiles) That is for me and not to be shared. People think they know me. Some claim to know me, but nobody does because the real emotion has to be kept hidden inside the heart.
The director was very clear about that Aryan will not say sorry. In fact, the reason we kept the climax ambiguous is because both Aryan and Gaurav are justified in their stands and convinced about it. Interestingly, all the people I have met post the release of the film are divided in their opinion about the protagonists. My sister said, Sorry hi toh kehna tha, keh deta'. My daughter Suhana's friends sympathized with Aryan and condemned Gaurav, while my son and his friends identified with Gaurav and said, Raain de, tu nahi samjhega'.
Seriously, I think they do. But it is not practical for them to always express that to them. Even in the film the actor feels compassion for his fan and wants to resolve the problem amicably. He is sensitive and does not want the police to harm the young boy. But things just get out of control. In the final frame you notice that the actor is not waving mechanically, but lingering his gaze to connect with them, he wants to make them feel special.
Haha, that's because I got my eyes operated. I don't have to wear spectacles any longer and that is why I can also look directly into your eyes and chat (Laughs).
When it is time for me to leave Shah Rukh insists on
escorting me downstairs. As we wait for my car, he reminds me that I had
described his film Devdas as ostentatious, "That's the first time I heard that word". His candour is charming and suddenly
I understand what creates the likes of Gaurav
(Bhawana Somaaya has been writing on cinema for 30 years and is the author of 12 books. She's on Twitter at @bhawanasomaaya)
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Yash Raj Films latest venture "Fan," which released on April 15, has met with rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The movie stars Shahrukh Khan in a dual role"as superstar Aryan Khanna and as Gaurav, Khanna's self-acclaimed biggest fan who also looks freakishly like him. The movie explores the dangerous results of fawning and worshipping a celebrity and how the obsessions take over a person, in this case, Gaurav.
While hopefully not as delusional as Gaurav, several of us know what it's like to be in love with and be a fan of someone like Shahrukh Khan. It is easy because he makes it that way. Khan has a charming personality off-screen and immense talent when he is on-screen.
We made a list of 10 movies, as tough as it was to pick so few, where he rightfully earned the superhero title and won all of our hearts.
Of course, this movie tops the list. It was his brilliant performance
as the charming, sweet, flirtatious Raj Malhotra which proved to be a
game-changer for him. As an actor, he was known more for being the
villain and less as the romantic lead. However, his legendary pairing
with Kajol, one-liners like palat,' and bade bade deshon main aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehti hai,'
which remain epic even today, wonderful locations and delightful songs,
along with the main essence of the film"how the guy fought against
everything to get his girl"transformed him into the hero overnight.
With this movie, Khan once again broke all norms and changed the
perception of being Bollywood's chocolate boy. In his role as the coach
of the Indian Women's Hockey team, Khan brought depth and soul to this
character that no one ever could. His delivery of tough dialogues, rare
but warm smiles and facial expressions did the trick. The film's appeal
lay in the emotional, patriotic journey that the coach and players of
the team went through and took us, the viewers, along with it. Having
SRK delivering one of his best performances was just a really great
In this beautiful Ashutosh Gowariker movie, Khan played NASA
scientist Mohan Bhargava who travels to India to bring his caretaker
Kaveri amma back to the U.S. with him. He is met with several surprises
when he learns she has moved to a village with his childhood friend Gita
and her brother Chikku. In the village, not only does he fall for the
righteous, hard-working Gita but also falls for the simplicity of life.
He struggles to decipher how the villagers live with poverty, caste
distinction, and politics. SRK delivered a very moving, very real
performance that struck all the right chords with "Swades."
Khan's journey to stardom started with him being known for his
negative roles. Obviously, "Darr" tops that list. In the psychological
thriller, he plays an obsessed lover named Rahul and will go to
unprecedented levels to get the woman he wants, his college classmate
Kiran (Juhi Chawla) who is engaged to his father's employee Sunil (Sunny
Deal). On one hand, he pursues her by stalking her and on the other, he
pretends to be a family friend to get close to his love!' Khan's
portrayal of a deranged psycho not only showed off his acting prowess
and made this film a thrilling ride, but it also gave us the epic,
unforgettable dialogue, I love you kkk-kiran.'
This one is definitely one of his most emotional, heart-warming
movies and for very good reason. He plays do-gooder Aman Verma, who
moves to New York with his mother and befriends his neighbors Naina
(Preity Zinta), her mother Jennifer (Jaya Bachchan), and her college
friend Rohit (Saif Ali Khan). As much as he loves Naina, due to his
fatal cardiac disease, he cannot let her know and decides that he will
do everything to bring her and Rohit together. This movie has some
powerful dialogues and sentimental moments, but it is Khan's very
visceral display of emotions which leaves the audience gutted.
Set in San Francisco, this movie tackles the issues of terrorism,
racism, Islamophobia, and diseases like Asperger's syndrome. Add a hint
of the famous SRK-Kajol-Karan Johar trifecta and you have a successful
Bollywood movie on your hands. Khan plays Rizwan, a very good-natured
man who moves to the U.S. to live and work with his brother after their
mother dies and that's when his brother's wife diagnoses him with
Asperger's syndrome. Through work, he also meets and falls for Mandira, a
Hindu woman who runs a salon and has a kid from a previous marriage,
Sameer. They are blissfully married until the 9/11 attacks, following
which they fall victim to racism. The story takes dark turns from her
and Rizwan sets on a mission to inform the President that his name is
Khan, and he is not a terrorist.' The movie hits on some hard experience
several immigrants, especially Muslims, must have faced here post the
attacks. Khan's acting reached a benchmark in his career with this
film"it was complex, layered, and full of heart.
The third Hindi version of the Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay novel,
this one saw Khan play the role of the suffering, heartbroken alcoholic
Devdas. After returning from England, he rekindles his relationship with
his childhood friend Paro (Aishwarya Rai) and they wish to be married.
However, Devdas' mother forbids this due to Paro's lower class status.
Her family, to prove that she deserves better, marry her off to a
wealthy but older man. This drives a depressed Devdas to alcoholism and
into a brothel, where he meets Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit), who also
falls for him. Eventually, and sadly, his vices take control of his
life. A tough role to live up to, Khan actually played the character
with great depth and ease. His dialogue delivery, quivering voice and
movements, and obvious emotions made this a great film for him.
Khan mastered another remake when he took to play one of Amitabh
Bachchan's greatest roles for contemporary cinema. In the Farhan Akhtar
directed movie, Khan played the super-cool gangster Don, and also a
simpleton from Mumbai named Vijay, and he also plays Vijay playing Don!
Khan has really mastered the art of playing double roles, so this one is
no different. He is very nuanced and flexible while pulling off both
the personas. In the sequel, he pulls off being the bad guy with even
more ease than he did in the first one. Something about a negative
Shahrukh Khan character is very appealing!
One of Khan's first films, this one is special not only for its
cloying storyline or realistic characters but also because it was one of
our first glimpses into the romantic hero that Khan would grow into
being. His performance as the sweet, beloved, but non-serious hero
Sunil was applauded by everyone. In fact, Khan has stated several times
that this is one of the best films he has done. It was the first time a
hero was shown as a loser' - he didn't get the girl, he didn't get the
job, but in the end, he lived the best life he could.
This star-studded emotional drama rocked the box office when it
released because it looked at infidelity in Indian marriages like no
other film ever had. However, Khan still delivered one of his best
performances in this movie because it was role unlike anything he has
ever done before, especially in a Karan Johar film. He wasn't a die-hard
romantic who was singing several songs with his beloved. He was bitter,
angry, sarcastic and trapped in a marriage he didn't believe in
anymore. With actors like Rani Mukherjee, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan
and Abhishek Bachchan in his corner, Khan still managed to shine
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Like every movie of SRK's I am always highly excited, for me it is not just a movie release , it's a festive a celebration. Fan was no less but this being a dedication to all his loving ones all over the Universe I was super thrilled to witness myself ,feel myself on-screen along with my childhood love,dream my most favorite Man - SHAH RUKH KHAN
I would never give rating to this movie because this is what we all live - dreaming of him, want to meet/see SRK esp on his Birthday ,get a hug,kiss him..so no ratings can justify all these feelings..
Coming to movie or rather moments we all SRK'ians live in every moment - This one is SRK's most FANtastic Finest performance after long. It is a trump card a Triumph.A performance that I /we all will cherish for ages and it goes in the history of Indian Cinema for being one of the captivating movies ever made with a sincere,grasping performance. SRK has played all his strengths in it.
Gaurav's intelligence in seeking revenge will put you at edge of the seat.It is a roller coaster thriller ride. The end will move your soul - esp. when Aryan Khanna searches Gaurav in crowd again on his B'day outside Mannat. That peace and smile on Gaurav's face will surely get tears in ones eyes and yes I did cry. The movie makes u understand at points that Stars are also human being at the end and they do follow a journey like any ordinary human beings - bas fark itana hain ki woh STAR hain aur hum FAN...
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From playing SRK's son in Ra.One, to growing into quite a handsome boy, time has been good to Armaan Verma.
1) Well, the hair has been chopped off. If only, he's gone cuter!
2) When most of us struggle with the perils of puberty and the resultant awkward teenage, this guy was just killing it with his fabulous hair!
3) Here's an older picture of him with his beloved Nanu. Does the chemistry look similar?
4) Some things time can't change.
5) When asked how people reacted to his haircut, this is what he had to say!
Armaan, we cannot wait to see you on the big screens again!
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Mumbai: It's a known fact that Bollywood's King Khan, Shah Rukh has one of the biggest fan followings in the world. So it was just normal for his fans to rejoice when the actor's new film hit the theatres. While SRK's fans are down with Fan' frenzy, the film's makers recently released a behind the scene footage from their Croatia schedule shoot.
The video takes us through the ups and downs and all the sweet memories that Maneesh Sharma and Shah Rukh Khan along with their film's team made in Croatia while shooting Fan'. However, it's one specific element in the video that holds our undivided attention; two German ladies and their FANtastic story.
Apparently, these two German ladies are Shah Rukh Khan's one of the biggest fans and have been following the actor on his abroad shoots for last 8 years.
"We met a set of people, these German women who come to every Shah Rukh Khan shoot that takes place abroad. They just take a flight and join SRK on his sets and now they have become acquaintances. Shah Rukh is not even surprised to see them in a hotel lobby. On spotting them, he would just go and hug them and greet them. They are very gentle," says Maneesh Sharma.
Unlike other people who often surprise Shah Rukh Khan with unwanted random pictures and videos, these two ladies are just happy to see the actor do his job.
"They are not imposing at all. They're happy to see him. They even stay in the same hotel on their own cost. They would just come to the set and not bother anyone. They'd just see him and not click him randomly. And I was told that this has been happening since last 8 years now," adds Maneesh.
These two beautiful ladies have seen almost every film of the actor. "I liked Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. He is such a warm and kind person," says SRK's fan.
When asked about these special ladies, Shah Rukh Khan smilingly says, "These ladies are like my twins. They are everywhere. It was really nice to have them in Croatia. I guess we even have them in some of the shots too. They are really sweet. They would have lunch with us. They come everywhere I go. If I am travelling in Europe, these ladies will be there for sure. They are my beautiful groupies and I've had them for years. They plan their holidays in places where I am."
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"No one has offered me an international film," says King Khan, without a hint of remorse. High on the success of his latest film Fan, Shah Rukh says, "Many actors like Irrfan Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri, Priyanka Chopra and now Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor are doing Hollywood films, and it's gutsy. They are all fantastic actors, they have taken that chance and it's encouraging.
"I have not got that offer and I am not ready to take that chance," he says, adding, "My films have done well internationally and I am trying to do films on par with their films here in Bollywood."
"I wish to bring the best of cinema here for our countrymen... like Ra.One, for which, in terms of technology, I spent a lot of money... We can do a film on space here. In a few years such films will be made. I have never tried it nor got that opportunity." He adds, "I would like to maintain the pride of the country like these actors have."
Control your ego
"As a star, you have to remember that you are not what you are on screen. You are not larger than life. When I stood with the Miss Indias', I was so short. They were all six feet. In Raees I walk with a swagger. I can't believe that I can be like that. You have to know that you are not that image; you are working for that image. You have to have that sanity."
He adds, "When I was a newcomer I did less work. I have to remember that I am not that character on screen yet while portraying that character I need to have that strong belief in me of being able to fulfill what it requires."
India is all about stars and their fans. "If there is no madness for stardom, there will be lack of inspiration. Many of us get inspired by our heroes like Sachin Tendulkar or Kapil Dev and others," says SRK with a smile.
"Here in India people make temples for stars... Hindi films exist because of that. The fandom is larger here and if that finishes, films will not survive. In Hollywood it's not like that. But in the South the craze is even more. But my stardom is not a luxury car or my bungalow. They are peripherals of my stardom. It is difficult to be a star," he concludes.
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You'll become a Jabra Fan of this hot debutante once you get to know more about her!
1) Background Check
Waluscha was born on 28th November 1984 in Goa. Back then, she never imagined that she would go on to become a supermodel and a Bollywood star!
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