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Actress Kani Kusruti on being different

Athira Jishnu

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Kani Kusruti is a powerhouse of ability, yet declines to pass by generalizations. Kani Kusruti doesn’t fit into the ordinary system of an on-screen character. As some person who has lived by her own terms, the intense and wonderful Kani dependably springs shocks.

She has moved far from theater, once her specialty; her filmography isn’t broad regardless of being a shocking entertainer. Be that as it may, she has no protestations. The vivacious, shadowy, petite artiste is additionally into displaying, the most recent being a cover shoot for Vogue India magazine. As of late, she showed up on the smaller than usual screen, playing an attorney in K.K. Rajeev’s serial ‘Easwaran Sakshiyayi’ on Flowers TV. All in all, what’s more in store? Addressing Friday Review from Mumbai where is as of now living, Kani discusses being unique:

We didn’t expect Kani Kusruti to do a serial?

(Laughs) I am totally cut off from Malayalam serials. But I had my reasons to do that role in ‘Easwaran Sakshiyayi’. One, it gave me a steady income. The second factor was the director himself. He had actually offered me a role in one of his serials earlier. At that time I didn’t want to leave theatre.

When he approached me again with this role, the catch was that it would have only 100 episodes. He told me I needed to shoot for just three months. I didn’t hesitate to say yes because it was the best opportunity to come home to Kerala once in a while, especially to attend my sitar classes. I have been learning it at Natyaveda school in the capital city. Although there are many teachers here in Mumbai, I chose to learn it in Thiruvananthapuram. Learning a musical instrument is a passion and the idea is not to become a performer. When I play it, I feel something akin to meditation

So how was the experience of acting in a serial?

Although the serial got extended and I had to shoot for five months, I enjoyed being part of it. People have labelled me as somebody difficult to work with (laughs). So naturally everybody expected me to get into a fight with my director or co-stars.

But there was absolutely no problems on the set of ‘Easwaran Sakshiyayi’ and I became quite friendly with every one. We all respected each other as artistes and that eventually created a friendly ambience.

Kani Kusruti In cinema?

People ask why I do films in which I don’t have enough screen time. I don’t regret the roles I have done. I look at a work as a whole.

But then there are many roles that I really wanted to do but couldn’t due to various reasons. For example, a role in Lijo Jose Pellissery’s City of God. Whatever I do is for my personal satisfaction and I am not somebody who is overtly worried or concerned about anything. I am not a star, I am an actor. A star is bound to work in a way that brings him/her a steady stream of roles, whereas in my case I do roles that I find interesting. In some cases I accept roles because my friends are part of the project.

Of late, there has been a change in the outlook towards women working in the film industry.

The working atmosphere has changed a lot, we are treated in a better way now. As for the content, at least a few films are trying to have realistic portrayals of women.

I thoroughly enjoyed Nazriya’s character in Ohm Shanthi OshaanaRani Padminitoo had its moments. I personally enjoy commercial movies more than those movies that try to be abstract for the sake of being abstract.

Right now I am not doing any movie. I recently shot for a film by Vipin Vijay.

Kani Kusruti , the model

I have got my own sense of fashion, I come up with weird mix n’ match combinations. I have modelled mostly for my friends. The chance to be featured on the cover of Vogue India came through a friend. That particular issue was about saris and as somebody who regularly wears saris, I was featured along with (actress) Aparna Nair and another model.

Photo shoots are something I enjoy. I am never tired of the process involved. In fact I have done an ad on the lines of Sruthi Menon’s jewellery ad that had kicked up a storm. It was also for a jewellery brand, but we didn’t publish it because it was a lot similar to Sruthi’s ad.

Kani Kusruti Looking ahead

I am on a break now. I want to make a serial some day, a work that appeals to all. I am a huge fan of serials in foreign languages and would love to do something like that.

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BIO | Official Teaser | Malayalam Short Film 2019 | Cinema Buddies Official

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BIO | Official Teaser | Malayalam Short Film 2019 | Cinema Buddies Official

BIO is the fourth Short Film venture by Team Cinema Buddies. BIO is about the story of a ‘book’. The story revolves around the excitement of a book which is going to meet its first reader, it’s a journey, it’s interactions with him and about an incident that changes the lives of both.

Team Cinema Buddies who earlier made the Short films KEN, DDM & Sahitham is back with another short film titled as ‘BIO’. The official teaser of the short film released a few days back and seems like an interesting theme to watch out for. The funds for the short film have been raised through a crowdfunding campaign which happened few months back and around 200 people contributed towards the campaign. Makers are planning to release BIO during December month. BIO is about the story of a ‘book’. The story revolves around the excitement of a book which is going to meet its first reader, its journey, its interactions with him and about an incident which changes the lives of both.

Crew Details:- Director SHIFAS S SHARAF,  Dop SHIBU SUDHAKAR & ARUN VIJAY, Associate director AJU ANAN MATHEW, Editor PRASANT, Writer AKSHAY GAJRIA, Sound mix & master ARNOLD ANTONY, Assistant director SREEJEESH KT & VINIL DCRUZ, Creative head ARUN PRATHAP, BGM ABHISHEKH SEBASTIAN, Production controller ALEX D PIUS, Art NIVIN VJ vfx AMAL S KOLLAM Animation ABHILASH, Production support ANUMON ANTONY & SHIVAM SHUKLA, Assistant dop SUDHAKAR & AJIE spot support AASITH VENUGOPAL

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Pagalpantys’s second dialogue promo video released

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Pagalpantys's second dialogue promo video released

Pagalpanthi is the latest film by Anees Basmi starring John Abraham. The comedy entertainer has a huge cast. It is directed by Anis Tiwari, Tanish Bagchi and Sachin-Jigar. The second promo video for the film has been released. Anil Kapoor, John Abraham, Ileana De Cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, Urvashi Routtela and Saurabh Shukla are the other stars of the film. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Abhishek Pathak, Krishan Kumar and Kumar Mangat Pathak. George C Williams is the cinematographer. The makers of the laughter riot Welcome are back, and this time with a more hilarious cast and script. The makers of Pagalpanti have dropped the trailer of this multi-starrer, and the viewers can’t help but roll on the floor laughing. Starring John Abraham, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Pagalpantys's second dialogue promo video releasedKharbanda, Ileana D’cruz and Urvashi Rautela, the cast also has Anil Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla in pivotal roles. The movie trailer comes with a warning of not applying too much brain. While it is impossible to figure out the possible plot from the trailer, the three-minute long video is contains a number of hilarious punchlines. The movie is directed by Anees Bazmee and has been bankrolled by Bhushan Kumar, Abhishek Pathak, Krishan Kumar and Kumar Mangat Pathak. The soundtrack at the background reminds one of Pagalpantys's second dialogue promo video releasedWelcome, the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif-starrer comedy flick also directed by Bazmee. As it is clear from the trailer, while Ileana is paired with John Abraham, Urvashi Rautela is cast opposite Arshad Warsi and Kriti Kharbanda is Pulkit Samrat’s love interest in the movie. Anil Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla play brother-in-laws in the movie. With a script by Bazmee, Rajeev Kaul and Praful Parekh and music by Sajid-Wajid, Pagalpanti is slated to release on November 22.

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Actress Malavika as Glamorous; The pictures are viral

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Actress Malavika as Glamorous; The pictures are viral

Malavika is the most famous actress with a fashion statement at Lakme Fashion Week. The latest photoshoot of the star has now gone viral. The actress looked gorgeous in her dress. Malavika is the daughter of Malayalee cinematographer KU Mohanan. Malavika made her acting debut with Dulquer Salmaan’s upcoming film Pattom pole. Later, Asif Ali became the heroine in the crucial role. He was last seen in Malayalam film ‘The Great Father’. The Bollywood actress also stepped into Bollywood with Beyond Actress Malavika as Glamorous; The pictures are viralthe Clouds by Majid Majidi. Malavika’s breakthrough as an actress came through her role as Tara, a poor girl from Mumbai’s dhobi ghat area, in Majid Majidi’s drama film, Beyond the Clouds (2017).Following her successful audition, Majidi selected her ahead of renowned actresses Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut for the role, which saw her portray the older sister of debutant Ishaan Khatter. She expressed her delight at working with Majidi so early in her career, especially considering that she regularly had to study and write essays on his films during her undergraduate course. For the film, Malavika lost eight kilograms in fifteen days to film for a jail sequence, and opted not to wash her hair for several days on end to get the look of the slum dweller correct. The film was screened across several international festivals, before being Actress Malavika as Glamorous; The pictures are viralreleased worldwide in April 2018. Malavika won positive reviews for her portrayal, with Filmfare’s critic stating “Malavika Mohanan is a natural in front of the camera”.A reviewer from The Times of India stated she was “captivating in her honest portrayal” and “skilfully walks the fine line between passionate and melodramatic”, while The Hollywood Reporter called her “solid”. In mid-2018, she signed on to appear in a role in Karthik Subbaraj’s Petta (2019), which would feature her alongside an ensemble cast including Rajinikanth, Vijay Sethupathi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. For the film, which marked her first project in the Tamil language, Malavika hired a Tamil-speaking tutor to help her practice her lines. Her next movie will be Hero in Telugu opposite Vijay Devarakonda. The movie will be directed by Anand Annamalai, co-writer of films like Kuttramae Thandanai and Kaakka Muttai.

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