[AI] Acting blind is difficult: Deepika

jignesh thakur jigneshthakur21 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 22 14:45:06 EDT 2010


Once I was walking on a road with my 2 visually impaired friends. We
heard a comment from a stranger who was talking with somebody. He sad:
don’t trust or help them, they can rob a bank. They are able to do
anything. We couldn’t do anything except laughing.
We couldn’t understood, he was praising us or anything ells.
What message the films spreads?


On 7/22/10, Vamshi G <gvamshiai at gmail.com> wrote:
> Going by the role she is playing, (Deepika will be seen as a visually
> challenged girl who can dance on Skates), It does not seem so.
>
> Another bollywood movie which portrayed the skills of VIs was Ankhen.
> Though the purpose for which the blinds were used is illegal, robbing a
> bank, the skills of blinds were well exploited.  My personal thought.
>
> Regards,
> Vamshi G
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> From darkness unto light
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> I only hope that this character doesn't reiterate all the stereotypical
> notions about VI.
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> Subramani
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> Acting blind is difficult: Deepika - News & Interviews - Bollywood -
> Entertainment - The Times of India
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> http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-intervie
> ws/Acting-blind-is-difficult-Deepika/articleshow/6
>
> Lead actors playing visually challenged characters is not new, but for
> Deepika Padukone it was a first. She describes it as her toughest role
> yet but also says she is exactly like the heroine - a woman who is
> self-confident, ambitious and never gives up.
>
> "For me, this role out of all the films that I have done was the most
> challenging. It's not been easy. It required a lot of focus and
> concentration. I had to observe a lot of blind people before I could
> play this role," Deepika said.
>
> "I think I identify with the character Pinky a lot because Pinky is
> someone who is extremely self-assured. She is extremely confident,
> knows exactly what she wants. She is ambitious and she never gives up,
> which is exactly how I am," she said.
>
> This time director Pradeep Sarkar has teamed up with Deepika Neil
> Nitin Mukesh and a bunch of other actors to narrate the story of a
> group of youngsters living in the back streets of Mumbai. Releasing
> Aug 20, it will see Neil playing a boxer who fights blindfolded, while
> Deepika will be seen as a visually challenged girl who can dance on
> skates. "The biggest challenge was to pretend that I was not seeing.
> There were no supporting tools like black goggles or a stick with me
> to make it obvious that I am blind. For example, we friends are
> sitting together and discussing something and one of them says, 'arre
> dekh na' and then realises I can't see. Or he removes a glass a bit
> aside spontaneously not realising I couldn't see that...So everyone
> had to focus and give a lot of attention all the time while shooting
> the film," said Deepika.
>
> The actress along with other cast and crew spent time with visually
> challenged people to understand their behavioural nuances and figure
> out counter actions. "It took around six months of reading and
> interacting. Lots of physical movements I had to get use to. It's like
> feeling things around you without actually being able to see them. "We
> didn't visit any blind school, but all of us met a lot of blind
> people... it was not just for me but also very important for Neil and
> the group of friends I am interacting with in the film, even for
> 'dada' (Sarkar) to see how it is to interact with the blind. So I
> think it was a group process for all of us," she said.
>
> Deepika says she didn't find it nerve-wracking to do the implausible
> stunts. "As I have been an athlete and a sportsperson before, I think
> it just makes it much easier and interesting for me. I think to be
> able to do stunts, you need to be physically fit. It needs a lot of
> dedication, it needs a lot of control on the kind of food you are
> eating. So it was a lot of discipline," said Deepika.
>
> It's her zeal for sports that gave her the courage to train in scuba
> diving and sky diving. "The skating is something I had to learn for
> the film, but the scuba diving and this sky diving is something I have
> done for myself. It's always nice to challenge your limits. I always
> thought that I was scared of heights until I jumped off a plane. Today
> when I fly in a plane and look outside, it doesn't feel like
> anything," said Deepika.
>
> After "Lafangey Parindey", Deepika has two films - "Khelein Hum Jee
> Jaan Sey" and "Break Ke Baad" - in queue for release this year.
>
> The actress doesn't get bogged down by work pressure; neither does she
> get jittery by audience expectation. "I don't consider it as work
> pressure, as I enjoy doing it. But I feel very relaxed when I spend my
> time alone at home after I pack up every day or I speak to my parents
> and spend time with them. I don't expect people to expect anything. I
> know I have given it my best. I obviously hope the best for every
> film," said Deepika.
>
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