Shah Rukh Khan is one of the most influential actors in the world, having appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films.
He has received 14 Filmfare awards, honouring excellence in the Hindi language film industry and has more than 15 million Twitter followers.
He was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards, the Padma Shri, in 2005.
He is set to give a public talk at the university on October 15.
The University has been linked with India for nearly 250 years. Professor William Robertson, Edinburgh’s Principal from 1762 to 1793 and a noted Enlightenment thinker, wrote one of the earliest European texts to focus on India - an historical disquisition concerning the knowledge which the ancients had of India.
“The University of Edinburgh has very strong ties with India and I am delighted that we are able to welcome one of the most outstanding stars of world cinema,” University of Edinburgh Senior Vice-Principal Prof Charlie Jeffery said.
Irrfan Khan says India’s entries to Oscar embarrasing
Actor Irrfan Khan said that Chaitanya Tamhane’s Marathi film Court is a better choice than the last few ‘embarrassing’ entries that India sent for the Oscars. “Court is a good film. I don’t know about the other films. Unlike a few years back, the kind of films that were sent, were embarrassing. This is better than them,” Irrfan said.
Irrfan’s Paan Singh Tomar and The Lunchbox were two films in the forefront of being chosen as India’s Oscar entry, but ultimately Barfi! and The Good Road were selected by a jury appointed by the Film Federation of India.
Irrfan also said that there should be a body “which should be really concerned about choosing the right film and sending it to a platform which is very important.”
“We can’t judge what it will do and how it will be perceived. There (at the Oscars) they have big competition, so it depends with which films it is competing. Also, there’s the luck factor,” he added.
“We can only try to send the best (film) we have made,” Irrfan added.
When Irrfan was asked whether Hollywood is still looking for cliched Indian films, which have song and dance sequences, he said: “They are not looking for anything from Bollywood. They have a perception of Bollywood films having songs and dance sequences in it.”
“But if we do films like The Lunchbox, Court and Slumdog Millionaire, then the perception will change. Somewhere that perception is changing, but that’s very little. Like Talvar, it’s a film with no song and dance. It’s doing very well,” said Irrfan.
Meanwhile, Irrfan is gearing up for the release of Sanjay Gupta’s Jazbaa, co-starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
The film is scheduled to release on October 9.
Aishwariya Rai Bachchan doesn’t deem Jazbaa ‘comeback’
Regarded widely as the epitome of beauty and glamour, actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she wanted to be known more for her performance than looks.
The former Miss World, 41, who is making a comeback to the big screen after five years with Jazbaa, said there was a perception in people’s mind that she will opt for glamorous role but she preferred otherwise. “When I chose to start my career with Iruvar, I genuinely believed I was liberating myself as an actor. I came to the industry after Miss World, modelling... There was obvious perception that ‘Aishwarya Rai means glamour’.
“So when I chose to work with Mani Ratnam in a south Indian film like Iruvar, which had Mohanlal, Revathi, Tabu, I wanted to be free as an artist. I didn’t want to be in the mould of perception... I wanted to be free from this perception,” she told reporters during the promotion of the film in the capital. In the Sanjay Gupta-directed film, which releases this Friday, Aishwarya plays a doting mother of a little girl.
The actress said she did not have any inhibition of taking a long break from films to raise her three-year-old daughter Aaradhya. “I am a very committed mother, and professional. So only when I knew that I can balance both, I took up Jazbaa.”
However, the actress does not like to label the film as her comeback project. “Honestly, I don’t feel like I was gone anywhere. I became a mother and during that time, through advertisements, endorsements and social work, I was always in touch with fans. “Though I wasn’t working in cinema but I really didn’t feel that I was away. So, I didn’t realise the time that has gone by.
Ali fazal visits the golden temple
Ali Fazal has made his way back to Punjab. The actor has been stationed in Amritsar for over 15 days now, where he is shooting for Aanand L Rai’s Happy Bhaag Jayegi.
His hectic shooting schedule hasn’t allowed him to explore the city much. However, Ali was particularly keen to visit the famous Golden Temple before coming back.
His wish seems to have come true as the actor did finally manage to visit the holy shrine. The cast and crew will now move to another town for the second schedule of the film.
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