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Stars turned Journos on-screen

  • Published at 03:44 pm May 20th, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:51 pm May 20th, 2017
Stars turned Journos on-screen
Media and journalists are two of the most essential catalysts, which uplifted, created and recreated the Bollywood culture from time to time. In Exchange, Bollywood stars share a long standing history of strange affection and animosity with the media. However, playing a journalist is deemed a cool thing in the contemporary Bollywood. Here’s a glance at some Bollywood actresses who have portrayed the role of journalists on screen. Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla in Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani3579d5483bce Shah Rukh and Juhi played rival reporters, who worked for two competing channels. This patriotic comedy-drama was actually produced by their joint venture: production company Dreamz Unlimited, which later got transformed into Red Chillies Entertainment. Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se, SRK played a programme executive for All India Radio, who meets and has a fateful romance with Monisha Koirala’s character Moina, who turned out to be a terrorist. In the film, he meets her while on a news assignment to cover 50 years of India’s independence. Sonakshi Sinha in You’re Killing Me Sonakshi Sinha is the latest to don the character of a journalist in B-town. She plays the eponymous character in the film adaptation of Karachi, You’re Killing Me!. The film is mostly about questioning journalistic ethics as well as the relationship between humanity and the stories we tell. Ali Zafar in  Tere Bin Laden Ali Zafar played a reporter, who works for a local T.V channel in Karachi, in Tere Bin Laden. The film is a hilarious satire about a small-time journalist trying to make it big by hook or crook, but mostly by crook. Rani Mukerji in No one killed Jessica The film created a stir because it was based on one of the most high-profile murder cases in India - the Jessica Lal murder case. Rani Mukerji played the role of journalist Meera Gaity, and won a Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for her outstanding performance.   jbdy2Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani in Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro Naseeruddin Shah and Ravi Baswani’s portrayal of photojournalists was satire gold. In their bid to expose the rich, famous, and corrupt, they go through the most bizarre sequences, the most famous one of them being the Mahabharata scene, which will have you rolling on the floor for days. Soha Ali Khan in Mumbai Meri Jaan Set against the backdrop of the 2006 Mumbai train bombings, Mumbai Meri Jaan saw Soha Ali Khan play a successful reporter, who loses her fiancé in the bombings. A part of the film explored what happens when a journalist’s personal life gets exploited for mere TRPs. Konkona Sen Sharma in Page 3 and Wake Up Sid Konkona’s journalist avatar in Page 3 was all about the darker side of the profession. But, she was far more relatable and inspiring as the aspiring writer and freshly-minted journalist Aisha in Wake Up Sid. Preity Zinta in Lakshya1492770495 Preity Zinta will always be remembered for playing the role of a war correspondent in the 2004 coming of age drama Lakshya. Her character was famously based on noted journalist Barkha Dutt, who rose to prominence after her extensive coverage of the 1999 Kargil conflict. Kareena Kapoor Khan in Satyagraha Kareena played a political journalist in Prakash Jha’s 2013 film Satyagraha. During the filming, Kareena even took a cheeky dig at a reporter. The reporter had asked Kareena about her experience of working on the film, when Kareena had retorted that this way she would get to ask everyone annoying questions. Anil Kapoor in Nayak Who can forget Anil Kapoor’s Nayak? His journalistic ethics were so bold that he became the goddamn Chief Minister for a day, who gets a chance at ending corruption! Aditi Rao Hydari in Rockstar This one was perhaps a blink and you miss role, but Aditi Rao played an entertainment journalist in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar. She was everything that entertainment journalists are often stereotyped to be! John Abraham and Arshad Warsi in Kabul Expressasrah John and Arshad got to play T.V journalists in the Kabir Khan drama Kabul Express. In the film, they are sent to create a report on life in Afghanistan post the US invasion of the country in September 2001 and there they got to witness the destruction of the once grand city that lay in ruins. Nargis Fakhri in Madras Café Nargis Fakhri played a British war correspondent in the Shoojit Sircar political thriller Madras Café. The film was based on the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War, and her character was partially inspired by renowned war journalist Anita Pratap.
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