Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor looks back at Bhavesh Joshi Superhero on the filmâs second anniversary

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Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor looks back at Bhavesh Joshi Superhero on the filmâs second anniversary

Bhavesh Joshi Superhero (2018) starred Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor in the lead and was directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. As the title suggests this was no ordinary superhero flick. In fact, the film goes against the whole notion that you need superpowers to be a superhero. In the film, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor played a Mumbai boy, who after a sudden turn of events, wants to avenge his friend’s death. What starts off as a revenge mission turns into a desire to end corruption once and for all. Today, June 1, marks the second anniversary of the film released in 2018. We chat with the actor about the message the film tried to give, his motivation behind playing such an offbeat role and more…

Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor


Bhavesh Joshi Superhero was a film about a man, who fights for what he believes is right. How important is it to keep a similar attitude in life?

Honestly, the change starts within yourself. The first thing that you can control is your perspective, the way you see things. That dictates how you chose to deal with things because most things that happen are beyond our control. In Bhavesh Joshi, the character finds himself in a crazy situation where something horrible has happened. He can’t approach the judicial system. He believes it’s inadequate. So, he decides to take things in his own hands. He uses force when necessary but does it all for the greater good.

Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor


What was the motivation for you to play the character?

I knew the kind of films Vikramaditya (Motwane) makes. This film too was unusual in its treatment and the idea of a superhero. It felt authentic since we were able to tie real emotions into a gripping human drama. The film makes you believe that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. There’s a bit of poetry and romance in the film that also makes it special.

Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor


Who do you believe is playing Bhavesh Joshi in this pandemic?

The medical professionals, the doctors and the nurses who’re putting themselves at risk and exposing themselves to such high chances of contracting the virus. The medical professionals are fighting for us so that we can be at home and stay safe. My heart goes out to them. Also, there’s so much sadness around – the way the migrant workers have been treated. It’s just bringing to light how unfair everything is.

Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor


What message would you like to give out to your fans during these critical times?

Try and change your perspective instead of focussing on what's wrong. This will only pile up a hemisphere of negative thoughts. You need to focus your energies on the positive side. Only then will you feel grateful and happy. Be grateful for all that you have access to, which billions of people don’t have right now.


Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor
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Blast from the past: Who was the first heroine to don a swimsuit in a film?

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Blast from the past: Who was the first heroine to don a swimsuit in a film?
We had written earlier that Sharmila sensation caused a sensation by wearing a two-piece bikini in a Filmfare photoshoot and then wearing a swimsuit in films like An Evening In Paris (1967) and Aamne Saamne (1967).

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

She has been erroneously attributed to being the first heroine to wear a swimsuit on screen but it isn’t so. Interestingly, that happened around 30 years ago in a Marathi film called Brahmachari (1938). 

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

And the first heroine ever to don a swimsuit in a film is reportedly Meenakshi Shirodkar, grandmother of Shilpa and Namrata Shirodkar.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

The film was a satire on the concept of celibacy and has Meenakshi seducing Master Vinayak, who directed the film and was also her co-star, in the song Yamuna jali khelu khel.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

The audience of the era were indeed zapped seeing Shirodkar wearing a swimsuit in the song and the novelty brought a repeat value to the proceedings. It was reportedly dubbed in Hindi as well. It was Meenakshi’s debut film and brought her instant stardom. Her pairing with Master Vinayak, who was actress Nanda’s father, too was appreciated by the audience and the duo went on to do several films together, like Brandichi Batli (1939), Ardhangi / Ghar Ki Rani (1940), Amrut (1941), Mazhe Bal (1943) and more.

Who, then, was the first Hindi film actress to wear a swimsuit? According to reports, that honour too belongs to another Marathi mulgi Nalini Jaywant. Nalini, who was the first cousin of Shobhana Samarth, was quite progressive in her views and could be said to be way ahead of her times as far as sartorial sense is concerned.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

She reportedly didn’t shy away from wearing beachwear for photoshoots, which was considered extremely bold in the ’50s. In the film Sangram (1950), she donned a proper swimsuit and was seen cavorting with a rather dishy Ashok Kumar, sporting shades and shorts, in the song Ulfat ka jadu dil mein asar hai.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

The film’s plot was also way ahead of its time and had Ashok Kumar playing a proper anti-hero.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

Nargis too wore a swimsuit in Awara (1951).

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

The celebrated beach sequence shot with her and Raj Kapoor became one of the highlights of the film. She was known mostly for her saree-clad image so her swimsuit avatar must have come as a shock to the audience then.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

We must add that it remains one of the most tastefully done swimsuit sequences ever. Whose poetic appeal hasn’t withered with time.

Nutan was another heroine known for her girl-next-door persona. So her swimsuit look in the comedy Dilli Ka Thug (1958) created waves.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

It was a clear departure from norm as far her image was concerned. She showed the audience that apart from being the quintessential Indian girl, she can pull off a Westernised avatar as well. Nutan plays a champion swimmer in the film.

Swimsuit, Meenakshi Shirodkar

There is even an Esther Williams like music sequence involving her and a plethora of swimmers in the song Yeh bahar yeh sama.

So as one can see, Sharmila’s swimsuit moment came much later, though it grabbed the maximum eyeballs and remains the most written about.
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