Sunday, December 31, 2017

कल रिलीज़ होगा शाहरुख़ खान की ड्वार्फ फिल्म का नाम और....!

पिछले सात आठ महीनों से आनंद एल राज के निर्देशन में शाहरुख़ खान की फिल्म की बड़ी चर्चा है।  चर्चा का ख़ास कारण यह है कि इस फिल्म में शाहरुख़ खान एक बौने की भूमिका भी कर रहे हैं तथा इस फिल्म का टाइटल अभी तक बताया ही नहीं गया है।  इस फिल्म  में शाहरुख़ खान की जब तक है जान की दो नायिकाएं कैटरीना कैफ और अनुष्का शर्मा, नायिकाएं हैं।  शुरू में इसका नाम कैटरीना मेरी जान बताया गया था।  ऐसा लगता है कि यह  दर्शकों का ध्यान फिल्म की ओर आकर्षित करने का प्रयास मात्र था।  क्योंकि, जल्द ही इस टाइटल को ड्राप किये जाने का ऐलान कर दिया गया।  लम्बे समय तक,  जब किसी फिल्म के बारे में कोई जानकारी नहीं मिलती तो  सुगबुगाहट और अफवाहें फ़ैलने लगती हैं।  इस बौने पर फिल्म को लेकर भी ऐसा ही हुआ।  इसे ड्वार्फ टाइटल दिया गया।  इसे टिंगया यानि टिन्गु यानि बौना भी बताया गया।  लेकिन, इन टाइटलों की किसी स्तर से पुष्टि नहीं हुई।  अब जबकि २०१७ ख़त्म होने वाला है, आनंद एल राज और शाहरुख़ खान जोड़ी की फिल्म फिर चर्चा में है।  इस चर्चा से साफ़ हो जायेगा कि शाहरुख़ खान की फिल्म का टाइटल क्या होगा ? पहले पढ़िए नीचे दिए गए पांच ट्वीट-





फिल्म अभिनेता शाहरुख़ खान और निर्देशक आनंद एल राज के बीच इस मज़ाकिया ट्वीट में सन्देश दे दिया  गया है कि १ जनवरी २०१८ की शाम पांच बजे, आनंद एल  राज निर्देशित और शाहरुख खान, कैटरीना कैफ  और श्रीमती अनुष्का शर्मा कोहली अभिनीत फिल्म का टाइटल बताया जायेगा।  चूंकि, नए साल का पहला दिन है, इसलिए कुछ दिखाया भी जायेगा।  यह कुछ फिल्म का पोस्टर भी हो सकता है, फर्स्ट लुक भी या टीज़र भी।  लेकिन, सूत्र बताते हैं कि फिल्म के बारे में जो कुछ भी सामने आएगा, वह चौंकाने वाला होगा।  ज़ाहिर है कि शाहरुख़ खान ने अपने प्रशंसकों को नए साल का बेहतरीन तोहफा दे दिया है।

My role in Fear Files is very challenging: Romit Raj

Actor Romit Raj, who is part of Fear Files, is thrilled to be part of the show. The actor says that the role is very challenging. “I am doing Fear files for the first time in my career of 15yrs as I feel there is a big audience out there who watch Fear Files. It’s a fascinating story about a couple and I have a very challenging role,” says Romit, who was last seen in Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi” On Sab TV. Meanwhile, the actor wants to be part of a love story. “I am interested in doing an intense love story drama as I feel it has great viewership with a good storyline,” he says.

 Ask him which he prefers, fictions shows or episodics like Fear Files, he says, “Daily soap and Fear files both have their audience. I, being an actor, get to enjoy both. Frankly TV is getting better and bigger. Every one is aware that TV needs to be at its best otherwise viewers will move over to the digital medium completely. I can see amazing stories and fantastic packaging of new TV shows. Honestly, I have never done episodic work as I always feel comfortable doing daily soaps or long-running shows. You have more time to play your character and more scenes to do. I am doing Fear Files for two reasons - first, the audience, who love this show, and secondly Mr. Sukesh Motwani, the producer.” The actor also wants to take up shows which his daughter can watch. “My daughter can’t watch television shows at all. She only watches Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly and Barbie. I would love to play a super hero for my daughter,” he says.

New Year Goals

As 2017 nears its end, our favourite telly actors tell us what they learnt this year and what they look forward to next year.
Sneha Wagh: 2017 was a year of learning for me. I learned a lot from it. It taught me to move forward with life, taught me to be myself. In 2018, I want to implement everything I learned. And lead the new year with open heart and mind.
Sshrey Pareek: Everyday is a lesson for me. But I feel there is a lot more than I can still learn from this year. There is something that has been left undone, which I will complete next year. My expectations from 2018 are huge. Next year I want to make sure I do at least one film.
Hrishikesh Pandey: I don't expect too much not from a year or people. What I believe in is that we have to work hard to achieve anything and when you work hard there's nothing that is impossible in life. You can achieve anything and everything, with your dedication and focus. In the previous year also, there were ups and downs where work is concerned. In 2018, I just want to keep going, be occupied and live life. I am going to travel more and live for myself.
Gunjan Utreja: The most important lesson I have gained in 2017 is that the most important thing in life is your health. We take our body for granted and forget to take care of it. I have made a resolution that I will put my health above anything else in this world. Honestly, the only expectations I have is for myself. I believe that I will make 2018 a year full of personal and professional victories and growth. I aim to make the coming year much better than any past years and do my utmost best in all areas of life. I will try to strike a balance keeping a healthy lifestyle in mind to ensure that I am the best version of myself till date.
Romit Raj: The important lesson of 2017 is to keep moving ahead with the change in the entertainment industry. My expectation for 2018 is to act in films, short films and digital series. 
Gavie Chahal: Life is unpredictable. We have seen lots of people from the Bollywood fraternity pass away this year. I even lost my father this year. So it taught me a great lesson that nothing is permanent. Focus on your work and keep moving on in your life. May God grace the world with humanity and peace in 2018.
Saurabh Pandey: 2017 will always remain special to my wife and me because we got married in this year. It taught us that life is not easy. It is a roller coaster and that's also the fun part of life. With good a little bad experience is also required to realise what's good and the value of it. We have grown into a mature and a better version of ourselves for one another. 2018 is like a blank board. We hope to get into it with a bang and do good in life, work and for the world. Giving our best to make our lives and the world a better place. Happy New year.  
Samiksha Bhatnagar: I spent some time this weekend reflecting on this question about my lesson in 2017. I believe, everyday is a new lesson, if you want to learn. If you just want to live your life as it comes then each day would be just another day. However, if I have to mention the single most important lesson I’ve learned this year, then it will be to have faith that your efforts will be rewarded. That’s it. Now that may sound like a productivity lesson, but to me, it’s really a recipe for happiness and success. My expectations in 2018 are more around learning new things and embracing the change. I feel the only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. The only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out in the open.
Vivian Dsena I gained lot of wisdom in 2017 and got a new perspectives on everything in life. In 2018, I will take each day as it comes. I don’t plan much and that helps me live each day to it’s fullest.

Ssharad Malhotraa: I got new insights into human relationships and got to do short films and music video in 2017, which was different experience. In 2018, I am expecting some unique and new developments in career and I would surely be exploring new avenues. I am expecting more stability and growth in all spheres of life.

Riya Deepsi fourth time lucky with Swastik

Actress Riya Deepsi is someone who has been quite lucky with well known production house Swastik Productions. The young actor is actually working for the fourth time with Siddharth Kumar Tewary. Riya worked in shows like Mahabharat, Begusarai, Razia Sultan and now Riya is working in Porus as Barsine. Speaking on her character Riya says,"I am playing the role of Barsine, the daughter of King Darius played by actor Praneet Bhat. This is my second time with Praneet before this we have played brother-sister (Gandhari-Shakuni) in Mahabharat and now we are playing father and daughter. Audience will get to see a great equation between us." When asked about Siddharth Kumar Tewary Riya adds,"He is a person who has immense knowledge on television, he is a through professional man and knows his job so well. I often seek advice for him. And when an offer from him came to me directly I knew this is going to be big." Riya is a parallel lead in the show and sports a new look for her character. Riya adds,"The costume designer of Porus Ketki mam knows her work so well. The costume which I have been given is not revealing but sensuous at the same time. And also jewellery which am using is so pretty people will fall in love with it immediatel

Dipti Kalwani: 2017 was challenging but helped me grow

Producer Dipti Kalwani of Sunny Side Up, whose show Badho Bahu is doing very well, says the she has grown a lot in the past year. The producer adds that the year also brought with it different genres and stories. “2017 was challenging in a lot of ways but helped me in becoming more disciplined.  I am hoping 2018 will be more fun and happiness for everyone.  2017 was about a lot of good stories narrated with humour, a trend I feel that will continue for some time,” she says.
Dipti looks forward to interesting work in the future. “Have written some new stories and I am looking for new platforms to tell them. Will be announcing my new projects soon. The only way to face competition is to remain yourself and write stories that you will believe in,” she says.
She further adds,  "I started my production house cause I wanted to tell the stories I liked. It was a very simple reason," she says.  The young producer has been making a mark for herself with the right choice of projects. However, it is not as easy as it appears. "Producing a show comes with many challenges on a daily basis, it is exhausting by the end of the day, but the creative satisfaction of work balances it out for me," says Dipti.

Many accuse television to be dominated by the TRP game. However, Dipti defends the norm. "Yes, at the end of the day it’s all business so the TRPs do govern our lives," she says. With the arrival of digital space, the television audience is getting divided. Dipti predicts that the competition will get tougher for the world of television one day or the other. "Digital space will affect television sooner than later, a lot of television sponsors will move to other platforms. I feel it’s going to get far more competitive," she says. Badho Bahu ion & TV is still going great guns keeping the audiences glued to its story with twists and turns regularly.

From Digital space to return of the veterans, Rajan Shahi analyses TV’s last year

From variety on television to foray into the digital medium, the last year has brought in a lot of new tends in the television industry. ProducerRajan Shahi, whose show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is probably one of the longest running shows on the tube, says that he has observed many changes in the last one year.
To start with, Shahi says that one major trend was that long running shows continue to enjoy good ratings. “One very consistent trend which appeared and in 2017 was that the shows have been running consistently, have been giving good TRPs. They have been the backbone of the channel. These are shows like Yeh Rishta... and Yeh Hain Mohhabbatein on Star Plus, Kumkum Bhagya on Zee Tv and Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma on Sab TV. So that was something which is quite consistent over the year,” he says.
The producer adds that there were also different genres which were introduced in TV. “Another trend is that a lot of shows started and quickly shut. But a lot of supernatural, mythological and historic shows were again loved by the audience. There's a lot of variety on every channel. There are family dramas, supernatural, mythological and other genres,” he says.
The on screen chemistry shared by the lead actors was also a highlight of the shows on television this year. “The top-rated shows are relying on the chemistry shared by the leads. A lot of shows have seasoned actors and successful shows are running because of the chemistry shared by the actors. Karan and Divyanka, Nakkul Mehta and Surbhi Chandna, Sriti and Shabbir are amazing with each other on screen,” says Shahi.
A lot of seasoned actors have also made a comeback this year, says Shai. “Also, there are a lot of good, seasoned actors, on TV. I saw less of newcomers working in shows and television is once again working with old actors. Good actors are coming back to television and are in demand,” he says.
The foray into digital space is an amazing advancement this year, says Shahi. “A lot of makers are going towards the digital platform with the kind of story they want. It would be explored much more in the coming year,” says the producer.
However, Shahi adds that the constant changes in ratings have been putting a lot of pressure on show makers. “One trend which I saw was that there was a pressure on the channels every week, in terms of consistency in TRPs. The  fluctuations happen every month or every week and television has been on it’s toes this year. There will be a lot of change in the way we approach television shows now because of the competition. There will be a huge pressure on the makers and also the budget. I think now cost-effective shows will be looked into seriously and a lot of shows which are not getting good ratings will be sacked,” he says.


Saturday, December 30, 2017

From Digital space to return of the veterans, Rajan Shahi analyses TV’s last year

From variety on television to foray into the digital medium, the last year has brought in a lot of new tends in the television industry. ProducerRajan Shahi, whose show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is probably one of the longest running shows on the tube, says that he has observed many changes in the last one year.
To start with, Shahi says that one major trend was that long running shows continue to enjoy good ratings. “One very consistent trend which appeared and in 2017 was that the shows have been running consistently, have been giving good TRPs. They have been the backbone of the channel. These are shows like Yeh Rishta... and Yeh Hain Mohhabbatein on Star Plus, Kumkum Bhagya on Zee Tv and Tarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma on Sab TV. So that was something which is quite consistent over the year,” he says.
The producer adds that there were also different genres which were introduced in TV. “Another trend is that a lot of shows started and quickly shut. But a lot of supernatural, mythological and historic shows were again loved by the audience. There's a lot of variety on every channel. There are family dramas, supernatural, mythological and other genres,” he says.
The on screen chemistry shared by the lead actors was also a highlight of the shows on television this year. “The top-rated shows are relying on the chemistry shared by the leads. A lot of shows have seasoned actors and successful shows are running because of the chemistry shared by the actors. Karan and Divyanka, Nakkul Mehta and Surbhi Chandna, Sriti and Shabbir are amazing with each other on screen,” says Shahi.
A lot of seasoned actors have also made a comeback this year, says Shai. “Also, there are a lot of good, seasoned actors, on TV. I saw less of newcomers working in shows and television is once again working with old actors. Good actors are coming back to television and are in demand,” he says.
The foray into digital space is an amazing advancement this year, says Shahi. “A lot of makers are going towards the digital platform with the kind of story they want. It would be explored much more in the coming year,” says the producer.

However, Shahi adds that the constant changes in ratings have been putting a lot of pressure on show makers. “One trend which I saw was that there was a pressure on the channels every week, in terms of consistency in TRPs. The  fluctuations happen every month or every week and television has been on it’s toes this year. There will be a lot of change in the way we approach television shows now because of the competition. There will be a huge pressure on the makers and also the budget. I think now cost-effective shows will be looked into seriously and a lot of shows which are not getting good ratings will be sacked,” he says. 

Sudhir Mishra's DaasDev is an inverse take on the original Devdas

Director and writer Sudhir Mishra who has given Indian cinema some of the most incredible and memorable films is all set with his next directorial venture, DaasDev. Starring Richa Chadha as Paro, Aditi Rao Hydari as Chandni and Rahul Bhat as Dev, the film is a modern flip of the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's classic novel ‘Devdas’ set in the modern time of hinterland India against the backdrop of politics. Sudhir Mishra has previously given us path-breaking films like Is Raat Ki Subah Nahi, Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Khoya Khoya Chand and with someone of his repute helming this flipped tale of classic story will surely be something to look forward to. Set in a modern era, Daasdev is a new adaptation that brings some refreshing avatars and is a love saga but set amidst political upheaval background in Uttar Pradesh. DaasDev follows a path contrary to the plot of the classic novel and is a romantic thriller film that talks about addiction to power; addiction to love that is explored through these 3 main characters. DaasDev is a film about power as it gets into the way of love. Director Sudhir Mishra says, "I think it's my right to use any work, everything is my heritage, so I can play with it as long as I admit it. I admit that I took Devdas, I took the three characters Dev, Paro, and Chandramukhi. As I was working, Shakespeare intruded and I allowed him to, what could I do? Ultimately it became a film about power as it gets into the way of love. It became a reverse journey because if Devdas is a journey from a noble person to a 'Das', this is a journey from 'Das', a person who is a slave to his addictions and the dynastic ambitions of his family, to Dev." Presented by Storm pictures and produced by Saptarishi Cinevision production, is all set to release on 16th February 2018 in theatres worldwide.


Kartikey made Shani a household name, I am taking it new heights now: Rohit Khurana

Actor Rohit Khurana, who is part of Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s Karamphaldata Shani, says that he is enjoying being part of the show. The actor, whose role was played by child actor Kartikey Malaviye prior to the time leap, admired the way the  latter essayed the role as well. “Working with him, has always been wonderful. He did a fabulous job by portraying younger Shani. I admire him more for making Shani successful and now I am putting my effort to make it a cult show. We both are giving our best to our role,” he says. Ask him if it was challenging to carry on the the portrayal of Shani, and he says, “I would say Kartikey did a fabulous job, I don't think it was a challenge. But yes, I had to do justice to the role. Kartikey put his sweat into making Shani a household name, now I am taking it to new heights.” The two share a great bond as well. “There is the huge age difference between Kartikey and me. We normally discuss and compliment each other about our role and how we are playing our part,” he says. The actor says that this has a lot to do with the team as well. “We never had any issues, our team is one big family and we stand by each other. The best part of working in a daily soap is the whole star cast works in a harmonious way and we support each other,” he says. In fact, his character has taught him a lot. “I learned to stay persistent and determined, that's what Shani also does in people lives as well. Shani inspires people to do karma and then depending on that, they reap the results,” he says. The show, too, means a lot to Rohit. “I have done various role - comic, serious, boy next door, negative and with Karamphaldata Shani, I have forayed into mythological character space. So it added a new feather to my cap and I am delighted that it came my way,” he says.

Ishita Ganguly enters Prithvi Vallabh

Ishita Ganguly cemented her position in the Hindi television industry with her successful portrayal of Kashibai in Peshwa Bajirao. And much to the delight of her fans, Ishita will be seen in the much anticipated Sony Entertainment Television show, Prithvi Vallabh. Ishita was the first choice for the role and has already signed the dotted lines to become a part of the Magnum Opus.
Ishita will be seen playing a significant role in the show. She has already started shooting for her part and has done a lot of research to do complete justice to her character. Since Ishita believes in authentic portrayal of all the characters she plays, the talented actor has also undergone a lot of training. Since it’s a historical show, she has put in a lot of effort  to perfect her diction. A lot of attention has also been paid to give her a certain look.

When contacted, Ishita confirms the news saying, “It’s a geat feeling to be associated with the Magnup Opus historical show Prithvi Vallabh. I am playing an important character in the show and will be living the era. I am sure people will not only love each and every character but will be engrossed with the concept of the show.”

More workout, me-time; Mahakaali cast welcomes 2018 with creative resolutions

The New Year beckons us and we are all set to welcome it with strong New Year resolutions. The cast of Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s Mahakaali – Anth hi Aarambh hai share their plans as well as resolutions with us.
Pooja Sharma - I am lucky to get a 3-day break this New year. I am going to Delhi to spend New Year with my family. That is the best start to my year. My resolution in the New Year is to simply increase my joy in every moment of my life.
Hitanshu Jinsi – My New Year resolution is to be picky about stuff. There are a lot of options and sometimes you have to stand up and just say no. Also, I wish to take more time off, go see the world, travel and have some great experiences, so that I can be inspired to get back to work.  I would love to spend the first day of 2018, shooting on the sets. I am a workaholic. I just love my work. I want to start the year by hearing ‘roll action’.
Abhishek Awasthi - This year I’m going to be celebrating the New year with all my closest friends. It’s going to be a house party that will go on all night long. All my best friends will be celebrating together. This is the best way to celebrate as there’s no point going out and celebrating with so many restrictions and limits. And as a New Year resolution, I’m going to keep myself, fitter, as everyone knows wedding bells are going to ring for me very soon. I am very excited for that.  A new life, a new journey is going to start soon.
Vishal Nayak - I'm going to be celebrating this New Year by visiting a temple and gurdwara. And I hope to shoot on the 1st day of the New Year as it is auspicious. My New Year resolution is going to be focusing on my fitness and bagging interesting projects.
Jai Harsh Vardhan Dhull - My New Year plan is that I will be celebrating it with friends in Mumbai. My New Year resolution is that I will make myself a better person and will focus on the mistakes which I have made earlier, in terms of acting. An actor learns at every stage of life. And somewhere my time will be invested in me improving myself. I want to become a better person physically and mentally.
Arjun Singh - For me, New Year is all about new chances, same dreams but a fresh start. My New Year resolution is that this year I'll be stronger, braver, kinder and unstoppable. This year I'll be fierce. There is nothing special about my New Year plans. I have got leave from my shoot, my friends and I have planned a small Goa trip. After the trip, I am going to meet my maa in Haryana and will start this year with her blessings. I just want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year with these lines, in which I believe the most. They go like, "Be happy with what you have while working for what you want" It's time to chase our dreams with more enthusiasm.
Pratham Kunwar - I always like to celebrate New Year at home, hosting a house party, calling friends over and being with family. But this year for a change, I will be celebrating the New Year in Goa with my close friends. My New Year resolution is nothing in particular. But yes, I would like to be more regular at the gym and follow a proper healthy diet.
Sourabh Raaj Jain - We will be celebrating New Year at home with our new arrivals. My resolution is to be a kid again so that I enjoy with my babies as much as I can.
Falaq Naaz – My New Year celebration plan is nothing as such. As we all know everything is highly crowded on New Year's Eve. And as for my New Year resolutions, actually, I haven't thought about it yet. Maybe I will decide this on 31st night.

Nikita Sharma - I will be at an event in Nagpur. This time I am celebrating New Years in Nagpur but my family is in Mumbai. So on 1st Jan, I will be with my parents and sister. As for my New Year resolution, I will take my life as it comes. So there will be no resolution, but I am very excited about the new twist and turns in my life. I wish you all a very happy and happening New Year.

New Year musings

The New Year is round the corner and the cast of Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s Karamphaldata Shani talk about their New Year plans, wishes and resolutions. Rohit Khurana - Since the past few months, I have been busy shooting. I will be celebrating this New Year with my family and near ones. I believe to keep a resolution, you don't have to wait for the new year. It can start any moment. However, my resolution is to start changing someone life by my deeds, acts and support. This can be either through self-support or an NGO or through a personal relationship. Because it is important to share and care for those who need it the most.
 Salil Ankola - I am in Kuala Lumpur with my wife and kids and we will be at the KLCC where the party starts at 7 pm and goes on until 3 am. My resolutions are to buy a penthouse until end of 2018.
 Kunal Bakshi - I don't go for many parties and all. On 31st Dec, the traffic situation goes for a toss. So instead of going somewhere out, we do a small house party sort of thing. This way you are not tired the next day that is 1st Jan. You can start your day early. I love working but I think we have an off on 1st, so here I am wishing everyone a Happy New Year with lots of love and best wishes. My resolution is that I want to become a better human being than what I am and start taking care of my health.

 Vijhay Badlaani - I celebrate New Year at home with my family and close ones. I don't like to party. My New Year resolution is to be more kind, hardworking, dedicated and thankful to God. I also want to achieve my goals with God’s blessings.

New Year Promises

The New Year is around the corner and with this comes the time to make New Year resolutions. Our TV actors tell us what they resolve to achieve in the coming year.
Yuvraaj Malhotra - My New Year resolution is to live for myself. Your life is precious and you must make the most of it.
Ankush Bali - My New Year resolution is to start the year with a determination of continuous hard work and end each day of the year with the satisfaction of same.
Sshrey Pareek - First and foremost, my priority will be fitness this year. I'll keep myself fit and work hard towards it. Other than that, top priorities are films and I will be working towards it. It's all interconnected actually. Fitness, looks, performance will enhance me to build myself and male my dream come true and that is to become a star. 2018 is dedicated to it.
Sachin Parikh - It’s been a mixed year for me and I have not taken my family for a vacation the entire year. I have totally missed travelling and holidaying with my family.  I want to work hard and travel hard, this coming year.  I am a travel freak and so is my wife.  I generally travel a lot for my work but do not get time to explore places around. Also, my family can’t travel with me for shoots.  I wish this coming year, I am able to take my family for small and big vacations and rejuvenate myself to do better and better work for the future. I also promise to eat right and keep myself fit.
Jasmin Bhasin - My New Year resolution is to a stay positive and concentrates on my inner growth because I have realized that these are the most important things that I really need to work on.
Saurabh Pandey - My New Year resolution is just one thing, like every year. Be kind, be good, pray for everyone and be happy. If we can just do this, we will never feel empty and low. We will always be full of joy and unlimited happiness as true happiness is in the peace of others.
Romit Raj - My New Year resolution is to work on my health and fitness. 2018 will be the year of transformation. This year I will change my lifestyle. I feel this is the best gift that I can give myself.
Gavie Chahal - I want to excel in my work. I promise me to keep my fans and family happy with my work in the year 2018.
Sneha Wagh - I don’t have any resolutions this year because I forget them by the time I enter the second month of the new year.
Dolly Sohi - Improve mental well-being, think positive, laugh more often and enjoy life; these are my New Year resolutions. I feel with all these thoughts, my life will get enriched.
Ssharad Malhotraa: I don’t have any resolutions this year because as the year progresses the resolutions tend to fade away. I would rather like to go with the flow and live life to its fullest. Definitely, health shall get a lot of importance in 2018.
Karan Wahi: I don’t make resolutions anymore. I just hope that I can work as hard as I have and enjoy everything I do.  That's what my resolution was a few years back and it continues to be the same.
Shraddha Musale: I don’t really need New Year to get myself resolute in something. Although, it is a very nice concept - a clean start. On the obverse, I am quite sure people make resolutions about good things, improving things. The idea is the strongest at the time of its inception, so it's better we start practising it right then, rather than wait until the new year.
Mohammad Nazim: My new year resolution is to give my best to my new show Gama and also bring a smile to every person I meet.Sanjay Gagnani: My new year resolution is to go on more adventurous trips, be around good energy, connect with people, learn new things and grow.
Suhani Dhanki : My new year resolution is to create a balance between personal and professional life. I have recently got married and am in a happy space.
Tinaa Dattaa : My New Year resolution is to focus on my career. The response for Karamphaldata Shani is good and I want to achieve my fitness goals in 2018.
Shraddha Musale: I don’t really need New Year to get myself resolute in something. Although, it is a very nice concept - a clean start. On the obverse, I am quite sure people make resolutions about good things, improving things. The idea is the strongest at the time of its inception, so it's better we start practicing it right then, rather than wait until the new year.
Gurpreet Singh  I will celebrate New year with friends.every year we make resolution to have good body and doing diet and exercise but after a week we come back to the same routine. I am not going to coerce my self very hard. It's genuinely arduous to execute resolution that's why I customarily don't  make it. I am going to make myself better in the new year in reverence of skills and appearance and keep myself happy whole year
Rohit Bhardwaj: My New year resolution is to make a comeback to acting and focus on my fitness goals.  I am expecting 2018 t o be bright and prosperous for everyone.

Laksh: My new year resolution is to go on giving my best to my show Porus. The show has been made with heart and I want it to win every heart.

I am getting a lot of appreciation and compliments: Gurpreet Singh

Actor Gurpreet Singh, who plays the role of Ambiraj in Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s show Porus, says the he loves being part of the show. The actor adds that the show has helped me in many ways. “I am getting the most warming replication. People recognise me and call me Ambhiraj. They take autographs and photographs with me. I am getting a lot of appreciation and compliments,” he says.
However, the actor adds that the role is quite challenging. “It is one of the toughest characters that I played till date. Specially because I had to learn different arts for this role,” he says, adding, “For a customary TV soap, I can improvise the role and I have a lot of freedom on how to portray the role. In a historical show, it is constrained and so much research and preparation are required.”
In fact, at times it is tough for him to get his character out of his head, once he has finished shooting. “I involve myself in the role so much that I keep thinking about it, even when I am not on set. It gives me exhilaration about the story. I keep relishing it and keep cerebrating to make it more authentic and enjoyable,” he says.
The actor has been bonding with everyone on the set. “Everyone on the set from actors to the camera team, the direction team and unit people, they are so positive. It took me no time to develop a good bond with them and they all are like a family to me. I miss them and when I am not shooting. Sometimes, I go on the set just to meet them. They are all so positive and doting. I am especially close to Rati Pandey and Aditya Redij,” he says.
Ask him what is the best compliment that he has got for his roles, and he says, "By God's grace, whoever I met, has always appreciated my work. For Sujal's role, I get a compliment from a friend that though I am very jolly  in life, on screen, I looked like I have become Sujal. Once Ekta Kapoor massaged me that I have improved so much as an actor and she also mentioned that she rarely gives a compliment to an actor. That was the best compliment for me. For King Ambiraj, Sidharth Kumar Tewary and Rahul Tewary appreciated my work. Many people gave me compliments that my appearance is that of an authentic warrior and additionally appreciated my acting."
Looking back at his struggle days, Gurpreet says that they taught him a lot. “It's been around 15 years and I am so happy to have reached this position today. I commenced with modelling i.e., print shoots and fashion shows. I have done theater in Delhi and in Bombay too and have many theater friends. I did theater to be more expressive for print shoots, Though, I never thought of acting after coming to Bombay, I got work. I am relishing acting as it gives me chance to play different roles,” he says.
Acting was challenging for him initially. “It's true that I have not done any acting course and in the start, it was quite arduous for me to express. But with the guidance and observation, I started giving required expressions. Fortunately, I learned Sanskrit in my school days and have a good recollection. So I could give verbalize long dialogues easily,” he says.
The actor says that he wants to try his hand at Bollywood as well. “I have done movies in Bollywood and Tollywood and in the future too, if get a good role, I will definitely do that. I am also on the lookout for other interesting roles on TV as well,” he says.

Ask him who his favourite Bollywood actors are, and he says, “I like Dilip Kumar, Anju Mahendroo, Saira Banu, Sanjeev Kumar, Salman Khan and many more for their craft in acting.”

Creator Siddharth Kumar Tewary's Porus actors talk about New Year resolution!

Chirag Jani: I am celebrating the new year with family at a location which is near nature. As far as New year resolution go, I don't believe in New Year's resolutions. I think if you want to change something, change it today and don't wait until the New Year. 
Sunny Philip: I wish I was home during the new year. there is no better place then celebrating the new year with my family. Since this year I am shooting for Porus. I will surely be celebrating my new year with friends in Mumbai and it will be mostly house party. My Mantra for New Year Resolution is “New Year, New You” I believe one can always upgrade and explore himself or herself. As a resolution I would try and explore my skills In every way,  possible to make my myself better actor. 
Vishal Patni: Well I guess I'll celebrate this new year with my new family of PORUS because of busy shooting schedules and as far as my new year resolution is considered like every other year I'll keep trying to work hard and always be a better person than the minute before I was. 
Shraddha Musale: I don’t really need New Year to get myself resolute in something. Although, it is a very nice concept - a clean start. On the obverse, I am quite sure people make resolutions about good things, improving things. The idea is the strongest at the time of its inception, so it's better we start practicing it right then, rather than wait until the new year. 
Aman Dhaliwal: New Years plan is to celebrate it with my new blessings and  just wish while doing that I had my reflection to be here during that celebration. I wish my show Porus to be a great hit. 

Mohit Abrol: My new year celebration plan is a house party with all close friends as I don’t want to be at a crowded place that night.  I want to spend the night chit-chatting with friends in peace and singing songs and welcoming the new year with open hands. My resolution for the new year is to focus more on fitness and health as well along with work. Sometimes while working we tend to not care about ourselves and our health. So will try to focus on good health, mind, and body

Badshah casts Super Dancer Vaishnavi for his next music video

Bollywood rapper Badshah has created a niche in the industry with his one after the other successful chartbusters. While he has gained popularity for his rapping style, his sleek and stylized music videos also catch everyone’s attention. And while he is planning to come up with one such new music video, his hunt for the ultimate dancer has ended on the set of Super Dancer Chapter 2. During his recent appearance on the show, Badshah seemed to be in awe of Vaishnavi
Badshah was dazzled when Vaishnavi Prajapati showed off her cool moves with super guru Manan on the song ‘Dj wale babu’. He couldn’t believe what he saw Vaishnavi Prajapati showed her signature moves and grabbing that opportunity he instantly offered her to dance in his next music video.

Vaishnavi also challenged Badshah to try out her signature moves which Badshah couldn’t.  Vaishnavi was happy to accept the offer and super judges also congratulated her for her achievement. Our swag queen who is just five- years old got the opportunity of her lifetime to work with one and only Badshah. Vaishnavi was happy as she could only get this opportunity after coming to Super Dancer Chapter 2.

Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya - Extravagant Engagement Ceremony






Praneet Bhatt is SKT’s ‘Lucky Mascot’

Television actor, Praneet Bhatt seen playing the Persian King ‘Darius’ has become a household name and been getting rave reviews for his acting prowess. ‘Porus’ is Sony Entertainment Television’s first global series coming out of India, written and directed by Siddharth Kumar Tewary. 
The talented actor has worked quite hard for this role and even learnt the Persian accent to bring authenticity to this role. Interestingly, Praneet started his acting career with the creative visionary, Siddharth Kumar Tewary and worked with him previously on a big-budget historical show, which got him immense recognition and popularity. So much so that a lot of people have started considering him as a ‘lucky mascot’ for the director. 

Says Praneet, “I owe my career to SKT and it comes as a pleasant surprise to know that I have been his lucky mascot. I feel humbled and elated, honestly speaking. In fact, I feel lucky and blessed to be selected and given an opportunity to work in two of his biggest productions. It is him, who has strongly believed in me and my abilities to play a very significant and lead role in my very first show on Indian television. He has been my mentor and once again he has given me a fantastic opportunity to portray the role of Darius in Porus. People have loved the show and my character and ever since the show went on air, everyone has been calling me and appreciating my work in the show. Therefore, in the way, we both have been lucky for each other.”

Nayan Foundation supported by John Abraham receives generous funding of INR 4 lakhs

Popular and acclaimed actor John Abraham is known for his chiseled looks and stellar acting in recent hits including Wasir, Dishoom and Force 2 to name a few. Along with acting, John has always had a keen interest in philanthrophy and social work projects including PETA, Habitat for Humanity and has endorsed/supported various causes from animal welfare to forest welfare to children welfare. The popular actor may maintain a silent demeanor with regards to his personal life but has always been outspoken about giving back. 
Recently John started working/supporting the Nayan Foundation, which helps support differently abled children and is based in Mumbai. The foundation recently raised funding via online poker gaming company The Spartan Poker. Players and the brand came together to support the Nayan Foundation with the help of crowdfunding platform Ketto. 

Speaking about the support received, actor John Abraham said, “I would like to thank The Spartan Poker and their players who have helped raise funds for the kids at Nayan Foundation. We are glad to see them support this cause and us, we will be using these funds to enhance performance arts skills of the differently abeled kids at the Nayan Foundation and help them grow.”

Friday, December 29, 2017

Hrishikesh Pandey is loving playing a double role in Porus

Actor Hrishikesh Pandey has been getting a lot of appreciation for his double role in Siddharth Kumar Tewary’s Porus. The actor says that not only are the two roles diverse, the look too is absolutely different. “Playing a double role is really interesting, one is of Senapati Ripu Daman and the other one is a pirate who hides his identity and becomes Sajjan Singh, saving the Porus and the kingdom. So for that, he has to sacrifice a lot. And the interesting part is, the entire look, the hairstyle, costume is different. A little change in moustache is also there. When I am playing a warrior the moustache is up and when I am playing a pirate the moustache is down,” he says.
The actor considers himself lucky to bag a double role on the small screen. “On television, you hardly get to play such a role. Most of the television shows, you play a double role like father and son, where the two looks are alike. But this has a different timing of the same person and he comes and hides his identity and becomes the other person,” he says.
Talking more about his character of Ripu Daman, Hrishikesh says, “Ripu Daman is loyal to King Bamani, Porus's father. He is his loyal right-hand man who is a Senapati, a general commandant man of the army. He sacrifices his life, family and everything to secure the child and the kingdom,” he says. 
The actor got injured on the sets of the show as well. Ask him if he feels these injuries are inevitable in a period drama, and he says, “Yes, that's absolutely true we keep getting hurt, not only me but my other co-stars also. I was shooting one sequel, where I cut myself and was bleeding profusely. However, I finished the scene and then rushed to the hospital. There are a lot of tough situations when you can get hurt, but at the end of the day, the result is good and you enjoy yourself. You are appreciated and all the pain goes away. I also got a lot of bruises and cracks everywhere because of the rocks, whenever you are in the water you won't realise how deep you go.” 
However, he isn’t complaining. Action still remains Hrishikesh’s favourite genre. “I think action activities are always fun and also keeps you fit. I love doing these kinds of shows. They are not the typical saas-bahu sagas, though I have done Saas-Bahu shows in the past as well. It's not like I run away from them but I love doing action on screen. I have done action in CID for so many years and also in Special Bureau and Sakshi on Sony. The action in Porus is totally different. In the previous shows, I used to fight with my hands and run around. But in historical shows, it's different. We have sword fights and horses,” he says. 

Another special thing about Hrishikesh’s look in Porus in that it is very different from others shows. “I have gone for a makeover because it's been 15 or 16 years that I have not change my look much. I have always kept a clean-shaven look in romantic, action and saas-bahu shows. This is the first time I thought of changing my look. We all have worked very hard on the look. So I tried doing that and we have succeeded. People hardly recognise me in my new look, and half the job is done,” he says.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Preetisheel Singh transforms Nawazuddin Siddiqui yet again for Thackeray

When National Award-winning makeup and prosthetics specialist Preetisheel Singh designed Nawazuddin Siddiqui's look for the Sridevi starrer Mom, everyone was stunned by the transformation. The prosthetics expert has now created yet another transformational look for Nawazuddin for the role of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in the upcoming biopic Thackeray.
Ever since the teaser of Thackeray was released by Uddhav Thackeray and Amitabh Bachchan, the look has been getting rave reviews and has been a topic of discussion amongst the public as well as the media. The film is presented by Sanjay Raut and directed by Abhijit Panse.
"I'm grateful to the makers for having shown faith and trust in my work," says Preetisheel. "When a legendary personality like Balasaheb Thackeray is being brought to life on celluloid, the responsibility is tremendous."
She has made a lot of heads turn with her work for actors in more than 15 movies including Bajirao Mastani, Rangoon, Brothers, Mom, Haider, Parched, Hawaizaada, Shivaay, Talwar, Housefull 3, Ghayal Once Again, Finding Fanny, the Tamil film 24 as well as the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir for which she won the 'National Film Award for Best Make-Up'.
Her work will also be seen in awaited movies like Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati, Umesh Shukla's 102 Not Out, Vikramaditya Motwane's Bhavesh Joshi and Sunny Deol's Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas.
She puts in a strong word for Nawazuddin's dedication. "He is not only a brilliant actor but one who treats his art and profession like prayers. During the three-odd hours it took to get him into the look, his studious silence and study of his face was inspiring. It was as if he was in a meditative mode."

But Preetisheel admits, she was overcome with anxiety about the reaction she would get from the makers. Recalling the situation during the teaser shoot she says, "When Nawazuddin finally emerged out of the makeup room for the first time in the get up, everyone had a very judging look on their faces. And then, suddenly I saw huge smiles everywhere. The makers were impressed. They praised me and shook hands with me. I can never forget that elated moment. I heaved a huge sigh of relief."

Jumanji Fever Now At The D.N. Nagar Metro Station, Mumbai!

Here’s some good news for all you movie buffs and Jumanji fans in Mumbai. The D.N. Nagar metro station has been specially converted into the fictional world of Jumanji where one can get the feeling of being in the actual game!! 
This rare innovation was initiated by Sony Pictures Entertainment India to engage the movie lovers and Mumbai's commuters, adding some much needed fun to the travels! 
We all know that 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' posits a video game that actually pulls players into the Jumanji world. So just like the film, Sony wanted the daily commuters to feel like they have entered the world of Jumanji, and experience a gist of what they can see when the film hits theaters soon! 
Running parallel to the idea of stampeding animals, dangling vines and breathless sense of adventure in the movie, the busy metro station has been recreated in the same manner. That was one of the main reasons why Sony shortlisted this particular metro station for the theme. 
The installation will be there at the station till 2nd January. 
So all you Jumanji fans, head to the DN Nagar metro station to experience the world of Jumanji!  

Sony Pictures Entertainment India's ‘Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle’ is all set to release on 29th December 2017.

'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' star cast launched their first song featured by Honey Singh, in Delhi

The exciting star cast of upcoming comedy-drama flick Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety was witnessed in New Delhi at PVR Select City, Saket, for the first song launch of their movie. This special party track of Luv Ranjan’s upcoming film is Honey Singh’s comeback song which is a reprised version of the 1990s hit number by Hans Raj Hans, "Dil Chori Saada Ho Gaya". The all three actors – Nushrat Barucha, Kartik Aaryan, and Sunny Singh along with director Luv Ranjan were present for the launch. 
Yo Yo Honey Singh's much-anticipated comeback track 'Dil Chori' is finally released, the Yo-Yo Swag along with the performance of cast left no bars to make this song a sensational Punjabi wedding song of the season. Bringing back the Pyaar Ka Punchnama team together, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety is co-produced by Bhushan and Krishan Kumar's T-Series Films, and Luv Ranjan and Ankur Garg. 
While interacting with media peeps the entire team seemed excited about the launch. They revealed how this film is declared as an open war between Bromance and Romance. About the "Dil Chori" track & Honey Singh's comeback, Director Luv Ranjan stated, "Well, for preparing honey Singh for this song, the whole credit goes to Bhushan Kumar ji, because I actually dont know honey Singh closely, but Bushan ji made this possible to convinve Honey Singh to do this song for us." 
About the movie he said, "Nowadays Marriage is not about two families engaging with each other but for friends also it have a same feeling, so the concept of this film is about a clash a war between Bromance & Romance. I won’t reveal much about this movie ...instead I would say just watch the movie you will understand the modern concept of marriage. You will see a tom & jerry chemistry in this film." 

Presented by T-Series and Luv Films production, and directed by Luv Ranjan "Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety" is slated to release on 9 February 2018.

Surveen Chawla: Being in love feels beautiful! Being married.....even more

Surveen Chawla is in a happy space, professionally as well as personally! The versatile actor exchanged vows with entrepreneur Akshay Thakker in 2015 in Italy, which was revealed recently. 
It’s learnt that Surveen met Akshay through a common friend in 2013 and soon after, they fell in love. They got married in 2015, with only family and a handful of friends in attendance. It was Surveen’s dream to have a white wedding in a chapel located in a picturesque castle and Italy seemed like an apt choice.
From clothes to the décor, from invites to the wedding destination, Surveen personally planned and designed everything according to their taste...They wanted it to be royal yet simple.Surveen informs, “I handpicked and curated everything myself personally. In fact, I wanted everything to have a personal touch as It was an extremely personal affair and I was hands-on everything. While working and honouring work commitments, I was also getting things arranged simultaneously.”She reveals “We handpicked, decided and decoded everything ourselves. The location, Castel Brando, in the Veneto region located in Northern Italy, had a chapel inside which was a rare find and it felt as though it was almost tailor-made for us. We had the entire castle to ourselves for the span of the wedding”.
Sharing details, she adds, “It was a 2 day affair, starting with the night prior to the ceremony, where all friends and family had prepared a sort of a Show(skit) for us ..The next morning was the symbolic ceremony where we exchanged vows. After which we had a luncheon followed by an evening reception where close friends n family gave their speeches and ended it with Punjabi Bollywood dance night!“
"I couldn’t have asked for a better partner, a companion who makes me a better person with every passing day. Being in love feels beautiful! Being married......even more!!!You just know it instantly when it feels right!

We wanted it to be a very low key private and personal affair, like I always dreamt of. We kept it private for a while and were waiting for the right time to announce, which couldn’t have been more perfect than to bring in this New Year. Seeking the love and blessings of all my well-wishers and fans to celebrate the most precious day of my life with them," says Surveen excitedly.

Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan dance for the first time in Thugs Of Hindostan's Vashmalle

Yash Raj Films mega action adventure Thugs of Hindostan has stunned audiences worldwide with it’s larger than life, extravagant trail...