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Ali Merchant talks about organising iftaar at Ajmer Sharif Dargah for 100 people

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Mumbai, March 28 (IANS) Actor Ali Merchant organised a heartfelt iftaar gathering for 100 people at Ajmer Sharif Dargah.

The actor said Ramadan is all about becoming a better person and he tries his best by setting goals for himself.

Ali shared, “I got in touch with a devout at Ajmer Sharif Dargah, who helped us plan and execute the iftaar for everyone. It was a balanced meal which is perfect to break the fast. Everyone sat over dastarkhwan on the floor to enjoy their meal. It was a very wholesome experience.”

For Ali, the experience is fulfilling.

The actor said: “It does feel soul-satisfying. Ramadan is all about becoming a better person and I try my best by setting goals for myself and fulfilling them.”

Ali said that his religion is all about doing charity and living a simple life, he explained: “My religion is all about doing charity always and living a simple life. Ramzan is the best opportunity to bring about these changes in your life.”

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“Providing food and water for the ones fasting is a privilege for me as I was able to serve the believers.”

As Ali celebrates his first Ramadan after marriage, he spends time with his partner by sharing sehri and breaking the fast together.

“Getting up every morning to have the sehri together and breaking the fast together is the best feeling ever. Having the love of your life with you, during such a pious time of the year is a wonderful feeling.”

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Rohit Chaudhary reveals he had to chew gum for 13-14 hours for 'A Day in Your Life'

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Actor Rohit Chaudhary, who plays the role of Yuvraj Bhaiya in the web series ‘A Day in Your Life’, has opened up on the character, sharing how he had to chew gum continuously for 13-14 hours to maintain continuity in his entry shot.

Rohit, who has also appeared in ‘Kanpuriye’, ‘Jabariya Jodi’, ‘Bahut Hua Samman’, ‘Jogira Sara Ra Ra’, and web shows like ‘The Forgotten Army’, ‘Love J Action’, and ‘Gharwapsi’, shared that he loved shooting for this web series as well.

“There are so many great incidents that I can’t pick one. I remember putting chewing gum in my mouth in my entry shot, but after that, to maintain the continuity, I had to chew it for the next 13-14 hours! The next day, I wasn’t able to move my jaw. It was hell!” he said.

Rohit described his character as having serious grey shades, but with a twist.

Talking about his role, Rohit, who also starred in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, said: “I am playing the role of Yuvraj, or Yuvraj Bhaiya, as most of the characters in the series call me ‘bhaiya’ only. He gives villainous vibes, but he is not a villain. I am not at all like Yuvraj in my real life, so there is no relatable factor.”

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“Also, I feel, as an actor, you have more fun playing characters when you can’t relate to them. It sounds absurd, but that’s the truth,” he shared.

When asked if he found the role challenging, he added: “Every day and everything is a challenge for an actor. I often say that it is easy to become an actor, but challenging to continue to be one. The world is changing at a faster pace, and today’s audience, especially the youth, have a short attention span due to the various options available.”

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'Superstar Singer 3' contestant's father explains why he was hesitant to let son pursue his passion

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) The new episode of ‘Superstar Singer 3’ featured an emotional reunion between contestant Atharva Bakshi and his father, who shared his own passion for singing and the struggles he faced.

In this special Father’s Day episode of the kids’ singing reality show, the young contestants celebrated the ‘superheroes of their lives’ — their fathers — and paid tribute to them with beautiful performances.

Among the moving performances, 12-year-old Atharva’s renditions of ‘Pitah Se Hai Naam Tera’ from the movie ‘Boss’ and ‘Apne To Apne Hote Hain’ from the movie ‘Apne’ left everyone teary-eyed.

Atharva’s performance was made even more special by the presence of his father, Satyendra, who has been both a critic and a support in his singing journey.

Proud of Atharva’s journey on the show, his parents expressed heartfelt gratitude to everyone who helped train their son for the singing world. Satyendra shared how he had a passion for singing but faced struggles that made him hesitant to let his son pursue the same path.

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It was only at the request of Atharva’s mother that Satyendra allowed Atharva to sing. He became emotional, calling himself the villain in Atharva’s life.

However, Atharva and super judge Neha Kakkar reassured him, reiterating that he is the superhero in Atharva’s life, a father whose support has enabled Atharva to make the family proud in the musical world.

Captain Mohd Danish said: “This was by far the best live performance I have witnessed in my life. Your singing connects our souls to the almighty, and today, I can admit that I am the biggest fan of Atharva. I would say that his father should keep coming to cheer for him because that truly motivates Atharva to perform better.”

Captain Arunita Kanjilal added: “At such a young age, his pitch-perfect performance is amazing; I am truly blessed to have him on my team.”

Further, Atharva’s father, Satyendra, will be seen performing ‘Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna’ along with his son, making for a beautiful moment for the two of them.

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‘Superstar Singer 3’ airs on Sony.

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TV stars Juhi Parmar, Munmun Dutta, Arti Singh, others post unseen pics with their 'hero' fathers

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Television celebrities Juhi Parmar, Ulka Gupta, Munmun Dutta, Arti Singh, and others on Sunday greeted their dads on Father’s Day, expressing their love for their ‘papa.’

‘Bigg Boss 5’ winner Juhi Parmar took to Instagram and shared photos with her father.

The actress wrote: “Papa, you are that rock that keeps us all going! I still love it jab aap mujhe daante ho, because kids truly will always remain kids for their parents. And Samairra’s answer to everything is her Nana. The two of your projects are endless! We are blessed to have you fill in every gap in our lives with infinite love! Happy Father’s Day, Papa!”

Ulka Gupta, who plays Janvi in Zee TV’s show ‘Main Hoon Saath Tere,’ said in a statement: “My dad has always been my best friend and the best guide for my career. One of the best memories that I have with him is having theatrical classes with him at home as he is a trained theatre artist himself. Our common love for acting got us very close to each other.”

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“The best gift or the blessing I have received from him is that he never differentiated between me and my brother, brought both of us up in the same way and gave us wings to fly. The love that I have for him is unparalleled and I love him from the bottom of my heart. Now that I have shifted to another house in Mumbai since its closer to my current set, but I visit him often. I have bought something special for him this Father’s Day, I hope he likes it,” added Ulka.

‘Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah’ actress Munmun Dutta wrote: “June 11 was 6 years since he passed away…and it still feels fresh…Best Dad.”

Jasmin Bhasin dropped a photo in which her father can be seen kissing the diva’s cheek. She wrote: “Happy Father’s Day papa.”

Screenwriter and TV host Haarsh Limbachiyaa was tagged in his son Laksh’s post, which included unseen pictures of the father-son duo.

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The caption read: “My hero, my best friend, aur mein jaise bolta rehta hoon… ‘Mere papaaaaa’.”

Arti Singh, who recently married businessman Dipak, shared photos with her late father and her brother, Krushna Abhishek.

She wrote: “I miss you both.. wish u were there to see the biggest day of my life. But I know u both and mom was around to bless me. I love u daddy and papa. To hv 2 fathers and still hy none of them I don’t know what to say . I love u both so much.”

Anita Hassanandani shared photos with her husband and son from their recent vacation.

She wrote: “Swipe to know the sole purpose of my marriage!! #happyfathersday Best weekend 2024.”

Reem Sameer Shaikh penned a note, saying, “Happy Father’s Day@sameer_instagrm I don’t need to write much, you already know how much I love you. (Main hu papa ki pari).”

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KJo, Shilpa, Rakul Preet, Ananya & others wish 'incredible' dads for being their 'greatest inspiration'

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Bollywood celebrities such as Karan Johar, Shilpa Shetty, Ananya Panday, Bipasha Basu, Rakul Preet Singh, Jackky Bhagnani, and others on Sunday wished their dads on the occasion of Father’s Day by sharing unseen photos on social media.

Filmmaker Karan Johar posted a photo on Instagram with his late father, Yash Johar, who was the producer and founder of Dharma Productions. The photos show a young Karan adorably holding his father, and another photo features Karan with his children, Yash and Roohi.

He captioned it: “Forever using your love, grace, ambition, humility, and compassion to guide me in every aspect of my life, papa… especially with Yashi and Roohi.”

Shilpa Shetty, who was last seen in the web series ‘Indian Police Force’, shared a montage video on Instagram stories.

The video features throwback photos of Shilpa with her late father, Surendra Shetty, along with glimpses of her husband Raj Kundra, their children Viaan and Samisha, and her father-in-law.

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The actress captioned the video: “Celebrating the incredible fathers in my life… My amazing husband, my late father who watches over us, and my wonderful father-in-law. Your love and legacy continue to inspire us every day. Happy Father’s Day.”

Rakul Preet, who is married to filmmaker and actor Jackky Bhagnani, shared a video of childhood pictures with her father, wedding photos, and snaps of her father-in-law.

The actress wrote: “Happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me strength, integrity, and the power of standing up for what’s right. You’ve been my greatest inspiration and the guiding light in my life, pappppppi. I love you. Thank you for being our constant in everything we do…”

“To my wonderful father-in-law, you welcomed me in this family with open arms and a heart full of warmth. Your kindness, wisdom, and unwavering support mean the world to me. Thank you for being an amazing father-in-law. I feel so blessed to have you both in my life,” added Rakul.

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Jackky also shared photos with his father and father-in-law, writing: “Dad, you’ve been my hero, my icon, always inspiring me to keep going no matter what. Your strength and resilience have taught me that the show must always go on. Every day I look at you, I learn something new, and I’m grateful for your unwavering guidance.”

“To my father-in-law, your greatness shines through in every action, reminding me of the importance of being strong and righteous. What I’ve learned from you is invaluable. Thank you for being my inspiration. This Father’s Day, I celebrate both of you for the unique ways you’ve touched my heart and enriched my life,” added Jackky, who recently produced ‘Bade Miyan Chote Miyan.’

Ananya Panday posted a photo with her father, actor Chunky Panday, on Instagram stories and wrote: “The best papa in the whole wide world.”

Singer Neha Kakkar shared a series of pictures with her father, captioning them: “My Daddy Strongest and Bestest!! Happy Father’s Day to My papa and every papa in the world.”

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Bipasha Basu shared black-and-white photos with her dad, along with some celebratory pictures.

She wrote: “No one like my Papa. Love you Papa. Happy Father’s Day.”

‘Yodha’ actress Raashii Khanna took to Instagram stories and shared a video of her and her father happily dancing and singing.

The post is captioned: “From silly singalongs to cheering me on through life’s performances. You’re the melody to my heart, papa. Happy Father’s Day. Today and every day.”

Sonali Bendre shared a picture of her father and husband, filmmaker Goldie Behl, with the caption: “Happy Father’s Day to the best dads ever.”

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Alia Bhatt remembers her 'favourite storyteller' grandpa on his birth anniversary

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Actress Alia Bhatt on Sunday wished her ‘nana’ on his birth anniversary by sharing unseen childhood pictures with her ‘grandpa’, expressing that “you and your stories live on in our hearts forever.”

Alia’s grandfather, Narendranath Razdan, who was born on June 16, 1928, passed away at the age of 93 on June 1, 2023.

Remembering her nana, the ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ actress took to Instagram and shared two snaps.

In the first picture, a young Alia is seen wearing a red dress and sitting with her grandfather. The second picture is a solo snap of Alia’s granddad.

The post is captioned: “My favourite storyteller…happy birthday Grandpa, you and your stories live on in our hearts forever.”

On the work front, Alia was last seen in the movie ‘Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani’ alongside Ranveer Singh. The romantic comedy, directed by Karan Johar and written by Ishita Moitra, Shashank Khaitan, and Sumit Roy, received positive reviews.

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She also featured in the American film ‘Heart of Stone.’

Alia’s upcoming project ‘Jigra,’ which she is also producing, is slated to release in theaters on October 11.

On the personal front, Alia is married to actor Ranbir Kapoor. They tied the knot in April 2022 and have a daughter named Raha.

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