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Arjun Bijlani opens up on tapping into intense rage for 'Pyaar Ka Pehla Adhyaya

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Mumbai, April 8 (IANS) Arjun Bijlani recently discussed his portrayal of an intense scene in the show ‘Pyaar Ka Pehla Adhyaya ShivShakti’, highlighting the challenges he faced in tapping into the character’s rage.

The actor said that being a jovial person, it was very hard to bring out the rage inside him for the sequence.

The show revolves around Shiv (Arjun) and Shakti (Nikki Sharma). In recent episodes, viewers saw how Shiv regained his consciousness in the hospital and helped expose Mandira’s (Parineeta Borthakur) reality before everyone. However, he still can’t recall who murdered his mother, Gayatri.

In the upcoming episodes, viewers will witness Shiv being accused of murdering his mother. Shakti’s attempts to help Shiv evade police accusations as they find refuge in a temple celebrating Holi. However, a chance encounter with a woman soaked in red gulal triggers Shiv’s memories of his mother’s murder, leading to a powerful outburst where he vehemently denies any involvement in her death.

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While this intriguing sequence is bound to keep you hooked, shooting for this scene was a different experience for Arjun.

Talking about the scene, Arjun said: “I am very lucky that I am getting the opportunity to portray such diverse layers and emotions through Shiv. Being a jovial person, it was very hard to bring out the rage inside me for this particular sequence. To get it right, I listened to some intense songs and dialogues.”

“I also tried to understand the mindset of a man who is seeing flashes of his mother being murdered by someone in front of his own eyes, and that really helped me get into the skin of the character. I just got into the zone and at that moment, I went ballistic and tore all my clothes, and it was captured naturally,” he shared.

Praising the show’s team, he added: “The whole team was very supportive of me, and post the scene, they gave me space so that I could come out of that intensity at my own pace. I gradually started speaking to everyone, people joked around to lighten the mood a bit, and listening to some soothing music helped me unwind post the sequence. I have given my all for this particular highpoint, and I hope the viewers enjoy the high-voltage drama.”

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‘Pyaar Ka Pehla Adhyaya ShivShakti’ airs on Zee TV.

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Mouli Ganguly reveals why working with hubby Mazher Sayed is 'really relaxing'

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Actress Mouli Ganguly has opened up about working with her husband Mazher Sayed in the show ‘Janani – Ai Ki Kahani’, sharing that after almost two decades, it’s refreshing to work together again.

Reflecting on their past collaborations, Mouli, who plays the role of Ira Sharma on the show, said: “After almost two decades, it feels refreshing to be working together again. Back then, during ‘Kaahin Kissii Roz’, we were not cast opposite each other, so this experience is entirely new and exciting.”

This time, they are playing a couple on screen, adding a unique dynamic to their professional and personal lives.

Mouli expressed her delight about this experience, saying she is really enjoying it. The couple’s chemistry, both off and on screen, has added a layer of authenticity and depth to their characters, making the show even more engaging for viewers.

Working with a spouse can be a unique experience, and for Mouli and Mazher, it has been nothing short of enjoyable.

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“It’s really relaxing because coming together, going home together, and getting to spend time together is so much fun. Otherwise, we usually share each other’s set stories. This time, it’s the same story,” said Mouli, who is known for her work in ‘Saaksshi’, ‘Aathvaan Vachan’, and ‘Laagi Tujhse Lagan’.

Their last major appearance together was in the dance reality show ‘Nach Baliye 4’, where they performed as a couple, showcasing their strong partnership and chemistry. The couple tied the knot in 2010.

The show stars Mazher as Virat Sharma and also features Prapti Shukla, Nitin Guleria, Sumit Kaul, Priyank Tatariya, and Aashika Bhatia.

Produced by MAJ Productions, ‘Janani – Ai Ki Kahani’ is airing on Dangal TV.

Meanwhile, Mouli has earlier featured in television shows like ‘Baal Shiv-Mahadev Ki Andekhi Gatha’, ‘Jamai Raja’, ‘Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki’, ‘Aasman Se Aage’, and ‘Mano Ya Na Mano 2’.

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As Sonakshi-Zaheer get married, looking back at 2020 Salman-Sonakshi fake photo

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Even as the media swirls with speculation regarding the lehenga that Sonakshi Sinha will wear for the wedding celebrations on Sunday evening, or whether she’ll break into a dance, people who have been following the many stories circulating about her rumoured relationships, recall the time when she was linked with Salman Khan.

Salman and Sonakshi’s paths first crossed when she made her debut in his action comedy, ‘Dabangg’ (2010), and he’s said to have played Cupid and brought the couple together.

It is said that the couple met when Zaheer was shooting for ‘Notebook’, the romantic drama produced by Salman Khan. Zaheer was making his Bollywood debut in the film opposite another newbie, Pranutan Bahl, daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl, and granddaughter of Nutan.

Before Zaheer entered her life, Sonakshi had briefly dated her ‘Tevar’ co-star Arjun Kapoor in 2014. Their relationship collapsed within a year.

Salman, incidentally, is a good friend of Iqbal Ratansi, Zaheer’s father, and a leading Mumbai jeweller with interests in real estate (Blackstone Housing and Infrastructure Limited), lighting equipment for Bollywood (Film Tools, Lights and Grip) and media (Zahero Media and Internet).

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So, how did Sonakshi get linked with Salman? In the pre-deepfake era, when photoshopped pictures were common, there was one of Salman and Sonakshi that went viral in 2020. It showed them getting married at a private ceremony in Dubai.

Reacting to the picture, Sonakshi took to social media and put to rest the speculation that had acquired a feverish breathlessness. Taking to Instagram, she said, “Are you so dumb that you can’t tell the difference between a real and a morphed picture?”

Sonakshi and Zaheer, whom she lovingly describes as her “personal psycho”, have been dating for the past seven years. The eldest child of leading Mumbai jeweller Iqbal Ratansi acted opposite Sonakshi in the critically panned 2022 film ‘Double XL’, where he plays a London-based TV line producer, Zorawar Rahmani.

The film, which also features Huma Qureshi, sees Sonakshi as fashion designer Sara Kapoor, who relocates to London from Delhi after a broken relationship.

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Zaheer was last seen on the big screen in a special appearance with Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the action film ‘Ruslaan’, released earlier this year. Like ‘Double XL’, ‘Ruslaan’ also bombed at the box office.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Deepak Chaurasia reports live from House; Sana Makbul praises Shivani's 'sadagi'

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) Journalist Deepak Chaurasia, who is a contestant on the controversial reality show ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’, is reporting live from the heart of the ‘Bigg Boss’ house.

On the second day of the show, Deepak brings viewers the headlines of the day: YouTube sensation Shivani Kumari made waves with her first swim in the pool, sparking excitement among the housemates.

His second headline of the day is that tensions grew when Bigg Boss forgot to wish social media influencer Sana Sultan Khan a happy birthday.

The third headline is that the kitchen is now abuzz with discussions as housemates deliberate over today’s lunch plans.

In the ‘Bigg Boss OTT’ house, genuine moments of camaraderie often shine through. This Sunday, the audience saw television actress Sana Makbul and Kritika Malik praising Shivani’s ‘sadagi’ (simplicity).

They celebrated Shivani’s natural beauty and simplicity.

Sana, while applying mascara to Shivani, praised her for her effortless elegance.

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Kritika chimed in, saying, “We need makeup to look good, but Shivani, you look beautiful even without it.”

Will these heartfelt compliments bring the girls closer, or will the day’s events stir up new challenges?

The show also features contestants actor Ranveer Shorey, TV actors Sai Ketan Rao and Poulomi Das, rapper Naved Shaikh a.k.a. Naezy, social media influencers Vishal Pandey and Lovekesh Kataria, ‘Vada Pav’ girl Chandrika Dixit, YouTuber Armaan Malik and his two wives, Payal and Kritika, astrologer Munisha Khatwani, and Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat.

The show, which is hosted by Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor, is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

Meanwhile, Sana Makbul, who began her career in modelling, appeared in the reality show ‘MTV Scooty Teen Diva’ in 2009. She then starred in the teen musical series ‘Ishaan: Sapno Ko Awaaz De’. She was also a contestant in ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 11.’

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After Mehendi, stage set for Sonakshi-Zaheer civil marriage and celebratory party

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) The stage is set for the much-anticipated wedding of Sonakshi Sinha with long-time beau Zaheer Iqbal.

The wedding celebrations officially kicked off with the arrival of producer Ramesh Taurani’s wedding gift for Zaheer — a wine bottle accompanied by flowers.

Ahead of their wedding, Sonakshi and Zaheer hosted a private mehendi ceremony for family and friends. Sonakshi, known as Sona among friends, wore a stunning red and brown outfit, even as Zaheer’s relatives welcomed her into Bandstand Building A, which is how the Iqbal residence is known.

The Sinha family home, Ramayana, was brightly lit up on Saturday evening in anticipation of the wedding.

As officially announced by Zaheer’s father, Iqbal Ratansi, it will be a civil marriage, which will be followed by a celebratory party at the upper-crust Mumbai restaurant, Bastian, on Linking Road, Bandra West.

The restaurant, which is owned by Shilpa Shetty, is now helmed by the formerly New York-based Michelin-starred celebrity chef, Suvir Saran.

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Sonakshi and the man she lovingly describes as her “personal psycho”, Zaheer Iqbal, have been dating for the past seven years. It was Salman Khan, a friend of Zaheer’s family and Sonakshi’s ‘Dabangg’ co-star, who played Cupid, according to media reports.

It is said that the couple met when Zaheer was shooting for ‘Notebook’, the 2019 romantic drama produced by Salman Khan. Zaheer was making his debut in the film opposite another newbie, Pranutan Bahl, daughter of actor Mohnish Bahl, and granddaughter of Nutan.

Zaheer, the eldest child of leading Mumbai jeweller Iqbal Ratansi, acted opposite her in the critically panned 2022 film ‘Double XL’, where he plays a London-based TV line producer, Zorawar Rahmani.

The film, which also features Huma Qureshi, sees Sonakshi as fashion designer Sara Kapoor, who relocates to London from Delhi after a broken relationship.

Zaheer was last seen on the big screen in a special appearance with Salman’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the action film, Ruslaan, released earlier this year. Like ‘Double XL’, ‘Ruslaan’ also bombed at the box office.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Vishal Pandey, Lovekesh hide poha packets; Ranvir Shorey gets angry

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) The morning of the second day of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ saw social media influencers Vishal Pandey and Lovekesh Kataria hiding packets of poha as a prank, leaving the housemates worried about the missing food and suspecting a robbery.

The housemates found apples and oranges in the drawers of social media influencer Sana Sultan Khan and YouTube sensation Shivani Kumari, adding to the chaos and leading them to believe it was a special task.

It will be interesting to see whether the housemates uncover that the robbery was a prank and not a special task, or if this will lead to more confusion and chaos.

The makers took to social media and shared some pictures from day two.

The snaps show actor Ranveer Shorey in a confused state of mind, Vishal holding the poha packet, and Sana smiling in the last photo.

The post is captioned: “#BiggBossOTT3 ke dusre din gharwalo ko mila reality check! Aakhir kyu hai Ranvir Bigg Boss se khafa?”

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The show is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

Meanwhile, Vishal has nine million followers, and Lovekesh has two million followers on Instagram. Sana has 6.5 million followers on Instagram.

Ranveer started his career with his friend and co-actor, Vinay Pathak. He was the host of the talk show ‘Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun?’ and ‘The Great Indian Comedy Show’. He made his debut in 2002 opposite Manisha Koirala in the film ‘Ek Chhotisi Love Story’.

The 51-year-old actor has also featured in movies like ‘Khosla Ka Ghosla’, ‘Traffic Signal’, ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’, ‘Singh Is Kinng’, ‘Do Knot Disturb’, ‘Bombay Talkies’, ‘A Death In The Gunj’, ‘Sonchiriya’, ‘Lootcase’, ‘420 IPC’, ‘Tiger 3’, and ‘RK/RKay’.

He has also been a part of web series like ‘Rangbaaz’, ‘Sacred Games’, ‘Metro Park’, ‘Sunflower’, and ‘Tabbar’. Ranveer has also participated in ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5’.

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