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Avika Gor and her an innate desire to explore different realms of storytelling

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Mumbai, June 25 (IANS) Actress Avika Gor, who made her acting debut with “Ssshhhh…Koi Hai” in 2007 but gained the spotlight with her performance as Anandi in ‘Balika Vadhu’, said that her innate desire is to explore different realms of storytelling and challenge herself creatively.

Avika made her film debut with the Telugu movie ‘Uyyala Jampala’ in 2013 before her big break in Hindi came with the horror film ‘1920: Horrors of the Heart’.

“I truly appreciate the beauty of storytelling on both big and small screens. For me, ‘Balika Vadhu’ was a profound journey on television, where I had the privilege of exploring complex narratives and touching the hearts of the viewers with its powerful messages,” Avika told IANS.

“Transitioning to the big screen with ‘1920’ was equally exhilarating, as I got to immerse myself in a cinematic world filled with suspense and intrigue, captivating the audience in a whole new way,” she said.

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Avika also said that these experiences shaped her as an actor and deepened her appreciation for the diverse platforms through which stories can be told.

The actress was last seen on the small screen in the 2019 stunt-based reality show ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 9’ hosted by Rohit Shetty.

So, what made her take a step back from the small screen?

“Television has been an incredible journey for me, filled with unforgettable experiences and boundless love from the viewers. However, as an artiste, I have an innate desire to explore different realms of storytelling and challenge myself creatively,” she told IANS.

Avika, who won the Rajiv Gandhi Award in 2009 for her work in ‘Balika Vadhu’, said that while television has provided her with endless opportunities for growth and connection, she feels drawn to explore the dynamic and diverse landscape of cinema.

“I’m excited about the prospect of delving into new characters, narratives, and cinematic experiences, and I believe that this shift will not only broaden my horizons but also allow me to connect with the audience in new and meaningful ways. I believe in ‘never say never’ but right now my focus is on being in movies,” said the 26-year-old actress.

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In 2023, Avika talked about her work in the show ‘Sasural Simar Ka’ in a podcast, where she shared that she did bizarre things — from being stabbed with a trishul, to getting resurrected several times, marrying over three to four times to even advising a ghost to go against the law.

Does Avika agree that small-screen content is regressive even today?

“Television, like any medium, reflects a spectrum of content, ranging from traditional to progressive narratives. While there may still be instances of regressive content on the small screen, it’s important to acknowledge the strides that have been made towards more inclusive and thought-provoking storytelling,” she said.

Avika also said that shows like ‘Balika Vadhu’ have paved the way for meaningful discussions on societal issues, demonstrating the power of television to spark positive changes.

“Simultaneously, the rise of OTT platforms has provided creators with a newfound freedom to explore unconventional narratives and push boundaries, leading to a diverse array of content that resonates with the audience globally,” she said.

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Stating that both mediums have their strengths, Avika said, “I believe that by celebrating the positives of each, we can continue to elevate the quality and impact of storytelling in all its forms.”

–IANS

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Absolute freedom can lead to anarchy, says Anurag Kashyap

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who essays the role of Kazbe Bhau in the streaming series ‘Bad Cop’, feels that absolute freedom can be easily corrupted and could lead to anarchy if not checked.

Anurag has often been subjected to curbing of his freedom as a storyteller as he has often grappled with censorship on his stories. Yet, the director feels that absolute freedom is something that needs to be handled with care.

The auteur spoke with IANS and discussed how checks and balances in society are required to keep things on track.

“Anything can be corrupted. When socialism started, we felt so good but then it got corrupted and turned into some other kind of democracy. When globalisation started, it felt like the world had suddenly opened but then look where we are now,” the director told IANS.

“The same is the case with cell phones. Initially, when the boom of smartphones happened, we felt that the world is now at our fingertips. But, today we are slaves to our phones. If there’s an absolute freedom, there has to be absolute responsibility to keep a check on it,” the director said.

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Left's ideology never ceases to amaze me: Kangana Ranaut on Trump's assassination attempt

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who is gearing up for her upcoming film ‘Emergency’, reacted to the assassination attempt on former US President Donald Trump, saying that Left’s ideology never ceases to amaze her.

The actress took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared two pictures of the Pennsylvania rally where Trump was shot.

In the pictures, Trump could be seen wounded with blood dripping from his ear.

“Trump was shot in his rally, he survived this assassination attempt but leftists are clearly getting desperate… everyone needs to be careful,” the actress wrote.

She then pointed the gun at the followers of the left ideology, saying: “This man almost 80, after taking several bullets gets up punching fist screams ‘Hail America’ will win this election. That’s right-wing, never start a fight but be the one to close it.”

“For America he took a bullet on his chest, if he was not wearing a bullet proof jacket he would have not survived this assassination attack. Left ideology never ceases to amaze me, Left’s main dissent with the right is that right is violent they love to fight for Dharma and left essentially believes in love and peace so the woke left tried to kill Trump so hate and violence cant win. Hmmmm … very smart left very smart,” she added.

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However, Pennsylvania voter records show that Thomas Matthew Crooks, Trump’s shooter, is registered as a Republican.

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Vikas Jain on what’s the best thing Ankita Lokhande cooks: Nothing

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Former ‘Bigg Boss 17’ contestant Vikas Jain has talked about his wife Ankita Lokhande’s favourite dish and what she cooks the best.

In a promo for the show ‘Laughter Chefs Unlimited Entertainment’ shared on Instagram, Vicky, Ankita, and their close friend, actress Rashami Desai, are seen having a fun conversation.

In the clip, Vicky is asked about Ankita’s favourite dish and what she cooks best, with Rashami adding a ‘tadka’ of fun to the replies.

The first question posed was, “What is Ankita’s favourite dish?” Vicky replied, “Bhindi roti.”

Adding an extra zing to the answer, Rashami quipped: “Woh uska pati hai”.

The second question was, “What does Ankita cook the best?”

Vicky responded with a loud laugh, “Nothing,” and Rashami quipped, “Ankita cooks Vicky the best.”

The caption for the promo reads, “Har married man ki kahaani Vicky ki zubaani!” (Every married man’s story in Vicky’s words!)

In another promo clip, Krushna Abhishek jokes with his friend Archana Gautam while preparing a dish.

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Krushna tells her, “Ek Bhojpuri film plan ho rahi hai. Agar aap karni hogi to batayega.” (A Bhojpuri film is being planned. If you want to do it, let me know.)

Archana asks if he is the “hero in the film”.

Krushna jokes, “Uska title hai ‘Subah subah halla hua, shaadi se pehle lalla hua’.”

The promo is captioned, “Archana aur Krushna ka yeh mazedaar duo kar dega entertainment ki saari hadein paar.”

The show is hosted by chef Harpal Singh Sokhi and Bharati Singh on Colors TV.

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Tanuj Virwani: Thinking about when I can finally hold my little one

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Tanuj Virwani, who recently announced that he is set to welcome his first child, said that he is only thinking every moment about when he can finally have his hands on his “little one”.

On July 11, Tanuj, who is currently hosting ‘Splitsvilla 15’, took to Instagram to announce that he and his wife, Tanya Jacob Virwani, are expecting their firstborn.

The actor shared the picture with the caption: “Always believe in God and in the Power of the Universe. Miracles Do Happen. We are Pregnant and cannot wait to welcome our little Bundle of Joy into the World. Boys and Girls, ‘Baby has entered the chat’. Om Sai Ram.”

Talking about his emotions, Tanuj said: “In my entire life, I have experienced many moments of joy. Some due to my profession and some due to my personal life, but none, I repeat, none comes even nearly close to this feeling.”

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Reflecting on his upbringing, Tanuj shared how he has always been nurtured and loved immensely by his parents. He used to wonder how his parents could bring such unconditional love to him.

“Today, I officially feel that I am on that journey as well, I can feel my parents a lot more than before. It’s not just the birth of a young baby but also, in a way, a rebirth for me as a human being. Tanya and I are immensely happy with this, and God has been kind.”

“There are so many wishes coming in from all corners of the world, and we are ecstatic,” said the actor, who is the son of actress Rati Agnihotri.

Tanuj, who began his Bollywood career with ‘Luv U Soniyo’, shared: “I am literally thinking every moment about when I can finally have my hands on my little one. There’s still time for that to happen, but the wait is difficult. I only have thanksgiving for all our well-wishers, and I truly remain indebted to one and all.”

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“I would request everyone to kindly pray for us so that happiness and prosperity continue at our residence, especially at a time like this,” he added.

The actor said he is on cloud nine, and the feeling is truly inexplicable.

“I am looking forward to this new role of fatherhood in my life, and I am all ready to make it the best role ever,” he said.

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DJ Abhay Deol spins the console at Kolkata gig: ‘A place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin’

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol, who was recently seen in the streaming series ‘Trial By Fire’, turned the tables at his recent gig in Kolkata.

The actor has found a new interest in DJing and has performed in Kolkata.

On Sunday, he took to Instagram and shared a video of himself playing music at the console under neon pink lights as the crowd grooved to the beats.

In the caption, Abhay wrote: “The place ain’t lit till the people ain’t dancin.” Kolkata, you are definitely lit. Some snippets from the night, listen with headphones on if you wanna get a glimpse of my set. #dj #music #fun #play #dance #beautifulpeople.”

Earlier, the actor invited suggestions for a DJ name, asking his followers to help him with a new moniker.

On the professional front, Abhay starred in the crime drama series ‘Trial by Fire’, written by Prashant Nair and Kevin Luperchio, and directed by Prashant Nair, Randeep Jha, and Avani Deshpande.

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The series also stars Ashish Vidyarthi, Anupam Kher, Rajshri Deshpande, Rajesh Tailang, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Shilpa Shukla in pivotal roles.

Additionally, his road trip movie ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’ is set to celebrate 13 years since its release on July 15.

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