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From Bihar to Mumbai, it's been a great ride for ‘Laapataa Ladies’ actor Bhaskar Jha

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Mumbai, May 13 (IANS) Actor Bhaskar Jha, who made his debut with the film “Laapataa Ladies”, talked about his journey from Bihar to Mumbai and then bagging the film, where he played the role of Pradeep.

Talking about his journey, Bhaskar said: “I hail from Madhubani Bihar, and I studied in Kendriya Vidhyala Cooc Bihar: West Bengal till 9th. In 2002, we moved to Delhi… In 2007, I enrolled in English Hons, Rajdhani College, from where I started doing theatre…”

Post college, the actor joined a course in radio and television journalism and worked in the Doordarshan regional channel with different content writing companies alongside doing theatre.

“During my time in Delhi, I also used to teach theatre in different schools and colleges of Delhi to earn a livelihood. I kept travelling to Mumbai for clowning workshops with Rupesh Tillu and Ashwath Bhatt but finally shifted to Mumbai during the shoot of ‘Laapataa Ladies’.”

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“So all in all, the journey has been a roller coaster ride and still looks like a dream.”

Talking about how he bagged the film, he said: “One of my friends Shivam Gupta referred my name to Romil Modi and Ram Rawat who are the casting directors of ‘Laapataa Ladies’.”

“It was the time of lockdown, so I sent the self-test which Aamir Khan sir liked and once I got the green signal from the production team and Kiran Rao mam I got a call for the role for which I am very thankful.”

Talking about the success of the film, he said: “It has been amazing and people are recognising me, so it is great feedback. The artiste wants adulation and I am getting it in abundance from the public and even the industry people. I have also been approached for doing other projects, let’s see what works out next.”

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Amit Sadh's riding series ‘Motorcycles Saved My Life’ to drop on his birthday on June 5

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) The trailer of the upcoming riding series ‘Motorcycles Saved My Life’ featuring actor Amit Sadh was unveiled on Wednesday.

The actor said the series based on his ride from Mumbai to Leh will drop on his birthday on June 5.

The trailer opens with the text “The Wait is Over” with picturesque shots of the Himalayan ranges. Then it shows Amit on his bike, navigating through diverse terrains. He is also seen meeting locals and having many new experiences along the way.

Amit embarked on the journey to promote healthy riding habits and to raise awareness about the sheer joy and benefits of riding.

Sharing his excitement, Amit said, “I’m so excited and thrilled to share my journey with the viewers on World Environment Day, as nature is really close to my heart. Nature has been a core part of me, and what better day to release my riding series?

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“I have had an incredible 28-day journey from Mumbai to Leh, and I’m really excited to share it with the viewers so that they ride along with me and witness a part of India through my eyes. I’ve been eager to share my experiences and healing journey through my travels.

“I’m passionate about safe riding and protecting nature. I’m looking forward to the audience’s reaction and creating more such pieces to share with them. This journey has been transformative, showing how motorcycles saved my life. This project is a piece of my heart, I hope the viewers cherish it & enjoy watching it as much as my team and I enjoyed creating it.”

The three-part series will stream on Amit’s YouTube channel.

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Canadian DJ deadmau5 to perform after 10 years in Mumbai in July

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Canadian music producer and DJ Joel Thomas Zimmerman, known by his stage name deadmau5, is set to return to India after a decade with a show at the NESCO Centre in Mumbai for Sunburn Arena on July 12.

In a career spanning over two decades, deadmau5 has earned six Grammy nominations besides having a massive impact on the EDM culture. He has also collaborated with Indian Bhangra legend Daler Mehndi.

Commenting on returning to India, deadmau5 said, “I am thrilled to be back in India after a decade and perform for my Indian fans after such a long time. The energy and love of the Indian crowd are truly unmatched and I cannot wait to share this special moment with all of you.”

Globally, deadmau5 is known for his work in progressive house and electro-house, as well as other electronic music genres like techno, among others. His repertoire includes tracks like ‘Glowing Nights’, ‘Echoes of Euphoria’, and ‘Rhythm Revolution’.

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Actress Ada Khan recounts her heartfelt encounter with 'Baalveer' fan

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Actress Ada Khan, who plays the antagonist Aageel in the superhero series ‘Baalveer 4’, has shared a touching story about her interaction with a young fan, highlighting the deep connection between the show’s cast and its ardent followers.

Recalling her encounter with the fan, Ada said: “During a visit to Vadodara for a show, a sweet little girl discovered my location through my Instagram Story. Since it’s a small town, she made her way to the venue just to meet me. She even brought chocolates and told me, ‘I love you so much, didi’.”

“The little girl then insisted that I shouldn’t listen to my mom and that Baalveer was very good, suggesting we should be friends in the show. When it was time for me to leave, she was in tears. It’s moments like these that are truly heartwarming,” Ada said.

She added: “The genuine appreciation from children is incredibly moving. In fact, it is also a testament to the bond Baalveer has forged with so many young fans over the years.”

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‘Baalveer 4’ stars Dev Joshi in the titular role alongside Aditi Sanwal as Kashvi.

The series follows Baalveer’s quest to battle the dark forces, reclaim his powers, and protect the world from the evil.

The show streams from Monday to Friday on Sony LIV.

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'Fighter’ actor Mahesh Shetty believes in travelling for experience, not for social media posts

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Actor Mahesh Shetty, who was recently seen in the Hrithik Roshan-starrer film ‘Fighter’, likes to keep it light when he is bitten by the travel bug.

The actor known for shows like ‘Pavitra Rishta’, ‘Bade Achhe Lagte Hain’, and ‘Inside Edge’ also said that for him, travelling is an enriching experience for the soul, adding that he likes to travel for the experience and not for social media posts unlike most people these days.

“I like to keep it very light when I’m travelling. I carry only the basics. I even end up repeating outfits. My philosophy behind travelling is a bit different from others, as I believe in travelling for the experience rather than for social media posts,” Mahesh told IANS.

Asked about his favourite destination, the actor said he likes to explore different places.

“There isn’t one favourite spot as such. But the destination must have yummy food,” he said.

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Mahesh plays Rajan ‘Unni’ Unnithan in ‘Fighter’, the wingman of Shamsher ‘Patty’ Pathania played by Hrithik.

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Raashii Khanna bats for closing the gender pay gap among film stars

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Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Actress Raashii Khanna, who recently featured in the Tamil comedy horror film ‘Aranmanai 4’, feels it is high time art is judged by the way it is made, and not by who all is in it.

Raashii and her co-star Tamannaah Bhatia attended a special press meet on Wednesday in Mumbai ahead of the release of ‘Aranmanai 4’ in Hindi.

The female-led film has already collected Rs 100 crore down South, demonstrating the growing acceptance and appreciation for women-centric narratives.

The ‘Madras Cafe’ fame actress said: “It is a validation for all of us as female actors that we can hold a film on our shoulders and deliver. For that, we need filmmakers like Sundar C Sir who believe in us. Also, I believe art and cinema should not be bound by gender.”

“It is high time we treat it like that. Films like ‘Article 370’, ‘Crew’ and now our film have proven that women are far ahead just like men. Art should be judged by the way it is made and not by who is in it. Also, we should get better pay cheques because there is a huge gap. I hope that happens in time,” she added.

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Directed by Sundar C, ‘Aranmanai 4’ also stars Sundar himself, alongside Santhosh Prathap, Ramachandra Raju, Kovai Sarala, and Delhi Ganesh, among others. It is produced by Khushbu Sundar under the banner of Avni Cinemax.

The Hindi version is scheduled to release in the theatres on May 31.

On the work front, Rashii also has ‘The Sabarmati Report’, ‘Telusu Kada’, and ‘Methavi’ in the pipeline.

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