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From playing little boy in 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' to 'Kota Factory 3', Ahsaas Channa looks back

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New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) Actress Ahsaas Channa, who is most loved for her portrayal of a young boy ‘Arjun’ in the 2006 romantic drama ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ has reflected upon her 20 years of journey in the industry, saying that she has grown up on set, spent time with amazing and experienced people and learnt so much along the way.

Ahsaas, who started her career at a very young age, played the role of Shahrukh Khan, and Preity Zinta’s son in Karan Johar’s directorial ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’. She also essayed the character of Ashu in ‘My Friend Ganesha’.

In a conversation with IANS, Ahsaas talked about her journey, the evolution of women characters, and more.

On how she sees her growth as an artist over the 20 years of her acting journey, Ahsaas feels grateful for the opportunities she has gotten all these years.

“I’ve always been passionate about my work and it’s become a part of my personality. I’ve grown up on set and got the chance to spend time with amazing and experienced people and learnt so much along the way which I’m really grateful for. I have dreams about doing more challenging roles, working on stronger scripts and playing different characters and the goal is to make those dreams come true,” Ahsaas told IANS.

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Ahsaas further shared: “I never went to an acting school. My mom groomed me and I’ve worked on my craft by being on set, working with great actors. It has been a wonderful experience but I’ve barely scratched the surface. I have so many plans and goals and I will continue to work hard towards it.”

The 24-year-old diva, who has been a part of shows like ‘Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev’, ‘Code Red – Talaash’, among others opened up on the evolution of writing of women characters.

She said: “Absolutely, there are many strong female characters being written today, than they were in the past. And I’m glad for this evolution. But are we completely there? No, we have a long journey to go, but there are many steps that we have taken in the right direction as an industry.”

“I strongly feel that having more women be a part of the workforce in the Hindi film industry has led to a substantial change in the mindset with regards to the way female characters are written. I have made this observation, the more women you have working on a set the more you evolve with regards to your understanding of gender roles representation on the screen,” said Ahsaas.

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As a young budding actor in this industry, Ahsaas is grateful to her predecessor who set the foundation for women having such strong voices in cinema.

“I guess I’m privileged enough to now reap the benefits of their struggles,” she said.

‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’ will soon mark 18 years of its release.

Sharing nostalgic memories from the shoot of the movie, Ahsaas said: “That film and shooting for it has been one of the highlights of my life and being able to share screen space and work with such legendary actors at the age of six is something really special.”

“I remember being pampered by SRK and Abhishek Bachchan. I remember getting applause which SRK started and everyone followed for a shot I gave. There were times I used to write letters and drawings for SRK, Rani Mukherjee and Preity. I spent lots of time in New York so that was pretty amazing too,” she added.

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Meanwhile, Ahsaas will be next seen in Jitendra Kumar-starrer ‘Kota Factory’ season 3. The black-and-white series is directed by Pratish Mehta, produced by TVF Productions, and helmed by Raghav Subbu.

The show will stream from June 20 on Netflix.

–IANS

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Rupali Ganguly remembers her father Anil Ganguly, says he taught her how to be resilient

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) The ‘Anupamaa’ fame actress Rupali Ganguly remembered her late father and director Anil Ganguly, sharing that the strength in her is the resilience that he has taught her.

Taking to Instagram, Rupali shared a string of childhood and some throwback unseen pictures with her ‘pappa’.

Along with the photos, she wrote: “I’m running out of pictures Pappa … wish we had some more … wish wish wish I still had u between us…. but the memories will last me till the last breath… Not a single day passes when I have not missed u … but also not a single day passes when I miss u and you have not given me a sign that you are still watching over me …”

“The strength in me is the resilience u have taught me… my skills, my talent, my performance everything is yours Pappa … I am what I am because of you… Happy Father’s Day to the best father ever,” she added.

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Rupali’s brother Vijay Ganguly, who is a choreographer known for ‘Jagga Jasoos’, ‘Andhadhun’, ‘Stree’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’, dropped red heart emojis in the comment section.

Anil, who died in January 2016, is best known for ‘Kora Kagaz’, ‘Tapasya’, ‘Trishna’, ‘Aanchal’, ‘Saaheb’ and many other movies.

Meanwhile, Rupali’s show ‘Anupamaa’ is based on the Bengali series ‘Sreemoyee’. It also stars Sudhanshu Pandey as Vanraj, Madalsa Sharma, and Gaurav Khanna.

Produced by Rajan Shahi and Deepa Shahi under the banner of Director’s Kut Productions, it airs on Star Plus.

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Anushka's Father's Day wish for Virat: 'How can one person be so good at so many things'

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Actress Anushka Sharma on Sunday greeted her husband and Indian cricketer Virat Kohli on the occasion of Father’s Day, saying, ‘How can one person be so good at so many things.’

Taking to Instagram, Anushka, who has 67.6 million followers, shared a picture of a handwritten paper, which has an image of two footprints in yellow colour.

It’s written ‘Happy Father’s Day’ on it with a red heart.

The post is captioned as: “How can one person be so good at so many things! Baffling…. we love you Virat Kohli”, followed by a red heart and kiss emoji.

Fans went crazy about Anushka’s post and commented: “The best husband, the best father, and the bestest mann.”

Another user said: “Cutest thing on internet today.”

A fan said: “No nazar to my best people.”

Anushka married Virat in Italy in December 2017.

The couple have two children–daughter Vamika, and son Akaay.

On the work front, Anushka was last in the 2018 comedy-drama ‘Zero’ alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif.

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She next has ‘Chakda Xpress’ in the pipeline, in which she plays the role of former Indian cricketer Jhulan Goswami. The biographical sports drama is written by Abhishek Banerjee, directed by Prosit Roy, and produced by Karnesh Sharma under the banner of Clean Slate Film.

It also stars Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Renuka Shahane, Anshul Chauhan, Koushik Sen, Mahesh Thakur in pivotal roles.

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Rinku Dhawan looks back at her 30-year acting journey and shares her impressions

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Actress Rinku Dhawan has reflected on her 30 years of showbiz journey, sharing how she is getting a chance to portray strong performance-oriented characters till now.

Actress Rinku Dhawan, who is currently seen in ‘Udaariyaan’, says that she loves the way her journey has panned out.

She adds that she has been part of the industry for the last three decades, and has loved each project of hers.

“I think it’s been a very beautiful one from my first serial, from BR Chopra’s ‘Kanoon’, playing a very prime role in the show. And now it’s been kind of almost 30 years and each role that I got hence from there till date has been very strong roles, strong characters, very performance-oriented. And so it’s been a very great journey to look back at and to look forward to also. So, I’m grateful to the industry and the people for making it so beautiful for me,” she shared.

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Talking about opportunities, she says that she makes sure to weigh the pros and cons of each.

Rinku added: “Well, I do give it a thought. I do think about it. I discuss in detail with the creatives, with the makers, so that I am sure if I am doing a particular role, I have to be very convinced to do it, and not just because an opportunity came and I jumped on it without thinking. And then later realise that I shouldn’t have done it. So, no, I don’t do that. I just don’t jump onto the opportunities, but I do think, talk, process the whole thing about the character and the show, and then make my decision.”

‘Udaariyaan’ airs on Colors.

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Maninee De recalls shooting for short film 'Pravaah -The Flow' near Parvati river in Himachal Pradesh

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Actress Maninee De, who stars in the short film ‘Pravaah – The Flow’ recalled shooting for the movie near the Parvati river, in Himachal Pradesh, saying it was freezing cold and windy, and navigating that path was quite a challenge.

The ‘Shaka Laka Boom Boom’ actress shared that the shoot of the Sharad Malhotra-starrer film was amazing.

“There were many incidents during the shoot that will always remain with me. It was freezing cold and windy, and it was nighttime as we were near the Parvati river, in the forest next to it. Navigating that path was quite a challenge. The sequence required Sharad and I to sit on huge rocks, which were freezing. That’s something I will never forget,” shared Maninee.

She went on to say, “There was also a tent that was part of our entire scene, which I think kept us going. It was quite a challenging shoot, and even the next day, we waited for the right light and everything. Shooting in nature has its own challenges, but director Simmer Bhatia and her team really looked after us. The team was great.”

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She says that it was the concept of the film that got her on board

“The concept of the film is so beautiful. It was all about twin flames, connections, the flow which is life, isn’t it? And ‘Pravaah’ is such a beautiful name. Then the concept resonated with me. The character has something that resonates with my soul. I also believe in twin connections and soulmate connections, and yes, it resonated with me,” she added.

‘Pravaah’ has been written, directed, and produced by Simmer Bhatia. The film was released on June 14.

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Aakkash Ahuja on his 'content' role in 'Badall Pe Paon Hai': 'In a world where everyone seeks luxury, Rajat is odd one out'

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Mumbai, June 16 (IANS) Actor Aakkash Ahuja, who plays Rajat in the recently released show ‘Badall Pe Paon Hai’ gave insights about his character, saying, “He is very happy with his life, and though he earns less but is very happy and satisfied.”

Aakkash, who is known for ‘Thapki Pyar Ki 2’ plays Rajat Khanna, a middle-class boy in ‘Badall Pe Paon Hai’, who is just happy and content with his life.

“In a world where everyone seeks social media views, luxury, and showcasing happiness, Rajat is the odd one out. He is very happy with his life. He earns less but is very happy and satisfied. No matter what the situation is, he loves his family dearly.”

Speaking of the title of the show, he said: “It means everyone should dare to dream, no matter how difficult the circumstances are. No matter how much struggle you have in your life, hope should never die.”

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Aakkash was all praise for producers Sargun Mehta and Ravie Dubey and said that their involvement is commendable.

He added: “I really appreciate them as producers because they have so many inputs to give and their level of involvement in the making of the script is commendable. I didn’t expect that Ravi and Sargun would go in-depth into the script. Kudos to their efforts and the hard work they put into production. They are very good people.”

The show stars Amandeep Sidhu as Bani in the lead.

Produced by Sargun Mehta and Ravie Dubey, under their banner Dreamiyata Entertainment Private Limited, ‘Badall Pe Paon Hai’ airs on SonySAB.

–IANS

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