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Going home after 3 yrs, Gudi Padwa is all about ‘puran poli or gulab jamun’ for Sai Tamhankar

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Mumbai, April 8 (IANS) Actress Sai Tamhankar is going to her hometown Sangli after three years to celebrate Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year. She realised she had not been home in so long when her mother mentioned it.

“It’s been three years since I last visited my hometown, and the realisation struck me hard when my mother mentioned it,” Sai said.

“The feeling of going home itself is calming me down, giving me a sense of peace and satisfaction,” she added.

For Sai, Gudi Padwa holds special significance. It marks not only the beginning of the New Year but also an opportunity to cherish traditions and indulge in the warmth of family bonds.

“New Year begins with Gudi Padwa for us,” she shared as she spoke about the gatherings with friends and extended family.

The festive celebrations are incomplete without relishing traditional delicacies like puran poli or gulab jamun, which hold a special place in Sai’s heart.

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“Having a meal with your loved ones after a long time is itself a big celebration,” she said.

The actress added: “I am looking forward to revisiting my favourite spots, meeting college friends, and reconnecting with extended family members. I believe it’s my fault I did not visit my hometown for so long.”

She will next be seen sharing screen space with Emraan Hashmi in ‘Ground Zero’ and ‘Agni’ with Pratik Gandhi. She then has Netflix’s ‘Dabba Cartel’ alongside stalwarts like Shabana Azmi and Gajraj Rao.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Sai Ketan breaks down in front of Deepak Chaurasia; recalls getting Rs 100 for short film

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ contestant and TV actor Sai Ketan Rao opened up about his life struggles inside the house during a conversation with journalist Deepak Chaurasia, recalling how he received just Rs 100 for a role in a short film.

In a video shared by the show’s makers on Sunday, Sai, who is known for his roles in TV shows ‘Mehndi Hai Rachne Waali’ and ‘Imlie’, became emotional while speaking with Deepak.

Sai is seen crying in the video and saying to Deepak: “2016 me maine ek short film kia tha… hero ka bhai tha main (In 2016, I did a short film in which I played the role of the hero’s brother).”

Sai was referring to the 2016 Telugu short film ‘Devil in Disguise’.

The actor then continued, “Rs 100 mile the mujhe or is pure time me struggle kafi tha. Hamari situation bahut hi kharab thi… maine sab kuch kho dia… paise kho diye opportunities kho diye, My father was never there in my life (I got Rs 100 for my role in the short film. There were a lot of struggles. Our situation was very bad… I lost everything — money, opportunities, etc. My father was never there in my life).”

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Deepak replied sympathetically, saying, “So sad,” to which Sai further added, ” Unhone hame chodh dia (My father had left us).”

The video ends with Deepak consoling Sai, saying, “Don’t cry.”

The post is captioned: “Hero ka bhai tha, 100 rupay mile the – Sai Ketan gets real about his life struggles.”

‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

Meanwhile, Sai has been featured in TV shows like ‘Chashni’ and ‘Agni Sakshi’, and web series such as ‘The Baker and the Beauty’, ‘Aham Bhramhasmi’, ‘Love Studio’, ‘Beyond Breakup’, and ‘Three Half Bottles’.

He has also starred in Telugu movies like ‘Most Eligible Bachelor’, ‘Ajay Passayyadu’, ‘Strangers’, ‘Pellikuturu Party’, and others.

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'Bigg Boss OTT 3': Housemates wake up to energetic beats of 'Udta Punjab' on Sunday

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Mumbai, June 23 (IANS) It’s a relaxed Sunday morning at the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ house on the second day, with contestants waking up to the energetic beats of ‘Udta Punjab’.

The visuals show social media influencer and YouTuber Armaan Malik hugging his second wife, Kritika Malik.

Armaan is participating in the controversial reality show along with both his wives, Payal and Kritika.

Television actress Sana Makbul and the famous ‘Vada Pav’ girl Chandrika Dixit also grooved to the track.

However, it will be interesting to see whether the day will remain smooth and easy or if there will be any storms on the horizon.

On day one, the audience witnessed actor Ranveer Shorey criticising social media influencer Lovekesh Kataria’s behaviour over a rationing issue. Tension flared in the house during a discussion about dividing food between vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

Ranveer asserted his right to take his share according to his needs, but things got heated when Lovekesh approached the ‘Ugly Aur Pagli’ actor too closely. Ranveer replied, “Be in your limits. I’m double your age; so, don’t cross boundaries.”

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Day one also featured a heated debate task, with journalist Deepak Chaurasia stepping into the judge’s chair.

The house was split into two rival teams: Lovekesh, Indian boxer Neeraj Goyat, and Armaan on one side, while Ranveer, social media influencer Sana Sultaan Khan, and TV actor Sai Ketan Rao on the other.

During the debate, Sana accused Armaan of portraying himself as a husband rather than an individual.

Day one also included a special Tarot card reading for Armaan by astrologer Munisha Khatwani.

Other contestants in the show include TV actress Poulomi Das, rapper Naved Shaikh a.k.a. Naezy, social media influencer Vishal Pandey, and YouTube sensation Shivani Kumari.

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

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Big Boss OTT 3: I'll miss Salman Khan, but Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe, says Mannara Chopra

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Mannara Chopra, who impressed fans with her time on ‘Bigg Boss 17’, said she will miss Salman Khan in ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ although new host Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe.

Talking about Anil Kapoor replacing Salman Khan as the host of ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’, Mannara said, “I will miss Salman Khan who has always been my mentor. Even when I was coming out of the House on the final day, he gave me such amazing tips. I will definitely miss Salman Khan, but we cannot deny the fact that Anil Kapoor has got his own vibe.”

‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ kicked off on Friday with Mannara going live for the opening episode.

“I am looking forward to Anil Kapoor as the host. He is looking terrific, especially the way he is interacting with all the contestants and welcoming them in his own ‘Jhakass’ style… I have all the respect for him,” she said.

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When asked if she would appear in the new season, Mannara said, “Bigg Boss is one platform which got me closer to everyone. Whenever they need me, I will always be there.”

“My new song is coming out on June 27 and I am hoping to collaborate on something with the Bigg Boss,” she Mannara, who has acted in films like ‘Prema Geema Jantha Nai’, ‘Zid’, ‘Thikka’, ‘Rogue’, and ‘Sita’.

’Bigg Boss OTT 3′ airs on Jio Cinema Premium.

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'Trisha On The Rocks': A romantic comedy that sparkles – IANS Rating: **

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Krishnadev Yagnik’s ‘Trisha On The Rocks’ is a delightful romantic comedy that sparkles with charm and humour. Released in 2024 in both Gujarati and Hindi, this film captures the essence of love and laughter through its endearing characters and engaging storyline.

The plot revolves around Trisha (Janki Bodiwala), a lively and spirited young woman, and Vishal (Ravi Gohil), a laid-back and charming man. Their journey through the ups and downs of love is portrayed with authenticity and warmth, drawing viewers into their infectious chemistry and relatable dynamics.

Janki Bodiwala shines in her role as Trisha, infusing the character with energy and charisma that light up the screen. Her performance is matched by Ravi Gohil, who brings a natural and likeable presence to Vishal, creating a believable and enjoyable romantic pairing. Hiten Kumar, in a supporting role, adds depth and humour to the narrative, enhancing the overall ensemble with his memorable performance.

Krishnadev Yagnik’s direction is confident and skilful, blending humor with heartfelt moments seamlessly. The pacing of the film is well-maintained, ensuring that each scene contributes to the overall charm and emotional resonance of the story. Pratik Parmar’s cinematography captures the vibrant atmosphere of the film beautifully, enhancing the visual appeal of each scene.

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The music in “Trisha On The Rocks” complements the tone of the film perfectly, adding emotional depth and enhancing key moments throughout the narrative. The soundtrack contributes to the overall feel-good atmosphere, making the viewing experience all the more enjoyable.

Overall, “Trisha On The Rocks” is a heartwarming and entertaining romantic comedy that stands out for its engaging performances and well-crafted storyline. It offers a perfect blend of comedy, romance, and heartfelt moments that leave a lasting impression. For fans of the genre looking for a feel-good movie experience, “Trisha On The Rocks” is highly recommended.

This film is a testament to the enduring appeal of love stories and the joy of laughter, making it a memorable addition to the romantic comedy genre.

Verdict – A refreshing modern story on the New Youth culture in Gujarat.

Movie: Trisha On The Rocks

Duration: 171 minutes

Director: Krishnadev Yagnik

Cast: Janki Bodiwala, Ravi Gohil and Hiten Kumar

Producers: Kalpesh K. Soni, Krunal Soni

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Rating: **

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Sonakshi will not convert to Islam after marrying Zaheer Iqbal, says groom's father

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Mumbai, June 22 (IANS) Ahead of Sonakshi Sinha and Zaheer Iqbal’s wedding on June 23, the actor’s father, Iqbal Ratansi, shared that the actress will not be converting to Islam and that the couple will reportedly have a civil marriage.

According to media reports, Ratansi shared that the wedding will include “neither Hindu nor Muslim rituals. It will be a civil marriage.”

He also reportedly said in an interview that Sonakshi will not convert for sure, asserting that “religion has no role to play.”

Quashing all rumours about Shatrughan Sinha being upset with Sonakshi’s wedding plans, the veteran star finally made an appearance with Zaheer, who will soon be his son-in-law.

The two posed for the paparazzi, with Zaheer and Shatrughan first smiling and then posing outside the building.

Shatrughan also gave his blessings to his soon-to-be son-in-law.

After seven years of dating, Sonakshi and Zaheer will be getting married on Sunday, followed by a celebration at actress Shilpa Shetty’s luxurious restaurant, Bastian, in Mumbai.

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Several personalities, including Huma Qureshi and Aayush Sharma, are expected to join the couple on their special day.

Talking about work, Sonakshi was recently seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s debut series ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’, which also stars Manisha Koirala, Sanjeeda Shaikh, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Sharmin Segal Mehta.

The actress will also appear in the horror comedy ‘Kakuda’, directed by Aditya Sarpotdar.

The film is set in a curse-inflicted village in Uttar Pradesh.

In ‘Kakuda’, every house in the district has two doors – a normal-sized one and a smaller one.

The story revolves around a peculiar ritual that requires the opening of the smaller door of each house on Tuesday evenings. Failing to follow this rule invites the wrath of Kakuda, who punishes the man of the house.

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