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Gyanendra Tripathi speaks out against prioritising market trends over art: IANS Interview

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Mumbai, May 13 (IANS) Actor Gyanendra Tripathi, who is awaiting the release of his upcoming film ‘Barah by Barah’, feels that artistes should be able to strike a balance between their art and its commerce.

The actor shared that prioritising market trends is the biggest disservice that an artiste can do to their artwork.

Speaking with IANS prior to the release of his film, Gyanendra discussed how the city of Varanasi influenced the actor in him during the shoot, how cinema benefited from across media, and his upcoming projects.

‘Barah by Barah’ has been shot in Varanasi and sees him essaying the role of a death photographer.

Sharing the experience of working in the city, he told IANS: “Sometimes art becomes a vehicle for exploring existential questions, expressing inner truths, and seeking transcendence. For viewers, encountering spiritually inspired art can evoke a sense of awe, wonder, and contemplation, inviting them to reflect on their own beliefs and experiences.”

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“Shooting in a city like Varanasi, staying there for over a month, and playing a character which by virtue of his profession, witnesses life and death with such close proximity, I did delve into such areas. Our film basically explores the idea of migration, which is an inevitable part of nature, but the change is never easy to accept, hence, one needs a spiritual lens to let go of the previous attachments,” he added.

Many artistes from different media have made their way into cinema.

Shah Rukh Khan came from television and is now ruling Bollywood.

When asked about his opinion on cinema thriving on actors from different media, Gyanendra said: “I do believe cinema benefits greatly from actors with diverse backgrounds, including those from OTT platforms and theatre.”

The actor shared that OTT platforms provide actors with opportunities to explore a wide range of characters and storytelling styles, often allowing for more nuanced performances.

“On the other hand, theatre training instils actors with strong stage presence, improvisation skills, and the ability to connect with live audiences, which can translate into compelling performances on screen. This blend of experiences enriches the pool of talent available to filmmakers, contributing to the richness and variety of cinema. Additionally, actors who have experience across different mediums bring unique perspectives and techniques to their roles, enhancing the overall depth and authenticity of cinematic storytelling,” he said.

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Talking about the fine balance of art and the business associated with it, the actor told IANS: “One of the biggest disservices an artiste can do to their artwork is when artists prioritise market trends or the opinions of others over their own creative vision and expression. Due to this, their work may lose its authenticity and depth.”

“This can result in artworks that feel contrived or insincere, ultimately diminishing their impact on audiences. It’s essential for artists to stay true to their unique voice and vision, even if it means taking risks or facing criticism. Having said that, commerce is an integral part of filmmaking, it takes a lot of money to make a film, publicise and distribute it. So, in today’s time, artistes do need to strike a balance and find an expression which is true to themselves and yet somehow remains accessible to a wider audience. That’s the real struggle,” he added.

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Meanwhile, on the work front, the actor will be next seen in ‘Superman of Malegaon’ directed by Reema Kagti. He is also shooting for web series such as ‘Petty Cash’ and the second season of ‘Half CA’.

–IANS

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For 'Jamnapaar' role Raghu Ram improvised dialogues, got into a particular physique

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actor Raghu Ram, who plays Rajat Thapar in the show ‘Jamnapaar’, shared that the character is very close to his heart, and revealed that he had to improvise the dialogues extensively to portray himself authentically and get into a particular physique for the role.

Known for anchoring and directing ‘MTV Roadies’, Raghu opened up about his preparation for the role in the web series ‘Jamnapaar’, and said in a statement: “This character is very close to my heart, as I relate to Rajat on more levels than one. So, I didn’t have to prepare much for this character.”

“However, I needed to peel off the layers of Rajat’s complex personality to sink my teeth into his skin. While rehearsing the dialogue, I’d improvise a lot to portray him authentically. In addition to that, I was also expected to get into a particular physique for playing this role, something I’ve never done for any other role in the past,” shared Raghu.

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Divulging more details about Rajat, Raghu said he is the hallmark of success for Shanky (played by Ritvik Sahore).

“His life is alluring and all things glittery, but all that glitters is not always gold, after all. We all aspire to reach places and scale new heights of success. At the same time, we often get riddled with doubt along the journey. But to see someone who hails from the same background as you, make it big in life is truly inspiring,” he said.

Raghu concluded by saying, “Similarly, for Shanky, Rajat Thapar is that inspiration. Just like him, Rajat too comes from Jamnapaar and makes a big name for himself in South Delhi.”

The aspirational drama offers a glimpse into the world of Shantanu Bansal a.k.a. Shanky.

The show features Srishti Ganguli Rindani, Ankita Sahigal, and Varun Badola in pivotal roles.

‘Jamnapaar’ is streaming on Amazon miniTV.

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For Sunita Rajwar, working with ‘Gullak’ co-star Geetanjali Kulkarni is like a homecoming

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Sunita Rajwar, who is awaiting the release of the upcoming fourth season of her hit streaming show ‘Gullak’, has shared insights on her friendship with her fellow actress from the show, Geetanjali Kulkarni.

Sunita shared that she and Geetanjali have known each other since their time at the National School of Drama in Delhi.

Reflecting on the friendship, Sunita said: “Working with Geetanjali is like coming home. Our friendship dates back to our days at the National School of Drama, where Geetanjali was a year senior to me. She has always been someone I looked up to, not just for her incredible talent, but for her generous spirit.”

Talking about how their friendship has evolved from the first season of the show to the fourth season, the actress said: “Over the four seasons of ‘Gullak’ this bond has transformed from just friendship, and she has now become extended family. We laugh, we discuss, we debate, and most importantly, we support each other through every scene and every challenge.”

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Sunita said that the trust that they have built is invaluable, and it shows in their performances. The on-screen chemistry that viewers love reflects the genuine affection and appreciation we share on and off-screen.

“I feel incredibly fortunate to not only work with such a brilliant actor but to call her my friend and family,” she added.

‘Gullak’ season 4 is set to drop on Sony LIV on June 7.

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Neha Sharma says she would choose Anupam Kher as her onscreen father anytime

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Neha Sharma has expressed her admiration for veteran actor Anupam Kher, sharing that if she had the chance to choose an onscreen father, he would undoubtedly be her first choice.

Neha, who recently featured in the courtroom drama ‘Illegal 3’, shared: “I have always admired the work of Anupam Kher, and if I have the chance to choose an onscreen father, he would undoubtedly be my first choice. His presence and demeanour remind me so much of my real father. Both share a warmth and wisdom that radiate through their actions and words.”

For the unversed, Neha has previously shared screen space with Anupam in the 2012 adult comedy film ‘Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum’, where she played Simran and Anupam portrayed Francis Marlo.

The ‘Youngistaan’ actress went on to say, “Anupam’s ability to portray complex emotions with such authenticity resonates deeply with me, echoing the nurturing and supportive nature of my own dad. There’s a certain gravitas in his performances, an underlying strength tempered with a gentle humor that mirrors my father’s personality.”

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“Seeing Anupam Kher play a fatherly role on screen feels like watching a reflection of my life experiences, making his characters all the more relatable and heartfelt. His roles encapsulate the essence of fatherhood that I always cherish,” added Neha.

‘Illegal’ season 3 also stars Akshay Oberoi, Piyush Mishra, Ira Dubey, and Satyadeep Misra.

It is streaming on JioCinema Premium.

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Sustainable Shubhangi uses bamboo toothbrushes, lamps made from reused glass bottles

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Ahead of World Environment Day, Shubhangi Atre spoke about the importance of upcycling, sharing how she has integrated sustainability into every aspect of her life, from using bamboo toothbrushes to creating teddy bears from old clothes.

World Environment Day, which is celebrated on June 5, encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

Shubhangi, who plays the role of Angoori Bhabi in the sitcom ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’, shared: “I have integrated sustainability into every aspect of my life, from using bamboo for toothbrushes to creating teddy bears from old clothes and making lamps from reused glass bottles. I also opt for cotton and jute bags when shopping to reduce waste and embrace natural materials.”

“Let’s continue to reimagine, repurpose, and redefine our consumption habits, transforming everyday objects into treasures. Let’s adopt and practice upcycling to turn waste into wonder and inspire a future where creativity and sustainability go hand in hand,” added Shubhangi.

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‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’ also stars Aasif Sheikh, Rohitashv Gour, and Vidisha Srivastava in the lead roles.

It airs at 10.30 p.m. Monday to Friday on &TV.

On the professional front, Shubhangi is known for her work in shows like ‘Kasautii Zindagii Kay’, ‘Kasturi’, ‘Do Hanson Ka Jodaa’, and ‘Adhuri Kahaani Hamari’.

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Sherlyn Chopra opens up on bold scenes in 'Paurashpur 3', says female crew were present on set

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Sherlyn Chopra, who is known for her bold avatar, has opened up about the shooting of the bold scenes in the fantasy period drama ‘Paurashpur 3’, sharing that they have been shot quite aesthetically.

Sherlyn, who plays Maharani Snehlata and Vishkanya Bhaumika in the show, shared: “The bold scenes in ‘Paurashpur’ have been shot quite aesthetically. While shooting bold scenes, only the technicians who are actually needed remain present on the set, along with female assistant directors and female stylists.”

Throwing light on her character, Sherlyn, who has been a part of ‘Bigg Boss 3’, shared: “In ‘Paurashpur 2’, I played the role of Maharani Snehlata, who is portrayed as the ultimate contender for the throne of Paurashpur. In season three, I not only play the role of Snehlata but also the role of Vishkanya Bhaumika, who happens to have an uncanny resemblance to Snehlata. Both characters are rooted in grit, resilience, and iron will.”

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The show also stars Kajol Tyagi, Anubhav Srivastava, Payal Raha, and Prajakta Dusane.

Directed by KayCee and produced by Sachin Mohite, it is streaming on ALTT.

Meanwhile, Sherlyn has starred in Hindi movies like ‘Time Pass’, ‘Dosti: Friends Forever’, the Emraan Hashmi-starrer ‘Jawani Diwani’, the Sharman Joshi and Jimmy Shergill-starrer ‘Raqeeb’, ‘Dil Bole Hadippa’ starring Shahid Kapoor and Rani Mukerji in the lead, and the 2018 film ‘Chameli’.

She was also the host of ‘MTV Splitsvilla 6’.

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