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Rajeev Khandelwal opens up on dark side of industry: 'Everyone knows that it must exist'

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Mumbai, July 11 (IANS) Actor Rajeev Khandelwal has spoken about the dark side of the glitzy world of glamour and said that manipulation is a “part and parcel of the industry.”

Rajeev, who made his Bollywood debut with the action-thriller ‘Aamir’ in 2008, plays a superstar Armaan Singh in the ‘Showtime’, which is directed by Mihir Desai and Archit Kumar. The show takes a deep dive into the world of Bollywood, actors, production houses and how they function.

Talking about manipulation being a part of the industry, Rajeev told IANS: “Manipulation is something we all have seen from our school days to till now to whichever industry we are working in. Manipulation is a part of every industry and human nature.”

The 48-year-old actor said that it is the entertainment industry where money is involved.

“Everyone is out there to make a living for themselves and their families. For us to think about producers to manipulate for making more money and aligning themselves with certain favourable people who they think are going to bring them more success is very natural,” added the actor, who hails from Rajasthan.

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Saying it out loud could be scandalous, said the actor, who began his television career with a negative role in the 2002 show ‘Kya Hadsaa Kya Haqeeqat’.

“I have seen it. But just to say it probably could be scandalous. From the time when I was not part of the industry or from those years when the industry came into existence these manipulations could have been there… Manipulations are a part and parcel of our industry,” he said.

Is there a dark side to the industry and does ‘Showtime’ showcase it?

Pat came the reply: “Yes, it has.”

“There is a side of the industry, which I am sure everyone knows must be existing because we hear stories of depression, suicides, someone going cuckoo in the head, drugs and so many stories that come out from the industry that people must be having some kind of impression that these things must be having in the industry and they will be curious to know why…”

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He said that his show has tapped into that side.

“Showtime has tapped into that side, which you see and have a little idea about. It is fiction but not a figment of someone’s imagination. It is actually different incidents that happened in the industry and presented in the form of a storyline, where you see the truth about the industry in some sort of entertaining way,” he said.

Talking about playing Armaan in the show, he said: “It is very exciting to play this character because I have seen these characters in the last 20 years in the industry.”

He added that he has met people from the industry, who have the kind of attitude he showcases in the show.

“I have encountered a lot of people who have this attitude or who are like this because stardom brings a lot of elements in your personality which are probably missing in others; and to play a character like this — which I am clearly not — was challenging and easy as well,” he said.

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‘Showtime’ streams on Disney+ Hotstar.

–IANS

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Ammy Virk recalls how he gave his own car for two action sequence shoots in ‘Bad Newz’

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Actor-singer Ammy Virk, who predominantly works in the Punjabi industry, and is now currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming film ‘Bad Newz’, has shared that his own car was used during an action sequence of the film.

Ammy Virk recently appeared on the latest episode of Bombay Journey with Bollywood star Vicky Kaushal, and said, “They needed a car to shoot a sequence in the film. They wanted to shoot an action sequence in Mussoorie. The unit wasn’t able to find an SUV at a reasonable rate.”

He further mentioned, “I asked them to take my car. The action team of the film looked at me and said, ‘are you sure we could take it’.”

Ammy then told them in jest, “You will only drive it, and not roll down the mountain, right?” At this point, Vicky and show host Siddharth Alambayan were in splits.

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Ammy then said, “I spoke with Taapsee Pannu, and she told me, ‘Are you crazy? I would have never given them my car’.”

Meanwhile, ‘Bad Newz’ which also stars ‘Animal’ star Triptii Dimri, is set to release in theatres on July 19.

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'Panchayat’ actor Ashok Pathak speaks up about how problem of migration has always plagued Bihar

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Actor Ashok Pathak, who essays the role of Binod in the fan-favourite streaming series ‘Panchayat’, has shared his opinion on the biggest problem plaguing the state of Bihar.

Ashok, who is originally from Darweshpure, Siwan in Bihar, migrated to Hissar in Haryana for work along with his family. The actor said that this phenomenon of migration is the biggest problem that Bihar faces.

The actor told ‘Digital Commentary’, “Bihar’s biggest problem has always been migration. Who would want to leave their home and go to a different place with a culture different from theirs! Nobody wants to live away from their parents and come back home once every 6 months or 1 year.”

He further mentioned: “Can you imagine the kind of pain and heartbreak that such people undergo? Living all alone away from the people who they love the most. I feel that a person should never be judged for where they come from and which state they belong to.”

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Meanwhile, Ashok’s film ‘Sister Midnight’, which also stars Radhika Apte, was screened under Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. After the screening, the film received a 10-minute standing ovation.

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Selena Gomez, Benny Blanco reveal who said ‘I Love You’ first in couples' challenge video

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Los Angeles, July 13 (IANS) Singer-actress Selena Gomez and Benny Blanco have spilled beans on one of their most poignant moments together as a couple.

The couple revealed who said “I love you” first in a cute video as they took part in a ‘Who’s Most Likely To’ couple’s edition challenge on TikTok, reports ‘People’ magazine.

In the clip, Selena (31) sat cross-legged beside Blanco (36) as he lay next to her on a couch indoors as they spilled the beans on the special moment.

A voiceover asked, “Who said ‘I love you’ first?” before Gomez, smiling, pointed to herself as Blanco, with his arm wrapped around her, kissed her on the back of her shoulder.

Earlier on in the video, the voiceover began the challenge by asking, “Who is most likely to fall asleep during a movie?”

As per ‘People’, Selena raised her hand as Blanco also pointed to himself in response. “Who eats the most?” The pair were next asked as they both pointed to Blanco. “Who’s the first to apologise during an argument?” The voiceover continued, to which both Gomez and Blanco waved their hands in a mixed response. The next question asked was, “Who spends more money?” Gomez and Blanco both shrugged and shook their heads for their answer.

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“Who takes longer to get ready in the morning?” The voiceover next asked. The singer-actress pointed to Blanco while mouthing “you” at the camera as he stared up at her in apparent disagreement. The next question was, “Who snores the loudest?” to which Gomez and Blanco shook their heads.

“Who is more romantic?” the voiceover next asked as Blanco, smiling, pointed to himself while Gomez, also smiling, waved her hands in a mixed response. The voiceover then asked, “Who cleans the house?” Blanco pointed enthusiastically to himself in response as Gomez nodded in agreement.

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Sunny Leone bats for smooth communications as the bedrock of every relationship

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Actress Sunny Leone, who hosts the dating reality show ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’, has shared the key factor that works across the spectrum of relationships.

During the latest episode of the show, Sunny said, “Relationships mein sabse important cheez kya hota hai? Communication”. It’s time for a ‘Baycation’ for our ideal matches.

After the showdown, Nayera and Digivijay ended up winning the ideal match. Later, Harsh revealed that his decision to dump Kashish was Addy’s brainchild. This left Kashish shocked and heartbroken. She broke down as Addy scrambled to defend himself, but everyone turned against him, causing him to lose his cool.

Kashish confronted Addy, and wrestled with conflicting stories, feeling unsure and questioning her judgement, during this moment Sunny stepped in.

After the three-way battle between the ideal matches, the defeated couples now battle for supremacy in the retreat of ‘Bay cation’. The boys went blindfolded while the girls took charge of solving the puzzle.

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During this fierce competition, alliances are put to the test and hidden truths rain down like confetti. Get ready for a day filled with challenges and heartening moments as the Splitsvillains tackle this task.

‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’ is available on MTV and JioCinema.

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Zuber Khan claims his 'cute face, hot body work for me all the time on TV, films, web'

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Mumbai, July 13 (IANS) Actor Zuber K Khan, who was recently seen in the web series ‘Naag Vadhu – Ek Zehreeli Kahani’, shared that his good physique has garnered him many compliments for his role in the show.

Zuber is happy with the response he has received for the show.

The actor said he is like water and is able to adjust to any role that he gets.

Talking about the reviews, he said: “It’s fantabulous. Reviews have been made, and on YouTube, people are also praising the series. All reviewers have spoken quite well so far, so I’m happy that the series is working well on word of mouth.”

He further shared, “I fit into anything, as I’m like water. A cute face and a hot body are a rare combination to find, and that’s what works for me all the time, either on TV, in films, or now on the web.”

Zuber believes that it is very important for every actor to reinvent themselves with each new project.

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The actor added: “I work so hard in every role, and I try to do something different with every role. I do with the notes of leaving some part of Zuber in it, so I am always discovering myself, and that I think makes every actor grow.”

The show revolves around a woman who is said to be murdering young men who spend the night with her. It stars Subuhii Joshii as Abha and Poulomi Das as Sanvari.

The show is streaming on ALTT.

On the work front, Zuber made his debut in 2014 with the romantic film ‘Lekar Hum Deewana Dil’, featuring Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth in the lead roles.

Zuber’s TV debut came with ‘Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon?’. He has also appeared in episodic shows like ‘CID’, ‘Aahat’, ‘Fear Files’, and ‘Emotional Atyachar.’

–IANS

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