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Rupali Ganguly is blessed to play 'Anupamaa': Highlights strength of women

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Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Rupali Ganguly feels blessed to portray ‘Anupamaa’ in the family drama ‘Anupamaa’, which has encouraged women across all ages, and is all about women’s empowerment.

Speaking on the occasion of Women’s Day, the actress said: “I am blessed to have been playing a character that has impacted women’s power and highlighted the strength of women, and I feel so blessed. This role is more than a dream role to me, and I am fortunate that Rajan Shahi gave me this chance and opportunity.”

“For me, every day is Women’s Day because we portray such a strong character, and I feel blessed every day,” said Rupali.

Rupali called producer Deepa Shahi, her inspiration for starting a career at the age of 78.

“Anupamaa takes a lot from her and her personal experiences. No matter what happens, we have to move forward and start from a new point. I think the quality of being completely resilient is like a phoenix every time,” said Rupali, who is also known for her work in ‘Sarabhai vs Sarabhai’.

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Rupali is all praise for Rajan and has called him her guide and mentor.

“I wouldn’t dare call him my friend. He’s the maker of ‘Anupamaa’. So for me, whatever I am today, he’s behind it. There must be so many better actors than me who are just waiting for that one chance, that one opportunity to show off their talent. But if he hadn’t given me a chance, I would have never been able to show my talent. Rajan has always encouraged me as an actor, has always been the driving force behind the entire unit, and has always been proud of my achievements,” she said.

Calling the producer ‘wonderful’ and ‘super intelligent’, Rupali said ‘Anupamaa’ is his vision.

“I can never own Anupamaa because it belongs to Rajan. I feel blessed to be playing Anupamaa,” Rupali concluded.

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‘Kill’ director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat says he doesn’t portray violence as a part of bravado

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Director Nikhil Nagesh Bhat has been garnering praise from all quarters for the portrayal of violence in his recently released movie ‘Kill’. Unlike ‘Animal’, the violence in his film is receiving appreciation for its thoughtful depiction rather than mere sensationalism.

Nikhil spoke with IANS and shared how the portrayal of violence was well thought out.

“I’m not trying to make violence for someone’s greed or selfishness,” he said.

The director shared that in his narratives, those involved in violence endure significant pain, grief, and loss.

Nikhil told IANS: “Violence, be it at the protagonist’s side or the antagonist’s side, you will end up feeling defeated.”

This perspective also resonated in his earlier film, ‘Apurva’, starring Tara Sutaria, where the female protagonist kills those who have abducted her.

The director further mentioned, “I don’t portray violence in film as a part of bravado or through the lens of glorification. Violence has consequences, which are much more ghastly than the reasons for violence. I’m not trying to glamourise violence; rather, I don’t believe in attaching swag to violence.”

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Nikhil may look at the on-screen violence through a certain lens. But, what about filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, who like to be a little indulgent while portraying violence on screen, case in point being ‘Pulp Fiction’ or ‘Kill Bill 1 and 2’, what is his opinion on filmmakers who like to take this route?

The director said: “Quentin Tarantino is a legendary filmmaker. As a viewer, you get a certain high, and you feel so energised given the experience is so immersive. It’s nearly impossible to not be influenced by his storytelling. Every filmmaker has a voice which grows with time, and that’s what make the platter of stories so delectable. What’s the fun if everyone starts making the same stuff?”

Talking about his biggest influences, Nikhil told IANS: “Not just Tarantino, I have a huge penchant for Shaolin films, Bruce Lee’s work, and Jackie Chan’s movies.”

The story of ‘Kill’ had brewed in Nikhil’s mind for nearly two decades, a testament to his enduring passion for creativity.

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Reflecting on maintaining objectivity in filmmaking, he stressed the importance of patience.

“I feel patience is something which every filmmaker needs to have. It’s a talent to have because every film has its own journey, and takes its own time to be made.”

He continued, “Even while writing the script, casting, and taking a shot, all you need is patience. Only a lot of patience and hard work will get you the reward.”

Nikhil faced personal challenges during the film’s production, suffering a slipped disc just a month before shooting began. Despite the physical pain, he remained dedicated, personally demonstrating action sequences to his team from a nearby bed.

The director told IANS: “Given it’s an action film, I had to brief the actors and the team by showing them what I wanted, and it required body movements.”

So, there was a bed next to me, every time I was done explaining to them what I wanted in a sequence, I would come back and lie down on the bed,” he added.

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‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’: Ranvir Shorey predicts Chandrika Dixit’s eviction from show

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) In the upcoming ‘Weekend Ka Vaar’ episode, actor Ranvir Shorey has predicted that the “viral vada pav girl” Chandrika Dixit will be evicted from the ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’.

In a promo shared by the channel for the episode, host Anil Kapoor is seen discussing the impending eviction of a contestant.

The caption of the video read: “Aa gayi faisle ki ghadi, kya hoga janta ka decision? Kiska ‘Bigg Boss OTT 3’ ka safar aaj hoga khatam?”

The clip starts with Anil asking Ranvir for his prediction on who will be evicted.

“Aaj kisi ek sadsiya ko ghar se beghar hona hai. Aapko kya lagta hai Ranvir,” Anil asked.

Ranvir replied, suggesting that Chandrika’s social media influence is not as strong as that of Vishal Pandey, Lovekesh Kataria, and Shivani Kumari.

“Shivani Vishal aur Lovekesh inki social presence Chandrika se kayi zyada hai,” Ranvir said.

Anil then asked Shivani if she believed she would be saved. She expressed hope that her fans would support her and prevent her eviction.

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Ranvir posed the same question to Sai Ketan Rao, who admitted he was unsure about who would be evicted this time.

In the previous episode, Chandrika faced criticism from Anil for not having her own “muddas” (issues) to present and consistently portraying herself as a ‘victim’ in the house.

However, on Sunday, reports about her eviction were doing the rounds.

Reports also claimed that Armaan Malik and Chandrika were among the bottom two contestants in the show, which airs on JioCinema Premium.

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Rajeev Khandelwal: 'Downfall' is a wrong term used for stars and public figures

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Rajeev Khandelwal makes no bones about failure being a part of life. However, he strongly opposes the frequent use of the term “downfall” when describing setbacks faced by stars and public figures.

Since his debut as an actor in the show ‘Kahiin to Hoga’, Rajeev has had his share of hits and misses with his work, which has been as different as chalk and cheese.

The actor said that in the journey of life, there will be successes and failures.

“Failures will be a part of life. Downfall is a very wrong term which is used very frequently for stars, superstars, and public figures,” Rajeev told IANS.

The 48-year-old actor stepped into the world of films in 2008 with the acclaimed movie ‘Aamir’. Subsequently, he appeared in films like ‘Shaitaan’, ‘Table No. 21’, ‘DOA: Death of Amar’, ‘Salaam Venky’, and ‘Bloody Daddy’, among others.

“Most of the actors will always come down the ladder; doesn’t go up all the time. The other side of the ladder takes you back from where you came from. That’s the journey of life. There will be failures, but there will be success in anyone and everyone’s life…” he said.

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“The moment you start accepting that some projects will work and some will not work, it becomes okay.”

Rajeev is candid about the fact that some of his projects did not work.

“Yeah, many projects of mine have worked and not worked. I am not the maker of that project, I cannot take credit nor can I take the blame for any of my projects because it is always a team effort. The team failed. As long as our intentions were good.” he said.

Rajeev stands his ground, stating that he has always judged projects with intention.

“I will always judge projects where the intentions were not to make a good project but the idea was just to make money. Then there is corruption involved, and that is where…”

“Thankfully, I have not been part of any project where I have been corrupt in my approach. I have been honest in my approach, it does not make me feel bad,” added the actor, who is currently starring in ‘Showtime’ on Disney+ Hotstar.

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Sai Dharam Tej meets Telangana CM Revanth Reddy, discusses ways to combat child abuse

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actor Sai Dharam Tej met with Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy on Sunday to discuss strategies aimed at combating child abuse and the misuse of social media for such purposes.

The actor expressed his gratitude to the leader for dedicating time to address these critical issues.

Sai shared a photo with Reddy on X, where he is seen presenting flowers to the Chief Minister.

“Thank you Chief Minister @revanth_anumula Anna for giving me your valuable time to listen, understand and discuss the way forward to curb child abuse and misuse of social media for the same filth,” Sai wrote.

The actor also appreciated the Chief Minister for ensuring stringent rules and swift action to ensure a safer environment for children.

“Thanks for extending your highest assurance of stringent rules and action to make our society a safe place for children. May this be the big step towards change,” he added.

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The 37-year-old actor expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the prompt response.

“My Heartful gratitude for the swift response and serving justice. The mission to stand up to with all my strength and integrity will continue. Jai Hind,” he concluded.

Earlier this month, Sai Dharam Tej had raised concerns about child abuse on social media, condemning inappropriate content shared by a YouTuber involving a father and daughter.

Describing such incidents as “gruesome, disgusting, and scary,” Sai Tej wrote on X: “Monsters like these go unnoticed on the very much utilised social platform doing child abuse in the disguise of so-called Fun & Dank. Child safety is the need of the hour.”

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Shreya Jain: Working on ‘Udaariyaan’ wedding sequence has been incredibly fulfilling

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Mumbai, July 14 (IANS) Actress Shreya Jain, who is currently portraying the role of Meher in the popular romantic drama ‘Udaariyaan’, is on cloud nine after shooting the wedding sequence in the television show.

Talking about the wedding scenes, Shreya, who joined the show after a 15-year leap, said: “Working on the wedding sequence has been incredibly fulfilling.”

“The atmosphere on set is buzzing with excitement and creativity. It’s a joy to see everyone come together to bring this special moment to life,” added the actress, who hails from Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Shreya talked about how the wedding sequences, which have the essence of “love and traditions,” make them relatable to the audience.

“It resonates deeply with viewers because it captures the essence of love, tradition, and human connections. It’s a universal experience that allows audiences to connect emotionally with the characters and their journey,” she said.

When asked about her dream wedding, Shreya revealed: “My dream wedding would be a celebration filled with love, surrounded by family and friends in a picturesque setting. It would be personal, heartfelt, and unforgettable.”

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‘Udaariyaan’, which premiered in 2021, is produced by star couple Sargun Mehta and Ravi Dubey under Dreamiyata Productions.

Initially featuring Priyanka Chahar Choudhary, Isha Malviya, Ankit Gupta, Twinkle Arora, Hitesh Bharadwaj, Anuraj Chahal, and Alisha Khan, the cast underwent changes in 2024, with Aditi Bhagat, Avinesh Rekhi, and Shreya Jain taking on lead roles.

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