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Sharad Kelkar remembers how people had trouble following him for he spoke too fast

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Mumbai, May 27 (IANS) It’s not very often that an actor leaves a signature with his voice. It happened with the deep baritone of veteran Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who, surprisingly, couldn’t secure a job at All India Radio. Actor Sharad Kelkar, who has voiced several iconic characters for the celluloid, is another addition to this list.

Like Big B, Sharad too wasn’t considered for a radio job owing to imperfections in his speech, as he used to stammer and speak very fast. However, the actor didn’t let the experience bog him down and polished his voice to become the voice of the titular character of the box-office juggernaut ‘Baahubali’ franchise.

Sharad, who is receiving a great response to his work in the Disney+ Hotstar animated series ‘Baahubali: Crown of Blood’, spoke with IANS about his new show, the process behind voicing a character in the absence of a visual reference, and the need for a solid support system for an artist.

Much like his earlier series ‘The Legend of Hanuman’, in ‘Baahubali: Crown of Blood’, the animation is done over the voices of artists.

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Sharing his process for the style of animation on voice-over, Sharad told IANS: “When the animation is done to the voice-over, it helps an actor to enhance their ability to visualise a scene or a situation because you visualise thinking you’re in a particular surrounding and the proximity between the characters. The difficult part for me is that while dubbing for the character, actors don’t get into the costume and the look of the character.”

The actor said that for him, as an actor, it is very important to slip into the character’s look.

“Half the work is done there, for me. You don’t get this luxury while recording a voice-over sans any visuals. Another thing is that you don’t get to work in tandem with your co-actors. When you feed off the energy of your co-actors, it becomes easy and exciting, also because then it becomes a more spontaneous process,” he shared.

The actor added, “Having said that, all the actors who lent their voices to different characters in the ‘Baahubali’ film franchise, have also worked on ‘Baahubali: The Crown of Blood’. So, I had an idea about how they talk and their vocal texture.”

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Growing up, the actor never realised the power of his voice. It was his friends, close ones, and the audience that made him understand that he has a voice, which can make a huge difference on the screen.

Sharad told IANS: “While growing up, I used to speak very fast. When you speak fast, the quality of your voice goes down, the bass gets cut, and the treble goes off. A lot of people back then would say, ‘Arre kya bol raha hai pehle wo bata’. My friends told me, and the feedback from the audience made me realise that I have a voice which needs to be taken care of and honed.”

He further mentioned that he worked with dubbing director Mona Shetty, who helped him greatly.

“She asked me to start off with small characters. So, for me, it has been a journey from a character of three minutes to a whole film of 120 minutes,” he added.

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The actor then spoke about the need for a good support system for artistes, saying that it’s imperative for an artiste to have a solid support system, more so for those who work in cinema.

Sharad said: “Artistes by nature are very sensitive, as they feel the emotions deeply to project them in their artwork. An artwork without the depth of emotions has no soul. Our industry is very unpredictable, and every day is a new challenge. The only system that the industry follows is that there’s something new every day, and that’s where creativity is born.”

“In such a situation, it can prove to be emotionally overwhelming for an artist, and that’s where a good support system can help you. It keeps you on track and lends you a certain objectivity and emotional support,” he added.

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Vatsal Sheth-Ishita Dutta's belated wish for their son: 'Cannot believe you are 1 yr already'

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actor couple Ishita Dutta and Vatsal Sheth on Saturday shared a happy glimpse of their baby boy Vaayu, wishing him love on his first birthday.

Taking to Instagram, Ishita posted a picture, wherein we can see her wearing a green long-sleeved tee-shirt and beige-coloured shorts. Vatsal was donning a white t-shirt and blue ripped denims.

Their little bundle of joy is sitting on a swing wearing a yellow t-shirt. The lovebirds are candidly posing standing behind their baby.

Ishita captioned the post: “Happy bday my baby… cannot believe you are 1 yr already… wish you all the happiness and love… Mumma papa love you so so much Vaayu….. Btw his bday was yest 19th but we were too busy having a blast.”

She gave the geo-tag of London, UK to her post.

Actor Bobby Deol dropped red heart emojis in the comment section.

Ishita met Vatsal on the sets of their show ‘Rishton Ka Saudagar – Baazigar’ in 2016. They had tied the knot in November 2017 in Mumbai.

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Ishita is best known for her performance in the 2015 crime thriller film ‘Drishyam’, starring Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Tabu. She has also starred in shows like ‘Kaun Hai? – Ek Naya Adhyay’, and ‘Thoda sa Baadal Thoda sa Paani’.

Vatsal has been a part of TV shows like ‘Just Mohabbat’, ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, ‘Gehraiyaan’, and ‘Naagin 6’. He has also featured in movies ‘Taarzan: The Wonder Car’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Jai Ho’, and most recently ‘Adipurush’.

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Saira Banu pens emotional note for her good friend Rajendra Kumar

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Veteran actress Saira Banu, who often grabs eyeballs on Instagram courtesy of her insightful posts about her life and her late husband, the cinema icon Dilip Kumar, has remembered the late actor Rajendra Kumar on his birth anniversary.

On Saturday, Saira took to the Stories section of her Instagram and shared a throwback image wishing the late actor.

She wrote on the picture, “Remembering the legendary Rajendra Kumar ji also known as Jubilee Kumar on his birth anniversary. He wasn’t just a prominent actor with whom I had the pleasure of sharing the screen in much-loved films like ‘Jhuk Gaya Aasman’, ‘Ayee Milan Ki Bela’, and ‘Aman’, Rajendra ji was also a cherished family friend and a constant well-wisher.”

The former actress then wrote that their bond was beautifully captured in his biography, ‘Jubilee Kumar: The Life and Times of a Superstar’.

He spoke about her in the biography, and had shared, “I have always prayed that Saira should find a worthy life partner. And see, my wish came true; she married the legend of Indian films, Dilip Kumar.”

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The actress further mentioned: “His words reflect the warmth and affection he had for our family, making his memory all the more precious. Happy Birth Anniversary, dear Rajendra ji. Your legacy and the kindness you bestowed upon us continue to inspire many.”

Rajendra Kumar, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1970, appeared in more than 80 films in a career spanning over four decades.

He starred alongside Sunil Dutt and Nargis in ‘Mother India’ which was India’s first submission for the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category.

He was popularly known as Jubilee Kumar during the 1960s when he starred in several commercially successful films.

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Twinkle Khanna shares ‘genuine concern’ on menopause phase in a hilarious way

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Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Twinkle Khanna has raised awareness for the late periods in women at the age of 50, wondering if it is ‘menopause’ or ‘pregnancy’.

The digital media company Tweak India, which was founded by the ‘Baadshah’ actress shared a Boomerang video of Twinkle on the Instagram, in which she is wearing a white top, holding a cup in her hand and wondering: “When you’re 50 and your period is late, you wonder if it’s menopause or pregnancy”.

The bilingual digital media platform for women, Tweak India, which is now acquired by the Good Glamm Group, captioned the video as: “50 and swiftly descending into panic – Is this the welcome to the perimenopause club?”

The columnist Twinkle, who is known for her books ‘Mrs Funnybones’, and ‘The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad’ is in her 50s and relates to the late periods and the menopause situation that occurs in women.

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Menopause, which occurs between the ages of 45 and 55, is the time when menstrual periods permanently stop, marking the end of reproduction.

The common symptoms during this time are — women can experience hot flashes, night sweats, reddening of the skin, vaginal dryness, trouble sleeping, and mood changes.

There are also physical changes like — bone loss, increased central abdominal fat, and adverse changes in a woman’s cholesterol profile and vascular function.

Twinkle, who is the daughter of superstars Rajesh Khanna and Dimple Kapadia, made her acting debut in 1995 with the movie ‘Barsaat’, alongside Bobby Deol.

She has starred in movies like ‘Dil Tera Diwana’, ‘International Khiladi’, ‘Yeh Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan’, ‘Mela’, ‘Chal Mere Bhai’, and ‘Jodi No.1’.

Twinkle is married to Akshay Kumar, and the couple have a son Aarav and daughter Nitara.

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Hina Khan is taking 'one step at a time' as she drops workout video amid chemotherapy

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Hina Khan is taking 'one step at a time' as she drops workout video amid chemotherapy

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Actress Hina Khan, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for stage three breast cancer, is taking ‘one step at a time’, saying ‘this journey should be remembered for what I made off it’.

The diva took to her Instagram account and shared a Reel video, wherein we can see her working out in a gym. In the video, she is wearing a pink tank top and black tights and is flaunting her pixie haircut, which she opted for because of her treatment.

The post is captioned: “Will it to win it, one step at a time.. Doing what I promised myself.. yes .. just as I said you can find Good Days and make the most of it, even if they are few.. This journey should be remembered for what I made of it. not the other way around..”

“Thank you Allah for giving me this strength.. I pray for your continuous support and healing. With all due respect to everyone who’s battling similar fights more or less.. the idea is to know yourself, find your own way and listen to your body. #ScarredNotScared #AWindowToMyJourney #TheGirlWhoNeverGivesUp #DaddysStrongGirl #OneDayAtATime,” added Hina.

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On June 28, Hina took to social media and announced the news of her breast cancer.

The actress is best known for her role as Akshara in the popular TV show ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai’. She has then participated in ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 8’, ‘Bigg Boss 11’, and ‘Bigg Boss 14’.

On the work front, Hina recently made her Punjabi film debut with ‘Shinda Shinda No Papa’, alongside Gippy Grewal.

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Nia Sharma gets into serious debate with Aly Goni over ’Sitaphal’ on 'Laughter Chefs' set

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Nia Sharma gets into serious debate with Aly Goni over ’Sitaphal’ on 'Laughter Chefs' set

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) Indian television’s one of the hottest actress Nia Sharma on Saturday shared some behind-the-scenes (BTS) video and photos from the set of her show ‘Laughter Chefs Unlimited Entertainment’.

Nia, who has 7.7 million followers on Instagram, shared a string of photos and videos, wherein we can see her wearing a sleeveless yellow dress and paired it with white heels.

In a snippet, we can see her holding the phone of social media sensation Orry, who appears to be a special guest on the show and is making a video.

Nia can be heard saying, “Hey guys this is Orry’s phone, and this is Nia and we are on Laughter Chefs today. That is Krushna Abhishek, host Bharti Singh, and chef of the show Harpal Singh Sokhi.”

Another video shows Nia having a debate with Aly Goni, who is also a part of the show, on the colour of ’Sitaphal’.

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Nia says, “Sitaphal is yellow’, while Aly, replies to her, and says: “Sitaphal ese colour ka hota hai.”

She also posted a happy picture with other members of the show – Arjun Bijlani and Aly.

The post is captioned: “It’s weekend again… Tonight on Laughter Chef… our trash talks and some delicacies.”

The show also features Rahul Vaidya, Karan Kundrra, Ankita Lokhande, Vicky Jain, Jannat Zubair Rahmani, Reem Shaikh, Sudesh Lehri, and Kashmera Shah.

‘Laughter Chefs Unlimited Entertainment’ airs on Colors.

On the professional front, Nia is also known for her roles in ‘Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai’, ‘Behenein’, ‘Meri Durga’, ‘Kaali – Ek Agnipariksha’. In 2020, she participated in ‘Khatron Ke Khiladi: Made in India’ and emerged as the winner.

She has also done web series like ‘Twisted’, and ‘Jamai 2.0’.

Nia is currently starring in the fantasy-thriller-romance ‘Suhagan Chudail’, essaying the role of Nishigandha. The show also stars Debchandrima Singha Roy, and Zayn Ibad Khan.

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