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Vedang Raina on his unexpected venture in Bollywood: 'It was all too new for me'

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Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) Bollywood actor Vedang Raina, who made his debut with the streaming film ‘The Archies’ last year, recently shared insights into his unexpected journey into the world of Bollywood.

The actor, who initially ventured into modelling during his college days, never imagined a career in the performing art of acting and the film industry.

However, the lad is glad that he landed up on a film set.

Talking about his experience, Vedang shared, “It was all too new for me. It wasn’t my childhood dream to come into films. It was during college that I came into modelling. I used to sing and play the guitar. Eventually, I landed into auditioning. I had no expectations because I never expected to be in this position so whatever is happening is a bonus.”

He also spoke about working with the children of the Bollywood fraternity as he said, “For me, it was already a big deal that I had reached a film set. For all of us, we were debutants. I never felt I’m working with people who were carrying such an immense legacy but that I was working with friends. I felt at home.”

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Meanwhile, the actor will be next seen sharing the screen with Bollywood star Alia Bhatt in the upcoming film ‘Jigra’. The film has been directed by Vasan Bala, who made the stellar neo-noir dark comedy ‘Monica, O My Darling’.

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Vivek Agnihotri visits Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram in Sevagram for ‘The Delhi Files’

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Director Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, who is currently busy with his film ‘The Delhi Files’, recently visited Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram in Sevagram, Maharashtra.

The director said that he visited the place for research of his upcoming film.

On Thursday, Vivek took to social media and shared pictures from his visit to Gandhi’s ashram.

He shared the pictures with the caption: “For the research of #TheDelhiFiles, I spent days at Gandhi’s Ashram in Sewagram. This cottage has been visited by whos who of the world. Some of the best journalists used to station themselves here to interview Gandhi. Every parent must take their children there. Truly inspiring.”

The director travelled from Kerala to Kolkata to Delhi, covering vast distances to gather accurate and comprehensive information for his film. Vivek has read over 100 books and more than 200 articles related to the historical event that forms the crux of his film.

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Vivek is known for films like ‘The Kashmir Files’ and ‘The Tashkent Files’. Earlier, he directed ‘The Vaccine War’ featuring Anupam Kher, Nana Patekar, Sapthami Gowda, and Pallavi Joshi.

It was based on the efforts of Indian scientists in creating the indigenous Covid-19 vaccine during the global health crisis triggered by the pandemic.

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Home cooks to recreate Chef Koushik’s 'Mad Chef on a Plate' on 'MasterChef India Tamil'

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) The semi-finale week of ‘MasterChef India Tamil’ will witness a ‘pressure test’ set by the judge of the cooking reality show, Chef Koushik Shankar.

In this intense ‘pressure test’, the home cooks faced the daunting task of replicating Chef Koushik’s signature dish, ‘Mad Chef on a Plate’. The challenge, however, came with a twist — unlike usual pressure tests where contestants are provided with a recipe, this time they had to rely solely on their senses of taste and sight.

No recipes were given, pushing the contestants to recreate the dish’s flavours and presentation purely from memory and intuition.

This challenge put the skills of the semi-finalists — Sangeetha Swaminathan, Praveen Kumar, Vani Sundar, Pavithra Nalin, Akash Muralidharan, Sudheer Padinchara, and Arthi — to the ultimate test.

It emphasised the importance of sensory expertise in cooking, celebrating intuition and experience in the kitchen.

It will be interesting to see who will rise to the occasion and who will crack under pressure.

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In earlier episodes, the winner of ‘MasterChef Australia season 10’, Chef Sashi Cheliah, introduced the ‘1 Inch Cube Blind Taste Test’. The alumnus of Le Cordon Bleu, London, Chef Anahita Dhondy, also brought along the ‘Challenge Marathon’.

The show also introduced the ASMR challenge, where home cooks had to prepare dishes that not only suited the taste, presentation, and innovation of the judges but also incorporated sound elements into the experience.

The judges of the show are Koushik Shankar, Rakesh Raghunathan, and Shreeya Adka.

‘MasterChef India Tamil’ airs Monday to Friday at 1 p.m. on Sony LIV.

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Debattama Saha on ‘Krishna Mohini’ co-star Fahmaan Khan: 'His energy lights up entire set'

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Debattama Saha has praised her ‘Krishna Mohini’ co-star Fahmaan Khan for being the livewire who lights up the set with his fun energy and keeps the entire cast and crew entertained off-screen.

The show features Debattama as Krishna, and Fahmaan as Aryaman.

Speaking about Fahmaan, Debattama shared: “He is an absolute live wire. He has this infectious energy that lights up the entire set. No matter how demanding the shoot day is, he always finds ways to keep us smiling and laughing. He is very perceptive and in tune with everyone’s emotions.”

“He has an uncanny ability to sense when the intensity of emotional scenes is weighing us down. That’s when he swoops in with his playful pranks and witty one-liners. It’s such a blessing to have a co-star who can create an environment with positive vibes and happiness. Even the most arduous workday feels like a breeze with him around,” added Debattama.

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Set in Dwarka, Gujarat, the family drama follows Krishna, who plays an elder sister to Mohan (played by Ketaki Kulkarni), and Aryaman, a businessman, who crosses paths with the former.

‘Krishna Mohini’ airs every day at 7 p.m. on Colors.

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UK-Bangladeshi rapper Mumzy pays tribute to Rekha with new track titled after the diva

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) UK-based singer-songwriter-rapper Muhammad Mumith Ahmed, known by his stage name Mumzy Stranger, has released a new track paying tribute to veteran Indian actress Rekha.

The song, titled ‘Rekha,’ transcends genres and serves as a sonic love letter to the eternally beautiful actress.

The music video evokes the essence of Rekha’s screen presence, crafting a contemporary love story imbued with timeless elegance.

Talking about the song, Mumzy Stranger said: “Rekha has always been a huge inspiration for me. Her grace, beauty, and talent are unmatched, and I wanted to capture a bit of that magic in this song.”

The song epitomises the enduring beauty of cinematic romance while paying tribute to this legendary figure in Indian film history.

Mumzy is the first artist of Bangladeshi descent to make his mark in the mainstream and has collaborated with some of the most prominent names in the British Asian music scene and beyond. With 10 years of professional experience, Mumzy’s work boasts elements of R&B, Soul, Pop, and other genres.

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The song ‘Rekha’ hit the airwaves on Thursday and has been released under the label Desi Trill.

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TV actress Deepika Singh knows she's doing good when she's trolled for no reason

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Deepika Singh, who is one of the small screen’s biggest names, has often been trolled for her dancing videos on social media. However, she remains unfazed by the criticism.

Deepika, who is known for her work in shows like ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ and her latest, ‘Mangal Lakshmi’, talked about how she feels about getting trolled and all the criticism coming her way.

“It doesn’t affect me at all. I accept it very gracefully because of the people I am surrounded by, like my parents, husband, and my Odissi dance teachers. Staying with them, I have learned about grace and how to accept life and situations because you can’t escape from it no matter how much success is there,” Deepika told IANS.

The actress, who has been learning the Odissi dance form for 10 years, says that suffering comes in various forms.

“Not all people can accept you. The ones who think like you can accept you… people like me will understand me,” she said.

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“Some may like me but not appreciate me. But I know what I am doing and what my situation is. I look at myself and not what others think about me because I work for myself and my contentment, whether it’s my Instagram page or my acting,” added Deepika.

“It is my life, and God has chosen me for this job. I am answerable to God and no one else. So, that’s why all this trolling and criticism has never affected me,” stresses the actress.

“When there is success, there is a lot of pulling force too. Whenever you go up, you have to go with resistance because there is a force that will try to bring you down,” she said.

Deepika views trolling through a positive lens.

“When there is trolling for no reason, then I know that I am doing good, that is why people are trying to pull me down. Then I come back with even more power and do an even better job. I feel blessed that I have my critics too,” she said.

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Deepika is happy with everything.

“There are some people who are not even seen. At least, I am being seen by people who are criticising me, that means I am doing something good. So I am happy,” said the actress.

‘Mangal Lakshmi’ airs on Colors.

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