Tia Bajpayi thrives with her new music single

Tia Bajpai, known for her performances in movies like Haunted, 1920: Evil Returns, Hate Story 4 has come out with a new music single “Mai Gair Hui” under the banner Almighty Studios. The music video was launched on 19th January 2019 at Trumpet Sky Lounge where a lot of TV stars and celebs from the music industry gathered to show their support.

This music venture is ‘Ghar ki Laxmi Betiyann’ star’s third music single after Haunted’s ‘Sau Baras’ and Lanka’s ‘Sheet Lehar’. She received an award for ‘Upcoming Female Vocalist of the Year’ in Mirchi Music awards for her song ‘Sheet Lehar’. Tia will be seen featuring in the music video with Gaurav Bajaj.

The song is written by A.M. Turaz who has previously written songs for hit movies like Bajirao Mastani, Padmavat and many more and is composed by Babli Haque and Meera. The music video is directed by Vikram Singh and produced by Hitesh Rupareliya, Santosh Gupta, Siraj Gill & Rajesh Banga.

The music video has already crossed the 1M mark and has received a lot of appraisals and is being loved by the fans.

Fatima Sana Shaikh shared her life experiences for her next film

Fatima Sana Shaikh who is currently busy shooting for her next with Anurag Basu has penned down her life experiences to essay the role.

The actress had to really delve within herself to understand her character. Keeping in sync with the film’s storyline Fatima was asked by the film’s team to share her personal life experiences and private moments too to essay the role.

Being a Mumbaikar Fatima has a lot of love and passion for the city and has experienced a spectrum of phases in her life. Fatima who loves capturing images of her experiences through traveling. Anurag Basu’s untitled film’s production asked Fatima to share her experiences as a woman, who interacts with a variety of people both at the professional and personal level which will be used in the film to add a more realistic touch in specific scenes.

Fatima who is a huge fan of Anurag Basu’s films is really excited to work with the Director for his art of direction and Rajkumar Rao for his critically acclaimed roles and to be a part of a film which is an apt portrayal of characters of the people living a metro lifestyle.

The actress who left us spellbound with her hard-hitting performance in Aamir Khan starrer Dangal and Thugs of Hindostan will now be seen in a never before seen avatar which is a variation in her career in Anurag Basu’s next.

Laksh Lalwani completes four years in Mumbai

Delhi boy Laksh Lalwani completed four fantastic years in the tinsel town. Happy and excited, Laksh shares his experience, “It’s been a wonderful journey. I have started quite young but I guess my destiny and my hard work has paid off.  I am grateful and thankful.”

Interestingly Laksh started with a show called Warrior High and then went on doing shows like Adhuri Kahani Hamari, Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil and currently playing the role of Porus. Laksh who has changed his complete look and persona for Porus has been winning praises and hearts. Everyone seems to be feeling that 2019 is definitely going to be a fruitful year for Laksh who is known for his dedication

I am following a special diet plan : Laksh

Shivin Narang: For me, every shot is like my first shot

He has become quite a household name with an immense fan following, however, actor Shivin Narang has never let the success to go his head. The actor, who has successfully completed seven years in the industry, says that he still approaches each show like it’s his first one. “It has been an amazing journey. Being an outsider, coming from Delhi and being part of the industry for 7 years seems amazing. I remember the first day very well. Entering the sets, meeting people, actors, I was excited, nervous and didn’t know what will happen. I also perceive that life is full of surprises. I guess giving the first shot is also a big thing. But for me, every shot is the first shot and I give it with the same enthusiasm and energy. I have always experimented with myself and I always tried to give my best to my shows,” he says.

Talking about his journey, he says, “My first show was Surveen Guggal -Topper of the year. I was contacted through Facebook by the makers of the show. It was funny. At that time, I was modeling in Delhi. I found it fake as you don’t think you will be contacted for a show on Facebook. Then I came to Mumbai where several know actors were there for the audition. By God’s grace, I got the show and since then there has been no looking back. I am lucky that I have good people around me; good actors, good makers and many others who have guided me throughout.” “Every day cannot be the same and life is full of ups and downs. But I have a lot of people with me and a lot of love for me which kept me motivated,” he says.

The actor’s current show Internet Wala Love has also completed 100 episodes. “It seems really nice to complete 100 episodes. I have been part of the show since the show was building and the story was being written. I have seen this project growing as a baby. It’s really very special for me and this is a show which was like an experiment as we have an introduced a youth show on Colors. So, it was challenging and it had the efforts of the whole team. This show has made good space in spite of having so many juicy and dramatic shows on the channel. The audience’s love is amazing and I feel it’s doing well,” he says.

Shivin Narang is in love

The actor is a youth icon and is grateful for the love and work that he has received over the years. “I am really happy to get the opportunity to play different roles in different shows. All the shows have been liked by the audience. It’s great to receive such love and adulation from the fans and audiences. Whatever work I have done- be it advertisements and shows, all of them were very successful,” he says.

Ariah Agrawal gets saved by her co-actor Parth Samthaan in a fire accident

TV actress Ariah Agrawal had a narrow escape, recently and she can’t thank God and her co-actor Parth Samthaan for that. Ariah, who recently entered the show Kasauti Zindagi Kay 2, as Anurag’s fiancé got involved in an unfortunate accident on the sets. Apparently the actress was shooting for a scene and she runs after Parth in the show. She sees a photograph of Prerna and tears it and throws it out of the window after burning it. The burnt paper fell on the curtain and the whole mansion catches fire. This is when everyone started running out of the building and Anurag saved Mishka and ran out of the sets.

Ariah said, “I never thought that the burnt piece of paper will catch fire like this. In the scene I am looking for Anurag who goes after Prerna and I reach his room to find a photograph of Prerna. I get very upset and burn her picture and throw it out of the window. But, unfortunately the curtain caught fire and in no time the Basu mansion was on fire.”

Graphic Biography of Lakshmibai: खूब लड़ी मर्दानी launched

Campfire Graphic Novels – the pioneers of Graphic novels in India has launched the most awaited Graphic biography of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi.

This graphic novel biography of Lakshmibai portrays this remarkable woman as she was, without resorting to mythical exaggeration, and depicts how she led her band of troops against the British forces in the backdrop of the Indian uprising of 1857.

The 1857 uprising is considered by many to be India’s first war of independence. The role of Lakshmibai, the Rani of Jhansi, in that uprising has been an inspiration for future Indian freedom fighters and her name has passed into legend as that of a fearless woman who resisted the might of the colonial British forces.

Unjustly deprived of her kingdom by the British, Lakshmibai, ruler of the princely state of Jhansi, mounted a brave resistance against the British while being unwillingly drawn into the sepoy uprising of 1857. Her leadership and bravery captured the hearts of many, friend and foe alike, and till this day, she lives on as a symbol of hope against tyranny in the hearts of countless Indians.

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“Campfire Graphic Novels will publish its latest title in the Heroes series Lakshmibai: खूब लड़ी मर्दानी. This 112-page graphic novel biography of the Rani of Jhansi tells the inspiring story of one of India’s most famous warrior queens. Her bravery and sacrifice would sow the seeds of further rebellion that would eventually free India from the clutches of colonialism.  Campfire hopes that this book will inspire readers to learn more about their nation’s history and the heroic deeds of those before us” said Ms. Girija Jhunjhunwala, Director, Campfire Graphic Novels

Yami Gautam felicitated by BSF seniors in Amritsar

Actress Yami Gautam is riding high on the success Uri: The Surgical Strike being the year’s first film to mark 100 crores and her second film to churn more than 100 crores over box office post-Kaabil and still counting. Along with her co-actor Vicky Kaushal, Yami too is being extensively applauded for the portrayal of her character of an intelligence officer in the film. Both the actors were also seen attending Republic Day parade at the Wagah parade to pay tribute to the martyr Indian soldiers and to be part of the celebration. The team of Uri along with Vicky and Yami also met the Indian president in Delhi for presenting such a heart-wrenching film.

Recently Yami visited Amritsar for promotions of URI. The BSF regiment in Amritsar upon her visit even gave her a token of appreciation and felicitated for remarkable performance and being a part of the film URI. Yami was truly touched with the kind gesture of the jawans attended the event and received the token of appreciation by the senior officers from BSF.

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Speaking on this Yami said, “BSF is the first line of defence of our country and it gives me immense pride to have been in between the BSF jawan and witnessed their euphoric celebration of love, happiness and patriotism at the Attari border. I am so overwhelmed and thankful for their appreciation of the movie and for having me in midst them”.

Tenali Rama makes Krishna Bharadwaj ‘King of expressions’

Actor Krishna Bharadwaj is soaring high with the success of his ongoing show Tenali Rama. What has been a career-changing choice for him, Krishna talks about how he has become a favorite in every household.

“This role has done wonders for me. The kind of appreciation I get, the kind of love and respect I get from the audience in general and not only kids but elder citizens too is really amazing. Long back I heard that to be a hit star one must make sure that the kids love you because if they do they make sure their family watches and loves you too. Kids totally love my character and they think I am their age. They come and say to me ‘Rama play with us’,” shares Krishna.

The actor, who has been part of Gujarati film ‘Chal Mann Jeetva Jaiye’ and TV shows such as RK Laxman Ki Duniya and Jasuben Jayantilaal Joshi Ki Joint Family, also has received multiple compliments after playing the clever Brahmin Tenali.

“The compliments I get for Tenali Rama are like ‘Krishna is the king of expressions’.  The kind of faces I make, I play the character in a way that people love to see. I have always got good appreciation for my acting skills. Also, I believe that male actors have hardly anything to do on television because it is a female-oriented visual medium. In a way, I feel very lucky and fortunate enough to get a role that is totally based on me and I keep getting compliments for my character,” he says.

Journey for Krishna was not easy before bagging this show. “I was out of work before Tenali Rama for four years. I had just done the Gujarati film and the plays. There was no constant work, no financial stability so this prompted me to take up Tenali Rama. Beggars can’t be choosers and I am really fortunate that this show came my way because it has been a huge hit. I am glad I took up the show,” shares the actor, whose show will complete 400 episodes on January 14th.


Sanjay Dutt’s fabulous five in 2019

Sanjay Dutt who has been extremely busy shooting for his multiple projects relentlessly is making a grand comeback with an exciting line up of five films in 2019.

The actor has a jam packed year with the shoot schedules of his home production, Prasthanam in Lucknow, where he plays the leader of a political party in Uttar Pradesh, and his upcoming films Torbaaz, Panipat, Shamshera, Sadak 2 and the multistarrer, Kalank simultaneously.

Sanjay Dutt will be seen in a variety of roles such as an army officer, an Afghan king, Billiards champions and a politician. He is leaving no stone unturned to nail his performances in all these films.

The month of November has especially been very busy for the actor as he finished the shoot schedules of not one, but three of his upcoming projects.

In order to meet his deadlines, he has made changes in his lifestyle and is following a strict routine. Amidst all this, he also ensures he spares time for his family as he feels his family is his driving force.

Despite juggling the shoot schedules of multiple films Sanjay Dutt looks completely energetic, enthusiastic and comes prepared every day on the sets. The actor creates a very warm and friendly atmosphere on the sets and ensures everyone is having fun while working.

Pallavi Joshi scores a tribal rendition of Saare Jahan se Achcha for her show Bharat Ki Baat

Pallavi Joshi and Vivek Agnihotri get a tribal rendition of Saare Jahan Se Achcha Hindustan Humara, recording the song in a remote location in Shillong, while shooting for their brand new television show, Bharat Ki Baat. To celebrate Republic Day the duo launched the song on their NGO, I Am Buddha’s you tube channel.

Anchored by Pallavi Joshi and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, the show is a breath of fresh air in a divided world with partisan views. It follows a narrative that breaks down the stereotypes and usual content format on Indian television by focusing on positivity and all things great that this large democracy has to offer.

While shooting for an episode on women empowerment at a remote location in Shillong, they tracked down some melodious music emerging from close by. The sound took them to a group of tribal folks who were playing unidentified bamboo instruments which produced a rare and raw sound quality that left the entire unit awestruck and pat came the idea to create a piece that resonated with the show.

Talking about the piece Pallavi Joshi said, “What better song than Saare Jaahan Se Achcha on such fresh notes? This is the real India and we city dwellers have so little idea about the treasure trove that lies within our country. Somebody from the unit heard this sound from a distance. We followed the sound trail and much to our delight we found a group of local people playing away. Vivek and I had a eureka moment and we knew that we had to make their craft known to the rest of the country”.

The song was written out in the local language and the crew found an interpreter to help the locals learn the song & explain its meaning. It was then taught to them by a special team that was flown down from Mumbai. The highlight of the song is the instruments that are used. These are all handmade bamboo instruments- 3 stringed instruments and 3 units of percussion were used to create this immortal track. Sitar, Guitar and Violin look alike instruments were used yet the sound is very different from their popular counterpart. For percussion one instrument that was used resembles Djembe yet sounds like conga.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the freshness of the sound. This art form needs preservation and must not be lost in oblivion. It’s our loss if we don’t cherish the richness that our country has to offer. The most wonderful experience while shooting in Shillong was to chance up these skilled musicians and what is even better was their enthusiasm to learn Saare Jahan Se Achcha, especially when they understood the meaning of the song. It was such a humbling experience that people who have so little in life are so much more thankful and truly believe in the greatness of this country while many of us who are far more entitled often overlook”, said Vivek Agnihotri.

Talking about the show, Director, Vivek Agnohotri added, “If you closely observe the nature of content on television be it news, fiction or reality shows they all focus on negative emotions, fear psychosis, conflicts, catastrophes and calamities. People are constantly at each other’s throats. We do very little to think positive or spread positivity. Pallavi and I had decided to break away from the stereotype, really take a fresh stance and that is seed of thought behind Bharat Ki Baat”.

The 26 part series delves into topics that vary from culture, history, landscapes, tourism, technology delving deep into India’s glorious past, the thriving present and an upwardly mobile growth curve as its future. Each episode has a central theme with proof points collected from the length and breadth of the country. Topics range from health, startups, economy, agriculture, industry, women’s empowerment to name a few.

The show goes on air at 10am every Saturday and Sunday only on News18 India, along with News18 UP, News18 MP, News18 Punjab, News18 Rajasthan, News18 Bihar and News18 Urdu.