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Filmmaker Aneeta Patel: To see my films in the 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival is a great feeling

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Director Aneeta Patel is thrilled to see the response her two films – She’s D One starring Ssharad Malhotra and The Bar starring Sudhanshu Pandey – have generated. The films have been hugely appreciated and even made it to the Dada Saheb Phalke Film festival. “Both the films, She’s D One and The Bar, have been well appreciated. But honestly, what’s closest to my heart is when people around me love the film. To see both the films in the 9th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival is a great feeling. Fingers crossed let’s hope for the best. My 3rd film The Meeeting is also getting a good response,” says Aneeta.

Talking about her future plans, she says, “I have a couple of interesting concepts for short films. I’m also ready with a web series and apart from that, I’m very excited about what I’m making next. It’s quirky, it’s something that will make you sit up and think. I’m working with talented actors and can’t wait to shoot next month.”

The filmmaker has had quite a journey with the two films. “Being a part of the industry is never easy, it has its ups and downs. There are days everything seems stuck. Those are the testing times, nothing worth having comes easy,” she says, adding, “It’s been a wonderful journey. My first short film She’s D One is synonymous with its actor Ssharad Malhotra. He has taken the film a few notches higher with his fabulous performance. After that was The Bar. It was very different from my first and Sudhanshu Pandey was a perfect fit to play Kabir. I’m happy to have got the opportunity of working with him.”

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Take this pandemic as an opportunity to create and reboot yourself: Gunjan Utreja

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Take this pandemic as an opportunity to create and reboot yourself: Gunjan Utreja

While this pandemic gave us time to spend with our family, locked up at home has been a little hazardous too. But actor-TV host Gunjan Utreja feels that people should take this pandemic as an opportunity to create and reboot themselves.

He feels that this pandemic and the ongoing lockdown can certainly affect one’s mental health, and the best thing to do at this time will be to talk to their family members, meditate or seek professional help.

“Mental health is an issue and I have been very vocal of the same. I have been suggesting everyone around me to start focusing on deep breathing and if possible eventually find your way to meditation. It will help us not only during this pandemic but also in life.

I would also like to urge everyone around to talk to your family about your feelings. They are our best friends. One can also confide in professionals for help. And don’t look at this pandemic as barrier. Take this as an opportunity to create and reboot your self,” he said.

These days social media platforms are flooded with videos by celebrities doing their household chores, workouts, etc. And Gunjan feels that audience loves “authenticity” and in a way social media helps celebs showcase the same. However, he added that people will connect to the stars more if they show their real self.

Here’s what he said, “Gone are the days when people loved mystery around an actor. Today people not only love you for your craft but also love you for who you are. Social media has broken the barrier. Audiences engage with their favourite stars on daily basis. So the more real you are the more they connect with you and want to watch your content. People love authenticity and social media helps them showcase the same. Now an actor is not dependent on magazines and newspapers to express her / himself. This is a new normal.”

Asked about the first thing he will do once the lockdown is lifted, Gunjan said, “I would like to go hug the man who picks up garbage from our home every morning. I believe all the people who have been working tirelessly to keep our surroundings clean in this pandemic are no less than heroes. They too deserve equal respect and appreciation.”

Gunjan has recently featured in a music video titled “Judaai”. Sung by Moin Sabri, the video also stars newbie Aaira Dwivedi. His chat show Chalk and cheese on JioStudios/Jio Cinema is also being loved by everyone.

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Fans surprise Mohsin with sweets and treats

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Fans surprise Mohsin with sweets and treats

Who doesn’t know Mohsin Khan? The television heartthrob, who plays the role of Kartik Goenka in “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”, is known for his on fleek fashion sense and well, just being the man of every girl’s dream. No wonder his fans keep showering their love every now and then.

Recently, his fans surprised him with a lots of sweets and treats. The actor credits the baker-cum-choreographer and his wife living in the next building for fulfilling the wishes of his fans.

“In the next building there lives a guy who does some home baking. He is also our choreographer on-set, Himanshu Gadani. He and his wife Eve, both do the baking. So they get all this prepared at their  place. He then leaves it my building’s watchman, who sanitises it, and then I get it home. Himanshu takes orders online and even delivers the messages from my fans. It’s so lovely that this way even their precious messages reach me.”

The actor is grateful to his fans for showering love and praises on his on-screen character Kartik.

“I’m forever obliged to all of the people who have accepted me as Kartik in their lives for four years now and inshallah I hope this love and these wishes continue. I wish and I pray with my family for everyone and hope that phase ends soon followed by a better tomorrow for all of us,” Mohsin signed off

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Shivin is the new Charlie Chaplin in town

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Shivin is the new Charlie Chaplin in town

Waking up from my afternoon nap, Shivin Narang’s new Charlie Chaplin look was the first thing I saw. And oh, even though he tried to copy a comedian, that cute smile can still take anyone’s breath away.

Check out the photos below to believe me.

Shivin rose to fame for portraying the most caring brother of the world in Star Plus’s drama “Ek Veer Ki Ardaas… Veera”. He was last seen playing the character of Rudra Roy in Jennifer Winget-starrer “Beyhadh 2”. The show went off-air amidst the nationwide lockdown.

The actor recently came in news after he injured his hand at his home. He had to undergo a two-hour long surgery for the same. He is doing fine but still a cast on his hand.

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