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Happy Father’s Day: TV actors tell us what they have learned from their dads



Father’s Day is here! TV actors tell us what they have learned from their old man!

1.Nishant Malkani 

My father’s name is Deepak Malkani.

One advice I got from him was that whatever you want to do in life, do it. Just make sure that you strive to be the best in that profession..that is what gave me the courage to leave my promising set management career and join the world of arts and media. I strive to be the best each day thanks to his advice. 

This year I’ve booked my parents to visit me first in Mumbai and then giving them a luxurious stay in Goa so they can both spend some time with each other away from home and daily responsibilities. It’s my way of thanking them for being such great parents.

2.Krishna Bharadwaj
My father’s name is Dr Aniket Bharadwaj
Whatever little acting I know is only because of my dad, as he himself is an actor, writer n director based in Ranchi. Being a PhD in Hindi, my training of shuddh Hindi started in my childhood only. That’s how I’m able to pull off a character like Tenali Rama well, where I’ve to speak in shuddh Hindi language. So there’s no one advice but a whole lot of acting mantras he has given me which will help me all my life in my acting career. I’ll be away from him this father’s day as I’ll be shooting in Mumbai but I’m going to send him a lot of gifts.
3.Rehaan Roy
My father’s full name is Rabin Roy.
My father is not just my best friend, but also someone whom I can go up to and ask for any kind of advice or a suggestion.

The best thing that I learned from my father is to stay real and stay honest to yourself. The world will speak about you irrespective of you doing good or bad. But staying real to yourself will always lead you to success.

I honestly don’t believe in celebrating Father’s Day on one day. I stay far from home. So I can’t meet him very often. But I make sure I speak with him every day. Not only on this particular day, but I also try to make him feel the best every day. He is my motivation and will always stay the same forever.

4. Gaurav Sharma
My father’s name is Mr Maghvendra Sharma. The first and the most important advice My father gave me was ‘Never work for money work for respect money will follow’.I’m planning a family trip to Uttrakhand. My father loves travelling. And we ‘ll be taking a road trip which covers scenic places like Haridwar, Hrishikesh too.
5.Rahul Sharma 

My father’s name is Shri Mahesh Kumar Sharma.

He is the only idol in my life and the advice which I have received from him is ‘Karmath Bano Karmat Nahi’, he believed that hard work is everything,  give your 100% and do it,  god will definitely help you. You don’t have to just say please help me,  you do your work, concentrate on it,  believe in it and it will happen definitely and I follow his advice till date.

My parents are in town and I am planning a trip with them somewhere nearby,  to some hill station or something. So I have planned to have a good time with my family. Maybe I will give a surprise gift to my father a watch or something. Cutting a cake and gifting him which will surprise him because he is not at all aware of fathers day, so I will tell him that day and I am sure when he gets to know about it he will be very happy.

6.Rahuol Lohani
My father’s name is Kewalanand Lohani. To be very honest my father is filled with a bag of advice’s and in spite of not getting that kind of fame or mileage which I could have got, my father handled those situations very nicely. My father believes in meditation and he has not just followed Osho but has followed many other people too. He always says that a person can be right or wrong but teaching can’t, so whenever you tell something to somebody or somebody tells something to you, it depends on you as to how do you take that advice. I used to see him meditating for hours so I started meditations, and I believe in it a lot. Today’s generation genuinely needs meditation because the stress level has increased in terms of studies, in careers as well as in day to day challenges and the only thing which can save them is meditation. He used to tell me that we should always pass good things to our kids as when a bird’s child starts to fly the bird never looks back to see what will happen. So you have to be independent because when you realize that you are independent you don’t look back to see that your parents are there to help you or not. He taught me that we have to accept everything and every challenge of life and to make oneself strong to handle the situations alone. I follow his lessons till now and today there’s no success which takes me higher and no failure that can beat me. For me, everything is momentary, if something is there today than it would not be there tomorrow.

My father stays in Ghaziabad so I won’t be able to go there as he is travelling right now.  He sends me bouquets and cakes and videos of how they celebrate. On his birthday we gifted him a scooty which we planned very well as I involved my chacha and it was a big surprise for him and he was very happy to see how we planned and arranged all the things. This time there’s no surprise as such as he will not be here as he is travelling so I would just call him and wish him.  
7. Helly Shah
My father‘s name is Gautam C. Shah. There are a lot of things which I have learned from him and the things which I have learned will always be there with me. One is punctuality, I have always taken that effort of being punctual always. He has always advised me how to use money in the right way and not randomly waste it. He made me understand the importance of education and it’s a role in our lives.
It’s not going to be a great kind of celebration because he stays in Ahmedabad so I would send him something.  
8. Tinaa Dattaa
My father’s name is Tapan Kumar Datta.
One advice which he has always given me is that karma speaks and what is destined for you shall always be yours no matter what no one can take that away from you and you should not envy anyone.
9.Aastha Chaudhary
 My father’s name is Mr Banesingh Chaudhary. One important lesson which I have taken from my father is that we should never forget our roots. Be humble and grounded. When I was leaving home and coming here in Mumbai he specifically told me to stay grounded. This industry is full of glitters and all that glitters is not gold. And this name fame, money are all temporary. Your real treasure is your roots, family.

I haven’t plan anything on this Father’s Day. But my only intention is always to make him proud.

10. Adaa Khan
My father’s name is Abbas Khan.
One thing which he has always adviced me is that we should not trust everyone blindly and since I am a spender he always keeps telling me to save, but I believe to live for today.
11. Aniruddh Dave
My father Vitin Dave has given me an excellent upbringing. The values he has given me has made me the person I am. He always told me that good work follows the money and never hurt anyone on your way up in your career. I follow what my father taught me. My father lives in Jaipur. I would talk to him on the phone as I can’t go to Jaipur as I am shooting for my TV show Patiala babes. 
12. Asmita Sood

My father’s name is Ashwani Sood

The advice my dad gave me which I follow till date is that nothing is impossible. He is someone who calms me down whenever I’m stressed out. He stands out there like a rock for me every time even when feeling low or stressed out.

I will be in Mumbai on fathers day but I will send something for him from here itself, thinking about a nice gift and some chocolate cake as he loves chocolate just like I do.
13.Kinshuk Vaidya

My father’s name is Nitin M Vaidya. The advise he always gives me is be a good human being, the rest will follow. I will spend some time with him on this Father’s Day as we both are very busy with our respective professions and don’t get much time.

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Jason Shah on losing 14 kgs without going to the gym



Who says losing weight is all about working out in the gym. Actor Jason Shah, who has lost a ton of weight recently, and has been maintaining himself by just eating right. “I have actually lost almost 14 kilos on the sets of Jhansi Ki Rani due to extreme heat and a lot of perspiration,” says Jason, who plays the role of Captain Ross in the show.

He adds, “I wish I still had all that muscle, but there’s not much that I can do. I stopped gymming at the start of the show because I travelled quite far, about 3 hours a day. And after that its 12-14 hrs of the shoot, there’s not a lot of time to the gym and because of the amount of perspiration, my body is quite tired at the end of it. I am just waiting for the show to end and I am going to build back up, it doesn’t take any too long, give me two months and I will be good again.”

However, the actor has been eating right and has cut down on his sugar intake. “My parents always taught me that sugar rots your teeth and that it’s a killer and a thief. So keeping that in mind, ever since I was young, I have always tried to avoid it. Of course, I get tempted. It’s not like I don’t eat ice creams and desserts. I do, I spread out and do not eat these on a regular basis. You have got to watch yourself because, in India, they put sugar in almost everything that you eat,” he says.

He adds, “I am not going to the gym and that’s why I am lean. I have been maintaining myself with just a good diet, healthy food, healthy snacks throughout the day- oats, salads, fruits, eggs, chicken. That’s pretty much how I do it.”

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Rajiv Kumar on playing a eunuch in EBSS: I am enjoying my role



While he takes over an hour to get ready every day, actor Rajiv Kumar says that he is loving his role of Dipti Kalwani’s Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna. The actor plays the role of a eunuch in the show. “For my character of a eunuch, I observed the eunuchs on road, also I watched some documentaries to know more about them and their lives. While wearing the costume it does feels a little uncomfortable because a man in his normal life does not wear a sari with so much makeup. As a male artist when we go on the sets, we do very basic makeup but here in this show, I have to put a wig, a sari and jewellery. For makeup, it takes around one and a half hour, but I am enjoying doing the role a lot,” he says.

He adds, “I watched a film called Daayra directed by Amol Palekar where Nirmal Pandey played this character. I also watched a film directed by Mr Bhatt where Paresh Rawal played the transgender character. Also, I saw clips of Shabnam mausi, where Ashutosh Rana has played a transgender and a film where Sadashiv Dattaray Amrapurkar has played this character.”

The actor, who has been seen in shows such as Udaan, Gathbandhan, Meri Durga and  Mariam Khan – Reporting Live, says that he loves working with co-actor Shrenu Parikh. “Among the co-actors, I bond really well with Shrenu Parikh as a maximum of my scenes are with her. She is a very talented, energetic, supportive and wonderful actor. I wish her all the very best,” he says.

Talking about working with Dipti, Rajiv adds, “Dipti Kalwani is an amazing producer as she is very professional. The whole arrangement which she does as a producer in the production house for the shoot is amazing. Five stars to her!”

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Shiny Doshi: Filmmakers used to think that TV actors overact in films



The lines between TV and films are gradually blurring with so many TV actors getting prominent roles in films. Actor Shiny Doshi, who is currently part of Shrimad Bhagavad, says that TV actors perform many scenes every day, much more than film actors, and have no problem adapting themselves to films. “Actors like Mouni Roy, Hina Khan, Karan Singh Grover make us really proud. They have been doing films. Earlier, filmmakers used to think that the television actors would overact and be over dramatic. But now things have changed and any actor who has talent will work in films. Theatre, television or films, every medium needs actor and the medium should be respected. Films shoot max 2 to 3 scenes a day while television shoots for 14 to 15 scenes a day. In fact, shooting 12 hours a day for 30 days becomes very difficult. The shows work for years and it becomes very monotonous and difficult and the actor gets trained in this process. I feel if you place a television actor in any character, he or she will adapt to it well,” she says.

Luck, of course, is another important factor in the industry, says Shiny. However, she adds that hard work triumphs everything. “Luck favours but with that hard work and talents works. Rejection is part of life, not every project works in life. I took every rejection in my life as a challenge to rise up again and try hard to give my best. We are humans and rejections are painful. But if you start taking them positively, then it would eventually work and destiny will get you what you deserve. One should not stop working hard. I feel luck is important but with hard work and talent,” she says.

Talking about her own journey, she says, “When I started my career 8 years back I went for an audition of some other show and somehow the makers of Saraswati Chandra or Star Plus saw me and they thought I should try for it. So the initial show which I went for didn’t happen and Saraswati Chandra happened. I always believe that God has plans for you. I think the struggle started when Saraswati Chandra happened because I had never learned acting. Jennifer Winget and Gautam Rode, who were already stars, were so good at their work that the level of expectation from me also rose. I learned a lot from them. I had life experience of learning acting and direction. I got shows back to back and each character I played was very different. There was a struggle after Khatron Ke Khiladi for a year as things used to lock down but didn’t turn out and so that was a difficult year for me. Everyone has ups and downs in life and finally then my show Shrimad Bhagavad happened.”

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