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Hindi Divas: TV actors urge people to talk in Hindi

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As they observe Hindi Divas, an annual day to celebrate the popularity of Hindi as an official language of India, today.  TV actors tell us what language means to them.
Aastha Chaudhary:
Being a north Indian, my main language is Hindi. My mother is a Hindi, Sanskrit teacher and my mama and grandfather are Hindi poets. Our local and primary language is Hindi. I read a lot of Hindi novels Premchand, Gulzar – Hindi-Urdu, Dharamveer Bharti, Amrita Pritam. My favorite book is Gunaho Ke Devta, I have a library at my house and I still read a lot of stories when I get a good book. When you go to Northern India, people still talk in Hindi, and it’s not wrong to use English. It’s good to talk in your global language but at the same time, your kids should know how to talk in Hindi. Many parents feel proud that their kids talk fluent English but the kids should be taught their mother tongue and Hindi too.
Rajesh Kumar:
 North India is a Hindi speaking belt, only the southern side doesn’t speak much but due to corporate culture, they do know some words. I always speak in Hindi, the kind of work I am in, there’s very less interaction with English speaking people. On the set, we all use Hindi. We work in the entertainment field which has Hindi as the primary language. I used to read Hindi novels but I don’t get time much now. I still try and read the stories of Premchand, my favourite is Raag Darbari by Sri Laal Shukla. I advise my writer friends to read this book. It’s a bible of satire and the projection of characters is very interesting. I am from Bihar, so Hindi and Sanskrit were taught to me, which help in pronouncing the words correctly. Hindi is not looked down and since globalization, it’s used more.
Rohitashv Gour:
Hindi is our national language. We are citizens of India and respecting Hindi is in our blood. I try to speak in Hindi all the time. I am from NSD and there we are taught theatre in Hindi. We are also part of showbiz where shows and films are made in Hindi. We should promote the Hindi language. Whenever the meetings of UN are held, all the countries speak in their native language but we don’t. I am very well versed in Hindi, you will see that my character in my show speaks Hindi very well. Today’s kids look down on people who speak in Hindi. Today, there are actors like Ashutosh Rana, Pankaj Tripathi and even me who are going ahead in life and doing well, speaking only in Hindi. Mohan Rakesh’s Aadhe Adhoore, Aashaad Ka Ek din, Rahul Sankrityayan’s Volga Se Ganga Tak, these are some books one should read to learn Hindi well.
 
Shashank Vyas:
Hindi is in my blood. I try to communicate in Hindi as much as possible. I am proud of our national language and my mother tongue. I am more comfortable speaking in Hindi than in English. Hindi is a language because of which I earn my bread and butter, it’s very important for me to know the language well.

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HUL’s decision to remove ‘fair’ is a welcome but not the ultimate victory: Mou Das

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HUL’s decision to remove ‘fair’ is a welcome but not the ultimate victory: Mou Das

The brutal killing of George Floyd in the US once again sparked the debate about colourism and racism. Soon Johnson and Johnson announced that it would stop the production of two of its creams, and Hindustan Unilever Limited quickly followed suit and issued a statement saying they will remove the word “fair” from its popular product “Fair & Lovely”.

Sharing her views on this, producer Mou Das said, “I believe humanity continues to perpetuate in discrimination and violence in small and large scale contexts. ‘Colour and Races’ have waged the worst forms of war, not just against nations but also against humanity.”

“Unless people are stopped from being stigmatized in the world arena by their races and colours, even the next generation will be as much as a victim of these discriminations,” she added.

Mou says she doesn’t blame any particular race and added that we all are victims of our situatedness.

She further said, “All our claims are through our experiences. A girl must not be judged by her appearance, or by the colour of her eyes or of skin or hair. Intrinsic qualities must define an individual. Marriage portfolios are a representation of exactly the conservative mental frame. The multi-billion cosmetic industry runs luring girls to buy magical lotions and potions to improve their skin tone.”

“Now if suddenly no one desires to improve their skin colour what will happen to this Big Game? So definitely not everyone will desire for a world where women will realise their identity beyond their physical features. Hindustan Unilever Limited’s decision to remove the word ‘fair’ from the most popular beauty product is definitely welcome but not the ultimate victory,” she added.

Mou concluded by making a very valid point and said, “Only when everyone realises that beauty is but skin deep and makes conscious decision to go beyond mediocrity to search their true selves, only when the world rises to humanity above all ‘isms’ can we create the utopian world of our dreams.”

Rightly said Mou. We couldn’t agree more.

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Mohsin Khan, Shivangi Joshi resume YRKKH shoot, thank Rajan Shahi

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Mohsin Khan, Shivangi Joshi resume YRKKH shoot, thank Rajan Shahi

A nationwide lockdown was imposed in the month of March because of the Coronavirus outbreak. As a result, the shooting of TV shows was stopped. But now that the process of unlockdown has begun, the TV shows are going on-floors again with various safety and precautionary measures.

Recently, Mohsin Khan and Shivangi Joshi aka Kartik and Naira from Star Plus’ “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai” (YRKKH) resumed shooting and were happy with the kind of precautions and safety measures producer Rajan Shahi and his Directors’ Kut Production (DKP) took. In a video, the lead stars have thanked them for providing a safe environment to work in.

In the video Mohsin talks about the arrangements on the sets and said, “This video goes out to Rajan Shahi sir, our producer the entire production team, the entire DKP team, the entire staff, who are staying here on the set, they are doing everything here. When we actors come on the sets, they check our body temperature, oxygen level, and they sanitize every room and the entire set two-three times a day. So this is an appreciation video to thank all you guys for being extra careful and doing their extra bit and following all the protocols. We actors want to thank the entire crew, the production, and the producer. Inshallah, this virus will go away soon from the world, and we can get back to the normal shooting but till then we will fight this out. God Bless.”

Shivangi, in her video said, “As you all know we have resumed shooting for our show YRKKH. I am making this video from the set itself, I am in my makeup room. I just want to thank Rajan sir, our producer, and Director’s Kut Production house for taking such utmost care not only for us but for the entire crew. We have thermal and pulse checking, the entire set is sanitized in every three to four hours, makeup rooms are so clean and it is also sanitized every three hours. We have been given personal makeup kit. And in every room, there is a sanitizer bottle, disinfectant sprays, we have been given personal chair with our names labelled. The set is super clean, the toilets are very clean and there are dustbins everywhere, everyone wears mask and face shield, all the protocols are being followed properly. We all are taking all the safety measures and I just want to thank Rajan sir for making us feel super safe and secure.”

Superb work by Rajan Shahi and team DKP.

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Amit Sarin’s beach outing with family

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Amit Sarin’s beach outing with family

The coronavirus kept us locked in our houses for a really long time, and now all need to breathe some fresh air, with some precautions of course. Amit Sarin, recently, went on a beach outing with his family.

Amit currently lives in L.A. with his wife Vineesha Arora Sarin and kids – Vaeda and Aveer. The four of them were casually dressed for the outing and looked quite happy.

The “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” actor clicked photos with his family and even posted it on his Instagram account.

He captioned it as, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”

Even his wife shared a few pics from their outing, and wrote, “We love and appreciate you, @amitsarinofficial!! Thanks for being a great role model to our children. Their true superhero (and mine too)! P.S. you’ll always be our favourite omelette and bread pakora maker!!”

Amit was last seen in “Nisha Aur Uske Cousins”. He is currently busy with the production of his Hollywood project “Tiger Heart”.

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