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Kunal Nirola unplugged!

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How did you get into acting?
I was very fascinated with drama and theatre and I used to perform in my school. I was fascinated with films, stardom, seeing actors playing different roles. During my childhood, I used to think that in acting one person can do so many jobs, he can be an army person. doctor, engineer, a navy person, he can be a father or a son and can portray any role and that was very fascinating for me as that makes your life really interesting compared to a job which a person does for his entire life and that becomes monotonous and boring for me. In acting, I explore something new every day. At the college level, I started doing photography and later became the media head of my college and these things started to attract me.  My love for machines led me to the Engineering Profession but destiny had something else in the store, which took me from Punjab to Delhi and then finally to the tinsel town Mumbai better known as ‘Sapno Ki Nagri’. The celluloid world was always an attraction. I gave up my remunerative engineering profession for my passion and to fulfil my dreams. Being enthusiastic to explore this new world I started looking for some tips and hints. The world around me was full of young boys and girls trained and talented, I knew that for an engineering graduate lots and lots of effort was required for being a good actor. Finally, I took up a course in acting to sharpen my skills, after which I felt it was like a trained soldier without the experience of a battle. I soon realized that I have to be a part of the theatre to excel further as an actor. I believe in the theory that as some are born God gifted singers, while others have to put a lot of efforts (Riyaaz) to rise to that level. The same holds good for actors too. My extraneous efforts, consistency, and hard work lead to a positive outcome and the Legends and the amazing actors of the industry have always been a source of inspiration and motivation for me.

2. What is your hometown? Share your journey from hometown to Mumbai?
My hometown is Patiala, when I was in 8th STD, I told my parents that I want to become an actor and they thought that I was joking. In 10th when it was the time to choose among the different subjects, I told my parents that I want to take dramatics and then they realized that I was serious. They convinced me to do a degree course and then go to acting. I did my degree in mechanical engineering from Punjab and the day I completed my degree I came to Mumbai. For parents, it was difficult to convince them for acting as they felt that it is a very fast field and a lot of people come here and are not able to achieve their dreams. My father is a very intellectual person and told me to complete my degree so that I have a backup and that was a good decision as I matured and learned new things. Acting is itself so amazing, whatever you do you will learn more, it’s a never ending process. Once I played the character of a beggar and for a week we went to that place just to observe how do they live there lives. This is called a character study and it was an amazing thing for me and now for my characters, I am doing that much homework.

3. You are a cut surd and playing a Sardar with a turban in the web show Ishq Aaj Kal how does it feel?

 I have worn a turban only 2-3 times during my family occasions in Punjab. My father’s family don’t wear turbans but my mother’s family are the proper Sardars and it is very fascinating for me wearing the turban and my family is loving that as they were interested in what I am doing as my mom is from the Sodhi family. I am playing the character of Paresh Sodhi

4. What is your role? is it positive or negative?

My role is completely positive. In the series, in everyone’s life some negative things are going on, and the guy who is completely positive is me and when he cracks some jokes, he himself does not realize that he told a joke. The most interesting thing in the series is that I am a Sardar and speaking Gujarati with slang. It was very interesting for me to perform this as till now I haven’t seen a Sardar speaking Gujarati. I got training from a lot of my friends and a theatre person helped me too as they are Gujarati and they taught me their slangs. While learning I came to know that the gujjus is a lot like the Punjabis as both of them are very foody people and when they get excited they use slangs. I had very little time to get into the character but my friends were very helpful and we all used to go to the Bandstand and learn and speak Gujarati over there. I believe that for an actor homework is very important as when you get a script there is not one but thousands of ways to perform it. I also believe that an actor should learn there lines by heart. I read my lines around 50 times and sometimes I write them too. I read the lines of my co-actors also so that there is proper communication. Sometimes it happens to me that I am not able to learn my lines, so I sing and learn them. In this series, I am totally opposite to what I am in real life and I am getting a positive response to that.

5. What are your career goals?
I would love to learn and do homework on myself to become a better actor. I think there is no stopping as you learn every day. I want to do films and I am working on that and I keep on doing advertisements side by side.

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Ullu App to produce a web-series on Peshawar’s terrorist attack

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Ullu App to produce a web-series on Peshawar’s terrorist attack


Remember the brutal terrorist attack in Peshawar’s Army Public School on December 16, 2014, in which more than 148 people, most of them children, were killed? At that time not only Pakistan, but the whole world, including Indian felt the pain and sorrow. We heard, Ullu App is making a series on the brutal attack.

According to our sources, “The web-series, which is tentatively titled ‘Peshawar’ is terror based love story, which will revolve around people who were involved and killed in a terrorist attack on an army-run school of Pakistan.”

To get, the more details about the series, we got in touch with Ullu’s CEO Vibhu Agarwal. He said, “After Halala, Panchali, Mona Home Delivery and #MeToo, we are coming up with another interesting series. Although, it is based on Peshawar’s terror attack, but we are also exploring another angle, which as of now I won’t be able to reveal.”

When quizzed, why he chose to make a series on terror attacks in Pakistan instead of the Mumbai blasts, URI or Phulwama, Mr. Agarwal said, “Honestly, I wanted to make a series after the URI attack happened. I was also keen on producing a series on 26/11 Mumbai attacks. But since both the terror attacks are already explored, that’s why I decided to drop the idea and chose terror attack on Peshawar. It was a heart wrenching and devastating terror attack. I still wonder how can someone kill innocent school-going kids? It’s been around 5 years, but the wounds are still afresh. Last year, when someone suggested that I produce something on it, I immediately decided to give the green signal.”

We heard Ullu is planning to make a series on Phulwama attack also. Confirming the same, Vibhu said, “Phulwama happened after we did research on Peshawar’s terror attack. Once we complete this series, we will surely come up with something based on Phulwama terror attack.”

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Sakshi Pradhan – The Head Turner

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Sakshi Pradhan – The Head Turner

From being a starlet with million dreams in her eyes, an attractive model who did many interesting assignments, a charming VJ who enthralled her audiences and a popular travel host, Sakshi Pradhan has seen and done it all. Interestingly, throughout her adventurous journey she has been very active on social media and now once again she has been grabbing the headlines with her latest looks and making people turn their heads with her impressive and undeniable presence.

Sakshi was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport with her cherubic look. Sakshi looked extremely artful with a pink adorable shades and a very stylish hat while she was dressed in a white Disney character minnie shirt with matching and comfortable pants. She walked on her violet casual shoes as she was seen pushing her pink trolley bag.

The actress was last seen in Alt Balaji’s horror-comedy web series ‘Boo… Sabki Phategi’. She also nailed the lead role of an antagonist in Zee5’s original series ‘Poison’ for which garnered lot of praise from all the quarters. Sakshi has also played a bold role of a lesbian in the film ‘Ragini MMSD 3’. This bold scene became the major attraction of the film and was much talked about. She was hailed for bold avatar like never before.

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If Not an actor I would have been a footballer- Vivian Dsen

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If Not an actor I would have been a footballer- Vivian Dsen

 Not many people know that actor Vivian Dsena is a big-time football crazy. Not only does he like to watch football, but he is a terrific football player himself, “Yes, I’m into football big time. I have been playing the sport since I was 10 years old. My father was a professional footballer so in Ujjain quite early in life I developed love for the sports.  my mother was an athlete for Indian Railways and father a footballer for Indian Railways I am a big admirer of Messy and have followed his career graph.
I thrive on footballl as a sports and feel it gives body and mind a perfect balance.
. I prefer football any day over gym or any other sport. To be honest, I have no affinity towards cricket, not even if I am getting paid. For cricket I won’t even travel 2 kms but for playing football I would travel 250 kms too. Cricket I do watch but I will never take an off just to watch cricket. I am aware cricket is religion in India and people are crazy. I am following world cup but only with regards to India. I catch up the score on TV but I am not mad about cricket at all. I feel football need to be encouraged more in India especially in school and colleges. !”
Vivian has played a lot of matches against Bollywood stars as a part of the All Star football team. He explains, “It is a good experience and we all are learning the game. It has been three years now that we have been playing together. Our team is called All Star Football Club. We practice at least four to five days a month, mostly on Sunday evenings. Since everybody has a very hectic schedule, including Ranbir Kapoor,  we have to adjust to everybody’s timings and practice accordingly.  Playing football gives me lot of peace and satisfaction. I have had some back issues when I couldn’t play football for some months. Football si one topic I can talk on for long. Someday I will like to open a football academy for sure. The world players should be invited to India often to encourage the sports. When you meet someone you admire it gives a very different kind of motivation. If I had not been an actor I would have been a footballer for sure.  Football gives me a high of different kind. I play football once a week. More than that is not possible courtesy daily soap shoot. Every actor should play atleast one sport once a week. Gym is fine but there is no substitute of playing a sport.

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