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Mreenal Deshraj: I urge people to eat sensibly in Corona times!

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Being fit is important for all actors, however actor Mreenal Deshraj says that it’s important not to go overboard. The actor stopped eating sugar, oil and ghee some years back and has had to suffer a lot because of an unhealthy stomach. “Since childhood, I heard that oily stuff and sugar makes you fat. So, it was always in my mind. When I started living independently, I started living and eating the way I wanted to. I stopped oil ghee and sugar. I didn’t have it for 16-17 years,” she says.

The actor says that there was no one to stop her from doing this to her body. “My friends and family knew my obsession with being lean and passion for fitness. Nobody lives with me so what they thought and what they said never mattered to me. I am not in the habit of listening to anybody, so I ignored each and everybody. I used to use spray oil or have food without oil. I trained my maid. The taste was hopeless but then I was used to it,” she says.

However, she started facing health issues. “I always had stomach issues because of silly food habits. This is the only issue I have or I had was my stomach. I tried different stunts all my life but nothing as such worked for me. My body was so used to a particular type of food and timing that if I ate more, less, or outside, I would have to pay a cost. I wouldn’t go for parties and was also losing a lot of opportunities because of this,” she says.

It high time that Mreenal decided to get help. “After my Nasik trip, I made up my mind to conquer my problem, in 2019. I went to all possible doctors, surgeons. All my reports were fine. Nobody could deduct any issue. Some doctors said it was stress and that my body was used to discipline life, that I had a weak stomach and so on…Finally, I met an Ayurvedic doctor who checks through Nadi( nadi shastra) and he told me that there is no lubrication in my intestine. He told me to have 9 spoons of cow ghee. I was zapped. And I also took a few medicines which were his own production.  It took me a few days to start his diet regime and I had to leave curd. I started having ghee and sugar and in 15 days, I’ve put on 2 kgs despite working out 2 hours intense workouts. However, I was happy that finally I was getting cured but I got low watching myself being so big,” she says.

While it was tough to see herself putting on weight, this time Mreenal put her health first. “The last 2 months were bad. I didn’t know how to stop my sugar craving and the dosage of ghee, as it was important. I had to buy bigger size outfits. I stopped going out as I was not used to seeing myself being fat. I got a tummy and was so embarrassed. It was such a mental trauma,” she says.

Mreenal advises people to eat sensibly sitting at home in Corona times. “People shouldn’t go out of home. I have seen on social media how they were shopping. I would like to tell people to eat in moderation, eat everything, and not to cut down on stuff so drastically that later when you eat those things, your body cannot adapt. And for sure, it’s important to work out. Keeping positive mental attitude is very important.,” she says.

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Check out Gunjan Utreja’s hilarious take on weight loss

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June 21 is celebrated as International Day of Yoga. And while everyone was busy doing various asanas, actor-anchor Gunjan Utreja made a short clip on the fastest way to loose weight by introducing Arnab Goswami’s “Debateasana”. Check out the video to know more.

It’s just funny, especially when Gunjan says “Bhaiya ji you are a genius”. The video is the fourth part of his Instagram series “Reatity TV”.

Gunjan has been busy throughout the lockdown to create India’s 1st ever celebrity game show ‘Chalk and Cheese ‘ He is now hoping for shoots to resume so that he can be back to shooting his two webseries.

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World Music Day: Celebs call music therapeutic, stress buster and energy booster

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American composer and pianist Leonard Bernstein had said “Life without music is unthinkable”. And we couldn’t agree. Life without music is like a rainbow without colours. It lifts up our mood, motivates us, becomes our companion during hard times and boosts our energy.

On World Music Day, which is celebrated on June 21, we asked some celebs what music meant to them and also share their favourite playlist, here’s what they had to say:

Vijayendra Kumeria: Music is very therapeutic, it helps you overcome a mood sometimes and sometimes it keeps you in the mood, it depends on what you want it to do. Life is incomplete without music. I have different playlists for different hours of the day and it’s very important for me as an actor too. I take help of music to get into different moods for different scenes. But if I have to pick one playlist, that’s my favourite, that would be a collection of Bryan Adams songs.

Amal Sehrawat: It’s scientifically proven that music has a direct impact on mood. I take help of music to get in the mood of a scene and then everything else works like magic. My playlist keeps on changing depending on my mood.

Pranitaa Pandit: Music is something that sets my tone for the day and it really makes my day better. So as soon as I open my eyes, I play ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ and I love Shekhar Ravjiani’s version of the hymn. Listening to it sets the rhythm of my day with positive vibes and feelings. My playlist, otherwise, is a mix of everything, it has bit of emotional song, peppy song, love and friendship songs, etc. There are few songs that I really connect to when I am feeling low or I want some energy in my life. Then there are songs which are very motivational yet peppy like “Tu naa jane aas pass hai khuda”. I also like “Tera yaar hoon main”.

Vikas Sethi: Music plays a significant role in my life. It is a way for me to connect with my inner self. The lyrics and music transports me to a space so sacred. I listen to my favorite playlist every night before I fall asleep. This includes old Hindi songs of Rafi, Kishore Kumar, and retro English music too. I am a big fan of country music too.

Jhanvi Sethi: Music is my daily medicine and my lifeline. If I am feeling a little low on energy then I just need to plug into a song and feel better. My playlist includes Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, Sufi music, English retro and also music of various frequencies for healing chakras. Music heals me, soothes me and is a memory of so many precious moments with significant people in my life.

Arun Mandola: Whenever I feel low or tensed I listen to songs and that gives me positive energy, so music is energy booster for me. Well, I am bathroom singer but I still sing when I am home alone. I love songs from “Tere Naam” and also all those sung by Arijit Singh, but my all time favourite has to be “Moh moh ke dhaage” by Papon.

Harssh A Singh: Music has played an important role in my life. Bhimsen Joshi, the classical musician, was my grandfather’s guruji, so film music, pop music and rock music was not allowed in our house. During my teenage, I became a total rebel and formed a rock band in Ludhiana. In fact I came to Mumbai to record a pop album with HMV, but that never materialised. Music still governs my moods, my emotions. I listen to music every day, it’s my “me” time. I put on headphones or I play it loud but it’s my time of the day. I listen to varied music from old Bollywood songs to rock, pop, jazz and EDM. I’m just not into metal or Trap music.

Aaira Dwivedi: Music is an expression of your emotions, it is an integral part of life as it touches your soul. My relationship with music began when I started dancing. Dancing is all about rhythm and you cannot dance without music. Nowadays am listening to my latest release ‘Judaai’ on loop. It’s very tough to share my playlist because it depends on my mood and what I am doing at that time of the day. For example, if am doing my workout my playlist is different and when am driving my song list is different. When I am dancing, my playlist depend on the type of dance form, so if am doing free style dance I play Bollywood or Punjabi song, but if am doing contemporary or western form then I play jazz beats. In short, music wakes me up, makes me move and makes me think too.

Avinash Mukherjee: Music plays a very important role in our life. Anyone, in any situation, if they listen to three minutes of “Lag jaa gale” or five minutes of “Tajdar-e-Haram”, there is no way that person will not achieve inner peace and if someone listens to “Bekhayali”, there is no way that person will not remember their loved ones. The kind of songs I listen to on a daily basis are Nushrat Fateh Ali Khan Ji’s songs, Jagjit sir’s songs. In English, I like soundtrack of the Dark Knight and Man of Steel to name a few.

Sudipto Balav: I start my day with music, when I go for my morning jog which is of two hours, I constantly have some playlist on. At any given point my favourite playlist would be a collection of a songs by R. D. Burman. I am a big fan of ghazals so I have a collection of ghazals by Ghulam Ali Sahab to Hahariharan Ji.

Bhoomika Mirchandani: Music plays extremely important role in life because music is something which lifts up your mood. I feel one should be selective with their music and should listen to happy, light and warming music. I watch Disney movies, so there you can hear light-hearted, loving and positive music, you will never hear sad songs. So I relate it with my life and it brings positive vibes in my life. Make sure that it never depresses you. I love Punjabi song and I have all the songs written by Jaani. My favourite song is “Kuch toh log kahenge”.

Khushboo Kamal: Music plays a very important role in my life, whenever I feel sad and low or some negative thoughts come in my mind, I listen to Bhakti songs. I also listen to Bollywood or Sufi songs and even ghazals depending on my mood and situation. We actors also relate to our characters with some particular music. I think everyone should listen one or two songs everyday. Make your favourite playlist so that whenever you will feel low you can listen to it and get positive energy. I love Sufi songs and Kishore Kumar songs. My favourite singers are Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar Ji, Nushrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahab, Jagjit Singh, Kailash Kher, Arijit Singh and Sonu Nigam. My favourite songs are “Preet ki lat mohe aisi lagi”, “Mann ki lagan”, “Pyaar deewana hota hai” and ” Likhe jo khat tujhe”. I even love the title track of Pakistani drama “Humsfar”, which featured Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan.

Moin Sabri: Music is different for everyone. I can listen to music all day and it gives me a different feeling. When I am listening to music, I don’t need anyone I am happy being by myself. I love to listen to ghazals by Ghulam Ali sahab, Jagjit Sahab and many others. My favourite songs are “Koi fariyaad”, “Hothon se chulo tum”, “Maula mere lele meri jaan”, “Abhi mujh mein kahin”. I love Pakistani Coke Studio songs too. My feeling for music is precious and different, when you listen to Sufi songs you connect with god and when you listen romantic songs you feel loved.

Meera Deosthale: I think music is therapeutic to me. Music sets the rhythm for my mood. When I am working, the moment I sit in my car I put my playlist on and get charged up for the day. Sometimes, during emotional scenes we play certain songs that fit the context and it helps tremendously in enhancing my performance. So I have various playlists – morning one (includes all rock and pop and dhol Bollywood and English songs), my gym playlist (has all power packed songs), shower playlist (all soothing songs). Right now I am listening to “Look at her now” on loop but my all times favourite would be songs from “Dil Toh Pagal Hai”. My favourite singers are Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sanam Puri and Lata Mangeshkar. I have two favourite songs, they are “Tujhe kitna chahne lage hum” and “Kya hua tera vada”.

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Singer Arpita Chakraborty unites with director Prasad Kadam for a romantic single

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Singer Arpita Chakraborty unites with director Prasad Kadam for a romantic single

Singer Arpita Chakraborty, who has sung many film songs for ‘Total Dhamaal’, ‘Satyagraha’, ‘Ragini MMS2’, ‘Hero’ and ‘Bezubaan Ishq’ is all set to release a single. It is a romantic number ‘Makhmali’ and directed by the talented Prasad Kadam. The song will feature ‘Pyaar Ka Punchnama’ actor Omkar Kapoor in it.

Kadam, who has directed a lot of ad films, said, “It was fun shooting this music video. Whether you are shooting for a film or a single or music video, the only change is the scale and duration of your involvement. I had been approached earlier to direct a music video for them, but I didn’t want to do something mediocre. I wasn’t interested in directing a single, which portrayed girls wearing skimpy clothes and and dancing in a bar. When Arpita expressed her idea for an original song, I was excited.”

Prasad added, “With “Makhmali” we are trying to bring back retro gangsta era. We had planned what exactly we wanted to achieve. The look, the color palette, the choreography, even the kind of guns we have used was important. I am sure the audiences will enjoy watching the song.”

Prasad has in the past couple of years directed ads for many MNCs and corporates. He commented how he shot an ad for Enrich during the lockdown. Prasad said, “Enrich is one of our regular clients, we shot an ad for them in the lockdown too. We asked actors to shoot videos and send from home. Our ads for Gleneagles Global Hospitals for Cancer Awareness recieved many awards.” The director also reveals how he plans to direct a feature film after the music video.

Ask Prasad, what or who inspires him the most and he said, “Ram Gopal Verma made some highly inspiring film in the 90s. ‘Satya’, Kaun, Company, Rangeela – they are all wonderful films. I wanted to make films the way he was doing back then. Mani Ratnam’s films have also had a big influence. When I was in UK I got closer to world cinema. I would love to make films in the sci-fi genre. If my first film clicks, I would want to work on a sci-fi film. I have a script in place, too.”

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