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Mrunal Jain: My friends used to call me, ‘Hanger’

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Being a skinny boy was quite tormenting for actor Mrunal Jain, who remembers how he would be teased by his friends. However, the actor says that once he was fit, his confidence level soared. “Confidence doesn’t come overnight. To be honest, I was a skinny guy weighing 47 kgs and used to be called hanger by my friends. I got confident after I made a good physique and was fit.
I used to feel low when in childhood and teenage I used to be mocked at being skinny in school.  The times have changed every second person is fitness conscious now irrespective of whether he or she is in the glamour field or not.  In 2002 I took a stand after being bullied for  It took me seven years to build the body. No one knows the back story people only see my current body and even talk behind my back that I took steroids but I don’t care. I have worked hard to become the person I am today”.
When you are fit, you altogether have a different feeling and are always charged up. You have a completely different perspective on the way people look at you. Looks and physique draw attention and make you feel important irrespective of the nature of your profession. Confidence surely boosts up when you feel good about yourself. Always remember that your own resolution to success is more important than any other one thing. Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment,” he says.
He now has a six-pack and is a die-hard fitness enthusiast. Talking about how he got there, he says, “I believe in one thing when you want something desperately you work for it and make sure you get it. The same way, when you have the determination and your focus is strong towards your goal, time and patience will get you there. It took me 10 years to be where I am but I believe my discipline and my patience towards my fitness paid off. I never imagined that I will be ever giving fitness tips to my friends.
What’s more? He achieved all this on a vegetarian diet if you please! “Ten years back people had a myth that vegetarian food cannot help you make a good body.  But there are a lot of vegetarian products which have a lot of nutrients. Food such as soya bean, chana, rajma, tofu, soya milk, sprouts is great. Being a vegetarian is a way of life for me and I am not missing out on anything if I am a vegetarian.  Food is for us we are not for food,” he says.

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Sukhmani Sadana enjoys a much deserved break in the US

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Tv Host and Writer Sukhmani Sadana who wowed audiences with her role in Sacred Games and Manmarziyaan this year finally went on a holiday to the US and spent quality time with her brother. She first visited Texas and later several cities like Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Buffalo, Chicago, Arizona and Washington DC. “I needed a break because I had been continuously writing and acting for some project or the other for almost a year. And because I host travel shows, I thrive to visit different cities and understand its culture and traditions. I found my visits to the museums in DC very informative and I thoroughly enjoyed the grand fireworks on July 4. NASA in Houston was a learning experience since I just wrote a film script called Rocketry which is on this subject.” While she went to these beautiful places, she also visited the Niagra Falls and Grand Canyon with her family.

The actress reminisces how her culinary skills got better after her trip to the US. She says, “My brother taught me how to cook and I can now finally say that ‘maybe’ I’m a cook.”

Sukhmani was also seen in web series Love Bytes, Parchayee, Sacred Games and has worked as a writer on the scripts of Bollywood films like Creature, Kyaa Super Kool Hain Hum, Phir Se and 1920 London. The actress who started off as a writer and model, worked in TV shows like Khotey Sikkey on Netflix, with Abhishek Bachchan in Anurag Kashyap’s film Manmarziyan. She enacts the role of Lovely, a sweet, homely dentist, who Abhishek’s mother wants him to marry.

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Bollywood film ‘Oxygen’ gear up for first-ever World Premiere

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It is a proud moment for the entire ‘Oxygen’ team as the film has been selected for World Premiere in Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival of Boston, the USA from September 5 to 8, 2019.
Caleidoscope Indian Film Festival is organized by Indian Arts Boston Inc, a non-profit Massachusetts organization and is the largest Indian Film Festival of USA. It provides a unique platform for upcoming art-house and differentiated films from the Indian sub-continent to be discovered and appreciated by a mainstream global audience. Over the past five years, Caleidoscope has screened, even premiered several defining films of the Indian film industry including Chittagong, Teenkahon, Lipstick Under My Burkha, A Death in the Gunj, An Argumentative Indian and so on.
Directed by Shoib Nikash Shah, the film is a portrayal of the moral ambiguity of corruption among low paid government employees. The dilemma of low salaries and tempting deals offered to grossly underpaid and under-employed officials and the resultant struggle of honest officers with the established system forms the central plot of the film.
This would be the first-ever world premiere of the film Oxygen and the team is extremely happy since the Festival, which receives around 300 submissions every year from filmmakers around the world, has selected this film for the Competition round as well, apart from screening. Caleidoscope is one of the few festivals that provides monetary awards to filmmakers for its top competitive section.
On this occasion, we had a word with the female protagonist of the movie, Namita Lal of Lihaaf fame, who was absolutely delighted with the news. Sharing her excitement, she said, “I’m amazed to know that our film has been chosen not just for the screening but also have been invited to participate in the Competition round. Besides, for an international Film Festival to pick up a movie based on such a theme is also overwhelming.”


Showering light on the film’s theme, the director-cum-lead actor, Shoib Nikash Shah of Mantostaan fame said, “The film talks about environmental preservation and enlightens on ground level corruption which is the basic conflict around the globe and also about conservation of nature which is the ultimate need of the hour. Nevertheless, the film raises a lot of relevant questions throughout.” He expressed his gratitude towards the Festival organisers for selecting his film to premiere in a prestigious Film Festival.
The cinematography of the film, which has been shot in the beautiful and small region of Poonch and Surankot (J&K) has been done by Luxmi Chand Chauhan while the music has been contributed by Shubhdeep Singh. Produced by Rahat Kazmi Films, Nutzaboutme Pte Limited, Singapore and Shoib Nikash Shah, the shooting of the film completed in January but its release date is yet to be announced.
The film would be screened on September 7 at 2:30 pm in Rhode Island College and the entry ticket is free but available only on prior registration. For more details, please visit: www.indianfilmfestivalboston.com

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Ullu App to showcase story about the stock market tycoon

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Ullu App is leaving no stone unturned to provide content of different flavours to the viewers. After Halala, Panchali and MeToo, the digital platform is coming up with a series based on a terrorist attack on Peshawar’s Army school. Now we heard, they are making a series on the stock market tycoon.

According to our source close to the production house, “The series is titled ‘The Bull Of Dalal Street’. It is about the journey of a poor man, who comes to the city of dreams Mumbai and rose instantaneously to become one of the most influential brokers.”

When contacted Vibhu Agarwal, CEO at Ullu Digital Pvt Ltd, told us, “Yes, we are coming up with yet another interesting series. It is the story about a common man, who had risen to a position of prominence in the stock industry, his flashy lifestyle, multi-crore frauds and his fall from grace.”

‘The Bull Of Dalal Street’ will be co-produced by Falguni Shah’s Dreamzz Images Studio and directed by Deepak Pandey.

Seems interesting! Stay tuned to this space for more updates.

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