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Pankuri Awasthy on being part of YRKKH: Feels great to be part of a family

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Pankuri Awasthy, who is part of Rajan Shahi’s Ye Ristha Kya Kehlata Hai, talks about the show and what she loves in it.

  1. Which was the last show that you did?

My last show was Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka? for Star Plus.

  1. After 2 years you are returning to TV, what is so special about your role?

Yes, it’s been approximately 2 years, a year and a half to be precise, that I am returning back to the daily soap format. The special thing about the role is that this role is quite relatable, the character is really mature and she understands the situations. What I liked about it is that YRKKH has been running for over a decade now and it’s always great to be part of a family, part of the show that is really liked by the audience.

  1. YRKKH is the longest running show, so how do you feel being a part of it.

Since it’s the longest running show on TV, it fills me with pride that I got selected for this role and it feels great as now I am part of it.

  1. Have you watched the show before? What do you like the most about it?

Of course, I have watched the show and I remember watching the show when it was actually launched. There were Hina Khan and Karan Mehra in it, since then only I really liked the show. Over the last few years, I have not been able to watch it but I have always liked the texture of the show.

  1. How has marriage changed your life?

There is not much of a change in me, post marriage. I knew Gautam before and we are together now, so there is not much difference. It’s just that you have somebody for you all the time and you can lean on them whenever you are going through good or bad times.

  1. How is it working with Rajan Shahi?

It’s amazing to work with Rajan sir. I met him formally before signing the show and the way he explained the character to me, it just filled me with so much pride that I couldn’t say no. He is really passionate and a great person to work with. Whatever he does, he does that passionately and that’s why this is the longest running show and I am super proud of it.

  1. Would you do a show if you are paired with Gautam again?

Of course, I would do a show with Gautam. It would be the most amazing thing to work with him again, whenever the opportunity comes.

  1. What changes you have noticed in the industry from the time you started your career?

It’s been approximately 4 years till now that I have come to this industry and yes, I did notice a change in the pattern of the shows. After every one or two years, the type of content that works changes and then everybody starts making shows with similar content. When I joined, it was about historicals and mythology, now it’s more about fantasy and supernatural.

  1. If you wouldn’t have been an actor than what you would have been and why?

As most people know, I was working in the corporate field, in sales and marketing, so probably I would have continued there. Otherwise, I had various options about the careers I wanted to choose in college. One could be teaching, the other one could have been marketing in a corporate. I also wanted to join politics…so these things, apart from acting, come very passionately to me.


10. Don’t you want to try your luck in films or web series?

As an actor, I don’t want to limit myself to any one medium and I think it’s always great if you get an opportunity to try new things.

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Fitness to me is like breathing: Shashank Vyas

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Fitness to me is like breathing: Shashank Vyas

Actor Shashank Vyas is keeping his fitness game strong during the lockdown. Even though gyms are closed, he is keeping his healthy habits alive Shashank is also working out at home. Speaking about his lockdown workout routine he says,” It’s not about having six packs abs, its about feeling fit which includes a healthy lifestyle. Fitness to me is like breathing.”
How can you manage your fitness when you don’t get to work out in gyms? “To me, managing a fit body includes dedication and commitment. And commitment only to yourself, it’s going to benefit me.”
Describing his workout routines Shashank adds,” I do weights in the morning followed by cardio. I got weights from my friend who has his own gym. For cardio, I just use the building steps for step-ups. And also stretching six days a week. The workouts keep me busy during the lockdown. We shouldn’t stop exercising with the excuse that there’s no gym. When there is a will, there is always away.” Shashank is also trying to maintain a good healthy diet. He says, ”I am eating homemade food but with less oil. I eat in small quantities and a lot of drink buttermilk and water to keep my body calm and hydrated. “Eat well, sleep well and stay well” should be our mantra during this lockdown.” Shashank Vyas is one positive actor who lives life on his own terms. He lives with his father in Mumbai. He further adds, “One has to stay positive no matter what. Tough Times don’t last but tough people do”. He is catching a lot of films and web series besides taking care of his diet.

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Summers are here! Here are how actors are beating the heat!

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Summers are here! Here are how actors are beating the heat!

Drinking chaas, shikanji, Rooh Afza…here is what these actors are doing to stay cool in the summers.

Vijayendra Kumeria: I love to have a glass of chaas every day with my lunch to beat the heat. It’s healthy and keeps your system cool from within. It’s tasty and healthy at the same time.

Amal Sehrawat: I am drinking 500 ml of homemade shikanji with lemon, a pinch of rock salt, Splenda, and lots of ice. It helps me in rehydration and also gives the required amount of vitamin C.

Arun Mandola: I am drinking Rooh Afza to beat this heat. Well, I am drinking lots of cold stuff chaas, lassi, lemon water. Alternatively, I am drinking this cold stuff but the maximum I use to drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day.

Priyanka Biswas: I’ve been drinking this green tea detoxifying water daily 7-8 times a day. It’s basically a combination of green tea, cucumbers and lemon, one can also add mint leaves. Then add water and refrigerate overnight in a jar/ tumbler. You can have it as many times a day. It is even beneficial in losing weight.

Sudipto Balav: To beat the heat this summer, I have been drinking a lot of water, especially infused water, which keeps me hydrated all throughout the day. Besides that, I have been having a lot is smoothies which keeps cool and it’s brilliant to drink and absolutely refreshing. My favourite is a mixed berry smoothie.

Shashank Vyas: I drink one litre of chaas every day. It keeps the stomach cool and it is quick to make and a great thirst-quencher too.

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Vivian Dsena’s ‘Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon’ clocks eight years!

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Vivian Dsena’s ‘Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon’ clocks eight years!

“Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon” completed eight years today. The show that aired on Colors TV topped TRP charts not just for its storyline but also because of the chemistry of its lead pair, Vivian Dsena and Drashti Dhami. Their on-screen pair was a huge hit among the fans and they had even coined the term “Rishabala” for them.

While Vivian played superstar Rishabh Kundra aka RK, Drashti essayed the titular role of Madhubala. The show is about a girl, born on a film set, who later meets a superstar and how their feelings change from hatred to love for each other. The show had everything from love, drama, an obsession to possessiveness.

It made both the actors into huge small screen superstars overnight. Vivian even calls the show a turning point in his career.

“‘Madhubala…’ was the highlight of my career. I think that’s one show which changed my career graph completely. It gave me whatever I expected from my career and from my self. It changed my career, my name and everything professionally 360 degrees for me,” he says. He further adds, “I had given my heart, body, mind and soul to the character of RK. I am grateful to my audiences for unconditional love. Does he miss the camera between projects? “The butterflies in my stomach which are there when the moment the director says action is something that I miss the most when I am not working and it makes me want to get back soon,” he says.

To celebrate eight years of the show, Drashti took to her Instagram account and shared a poster of the show and captioned it as “8 years” followed by a red heart emoticon.

“Madhubala – Ek Ishq Ek Junoon” premiered on May 28, 2012 and went off-air after almost two years. It was produced to celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema. Hope the makers decide to come with Madubala 2!

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