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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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For me family comes first : Sukhmani Sadana

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For me family comes first : Sukhmani Sadana

For me, Family has always come first but even for my brothers…they have forever been my pillars of strength. I have never differentiated between my real brother and my cousin brothers and I make sure I send a Rakhi to all 8 of them. I’m gonna miss them on Rakhi Day and how I wish That i could have tied them one in person and not through couriers 🙂

For Independence Day:
Being a good citizen doesn’t mean to just love your country. It means to love it’s good but also trying ways to fix its bad. I really do love india like it’s my own baby and I crib a lot about it, even on my social media but it’s always with an intention to fix it, nurture it and make it better for our tomorrow and our children’s day after. My country is My own and I am proud to be an Indian.

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Kunal Nirola on Friendship Day: I have been lucky to make friends wherever I have gone

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Kunal Nirola on Friendship Day: I have been lucky to make friends wherever I have gone

For actor Kunal Nirola, his friends mean the world. The actor says that his friendships have helped him become a better person today. “Friendship is one of the most beautiful and powerful things that can flourish between human beings. Friendship can help to build you up or can even destroy you. Friendship depends on how you create it. I am a very jolly person and I make friends wherever I go. I have had so many friends and I was lucky enough as wherever I went, I made friends. These friends are a blessing to me. I am a person who gives his hundred percent even if one of the friends gives his ten percent. I start loving people and get very close to them and if something affects them then it also affects me. This is the beauty of friendship, it is like a family you create,” he says.

He adds, “I am from Punjab and I have stayed in Delhi, and now I am in Mumbai. I have my family of friends in Punjab, Delhi and now in Mumbai. Recently, one of my friends got married and she made me swear to attend her marriage, which is so cute and beautiful. Sometimes you need someone who pampers and supports you and it is where the beauty of friendship comes.”

Kunal says that his family members are also his best friends. “My parents are like my friends, especially my father as I share everything with him and he is my first friend. Even my mom and brothers are like my friends as I share even the stupidest thing with them. All of my friends are very close to me and I really love them. My college friends are in Bangalore and recently I had visited them and we all go on vacations. In a city where you know no one, friends make you happy. Friendship day is coming and you all should go and express your friendship to your friends,” he says.

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Happy Friendship Day: Here’s who these TV actors are best friends with

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Happy Friendship Day: Here’s who these TV actors are best friends with

From uplifting their spirits on their ‘low’ days, handling mood swings to taking care of them, these friends are surely people who are favourite TV actors adore!

Angad Hasija 

My best friend from the industry is Sara Khan. It’s been 10 years now and we are still good friends. No matter where she is, she has always stayed in touch with me. She was doing a Pakistani show in between and from there, she used to FaceTime me. We talk almost every day with each other. Many people say that a guy and girl can’t be friends but my friendship with Sara is very pure. We don’t meet much but whenever we do, it’s the same bond and connection. It’s been 10 years now, we have even done 2-3 shows together and I feel there are only a few friends who maintain friendships for so long. Once I was feeling unwell and my family was out of town, so Sara left her shoot for two hours and came to my place, took me to the doctor and dropped me back home, I am so grateful to her.

Rajesh Kumar 

My best friend is a person who has been with me when I was no one. My classmate, roommate, batchmate who has been with me since 1995; his name is Kranti Prakash Jha. He is also an actor. The best part about him is the gratitude towards his discipline, the way he lives his life, the way he has maintained himself,  the way he does yoga, everything is such an inspiration for me. He has always been an inspiration. Coming from a small town, getting the title of Grasim Mr India Best dressed male and eventually landing up in films, what a journey it has been. I have seen him throughout his journey. A guy from a small town who did not even have a sense of fashion and then to become Grasim Mr India best-dressed male is very inspiring. We are actually brothers from another mother. The first time we met in Delhi during college days, I remember him looking at my thin moustache and saying in a Bihari accent ‘Arey Baap re Aap Toh Bahut Sundar Hai’. I just laughed at him at that time. He had come in formal clothes and sports shoes and from then to now, the way he has worked on himself is incredible. He is such an inspiration.

Rahuol Lohani  

I have had many best friends since childhood, but in Mumbai, the first-ever good friend I made was Kirti Kelkar. We were in a show together called as Har Mod Par where I was playing her brother. I believe friendship happens automatically and no efforts need to be made. I have done so many TV shows and worked with many people but I have made only some friends and Keerti Kelkar ji is on the top of that list. I call Keerti my punching bag because whenever we fight, I am the one who gets angry and she understands me. I feel that the people who understand you are the ones who are your friends and that’s what my relationship with Keerti is all about. She is always there whenever I need her. Vikas Kadam is also a dear friend who was part of the creatives before and is now an actor.

Tinaa Dattaa

My best friend is Aashka Goradia because she always boosts my morale, she always motivates me. I have an attitude of gratitude for her. I shall always be thankful for her because she is that one industry best friend of mine who is not jealous of anybody. Who does not have ego issues? She will always show you the right path and never make you feel insecure unlike any other actors on set. She is a fabulous person and that’s why she is my best friend.

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