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Rahuol Lohani on winning ACB:  Love, respect and unity made us champions

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Actor Rahuol Lohani talks about his experience of playing and winning Actors Cricket Bash.

1. How do you feel on winning the first season of ACB?

It is a great experience and a great moment for the entire team. I still remember the day one, when we all met, except one or two people like Sharad as I know him since ages, others were new and we didn’t know how everyone will play. We were very uncertain and unsure about the team. But there was something between all of us – The Mumbai Aces team, we actually gelled really well, there was so much of love and respect for everyone, we came for the practice every day and Sharad used to tell us that we all have to be there, and we used to leave our work and reach the next day. We won this tournament not only because of our love and understanding for the cricket but because of the love, respect and unity which made us the champion.

2. What contributed the most in the teams winning?

All the 80 players who played in this tournament knew how to play cricket, as our religion is cricket and all of our backgrounds have been with cricket. We wanted to be cricketers but weren’t able to because of lack of opportunities and we became actors. We were cricketers from the inside but never got a chance to play as such, but the thing which contributed the most was each others’ respect. We all obeyed the captain and whatever he said, for us, it was the final call.

3. Who were your favourite players and why?

There are so many good players like from Chennai, we had Abhishek Kapoor, who was a fabulous cricketer and he tried his best, unfortunately, he couldn’t play well in finals but throughout the tournament, he played really well. I didn’t know him well personally but after the tournament, I have become his fan because of his game. Suyesh and Karan Wahi are my old friends. We used to play together in Boxy Boyz and both are excellent cricketers, but Karan Wahi doesn’t get time because of his shooting, Suyesh is more into singing now, so they were not able to practice more but otherwise they are excellent cricketers. Savant is also an amazing cricketer. Abhishek Verma was an all-rounder and was the Chris Gayle of our team, Shiv was also a very good cricketer and has risen as the nightmare for all the players.

4.Any controversies you experienced in this season?

Being actors whatever we do normally becomes news. Controversies are created to make something popular, but as far as I know, Dilip Agrawal who takes cricket seriously. If you are taking your shoot seriously than you have to take your cricket also seriously if you are playing in ACB. He is very passionate and that’s why this tournament came out to be so good and grand, in spite of being season 1. So there were no chances of the controversies and he made sure that everyone is comfortable. When Savant got injured so badly, the ambulance was ready with the doctor and this thing only Dilip can think of.

5. How would u sum up the whole experience?

It was a great experience as inside each one of us there is a cricketer and then an actor. BCL is also equally difficult as playing with a softball is also not that easy, but there, entertainment is more important. So we are not able to display cricket. But this platform is a place where you have to be physically fit, and you have to run equally as an international cricketer runs. If you have to put an equal effort like an international cricketer does to hit 4 or 6. This ACB has fulfilled the chances of every actor who did not get a chance to play the actual cricket. In season 2 also, there would be a lot of actors who would play cricket at a very great level and this ACB platform would get bigger and at a grander level.

6. What is the best part of a tournament like ACB for you? Also, is there any part of the league that you would like to change?

Normally people feel that these actors are only good at acting and nothing else. So through ACB, these actors get a chance to show their skills and physical abilities.

f any entertainer would have organized this tournament, then there would have been a lot of things to change, but since the organiser of ACB himself is a cricketer, he knows what all things should happen. So I don’t think there is any scope of change, one or two-minute changes can be done but otherwise, I don’t feel any change is required. Those who want to play cricket in the next season, they would watch these matches on youtube and would see the seriousness of cricket and they would want to be a part of the tournament. So I don’t see any scope of change, everything was perfect.

7. What makes ACB stand out according to you?

There are many actors, so the scope of getting more teams is also. I feel that the way this season has gone, in the coming seasons, auditions would begin because ACB has the ability to reach that height. So I am seeing great success for ACB, not just for the organisers but also for the actors.

8. What do you have to say about Dilip Agrawal who has started this amazing league ACB?

Dilip Agrawal, I know him since Boxy Boyz, and his passion for cricket is amazing. This tournament began because Boxy Boyz cricket had around 8-9 actors who used to play and today there are 80 players. So, it was a task to make everyone play in every match as everyone thought that Dilip would do partiality and would allow only some to play. So Dilip came up with this idea of organizing a tournament of making our teams and playing with one another so that everyone gets a chance to display their abilities. Dilip will never take this sport lightly and whatever he will do would be great, which is my guarantee.

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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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