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RIP Twinkle Sharma, punish the accused, urge TV actors

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In a gut-wrenching incident, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl from Aligarh was strangled to death. Here is what TV actors have to say about it.

Rajesh Kumar:

These kinds of barbaric acts have been in our society since ages and because of the presence of social media, it’s getting reported which is very good. It is an eye-opener for a lot of people who are committing these kinds of crimes. As far as the nation and society go, it’s a very individual act if we see in isolation because someone has taken Rs.10,000 and someone goes and kills a child for that. I don’t know how much the nation and society are responsible for it. But definitely, the socio-economic condition of our nation is responsible for these kinds of things because, till the time disparity between rich and poor exists, we won’t be able to survive comfortably. The population won’t cross the normal survival rate or it doesn’t come up the poverty line, till then such kind of irrational behaviour and acts would continue. Through social media, awareness should be spread at a larger level. If a crime has happened, it should be reported and proper punishment should be given, such people should have the fear of the kind of punishment.

Tinaa Dattaa:

I’m horrified and angered to hear about Baby Twinkle and what happened to her. Hope the little angel rests in peace and all my prayers are with her and her family. Please let’s get her the justice she deserves! Also like I always say – laws need to be more strict.. hanged till death. You see the Arab countries… their people wouldn’t dare to do something like that. Why can’t we do something to protect the women here?  People should be scared.. here in India everyone knows that they can easily bail out and that nothing’s going to happen. India wakes up. It’s a shame.

Rehaan Roy:

This is a shame on humanity. Where are we heading to? I can not even imagine this, what someone has already done. This needs to stop. The criminals should be punished in such a way that anyone in the future can not even think of committing something like this.

Nishant Malkani:

It’s horrendous and shocking. A two and a half-year-old child does not deserve all this, in any circumstance. I believe that the people who have does this horrendous act should be straight away given the death penalty. And I do not say that lightly, I mean it. Because these people are just sick and they have no morals or values and are not fit to be part of society.

Ssharad Malhotra:

It is outrageous and unacceptable, how could one be so cruel? The culprit should be hanged at the earliest. Which will set an example so that no one dares to, do such a heinous crime?

Sana Maqbul Khan:

 I’m appalled. I condemn this act which is horrendous to another level altogether. I wish that child gets all the love and compassion in return of the agony and hatred through which that innocent child went through. I will pray for her departed soul and her bereaved family.

Yesha Rughani:

 The moment I read the news, it was very disturbing. I go out of words to describe how I feel when I read about such a harsh reality. I sometimes switch off the medium of news to avoid viewing or reading further, because it gets too disturbing, but running away or avoiding to face the fact is not the solution. I wonder how such incidents happen, and what the parents must be going through. It is an irreparable loss for the family.
Helly Shah:
 The murder of that innocent child is very disheartening. We think our country to be safe. Still, such incidents are happening. My heart goes out for the bereaved parents of that child. The very thought of brutality to which the girl was subjected to is very disturbing. RIP twinkle Sharma.

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Jason Shah on losing 14 kgs without going to the gym

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Who says losing weight is all about working out in the gym. Actor Jason Shah, who has lost a ton of weight recently, and has been maintaining himself by just eating right. “I have actually lost almost 14 kilos on the sets of Jhansi Ki Rani due to extreme heat and a lot of perspiration,” says Jason, who plays the role of Captain Ross in the show.

He adds, “I wish I still had all that muscle, but there’s not much that I can do. I stopped gymming at the start of the show because I travelled quite far, about 3 hours a day. And after that its 12-14 hrs of the shoot, there’s not a lot of time to the gym and because of the amount of perspiration, my body is quite tired at the end of it. I am just waiting for the show to end and I am going to build back up, it doesn’t take any too long, give me two months and I will be good again.”

However, the actor has been eating right and has cut down on his sugar intake. “My parents always taught me that sugar rots your teeth and that it’s a killer and a thief. So keeping that in mind, ever since I was young, I have always tried to avoid it. Of course, I get tempted. It’s not like I don’t eat ice creams and desserts. I do, I spread out and do not eat these on a regular basis. You have got to watch yourself because, in India, they put sugar in almost everything that you eat,” he says.

He adds, “I am not going to the gym and that’s why I am lean. I have been maintaining myself with just a good diet, healthy food, healthy snacks throughout the day- oats, salads, fruits, eggs, chicken. That’s pretty much how I do it.”

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Rajiv Kumar on playing a eunuch in EBSS: I am enjoying my role

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While he takes over an hour to get ready every day, actor Rajiv Kumar says that he is loving his role of Dipti Kalwani’s Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna. The actor plays the role of a eunuch in the show. “For my character of a eunuch, I observed the eunuchs on road, also I watched some documentaries to know more about them and their lives. While wearing the costume it does feels a little uncomfortable because a man in his normal life does not wear a sari with so much makeup. As a male artist when we go on the sets, we do very basic makeup but here in this show, I have to put a wig, a sari and jewellery. For makeup, it takes around one and a half hour, but I am enjoying doing the role a lot,” he says.

He adds, “I watched a film called Daayra directed by Amol Palekar where Nirmal Pandey played this character. I also watched a film directed by Mr Bhatt where Paresh Rawal played the transgender character. Also, I saw clips of Shabnam mausi, where Ashutosh Rana has played a transgender and a film where Sadashiv Dattaray Amrapurkar has played this character.”

The actor, who has been seen in shows such as Udaan, Gathbandhan, Meri Durga and  Mariam Khan – Reporting Live, says that he loves working with co-actor Shrenu Parikh. “Among the co-actors, I bond really well with Shrenu Parikh as a maximum of my scenes are with her. She is a very talented, energetic, supportive and wonderful actor. I wish her all the very best,” he says.

Talking about working with Dipti, Rajiv adds, “Dipti Kalwani is an amazing producer as she is very professional. The whole arrangement which she does as a producer in the production house for the shoot is amazing. Five stars to her!”

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Shiny Doshi: Filmmakers used to think that TV actors overact in films

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The lines between TV and films are gradually blurring with so many TV actors getting prominent roles in films. Actor Shiny Doshi, who is currently part of Shrimad Bhagavad, says that TV actors perform many scenes every day, much more than film actors, and have no problem adapting themselves to films. “Actors like Mouni Roy, Hina Khan, Karan Singh Grover make us really proud. They have been doing films. Earlier, filmmakers used to think that the television actors would overact and be over dramatic. But now things have changed and any actor who has talent will work in films. Theatre, television or films, every medium needs actor and the medium should be respected. Films shoot max 2 to 3 scenes a day while television shoots for 14 to 15 scenes a day. In fact, shooting 12 hours a day for 30 days becomes very difficult. The shows work for years and it becomes very monotonous and difficult and the actor gets trained in this process. I feel if you place a television actor in any character, he or she will adapt to it well,” she says.

Luck, of course, is another important factor in the industry, says Shiny. However, she adds that hard work triumphs everything. “Luck favours but with that hard work and talents works. Rejection is part of life, not every project works in life. I took every rejection in my life as a challenge to rise up again and try hard to give my best. We are humans and rejections are painful. But if you start taking them positively, then it would eventually work and destiny will get you what you deserve. One should not stop working hard. I feel luck is important but with hard work and talent,” she says.

Talking about her own journey, she says, “When I started my career 8 years back I went for an audition of some other show and somehow the makers of Saraswati Chandra or Star Plus saw me and they thought I should try for it. So the initial show which I went for didn’t happen and Saraswati Chandra happened. I always believe that God has plans for you. I think the struggle started when Saraswati Chandra happened because I had never learned acting. Jennifer Winget and Gautam Rode, who were already stars, were so good at their work that the level of expectation from me also rose. I learned a lot from them. I had life experience of learning acting and direction. I got shows back to back and each character I played was very different. There was a struggle after Khatron Ke Khiladi for a year as things used to lock down but didn’t turn out and so that was a difficult year for me. Everyone has ups and downs in life and finally then my show Shrimad Bhagavad happened.”

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