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Sangeeta Kapure’s balancing act

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Actor Sangeeta Kapure has her hands full with two shows at the moment, Sitara and Rajan Shahi’s Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke. The actor says that before she signed YRHPK, she made sure that there were no date conflicts between the two projects. “I was already doing the show Sitara but they asked me to come for the audition and I went. They liked it and so the producer asked me to come to the office and meet. I explained to him that I am already doing a show and he said that he was aware of everything but still he was considering me for the character. So, I said okay. I also spoke to the producer of Sitara and they happily said yes,” says the actor, who has been part of shows such as Kalash ek Vishwas, Pardes Mein Hai Mera Dil, Sarvagun Sampan, Devon K Dev Mahadev, Tere Liye and Savitri.

Talking about her role in the show, she says, “My character’s name is Nidhi and she has many shades. You will pity her but at the same time, she is very dumb and stubborn. She is scared of her Jethani (Sister-in-law). Nidhi wants everything in her hands but unfortunately, she cannot do anything because she does not have any power.  But she fights for husband and her children. She wants her own name and aura. The character has a bit of a grey shade with comedy. She does not try to be funny but whatever she does, it automatically becomes funny.”

The actor says that she relates a lot to her character. “In an emotional way, I am quite like my character. If I simply want to speak about something to someone, I am not able to do it. I am always scared for no reason. One more thing which happens in my real life also is that I go to do something and something else happens,” she says.

Talking about working with Rajan Shahi and Director’s Kut Productions, she says, “Fantastic, this is my first show with Rajan Sir. I have met them for the first time, but from the first day itself, I never felt that I am working with him for the first time. I feel so comfortable working here. The best part is that as an actor, the kind of freedom we require, we get that from our producer and director.”

Sangeeta loves shooting with the rest of the cast as well. “My favourite co-star is Chitrali Gupte and of course, Roopal Patel because they pamper me a lot. I do all the naughtiest things with these people. We have lots of fun together. They are very caring and lovable.  If in case I don’t eat my food on time or I am sleeping at an odd time, they wake me up and insist that I have food. I love their loving and caring nature a lot,” she says.

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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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