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Save your life in 2020 and work in 2021: Arjun Bijlani

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Save your life in 2020 and work in 2021: Arjun Bijlani

Ace actor Arjun Bijlani is spending some quality time with his family but he is worried about the future at the same time. He feels that even if the lockdown is lifted people are still going to be afraid because of the risk of infection to coronavirus.

“We are all talking about the lockdown but the main issue is Covid-19 virus – when will it disappear, when will we get a vaccine? And till the time we don’t get these answers, we will not be able to lift the lockdown. It is such a catch 22 situation, we don’t know what is wrong and what is right. When will the lockdown get over and when will we start meeting people? This uncertainty will be there till the vaccine comes out.”

Since the government announced a nationwide lockdown, the entertainment industry stopped all its work too. There are no shoots happening and the actor feels that even when it resumes, they will not be working at the same large scale they used to.

“I feel post lockdown the entertainment industry will start working in small units. Fiction shows will start first because they have smaller units than reality shows. Once the industry and the broadcaster have decided on some guidelines, then we can start full-fledged shooting.”

“The content will be different because we are not going to work with the whole unit, many things will be done digitally. Everything has to be monitored. How many actors will be ready to come out and work will be an issue too,” he said.

Arjun feels that even with their families around, it’s natural for people to feel restless because most of us have been without work for over 50 days now.

“We have been staying at home for more than 45 days now and there is not much work. Irrespective of whether you stay with family or not, it will still make you restless. I have been a workaholic and I have not a break for more than 4-5 days at a time. We all work for our family, so when you maintain a balance life is going to be good.”

From cleaning vegetables and other food items to washing hands at regular intervals and maintaining social-distance, the new normal is taking a toll on most of us. But the “Naagin” actor has taken this in a positive way, hoping that it will get over soon.

However, he also feels that everyone has a threshold and sitting at home without any work can worsen the things. He added, “From a superstar to the smallest actor in the industry, everyone is willing to work. Everyone has to handle things. Technicians, writers, editors, directors, all are sitting at home. Once the lockdown is lifted, we don’t know how many people will be out for work. Bigger producers will be ready to start something new, but smaller makers will not be able to that. So right now we are in a position where we really don’t know what is going to happen next.”

The actor is concerned that the virus is not going to go away anytime soon, so the government needs a lot of planning as “it is not easy to strike the balance between restarting the economy without risking the lives of people.”

Arjun also spoke the recent incidents where social-distancing norms were violated and said, “Everything, except essential services was shutdown earlier. And recently when shops were opened with restrictions, it created a lot of issues as social distancing wasn’t followed.”

But he is hopeful that things will change and said, “In midst of all this I see a lot of optimism, people have hope in their heart. We need to come up with a solution fast, otherwise the road to recovery will take a long time.”

Arjun concluded by saying that one needs to save their life in 2020 and work in 2021. “Don’t be restless because it is just an emotion and life does not work on emotions. You have to keep holding yourself because ‘jaan hai toh jahan hai’,” he added.

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Take this pandemic as an opportunity to create and reboot yourself: Gunjan Utreja

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Take this pandemic as an opportunity to create and reboot yourself: Gunjan Utreja

While this pandemic gave us time to spend with our family, locked up at home has been a little hazardous too. But actor-TV host Gunjan Utreja feels that people should take this pandemic as an opportunity to create and reboot themselves.

He feels that this pandemic and the ongoing lockdown can certainly affect one’s mental health, and the best thing to do at this time will be to talk to their family members, meditate or seek professional help.

“Mental health is an issue and I have been very vocal of the same. I have been suggesting everyone around me to start focusing on deep breathing and if possible eventually find your way to meditation. It will help us not only during this pandemic but also in life.

I would also like to urge everyone around to talk to your family about your feelings. They are our best friends. One can also confide in professionals for help. And don’t look at this pandemic as barrier. Take this as an opportunity to create and reboot your self,” he said.

These days social media platforms are flooded with videos by celebrities doing their household chores, workouts, etc. And Gunjan feels that audience loves “authenticity” and in a way social media helps celebs showcase the same. However, he added that people will connect to the stars more if they show their real self.

Here’s what he said, “Gone are the days when people loved mystery around an actor. Today people not only love you for your craft but also love you for who you are. Social media has broken the barrier. Audiences engage with their favourite stars on daily basis. So the more real you are the more they connect with you and want to watch your content. People love authenticity and social media helps them showcase the same. Now an actor is not dependent on magazines and newspapers to express her / himself. This is a new normal.”

Asked about the first thing he will do once the lockdown is lifted, Gunjan said, “I would like to go hug the man who picks up garbage from our home every morning. I believe all the people who have been working tirelessly to keep our surroundings clean in this pandemic are no less than heroes. They too deserve equal respect and appreciation.”

Gunjan has recently featured in a music video titled “Judaai”. Sung by Moin Sabri, the video also stars newbie Aaira Dwivedi. His chat show Chalk and cheese on JioStudios/Jio Cinema is also being loved by everyone.

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Fans surprise Mohsin with sweets and treats

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Fans surprise Mohsin with sweets and treats

Who doesn’t know Mohsin Khan? The television heartthrob, who plays the role of Kartik Goenka in “Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai”, is known for his on fleek fashion sense and well, just being the man of every girl’s dream. No wonder his fans keep showering their love every now and then.

Recently, his fans surprised him with a lots of sweets and treats. The actor credits the baker-cum-choreographer and his wife living in the next building for fulfilling the wishes of his fans.

“In the next building there lives a guy who does some home baking. He is also our choreographer on-set, Himanshu Gadani. He and his wife Eve, both do the baking. So they get all this prepared at their  place. He then leaves it my building’s watchman, who sanitises it, and then I get it home. Himanshu takes orders online and even delivers the messages from my fans. It’s so lovely that this way even their precious messages reach me.”

The actor is grateful to his fans for showering love and praises on his on-screen character Kartik.

“I’m forever obliged to all of the people who have accepted me as Kartik in their lives for four years now and inshallah I hope this love and these wishes continue. I wish and I pray with my family for everyone and hope that phase ends soon followed by a better tomorrow for all of us,” Mohsin signed off

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Shivin is the new Charlie Chaplin in town

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Shivin is the new Charlie Chaplin in town

Waking up from my afternoon nap, Shivin Narang’s new Charlie Chaplin look was the first thing I saw. And oh, even though he tried to copy a comedian, that cute smile can still take anyone’s breath away.

Check out the photos below to believe me.

Shivin rose to fame for portraying the most caring brother of the world in Star Plus’s drama “Ek Veer Ki Ardaas… Veera”. He was last seen playing the character of Rudra Roy in Jennifer Winget-starrer “Beyhadh 2”. The show went off-air amidst the nationwide lockdown.

The actor recently came in news after he injured his hand at his home. He had to undergo a two-hour long surgery for the same. He is doing fine but still a cast on his hand.

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