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Shashank Vyas: I can never have a backup to my dreams

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Shashank Vyas: I can never have a backup to my dreams

Actor Shashank Vyas has seen many ups and downs in his career and says that he has never let these bother him personally. In a candid chat, the actor says that he has never thought of having a backup career, what he feels about social media and how he is dealing with the current Coronavirus crises at hand.

There is a lot of uncertainty in terms of opportunities be it Tv and films. What is your take on it?

Speaking of uncertainty, who would have thought of a virus taking the whole world under its grip. People should not panic; the worst of times, like the best, will pass. Nothing is permanent and the more we talk about Corona, the more we are giving it power upon us. So, like any industry, be it politics, sports, the TV and film industry also is unpredictable and ever-changing. Although the Individual talent and luck play a very important role in mapping out your survival here, it can never be consistent for an actor. I have chosen this profession as it is my dream, my passion that I wanted to fulfill. It is not like someone had to force me to be an actor. Life is full of surprises and uncertainty is also a part and parcel of life. You only grow once you get out of your comfort zone. One has to take uncertainty in their stride and keep doing good work.

Should actors have an alternate profession?

I can only speak for myself and I would say that focus on one goal at one time is very crucial. If I have a backup plan then I may not put in my 100 percent here but if I have this in my mind that this is it and there is no other way it can be, then I’ll give my best and also succeed. The goal has to be clear. I can never have back up for my dreams. This is my dream.

Many actors are jumping into too many things (eg- opening restaurants, getting involved in other businesses like marketing of the products, investing money in different projects to the extent that the focus on acting is reduced? What is your opinion on it?
I came to Mumbai in 2009 from Madhya Pradesh to become an actor and never ever once deviated from my dream. I’m not setting up any big targets as of now. I’m an artist and I definitely don’t have good business acumen. If at all I feel that my creativity can be extended to direction then maybe that is something I’ll take up in the near future.

In today’s time an actor is involved in social media, collaboration and selfie culture to the extent that personal life is public and the same actors crib and day that there is an invasion of privacy. What are your views on these?
All this time I have been accused of not being on social media by my fans. I don’t take social media seriously. It is a fun thing and I only use it to reach out to my fans, that too once in a month. One has a choice of being on it or not being on it. I choose not to make my personal life public by posting pictures or tweeting private details. It is an individual choice at the end of the day. Posting everything online and then complaining of invasion of privacy is a hypocritical thing to do. Just like having a million followers won’t affect my craft, similarly having fewer followers won’t affect my dream, my health, and my craft. Through social media, one only wants to seek social validation or adulation to feel good about themselves. In other words, it is all illusionary space. The key to happiness is in my pocket and not in someone else’s hand.

A lot of actors say no to a lot of work than at the same time they say that they are not getting the right opportunity. Express your view.

Absolutely, I agree with this statement. Any seasoned actor who in the real sense is passionate about acting will not pick up a role casually. There is a huge scarcity of good writers. Right now, only supernatural shows are getting made, which does not offer much to an actor in terms of creative satisfaction. Many fantastic actors say no owing to the lack of good scripts. A script has to be so compelling that you hear it once and you know you would like to be a part of it. If the role is well written on paper then an actor has to be physically and mentally present and everything will turn out good. The part where an actor is not convinced is the logic bit. The audience today is spoilt for choice with the vast amount of shows to choose from and they will not accept just about anything. The content has to be compelling.

Take on Corona

We should not talk about Corona so much that it overpowers us. There is no need to panic and remember that whatever comes, it goes away too. There is a lot of moral talk happening and everyone should use this time to reflect, learn and nurture oneself and most importantly stay positive. we all should follow the precautions like washing hands, staying home, avoiding WhatsApp forwards on Corona which can be misleading and pray to the Almighty.

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Here is why actor Pearl V Puri ditches the flights and drives to Agra from Mumbai to be with his parents

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Here is why actor Pearl V Puri ditches the flights and drives to Agra from Mumbai to be with his parents

Actor Pearl V Puri talks about his experience of travelling from Mumbai to Agra by road, and says that his parents were elated on seeing him, especially his mother who was extremely worried.

With interstate travel now allowed after relaxations in regulations, many are taking the first available opportunity and heading back home to be with their families. TV actor Pearl V Puri also drove from Mumbai to Agra last week, to be with his parents.

While flights are a preferred option for quick travel, Puri chose to take the road. He shares how, along with one of his friend, completed this 24-hour-long drive in his car and reached home safely.

“I don’t think flights are safe right now,” says Puri, adding, “From what I’ve heard, many have been infected while on their way. My parents are old, so I didn’t want to take any chance with their health. We had stocked up on food and other essentials and stopped once or twice in between in unpopulated areas.”

Even though the journey was “tiresome”, it was “worth it” for the Naagin 3 actor, whose parents — Vipin and Pummy Puri — were elated and emotional on seeing him.

“Since the lockdown my mother has been worried about my health. And after Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, so much that has been happening around, she was all the more worried and would often end up crying while talking on phone. That was one of the major reasons why I decided to take this journey,” he shares.

For someone like Puri, who often takes trips to his home town whenever he would get spare time in between shoots, this three-month-long lockdown was too much to handle.

“This pandemic has definitely made us realise the importance of families in our lives. That we must coexist with other living being sin nature and show love and respect to all. I might sound philosophical here, but that’s what I felt during these days,” he explains.

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Janhit Mein Jaari: Watch Kettan Singh explain nepotism in the quirkiest way possible

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Janhit Mein Jaari: Watch Kettan Singh explain nepotism in the quirkiest way possible

Kettan Singh is back again with his fabulous show “Janhit Mein Jaari” and the recent episode was dedicated to the most talked about topic “Nepotism”. Titled “Nepotism – A Curse or a Boon”, Kettan talks about dynasty politics as well in the video.

The word nepotism was used popularly for Bollywood, especially after Kangana Ranaut called Karan Johar as the “flag-bearer of nepotism” on his chat show “Koffee With Karan”. It is being talked about again now after the sad demise of actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He was found hanging at his Bandra home on June 14. Post his demise, people from the industry and the netizens said that the “Kai Po Che!” star succumbed to depression as he became a victim of nepotism.

In the beginning of the episode, Kettan said, “This word existed in the dictionary but came into limelight after Kangana Ranaut used it on Karan Johar’s chat show ‘Koffee With Karan’ and called him the flag-bearer of nepotism. And the social media made it viral.”

He explained that the word came from latin words nepos which means nephews and mentioned how nepotism existed even during the times of Ramayan, and even in politics. He also admitted that nepotism is not just limited to India or Bollywood, it happens in Hollywood as well as Western countries. It is not something which is industry specific.

Though he shared some statistics and figures and elaborated more on nepotism, the audience will not once get bored in the nine minute video.

Watch Kettan’s quirky take on nepotism here:

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Flight delay plays spoilsport on Srman Jain’s birthday plans

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Flight delay plays spoilsport on Srman Jain’s birthday plans

TV actor Srman Jain was planning to celebrate his birthday on July 1 with his family in Agra after almost 14 years. However, a last-minute call for shooting in Mumbai, followed by the local airline’s postponing of flight played spoilsport. The Trideviyaan actor was in his hometown, Agra, ever since the lockdown was imposed. “Ever since I moved to Mumbai in 2006, I never got a chance to celebrate my birthday with my family. Everyone was planning to celebrate in a big way this year. I was supposed to catch a flight on July 1 (Srman’s birthday date). As there is no direct flight from Agra to Mumbai, I took a flight from Jaipur, which is the nearest airport. We had a pre-birthday celebration on June 30. We had a family feast, along with a cake-cutting ceremony. When I reached Jaipur, I was informed that the flight was postponed to 2 pm. I had to stay at a family friend’s place in Jaipur, and neither could I celebrate my birthday with my family, nor could I reach on time to resume the shoot.”

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