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Shehzad Shaikh on keeping Roza this year: It has been wonderful at home and on the sets of my show

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Actor Shehzad Shaikh has been observing Roza this Ramadan. The actor says that he keeps it every year and has been doing so since his childhood. “I have been keeping Roza since I was about 6-7 years old. Ever since my parents told me that it’s a good thing to do. I was in Saudi Arabia at that point in time. While around 8-9 years it became like a competition with the young ones of whether we can do it or not. I and everyone around me were always doing it,” he says.

Talking about his memories about Roza, he says, “My mom used to make this yummy spaghetti bolognese. She used to make pizza sometimes as well, which used to takes almost a day and a half to make. You have to prepare the dough and that takes some time.”

He adds, “My memories of Iftaari are such that while we were young as soon as we finished Iftaari, the local TV channel over there used to show us America’s funniest home videos. This was followed by 2-3 other comedy TV shows which my family and I used to get together, sit and watch.  We used to have a jolly good time and obviously the table would be set out for all in the evening. If there was a full table by 7 pm, it used to get empty by 11 – 11.30 pm.”

The actor says that Iftaari on the sets of his show, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, have been great. “The Iftaari on sets of DKP has been really good. Rajan sir has always been kind. Every evening just like any other place, we have Iftaari. Iftaaris are meant to be simple and sweet, it’s supposed to be a gathering of a lot of people with the right frame of mind and peaceful thoughts. So I guess we are all killing it when it comes to that. Ramzan, Iftaaris and the Rozas have been absolutely perfect this year on the sets as well as home,” he says
Here’s what Shehzad Shaikh is doing for Eid this year!

The festival of Eid has always been very special for actor Shehzad Shaikh. The actor says that he has been celebrating it the same way right since his childhood. “Eid has always been the same. Earlier, Eid for me used to happen in Saudi Arabia. All my friends from back home used to be there and now Eid is pretty much in Gujrat and Bombay. Nothing has really changed, even though I wish it would change a lot but Alhamdulillah somethings should just remain the way they are. So I believe celebrating Eid is pretty much the same. Morning namaz followed by a day filled with meeting everybody,  going and wishing everybody,  getting in touch with all of the relatives. So overall it has been the same and I am looking forward to it this year,” he says.

Talking about his plans this year, he says, “There are no plans made as such. My mom is in town for a while. I think I might have a holiday on Eid,  I have requested for one. My production house loves me a lot so they will give me an Eidi present, a holiday to go back home. The plan is that I am going to have a big bash that’s going to happen at my hometown. You can expect a really big party. After you become an actor you have to give Eidi to everybody,  so I have a list of around 50 nephews and nieces.  I have to buy a lot of gifts for them and, of course, for the rest of the family. Sometimes being an actor doesn’t work in your favour,  but I am so happy that God blessed me with this,” he says.

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For me family comes first : Sukhmani Sadana

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For me family comes first : Sukhmani Sadana

For me, Family has always come first but even for my brothers…they have forever been my pillars of strength. I have never differentiated between my real brother and my cousin brothers and I make sure I send a Rakhi to all 8 of them. I’m gonna miss them on Rakhi Day and how I wish That i could have tied them one in person and not through couriers 🙂

For Independence Day:
Being a good citizen doesn’t mean to just love your country. It means to love it’s good but also trying ways to fix its bad. I really do love india like it’s my own baby and I crib a lot about it, even on my social media but it’s always with an intention to fix it, nurture it and make it better for our tomorrow and our children’s day after. My country is My own and I am proud to be an Indian.

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Kunal Nirola on Friendship Day: I have been lucky to make friends wherever I have gone

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Kunal Nirola on Friendship Day: I have been lucky to make friends wherever I have gone

For actor Kunal Nirola, his friends mean the world. The actor says that his friendships have helped him become a better person today. “Friendship is one of the most beautiful and powerful things that can flourish between human beings. Friendship can help to build you up or can even destroy you. Friendship depends on how you create it. I am a very jolly person and I make friends wherever I go. I have had so many friends and I was lucky enough as wherever I went, I made friends. These friends are a blessing to me. I am a person who gives his hundred percent even if one of the friends gives his ten percent. I start loving people and get very close to them and if something affects them then it also affects me. This is the beauty of friendship, it is like a family you create,” he says.

He adds, “I am from Punjab and I have stayed in Delhi, and now I am in Mumbai. I have my family of friends in Punjab, Delhi and now in Mumbai. Recently, one of my friends got married and she made me swear to attend her marriage, which is so cute and beautiful. Sometimes you need someone who pampers and supports you and it is where the beauty of friendship comes.”

Kunal says that his family members are also his best friends. “My parents are like my friends, especially my father as I share everything with him and he is my first friend. Even my mom and brothers are like my friends as I share even the stupidest thing with them. All of my friends are very close to me and I really love them. My college friends are in Bangalore and recently I had visited them and we all go on vacations. In a city where you know no one, friends make you happy. Friendship day is coming and you all should go and express your friendship to your friends,” he says.

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Happy Friendship Day: Here’s who these TV actors are best friends with

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Happy Friendship Day: Here’s who these TV actors are best friends with

From uplifting their spirits on their ‘low’ days, handling mood swings to taking care of them, these friends are surely people who are favourite TV actors adore!

Angad Hasija 

My best friend from the industry is Sara Khan. It’s been 10 years now and we are still good friends. No matter where she is, she has always stayed in touch with me. She was doing a Pakistani show in between and from there, she used to FaceTime me. We talk almost every day with each other. Many people say that a guy and girl can’t be friends but my friendship with Sara is very pure. We don’t meet much but whenever we do, it’s the same bond and connection. It’s been 10 years now, we have even done 2-3 shows together and I feel there are only a few friends who maintain friendships for so long. Once I was feeling unwell and my family was out of town, so Sara left her shoot for two hours and came to my place, took me to the doctor and dropped me back home, I am so grateful to her.

Rajesh Kumar 

My best friend is a person who has been with me when I was no one. My classmate, roommate, batchmate who has been with me since 1995; his name is Kranti Prakash Jha. He is also an actor. The best part about him is the gratitude towards his discipline, the way he lives his life, the way he has maintained himself,  the way he does yoga, everything is such an inspiration for me. He has always been an inspiration. Coming from a small town, getting the title of Grasim Mr India Best dressed male and eventually landing up in films, what a journey it has been. I have seen him throughout his journey. A guy from a small town who did not even have a sense of fashion and then to become Grasim Mr India best-dressed male is very inspiring. We are actually brothers from another mother. The first time we met in Delhi during college days, I remember him looking at my thin moustache and saying in a Bihari accent ‘Arey Baap re Aap Toh Bahut Sundar Hai’. I just laughed at him at that time. He had come in formal clothes and sports shoes and from then to now, the way he has worked on himself is incredible. He is such an inspiration.

Rahuol Lohani  

I have had many best friends since childhood, but in Mumbai, the first-ever good friend I made was Kirti Kelkar. We were in a show together called as Har Mod Par where I was playing her brother. I believe friendship happens automatically and no efforts need to be made. I have done so many TV shows and worked with many people but I have made only some friends and Keerti Kelkar ji is on the top of that list. I call Keerti my punching bag because whenever we fight, I am the one who gets angry and she understands me. I feel that the people who understand you are the ones who are your friends and that’s what my relationship with Keerti is all about. She is always there whenever I need her. Vikas Kadam is also a dear friend who was part of the creatives before and is now an actor.

Tinaa Dattaa

My best friend is Aashka Goradia because she always boosts my morale, she always motivates me. I have an attitude of gratitude for her. I shall always be thankful for her because she is that one industry best friend of mine who is not jealous of anybody. Who does not have ego issues? She will always show you the right path and never make you feel insecure unlike any other actors on set. She is a fabulous person and that’s why she is my best friend.

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