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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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Romit Raj Prasher is back on TV with Kulfi Kumar Bajewala

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Actor Romit Raj Prasher is back on the screen after four years. The actor has been working on himself during this time and also has been giving time to his daughter. “In the long break, I studied Cinema, did acting workshops with actors and directors, kept myself busy watching world cinema and regional cinema. Also, I have been a stay-at-home dad as I have a daughter,” he says, adding, “I have been learning Marathi language and learning how to play the piano.”

Talking about his role in the show, he says, “I am playing the parallel lead, a new dashing smart dean of a school. He has his shades and is a very challenging character.”

The actor says that the TV show needs to come up with better content. “I have been saying no to mythological shows for the longest time and also shows which have stupid stories. I am not surprised why people are watching web series and shows on apps because most of the TV shows have lost their plots and they usually copy from film scripts,” he says.

The actor says that it’s a real struggle to find good work on TV today. “Unfortunately, there is not enough freedom given to writers and creative people on TV. The channel wants to play safe, be dependent on the research team and every show mostly looks the same. Also, there are many actors in the TV business and now writers want to act ad producers want to act….everyone wants to act, so for good actors, there are very few opportunities left,” he 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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