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Shehzad Shaikh: Showbiz is a profession only privileged people get into

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Becoming an actor is a dream that many youngsters harbour, but very few ends up actually on screen. Actor Shehzad Shaikh says that getting to be part of this industry is no easy feat. “It is tough to become an actor in any scenario, this is a profession that very few privileged people end up getting into. I know that 80% of the world wants to do something or the other with the industry. It is one of those industries which pulls you towards it. Dreaming and doing are two different things, everyone just dreams of becoming an actor, but nobody goes out and actually takes the effort to achieve it. Do the right thing of knocking on the door and asking for work and where their niche actually lies. After a short stint in films, I had to re-enter TV and that was the hardest thing. And to break back into the industry it was really difficult, next to impossible. But I had put down my cape and then I put it on again,” he says.

 The actor loves being part of the TV. “I grew up in a country where we didn’t have a cinema. The first movie that was shown in Saudi Arabia was Black Panther. So, I come from a place where TV and cinema are the same things for me. Rather, being on TV is bigger than being in films, for me. A lot of people might go against this, but your biggest film will take you to Japan, and is going to last for 2-3 weeks. But on TV, you are being watched 4 times a day, all over the world. And most of the people are tuning in at some point or the other. So, TV actors have the advantage of which not everybody is probably looking at. The best part is the experience that they come with. A TV actor has already given 700-800 episodes which are probably more content than the A-list Bollywood or Hollywood actors,” he says.

Ask him if you need the luck to survive in the industry, and he says, “I don’t know about luck, I believe in the right place and the right time. Or being around the right place at the right time. Personally, I can tell you one thing that is the industry and luck do go hand in hand. Sheer will and hard work will always give luck a backseat. There are 3500 production houses and even if you go to 1000 production house, you will surely get work. Let luck take a walk and let hard work do the rest.”

Actors often say that they don’t want to play the same role again. Shehzad agrees with this notion but adds that every character can be played in your own unique way. “I agree because actors don’t like playing the same role again and again. But at the end of the day, it depends on what you define as similar. You are the fool that generalises everything. I believe that there can be 1000 different types of chocolate boys and 1000 different types of heroes and 1000 different ways to romance. Each role is given to you and it is up to you to make it unique,” he says.

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Ullu App to produce a web-series on Peshawar’s terrorist attack

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Ullu App to produce a web-series on Peshawar’s terrorist attack


Remember the brutal terrorist attack in Peshawar’s Army Public School on December 16, 2014, in which more than 148 people, most of them children, were killed? At that time not only Pakistan, but the whole world, including Indian felt the pain and sorrow. We heard, Ullu App is making a series on the brutal attack.

According to our sources, “The web-series, which is tentatively titled ‘Peshawar’ is terror based love story, which will revolve around people who were involved and killed in a terrorist attack on an army-run school of Pakistan.”

To get, the more details about the series, we got in touch with Ullu’s CEO Vibhu Agarwal. He said, “After Halala, Panchali, Mona Home Delivery and #MeToo, we are coming up with another interesting series. Although, it is based on Peshawar’s terror attack, but we are also exploring another angle, which as of now I won’t be able to reveal.”

When quizzed, why he chose to make a series on terror attacks in Pakistan instead of the Mumbai blasts, URI or Phulwama, Mr. Agarwal said, “Honestly, I wanted to make a series after the URI attack happened. I was also keen on producing a series on 26/11 Mumbai attacks. But since both the terror attacks are already explored, that’s why I decided to drop the idea and chose terror attack on Peshawar. It was a heart wrenching and devastating terror attack. I still wonder how can someone kill innocent school-going kids? It’s been around 5 years, but the wounds are still afresh. Last year, when someone suggested that I produce something on it, I immediately decided to give the green signal.”

We heard Ullu is planning to make a series on Phulwama attack also. Confirming the same, Vibhu said, “Phulwama happened after we did research on Peshawar’s terror attack. Once we complete this series, we will surely come up with something based on Phulwama terror attack.”

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Sakshi Pradhan – The Head Turner

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Sakshi Pradhan – The Head Turner

From being a starlet with million dreams in her eyes, an attractive model who did many interesting assignments, a charming VJ who enthralled her audiences and a popular travel host, Sakshi Pradhan has seen and done it all. Interestingly, throughout her adventurous journey she has been very active on social media and now once again she has been grabbing the headlines with her latest looks and making people turn their heads with her impressive and undeniable presence.

Sakshi was recently spotted at the Mumbai airport with her cherubic look. Sakshi looked extremely artful with a pink adorable shades and a very stylish hat while she was dressed in a white Disney character minnie shirt with matching and comfortable pants. She walked on her violet casual shoes as she was seen pushing her pink trolley bag.

The actress was last seen in Alt Balaji’s horror-comedy web series ‘Boo… Sabki Phategi’. She also nailed the lead role of an antagonist in Zee5’s original series ‘Poison’ for which garnered lot of praise from all the quarters. Sakshi has also played a bold role of a lesbian in the film ‘Ragini MMSD 3’. This bold scene became the major attraction of the film and was much talked about. She was hailed for bold avatar like never before.

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If Not an actor I would have been a footballer- Vivian Dsen

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If Not an actor I would have been a footballer- Vivian Dsen

 Not many people know that actor Vivian Dsena is a big-time football crazy. Not only does he like to watch football, but he is a terrific football player himself, “Yes, I’m into football big time. I have been playing the sport since I was 10 years old. My father was a professional footballer so in Ujjain quite early in life I developed love for the sports.  my mother was an athlete for Indian Railways and father a footballer for Indian Railways I am a big admirer of Messy and have followed his career graph.
I thrive on footballl as a sports and feel it gives body and mind a perfect balance.
. I prefer football any day over gym or any other sport. To be honest, I have no affinity towards cricket, not even if I am getting paid. For cricket I won’t even travel 2 kms but for playing football I would travel 250 kms too. Cricket I do watch but I will never take an off just to watch cricket. I am aware cricket is religion in India and people are crazy. I am following world cup but only with regards to India. I catch up the score on TV but I am not mad about cricket at all. I feel football need to be encouraged more in India especially in school and colleges. !”
Vivian has played a lot of matches against Bollywood stars as a part of the All Star football team. He explains, “It is a good experience and we all are learning the game. It has been three years now that we have been playing together. Our team is called All Star Football Club. We practice at least four to five days a month, mostly on Sunday evenings. Since everybody has a very hectic schedule, including Ranbir Kapoor,  we have to adjust to everybody’s timings and practice accordingly.  Playing football gives me lot of peace and satisfaction. I have had some back issues when I couldn’t play football for some months. Football si one topic I can talk on for long. Someday I will like to open a football academy for sure. The world players should be invited to India often to encourage the sports. When you meet someone you admire it gives a very different kind of motivation. If I had not been an actor I would have been a footballer for sure.  Football gives me a high of different kind. I play football once a week. More than that is not possible courtesy daily soap shoot. Every actor should play atleast one sport once a week. Gym is fine but there is no substitute of playing a sport.

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