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Stop child labor, urge TV actors

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12th June is Anti-Child Labour Day. Our TV actors tell us how this evil should be eradicated

Helly Shah:

In our day to day lives, we still see so many children working at such places and I think that their parents should make an effort and everyone should understand the importance of education and not let their child work. The solution is that the parents and the people who live with them, should do things collectively and also the people around them should advise them to not letting the child work. There should be a joint effort from every side.

Ira Sone:

Child labour is a major concern in the world especially in developing countries because it affects the children mentally and physically. It is a major social issue because children are the hope and the future of our nation. I believe education and awareness of family planning is key to preventing child labour and has been one of the most successful methods to reduce child workers in India.

Kinshuk Vaidya:

We still see child labour today because of poverty. I am sure that no kid loves to work at the tea stall or as servants in restaurants or in factories but it is the financial condition because of which the children are forced to do these things. Government is making free education available along with free food, so I think eventually there will be a change and once the financial situation of these people is a little better than for the generations down the lines these issues would be solved.

Ansh Bagri: 

When I see children working at tea stalls or at factories, I get very confused while seeing them as I have also gone through the same situation. I was 14 years old when I started working and I knew why I was working because I had to earn pocket money and needed to groom myself as the family situation was not great at that time. So, when I see these kids working, I think that definitely there would be some financial problem in their family. It’s very sad to watch them and I don’t understand what is right or wrong, because it can happen that a child’s mother or father would be sick and that’s why he is working to feed them. To eradicate child labour, we should understand the situation and help. Also, if our government starts giving basic pension to those who are poor and fulfils their basic needs then the problem can be sorted.

Sachin Parikh: 

The only solution for stopping child labour is education. The more aware parents get with literacy and education, the more aware they will be to make their children educated. I think that will be a cure for all the problems of child labour. If the supply is stopped, automatically demand will be minimized and finally, the whole process will stop.

Sahil Anand: 

I do see children working on roads, on tea stalls and begging around, the government should act very strongly on this thing. We should not motivate a child to make easy money. Which happens in the case of begging where they are made to learn to beg from their childhood which becomes their habit for a lifetime. So, I make sure that I don’t give money to children so that they learn its value. I give them food and clothes to wear. All of us should stop giving money to children who are begging so that they start doing something for their living or else it would become their habit to beg around and get money easily. We should stop this child labour at a tea stall, at factories and every place where the kid’s work and their owners should be charged with a fine and should be given strict punishment. Therefore it is necessary that we have strict rules.

Rahul Sharma:

Child labour exists in India because it comes from families. These children come from families who are not rich and are struggling with their basic needs. So, the first thing the government should do is to educate people so that they can work in places where the minimum basic requirements are there. These steps should be taken and people should consider it as a responsibility to educate their children so that they don’t use their children as an object to earn money. If the elders are educated then they would educate their children as the future of our nation or hope for a new beginning in their lives. Also, the government should provide more work opportunities in small villages, as the farmers suffer from huge losses due to weather and lack of sufficient water. The government should take steps towards such things.

Malhar Pandya:

Indians are chai lovers and everyone goes to these stalls to have tea. There if we see a child working and if we tell him to leave work or ask the owner why he is making him work, that won’t make the child leave his work as it is his family is sending him and wants him to work. There are many groups out there who are trying their best to end child labour but it won’t be possible until the family understands the importance of education. These groups are doing every possible thing from providing free education and food, but until the child’s parents don’t understand then this thing would not end. Telling the kids or the owner where the children are working would do no good as the caretakers of the children should be made to understand.

Aniruddh Dave: 

Whenever we go anywhere, be it a dhaba or a tea stall, we can find a chotu serving tea, coffee, snacks or food in small hotels and motels. Sometimes you feel they are forced to grow up and you feel they are exploited. At their school-going age, they end up working, missing out on childhood and that is disturbing. The solution is that the government should do something about it. People who are hiring them should be stopped. If we notice children who are working we should object to it. As an actor, I feel we as a fraternity should never hire children as household help.

Rajesh Kumar:

In my opinion, eradicating poverty is the solution for stopping child labor. Because instead of educating their children, people see them as helping hands. Survival is the only thing which leads to child labor. So, in my opinion till the time we don’t get people out of it, there is no solution,” he says.

Aastha Chaudhary:

I am completely against child labour. Even today there are some kids those who are working at the roadside Dhabas. Even in houses, small kids work as domestic help. But at the same time, there are child actors in the TV and film industry too, And I personally feel that even that falls under the category of child labour. Because they don’t get time to study, they don’t get their leisure time. Even though we have some regulations, but no one follows them here. Personally, I am completely against casting ‘child actors’. And the government should take some measures against it. There should be some stringent laws. If someone is found employing children at dhabas or if child actors are made to work beyond certain time criteria, they must be stopped. Even in my show, the main lead is a girl. And I try to take care of her by keeping an eye on her. I try to keep the environment safe and healthy around her. I make sure that no one uses profanity when she is around, even while installing mikes during scenes I make sure no AD comes and touches her inappropriately while doing that. I myself go and try to help her out even when the makeup or hairdresser is not there, I personally go and try to help her out. Because she is a girl and she is growing up.

Rehaan Roy:

Children are the future of this beautiful world and we all shall nurture them so that the future of this world becomes even better and secure. Every child is important irrespective of their cast, their religion, if they are poor or rich or where they have come from. Education is a basic necessity for every child. Instead of that, when they are forced to work, then it’s not just a crime, but also it makes me feel truly sad.  think everyone, who are hiring kids shall be aware of the consequences and shall check the age proof of the candidates before hiring. The government shall become even more careful about this. This ban on child labour shall not just remain a rule.. but it shall actually be implemented practically.

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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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