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Television industry joins hand for short film “Goonj”, Vijayendra says it echoes their plight

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Television industry joins hand for short film “Goonj”, Vijayendra says it echoes their plight

The entertainment industry is one of the most badly affected industries due to the pandemic. But, that has not let down the spirits of our actors, who have come together for this beautiful short film “Goonj”.

Vijayendra Kumeria, known for his role in “Udaan”, is also a part of this thirteen minute video. Talking about the short film, he said, “‘Goonj’, is a message-oriented short film. It symbolises that when people of our industry collectively voice out their plight and problems, it might result in an echo in the ears of the authorities. That’s what the director thought while choosing the title.”

When asked about his views on the industry getting affected due to the lockdown, he said, “From channels, producers, stars, to the Jr technicians, everybody in this industry is affected in a way. We are still in a comfortable position and are trying our best to help our industry workers in whatever way we can. But, for how long?”

“The whole industry is running on a 90 day credit period. The labour laws aren’t followed. Our industry is the most ignored one in times of calamities. The film industry generates a big amount of tax but still it is neglected the most. I think the govt. should think about some relief programs, better tax policies and implementation of proper labour laws,” he added.

Directed by Ghanshyam Pathak, the short film also features Paintal, Liliput, Manas Shaw, Mona Mokha, Monaz Mevawalla and Shardul Pandit, among others. The video starts with Vijayendra calculating his expenses (rent, car EMI, electricity, etc.) and then he checks his account balance. The video shows how some actors are trying to help each other during this crisis, but what about those working on the lower level, like the spot boy. It then features other actors talking about the industry that has been entertaining us since the past 108 years and nobody is even bothered about them during this time.

Vijayendra says that this short film is the director’s brain child and he had contacted a lot of actors, who have a good social media following, but not many showed interest.

“I extended my support because his intention was not to show his creativity or to appeal to people to raise donations. It’s for voicing out a message on behalf of the industry,” he added.

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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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