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TV actors on Sri Lanka, New Zealand violence: Important to unite and defeat these anti-social elements



TV actors on Sri Lanka, New Zealand violence: Important to unite and defeat these anti-social elements


Be it the Sri Lankans bombings in churches or mosques in New Zealand, there is so much violence happening in the name of communal harmony. Here is what these TV actors have to say about all this.


Shashank Vyas


First of all, every nation should unite and fight against terrorism. Plus the media should play a positive role in it. It’s all about bringing universal forces together to defeat anti-social elements once and for all.

Sahil Anand


I always stand against terrorism, be it Sri Lanka or New Zealand. In the future also, as an actor, if I am able to do anything, I will always be there. I don’t know who does this, who is manipulating them so much that they are ready to die for their so-called religious beliefs. If the whole world comes together and fights with these people, then we will defeat them. We know many ways to stop them but we are not able to do them as the government takes a lot of time to do anything. So, I suggest the whole world should come together and finish them off.

Asmita Sood


Respect each other’s religion and believe in peace and love, that’s what every community teaches. Politicians of state should take up more responsibilities and stop using religion/ community as their vote bank. Educate people more about living in harmony and take strict actions against radicals. Instead of fighting over faith and religion, people should focus on saving the earth and humanity and working towards global warming.

Rehaan Roy


The way these incidents are happening in the world these days is truly heart breaking and make you question humanity. For me, my first religion is humanity. But some people, to fulfil their selfish desires, brainwash others to take part in these terror attacks in the name of religion. I feel somehow the problem is in the education system. Basic education is a must for all.

Gaurav Sharma


These incidents are indeed painful and my heart goes out to all families who would have lost their loved ones. There is no religion that teaches violence or extremism. These issues can be solved if all religious gurus come forward and condemn this. Education is important as well.

Rohitashv Gour


In the name of communal harmony, there is a lot of violence which has started. This is one of the biggest problems which is on our head. I feel we should sit with spiritual leaders and do a positive meeting asking them for a solution. If we would be stuck in religious politics, then it is just going to get worse.

Ira Sone


Violence and mass killing in the name of communal harmony is lack of acceptance and understanding of the term “inclusion”. The way I see it, unpleasant and heartbreaking episodes like bombings in churches or mosques are a result of lack of proper education about faith and coexistence of a differenct belief system. To my understanding, dealing with the problem and the root cause of it is important. Promoting the importance of love and peace on a global platform is a priority. I wish to see more solid campaigns that writes and promotes how happy and loved people are, after all we practice what we see around us.

Delnaaz Irani


Whatever has happened is very sad, be it Srilanka be it New Zealand. My heart goes out to all their relatives, family and friends of people who have lost their lives. It is very sad that in the name of religion, people get into such ghastly acts. I just feel that one should work towards peace, unity and humanity. I don’t know how this change is going to happen but I think the change should be brought within oneself. If every person thinks that we will try to get peace from our side then I feel the world will be a better place to live in.

Bhanujeet Singh Sudan


Be it Sri Lankan bombings or New Zealand firings, this is not at all communal harmony, this is communal disharmony. These issues cannot be solved by fighting, we need to sit down and talk. It can only be solved through dialogue.

Malhar Pandya


Such sad and cruel incidents anywhere on earth are inhuman and must not occur. We are not empowered enough to stop them on our own but we should be responsible. We should not promote these acts in any manner, be it social media, print media or any other form. Rather we should support respective governments to frame strict rules and take corrective action.

Samir Onkar


Whenever I hear these kinds of news, I feel very sad and at the same time, I feel anger towards those who are responsible for these vicious crimes. Frankly speaking, I actually don’t know how should these issues can be solved. I can just pray to God and hope that it never repeats again.

Aniruddh Dave


It’s very painful to know that this happened. Blasts in Srilanka, that too in a church! I don’t understand why anyone would do this especially on Easter. Last month they attacked in New Zealand mosques and now this. Terrorists clearly have no religion or beliefs.

Aniruddh Dave shot in London

Sumit Kaul

Violence in the name of religion or race is not new. It’s just been taken to enormous proportions today because technology is more advanced and therefore the ability to harm a larger number of people becomes a possibility. Of course, technology has also provided for increased and better surveillance which helps prevent or stop many such attacks. Having said that, until we address the basic cause, it will always be a cat and mouse game. The main cause I feel is that the thought of yesterday will not work today because circumstances are different. Religious texts that promote a divisive thought need to be re looked at and adjusted to today’s sensibilities and circumstances. In fact, as my guru Sadhguru says, I think it’s time for us all to move from religion towards responsibility. Becoming spiritual is the only way out for society. We read about the idea of singularity, meaning that everything is essentially one. If that becomes a living real experience for you, if you see everyone as a part of you, you don’t need a religious text to tell you not to harm another. It will automatically be an extension of your humanity.

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Romit Raj Prasher is back on TV with Kulfi Kumar Bajewala



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



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



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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