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Women’s Day: TV heroines share their role models

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As they celebrate International Women’s Day, our telly actoresses talk about the women they look up to and why.
 
 
Tinaa Dattaa :
My role model is Mother Teresa, who lived a selfless life and did a lot for the nation by helping the poor and needy. I would like to tell the today’s young women that life is precious and they should put their foot down and take a stand whenever and wherever needed. One should adjust and balance our career and life but not at the cost of self respect.
Ira Sone :
 I love Beyoncé and Melinda Gates and closer home, I am inspired by Mary Kom. What she achieved for the country being a mother of 3, I think that’s inspiring. I am sure a lot of people will agree with me that she’s a living example of noting is impossible and unbelievable, if you believe in something and work hard towards achieving it with your heart mind and soul. To the youth, I just want to say follow your dreams with honesty and integrity and have the courage to achieve your goals through and be proud of who you are.
Moon Banerrjee :
There have been many but my father’s sister (my bua) has been my pillar of strength whom I lost a year back. She had a deep impact on me. She used to tell me to complete my studies irrespective of whatever you choose as a career and have wisdom, courage and compassion . No matter what, don’t ever be harsh on yourself. Love yourself and the world will respond lovingly.
Kishori Shahane Vij :

My biggest role model in my life is my mom. She bought up all three daughters together and I have seen her struggling. She must be the best housewife, the way she struggled everyday, getting all three of us ready for the school, packing tiffins for us and doing everything herself. Again, in the evening, when we used to come back from school, she was there for us. She would teach us and be there for our dad. She is one of the best ladies I must have ever seen,  sacrificing so much in life,  taking care of the whole family. Even in the ups and downs of my dad’s career, she was always there for him, to give moral support.  That’s why I believe that my mom is the greatest role model for me. The advice which I would love to give to give to today’s young women is to have a lovely career ahead of you. But it’s important to prioritise too. Career is not the only thing you should live for,  it’s important to have a good family,  children and a good career. 

Mahhima Kottary :
My role model has been my mother. She is wise, patient,  extremely optimistic and the strongest person I know. She has taught me how to overcome challenges in life and make wise choices, even in the most uncertain situations. I would like to tell all the women out there that don’t rely on somebody else for your happiness and self-worth, love yourself, follow your instincts and remember, you are beautiful and you are enough!
Ridheema Tiwari :
Rosario Dawson has been one of my female role models/inspiration. I love Rosario Dawson, as she’s determined and unique. And like me, she also speaks her mind. Most of all, I love that she worked hard for everything she has today. Raised in New York, her mother moved her family, including Dawson’s half brother and step father, into an abandoned building in Manhattan. They squatted on the property and overtime installed their own plumbing and electrical wiring. Eventually, she was discovered at the age of 15 on her front porch by a screenwriter who had the perfect role for her in his upcoming film, Kids. Dawson was a natural, and has since starred in over fifty films. Dawson, who is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent,  is involved in numerous charities and advocacy groups, including the Lower East Side Girls Club, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and serves on the board of V-day, a global movement to end violence against girls and women. She is also an advocate for equal pay for women and people of color – even going as far to challenge Hollywood pay rates. I appreciate her candor and passion for human rights, women of colour, and female inequality. I also love the fact that like me, she too believed that imperfection is beautiful and all women are beautiful in their own unique ways. I would advice the same to all the beautiful unique women out there accept yourself and love your unique self… Don’t fall prey to comparisons and don’t lose your identity.  Acknowledge your strengths more than weaknesses.
Adaa Khan : 
My role model is my mother Parvin Khan. She has given me an excellent upbringing and values. She is not in this world anymore but her blessings are with me all the time. It is because of my mother that I became very independent as a person and I can fight all my battles.  As far as advice is concerned to young women, it is to love and respect yourself first and never compromise on your values and emotions.
Smiriti Kalra :
Our scriptures say, Mother, Father and Guru are the 3 most important people in one’s life. So born from my mother, Kiran Kalra and guided by my father and guru, Sudhir Kalra, I never had to look beyond for a role model. More than having a professional role model, being an amazing human being like them is what I aspire to be. We have been told as little girls that we are delicate, fragile princesses. I say, be a ‘warrior princess’. Think, plan and fight your own battles and it is okay to be afraid. Courage is not absence of fear but overcoming it. A warrior princess commands respect and makes her choices, so decide what you want. Career does not have a gender. And now since you have decided to be a warrior princess, you don’t need validation. So, don’t go around looking for one. You are the warrior princess of your world, rule it.
 
Jasmin Bhasin  :
I admire Jhansi ki rani, she was a true warrior. She has been an inspiration to not only me but all the women in India. She stood for her rights and lived fearlessly. My advice to young women is to follow your heart and dreams,  be independent financially and emotionally and live life with a positive attitude.

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Ooh la la, check out Shashank Vyas’ drool-worthy pics

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Ooh la la, check out Shashank Vyas’ drool-worthy pics

Shashank Vyas has made fans go gaga over him since the day he stepped in the industry. He made his acting debut with social drama “Balika Vadhu” and will soon be seen in Bollywood film “Laila Manju”.

The actor has a huge following on social media and he keeps them engaged with his pics. Speaking of pics, have you checked out Shashank’s new pics yet. The handsome actor looks quite hunky in the pics and will definitely make you go ooh la la.

It’s commendable how he can so easily rock a clean shaven look and even a beard and still look so hot. And did I forget to mention those pics with his chiselled body. Be it a casual tee and jeans or a formal attire, he looks lit in all of them.

And if you thought Shashank is just a good looking guy, think again. He can easily bowl you over with his poetry. In fact, he has so far written three poems, one on the plight of migrant labourers, another a romantic tragedy and one a tribute to late actor Sushant Singh Rajput.

Go check out his Instagram for more.

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It was a learning experience working with established and talented actors in Kadak: Abhishek Sharrma

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It was a learning experience working with established and talented actors in Kadak: Abhishek Sharrma

 

Tumhari Sulu’s child actor Abhishek Sharrma is literally going places! After being the popular face of Cadbury ad campaign and many other brands, the young actor is all set to be part of another film in Bollywood. This time, he is playing a techno wizard in a Bollywood film titled Kadak. The film is a dark comedy and features actors like Ranvir Shorey, Rajat Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Manoj Pahwa in important roles.

Abhishek said, “I play the role of Vivaan, a child who is good at technical issues and helps the characters in the film decompose a dead body with his formulas. The entire film revolves around a dead body. It was a learning experience working with established and talented actors like Rajat sir, Ranvir Sir and many other actors in the film. I thank my lucky stars that after working with Vidya Balan in Tumhari Sulu, I got this opportunity.”

While Abhishek is a good student, he has been working for many years now, and acted in many ads, short films and feature films. Along with doing ads with Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek is looking forward to bagging such interesting projects. He said, “It is a blessing from God and my parents. I am happy that my face connects with masses and people like my work.”

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Rupali Ganguly is elated to perform Hawa Hawai in Anupamaa

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Rupali Ganguly is elated to perform Hawa Hawai in Anupamaa

Rajan Shahi’s Anupamaa is being appreciated and accepted by the audience. The show has been talk of the town for various reasons, whether it is the perfect casting of the lead Anupamaa by Rupali Ganguly and Vanraj by Sudhanshu Pandey with a stellar supporting cast or the high emotional connect with the audience are glued to the show.
Anupamaa has a lot of song and dance sequences which helps the show to go forward from time to time. Recently one of the cult songs of Hindi films Hawa Hawai from Mr. India has been shot with Rupali Ganguly.

Speaking about the whole experience of shooting Hawa Hawai Rupali says,” There is nobody in this world who can match steps with Sridevi. Thanks to Rajan Shahi who has given me so many opportunities in the show. I can’t thank him enough. Through Anupamaa all of my dreams and wishes are coming true.
I remember I have seen Mr. India as a trial show in Ajanta. It was a full house so all the kids were sitting down and then, later on, I have seen the film at Satyam theatre. In fact, I want my kid to watch Mr. India as his first film. You can’t remove Sridevi from Hawa Hawai. The dance moves of Sridevi were ultimate. In my childhood I have performed so many of Sridevi’s film songs, whether it is Nagina, Chalbaaz or Mr. India – she has been my favourite idol. I am a big fan of her work, I remember when she passed away I cried miserably and also went to give my last respect to her. This performance is a small and humble tribute to Sridevi.” Along with Rupali the rest of the cast Paras Kalnawat, Muskaan Bamne, Aashish K N Mehrotra, Jasveer Kaur also danced in the song. The song will be telecasted tomorrow.

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‘अनुपमा’ शो में रुपाली गांगुली ने किया ‘हवा हवाई’ सॉन्ग पर परफॉर्म !

राजन शाही द्वारा प्रोड्यूस किया गया स्टार प्लस का ‘अनुपमा’ शो दर्शकों द्वारा खूब सराहा जा रहा है। यह शो कई दिनों तक अनेक कारणों से चर्चा में रहा, चाहे वह शो की अनुपमा यानि रूपाली गांगुली और वनराज बने सुधांशु पांडे द्वारा निभाए गए प्रमुख किरदार की सही कास्टिंग को लेकर हो या फिर दर्शकों के साथ एक उच्च भावनात्मक जुड़ाव को लेकर हो।

अनुपमा शो में ऐसे कई गाने और डांस सीक्वेंस हैं जो शो को समय-समय पर आगे बढ़ने में मदद करते हैं। हाल ही में मिस्टर इंडिया फिल्म के कल्ट सांग, हवा हवाई गाने पर रूपाली गांगुली के साथ शूट किया गया है। रूपाली ने अपने शो के लिए इस गाने को दोबारा रिक्रिएट किया है।

हवा हवाई के डांस सीक्वेंस की शूटिंग पर बात करते हुए रुपाली गांगुली कहती हैं, “इस दुनिया में ऐसा कोई नहीं है जो श्रीदेवी के साथ कदम मिला सके। राजन शाही का शुक्रिया, जिन्होंने मुझे शो में ऐसे कई मौके दिए। मैं उनका जितना धन्यवाद करूँ वह कम है। अनुपमा के माध्यम से मेरे सभी सपने और इच्छाएं पूरी हो रही हैं। मुझे याद है कि मैंने मिस्टर इंडिया को अजंता में एक ट्रायल शो के रूप में देखा है। यह पूरी तरह हाउस फूल था इसलिए सभी बच्चे नीचे बैठे थे और फिर बाद में मैंने सत्यम थिएटर में फिल्म देखी। वास्तव में मैं चाहती हूँ कि मेरा बच्चा मिस्टर इंडिया को अपनी पहली फिल्म के रूप में देखे। आप श्रीदेवी को हवा हवाई से तो कत्तई नहीं निकाल सकते। श्रीदेवी के डांस मूव्स अल्टीमेट थे। मैंने बचपन में श्रीदेवी के कई फिल्मी गानों पर परफॉर्म किया है, चाहे वह नगीना हो, चालबाज़ या मिस्टर इंडिया हो वह मेरी पसंदीदा आइडियल रही हैं। मैं उनके काम की बहुत बड़ी फैन हूं। यह प्रदर्शन श्रीदेवी को एक छोटी और विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि है।”

रूपाली के साथ बाकी कलाकार पारस कलनावत, मुस्कान बामने, आशीष के एन मेहरोत्रा, जसवीर कौर ने भी मेरे साथ इस गाने में डांस किया है। इस गाने को कल के एपिसोड में टेलीकास्ट किया जाएगा।

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