April 5, 2020
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Actor-director Faruk Kabir who has made the web film 377 Ab Normal is making the most of this 21-day lockdown period. He has been making sure to keeping himself busy and maintaining a good lifestyle. “In this 21-day lockdown, I’ve made a 21-day list of 21 things I’d like to improve in myself and add value to the lives of my family members,” he says, adding, “Less is more, so I am eating less and sleeping on time.

Most importantly, I’ve always been fond of mornings, and for the longest time I have wanted to shift from an 8am wake up cycle to a 5 am wake up cycle, and now finally I am staying disciplined and bettering my overall routine.”

In fact, he is enjoying his time at home. “Well, the family is finally getting the time to have meals together, life’s blessing. I am currently reading “The 5 am Club” by Robin Sharma. I am also finishing a thousand-piece puzzle gifted to me by my sister. I am finishing a script and getting the bandwidth to pamper it; staying in touch with my team from time to time. We’ve set up some creative targets, we can now peacefully achieve,” he says.

He adds, “I am doing my bit in our society for hygiene. We are also cooking and sending food for building watchman. In the evening, 4.30 to 6pm is dedicated to fitness, mat work, functional training and a lot of stretching for both the body and the imagination. A few minutes of meditation, positive visualisation is how I finish my fitness routine.”

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Actor Saumya Tandon has been taking this self-quarantine very seriously. The actor says that she and her family members are staying put at home and have been taking all the precautions. “As there is a 21-day lockdown, so we are definitely not going out of the house until and unless there is an emergency. Secondly, there is a huge panic in people’s mind that there will be no basic amenities.

They feel there will be a lockdown and so we will not have food and we need to hoard a lot of stuff. I am not doing that. Apart from that, if I am opening doors or taking milk packets or even if I have to go to buy groceries, I wear gloves and a mask. Whenever I come inside my house, I throw the gloves, wash my hands properly and wash my clothes,” she says.

Talking about the diet and fitness measures that she is following at home, Saumya says, “We don’t really have a choice to go to the gym or for pilates or even on a walk, so what I do is Yoga. I get up early in the morning and do as much as I can. I am doing Yoga every day and am also trying to upload some videos if people want to take some ideas or get inspired. As far as diet is concerned, I am eating regular food.

I usually don’t eat sweets and maida, which I am maintaining and there is no option of eating anything from outside, though there are restaurants delivering food home. I do not recommend that anybody should order food from outside. Please cook at home, even if you are eating basic rice and pulses. Try to avoid outside food as much as you can.”

The actor urges others to take this lockdown seriously as well. “I think it is the need of the hour and this lockdown is important. Yes, it’s true that daily wage workers are going to suffer and it is going to be huge slow down in the economy but we don’t have a choice because we are the second-largest populated country in the world.

We don’t even have that kind of medical facilities that other developed countries have. We won’t even have enough hospital beds to be able to accommodate so many people if this spreads. So, we have to slow down the process of this spread so that our government is able to arrange for more beds, more ventilators and this will also give time to the scientists to come out with the vaccination,” she says.

Ask her how she spends her time at home, and Saumya says, “I am spending time with my family. We always keep cribbing that we don’t have time for each other, well, now we do. So, the first thing that we have is a lot of time to spend with our family, connect with each other, have conversations, as in our normal lives we don’t get to do that.

I am reading books, I am not watching a lot of films and television but I am indulging myself with board games like monopoly, carrom, chess etc. It is a bit frustrating that we can’t go out, but I am making the most of it.” Saumya got lot of appreciatino for the roel of Anita Bhabhi ni Benaifer and Sanjay Kohli’s Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai. The show is having re-runs and is keeping the audiences glued to TV.

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Actor Sanjay Gagnani is on cloud nine as his TikTok videos have crossed the one million views mark. The actor says that he is happy that people are loving him. “I have crossed the one million mark on TikTok. My show, Kundali Bhagya has added a lot to my popularity. I would like to thank all the people, all fans, viewers and audiences who have followed me on TikTok and Instagram after watching my work on Kundali Bhagya,” he says.

The actor is very active on social media and posts a lot about his life, career and his pets. “I feel my audiences, my viewers and my fans have all the right to know about what’s going on in my personal and professional life. It is not that I post 100% of what goes on in my personal and professional life, it is filtered to an extent.

An actor’s life cannot be like an open book. We all would want to carry a certain image in front of the public. I consider social media as a great platform where one has the freedom of expression, one can express the way they want to,” he says.

The actor says that as public figures, they have a duty to keep their fans informed. “Apart from posting about my personal and professional life, I do take social media as a great took to fulfil my responsibilities as a public figure. As an influencer, we are being heard, our actions are looked upon by a lot of people.

follow us. Actors are responsible for many things happening in society today. So, I do try my best to spread a lot of awareness by posting pictures and videos on social media. For example, during the winters, I have done a lot of posts on social media about various NGOs which are borrowing money from the public and helping the needy. Now, I post videos and photos to spread awareness on how to be safe and how to fight covid-19,” says Sanjay.

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In these tough and uncertain times, it is very important to take part in things that help relieve your stress. Watering plants is on such thing for these TV actors.

Aparna Dixit: I have always been someone who loves spending time in the house. Now, given the condition, everyone has to stay in the house, I am actually doing all the things I enjoy. I am spending peaceful evenings with 90’s music, sitting by my window, sipping a hot cup of coffee and taking care of my plants. My mornings start with watering my plants and doing some yoga.

Amrita Prakash : Nature serves us endlessly and unconditionally. While all of us appreciate nature, I think it’s important to make the time to serve nature, too. Like any other relationship, it must be nurtured with love.

Mohit Malhotra : I am home bound in Delhi with my mother. I like to take care of plants here. Green plants give positivity.

Arjun Bijlani : I love potted plants. Greenery is a must at home. My son Ayan and I love to water plants. The plants not only beautify the area but also give positive energy.

Sharad Malhotra : I have grown-up watching my mom water plants at home in Kolkata. I always loved watering plants. I have limited potted plants in my home in Mumbai but I enjoy taking care of them. Plants give oxygen and one must have plants at home. I get positive vibes from plants.

Rishina Kandhari : Plants purify the air. I always have had plants at home. My mother taught me the value of plants and I have taught the same to my daughter.

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With the outbreak of the Corona Virus epidemic and cases being reported, shootings of televisions serials, web-series, and films have been stopped till March 31st as a result of health advisory. Also, cinema halls, malls, and gyms have been shut, along with a ban on all other entertainment events. Here is how these TV actors are keeping themselves busy.

Kettan Singh: I have other commitments like Radio and Podcasts so I work on those scripts from home. I am a Gym addict, so yes I am missing the gym. But a 45 min brisk walk in the evening is what I do. I can’t work out at home at all. It’s been some time I haven’t checked on my 3 Guitars so I’ll be changing the strings, tuning them. And ever since I moved to my new place, my Piano is still wrapped so I will probably get that out and continue my practice.

Amrita Prakash: Firstly, this is not a holiday or a vacation and people need to stop treating it like one. I see so many posts of corporate employees who are on a ‘work from home’, out at pubs and bars with friends. It’s ridiculous and defeats the purpose and is a disservice to society. Your employer is taking a hit and giving you leave because ‘Social Distancing’ is the need of the hour. Stop treating it like it’s a paid vacation and realize that if you don’t care about your own life–that’s fine.

But it isn’t OK to not care about your family, neighbors, colleagues, friends and the people of your city. Also, it’s important to extend the same humane treatment to your house, kitchen and other staff. Give them time off, like you expect your employer to give you. I have self-quarantined myself since 19th March.

Vikas Sethi: Maintain hygiene and be aware of the situation around you is what I will advise everyone. I am just staying at home, watching the news and keeping my family safe.

Aniruddh Dave: I think fitness is a secondary thing when it comes to your overall health, the pandemic is creating a lot of chaos, so actually until the situation comes under control it’s better to be at your place. It’s a good time to be at home, spend time with your family, watch good films and get the feel of summer vacations. I am interacting with my Twitter family, talking on the situation, circumstances of the world. I am also talking to my relatives on the phone, watching drama series.

Himanshu Malhotra: The situation is definitely tough. A few days back, I went for a walk in the morning to the beach but it was shut. I ended up taking a walk in my building itself, in the morning. I think a walk is essential to keep fit. You can walk up and down the stairs in your building. Fortunately, since we are at home, we get to eat home-cooked food which is absolutely nutritious and healthy and delicious.

So, your health and fitness can easily be maintained during this time. The point is because man being a social animal, you always want to move out of the house, especially in a city like Mumbai. We are so used to going out of the house for meetings and screen tests and talking to people. I will be creating a lot of videos for my initiative Share and Grow at home. I will be doing a lot of reading. My wife, Amruta is always watching Netflix and Amazon.

Shweta Rohira: Since we all have come to a standstill, I think it’s the universe’s way of putting us into an internal vacation. I am going to use this time for meditation, painting, reading a book and most importantly relaxing and rejuvenating myself mentally.

Arjun Bijlani: Currently, I’m not shooting for any show or music video. The promotions related to the web series “State of Seige” has come to a halt. I also learned that two of the overseas events I was supposed to be a part of have been called off. Now that I have ample time, I spend my free time playing board games with my son Ayaan and wife Neha.

I’m also trying my hand at cooking different cuisines and am making everyone at home try my preparations. My son always gives me honest feedback, but I guess my wife Neha is a little biased and always praises the dish, as she wants me to cook so that she gets a break from cooking.

Kunal Thakur: I hope we get a solution for this virus very soon. When it comes to fitness, I am working out at home as I have all the equipment. I am watching many movies which I haven’t watched as yet. I am making sure to use the sanitizer regularly and eat fresh and healthy food cooked by myself. There are a lot of things to do at home, you can play music, do yoga.

Shivin Narang: It’s one of the kind situations which we are seeing once in our lifetime. I have never seen anything like this. It’s one the biggest things in the world, nothing else matters at this point of time; no shootings, no competition, right now the only thing is survival and to be safe. This is the time we’re we care more about our life, our loved ones, and our nature.

I am with my family and my loved ones. I am avoiding public places and right now I am on vacation mode. I am not dieting these days and am eating all my favourite foods. When it comes to fitness, I am walking in my colony lawn and doing some exercises.

Parull Chaudhry: I have an eye infection since about a week and from the 19th, we are on a forced holiday. I will just hope that my eye gets better, definitely, it will be a respite. I will rest it out. I anyways workout at home. I do yoga at home, we have a beautiful terrace where I work out. I have my basic gym equipment’s at home so I will continue my workout. My workout will not get affected.

I will spend some quality time with my parents. I like to paint too and I have done a lot of paintings. I still have to finish a painting for my bedroom, so probably I will do that. I could edit my YouTube videos ones my eye gets better as I am an active YouTuber.

Sanjay Gandhi: Due to the outbreak of Coronavirus, all shoots in Bollywood and TV have been cancelled. My fitness mantra is going for a long walk on the beach because it’s very close to my sea-facing home and spending good time with my daughter. When you are doing a show, it’s very rare that you get a long holiday. At the same time, it’s needed to take precautions for being healthy.

Sanjay Gagnani: A couple decades back when we didn’t have the internet, we didn’t go to the mall every couple of days or watch films, all we used to do is spend time with our families and ourselves by sleeping on time, waking up on time, taking care of our health. I am going to wake up when my body allows rather than putting an alarm. I am going to take it easy by spending time with my family, my pets, by having good food, playing sports, dancing at home, watching web series.

Vijayendra Kumeria: Precaution is better than cure and I am fully in support of this. I have already thought of what I will do in these few days. I’ll get to spend a lot of time with my family after a long time as I have been keeping busy. I will play a lot with my daughter. I have asked my yoga and functional trainers to come home and train me. l will also take care of my diet. I love to write as well so I will dedicate some time to it as well.

Rishina Kandhari: I am spending my time with family, watching Netflix, reading books, learning how to play the guitar, playing with my pets, experimenting with new cuisines and engaging in light workout at home. I can’t travel but going on a virtual tour online to learn about the world and making a list of places to travel when all is well.

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April Fool’s Day is here and our TV actors share their best memories of the day!

Amal Sehrawat: April Fool’s Day is another way to disrupt your monotonous daily life schedule in a fun way. It’s also a test of your sense of humor, whether you can take a joke in a healthy spirit or not. I had once been fooled to come to Yash Raj Films to sign a film contract which later turned out to be a prank by my friends.

Vijayendra Kumeria: April Fool’s Day to me is a fun day. It’s fun to play pranks on people, it’s fun when you are shooting as there is a lot of scope of playing pranks and having fun. The only thing I would request people for this April Fool’s Day is that please don’t circulate fake news and rumours. Last year, I played a prank on my mom.

She is vegetarian and we had a family dinner. After she finished her soup, I slipped a tiny bone in her bowl and made her feel that she has accidentally had a non-vegetarian soup. It was funny to see her reaction. I have never seen her so hyper. After some time when I told her that it was a prank, I swear, she literally ran after me, to hit me. It was fun.

Mohsin Khan: We use take artificial insects to school which was made up of rubber. We used to get these big cockroach, spiders and they looked very real. What we used to do is suddenly that two of us would indulge someone in a conversation. Then we used to keep those rubber insects on their shoulders or desks. Those were cute childhood incidents which we will always remember.

Mohit Malhotra: I have given a chocolate shaped shocker instrument to my brother Himanshu Malhotra. I told him I got this for him as I got a new show and when he ate, it gave him a little current.

Mohamad Nazim: Last year, I was working on a show when some colleagues wanted me to ‘faint’ on the sets and scare the production team. I did so, and everyone panicked. When they realized that it was an April Fool’s joke, they got angry. However, we sorted it out later.

Shashank Vyas: Once, I told a bunch of friends that I have booked an entire show of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge. All my friends rushed to the theatre and on reaching there, they saw a housefull board. The girl I had a crush on also came and was very upset.

Mrunal Jain: One Fool’s Day, I arranged for some fake cops to ‘raid’ my dance school. As expected, my instructor and fellow students were totally scared. But they were not offended.

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Covid19 has had a big impact on everyone’s life and celebrities are no exception.

Actor Sanjay Gandhi whom we have last seen in Naagin 4 shares his view on this dangerous virus. He says,” COVID19 has an advantage and disadvantage. The good part is that people have started valuing their personal life a lot. Earlier people were only running and had no time for their families but now they have all the time for their family life. So they should be thankful for this quality time.

The bad part is that our social life has come to an end now. We can’t go out, meet people, and even going out for our work is ruled out. The quarantine effect will continue in our lifestyle and people will learn to live with social distance.” So what is your greatest learning from this? ”The whole world got shattered in just a few months.

It is a lesson to all of us that we should all have a proper financial backup. One should spend less and save money. Sitting at home is something that I have experienced in the past as well. As an actor, I have dealt with the struggle when I was out of work and used to be at home. But now this scenario is different. I have my mom and my daughter with me. I have responsibilities and hope this situation settles down soon.“

Sanjay also conveys one positive message for all. “Do not panic and stay at home. Be positive and think positive. And now onwards please save money so that you can handle any situation under crisis.”

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Amidst the Corona outbreak, there is one breather on TV- Khatron Ke Khiladi. This is probably the only show which is coming every weekend with new episodes. And popular actress Adaa Khan is excelling every week. Whether it was the stunt from a height or the creepy insects, the poisonous gas or the car stunt Adaa has always nailed it with her stamina and strength.

In last week’s episode we have seen how Adaa has dealt with the dangerous snakes, rats and other insects. Adaa’s fans and followers have been praising and talking about her and hence she has been trending on social media. Adaa has got titles like strongest contender, Fearless girl, queen of stunts amongst others.

Austerity, her approach towards the stunt is staying cool and determined. Well that is the reason she is over of the quietest contestant in the show but her actions speak louder than words. Today across the social media her fans have been speaking about her stint in Khatron Ke Khiladi and Adaa is trending often.

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During the times of the nationwide lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone is bound to be home, with very few options to spend the day without boredom and panic. In these tough times. While TV is a good option to stay distracted, most TV shows have be rerunning their old episodes because of the shooting being stalled.

Hence, to calm people down by taking them down on the road of nostalgia, Doordarshan has decided to screen the epic, BR Chopra’s Mahabharata, which ran successfully from 1988 to 1990. Since Pen India LTD holds all the rights of the celebrated mythological tele series, Doordarshan reached out to Pen studios’ CMD Dr Jayantilal Gada for the rights.

“Doordarshan was in talks with PEN India for the last couple of months for the procurement of the rights for the telecast of Mahabharata. But, after the Coronavirus stalled most activities the country, the process got accelerated. The Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Prakash Javdekar, requested Dr Jayantilal Gada to share the rights as soon as possible and Dr Gada agreed immediately to lend all the support possible to Doordarshan for telecasting Mahabharata.

He is also in talks with Renu Chopra for coming up with a new version of the Mahabharata using high-end technology for creating a great quality product,” says a source

The insider adds that Pen studios will also upload all the episodes of the prestigious series on their YouTube channel, Pen Bhakti, so that it gives hope to Indians and enables parents to get their kids to watch the series and understand its importance

BR Chopra’s Mahabharata featured Mukesh Khanna as Bhishma, Pankaj Dheer as Karna, Gajendra Chouhan as Yudhishthir, Arjun as Arjun, Roopa Ganguly as Draupadi, Puneet Issar as Duryodhan and Nitish Bharadwaj as Krishna, among others.

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Star Plus the leading Hindi General Entertainment channel has always engaged audiences with its array of new and diverse shows. Adorning to its tagline – Rishta Wohi, Baat Nayi, Star Plus aims to share a strong message of unity during such dire times in the country by offering them a special band of new shows and fresh content along with the television premiers of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters of all times. In this time of social distancing and quarantine mode, the channel is set to curate a special lineup of shows and movie premiers to cheer up its viewers during these challenging times.

An official from Star Plus said, “Star Plus has always been at the forefront in placing its viewer’s preferences at the top while delivering quality content. Even in such a difficult situation, and in the times of social distancing, we have lined up a variety of shows for our viewers. A unique sci-fi comedy – Maharaj Ki Jai Ho, a beautiful mythological story of Radha & Krishna and a suspense thriller – Hostages along with world television premieres of latest Bollywood flicks for wholesome family entertainment will be showcased.”

Maharaj Ki Jai Ho, a science fiction comedy currently airing on Star Plus from Monday-Friday 9 PM, boasts of a stellar star-cast which comprises popular actors like Satyajit Dubey, Rajesh Kumar, Ashwin Mushran, Aakash Dabhade, Nitesh Pandey, Monica Castellino and Riya Sharma to name a few. Set against a historic backdrop of Hastinapura, Maharaj Ki Jai Ho chronicles the unique journey of Sanjay (played by Satyajit Dubey), a strikingly different individual, hailing from different backgrounds, who time travels and lands at the era of Dhritarashtra’s reign. Exploring modern-day approaches to ancient world issues, Maharaj Ki Jai Ho promises to provide light-hearted entertainment with its distinct flavour of showcasing a comical side of mythology with a touch of fantasy.

RadhaKrishn, an endearing love saga of Radha and Krishna is the epitome of eternal love which transcends era and emotions and is all set to air on Star Plus from 30th March, Monday to Friday at 7.30 pm. A wonderful rendition of supreme romance – a lesson for humans, who have forgotten the true meaning of love and sacrifice. The show boasts of a talented star-cast – Sumedh Mudgalkar as Lord Krishna and Mallika Singh plays the role of Radhe. The show is produced by Swastik Productions and directed by Rahul Tiwari.

Hostages, a gripping story about four masked men who break into the Anand family. Surgeon Dr. Mira Anand (Tisca Chopra) is scheduled to perform a routine operation on the chief minister, but the night before the procedure, her family is taken hostage and she is ordered to assassinate her unwitting patient in order to save her family, forcing her to make a decision.. Will she have to take a life to save lives? Power packed performances by a talented ensemble of actors such as Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Parvin Dabbas and more will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Apart from these new shows, the viewers can binge-watch some of the most popular shows such as Mahabharata, Siya Ke Raam every weeknight along with Bollywood’s biggest blockbusters such as War, Baaghi 2, Mardaani 2, and Total Dhamaal every weekend.