The epic show Mahabharat produced and directed by late filmmaker B.R. Chopra along with his son Ravi Chopra was the most loved TV show back in the day and has returned during the lockdown and is now seen on Star Bharat.
Amongst the elaborate star-cast, Mahabharat fame, Pankaj Dheer is highly appreciated for his role as the character Karna. Interestingly, not many know about the amount of hard work the artist had to put in the trying times he faced.
There was one incident where while the team was shooting in the scorching heat of Rajasthan, Pankaj was in a shot where he was in a chariot which broke mid-way and the horses went haywire and the prompt artist spontaneously jumped out. It is said that the artist was seriously injured near his eye during the mishap and later had a surgery for the same.
Well, but all is well that ends well and we are happy that the actor recovered from the unfortunate incident
To watch more of Pankaj Dheer, tune in to watch ‘Mahabharat’ from Monday to Friday at 8pm only on Star Bharat
Avinash Mukherjee is very strict when it comes to his plan ‘B’ or alternate career option. He reveals he is strictly against such opinion because having an alternate source of income doesn’t mean you have an alternate career option as well. He says he has alternate sources of income but that’s not his plan ‘B’, because he doesn’t believe in one.
“When an actor has an alternate source of income, people have different opinion about it and they call it plan B. But I am strictly against that. I am an actor myself and have been blessed to receive so much love for my work. And I keep trying to get better everyday to improve myself. But I also need to know that I have an alternate source of income, which supports my career,” he said.
“So, I don’t have a plan B, I have a plan A and a plan A1, A2 and A3 instead. So plan A is like core of the planet and A1, A2, A3 surrounds it and it all goes back to that plan A. I just have that plan A and rest every other activity supports that because when you have additional income source you don’t take choices based on money, you make choices based on creativity,” Avinash added.
The actor is best know for his portrayal as young Jagiya in “Balika Vadhu”. He even wrote a book titled, “Weight Loss: The 4 Golden Ayurvedic Sutras”, where he talks about his weight loss journey from 86kgs to 70kgs.
He further shared details of his alternate source of income he said, “I am doing a couple of businesses. I have a digital marketing agency and I am trying to get into gaming and app business now. I have a book and I had a product too on Amazon. They were water bottles of premium quality, but I stopped it because I was importing those from China.”
Om Namah Shivay is back on COLORS. The iconic show that created records and earned a legion of loyal fans, has a remarkably interesting back story about how it was made. Dheeraj Kumar who directed it, revealed in a recent chat, that it took nine long years of research by renowned scholars and writers before they started shooting it. The veteran director said that it was the longest time he has ever taken to do preparations for any show that he has ever made.
Talking about the research on the show, Dheeraj Kumar said, “Om Namah Shivay commenced its telecast in the year 1996. However, our research was on since 1987. Nine long years we spent on research for the program. The kind of shows we were doing before were quite different, mostly social patriotic shows and crime thrillers etc. So, we wanted to get this right.
We associated with professor Madhusudhan Pathak of Oriental Research Institute of Baroda. Initially, We also brought in stalwarts like Achala Nagar who has written Baaghban and Dr. Rahi Masoom Raza who worked on other classic mythological shows and then there was Darshan Laad, who was also the writer of big mythological shows of that time. All these people conducted research in association with Dr. Madhusudan Pathak of Oriental Research institute on Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas to bring our show to light.”
Watch Om Namah Shivay 18th June onwards every day at 9 pm only on COLORS
Star Plus has brought back Mahabharat and is all set with the most important tracks of the show. With the great war of Kurukshetra, we see all the characters gearing up for the war sequence. Actor Ahem Sharrma took on the pivotal role of Karna in the show and he definitely garnered a lot of applause for his role.
At just the beginning of the great war of Kurukshetra, Ahem Sharrma who essayed the role of Karn reminisced that scene and went back to his shooting days and shared his phobias where he shares how he overcame various phobias.
Recalling how he shot the war sequence Ahem Sharrma says, “ I vividly remember this incident from a sequence we shot where Karn tries to rescue Duryodhan, Dushasan, and Shakuni who were captured by Jarasandh. Tinu Verma Ji who was playing the role of Jarasandh was also the action director of our show. I remember this interesting incident where we had to report on the set at 6:30 am for an early morning shoot. Tinu Ji explained the sequence where I had to shoot arrows while riding a horse.
Though I know how to ride a horse but not while I have to shoot arrows at the same time. We were shooting in outskirts of Umergaon on a mountain like terrain and there was a risk of getting injured due to rocks and stones. I was happy that the scene turned out to be really good with Tinu Ji’s direction and our execution. The production team was generous enough to give me a horse to practise and soon I became a pro at it. I believe a project like Mahabharat is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I am grateful for Swastik Productions casting team for considering me apt for the pivotal role of Karna. I am grateful to Swastik Productions, Siddharth Sir and I would also like to thank Star Plus for bringing back our show to the audience.”
Mahabharat’s epic war sequence is gearing up for a finale…
Keep watching Mahabharat every day at 8:30pm only on Star Plus
Don’t we all want to know our future? We all do, right. Luckily, we got to know about the future of some celebs through Tarot card prediction. Youngest reiki healer and Tarot card reader, Ayush Gupta, revealed it for us once again. Check out below what the cards hold in the future of these celebs:
Sharad Malhotra: You carry a very positive aura with you. You just need to be a little more flexible and it will work wonders. Battles are won with both mission and passion, so make sure you have both before you charge ahead. Moderation and balance play a key role in your financial outlook, try to do some charity to spiritual organisations. If you invest somewhere, it will be very beneficial for you. Next year, you will see substantial growth and good opportunities knocking at your door. Your life is full of positive energy. You have good relationship with your partner and your family. You can shift to a new house or remodel your existing house, it will make your environment better. Also, there is some good news, you will plan a new addition to your family soon taking your marriage to the next level.
Subuhi Joshi: You need to settle yourself in a peaceful place. If you will be calm and focused then you will see amazing results. Do meditation and connect yourself to energies. Don’t distract yourself with your past activities and don’t be depressed because of that. Your future is bright but you have to remain composed. You will need to bring all your energies together for your career and future. Old hurts will heal after an emotional cleansing. In 2021, you will make a very good comeback, it will give you the same popularity that you always hoped for.
Shivin Narang: You are satisfied with your relationships. Your health and wealth are well-established and so you enjoy a sense of security and happiness. Your personality and aura are very positive and you have a winning attitude. You are in prime position to succeed in all areas of life. This time is very positive for you and the next few years as well are positive. Everything that you will do will bring you a lot of success. You are truly loved by the people around you.
Your family is moving towards a new beginning, may be a new home or a new addition to the family. You will be on top of your game and you will win people’s confidence. It will be good to focus on your career at this point and you will get a lot of success. Your projects in the TV industry will be very impactful and you will get more fan following and success.
Srman Jain: I can see a very good come back in acting for you in the next three to four months. Because of some negative energies you couldn’t do what you wanted to do as an actor. I can see a very good project in the future, through which you will get your name, fame and popularity again. Along with acting, you will get involved in other creative things as well, may be production. I can see a lot of opportunities for you in the future, but you need to balance them wisely.
As far as career is concerned, I can see a growth in the next three-four months. As far as your love life is concerned, I can see that in 2021 you will meet your true partner. It’s very positive and the cards show that you might get married to the same person in 2021. Health-wise I can see it will be good, there will be some minor issues so you will have to take good precautions.
Vahbbiz Dorabjee: Circumstances didn’t live up to your expectations. You are getting good opportunities but you are ignoring them, so you need to be positive in all situations. You struggled a lot and you are still fighting with your past. You will heal yourself only with a positive approach and meditation. You are dealing with disappointment in relationships but stop feeling like a victim.
You can win anything with your positive attitude. You financial gain will unravel on its own, follow your guts, love your family and your parents will always support you. You just need to start meditation as it will keep your mind calm and will give you the energy to make better decisions. I can see there will be a new beginning in your life personally as well as professionally. You may get remarried may be in 2021 second half with someone who will be yours forever. You need to just focus on your goals.
Aniruddh Dave: You have the chance to make a powerful impact on your family and your community. You can be a very good influencer, your influencing power is actually very positive and you influence people very positively. Things go according to you. If you focus properly you will get a life-changing opportunity soon. In early 2021, you will get an opportunity through which you will get more popularity and success. You need to embrace your influence and status, you are actually a very creative person. You are emotionally mature and a very loving and caring person. Your partner is very happy with you. Married life is very positive with a few ups and downs, but that’s very common.
Otherwise your married life is very positive. I can see an extra luxurious life in future. Making money is very easy for you. You know how to tap resources. You have a very beautiful network of loved ones who support you and admire you. You are a highly valued friend. Next year you will get very good opportunities and thus more popularity. If you compare TV and films, I will not suggest you to enter films, especially in 2021. TV industry will give you plenty of opportunities. So focus on TV serials and web series. Everything is super positive for you.
And things which you believe are good for others and you too, you need to do it. There are two types of successful people, one is a normal successful person, and the second one is those who become successful and then contribute to humanity and do great things, you are the second one. You want to be successful but you also want to do something for others. That power I can see.
Arun Mandola: You are a self-made person. You are always grateful to your family, home and resources. You learnt a lot from your experience and now you can see the fruit of your struggle. You are not a boss, you are a good mentor, so be a mentor. You have a very positive personality, but you should appreciate your current success. Don’t worry about the future, live in your present. Enjoy your present achievements and stop focusing on that of the future. Things are going very good, energies are good. Just make sure you maintain your finances before starting something new. This is the right time to start any project or idea that you have in your mind. You will do really good in TV shows and web series but I will suggest you to try for movies too, because I can see a good growth there too. I can see that in 2021 you might get married, and you will lead a very happy married life. If you talk about health, there are some minor health issues that will get cured easily. Just take some precautions for your health. Keep meditating, focus on your energies, do meditation.
The use of social media has greatly increased after the lockdown as it has become one of the prime ways for us to communicate with the rest of the world. While some people are posting encouraging stuff to help others, others are posting stuff about their daily routine and how they are keeping busy. A poll shows that now people are logged on for 280 mins a day compared to the 150 minutes before lockdown. Actors give their take on this!
Arun Mandola: After the lockdown, I was not very active on social media because I was focusing on learning from and enjoying watching movies and series. But yes, I have seen lots of people posting encouraging stuff to help other people and that is good because it gives motivation to other people. Few people are motivating people to show their daily routine life. That’s true, people are more addicted to social media these days because people don’t have any work, so all of them are scrolling on social media. I think this is their own choice if they are happy to spend time on social media, then they should continue.
Vijayendra Kumeria: It’s true that during this lockdown, social media has become a tool to keep oneself busy. But at the same time, social media addiction is on the rise anything in excess is not good. I am on social media and I think it is a great way to connect with your fans and also giving out good messages. But I consciously make it a point that I am not online all the time, peeping into people’s profiles. I post pictures and sometimes workout videos too. I am personally okay sharing a slice of my personal life but I cannot offer the whole cake to the public.
Priyanka Biswas: In this period of a current lockdown situation, undoubtedly social media is playing a huge role in maintaining the long-distance relationship between people. It’s also helping people by updating them with the current status of this pandemic and strengthening themselves for the upcoming situations. During this lockdown period, I am focusing on health, which indeed is mandatory and therefore I am continuously posting healthy, delicious and feasible recipes which anyone can cook. Social media plays a vital role in our life as it has given a chance to everyone to open up.
Shweta Rohira: I have always loved social media as I call it my digital album. And I have always posted what I like. I keep posting the videos I make of me painting or I have live sessions where I am interacting with people. I talk about the books I am reading and what I am cooking. I am making the most of my time in this quarantine. I have also realised that people are logged in more as it’s one of the important mediums to watch and entertain themselves.
Sudipto Balav: The use of social media during the lockdown has certainly increased and yes, I completely agree that people are putting up all kinds of posts; starting from cooking, gardening, playing with pets, singing, whatever it is. Some of them are encouraging and some of them are constantly speaking about COVID-19. As far as me posting on social media is concerned, I haven’t actually posted anything much related to the lockdown. My film extraction released during this pandemic so I have been actually posting things related to that.
Vikas Sethi: People have been addicted to social media and the Internet much before. Only the usage has gone up because people are at home and have nothing to do. I think we are all addicted to it and when we will get back to our normal lives, the ratio will automatically go down. We are seeing at a lot of stuff like people are encouraging each other and all big actors are telling us to stay at home. This is a great way to connect with your fans during this time.
Jasmin Bhasin: This I also noticed that as we are all in lockdown, our social media usage has become too much. In fact, I am also online more than I used to be before. I am playing online games and I am reading stuff online. I feel people will get more addicted to it. I am saying this from own personal experience because I am getting really addicted to being online, playing games, reading stuff. I don’t think there is anything to worry about because as soon as the lockdown will get over and we will be back to our normal life, I think we will not have any choice.
Rishina Kandhari: Social media was booming even when the lockdown wasn’t there but it is booming more now as we all are at home. There are no shoots happening. Social media is for us and not the other way round. Anything in excess is dangerous. Too much showing off is just not needed. I post what I like to share with my followers like activities like cooking which I am doing. Social media shouldn’t be overused. Some novelty is there in keeping yourself mysterious rather than putting everything on Instagram.
Aniruddh Dave: Social media usage might have increased due to this lockdown, but for me, it is the same as it was before. I am posting all throwback picture which I have not posted till now and am also posting working stills. This is a good chance to remember all the people who I have worked with. I am more active on Twitter than Instagram. On Twitter, I just write about the social-political issues and circumstances going on in today’s scenario. Bache se leke Bachchan tak, everyone is posting encouraging video. I have become more active on twitter and have been replying to people as well. I just repost pictures that fans post specially for me to make them happy.
Arun Mandola gave life to mythological character Lakshman not once, but twice, on-screen. And though he nailed it perfectly, he says it took him two-three months to connect to his on-screen character.
The young actor made his TV debut with “Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan” and says when he first started shooting it he did not understand anything as it was shot against chroma.
“‘Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan’ was my first mythological TV serial. When I started shooting for it I didn’t understand anything because 90 percent of the shoot was against chroma, so I was confused about how to perform because you have to imagine everything, so it took around 2-3 months to connect with this character because there is no workshop in TV serials like films,” he said.
“Luckily I have a very good command on Sanskrit due to my family background, so later I performed well and even the audience praised me a lot in India as well as other countries,” he added.
The actor reprised his role as Lakshman once again in “Vighnaharata Ganesh” and he says it came as a challenge to him because he did not want to repeat what he did in “Sankat Mochan Mahabali Hanumaan” again. He further said that his costume was also different from that of other actors.
“My costume was very different from other mythological actors because it took three rounds for me to wear it and it was hard to carry as well. I could’t sit properly, my movements were also very restricted. If I tried to move the costume would become loose so costume dada had to come every five minutes to fix it. We are so used to wearing simple and light clothes that it becomes difficult to carry mythological costumes. For my makeup and costume, it took approx three-fours hours,” Arun said.
Psychologist and celebrity wife Jhanvi Sethi started her NGO, My Zindagi Foundation, to create awareness about mental health, civil responsibilities and environmental conservation. She feels that even though there so much has been talked about mental health, rural India still needs a lot more awareness about it.
Of late, many celebrities opened about their struggle with depression and anxiety, and Jhanvi feels, “Even celebrities opening up on depression and mental health hazards is a fairly recent phenomenon. I feel we still need a lot more awareness about it, especially in rural India.”
She started the NGO in 2018, and her husband and actor Vikas Sethi is the co-founder of the NGO and psychologist Dixita Mehta has joined hands as her partner. The name “My Zindagi” just seems apt especially because of the cause associated with it and she said, “My Zindagi, meaning my life as an offering for those in need and those who suffer silently.”
Beautiful thought, right?
When asked what made her start the NGO, Jhanvi said, “You know sometimes we go through deep personal pain and losses to come to realise who we truly are. It was at such a point in my life that I met my partner Vikas. We both had been through more than enough. It’s then we realised that given that I am a psychologist I should use this for the betterment of all those in need. That’s how My Zindagi Foundation was born.”
Talking about acknowledging the mental health situation in India, she said, “Honestly it’s really alarming but I feel grateful. Alarming because cases are going up constantly because of increased awareness on the subject. And grateful because people are opening up and leading more fulfilled lives.”
She admits each troubled person is acting from a place of fear and this person needs you to understand him/her and support them with gentleness and loving kindness. She feels to accept them one needs to open their mind and their heart.
“A fundamental awareness needs to be created for everyone to understand the potential that has been hidden away under layers of insecurities, upbringing, societal conditioning,” she added.
Lastly, when asked how she thinks people can help the ones in need, she said, “The key lies in these five magic words – warmth, kindness, gentleness, love and healing.”
June has just begun and while some parts of the country are going to enjoy a good rainfall, some will continue to suffer because of the scorching heat. These days when the normal temperature rises to a 47-48°C, a temperature between 35-40°C comes as a sigh of relief. And while the outside temperature is hard to bear, it’s better to keep your inside cool and well prepared to tolerate the heat.
From sattu to cold coffee and some special drinks, here’s how the celebs are planning to beat the heat this summer:
Aniruddh Dave: Frankly speaking when it comes to beat the heat by a drink, I believe chane ka sattu is the best thing ever, those who haven’t had this day must try this. One more drink that I have enjoyed while growing up was roohafza shake.
Rishina Kandhari: Heat can make you turn into a really insane and a cranky person. It gets really annoying when it’s too hot. I have increased my water intake. I have started drinking a lot of watermelons, orange juice. And above all, I eat a lot of cucumbers with curd to beat the heat.
Harssh A Singh: I’m actually not drinking cold stuff, strangely enough, I have my own weird recipe of an evening drink that’s hot, but it really cools you down and keeps you light and healthy. It’s a mixture of lemongrass, ginger, black crushed pepper and Tulsi, I let it boil with water, it’s not sweet so you can add honey if you want. Apparently it helps with weight loss, so I have it instead of chai and I have another cup around 7 pm.
Moin Sabri: As our body wastes energy to convert the cold water into warm water so, I prefer normal water to drink. Number of glasses is not defined because according to Ayurveda you must drink when you feel thirsty. Just be conscious of what your body’s need are, as we all have to keep our immunity system strong and stay healthy. Well, I do drink chaas as it helps in digestion.
Vikas Sethi: Normally everything I drink like kokam juice, lassi, chaas, lime water, as you need to be hydrated especially during this hot weather.
Aaira Dwivedi: It is important to stay hydrated in summer, my daily intake of water is about 3.5 litres, it keeps my body hydrated and my skin also looks fresh. Another big one on my list is coconut water because it replenishes electrolytes in my body and keeps it light yet full. Apart from water, I eat fruits and some healthy fresh juices like watermelon juice, lemonade, beetroot and carrot juice with a little bit of ginger and lime in it. These days I am making kiwi shots at home and I am super obsessed with them. Also before bed, I make sure to have one glass of warm milk.
I lost my dad when I was 16 and since was looking forward to my marriage so my father-in-law could fill that void. Papa you treated me just like yours loved me more than Rohit. I was fortunate to have you in my life.
Since I met you I prayed that If Rohit is half as loving, half as genuine, half as caring, half as real, half as willing, half as strong,half as honest, half as sincere, have as innocent, half as amazing as you were I’ve married the right man. Thank you for everything. You will be missed every second and be in our hearts forever. I’m sure you are in a better place where my dad is too… do meet him for drinks. Love you. R.I.P