June 6, 2020
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पाताल लोक (Pataal Lok) तकनीकी रूप से अच्छी है, कहानी अच्छी है पर फिर भी जाने क्यूँ निर्माता अपने काम पर विश्वास ना करके विवाद पर विश्वास करते हैं | और विवाद भी भावनात्मक विषयों पर , मान्यताओं पर उठाते है | नाम दिया जाता है अभिव्यक्ति की आज़ादी – Freedom of Expression |

दुनिया में कई शब्द ऐसे हैं जिनकी परिभाषा व दायरा क्या हो, इस पर कई तरह के सवाल उठाए जाते रहे हैं और आगे भी उठाए जाते रहेंगे | इस अपूर्ण व असीमित परिभाषा का फ़ायदा उठा कर सभी अपने विचार रखते रहते हैं |

अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता Freedom of Expression , धार्मिक भावना ऐसे ही कुछ शब्द है जिनका फ़ायदा हम सभी समय समय पर उठाते रहते हैं | मनोरंजन जगत या कहें की फिल्म जगत इसका सबसे ज़्यादा फ़ायदा उठाता है | कला की अन्य विधाएँ भी पीछे नहीं है | नंगे पाँव घूमने वाला एक पेंटर इस बात का सबसे बड़ा उद्धरण है | वैसे तो विश्व के अलग अलग देशों में ये काम अलग अलग तरीके से होता है | मगर भारतीय होने के नाते में बात भारत की ही करूँगा |

भारत के फिल्म व टीवी जगत ने अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता का फ़ायदा उठाने का जैसे ठेका ले रखा है  | यहाँ वे ये भूल जाते हैं की अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता Freedom of Expression का मतलब ये नहीं की किसी की भावनाओं का ध्यान ना रखा जाए | सामाजिक व धार्मिक मर्यादाओं का ध्यान न रखा जाए |

इसके सबसे ज़्यादा शिकार हिंदू /सनातन धर्म को मानने वाले लोग होते हैं | चाहे वो पद्मावत हो, पीके हो, या पैंटिंग हो | हिंदू धर्म के देवी देवताओं व मान्यताओं को निशाना बनाने का जैसे ठेका ले रखा है |

टीवी के निर्माता भी कम नहीं है | पौराणिक या ऐतिहासिक घटनाओं को तोड़मरोड़ कर दिखाना उन्होने अपना जन्मसिद्ध अधिकार समझ रखा है | चाहे वो विष्णुपूराण (Vishnu Puraan) सीरियल के निर्माता हों , साईबाबा सीरियल के निर्माता हो या कोई और |

कुछ सालों पहले Amir Khan नाम के प्राणी ने भी ऐसा ही किया था | उसके बाद पद्मावत के निर्माता ने भी ऐसा ही किया | ऐसी ही कोशिश हाल ही में बनी फिल्म पाताल लोक (Pataal Lok) में पीके की कलाकार अनुष्का शर्मा ने की है |

फिल्म को हिट करने के लिए विवाद पैदा करना व भावनाओं को ठेस पहुचाने के टोटके को अपनाना जैसे चलन सा हो गया है |

क्या ज़रूरी है , जनेऊ को पहन कर व्यभिचार का दृशय दिखाना | जिस जनेऊ का इतना सम्मान होता है की किसी भी अशुद्ध काम के समय जनेऊ नहीं पहना जाता , चाहे वो पाखाना जाना ही हो |
भारतीय पौराणिक इतिहास में सावित्री एक सम्मानित नाम है | फिल्म में ये नाम एक कुतिया का रखा जाना क्या ज़रूरी है | मंदिर में अशुद्ध कार्य दिखाना , कहाँ तक ज़रूरी है |

सबसे बड़ा दुर्भाग्य ये है की फिल्म के लेखक भी ब्राह्मण है और निर्माता भी ब्राह्मण है | दोनों ने ब्राह्मण की भावना को निशाना बनाया क्योंकि दोनो अच्छी तरह जानते हैं की ब्राह्मण समुदाय कभी सड़क पर नहीं उतरेगा |

तभी ब्राह्मण समुदाय पर कलंक के समान हैं ये दोनो अनुष्का शर्मा व प्रदीप शर्मा, इन दोनो ने ये काम किया है | अनुष्का के पास कुतिया का नाम रखने के कई विकल्प थे | वो उसका नाम अनुष्का या अशहिमा रख सकती थी या कुतिया की जगह कुत्ता ले कर उसका नाम Virat या Ajay रख लेती या प्रदीप रख लेती |

जनेऊ पहने व्यक्ति को पहले Army का कर्नल दिखा सकती थी | पर इस publicity की प्यासी निर्लज्ज लड़की ने सावित्री नाम रखा |

भारतीय समाज में हर पवित्रता नारी को सावित्री के समान समझा जाता है | जब भी नारी के श्रेष्ठ आचरण के बारे में बात होते है तो एक नाम सावित्री का होता है |

मगर फिल्म लिखते समय ये नहीं सोचा गया | कब तक ये लोग अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता के नाम पर ऐसे काम करते रहेंगे | अगर फिल्म उनकी अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता है तो ये लेख मेरी अभिव्यक्ति की स्वतंत्रता है |

मेरा अनुष्का शर्मा से कहना है की अगर उसने हिंदू धर्म के अलावा किसी और धर्म को निशाना बनाया होता तो उनके साथ क्या होता वो सोच भी नहीं सकती , अनुष्का तो क्या उनके जैसे दूसरे प्राणी जैसे आमिर आदि भी नहीं सोच सकते | हम वैसा तो नहीं कर सकते हम दिल से उनको श्राप तो दे ही सकते हैं की …………….  | 

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As part of a digital webinar earlier today, actress Hina Khan along with co-actor Kushal Tandon made an official announcement for their upcoming webfilm ‘Unlock’ which is slated to release on the 26th of June!

The film has an exciting plot and storyline, featuring the dark side of the tech and webworld, which Hina and Kushal are all set to be a part of!

Apart from revealing details about the film, Hina and Kushal also spoke about their fun camaraderie and rapport on the sets! While HIna was the extremely focussed one while shooting, Kushal was more on the chilled out side, so he revealed that he actually called Hina a ‘Teacher’ throughout the duration of their shoot, because there was so much that he learnt and picked up from her entire style and way of working which he found to be quite commendable! 

Kushal even went on to reveal that in his career apart from working with his Beyhadh costar Jennifer Winget who was a thorough  professional, Hina is now the second most amazing and professional actor he has had the lovely chance to work with! 

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तमिल सुपरस्टार सूर्या और ज्योतिका ने “पोनमगल वंधल” के लिए पहली बार वर्चुअल (virtual) तरीक़े से की अपने प्रशंसकों से मुलाकात!

आज दिन की शुरुवात में, दक्षिण के सुपरस्टार ज्योतिका और सूर्या ने 100 प्रशंसकों को एक अनदेखा वर्चुअल (virtual) अनुभव दिया, जहाँ वह अपने पहले वर्चुअल फैन मीटिंग सेशन में शामिल हुए थे। हालिया स्थिति को ध्यान में रखते हुए, पोनमगल वंधल टीम ने सुनिश्चित किया कि ‘शो चलते रहना चाहिए’ और एक ऐसी एक्टिविटी को अंजाम दिया जिसे दक्षिण फिल्म (Film) उद्योग में अभी तक देखा नहीं गया है।

फिल्म का ट्रेलर पिछले हफ्ते एक बड़े पैमाने पर सकारात्मक प्रतिक्रिया के साथ रिलीज़ किया गया था और फ़िल्म आज रात अमेज़न प्राइम वीडियो (Amazon Prime video) पर प्रीमियर के लिए तैयार है। रिलीज से पहले, यह सुनिश्चित करने के लिए कि प्रशंसक अपने पसंदीदा सितारों से बात करने का मौका न चूकें, हमने एक व्यक्तिगत और मजेदार बातचीत की मेजबानी करने का फैसला किया।

डीडी (DD) के नाम से प्रसिद्ध धिव्याधारिणी की मेजबानी में, इस सेशन में प्रशंसक संदेश के जरिये ज्योतिका और सूर्या पर अपना प्यार जाहिर करते हुए नज़र आये, दो घंटे तक चले कार्यक्रम के दौरान 19000 से अधिक कमेंट पोस्ट किए गए थे। फैंस को बेहद कम इस सुपरस्टार जोड़ी को एकसाथ देखने का मौका मिलता है जिसने इस बातचीत को अधिक रोमांचक बना दिया है। इतना ही नहीं, बल्कि अभिनेताओं ने भी फिल्म से, एक अनदेखी वीडियो साझा कर के सभी को खुश कर दिया।

इस अनूठे अनुभव के बारे में बात करते हुए प्रशंसित अभिनेता और निर्माता सूर्या कहते हैं, “प्रत्येक अभिनेता के पास ऐसी फ़िल्में होती हैं जिनमें उन्होंने खुद का एक बड़ा हिस्सा निवेश किया होता है। यह ज्योतिका के लिए एक ऐसी फिल्म है जिसने उन्हें एक ही फिल्म में 5 दिग्गज अभिनेताओं के साथ काम करने के लिए उत्साहित किया है। फ्रेडरिक ने किरदार और पटकथा को इस तरह से लिखा है कि यह इस महामारी के परीक्षण के समय के दौरान भी प्रासंगिक लगती है। हम अमेज़ॅन प्राइम वीडियो (Amazon Prime Video) के साथ जुड़ने से भी खुश हैं जो इस कंटेंट को 200 से अधिक देशों और क्षेत्रों में पेश करेगा।”

वही, फिल्म की प्रमुख अभिनेत्री ज्योतिका ने साझा किया,”हम उत्साहित हैं कि पोनमगल वंधल 29 मई 2020 को डायरेक्ट-टू-स्ट्रीम पर लॉन्च होने वाली पहली तमिल फिल्म है। प्रत्येक अभिनेता चुनौतीपूर्ण भूमिकाओं की तलाश में होता है जो उनके अभिनय को अधिक ऊंचाइयों तक ले जाने में मदद करता है और मेरे किरदार वेनबा के रूप में मेरी सर्वश्रेष्ठ परफॉर्मेंस सामने आई है। अमेज़ॅन प्राइम वीडियो की व्यापक पहुंच के साथ, तमिल फिल्म प्रेमियों के साथ-साथ वैश्विक दर्शक को अपनी सीट पर जकड़ कर बिठाए रखने में कारगार रहेगी।”

अमेज़ॉन प्राइम वीडियो के एक प्रवक्ता ने कहा, “इस वैश्विक संकट के दौरान हमारा सबसे बड़ा लक्ष्य यह सुनिश्चित करना है कि हम दर्शका उस कंटेंट के साथ मनोरंजन करें जो उन्हें पसंद हो और पोनमगल वंधल उस दिशा में कदम है। जब इस लाइव सेशन पर चर्चा की गई थी, तो यह सूर्या और ज्योतिका के लिए एक अच्छा अवसर था कि वे प्रशंसकों से बात करें जो उन्हें प्यार करते हैं। जितनी प्रविष्टियाँ हमें एक दिन के भीतर मिलीं, उससे पता चलता है कि हर कोई कितना उत्साहित है और हमें यकीन है कि फिल्म पर भी ऐसे ही प्यार बरसात होगी। ”

जे जे फ्रेड्रिक द्वारा लिखित और निर्देशित, 2डी एंटरटेनमेंट द्वारा प्रस्तुत, लीगल ड्रामा की पावर-पैक कास्ट में ज्योतिका, पार्थिबन, के भाग्यराज, त्यागराजन, प्रताप पोटेन और पंडियाराजन नज़र आएंगे। फिल्म 29 मई, 2020 को अमेज़न प्राइम वीडियो पर डिजिटल प्रीमियर के लिए तैयार है।

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Abundantia and Crypt TV announce first film together – CHHORI

After making waves with the announcement of a multi-platform content alliance between India’s Abundantia Entertainment and Crypt TV of the USA, the companies have announced their first production together will be the feature film, Chhori.

Chhori is the Hindi remake of the hit-Marathi horror film, Lapachhapi (translated as ‘Hide and Seek’) and stars the talented and youth-favourite star Nushrat Bharucha, who recently starred in India’s Pyaar Ka Punchama series, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Dream Girl. Vishal Furia, who directed the original, will once again write and direct the film

Abundantia’s Vikram Malhotra and Crypt TV’s Jack Davis will produce on behalf of their respective companies.

Abundantia Entertainment, producer of successful and impactful content across screens like Airlift, Baby, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, Shakuntala Devi (under production), Durgavati (under production), Sherni (under production) and the Amazon Original Series Breathe – is currently developing the film under its horror content vertical ‘Psych’ along with Crypt TV.

Crypt TV represents a new type of media company, creating a new generation of iconic monster IP for young people by launching new characters on YouTube, Facebook & Instagram. In 2019, they announced a 5-series slate deal with Facebook Watch, that got underway with THE BIRCH which took in more than 32-million views during its 14-episode run.

A thrilled Nushrat Bharucha says, “I am extremely excited to be a part of Chhori. This genre excites me and the fact that the story is anchored in practices of our society, makes it relatable and impactful. I have wanted to work with Vishal Furia and I am so glad we are finally getting to collaborate on Chhori, which is so close to his heart.

Abundantia Entertainment and Vikram Malhotra have always backed high-quality, progressive stories and are known to make films with strong female voices and as an actor, I couldn’t ask for more. Our collaboration with an international creator like Crypt TV and its CEO Jack Davis, whose expertise in this genre is unparalleled, makes this even more thrilling. I have enjoyed some of their content thoroughly and in my very first meeting with Jack we connected instantly on how we envisaged this genre and film. I am looking forward to beginning my experience with each one of them.”

Producer Vikram Malhotra outlines his vision for Chhori, “Abundantia Entertainment has always believed in supporting progressive and insightful stories. I am delighted that we are extending our content philosophy further with the Hindi remake of Lapachhapi in partnership with Crypt TV and Jack Davis. I am confident that our collaboration on this film will allow us to create some irresistibly scary content under our latest vertical ‘Psych’. I am also delighted to collaborate with the immensely talented Nushrat.

I have seen her grow as an artist and her dedication to her craft is amazing. Nushrat’s appeal with the youth will help drive the film with the fans of the genre. I am especially delighted to work with a brilliant, young filmmaker like Vishal, who has woven an evocative narrative that cuts across themes and has a universal appeal.

Jack Davis adds, Co-Founder and CEO, Crypt TV, adds, “I am ecstatic to partner with Abundantia and Vikram on this film. When I first saw it in Mumbai with Vikram, I was blown away and instantly knew it could lead the way in elevating the horror genre in India. Abundantia and Crypt share a passion for using genre as a way to tell culture changing stories and I found the perfect mix of that and meaningful social issues in Lapachhapi. Working with an exceptional filmmaker like Vishal Furia is a privilege and key to telling such an important story in the horror genre.

And to have Nushrat Bharucha playing the lead in the film is a true thrill. She is a world class actor who has such a strong connection with the youth in India and she will be essential to elevating this story and creating social conversation around the film in India and the world.”

Director Vishal Furia says, “When I first heard that Vikram Malhotra and Abundantia Entertainment were considering a remake of my film, I was thrilled – simply because I believe there is a lot more I want to say with this story. Getting a chance to revisit the film has been an amazing experience. I want to take the remake a few steps further and make a much more impactful, scary and thrilling film – more so because I am grateful for all the love I still receive for Lapachhapi.

Partnering with Vikram and his team along with Jack Davis has been a wonderful process and I am confident that all of us can take this film to even bigger heights. Nushrat is a very strong and promising actor who I believe is well equipped to essay a strong role all by herself. I have wanted to collaborate with her for a while now and I am glad that we finally have a film together.”

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Akshay Kumar who is an ambassador of one of India’s leading brands in the hosiery segment, unveiled it’s new identity with a fresh vision today. In a first, the actor launched the revamped logo digitally via e-press conference following the Government’s norms of social distancing.

Talking about the current situation the country is in, Akshay said, “ I have been doing meetings and script narrations through video calls, catching up on films and new shows and spending time with my family. I feel we are lucky to be privileged to stay safe at home and be with our families. But, this is only possible because of our frontline warriors. I would like to sincerely thank them. It’s because of them that we are alive.”

When quizzed about when does he plans to resume shooting, the actor responded, “Even I what to know (laughs). I am sure not only me but everyone is eager to get back to work. Once the lockdown is lifted all of us should start working for ourselves, our families and our economy. Till then, it’s all about spending time with your loved ones”

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In a hard time of Pendamic music director duo, Sajid-Wajid leaving no bars to motivate the society and create positiveness through their music. Therefore, they recently launched a new music channel, Taaleem Music, which is meant to showcase some different music apart from Bollywood. Recently, their channel came up with two inspirational and happening songs Tere Saath Hain Hum and Eid Mubarak. The started brainchild Taaleem Studio by Sajid Wajid, now they are all set with Taaleem Music channel, which has released these soulful tracks.

During the time of COVID, when you are not free to go around and meet your loved ones, therefore, to keep people entertained in a unique form of music Sajid-Wajid showcased Taaleem Music Channel. Stating the deepness of their move, as per Sajid, “We have just opened our new channel Taaleem Music. During this tough time of COVID, we wanted to do something different, besides Bollywood music. This time we headed with some unique form of music including folk, Qawwalis, and more. We are all set to give good quality music with the best musicians.

Taaleem is a platform for a lot of talented people, please walk in, this is your house. We would love to collaborate with new talent, new musicians. We have our studio called Taaleem Studio. Basically, Taaleem means, Seekho, sikhao aur gungunao, so this is our motto. So, let’s altogether stay strong and keep yourself positive with the entertainment world of Taaleem Music.”

Well, Taaleem Music channel’ first song called Tere Saath Hain Hum is sung in collaboration with various b’town artists, composed by Sajid Wajid and written by Kunaal Vermaa. Whereas, Eid Mubarak is sung by Javed Ali and written by Danish Sabri. So! It is time to head up and subscribe to the channel on YouTube and enjoy the essence of real music.

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Madhuri Dixit, the Bollywood Diva and Dhak Dhak girl has shared a TikTok video starting a new campaign called #CandleOfHope to spread positivity and hope amid these gloomy times. In the video, she can be seen portraying a graceful dance with a candle and the video has garnered over 1.8 million views so far.

Link to the video: https://vm.tiktok.com/K8m8nu/

CandleOfHope and #WholesomeMemes are trending hashtags on the platform wherein celebrities and creators are creating videos to spread hope, positivity and feel good content.

While everybody is stuck at home due to the ongoing pandemic, few moments of optimism and positivity can surely bring a smile on everyone’s faces.

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Vidya Balan & Ronnie Screwvala’s Natkhat Will World Premiere At Tribeca Enterprises’ ‘We Are One: A Global Film Festival’ On June 2, 2020

Versatile actress Vidya Balan created quite a stir recently when she dropped the intriguing first look poster of her debut short film, Natkhat.
The hard-hitting film, which addresses patriarchy and toxic masculinity, while dealing with several issues such as gender inequality, rape culture, domestic violence etc., has now been selected by the Mumbai Film Festival to be world premiered at the one-of-a-kind, We Are One: A Global Film Festival on June 2, 2020. Produced and organized by New York’s Tribeca Enterprises, this 10-day digital film festival will be hosted on YouTube and will encompass programming from 20 festivals, including Mumbai Film Festival, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, and more.

While Vidya is also acting in the film, Natkhat marks her debut as a producer. Speaking about Natkhat’s world premiere on such a prestigious platform, Vidya said, “Due to this unimaginable and mind-numbing COVID-19 crisis, while film festivals across the globe have been cancelled, digital festivals such as We Are One come as a hope for viewers and filmmakers. I am really happy and excited to showcase our film on this platform. Natkhat is a very special film because it addresses something that is extremely pertinent in these times while also delivering a strong message.”

Echoing Vidya’s sentiments, the film’s co-producer Ronnie Screwvala said, “It’s initiatives like We Are One and platforms like Tribeca Enterprises that are truly making a difference by bringing people together even during these trying times. The donations from the festival will go to the World Health Organization and I am happy that our film is going to be screened on such a platform. It is a honour for us.”

Written by Annukampa Harsh and Shaan Vyaas with Associate Producer Sanaya Irani Zohrabi, Natkhat is directed by Shaan Vyas and produced by Vidya Balan and Ronnie Screwvala.

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Makers of Delhi Crime – FilmKaravan Originals release their first feature presentation What Are The Odds? which is now streaming on Netflix, worldwide.

FilmKaravan Originals, the producers of the Netflix Original Delhi Crime are in it for the long haul. The much talked about taut thriller based on the investigation of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case had been widely praised and lauded by critics and audiences alike. Moving to a completely different turf, FilmKaravan Originals, , now releases its second offering, a full-length feature film titled, What Are The Odds?, exclusively on Netflix worldwide. The film is also backed and co-produced by matinee idol Abhay Deol while reprising a pivotal role of a rock star in the film.

A consolidated content distribution, marketing and delivery service house, FilmKaravan diversified into production with Delhi Crime and now with the release of What Are The Odds? the company has cemented itself as a bonafide content production house in the digital space. The company operates from two of the largest entertainment hubs in the world- California and Mumbai. In the past, the company has also produced two short films, titled Leeches and Grant Street Shaving Co. Leeches is currently streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime.

The film had won a National Award for its music and premiered across multiple prestigious international film festivals. Grant Street Shaving Co. is live on both Amazon Prime and Mubi. The music for the film was given by Sagar Desai who was also gave the music for What Are The Odds?

Speaking about the release of What Are The Odds, Sanjay Bachani stated, “Production had always been on the cards and we were scouting for stories that we would be compelled to back. Our effort will always be directed towards being diversified while working with a wide array for makers and talents. We are currently developing a slate across genres and different formats of story telling which are at various stages of production”.

Set in a whimsical version of Mumbai and peopled with characters and incidences personifying the title, ‘What Are The Odds?’ is an honest, often hilarious and rapt exploration of growing up in contemporary India devoid of its cultural specifications and celebrating unusual friendships. Directed by Megha Ramaswamy, the film features Karanvir Malhotra (Selection Day, Forgotten Army) and Yashaswini Dayama (Delhi Crime, Dear Zindagi) in lead roles. The film also stars Monica Dogra Priyanka Bose, Jugal Hansraj and Manu Rishi Chadha.

FilmKaravan boasts of tie-ups with the largest streaming platforms to reach maximum viewers and specializes in release over EST, VOD and SVOD services. The company has more than 1000 films and episodic TV catalog (Indian & International) and has successfully executed worldwide Day & Date digital film releases simultaneous to their theatrical release.

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Director Saumitra Singh, who earlier helmed two award winning short films The Wallet and Painful Pride is now gearing up for his grand feature debut titled Anam. The film is based on a 21-year old girl, who does stunts as a sport. Thus, making Anam India’s first sports stunt film. However, the cast hasn’t been locked yet but an A-list actress will be a part of it.

The tagline of the film says ‘a bike doesn’t know your gender’. The story is ideated by Anam Hashim and penned by Namneesh Sharma.

Director Saumitra Singh says, “I have been working on this idea since quite sometime now. However, I was busy making and promoting my two short films but been working on Anam simultaneously. The script has come out well and I can’t wait it to start making it.”

Anam Hashim shares, “While growing up as a kid, I always was someone who was inclined towards cycles, bikes & cars. Eventually with time I discovered my love for bikes and through internet I got to know of something called stunts. Seeing YouTube videos of others made me feel like I can also do this if I try. So, I just took a decision of pursuing it.”

“The journey began by trying to learn how to do wheelies on others bike and it gave me enough confidence to even get my own bike. While I was finishing my 12th, I was very sure of what I wanted to do in life, stunt riding/streetbike freestyle,” she adds.