Actor Aakanksha Singh is very proud of the two short films that she was recently part of – Methi Ke Ladoo and Qaid. Shooting both films have been an amazing experience, says the Badrinath Ki Dulhania actor, who has been part of Telugu films Malli Raava and Devadas, Kannada film Pailwaan and will soon be making her Tamil debut with Clap. “I have thoroughly enjoyed working on Qaid and Methi Ke Ladoo. The experience has been so good. If you talk about Qaid, when I got the opportunity, I was told that it is a really different kind of film.
The person who approached me for the role told me that he was not sure if I will be able to do it or not or if I will even like it because it’s based on a controversial subject of transgenders and sexuality. But, when I heard and read about it, I was like I want to do this particular film. We have Nicky Chawla, who was cast opposite me in the film. She is a transgender and a very popular name in the industry. She got her sex changed when she was 20-years-old and when I heard her story, I was like I have to do this film. It was really important for me to be part of a story that touched me to this extent.
I am very proud of Qaid,” she says, adding, “My other film, Methi Ke Ladoo was also an amazing experience. The experience of working with Zarina Wahab ji was incredible. Sharing the screen with an actor of her caliber was such a great feeling. Plus, she is such a sweetheart. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. One thing that I wanted to share is that so many people have watched Methi Ke Ladoo and they have called me for work. So, because of that one short film, I have got so much work. People have seen that short film and have said that they love me in it. They have told me the way I am looking, the way I have acted, everything is really nice. It is such a proud feeling to get work because of your projects.”
Ask her what are the parameters she sees while coming on board with a short film, and she says, “There is no particular criteria for selecting a short film. It is just that I should feel the story and be moved by it. Not all short films are like that but the two short films that I have done are very relatable and convincing. When I hear the narration of a project, my heart should say, ‘Oh wow! this is nice and I want to be part of it,’ so this what I look for in every project.”
Aakanksha has always been a big fan of short films. “I feel that it is a very good platform to showcase your talent and to convey your story in just a few minutes. It’s a tremendous and hard job to convey and narrate your story. I feel it’s an amazing platform to showcase your talent,” she says, “One short film which I loved was Chutney. I really like that one film. Tisca Chopra has really done a really good job. In fact, the whole cast of Chutney is amazing.” Aakanksha Singh would be seen in the film Mayday as Ajay Devgn’s wife.
ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s magnum-opus Paurashpur
ALTBalaji and ZEE5’s magnum-opus Paurashpur, a tale of power, lust, betrayals and fight for rights, that will leave you in awe! Binge-watch the 7 episodic epic drama now!
The wait is finally over, as ALTBalaji and ZEE5 are set to take us all into the entertaining world of ‘Paurashpur’, a kingdom intoxicated by gender struggles, royalty, betrayal, and vendetta.
Appreciated as Indian OTT’s first epic fictional fantasy drama, ‘Paurashpur’ features renowned names from the film and television industry, including the legendary actor Annu Kapoor, Shilpa Shinde, Milind Soman, Sahil Salathia, Anantvijay Joshi, Poulomi Das, Aditya Lal, Ashmita Bakshi, Kashish Rai, and Flora Saini among others.
As royal and regal as it appears in the magnificent trailer and intriguing posters, ‘Paurashpur’ has been creating noise for all the right reasons and trending at the number 1 spot of IMDB’s most anticipated new Indian movies and shows. Interestingly, it’s considered the only web show promoted across different cities, including Lucknow, Bhopal, and Delhi post lockdown.
Speaking about the encouraging response, Annu Kapoor says, “This web series represents male chauvinism right from the beginning of the title of the show Paurashpur (the literal meaning is the domain of male). It is a period fiction drama depicting basic human emotions such as greed, lust for power, and gender discrimination, predominantly in visual substance. I am quite hopeful that the audience will enjoy it having their choicest ingredients in it.”
Milind Soman, who has been making waves with his striking character look, adds, “My character Boris in Paurashpur is one of the most mysterious characters that I have ever played on screen. And that’s one of the major reasons why I agreed to do this. While I was initially offered the King’s role, I found Boris’s character quite interesting since he is someone who stands for the woman of the kingdom, against the King. So, the more complex the character is, the more interesting it gets.”
Raising the hotness quotient in the show, Shilpa Shinde informs, “It was just wonderful working on a show like Paurashpur and sharing screen space with such fabulous and talented actors. It is a very entertaining show that touches upon a few critical issues that even existed in those days and even today. There are a lot of mystery elements in the show, which makes it even more exciting.”
Binge watch the first 7 episodes of ‘Paurashpur’ streaming now both on ALTBalaji & ZEE5!
Here’s why this Christmas is special for Subuhii Joshi
Actor Subuhii Joshi is really looking forward to celebrating Christmas this year. Her family is at her place this year and she says that celebrating the festival with them is such a treat for her. “Since my family is here for Christmas after so many years, this is going to be a Christmas that I am looking forward to. All the nightclubs and all are shut, and we are going to be at home. But it is going to be an amazing Christmas. My mom, my brother and I have decorated the tree and the house. Majnu (pet dog) also enjoys a lot on Christmas. He loves the toys that we have decorated the tree with. He is equally involved in the Christmas decorations,” says the Yeh Un Dino Ki Baat Hai actor.
She also plans on binging on something very special this Christmas. “I have got a cake made for Christmas. It’s a special gingerbread cake from a very famous bakery here. It’s an exclusive cake and made only on order. They don’t make too many. I have ordered one since I am very fond of cake and it’s Christmas!” she says.
Subuhii says that she has always loved celebrating Christmas. “Christmas has been very special for me. From the time I was young, Christmas has always been celebrated well. My mom used to get a tree, decorate it, and there used to be so many gifts. This year has been so hard for everyone, so this Christmas is very more important. Thankfully, I am with my family. We will be at home, have cake and pray that everything around should sort out quickly,” she says.
Srishti Jain From Hamari Wali Good News
Actress Srishti Jain, better known as Navya from Hamari Wali Good News, has drastically changed her onscreen look for a story track and we are completely in awe with her.
Throwing more light on that Srishti says,” It was totally different get up, it was fun to dress up in the attire. I am a sucker for traditional Indian wear, and this is such a beautiful costume. All the authentic jewellery and the vibrant colours of the costume looked so pretty together. It was a long process to get ready, thus the creatives and I zeroed down on the hair and make up. It obviously took time but as you can see it was totally worth it. It’s a typical Rajasthani look.
My personal style is very bohemian, and the bohemian style is adapted from the Banjaras so I really loved getting dressed as one. The highlight has to be the oxidised jewellery! I love jewellery and getting ready for a particular look was very interesting. As an actor, I also look forward to different tracks, interesting looks.” She looked so different from her usual and casual style, fans almost didn’t recognize her! She looked extremely elegant and beautiful in this gorgeous, fresh look. We hope to see more of this side of Sristhi Jain in the future.
Tiger Shroff has a bag full of franchises; on the road to ace it!
Tiger Shroff, the actor who made his debut in the film industry with Heropanti has had a successful journey and left a mark on Bollywood that cannot be achieved easily. His stature, and action-hero like personna has done it for the audiences everytime. With a lot to offer to his characters Tiger has 4 franchises under his name at the moment.
A hard worker, passionate for films and also on a journey to never stop learning, Tiger Shroff is impeccable.
A source close to the actor says, “Tiger has been training hard ever since the lockdown was placed and continues to do so even now. All his upcoming films have different directors and action sequences, he is working twice as hard to make sure he performs to the director’s expectations. Though the genres are same but the storyline and action sequences / choreographies are all different from one another and all of them require Tiger to thoroughly work on each choreography.”
In the last few months 3 films have been announced, Baaghi 4, Heropanti 2 opposite Tara Sutaria and Ganapath. Another movie on the cards is Rambo and we are looking for some concrete confirmations. His fans are always on the lookout for updates, announcements and releases.
During the lockdown he also released his debut single ‘Unbelievable’ and that was something we never expected from the actor. Giving all of us a pleasant surprise he proved yet again that there’s no ground he can’t play on and own.
After the lockdown eased, Tiger was on field and continued to work as committedly as he did during the lockdown. He has a whole host of brand commitments to fulfill before he goes set hopping from one film set to another.
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