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Chai with Ahmad love for Bollywood

Q) Tell us about your background and your journey so far?

A) My name is Ahmad Al Marzooqi. I am the first Arab celebrity vlogger to promote Bollywood in the Middle East. This vlogging is my hobby. My journey so far hasn’t been easy, it was very challenging. Honestly speaking, I was being bullied every day from the age of seven till I was eighteen. I was an introvert and shy person, I couldn’t go outside to buy anything for myself, that’s how challenging my life was. I was protected by my family, especially by my mom. I had no friends because I had difficulty in speaking some words, I don’t know what kind of disease it was, but now everything has changed and I have become a completely different person.

Q) How did you get into this profession?

A) Well, I always wanted to know about Bollywood. In fact, people always came to me if they had any question about Bollywood or TV. I was literally always searching about Bollywood on the internet, so I knew that I can educate people by my knowledge on Bollywood, and that’s how I got into this profession.

Q) How did you come up with the concept of “Chai with Ahmad”?

A) ‘Chai with Ahmad’ is inspired by ‘Koffee with Karan’. Everyone loves the show, especially here in the Middle East because it is so fun to watch. So, in the Middle East in Dubai we love chai, we have at least one cup in a day, so whenever you are having chai with friends it means you are having a positive conversation. And that’s how my concept of having ‘Chai with Ahmad’ started, a chat show with celebrities which is full of freshness, positivity and no negative comments or negative talk.

Q) You have interacted with a wide variety of celebrities from Himansh Kohli to Tiger Shroff. What was the biggest takeaway from those interactions?

A) Yes, I have interacted with a lot of celebrities from Bollywood and Hollywood. My biggest takeaway from each of them is their attitude and their personality. For e.g. Himansh Kohli had recently broken off with his girlfriend, but he didn’t show that he went through a breakup, that is something that I learnt from him. He is a very fun-loving guy otherwise. Tiger Shroff was a true gentleman. Jacqueline Fernandez, she is a very big actress, and she was very energetic and I loved her energy. So I adopted their good qualities, and I think that’s why I am a very positive person.

Q) You are recognized as a universal brother by everyone in India? How does that make you feel?

A) I had no idea that I would become a big personality when I started my journey. I always felt that I will be a random person who will one day surrender his passion, but being recognizable in India, Brazil, Africa, some part of the US, it gives me immense joy. I always had a mission that I want to educate people about Bollywood, because language is a barrier in Arab people, they don’t understand Hindi, so I am the person who connects them and then translates it. It took me months to get the kind of appreciation I have received from celebrities, PRs, producers and directors, it’s overwhelming.

I really want to thank each and everyone who has been a part of my journey, who agreed to give me an interview, the PR agencies without whom I wouldn’t have reached here. It’s all about the collaboration between PR agencies, celebrities and people, they have all collaborated with me that’s why I am being recognizable.

Q) Have you been to India? What is your connection with India?

A) I have always wanted to visit India, and I can say that India is my second home after Dubai. I don’t know what connection I have but people say ‘pichle janam’ (rebirth) , so I think in my ‘pichle janam’ my nationality was Indian. I have no idea what connects me to Bollywood and India, but the people there are so kind and down to earth and they are very welcoming.

Q) What is your career goal?

A) My career goal is to educate Arab people worldwide about Bollywood, and now Hollywood too, as I have started doing that too. When I do Hollywood, I always ask those celebrities about Bollywood as well, like what they think of Bollywood and if they want to act in Bollywood movies. So my aim is to make Bollywood visible all over the world and I hope this happens.

Q) What got you so interested in Bollywood?

A) When I was six, my mom woke me up at 8 p.m. and it was usually my bed time, but it was a weekend and she said we are going for a movie. I didn’t know what she meant, but once we reached I saw a giant screen and the movie was ‘Khalnayak’. That was the first movie I saw, and I have been attached to it since then. I was very fond of Hindi cinema so now I can watch them without subtitles and I can easily tell people what is happening in the scene.

Q) Which are the five celebrities you love the most and why?

A) Choosing five celebrities is very difficult, but I can name five who brought a change on my show and my career. The first one is Anil Charanjeett, he has been a part of movies like ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Simmba’. He was the first person I interviewed on my Instagram live. Himansh Kohli was the first celebrity I interviewed physically. Jacqueline Fernandez because she is an A-lister star who came on my show. Ian Somerhalder, he is a Hollywood celebrity and has been a part of ‘The Vampire Diaries’. He was the most well-known Hollywood celebrity because the amount of interaction which I had on my Instagram was incredible. Shivin Narang and Tejasswi Prakash, these two gave very high engagement on my profile and it really gave me the peak. Then, Shraddha Kapoor and Tiger Shroff, my profile has increased a lot since I interviewed them live.

Q) Which celebrity did you enjoy interviewing the most, and who was a little difficult to handle?

A) Well, I don’t want to pick a favourite, because everyone is different. I don’t have a favourite, but those top five people are the people who really brought my Instagram page into limelight. I could say I was a little nervous while interviewing Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, he is a legendary actor as he has been in the industry for a long time. Honestly, it was fun talking to him.



Rhea Sharma on “Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke”

Rajan Shahi is popularly known as the “king of relationships” of the small screen. And Rhea Sharma, who plays the female protagonist in his show “Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke”, couldn’t agree more.


The beautiful actress essays Mishti in the popular show, while Shaheer Sheikh is seen as Abir. Their on-screen couple is popularly called MishBir and is one of the most famous pairs of the small screen.

She said that she was very excited to get the role and added, “Rajan sir is famous for creating great pairs on-screen, which people always remember. And the chemistry also comes out really well in his shows. After hearing the storyline, I was very sure that the show is going to be amazing. I felt connected to it as an audience too.”

“And I never thought that MishBir will become so famous. I am not so active on social media, but I keep hearing that people call us the ‘best jodi’ and every other week we are trending on Twitter. I think the chemistry has really worked. Shaheer is a superb actor, and I feel that if you are working with a good actor then it shows in the performance too. I think I am blessed to work with Rajan sir and such a great cast,” she added.

The show recently went on-air after a long gap of three months. And her character is seen going through an emotional turmoil now. Talking about the new twist, she said, “Mishti was leading a very simple life before an incident happened. There was a guy who was trying to molest her, and in self-defence she ended up hitting his head with a rock. So, she is in this guilt and gets panic attacks, and she’s going through PTSD. And it’s a very sensitive topic that she cannot even share it with her family.”

She further added, “Abir is trying to protect her as much as he can and is her only support in this difficult time. This is something new for me as an actor and will see Mishti in a new light. Though it’s a little challenging to portray this side of Mishti, it’s fun too. The feedback from the viewers is very overwhelming. So, we are glad that it’s working.”

The new twist also saw the Rajvansh family welcome Varun Soni, essayed by Ruslaan Mumtaz. The actress had earlier worked with him for an episode of “Laal Ishq” and mentioned that knowing each other made it easier for them to work together.

“There’s a comfort working with him because we already know each other. Ruslaan is a very sweet guy, so whenever he is on set, it’s a lot more fun. And he has adjusted quite well with the whole team. The chemistry also comes out because there is no hesitation. And he is good friends with Shaheer too. So the set environment is very chilled out,” she concluded.

“Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke” airs Monday to Saturday at 9 p.m. on Star Plus. It is produced under Shahi’s banner Director’s Kut Productions.


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Aseem Arrora on Nikkhil Advani’s ‘Gorkha’

From movies like “Malang” to “Baazaar” and now “Bell Bottom” and shows like “P. O. W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke” and “21 Sarfarosh – Saragarhi 1897”, writer Aseem Arrora has a huge list to his credit. His upcoming work includes Nikkhil Advani’s “Gorkha”, and he says it is close to his heart.

He also mentioned that his TV show “P. O. W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke” is one of his favorite works and said, “It just took so much out of me and gave me a lot in return. Understanding soldiers their families and how the intel services work in addition to two ITA nominations.”

“I have just finished the draft of Nikkhil Advani’s ‘Gorkha’, and it’s straight from the heart. This again is very very close to me,” he added.

Aseem says being a writer gives him the power to control a story and that’s what attracts him to his job.

“Being a writer allows me to take control of a story. I can decide how the people in the world I have created will behave. It’s my escape. It’s my dream. And I am the pilot of this flight,” he said.

He calls his writing journey “interesting” and says for him “writing is a vent, an expression” and that he has been “learning since the last twelve years.” He went on to share that it was great to see his name on the big screen when his first film “Heroes” released in 2008.

“But I have always been very critical of my work. So am always mindful of the corrections to be made in the next one,” he added.

Aseem mentioned that because of writing “multiple layers have opened up in me as a person” and added, “I don’t judge people anymore. Try to think of possible motivations. Secondly, writing has made me socially aware.”

He feels that in India different people behave differently with screenwriters and added, “Having said that the scene is changing at a fast pace. Respect is directly proportional to remuneration. I feel some writers are getting the deserved price now.”

Any advice for budding writers? “Write like a laborer, daily. Just keep at it. Don’t lose conviction. Try to keep working so that you don’t have to sell your soul. Have work in hand and try to do some TV. It helps,” Aseem signed off.

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Sanya Malhotra Dangal Girl Shares insight on Vidya Balan

Sanya Malhotra shares her insights on the things she learnt from her co-star Vidya Balan during the shoot of Shakuntala Devi.

  • The actress says, “The one thing that I have learnt from her is that she has an amazing sense of humour. She is so bright and happy all the time. She always becomes a part of the crew somehow. When you are on the set and shooting for 45 days straight, she really held everyone of us together.”
  • Sanya further adds, “Everyone on the set used to be happy when she used to be around. The beautiful energy that she has on and off set, is something very inspiring. She is also such a fantastic co-actor to work with. She is there throughout. Even when the camera is not on her, she gives all her cue. She is just fantastic and doesn’t have that air about her.”

It may just sound like a mere thing of being happy, spreading positivity and sharing happiness but this small thing of treating everyone like our own makes a huge difference. Sanya has witnessed this from Vidya on sets and seen how much of a difference it can make.

The filmmaker’s actor, Sanya Malhotra is going to be seen next in Shakuntala Devi opposite Vidya Balan, Anurag Basu’s next LUDO and Guneet Monga’s Pagglait.

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MC Sher – Gully Boy wins hearts with Poem

MC Sher “Siddhant Chaturvedi” recently featured on the digital cover of a leading magazine and the netizens are all praise for him, ‘Making it big’.

Now, treating his audience further with his poetic side, the actor shared a heartwarming video – “Agar ye duniya khul gayi toh?”,

Bringing a long-awaited take on the days after lockdown with spoken poetry, Siddhant shares, “#SapnonKaCountdown

The actor has high desirability and a huge female fan following all for his spectacular looks which made him the perfect ‘first male actor’ to get featured on the cover.

Siddhant shot the images for the cover himself at his house, adhering to social distancing and the lockdown norms.

Earlier, the motion digital cover which was recently released posed the acoustic version of his first hit single ‘Dhoop’.

The main cover brought to us an artistic image of Siddhant, facing a canvas with a paintbrush in his hand while he is engrossed deep into the art wih the words ‘Making it Big’, saying it all on the cover.

From ‘Dhoop’ to his all-new poetry on life after lockdown, the actor is winning our hearts as we await to see him on screen.

Siddhant will next be seen in “Bunty Aur Babli 2”, followed by Shakun Batra’s project with Deepika Padukone and Ananya Panday.

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