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Bollywood Directors taking TV actors seriously now Says Gurmeet Choudhary




Actor Gurmeet Choudhary, who ventured into acting with TV show “Ramayan” in 2008 and made a smooth transition to the big screen in 2015 with “Khamoshiyan”, is excited that Bollywood filmmakers are now taking television actors seriously.

Apart from Gurmeet, several small screen actors like Sushant Singh Rajput, Rajeev Khandelwal, Jay Bhanushali, Prachi Desai, Karan Singh Grover, Ram Kapoor, Ronit Roy and Eijaz Khan switched from TV to films and have tried their luck in Bollywood.

Asked about the blurring lines between TV and big screen for actors, Gurmeet told IANS here: “I am super excited because there is no actor from TV or Bollywood. An actor is just an actor regardless of the medium. Earlier it was a taboo that a TV actor will not be able to do a film or ‘He’s exposed too much’. But now producer and directors are taking us very seriously.”

The 34-year-old actor says filmmakers know and are comfortable with the fact that he has a fan following since he has worked on successful small screen shows.

“My TV audience and fans take me very seriously. For them, it is like ‘If it is Gurmeet’s show or a film, they will go watch it’. So, the makers know that Gurmeet is a known person and has a good fan following, plus I do a little good work,” he said, with a laugh.

Gurmeet feels filmmakers see a package.

“I have spent three years in Bollywood and have done three films, including working in ‘Paltan’ with such a big director like J.P. Dutta in such a short span of time,” he said.

Before stepping into the world of acting, Gurmeet was a model and even won the ‘Mr Jabalpur’ title in a contest earlier.

There’s often a perception that models cannot act. What does Gurmeet have to say about it?

“I think acting comes from within, even if the person is a model. If that person is an actor from within, then he will act good. But if you can’t act from your heart, no amount of training will help,” Gurmeet said on the sidelines of a fashion event in Mumbai.

He says he was very lucky as his first TV show was “Ramayan”.

“I played Lord Ram. It was a difficult character because I was just 21 years old and I played Ram at such a young age. The character had a lot of emotions. I think I learnt emoting through that and after that, I did a lot of shows and reality shows and now I am doing movies,” headed.

Gurmeet was last seen on-screen in war drama “Paltan”.


Prasoon Joshi reacts after Amitabh Bachchan credits him for poem




Poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi has reacted after veteran Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan rectified his error and credited Joshi for the poem which he had recited on social media.

“I feel humbled if my poem ‘Ruke na tu’ can provide support in these difficult times, which has been recited by respected Amit ji with all his heart, as always. Several sites in the internet consider it as a creation of respected late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. It is an honour that his craft is reflected in my work. My respect to Ma Saraswati,” Joshi tweeted in Hindi late on Wednesday.

It all began with Amitabh Bachchan reciting the poem “Ruke na tu” on social media on Tuesday and erroneously claiming it as the creation of his father, late poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan.

Bachchan took to social media on Wednesday to rectify the mistake he made the day before and acknowledged in a tweet that the poem is actually written by poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi.

Bachchan had recited Joshi’s poem in an attempt to encourage frontline workers amid India’s battle with a raging second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Mrunal Thakur: ‘Most important thing is patience’




Actress Mrunal Thakur says uncertainty is a natural trait if one belongs to the film industry.

“I think the most important thing is patience. As an artiste, you are always curious to perform but the big question is content. You have to choose the right script. I feel pressured (and think) should I choose this script? I feel internally that I can do better but then I feel if I let this script go, will I get more films? This thought keeps bothering me all the time,” she told IANS.

Mrunal has interesting films such as “Toofan”, “Jersey” and “Aankh Micholi” coming up, and says it is important to not take up films just for the sake of having work.

She talks of patience again, while noting that the Covid outbreak has delayed her releases, just like all other films.

“It all depends on how patient you are. It’s been a while after ‘Batla House’, then ‘Ghost Stories’ came, and now ‘Toofan’, ‘Jersey’ and ‘Aankh Micholi’ are taking time. I tell myself every day that I know it is difficult but the wait is worth it. These are special stories and it is an honour to be part of them. These are the kind of films which deserve to be celebrated. The storyline content, screenplay, characters, makers — everything. It is difficult but it’s a game of patience,” she says.

Like everyone else in the industry, Mrunal wants to be part of cinema that is meaningful.

“If I try to hurry up, I may end up taking up scripts just for sake of it. I will end up losing myself. For me, films are an integral part of my life and I want to be associated with a film that will have a message and do good for society in some way or the other,” she sums up.

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Avika Gor: This time will go but leave a lot of scars




Actress Avika Gor, who rose to fame as Anandi in the show “Balika Vadhu”, feels the Covid pandemic may ebb one day but it is bound to leave scars behind.

“We are facing death in the face of Covid-19 virus. We would never see such dire times probably in our lives. There is still such a big fight to take. I can’t ask everyone enough to follow all the protocols. It’s literally saving lives,” Avika said.

She stressed on wearing masks and maintaining social distance. “This disease is predominantly air borne and we have to put the masks on, maintain social distancing and follow everything asked to. Let’s help each other whenever and whatever ways we can. This time will go but leave a lot of scars,” the actress added.

Currently, Avika has a couple of Telugu projects coming up. She will be seen in “Thank You” co-starring Naga Chaitanya and Raashi Khanna, and an untitled project with Kalyan Dev.

On the personal front, last November Avika had confirmed that she is dating Roadies 17 contestant Milind Chandwani. She had shared photographs with Milind on social media and talked about their relationship.

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