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Divyanka Tripathi recalls when she chose ‘dignity’ over a TV show




Telly star Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya says years ago, she quit a TV show to avoid a traumatic experience.

Today, Divyanka is a star in the television space thanks to her work in fiction as well as reality shows such as “Banoo Main Teri Dulhann”, “Ye Hai Mohabbatein”, “Nach Baliye” and “The Voice”. But there was a time when she was desperately looking for work, and even though she got an opportunity she didn’t take it up.

Commenting on harassment at work, Divyanka told IANS: “Many men think it is a man’s world, but it is not. Women are ruling in all the ways possible. They are at par with men. But some men feel they can get a free pass. They think they can tease someone or pass lewd remarks and get away with it. It used to happen, it also happens now. It’s just that I always knew where to set a boundary. Since the time I started working, I knew what I didn’t want.”

“I knew that I wanted to do good work, but not at the cost of my dignity. In fact, I left a show. I won’t name the person, producer or the channel. I had signed a show, and the maker made a pass at me. He was very indecent. I left the show because of that. I knew that it would be a traumatic experience for me because any daily soap continues for a certain number of months or years, and I couldn’t see myself in that kind of a situation,” she shared.

Even though she didn’t have any other work offer at that time and was “desperately” looking for work, she refused to continue working on that show.

“I was not so desperate to still continue, so I left the show. Saying no at the right time is extremely important. You deserve respect. Your position doesn’t matter. If you’ll respect yourself then others will respect you,” said Divyanka, who made her acting debut in the 2006 show “Viraasat” with a small role.

“This happened a year or two before I got ‘Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’. At that time I was in need of work. I bagged the show, but I backed off. I was told by the makers and channel that I’ll have to do the show, but I told them that I have enough proof on my phone so, don’t push me. I was allowed to walk away. The channel didn’t go against me after this incident, after seeing the stupid conversation. They didn’t say anything because they knew I was right. One should never shy away from taking a stand,” she added.

After her debut, she played the lead role in “Banoo Main Teri Dulhann”, which ran from 2006 to 2009. Later, she appeared as a guest or contestant in several shows, including “Comedy Circus”.

Then, Divyanka took up the lead role of Dr. Ishita Bhalla in the long-running show “Yeh Hai Mohabbatein”, which aired from 2013 to 2019. She also starred in the 2019 web show “Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala”. She recently hosted a special series, “Crime Patrol Satark: Women Against Crime”.

In the year ahead, she looks forward to lots of work. “I want to do different kinds of roles. Doing ‘Crime Patrol’, for instance, was so refreshing. I always wanted to spread awareness about women and give a message to the entire society, not just women. I would like to do films and web series, too,” said Divyanka.

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Ekta Kapoor has her plate full with 24 projects lined up for 2022




After a successful 2021 marked by a string of interesting projects and a Padma Shri win, Ekta Kapoor is all set to crank it up a notch in 2022 with more than 24 projects in the pipeline.

Some of the projects have been shot and are ready to release while some are still at the development stage.

Talking about the 2022 content calendar, Ekta says, “I am very excited to announce that my team and I are all set to release more than 24 projects in 2022. We have some amazing content ready to release across various platforms be it theatres, web shows or TV channels.”

Commenting about her production house’s tryst with experimentation, she adds, “We at Balaji have always believed in experimenting when it comes to providing entertainment to the audiences and with our upcoming projects we have tried to take the level a notch higher.”

ALTBalaji, which is the digital arm of Ekta’s production house will dole out projects like ‘#hashtagwarss’, ‘Verdict 2’, ‘Mentalhood S2’, ‘Apharan 2’, ‘Bois Locker Room’, ‘Class of 2021’, ‘Baarish 3’, ‘Band aid’, ‘Paurashpur Season 2’, ‘Bank Heist’, ‘A Cold Mess’ and ‘Farrey’.

In the TV space, shows like ‘Naagin 6’, ‘Kasam Tere Pyaar Ki 2’, ‘Kahan Hum Chale’, ‘Itna Karo na mujhe pyaar 2’ will be broadcast soon.

Coming to films, Balaji Motion Pictures’s slate looks packed with interesting projects like ‘Ek Villain Returns’, ‘Freddy’, ‘U turn’, Hansal Mehta’s untitled thriller, ‘Jersey’, ‘Goodbye’, ‘KTina’, ‘Shehzada’, ‘Shootout at Byculla’, ‘Dobaara’ and ‘LSD 2’.

Ekta is set to work with some of the biggest names in the industry like Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Neena Gupta, Disha Patani, Kareena Kapoor, Hansal Mehta and many more in the coming year.

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Kriti Sanon joins the cast of ‘Shehzada’ in Delhi




Fresh from the success of ‘Hum Do Hamare Do’, Kriti Sanon has joined the starcast of ‘Shehzada’ in Delhi for the film’s second schedule.

The film is being helmed by Rohit Dhawan, who flagged off its Delhi schedule a few days back with Kartik Aaryan and Paresh Rawal.

After wrapping her work in London, Kriti Sanon joined the film crew this morning. The actress made an announcement with regards to this through her social media as she shared a boomerang of the clapboard in her Instagram story and wrote, “Shehzadi in the house.”

Talking about the development, producer Bhushan Kumar said, “We are glad to have Kriti Sanon on our Delhi set. The actress has an infectious energy. She will essay a never-before-seen character in the film. I am sure the audience will enjoy her performance on screen.”

Co-producer Aman Gill added, “Kriti Sanon is one of the most collaborative actresses. I am looking forward to working with her on our Delhi schedule. Till now, we have had a lot of fun shooting here, and I am sure the actress will add a punch of more excitement.”

Earlier, ‘Shehzada’ wrapped its 20-day first schedule in a palatial mansion set in the Film City, Mumbai. The team will now shoot some key sequences in Old Delhi, the filming for which is already underway around Jama Masjid.

In addition to Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan and Paresh Rawal, ‘Shehzada’ also stars Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy and Sachin Khedekar in key roles. The film produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Allu Arvind, S. Radha Krishna and Aman Gill, will feature music by Pritam, and will release in November, 2022.

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Padmini Kolhapure: It’s an honour to sing Lata Mangeshkar’s ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’




 After her comeback with ‘Dil Bekaraar’, veteran actress Padmini Kolhapure has sung the new version of the iconic song ‘Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara’.

The label released an endearing image depicting the ideal mother-daughter bond from childhood to the day of the young girl’s marriage.

Speaking on the same, Padmini says, “The emotions that a mother goes through when her daughter gets married is not something that can be put in words. From happiness to sorrow to a feeling of emptiness, one feels so many things at one time. ‘Ye Galiyan Ye Chaubara’ is a rendition of all those feelings”.

The song which was originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar, is from Padmini’s highly acclaimed film ‘Prem Rog’ which was directed by Raj Kapoor.

Describing the experience of working on the iconic track, the actress says, “It was like an emotional roller coaster to sing the same song and I am so proud of the way it has shaped up. There is no bigger honour than being able to give voice to a song that was sung by Lata Ji. I am excited to see how the audiences react to the video as well.”

The re-created version of the song is presented by Saregama and Dhamaka Records and will hit the airwaves on December 6.

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