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Lyricist Amitabh S. Verma on directing web series ‘Teen Do Paanch’

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Lyricist Amitabh S. Verma, who has also directed short films as “Hotel Park Street” and “Bhor”, has helmed his first series “Teen Do Paanch”, starring Shreyas Talpade and Bidita Bag.

The series tells a couple’s story, about how their life changes after they adopt three kids.

“I have always liked slice-of-life films that are in the real space and relatable. We have tried to make the series as real as possible. This is a story my wife Shruti Anindita Vermaa, who is a known television producer and director, had written. We adapted that into a series and added a lot of elements. All these elements in the series have been taken from real life and I am sure many people are going to relate to it. Adoption is a serious theme but we have treated it in a light manner so that it doesn’t become too heavy for the viewers,” Verma told IANS.

He says working with Shreyas Talpade was a treat. “Working with Shreyas Talpade is a dream come true. I have always been a fan of his. He is not only a brilliant actor but also a great human being and now a friend for life. His humility is exemplary. Many a time, we had to shoot for more than 12 hours at a stretch because we had to finish the shoot within 25 days, but he never ever complained. He was always ready with his costume and makeup and always on time. I don’t think we have many actors who are as professional as him. It was a great experience working with him and I would love to work with him again,” he says.

Verma has a lot of work in the pipeline.

“I am writing a feature film that will be shot in July if everything is okay. My wife is going to direct a feature film. Right now, I am also writing her film. A lot of documentaries and a superb travel series are in the pipeline. I am also casting for my next feature film. It is a comedy that I am sure will be loved by people,” he declares.

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Farhan Akhtar mourns Milkha Singh’s death: You represented a dream

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Actor Farhan Akhtar, who played Milkha Singh in the film “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, has mourned the death of the legendary Indian athlete, who passed away aged 91 after a long battle with Covid-19.

Farhan posted a picture on Instagram posing with Milkha, who was popularly known as the ‘Flying Sikh’.

The actor penned a note saying that he refuses to accept that Milkha Singh is no more.

Farhan wrote: “Dearest Milkha ji, A part of me is still refusing to accept that you are no more. Maybe it’s the stubborn side I inherited from you.. the side that when it sets it’s mind on something, just never gives up.

“And the truth is that you will always be alive. Because you were more than a large hearted, loving, warm, down to earth man. You represented an idea. You represented a dream. You represented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person off his knees and get him to touch the sky. “

Farhan said that the legendary athlete touched everyone’s lives.

“For those who knew you as a father and a friend, it was a blessing. For those who didn’t, your story was a constant source of inspiration and a reminder of humility in success. I love you with all my heart,” he concluded.

Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, biographical sports drama is based on the life of Milkha Singh.

Milkha Singh passed away in a local hospital in Chandigarh at 11.30 p.m. on Friday, read a statement from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), where he was being treated for Covid-related complications.

He is survived by a son, ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, and three daughters.

Six days ago, on June 13, Milkha’s wife Nirmal passed away.

A former India volleyball captain, she was 85, and she, too, was affected by Covid and related complications.

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Tahir Raj Bhasin: It’s disorienting to see Mumbai shut

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Bollywood actor Tahir Raj Bhasin is finally back in the city after three months and has resumed work. He has started dubbing for his forthcoming release “Looop Lapeta”. The actor says it is disorienting to see a bustling city as Mumbai shut down, and the film industry paralysed, as it happened during the Pandemic.

“It really feels great to be back in Mumbai and start working after the country was engulfed in the deadly second wave. Mumbai has a very different energy and I have loved every bit of my time here. It is a city that has given me wind beneath my wings to aspire and soar creatively,” says Tahir.

He adds: “I have started dubbing for ‘Looop Lapeta’. As soon as I finish this, I will be starting work on a new project that I’m supremely excited about. I have been finishing my brand commitments before I dive into my film commitments.”

The actor says he left Mumbai to shoot in different parts of the country as cases spiked in the city. “So, it’s great to see Mumbai coming back to normalcy, and for the industry to restart.”

Tahir says he felt disoriented when shooting was paused in Mumbai. “This is a city of dreams and it’s always on, every second of the day. That’s the charm of Mumbai. So, it’s disorienting to see it shut, for the film industry to be paralysed and for people to not have work,” he said.

In “Looop Lapeta”, Tahir is paired with Taapsee Pannu. He also has “Bulbul Tarang” coming up opposite Sonakshi Sinha and “Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein”with Shweta Tripathi.

Tahir also has “83” lined up for release. Directed by Kabir Khan, the film is about India’s first World Cup win in 1983, and stars Ranveer Singh as the team captain Kapil Dev. Tahir play legendary opening batsman Sunil Gavaskar.

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Urvashi Rautela: When I am at my best, I am my father’s daughter

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Actress Urvashi Rautela says her father Manvar Singh taught her the importance of valuing oneself. Ahead of Father’s Day on June 20, Urvashi also shares the kind of bond she shares with her dad.

“When I’m at my best, I am my father’s daughter. It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life,” Urvashi tells IANS.

On celebrating Father’s Day, she says: “I will be celebrating Father’s Day with close ones only. It will be a memorable day for him. I am a daughter of a proud father, my father taught me to value myself.”

On the work front, Urvashi Rautela will be making her Tamil debut with a sci-fi film that casts her as a microbiologist and an IITian. She is also going to appear in a bilingual thriller “Black Rose” along with the Hindi remake of “Thirutu Payale 2”.

She will also be seen in the Randeep Hooda-starrer web series “Inspector Avinash”, based on the true story of super cop Avinash Mishra. Urvashi plays Avinash’s wife Poonam Mishra.

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