Actress Raveena Tandon says she is disturbed by the oxygen shortage in the capital amid the second wave of Covid, and has taken it upon herself to send oxygen cylinders to the city.
Raveena has started an initiative called Oxygen Seva On The Wheels Mumbai To Delhi, where she is sending oxygen cylinders through her non-profit organisation, Rudra Foundation to the Capital.
“Just look around you, how can what’s happening not need you to do something, instead of just sitting and tweeting about it. As you can see, Delhi is almost gasping for breath, and this is the initiative a few likeminded people along with me decided to take up,” Raveena told IANS.
The actress says they are reaching out to those who are well-off for funding, and acknowledges the cooperation of Chintu Kwatra and Khushiyan Foundation.
“I have dispersed a lot of 300 cylinders and for the rest, we are trying to generate funds from likeminded people, whether it is our friends or anyone who has extra money. We are not pressuring people, the common man to come forward and donate. At this moment, everyone needs to save for emergency that they might face. But yes, we are reaching out to people who can make a difference and asking them to chip in,” she says.
Not only shortage of oxygen, but people are also being forced to pay exorbitant prices for medical necessities. Talking about the same, the actress says: “Be it ambulances or hospitals, oxygen, oximeters, concentrators, the amount of money being charged is ridiculous. People in dire need of these things are desperate, anything to save their near and dear ones, and are shelling out their life’s savings. What can I say about these people taking advantage of the needy at the moment?” she says.
However, she adds that she has also been a lot of support for her initiative. “Many of my family members have chipped in, my extended family, cousins, like-minded friends, people have called me from various places and it is an initiative that is being supported by a lot of people,” she says.
Raveena adds that she is making sure to deliver the oxygen to the right people, so that it can go to those who need it, free of cost.
“What we are doing is a drop in the ocean of what is required, but the fact is that we have tied up with people where we know for sure this will go free of cost to the needy. We have tied up with DCP South Delhi, the police, and we are handing over a part of the lot that is going now. Then we are giving Radha Soami Satsang Beas cylinders because they have a centre at Chattarpur, which is free of cost. We are giving part of it to the army and another NGO, which has tied up with us. We are going through Twitter and verifying whoever is most needy at that time and sending cylinders there. It’s a personal one- to -one thing that we are doing,” she says.
Sunny Leone: Grateful that Bollywood accepted me with open arms
It has been a 10-year-long journey in Hindi cinema for Sunny Leone, who feels grateful that Bollywood has accepted her with open arms and that career in cinema reiterates her faith in the fact that hard work always yields result.
The actress began her career with “Jism 2” after a stint in “Bigg Boss” season 5. She then starred in the popular number “Laila” alongside Shah Rukh Khan in “Raees”. She was also seen in the web-series “Anamika” among many other projects.
Talking about her journey, the actress said: “When my husband Daniel Weber and I first started working, we borrowed money from the banks to start our first company and we turned that into a successful venture.
“When Bollywood happened to us, it was the next chapter in my entertainment career. It’s been an amazing journey ever since. I am humbled. The amazing love and support that my fans have showered on me has helped me scale new heights. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without their appreciation.
“My journey in cinema reiterates my faith in the fact that hard work always yields results. I love my life and I love my job.
“I have a wonderful family, a great partner in Daniel, three beautiful children, a lovely home and a career that I have worked hard to put together.
“I work every day, sometimes without any offs and I have never been satisfied with where I am. I am grateful that Bollywood accepted me with open arms and I have been able to create for myself a space in an industry that happens only to chosen ones.”
Kangana says negativity around ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ is created by ‘Mastermind’ Aamir
Actress Kangana Ranaut has targeted Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, whom she tagged as a “mastermind” for skillfully creating negativity around his upcoming release ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, and that he made “Hinduphobic” film ‘PK’.
Kangana took to her Instagram Story where she lashed out at Aamir and asked him to stop “making it about religion or ideology”.
She wrote: “I think all the negativity around upcoming release ‘Laal Singh Chadda’ is skill fully curated by mastermind Aamir Khan Ji himself.”
“I think all the negativity around upcoming release ‘Laal Singh Chadda’ is skillfully curated by mastermind Aamir Khan Ji himself, this year no Hindi films have worked (barring one exception of a comedy sequel).
“Only south films deeply rooted in Indian culture or with local flavour have worked, a Hollywood remake would have not worked anyway.”
She added: “But now they will call India intolerant, Hindi films need to understand the pulse of audiences it’s not about being a Hindu or Muslim.”
“Even after Aamir Khan ji made Hinduphobic ‘PK’ or called India intolerant he gave biggest hits of his life please stop making it about religion or ideology, it’s takes away from their bad acting and bad films.”
Directed by Advait Chandan, ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ stars Kareena Kapoor Khan alongside Aamir Khan. The film is the official Hindi adaptation of Tom Hanks’ iconic movie ‘Forrest Gump’.
It is scheduled to hit the screens on August 11.
Janhvi reveals how her films have helped her cultivate self-confidence
Bollywood actress Janhvi Kapoor has cemented her position as a star with five diverse films in her journey of four years which started with “Dhadak”, the Hindi remake of Nagraj Manjule’s popular Marathi musical “Sairaat”.
But, despite all the noise around nepotism, she has had her fair share of emotionally taxing experiences that have added to her performances on a subconscious level in her opinion.
The actress, who made her digital debut with her second anthology “Ghost Stories”, has recently come out with yet another streaming film titled “Good Luck Jerry” which like her debut, is a remake of a Tamil film “Kolamaavu Kokila” starring Nayanthara, who recently got married to Vignesh Shivan.
Janhvi spoke to IANS about her journey, so far, the emotionally draining moments and her vision towards her filmography.
The actress wants her filmography to be defined by scripts that appeal to the audience on an emotional level, as she said: “The kind of films that I gravitate towards, have an emotional connect (sic), I want to make people laugh and cry but more than anything, it’s important for me that I move people with my ability as an actor.
“I try to include those films in my filmography that can move people and I choose my scripts, accordingly. Having said that, I really want to do a full fledged front footed comedy.”
“Good Luck Jerry” tells the story of a girl who’s trying to make it in a not so easy world and wishes that she has a bit of luck by her side.
So how much does Janhvi herself believe in luck or for her hardwork is the only vehicle to move forward in life?
A thoughtful Janhvi said: “You can’t only rely on luck, it makes you complacent. Luck does play a part in a person’s life and success but, hard work is something that materialises the success, also your outlook is an important factor.”
For her, “art imitating life happens all the time – consciously or subconsciously”.
She opines that one can’t make something that they don’t know anything about. People won’t watch it unless they feel that it relates to them.
Also, with every film that she has done, the characters go through the same journey she has on a personal level.
Taking a slight pause, she mentioned: “With ‘Dhadak’ as everyone knows, there was a huge loss in my personal life similar to my character in the film, for ‘Gunjan Saxena’ she also faced the problem where everyone told her that she doesn’t belong to a place where she wishes to be in.”
The firmness in her voice soon kicks back in: “There was so much chatter around nepotism and how I don’t deserve the opportunity that I have got. While shooting for ‘Roohi’, I felt like I needed people to take care of me, then finally realised that independence is of true essence as she goes on to marry herself. So yeah it all has been closely interlinked for me.”
Her character in “Good Luck Jerry” seems to have rubbed off on her to a great extent as she said: “Earlier, I used to play down in complicated or confrontational scenarios. But, with time I realised that I am a person with opinions, who stands by them.
“I don’t mind people not taking that in their stride with me putting forth my opinion. Through the course of this film, I have changed from a people pleaser to the one who stands by what I truly believe in,” she signed off with a heartwarming smile.
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