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Sachin Pilgaonkar: Nagesh Kukunoor was the only reason I signed ‘City of Dreams’

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Veteran actor Sachin Pilgaonkar made his debut on the OTT platform much before anyone of his generation would have tried the new medium.

“I have done web series even before many people even thought about making these shows. I had done a web series of six episodes, titled ‘Sex chat with Pappu and Papa’ made by Y Films, the sister concern of Yash Raj Films. It was a sex education series for children released in 2016,” Sachin told IANS.

He added: “I was probably the first person from my generation to act in a web series. I don’t think anybody had tried to act in a web series at that time.”

After an interval of three years, in 2019, Sachin acted in his second web series titled ‘City of Dreams’ season 1.

The only reason that made Sachin sign the political drama web series was the director of the series, Nagesh Kukunoor.

He said: “Nagesh Kukunoor was the only reason I signed ‘City of Dreams’. I am a fan of that man. We happen to be friends as well.”

Reminiscing the process of signing the series, he said: “One day I get a call that ‘Nagesh Kukunoor wants to meet you’. I said ‘of course he is a friend’. The person on the call told me that it’s about a web series he is directing and we don’t know if you do web series or not because you have not done any web series yet. So, I corrected the person that this is not a fact that I haven’t done any web series. It was news to the person and he was very happy to know about it.”

“Once I met Nagesh he explained to me my role for the first season. I was very happy that it was an important character but was happier to work under the direction of Nagesh,” said Sachin.

He said: “I was looking forward to working with Nagesh in the second season also. He knows his job. It’s a boon to any actor when you get a good director. I am a director’s actor right from the word go. I have been a child actor and have worked under many directors and have learned a lot.”

‘City of Dreams’ Season 2 will have Sachin reprising his character as Chief Minister Jagdish Gourav. The other actors in the series are Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Sandeep Kulkarni, Uday Tikekar, Eijaz Khan among other Marathi and Hindi actors.

“There are a lot of Marathi actors in ‘City of Dreams’ because the background is from Maharashtra,” he said.

‘City of Dreams’ is the story of the feud within the Gaikwad family, which erupts after an assassination attempt on a polarising political figure. Blurring the lines between moral and immoral, in a struggle for power forms the core of this transfixing narrative.

In season 2 the focus has shifted towards a standoff between the father-daughter duo played by actors Atul Kulkarni and Priya Bapat, as the two characters are not ready to budge as the family feuds for power and position.

“While working in the second season I got a feeling that the second season is coming out much better,” signed off Sachin.

‘City of Dreams’ season 2 will release on July 30 on Disney+Hotstar.

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Bhumi: Hindi cinema should start showing sustainable way of living

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Actress and climate activist Bhumi Pednekar feels that it is time for Hindi cinema to start showing a sustainable way of living in their films.

Bhumi, in a chat with IANS, said: “I definitely feel that it’s high time that Hindi cinema starts showing a sustainable way of living in their films. I feel like as a fraternity we are woke and I personally would like to believe that we are more conscious than other industries, but I still feel like we aren’t doing enough.”

The actress, who has three films lined up ‘Mr. Lele’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ‘Badhaai Do’, feels that there is a need for narratives in films that provide communication.

“I do feel that we need narratives in films/ movies that provide the communication as it’s the most powerful medium to get the message across to the masses,” she added.

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I-T sleuths ‘search’ Sonu Sood’s home for second day

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 For the second consecutive day, the Income Tax Department continued its ‘survey’ operations at the home of Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, official sources said here on Thursday.

A team of IT sleuths swooped on the 48-year-old Sood’s Juhu home to carry out search operations to detect certain alleged financial irregularities.

The IT department is examining bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the ‘survey’, for suspected tax evasion, though no details are being shared officially.

In Wednesday’s operations, the IT had searched around half-a-dozen premises linked to the actor, including offices and other properties in Mumbai and certain locations in Lucknow.

Sood shot into limelight last year (2020) for arranging free flights or luxury buses for stranded migrants during the lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic and sent them to different parts of India, besides organising liquid medical oxygen supplies to various hospitals during the second Covid wave this year (2021).

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IT department ‘surveys’ actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai premises

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 The Income Tax Department is ‘surveying’ the Mumbai offices and home in the suburbs belonging to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood here on Wednesday, official sources said.

Teams of IT sleuths began the operations since morning, though the reason behind the action is not immediately known.

Sood had shot into prominence last year for arranging free flights to enable stranded migrants reach their homes in different parts of India during the nationwide lockdown.

He also had a scrap with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly converting his six-story house in Juhu into an illegal boarding.

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