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Veteran actor Chandrashekhar passes away

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Veteran actor Chandrashekhar passed away on Wednesday at the age of 98. He was suffering from age-related ailments.

In a career spanning from the forties to the early 2000s, Chandrashekhar worked in over 250 films and television shows. Best The actor is often recalled for his role of Sumantra in Ramanand Sagar’s popular serial “Ramayan”, and his other notable performances include roles in films like “Surang”, “Cha Cha Cha”, “Kaali Topi Laal Rumaal” and “Basant Bahaar” among others.

Apart from being active as an actor, Chandrashekhar had written, directed and produced two self-starring projects — “Street Singer” and “Cha Cha Cha”. He had also worked as Gulzar’s assistant director in films like “Parichay”, “Koshish”, “Khushboo”, “Achanak”, “Aandhi”, “Mausam”.

Chandrashekhar had also served various film bodies in administrative capacities. He was President of Cine Artistes Association (CINTAA) from 1985 to 1996, and at various points in his career had served as President of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), Vice-President of Indian Film Directors Association, and a member of Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA).

Mourning his demise, Arun Govil, who played Ram in “Ramayan”, tweeted in Hindi: “Shri Chandrashekhar ji, who played the character of Mahamantri Sumantra in Ramayana, has passed away today. I pray for his peace and salvation to Ram ji. Sir, you will be missed a lot.”

“@DirectorsIFTDA mourns the demise of Veteran Actor #Chandrashekhar. We pray to the Almighty to bless his noble soul and give courage to his bereaved family to bear the irreplaceable loss,” posted Indian Film and TV Directors’ Association.

“Our dear Chandrashekhar sahab who we have seen in umpteen number of films has passed away, a veteran and a very humble human. Condolences to the family, may the almighty give them strength and patience to bear this irreplaceable loss #chandrashekharsahab #ripchandrashekhar,” tweeted Naved Jafri.

“Veteran actor #Chandrashekhar ji passed away this morning… An accomplished actor, the veteran had produced and directed movies too, besides being an integral part of film industry associations for several years… Om Shanti,” shared trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

The late actor’s last rites will be performed at Pawan Hans Crematorium, Juhu, around 4 pm on Wednesday.

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Meghna Malik not keen on playing just simple, linear characters

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Actress Meghna Malik, who played the popular character of ‘Ammaji’ in the show “Na Aana Iss Des Lado”, and more recently was seen in Hindi biopic “Saina”, says that she wants to do more complex characters.

Ask her what kind of roles she is willing to portray in future and Meghna tells IANS: “Wish I was in that position that I have all the roles coming my way, that I’ll be able to explore them. I want to make audiences laugh and cry at the same time. I am not keen on playing just simple, linear characters but more complicated roles interest me.”

The actress says you don’t always get what you want: “That’s how it has been and that’s how you make your peace with that. You make your peace with rejections as well as achievements both.”

Meghna finds her character of Usha Rani, Saina Nehwal’s mother in “Saina” very close to her heart.

Parineeti Chopra had played the lead role of the ace badminton player in the film, which released earlier this year.

She says: “Saina comes from Haryana and I also belong to the same place so they connect between us. Moreover, capturing the spirit of an untiring mother was really captivating.”

Meghna will be seen in another biopic based on an eminent poet from Haryana, “Dada Lakhmi Chand”, directed by Yashpal Sharma.

“Like ‘Saina’, it is also a very interesting subject though it does not fall into that commercial-commercial form. But, I enjoyed doing it a lot,” she says.

“Saina” will have its world television premiere on Zee Cinema on July 25.

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Aparshakti Khurana to once again host Indian Sports Honours

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Mumbai: Actor Aparshakti Khurana seen at Juhu, in Mumbai on Jan 7, 2020. (Photo: IANS)

Actor Aparshakti Khurana will once again be seen hosting the Indian Sports Honours. This is the second time the actor will be hosting this awards show.

Earlier, he had hosted the 2019 edition.

Talking of the same, Aparshakti said in a statement: “It is an honour to be hosting such a prestigious awards show. I have always been into sports right from my childhood. Hosting the Indian Sports Honours for the second time gives me a great sense of joy and I get to meet and talk to favourite sportspersons.”

The event will be conducted virtually this year in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

On the work front, Aparshakti will be next seen in “Helmet”, “Stardust” and an as-yet-untitled film, which will be Bhushan Kumar’s next.

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Mansi Srivastava to join the cast of ‘Kundali Bhagya’

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Actress Mansi Srivastava will join the cast of the show “Kundali Bhagya”. She will be seen playing the character of Sonakshi.

Ecstatic about joining “Kundali Bhagya”, Mansi says: “Sonakshi and Karan are college friends and share a great bond. She will also become extremely close to Preeta too. In fact, the positive shade of this character along with the numerous other shades that she will bring to the role is what really got me intrigued to portray this character. Also, I must say that this is my first show with Balaji, and I couldn’t have gotten a better role or a better show to start off with.”

The actress is all in praise of the team, especially co-stars Dheeraj Dhoopar and Shraddha Arya and can’t wait to begin shooting.

“I was extremely excited to even begin shooting on the show because I was reuniting with Dheeraj after our last show together in 2016. So, I am happy to shoot with him again. I met him and Shraddha during a photoshoot and was very warmly received by both of them. In fact, I feel the entire team is very sweet, I have also had the pleasure of meeting a few of them during my look tests and I am eager to begin shooting with all of them. I also hope the audience loves this new role of mine,” she says.

“Kundali Bhagya” airs on Zee TV

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