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Vivek Oberoi says Sonali Bendre is embodiment of dignity, strength

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Actor Vivek Oberoi says actress Sonali Bendre Behl, his former co-judge of “India’s Best Dramebaaz”, is an embodiment of dignity and strength.

Vivek on Friday replied to Sonali’s emotional video message for “India’s Best Dramebaaz” finale. The actor said very few people know how to deal with adversity and pain with a smile, and Sonali, who is currently undergoing treatment for metastatic cancer in New York, is an example.

“So emotional seeing this. Missed you throughout the show darling. What an inspiring message, touched all our hearts. You are the embodiment of dignity and strength, so proud of you. Very few know how to deal with adversity and pain with a smile. Waiting for you to get well and come back soon. Hugs!” he wrote.

Sonali had shared the emotional video message for the reality show’s team. She was a part of the judges panel of the show with Vivek and filmmaker Omung Kumar, but actress Huma Qureshi stepped into her shoes when she left following her cancer diagnosis.

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Ayushmann Khurrana: Lucky that I chose acting as my profession

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Actor Ayushmann Khurrana is currently busy shooting for his upcoming film “Doctor G” in Bhopal. He calls himself lucky that he chose acting as his profession because it has taken him to “incredible destinations”.

Ayushmann said: “I’m lucky that I chose acting as my profession because it has not only enabled me to live so many remarkable characters but has also taken me to so many incredible destinations.”

The actor added that this is the first time in his career that he has shot in Bhopal.

He said: “For Doctor G, I’m fortunate to be visiting the heart of India and seeing it in its full glory. I’m shooting in Bhopal for the first time in my career and the city of lakes is a beautiful place. I’m bowled over by the warmth of the people and they have won my heart forever.”

Ayushmann feels he is blessed to be born in a beautiful country like India.

“Earlier this year, I was in the North East for Anek and experienced the spectacular Kaziranga National Park. India is the most beautiful place on the planet. I’m blessed to be born in this country which gives me the opportunity to cherish so much in my lifetime,” he added.

Ayushmann has a big lineup of films including “Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui” directed by Abhishek Kapoor, “Anek” by Anubhav Sinha and “Doctor G” helmed by Anubhuti Kashyap.

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Rashami Desai: I have changed as a person after ‘Bigg Boss’

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Television actress Rashami Desai, who gained immense popularity after participating in the reality show “Bigg Boss 13” in 2019, says she has changed as a person after the show.

“Life has not changed after ‘Bigg Boss’. I have changed as a person, but for good. I’m more content and happier with myself. I’ve understood about self love. I’ve realised that I’m a person who loves people around her. I enjoyed a lot being on the show,” Rashami told IANS.

The actress made her digital debut with the latest web series “Tandoor”.

Revealing details of her character in the series, Rashami said: “The name of my character is Palak who is an independent, fearless and strong minded woman. Since college only they knew each other and apparently the guy was in love with her and then she fell in love with him.”

“There are situations in the story and it is difficult to decide who is right and who is wrong. At the end some will feel it’s the wife, some will feel it is the husband, while some will feel the main culprit is somebody else!” the actress informed, leaving viewers in suspense.

Opening up on what inspired the series, the actress shared: “The story is of the time when I was a child. At that time I didn’t even know what is tandoor. It is about the Tandoor kaand but there have been changes in the story. It’s very beautifully directed by Nivedita (Basu) and the co-actors were really good.”

How was the experience of working with her co-star Tanuj Virwani?

“He is amazing! More than the acting, his detailing work is so good. Every character that he is doing, he works in details for them. Every scene has come out beautifully, when there is love, that is hate, there is anger, everything is looking very real. He has learnt a little bit of direction also, so his point of view is always interesting! I have learnt a lot of things from him technically also,” replied the actress.

Taking part in a dark and intense story like “Tandoor”, did leave an impact on her mentally, admits Rashami.

“When we were shooting the gunshot scene, I didn’t speak to anybody after that for two days because I kept thinking about her. The mentality becomes very different when you are playing somebody else and you are not like that. It was very disturbing that you love somebody so much and then that someone will shoot you!” she said.

With Rashami venturing into the digital space after gaining popularity on television, any plans of trying luck in Bollywood?

“I will. I had an opportunity before also but I had my commitments. When I am committed to something, I am very much dedicated. I’m not saying no to it, nobody will say no. It depends on the subject and the director,” she said.

Helmed by Nivedita Basu, “Tandoor” streams on Ullu App.

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ED seeks details of FIR, banking records of Kundra in porn case

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to launch a probe into the alleged financial dealings of Raj Kundra, the businessman husband of Bollywood actor Shilpa Shetty, who has been arrested by the Mumbai police as the prime accused in a pornographic films racket case.

According to senior ED officials familiar with the development, the financial probe agency has sought the copy of the FIR from the Mumbai Crime Branch.

An official of the ED said that the agency has also sought the details of the banking transactions of Kundra related to Hotshots and BollyFame.

The official said that before filing a case, the ED will also check financial transactions in other countries into the bank accounts of Kundra.

Earlier in the day, Kundra was sent to judicial custody till August 10 by a Mumbai court.

In a major swoop, the Mumbai Police arrested Kundra on July 19 for his alleged role in a sensational case of producing and distributing pornographic content through mobile applications.

Soon after his arrest, Kundra was remanded to police custody till July 23, which was extended till July 27.

The police also raided Kundra’s home in Juhu last Friday and recorded the statement of Shilpa Shetty, besides summoning others.

The pornography case first surfaced in February this year.

Kundra has been charged with offences under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code, IT Act and Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act.

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