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Telly Tattle: It took 10 days to finalise Karan Patel's look in Kasautii Zindagii Kay

yesterday  
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It took almost 10 days for Karan Patel and Kasautii Zindagii Kay's creative team to come up with a new look for the character of Rishabh Bajaj, previously played by Karan Singh Grover. Like his predecessor, Patel also opted for a salt-and-pepper hairdo and shaved off his beard. He says, "I wanted to nail the look, hence it took a while." Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 is a romantic drama TV series, which features Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and Aamna Sharif. The show is a reboot of the 2001 hit series Kasautii Zindagii Kay, which featured Shweta Tiwari, Cezzanne Khan, Hiten Tejwani, Ronit Roy and Urvashi Dholakia. Daksh Rana to play Batuk in Barrister Babu Colors' popular show Barrister Babu stars Pravisht Mishra (As Anirudh Roy Choudhary) and Aurra Bhatnagar (As Bondita) as the lead character. In what is an exciting bit of news for the fans of the show, Barrister Babu will be back with fresh episodes from 13th July 2020. In the story ahead, Anirudh Roy Choudhary will be taking a big dec..
                 

Telly tattle: Muskaan Kataria to be part of Bigg Boss 14?

2 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Last seen on the reality show, Nach Baliye, with ex-flame Faisal Khan, Muskaan Kataria has now been approached for the upcoming season of Bigg Boss. She is said to be in talks and is most likely to give her nod. The actor, who is in hometown Jaipur, will be back in Mumbai when work beckons. As it turns out, the makers of Bigg Boss 14 are gearing up for the next season with the superstar host. The reality show, which usually kicks off in the first week of October, will be delayed by a month owing to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Ready to rock Actor-anchor Gunjan Utreja plays a rockstar in the upcoming web series, The Socho Project. As prep, he spent three months learning guitar. "The series is based on the struggles faced by budding musicians. My character has various shades of grey," says Utreja, who is best remembered for Madhubala: Ek Ishq, Ek Junoon. Chahatt Khanna now has a cat Picture courtesy/Chahatt Khanna's Instagram Chahatt Khanna has got herself a new pet - a cat..
                 

Sidharth Shukla's youngest fan gifts him a 'Star' from his birthday money

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Television actor Sidharth Shukla's fandom has been quite a strong support system for him, always rooting for the actor and ensuring they do their best to always have his back! He is so loved by many of them, that they have at times gone out of the way to show their love and support for him. An ardent fan of Sidharth showered love on his favourite actor in the most unique way possible. The youngest fan of Shukla bought a star on the actor's name! A little boy from his birthday money bought and named a star after Sidharth, to show his love and appreciation for him. Well, there are many organisations that let you buy a star and name it after someone you love. This little fan of Shukla took effort in doing the same and registered a star in the name of the late actor. Isn't it adorable? In these tough times, a special gesture like this from a fan was very overwhelming for Sidharth! Shukla has become one of the most popular names on social media ever since his participation in Bigg Boss 13...
                 

Pritam Singh: I have no job, I'm nervous, anxious to know what's in store in the coming days

3 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
The Coronavirus pandemic that led to the lockdown three months back has posed as a major challenge for a lot of actors from the television and Hindi film industry. One of them is former Bigg Boss contestant, actor, and anchor, Pritam Singh. He took to his Instagram account to share the news that he has no job. This is what he wrote on his Instagram story- "Due to pendamic lot of people have have suffered n still suffering. I am one of them I have a lot of experience in Radio n as n actor but I have no job ..6 months back I left radio thinking that it will be a grt career move n started doing pretty well as TV Host But suddenly all this Carona virus, I was left with no work at all ..for the first time I am nervous anxious to know what's stored in coming up Days ..looking thru my appartment window with full of positivity. I know things will get better and hope Hindi Film Industry starts functioning soon and work can happen." (sic) Have a look at his story right here: His hope and excite..
                 

Telly tattle: Newbie Saloni Vora on set; Tanuj Virwani on shifting base

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
All set for her maiden bow in the OTT space, newbie Saloni Vora will be seen playing the role of Falak Sahni, a soft-spoken romantic girl who is full of ideas and poetry in ALTBalaji's July release, Bebakee. The show also features Kushal Tandon. The growing trend gets yet another addition to the list as Saloni Vora is all set to make her foray into the digital space with ALTBalaji and ZEE5's upcoming offering Bebaakee, all set to stream this July. Over the past few days, the show has been in the news for all the right reasons owing to its talented star cast that features the likes of veteran actors like Ananya Khare, Suchitra Pillai, Krutika Desai. The show also features popular stars including, Kushal Tandon, Shiv Jyoti Rajput and Karan Jotwani in the lead roles. All excited for her first web series, an elated Saloni says, "I feel blessed and delighted to get a chance to debut with Bebaakee. With such a great story and an amazing ensemble, I really couldn’t have asked for a bett..
                 

Shefali Jariwala on Sushant Singh Rajput: He was such an amazing dancer and a very good-looking guy

8 days ago  
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The unfortunate demise of Sushant Singh Rajput came as a shock. On June 14, the actor passed away after he was found hanging at his Bandra residence. Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and a lot of Bollywood celebrities mourned his untimely demise. And now, Shefali Jariwala, best known as the Kaanta Laga girl, has spoken about the actor. Speaking to IB Times, she said, "May God bless his soul. May he rest in peace. He was such an amazing dancer and a very good-looking guy. I knew him, I was acquainted with him but I never got a chance to work with. I would have loved to do Kata Laga 2.0 reloaded with Sushant Singh Rajput." Ever since he has passed away, there have been lots of speculations, debates, and discussions on social media about what happened. Answering this question, Jariwala stated, "Why wouldn't there be? His suicide has shocked everybody, not just the film fraternity but every person in India is affected in some way or the other. The emotions are so high, as it is during the lock..
                 

Karan Patel on playing Mr Bajaj: Will bring my own vibe to character

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Following a brief hiatus after his six-year long series Yeh Hai Mohabbatein came to a close, Karan Patel is back to the grind with Ekta Kapoor's Kasautii Zindagii Kay. In what could inarguably be among the few instances of a lead telly actor replacing another in a prime-time TV show, Patel takes over the baton from Karan Singh Grover to play Rishabh Bajaj in the Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes-fronted offering. "I look forward to playing Mr Bajaj. We begin shooting next week. It's going to be fun to do so after almost three months," says Patel, who was selected following a fair share of scouting by Kapoor. Stepping into the shoes of the small screen's blue-eyed boy, who brought his own charm to a role popularised by Ronit Roy in the original, can't be a mean feat. Patel plans to successfully bring about this transition by not emulating Grover. "Karan added his bit to the role. I come with my own understanding of the character. Since we all come from different schools of thought, wit..
                 

Tellly Tattle: Jaswir Kaur back after a break; Drishtii Grewal joins the cast of Choti Sarrdaarni

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Last seen in Waaris in 2017, Jaswir Kaur returns to the scene after a three-year break post motherhood. She has been roped in as Parmeet Singh in Shakti — Astitva Ke Ehsaas Kii. The makers plan to restart shooting next week. "After the lockdown, it is a new start for the industry, it will also mark a fresh beginning for me," says Kaur. She replaces Gauri Tonk, who quit the show amid fears of shooting during the pandemic. Doctor on call Drishtii Grewal is the latest addition to the cast of Choti Sarrdaarni. As the show kickstarts its shooting again post the lifting of the lockdown restrictions, the makers are introducing new characters. Grewal plays a gynaecologist, Aditi Bedi, who steps in for protagonist Meher's (Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia) treatment. Says Grewal, "My mother and I are avid watchers of the show and now I am part of it. It is a dream come true. My character takes on Meher's challenging medical case." Fraudster alert After falling prey to a fake casting call, Naagin 4..
                 

Telly tattle: Here's why Rubina Dilaik couldn't be part of Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
After Puja Banerjee quit Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi—Kahani Mata Rani Ki, amidst pregnancy rumours, Rubina Dilaik was shortlisted for the role, which she has now declined. Turns out, she is pregnant too. Now the makers are frantically looking for a replacement. The contenders are Meera Deosthale and Eisha Singh.  Behind the camera Kamya Panjabi Dang turns producer with the short film, Why Not Daughter? The film deals with the prejudice against the girl child. The Shakti: Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki actor says, "It holds a mirror up to society. I would have preferred to act, but the compelling subject made me turn producer. It took me six months to complete it." Shot in Himachal Pradesh, the 16-minute film is directed by her ex-husband Bunty Negi. The actress even took to her Instagram account to share a glimpse of the world she has created in the film. This is what she had to say to describe the subject they have opted for and the way it has been executed- "Every time I watch thi..
                 

Star World to go off air soon? Indian shows to stream online

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
In the wake of Star India pulling the plug on its English entertainment channel, Star World, questions have arisen over the fate of some Indian originals. Sources inform that most shows commissioned by the channel will now stream directly on Disney+Hotstar, the digital arm of the media network, which will creatively co-produce the offerings. It is learnt that the decision to axe the channel was prompted by its poor performance following the OTT boom in India. A source informs, "With many of Star World's international series available on Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, the viewership had dropped considerably. Now that Disney has entered a joint venture with Star, changes are being made to the content slate. The top brass of Hotstar are in talks with the producers of Indian originals, including Koffee with Karan and MasterChef India. While the next season of Karan Johar's chat show is not slated until next year, the upcoming edition of the cooking reality show will stream directly on Dis..
                 

Speak up and let people help you heal: Television celebs speak on mental health and depression

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Sushant Singh Rajput's suicide left us in shock. The actor was said to be suffering from depression. This has led to celebs and netizens talk about mental health and depression once again, because somewhere we all failed, as a society. Talking can give good results as far as depression is concerned, self-healing or seeking professional help are some other ways. Here are some celebs sharing their opinion on mental health and depression, and how one can help people heal. Jhanvi Sethi As a professional who works with mental well-being my experience on the issue of depression is that we are all just scared. But it's ok to be sad, scared, vulnerable, and feel all your emotions. It's important to realise that you can get help to process your emotions. I also feel it starts with awareness and then actually getting help. Help those who are around you. Realise how they feel and help them heal. Amit Sarin We are what we think and not who we think we are. Our thoughts emanate a certain feeling ..
                 

Salman Khan's Bigg Boss delayed! The shoot is likely to begin from the last week of October

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
Many wondered if Salman Khan's popular show Bigg Boss would find a place in the post-COVID world — after all, its theme of contestants living under one roof is at odds with social distancing, which is the need of the hour. As it turns out, the makers of Bigg Boss 14 are gearing up for the next season with the superstar host. The reality show, which usually kicks off in the first week of October, will be delayed by a month owing to the pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. "While the show had started on October 1 last year, this time around, the shoot is likely to begin from the last week of October," reveals a source, adding that the upcoming season will have a jungle theme. Earlier this month, the production house started the online registration, followed by online auditions to zero in on the contestants. "The participants will be a mix of celebrities and commoners. The team has shortlisted 30 people, of which 16 will enter the Bigg Boss house." The contestants on Bigg Boss 13 E..
                 

Television shoots finally roll with spot boys in PPE suits and actors in slippers provided on set

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Television  
On Thursday, actor-producer JD Majethia drove down to the all-familiar set of Bhakarwadi in Mira Road after 100 days. The joy of returning to work was tinged with an unusual sense of caution. Majethia — who, as the chairman of the TV & web wing of the Indian Film & Television Producers' Council (IFTPC), played an active role in enabling television producers to resume shooting — arrived on the set, with Deven Bhojani, an hour before the cast and crew to ensure the shoot kicked off on the right foot. Day One began with the producer reiterating the guidelines to the team. Majethia had called only 30 per cent of the original crew, comprising actors Bhojani, Akshay Kelkar, Akshita Mudgal and Paresh Ganatra, and a handful of technicians. As a safety measure, the studio had lockers installed at the entrance. "Before they enter the set, they have to remove their footwear and wear the pair of slippers provided by us. We have provided umbrellas that everybody walks around wit..