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“Every low carries potential to give something that can make you go high”: Actor Vijay Varma

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NewsX was recently joined by actor Vijay Varma in its special segment, NewsX A-List. Vijay won the hearts of Mirzapur fans by taking a double role in the series. He spoke to NewsX about his twin role in Mirzapur season 2 and how he has been receiving love for the same from the audience.

Talking about the tremendous love that Mirzapur 2 received, Vijay said, “So I knew I was walking into an absolute blockbuster of a franchise, there was no uncertainty in terms of people wanting to watch it, we all knew that people want to watch season 2. So that wasn’t a concern but the expectations were so high that it was always difficult to see if we can live up to them, or what if we go short, and what kind of response we will receive if a piece goes out. So all of those factors were considered, but the makers were so certain about what they wanted to tell and they went out to make it, the positivity was there, floating all the time on set.”

Vijay wasn’t a part of the first season of Mirzapur but he had watched it as a fan and he seemed to have loved it. “I was pretty blown by what I saw and I enjoyed what was happening on the screen, and I was glued in and I binged it. So a few months later, when I was approached for the double role, I jumped on it because I knew that this was already a widely appreciated and a popular series. At the same time, I enjoy what they’d made so creatively and commercially, I found it deeply satisfying to be a part of the project, so it was a no brainer personally,” said Vijay.

Mirzapur 2 is already doing great in terms of numbers but for people who still haven’t watched it, the makers started a campaign called “Nahi Dekhe? Galati Kiye.” According to Vijay, “I think this is something that we don’t need to tell a lot of people because I’m sure their friend circles have told them already. So we just making sure that we are also telling you that you’re really missing out in it, and you have made a mistake because you’re not able to hang out with your own friends and family and are not able to discuss so many things around you because you like a fool, have not seen it.”

After the success of Mirzapur season 2, all the fans of the franchise are now anticipating season 3. “I am personally in no hurry, I’m really enjoying Season 2 right now and what is this doing to all of us. So I would also recommend the same that we really enjoy season 2, watch it again and if you like it and there is enough in season 2 for you to find more and welcome people to come in. If we just put in a lot of effort to bring one season out, it takes a lot. I mean for it to be good we need a lot of time so don’t be impatient with season 3,” said Vijay Varma.

Vijay took on a double role in the series and he delivered an amazing performance with both his characters. Addressing the challenges he faced while shooting, he said, ” It was doubly challenging because we were shooting in the middle of summer. It was hot as a microwave oven and it took me and the makers a little bit of learning to understand how to extract this because it’s not like you can do the same with two people and get the effect. I had to do the whole scene all over again as one of the brothers and then we’ll have to repeat the scene till we get several shots within the scene. So if a scene is supposed to take say four or five hours to get done, it will require eight nine hours because the whole exercise was repeated for both the brothers. Personally, it was a challenge but I really like these kinds of challenges. So I was really relishing every moment of it. Sometimes, the hours were longer, 18 hours a day or 19 hours a day because we had to get the scene done otherwise it would be difficult to recreate that as
it was all over again. So yeah, it was a bit of learning but we are glad because when you see the effect of it and when it is done with the post and with the VFX, it feels like a magic trick that just happened. We know what went behind it but the effect of it is very nice.”

Talking about the character Vijay liked the most in both the seasons, Vijay expressed, “I was particularly mesmerized by Guru Pandit character played by Ali in season 1 and in season  2, I was smitten by Rasika’s performance of Beena,
which I believe was such an eye-opener and in such a complex character, and it’s such a mastermind. So I enjoyed it, I mean, I enjoyed most of them. That’s why I was able to get glued into the world and I was completely invested. But if you just ask for one, then these are the two.”

Not only series like Mirzapur but a lot of movies as well were released on the OTT platforms this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the theatres were closed. Talking about the future of the OTT platforms after the theatres reopen, Vijay said, “I think because the theatres went around, people are consuming a lot more content online because we anyway have a lot of time. In my lifetime at least, I saw people have so much time on their hands
and for art, they had nowhere else to look but at OTTs. So, they will continue to do so and I feel the more the merrier, the more platforms, the more ways to entertain and find entertainment, the better it is because we want to lose ourselves after a long day’s work from the tragedy of our own lives and so on and so forth.”

Vijay shared his life’s ‘game-changer’ moments with NewsX, he said, “I’ve had two game-changers, one was me deciding to go to FTI to study, pursue acting and running away from home. That took a bit of courage from my end and a bit of planning and also like, at that age, a lot of balls to do that and the second game-changer, which became a very deep acknowledgement from the fraternity and from the audience happened with Gully Boy. So these are the two shape-shifting events of my life.”

Further, Vijay spoke about his character Moeen Khan from the film Gully Boy, he said, “I didn’t anticipate it to become something because it was one of the smaller parts in the story. And the story already had such an incredible
collage of not just great actors, but also great characters with great music, and there are so many elements that are running and with such limited screen time, I didn’t anticipate it to become something. I knew that it would get an appreciation for the way it was written and played out, I guess but the way the characters spoke to people, I could not even anticipate it and I was deeply moved.”

Vijay Varma has garnered enough fame and following for himself with his outstanding performances, but other than his acting, Vijay is quite popular among women for his fashion and style. Talking about his style quotient, he said, “I think being true to not following trends and also with a deep love for anything vintage, retro, anything that has a memory to it, I always carry outfits and accessories and stuff like that which becomes very deeply personal for me and they may not be in Vogue but they are in my heart so that was like, my type.”

As the world is going through a pandemic for the last many months, Vijay has had many highs and lows during these times as well. “There has been a lot of work reach into the audience. Certainly, through the pandemic, I’ve been able to have like maybe like six or seven releases, which is a lot and too much of me out there. None of my work is sitting in some harddrive in somebody’s office anymore. So that’s been a high and a great high. Lows, I would say that just the loneliness of it all because I was locked up in my Bombay house all alone right at the beginning of the pandemic under lockdown and took me a bit of learning to even like to spend 24 hours a day with myself, with nobody to help me and nobody to look after me and nobody to really sit and play cards with me. So the solitary confinement was a bit of training and at the same time gave me time to reflect upon my life and reconnect with some old friends and family members in a way that was profoundly important. So I feel every low has a potential in it to give you something that can make you really go high.”

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CHOCOLATES WORTH RS 17 LAKH STOLEN IN LUCKNOW, POLICE FILE CASE

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After Cadbury chocolate bars worth Rs 17 lakh were stolen from a godown in the Chinhat area near Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh police have registered a First Information Report in connection with the theft.

The incident occurred on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday and the sweets were stolen from a house that was being used as a godown of a chocolate manufacturer under the limits of Chinhut police station.

“We have filed an FIR in the Chinhat police station. If anyone has any input, please come forward” Rajendra Singh Sidhu, the chocolate distributor said.

The Chinhut Police Station has registered the case under Section 380 of the Indian Penal Code. In the FIR, Sidhu said that he was using the house as a godown for storing the chocolates and received a call from his neighbour on Tuesday informing him that the door to the house was broken.

The distributor said that thieves had emptied the godown and taken away digital video recorder (DVR) and other appliances of the CCTV security cameras.

Police have begun an investigation and are scanning footage from other CCTV cameras installed in the area for clues.

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CALMING THE NERVES!

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There are days when you wake up to a sombre morning feeling disheartened and uncertain. It gets difficult to deal with incomprehensible situations and the difficulties of life, consequently leading to a bleak aura. The cynical approach and the proclivity to belittle our existence result in emotional instability. We often have to deal with situations where life takes a bizarre turn, which is the exact opposite of what we expected or something strong enough to affect us emotionally.

Is there any ideal way to deal with the minor stresses that one experiences on a daily basis? What is the way to resolve discontent?

PERSPECTIVE SHIFT

While it may not be ideal to reach out to medicine every time we experience bouts of low energy and mood, a perspective shift could certainly help. A small shift from a tangled thought process to a positive perspective can bring a considerable change into our lives.

In the words of Robert Browning, “Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds? “ We tend to measure our capabilities and achievements on the pretext of the conventional standards we have been fed since childhood, but why can’t it be different? The aforesaid lines of the poet are to teach us to look beyond the social directions and to understand that the path of success can be different for every individual.

EXERCISE

Dealing with anxiety often seems far-fetched, but there are solutions to it. A good workout is a perfect way to combat indolence and be productive. Physical activity produces endorphins and dopamine, also called happy hormones, and is a perfect antidote to stress.

MANIFESTATION

When Paulo Coelho said, “And, when you want something, the entire universe conspires to help you achieve it,” he was talking about manifestation. This might sound spurious, but a belief in the process and in oneself are magical.

SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX

Oscillating in the virtual world full of validation builds an alarming pressure to push us to fit into the trends. Be it peer pressure or be it FOMO, is paralysing our sense to reason things resulting in restlessness. The thirst of those in the race needs to be controlled.

MEDITATION

Meditation is an apt path for attaining peace of mind and serenity. Being purposeful, disciplined, and positive is synonymous with meditation.

When things get tough, we must tell ourselves, “this is just a bend, and the end. 

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5 UNHEARD PROFESSIONS THAT WILL MAKE YOU QUESTION YOUR CAREER PATH

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As kids, we’ve always been asked this question by someone “Beta bade hoke kya banoge?” Everyone knows what it means to be a nurse, doctor, engineer, police officer, etc., but there are plenty of other jobs you have never heard of. There are jobs that are not only offbeat but completely out of the box. From being a candy taster to professional sleeper, the professions are sure to pick a nerve in your brain and make you question your career path.

Here’s a list of 5 exotic jobs across the globe that you will not believe exist.

CANDY TASTER

The job of a candy taster is to taste different flavours of chocolates and candies and then get paid for it. Nowadays, it is one of the emerging ones. Interestingly, Candy Funhouse in Canada is looking for a Chief Candy Officer with a salary of up to Rs 60 lakh per year. “Imagine your best memories around candy, and having that every day at work,” Chief Executive Officer Jamil Hejazi said. It might be time for candy lovers to quit their jobs and divert their attention.

RENTAL BOYFRIEND

Just shell out some cash and you get a rental boyfriend. Yes, you heard it right. In Tokyo, if you have the money, finding a boyfriend is as easy. The concept of a rental boyfriend started when many strong, independent Japanese working ladies found it difficult to maintain a relationship because of work. The Rent-a-Boyfriend comes in three models- Fresh ($40/hour), Regular ($48/hour), and Special ($56/hour). These include activities like shopping, hugs, and hand-holding. Earlier in 2018, a 29-year-old named Kaushal Prakash from Mumbai launched Rent a Boy Friend (RABF) app. The app claimed to provide users with ‘friends’ on an hourly paid service. As per the founder, the app is meant to help people with mental health issues.

WORM PICKER

A worm picker is a person who gathers worms, and they usually work at night. These jobs fall under the broader career category of farm, ranch, and aquaculture animals. These worms are either sold directly to fishermen to use as bait or sold to universities and other institutions that use the worms for teaching and research purposes. In the US, the median salary for worm pickers ranges from $17,510 to $38,630, with a median salary of $23,750. Talking about qualifications, no as such qualifications are required to become a worm picker. All one needs are some skills and commitment to make a living from this job.

PROFESSIONAL SLEEPER

Do you often get a remark about being sleepy? Do you find it hard to get out of bed even after sleeping for hours? Then, it’s time to sleep and get paid for it. A professional sleeper is a person who is paid to sleep while scientists research sleep disorders. While the human body is asleep, doctors study the brain and other activities. If we talk about the salaries of professional sleepers, the top earners earn $107,000, and the average pay scale is $60,024. Earlier in 2016, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offered someone the chance to stay in bed for 70 days for a salary of £11,000. 

WATER SLIDE TESTER

A water slide tester job is one of the most enviable jobs out there. The job of a water slide tester is to check if the water slides in hotels, water parks, and theme parks are both fun and safe. After testing the slides, the tester has to provide a report outlining any safety and performance issues. If one is interested in applying for this job, the ideal age is 18 or above. The basic skills one needs to enter this profession are- one should have good observation, a stable and calm mind, and most importantly, the ability to ride all types of rides. As a water slide tester, one can earn between $30,000 – $34,000 annually.

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Are you anxious ?

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Anxiety

There are days when you wake up to a sombre morning feeling disheartened, drenched in despair and uncertainty. It gets difficult to deal with incomprehensible situations and the difficulties of life, consequently leading to a bleak aura. The cynical approach and the proclivity to belittle our existence result in emotional instability. We often have to deal with situations where life takes a bizarre turn, which is the exact opposite of what we expected or something strong enough to break us emotionally.

Is there any ideal way to deal with that small pain of anxiety in your chest? What is the way to resolve discontent? It would have been so much easier if there were medications or a list of pharmacopeia to alleviate the entire emotional turmoil.

Growing up in an environment where mental health and emotional stability have always been trivialised and overlooked makes it difficult for us to communicate ourselves or even seek help.

Perhaps the pharmaceuticals cannot help us out, but a perspective shift could. A small shift from a tangled thought process to a positive perspective can bring a considerable change into our lives.

In the words of Robert Browning, “Fail I alone, in words and deeds? Why, all men strive and who succeeds? ” We tend to measure our capabilities and achievements on the pretext of the conventional standards we have been fed since childhood, but why can’t it be different? The aforesaid lines of the poet are to teach us to look beyond the social directions and make ourselves understand that the path of success can be different for every individual. There can be certain instances like a person working hard to get materialistic comforts while another person defies all those materialistic comforts in order to be happy. We should not allow societal regulations to limit our potential.

Dealing with anxiety often seems far-fetched, but there are solutions to it. Workout or exercise is a perfect way to combat indolence and be productive. Physical activity produces Endorphins and dopamine, also called happy hormones, and is a perfect antidote to stress.

Manifestation is yet another remedy played down. When Paulo Coelho said, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it,” he was talking about manifestation. This might sound spurious, but a belief in the process and a belief in oneself is magical.

Life has yet to go, things are yet to happen, this is just a bend, this isn’t the end.

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5 unheard professions that will make you question your career path

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As kids, we’ve always been asked this question by someone “Beta bade hoke kya banoge?” Everyone knows what it means to be a nurse, doctor, engineer, police officer, etc. but there are plenty of other jobs you have never heard of. Here’s a list of 5 such exotic jobs across the globe that you will not believe that this profession exists.

Worm Picker

The worm picker is a worker who gathers worms and they usually work at night. These jobs fall under the broader career category of Farmworkers, Farm, Ranch, and Aquacultural Animals. This profession can be great outdoors “hunting” and collecting earthworms. These worms can be sold directly to fishermen to use as bait or you can sell them to Universities or other institutions that use the worms for teaching and research purposes. In the US range, the salaries of Worm Pickers start from $17,510 to $38,630, with a median salary of $23,750. If you talk about qualifications as such no qualifications are required. One thing you need is some skills and commitment if you’d like to make a living from this job.

Rental Boyfriend

Just shell out some cash and you get a rental boyfriend. Yes, you heard it right in Tokyo, if you have the money, finding a boyfriend is as easy. The rental boyfriend’s concept started when many strong independent Japanese working ladies found it difficult to maintain a relationship because of work. The Rent-a-Boyfriend comes in three models- Fresh ($40/hour), Regular ($48/hour), and Special ($56/hour). These charges do not include any physical activities but these include activities like shopping, a single hug, and hand-holding session. Earlier in 2018, a 29-year-old Kaushal Prakash from Mumbai launched Rent a Boy Friend (RABF), the app that claims to provide you with ‘friends’ on an hourly paid service. “In India, people have that typical ‘Log Kya Kahengey’ reaction, the same response girls get when they wear short clothes,” Prakash said. According to the founder, the app is meant to help people with mental health issues such as depression.

Candy Taster

My first reaction when I came across this job was… Wow! The job of a candy taster is to taste different flavors of chocolates and candies and then get paid for it. Nowadays it is one of the emerging careers like others. As a candy taster one needs to everything about chocolates. Meanwhile, an online retailer of confectionery treats from chocolate bars to licorice, Candy Funhouse in Canada is looking for a Chief Candy Officer with a salary of up to Rs 60 lakh per year. “Imagine your best memories around candy, and having that every day at work,” Chief Executive Officer Jamil Hejazi said. It might be time for candy lovers to quit their jobs and divert their attention.

Professional Sleeper

Do you often get a remark about being sleepy? Do you find it hard to come out of your bed even after sleeping for hours? Then it’s time to sleep and even after that you get paid for it. You get paid to… Sleep! Yes, you heard it right. A professional sleeper is a person who is paid to sleep while scientists research sleep disorders. While the human body is asleep doctors study the brain and other activities. If we talk about the salaries of professional sleepers the top earners earn $107,000 and the average pay scale is $60,024. Earlier in 2016, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) offered someone the chance to stay in bed for 70 days for a salary of £11,000 (RM67,000).

Water Slide Tester

All play and no work Water Slide Tester job is the most enviable job you’ll ever hold. The water Slide Tester’s job is to check or test if the water slides in hotels, water parks, and theme parks are both fun or safe. After testing the slides you will have to provide a report outlining any safety and performance issues. If one is interested to join this job the ideal age is 18 or above. The basic skills you will need to join this profession is- one should have good observation, a stable and calm mind and most importantly daring to ride all types of rides. Moreover, being a water slide tester you can earn between $30,000 – $34,000 annually. Imagine how fantastic it would be turning up to work every day.

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OVER 5 CRORE TIRANGA SELFIES CLOCKED AS PART OF HAR GHAR TIRANGA CAMPAIGN

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More than five crore Tiranga selfies have been uploaded on the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign website so far, the Ministry of Culture informed on Monday and termed it a “stupendous achievement”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a call on 22 July 2022, to join the Har Ghar Tiranga’ movement by hoisting or displaying the national flag at homes.

“In a stupendous achievement, more than five crore ‘Tiranga’ selfies have been uploaded on the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ website,” the ministry of Culture said in a statement.

As India embarks on its 76th year of Independence, wrapping up the 75-week countdown to 15 August 2022, was the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ initiative of the government driven by the nodal ministry for ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ the Ministry of Culture.

The commemoration of 75 years of independence started on March 12, 2021, as a 75-week countdown to 15 August 2022, and will continue till 15 August 2023.

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