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EX-CONTESTANTS ON BIGG BOSS SURVIVAL KIT

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Have you ever wondered what it must be like, to be in the Bigg Boss house for weeks and months, far from your near ones — from all humanity, actually — and with cameras playing agents of voyeurism, dishing out your every move to the world outside?

 Most ‘Bigg Boss’ housemates would tell you the experience can leave you mentally drained, unless you develop a strong defence mechanism. The ones who have truly excelled talk of the need for a psychological survival kit, to tide over the tremendous pressure that the mind games inside the house bring in.

 ‘Bigg Boss 7’ winner Gauahar Khan counts the ability to retain one’s individuality as the biggest weapon.

“There is no fixed formula to win the show but I think it has a lot to do with one’s individuality. What you are and how well you connect to the audience matters the most. Everyone has a different personality. It’s just that one should know how to portray the traits in front of the audience,” Gauahar tells IANS.

 Actress Kamya Punjabi, who was one of the star attractions in the seventh season, recalls how she wanted to leave the show midway as it was becoming “unbearable” for her to live without her little daughter.

“It’s not at all easy to survive in the house. I remember there were days when I felt like leaving the show in between to go and meet my daughter. I was missing her so much,” says Kamya. For Kamya the tool of survival was the sheer realisation that getting to be on the show was a big deal. “It was a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. I knew I would never get this chance again. I knew I would meet my daughter after three months but I wouldn’t get such a golden chance again. That kept me going,” she recalls.

 A lot of playacting and drama may go on, but season 13 star Paras Chhabra insists it is important to stay real to make it to the finals. “People love a true personality. Stay as you are. If something wrong happens, stand for your beliefs,” he says.

Paras also emphasises on the necessity to be resiliently good with the tasks. “Tasks are very important in ‘Bigg Boss’. A contestant should be able to perform well in the tasks. It’s one of the surviving elements,” he adds. Paras was one of the top contestants in the 13th season. He left the finale race after opting for the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.

 Mahira Sharma, who made headlines for her close bond with Paras in the house, has similar advice. “I feel it was my honesty and reality that worked. I don’t create relationships with others just for the sake of anything. If I am friends with someone, I try to give my 100 percent to that bond. I think that’s what people loved about me when I was in the house,” she says.

 Survival, of course, can mean different things to different people, and it shows in the way contestants approach the game.

For season 13 housemate Aarti Singh, the essential item in her survival kit was a strong urge to prove herself. It is something that helped her reach the finale race despite panic attacks, she says. “I knew this was my last chance to prove myself. I would be lying if I say it was easy to live in the house. I had panic attacks while I was living in the house and it was all on national TV. I showed every side of mine because I knew it was a do or die situation. Whether I was real or confident or lallu or oversmart — whatever I was, I was just real. People appreciate truth and honesty,” shares Aarti.

 Do the trademark abuses and fights of the show really help contestants to gain mileage and survive till the end? Actress Devoleena Bhattacharjee, who participated in season 13, disagrees.

“Abusive behaviour may help you survive but it can create a lot of negative impact, too. I remember Salman sir used to warn us and always remind us that there’s life outside the show and we should present ourselves in a dignified manner,” she notes.

 Paras says unnecessary fights, howsoever they may let you grab eyeballs, is the last thing you would want in your survival kit inside the house. “If there are valid fights, it’s okay. But that does not mean you keep on fighting. There have been instances when contestants got evicted owing to their fights,” he points out.

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Akshay can ace any genre: Vaani Kapoor

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Vaani Kapoor, who will be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in ‘Bell Bottom’, revealed she has been bowled over by him as he can pull off any role, any genre with the utmost ease. Vaani aid, “Akshay sir is a superstar in every possible way. He can pull off action, comedy, romance, thriller, and be the best in everything. Akshay Kumar can ace any genre! He is so talented and experienced and one can only observe and learn from him all the time. For me, it was a sheer joy to share screen space with him and work with him at least once in my life. The experience has been so lovely. He couldn’t have been more kind and wonderful. He is is very friendly on sets. I usually go back to my hotel room and not interact too much as I like being in my own space but he ensured that we all sit together and have lunches/dinners and get to know each other and be very involved like a close-knit family. I cherish this a lot because we were like a family on ‘Bellbottom’.” —Correspondent

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On the sets, like life, every little detail matters: Madhuri Dixit

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Going back to shoot life after a long coronavirus hiatus, Madhuri Dixit Nene on Saturday shared a monochromatic picture “on the sets”. The ‘Aaja Nachle’ star took to Twitter and shared an illuminating picture as she takes a look at her reflection in the mirror. In the snap, Madhuri is seen in a traditional avatar, sporting a designer blouse, while adorned in jewellery. Her hair is tied in a neat bun, festooned with jasmine. The actress looks stunningly beautiful in the traditional avatar, as she holds a mirror. Inspiring her fans to ‘bring their world together’ amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she penned an inspiring caption with the picture. Madhuri wrote, “On the sets, like life, every little detail matters. Stay focused and bring your world together (along with a shoot clap emoji).”

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Sana Khan ties the knot with Gujarat-based cleric Mufti Anas

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NEW DELHI: Actress and former Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan got married to cleric Mufti Anas in Surat on 20 November. Mufti is a young religious scholar from Gujarat. Her photos and videos in a white wedding gown with a hijab went viral on social media recently wherein Sana and her groom, who was seen in white kurta-pyjama and jacket, were walking down the stairs together. They were holding hands and, at the end of the clip, the two sat down with family members and cut a chocolate cake together on which “Nikaah mubarak” was written.

Sana shared the first wedding picture on Sunday on Instagram. She was dressed in a red bridal lehenga and jewellery whereas Mufti wore a white suit and was sitting next to her. Sana wrote, “Loved each other for the sake of Allah. Married each other for the sake of Allah. May Allah keep us united in this Duniya and reunite us in jannah. Fabi ayyi ala-e rabbekumaa tokazzebaan. Which of the favours of your lord will u deny #sanakhan #anassayed #nikah #married #20thnov #alhumdulillah.”

Sana had announced in October that she will be quitting her acting career to spend her life in the service of humanity and following the orders of her ‘creator’.

She made her Bollywood debut in 2005 with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ went on to star in ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’. Sana participated in ‘Bigg Boss 6’, ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 6’ and ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7’ among other reality shows.

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Anupam Kher recalls shooting for ‘Lamhe’

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MUMBAI: Sridevi-Anil Kapoor starrer ‘Lamhe’ released 29 years ago, veteran actor Anupam Kher shared his experience shooting for the movie and said that he had the most amazing time filming it. Anupam shared a string of stills featuring him along with Anil and Sridevi from the film on Instagram. He wrote alongside the image: “Apart from the cult status our film #Lamhe has acquired in the last 29 years, the experience of shooting for the film will always remain one of my most treasured memories! Especially the medley song with #YashJi @anilskapoor #WahidaRehmanji, Choreographer #SarojKhanji and the ultimate #Sridevi. We had the most amazing time filming it. You can watch the medley again and again. #29yearsOfLamhe #Romance #Friendship #Love”

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Important to reinvent with every release: Armaan Malik

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Singer Armaan Malik says it is important for him to reinvent with every song. “It is really important to kind of reinvent with every release, and that is what I try to do. I always push myself to do that,” Armaan told IANS via Twitter. Talking about his third English single, he said, “’How many’ was me getting out of my comfort zone. I have never done something like this musically and even visually. I think it just keeps things interesting not only for me but also for the fans. They always want to see you in something new, so ‘How many’ is that. I will continue to do newer stuff that puts me in a different zone and challenges me.” — Correspondent

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Kartik is gearing up for an on-screen ‘Dhamaka’

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Kartik Aaryan has joined hands with filmmaker Ram Madhvani for an upcoming thriller titled ‘Dhamaka’. The film gives a bird’s eye view into the working of a news channel in the 21st century. 

Kartik is excited to step into the thriller zone and play a journalist who covers the live broadcast of a terror attack in Mumbai. “This for me is a miracle script and had me on the edge of my seat all through the narration. I knew this would give me the opportunity to explore a different side of me as an actor,” he said. Kartik can’t wait to transport himself into Madhvani’s world and see his vision translate on the big screen. “This is also the first time I am collaborating with Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Ram Madhvani Films and I am looking forward to this journey,” he added. Madhvani said that as a director he is inclined towards human stories. “Though this one is a thriller on the outset, there lies a lot of emotion and drama in the screenplay that leads to the adrenaline rush. This film demanded a young actor with a certain amount of rawness in the space. Kartik, being one of the most talented actors in Bollywood, fits the bill,” he said.  It is all set to go on floors this December.

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