Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi will be returning to the small screen in a new avatar. Actress Paridhi Sharma tells how she became Maa Vaishno Devi.
Q. Tell us about the show and the big leap.
A. Jag Janani Maa Vaishno Devi: Kahani Mata Rani Ki has enthralled the viewers with its powerful content and an amazing star cast since its launch. It narrates the untold story of Maa Vaishno Devi, from the onset of her journey on earth as a child to how she becomes Maa Vaishno Devi, mother of the entire creation as she is now acknowledged.
Q. Let us know about your character of Maa Vaishno Devi.
A. I will be seen essaying the role of elder Vaishno Devi. As the young princess, Vaishnavi realises her true powers of a goddess and as thus begins her journey to become Maa Vaishno Devi. She makes sure that all sins are diminished in the world. The focus will be on how Vaishno Devi becomes a “Mano Kamnao Ko Puri Karne Vali Mata”.
Q. What preparations have you done to get into the skin of this character?
A. I have had the opportunity to play a historical character before and am familiar with the responsibility that comes with playing an iconic character. I have always made sure to give my best when it comes to playing such roles. I researched a lot by reading several books on Maa Vaishno Devi and watched a few episodes of the show to get a better understanding of the other characters.
Q. What fascinated you about this show?
A. Well, there’s a saying, “You don’t choose a character; the character chooses you.” When I was offered this role I immediately said yes. I have always been a big devotee of Maa Vaishno Devi and getting to portray her on-screen was a dream come true.
Q. You have entered the show as a replacement for Puja Banerjee who was seen in the initial episodes. What are your views on audience acceptance?
A. We all respect the decision taken by Puja to spend more time with her family. When I was approached, I took it as a blessing from the divine Maa herself. Yes, when you come as a replacement, it takes time for the viewers to accept you but hopefully, I will do justice to the role and the viewers will love and appreciate it.
Q. What all precautions are being taken on the set post Covid-19?
A. We have started shooting again keeping in mind all the new guidelines set by the government and are adhering to social distancing norms. The entire set is sanitised regularly. People have been wearing masks and using sanitisers. Regular temperature check is also being done before entering the set. The makeup artists are wearing PPE. We are not allowed to loiter on the set once the shoot is over.
Q. What are your views on mythological shows?
A. There is a lot to learn from Indian mythology in terms of wit, strength and life lessons that will help you grow as a person. More than that, as Indians these mythologies form our roots regarding values and beliefs and it is important to have the right ones. It will not just entertain the audience but will also educate them about our values and culture.
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SONU NIGAM DEDICATES HIS PADMA SHRI AWARD TO HIS MOTHER
After being conferred with the Padma Shri award, singer Sonu Nigam expressed his happiness.
He issued a statement in which he shared that he would like to dedicate the award to his late mother Shobha Nigam. “January 25 was a rather special day for me and my family. I’m very thankful to the Government of India for thinking of me as a deserving candidate and bestowing me the Padma Shri. My heartfelt thanks to all those who selected me and suggested my name for this prestigious honour. I would also like to thank my mother, Shobha Nigam, and my father, Agam Kumar Nigam. In fact, I want to dedicate this award to my mother. Had she been here today, she would have cried a lot,” Sonu said. The ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ singer also thanked his gurus for teaching him the valuable lessons of music. “I would also take this opportunity to fold my hands before my gurus who have taught me so much. Whatever I know today is because of them and their blessings. Watching and listening to them has been a learning experience for me. My sincere gratitude to my friends and colleagues who have been a part of my journey, and my family who is my pillar of support,” the statement concluded
KAREENA SPENDS ‘PERFECT AFTERNOON’ WITH BFFS
MUMBAI : Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on Wednesday afternoon spent some quality time with her friends Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, and the Arora sisters, Malaika and Amrita.
Glimpses from their get-together were shared by Malhotra on his Instagram handle where the celebrity fashion designer posted a couple of pictures of them, in which the stars could be seen posing for the camera. He captioned the post as, “That perfect afternoon home with friends @kareenakapoorkhan @karanjohar @amuaroraofficial @malaikaaroraofficial missing you @therealkarismakapoor.”
The post garnered more than 17,000 likes within an hour of being shared and several fans of the celebs left heart and fire emojis in the comment section.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Kareena will be seen sharing screen space with Aamir Khan in ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’, which will release on Valentine’s Day, 2022. The film is a loose adaptation of Tom Hanks’ ‘Forrest Gump’.
B-TOWN EXTENDS HEARTFELT GREETINGS ON 73RD REPUBLIC DAY
On the occasion of 73rd Republic Day on Wednesday, members of the film industry took to social media to extend their heartfelt greetings to everyone.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan shared a slew of photographs, a few of which show him dressed up in white and holding the Indian flag.
Taapsee Pannu shared an excerpt of the Indian Consitution that came into force in 1950. “OF the people FOR the people BY the people” Happy Republic Day to the PEOPLE of India #RepublicDay,” she wrote on Twitter.
Actor Shahid Kapoor shared a picture of a postal stamp from 26 January 1950, and wrote, “Happy Republic Day”. Filmmaker Karan Johar urged people to always celebrate our constitution. “To the spirit of our republic – may we continue to uphold, cherish and celebrate our constitution – the pillar that upholds the country’s values and binds it together in unity! Jai hind,” he posted on Instagram.
Actor Varun Dhawan sent out wishes on Republic Day by painting his cheeks in tricolour. He also posted a video of him unfurling the flag. “Had the absolute honour of unfurling the flag. #proudindian,” he wrote.
Actor Tiger Shroff uploaded a clip from his music video ‘Vande Mataram’ to mark the occasion. Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26 to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution, which came into effect on this day in 1950.
ANUSHKA’S MESSAGE TO NEW PARENTS PRIYANKA-NICK
A few days after Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas announced the birth of their baby, actor Anushka Sharma, on Wednesday, penned a cute wish for the new parents in town.
“Congratulations Priyanka and Nick. Get ready for sleepless nights and unparallel joy and love. Lots of love to the little one,” Anushka, the mother to one-year-old Vamika, wrote on her Instagram Story.
For the unversed, Priyanka and Nick welcomed their first child via surrogacy.
In a joint statement, the star couple had written, “We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate. We respectfully ask for privacy during this special time as we focus on our family. Thank you so much.”
The couple refrained from revealing the gender of their child but several reports state that Priyanka and Nick have become proud parents to a baby girl.
PRATIK GANDHI SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH RICHA CHADHA
MUMBAI: Ahead of the release of ‘The Great Indian Murder’, actor Pratik Gandhi opened up about his experience working with his co-star Richa Chadha.
“There are a lot of things I admire about Richa but one thing that I admire the most is, she is very passionate about her work and is very pure at heart and thought. Whatever she thinks she says, I can see that purity and passion in whatever she does,” he shared. ‘The Great Indian Murder’ has been taken from the pages of Vikas Swarup’s riveting novel, ‘Six Suspects’, which revolves around the murder of the son of a high-profile minister.
The project is helmed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and will be out on Disney+ Hotstar on February 4.
PATRIOTIC AND HARD-HITTING WEB SERIES TO BINGE WATCH ON REPUBLIC DAY
NEW DELHI: As India celebrates 73 years of becoming a republic on Wednesday, the Covid-19 pandemic has once again confined us to a subdued celebration. So while you celebrate Republic Day at home, we bring you a list of 5 web series you can binge-watch with your friends and family that is sure to arouse the feeling of patriotism in you.
‘Family Man’ Season 1 and 2: One of the most talked-about web series of 2019 and 2021, is the Manoj Bajpayee-starrer ‘The Family Man’. Manoj, as Shrikant Tiwari is a middle-class man secretly working as a senior officer in the Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell (TASK) and does everything in his strength and might to save his country. Both the seasons are edge-of-the-seat thrillers with drama and comedy sprinkled in it, in just the right amount.
‘Special Ops’ Season 1: This series stars Kay Kay Menon as Himmat Singh, a RAW agent investigating the prime suspects of the 2001 Parliament terror attack. The series is available on Disney+ Hotstar.
‘Bhaukaal’ Season 1 and 2: Inspired by true events, the web series ‘Bhaukaal’ is set in Muzaffarnagar in 2003, which was then better known as the crime capital of India, and the series tells the tale of how one courageous officer goes on a clean-up drive to punish criminals, battles local influential personalities and re-establishes the faith of the common man in the law. It is available for free on MX Player.
‘Mumbai Diaries 26/11’: One aspect that everyone forgets when we speak about terror attacks is the impact it has on the hospitals. The first web series to show the reality of what doctors faced during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks is this. The series is available on Amazon Prime.
‘Grahan’: A hard-hitting web series that is sure to leave any person teary-eyed is the 2021 web series, ‘Grahan’. Based on the Sikh Riots of 1984, the web series revolves around Inspector Amrita Singh (Zoya Hussain), who has been assigned in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate and reopen the 1984 Sikh Riots in Bokaro, Jharkhand, only to discover that the main accused is her own father, Gursevak Singh, a Sikh himself.
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