Kapil Sharma seeks blessings at Vaishno Devi Temple with family

Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma visited the Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra earlier today to seek blessings during the holy days of 'Navratri'. He was seen entering the temple premises amid heavy security wearing a red-printed kurta with beige pajamas. Kapil was accompanied by his wife Ginni and son Trishaan.  #WATCH | Jammu: Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma visited Vaishno Devi Temple in Katra, earlier today. (Source: J&K Police) — ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2024 Chaitra Navratri, or Vasant Navratri, is celebrated during the spring season in India. This year, the Navratri festival, spanning nine days, commenced on April 9 and is set to conclude on April 17. The nine-day festival, which is also known as Rama Navratri, ends on Rama Navami, Lord Ram's birthday. During Chaitra Navratri, people fast and worship Goddess Durga.   On the eighth day of Navratri, Maa Mahagauri is worshipped. The goddess, depicted with four hands and carrying a trident and a drum, rides a bull. Meanwhile, on the work front, Kapil is currently seen in the comedy show, 'The Great Indian Kapil Show' which also stars Krushna Abhishek, Rajiv Thakur, Kiku Sharda, and Archana Puran Singh. The show's official logline reads, "India's most loved comedian finds a home on Netflix and brings along his crazy but loyal cast of characters! The Great Indian Kapil Show is a variety chat show set in the bustling confines of an airport and features prominent celebrity guests every week."  The series will expand to global audiences, infusing Kapil Sharma's signature wit with classic Indian humour, as per the show's press release. After a major fallout, Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover reunited again for the comedy extravaganza. Kapil was also seen in the movie 'Crew', starring Kareena Kapoor, Tabu, and Kriti Sanon in lead roles. 'Crew', a story of three women, touted as a laugh-riot, is set against the backdrop of the struggling airline industry. However, their destinies lead to some unwarranted situations, and they get caught in a web of lies. The heist comedy also stars Diljit Dosanjh, Saswata Chatterjee, Rajesh Sharma, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.  It is produced by Rhea Kapoor and Anil Kapoor under Anil Kapoor Film & Communication Network, and Ektaa R Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor of Balaji Motion Pictures. The film was released on March 29. (With inputs from ANI)

16 April,2024 10:30 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Rupali Ganguly. Pic/Instagram

'Anupamaa' actor Rupali Ganguly joins 'Gulabi Sadi' bandwagon

'Anupamaa' star Rupali Ganguly on Sunday joined the latest social media trend by dancing to the Marathi song ‘Gulabi Sadi’. Instagram users are currently creating numerous videos on the track ‘Gulabi Sadi’ sung by Sanju Rathod. Joining the bandwagon, Rupali shared a Reel video wearing a pink saree and graciously dancing to the viral song. The post is captioned: “Jumping on to the trend bandwagon in my Gulaabi Saadi… The Marathi in me had to do this one #sunday.”           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Rups (@rupaliganguly) The video has garnered 440K views. One fan commented: “This trend was definitely incomplete without you doing it”. Another user said: “Wow super se bhi upar”. On the professional front, Rupali is currently seen as the lead in the show ‘Anupamaa’. The show is based on the Bengali series ‘Sreemoyee’. It also stars Sudhanshu Pandey as Vanraj, Madalsa Sharma and Gaurav Khanna. Produced by Rajan Shahi and Deepa Shahi under the banner of Director's Kut Productions, it airs on Star Plus at 10 p.m. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 April,2024 06:32 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Ankit Bathla

Telly Tattle: Farz ka mamla

Sometimes, playing a role can be overwhelming for an actor. Ask Ankit Bathla, who played the cop in Savdhaan India—Apni Khaki. Recalling feeling emotional about a story in which an eight-month-old baby was killed for family pride, Ankit admits, “It was so emotionally draining that I had tears in my eyes.” Ater shoot, Ankit spends time meditating. Stating that playing a cop comes with a lot of responsibility, he explains, “A lot of people are looking up to you. You can’t be saying things that are not right; you can’t be doing things that are not right.”

14 April,2024 04:05 AM IST | Mumbai | The Hitlist Team
Huma Qureshi and Shakti Kapoor. Pics/Yogen Shah

Huma picks up classic dialogues from Shakti Kapoor on 'Madness Machayenge...'

Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor will be seen as a special guest on the comedy show 'Madness Machayenge-India Ko Hasayenge'. Having given Indian cinema some of its most memorable dialogues like 'Main Hu Nandu, Sabka Bandhu', 'Aau! Lalita!' and more, Shakti has ruled the entertainment industry with his iconic roles as a villain as well as a comedian. In the upcoming episode, 'Madness ki Malkin' Huma Qureshi talks about her first-ever celebrity encounter which happened to be with Shakti. She also takes a moment to learn a few classic dialogues from Shakti himself. On popular demand, the show presents yet another rendition of the ‘Animal Spoof’ where Kushal Badrike plays‘Balraj,’ Kettan Singh is seen as ‘Ranvijay’, while Hemangi Kavi plays a meditation instructor who tries hard to calm Ranvijay's uncontrolled rage, only to end up in a funny meditation catastrophe. Host Harsh Gujral hits the stage with a stand-up act that delves into the bizarre and innocent behaviour of men, winning praise and respect from both Shakti and Huma. Paritosh Tripathi and Snehil Mehra Dixit a.k.a. BC Aunty come up with a passionate debate on 'Pet vs Pati', leaving the audience in splits. Joining forces with Kushal, actress-comedian Chitrashi Rawat will be seen as part of the ‘Papu Xerox Gag', navigating the chaos of a rich girl narrating stories about her boyfriend to her sceptical father. Siddharth Sagar also steps into the limelight with a hilarious impersonation of Shakti's classmate, while Gaurav Dubey, Hemangi, and Inder Sahani play a yoga instructor, a celebrity, and a photographer, respectively, in a rib-tickling paparazzi gag. 'Madness Machayenge' airs on Saturday at 9:30 PM on Sony. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

12 April,2024 07:25 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Sumbul Touqueer

Sumbul Touqueer's father goes the legal route with online trolls

Sumbul Touqeer, who's made a mark in showbiz with her acting skills, is currently playing Kavya in the hit TV series "Kavya – Ek Jazbaa, Ek Junoon." She's known for speaking her mind and has often been in the spotlight for shutting down haters. Although she usually brushes off negativity, sometimes it becomes too much. Recently, her father, Touqeer Hasan Khan, has taken legal steps against trolls who spread lies and defamed their family. Sumbul Touqueer's father takes legal action against online trolls Yesterday, Sumbul Touqeer's dad went on social media to announce that he's going after the trolls who spread lies about their family. He even posted pics of the legal documents as proof. His tweet goes like this, “Any/ all the defamatory posts published or circulated against myself and our family will be dealt with strictly and in accordance with the law. Cases are registered, and notice is on its way. Truth always prevails with patience & belief.” On the work front: Sony Entertainment Television's captivating narrative, ‘Kavya – Ek Jazbaa, Ek Junoon’, has witnessed an intense high point in the show with the death of Kavya’s brother-in-law, Omi. In a conspiracy driven by Giriraj’s step-mother Badi Amma, an accident leads to Omi’s death and Kavya is in a coma but the Pradhan family thinks that Kavya got Omi killed to avenge her sister, Navya’s death. When Kavya finally wakes up from the coma, she learns that she is suspended from her role as an IAS Officer due to the murder charge she faces for Omi’s death, and her beloved Adi now despises her because he believes she has killed Omi. Talking about the intense track, actor Sumbul Touqeer Khan says, “So far, viewers have witnessed the tumultuous journey of Kavya through every stage of her life and how she manoeuvres each situation with her presence of mind. With the 9-month leap, viewers will see a rebooted version of Kavya - more bebaak, and more spunky. Her determination to win back everything that is rightfully hers will make her unstoppable! Every situation teaches you something; Kavya has endured it all but she’s always done the right thing. In the upcoming episodes, viewers will follow Kavya’s journey where is resolute in regaining Adi’s love and faith while getting reinstated as an IAS officer.”

10 April,2024 04:02 PM IST | Mumbai
Varun Badola

Actor Varun Badola reveals 'bankruptcy kept knocking' at his door

Varun Badola, a well-known actor in Indian television for more than twenty years, talked about his ongoing money problems. He mentioned that despite being careful with his spending, his irregular work schedule means he often struggles to keep his savings stable. He even shared that about ten years ago, his financial situation got so dire that he had less than Rs 2 lakh in his bank account. Actor Varun Badola reveals 'bankruptcy kept knocking' at his door Varun Badola shared this during an interview with Siddharth Kannan, “I work for six months every two years, and then I don’t have work for two years.”  He said, “Bankruptcy keeps knocking at my door every few years, and then I have to tell myself to find work quickly. People ask me why I don’t work regularly, but if you notice, most actors around the world aren’t working non-stop.”  Varun expressed his pride in his long-standing career in television, spanning over two decades, particularly in significant roles, “Sometimes, I’ll admit I feel like I could’ve had a bigger car, a bigger house, but surviving for 30 years in the industry is more important than having a big car,” he said. Remembering the tough times, the actor shared, “This one time, I was worried that I wouldn’t get any sort of work again. The industry was changing, and I started wondering what else I could do… I was actually down to one and a half or two months of savings. I would’ve had no more than Rs 2 lakh in my bank account. This was in around 2015. It was me, my wife, our four-year-old child, my parents, and two dogs. It was a family of seven, and most people don’t realise this, but when you have a young child at home, your expenses goes through the roof. And then you add the dogs; it’s very expensive to take care of them. I was almost down to my last penny.” He mentioned that at one point, he and his wife sat down and made a plan to manage their finances better. They identified areas where they could spend less. Varun credited his wife for helping him navigate the ups and downs of the film and television industry. To ease the financial strain, he admitted to taking on some lower-quality work on a few occasions. “I did a couple of shows where I would pray that they don’t last for more than a few months. It’s not like I spend lavishly. Yes, I have lavish tastes, but that’s why God created Instagram. So, I decided to do a terrible show just for the money, and every morning I would pray that it gets cancelled after a few months.” Lately, Varun has been taking on a few roles in both movies and TV shows. You might have spotted him in the Netflix series 'Guns & Gulaabs' and 'Kohrra,' as well as in the films 'Mission Raniganj' and 'Rashmi Rocket.'

09 April,2024 04:26 PM IST | Mumbai
Gashmeer Mahajani's Gudi Padwa celebration

Gashmeer Mahajani shares his way of celebrating Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa, also known as Samvatsar Padvo, holds a significant place in the hearts of Maharashtrians worldwide, symbolizing new beginnings, prosperity, and the rich cultural heritage of the Marathi community. As the Marathi New Year dawns, families come together to celebrate this auspicious occasion, fostering moments of togetherness and exchanging warm wishes. Popular actor Gashmeer Mahajani recently shared heartwarming pictures on his social media, capturing the essence of Gudi Padwa alongside his family, and extending heartfelt greetings to all on this special day. Reflecting on the significance of Gudi Padwa, Mahajani emphasized the importance of family in the celebration, noting that amidst the demands of their profession, it's crucial to prioritize spending time with loved ones, particularly on such auspicious occasions. He expressed gratitude for being able to celebrate Gudi Padwa with his family for the past couple of years, cherishing the traditions and rituals that bind them together. Gashameer expressed, "Gudi Padwa holds immense significance for us as it signifies the beginning of the year filled with positivity, delicious food, and cherished moments with family. Every year, I eagerly celebrate Gudi Padwa with my loved ones, engaging in the traditional rituals including the puja to usher in the new year and raising the gudi. Our celebrations are incomplete without relishing authentic Maharashtrian delicacies such as Puri aaloo ki sabji, shrikhand, and other traditional dishes." While sharing the pictures from his intimate celebration, Gashmeer wrote, “Happy Gudi Padwa”.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Gashmeer Mahajani (@mahajani.gashmeer) About Gudi Padwa As Gudi Padwa unfolds each year, it serves as a reminder of the importance of embracing tradition, cherishing family bonds, and looking forward to the promise of new beginnings. Through his heartfelt celebration of this auspicious occasion, Gashmeer Mahajani not only honours his cultural roots but also inspires others to cherish the moments spent with loved ones and embrace the richness of Maharashtrian culture. Gashmeer Mahajani work Gashmeer Mahajani stands out as a prominent figure known for his versatile performances in both television and film. Gashmeer was seen in Bigg Boss 16, the popular reality show. The actor will now be seen as a lead in a yet-to-be-titled new OTT project, which is a revenge romantic drama.

09 April,2024 04:10 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Surbhi Chandna and Karan Sharma's grand wedding ceremony

Exclusive! Surbhi opens up about the challenging phase while dating Karan Sharma

Surbhi Chandna tied the knot with her longtime partner Karan Sharma in Jaipur, Rajasthan on March 2nd. Their marriage was nothing less than a dream come true. Before getting married, the two dated each other for about 13 years and had their share of struggles. Now, the couple in conversation with took a trip down memory lane and revealed exciting details about their wedding, their journey as girlfriend and boyfriend, their low phase, and much more. Surbhi Chandna, in conversation with us, recalled the beautiful time they had during their wedding and how the evening wedding turned out to be a night affair. The actress shared, “We were going to get married in the evening at around 5 PM, but the baraat only came at 8. And at 8, he is calling me when my photo shoot is going on. I asked him what is happening? He said that none of his family members came. What can I do standing at the door? We had a lot of fun. We actually had fun.” “We didn't treat it as a wedding. We wanted to keep it more fun, and we wanted to make our friends and family enjoy it. No one from our family knows what is going to happen at the wedding. By the way, we didn't involve anyone. The main thing was done by Karan and his team, and I and Pranavi got all the clothes,” Surbhi added. Later, Karan talked about how he managed to pull the entire event on his shoulder, the businessman quipped, “That is fun, actually. I enjoyed this. I realized this when I started planning. And when we were there and everything was getting materialized, I started enjoying it more. This is fun for us. All the planning and everything has come to the fore. So we enjoyed it. That's why I didn't feel tired.” Further, when asked about how the two managed to stick around for such a long time, Surbhi said, “We didn't manage actually. It happened. We didn't have to put in any effort. We didn't plan it. I said, Karan, whatever happens, we will be together.” Further recalling a low phase in their life, Surbhi told us that 7-8 years into the dating, there was a time when Karan asked her to move on. The actress shared, “Very honestly, I have never said this, but there was a phase in our life when about 7-8 years into dating, he wasn't going through a great workspace and he couldn't give me that time and that kind of commitment. Commitment in terms of how will he call me every time. He was going through a lull phase and that was my moment to stand up for him and be with him. He told me ‘I think we should move on in life.’ There is no case of any wrongdoing. It's just that he was mentally, work-wise, not so stable. So because of that, he said ‘it shouldn't affect you. I am not there for you.’ He was thinking this in that too. He would suggest that ‘let's take a break and go get more busy with your work and we will see.’ I was hell-bent. I said ‘there was no reason to leave each other. There is not a big issue in life like you are cheating on me or something. There is nothing like that.’ She further added, “We are so secure as partners, as individuals. So I decided I will never leave him for this. Because I don't want to lose something that is so precious. And we stuck around.” For the unversed, Surbhi Chandna and Karan Sharma tied the knot in the royal Chomu Palace. Chomu Palace Hotel is a historic royal palace where Akshay Kumar's starrer movie Bhool Bhulaiyaa was filmed. It has been considered a palace that Bollywood loves to shoot in.

08 April,2024 09:19 AM IST | Mumbai | Shachi Chaturvedi

Madhuri shares video of her lip-syncing to Lisa Haydon’s ‘Vaatavaran’ dialogue

Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene, who was last seen in the streaming movie ‘Maja Ma’ and serves as a judge on the dance reality show ‘Dance Deewane’, hopped on the viral ‘vaatavaran’ bandwagon and shared her own take on the trend. On Sunday, the actress took to her Instagram and shared a video of herself lip-syncing to the ‘vaatavaran’ dialogue from the Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma-starrer ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'. The video was shared by the actress from the sets of ‘Dance Deewane’. Madhuri pitched the note of her character in the Reel a notch above and enacted the lines said by Lisa Haydon in the film. The actress lip-synced the dialogue, “One day they used a word ‘vaatavaran’, and I was like, ‘OMG, I love that word. What does it mean?’. So Ayan said, ‘It means vibe’.” In the video, Madhuri can be seen donning a black saree. Recently, the actress walked the ramp for Ranna Gill’s show at the Lakme Fashion Week x FDCI. She donned a white sparkles drizzled pantsuit for the event. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

07 April,2024 05:36 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS

Gaurav Khanna on his role in 'Anupamaa': 'Few male actors on TV got to play...'

Gaurav Khanna, who plays the role of Anuj Kapadia in the popular family drama 'Anupamaa', has called it one of the most challenging roles, and shared that it's incredible for a male actor to get such a character with so many layers, and interpersonal emotions. The show stars Rupali Ganguly in the titular role. Gaurav plays Anupamaa's ex husband in the show. Gaurav said that Anuj is one of the most challenging roles that he has played in his life. "He is stuck. He is being stretched in two polar opposite directions. And as an actor, I am very lucky that producer Rajan Shahi has given me this opportunity, and I am thankful that he has trusted me with such a difficult character to play. It seems very simple on the surface, but trust me, this is one of the toughest characters that I have played so far," shared Gaurav. The actor said: "Television is generally women-driven and for a male actor to get such characters with so many layers, with so many interpersonal emotions attached and so many nuances, it's incredible." Gaurav, who is known for his work in 'Ardhangini', 'Meri Doli Tere Angana', said he feels lucky to be able to play this role. "I am lucky that Rajan trusts me as an actor. He has enlarged the envelope for the character Anuj, be it his wheelchair journey, be it his separation from his wife and then bringing up his daughter, then daughter in her teenage, then a single father," he said. Gaurav added: "It's a wonderful character, and very few male actors on TV, at least in India, have got to play such characters." The show is based on the Bengali series ‘Sreemoyee’. It also stars Sudhanshu Pandey as Vanraj, and Madalsa Sharma. Produced by Rajan Shahi and Deepa Shahi under the banner of Director's Kut Productions, it airs on Star Plus at 10 p.m. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

07 April,2024 05:30 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Sunny Leone Pic/Instagram

Sunny Leone claims her ex-partner cheated on her, called off marriage

Actress Sunny Leone, who hosts the dating reality show ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’ along with Tanuj Virwani, shared during a recent episode of the show that her ex-partner cheated on her. The actress revealed that she was engaged to the person and they were about to get married in two months when he told Sunny that he doesn’t love her anymore.  The episode takes an emotional turn when Sunny consoles Dewangini. She also pours her heart out while recalling her own heartbreaking story of a broken engagement and overcoming betrayal. She said, “I also was engaged once before I met my husband. I had a gut feeling that something was wrong, and something was really wrong... He was cheating on me! I just asked him if he loved me anymore, and he was like, 'No, I don’t love you anymore'." Sunny eventually tied the knot with Daniel Weber and the couple has three children -- daughter Nisha, and a pair of twins, Noah and Asher. The actress added, “This was two months before our wedding. A destination wedding in Hawaii, the dress was picked, everything was done... And it was like the worst feeling ever. But then God does amazing things and sends an angel, my current husband who was there when my mom passed away, and also when my dad passed away. And he has been here since. There is a bigger, greater plan for you and you deserve the best.” The episode spices up as Sunny proposes a ‘Bicep Challenge’, instantly ramping up the pulse in the Villa as Jashwanth effortlessly lifts Akriti, showcasing his impressive muscles. Elsewhere during the episode, Ameha’s bold confession to be with Dev Karan is a perfect moment for Sunny to suggest a romantic dance for the duo. Making things even hotter, Tanuj introduces a twist with a hula hoop, intensifying the passion and closeness. ‘MTV Splitsvilla X5: ExSqueeze Me Please’ is available for screening on MTV and Jio Cinema. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

07 April,2024 09:23 AM IST | Mumbai | IANS
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