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Annup Sonii on 6 Years Of Shooting With Surekha Sikri

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The passing away  of theatre and film veteran Surekha Sikri has left  many of her colleagues  shell-shocked

, None more so than that  quietly effective  actorAnnup Sonii who played Surekha Sikri’s  son  in the long-running series Balika  Vadhu  for 6 years

Recalls  Annup ,“I played her son and she  became a mother-figure for the entire team .As I got to  know her closely—we  were working for  16-17 hours together  everyday—I became  more and  more fond  of her. Surekhaji was well-read  and articulate. She could speak several languages  fluently  including Urdu,  Hindi and English.  And she  didn’t enjoy  memorizing her dialogues  from the script in the Roman Hindi. She would write her dialogues in Devnagiri in  the  spaces  on  the  script and  then memorize  them. She said  she was  comfortable  with the words only when she  wrote them in her own  handwriting and in the original Hindi. Which is  why when she  spoke , her words didn’t sound as though they had been written  by  a  dialogue  writer. They sounded  like her own.”

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There was  one  other thing  that bonded Anuup with Surekhaji.  “We were  both from  the National School Of Drama.  Of course she  was  much senior. When  I  went to the NSD  I  would hear  stories, almost like folklore, about actors  like Manohar Singh and Surekha Sikri . To actually  get  to work with her  was  a dream-come-true . I had to wait  for Balika Vadhu  for that privilege. But the wait was  worth it. Both Satyajeet Sharma  and I who played her sons  in the serial spent  hours with her. I lived  very close to Surekhaji.So after shooting we would  drive back together. I’d request  her to get  into my car and her car  would follow us.”

Anuup  was in touch with  Surekhaji during the  pandemic. “I  would speak to her  on the phone, ask her if she needed anything. I knew she  was not in need  of anything. She was financially sound. She  also had a supportive  family. But after her life partner  Hemant Rege’s death  she preferred to stay  alone with  only her faithful caregiver  who was with her right till the end.”

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Anuup’s closing thought on  the  deceased  stalwart? “She was  so  focused  on her  work right  till the end. She enjoyed acting and gave her  life to it. During  the last six months her health  had begun  to fail. But she had a full life and she lived it on her own terms.Not many of us get to do that.”

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Tanushree Dutta Reacts To Sajid Khan In  Bigg Boss

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Like many  who were horrified  to see the MeToo accused Sajid Khan being welcomed into  Bigg Boss with  Salman  Khan’s blessings, actress Tanushree  Dutta who heralded the MeToo movement in  Bollywood,   has also been deeply affected  by this shocking turn  of events.

Speaking  exclusively Tanushree says, “I’m appalled . Speechless at the sheer irresponsibility towards the impact of such a thing on the public. I don’t watch Bigg Boss and I think I never will after this.”

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To Tanushree goes the credit for bringing the  MeToo movement  into Bollywood. In 2018 she accused  actor Nana Patekar and several others  of harassment.

Speaking in   an earlier interview Tanushree had said, “It’s been very hard on me emotionally, psychologically and financially these 12 years  after the mob violence on  the sets  of Horn OK Please  in 2008 instigated by Nana Patekar and his goons.I had gone into severe depression post that episode for many years because the level of cunning manipulation, public humiliation and threats I had to endure was too much for me.”

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Tanushee says she has  got no support in her fight against  sexual discrimination  from the film fraternity. Instead of getting justice and being  rehabilitated into work in Bollywood, her  primary source of income, she has been further been pushed and forced into legal procedures.

Speaking on the impact of  the MeToo movement  in India ,Tanushree said,  “What I’m most concerned about is what impact might it have on women, girls and boys of the next generation who are being taught about feminism, human rights and empowerment?? I mean you can’t blow the trumpet on empowerment and then have a corrupt and outdated legal system bind you with loopholes.”

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Sajid Khan To Be Evicted From Bigg Boss?

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When  MeToo-tainted  filmmaker Sajid Khan made a quiet entry into the Bigg Boss  last week , little  did he  expect the uproar that  followed.

 The social media is  filled with howls  of outrage. Singer Sona Mohapatra  called out Javed Akhtar and son  Farhan  for  not speaking  out against  Sajid’s clean-chit treatment.Now Iranian actresses Mandana Karimi, lately in the news for protesting in Mumbai  against the Hijab in her home country, has apparently blown  open the lid on  Sajid Khan’s  stealthy  entry into  Bigg House.

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Earlier this week   Mandana announced her decision to quit Bollywood after Sajid’s entry  into Bigg Boss. She  feels there is  little respect for women in Bollywood, and she is not wrong.

In a video clip that Kangana  Ranaut has shared  on social media   from  BBC’s documentary  Death In Bollywood  suicide victim Jiah Khan’s  sister Karishma  has  now  made fresh serious  allegations  against  Sajid Khan .

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This  seems to have finally   shaken up the  Bigg Boss producers. There is  now  a serious behind-the-scenes discussion  to evict Sajid Khan immediately.

Sources say the producers Endemol  Shine  India never expected such an uproar against  Khan’s  contestability on Bigg Boss.

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“The brand  is  affected(by Sajid Khan’s entry into Bigg Boss). Salman  Khan who hosts  the show is also not sure whether  the decision was the right one.He(Sajid) is likely to be out sooner rather than later,” the source informs.

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Krushna Abhishek Confirms  He Is Not Part  Of Kapil’s Show, “But I  May Be Back”

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Kapil Sharma’s partner in comedy Krushna Abhishek is  not returning to the next season  of  The Kapil Sharma Show on  Sony Entertainment.

Responding to my query about rumours that he has quit the show post disagreements with Kapil Krushna  while admitting he  was quitting the  show  says, “There are no issues between  Kapil and me. He  loves me  the  most. There were issues involving the contact.”

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Krushna then adds, “The show is mine as well, and I may be back.”

Throughout the last season  of The Kapil  Sharma  Show, Krushna  Abhishek was in  the  news for his disagreements with his uncle  actor Govinda. Krushna is seen to be an integral part  of  of the show  .

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“No Offence To Nayanthara Fans,” Says  Karan Johar

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Fans of Tamil superstar  Nayanthara have  taken  huge umbrage  to Karan  Johar insisting on Koffee With Karan  that Samantha Prabhu and not Nayanthara  is  the no.1 star, even when Samantha insisted  the crown  belonged  to Nayanthara.

Karan Johar  clarified  that he meant no offence  to Nayanthara. “I said, according to  the list that I  had  from Ormax, Samantha  was  the  no.1 star. Nayanthara’s  fans have misconstrued  the  conversation.”

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That’s not all  that a section of Koffee viewers  have misconstrued. Samantha’a tongue-in-cheek sarcastic “confession” that she paid Ormax  to  list her as  the No.1 heroine has  triggered  off stories  in  a section of  the press on the amount she paid for the honour.

“I think  we all need to have a sense of humour.Mine is  a  fun show,” says  Karan.

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