Friday, August 31, 2012

I am not ready to do intimate scenes: Mitali Nag


The talented actress Mitali Nag is currently playing Krishna in ‘Afsar Bitiya’. She was earlier seen doing small roles in shows like ‘Mano Ya Na Mano’ and ‘Wanted-High Alert’.

A couple of days’ back I visited the sets of Zee TV’s Afsar Bitiya to meet her. When I entered the set location, I saw a girl draped in a beautiful saree. It was a full moon night and that girl was glowing like a star. She was feeding a stray cat and didn’t realize that I was standing behind her. When she turned back, she was surprised to see me there. She welcomed me with a warm smile, and asked me to wait for a while.

After waiting for a few minutes she came back and said "I'm sorry, I went to change my clothes.” She was a bright student and always scored good marks in exams and actively participated in all the activities.  She was a shy child, who never used to fight.  Sometimes when she was mistreated by other people, she used to return home crying.  Her cousin sister used to fight for her, as Mitali always failed to defend herself.

 “Though I was very shy in my childhood, my character started to change, and gradually I became outspoken.  A girl who cannot protect herself has changed a lot now. I just cannot accept injustice. I fight whenever I see anybody ill-treating or abusing me or anyone else for no reason.  Now I have become more confident women.

 Mitali has become synonymous as Krishna, who dreamt of becoming a block development officer (BDO) and later got success after lots of drama. As a kid Mitali never dreamt to become an actor. “I never ever thought of coming in this field, though I used to sing from my childhood. My mom believes that education is must for every kid, so she always asked to concentrate on studies.  I completed my B.COM and then MBA.”

She continued, “We have an academy in Nagpur, so I was connected to drama, dancing and singing.  Everyone used to say, Mitali you must try your luck in this field. Then I moved to Mumbai and started working in a BPO for a year and a half after MBA.  Later I realized that I was made for something else and decided to join media. I think it was in my destiny to become an actress. I joined theatre group I.F.T.A and then Big Bang theatre. I polished my acting through theatre; side by side I groomed myself better for singing. I did a few reality shows for DD like ‘Khelo Khaao Jeeto’ and ‘Music Masti aur Dhoom’. Later I won ‘Bol Baby Bol’. I started doing episodics.  Finally I got a major break from ‘Afsar Bitiya’.


It’s very difficult for a fresher to start career in acting, especially when you don’t have a God Father. Every new comer has to face lots of hurdles and almost every newcomer comes across casting couch.  Dusky actress Mitali had also undergone this, “Yes it exists. People are quite diplomatic; they do not directly say it in words, ghuma fira kar baat karte hai. They start giving hints, like what are you doing in the evening or let’s be friends.  And I always told such people that I am not here to make friends. I already have lots of friends, and I am looking forward to work. If they didn’t stop there then I stopped interacting with them.


So is it mandatory to do compromises and say yes for casting couch? “I asked one of my friends, what should I do? I am not ready to compromise, so shall I call it quit? He said, you may or may not get work after compromising. If you are not ready for that then be patient. It will take time but slowly and gradually you will get work.  I didn’t mind waiting, but I was not ready to say yes for casting couch.

There was a buzz that Parul Chauhan is replacing Mitali in Afsar Bitiya.  “There was an online article that said actress Parul Chauhan is going to replace me when the fact is that Parul has not even been approached,” Mitali told to one of the leading tabloid. She added, “There have been a lot of rumors floating around regarding my replacement. And I was unaware about everything; fortunately I am still part of the show that has given me name, fame, love and appreciation.

Petite Actress was earlier associated with a production house as an executive producer and now she is all set to enter in producer’s shoes. She is co-producing a movie with his friend and Sara Khan is finalized to play the lead role. “One of my friend was planning to produce films. At that time he told me that you will be part of my film. After that I signed Afsar Bitiya, now three films produced by his production company are lined up. He asked to play the lead role, but unfortunately due to my hectic timings I was not able to act in his first film. So I am co-producing that film. Things are still on paper, ground work is going on.

While ending the interview, the last thing I asked whether she is ready to do intimate scenes in the films. “I can’t even imagine myself to do steamy scenes in films or serials. I think I am still a little bit conservative,” quips Mitali. She ended our conversation with a smile. It was 10 p.m. and one could easily notice the glitter in her eyes, she was still glowing like a rising sun.

-K Himaanshu Shukla...




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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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Actress Bidita Bag mistaken for a Naxalite; escapes riot!


Even as actress Bidita Bag is preparing for the release of her first Bollywood film ‘From Sydney With Love’ this week, she is all shaken by memories of a recent village attack, where she witnessed the fury of a mob who mistook her for being a Maoist or a Naxalite.

While renowned filmmaker Prakash Jha, who is directing his next movie Chakravyuh on Naxalites, has stated that he has met them over the years, Bidita went through a terrifying experience of a more dangerous kind on the sets of a Bengali film called ‘Chokher Pani – Tears of Nandigram’!

Recalling her horror, the actress says, “I was shooting for this Bengali film in the sensitive Nandigram village in West Bengal some time ago, when a group of very unruly people thought that the unit comprised of armed Naxalites.”

The villagers started shouting – ‘Yeh log film shooting ke naam par logon ko hathiyaar chalane ki training de rahein hain’ (‘These people are providing combat arms training in the garb of a film shoot’). Before we could explain anything, a wild rumour spread and suddenly a mob emerged and started attacking the unit members,” recalls Bidita.

The actress remembers seeing agitated people chase others with swords and even burning nearby houses in a mindless riot, as she ran and hid inside a rice field to save her life!


Bidita’s publicist Dale Bhagwagar adds, the actress told him, she was too shaken, witnessing such animalistic violence and that even the local police and media termed her a Maoist. “Bidita felt helpless and traumatized in the village. But luckily for the unit members, she did not give up shooting for the film,” he remarks.

As the situation calmed down, the actress is reported to have completed the shooting schedule under police protection and safety assurances by The Rapid Action Force (RAF); the specialized wing of the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).



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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Giaa Manek turns Jeannie for 'Jeannie Aur Juju'


Giaa Manek played sweet and innocent Gopi Bahu in 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya', later she shaked legs in popular dance relaity show 'Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa'. Now she has got an opportunity to charm her fans with her magical tricks as Jeannie in Sab TV's upcoming show "Jeannie Aur Juju".

'Jeannie Aur Juju', an Indian adaptation of popular American show "I Dream of Jeannie". Petite actress will shed the traditional look with this new show and she will be seen in harem pants and shimmering outfits.

Jeannie, who has been caught in a bottle for 2000 years, tries to charm her savior and the love of her life, Vicky. Ali Asgar will be seen playing Vicky.

Anooj Kapoor, Executive Vice President and Business Head, SAB TV, hopes Giaa's presence attracts viewers. "With Giaa in the show, we're sure to attract a huge audience to watch the show as she has a big fan following. Giaa's innocence works for the character and Ali's experience will enhance the show even further," Kapoor said in a statement.

"The show is unique as it will have special effects and tricks that Jeannie performs. It is an uncommon genre on Indian television and the audience will surely enjoy the novelty we are providing them," he added.

The show will stick mostly to the original content and story of "I Dream...", originally created and produced by legendary author Sidney Sheldon.

We tried to contact but she remained unavailable to comment.

-K Himaanshu Shukla...

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TRP & GRP Ratings from 21stAugust, 2012 to 28th August, 2012



GRP Ratings
Channel
This week's
Previous week's

Zee TV
237
283

Star Plus
264
255

Colors
258
238

Life OK
125
134

Sony
211
214

Sahara One
37
35

SAB TV
126
133

Star Utsav
30
32

Set Max
139
112

Star Gold
125
130

Movies OK
64
70

ZCN
126
130


Star Plus



Show
This week's 
Previous week's 


Ruk Jaana Nahi
0.9
0.8


Saath Nibhana Saathiya  
3.7
3.2


Ek Doosre Se Karte Hain Pyaar Hum
2.3
1.9


Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
2.7
2.7


Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hain
3.1
3.4


Diya Aur Baati
6.7
5.6


Diya Aur Baati & yeh Rishta 1 hr spl(Fri)
6.6



Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
3.6
3.8


Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha
2.5
2.2


Pyaar Ka Dard Hai Meetha Meetha(Sat 1hr)
1.5



Pratigya  
2.4
2.0


Lakhon Mein Ek
0.6
0.7


Teri Meri Love Stories(Sat)
1.5
1.0


Teri Meri Love Stories(Sun)
1.0
0.7


Ajun(Sat)
2.2
1.7


Arjun(Sun)
1.3
0.9













Sony TV


Show
This week's 
Previous week's 


Kuch Toh Log Kahenge
0.9
0.9


Byaah Hamari Bahu Ka
0.6
0.5


Love Marriage Ya Arrange Marriage
0.7
0.6


Saas Bina Sasural
0.9
0.9


Parvaarish
1.6
1.5


Kya Hua Tera Wada
1.8
1.8


Bade Ache Lagte Hai
3.3
3.7


Adaalat
1.8
1.7


CID: FRIDAY
3.4
3.7


CID: SATURDAY
3.8
3.7


CID:SUNDAY
3.8
3.0


Crime Patrol: Friday
3.8
3.7


Crime Patrol: Saturday
4.2
3.4


Crime Patrol: Sunday
3.8
3.2


Indian Idol(Friday)
2.1
1.8


Indian Idol(Saturday)
2.1
1.9


Kahani Comedy Circus Ki
2.3
2.1























SAB TV


Show
This week's 
Previous week's 


Golmaal Hai Bhai
0.7
0.8


Tarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashma
3.2
3.3


Chidiya Ghar
1.6
1.6


R.K Laxman Ki Duniya
1.1
1.1


Lapatganj
1.2
1.3



Life OK







Show
This week's 
Previous week's 


Mahadev
2.7
2.6


Amrith Manthan
1.6
1.4


Alaxmi
0.7
0.7


Main Lakshmi Tere Angaan Ki
0.9
1.0


Saubhagyavati Bhava
1.2
1.2


Laugh India Laugh
0.9
0.7


Shapath
0.6
1.2

























Colors
Show
This week's 
Previous week's 
Kairi 
1.5
1.4
Sasural Simar Ka 
3.5
3.8
Balika Vadhu
4.8
4.4
Madhubala
2.2
2.0
Chhal
1.5
1.5
Parichay
2.1
2.1
Uttaran
2.8
2.3
Na Bole Tum Na Meine Kuch Kaha
1.7
1.7
Zindagi Ki Haqeeqat Se Aamna Saamna
2.2
1.7
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa(Sun)
5.3
2.3
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa(Sat)
3.3
4.3
Zee TV
Show
This week's 
Previous week's 

Afsar Bitiya
1.2
1.1

Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke
2.2
2.1

Rab Se Sona Ishq
1.6
1.5

Hitler Didi
1.7
1.7

Pavitra Rishta
2.6
2.9

Phir Subah Hogi
2.3
1.9

Mrs. Kaushik Ki Paanch Bahuein
2.2
2.0

Punar Vivaah 
2.7
2.6

Fear Files(Sun)
2.9
2.5

Fear Files(Sat)
3.0
3.1

Ramayan
1.8
2.7

Ramayan (DD National)
13.3
12.5

Dance Ke Superkids
5.6
NA


Channel [V]




Show
This week's 
Previous week's 
Suvreen Guggal Topper of the Year
.48
.3
Dil Dostii Dance
.4
.5
Humse Hai Liife
0.4
.2
Gumraah Season 2(8 pm)
0.25
.36







-K Himaanshu Shukla




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