December 4, 2013 126 reads 0 comments
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev broke into guffaws here Wednesday thanks to a live act by comedian Sunil Grover, popular for his role as Guthhi in "Comedy Nights With Kapil".
Sunil was here as part of Guthhi, Agenda Agenda, Guthhi, a session conducted at the India Today Group's Agenda Aaj Tak event.
Ramdev, who was slated to address the ensuing session, attended Sunil's session and what followed was complete hilarity.
When Ramdev asked: "Are you only Guthhi? Your name is Guthhi or do you have another name?"
Pat came the reply from the standup comedian: "Just like your name is Shri Ramdev but you have Baba prefixed to your name, I am Sunil Grover and 'Guthhi' has got attached to my name."
Recently, Sunil quit "Comedy Nights With Kapil" and Ramdev asked Sunil the reason behind his decision to leave the show.
He said: "I have never seen you on TV before, but I have heard about Guthhi. I watch news channels and they were saying that Guthhi has left the show because he was getting less money. My blessings are with you and I hope you make more money elsewhere."
To that, the quick-witted Sunil said: "Aur zyaada mile, isliye maine chhod diya aur aapka ye aashirwaad mile (I quit the show so that I can earn more and also to get your blessings). Thank you for your blessings."
On a serious note, Sunil felt honoured to get a chance to perform at the prestigious event.
"So many people want to meet you and talk to you. It's an honour and my good fortune that I could talk so much in front of you," Sunil told Ramdev.
December 4, 2013 840 reads 3 comments
Kareena Kapoor will flaunt Monisha Jaising's creation on the celebrity chat show "Koffee With Karan".
It's a Fuchsia aztec drape off-shoulder gown. The style was kept minimal and complemented the actress's peaches and cream complexion to perfection, said a statement.
The episode, to be aired Sunday on Star World, will see Kareena going up, close and personal about her life with host Karan Johar.
She has already created a stir with her controversial statement of addressing Katrina Kaif as her "sister-in-law" on the show. It shows that her cousin and Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir is serious about Katrina.
Interestingly, Ranbir will join her in the chat show.
December 4, 2013 749 reads 0 comments
TV actors Jay Bhanushali and his wife Mahi Vij, who won the fifth season of the celebrity couple dance reality show "Nach Baliye", will make a guest appearance in the ongoing sixth season.
"I am really happy that "Nach Baliye" has called us again," Jay told reporters here Tuesday during the promo shoot for the show.
"This is the show ('Nach Baliye') where I proved myself as a dancer and people started taking me seriously as a dancer I am happy with that," he added.
"Nach Baliye 6" went on air in November on Star Plus with 11 couples. So far there has been three eliminations - Lata Sabharwal-Sanjeev Seth, Amrapali Gupta-Yash and Bruna Abdullah-Omar.
However, Jay is praise for everyone.
"They all are doing fantastic. Half of them are my friends only. I am not going there to support them, but I have good wishes for all of them. Hope, the best couple wins," he said.
A weekend show, "Nach Baliye 6", being judged by actress Shilpa Shetty, director Sajid Khan and choreographer Terence Lewis, now sees Raqesh Vashisth-Riddhi Dogra, Rithvik Dhanjani-Asha Negi, comedians Kiku Sharda and Raju Srivastav with their wives, 'Masterchef Season 3' winner Ripudaman Handa-Shivangi and handicapped break dancer Vinod Thakur vying for the title.
December 3, 2013 245 reads 0 comments
Samir Soni, last seen in Zee TV's schmaltzy "Parichay - Nayee Zindagi Kay Sapno Ka", is back on television as a ghostbuster. He believes that supernatural elements do exist.
In the supernatural thriller "Ringa Ringa Roses", which went on air Life OK channel this week, marks Samir's first foray into fearsomeness.
And he says it's to do with the character rather than the genre.
"This is the most intense multi-layered character I've ever played. To me, the challenge is to convince viewers that this character of a ghostbuster actually exists," said Samir.
The actor, who has also dabbled in big-screen acting with "China Gate" and "Baghban", admits he had never encountered a ghost in real life.
"But stories about the supernatural have been around for centuries in all parts of the world. I am sure ghosts exist, although I haven't encountered any," said the actor.
For someone who has been around on television to see myriad changes, Samir is nonchalant about the changes.
"Change is inevitable in life. As the audience adopts changes of lifestyle and morals, television too must incorporate the changing mores and sensibilities," he said.
"The influence of Western culture on our cinema and television is undeniable. But we Indians love a good story with plenty of drama. Nothing can change that," said the actor who is active on the small screen since "A Mouthful of Sky" days.
Samir feels television is an important medium of social change.
"We are going through a period of tremendous media influence in every walk of life. Television plays a major role in shaping the coming generations," he said.
Unearthly shooting hours on television do not deter Samir from spending time with his baby-daughter Ahana.
"I admit I am not able to spend as much time with her as I'd like to. She's 11 months old. And she has her own schedule. I find it hard to co-ordinate my timings with hers. But it's a delight to wake up to her smiling face."
More than his own joy at parenthood, it is wife and former actress Neelam's happiness that makes Samir happy.
"I've never seen Neelam happier since I've known her. And to me that complete feeling of a happy family means everything. Our daughter is named Ahana. It means the first ray of the sun. And she has indeed brought sunshine into our lives," he said.
December 3, 2013 672 reads 0 comments
TV actress Neha Marda, who rose to fame as Gehna in popular daily soap "Balika Vadhu", returns as small town girl Urmi with "Doli Armaano Ki". She is happy to get into a character she can identify with.
In "Balika Vadhu" too, her character was of a teenage girl, but matured and different as she played someone who is forced to marry a middle-aged man.
But "Doli Armaano Ki" is about Urmi, a young girl who enters the institution of marriage with hope and dreams in her eyes.
It features newcomer Mohit Malik opposite Neha.
"It is very different from what I did before. Urmi's character is nineteen years old. I am glad to play something (closer) to my age," Neha said here Monday at the launch of the show.
The actress, however, admits her character was stronger in "Balika Vadhu".
"In 'Balika Vadhu', the character was very mature but I was playing not even an adult. I was playing a 13-year-old girl who turns 18 after a leap of five years. But the character was so matured that it looked like she must be 30 or 35 year old," she said.
"But the character was very strong and I got a lot of name and fame because of it. I am very happy," she said and added that she quit "Balika Vadhu" because she was not keen to play such a mature character.
Set in Jhansi, "Doli Armaano Ki" went on air Dec 2 on Zee TV.