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Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan steps into Gabbar’s shoes in new promo; watch etimes.in | Sep 23, 2022, 06.35 PM IST Bigg Boss 16 is just a week away and its promos have kept everyone intrigued. With the tagline of ‘Iss baar Bigg Boss khud khelega’, the promos have piqued audiences’ interest. In the latest promo, host Salman Khan stepped into Gabbar’s role from the film Sholay and can be seen mouthing the famous dialogue. He says, “50-50 kos dur jab raat ko bachha soyega, tab maa kahengi, so ja warna Bigg Boss aa jayega. Bigg Boss season 16 game badlega kyunki Bigg Boss khud khelega.” Take a look at the promo: Ab Gabbar bhi lagega pyaara, jab Bigg Boss khud aayenge bajaane contestants ki baara. 👁️Dekhiye #BiggBoss16, 1st… https://t.co/T3DAPHSZrF — ColorsTV (@ColorsTV) 1663932600000 This time, many celebrities’ names have been doing the rounds. With names like Sreejita De and Sajid Khan almost being confirmed, ETimes TV just reported that Sumbul Touqeer, Shiv Thakare, and Sanjay Gagnani will most likely be seen in the show. Reportedly, Sanjay might enter the show a week later as a surprise element. Apart from them, social media sensations Just Sul and Abdu Rozik’s names are also doing the rounds. Both of them enjoy an immense fan base on social media and are huge sensations over the internet. Contestants, who are expected to be a part of the show, include Munawar Faruqui, Jannat Zubair, Faisal Shaikh, Tina Dattaa, and Fahmaan Khan among others. Recently, Divyanka Tripathi clarified on social media sharing that contrary to reports, she is not a part of the controversial reality show. The show is all set to premiere on October 1, 9.30 pm onwards and the introduction episodes will be divided into two parts – Saturday and Sunday.

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Kaveri Priyam on casting couch: I remember once a casting director made an indecent proposal in return of work; I cried my eyes out Vijaya Tiwari| etimes.in | Sep 23, 2022, 07.37 PM IST Kaveri Priyam won audiences hearts as Kuhu with her debut show, Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke. She played a negative role in her first show, but instead of getting typecast, the actress chose to wait and do a positive lead role in her next show. She bagged another popular character of Dr Monami in Ziddi Dil Maane Na. Kaveri joined ETimes TV for our exclusive segment Tellyblazer where she opened up about her struggles, journey in the TV industry and surviving in Mumbai. She also revealed about a casting couch incident and how she is completely against nudity and exposing onscreen without a reason. Did you consciously wait for a positive role to come your way after Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke? Yes, it was a deliberate effort and I was lucky enough that I was offered the role of Monami in Ziddi Dil because in the television industry it is very easy to get typecast. It happens that makers assume that she has played negative so now she can’t play a positive lead role. I feel blessed that I could actually break that notion with Monami. On receiving love from the audience for Kuhu from Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke even though it was a negative role? I work to get love from the people and try my best that the audience can relate to my character. I was surprised that my character of Kuhu was loved by people so much. Initially, I faced a lot of hatred as much as I got love later. It was a gradual process. As an actor we have to be ready for whatever comes our way. I was lucky that the character was so layered that I could experiment with it and garner love. It feels good because generally actresses who want to be lead heroines, shy away from taking such roles. But I had no option, it was my first project and I had to grab whatever opportunity came my way. It turned out to be lucky for me. Did the trolling have a toll on your mental health? I used to get upset a lot in the beginning because fans think that she is playing a negative role so she must be the same in real life. I would get hatred and negative comments on social media. I would get affected a lot. Initially, I got a lot of hatred But I had my family and friends who helped me sail through the tough times. As an actor I’ve matured and I now don’t worry about comments much and focus more on my work. Did you always want to be an actress? I was a complete nautanki as a kid. I participated in a lot of theatre plays during my school days. I had no stage fear or audience fear. I would participate in street plays also while growing up. In fact, I loved the attention I got from the audience and that was the major reason I am here today in the industry. I used to write my own plays and make kids perform so I was always inclined towards the creative field. But studies were also important and after completing my graduation I decided I should give it a shot. Though I was not very confident that I will be able to make it in the industry and this profession can be my way of earning. Go on…. I was extremely confident when I came to Mumbai. I also feel you grow, learn over the period of time and get to know what is working in your favour and what doesn’t. The same thing happened to me. I kept getting rejected in auditions one after the other. I understood that there are things which are not working in my favour. Then you start talking to people and grooming yourself. You meet people during auditions and learn from your other experience. I met a lot of friends who guided me in the right direction. How was your initial journey, did you face rejections? I’ve lost count of the number of times I was rejected. There was a time when I had given up and thought of going back home because the roles I was getting were not very satisfying and I was not happy with them. I wanted to do something substantial so that took a lot of time. I struggled for two years and then at one point I went home as I wanted to take a break and start fresh. When I was home that time I got a call for Yeh Rishtey Hain Pyaar Ke. I auditioned for the show from home and sent them. I actually just auditioned without any enthusiasm thinking, this is just another audition. I was very chilled out and the show actually clicked and I was called to Mumbai for a mock shoot. I feel destiny plays an important role. Were there moments when you were replaced or dropped from a project last minute? Yes, I have been replaced from shows last minute and even after doing mock shoots someone else has taken my place. It happens all the time in the industry. One thing I’ve realised is that whatever happens it happens for a reason and for our good. Something is better on the way. There are times when you make wrong choices and then later you regret oh I should have done the project. It takes time to come out of the setback and recover. How supportive were your parents when you told them you want to go to Mumbai and join the entertainment industry? Initially, my parents were skeptical about sending me to Mumbai but I made them understand and they understood my point of view. But the tough part was when I moved here they obviously expected that I would bag something immediately and it didn’t happen. When things didn’t work for a long time they started doubting my ability. So, I started doing the small projects, one day, two day work just to make them relaxed. I started doing it as I knew this would buy me more time from them to struggle. I would always stay connected with them and update them about my life. How difficult was it to survive in Mumbai? Coming from a different city and living in Mumbai is very tough. You come across so many people who will take you for a ride. When I came here I was very naive and didn’t know the tricks of the business. That’s where how you have been raised and what sort of values they have imbibed and inbuilt in you comes to play. Was it tough to convince your parents to let you struggle and be in Mumbai? I worked on myself a lot. I groomed and transformed myself completely. I started getting print shoots and all. I took on small projects so that I could sustain myself in the city. I didn’t want to ask for money from my parents. I would take up shows for a cameo or one day, two day work. Whatever I earned during the initial phase I put that in rent. Then whatever I earned I started to spend on my growth. Be it joining the best gym, meeting the best nutritionist, going for the best makeover. I invested all the money on grooming myself. So there were tough days where sometimes I didn’t have any money and I had no other option but to cut down on my expenses and postpone my plans. When you don’t have a Godfather in the industry, people make indecent offers. Did you face the casting couch? When I came to Mumbai I had no one’s support or no one to guide where to go for auditions. During that period I met a lot of people who would give examples of other actresses and tell me that they have become stars by using shortcut routes. I had a very tough time during that phase because I didn’t know how to react. Also, deep down I knew that this is not the right path and it won’t last for long. These shortcuts are not long lasting, they won’t take you ahead in life. What will take you ahead is your talent. But when you see someone in a strong position sitting there and giving you gyaan. I used to make excuses that my mother is waiting down, she is calling me and would leave from there. Continue… I remember once a casting director made an indecent proposal to me. I just cried so much after the incident. I sat in an autorickshaw and cried my eyes out because I had given up everything and came to Mumbai to become an actress and this is the way I was treated. I started thinking that “kya sach mein log aise shortcuts leke aage badhte hain” and there is no value for talent. I was so confused and I ended up crying. I was very sure I wouldn’t be able to do it. There were other incidents when I was asked to pay a huge amount to get a break. It demotivated me. Ultimately, there were moments when I broke down and called up my family. They guided me and pumped me, not to give up. Then I met the right people who guided me and asked me to go for real auditions. You plan to work in OTT medium now, are you open to the bold content that is being made these days? Are you open to doing bold scenes or expose on-screen? It depends on what sort of character I am offered and what is the journey of that character. These will play an important role in me taking up any such role. But I am completely against nudity and exposing myself on-screen without reason. I want to cater to the family audience. The content is the kind. I haven’t given a thought to love making scenes when I am offered. I’ll think about it. If it is an important part of the project and if that project will add value to my career then I might take up. Whatever decision I take it will be a conscious one. I’ll consult my team and family.

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