Joined: 30 December 2004
Amrapalli aka Bindiya of " Teen Bahuranniya" on Zee is hitting the gym with a vengeance these days. Although, her co-stars find her slim and trim, the actress begs to differ. "I may not look fat to others, but I feel I have been putting on weight for the past few months. I don't like it, so I have started working out regularly and I am keeping a stricter control on my diet."
Interestingly, the native of Lucknow can't resist North-Indian food since childhood. "But then, one needs to take care of those extra calories as well! So immediately after my shoot, I hit the gym," says Amrapalli, who is enjoying her track in the show these days as it's the first time she is doing a romantic role.
Manish Raisinghania's Chat
Rita > Hi, did you feel the heat from the audience after replacing Ejaz Khan as "Varun" in Kahiin To Hoga (KTH)? He was their favourite. How did you cope with the immense popularity he enjoyed?
Manish Raisinghani > I think I was comfortably accepted by the audience in the first go itself and I got a very positive response from them. I don't think it was a very difficult task.
Sak bhavna > Hey Manish, this is Bhavna. You are just tremendous to look and are giving a fantastic performance in Kahiin To Hoga. So, what do you think about your cast? How are your co-stars? Is your co-star Rajeev co operative?
Manish Raisinghani > Thanks a lot for the compliment. Initially, Rajeev and I didn't share a very good relationship. But now he is more of an older brother. He is very cooperative. And about the rest of the co-stars, it's like a huge family and I am the brat kid of the family who's pampered like crazy!
Archie > Tell me, do TV stars become snooty like big film stars after they attain popularity?
Manish Raisinghani > Well, I can't talk on behalf of everybody. But, at least I am not like that. In fact I have become more humble.
Honey > What is your fitness funda?
Manish Raisinghani > I workout for 45 minutes in a day and eat whatever you want.
Shama > Manish, are you planning to do movies?
Manish Raisinghani > I am not taking up serial offers, as I want to do movies.
Gehta > Manish, Ejaz quit the serial and before him TV industry has (generally) seen replacement of actors so many times. Do you feel the insecurity as a professional?
Manish Raisinghani > I believe whatever happens, happens for the best. And I don't feel any kind of insecurity. The only thing you need to do is be good at your job.
Thegr8_m > I have heard that you were a model in Paris. Is it true?
Manish Raisinghani > I was a model in Europe (Turkey). I modelled there for a year.
Kush > Are you happy being a TV actor or you wanna do films also?
Manish Raisinghani > I am an extremely unsatisfied man. I think I have to move on to better things.
Honey > When is your date of birth?
Manish Raisinghani > 22 of July, 1979
Jugs > Are you marred? Do you have a girl friend?
Manish Raisinghani > I have a girl friend and we will be getting married after four years.
Lili > Why didn't Rajeev and you get along initially? Some cultural differences or professional jealousies?
Manish Raisinghani > Probably because both of us are known for our looks. So we had this kind of a rivalry. But when we got to know each other personally, everything got better (doubts were removed).
Clod > Some time ago there was talk of "Sujal" (Rajeev) quitting the show and then also "Kashish" (Aamna) was rumoured to be not happy with her role and was thinking of quitting. When such things happen, don't they have a demoralising effect on the rest of the time? Please do give an honest answer. Don't you guys feel that next it would be your turn to walk out?
Manish Raisinghani > They had their own personal reasons and I would not like to comment on it. It did affect us, as it would be like one of the family members leaving (the family).
Honey > Who else are there in your (real) family?
Manish Raisinghani > My mom, dad, a younger sister and grandmom.
Jugs > How did you get the role of "Varun" in KTH? Do you know anyone in the television industry?
Manish Raisinghani > Before KTH I was doing a serial named Kahiin Kissi Roz and Kehna Hai Mujhko. So when Ejaz was being replaced I received a call from Ektaa to do the role.
Meena > What made you take part in the Mr. India contest?
Manish Raisinghani > I have always been a misguided missile with a lot of energy and I landed up there and came out with flying colours.
Kali > What's your education? Do you come from a business family?
Manish Raisinghani > I am a mechanical engineer. I come from a service family.
Bhavnasak16 > Have you done any albums? If yes then which one? Who's your favourite actor/actress? If you want to date who would you date?
Manish Raisinghani > None because I have a very possessive girl friend who will kill me. I have done three albums – for Vaishali Sawant, t-series and another one is a Punjabi video, which is yet to release.
Uri > What's it with you guys, haan? You do engineering, MBAs etc and then become actors. Why? Don't you feel that you wasted your education and time?
Manish Raisinghani > I believe you need education to fall back upon wherever you are. And it (education) reflects in your persona.
Dima > Don't you think your chocolate-boy looks may just over shadow your acting abilities and people will cast you just for the looks and not so much for acting skills? Has the thought occurred to you?
Manish Raisinghani > Just for this sake I have been doing some thriller and suspense episodes for Aahat and Raat Hone Ko Hai where it's more of acting than style and looks; those are not even the criteria.
Khushbhu > Were you sure to become a model or TV actor since your child hood? If you were not an actor or a model, which profession would you choose?
Manish Raisinghani > If I was not in this profession, I'd probably be vice president of some company but after five years. As a kid I never thought about acting or modeling. It all started when my seniors dragged me for an inter-collegiate pageant where I won the best male model.
Honey > Manish, your favourite movie?
Manish Raisinghani > Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge is my all time favourite.
Sam > Hey Manish, how do you look at the competition with Rishi? If a situation arrives wherein two of you fight for the same girl what will you do?
Manish Raisinghani > Just smile and the girl will be mine.
Jigs > What in a woman turns you on?
Manish Raisinghani > The way she carries her self. It's not just the looks, it's mainly about the persona.
Binni > Tell us about your girl friend. Is she an actress too? What do you like in her sooo much? Where did you meet her? How long have you two been going steady?
Manish Raisinghani > This March 10th we completed three years (of relationship). She's a model too. She is from Pune and her name is Vilvin. She was my best friend for a year. I met her at a friend's birthday party. What I like about her is - it's just that she is a class apart.
Sam > Manish, in real life will you marry a girl like "Mehak" who was already married earlier?
Manish Raisinghani > If I really loved the woman, her past wouldn't matter.
Sam > Who is your favorite actor and actress?
Manish Raisinghani > Favourite actor - Collin Farrell, Amitabh Bachchan. And among actresses – Catherine Zeta Jones and Rekha.
Kush > I am feeling dam jealous!!!!!!
Manish Raisinghani > About what?
Kush > About your girl friend.
Manish Raisinghani > Please don't be jealous.
Reena > When will you start looking for a corporate job since you want to be a VP of a company. Aren't we going to see you as actor for too long?
Manish Raisinghani > I said if it all I wasn't in this profession I would have ended up as a VP. Since I am here, I'd like to deliver my best and entertain all of you.
Riky > From whom do you face tough competition - Rishi, Sujal or Akshat?
Manish Raisinghani > I think it's Rajeev (Sujal) as his popularity is already sky high and he's got a much better and an adorable character to play.
Sign Off Message > Aim for the moon because if you miss at least you will become a star. Love, Manish.
Sentimental Manish gifts a birthday to spot boy
The sets of Zee's Teen Bahuraaniyan sure seem like a fun place to be. Recently, we heard that Manish Raisinghani threw a birthday bash for one of the spot boys who happens to work for the show. Apparently, when Manish and co-stars were talking about birthdays, he learnt that the spot boy had no idea when his birthday was. This touched Manish deeply and the following day he got a cake and a gift and they had a small celebration on the sets for the spot boy. The small celebration went off well but what nobody even realised was that it wasn't even the spot boy's birthday that day. And his only partner in crime was Kadambari who plays his wife in the show. Well Manish sure seems to be granting birth dates and not just gifts and cakes.
Prashant Chawla finds his love
Prashant Chawla, who plays Mahesh in Teen Bahuraniyan, has found his real life dream girl.
Manava's co-stars will miss her
Manava Naik, who plays Manjeet in Teen Bahuraniyan, is taking a break from the show as she is going on a holiday to Singapore with her sister. Her co-star Amrapali Gupta talks about how much the crew of Teen Bahuraniyan is going to miss her.
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Manava Naik in her library
Evidently, Manava's family is in the business of printing, first set up by her grandfather. An entire floor of their three-storey bungalow forms a massive library. Says Manava, "My grandfather began collecting books. Besides heritage books that are not be available in bookstores, we have a variety of other books on subjects like history, literature, psychology, drama, films and politics."
Meanwhile, her father, Arun Naik has also acquired a grant from the government to preserve these books. Explaining about the process of preserving these rare books, she says, "It's not easy to preserve the books as some of them are very old. There is a small section where the books are kept wrapped in a special paper so that they don't get damaged. Some of them date as far back as the 17th century and have become so brittle that they can tear easily. We have about 200 such rare books."
These books are undoubtedly very precious to all in the Naik household. Manava says, "There have been a couple of incidents like the 26/7 rains where we almost lost the books in the drama section, as they were kept on the ground floor, but after that we dried every page of the books with a drier and re-bound them."
She adds, "There was yet another time when we had a fire in the house and we somehow managed to stop it from reaching the books."
Her personal favorite subject being literature, she says, "When I was a child, all my friends would come home to borrow books. I, personally collect and buy many books as my father has always been against the idea of borrowing books."
Joined: 30 December 2004
Manava Naik wants to learn the piano
Manava Naik, Manjeet of Teen Bauraniyan, has a vast collection of musical instruments and wants to learn the piano among many other instruments. We asked Manava about her music inclinations.
"I like the piano out of the five instruments I have. It is an upright piano. I have a couple of other instruments as well like guitar and drum. I have learnt a little bit of piano and guitar but the others are just there in the bedroom. There is one special cleaner who comes and cleans them," revealed the TV star.
"I will Love to do some dance based reality show"
Television actress Manava Naik is on a professional high as her character of Manjeet in the television daily Teen Bahuraniyaa is grabbing the viewer's attention and appreciation. "Acting was not new for me. I have been involved with theatre since my childhood. I used to participate in school plays and college dramas.
Moreover, both my parents are also associated with theatre. My mother is an actress and my father, a writer," says Manava. As acting and theatre were very much a part of Manava's upbringing, was acting a conscious decision of hers? "No, it wasn't," claims the actress. "In fact, I went to a general entertainment television channel's office for being an accompanist there and they asked me to audition, and that's how Special Squad, my first television serial happened," laughs the actress. Manava has been portraying different kinds of roles so far. She has played a western detective in Special Squad , a girl from a conservative Gujarati family in Baa, Bahu Aur Baby and is now playing an outgoing Punjabi bahu in Teen Bahuraniyaa .
So what is Manava's forte? "I think, I am quite versatile," says Manava. The actress who is inspired by Naseeruddin Shah's performances adds that "playing different characters makes me happy. I want to do something challenging every day." Bollywood is an obvious step ahead for television actors. But Manava has a different point of view, "I am not aiming for Bollywood. But yes, if some good role comes across, I will definitely pick it up." She adds, "The medium is not important. What matters is the character and the script." These days, the trend of television stars being associated with reality shows is very popular.
"I would like to be associated with a reality show where I am allowed to explore a hidden talent of mine. I will love to do some dance based reality show," says Manava who also owns a piano and a guitar and aims at learning music in the near future.
Manava is clear about her priorities, "I have no objection with the modern costumes that one wears on television. I am comfortable wearing short skirts but I don't agree with showing skin where it's not necessary. It has to be gracefully done and not just for the heck of it." Now that Manava has been in the television industry for quite some time, is she planning for a make over? "No," comes the reply.
"It is important for an actor to groom and look different as per the requirements of the character. But personally, I am not going in for any makeover. Now that I have been playing that pretty-girl-next-door for quite some time, I would like to go in for something different," says Manava. Point taken!
Joined: 30 December 2004
Manva Naik excited about Jodhaa Akbar
Manva Naik, who plays Manjeet in Teen Bahuraniyaan, is making her debut in Bollywood through Ashutosh Gowariker's grand venture Jodhaa Akbar which is releasing in January 2008.
A thrilled Manva tells us, "I have a very sweet role. It is not very big but also not too small. I was more excited to work with Ashutosh than Aishwarya and Hrithik. This is my first film so naturally I am eagerly awaiting its release."
Refusing to divulge anymore details, she only adds, "The promos of the film have just started. After that, there are going to be systematic interviews of the cast."
How did you land this role? "Ashutosh's brother knows me and had clicked my pictures earlier. He told me about this and I went for the auditions following which I got selected."
About managing the film shoot with her two TV shows - Teen Bahuraniyaan and Baa Bahu Aur Baby - she says, "I shot for the film in Karjat. I basically used to shoot round the clock - for the film in the morning and then for my shows."
Speaking about her serials, she says, "Earlier there were lots of fights between us in Teen Bauraniyaan. Now with Smriti's entry we will come together again. Right now her introduction in the show is going on. About BBB, I had joined the show quite some time back. I have really enjoyed shooting with them as the entire atmosphere on the sets is amazing. I never feel that I am working there. I will be finally getting married in the show, by next month I guess."
We wish the actress all the best for her Bollywood debut.
Joined: 26 April 2006
Joined: 30 December 2004
Only Ekta can tell you about my comeback: Smriti Irani
From a famous actress to being a producer, Smriti Irani has done it all. She has achieved quite a bit in a very short period of her life. At the moment, she is enjoying the success of 'Mere Apne' after the much praised show 'Viruddh'.
Q.: How did you get "Teen Bahuraniyaan"?
A.: Actually the producer Bimal proposed me the show. Generally in saas-bahu sagas we see deprived women only but he offered me a character that may show some relief and has a way to get rid of some social issues.
She is a working woman and each time she visits the in laws' house of her daughter she talks about rights of today's women. It's a well-known fact that whenever women talked about their rights in our society they got deprived of every relation.
But Brinda comes with a message that women can not only keep all their relations intact but can also fight for their rights.
Q.: Do you think that your appearance in "Teen Bahuraniyaan" can give some moral support to characters in that serial?
A.: I think that it's an interesting beginning. That show is inspiring in the sense that it talks about the traditions and social values and at the same time it shows that there's nothing wrong with knowing your social rights.
If women would understand that truth, then there'll really be some positive changes in the society. We teach our daughters a lot so that they can have a better life in her in- laws' house.
We even tell them to take their in laws' house as their own house. And in-laws can treat our daughters as their own daughters.
Q.: In "Kyun Ki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" you were known as Tulsi and in "Teen Bahuraniyaan" you are Brinda. And both the names have the same meaning. Is it just an accident?
A.: (Laughing) See, I'm neither the writer nor the producer of any of these shows. And I haven't chosen these names. I think you can ask the producer or the channel about this.
Q. Do you think that Brinda will also get the same kind of popularity as Tulsi?
A.: None could achieve the popularity that I have achieved in those seven years as Tulsi. First there must be someone to reach that height of popularity. Then I'll try to touch another height yet again.
Q.: Ekta Kapoor is supposed to get Parvati in her "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" to compete with this show which is in the same time slot. Do you think that, this will affect the TRPs of your show?
A.: If I am to think that all this is happening because of my entry into that show then it's a great complement from Ekta.
I didn't know that the appearance of a small character in a show can make so much difference to others. As far as TRPs of shows are concerned, you should better ask the channel that.
Q.: "Mere Apne", your show on 9X, has got high TRPs. What would you like to say about that?
A.: I am really happy that after winning 5 awards as a producer for "Viruddh" my present show is also doing better. It's really important for me to make my name as a better producer.
Whatever show I've made, I always tried to make sure that people don't get bored with them. I enjoy the way I can tell the traditional story through "Mere Apne". As I'm from North India, I know the taste of people from there very well.
As producers my company has earned a better place not only in the audiences' heart but also in the industry.
Q.: How many shows are you going to produce after 'Mere Apne' and 'Viruddh'?
A.: I'll bring five more shows. But I am not going to say anything about them now. I can only assure you that I'll talk to you about these shows very soon.
Q.: Apart from other shows we also have heard of "Kuchh Tum Kaho Kuchh Hum Kahein" and "Maniben Dot Com". Please tell us about them.
A.: These are plays that I have produced. "Kuchh Tum Kaho Kuchh Hum Kahein" was very popular in 2006 and "Maniben Dot Com" is the most successful drama of Gujarat.
Q.: Would you like to produce them as serials?
A.: (Laughing) I prefer to keep the story restricted to that medium for which it has been created. If "Kuchh Tum Kaho Kuchh Hum Kahein" is just a drama of one or two hours then I would like to keep it that way. You can get all these qualities in my serials. I don't believe in stretching stories that may bore the audiences.
Q.: "Sharda Pandey", "Tulsi Virani", "Vasudha" and "Brinda Mausi" – who is the most close to your heart?
A.: Each character reflects parts of my personality. All my characters are fictitious but I love them as they leave some impact in my life.
Q.: You have said that if Balaji calls you back you will join them again. Is there any development on that front?
A.: I think it's better if you ask Balaji this. -Rajnee Gupta
Joined: 26 April 2006
Joined: 30 December 2004
In the show, she is the parallel lead (Rupa) with Pariva Pranati (Manya) and terms her character similar to that of Tina (Rani Mukherjee) in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
I believe silence can prove to be more romantic...
In Black & White With Manish Raisinghani
I believe silence can prove to be more romantic...
Crush: Like every other boy it was my 4th Std school teacher.
Date: Was my first attempt to understand the unsolved mystery - 'Woman'.
Proposal: I dared to propose to the same 4th Std School teacher.
Rejection: Now that goes without saying! My first proposal to my first crush was my first rejection too, but a very sweet one which didn't even sound like a rejection. She replied, ''Baby, I Love you and my husband loves you too.''
Film: Very clich - DDLJ. But it does make you want to fall in love all over again.
Gift: A handmade flower vase, which took 8+ hours to be made in a bathroom just to present as a surprise. It's the effort that makes it my most cherished gift ever.
Destination: I believe, for romance company matters and not destinations.
Fear: I'm my people's person and loosing my people is my biggest fear.
Dream: I'm a dreamer, I dream more than I sleep. I guess there are too many to mention.
Turn ons: Honesty.
Turn offs: Un-professionalism.
Pick up line: Never needed one. A smile is sufficient to kill. Then, why waste a line.
Favourite bedroom line: Hmmm... Bedroom and lines don't go together. I believe silence can prove to be more romantic than spoken words.
|Name: Manish Raisinghani.|
Date of birth: 22nd July.
Zodiac sign: Cancer.
Joined: 30 December 2004
TV stars welcome 2008
Here's how some of our telly stars will bring in the New Year.
"I plan to go out for a cruise party with my friends and I am quite excited, as my sister will be with me this year. I remember being in Jaipur a couple of years back and I had a blast as we guys had arranged for a party where we had Rajasthani artists performing. It was quite unusual but for me was one of the best New Years as I was with my loved ones. My New Year resolution is to curb down on my anger."
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