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Panchayat’s Chandan Roy says he had a blueprint for becoming an actor | Web Series



Chandan Roy may not be that famous by name but we are definitely familiar with his face. The actor from Bihar plays Jeetendra Sharma’s assistant Vikas in the hit web series, Panchayat, and was recently seen as a broker in TVF Pitchers season 2. He is currently gearing up for the release of Srijit Mukerji’s web series, Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke on ZEE5, in which he plays a hacker. Though a newcomer in the industry, Chandan has atleast 8-9 projects lined up for release this year, including some in which he plays the lead. And he claims everything has happened as per the blueprint prepared by him since he was a child. Also read: Srijit Mukherji says he has rejected 10-12 remakes in 2 years: ‘It is someone else’s intellectual property’

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Chandan opened up about his new show, his well-planned journey from Bihar to Delhi to Patna and how those looking to make it big in Mumbai should also have a blueprint before taking the plunge. Excerpts:

Tell us about your role in the Jaanbaaz Hindustan Ke. We hardly see you in the trailer.

That’s why we are talking about it now. My character is a hacker who does hacking to save the country from enemies. He is a small-town guy. The makers wanted someone who looks real and doesn’t ‘look like a hacker’. He looks simple but does some serious work, leaving people wondering.

Did you have any idea Panchayat would turn out to be such a massive success?

I just went with the wave. All I remember is when I woke up after its release, I realised this new Chandan was different from the old one. That was a very beautiful morning.

How difficult or fulfilling was your journey from Manhar to Mumbai.

I struggled a lot. When people play a gamble, they bet their money, I bet my entire life. I was pursuing Bachelors of Mass Communication at a Patna college and went to IIMC, Delhi for a course in radio and television to get a decent job and be able to earn the money I needed to become an actor in Mumbai. Everything was planned and things fell in place just like the blueprint I had made. When I was hired, they said, ‘you should either become an actor or a politician, don’t become a journalist.’ I told them that I will become one only if I get the job.

I was confident I would do it. I had the elements with which I could do acting as a career and also run my house. I have not done anything other than my plan. I never had a plan B. If I had said at home that I want to go and become an actor, they would have possibly slapped me. My friends had said come to Mumbai with atleast 3-4 months of expenses, if you have it in you, you will get some work here or there. I didn’t have any useless expenses. Bade itminan se safar kat gya (the journey was wonderful), I used to roam around for auditions, worked hard and got results.

It has been just 2 years since you started out in the industry.

What a nice question. I am loving it. I was acting since I was a child. I used to act during programmes on Chhath Puja, in school and did theatre in college in Patna and then in Delhi. When I finally moved to Mumbai, I used to do small roles in TV, of around 2-4 days of work. I got my big break in Panchayat and came into limelight in 2020. Its not just two years but a very long journey. With blessings of the almighty and my family, things went on falling in place one after another, exactly the way I had planned.

When I see other youngsters around me, I get very scared that they have bet their lives without thinking about the lives attached to them. When I had come, I didn’t use to think like that. Itna halke mein mat lo (don’t take it so lightly). Youngsters should think properly before coming to Mumbai. Ek fitoor rahta hai ki star banna hai, kyu banna hai yar (they are crazy about becoming a star, why do you want to become one)? We all are heroes of our own lives. Do it only if you have it in you and love acting, the nation needs your talent. But if you are coming only for glamour and stardom, please don’t do it.

What is your family’s reaction to your choice of career?

I am lucky that my family didn’t help me financially but also never bothered me mentally or emotionally. They do mention sometimes how a boy has become a loco pilot, has got a government quarter, and you are earning just 3-4000 per month. Now when people come to meet at home, my mother is content that atleast he is self-sufficient. They don’t care about fame.

You have 4 films and 4-5 shows lined up this year. Are you bagging whatever is coming your way?

I do choose, I didn’t want to do just anything that comes my way. Some projects I have done for money, some I have done because they are very interesting roles. I would like to do something with a big banner, noted director, where I can learn something or if its challenging. I have said no to many projects recently. Director Pushpendra Nath Misra has given me a big break in Choona and Mr Saxena. Then there is Lakhot in which my character is very different. I also have Rohan Sippy’s 13-episode sitcom in which I, Kunal Roy Kapur and Taaha Shah are in the lead.

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Shah Rukh Khan’s Pathaan’s success pushes Shehzada, now clashes with Ant Man: Wise decision? | Bollywood



Pathaan’s record-breaking business at the box office is certainly going to change a lot of things. It has set the benchmark very high, and the first one feeling the heat is Shehzada. Starring Kartik Aaryan and Kriti Sanon in the leading roles, the comedy drama is the Hindi adaptation of the Allu Arjun Telugu hit Ala Vaikunthapuramulloo.

Shehzada’s release has been pushed by a week. The makers have issued a statement, “Shehzada gets a new release date! Out of respect for Pathaan, this Kartik Aaryan Kriti Sanon starrer directed by Rohit Dhawan… will now release on 17th February 2023!”

Is it a wise decision to push the release of a film which is coming just after an event film like Pathaan? In 2022 alone, we had three big examples proving it- Akshay Kumar’s Bachchan Pandey had released on March 18, right after The Kashmir Files (March 11). Kumar himself had admitted that the TKF wave impacted them, “Vivek ji ne Kashmir Files bana kar humara desh ke ek bohot bade dardanak sach ko samne rakha hain. Ye film ek aisi bhet bann kar ayi, ye aur baat hain ki meri picture ko bhi duba diya hain.”

Then came Aaryan’s Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 on May 20. Ayushmann Khurrana’s Anek released next on 27th. Result? While the content itself also comes udner the scanner, the BB2 craze affected it a lot. Ajay Devgn’s mystery drama Drishyam 2 got so big that Varun Dhawan’s Bhediya a week later on November 25 saw a dent in it’s collections.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh says, “There are two ways of looking at this. Earlier, Shehzada had a solitary release date. It had Valentines Day bonus as well on 14th. But now, they have missed out on that, and will clash with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on 17th. Then a week later, Akshay Kumar- Emraan Hashmi’s Selfiee will release.”

There’s also the argument that for a film like Pathaan, entire families went to watch it. Some even watched it twice or thrice. By doing this, they have already spent a chunk of money, and might be apprehensive going out to see a film so soon. Adarsh replies, “I don’t think so. If there’s a good film, it will run, irrespective of the people’s budget. There is very little breathing space now though, with two films on the same day and another big film just a week later. The audience needs that space.”

Rajender Singh Jyala, chief programming officer, INOX Leisure says back to back releases do well, “I am sure Shehzada makers took the decision after weighing all options. It would have been the third week of Pathaan on 10th, we have enough capacity to run both. The screens for the latter would have reduced, it can’t hold forever. Even RRR and KGF 2, they released within weeks of each other, and both became superhits, same with Gangubai Kathiawadi and The Kashmir Files.”

Meanwhile, we have got to know from our sources that the team of Shehzada, looking at the way Pathaan’s songs have connected, are planning to add another promotional song to their film. Same will be the case with Selfiee. Trade expert Atul Mohan meanwhile emphasises on the clash of Shehzada with Ant Man, “Ant Man is a big film, and they are going to clash now. It is a wait and watch situation.”

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AbRam Khan, Kareena, Taimur & others arrive at Karan Johar’s kids bday party | Bollywood



Filmmaker Karan Johar’s twins Yash Johar and Roohi Johar turned a year older and hosted a birthday bash in Mumbai. Several celebrities have reached the party venue with their little ones. In attendance are Shah Rukh Khan’s son AbRam Khan, Gauri Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Taimur Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty and others. Also read: Akash Ambani celebrates son’s birthday with a bash: Karan Johar arrives with Yash and Roohi, Natasa Stankovic joins too

Birthday kids, Yash and Roohi twinned in their outfits with their daddy Karan Johar on the special occasion. The family posed for paparazzi stationed outside the venue. All of them sported an all-black look in matching mickey-mouse themed-sweatshirts.

Following them, Karan Johar’s best friend Kareena Kapoor arrived with her sons, Taimur Ali Khan and Jehangir Ali Khan. While leaving the party, they were seen carrying big blue gift boxes. Abram Khan arrived separately while Gauri Khan was seen entering the bash with Maheep Kapoor.

Besides them, Shilpa Shetty attended with daughter Samisha and son Viaan. Arpita Khan with Ayat Sharma and Shahid Kapoor with Mira Kapoor were also a part of the bash. Neha Dhupia, Shloka Ambani and Manish Malhotra were also seen in a few paparazzi photos.

Karan Johar embraced fatherhood in 2017 and welcomed Yash and Roohi, via surrogacy. Last month, Karan also penned a heartfelt note on parenthood and wrote, “Being a parent is not an emotion … it’s an explosion of every emotion you may have experienced …. Words are not the best way to describe the feeling of being a parent… if only cuddles had a language of their own..thank you for shooting these precious images @ishaannair7.”

It also came with black-and-white photos of Karan and his twins. It featured Karan cuddling his children as he held them while posing for the camera. They sat on a sofa and struck a candid pose while flashing big smiles.

Karan is all set to make his directorial comeback with the upcoming romantic comedy film Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani. The movie stars Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, and Shabana Azmi, with Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles. It is slated to release on April 28, 2023, in theatres.

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Vijay, Trisha come together for pooja ahead of Thalapathy 67 shoot, fans react



After actor Vijay’s upcoming Tamil film Thalapathy 67 was officially announced, the makers held a pooja ahead of the film shoot. Recently, they shared the final list of cast members of the film. The first schedule of the movie will take place in Kashmir. Also read: Thalapathy 67: Fans spot Trisha Krishnan, Sathyaraj on list of those flying to Kashmir for shoot

Thalapathy 67 is the tentative name of the film. It is directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj and marks his reunion with Vijay after Master. The film’s team released a new video where Trisha Krishnan and Vijay appeared together after a long time. The two collaborated previously in films like Ghilli and Thirupaachi.

For the pooja ceremony, Trisha wore a beige colour saree while Vijay opted for a dark olive green shirt with denim pants. Besides them, actors Arjun Sarja, Mansoor Ali Khan, and Priya Anand who are a part of Thalapathy 67 were also a part of the event.

Reacting to the video, fans were left excited to see Trisha and Vijay together in a film after a long time. One of them commented, “Can’t wait to see Thalapathy and Trisha pair up again on screen. It’s been 14 years of wait.” “It’s happy to see Thalapathy Vijay and Trisha together once again,” added another one. Someone also said, “My heart is racing because Vijay and Trisha just looked at each other.”

Recently, the film’s team left for their first schedule in Kashmir. Fans got to learn about the team’s travel and even dug out the entire passenger list to learn the names of actors and crew members who will be part of film. It included Trisha, Sathyaraj and Priya. Their photos from Chennai airport also surfaced on social media.

Thalapathy 67 is going to be a gangster film, as per director Lokesh. He recently revealed that the film won’t be a part of his cinematic universe, called LCU – Lokesh Cinematic Universe. After rumours of the same, Lokesh clarified at the trailer launch event of the recently released Tamil film, Laththi. He said, “I can’t talk about the project now. But I can say that it won’t be part of the universe. It’ll be a gangster film but I can only share more information about the project after the release of Varisu.” It’s going to be one of the biggest releases in the Tamil film industry.


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