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Dance Plus season 4 winner Chetan Salunkhe wants to pursue this career option – read on to find out

It’s a dream come true for Dance Plus season 4 winner Chetan Salunkhe, who always wanted his parents to be famous because of him

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Chetan Salunkhe, a self-trained boy from Pune is now a winner of one of the most-famous dance reality shows in India. Chetan made a mark with winning the show Dance Plus last week. In a candid chat, Chetan talks about his journey from his Vasti (he calls the area he lives in), Pune to finally realising his dreams in Mumbai.

# Winner of Dance Plus season 4, how are you feeling?

I am very happy and can’t really express in words. I had been auditioning for this stage for the last three years and I finally got selected for the fourth season, became a finalist and have now emerged a winner. I am happy.

# How difficult was this for you?

There was a lot of hard work and it has been a dream since the last three years. I have been following Dance Plus from the very first season. I auditioned for it thrice and didn’t get selected. Even for this season I had given audition from Pune, but I wasn’t selected. However, I had made up my mind to crack it this time for sure. So, the very next day after not being selected in the Pune auditions I came to Mumbai. I got selected here.

# How did your parents react to you winning the title?

Mom and Dad are happy with me achieving the title. But they actually don’t know much about this space and the power it holds. They didn’t have the privilege of high education, so they don’t fully understand the path I have set out on. But I have dreams for them and now I will work hard to fulfil them.

# What are the things that you will do with the price money?

There are two main things. First, I want to buy a decent house and the second is that I have two sisters and I want to get them married. My elder sister has been refusing to marry because our mother doesn’t have that much money. Now I will pay for her wedding myself. As for the house, I want to buy a house in Mumbai. Not a big one but enough for my family to stay happily. I will try to convince my parents, because Mumbai is the hub for the field I am getting into.

# How much have things changed after getting into Dance Plus?

I live in a slum currently. Nobody ever noticed me there, I wasn’t getting any response. After getting into Dance Plus, everything has changed. I am not a professional dancer; I have learnt everything in that slum itself. I never enrolled in any class; I used to practice in my Vasti. I used to practise in the night, where people sometimes didn’t even let me do that. But if you ask me frankly, I am more fascinated to practise there than in any class. Even here in Dance Plus, majority of the times I didn’t use to rehearse in the hall, I used to go out somewhere and do it. Punit Sir (Punit Pathak, one of the group leaders and judge) always used to tell me to be the same and never change and I will try to stick to that always.

# Tell me something about your journey in Dance Plus?

I was in Punit Sir’s team. I have seen him working for the last five months closely. He’s very funny, but also very serious about his work. As for the journey, I got to learn a lot. I have been dancing since the last five years, but the amount of knowledge I got in my five months of being with Dance Plus is far more than I got in the five years. Being with Remo Sir (Remo D’Souza) was indeed a privilege and I don’t have words to explain that.

# What are you career plans now?

Now I want to make a career out of dancing. I wasn’t able to finish my schooling. There was a financial crisis back then as my mother was the only earning member, so I used to go to help her so we could at least get a bit more money to make it through till the end of the month. Now I have made Dharmesh sir (Dharmesh Yelande, another team leader and judge in the panel) my inspiration as I feel my journey is a bit similar to his and he has achieved so much.

# Have any offers come your way yet?

I have been getting a lot of offers to conduct dance workshops. The workshop schedule has already begun. I will be going back to Pune soon for one week and return the next week and will also have one workshop arranged on February 19. Now I want to earn money and give it to my mummy as she has helped me a lot. I am a kid who had to struggle even for Rs 500.

# How are the people back in Pune reacting to your success?

People have been calling me and praising me. They are getting selfies clicked even with my parents there. When mom-dad, tell me about that, I feel very happy as I always wanted them to be famous because of me.

# Do you dream of opening a dance institute some day?

I want to teach dance for free to the people who are not privileged enough to pay for learning dance. I used to teach 15-20 kids from my Vasti back in Pune and I want to continue that. People used to tell me that I was wasting my time as well as that of their kids. I used to feel bad, but now I want to see their reactions when I go back to Pune.

# Which of the actors that came on the set, were you excited the most about?

The best moment for me was when people from the Dance Plus invited Ketaki Mategaonkar to surprise me as I am her huge fan. She gave me a Ganesha idol as a gift which is now very close to my heart. Also Prabhudeva sir came on the sets and I got to share the stage with him which will be the most-treasured memory of my life. I always used to see him on the TV and wondered if I could ever get a chance to see him in person. My mother is a big fan of Madhuri Dixit Nene and she got to dance with Madhuri. That was also something I can never forget.

With this new milestone, Chetan has achieved a lot with his hardwork. His future looks as bright as his smile and his approach is honest towards it. We at Cine Blitz wish this young and emerging talent best of luck!

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Ranveer Singh’s 83 gets a Gully Boy addition – read exclusive details inside

Gully Boy actor Vijay Varma to play all-rounder Roger Binny in Kabir Khan’s 83 – read exclusive details inside

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Kabir Khan’s directorial venture 83 is currently the talk of the town and for obvious reasons. Since we were the first ones to inform about the various entries to the huge ensemble star cast, we thought it was time to give you all one more update. Just today, our sources have told us that actor Vijay Varma has been roped in to play all-rounder Roger Binny in the highly anticipated biopic which stars Ranveer Singh in the lead. While we tried to get a confirmation on the same from Vijay, he chose not to comment on it.

When asked about 83, Vijay simply said, “I cannot comment anything about 83 right now.” But we got our answer, didn’t we? Earlier this week, we had also informed you that actor-filmmaker Addinath Kothare has been cast as the ace batsman Dilip Vengsarkar. And now Vijay Varma, who played Moeen in Zoya Akhtar’s recent release Gully Boy, has joined the cast. Well, if that’s the case then good for him because he is quite talented. As Roger Binny, apart from being an all-rounder, he is remembered for his terrific bowling performance in the 1983 Cricket World Cup.

Since Vijay has impressed everyone with his performance in Gully Boy, watching him transform into Binny’s character will be fun. 83, wherein Ranveer will play the role of Kapil Dev, will soon go on floors. Last month, RS began his net practice and Kabir Khan was spotted on recce tour to the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground, in London, where the iconic victorious match was played. Also, tell us would you like to watch Vijay Varma as Roger Binny in the film 83? Or do you guys want some other actor to play the role? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Usha Jadhav on Smita Patil comparisons: Usha Jadhav: No matter whoever you compare me with, I will do it my way

While talking about her new film Firebrand, actress Usha Jadhav got candid about being comapred to Smita Patil and of that has pressurised her in any way

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After playing minor roles in Bollywood films like Traffic Signal, Do Paise Ki Dhoop Chaar Aane Ki Baarish and few more, Usha Jadhav rose to fame because of her Marathi film Dhag. It released in 2012 and fetched Usha her first National Award for best actress in a leading role. And now the 31-year-old, who has featured in many short films as well, is back with yet another interesting project. Her Marathi film Firebrand is releasing today, February 22, on Netflix. So as she gears up to wow the audience with her act, Usha talks exclusively with Cine Blitz about her craft, how she ended up doing Firebrand and much more.

What made you choose Firebrand?
Aruna Raje, she is the very first reason I said yes to this film. My stories are very different. Arunaji and I know each other ever since I received the National Award in 2013. Arunaji was the head of the jury for the short film section. So we know each other from that time. She had a thought in the beginning because she is also the writer of the film. She called me, we met, and she shared this idea and said, “if you are okay with doing it, I will start writing.” I said yes and she began writing the screenplay. She used to write a portion and then show me and this went on till she completed writing it. So basically this role was written for me, it wasn’t that I had the script on the very first meeting. I said yes and then it was written with me in her mind.

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What was the brief for the character?
The thought was she is a lawyer, this has happened with her, how she dealt with the situation and how she overcame that trauma. I was involved in the character from the very beginning. And Arunaji herself is a very strong lady, she has seen a lot in her life. I have gone through a lot in my life too. So we discussed all these things, shared stories and the way she shared her experience, you just need to absorb everything. So that helped me a lot to prepare.

While a lot of films around woman empowerment are being made, what unique take do you think Firebrand has to offer?
When any crime against women happens, we discuss what should be the punishment for the accused. We say the person should be hanged or locked up or we come up with many other ideas but no one thinks about the rehabilitation of that woman who has gone through an ordeal. Both men and women suffer from the psychological trauma and we need to think how they can come out of it. We put masks on our faces and go out pretending everything is okay, but no, it is always there inside them. How should we overcome that is what Firebrand is all about.

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How was it working with everyone on the sets?
Out of everyone, I have huge respect for Rajeshwari (Rajeshwari Sachdev) who plays the second most important character in the film. She is a fantastic actor and a fantastic human being. It was a great experience working with her and she deserves more.

You are known for your roles in Dhag, Rahasya and Thanks Maa. Do you think you are approached for a certain type of roles or is it your choice?
You know people start imagining you in a certain type of roles, maybe serious or comedy. In my case, I choose my roles. If I don’t like anything, I straight away say no.

You have been compared to the yesteryear actress Smita Patil. Does that put pressure on you?
I don’t feel pressurised by it in any way. No matter whoever you compare me with, I know I am Usha Jadhav and I will do it in my way. But it is a great compliment to get. I am happy in my own space and I want to do better than what I have already done. I am happy if I deliver whatever my director expects from me. Everything else doesn’t affect me because a lot of that is people’s perception and I don’t have do the catharsis about what people think. I take all the compliments and I am happy without really stretching it more.

What do you think about the shift from the big screen to the OTT platform?
I think it is a great shift. What happened with Firebrand is that, initially, Netflix was not on board. So when they came on board later, it was actually a nice thing. It’s a Marathi film, and then considering the fight for theatres and not getting ample amount of screens and also the business now is just over a weekend these days. So without stressing about those things, this is a nice opportunity for Firebrand to reach to the world audience. Because our story is general and not just India bound, this can happen with anyone in any country.

What do you think about Purple Pebble Pictures concentrating on regional cinema?

It’s a great initiative by Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu Chopra to produce regional cinema. It’s actually great to see someone like her, who is at the peak of her career, supporting good content needless of the language it is in.

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Who do you hold as an inspiration?

My parents are my biggest inspiration. Whatever I have is all their blessings. My father has his own great journey, he was a military man, and he wanted to learn music. Though he was in the military, he learnt music. So that explains where all the art in me comes from. My mother had her own story, so they are inspirational for me.

Tell us about your future projects?

I am working on a biopic directed by Anant Mahadevan which I cannot talk much about right now. Also, there is a very interesting Spanish film that I am doing in which I am playing the main protagonist and is directed by Alejandro Cortés. I have learned Spanish for the same.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vicky Kaushal girlfriend, father, Instagram – the Uri actor answers Google’s most-searched questions! Watch exclusive video

Vicky Kaushal played Google Autocomplete with CineBlitz and here’s what he had to say about the most searched question about him on the web…

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Vicky Kaushal is one of the hottest properties in Bollywood. The handsome hunk has delivered some fabulous performances, most recently in Uri: The Surgical Strike. His fan following and popularity has grown by a huge margin, making him one of the most-searched celebrities on Google. But we were curious to know what do people want to know about Vicky Kaushal. We checked out the most-searched questions about him on the web. And we were surprised to know that people wanted to know a host of things about him. From his girlfriend to his father, his role in Sanju and Uri. We put forth the exact same questions to Vicky in a fun Google autocomplete segment and here’s what he had to say!

Vicky has been reportedly dating actress Harleen Sethi. While he has been pretty secretive about it, he has hinted at being committed on numerous occasions. Talking about his girlfriend, Vicky revealed to us exclusively, “It is a very personal thing for me.” He continued blushing about it as he answered the next question which was about his father Sham Kaushal. The actor even mentioned how it was a privilege for his name to be associated with a film like Sanju, describing his character as a lanky with ‘champu‘ (nerdy) hair. He even revealed that Instagram is his most used application. Check out all his revelations in our exclusive video interview with the Uri actor right here.

On the professional front, Vicky is riding high on the success of Uri: The Surgical Strike. The film has made more than Rs 225 crore at the domestic box office till now. He is currently shooting for a horror comedy thriller, which also reportedly stars Bhumi Pednekar. He also has Takht and a few other films lined up. In the meantime, stay tuned to CineBlitz as we get you more Bollywood news, updates and gossip right here.

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