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I Can’t thank Salman Sir Enough– Saiee Manjrekar

The actress made her debut with Salman Khan in Dabangg 3

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Saiee Manjrekar made her debut opposite Salman Khan as the“masoom, sundar”Khushi in Dabangg 3.In a first in the industry, an actress is sharing screen-space with her parents — actor-director Mahesh Manjrekar and actor-producer Medha Manjrekar. In an exclusive interview with Bharti Dubey, Saiee opens up about working with her parents, Salman Khan the superstar and the experience of her first film.

The third instalment of the series, featuring the latest exploits of our favourite cop Chulbul Pandey, starring Salman Khan (Chulbul Pandey) and Sonakshi Sinha (Rajjo) — who reprise their roles from the previous films — introduces debutante Saiee Manjrekar as, “Humari baby Khushi. Seedhi saadhi, masoom, ati sundar.”

Speaking about her experience, a visibly elated Saiee, who plays Pandey’s first love interest in the film, said, “I’m very excited, I was a little nervous about it since this is my first film. I’m enjoying this moment a lot and never imagined I would receive this role. I think I hadn’t believed this was real and not a dream until the shooting was done. It’s obviously a dream debut.”

On being asked how she feels about making her entry into Bollywood with an ensemble cast, Saiee said, “I consider myself lucky that I’m starring with such big names. I remember being very nervous because as a child, I had spoken barely 10 words with Salman Sir!”

“Salman Sir saw that same innocence, that same masoomiyat in me as in Khushi,” said Saiee. The superstar had initially asked her to begin preparing for the role, and after a few look and screen tests, Khushi happened to the 18-year old debutante. Addressing the rumour of her elder sister (Ashwami) being initially offered the role, Saiee said, “When people got to know Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter is doing it, they assumed her to be the elder daughter.”

And for the first time in Bollywood, a daughter will be sharing screen space with both her parents. “Shooting with my parents was special. I felt good that my mom and dad were with me in my debut film.  Salman Sir made sure I shared screen space with them,” said Saiee. “They’ve always been a huge support to me. I am very thankful to them for making me the person I am today,” she added.

Given the strong acting lineage, Saiee’s exposure to the industry started early. Being Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter had its advantages. The actress said, “I was exposed to set visits early on. I would observe how people would act on sets, how the actors would play their parts and how dad dealt with them.”

While star kids do gain early access to the industry, Saiee feels what they make out of that access and opportunity depends on them completely and not on their well-connected parents. “If the audiences don’t like me, they’re not going to want to watch me. When you are a star kid, you’re constantly being scrutinised under a microscope,” she added.

“Salman Sir as a person is also a superstar,” said Saiee.

There may have been some acting butterflies, but working alongside Salman proved to be comfortable.

“I was most comfortable shooting with him. With him being such a big star, you’d naturally feel a little intimidated to match his intensity and his energy, as a new actor. But not once did I feel it, with him constantly checking up on me and making sure I wasn’t feeling awkward. A reassurance always came from him.”

Working closely with Salman has taught her a lot. Referring to him as the most kind, honest and hardworking person she’s met, Saiee said, “It’s a big thing that I’m working on my first film with Salman Sir. I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s very hardworking even though he’s achieved so much. The way he’s made this movie so special for me, I can’t thank him enough,” said Saiee.

The experience of working on the sets of her first film was beyond expectations. “It was like a family on the set in a lively, fun ambience,” she recalled. She credits the support she’s received from family and friends for her smooth debut, saying, “Friends would accompany me on sets, sit through make-up and come and meet me if I didn’t have the time.”

Saiee’s interest in acting began from school with theatre classes in the 11th grade. Stage definitely helps, she agreed. “Initially I had a lot of stage fright. But after doing theatre I began feeling confident and that fear left me. I learned a lot of technicalities, dialogue tonality and that was very helpful.”

Making her parents proud is a special feeling. “My parents’ opinion has been important to me since I was a child. When both of them come and tell me that they’re proud of me, it’s a great feeling. I hope I can make them proud always,” she said.

The actress is grounded on her father’s advice that hard work pays off. “He just told me to work hard because you can’t achieve anything without it. When I was going on set, Papa told me something he used to tell his actors when he was directing: ‘Acting is reacting to a given situation’, and I’ve kept this in mind.”

Seeing herself on the big screen is going to be a revelatory experience for Saiee. “Ma always told me to act with my eyes. I didn’t understand what she meant till I actually did the film. I understood what acting with my eyes meant when I saw myself on the monitor.”

She recalls being extremely nervous during her first scene with Salman — one in which Khushi and Chulbul meet for the first time. “But after that first scene, I think I snapped out of my awkward phase and showed him [Salman] my true colours!”

While Saiee feels her artistic side has come out through the film, there’s another side to her that people who know her well are accustomed to — her “mastikhor, chulbuli” side. Talking about her idea of a perfect Saturday night, Saiee said, “I call my friends home, I play Hindi music on the speaker and I dance for them!”

Saiee is open to taking up a role in a Marathi film if the opportunity arises. “If I get a chance I would do it,” she said of Marathi films that are driven by “good-content”.


Sara Ali Khan’s most sensuous performance to be aired tonight!

Sara has an unprecedented fan following which just keeps on multiplying rapidly

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Sara Ali Khan has enchanted the hearts of the audience of the Indian film Industry ever since she made her remarkable debut. The actress enjoys a gigantic fan following owing to her extensive and relatable social media presence.

The actress is an ardent fan of grooving to old Bollywood songs and testimony to this is that she will be seen performing to a fiery set of retro Bollywood songs such as Piya tu, Dum Maro dum, Aj ki raat and Yeh mera dil at an awards function which is all set to be aired tonight.

Ablazing the screen with her sensuous performance, this is the first time we get to see her sensuous side on the screen and we are counting the hours for the same. Sara surely knows how to keep the audience engaged with her scorching dance moves and we are all waiting for the actress to set the stage on fire.

Even before she made her Bollywood debut, a video of Sara giving a jaw dropping performance on old songs at a function had spread like wildfire across social media.

Sara has an unprecedented fan following which just keeps on multiplying rapidly.

Apart from being one of the top choices for movies she is also one of the leading choices for brands as she entices an enormous audience and relates to them perfectly.

On the work front, Sara Ali Khan will next be seen in David Dhawan’s ‘Coolie No. 1’ in which she is paired with Varun Dhawan. Following which she will also be seen in Anand L. Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re’ alongside Dhanush and Akshay Kumar.

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Taapsee-Richa whisk ahead of Deepika Alia, leading IMDb Actress

The analysis has been collated by fans

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Richa Chadha has once again emerged triumphant, proving that an actress’ popularity  is dependent on her craft and credibility. In a list collated, Richa grabbed the second rank achieving an average of 6.59. The top garnering average was scored by  Taapsee Pannu who stood at 6.72. Following Richa in third and fourth spots were Vidya Balan and Alia Bhatt. Richa, known for her exemplary quick-witted characters, from Bholi Punjaban in Fukrey to Zarina Malik In Inside Edge to her praiseworthy part in Panga earlier this year, is a hit with fans on social media. The beauty of her craft is her ability to surprise the audience with each character, consciously not repeating her zone. Her comic timing is widely lauded because of the iconic Fukrey series but the risk taker that she is, Richa grabs gritty roles like the one in Section 375 or Love Sonia, playing the parts with aplomb.

Thrilled about it, Richa says, “It’s a matter of great pride for any actor when her work strikes a chord with the fans. This is reassuring that I am headed down the right path. I will continue to choose characters and do roles that are daunting and push me out of my comfort zone. In this year itself, I have some great films which have tested my caliber and been great learning experiences for me. I am glad that actresses are no longer expected to be porcelain beauties without opinions. Going by the list we have here, all of us are a bunch of power ladies ruling the roost with our work that leaves behind an indelible mark.”

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Armaan Malik becomes the first Indian to be featured on the Spotify Times Square billboard

The 24-year-old singer released his first English single, Control on March 20

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Worldwide release: Armaan Malik has made his country proud by becoming the first Indian singer-songwriter to be featured on the prestigious Spotify Times Square Billboard in New York City for his latest English debut ‘Control’.

One of the select few Indian music artists to make such a significant impact, Armaan has reached this milestone at just the age of 24.

This speaks volumes about Armaan’s popularity all around the world, as millions of his fans continue to flock to social media to shower praise on the singer for his new journey. ‘Control’ also charted as the #1 track on iTunes in India.

Overwhelmed by the response to his first English single, Armaan mentions, “It’s a huge honor for an Indian artist to be on a Times Square billboard. I’ve always wanted to take India to the world with my music and this is like a dream come true, especially for my first English single. This wouldn’t have been possible without my amazing team, family, and my fans and their endless love and support.”

After seven years of massive success in India and singing more than 150 songs in almost a dozen different languages, Armaan decided to finally give his dreams a go and began writing English music. Malik forayed into the global music circuit with one of the most successful music executives in the industry, David Massey and signed his debut single, ‘Control’ with Arista Records (Sony Music Global).

About ‘Control’:

Control is an uptempo track that describes the push and pull feeling of being trapped in a controlling relationship and how confusing it can be to want in but also want out. It’s inspired by relationships that the singer-songwriter has seen around him. It was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Wayne Wilkins, who has worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Natasha Bedingfield.

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