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Children’s Day: TV celebs cherish childhood memories

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Mumbai, Nov 14: Children’s Day is celebrated across India on November 14, the birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru, fondly called Chacha Nehru. 

As we celebrate Children’s Day today, our TV celebrities like Saumya Tandon, Neha Saxena and Aly Goni have recalled their favourite childhood memories.

Here’s what the celebrities said:

Saumya Tandon: I was a very sensitive child, who used to ask questions on everything and watch things very closely. I hardly remember playing with dolls during my childhood days.

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When I was six years old, our servant used to stay in our outhouse with his wife, kid and a goat. I was very attached to them as I was born during their presence. Also in my neighbourhood, a family used to live. The eldest son was a pilot and was very fond of me.

Neha Saxena: I have two memories of my childhood — I was always pampered by my elder sisters.

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We studied in the same school so, during lunch breaks I would meet them and they would buy me ice-cream and chocolates. Another memory which I cherish is with my mother. She is a single parent and she raised all of us. As a kid, once I demanded to go to Goa to meet my aunt and wanted my mom to fulfil that demand just for me.

Nitin Goswami: I was a prankster in school.

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I was an active sports boy as well. I used to play cricket, football and win matches. I was encouraged to play sports by my family and teachers. Those memories are still fresh and I miss them.

Priyank Purohit: I loved playing pranks and teasing people.

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But I had elder sisters who made sure that I was a disciplined child. They not only rolled their eyes at me, but I also used to get occasional whipping from them for the mischief I did. But now I realise that all that has helped me to be more disciplined. I am still scared of my sisters.

Simran Kaur: When I was 12 years old, I went for an audition and got selected as the voice of Nobita for the cartoon series ‘Daemon’.

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That was the turning point of my life and the next day when I went to school, I received an all-rounder award and an academic achievement award from my school principal. It came as a surprise to me. That was truly the golden period of my childhood. I miss it today.

Ankit Gera:

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As a child, I remember that I was never interested in going to school. So, my mom and dad used to drag me to school. But now that I have grown up, I think shooting schedule is similar to school as we have to wake up on time and you can’t really miss going to shoot. The feeling that parents used to take us out for picnic is the best feeling in the world. But now I am busy and I really miss all of it.

Yukti Kapur: As a child I used to wait for summer vacations because my cousins used to come to our home.

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I was very sporty and loved playing so, every day I would leave the house at 4 p.m. and play till 8 p.m.

Farnaz Shetty: One of the fondest memories is my first pet dog whom I rescued from the road. I used to play with him, feed him and take care of him. And as a child, I remember rescuing a lot of animals.

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Helly Shah:

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Life is full of challenges. And I love to face them since my childhood. As a student, and even today, the excitement of participating in a competition and winning it is something else. Staying back at school after regular hours for practice sessions was also something I looked forward to as a kid.

Aly Goni:

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Right from my childhood, I enjoy working hard on the work that is assigned to me; it brings me great joy. In school days, every time I received my test paper after correction, I looked forward to the remarks. I love it when people appreciate my work.

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Sushant Singh Rajput denies harassment claims, shares chat screenshots

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Mumbai, Oct 19: Sushant Singh Rajput has been accused of sexual misconduct by his “Kizie Aur Manny” co-star Sanjana Sanghi. In his defence, the actor shared screenshots of their SMS conversation and called it a “smear campaign”.

Sushant on Friday tweeted snapshots of his conversation with Sanjana from the first day to the last day of the film’s shoot, and captioned it: “I feel sad to reveal personal information but it seems that there is no other way to state what was, in the midst of this curated and well-timed smear campaign.

“From the first till the last day of the shoot, this is what happened on the set with Sanjana.”

Sanjana has accused the 32-year-old actor of behaving inappropriately on the sets of the movie, saying he made her feel “uncomfortable” with his “overly friendly behaviour” during the shoot in Jodhpur.

On Thursday, Twitteratis pointed at Sushant’s missing blue verification tick on the micro-blogging platform following the claims.

However, Sushant on Friday clarified: “For all those deliberately using the missing of Twitter ‘blue tick’ to substantiate their false claims, allow me to tell you that it is not there since September 5. Get your facts checked before jumping to conclusions that you so eagerly want to.

The film’s director and popular casting director Mukesh Chhabra has spoken out in support of Sushant.

“I totally stand by Sushant. No such incident happened on the sets and let’s not have a Twitter trial and make an innocent person suffer for somebody else’s ulterior motives. I had clarified this on twitter long back and I still maintain it,” Chhabra, who too has been accused by a women of sexual harassment, tweeted.

The #MeToo movement in India started after actress and former beauty queen Tanushree Dutta in September recalled an unsavoury episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of “Horn OK Pleassss” in 2008.

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Whether MeToo stays or fizzles out, people will be wary: Neena Gupta

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New Delhi, Oct 19: The most substantial impact of the #MeToo movement, which took off in India following actress Tanushree Dutta’s sexual harassment allegations against actor Nana Patekar, is that people now will be wary of engaging in misconduct — whether or not the movement continues — says veteran actress Neena Gupta.

Asked if she feels the #MeToo wave will stay in India or whether it will die down, Neena told IANS here: “See, proving (an experience) is very difficult here. Right now, girls have got the strength to speak up, but those girls will say (take names) who have nothing to lose.

“Girls who have still something to lose, will not be able to say. But I think whether (the movement) stays or fizzles out, people will be wary of doing anything of this sort now.”

The #MeToo movement in India started after Tanushree in September recalled an unpleasant episode with veteran actor Nana Patekar from the sets of “Horn OK Pleassss” in 2008.

After that, a slew of controversies surrounding Vikas Bahl, Chetan Bhagat, Gursimran Khamba, Kailash Kher, Rajat Kapoor and Alok Nath have emerged. Why did naming and shaming come so late in Bollywood?

“That’s how it is. That’s how it works here. I say in conferences ‘I think it’s a curse to be born a woman in India, especially a poor woman’. Being a poor woman is a curse… It gives me so much pain when I see them,” she said.

Neena has been in the industry for over three decades and has featured in films like “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron”, “Utsav”, “Trikaal”, “Khalnayak”, “Mulk”, “Veere Di Wedding” and “The Last Colour”.

Asked if age is now detrimental for an actress’ career in Bollywood, Neena agreed and said that after a certain age, they don’t receive good offers.

“There are not many roles. I always say that, ‘After a certain age, what is a woman’s role? Taking care of the family and home. After that there is no role’. When the society will change, I think we would have more roles on-screen.”

Last year, Neena was in the spotlight after she took to social media to ask for “good roles”. She has now been frequently seen in films.

Apart from “Mulk” and “Veere Di Wedding” this year, she has been seen in the latest release “Badhaai Ho” and will next be seen in commercial drama “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”.

“Earlier in these subjects, there were no big roles. We used to get small character roles. Now films are being made on solid and substantial roles,” said Neena, who essays a 50-year-old pregnant woman in “Badhaai Ho”.

The film is about a couple that has a grown up son already, but they get set to become parents again.

She said the film is not only about breaking taboos, but about ageless love.

“It is an important thing and I don’t think anyone has ever spoken about this. The more I worked in the film, the more I realised that it is very important and is more than just ‘hasi, mazaak (humour)’,” added Neena, who is the mother of popular designer Masaba Gupta, whom she had with legendary cricketer Vivian Richards.

She describes her own journey as a mother “very tough”.

“My journey was very tough. I had no money. Money is the most important thing, I have realised in this world. I didn’t have a husband and relatives. So it was really tough, but the joy Masaba gave me… The joy of motherhood… She was a very good child she did not trouble me much. The joy she gave me was enough to go through anything,” said Neena, who raised Masaba as a single mother.

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Varun, Katrina to appear together in ‘Koffee with Karan’

Karan also took to Instagram on Thursday to share photographs from the shoot.

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Mumbai, Oct 18 : Actors Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif will bring in some fun to the forthcoming season of ‘Koffee with Karan’ with their appearance.

The sixth season, hosted by filmmaker Karan Johar, will premiere on Star World on October 21.

Karan also took to Instagram on Thursday to share photographs from the shoot.

“So much fun in the koffee house today!! A riot of a combination with some great conversation,” Karan shared with the image.

His chat show is hugely popular as he gets his celebrity friends and fraternity members to open up about their lives in an up, close and personal way.

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