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Good for me that “Pehredaar Piya Ki’ went off air: Rohit Suchanti

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New Delhi, Nov 8: Actor Rohit Suchanti says controversial TV show “Pehredaar Piya Ki”, which was pulled off air in August due to its “obnoxious” plot, proved to be lucky for him as it gave him a chance to be a part of “Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya” – a new show featuring the same star cast.

“I saw the posters of ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ when it was launched (earlier this year). That time I thought, ‘What is this? A young boy and a (an older) girl getting married. It’s weird.’ I won’t lie even I imagined that it might focus on a mother-son relationship, but when I heard the story, I was amazed,” Rohit told IANS on the set of “Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya” here on Monday.

“For me, it’s good that that show went off air early as I became a part of the new one. I have not seen any episode of ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’. It has proven to be lucky for me.

“The new show is different from ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’. I joined this show because I found the role challenging. To be honest, I became a part of this show because I didn’t have work. I just gave the audition and was rejected for the first time. After sometime, they called me again and luckily, I got selected that time,” he added.

He says the “relationship that the audience was not able to see” in “Pehredaar…” is what they are going to show in a different way now.

“I am not expecting any kind of controversy with this show as the boy is now 21. It’s just that the girl is older than him, but we can see couples in real life where the man is younger than the girl,” he said.

Sony Entertainment Television had pulled “Pehredaar Piya Ki” off air after a lot of complaints to the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) against the show which revolved around an 18-year-old girl marrying a nine-year-old boy.

However, Rohit is hopeful that there is nothing offensive in the new show.

“That show was definitely offensive for few people as they start following whatever they see on TV. That’s why the makers had to end that show in between. As an actor, it’s a huge opportunity for me. I have to live up to the expectations that ‘Pehredaar Piya Ki’ had created in viewers’ mind.”

For his role, Rohit said that he is looking up to actor Shahid Kapoor’s portrayal of Rawal Ratan Singh in the trailer of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmavati”.

“Interestingly when we were shooting in Rajasthan, at that time the ‘Padmavati’ trailer had launched. The character that Shahid Kapoor is playing in that film — the way he walks, talks and carries himself in the trailer — I was trying to look up to him and imitated him.

“I have just thought about that, but there haven’t been any scenes where I can perform something similar to him. I will definitely try to do something what he has done in the trailer,” he said.

Rohit, who has previously appeared in shows like “Saas Bina Sasural”, “Sasural Simar Ka” and “Saath Nibhaana Saathiya”, is soon planning to take formal acting training before venturing into films.

“I don’t want to work in Bollywood right now. I am just 21. So, I believe that right now I can’t do that level of acting and don’t have that energy level that is required for films.

“You only get one chance in films. So, I don’t want to waste that chance by doing any kind of film. I have planned to go abroad for some acting course. My father, Sandeep Suchanti, is a film distributor. So, I have full support from my family,” he said.

“Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya” also features Tejaswi Prakash, Jiten Lalwani, Girish Sachdev and Siddharth Shivpuri among others.

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India stunned by Sridevi’s death, body expected to reach Mumbai this evening

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Mumbai, Feb 25: Veteran actress Sridevi, 54, passed away in Dubai, plunging the entire country into a pall of gloom as her fans and admirers expressed shock and disbelief.

The actress breathed her last on Saturday night at around 11 p.m. She was rushed to the nearby Rashid Hospital but pronounced dead on admission.

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Her body is expected to be flown to Mumbai via a special chartered flight on Sunday evening for the last rites but the timings were not confirmed yet, according to official sources.

Sridevi was in Dubai to attend the marriage function of actress Sonam Kapoor’s cousin Mohit Marwah, along with husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi.

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She exuded elegance in her appearances — photos and videos that were now being shared on social media as her “last”.

Confirming the news of her death, Sridevi’s brother-in-law and actor Sanjay Kapoor, told IANS: “Yes, it is true.”

The Indian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Indian Consulate in Dubai were assisting the family to expedite the process to bringing her body to India as soon as possible.

The actress is remembered for her performance is some of the iconic Bollywood films like “Mr. India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “ChalBaaz”, “Chandni”, “Khuda Gawah”, among many others in different Indian languages.

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The Padma Shri recipient, who made a comeback to Bollywood in 2012 with “English Vinglish” after a long break of 15 years, was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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Apparently having a premonition, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi’s co-star in half a dozen films, including “Khuda Gawah” had tweeted at 1.15 am on Sunday: “I don’t know, but I feel a strange sense of unease.”

The untimely death of the veteran actress has left the country shocked. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned her demise.

“Shocked to hear of passing of movie star Sridevi. She has left millions of fans heartbroken,” Kovind tweeted.

Modi also took to Twitter, saying: “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted actor Sridevi. She was a veteran of the film industry, whose long career included diverse roles and memorable performances.”

Southern movie stars and politicians Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan also expressed disbelief.

“I’m shocked and very disturbed. I’ve lost a dear friend and the industry has lost a true legend. My heart goes out to her family and friends. I feel the pain with them. Sridevi, you will be missed,” tweeted Rajinikanth, who featured with her in the memorable “ChaalBaaz”.

Kamal Haasan, her co-star from “Sadma” — one of her most evocative performances — said: “Have witnessed Sridevi’s life from an adolescent teenager to the magnificent lady she became. Her stardom was well deserved. Many happy moments with her flash through my mind including the last time I met her. Sadma’s lullaby haunts me now. We’ll miss her.”

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung for Sridevi in 20 films including “Chaand Kaa Tukdaa”, “Khuda Gawah”, “Lamhe”, “Chandni”, “Nazrana” and “Himmatwala”, had no words to express her shock.

“Yakeen nahi ho raha ki itni choti umar mein Sridevi chali gayi. Kya kahun kuch samajh mein nahi aa raha hai. Boney Kapoor aur unki do betiyon ke dukh mein main shamil hun. (I can’t believe that Sridevi died so early, she was too young. I don’t know what to say. Condolences to Boney Kapoor and the daughters),” she tweeted.

Her “Mom” co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui wrote: “It’s a heartbreaking news, can’t even imagine in the worst of my dreams – World losses the best performer.”

Superstar Aamir Khan was “saddened by the untimely and tragic passing away of Srideviji”. He said he has “always been an admirer of the grace and dignity with which she conducted herself”.

While veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt was “jolted” by the news of her sudden death, Sunny Deol, who has worked with her in films like “Sultanat”, “ChaalBaaz” and “Ram-Avtar”, said he is “going to miss her”.

Showbiz queen Ekta Kapoor tweeted: “The strongest women have the weakest hearts sometimes.”

Filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said “with Sridevi gone an era is over”.

“Like life turning a new chapter. A beautiful story just ended. An amazing spirit just vanished leaving us with amazing love, memories, and incredible grief,” he tweeted.

Nimrat Kaur tweeted: “Absolutely devastated to hear about the passing of #Sridevi. What a dark black terrible moment in time. Gutted.”

“I just heard Ma’am Sridevi passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest. I am in shock…can’t stop crying…” Sushmita Sen tweeted.

Priyanka Chopra said: “I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved #Sridevi . A dark day. RIP.”

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Did Amitabh Bachchan have a premonition about Sridevi’s death?

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Even as everyone was finding it difficult to come to terms with the news, Sridevi’s Khuda Gawah co-star Amitabh Bachchan seems to have had a premonition of the tragedy.

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Hours before the news of Sridevi’s death broke, Big B had tweeted, “Na jaane kyun, ek ajeeb si ghabrahat ho rahi hai (I don’t know why, but I feel a strange kind of anxiety).” Twitteratti has connected the two and believes that Amitabh Bachchan has some kind of “sixth sense”.

Here’s how people on social media reacted to his tweet.

Twitterati couldn’t help but react in shock as they came across the megastar’s tweet. While some called it “weirdly correct tweet”, some termed it as “extreme premonition”, tweeting “some things are still beyond all scientific explanations”.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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Sridevi’s demise: Tendulkar, Sindhu & sports fraternity in shock, offers condolences

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New Delhi, Feb 25: The entire India woke up to shocking news as the legendary Bollywood actress, Sridevi, passed away in Dubai after a cardiac arrest late on Saturday night. The 54-year-old actress, who was in Dubai to attend Mohit Marwah’s wedding, was with husband Boney Kapoor and daughter Khushi.

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Her sudden passing away has sent shockwaves and condolences have been a plenty even from those who are not a part of the movie business. The members of the sports circle have offered condolences.

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed shock on the actress’s sudden death.

“I have no words to express how I feel. We have grown up seeing her. It is difficult to digest that she is not with us. My heartiest condolences to her family,” Tendulkar told news agency ANI.

Meanwhile, Union Minister and former professional shooter  Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter to express grief over her demise and said he was shocked to hear about the actor’s death.

“Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Sridevi ji, a legend of Indian Cinema. May god give peace to her soul & strength to family, friends and fans. ? ?????,” said Rathore.

Veteran cricketer and commentator Harsha Bhogle took to Twitter and said, “Oh, no! In her own way, she lit up the screen. Such a star! No age to go. Sridevi.”

Ace Badminton player P. V. Sindhu also took to Twitter to mourn her demise. “Such sad and shocking news. My condolences to the family RIP Sridevi,” she added.

Legendary cricketer Virender Sehwag sent his condolences to the family of the actress. “Shocked to hear about the demise of #Sridevi ji. Heartfelt Condolences to the family. Om Shanti,” he tweeted.

Sridevi has known for her performance is some of the iconic films like “Mr India”, “Nagina”, “Sadma”, “Chaalbaaz”, “Chandni” among many others. The Padma Shri recipient was last seen in “Mom” in 2017.

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