Aadar Jain says he has given his all to the upcoming film Hello Charlie, claiming that he has a once-in-a-lifetime role in the comedy. “I’ve worked really hard on portraying Charlie as the goofy, loving, and simplistic boy that our director and I think he is, and I’m thrilled with the response to my comic […]
Aadar Jain says he has given his all to the upcoming film Hello Charlie, claiming that he has a once-in-a-lifetime role in the comedy. “I’ve worked really hard on portraying Charlie as the goofy, loving, and simplistic boy that our director and I think he is, and I’m thrilled with the response to my comic timing on screen. I believe comedy is one of the hardest genres to perform as an actor and I have given it my all for Hello Charlie because I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime role,” Aadar said. Hello Charlie is set to be a digital release on April 9. In the film, Aadar shares a unique friendship with a gorilla he is transporting out of Mumbai. Little does he know that the gorilla is actually a human being (played by Jackie Shroff) dressed as an ape. “While it was exciting, it was also challenging to land all the comic punches correctly for people to have a laugh and just have a ball with us on this crazy ride. I also do believe that as actors we do get to choose the films we do but this film found and chose me, which is a really special feeling,” he said. Hello Charlie will premiere on April 9. Directed by Pankaj Saraswat, the film stars Jackie Shroff, Shlokka Pandit, Rajpal Yadav and Elnaaz Norouzi. It has been produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar.
After a BAFTA nomination for his role in The White Tiger, Adarsh Gourav has won The Rising Star award at Asian World Film Festival. The actor says such appreciation only drives him to do more. “It’s been a humbling experience for me these past weeks since the release of The White Tiger. Going into it and being on the sets, I sensed we were making something special, but the response has been that and much more. For a young actor like me who is just starting to find his ground here, it’s rewarding to have these honours and experiences. It’s left me with the hunger and desire to do better and do even greater work, and I hope I can succeed at honing my craft,” Adarsh said. The Asian World Film Festival jury includes Oscar-nominated producer Gil Netter (Life Of Pi, The Blind Side), Oscar-winning screenwriter David Seidler (The King’s Speech), director Jean Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club, Big Little Lies), director Lulu Wang, actor Lucy Liu, and director Tabrez Noorani, among others. “It’s a surreal feeling knowing that I have been selected by the esteemed panel of the jury as The Rising Star at the prestigious Asian World Film Festival this year. It’s an honour for me to receive this award, it means a lot to me,” he said.
Pankaj Berry has joined the cast of the television show Sargam Ki Sadhe Satii. He will play the role of a “baba”, or holy man, who will help the Awasthi Parivar to get rid of a “dosh” (fault) in protagonist Aparshakti’s “kundli” (birth chart). Talking about his character, he says he is confident the audience will love it. “My character of the baba will add a little spice and make the show merrier. I am sure that the audience will shower the same love and endearment to this role as they have done for my previous roles,” he says. The team has been very “warm-hearted and welcoming” to him, he adds. “I am super happy and excited to be part of the sitcom that is making people laugh on a regular basis. I feel that Sargam Ki Sadhe Satii, is a blessing to me as the show has the combination of young and veteran artistes who are making it a delight to watch on the screen. All of them are so warm-hearted and welcoming,” he says. Sargam Ki Sadhe Satii airs on Sony Entertainment Television.
Akshita Mudgal, who is part of the show Ishk Par Zor Nahi, says people like watching content on OTT platforms more than TV today. She adds that this is because, during lockdown, there was no fresh content on television and people started moving to OTT platforms for entertainment. “I feel lockdown was a period where there was no entertainment on television. This is why people moved to OTT platforms to watch shows. OTT platforms were there earlier too, but people started switching because they were getting entertainment there. But on TV, nothing new was there as everything was shut. This is why viewership has increased and people gave preference to OTT over TV,” she said. Talking about being part of the show, Akshita says that she loved it from the word go. “I found the show very different. My show ended in August last year and I was home for one-and-a-half months. I was auditioning. I got a call for the show and they explained the character to me and what it was about. I loved the show. I had a lot of pointers to take up the show. They took an audition and a look test and my journey with the show began,” she says.