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An impressive social media following doesn guarantee great acting talent says Mohit Malhotra

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An impressive social media following doesn guarantee great acting talent says Mohit Malhotra

Social media – a world replete with trending reels, quirky posts and easy access to people across the globe – can be addictive. Most of us spend a lot of time on social media. While it’s a great way to connect with people, the exercise also takes up a maximum chunk of our productive hours. Mohit Malhotra, who has been a part of shows like Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, Splitsvilla and Naagin 5, says, “It can be a mood lifter. I actually choose who I follow or I put them under the favourites, so I only see who I wish to follow. I have realised even when you are following and scrolling the feed on Instagram, you waste around 30 minutes only to realize that you are just empty scrolling. You have to be extremely disciplined about using this platform because it will drag you and immerse you so much that you forget that there is a real-life outside of this web, which needs your focus more than anything else. So, I would say that social media comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.”Mohit has combatted the problem by regulating his time spent on Instagram, Twitter, etc. He says, “I have set a screen time for social media just to make sure that I don’t waste a lot of time. People just keep on scrolling and even I was a part of that. I would spend hours browsing through social media but not anymore. I post my pictures and spend around 30 minutes in a day.”

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He also cautions Igers and their followers that not everything in the digital world can be believed to be true. He says, “In the world of social media, everyone wants to put their best foot forward. When you see it as an audience, you should realise that you don’t always see the complete picture. Don’t get so swayed by the social world that it makes you believe that what you see is the reality.”But that’s not the only disadvantage associated with the platform. Several actors in recent times have complained about losing work owing to abysmal social media following. Mohit says, “It’s not a good benchmark set in the industry, where you are cast on the basis of your following on social media. We need to acknowledge that many people boost their followers by paying just to keep up with the trend. Many actors are not active on Instagram but they are doing well in their careers. So, nothing else but talent should count and be considered while casting someone. I don’t understand why the casting frat focuses on followers. It’s quite illogical, as there is no correlation. An impressive following doesn’t guarantee great acting talent. I am sure someday, everyone will realise that there is no substitute for talent.”He adds, “A lot of actors are pressured to be active on social media by their teams. According to them, it helps in getting noticed and bagging projects. There is a lot of peer pressure and people do it for validation. I think we should only do what we like to do, we should not do anything under pressure.”

 

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Jai Mehta Slam Bigg Boss For Roping-In Sajid Khan

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s son Jai Mehta, an aspiring filmmaker took to his social media profile and without taking any names, slammed Salman Khan, Bigg Boss makers and Sajid Khan.

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Filmmaker Sajid Khan is making his debut in Bigg Boss Season 16, as a contestant, the film director’s name had sprung up during the ‘Me Too’ controversy four years ago after he was accused of molestation by multiple women.

Though the move of roping-in Sajid Khan for the reality show has fetched a lot of headlines, but there is whole section of fraternity who isn’t buying the immoral move of putting a serial perpetrator on national television.

Filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s son Jai Mehta, an aspiring filmmaker took to his social media profile and without taking any names, slammed Salman Khan, Bigg Boss makers and Sajid Khan.

He tweeted, “A serial perpetrator is being rebranded an ally. Does it get any worse? We live in a society that immortalizes a sexual predator. As a member of the film and tv fraternity, I am shocked that the studio and producers thought this move would be okay. Appalled. #MeToo”

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“This is setting an extremely bad precedent. 9 people came out against him! Are you saying they’re all wrong? I wonder why so many are silent today. Does you friendship eclipse your morals? Is this the world you want to build for our future generations? For your children?”

“To all the people that have been triggered by this, you are not alone, you are not a victim to sharing your story. You are a survivor for setting the world on fire with your truth. Many others need you right now. Stay strong. The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail” read the full thread.

Known for movies like ‘Heyy Babyy’, ‘Housefull’, ‘Humshakal’ etc., Sajid Khan didn’t come up with any new projects for quite a few years following the ‘Me Too’ controversy. While chatting with Salman on stage, Sajid said that his purpose of coming on the show was to reconnect with the audience.

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Sunny Deol And Karan Deol Prepping For Apne 2

Apne 2 is a sequel to the 2007 sports drama ‘Apne’ helmed by Anil Sharma. It is the first film to feature Dharmendra and his real-life sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol together. Previously Sunny and Bobby had worked together in Dillagi.

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Right after the success of Chup, actor Sunny Deol along with his son Karan Deol is going through the script of Apne 2, the father-son duo has gone through the final reading of the script.

Sharing an update on his social media, actor Sunny Deol dropped a series of pictures with son Karan Deol, he captioned it, “Final Reading for #Apne2 with @imkarandeol and @neerrajpathak1”

Apne 2 is a sequel to the 2007 sports drama ‘Apne’ helmed by Anil Sharma. It is the first film to feature Dharmendra and his real-life sons Sunny Deol and Bobby Deol together. Previously Sunny and Bobby had worked together in Dillagi.

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Apne 2 was announced in 2020, with Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Karan Deol in the lead roles. But the film got delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, now the team is back on the track and will commence the shoot.

Apart from sequel of Apne 2, actor Sunny Deol is also shooting for a sequel to 2001 film ‘Gadar’ and ‘Soorya.

Gadar 2 is directed by Anil Sharma, the film also stars Ameesha Patel and Utkarsh Sharma, along with Simrat Kaur, Manish Wadhwa, Sajjad Delafrooz, Gaurav Chopra and Dolly Bindra.

Sunny Deol will be seen playing the lead in Soorya, which is the remake of the acclaimed Malayalam crime thriller ‘Joseph’. The actor has been shooting for the film in Rajasthan.

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Kajol Starrer Salaam Venky Gets A Release Date

The film is cantered around a true story of a woman and the challenges she faces in life. The film is produced by Blive Productions and RTake Studios.

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Actress Kajol starrer Salaam Venky, helmed by veteran actress turned director Revathy, finally gets a release date. The film is slated for 9th December 2022 release.

Sharing the release date of the film, Kajol captioned her post, “And we have a date, Salaam Venky will release at a theatre near you on 09.12.2022 @revathyasha @suurajsinngh @shra_agrawal @varsha.kukreja.in @bliveprod @rtakestudios @r_varman_ @mithoon11”

The film is cantered around a true story of a woman and the challenges she faces in life. The film is produced by Blive Productions and RTake Studios.

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Director Revathy also shared the same, she captioned her post, “Ek badi zindagi ke bade celebration ke liye taiyyar ho jaaiye. #SALAAMVENKY arriving on 9th December, 2022 in theatres near you. @kajol @revathyasha @suurajsinngh @shra_agrawal @varsha.kukreja.in @bliveprod @rtakestudios @r_varman_ @mithoon11”

The film also stars Vishal Jethwa, Aahana Kumra, Rahul Bose, Rajeev Khandelwal, Anant Mahadevan and Aamir Khan in a special cameo appearance. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on 9 December 2022.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Kajol will feature next in The Good Wife, an adaptation of the American legal and political drama television series with the same name.

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