Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Blending with the Navratri and Durga Pujo, Dusshera culminates into a grand finale..

Every year with the advent of autumn, the air is filled with a peculiar joy. It vibrates the arrival of Goddess Durga with the onset of Mahalaya and its time to go in a frenzy mode with Dandiya Raas and Garbas of Navratri everywhere around. The Hindu festival of nine nights dedicated to the glorification of Shakti, the feminine form of the Divine, its celebration time not only for Gujaratis but is an ensemble of all religions these days. It’s a time to wear colorful costumes and perform a special type of vigorous dance known as garba and or dandiyas.

Come the sixth day of the Navratri and its Durga puja time for all the hardcore Bongs (read Bengalis) who have waited eagerly for the arrival of Maa Durga with her full family regalia. The joy is not only contagious but can be seen everywhere. Even the darkest corners of the city get lightened up before culminating on the 10th day with the festivities of Vijaya Dashami or Dusshera as it signifies the conquest of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana.

And while the Navratri, Pujo fever and Dussehra gripped the Nation, one question we couldn’t help but ask “What does Dussehra mean to you?” Let’s ask some of our celebs what it means to them and how do they celebrate it. While it is obviously about “Victory of Good over Evil” it is also about killing the demon (Ravana) inside said one. Here’s a sneak peak as we at Films & TV World wish all of you out there a Happy Dussehra...

Hira Mehta
Durgotsav at the Lokhandwala Complex, Mumbai is worth a mention. The beautiful murti has been drawing crowds for years now... Organized by the famous playback singer Abhijeet and supported by a team of amazing people, since past 21 years, this festival is being held and thousands visit it. Not to forget the free bhog each afternoon. Already Sugandha Mishra, Dr Sanket Bhonsle, KK have performed in the last 2 days and the Icing on the cake was Govinda who not only danced to a medley of his songs but even sang some. I am lucky to live around the corner and have been visiting this pandal from the very first year to seek blessings.

Nishant Singh
Dussehra, apart from being a cultural festival which preaches the victory of good over evil, is also a great way for every section of the society to come together and be part of something. It's a sense of belonging and happiness for the society as a whole. The smile it brings on the faces of children when they are the effigy of Ravana being burst into flames is priceless. The whole family gets an occasion to shop and decorate their life. The best part is getting that much needed break from the monotony of everyday life.

Sumit Bansala
Dussehra is celebrated to rejoice the victory of DHARM on ADHARM, SATYA on JHOOT, NYAY on ANYAY and ACCHAI on BURAI. A time for celebration, a time for victory of good over bad and a time when world see the example of power of good, let us continue the same “true” spirit. Wishing all a very Happy Dussehra.

Rishi Bhutani
The significance of Dussehra festival is the triumph of good over evil. It also depicts the immortal love and respect of Lord Rama and Goodess Sita. For me it's a synonym of family time. Every year I spend this festival with full zeal and enthusiasm by revisiting tradition and relishing the moments with family and friends. By God's grace, I am shooting during this festive time for my 3 upcoming projects but like every year I am going to donate some sweets and clothes to share my happiness with others. On this auspicious day of Dussehra my prayers and wishes for all.. Happy Dussehra folks, Love and Light to all.

Mumtaz Khan
Fashion Designer
Dussehra is the festival of celebrating victory over devil. This is the festival to be celebrated by everyone. We must fight whole year with evil habits, evil power and all adversities and celebrate its victory on Dussehra. If we try to kill all evil things from our life, our future and this world would be a place to live happy and peacefully.

Shameem Khan
Everyday sun rise to give us a message that darkness will always be beaten by light. Let us follow the same natural rule and enjoy the festival of good defeats evil. Having said this, on this auspicious occasion, I wish the color, bliss and beauty of this festival be with you throughout the year! Happy Dussehra…!!

Armaan Khan
Model & upcoming star
As you try to carve your niche in the glamour and film industry, mostly many cannot make it possible to celebrate it with their families and friends, especially if you happen to have shifted from another city. Since last few months, I haven't been able to meet my family and friends to celebrate the festivals with them. Though this does bring in a bit of dissent, but festivals like Dussehra do motivate you that you can conquer anything if you are fully focused and concentrated. This brings in a ray of hope, but yes, I do miss my family & friends during such festivities. Love you all & Happy Dussehra.

Karan Singh Chhabra
Film & TV Actor & Anchor
One evil that needs to be history - drug abuse and alcoholism. Dussehra for me is victory of good over evil.. and one evil that I wish we good rid of is drug abuse and alcoholism. There’s a tavern every few kilometers and there are not just youngsters, rather people from all age groups, are hooked. Imagine the number of lives and families being ruined because of addiction or the drunken driving accidents. This is one evil that we need to overcome first and foremost. Once we are in our senses, only then can we take on other ills plaguing the society. In childhood we used to go to see Raavan burning and then eat the famous sweets, jalebi’s etc. near Punjab University, Chandigarh... These days I would catch up with my friends on this day and celebrate the festival here in Mumbai.

Rishank Tiwari
I have known Dussehra for its ethical reasons - the win over evil and light conquers the darkness. Usually we all celebrate this festival with our families as we all family members get together to celebrate this pooja and positivity. But practically nowadays when maximum people are far away from their home and fail to reach their families, social media has taken over to wish each other to celebrate and too see each other’s happenings. Happy Dusshera.!

Zuber Kamaal Khan
Ex-Mr. India, Film & TV Actor
This festival is very special for me as it brings the lights for me till Diwali as I take new things on Dussehra. This time I took my new iphone 7 on this auspicious occasion and if I get time I will go to watch Raavan dahan too with my family and friends. Dussehra is the winning of good over bad. Wish u all a Very Happy Dusshehra. Wishing Lots of love and Prosperity to all.

Dr. Debashish Naha
Being a "Probashi Baangali" I have spent most of life celebrating Durga utsav outside Bengal only- firstly in Nagpur and now in Mumbai. This is time too went around the town visiting many pandals all over the town. The decorations, the beautiful devi murtis and the food stalls were just awesome. As we Bengalis love to eat it’s great to enjoy the typical Bengali delicacies like dimer devil, bhetkir cutlet, manghshor chop, rolls etc. One more thing that amazes me here in Mumbai is the enthusiasm that the people in general have, whether it’s during Ganapati, Durga utsav or any festival for that matter. We can see huge number of people at all the places enjoying themselves, oblivious of the time or the crowded conditions. Hats off to the organizers too for managing the huge crowds so efficiently. So overall a great experience, though honestly I miss the personal involvement that I had in Nagpur especially in the cultural functions and of course the adda with old friends.

Sandesh Gour
First and foremost, I would like to wish everyone Happy Dusshera & Vijayadashmi. The festive spirit begins nine days in advance, as people revel in the spiritual divinity of Navratri, invoking the blessings of Goddess Durga. On the tenth day, Navratri culminates as Dusshera, marking the victory of good over evil and positivity over negativity.
Every year I celebrate this festival with much excitement and fervour at my hometown in Nagpur with my entire family. We exchange Gold leaves and take blessings from our elders. As lord Ram returned to Ayodhya from Lanka on Dussehra and people welcomed him with Diyas (lamps), I too wish to spread the same light around – especially to the people at old age home and to the poor childrens who see no hope in their future. If possible do spend your quality time with them and make them feel wanted. Making such people happy by not only giving them surprise gifts but also your time is how I like to spend my time on this auspicious day of one of India's biggest festival.                       

Shakespeare King
Model & Actor
Durga maa has always symbolised power and hope for us. Being born and brought up in Orissa, Durga Puja always has been memorable as it brings holidays and a free festive spirit for us. After I shifted to Mumbai, I started missing my family more and this festival is a good connect which brings back all the beautiful memories. My parents also get holiday from work hence it's a good family gathering time too. 
Luckily I got a chance to play lord Rama in a play and thus I got closer to mythology. I understand Ram and Ravan better now each having its own unique character - Good versus evil and the triumph of good. Durga Puja is also a good lesson to be detached from this materialistic world. Every year Durga maa comes and cleanses the world with its Visarjan (Vijaya Dashami) giving us hope joy & a better place to live in.

Nakul Tiwadi
I have very fond memory of festival of Dussehra as we use to have our own Ram Leela in my hometown, and on the last day we use to make Raavan by collecting funds from whole society. It has special importance as it used to bring each of us together no matter where we all came from.

Amal Sehrawat
Model & Actor
On the occasion of Dussehra effigy of Ravana is burnt in India to celebrate the victory of good over evil. On this occasion I want to give a simple message to all: “This Dussehra burn the Ravana inside you!”

Anuj Pareek
Vijya Dashami is the day of good defeating evil. But what is good or evil? When we say creation is the balance of equal forces, evil becomes a necessary part of creation. The existence of Ram is only relevant till Raavan is there. As part of the creation, it is up to us which force to join. The Ram-Raavan conquest is an eternal war. If you choose positivity, evolution, service and the righteous way of life, Dussehra is a day that marks your overcoming so many facets of evil, including maya or illusion, which dominate us. Happy Vijyadashmi.

MV Adityadev
Film maker
Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra is the triumph of truth over evil power and is celebrated with a lot of fervour. While the traditions associated with the celebration of Dussehra are deep-rooted in Hindu mythology, let us start a great life by conquering our external evils. In Kerala, we have a celebration pattern that is different all over. We celebrate it as Saraswathi pooja and the day for vidhyarambham when children usually write for the first time on this day. For me, happiness is that no one will ask me to study as the books are kept for pooja. However, I also keep my tools of film making work (my camera and scripts) are also kept for pooja along with my study books. As its also a promising day to begin with any great work, I wish all that may this day clear all obstacles in the path of your career and life and start a period of prosperity. May this Dussehra illuminate for you the desires of Happy times and dreams for a year loaded with smiles! Happy Dussehra!!

Krishan Khatra
It's a time for celebration, a time for victory of good over bad, A time when world see the example of power of good. Let us continue the same “true” spirit. Let us not only burn effigies of Ravana. but lets start a great life by conquering all our eternal enemies. Happy Dusshera.!

We at Films & TV World wish them all the best in their endeavour and wish all our readers a very Happy Dussehra...

Amitabh Bachchan and Graphic India partner with Disney channel India for “Astra Force”

In the month of August last year, Graphic India and Disney Channel India announced the production of the superhero animated series -“Astra Force.” with legendary icon, Amitabh Bachchan. Slated to go on-air on Disney Channel soon,Graphic India and Disney Channel India will reveal the first look of the series on the occasion of Mr. Bachchan’s birthday – 11thOctober as a special surprise for the millions of fans around the world.

A funny and fast-paced, action-adventure series, filled with laughs and thrills, “Astra Force” tells the story of a mythical hero from a distant world, who was stranded on Earth millions of years ago after an epic space battle.

When 8-year old brother and sister twins accidentally awaken the mythical superhero from his long hibernation, they must teach him about our modern world and join Astra to save the universe from a new wave of giant monsters and intergalactic threats.

“At Disney, we believe in showcasing great stories with compelling characters that are loved by our audiences. It is imperative to get the local texture right for any story to resonate and emotionally connect with the viewers. With Mr. Bachchan associating with Graphics India and Disney Channel India on ‘Astra Force,’ we will be bringing an interesting facet to storytelling in the local animation space,” saidSiddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Disney India.

“Amitabh Bachchan is a real life superhero to millions, including myself, so it’s no surprise that he is the perfect person to become immortalized in this new animated avatar,” added Sharad Devarajan, Graphic’s Co-Founder & CEO. “The opportunity to collaborate with Mr. Bachchan on ‘Astra Force’ is made that much stronger by partnering with Disney, a company whose creativity and storytelling I have admired all my life.”

Disney Channel India has been entertaining kids and families through a range of locally relevant stories spread across high-quality animation series and “Astra Force” will be the perfect complement to the line-up of existing shows.

Devarajan is the Producer on “Astra Force” along with Jeevan J. Kang, SVP Creative at Graphic India, who is overseeing visual development, character design and art for the project. Graphic’s previous animated superhero, Chakra The Invincible, was created with Stan Lee (co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Avengers) and received over 30 million views globally on Rovio’s ToonsTV platform available through the Angry Birds app.

9th edition of Krackerjack Karnival - A roaring success with kids and their families

Was it a bird, a plane…, no it was a Yash, grinning ear-to-ear as he zoomed towards the sky on the trampoline ride! It was an image that well describes the spirit of the ninth edition of the Krackerjack Karnival, where happy spirits jumped and bounced from one area of exciting activity to the other, with plenty to keep them captivated in between!

Held during 8th-9th October, India’s biggest kids and family festival, Krackerjack Karnival, came to an end with more than 15,000+ visitors converging at the Manpho Convention Centre in Bengaluru. As expected, the second edition of Krackerjack in Bengaluru, and the 9th overall, far exceeded the stupendous success it had registered during its inaugural run.

The pioneer of edutainment events in India, Krackerjack Karnival did not falter in its promise to deliver afun, exciting and informative event that had variety of offerings for young ones and the young at heart. From more than 75 exhibitors providing the latest of products and services that encompass the entire needs and wants of families to the various stellar performances carried out on the ‘Krackerjack stage’ area, the event remained a breathtaking affair all through.

The presence of world renowned brands such as Disney, Nickelodeon and Superbook gave the event an unparalleled credibility. The meet-and-greet sessions with their favorite cartoon characters such as Chhota Bheem and Sonic Toon were an instant hit, as were the fun learning sessions and educative games that had entire families participating in gusto.

Visiting the carnival second time in a row, Ms. Kanika Arora, a homemaker and mother of two twin girls shared her experience, “Me and my kids had a great time attending the 7th edition of the Krackerjack Karnival in Bengaluru and could not afford to give the 9th edition a miss. I am glad it is organized with festivities around the corner, apart from immense fun that my girls are having here, I got to shop fabulous stuff from some of the most incredible brands from across India. I can’t think of a better way to spend fun and quality time with my kids in such an enthralling environment.”

Commenting on the event, Chandrika Behl, Project Director, Exhibitions India group and the founder of the Krackerjack Karnival festival, said, “I am grateful for the immense affection the people of Bengaluru have showered upon us on our second visit to the city. The event grew bigger in its scope in this edition, and we are pleased to have lived up to the expectations of the kids and their parents. With the confidence we have gained from this event and the other editions held across different destinations in the country, we hope to bolster Krackerjack Karnival’s stance as the perfect synonym for unlimited fun, learning and family bonding!”

An assimilation of educative zones, interactive workshops, dance sessions and a plethora of activities, Krackerjack Karnival has emerged as the biggest pan-India kids and family event with affiliations to some of the biggest brand names in various activities devoted to the family entertainment segment.

The Krackerjack Karnival is India’s first and foremost Mega Expo cum Festival, catering purely to children and their needs. This two-day, fun-filled children’s festival is packed with fantastic exhibits, interactive activities, entertainment, and the latest products & services for children. With this event, we’ve set out to create fun, educational and involving activities for kids, providing them an exciting and enriching experience that’s interactive and sparks their creativity.

Investment banker Sujaya Moghepadhye organizes Nanhee to support kids fighting cancer

Sujaya Moghepadhye, Cofounder, Jaya Foundation (Head Equity Capital Market - Execution at Edelweiss Financial Services Limited and co-founder Jaya Foundation) organised fund raising musical event ‘Nanhee’, in Mumbai on 7 October 2016. to support children suffering from the deadly disease. Jaya Foundation is an institution that provides aid, care and assistance and creates awareness on cancer. Funds raised will be used to facilitate treatment of kids who are suffering from cancer but due to lack of adequate funds are deprived of proper treatment.

The event witnessed live performances by Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts (SNDA) and also had artiste Saurabh Nimbkar playing songs on his guitar. SNDA’s production “DHRUT” is an internationally acclaimed performance, which has recently been presented in New York in August 2016. Saurabh Nimbkar plays the guitar in Mumbai Locals to collect funds for supporting patients in KEM & other NGOs, after having lost his mother to cancer.

Added Sujaya Moghepadhye of Jaya Foundation, “Jaya Foundation is a non-profit making foundation created to support cancer victims and their families! Nanhee means younger one and they are our lives. Seeing young ones in the terrible pain of cancer is difficult for anybody. We come together as a group of people, do an event and raise funds for supporting young cancer victims. Many people came forward and connected to the cause. Singer dancer choreographer Saurabh Nimbkar saw his mother suffering from cancer and he does different kinds of street & stage shows to collect funds for cancer affected.

An investment banker by profession, Sujaya Moghepadhye adopted Gandhian principles of service to nation due to a personal tragedy. “My mom fought the cancer battle till her last breath and she passed away six months after being diagnosed with it. We have seen the pain, agony, helplessness and after effects of chemotherapy. It’s an emotional battle too – pretending in front of the patient that everything is fine and then crying in corners. While going to the hospital with my mother, I saw lot of kids suffering. The disease is painful and resources are scant. I learnt that children have higher chances of survival if cancer is detected early. However, many children from underprivileged sections of society don’t have adequate resources for pre- and post-treatment. So along with friends, I decided to do something and started a movement. Even amongst friends, I realized that everyone has certain tragedies in their family and wanted to join hands. I shared about ‘Nanhee’ with my cook and she contributed half of her month’s salary towards the cause.”

“We acknowledge companies such as Intex Technologies for associating with Jaya Foundation and with the cause of supporting so many Nanhee’s. It is heartening to note that the company’s CSR philosophy is to influence its legacy of technology innovation to positively influence societies and human life, and offer new opportunities to more people,” Sujaya added.

The Pink Fashion Show: Grand finale by JD alumnus and Ace Fashion Designer-Rocky S.

Braun India Fashion Week London (IFWL) which is scheduled to take place from October 15 to 16 October,2016 at Excel London, will showcase some of the India’s finest Designer collections periphery events in London to bring awareness and funds to the cause with breast cancer awareness walks, pink fashion shows, PINK menu offerings and more. Grand finale to be represented by JD Institute of Fashion Technology's alumnus Rocky S.

JD Institute of Fashion Technology will dedicate the entire month of October as the Breast Cancer Awareness month. The aim is to bring together Jediiians and the fashion fraternity to fight against the cause and spread awareness among all.

For the first time, the institute plans to invite all the buyers and invitees in London to celebrate the colour pink. Prominent celebrities will walk the ramp in pink garments to show their support for the cause.

The New Gen collection is by Ashok Mannay, an alumnus of JD Institute of Fashion Technology with a collection called “Regalia”-  it envisions portraying the tapestry of Indian Culture, with its own distinct flavor of embellishment and artistry, comprising of women’s and men’s collection.

"Fashion is a fantastic platform to reach to youth, and also this is a huge celebration of hope as the biggest reason for Breast Cancer to infiltrate in our society is the lack of knowledge. We at JD Institute of Fashion Technology, with our students have joined together for a mission to spread Breast Cancer Awareness,” RC Dalal, Executive director of JD Institute of Fashion Technology.

India Fashion Week London (IFWL) allow its fans to dress up and give back to the cause with the 2016 Pinktober merchandise line, including a women’s and men’s T-shirt and a collector’s edition Pinktober pin.

Director of IFWL, Manny Singh, said,” India Fashion Week London is always considered as a forefront platform for Indian Design. We are pleased to have JD Institute of Fashion Technology our premium partner to spread awareness for a greater cause. I on behalf of all the designers and celebrities who support the cause assure that the message shall spread way beyond to see the awareness grow in London also.”

Anupam Kher to make a special appearance in ‘Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par’

Anupam Kher, the versatile actor who has entertained audiences with some memorable movies and lovable characters, is now all set to entertain viewers as a producer with his first fiction series. Titled ‘Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par’ the love story airs on Zindagi every Monday - Saturday at 10.00 pm. The talented actor has charmed audiences with some innumerable characters in Bollywood films and now, he will make a special appearance in his home production. Anupam Kher will be seen playing himself in the series. In the show, he will be seen auditioning for talented actors from all over the country. On seeing the main protagonist Arya‘s performance in a street play, Kher gets impressed and later, offers him a role in his upcoming movie.

Talking about the special appearance Anupam Kher said, “It was exciting to play a cameo role in my maiden fiction show. My entry in the show encourages Arya to believe in his talent and encourages him to live his dreams.”

Produced by Anupam Kher’s production company Actor Prepares, Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par is the story of a 24-year-old boy, Arya Kashyap (Ashish Kadian) who leaves behind his girlfriend, Niyati Bajpayee (Megha Chakroborty), and his family to come to Bombay to fulfill his dreams of becoming a Bollywood star!

Will Arya move closer towards his dreams of becoming a Bollywood actor with this offer? To find out more, Tune in to ‘Khwaabon Ki Zamin Par’ every Monday - Saturday at 10 PM only on Zindagi!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

"Mard ko dard nahin hota," says gritty-pretty Rupali Suri

Gladrags MegaModel winner, anchor, host, theatre performer, fashionista and now a film actress; Rupali Suri is heading to become an entertainment all-rounder. The 20-something has played the Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi "with a difference" in Bharat Dabholkar's directorial comic satire play Bottoms Up. And she'll be seen next in an English film 'Dad... Hold My Hand'. We decided to check out her feelings and ask her about life before she takes her next flight.

Why did you choose your profession?
Rupali Suri: Oh, I didn't. My profession chose me. I used to be a great fan of dancing and talking the talk. One thing led to another and before I knew I was performing and anchoring and hosting shows, and then modeling and doing theatre, and next you will see me in movies. Life is running and I'm keeping pace.

Tell us about your first film 'Dad... Hold My Hand'.
Rupali: It’s directed by the super-talented late Arun Frank, who was a wizard at directing television serials in the late nineties. I play the lead's fiancĂ© Ria in the film starring Denzil Smith, Ratna Pathak and Jayesh Kodwani. It is made entirely in English and shot in London and Mumbai. It's doing the rounds of the festival circuit, before releasing in India and the West.

You also do theatre. Right?
Rupali: Yes, I play Sonia Gandhi with a difference in Bharat Dabholkar's play Bottoms Up. It's great fun. I get to enact many shades, and even grin, smile, take taunts chin up, and once in a while, flip my hair in stylish spectacles and crisp articulately worn cotton sarees. (laughs)

Any barriers you have overcome on this journey?
Rupali: I was a plump and chubby child and had to contend with weight issues as I grew up. But once I entered showbiz, I became conscious and cautious and transformed myself. Thanks to my supportive mom, I haven't faced any huge barrier in my personal life. But you see, sometimes fear of the unknown can be a greater emotion than love. I have to admit that at times, I have faced a self-inflicted barrier in my professional life, where I have held myself back and waited for an opportunity to appear. But once I realized that attitude wasn't working, I slowly and steadily reprogrammed my mind with the 'go for it' attitude. Once that was in place, the barriers fell away. And from then, it's been a steady and sturdy climb.

Who do you think is the most glamourous and fashionable celebrity in Bollywood and why?
Rupali: Of course, we have Deepika (Padukone) who was a model and then Sonam (Kapoor). The latest in the list is Lisa Hayden. She too dresses her mind.

From the current lot of designers, who do you think matches your fashion?
Rupali: I'm extremely fond of Rahul Mishra and Vaishali S. The latter's garments are very feminine and even give that great look in silhouettes. Now that's all about perfect cut and fit, isn't it? I also like the sensibilities of some other budding designers. As long as fashion is about how you feel, it can never go out of fashion.

How do you feel to be called a fashionista?
Rupali: I blush. :p

What is the mantra behind your bedazzling fit body?
Rupali: I have read somewhere that seventy percent of the body is made in the kitchen and the rest thirty percent is made in the gym. So lookout for your diet and understand your body requirement. As they say, no pain, no gain.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
Rupali: My moms sarees, my books, education certificate, all my old pictures and a nose ring I've been gifted by my aunt. (grins)

Did Bollywood always appeal to you?
Rupali: Oh yes, I was quite filmi in my growing up days too. I guess, I've danced to each and every one of Madhuri Dixit songs. See, I've always had an inclination towards all things creative. I've always liked to perceive situations and then see how I can fit in.

A Bollywood dialogue you swear by.
Rupali: I have grown up teasing my sisters with the line "Mard ko dard nahin hota" from the Bachchan movie Mard. I've even played pranks on some film dialogues. The latest in my book is "Maine ek baar commitment kardi, toh main apne aap ki bhi nahi sunta!" Lol.

If a film was remade, which one would you want to be a part of?
Rupali: Oh, the top billing for that wish would go to Sridevi's character in Chandni. The role had so many nuances of a woman's feelings and Sridevi portrayed it with so much heart. Another one would be Dilwale Dhulania Le Jayenge. Kajol was an out-and-out sweetheart in it.

If not a model and actress, what would have been your alternate career choice?
Rupali: Oops! Never given much thought to that. But now that you ask, I guess, I might have joined my father in business.

How do you manage your personal and professional life?
Rupali: In our fast-paced world, personal and professional life is often intertwined. But my family helps me stay grounded and manage a balancing act.

What is your ideal partner like?
Rupali: I guess I'd give more importance to compatibility more than looks or riches. Someone I can talk and share anything and everything with. After all, if a girl cannot open her heart to her partner, then she will always be wanting in life.