Actor Donal Bisht is popularly known for her role as Sharanya Bisht in the television show Ek Deewana Tha. The actress is currently basking in the success of her recently released web series, `Tu Zakhm Hai`. “The reactions are superb because I am getting all the good reviews. People are loving the show and are asking me when the next season will come. Many people have told me that they watched all 14 episodes in one go. It is all worked of mouth. It feels amazing to be a part of it,” she said talking to mid-day.com.
“I am playing Kavya Grewal. This character undergoes Stockholm syndrome. The story is about Stockholm syndrome where I am the hostage and how I fall for my captor. I am playing a psychologist as well. So the series follows how I help other people understand their mental health and try to help them despite being captive myself. My character is a soft girl but also a strong nut from the inside,” Donal said while talking about her character on the show that also stars ‘Imlie’ fame Gashmeer Mahajani.
`Tu Zakhm Hai` is currently one of the top series streaming on MX Player with over 300 million views. Ask Donal what made her say yes to the show, and she said, “It`s the character graph for me. At the start, people will see her as a soft girl; eventually, the audience will get to know that she derives strength from her mind. She may not be physically strong, but her mind is strong. This is how she deals with her captors. The story and graph of the character were very interesting to me. It is a romantic thriller as well.”
Donal is also all set to make her debut in the South film industry with a Telugu-Kannada bilingual film, `Kumbhkarana/ Dare To Sleep`. Talking about her experience on her first south film, she said, “It was great. I am so glad I am a part of the South film industry at a time when they are booming. They wanted me to come down south and come into films. The southern people are very professional. There was no waste of time.”
“This film will be in Telugu and Kannada. It will be dubbed in Hindi as well, It is going to be a pan-India film. I am waiting for it to release. We have a few scenes left to shoot and dubbing for the same,” she added.
Donal is all of 28-years-old and has seen her share of ups and down in her acting career. However, she only looks at rejections in a positive light. “I think rejections give me the boost to work harder and harder. If rejections will not be there, I think that push will be less. You want to prove that `yes you can do it`. Rejections are the start of improvement, I feel. It`s great. When you work hard, the hard work eventually pays off. I always feel that.”
Donal shares that her drive to see herself on the screen pushed her to become an actor. She also believes that nothing is really impossible.“I believe nothing is really impossible. If you can dream it you can make it. If you have that zeal inside you, then that can take you ahead.”
Dolly Singh: Melbourne is a city that has captured my soul twice
Digital creator and actor Dolly Singh recently visited Australia with beau Manu where the couple created memories of a lifetime. She tells us what should be on the to-do list if you are planning a trip down under, on mid-day.com`s `Travel with the Stars.`
Where are you off to?
Australia! This was my second time in Australia and the one thing that I have always loved there is the fresh produce. The quality of the food is just something else! Also, this year after having binged all seasons of Masterchef Australia, it was an even bigger treat to visit again. We visited Melbourne and Sydney. Melbourne, especially, is a city that has captured my soul twice. I love the tram system and that it’s free for everyone in the central part, so it becomes so much easier to navigate through the main parts of the city.
What’s on the itinerary?
Even though we only had half a day to experience Sydney, it was incredible and honestly made us realise how much more we wanted to explore the place. Manu had a wonderful time Kayaking with Sarah Todd while Amy and I took a beautiful walk by the river. When we reached the Sydney Opera House, an orchestra played right outside on the stairs and standing there listening to them was one of those ‘out of a movie’ experiences! The dinner and drinks at the Opera House were delicious too and we could see why people waited for hours to get a table there. The view too was spectacular!
In Melbourne we were welcomed by sunny skies and had two wonderful days there. Of course, the highlight for us was the historical India vs Pak match. We had a really sweet meet and greet where a lot of people showed up.
Later, on our journey to the Great Ocean Road, we went to the Jack Rabbit and had an amazing wine-tasting session with Lyndsay Sharp who runs the place.
The next day our trip to Wildlife Wonders Sanctuary was definitely a great way to end this Australia trip, as we saw some beautiful animals like kangaroos, koalas and wallabies in the wild just chilling. We even got to be a part of a bird rescue because we came across an injured little bird on our walk and named him Fred. Hopefully, he would be doing better now.
Manu and I would definitely first recommend trying out the local coffee. We had so much coffee on the trip with zero regrets because it was delicious. Eating at Three Blue Ducks, The Belle General, the Bang Bang and The Opera House. These were some of our favourite restaurants on our trip. There are so many activities to do in Australia, we missed out on a few like sky diving and helicopter ride because of the bad weather but have only heard great things about these activities. Visiting MCG should definitely be on the list too because being an Indian, cricket literally runs in our blood and there is just so much to see and experience at MCG so a tour is must. And of course, find a way to meet the lovely Australian animals. We especially loved visiting Wildlife Wonders because the animals could be in their natural habitats and enjoy their time while you get to witness that; rather than the other way around (where they are in cages and we are moving around freely)
What’s on the menu?
In terms of food, the places we absolutely loved were Three Blue Ducks, something we definitely wanted to try. Not just the restaurant but the whole idea behind the place doing work towards sustainability, community work and ethically sourcing everything was amazing to witness. Bang Bang was another place in Byron Bay that we loved. Have to give a shout-out to their Chilli Margarita which as Manu said was, “The best drink he has ever had”. The Tropical Fruit world was another very fascinating place. I have never seen so much variety of fruits ever. I felt like a child in a candy shop except that I love fruits even more so it was a treat. Their ice cream is made from fresh fruits and fruits only! The Belle General was our last stop in Byron and well, definitely one of the best. I had never had such a good scrumptious breakfast. Tje Avo mash toast was a delight. Something that makes me think about it often! The people at Belle too were amazing and we got the warmest farewell.
Your fondest travel memories with friends and family…
The best highlights from our trip this time were definitely the food, the cricket match, meeting Harsha Bhogle sir and Sarah Todd in person and having a meet and greet in another country altogether and receiving so much love!
What did you pack for the trip?
Everything! Pack everything! Australia is so full of adventure, and you never know what you’ll encounter next which is what makes it so wonderful. So, I pack everything from a swimsuit to coats!
Your holiday playlist…
Almost all old-time, classical Bollywood songs!
Cast of `Aarya 3` go armed into the big, bad world
After two successful seasons, Sushmita Sen is ready to return to the gritty world of Aarya. mid-day has learnt that showrunner-creator Ram Madhvani is gearing up to take the crime drama’s third season on floors by January 2023. Before facing the camera, the cast has begun prepping with Puja Sarup and Sheena Khalid, owners of experimental theatre outfit Patchworks Ensemble. The trainer duo aim to make the actors intimately familiar with their characters and the script through table reads, workshops and different exercises. A source reveals, “The cast has started its readings, with Sushmita set to join them in a week. While many actors are reprising their roles, some are new entrants to the world of Aarya. Through their character development workshops, Puja and Sheena help each actor understand their part in detail, thus making it easier for them to follow their character graph and motivations.”
The workshops will go on till December-end, following which the unit will take a short New Year’s break, before reconvening in mid-January, in Mumbai, for the shoot. Kher, whose Daulat Singh is one of the pillars of the popular series, confirms the development. “We are doing workshops in Juhu, and it’s interesting as the third season will be quite a ride. It’s wonderful to be back with this incredible team, and it’s always great to reunite with Sush. I can’t reveal much about my character in the third season, but I can add that the action gets more intense.”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui all set to spill the beans on his dream project
Nawazuddin Siddiqui recently left the netizens curious with his recent post on social media Earlier today, the versatile performer took to his social media page to drop an intriguing image with the caption ‘A step towards my dream’ and has left everyone wondering what the big announcement could be.
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With a faint hint of ‘An Actor’s Studio’ penned on the creative that sees Nawaz against an all-white, magnanimous backdrop, fans have been speculating whether the National award-winning actor is hinting at another benchmark in his career. Speculations have been ranging from whether Nawazuddin will be launching an acting class, a production banner or a new film.
While details remain under wraps at the moment, the actor has an exciting slate ahead with films falling under versatile genres including ‘Haddi’, where he essays the role of a transgender, the dark satire ‘Tiki Weds Sheru’, the supernatural thriller ‘Adhbhut’, ‘Noorani Chehra’, a quirky love story, and the romantic comedy ‘Jogira Sa Ra Ra’.