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In conversation with “Senior Inspector Daya”

He says, “I am an actor by default. It is destiny which has got me into this profession.” But, fans say, “Thank god, this was destined. Otherwise, we would have missed our hero!”You must be wondering whom am I talking about. Well, he is none other than Dayanand Shetty better know as “Senior Inspector Daya” from C.I.D. Excited? Here is an exciting interview with our very own Daya.

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1. From a sportsperson, how did you come to acting?

Daya: I am a strong believer of destiny. Its destiny which takes you wherever you want to. You might plan a lot of things in life that never happens. A person who wants to be a doctor might become a businessman or may be something else. So, its destiny who takes you to places and that is how I have landed into acting. My father and I, both were into sports. He was into weightlifting and I was into athletics. But finally I landed up here, my father turned into a businessman. So, destiny takes you where you are supposed to be.

2. How was your first shot?

Daya: The first day of shooting was quite jittery. As usual, any actor would be having butterflies in his stomach and I too had the same feeling. I was quite nervous. Working with Mr. B.P.Singh over then as a director and to face his camera was quite difficult, but things went on quite smoothly and he was happy with the shot and in one take it was ok. I was quite elated and happy with the way things went on.

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Dayanand Shetty with his co-actor, Aditya Srivastava

 

3. You are not there on any social media or social platform. What is the reason behind this?

Daya: Actually, I am not a social person. I don’t socialise much. Even any functions or any parties, I try to avoid. It’s like we shoot for 30 days, by the end of the day, when I pack up all I want to do is go home, relax and just go to sleep. Other than that nothing comes to my mind. So, I don’t socialise much and hence I am not there on any social media as well.

4. You have a huge fan following. Don’t you think that you should give a chance to your fans to communicate or be in touch with you ?

Daya: Ya, I know. Whatever we have, whatever we are doing till date it’s all because of them. They have been watching our show and admiring our show. Without them this shouldn’t have been possible. We keep shooting outdoors a lot; we keep going to different cities where we shoot a lot of outdoors when we come in direct contact with our fans. I think instead of having a fake account and having fake people around it’s better to meet our fans at a personal level. So, we make it a point to go outdoors and shoot and meet as many people as possible.

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A still from the television series, CID

5. On-screen Daya is very rough and tough, violent , but how is Daya in real life?

Daya: I don’t believe in violence. I am a very soft-hearted person.  I like people who are straight forward, who speak the truth and don’t beat around the bush. I prefer people who directly come to the point and say what they want to. My outer appearance may be quite hard, like a coconut but I am a very sensitive person, quite emotional at heart. That’s the way I am.

6. What will be your message for the kids and youngsters who aspire to be like you in real life and join C.I.D?

Daya: i  would say that be true to yourselves and whatever you are doing give your 100%. Be the best in what you are doing. Always be sincere to yourself, love your parents, and rest will be taken care of. God is great, he guides you, he is the man who manipulates everything in our life. We think that we do a lot of things but that’s wrong. It is the Almighty who runs things for us. Have a clean heart, clean intention; everything will fall in its place. May be slightly later for some people, but you will get what you deserve.

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Daya in Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Season 4

7. What do you feel when you see numerous online jokes about your character, other characters like ACP Pradyuman, Abhijeet and also about the show in general?

Daya: When it comes to all these jokes, see we have jokes about Rajinikanth as well. He is one of the most popular actors in our country, one of the biggest stars you can say. So people who are popular, who are known, who are accomplished, you make jokes on them. That’s fine. I mean they take that much effort to make jokes on us, they are investing that much time on us, be happy about it. I am happy that it is done.

 

8. Did you ever imagine that the character of Daya would become such an iconic one?

Daya: No, actually nobody imagined that this show will come this long. Nobody knew. Nobody imagined that Daya will be one of the ethical parts of this show. Nobody thought that this would happen but this happened. That’s destiny. I strongly believe in destiny. This show or the character wherever it’s supposed to reach, will reach, nobody can stop it. And also it exists just because of all the good fans and viewers who have been watching this show for quite some time and we have audience who are very proud of our show. Everybody appreciates this show in spite of all the drawbacks. There are a lot of drawbacks in this show, in spite of that they love this show, they watch this show, they love the characters, so we feel blessed. Because children if they love something I think that’s what is important and C.I.D is popular because of them.

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9. C.I.D is there in the Guinness Book of World Records for one single shot. Would you like to share your experience with us?

Daya: It was a wonderful experience that we have. The irony is that after achieving this we have to tell people that we have achieved something like this. So, I think that there is some problem with the production house that didn’t actually circulate this well in the media. Otherwise have this been a Balaji show and had C.I.D been a Balaji show, this thing which we achieved would have been a negative thing. Here in India also, we have to tell people, that we have achieved this.  We shot the one single episode which was 111 minutes which is in the Guinness Book of World Records.  But people just don’t know about it. So, I think somewhere the propagation of this whole things wasn’t that good from the production house otherwise this is something that everybody should know.

10. Apart from C.I.D we have seen you acting in different theatres and a couple of films as well. When can we expect to see you in a film next?

Daya: That is again destiny. If I get something good so that I sacrifice the work in C.I.D and try to do something else, I will do that. But as of now, I haven’t come across something which is more lucrative or more interesting for me to do than C.I.D. So right now, I am investing most of my time in C.I.D and when time comes, when offer comes, if I get a proper character which is more attractive I will definitely do it.

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A still from the film, Singham Returns

11. C.I.D itself has become a brand now. So how do you feel being associated with such a big and successful show?

Daya: When you talk about this, I realise that yes it is a very successful show. But now the problem with us is that we don’t get enough time to ponder about us. May be tomorrow when the show comes to an end maybe I can sit back and think about this, that it was such a big show. Right now, we are so busy with our shooting that we don’t have time to think about this. It’s only when someone asks us then only we realise that yes, it has been 19 years and it’s the longest running television series in India.

12. What is your message for your fans?

Daya: Keep watching C.I.D, you have made this show what it is and it was a wonderful  span of 19 years that we have shared with you.  We hope to share many more years with our fans of different age groups. Some who grew up watching C.I.D got married and have kids and their kids are watching C.I.D now. So keep showing your love and keep watching C.I.D. God bless you! 🙂

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From right: Daya, ACP Pradyuman and Abhijeet in CID
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Women’s Day Special: An Interview with Sreemoyee Piu Kundu

International Women’s Day is all about celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Thus, we celebrated this Women’s Day with Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, a writer and a former journalist who shared her thoughts and ideas with us.
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1. Tell us about being an author – what made you write? Did you always want to 
become an author since childhood?
Sreemoyee: I have always loved writing and was a journalist for over a decade, but being a full time writer was a decision that I took spontaneously after a holiday in Australia, after which I came and quit my job in PR. I never knew then that this would be my path.
2. What’s the earliest memory you have of writing a story?
Sreemoyee: I was in school where my essay won the first prize, I wrote a lot of poetry as well since I was an only child and mostly voiced my aloneness.
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3. Please tell our audience about your first book Faraway Music. How did you decide on the topic?
Sreemoyee: My first book, Faraway Music was mostly autobiographical and told the story of a writer coming back to her roots.
4. Your second book was titled Sita’s Curse. It is a rare topic. What was the thought process behind the book? 
Sreemoyee: Sita’s Curse was a feminist erotica. And told the story of a 39 year old housewife’s sexual destiny, as she’s set free by her own physicality.
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5. What kind of research you had to do for the book?
Sreemoyee: Interviewed a lot of women from conservative households who were largely used to existing as dull, asexual creatures, victims of marital rape and also sexual exploitation by Godmen.
6. Your third book is out for the readers. What do you want to say about this latest book of yours?
Sreemoyee: My third book is titled “You’ve got the wrong girl”. It’s a lad lit, a fun and racy male romance that is a contemporary retelling of Shakuntalam.
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7. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Sreemoyee: No 🙂
8. How should a first time author leverage his book to a publisher? And how did you go about doing the same? 
Sreemoyee: These days there are literary agents who are the middlemen. I sent my proposal to publishers and was lucky with Hachette.
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9. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Which one is your favourite book?
Sreemoyee: I consider Sylvia Plath as my mentor. I have too many, really, it’s hard to pick any one.
10. Would you say that anyone who has a flair for writing can write a book? Is there a large enough audience for Indian writing in English now with so many young Indian authors publishing short stories and novels?
Sreemoyee: I think writing has suddenly become inspirational but the quality has gone down, also there is a clutter and publishers hardly promote books, so a lot of good writing is lost.
11. What’s your take on women authors in the country? How can Indian women empower themselves in a better manner?
Sreemoyee: We should tell the stories we believe in, unfettered.

 

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12. What next? Tell us about your upcoming books.
Sreemoyee: I am currently working on my nonfiction on single women, Status Single.
13. Any quote from the book that is your favourite?
Sreemoyee: ‘Everyone deserves a love story!’ You’ve Got The Wrong Girl!
14. Any message, tips for aspiring authors?
Sreemoyee: Own your voice 🙂

An Exclusive Chat with Malobika Banerjee,the young talent of Tollywood

From Mr.Funtoosh, Professional to Sada Canvas, Chorabali and now The Best Seller, she has shown a rapid growth in her career graph. In no time, she has proved her acting skills and made her position in the Bengali film industry. In an exclusive chat with iNTEGRiTY Magazine, Malobika Banerjee, the hot rapidly upcoming actress of Bengali movie industry shares her journey in this glamour world of Tollywood.

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1. How did you get involved in acting? Did you learn acting?

Malobika: No. I never learnt acting in any school. Actually, I never wanted to be an actress . In 2007, I participated in a beauty pageant titled, Miss Kolkata Sundori and I happened to win the title. This happened at a very young age. Since then my career started.

2. Which was your first film as an actress?

Malobika: My first film was named Mr. Funtoosh. I played Prosenjit Chatterjee’s sister’s role.  My character was the second lead in that film.

3. How was your first experience? Would you like to share anything from your first shot of your life?

Malobika: Oh, yes! It is one of the memorable moments in my life. My first shot was with Bumba Da ( Prosenjit Chatterjee) , the superstar of Bengali Film Industry. I was very nervous but finally pulled it off quite well. The funny part was that in that shooting I had grown an infatuation for him, which he actually understood and very easily managed the situation. 😀

4. Till date you have done so many films, which has been your favourite character that you have performed?

Malobika: All the characters are equally important to me. But yes, in the film Sada Canvas, my character was that of a psycho girl. I had to work really hard to portray myself as a psycho girl on screen. This character is really one of my favourite characters till date.

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5. Tell us about a time where you had difficulty turning yourself into a character. What was the character and why was it challenging?

Malobika: I have just finished shooting for a film called ‘Tope‘ directed by  Sri Buddhadeb Dasgupta. In that film, my character is of a documentary filmmaker. Buddha babu strictly instructed me that I have to be a smoker to give that life to my character. And, my biggest problem is I hate smoking, and can’t tolerate the smoke. But for the film I smoked for one week which was really a challenging task for me. But somehow I finally managed to do that.

6. Who is your favourite actor? What motivates you to act?

Malobika: My favourite actors are Amitabh Bachchan and Uttam Kumar. They motivate me a lot. I get inspired from both their personal and professional life. They have taught me many things. I have learnt that failure is nothing but a step forward to success. They have shown it through their careers.

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7. Are you working on any current projects?

Malobika: Yes, I’m doing an Oriya film and a Bengali film right now.

8. If not an actor, what profession would you have chosen to occupy?

Malobika: I would have been a MBA or a CEO of any MNC. But, other than being an actress I have passed L.L.B. So, if I get time, I might start practicing law.

9. What have you learnt from your senior actors? Any memorable advice from anyone?

Malobika: I have learnt many things from my senior actors, good and bad both. But, I always try to take the good things.

10. What is your dream role?

Malobika: I am not sure about the dream role, but recently I have watched Tanu weds Manu Returns and I loved Kangana’s acting in that film. If given a chance,  I would like to play Kangana’s character i.e. Tanu from the film Tanu weds Manu Returns.

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11. Please share a fun fact about yourself which people might not be aware of.

Malobika: Oh! I’m very scared of cats . I have a cat phobia . I’m serious about it and let me tell you it’s not funny! It’s really scary.

12. Is it a career path that you would recommend?  What advice would you give to someone aspiring to become and actor?

Malobika: Firstly, let me tell you that if someone is patient enough then only one should try for acting. Of course, talent is required but patience is very important. My dear friends if you want to be successful in a very short span of time, then this is surely not the right career for you. In this profession, you must be a warrior by nature who is always ready to fight against all odds. 🙂

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In Conversation with Vicky Kaushal, the Masaan Man

“I was a shy kid”, smiled Vicky as he described himself. He loved Mathematics and thus he landed himself into engineering. But what made him change his mind and enter the land of glamour and passion…From engineering to films, from Gangs of Wasseypur to Masaan and now Zubaan: he has experienced it all. Recently, we had the opportunity to get into a conversation with Vicky Kaushal, wherein he shared his journey in Bollywood with us.

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You come from a very illustrious background. Your father, Shyam Kaushal (Action director) is a veteran in the industry. So how was your journey? 

Vicky: As a kid, I was a very shy and introvert kind of a guy and had very basic interests in life which were studies, cricket and watching films. As a child, I never went to the sets along with my father. I wasn’t comfortable to opening up to people. But at the same time, I was really very much interested in performing on stage. When I used to get those 5 or 10  mins of performances be it in schools,colleges or society, I would feel very liberated. I could feel that freedom for myself. Because, when you are on stage you have this opportunity of becoming shameless and I used to enjoy that freedom. So I think subconsciously there was always a performer inside me which I used to love but I really never paid attention to it, in terms of this is what I want to do professionally.

Later when I grew up, I got into Engineering. Once engineering started during my second year, when we were actually taught what will be the work culture and the work schedules of an engineer that’s when I started realising that this is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. So, that’s when I started asking questions for myself. And every question would lead me to an answer related to performance. So, acting was a hidden passion which I really never paid attention to. I made up my mind to get into the film industry. When I told my dad, he was surprised. He wanted me to get a job, go abroad and settle down. But then he made it very clear at the very beginning that he would not help me in any way and I would have to make my own strides and make a name for myself. It is a serious business and you won’t get job because you are somebody’s son. He also told me that this job which demands a lot of hard-work, a lot of sacrifices and  a lot of patience too. I might have to wait and struggle. You don’t have a 9 to 5 secured job. He said that you have a father standing by your side no matter you fail or succeed but if this is what you really want to do then you have to give your 100%. Having seen my father’s journey, I said I want to do it. I want to become a self-made man. Thus, it began.

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You have worked as an assistant director on Gangs of Wasseypur. How was it to work with Anurag Kashyap and how did it help you?

Vicky: Yes, it really helped me a lot. In fact, that was my film school, my foundation. I can say that I did my schooling from Anurag Kashyap. Working on a film which had no luxury, no budget, which was shot on real locations with so many actors. It was a very grilling and enriching experience not only as a professional but also as a human being. It taught me a lot be in terms of team work, passion and acting. Every actor had a theatre background and that’s where I got the understanding how much theatre can help you as an actor in terms of your craft.

You have worked with Naseeruddin Shah’s theatre group, so tell us something about that part of your life?

Vicky: After Gangs of Wasseypur I got my next step that I wanted to do theatre. Once I started doing theatre, I got the opportunity to work with Mr. Naseeruddin Shah, Manav Kaul and others. Slowly, I acted in plays, I did back stage work, I was doing production and all sorts of things. I did this for three years and while doing that I would also go for auditions . Because giving auditions were also a very good exercise as an actor. Seventy, eighty percent of the times it happened that I got selected for the top 3 and then I used to get rejected. But that kept me motivated.  l also did a short film with Mr. Vasan Bala called Geek Out, which in turn led me to my first film, Zubaan.

You also acted in the film, Bombay Velvet. How was that experience?

Vicky: Yes, I played a small role of sub-inspector. Actually, Anurag Kashyap came to see my play one day and there I was dressed up in a big moustache. So he liked that look and he asked me, “Ek role karega?” And I said, “Sir, aap jo bologe main karunga.” And I was ready. Thus, my casting was done at the initial stage of Bombay Velvet. But be it a small role, a big role or behind the camera, I am always available for Anurag Kashyap. I have no questions. I don’t care what it is. Anurag Kashyap is my mentor, my guru. All I have learnt is from him.

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How did Masaan happen?

Vicky: I knew Neeraj (director of Masaan) during the making of Gangs of Wasseypur. Both of us were assistant directors on Gangs of Wasseypur. He was working on the script then. Since we had developed a good working relationship, he asked me if I would be keen to come on board. Neeraj was extremely clear and confident about the story he had in mind. So, I immediately said yes. Initially, they had auditioned a lot of people and nothing had worked for them. I was keen to try out for the role but then Neeraj knew my background and was well aware that I come from a typical Punjabi household. So for him to envision me as this Dom boy living on the ghats of Varanasi was quite difficult. But Mukesh Chhabra convinced him to see my audition as he felt I could pull it off, luckily it worked and the rest is history.

You are from a typical Punjabi background and the character which you played in Masaan was that of a small town Benaras boy. So how challenging was it for you to do Masaan?

Vicky: It was very challenging for me. First of all, I have never come across a world like Masaan in my life before. I have never met a guy like Deepak. It was a very different situation for me. But then as an actor I am always open to such challenges. I had a supportive director (Neeraj) and let myself be taken in by the atmosphere around me (Benaras). My writer and director were very clear about what they wanted and they were very particular. So talking to them I got a basic insight about that world we were entering and what they want from Deepak, the character. So once that comfort level was set with the director, I needed to do my homework which was to understand that space, that culture, understand those people. We also did workshops before the shooting started. I went there in Benaras and I was there in Benaras for three weeks before we shot the film.  The first couple of days were difficult. Coming from Bombay, it took some time to get used to Benaras. The narrow lanes, the crematorium, the crowded places were a little too much to take in. Near the ghat, where we were about to shoot, there were anywhere between 20 to 40 bodies being cremated every day. It throws you off balance. It took some time getting used to. I started shadowing locals. Looked at how they went about their work. I used to carry a notebook and took down notes on how they moved about, how they spoke, what and where they ate etc. There was just so much to take in. But, Neeraj really eased me into my character.

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Your next release is Zubaan directed by Mozez Singh. Would you like to share your character and the experience with us?

Vicky: Zubaan was the film which I actually bagged before Masaan. In 2013, they were casting for this film Zubaan and what happened was they had auditioned apparently more than 250 actors and they couldn’t find the right guy. Mr. Vasant Bala, the director of Geek Out showed the short film to the director. And after watching the short film, the director called me out for an audition. There were multiple rounds of auditions and eventually I got locked for that role. So that was actually the first lead role that I had got. My character in Zubaan is very different from the one which I have played in Masaan and it’s musical. I am playing the role of a  Punjabi Boy in this film. Masaan has already garnered so much of love. I hope the next also does. I am really looking forward to Zubaan coming out in October.

Are you happy with the way everything has shaped up?

Vicky: I couldn’t have been happier. God has been very kind to me.When I used to get rejected from those final auditions after getting selected for the top 3 or top 5 out of 500, 600 people, I used to get really disheartened. I used to think that where am I going wrong, why is this happening to me. But now I realise that God actually had different plans for me. I mean two of my films releasing in the same year. Masaan got highly appreciated and people have loved Deepak. People tweeted about the film. So I am really humble. Jokingly sometimes I say that God is my manager. And he is superbly efficient in that work. I have faith in God. I am just going to move forward and work hard and be honest in what I do. I also want to thank the film fraternity. People from whom I got inspired are now talking about my film. This feels great.

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Are you working on any other film right now?

Vicky: Right now, I am meeting many directors. Masaan have opened that space. Now, people are approaching me for lead roles. But I feel I have to be very careful about what I pick up next. I have high hopes from Zubaan as well. I am meeting the right kind of people, and people whom I wanted to meet and work with. But I want to be very slow and careful with my work. I don’t want to finalise anything in a hurry.

In terms of acting, who inspires you the most?

Vicky: I can’t take a single actor’s name because it is not that only one actor inspired me. Many of them inspired me at different stages of my life.Dilip Sahab’s performance inspired me. Again, Amitabh ji’s performance in Deewar, Shah Rukh Khan’s films like Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and all. I think he is just amazing. Naseer Sahab, Hrithik Roshan, Aamir Khan all of them inspire me a lot. They have been working for so long, but still being fresh in what they do. And I see people getting affected and motivated because of them. I have got motivated from so many films. When I watched Gandhigiri in Raj Kumar Hirani’s films, I got motivated. I have been in that space. I have thought about it. Again, when I watched Farhan Akhtar’s Lakshya, I really get motivated. As an actor, I also want people to get affected or rather motivated from my works as well. If one person ever gets affected by something I do and connect with what I play, I think that will fulfil my work.

If you are given a choice, which character would you like to do from the past Bollywood history?

Vicky: I would love to do an autobiographical character, which people know. Because I think those kind of characters are very challenging and is very difficult to do as well. So, I would love to do something like that.