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Ego is devil and learning is God, especially for actors: Deepak Dobriyal

Deepak Dobriyal
Deepak Dobriyal

Deepak Dobriyal doesn’t ring a bell but Pappiji does, right? That’s what defines the acting career of Delhi boy Deepak Dobriyal, who has not only carved a niche for himself in Bollywood but hes also endeared himself to the audience with his popular characters like Pappiji of Tanu Weds Manu. Hes won quite a few awards including Filmfare Special Performance Award for Omkara (2007) and two IIFA awards for best performances in comic roles ? Tanu Weds Manu (2012) and Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2016). Deepak Dobriyal, who believes in letting his work speak rather than creating a brand name for himself, talks about his tryst with Bollywood in an exclusive chat with Nation Next.

Whether it’s Rajoh (Omkara), Bhati (Gulaal), Mamdu (Delhi 6), Pappiji (Tanu Weds Manu franchise) or Kanhaiya (Prem Ratan Dhan Payo), your characters in your films have been applauded but most of your fans are yet to identify your characters with your name Deepak Dobriyal?

If I want to make Deepak Dobriyal a brand name overnight, I’ll just have to hire a PR person for my media management. But I would never opt for such popularity measures and materialism. Even in my media interactions, I would rather speak about my work and the characters I portray in the films. I believe in my talent and I’m just showcasing the same to the world.

Your style of comedy is physicality-oriented. Is it because of this that all of your directors make your characters rely more on antics rather than dialogues

In my movies, you might have noticed that I completely indulge myself in my roles, and that makes the characters look realistic. So, the audience remembers my characters for long. This is how I want to make my mark in the film industry. I have faith in myself and in my ability to keep on improving. Also, till date my directors haven’t interfered in my work; they give me a lot of freedom to implement my creativity. I feel I am blessed to understand the scripts instantly.

You once said that you were rejected for many roles, as you were a bit too thin. Now this thinness has become a distinct onscreen personality of yours…

I have the same physique as I had before; I haven’t changed at all. Still, I think I have been successful enough to prove the filmmakers that I can perform diverse roles. Now I’m also being provided with a bit more mature and manly roles in my upcoming movies. So, probably I will have to work upon my body to perform these roles with more perfection.

How has your journey been from your disappointments to the achiever you’ve become?

I had been a theatre artist for long. Back then, I never realised that I could become a part of Bollywood. A time came in my life when I had to go through a financial crisis and that pulled me to ?city of dreams – Mumbai. When I came here, I met a few people and went through a few scripts. I found the whole scenario different. Rather than larger than life Shakespearean theatre, performances here were more about presence of mind. I was struggling with my dilemmas and low morale. And then came a point when I started getting recognised for my genre of acting, and that boosted my morale again. My expressions in Omkara and Gulaal helped me gain more roles in other movies.

The general perception is that only good looking model-type actors get major work, but now with the quantum of work actors like you and Nawazuddin Siddiqui are getting, can you say that Bollywood has changed

Stories have changed. Earlier, there used to be a hero, heroine, villain and a comedian. Today’s stories are not that simplistic. Filmmakers are focusing on the content and not on the looks, and different kinds of characters are being created in films. Yet, looks do matter in creating your first impression. But we actors have an option of capitalising on our limitations by keeping our performances realistic; that’s what Nawaz and I are doing, and our performances are earning us recognition.

Sharmila Tagore once attributed a part of Saif Ali Khan’s progression as an actor to the learning from you during Omkara. Has Sharmilaji ever told you the same in person?

No. I also read it in newspapers but I’ve got a lot of appreciation and love from Saif’s family.

Even when you share screen with Bollywood biggies like Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut, etc, you don’t look intimidated with their onscreen presence. You seem to be quite at ease with big stars onscreen and are able to make an impact with your performances. How do you do that?

I never get intimidated by big stars as I don’t compete with them. They are in an altogether different zone. I admire them and that makes me happy. I’m here to give good acting performances, which are only possible by complementing my co-actors, and by competing with them. I always tell new actors, who come to seek advice or help from me, to never to develop any ego in them. And I diligently follow the same advise of mine! Ego is devil and learning is God. Acting is an eternal learning process.

What do you say to the actors, who immediately after getting some fame, start wearing their attitude on their sleeves, as they feel people will not give them their due recognition otherwise? 

I would never do that, but to each his own! I feel as actors we have to constantly keep on picking up people’s characteristics. That’s what adds to our performances, and we actors should be one among them for the same. I also face negative reactions at times as it becomes difficult to oblige everyone’s demands for selfies, autographs, etc. But all such negative reaction is worth the kind of love the fans shower on you.

Vishal Bhardwaj gave your big breaks in Omkara and Maqbool. How is your equation with him?

Vishal Bhardwaj is my Godfather. He treats me like his younger brother, and is always concerned. I also got immense support from Anurag Kashyap while I was shooting for Gulaal. Both Anurag and Vishal have looked for the talent in me and made me sit with stars in the film industry.

How much do you owe your success as an actor to your theatre days in Delhi?

Theatre taught me patience and how to understand characters. It also gave me a confidence to perform in front of hundreds of people. But movies have been a different struggle altogether. It was difficult to convince people here that I knew things as I had done theatre. I had to start from the scratch, unlearn certain things and learn new things in Bollywood.

In theatre, I was always given a lead role, but initially in Bollywood, I was not given any important roles. I had to work very hard to establish myself here.

What kind of films are you working on?

I have opted for some serious roles in my upcoming movies, where I am experimenting more with myself. Something different than just comedy!

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I’m known for small and mid-budget films, so I can never enter 300 crore club: Ayushmann Khurrana




Elina Nayak | India

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana is back with an action drama, ‘An Action Hero’. And the trailer of the film is a promising one, a real genre-bender for Ayushmann fans. The movie also has Jaideep Ahlawat playing the lead alongside Ayushmann. So when asked to comment on how many big stars are doing two-hero films these days, Ayushmann, who has always teamed up with actors playing strong characters, said, “Be it Annu Kapoor’s character in ‘Vicky Donor, Rajkummar Rao in ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Gajraj Rao in ‘Badhai Ho or Tabu in ‘Andhadhun’, all these characters were equally strong along with mine. So, I’ve never followed the trend. I work with actors who contribute to a film. Ultimately, it’s the film that’s a winner.”

Moreover, Ayushmann finds inspiration in Ajay Devgn. “I take a lot of inspiration from Ajay Devgn sir. Like in his film ‘Golmaal’, most of the punch lines were with other cast members, still he did the film. It’s important to keep your film before yourself. A good film is all about a collaboration between the actors, directors and everyone else.”

Ayushmann is one of the finest actors in Bollywood. But ask him if he ever feels the pressure of delivering hits, he said, “I always scout for fresh content. And have a tick list – like has this subject been done in Hindi cinema before? Is the subject original and pathbreaking? But once I do the film, I leave it to the audience whether to accept it or not. I want to give it my best in whatever I do. So, I don’t think I’ll ever be known for a 300 crore film. I’m known for small and mid-budget films. Hence, I can afford to take risks without pressure.”

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Constitution day | Bet you didn’t know these interesting facts about the Indian Constitution




Avani Arya | Reporter : Shamanand Tayde | Nagpur

Constitution Day is also known as “National Law Day”. It is celebrated in India on 26 November every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. Know some interesting facts about the Indian Constitution in the video.

सभी को पता है कि India को 15 अगस्त 1947 को independence  मिली थी.साल 1949 में 26 नवंबर यानी आज ही के दिन india  का constitution  बनकर तैयार हुआ था. India का constitution  26 जनवरी 1950 से लागू किया गया था. इसके साथ ही भारत में हर साल 26 नवंबर को constitution day  मनाया जाता है. India का constitution  दुनिया के सभी constitutions को परखने के बाद बनाया गया था. इसलिए इस constitution को सबसे Important constitution कहा जाता है. 

Indian Constitution से जुड़े ऐसे कई Interesting Facts हैं, जिनके बारे में जानकर आप हैरान रह जाएंगे. भारत देश के citizen होने के नाते बच्चों से लेकर बड़ों तक, हर किसी को Constitution Of India से जुड़े ये Interesting Facts  जरूर पता होने चाहिए.

क्या आप जानते है कि  Indian Constitution  World’s Longest Constitution  है. Indian Constitution को लिखने के लिए  dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar को  Father Of Indian Constitution भी कहां जाता है.  डॉ. भीमराव आंबेडकर ने Constitution  को दो साल, 11 महीने और 18 दिनों में तैयार कर India को dedicate किया था. इसके कुछ हिस्से America, Germany , United Kingdom , Australia , Ireland , Canada  और Japan  के Constitution  से लिए गए हैं.

26 नवंबर 1949 को Indian Constituent Assembly की तरफ से इसे अपनाया गया और 26 नवंबर 1950 को इसे एक democratic government system के साथ लागू किया गया था. बाबासाहेब आंबेडकर के योगदान को याद करने और constitution के importance का प्रसार करने के लिए constitution day  मनाया जाता है. Indian Government  की ओर से पहली बार 2015 मेंconstitution day  मनाया गया. 29 अगस्त 1947 को भारत के constitution का draft  तैयार करने वाली Committee की स्थापना हुई. जिसमें chairmen  के रूप में डॉ. भीमराव अंबेडकर appoint हुए. जवाहरलाल नेहरू, डॉ राजेन्द्र प्रसाद, सरदार वल्लभ भाई पटेल, मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद भी इस सभा के main members  थे.

क्या आप यह जानते है कि Indian Constitution  में 448 Articles, 22 Parts, 12 schedule और 97 amendment हैं. Indian Constitution की दो copies  हाथ से लिखी गई हैं, जोकि Hindi  और English  language में हैं. इसमें किसी भी तरह की typing या print का use नहीं किया गया था. दोनों handwritten copies पर 24 जनवरी 1950 को उस समय के 284  members of parliament के सामने Signature किए गए थे. Indian Constitution को बनाते समय कई देशों के  Constitution को study किया गया था. हमारे constitution  में देश के citizens के fundamental rights, Duties
 और government machinery के बारे में Detailed Information  दी गई है. इसमें ये बताया गया है कि President, Prime Minister , Governer  और Chief Ministers  की क्या powers हैं और किस तरह से Legislature, executive और Judiciary काम करती है.

Constitution  बनने से पहले भारत में British government  की ओर से  बनाया हुआ act 1935 लागू किया जाता था. Indian Constitution के rules  के मुताबिक Republic Day के मौके पर राष्ट्रपति और Independence Day के मौके पर pm देश को addressed करते है.

तो यह थे Indian Constitution से जुड़े कुछ Interesting Facts

Script by – Shamanand Tayde

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‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claims Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan




Avani Arya | Nagpur
“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Congress’ Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25.

Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan, Bharat Jodo Yatra leader Rahul Gandhi

“Pakistan Zindabad” slogans were being raised during Rahul Gandhi led Bharat Jodo Yatra, claimed Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on November 25. He also said that he has ordered a probe into the incident.

Earlier that day, BJP leaders alleged that partakers in the Yatra shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. A controversy flared up after BJP State President VD Sharma and other party leaders shared a video on social media claiming that ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans were raised during the rally.

Calling it a conspiracy by the BJP against Rahul Gandhi, Congress Party denied the claims. Yatra entered Madhya Pradesh on its 77th day of the Padyatra on November 23.

Covering a total distance of  3,570 km, Congress claimed that Bharat Jodo Yatra is the longest march on foot by any Indian politician in the history of India. It started from Kanyakumari on September 7, and will end in Kashmir next year.

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