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Meet ‘Nabbe’ from the film ‘Nanu Ki Jaanu’

Deepaq Sharma, the man who plays the role of 'Nabbe' in the film Nanu Ki Jaanu, speaks to Nation Next about the film and his film journey.
Abhay Deol and Deepaq Sharma in a still from the movie ‘Nanu Ki Jaanu’

Born in Delhi, Deepaq Sharma, wanted to be an actor since childhood. His passion for acting led him to theatre and that kick started his acting career. Sharma, who has been part of multiple plays by the renowned Act One theatre group in Delhi, then shifted to Mumbai to try his luck in the film industry. After appearing in commercials for popular brands like Nestle Munch, Maggi Noodles, Britannia, etc., Sharma acted in films like Mudda, Tevar and Dilliwali Zalim Girlfriend. His latest release is the horror comedy movie Nanu Ki Jaanu wherein he plays the character of Abhay Deols friend Nabbe. In a chat with Nation Next, Deepaq Sharma speaks about the film Nanu Ki Jaanu, his friend and writer of the movie Manu Rishi Chadda and tells us how most of the theatre actors from Delhi are a family in Mumbai! Excerpts:

Tell us about your character in the film Nanu Ki Jaanu.

I play the role of one of Abhay Deols friend Nabbe? in the movie. We are a gang of four friends in the movie. Abhay, who plays the titular role of Nanu, encounters and gets influenced by a ghost. Our friend Manu Rishi Chadda, who plays the character of Dabbu, also gets under the influence of the ghost.  It is then when I step in and tell my friends that I can help them get rid of the ghost. Nanu, influenced by the ghost, does all things in the movie, which is in contrast with his character. We try to bring him back on the track again and again. We even take him to drink thinking that it will make him normal!

Your real life friend Manu Rishi Chadda and Abhay have worked together in the film Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! before. How was your first experience working with Abhay?

It was really great working with him. Abhay is a fantastic actor. He always helps his co-actors on the sets and is really sorted out as a person and an actor. Abhay gets into the skin of his character 10-15 minutes before the actual shoot. He talks less and is into himself most of the times. But it really didn’t feel like I was working with him for the first time. And the fact that Manu and Faraz Haider (director of the movie) had worked with him earlier as well, helped me to get comfortable on the sets with Abhay.

Horror comedy is a rare genre in Bollywood as of now. How challenging was to portray the role of Nabbe? in the film?

Frankly, it wasn’t difficult. As the film is based in Delhi, where I hail from, I didn’t have any problem depicting the body language and dialect of North India. I thoroughly loved working in the film. I have been getting calls from friends and relatives from North India saying that they loved my work and the film.

When Manu shifted to Mumbai from Delhi, he started his career as an actor but later shifted to writing. He won the Filmfare Best Dialogue Award for Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! in 2008. Have you ever thought of writing as well?

Manu and I are friends since our theatre days. If he writes a script, he always tries to write a character for me. All of us theatre actors who have come from Delhi have experienced a lot of different and interesting things in life. So, we have a lot of content. I think of writing some times. I’m writing something, but it’s not very concrete at the moment.

A lot of Delhi theatre actors are like a family in Mumbai?

We spend a lot of time with each other. Manu, I, Deepak Dobriyal, and others, we all come from the same theatre circle in Delhi. So, we are like a family in Mumbai and have a great deal of emotional attachment with each other. When we shifted to Mumbai many years back, we rented houses close to each other’s houses. We cook together just the way we would do in Delhi. So, we have our own mini-Delhi here in Mumbai!

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Dance enthusiasts, friends pay tribute in loving memory of Tiki Peters in Nagpur




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Dance enthusiasts, friends and students came together and paid a heartfelt tribute in the loving memory of renowned western dance teacher late Benedict Peters fondly called as Tiki Peters. Moreover, the get-together also gave a chance to enthusiasts who wished to express their love for dance. The get together was held at Money Plant Terrace in Laxmi Nagar on March 13.

Hosts – businessman Dhananjay Sakharkar and Deputy Executive Editor at ABP Majha Sarita Kaushik – along with other guests, reminisced some memorable anecdotes of Tiki that lifted spirits of all as they went down the memory lane. 

Fondly remembering Peters, Sarita Kaushik told Nation Next, “Tiki was a dear friend for whom Dhananjay and I arranged this small get-together. He was a gifted teacher who danced like no one else. His moves were fabulous; no body could teach better than him. He had a commendable sense of aesthetics when it came to dance. I’m glad his elder sister and brother are equally talented and will continue Tiki’s legacy of excellence.”

Dhananjay, who had known Peters for nearly four decades, said, “My association Tiki dates back to over 40 years. He taught  us many dance forms including Jive, Salsa, Disco, Ballroom, Waltz, Cha Cha Cha. More than anything else, Tiki was an exceptional human being – with amazing sense of humour! When Tiki passed away, Sarita and I arranged a small party where we served everything that he loved  – veg puff, macarons, cakes, soft drinks and of course music to dance! This was our small gesture for our dear friend who, I’m certain, was smiling from the heavens that evening!”

Tiki Peters, who was brought up in an Anglo-Indian culture – something that was predominant in city’s Mohan Nagar area, passed away in November last year. 

Also read: Inside the famous ₹1.3 crore worth gift bag given to Oscar nominees this year…

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Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad




Radhika Dhawad | Srinagar

Never thought I’d get such warmth, love after leaving Congress, says Ghulam Nabi Azad…

DPAP Chief and ex-Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting Congress.

Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing public meeting at Banihal

Chairman of Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP) and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said he never imagined he would receive such love and warmth after quitting the Congress party. Azad, on Saturday, remarked, “I had never thought that after leaving Congress, the people of Jammu and Kashmir would receive me with this kind of warmth and love.”

Azad said that after quitting the grand old party, more and more people were joining his new party; they have faith in him. He said, “It gives me more responsibilities and challenges to meet the expectations of people. People feel dejected and disappointed with the present governing system.” 

Azad said he aimed to build a better and progressive Jammu Kashmir where the future of youth is secure. He said if his party came to power, he would bring the massive developmental revolution across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad also asserted that his politics was based on inclusiveness, development and peace. Speaking at the public meeting in Eidgah at Srinagar, Azad, said that unlike other parties who try to divide people for political benefit, he aimed to develop Jammu and Kashmir inclusively where each person irrespective of religion, caste and creed felt politically and socially empowered.

Azad concluded, “Be it statehood, land or jobs, I will lead my people from the front to secure their rights. My people are my priority. I have come back to Jammu Kashmir only for my people otherwise, I had all the opportunities I could desire ever in my life.” 

Also read: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller

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Nagpur News

BREAKING: Gadkari again receives death threat calls from same caller




Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur
The Public Relations Officer of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21).

Nitin Gadkari

In a rather shocking incident amid the high security C20 conference in Nagpur, the Public Relations Office of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari again received two death threat calls  today morning (March 21). According to the information received, once again there have been threatening calls received in the name of a criminal named Jayesh Pujari alias Jayesh Kantha.

Employees of the senior BJP leader’s office alerted Nagpur Police and security has been beefed up outside the office in Khamla and the leader’s residence on Wardha Road. However, cops are yet to ascertain whether the call was actually made by the same person who had issued death threats to Gadkari in January. 

On January 14 this year, an unidentified extortionist, claiming to speak on behalf of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, threatened to kill Gadkari in an explosion if he didn’t pay him ₹100 crore.

The caller threatened Gadkari though a phone call on the landline number of his Public Relations Office (PRO) at Khamla in Nagpur (around one kilometre away from his residence) at 11:25 am, 11:32 am, and 12:30 pm.

The employees of the office alerted the police after the threat call, where in the caller also threatened to blow up Gadkari’s office. Nagpur Police immediately beefed up the security outside Gadkari’s office and residence. 

It was later revealed that a notorious gangster named Jayesh Pujari had threatened to kill Gadkari by allegedly making the three threat calls illegally using a cellphone while he was lodged in Belgaum Jail at Karnataka. 

In 2016, Pujari had even escaped after breaking the jail. The gangster, in the past too, had threatened several senior officers and other people in a similar manner. 

Also read: NMC spends ₹20 crore on lighting trees for C20 in Nagpur

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