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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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Ram Kamal Mukherjee named ‘Best Director’ for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at IWMBuzz Digital Awards

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Ram Kamal Mukherjee (R) whikle receiving the ‘Best Director’ trophy at IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony in Mumbai

Filmmaker Ram Kamal Mukherjee won the ‘Best Director’ award for his short film ‘Ek Duaa’ at the recently held IWMBuzz Digital Awards ceremony at Taj Lands End in Mumbai. The film is produced by Esha Deol Takhtani and Assorted Motion Pictures. Apart from winning the award, it was a special occasion for Mukherjee as two other films he directed also got recognized.

Esha won the ‘Best Actress’ award in the popular categories for her critically acclaimed performance in ‘Ek Duaa.’ After accepting the award, Esha said: “This film is extremely special for me, because I turned producer with this film and I would like to give entire credit to captain of the ship Ram Kamal Mukherjee for bringing such a wonderful subject to me.”

Avinash Dwivedi won the ‘Most Promising Debut’ award for his acclaimed performance in ‘Rickshawala,’ a film directed by Mukherjee. Avinash, who was accompanied by his wife and actor Sambhavna Seth, said: “This is beyond my expectation that today I am getting this recognition as an actor amidst all Bollywood celebrities for my role in Ram Kamal sir’s film Rickshawala. To get honoured for a regional cinema amidst such Bollywood biggie reinforced my faith in good content.”

Gurmeet Choudhary won the ‘Most Popular Actor’ award for his performance in Mukherjee’s film ‘Shubho Bijoya.’ Choudhary said: “Ram Kamal is an amazing story teller. When he narrated this story to me and Debina, we knew that this film will click instantly. I am honoured to receive this award, though the competition was really tough. I thank my fans and jury members who voted for me.”

Other winners at the award ceremony included Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, Rakul Preet, Raveena Tandon, Huma Qureshi, Dino Morea, Sikander Kher, Sonu Sood, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga, Manish Paul and other popular names from the Hindi film industry.

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JUST MARRIED! Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt tie the knot | Check pictures

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The much awaited Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt wedding fans had been eagerly waiting for finally got solemnised today afternoon in the presence of close friends and family members at Ranbir’s residence ‘Vastu’ in Mumbai. Check out some pictures of the same…

Alia took to her social media to write, “Today, surrounded by our family and friends, at home … in our favourite spot – the balcony we’ve spent the last 5 years of our relationship – we got married.

With so much already behind us, we can’t wait to build more memories together … memories that are full of love, laughter, comfortable silences, movie nights, silly fights, wine delights and Chinese bites.
Thank you for all the love and light during this very momentous time in our lives. It has made this moment all the more special.
Love,
Ranbir and Alia ✨♥️”

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt

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The Kashmir Files should be declared tax-free in Maharashtra, says BJP spokesperson Rajeev Panday

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BJP spokesperson for Maharashtra Rajeev Panday, while speaking to Nation Next, said the controversial movie ‘The Kashmir Files,’ which grossed over ₹240 crore in India, should be made tax-free in the state. 

 

Panday told Nation Next, “The movie has managed to depict, if not all, the brutalities on Kashmiri Pandits. It is a bold representation of truth. Kashmiri Pandit community was forced to leave their own homes in the country. Imagine their plight! Maharashtra government should make it tax-free in their state like the BJP did.”

 

The movie, which is based on the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley in the 1990s, has been made tax-free in at least BJP-run eight states namely Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Goa, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had also received requests asking him to exempt the film from entertainment tax in the state.

A lawyer and an actor, Rajeev Panday was appointed as the spokesperson for BJP in Maharashtra in 2017. Besides practicing in The Supreme Court of India and Bombay High Court for around 15 years, Panday has also been a name to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

 

 

 

Rajeev Panday

 

Rajeev Panday

 

 
Panday, who’s acted in Bollywood grocers like Amitabh Bachchan’s starrer Pink and John Abraham’s starrer Madras Cafe, has given many terrific performances on stage. He started doing theatre in 1998 with famous theatre group Act One in Delhi. After shifting his base to Mumbai (in 2003) to practice law, Panday continued to dabble in theatre and films. His recent performances at Ibsen Festival at Prithvi Theatre were appreciated well by the audience and critics alike.
 

 

A law graduate from Delhi University’s Campus Law Centre, Panday has also been actively involved in legal activism. Through his Public Interest Litigations, Panday has raised many pertinent issues like regulation of television content and charitable hospitals not providing free treatment to the poor people.

 

In his longstanding association with the BJP, Panday has served the party as the convenor of its Mumbai Human Rights cell and the convenor of the Election Cell of its Maharashtra unit.

 

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