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I’m trying not to repeat the mistakes committed by my father: Sooraj Pancholi

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Sooraj Pancholi (Photo: Kartik Thakur)

Remake and namesake of Subhash Ghais hit film Hero – produced by Ghai and Salman Khan – may have bombed at the box office but it has yielded a promising star Sooraj Pancholi. In an exclusive chat with Nation Next, Sooraj Pancholi talks about his parents (Aditya Pancholi and Zarina Wahab), Jiah Khan’s suicide controversy and more.

One would think that life should have been a path full of roses for Aditya Pancholis son, who’s been launched by Salman Khan?

It’s been roses with thorns; the path wasn’t easy at all. I have worked really hard. I started my journey as an assistant director with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Guzaarish. And then I assisted Kabir Khan for Ek Tha Tiger; that’s how I met Salman sir. When I was offered Hero, I couldn’t gather the courage to even inform my dad about the same for more than a year as I wasn’t sure about my acting acumen. No matter from which background we come into the film industry, all are treated equally and have to start from the scratch. People’s expectations are always high from star kids. So, we have to work harder to achieve our goals. I’ve invested a lot of efforts and time in my career, even at the cost of neglecting my family and friends.

A father would always want his son to follow his footsteps to become successful. In your case, it has been completely different as your father told you to not to be like him to achieve success in Bollywood. Is it because he wants you to create your own identity in the film industry or it’s just about you not repeating his mistakes

(Smiles) Don’t you know the answer already? Yes, my dad has asked me to never follow his footsteps. My dads a self-made person and has achieved a lot but he didn’t get what he deserved in his career. He deserved to be a superstar. In those days, there were no managers, PR guys or marketers for actors. So, there was a lack of thoughtfulness in signing the films and even about how to handle ones own temperament. So, hes just being worried about me, and that’s why hes asked me to not to repeat the same mistakes. And I’m trying to not to!

What positive traits of your dad you wish to incorporate in yourself?

Hes the best father! He has supported me and my sister at every point of our lives. He never let anyone point a finger either at me or at my sister. I don’t know about his career but I want to become a father like him. I love him more than anything in my life.

You’ve this arresting screen presence because of your intensity. Is this intensity a dads gift? 

My mother (Zarina Wahab) is an actor too. She has been in the film industry for a longer period as compared to my father. She was a big star when my father got married to her. While my mother is a very calm actress, my father is more intense. But he hasn’t taught me anything; it’s my hard work. I haven’t even got my fathers intense eyes. My eyes are like my mother’s.

You’ve developed a good physique. There were reports that Salman Khan trained you for the same before filming Hero

Salman sir has never trained me but I took lessons from him to control my diet and increase stamina. He is so fit that for me, to reach his level of stamina and endurance will definitely take a lot of time.

Your character in Hero was named after your name Sooraj. How much did you identify with Sooraj of Hero?

My character in the first half of the film doesn’t gel with the real me at all. I do relate to Sooraj in the second half of Hero.

You are an accused in Jiah Khan’s suicide case. What would you say to draconian laws like abetment to suicide, which are misused and have been panned by the Supreme Court itself?

I would say that it was destined. Now the court will decide what is wrong and what is right. Everyone is equal before the law and I respect the judiciary. I’m just waiting for the final judgment.

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller


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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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