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There’s only one similarity between Baahubali’s Devasena and Aarambh’s Devasena

Karthika Nair
Karthika Nair (Pic by: Himanshu Pal)

Actress Karthika Nair, born and brought up in Mumbai, made her South Indian film debut at the age of just 17 when she starred in the Telugu film Josh in 2009 alongside Nagarjuna’s son Naga Chaitanya. Post that, she has acted in quite a few South Indian films. The 24-year-old actress is now all set to make her television debut in the show ‘Aarambh,’ which has been penned by none other than KV Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote the magnum opus film Baahubali. Aarambh, which has been directed by Goldie Behl and will air on June 24, has actress Tanuja and actor Rajniesh Duggall in pivotal roles. In Aarambh, Karthika plays the role of Princess Devasena, the queen of the matriarchal Dravidian clan, who is on a mission to save the Dravidians from an invasion from the Aryans. In an interview with Nation Next, Karthika Nair speaks about the show Aarambh, her character ‘Devasena’ and reveals what made her leave South Indian films for a year and make her television debut.

You’ve done quite a few films down south. What prompted you to accept the role of Devasena in Aarambh? Were you apprehensive about making your television debut?

I was apprehensive before I heard the story, as television is a bigger commitment than films. You can do two three movies at a time. But in television, you have to commit to a character for a long time. Then, Goldieji and Vijayendra Prasadji insisted that I listen to the story and my character (Devasena) once. In a male dominated industry, it’s very hard to get a role like that. Also, as an actress, it is really hard to say no to such a powerful character. If Aarambh had been a daily soap, which would go on for years without any definite finish, I would not have done it. Aarambh is a proper film divided into episodes. It was really nice shooting the show and I was treated like a princess on the sets.

You play a princess on the show and you were treated like a princess on the sets of the show. Is it difficult going out in the real world as a normal human being once the shoot is over?

Not at all. I’m a very homely person and I like to be the lazy me. Devasena is too adventurous and sporty. If you want to be treated like a princess, you have to behave like a princess. I don’t have much energy left after the shoot of the show. So, I’m very happy being ‘Karthika’ after the show.

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There was Devasena in Baahubali and there’s Devasena in Aarambh. Is Devasena’s character in Aarambh similar to Devasena’s character in Baahubali?

The only similarity between Baahubali’s Devasena and Aarambh’s Devasena is that they both are queens. In Baahubali, Baahubali had a central character. In Aarambh, Devasena plays the central character. Plus, Aarmabh’s world is totally different. Devasena is the ruler of the entire kingdom in the show. I think, I had to do more stunts in Aarambh compared to Baahubali’s Devasena. In the first episode, I had to sit on a real elephant. Real horses and crocodiles have also been used in the show. I have also engaged in sword fights. It was by far the toughest and physically challenging role for me.

Did you undergo any sort of training for your role in Aarambh?

Rajniesh and I did a small workshop with Mukesh Chhabra just to get the body language and postures of our characters right. When you play a historic or periodic role, you can come across as fake at times; we didn’t want that. Having said that, workshops are good to an extent. Unless you’re completely prepared, you may not come across as a natural. I did my first film right after I gave my 10th board exams. I had no formal training in acting. But I was fortunate to get a chance to work with some really good directors. I’m a director’s actress; they can mould me the way they want.

When we talk about period dramas, there are opulent sets, outdoor shoots and heavy costumes. How difficult is it to recreate that bygone era?

Goldieji and his sister Shristi Arya have done a fabulous job with postproduction of the show. In the film city, we have by far one of the biggest sets. It is all because of Goldie sir’s vision that we could recreate the bygone era. We shot just four episodes in three months to enable everyone to give their best. If you see the CG (computer graphics) used in the film, it looks very natural. Tanujaji in the show is a serpent priestess, so her costume includes snakes always. She’s there in all the episodes of the show and it was quite a challenge to give that natural feel.

Tanujaji is also making her television debut with this show. She’s a fabulous and talented veteran actress. Was it daunting to work besides her?

I was actually relived to know that there’s someone else other than me (Tanuja and Rajniesh) from the film industry, who is a part of the show. Tanujaji knows my mother, so she’s more like a family. That’s the reason, I never felt intimidated by her even though we have shot just a few scenes together till now. Tanujaji is like a patakha on the set. She’s full of energy and is the life of the show.

Television shows in India start with an out of the box theme. But, with time, the TRPs, they get monotonous. Do you fear that with ‘Aarambh?’

If Aarambh was a daily soap or a long term series, we would have had a reason to worry. But like I said, it’s a proper script. There’s a start and there’s an end. Vijayendraji has written each episode, which is one hour long. When you have a start and an end, it’s very hard to stretch the story.

In Baahubali, there were clashes between families. Will we see something of this sort in Aarambh as well? Is there a love story involved in Aarmabh?

Devasena’s main motto in Aarambh is to save the Dravidian kingdom from an invasion from the Aryans. She’s a princess and the queen has passed away. She will take over the throne once she matures. The only family relationship, which you’ll see in Aarambh, is the relationship between Devasena and her father. And there’s of course a love story. When there are strong characters involved, to make such characters bond, there has to be love.

Aarambh is set in a matriarchal society where a woman has a lot of power whereas in the real world, we live in a somewhat patriarchal society. Do you think a lot of power has to be given to a woman in the real world

Fortunately, my family has never been like that. When Goldieji narrated us the story, we were like, You just talked about the Nair family! The situations are indeed different in different countries and regions, but yes we are today modern just for namesake. We are not at all modern in our thought process. Matriarchal society is not fictional. In the olden days, that society existed. Now, a woman to be the queen of a kingdom is unacceptable for people. In those days, it was normal.

Baahubali 2 has crossed the 1000 crore mark worldwide. How do you feel to be associated with a show, which has been written by the same person who wrote the movie?

I feel very proud and nervous at the same time. It’s a lot of responsibility. But, you cannot really compare Baahubali with Aarambh. In fact, I told Vijayendraji once, Why did you keep my character’s name as Devasena? Now everyone will start comparing. He told me that he loves the name. Other than the name, there’s no similarity. Aarambh is very different that Baahubali.

On a lighter note, would you call Aarambh the Game of Thrones (GOT) of India?

(Laughs) That is something very scary! No, I would never call it the GOT of India. I would call it the Aarambh of India. GOT is a completely different show. That’s Hollywood and they have their own style just like we have ours.

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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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Twitter to allot Blue, Grey, Gold check marks to users starting next week: Elon Musk




Avani Arya | Nagpur
Twitter’s new verification program is all set to launch in the coming week, although with different colors this time

Elon Musk

Twitter’s new verification program is all set to launch in the coming week, although with different colors this time. Elon Musk has announced that Twitter will start to manually allot Blue, Grey and Gold check marks to organizations, governments and Twitter Blue subscribers.

The decision came to surface following impersonation issues like – users buying the subscription plan and impersonating famous personalities to mislead people. The feature was rolled back soon after. 

Musk elaborated on the topic by saying that the companies will get a gold check mark, government will get a grey check mark, and blue for celebrities or not. Calling the process painful but necessary, he further added, “Sorry for the delay, we’re tentatively launching Verified on Friday next week. Gold check for companies, grey check for the government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not) and all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check activates.” 

For Twitter Blue subscribers, users will get Blue Tick of verification along with priority in reach and display on the social networking site. All this, if you are willing to pay $8 in the US or ₹719 in India – per month.

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