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Here are the winners of Nation Next Talent Hunt at Chitnavis Centre

Nation Next in association with Bollywood actor Suniel Shettys venture FThe Couch recently organised the second edition of the Nation Next Talent Hunt at Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur. At the talent hunt, several Nagpurians showcased their talent and entertained the people present. From singing to dance performances, reciting poetry to stand-up comedy, Nagpurians brought their best to the contest. It was heartening to see people of all ages participating in the talent hunt. While, five-year-old Sumedha Balpande floored the audience as she sung the song Mera Naam Chin Chin Choo, 50-year-old Vandana Golchha won hearts as she dedicated a specially written poem by her as a tribute to legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Talent unlimited

All the participants at the talent hunt were unique and talented in their own way but there were some of them who marked a strong presence and made the evening a memorable one. When Gagan Bisen sung AR Rahman’s Vande Mataram, it gave goosebumps to the people present. Santosh Hirasinghani with his imitation of actor Ranveer Singh from the movie Bajirao Mastani was equally brilliant. Another youngster who rocked the stage with his acting skills was Emmanuel Jacob who presented a emotional act and cried actually in the process!

Team effort

The entire event, which has been conceptualised by Vikant Shandilya (Editor-In-Chief, Nation Next) was managed by the editorial team of Nation Next consisting of Radhika Dhawad, Amar Ashok Jajoo, Barkha Goenka, Prince Soni, Sneha Shah, Malvika Madkholkar, Saniya Damani, Nupur Parakh, Ankita Jiwtode and Avani Bhaladhare. The show was entirely shot by the team consisting of Aditya Buty, Himanshu Pal, Aniruddha Kapatkar and Pranav Dharmpurikar. The performance videos of the winners of Nation Next Talent Hunt will be sent to the jury panel at FThe Couch and if they find the performances are good enough, the winners may get a call for auditions in Mumbai. Also, winners may get a chance to feature in future video productions of Nation Next. Subscribe to Nation Nexts YouTube channel to see the entire show, which will be uploaded soon.

Here are the winners of the Nation Next Talent Hunt at Chitnavis Centre, Nagpur –

1.      Sawani Wakharkar

2.      Sanket Wakharkar

3.      Mehul Adwani

4.      For a Change (Music band)

5.      Ayush Jain

6.      Chaahul Nagpure

7.      Santosh Hirasinghani

8.      Monti Das

9.      Dishank Mishra

10.  Pranjal Dhote

11.  Gagan Bisen

12.  Mayur Ganjre

13.  Sumedha Balpande

14.  Emmanuel Jacob

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Ananya is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business: Chunky Panday




Elina Nayak | India

Chunky Panday

Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Panday starrer ‘Liger’ turned out to be a failure at the box office. It was Vijay’s debut in Bollywood and Ananya’s first bilingual film too. But the film didn’t shape up the way it was expected and even Ananya’s father-actor Chunky Panday agrees to it. 

Talking about Liger’s failure, Chunky expressed, “Any actor gives his or her 100 percent to a film. And after you finish it, you go out of your way to promote the film. And these days promotional activities are a trend where you even go into masses urging fans to watch it. But sometimes things go wrong and we are depressed about it. And it’s okay, that’s an obvious reaction for any actor to feel devastated. Success or failure can happen with any film, an artist has to live with it and just move on. I’m sure my daughter (Ananya) is aware of the fact that showbiz is a very tricky business.” 

Having said that, Chunky feels that one should not ‘overconfident’ or ‘underestimate’ anything in the film industry. “On a film set, almost around 400 people work. And as an actor, we don’t get to see each and every thing as a whole. We are aware of only portions of what’s happening but we don’t know what’s going to be the end result. So, it’s better to take things as they come,” Chunky stated.

Also read: Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi

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Even today, I call up people I want to work with: Sharman Joshi




Elina Nayak | India

Sharman Joshi

Sharman Joshi came to fame with romantic-comedy ‘Style’ (2001), his first hit. But, he was already a known face by then with few films to his credit. However, the actor was still trying to set his foot in the industry and had his share of struggle too. In a recent interview, the actor remembered his struggling days.

The ‘3 Idiots’ actor used to call the director for work in those days. “There was a director, who used to have telephone numbers of many directors from Bollywood. I took the list from him and would call them on their landline as those were ‘no mobile’ phone days. One thing that helped me big time was my background in theatre,” shared Sharman. 

But Sharman also confessed that some directors’ would also be considerate. “When I would call the directors and they would talk very respectfully, some even called for a meeting. See, people from showbiz business understand what it takes to be here. So whether you work together or not, that doesn’t really matter. In fact, even today, I just pick up the call and dial to people I want to work with,” said Sharman who made his debut in Bollywood with Godmother in 1999.

Also read: Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana

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Mannat se guzar raha tha, toh ek mannat maang li: Ayushmann Khurrana




Elina Nayak | India

Ayushmann Khurrana with Shah Rukh Khan and right in front of SRK’s house Mannat

Like many, even actor Ayushmann Khurrana is a Shah Rukh Khan fan. And when the actor happened to be in Bandra on Sunday, he stopped by in front of King Khan’s house Mannat. In fact, he made a wish in front of the gate looking at Mannat through the sunroof of his car.

The actor shared a picture on his social media page from SRK’s house and captioned, “Mannat se guzar raha tha. Toh ek mannat maang li #AnActionHero #2ndDecember #SRKian” He added the song ‘Baazigar O Baazigar’ from Shah Rukh’s film ‘Baazigar’ along with the picture. 

Ayushmann, who’s busy promoting his film, ‘An Action Hero’, received lots of comments from SRK as well as his fans.

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

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