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Friday Funda | Games People Play

Sports is good for health. Both physical and mental well being can be improved with games one can indulge in. There is this ad tag line… Tann ki shakti… Mann ki shakti… now that could be true for all the nutrients that this particular brand of drink provides however, certain games makes the heart healthy and no we are again not talking about a certain oil which claims to know… Teri dil ki baat mein jaanu…

Childish or otherwise, feel good factor often makes the heart feel healthy, be healthy. Dreams or shall we say day dreams can make one feel good. It is an escapism that creates a make believe world where everything is as one wants it to be. And perhaps once a person feels good, one ventures out and does good as well.


So goes for the feeling of love. It is perhaps the one thing that should make one feel good, but often one is assailed with doubts, surrounded by insecurity and questions that takes us around in circles. While the feeling of love is something one wants to cherish, one wants reassurance and affirmation of what one feels is right. And so we indulge in love games. Now, now, don’t go taxing your brains with the other types. We are not talking about those types of love games and we are not giving a funda about that, at least not in this post. ;-)

We are talking about games like MASH, FLAMES, Push The Button and Cootie catcher are a few that one has played in childhood which help predict what will happen in one’s so far non-existent or at the plate in striking position love life.

Have you indulged in these? Are these games something that gives one only a few hours of day dreaming possibilities or is there some grain of truth in it?

Let’s talk.


Wallpaper Wednesdays | Anam AKA Payal Rohatgi

So today is not Wednesday. But then I am one of those who follows thy leader and my leader is none other than Care Khan. I may not fall for just one pretty face, in my case a good looking hunk, unlike Care Khan who has lost his heart to Surbhi Jyoti. Though there is another temptation we throw his way today. But I definitely feel more the merrier. Just kidding.

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Now, here is the Wallpaper Wednesday for you. Payal Rohatgi who plays Anam and she is positively evil. We feel to get the character just right, she perhaps delves into a being that is some dark corner in her head. A very warm personality has one thing to say about her character affecting even her life where her expressions perhaps reflect what Anam is all about and people in her life tease her with a line about getting too much into the skin of the character.

Hope you all like this picture of Anam AKA Payal Rohatgi.

Watch her play the evil resident who believes power play is what will get what she deserves.

The wallpaper size is available here on our Google Plus page. Do visit.

Humsafars airs every Monday to Thursday 10:30pm on Sony TV.

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Qubool Hai | The Journey| Pictorial Treat

The journey continues, however a look at the last two years that have been. Obviously words are superfluous. We hope you all enjoy these pictures. And yes, there are some which we have never put up before. Do try to unearth them. Perhaps this is our shortest write up and will try and not let this happen.


Watch Qubool Hai every Monday to Friday at 9:30pm on Zee TV.



Humsafars | BTS | Elusive Moon Scene

The moon is an integral part of Humsafars show. It has connected people whether is it considered an entity that remains a faithful friend through the dark night, a light that may be dim but helping one go in the right direction or it becoming an object of all angst directed at it.

The elusive moon determined whether the wish would be granted. It became a source of happiness and of things out of reach.

The behind the scene segment shows the girls hoping to find an answer to their prayers should the moon come out of the clouds.

We captured the moments the girls had with their companion. Yes, it was raining heavily in Mumbai and the moon was definitely not available for shoot (pricey that it is). Watch the scene as the crew cheats the shot that was initially canned in Lucknow with some closes that were not possible at the location.

Watch Humsafars every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.


Qubool Hai |BTS | Friendship and Work

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Surbhi Jyoti who plays Sanam Ahmed Khan and Seher Ahmed Khan is pitted against Amrapali Gupta who is the antagonist Tanveer in the show Qubool Hai. Now, the person that is Amrapali is one who is antithesis of her character. Straight forward and warm. And her relationship with people on the set is one of camaraderie especially with people like Karanvir Bohra, Surbhi Jyoti and Alka Kaushal.

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We have seen them interact and it is fun to be with them. The work is such that they have to be on the opposite spectrum of good versus bad. Be it Alka or Amrapali. However, the real people are so different.

We bring you some off screen pictures with Amrapali Gupta and Surbhi Jyoti. The difference is highlighted with a working still that portrays them giving a change over when the camera rolls.

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The chemistry that they share off-screen enhances the scenes where the antagonism comes across with such palpability that one would hate Tanveer to the core while applaud Seher for torturing her as she has done to most people. It is payback time for Tanveer.

She is getting a taste of her own medicine and helping in this is Mumani, who has brought in Seher to wrought havoc in Tanveer’s life.

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Watch the show every Monday to Friday at 9:30pm as the drama unfolds further. Will Tanveer find out that the person whom she had brought in Aahil’s life is not Sanam she believes right now to be? Will she realise that it is the twin who had survived the fire?

Qubool Hai is bringing in drama that has Surbhi, Amrapali and Mumani pitted against each other.

Stay tuned.

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Sunday Driver | Waking Up To Dream

Today is one Sunday when I did not want to get up. Well, yes late nights take their toll on one. However, it was the elusive dream that I wanted to recapture when I had been rudely woken up by the milkman at the door. Waking up and trudging to the door, one still had head in the clouds (though wanted it on the pillows) and once the chore done, fell back on the bed with the hope that the dream one had left half way would envelope me in its folds like a dewy comforter. Did that happen?

Alas, one realises that some dreams are best left unfinished. And waking up, to dream the reality is something one can always indulge in. My lazy Sunday thus began with me mooning around staring into the distance dreaming of things I want done today.

Then I saw this picture on my ubiquitous laptop and I got my magic. It is the driver that I needed this Sunday. Now, here is today’s thoughts on it.


My first thought when I saw this was “Pause”. The song that came to me was,  Jhuki jhuki si nazar….. A girl with dreams, seen in wee hours of the morning. She woke up one day to find her dream to be reality and now wonders, is it me here? A thousand thoughts run amok and pinching does not work. But a pause mid-thought, mid-step to savour it all. And yes, the eyes looking away lest someone (especially the one who is right in front of her) sees the awe, the reverence that she has for this dreamy reality.


Now, here is a man who is scared to dream, so he does not sleep. But dreams pop up in form of prose and poetry. In the lines he writes and reads through the moonlit night. Will his dream ever come true? He wonders. Little does he know that his reality is right there, all he has to do is wake up to it.


Chic. Classy and sexy is her reality but she dreams of being the woman who perhaps is not just centre of someone’s world, but the very world. Power she thinks is what will get her that, however, the confidence, the bravado is only a facade. A facade that hides the reality of her having been rejected, put aside. A woman scorned and yes, her fury is worse than hell. Beware.


The skeptic. Man with a heart of gold, who hides his dreams, even from himself. He prefers stupor to waking up lest the dreams chase his reality. His dreams are simple, uncomplicated but he ends up being misunderstood. A man who seems not so steady on his feet, is grounded to his dreams, his reality of not being at par with anything, anyone.

Gorky M, the sorcerer who weaves magic with his pictures, connects the real with a dream. I wake up this Sunday to dream of one day perhaps being able to capture the essence of a subject in one celluloid moment, to be worthy of being a student of my Guru.

Thank you for inspiring me, to make me strive harder to work on a craft that is perhaps not as real as I dream it to be.

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Saturday Fever | The Distance

Happenstance. Serendipity. Happy Chance. They all mean the same; synonymous. One wonders whether one should believe this? Is life about series of coincidences, fate or destiny as it is referred to as?

What is it to go the distance? What is it to have the distance? What is it to create the distance? What is it to look into the distance? Reflection, introspection, aspiration are some moods that have something in common. The distance.

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A song came to mind when I was looking at these pictures. The distance, from Serendipity. Yes, some songs stick in the head like memory that refuses to go away. Like the past that shapes us and moulds us. We could blame it on circumstances, on fate but one hopes for serendipity that would change the very course of life.

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The sky has lost it’s color
The sun has turned to grey
At least that’s how it feels to me
Whenever you’re away

When one longs for things that one knows one cannot have. When one knows, the distance that lies between the two people is unbridgeable.


I crawl up in the corner
As I watch the minutes pass
Each one brings me closer to
The time when you’ll be back
You’re coming back

As one thinks of the time that one missed. What ifs surround us, hoping for a second chance to perhaps change the very moment that makes us what we are today. We want to turn back time or wish for things to turn around. Hope that lives within us making us go that one extra mile.

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I can’t take the distance
I can’t take the miles
I can’t take the time
Until the next time I see you smile
I can’t take the distance
And I’m not ashamed
That I can’t take a breath without saying your name
I can brave a hurricane
And still be standing tall when all the dust has settled down
But I can’t take the distance

When dreams that seem to be shattering right before our eyes, of hopes coming to naughts. The distance seems so much more from fulfilment, from reaching the pinnacle and one wonders would one last the distance it takes to get what one wants? Can one brave the weather as the seas rise and rock the little boat that is precarious as it is?


I still believe in feelings
But sometimes I feel too much
I make believe you’re close to me
But it ain’t close enough
Not nearly close enough

It is still the hope of meeting you, be it ones dreams, ones goals or the one, that pushes us to go the distance, look at the horizon and say, “I’ll get there!” There is a parallel world that one lives in where reality is the very dream one dreams. The distance perhaps diminished and that is what makes us want to wake up in the morning and carry on.

Tell us, what is the distance that you would go?


Humsafars | BTS | Jail Sequence

Most behind the scenes that we bring you on this forum are about giving insight into how a show is made. Of course, the general bonhomie that exists amongst the cast and crew is also something that comes across. Besides this, how passion, dedication and hard work drives the art of making a television series is something that is underlined.

This particular behind the scene is courtesy Gorky M, who was testing a new camera on the set. And hence, this becomes a different type of BTS segment. We learn as we showcase what happens on a set. The mayhem, the chaos, the heat and multitude of people doing multiple things.

While the lighting department is working on getting lights the way the camera department wants, the Director is explaining to the artist the feel of the scene. On the other hand, a group of cast just hangs around chitchatting. You also notice the creative department explaining lines and mood. The junior artists perhaps just lolling around as till the shot is called, they just have to hang around before they do what they do best, pass by.

The energy, the atmosphere on a shoot is quite unsettling if one happens to visit a set for the first time.

This particular segment brings you glimpses of what goes on.

Watch Humsafars every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.


Forum 32 | Happy Diwali

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We at Forum 32 do not usually have a greetings from all the artists from the shows we cover related to various festivals. We stay away from mundane messages or something that everyone (read Media) does. And we in our very filmy language would like to think that we are hatke ;-)

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Now, that being our basic principle, we again were following tradition and not go a week before Diwali to our sets, make all the artists repeat a line that would say something like, “Wishing all the viewers, a very Happy Diwali”, over and over again and then sitting in our editing studio, snipping clips off to make an  interesting Diwali message. Frankly, it is too much work. And, come on we want to enjoy a day off (yes, there is no shoot on Diwali, yipee). So we usually refrain from amassing Diwali messages.

But last evening we were working on the sets of Humsafars and somehow got talking with Shivya Pathania and Harshad Chopda who play Arzoo Nausheen Khan and Saahir Azim Choudhary and then we really realised how difficult it is to get a  Diwali messages.

We of course were goofing around and we rolled the camera after we posed a question, “how would you do it?”

And the result is evident. Yes, we also burst crackers after pack-up.

Happy Diwali to all of you. Wishing you prosperity, health and happiness.

Be Safe. Be Happy.



Wallpaper Wednesdays | Sehban Azim

Sehban Azim plays the not-so-steady-on-his-feet Zaki Chaoudhary in the show Humsafars. And perhaps being a bad boy is what makes us want to give him not one but two wallpaper picture.

You see, the story is like this.

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We took his pictures, we wanted the bad boy image of his character to come across. Now, we do believe we succeeded to certain extent. And yes, we say it with a heavy heart for somewhere his eyes still effuse innocence. Damn! we did not want that. We wanted a total baddie. But on second thought, the innocence is part of the charm. The boy who can be converted and not totally. Every woman wants a bad boy who will be good for her and to her. Ain’t it? Do we hear gals sighing?

So, we have picked two of the pictures we felt did some justice. Hopefully.

Now, tell us how you like them.

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And then we had this conversation with Sehban, about dreams and reality. So we want to dub him Dream Catcher! Nah, actually it seems we have lost creativity and using a title of a movie to give him a name. Then another title came up and we felt may be Sterling Dreamer is appropriate for he talked about dreams that would turn into reality and reality that would feed the dream. Dig?

Don’t worry if we are not too eloquent, we shall get him to talk to us on camera and the man can explain the concept himself.

Stay tuned for an interview we shall bring shortly. The pictures in wallpaper size on the Google Plus are Dream Catcher and Sterling Dreamer.

Watch Sehban play Zaki in Humsafars, every Monday to Thursday at 10:30pm on Sony TV.

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