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Qubool Hai | Facades – Hiding True Feelings

They say, Ishq aur mushq chipaye nahi chiptey. Aankhen dil ka aaina hoti hai.

Apart from talking in cliches, we all on daily basis wear a mask, a facade to hide our true feelings. Be it anger, irritation, disappointment, but most of all we perhaps hide the most important feeling of all, love.

When one falls in love, one actually takes so much care to not let it show. Like it is a flaw, a weakness one needs to rectify. There is denial, reproach and of course scoff at that bug having bitten us. The usual dialogues we tell ourselves are, I can’t fall in love? Stop being silly, its just… and there are options that we give for what we feel but love. Hah! This is so absurd.

But once we accept love, then we still do not go and tell the one person who should know about it. We hide, pretend it does not exist and sometimes go to lengths to create barriers.

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Aahil Razaa Ibrahim, Sanam Ahmed Khan, Rehaan Razaa Ibrahim, Raahat and Hayaa all are going through this phase. They are creating facades that hides their true feelings. Aahil is hiding behind his sense of honour to hide what he feels for  Sanam from everyone else. He tells his mother that he will not take his marriage vows lightly. It is permanent for him.

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Then there is Sanam, who is hiding behind her excuse of needing money to take care of her Badi Ammi to get married to the man who she has fallen in love with. The sense of sacrifice, duty or responsibility is what she is hiding behind.

Rehaan is hiding by not acknowledging to him what he feels. He is hiding his hurt, his remorse behind his smiles.

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Raahat and Hayaa will never be able to speak their feelings. Every one of us hides things, sometimes from oneself. Sometimes we put veil in front of us to hide.There are other times when we apply make up to tide over that obvious pimple. We pretend by skirting away our eyes, the mirrors to our soul. And there are times we just close them, deliberately.

Will we ever look in the mirror straight on and see what is reflected there? Or will we ever let our true mirrors of the soul reflect what we feel?

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Think about it.

Watch Qubool Hai for all the nuances that it brings in various relationships that we experience everyday, Monday to Fridayat 9:30pm on Zee TV.

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Qubool Hai | Interview | Surbhi Jyoti – Part 1

We finally were able to get that interview we wanted with Surbhi Jyoti. A couple of months back is when we had last tried, though we had been talking about wanting one for a long, long time. Why did it not happen? We believe that everything happens at the right time and whatever happens, happens for the best.

There are things that are just meant to be. We had an interview done with Mohit Sehgal and Raqesh Vashisht and that had gotten wiped out. We had felt sad with the loss as it was again an interview that had so much to go for it. It was about  our chemistry with them, our friendship, working relationship and with each other.

Today, when we bring you this, it is like two friends reminiscing days that have passed over the last two years. From our first meeting to now, we have become friends, neighbours and more at work with perhaps demands of wanting that one type of a picture to be clicked or saying aaj mood nahi hai, please koi picture mat lena.

We share with you a conversation that is so candid that we did not have a single soul disturb us on the set (well, may be perhaps the rats on the rafters did give their sound effects in assent). And as usual, it does get interrupted, as a shot is called for. Fortunately, we could pick up where we left off.

Watch Surbhi Jyoti play Sanam Ahmed Khan in Qubool Hai every Monday to Friday at 9:30pm on Zee TV.

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Apoorva Singh who plays Shaurya Scindia in the show O Gujariya has a good head on his shoulders. For a person so young and doing a television series for the first time, he has taken in his stride the vagaries of a daily soap. Just a few weeks and one has to perhaps really adhere to the discipline one has cultivated over a period of time.

The erratic hours, especially at the start of the show, is something one has to work ones way around. Besides that understanding the lights, camera movement and concentrating on performance is something that takes lot of effort.

Apoorva we find is pretty grounded and learning the ropes quite fast.

As Shaurya who is a perfect person, Apoorva is still learning his character and getting into the skin of it. We wish him all the best in his first venture as an actor and wish him success.

Watch him play Shaurya Scindia every Monday to Saturday at 7pm in O Gujariya on Channel V.

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O Gujariya | BTS | Shaurya and Vaibhavi Scene

O Gujariya is seeing some dynamics at play. Vaibhavi Singh (Snehal Pandey), Natasha Jaiswal (Sanvi Talwar) and Adaa Siddiqui (Neha Luthra) have waged a war with healthy dose of fuel being added by Kabir Scindia (Randeep Rai). Of Course, other aspect of this dynamics is Shaurya Scindia (Apoorva Singh) who is a peacemaker trying to sort things out for Vaibhavi and how that plays is something one will have to keep watching the show.

On the other hand, there is Samar Khan (Aakash Ahuja) who is getting deeply entrenched in his adulation of his brother’s fiancee and one person who can see this is Kabir.

We bring you behind the scene segment of a shot where Vaibhavi needs some help from Shaurya while he is busy in a Students Union Meeting and how he does not pay any attention to her.

The Director and Creative Director explain to Apoorva how they want him to play the scene out.

We shall bring you more from the sets.

Watch O Gujariya every Monday to Saturday at 7pm on Channel V.

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Qubool Hai | Interview Preview | Surbhi Jyoti

We finally bring you an interview with someone you all have watched in the show Qubool Hai in different shades. Surbhi Jyoti as Zoya Farooqui and Sanam Ahmed Khan. It has taken us two years (almost) to get down to sit with her for a length of time and talk about her journey with the show.

We believe she has seen it all for a new comer. First show and the first hero/co-star she works with is Karan Singh Grover. Then she saw changes in the show with replacement of Asad Ahmed Khan with Raqesh Vashisht. Of course, there were other replacements as well in the show be it of Ayaan or even Tanveer. Then came leap. And now she plays Zoya’s daughter Sanam and opposite her is Karanvir Bohra.

Three different personalities, all popular in their own right and talented and believes she is lucky to have worked with all of them and each has a special place in her heart. We bring you a conversation with her that definitely left us feeling complete. We felt we have come a long way with Surbhi Jyoti in the show from the first day watching her play a bride wearing red to today wearing gold.

Do watch out for the full interview and yes it will come in parts. It is a long overdue one and we had lots to talk about.

You get a glimpse of Surbhi as the bride with the wedding coming up on Monday.

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

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Qubool Hai | BTS | Fun With The Cast – Part 4

Okay, so we brought you varied forms of behind the scene fun that we get up to with the cast of Qubool Hai. And this one particularly is just all of us chilling around (It was terribly hot actually), on location. While Director Aman Singh took some stock shots of the “farm house” that Aahil had come to look over, we were just fooling around.

And yes, between Karanvir Bohra and Surbhi Jyoti, we were oscillating like a pendulum. Of course, we covered Shehzad Shaikh and Chahat Khanna in our frame as well, but the kind of talks we were getting up to were about movies and us rolling our camera to bring little tidbits of what goes on in between shots for you all.

Did you enjoy this?

Well, get ready for the wedding coming up.

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

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Before a scene is shot, lot goes on. Be it the lighting of the scene as per the mood, the placing of the camera and angles, the movement of the camera and of course the nuances that the artists are to bring in the scene. We were on the set of O Gujariya and saw Director Hemant explain to Aakash Ahuja and Neha Luthra who play Samar Khan and Adaa Siddiqui what is expected in the scene and how they need to project the mood of the scene.

To show surprise, hesitancy is something that should look natural is something that every artist has to learn and considering that these artists are new in the field, the Director not just rehearses lines with them but takes them through the motions of what is the scene all about, the emotions behind the words.

Even when one knows what is expected, the projection in the tone may not come right. We bring you behind the scene segments from the shows to give you workings of how a scene is finally shot. How the written word is translated into a scene that would give so much more than just what the lines denote.

Do see the scene and tell us, if you found the nuances that should be part of the scene. Your feedback is welcome.

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Watch O Gujariya every Monday to Saturday at 7pm on Channel V.

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Qubool Hai | Surbhi Jyoti and Karanvir Bohra

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You all might have seen the tweets of Karanvir Bohra and Surbhi Jyoti shooting for the Eid Event organised by Zee TV and yes we shall bring pictures and videos of those as well. We wanted to talk about how when we reached the set, Karanvir actually introduced us to the artists of Dawat-e-Ishq, Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapoor. The film is releasing on 5th September 2014.

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We have not been on the sets for some time now due to ill health but both Karanvir Bohra and Surbhi Jyoti ensured that we were taken care of. Even the other artists on the show like Nirmal Soni, Amrapali Gupta, Chahat Khanna ensured we were well taken care of. Though one must say that Karanvir always goes that extra mile. He called up after pack up at 3 am with express note that we need to let him know that we reached home safely.

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We bring you some off-screen pictures with Karanvir and Surbhi. This one is in the garden on location where we had fun on the grass.

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Hope you all like our efforts. We did read comments asking us for new pictures of them and an interview. The interview is something we shall bring you soon.

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Till then enjoy this and the show, Qubool Hai, every Monday to Friday at 9:30pm on Zee TV.

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There are days when I am just browsing through the Facebook Newsfeed and see life captured through a lens be it a Nikon, Canon, Phone camera or any camera for that matter. We get engaged by the picture not just its medium. Yeah, there are some pictures we see and wonder, “How was this shot taken?” But that sometimes is too cerebral to bother with. Just what the picture evokes within seems more important.

Recently I have seen my mentor post some pictures on his Facebook page. Here is the link should you wish to browse as well - https://www.facebook.com/THEGORKY. And what I saw was more than mere pictures. It told a story. Disjointed as it may seem to many or even to me if looked at as individual piece of art, but use the back or forward button and there emerged a story.

Here is what I saw, life through a lens. Moments captured in time that spoken word sometime elude to vocalise. Of course, this is my little tribute the Guru who has taught me two important things, don’t take a picture, make a picture and don’t click what you see but what you feel. Delayed as I am in my responses many a times; whether it is realisation or understanding, despite being quick, I feel most of the time I drag my feet. This is for Guru Purnima. The full moon has passed but the moon beam still shines on me.

Okay, to digress is another vice.

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The full moon. The picture to me talks about looking up whether in reverence or towards the elusive goal and see that amidst all the clouds, there is a light shining right where you are, to lead you to the stars. All you have to do is reach out.

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This one looks so blatant. Stop! It says. Take a look around. The red, the yellow for there is no green light in sight. Take stock of what you have, what you are and where you are. And then realise how lucky you are. The number 1111 denotes that. Count your blessings.

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This is one is about preparing oneself for something big. Trim the unwanted. Listen to background sounds (and here we hear a radio playing old melodies, which to me is like old memories beckoning). But one must let go of the “extras” in life.

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Life has its moments of sparks. The bright colour that one would miss if one focussed too much on the greys. It would so easy to use the wiper and brush the leaf off the windshield but then all that will be left behind is grey and few drops of water that would trickle down the windshield.

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Colourful as this one is, it talks about choices. Choices one makes in life. Apart of spicing up, it is about whether one wants to be a healer or a scorcher. A fire that burns everything in its wake or a balm that soothes and heals?

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The cup of life, all white and all your deeds black. A veritable chalk to the board. Supporting it not all grey (thankfully), but lines we leave behind with our endeavours. The earth with its footprint.

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And all the strife we go through for what? To get ready for that stage, a performance. Another day; black or white, is a canvas or a stage we come as the curtain rises and give the best we have to give.

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Life, a gift that one either uses or abuses. Yours to do what you want. The journey that is not watched from sidelines but going on a track that is perhaps pre-determined? The signal is Green.

Go on Live. There is after all only one life.

Thank you Gorky for being my inspiration, continually.

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Aakash Ahuja plays Samar Khan in the show O Gujariya and he is one character who has his emotions in tangles. He is the boy who is relegated to being his brother’s messenger for the fiancee Adaa Siddiqui (Neha Luthra) who studies in his college.

He has seen the brother and his fiancee kiss but his own feelings are in a mess. He seems to have developed a liking for a girl who is unattainable. How is going to battle his feelings? Or is he going to give them wings and let them known to the girl who has become the object of his affection? Will he break the norms to get the girl of his dreams?

Well, as the story unfolds you will find out what will transpire between them all.

We spoke to Aakash and this is an excerpt of the interview that we shall bring you in few days. He was not well but was sport enough to speak with us. While we wish him a speedy recovery, we also welcome him to the show where he went through the process of first being short listed for Shaurya’s role and then Samar. We feel that Samar for us will garner lot of empathy for unrequited love towards a girl who is out of bounds for him. Or is it? Is he going to show a different shade in future?

Watch O Gujariya every Monday to Saturday at 7pm on Channel V to find out.

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