Top 10 promising Indian actors of the online world

Young India is ONLINE! Gone are those days when we used to stick our eyes to the stupid box, the Television. We have other boxes now, the “smart” ones.

Lately, the online world has seen a lot of talent fuming up in India and I can’t help but notice that some of them are going to be BIG BIG names of the entertainment industry in the near future. How can I say that? Because this is what happens in the rest of the world. One such example is of Tim Bergling (better known as Avicii). His story made me believe that there is a HUUUUUGE potential out there in the online world.

There are many doctors, cooks, actors, singers, techies etc who have shown their passion online and have received a lot of support from the “Young Social India”. But mostly we all have enjoyed the comedians and actors who have proven themselves to be a major stress busters in our lives. None of us mind taking a small break during work and enjoy or discuss new episodes of our favorite web series.  Not only they entertain us but also raise some important social concerns from time to time.

I’m a great fan of these artists and I’m sure you are too. Let’s admire some of them. Remember these are “Promising Actors” NOT “Comedians”.

Don’t agree with the list? Please comment.
Have I forgotten any name? Please suggest with reasons to improve the list.

10 . Angira Dhar

tumblr_o0gv0tF1fm1v15tzoo5_500
Remember the hot and talented Shahana from Bang Baja Baraat?  With banner like Yash Raj Films she had a great start.  Already featured in the advertisements of Cadbury and Domino’s she has a bright acting career ahead. She successfully bagged a not so famous movie (Ek Bura Aadmi) as well.

9. Abish Mathew

ABISH MATHEW

Loaded with a range of emotional expressions he is quite dynamic on stage. Abish has acted in many YouTube videos but he is popularly know for his hilarious show – Son of Abish. He was offered the role of Mandal in TVF’s Pitchers, which he denied. That didn’t made any difference as he is doing increasingly well day by day with his own show. The problem is that he just want to remain a comedian only.

8. Deepak Kumar Mishra

maxresdefault
The talent of Deepak Kumar Mishra should not go unnoticed. An actor should be versatile and he has proven this notably in Rowdies XXX and Permanent Roommates. FYI he is the director of one of  the episodes of  Barely speaking with Arnub and 4 episodes of Permanent Roommates.

7. Nidhi Bisht

Nidhi Bisht

Extremely talented and popularly known for Permanent Roommates and Tripling Tiago, she quickly brings a smile to everyone’s face. She will be appearing in Phillauri alongside Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh this year. She did an unforgettable Meenakshi Lekhika in Bollywood Aam Aadmi Party.

_f5682644-e50a-11e6-947f-9490afc24a59
Two words for her – “Pure Talent”. Already shooting for Brij Mohan Amar Rahe along side Arjun Mathur she is already on the right track. Not to mention her extremely appreciated role as Tanya in Permanent Roommates. If you are a fan then you must watch her less popular The Drama of the Dagger.

4. Sumeet Vyas

grid-cell-10946-1472549884-4
A popular name now because of his long list of strong performances. Mostly known for Permanent Roommates, Tripling Tiago and Bang Baja Baraat, he has also acted in English Vinglish. He has definitely more to offer and he is not settling down anytime soon.

3. Naveen Kasturia

6096630-2
He is not a surprise on this list. Known for his performances in TVF Pitchers, Pure Veg and Rowdies XXX, very few people know that he has been assistant director in movies like Shanghai, LSD and Jashnn. He has proven that he can do a wide variety of roles and that is why he enjoys a great fan following.

2. Jitendra Kumar

Jitu4
No introduction needed for “Jeetu”. He is the beloved Munna Jazbaati for all his fans. His role of Arjun Kejriwal is still unmatched by anyone. Besides good acting he has a charm of his own (charm of a common man) which leaves a lasting impression. He has a long list of unforgettable performances and a great fan following. He is known for his work in Munna Jazbaati, TVF Pitchers, Permanent Roommates, Tech Conversations with Dad, How to train your dad, How to train your son and Bollywood Aam Aadmi Party: Arnab’s Qtiyapa. He has also acted in the movie A Wednesday.

1. Bhuvan Bam
f8Hvamrh
BB is a living example that success can be achieved only by believing in yourself. He is extremely talented but most importantly he is having the right attitude. He shoots all his videos alone, plays all his characters, sings and writes all by himself. All a middle class person has is his family and friends. His friends never believed in him and he couldn’t explain his work to his parents. He took all the chances in this world and achieved a lot in just a short period of time. He is absolutely a nobody in the business of showmanship but something tells all of us that he is here to stay and achieve a lot. He is known for his BB ki Vines and TVF’s Bachelors series. It is because of his versatile acting, already established TVF, AIB and other groups have approached him. He has already made it clear that he will target Bollywood in the near future.

Honorable Mentions-

addtext_com_MTMwNjE0MzIyNzEy

addtext_com_MTMzNTQ2MjU2MQ.jpg

addtext_com_MTMyOTQxMjk3MDAx

addtext_com_MTM0NjA3MzEwNw.jpg

addtext_com_MTMxMjE3Mjk1NzUz

addtext_com_MTMxODMwMjk2MTYx.jpg
addtext_com_MTMyMDMwMjk2Mjcz
addtext_com_MTMyNjE1Mjk2NTE3.png

sorry.jpg

Note – All opinions are personal. Emphasis is on ACTING and STRUGGLE.

Engineering of Failure

This article is for all the engineers who design and develop products across the world for the CONSUMERS. True engineers have this urge, a strong desire to keep developing new stuff, which not only makes this world more beautiful but also helps them pay their bills. Little we are aware that this “engineering” is designed to FAIL. The products we engineers develop or the technology we use has a “Life Span” or an “Expiry Date” which is dictated by the Consumer Society and Corporates.

I am a movieaholic! Of all the things in the world, there is one thing that I can do at least once a day is watching movies. Speaking of movies, if you’ve never watched FIGHT CLUB please do it. It teaches us the basic mistakes that we do in our everyday lives.

fight-club-quotes-we-buy-things-we-dont-need

Now, let’s discuss a simple everyday problem which we all face : Strong desire to buy a new smart phone.

You’ve got the latest and costliest phone of the market, with all the shiny features but within a year you will plan to buy another one. Trust me, there is nothing wrong with your mind, this is how our brains are dictated (by the society) to work. This “strong desire” is cultivated or rather implanted in our brains by the business minds of our world. It is like the idea of fashion and music. The fashion to sport a particular style of clothes along with listening to a particular style of music has been the default identity of a period of time or an era. For example Bell Bottom Pants and Rock Music was THE thing in the 70s – 80s. Now is the time of ever changing and fast evolving technologies, smart phones, gadgets, social media and Electronic Dance Music. While change is good, we need to understand why it is good? and How it is practically achieved? Well, we achieve this by a combination of FAILURE of something and marketing of something else as BETTER.

aec2fa02573cb911b7ad6ea82e38df11

All the above things may sound obvious but they are NOT. There is a very interesting theory behind this called as The Light Bulb Conspiracy . Following is a famous documentary related to this theory:

According to this theory, products are designed to fail after certain period of time. Same is true with technology. No matter how talented are the engineers of any era, their talent will always be dictated by the consumer based society and business men who think of nothing but profit. So whenever something great is created it will be degraded somewhat before presenting it to the world, so that the product dies slowly, making way for something new which could lead to monetary profit rather than a technical one.

A classic example is of Apple Inc. They tell the world that there is a sheer brilliance in their product but after a while they will mark the same product as ‘inferior’ and will stop supporting them, forcing their own customers (rather consumers) to buy their new, costlier products. The aura and hype of Apple Inc. is another strategic plan to keep the company’s sales up.

Similar trends can be seen with the technology. Take for example Web Development. Every year something new comes into the picture for developing “cutting edge” websites. But popular frameworks or technologies of today may vanish tomorrow, engineers will never know. This is the direct result of the “Light Bulb Conspiracy”. Because of these “profit making” strategies, Software Engineers are in constant fear of losing their jobs leading them to keep learning new technologies every now and then. The consequences paints a picture with it’s own pros and cons. On one hand there is always restlessness in the IT world but on the other hand it keeps and average IT professional’s brain alive and active.

One argument may be that new technologies provides better and efficient Software Development techniques. This is partially true. While the new programming languages / techniques / tools / frameworks do provide easy approaches of Software Development, this may also kill the jobs of the skilled IT professionals who have dealt with the ‘hard way’ of Software Development.

awesome-fight-club-quotes-if-you-feel-like-shit

The IT industry and technical companies are increasingly becoming clever in selling “old stuff in new packaging”. The biggest example is Cloud Computing. As an official article by IBM says and I quote :

It (cloud computing) was a gradual evolution that started in the 1950s with mainframe computing.

Multiple users were capable of accessing a central computer through dumb terminals, whose only function was to provide access to the mainframe. Because of the costs to buy and maintain mainframe computers, it was not practical for an organization to buy and maintain one for every employee. Nor did the typical user need the large (at the time) storage capacity and processing power that a mainframe provided. Providing shared access to a single resource was the solution that made economical sense for this sophisticated piece of technology.

This is one big HOPE that IT has given us that even if according to the Light Bulb Conspiracy a particular technology is meant to die after sometime, we can always redesign the business model and present it with some other context to the world to consume it again. The people of the world will happily consume it if an urgent necessity and “fashion to consume it” is shown to them in a proper manner. Then we too can sit back with a popcorn and enjoy the show!

62454172

Tamasha

 

Tamasha-Movie-Collections.jpg
– Was the story really different?

YES and NO. Definitely not the best of the story and in fact many stories merged in one.

– What Imtiaz Ali​ tried to do?
A theatrical attempt to portray wonderful chemistry of love, attraction and lesson of ‘dare to follow your passion’. A (same old) story of a regular guy breaking the shackles of, well, being a ‘regular guy’ but this time due to the belief of a girl (this is new!).

– Acting?
Marvellous. Rest we all know. Deepika and Ranbir did a marvellous job as always.

-Music?
AR Rahman. Pointless to say anything.

-What went right?
Wonderful locations. Great acting. That’s it! We understood what Imtiaz tried to do but failed from a margin. Still hats off to him as I personally liked it (for being different and better than PRDP at least 😛  )!

– What went wrong?
A cluster of too many events and the same old ‘follow your passion’ lesson. Irritating short flashbacks and confused ‘frustrated Ranbir’ character (even Ranbir’s good acting couldn’t hide it).

Overall a good watch for a generation who can help PRDP cross Rs400 crore mark (Sorry Bhai ke fans) and have the guts to say  “I like Honey Chingg, Ranvir Chingg etc etc”.

 

Trust your time

We often think that we wasted so much time trying to achieve something and failing. In my opinion TIME never gets wasted. Even the so called “wasted” time teaches us a lot.
I say let’s change this conception. I always use the word “invested” instead of “wasted”. It’s a strong improvement in one’s life if you follow my advice.

For example some people like me invest so much time in watching movies or listening and exploring good music and songs. Some people say that I waste so much time but for me movies and songs teach me lessons of life.

A lot of things happen unexpectedly in our lives and we feel that we never imagined anything like this could have ever happened. I have a strong feeling that these things are the end product of the time you invested thinking, what you desperately want, your passions and even simple things like using Facebook.

Keep investing!! 🙂 🙂

A brief travelogue : Pune – Mumbai – Goa

Trip to Goa at least once in a lifetime is everyone’s desire but when 4 old friends decide to get going; well it’s awesome! Believe me planning the trip in a local café with maps, smart phones and laptop was an amazing feeling in itself. Those were college days and it was our first trip entirely planned by ourselves.

Pune-

PuneIt was chilly month of January where I boarded a Volvo to Pune from Indore. In Pune we were supposed to assemble and start our journey. I reached there one day in advance to spend some good time with my cousin. Next day in the morning we had tea from famous President Café which was nothing but an ordinary tea shop filled with tourists. It really was good seeing tourists enjoying “cutting” tea. There I had “dabeli” and tea. After that we went to see Singhad fort on bikes. It was an awesome view from the top there. One can easily see clouds at eye level along with scenic beauty. After my cousin bid adieu to me, I met my other friends there and we prepared ourselves to get going.

 

Mumbai-

20120112_120653

We boarded an early morning Volvo from Pune to Mumbai which was a very awesome and comfortable journey. On our way we saw Lonavala and Khandala. It was the first time I was visiting Mumbai so I was very excited. Most people would like to see the night life and other materialistic beauty but all I wanted was to face the endless sea while showing my back to the busy and hectic life of a metro city like Mumbai. First thing we saw there was the rawness of Mumbai. There’s something amazingly classy in the air of this city. First local train ride and feeling the pace of Mumbai was an experience of a lifetime for us. We went on for the entire tour of the city. We saw movie in dome shaped theatre at Nehru Planetarium and other wonderful things. The most fascinating place for me was Marine Drive and Nariman point. I was so amazed by that place that I forced my friends to come again at 11 in the night. Now I’ve been there 4-5 times but still it’s the place I could never get bored from where seeing the mighty sun disappearing into the sea spreads calmness which I can feel deep down up to my soul. We saw the Hanging Garden, Juhu beach, Gateway of India and few temples too. After that as planned after the city we went to peaceful Alibag.

 

Alibag-

???????????????????????????????Alibag is a peaceful town near Mumbai, full of natural beauty and to reach there the best way is to go by a ferry. The ride of a ferry into the seemingly endless sea is a good experience in its own way. You get to see lot of seagulls flying by the ferry. We had some biscuits which we fed to them and they catch them neatly with their beaks. The sea seems to be filled by a lot of boats, mostly fishing or cargo boats. The beaches of Alibag are pretty enjoyable. It’s good for water sports and spending some peaceful time.

 

Goa-

 

DSC05498

Goa is one of the most amazingly quite place this time (in January). It can be divided into two parts: South Goa, which is mostly peaceful and North Goa, which is kind of commercialized and crowded. We chose South Goa as we wanted some peaceful time. Booking a resort by the beach was a wonderful decision because we could go to the nearby beach every morning and play volleyball. We went to CASA ARAUJO ALVARES which was a house of a famous lawyer but now a museum depicting culture of Goa and the Alvares family. This same house also came to be known as “Singham House” after it was used in hit bollywood movie Singham.

Other fascinating places besides beaches in Goa are its churches. The Old Goa Church is a world heritage monument. There you’ll find a mummy of a priest (St. Xavier) preserved for more than 400 years in a coffin. Few years back this body was as good as it was literally living because it’s said that it was functioning as if it was a normal body. For instance nails and hairs of the mummy used to grow regularly. Culture and lifestyle of Goa is on the higher sides. A ride on the cruise ship is a must whenever one visits Goa. Parties there are irresistible.20120117_181414 (9)

Let me describe you beaches of Goa finally. Polelum beach of Goa is by far the best beach in my opinion. I won’t give it a second thought because it’s peaceful, organic and clean. Calangute is termed as the queen of beaches in Goa and is best for Water sports and late night, beach side, candle night, romantic dinner. Baga beach is also known for water sports which includes parasailing, steamer ride, jet ski ride, banana flip etc. Goa is known for it’s Karaoke nights along with discotheques. Every kind of music from Classical Goa music to bollywood and from Rock to Trance can be found in the air of Goa. We left none of them and enjoyed every bit of it. Fort Aguada and its lighthouse (the oldest light house of Asia) is worth watching and interestingly there is a famous jail in the lower portion of this fort. The entire location can be recalled from famous movie “Qayamat” which was shot here. Chapora fort (one can recall from the movie “Dil Chahta Hai”) is another main attraction near Vagator beach. We chose this as our last spot to visit and it was totally worth it. It’s the best place ever to watch the sunset for me. Well there are a lot of things to tell about Goa which would take an entire book to write. I tried to let you people visit Goa virtually, through my eyes. Most of us I believe have been there at least once. For those of you who haven’t, I would say: “You must!”. Ciao!

 

More snaps

 

 

 

Few minutes of a morning of my life.

Today my cab driver came early morning at 7. I wasn’t even awake properly because I slept at 4. I wonder how many people in the world can do this continuosly for years! I have done it! I reached office 7.30 and there was hardly a soul in that fancy, air conditioned castle of glass. It was quite. I like it. It’s the same as I felt last night when I left office. Since I ate just a sandwich last night at 10 and didn’t ate anything the entire day, I was feeling hungry. I went up, to the cafeteria. Ofcourse it’s bigger than my petty college canteen, where hardly anything was available. It’s even bigger than the entire block of my college, where I used to have so much fun with my friends, and you can get from tasty maggi to exotic coffee at CCD, just name it. But as always when I stepped out of the elevator door, I stood there for 10 seconds thinking about where to go as eating alone even at fancy CCD could be very troublesome at this age. I didn’t ate anything. I didn’t felt like. I sat at the largest window from where I could see the road full of early morning traffic and at eye level mighty skyscrapers and clear blue sky.

Suddenly something strange happened! My phone rang! Yes it was strange because it’s been 3 days since it last ranged. I felt good. Finally someone to talk to! An international number. Maybe my friend is calling, It’s evening there he might be free now.
“Hello Abhay?” 
“Yes” 
“Hi! This is Peggy. Please rush to your workstation. There is some urgent issue.” 
“Yes Peggy, will be right there in 2 minutes”

I rushed to the bay. Now there were few people there, already doing there work. It was still quite. Just sounds of clicks and the default conversation tones of whatsapp, coming from a distance. But it was still quite. Soon, in an hour or so, it will be all noisy. People will discuss the solutions and how there testing will be done. Team members from US will try to explain the requirements and proposed solutions. Lots of planning and discussions over loudspeakers. It doesn’t bother much but I sometimes find it very funny.
I’ve heard they make nice coffee at CCD here. I never went there. Maybe someday I’ll go.

THE USUAL ROMEO…

Image

Journey by trains are a life in themselves where we meet so many types of people and when journeys are long people tend to talk to fellow passengers. Today I am going to tell a true story about a usual Romeo, Tanmay Pandey and his Juliet, Anjali. I tried to keep it as brief as possible. FEEL…

                                                                The usual romeo

In the train from Bangalore to Bhopal I made myself comfortable in my berth, train started moving when I first saw Tanmay running hard to catch the train. He boarded the train and his seat was right next to me. He threw his bag at the seat and sat down holding his red face in his hand and started crying like a child. I stopped reading my book and started reading him. There was a sudden dramatic silence in the train as if time stopped for a moment. It was 11 in the night, nobody said anything and went to sleep.

In the morning I broke the ice and asked about his well being and as most people do he also started sharing his story with me.  Tanmay was a recent pass out from college, basically from Kanpur and was working with SBI. From looks, talks and behavior he was  a typical Kanpur guy, cool T-shirt, his eyes glancing through his aviators, a complete show off. As we were chit-chatting his phone rang loudly. He started talking and suddenly he was literally begging to the person at phone: “Talk to me for 5 minutes only please….please don’t do this… but…. no….. listen…”. Tears came out his eyes to his cheek, his head fell and rose again in anger. “Listen you prick, that anklet was for you. Throw it if you don’t want it. It’s been so long listening to your bullshit. I left my job for you, left my city for you. Fought with my parents for you. Now I will stay here (Bangalore) forever but will never see your face again. Check my PNR if you want. I’ve cancelled my ticket of day after tomorrow”.

He turned to me and started talking.

Tanmay: “3 years Abhay bro, it’s been 3 f***ing years! These girls are just not to be trusted.”

Me: ” All girls are not same, there are some good ones too dude! Now, you are lying to her too.”

Tanmay: “I need to make her feel something for me. That’s why I lied. I used to think that way too but alas what you say is just bullshit. We were together in college and after college I got a government job and she came to Bangalore for higher studies. New city , new friends and so she forgot me. Suddenly all the love disappeared. It’s like these girls always need someone and since we are no longer in the same city she doesn’t love me anymore. I came here to make everything right. She started her own drama that she will commit suicide and all.”

Me: “Ohhh! Girls are that way. They are always confused as hell. What they want today they will not want tomorrow. And after a relationship ends they become very vulnerable and then are attracted to any kind of idiot they find. Not just girls, it’s the same for boys too. I’ve found so many guys restless even for years for the one who loved them once.”

Tanmay: “Yes! May be you are right. I also put her to a test. I bought 4 paracetamol tablets and lied to her that this is poison. I bought two soda in a local bar and said “Let’s die together”. She said, “yes, let’s do it”. I put one tablet in my drink and she started screaming and shouting “Please, don’t do this. Stop this nonsense”. These girls I tell you brother , they brag around a lot but are good for nothing. When the time comes they just become so selfish and annoying. Then she became cool and next day she started her drama again.”

Me: “why?”

Tanmay: “Her mother dude! I don’t know yaar, I am a Brahman by cast and they write “Singh” as their surname. There isn’t much difference as far as casts are concerned. She just want to screw Anjali’s and my life(He didn’t told me the real reason). Even worse, Anjali has decided to forget me. I have so many questions, is there nothing called Love , feelings and trust? Is having fun with a guy but settling down with another rich guy is all these girls want? Why they lose emotions so quickly? and why do we guys cannot take out our girl from our mind?”

Suddenly I was lost in my own world. A flashback of my own thoughts happened. It’s been so long but all I’ve heard and observed that girls and guys are doing such things all the time. Are they really troubled, confused and vulnerable or is this the basic nature of today’s youth? Is the phrase “Love is a European concept and it belongs to Europe only” true?

Tanmay: “I tried everything and this is all I could’ve done. Now it’s the will of god. If she is meant to be mine, she will come to me again. But  I swear to god dude! I won’t take her name again. I will forget her.”

Then it was night, I was to leave the train soon as my destiny was next station. I  packed my things and watched his face. He was sleeping quietly. I decided not to awake the “Broken Romeo”.  As I turned a voice came from back, it was Tanmay.

Tanmay: “Are you going my friend?”

Me: “Yes! Bhopal is about to come.”

Tanmay: “Bye bye brother. It was nice talking to you. I swear to god, I will forget her.”

I looked him into his eyes and said with a smile “Trust me brother, You can’t “, and came out of the train.

I turned back and saw him peeking through the window towards me. I waved to him and said “goodbye”. He said back nothing but continued staring at me. His eyes were speaking for him now. He wanted to talk some more to me. There were thousand questions in his eyes which I left unanswered. I know he will figure out something in his life and the same is expected from Anjali too. But why it becomes a necessity to fall in love and get hurt for some, I would never understand. Some say that “only those persons who were hurt by someone can truly hurt someone”.  I just wish the usual Romeo didn’t hurt himself in his quest for true love.