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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Vivan Bhatena is on a high

Vivan Bhatena is on a high — literally, professionally and personally! After carving a niche for himself on the small screen with popular serials like Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi , Kumkum , Maayka and others, the model-turned-actor will soon be seen in Chuna Hai Aasman , based on life in the air force.

Sounding visibly excited, Vivan reveals, “Part of the shooting took place at an airforce base in Jodhpur. We lived with pilots and flew the Sukhoi. Needless to say, it was an awesome feeling. Now I know why people say pilots have inflated egos, flying makes you feel like god.”

Vivan chose to move away from Kumkum to be a part of this serial, which will also see Iqbal Khan’s return to small screen. So, was it rivalry or ‘healthy competition’ for the handsome hunks?

“Only fun. Iqbal’s a friend, we live in the same area and go to the same gym. Thus there was no need to be intimidated. If I had worked with Amitabh Bachchan maybe, I might have gone ‘wow’!” says Vivan, who’s been Mr India 2001 himself.

Nevertheless, Vivan’s come close to superstardom with his cameo act in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Chak De! India .

“I’m very excited about the appreciation that Chak De... has brought. One of the biggest reasons for taking it up was that it was a Yash Raj project and a SRK starrer, people were sure to see the film.” There were reports that Vivan’s reel character, the hearthrob cricketer Abhimanyu, was inspired by Yuvraj Singh. Quiz him about it, and he says, “Yes, Shimit and I did discuss this for reference. But really, Abhimanyu is just a smart gun, and not a bad guy.”

So, is Bollywood calling for Vivan now? “I would be interested in films in the future, but for now, television’s very happening. I truly believe television is becoming bigger than films. Even film stars are coming on TV now,” he exclaims.

Meanwhile, the personal high in Vivan’s life is marked by his recent engagement to longtime girlfriend Nikhila Palat. Talking about it, Vivan says, “I took a big step this year. We will be getting married in March next. Obviously, I’m very happy!”

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Iqbal Khan's back on television soon

After becoming popular as Angad in Kaisa Yeh Pyaar Hai and Shiv in Karam Apna Apna, Iqbal took a break to get married.
Looks like lady luck is happy with Iqbal Khan these days. The actor who was rumoured to have fallen out with Ekta kapoor was apparently in big trouble.
As per the industry people, due to his contract his serial could have been in trouble. But now, things seem to have fallen in place and the actor will be seen on the small screen soon with Chhoona Hai Aasmaan.
This will be his first big serial post-marriage.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ravan to play air force captain !

Narendra Jha, who plays Ravan in the serial of the same name, will be seen playing an air force captain in Chhoona Hai Aasmaan, the sequel to Saara Akash.

About his character, Narendra says: “The main difference in my characters is that in Ravan I fly in pushpak whereas in Chhoona Hai Aasmaan I will be seen in Sukhoi and MIG. Otherwise, it is a different story all together.”

Elaborating more about his role, Narendra says, “I am playing Aryaveer Pratap Singh, who is the captain of a group consisting of three people - Iqbal Khan, Manish Paul and Vivan Bathena. The three are on one mission and when they are faced with technical problems, I solve them. Each of them has a personal story and so do I.” Narendra says he is having a great time shooting for the show. “We actually shot in Sukhoi and MIG sitting in the cockpit. It gave us such a kick that I cannot explain.”

Have you seen Saara Akash? “No but the only similarity between it and Chhoona Hai Aasmaan is that both have air force as the base.”

Chhoona Hai Aasmaan starts from September 24 on Star One. The rest of the cast includes fresh faces except Shakti Singh and Goga Kapoor.