Nikita dazzles media students

Miss India and actress Nikita Anand (of ‘Dil Dosti Etc’ fame) held a group of media students spellbound, as she addressed the PR Orientation Programme (PROP) workshop this week.

Decked in a shimmering chocolate dress, the actress dazzled the workshop’s participants, not only with her presence, but also with her intellectual appeal. While answering a plethora of questions, Nikita gave valuable insights, while narrating her experiences about how she won the Miss India title and her foray into the entertainment industry.

Nikita began with quoting a line of Hollywood filmmaker George Lucas saying, “At some point you begin to realize that you have limited amount of time and an unlimited amount of opportunities.” Further interacting with the participants, she remarked, “There is no point in holding yourself back. If you have a dream, go for it. If you fall, try again, but please don’t give it up.”

She gave a lot of life-tips which struck chords with the media students. “Many who pursue their dreams forget to live life. But that is equally important. Remember life is a process and you will only enjoy it if you live it up,” she said with a warm and winning smile, impressing one and all.

“Her confident personality and clarity in thoughts was awe-inspiring,” felt PROP participant Nitya Gagwani. “Nikita was full of oomph, intelligence and wit,” commented another participant Sampath Iyengar, while Nimesh Agarwal described her as “beauty with brains”. Parmesh Ohri thought “learning about media from an actress’s perspective was intriguing.” “That came about as Nikita was forthcoming, friendly and lively,” felt Akshay Kotian, while Priya Shetty admired the actresses’ “smartness and grace.” Gunjan Kapur liked Nikita’s “pleasant and down-to-earth personality” and felt “the rendezvous was simply fabulous.”

PROP is a certificate workshop in Mumbai, providing hands-on media training and personalized coaching by award-winning Bollywood publicist Dale Bhagwagar. The workshop is specifically designed for people genuinely interested to make a successful career and name in the entertainment industry and media professions such as marketing, PR, journalism, acting, filmmaking, event management, advertising etc. It encompasses 30 dedicated hours of education, training, coaching, self-help, motivation and leadership through media and communication.

Enrollments for the next session of the workshop have begun and details can be obtained from http://www.propworkshop.com. The forthcoming workshop will be of two-week duration from November 15 to November 26, 2010, 3pm to 6pm, five days a week, conducted at Oshiwara, Mumbai.

Aman finally returns to the big league!

You can’t keep a good man down for long, or so they say. They are right. The naughty boy of Indian television Aman Verma, has grown up.

Aman, who shot to fame with mega-television shows like ‘Khul Ja Sim Sim’, ‘Shanti’ and ‘Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’, suffered a setback, when a channel plotted a sting operation on him. To his good luck, the film industry rallied behind him, with names like Sanjay Dutt, Salman Khan and Govinda coming to his rescue.

Aman has come a long way since then, to re-emerge as one of the strongest contenders on television. While his new serial ‘Betaab Dil Ki Tamanna Hai’ is winning him loads of accolades, it is also running at the top slot on Sony with high TRP ratings. To add to this, Aman has been rubbing shoulders with stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan, Yash Chopra and Dharmendra, while comparing mega stage shows and events.

Recently, he also won a lot of female adulation when he compared the ‘Miss Pune’ and ‘Miss Mumbai’ events for Maverick Productions. And now, he’s looking forward to compare ‘Miss Kolkata’, ‘Miss Delhi’ and finally, ‘Miss India’.

What’s more! Aman has also been giving pep-talks (and one thought he would be the one needing them), motivating corporate entrepreneurs in different cities. In fact, he seems to be highly motivated himself; having lost a lot of weight and acquired a new country man look, replete with a stylish moustache et al.

Last but not the least, the versatile actor is playing the lead in a Punjabi film ‘Gud Kha Ke Mar Javaan’, something he is very excited about.

With so much and more on his plate, one can safely say that Aman Verma is once more headed for better times and just hoping, no one stings him again. “God has given me this fabulous second chance and I’m grateful for it,” Aman says with a smile. “Hope no girl messes with it this time,” he adds with a twinkle in his eyes.