3 Dev actress Poonam Kaur to star in TV series from the makers of Bahubali

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Move over Rani Padmavati… Rani Vindhyavati is here.

Southern actress Poonam Kaur who will be seen romancing television heartthrob Karan Singh Grover in the upcoming Bollywood flick 3 Dev, has bagged the lead role of Rani Vindhyavati in the mega-hyped Telugu historical TV series Swarna Khadgam, being made by makers of the magnum opus Bahubali.

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While the mega-series is being produced by ARKA Media Works, the makers of Bahubali, Poonam’s role of the queen is said to be similar to that of the popular character of Devasena who rocked in the blockbuster.

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“Here’s presenting Queen ‘Vindhyavati’; the symbol of #love, #justice & #sacrifice from #SwarnaKhadgam by #ARKA media #ComingSoon,” tweeted Poonam, along with a sneak-peak video of the upcoming TV series. Its reported that the series may be dubbed in Hindi as well as many other languages.

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Poonam has been in the news for some time in the Southern media for her bold and daring statements. Recently, she created a lot of buzz when she tweeted about being backstabbed by a filmmaker who cast her and then went on to make the film with another actress. It bombed miserably, apparently leaving the filmmaker devastated.

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With her new sensational avatar, the Southern media has been chasing Poonam for quotes and statements. But the lady is busy making a mark with the promos and songs of Ankoosh Bhatt’s madcap comedy 3 Dev. One of the songscalled Nikamma featuring her and Karan has received a mind-boggling amount of hits on YouTube. Way to go!

Poonam Kaur to make her Bollywood debut opposite Karan Singh Grover in 3 Dev

 

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Southern sensation Poonam Kaur is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite television heartthrob Karan Singh Grover in Ankoosh Bhatt’s madcap comedy 3 Dev releasing soon.

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Having proved her mettle in the South with over 20 films including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam flicks, Poonam has been known to be one of the most expressive actresses there — and going by her Facebook followers touching five million, one can safely say, a very popular one too. Currently, she is also playing the lead in the mega-hyped Telugu historical TV series Swarna Khadgam, being made by the makers of the magnum opus Bahubali.

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Poonam’s beauty with a dazzling smile has often been compared to that of yesteryears actresses Madhubala and Divya Bharti. Having studied fashion technology from Delhi, she is no novice to the world of glamour. Before entering movies, Poonam was crowned Miss Andhra as she won the Lux Miss Andhra Beauty Pageant.

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Thereafter, she went on to win the Miss Talented title in Femina Miss India South and has been nominated multiple times for Filmfare Best Supporting Actress roles in the South.

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In 3 Dev, Poonam will be seen playing the character of the dainty Radha, while her song Nikamma with Karan Singh Grover has already been scaling great popularity on YouTube.

 

 

The film’s director Ankoosh Bhatt says, “When we began casting for the role, my casting director suggested Poonam’s name. We needed someone sweet, bubbly and very emotive to play Radha and she fit the bill perfectly. Her experience in the South helped tremendously. She required no hand-holding and got into the character in no time.”

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Poonam is equally charged about her Bollywood debut. “The character has interesting dimensions, which not only made it appealing to play, but challenging too. Plus, the team of the film was always very warm and supportive. They made me feel at home. Now I have my fingers crossed for the release and waiting for some divine dev-devta magic to happen,” she chirps.

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Boom time for actors to work and earn more, says casting director Ahana Mohammed

“The market for casting in Bollywood films, short films and television serials has grown manifold after the dominance of internet,” says the Indian film industry’s leading casting director Ahana Mohammed.

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The lady who has been in the business of casting actors and actresses for many top projects and assisted in arranging select key artistes in movies like Bang Baaja Baaraat, Yaariyan, Grand Masti and Agneepath, feels its boom time for her business.

 

A mass media graduate in advertising and marketing, the sought-after casting director has a rich experience of nine years in the business of casting and artist management. Along with handling the casting for film, television and music artistes, she often manages a lot of models for the fashion circuit as well.

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“We have around 500 Bollywood films being made every year and almost the same amount of television serials, daily soaps and entertainment programmes across the wide spectrum of TV channels. The best part is that now there are even a whole lot of short films and music videos to be tapped on the internet. It’s never been a better time for actors to get work, expand their horizons beyond movies and earn more,” analyzes Ahana. She makes it a point to add that inspite of this boom, “the film and modeling industry has a tremendous potential for growth.”

 

“Earlier advertising was restricted to print media and television. But that has changed over the last three years. Online advertising is fast catching up and many companies are now allocating almost half of their publicity budget to internet advertising. Thus the market is expanding rapidly and so is the need for established as well as newer faces,” concludes Ahana.

 

Pranav Sachdeva gives Shah Rukh Khan’s Darr character an EVIL TWIST

 

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“Jadoo teri nazar, khushboo tera badan, tu haan kar, ya naa kar, tu hai meri Kiran,” sang the obsessive Shah Rukh Khan in Yash Chopra’s Darr… and the rest is history.

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Many actors have tried to ape the psycho lover Rahul that SRK played on silver screen, but it has never been attempted on television. That is changing with Pranav Sachdeva’s key role as the two-faced character he plays in Deepak Sharma’s gripping daily soap Agar Tum Saath Ho, produced by Gulshan Sachdeva for the revamped Zindagi channel.

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“It’s a triangle with a difference,” says Pranav, adding that he has tried to enact the role with further nuances. “Ironically, my character in the soap is called Ram — a name people relate with extreme goodness. Ram too is a great guy until he gets obsessive in love, so much so that he becomes tormenting,” reveals Pranav.

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The actor points out that “Rahul of Darr was an eccentric stalker. He was possessive, bordering on psychotic. Inspite of all the similarities, Ram is different. He is evil in a much less obvious way. He’s not a psycho or a stalker, but is immensely selfish and wicked, yet charismatic and witty. He uses his charm and corporate business power to find his way out of situations.”

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“But like Rahul, Ram only cares about what he wants and gives two hoots about the other guy. These are shades which makes him scarier.” Come to think of it, such were the shades that made SRK’s iconic character of Darr start off as charmingly crazy, only to turn eerily spooky by the end.

Amitabh Bachchan and Ram Kapoor top TV popularity charts

According to the ninth edition of Ormax Media’s quarterly study Characters India Loves (CIL), Amitabh Bachchan (Kaun Banega Crorepati) and Ram Kapoor (Bade Achhe Lagte Hain) are the most favourite non-fiction and fiction characters on television respectively, reported Best Media Info.

 

This ninth track of CIL was conducted in October 2011, with a sample size of 3477 respondents in six cities – Mumbai,Delhi, Ahmedabad,Lucknow,Indoreand Jalandhar, in the 15-44 years age group, with Big B and Ram Kapoor emerging as the biggest superstars of Indian television.

 

Amitabh Bachchan leads the non-fiction popularity list with a staggering 57% share. A very successful season of his show Kaun Banega Crorepati (Sony) ended last week.

 

Ram Kapoor leads with 12% share in a more fragmented fiction category, ahead of past leaders like Anandi (Balika Vadhu) and Jethalal (Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma), as well as Priya, his wife in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.