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Bhumika Chawla hopes her biker role in ‘idhe Maa Katha’ will inspire women

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Mumbai, Oct 1: Actress Bhumika Chawla’s film ‘Idhe Maa Katha’ will release on October 2. Keyed up about her character in this Telugu movie, the actress is hopeful that the narrative would inspire women.

“My role in ‘Idhe Maa Katha’ is very different from what I have done before. It’s about a middle class married lady following her dreams. As a young girl she had a few things in mind that she wanted to do, but life took a different course. In a much later stage in her life, she decides to follow her heart. I hope to inspire at least a few women to follow their dreams no matter what age they are. The role instantly appealed to me,” adds the actress, known for her films in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi that include ‘Kushi’, ‘Okkadu’, ‘Tere Naam’, ‘Missamma’, ‘Sillunu Oru Kaadhal’, ‘Gandhi, My Father’ and ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’.

‘Idhe Maa Katha’ is a story of four strangers who are attached to their bikes and travel together, and was shot in Hyderabad and Manali last year between October and December. Bhumika had to ride a bike for this role.

“I learnt how to ride a bike in school. I knew how to drive so it wasn’t an issue. People haven’t seen me in this kind of a role before so they will be surprised,” Bhumika says, and she will be seen wearing sarees but mostly biker dresses in the film.

Sharing her experience of collaborating with actor Sumanth Ashwin, she adds: “It’s wonderful to work with Sumanth Ashwin. He’s a nice young kid, hardworking, and very cultured. The most impressive thing about him is he is not on social media and doesn’t feel the need to be a slave of gadgets – rare in this time and age. This is something I also partially believe as someday I would want to give up social media for a while at least. He loves travelling and we had interesting conversations about travelling to different cities and countries.”

Bhumika has been particular about the kind of character she chooses to take up. Ask her about the kind of roles she wants to explore in Tollywood and she says: “I would like to continue to do different roles because repetition is the other word for stagnation and the audiences also get bored watching an actor do the same thing again and again. As an actor always craves to explore new and interesting roles, I am no different.”

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi

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Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 

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Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.

 

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Lucknow shoot done for Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘Khuda Haafiz 2’

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Mumbai, Oct 1: Actor Vidyut Jammwal’s ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ shoot in Lucknow has been completed.

The film stars Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in the leading roles.

Talking about the experience of shooting in Lucknow, director Faruk Kabir says: “I have to say that Lucknow showed us a great time. We lived like a family for almost two months. The film’s team was relentless in ensuring that we finished the day’s work as planned. We’re happy that the schedule has concluded within the intended number of days. The team is at it to be certain that we bring the audience an intense action love story very soon.”

The film is written and directed by Faruk Kabir, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, co-produced by Sanjeev Joshi, Aditya Chowksey and Hasnain Hussaini, with music by Pritam, lyrics by Irshad Kamil,

‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ is a Panorama Studios Production.

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