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Shraddha Kapoor plays the role of a Naagin in her upcoming film. But do you wonder how one becomes a Naagin? Well, here are the answers!
Shraddha Kapoor will be playing the lead role in the Naagin trilogy. The Naagin trilogy sounds familiar, doesn’t it? A bit of fantasy mixed suspense and of course, a tale of revenge! What else do we need to woo the audience!
An icchadhari naagin is one of Bollywood and Indian TV’s favourite concepts. From Mouni Roy’s Naagin to Sridevi’s Nagina, these powerful shapeshifting snakes have amused our audiences for years!
But have you ever wondered what it takes to be a Naagin? From what we have seen until now, there are certain ‘essentials’ you need to become the all powerful and appalling Naagin! Here are some of them:
Yes! A tantrik can help you become a Naagin. In the movie Vishkanya Nisha’s uncle helps her become a vishkanya (poison girl) to avenge her parents’ who were killed by snake skin smugglers. Hence, a poison pill and a tantrik are important.
The Naagmani is often depicted as a source of youth, wealth and immortality. Now, who doesn’t want that? From Mallika Sherawat in Hisss to Sridevi in Nagina, these ladies possessed the way to wealth and immortality – the Naagmani. And then comes the tale of the villains who want to take the mani by force!
Yes, more revenge! What happens when you accidentally or purposefully kill a Naag? Well, you’re in deep trouble because the Naagin will come after you!
Both Mallika Sherawat’s Hisss or Aamir Khan’s Tum Mere Ho, are proof that your life will be horrible if you kill or capture the Naag. Forget the mani, your life is not going to be the same now!
Tantriks clearly have a strong hold over Naagins. I mean, can anyone even be a Naagin without a tantrik! From those who transform you into a Naagin to those who want to snatch the Naagmai away, tantriks and Naagins go hand in hand. (At least as far as we have seen!)
But what makes a good Naagin story is a mix of all these – shapeshifting, revenge, avenging deaths, greed and romance! And all of these are obvious essentials to making a woman a Naagin.
Film and media’s obsession with beautiful women who shape-shift to woo or destroy men and their enemies has been running for a long time! And it probably will go on for longer. Let’s see if Shraddha Kapoor’s version of Naagin brings us any other essentials!
Picture credits: Stills from the TV series Naagin, and Bollywood movies Hisss, Nagina and Stree
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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