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Published by navneeta, 2021-04-05 19:25:11

April 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE MANAGEMENT OF

PERFECT GROUP OF COMPANIES




















SAM THAKKAR VAISHALI THAKKAR
Group CEO CEO Perfect Tax & Finance & CEO FunAsiA

This month we would like to inform all our readers of all the new and exciting things happening
at FunAsia. We have been working on a lot of projects and each is seeing sunshine. Things were
different last year due to Covid-19. But, we continued our efforts towards bringing more quality to
entertainment. We also realized the importance of entertainment even more at these difficult times.


We had earlier announced in August 2020 that we had bought three radio stations in Dubai. Beat
97.8, Luv 107.1 FM & Big 106.2. We are very happy that we had a wonderful launch party for the
same in March in Dubai. All the three stations with their new and exciting content and presentation are
being well accepted in Dubai. We have an outstanding team that brings in world class entertainment.
All the three radio stations will be available worldwide on our FunAsia Network (FAN) App as well.


For our Dallas listeners we have launched Big FM International on 104.9 FM HD2 on Saturday
March 27th, 2021. This is a parallel entertainment to our regular 104.9 FM FunAsia radio entertainment.
It is about giving our listeners a free will to listen to different content. We really believe in competing
with ourselves and understand the fact that people have different choices. On Radio, Dallas did not
have choices to switch to a program that one might enjoy more than the other. With introduction of
this new station, you will have more content to enjoy.

FunAsia recently also announced the launch of its first OTT platform BIG FAN TV – the first free
South Asian service offering the largest library of content in multiple Genre and Indian languages which
is going to revolutionize the cinematic experience of audiences. BIG FAN TV app will be available from
mid-April 2021, on IOs., Android, Appletv, Google play store and Roku, and can be easily accessed
using any smartphone, tablet, laptop or select smart TVs for free.

We had strategic plans when we had bought FunAsia back in August of 2017. We had the vision to
be the largest media and entertainment company across the globe. We took steady steps and made
progress in fine tuning the quality of media in North America. We invested hugely in the state-of-the
art technology in the home ground. We are slowly and steadily realizing our dream of bringing a world
class entertainment to Dallas and becoming the #1 South Asian media company worldwide.

As we move into April,
we feel the freshness
in the environment.
The blooms on trees
and colors of leaves,
flowers and the bright
sunshine brightens our lives. With Vaccines
readily available to everyone, it is now
bringing back our hope that we are soon on
our journey to normalcy. That is something we
all are so anticipating and looking forward
to.
We are still offering the digital version
of FunAsia DesiPages and loving your
contributions and support.
New this month: We have introduced a
Pakistan Corner for our Pakistani community
here in DFW. Look out for News, information,
entertainment from Pakistan here. Also
check out the detail article on the BIG FM
International launch and the Dubai Radio
Launch Party. As things open, we are back
with our Community Corner. Here you will
find regular updates and events associated
with our vibrant community in DFW.
We at FunAsia DesiPages have not slowed
down but have found many more interesting
ways to reach entertainment and information
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Anushka Sharma, who has recently ANUSHKA
embraced motherhood, has been ruling
the Hindi film industry for 13 years now.
From portraying the role of an ambitious SHARMA
wedding planner in the 2010 film Band
Baaja Baaraat to essaying the role of a ON BACKING FEMALE-LED
fearless woman Meera in the 2015 film
NH10, she has showcased different STORIES
shades of women. Almost in all the films,
her characters had a strong head on their herself as an accessory. She also vowed
shoulders and all have a common thread
that tied them together. In 2015, Anushka that as a producer, she will not allow
launched her production house, and since women to be depicted regressively.
“It took a lot of self-belief, but it was
she has backed several female-led stories. liberating to do this for myself,” Sharma
She has put efforts to change the depiction
of women in Indian cinema. Now, she added.
After NH10, she has also backed the
is backing another powerful story Mai, film Bulbbul in 2020, which depicted
starring Sakshi Tanwar in the lead role. In
a recent interview, she opened up about the folklore of a blood-thirsty witch
from a feminist gaze. The story of her
producing women-led films for the past upcoming venture Mai revolves around
few years. Talking about the same, she said a mother who accidentally gets sucked
that from the initial days of her career, she
knew that she didn’t want to be boxed as into the world of violence and power.
the leading man’s arm candy. The actress Talking about the same, she said that
with each project, she aims to challenge
further added that she has been conscious society’s patriarchal ways.
enough to select roles that she felt could
contribute towards changing the portrayal Further, Anushka said that movies have
of women on screen. She was done seeing the power to impact change and help
people determine what is right and
wrong. “By being clear about how we will
depict women in cinema, we can alter
the mindset of people, and shatter age-
old beliefs and customs,” she added.
She also stated that her film choices
and productions are a testimony to the
fact that she is committed to sparking a
conversation in society about ‘equality,
self-respect, and empowerment




















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KANGANA RANAUT IS THE



QUEEN IN A MAN’S WORLD







and grandeur that the late Chief
Minister had brought throughout
her meteoric rise in politics.
In an interview, Kangana opened
up on her weight gain for Thalaivi.
She said, “I didn’t expect to gain 20
kilos. When Kareena was pregnant,
she gained 16 kilos. I told myself,
I am like post-pregnant Kareena
Kapoor!”.
“I never remember feeling so unfit.
At one point, I needed to support
myself with my palms to stand up
Kangana Ranaut has been making the headlines off the floor. I was unable to carry
ever since she has been roped into essay legendary my weight in heels, and that almost
politician J Jayalalithaa’s role in her biopic Thalaivi. left me in tears. One thinks they’ll
Indeed, it is a mega project and the Queen actress eventually adjust, but I couldn’t
has been working hard for it. Not just the actress has walk in my own shoes! Usually, I
taken the help of prosthetic makeup to get the perfect can run in them, but now my feet
look, she also took Bharatnatyam classes and also would swell. I didn’t know how to
learned the Tamil language. handle it”, she added.
A day after the Manikarnika actor won her National
Film Award for Best Actress, the trailer of Thalaivi The diligence with which she had
-- a film on the life of Jayalalithaa was released on kept tabs on the weighing scale as
Kangana Ranaut’s birthday. The Panga actor essays it climbed by 10, 12, and 15 kilos
the role of political stalwart and former Tamil Nadu was rendered redundant after a few
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, chronicling her transition weeks of lull. She said, “The makers
from a movie star into a politician and told me to start losing weight so
navigating in a man’s world with poise
and confidence.


A scene that particularly stood out in the
trailer was that of a young Jayalalithaa
who was at the time one of the first
female politicians in Tamil Nadu, caught
in the ruckus that broke out in the state
Assembly. Kangana looked almost
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portray such a strong lady.
Her personality was very
different from anything I have
portrayed earlier. It’s very
gratifying to play someone
who was so determined,
persevered but had a silent
strength which distinguished
her from everyone else.”
AL Vijay, who helmed the
multi-lingual (Hindi, Tamil
& Telugu) says, “The film
depicts the early years
and struggles she faced
both as an actor and as a
politician.” The film will be
an unvarnished depiction of
Late Jayalalitha’s life.

that we could shoot Jayalalitha’s younger He adds,” Her life was a mix of glamour,
portions, and that’s when I noticed that I had love, heartbreak, struggle, and success. Our
gained 20 kilos. I wondered if I had gone too focus is to make it as real as possible, without
far, and questioned if the decision to take the trying to glorify her, but show the human side
hormone injections was appropriate.”
of the person she was.”

It was towards the close of 2019 that The film marks Kangana’s return to Tamil
Kangana had first admitted on taking cinema after a gap of 12 years since Dhaam
hormone supplements to add bulk to her hips Dhoom (2008) with Jayam Ravi, also stars
and thighs, to emulate her muse. Unlike the Arvind Swami as MGR, Madhubala as
misshapen built acquired by Bollywood’s top Janaki, Samuthirakani as RM Veerappan,
brass of actors gaining weight for cinema, and Poorna as Sasikala.
Ranaut’s avatar, though voluptuous, had Produced by Vibri Media, Thalaivi will be
to resemble the shapely and nimble-footed simultaneously released in Tamil, Telugu, and
Bharatanatyam dancer that Jayalalitha was. Hindi. With this biopic, actor Arvind Swami
She said, “I had to do Bharatnatyam for two is all set to make his comeback in Bollywood
hours, yoga for one, and still desirably gain after his remarkable performances in Roja
weight. The mild hormone dosage helped and Bombay. Thalaivi is written by Baahubali
gain weight around the hips. Bharatnatyam and Manikarnika writer KV Vijayendra Prasad
involves a lot of leg work, so the dancers tend and The Dirty Picture and Once Upon a Time
to gain weight in this region. Also, I needed to in Mumbai writer Rajat Arora.
put on so much weight because I am tall. At
5’8, I had to ensure that the bulk was visible
on my frame.”


Speaking on playing an icon like Jayalalithaa,
Kangana said, “After Manikarnika, this is
my second biopic, and I am honored to



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PEOPLE SPEAK PAGE #1

OLD VS NEW age



PEOPLE
SPEAK Song/Music




Some say old is gold and others say new “Today’s kids just know to beat instruments to make

is bold. There is an entire generation noise.” And Amjad khan said, “Old music felt like
that complains of the new age music sugar to the ear”. They are the generation of people
being noise. On the other hand, who have enjoyed the, 50’s,60’s and 70’s era and
there are new age music lovers who do not find todays music pleasing. The only music
find old music boring. There are also that pleases them and they enjoy listening to is what
some who are in the midway and give they grew up with.
Prabhas Kalele interestingly argues
that “People compare all the new
songs to only the popular songs of the

past. Earlier a lot of songs were flops
too which are not remembered as they
were not heard enough to be liked.
Likewise, today there are hits and
misses. It is unfair to compare famous
popular songs only to current trends”.
He also highlighted that statistically,
a lot of more songs are composed
today, and their shelf life is also short.
an open-minded ear to both settling In the past only a handful of songs were created
with their favorites from different eras. and were heard repeatedly and yes got sinked into
Whatever be the argument, everyone memory.
finds happiness in music. Music helps
express emotions. rejuvenate minds Kapil Sharma- “All music is music, and all music is
and is uplifting. liked or disliked according to situations”. Bollywood
has many genres of music that fit in different
This question was posed to our 104.9 situations. Of course, when we are sad, we will not
FM FunAsia radio listeners on my enjoy a peppy dance beat number and vice versa.
show, and I had some very interesting Therefore, likes and dislikes are situational.
reactions, reflections and viewpoints
which really helped me form a For Noor Jahan- “Lyrics matter a lot and anything
sorted argument for and against and that connects with you stays with you. The wordings
conclude. are the most important for making connections. If
the words are beautiful it becomes easy to connect”.
Ali one of our listeners was very upset Lyrics have always been an integral element of a

with current times music and said



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PEOPLE SPEAK PAGE #2
song. It is often a reflection of the society as well.
This generation gap argument also spans from The low attention span of consumers
unacceptance to change. Change is inevitable, further hurt the music industry. Due
but change does not always mean it is bad. That to shorter life span of each song, they
calls for another debate for another time! do not find their rightful space in long
For Keena,” The music that triggers a memory stay term memory. There is a constant fight
with you”. School and college days memories stay to gather attention.

with us and so does the music that one associates But today’s music should not be
with their growing up days. We always cling on to blamed for that. Today we do have
our memories and so do we to the music associated beautiful lyrics, lovely meaningful
with them. songs. We are constantly changing
Ram Sharma had a very interesting viewpoint. He and evolving. One needs to give a
says “A liking or disliking of a particular kind of fair chance and have an open mind
music also depends on what stage of life you are for acceptance. We will find good and
in”. For a child, his mind is simple and innocent bad music that appeals us in every era.
so simple lyrics and songs attract them. A grown Music is creativity, and creativity is a

up and a matured person is drawn to something personal choice. Music should not be
with more meaning or emotion. It is wrong to thus, categorized as new or old school or
categorize music. Likeness and dis-likeness are of new generation or old generation.
driven by an individual’s stage and situation of life. It is the trend and craze in music that
a generation enjoys that separates it
In the yesteryear’s technology was not so developed. from others. Old v/s new age music is

The voice of the singer stood out with or without not all negative. They both have their
music instruments. Therefore, the lyrics played a own pros and cons!
very important role and was clearly heard and
understood as there was less bang. Also, there were
fewer productions, and the shelf life of those songs -People Speak on
was long, and stayed with people forever in their RJ Navneeta’s how-
memory due to repetition. On the contrary, with
innovations in technology, ‘Hit Hai to Bajega’
newer and more advanced
instruments and sounds got
discovered, which rightly
found its place in new age
music. With technology, mass
production of entertainment
results in shorter shelf life
for many new compositions.
Only the bigger brands get
noticed and many beautiful

creations slip away unseen.





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11 SPRING 2021 INTERIOR DESIGN

TRENDS TO INCORPORATE IN YOUR HOME



Spring is almost here! While we love decorating and updating our homes at the turn of each
season, there’s just something about spring that feels bright, cheerful, and filled with hope.
Bring those emotions into your interior with these interior design trends we can expect to see
in spring 2021!
We’re anticipating that we’ll all spend quite a bit of time at home this spring, so it’s important
to make it feel like a sanctuary — a place you feel uplifted, comfortable and inspired.
From overall themes, like a focus on comfort and nostalgia, to specific colors you can expect
to see, here are a few ways to bring your home to life this spring.


GREEN KITCHEN CABINETS cheerful yellow and grounding shade of
Painting kitchen cabinets is a simple yet powerful gray to your home.
way to add a pop of color to your kitchen landscape. VINTAGE + NOSTALGIA
And according to interior designer Rachel Street, There was a focus on all things nostalgic
green is the color for kitchen cabinets in 2021. She in 2020, as many of us longed for
says, “Because green is a mix of blue and yellow comfort and all things familiar during
colors, it works with both cool color palettes and such an uncertain time. This emphasis
warm, cozier kitchen designs.” Green provides so on the old and pre-loved is extending
many options, from the bright and bold to the calm into 2021 and beyond — in the form of
and subdued shades, like sage, olive, and mint. vintage furniture and sentimental pieces
COTTAGECORE of décor around the home.

The cottagecore trend has taken the Internet by SUSTAINABILITY + NATURAL
storm. Also known as farmcore or countrycore, FIBERS
cottagecore is a style of dress, design, and décor Sustainability has been a focus in the
reminiscent of what you might find in a cottage in interior design and home builder world
the countryside. It’s all about gardening, greenery, for several years now — and it’s only
floral Chinaware, farmhouse tables, and rustic going to become more prominent.
details. It’s a whimsical aesthetic centered on Homeowners are seeking furniture and
natural living — and bringing the outdoors in. Is décor made with sustainable materials
there a better time to explore this nature-inspired and natural fibers. Many are steering
craze than spring?
towards craft, handmade furniture made
THE PANTONE COLORS OF THE
YEAR

The Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021 are
Ultimate Gray and Illuminating, a light gray
and bright yellow that perfectly embodies
a message of happiness supported by
fortitude. Ultimate Gray is emblematic of
solid and dependable elements, like stone
and concrete, while Illuminating is a warming
yellow, offering up a bright and cheerful
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HOME PAGE #2
with care, rejecting the cheaper fast furniture that BOLLYWOOD
saw a rise in the early 2000s. pandemic when many small gatherings and
holiday celebrations were moved outside talkies
HOUSEPLANTS and outdoor spaces became much more
This trend has been around for several years, but important. Spend a little extra time creating
it’s something we can get on board with year after an inviting space on your outdoor patio or After 2020 which was quite a dud year Right from his debut film, Vicky Donor,
year, and season after season. Especially as our deck this spring with comfortable seating, for the film industry, this year everyone Ayushmann Khurrana has proved that
twinkling string lights, large tables, potted seems to be ready to walk that extra he is here to create his own niche and
plants, and other elements that promote mile for the lost year, including Tara he has been successful in doing so.
Talking about his unconventional
Sutaria. The actor is already busy with
friluftsliv. three of her films and she says she projects, the actor recently said that
NEUTRAL EARTH TONES can’t wait to push harder this year. he has always gravitated towards
being risky with his film choices.
“2020 was a year that shook all of us
While pops of color are all the rage in up. It changed our lives forever in a Talking to a news portal, Ayushmann
the spring, there’s nothing quite like those certain way. For sure all of us in every reportedly said that first-time or young
neutral, earthy tones to create a clean, profession all across the world are filmmakers create high-risk content,
calm, and sophisticated environment in your going to go all out in 2021 and in the which appeals to him. According to
years to come and make up for the lost
him, he has always gravitated towards
home. Earth tones, like shades of brown, Sonakshi time, personally and professionally. I being risky with his film choices. He
burnt umber, terracotta, beige, taupe, and realize that every day counts and like I added that without risks, nothing new
vegetable gardens and flower beds begin to bloom tan will continue to be popular well into said, go all out and work doubly hard or exciting can be created.
in the spring! Bring the outdoors in by adding a 2021. Elaborating further, Ayushmann also
added that they need to be bold in
few more houseplants to your living spaces. GRANDMILLENNIAL Sonakshi Sinha, who is all set to make their approach because audiences,
OCEAN HUES A common theme for 2021’s trends is her digital debut with an Amazon who are exposed to brilliant content
Prime Video series directed by Reema
from across the world, only want to
Pantone isn’t the only brand that releases a color sentimentality and nostalgia. This extends Kagti and Ruchika Oberoi, has shared watch new stories. The actor also
of the year on an annual basis. Benjamin Moore’s into the grand millennial craze, also known her first look from the show. She plays stated that the industry needs more
as granny chic. It’s a modern twist on the a tough police officer in the as-yet- disruption, and these filmmakers are
homey, comfortable design elements found untitled series, which also stars Vijay expressing their views bravely and
at grandma’s house, intended to spark Varma, Gulshan Devaiah and Sohum freely through their cinema.
Spilling some beans on his upcoming
Shah.
nostalgia and promote tradition. This can In a social media post, Sonakshi wrote, film, Doctor G, where he will be seen
look like floral wallpaper, antique paintings, “There’s no limit to what women can playing a gynecologist. With the social
crocheted throws, embroidered artwork, accomplish. Our collective belief in Tara comedy slated to go on floors in April,
velvet sofas, and other vintage elements. this has only been reinforced time and Khurrana says he is eager to see how
This is the perfect blend of old and new! again. And on the eve of Womens director Anubhuti Kashyap brings forth
Day, we’re taking things up a notch! a new story. According to the actor,
PEEL-AND-STICK WALLPAPER Can’t wait to show everyone yet again Anubhuti is a restless storyteller who
how girls get it done! Coming soon to and just enjoy every minute much has an extraordinary vision with this
The wallpaper is back. Well, it has been for
Color of the Year for 2021 is Aegean Teal 2136- serve and protect.” much more,” shares Sutaria. film. The actor added that he hopes
40, an intriguing, balanced and deeply soothing a few years now! We love wallpaper and its Sonakshi was last seen on the big With two releases this year—Tadap they will be able to present something
screen in Dabangg 3 opposite
unique and immensely entertaining for
and Heropanti 2, the actor has a busy
hue that promotes natural harmony. It is a calming ability to add a bold print, loud colors, and a Salman Khan. The film, which marked 2021 ahead. She is also shooting for the audience.
ocean blue shade — one that brings a sunshiny beautiful repeating design to our spaces — the debut of Saiee Manjrekar, failed Ek Villain2.
especially accent walls,
feel to our homes this spring and beyond. to live up to box office expectations. “I am very blessed to have three films
bathrooms, and other Sonakshi will be seen next in Abhishek to be working on. From the beginning
FRILUFTSLIV nooks and crannies Dudhaiya’s war-drama, Bhuj: The of my career I have been very lucky to
Is friluftsliv the new hygge? This one’s a little less around the home. Pride of India. Set during the India- have had a lot of films to look forward
about the interior of your home and more about If you’re intimidated Pakistan war of 1971, the film also to, to be able to work on multiple
stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Nora
films at a time is a blessing,” says the
your outdoor spaces — which is where you’ll be by the commitment Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar and Ammy Virk. 25-year-old, who made her Bollywood
spending much of your time this spring, summer, required to install It is scheduled for a direct-to-digital debut with Student of the Year.
and fall. The Danish concept of friluftsliv translates wallpaper, consider the release on Disney+ Hotstar.
to free air life — the Nordic concept of getting renter-friendly peel- Ayushmann
outdoors. This is a concept reminiscent of the and-stick solution!

BOLLYWOOD


talkies





After 2020 which was quite a dud year Right from his debut film, Vicky Donor,
for the film industry, this year everyone Ayushmann Khurrana has proved that
seems to be ready to walk that extra he is here to create his own niche and
mile for the lost year, including Tara he has been successful in doing so.
Sutaria. The actor is already busy with Talking about his unconventional
three of her films and she says she projects, the actor recently said that
can’t wait to push harder this year. he has always gravitated towards
“2020 was a year that shook all of us being risky with his film choices.
up. It changed our lives forever in a Talking to a news portal, Ayushmann
certain way. For sure all of us in every reportedly said that first-time or young
profession all across the world are filmmakers create high-risk content,
going to go all out in 2021 and in the which appeals to him. According to
Sonakshi years to come and make up for the lost him, he has always gravitated towards
being risky with his film choices. He
time, personally and professionally. I
realize that every day counts and like I added that without risks, nothing new
said, go all out and work doubly hard or exciting can be created.
Elaborating further, Ayushmann also
added that they need to be bold in
Sonakshi Sinha, who is all set to make their approach because audiences,
her digital debut with an Amazon who are exposed to brilliant content
Prime Video series directed by Reema from across the world, only want to
Kagti and Ruchika Oberoi, has shared watch new stories. The actor also
her first look from the show. She plays stated that the industry needs more
a tough police officer in the as-yet- disruption, and these filmmakers are
untitled series, which also stars Vijay expressing their views bravely and
Varma, Gulshan Devaiah and Sohum freely through their cinema.
Shah. Spilling some beans on his upcoming
In a social media post, Sonakshi wrote, film, Doctor G, where he will be seen
“There’s no limit to what women can playing a gynecologist. With the social
accomplish. Our collective belief in Tara comedy slated to go on floors in April,
this has only been reinforced time and Khurrana says he is eager to see how
again. And on the eve of Womens director Anubhuti Kashyap brings forth
Day, we’re taking things up a notch! a new story. According to the actor,
Can’t wait to show everyone yet again Anubhuti is a restless storyteller who
how girls get it done! Coming soon to and just enjoy every minute much has an extraordinary vision with this
serve and protect.” much more,” shares Sutaria. film. The actor added that he hopes
Sonakshi was last seen on the big With two releases this year—Tadap they will be able to present something
screen in Dabangg 3 opposite and Heropanti 2, the actor has a busy unique and immensely entertaining for
Salman Khan. The film, which marked 2021 ahead. She is also shooting for the audience.
the debut of Saiee Manjrekar, failed Ek Villain2.
to live up to box office expectations. “I am very blessed to have three films
Sonakshi will be seen next in Abhishek to be working on. From the beginning
Dudhaiya’s war-drama, Bhuj: The of my career I have been very lucky to
Pride of India. Set during the India- have had a lot of films to look forward
Pakistan war of 1971, the film also to, to be able to work on multiple
stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Nora films at a time is a blessing,” says the
Fatehi, Sharad Kelkar and Ammy Virk. 25-year-old, who made her Bollywood
It is scheduled for a direct-to-digital debut with Student of the Year.
release on Disney+ Hotstar.
Ayushmann


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STARS REVEAL


Priyanka Chopra Jonas Abhay Deol























In a career spanning over two decades in the film industry, Underrated — this one tag refuses to leave Abhay Deol, who
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has pretty much done it all-- a model, turned 45. Ever since he made his debut in Bollywood with
an actor, a philanthropist, a singer, a film producer, a global Socha Na Tha, he has always taken the less trodden path,
icon, and now an author. giving us films such as Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Dev.D (2009),
But Priyanka, who now happily shuttles between cities all Manorama Six Feet Under, and more.
around the world because of her work commitments, says Talking about tags he is given time and again, Deol’s stance
there is still a lot to be desired. towards them remains that he doesn’t mind them. His journey
“I guess I will always be Unfinished…,” she says, referring to as an actor started with directors who were all pretty new.
the title of her memoir. She quickly adds, “But I see that as a “I had to create opportunities, they weren’t coming in the
good thing. It means that are so many more opportunities for early part of my career because people wouldn’t put money
me to explore.” And by exploring Priyanka means both as an behind those films. When I used to narrate the story of Dev.D
actor and as a producer. to people, they would say, ‘It is an art film, no one is going
The 38-year-old is already keeping quite busy, she is a part of to watch it’. I got the producer and finance together for
The Matrix 4, a romantic comedy, Text For You, and several my director for Manorama… Dibakar (Banerjee, director
OTT projects. She is also collaborating with many content of Oye! Lucky!...) was one film old… my first five films had
creators in the west on various projects. debut directors back to back. I had to really create that,” he
“In the near future, I want to take on more roles that make recalls.
me nervous and uncomfortable. I want to check in with my Deol continues and reiterates that as far as ‘underrated’
artistic self and lean in as a producer and tell the stories I or ‘overrated’ is concerned, “I guess it’s better to be called
want to see — female stories, South Asian stories. I want underrated than overrated for sure (laughs)... I don’t know
to extend my entrepreneurial ambitions. I want to have a what to say. I am thankful for where I am today. I know that
family... there’s so much still left to do. I feel like it’s been 20 the reason I can do what I want to do, have the freedom to
years that I’ve been doing this, but there’s so much that, God go where I want to go, and be who I want to be is because I
willing, given the opportunity, I still want to do,” she explains. didn’t play the star game.”
In the process of attaining the success that she has, both And that entailed not focusing on anything other than his
in India and in the west, Priyanka has become quite a role craft itself for Deol, who was recently seen in the web show
model to many. And her only advice to all young women, 1962: The War in the Hills.
who look up to her, is to take their life into their own hands. He says, “I didn’t invest a lot of money in marketing myself, or
“Your dreams and aspirations matter. Being ambitious is PR, or become a part of a clique, that I would catapult myself
not wrong... essentially don’t let anyone tell you how to live off the backs of my co-stars, directors or producers. I stood
your life, especially if they are putting you in a box of how on my own. I am sure they stopped bigger opportunities to
a woman should be and what she can and cannot do. Stop come my way. It gave people the opportunity to say ‘oh your
persecuting yourself, first of all, and stop trying to carry the stuff doesn’t work’ or has a limited audience.”
weight and the burdens of insecurities that you have made However, none of that affected the actor. “It doesn’t matter, at
up in your heads. I think what is important is to be humble least I am happy doing what I do. That matters to me more.
and to understand that you might not know everything. So, I have grown up around fame.,, I have seen it in my family
forgive yourself for not knowing everything, and start learning (Abhay is Dharmendra’s nephew). I was never enamored by
from the beginning. As soon as people have that kind of an it. Just because you are successful doesn’t necessarily mean
attitude, it really takes you a long way,” she concludes. you are happy,” he quips.




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Tiger Shroff talks about the War sequel

Tiger Shroff has a treat in store. The long-awaited sequel to the 2019 blockbuster
War is now a living reality…almost. Plans are on at Yash Raj films to revive the
Franchise and also wake up the supposedly dead character that Tiger played in
War.
Says Tiger, “War just took off to another level, and I’ve to admit sharing screen
space with my idol Hrithik Sir was an experience I will cherish all my life. He has
been an inspiration all my life. And to now observe him from such close quarters
was a learning experience. As for bringing my character back, all I will say at
the moment is, you didn’t see my body in War, did you? There are many ways to
maneuver the script to accommodate both of us.”
While we wait for War to begin again, there is plenty on Tiger’s plate right now
including Heropanti 2 and Baaghi 4.
Says Tiger, “In today’s times every actor has to be on his toe constantly. I’m
grateful for what I’ve got during my six years as an actor. I’ve to constantly keep
working harder and harder to ensure I don’t lose the success that God has given
me.”





Would love to do a film that
highlights impact of climate

change: Bhumi Pednekar


Bollywood star Bhumi Pednekar is an environment
conservationist and has launched ‘Climate Warrior’
to contribute towards protecting the environment,
recently revealed she is hugely keen to do a film that
highlights the impacts of climate change.
The ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhaan’ actor revealed, “I
would love that. When I did ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’,
the kind of noise and the kind of reach it had,
where India was around the film. Now, post that
if we look at the numbers today, there has been a
great decline in open defecation. You know, it was
a movement. And really, that’s something that I try
doing with the films that I’m associated with, I try
to create that balance of positive messaging, along
with entertainment.” Expressing her desire to act in
a film linked to highlighting the impacts of climate
change, the ‘Dolly, Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’
actor said, “So if I get an opportunity to do a film,
there are no two ways that I won’t do it. Nevertheless,
I don’t think cinema is the only way to bring about
that change. I feel that with enough people speaking
BOLLYWOOD about it, and constantly speaking about it, also we
can see a change. So, instead of just having one
film 100 percent, that would be an add-on, but I’m
saying right now we are at a stage where hammering
BONANAZA from all sides is going to do the job,” concluded the
actor.




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Tiger Shroff talks about the War sequel

Tiger Shroff has a treat in store. The long-awaited sequel to the 2019 blockbuster
War is now a living reality…almost. Plans are on at Yash Raj films to revive the
Franchise and also wake up the supposedly dead character that Tiger played in
War.
Says Tiger, “War just took off to another level, and I’ve to admit sharing screen
space with my idol Hrithik Sir was an experience I will cherish all my life. He has
been an inspiration all my life. And to now observe him from such close quarters
was a learning experience. As for bringing my character back, all I will say at
the moment is, you didn’t see my body in War, did you? There are many ways to
maneuver the script to accommodate both of us.”
While we wait for War to begin again, there is plenty on Tiger’s plate right now
including Heropanti 2 and Baaghi 4.
Says Tiger, “In today’s times every actor has to be on his toe constantly. I’m
grateful for what I’ve got during my six years as an actor. I’ve to constantly keep
working harder and harder to ensure I don’t lose the success that God has given
me.”





Would love to do a film that
highlights impact of climate

change: Bhumi Pednekar


Bollywood star Bhumi Pednekar is an environment
conservationist and has launched ‘Climate Warrior’
to contribute towards protecting the environment,
recently revealed she is hugely keen to do a film that
highlights the impacts of climate change.
The ‘Shubh Mangal Savdhaan’ actor revealed, “I
would love that. When I did ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’,
the kind of noise and the kind of reach it had,
where India was around the film. Now, post that
if we look at the numbers today, there has been a
great decline in open defecation. You know, it was
a movement. And really, that’s something that I try
doing with the films that I’m associated with, I try
to create that balance of positive messaging, along
with entertainment.” Expressing her desire to act in
a film linked to highlighting the impacts of climate
change, the ‘Dolly, Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare’
actor said, “So if I get an opportunity to do a film,
there are no two ways that I won’t do it. Nevertheless,
I don’t think cinema is the only way to bring about
that change. I feel that with enough people speaking
BOLLYWOOD about it, and constantly speaking about it, also we
can see a change. So, instead of just having one
film 100 percent, that would be an add-on, but I’m
saying right now we are at a stage where hammering
BONANAZA from all sides is going to do the job,” concluded the
actor.




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L
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T TALENT
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CAN FAILURE

STRENGTHEN A PERSON?



I believe that failure help a kid who is struggling. And, there
is what assures a are probably a million ways the student
person success. could fail over and over again. But that
Thomas Edison had still doesn’t mean that they are not worthy
tried 1000 times enough to be helped because the failure
before he could was just the first step to strengthening the
make the light student and making the student the best
bulb but, all the version of themselves.
failures that he had What is “the best version of yourself”, I
overcome are the wouldn’t know because it is “yourself”.
reason he achieved You justify what the best version of
success. What Is yourself is. Your best self is when you’re
the word “Fail” ? at your highest strength whether that be
Ashvi Thakkar
14 years I don’t think that mentally or physically. How could you
8th Grade it means you did achieve this so-called “strength?” Before
Lawler Middle School
bad at something. I you look for as many ways as you can to
believe that failure succeed, you must look for as many ways
is really just, your “first attempt at success. as you can to fail. In order to succeed
“I believe that failure strengthens people and become your best self, you must fail
because, it gives you a new perspective to first. So stop looking for ways to succeed
look at whatever problem you are solving, and start looking for ways to fail because
and it helps you be the best version of that is the only way that you can achieve
yourself. and be the “best version of yourself.”
Success feels great but no one is ever To conclude, I wanted to remind you that
actually going to succeed until they fail. failure is not something to be ashamed of.
What I mean by this is that failure strengthens It is something to embrace and be proud
you. It makes you look at whatever it is that of because, you can always say that “no
you are doing from a thousand different matter how many times I’ve failed I never
perspectives. The school system has made stopped trying.” You stayed strong, and
us so afraid of failure that they have made that is more important than any success
it feel unexpected. After a student fails, the that you will ever achieve.
school systems looks at the kid and decides
that the kid is unworthy of being helped.
When in reality they just gave up on the
kid, because there are a million ways to


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OUR COMMUNITY KIDS

WITH BIG HEARTS.

challenges of traveling longer
distances for groceries and
water and a less likelihood
of purchasing groceries
online, which puts them at a
higher level of vulnerability
and risk. Hence, they are

always in need of help. At
Mission Tomorrow, whose
goal is to create a better
world for everyone, the duo
identified that clean drinking
water was a scarcity in these
neighborhoods. Providing
clean drinking water, which
is a basic necessity, became
their mission.


“While leading this cause,

I have come to realize how
much of a passion I have for
helping others who are truly

Dhruv Nanda, is a junior at the Talented in need.” Dhruv says.
and Gifted High school in Dallas ISD. A They started their campaign with a two-
couple of months back, he and his brother week initiative to raise donations and
Vansh launched Mission Tomorrow, a provide drinking water to the impacted
registered nonprofit corporation with a families.
501(c)(3) pending status, with an aim of
giving back to the community.



Most recently the brothers recognized that
several underprivileged neighborhoods
in South Dallas have felt the maximum
impact of the pandemic followed by the
winter Snowstorm in 2021. These lower
income neighborhoods of Dallas that are
predominantly Hispanic and Black had
a severe economic and environmental
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OUR COMMUNITY KIDS CHARITY EVENT CONTINUED

WITH BIG HEARTS. • They large corporation, Nestle, to secure an
partnered
with the additional 8,000 water bottles to continue

Local Food serving the community. The date of the
pantry, Soul event is under finalization but is planned
for Christ for April 10th, 2021.
Ministry
Inc. in Oak By mid-April 2021, they hope to donate
Cliff, Dallas 32,000 bottles of water across the Dallas-
to provide Fort Worth Metroplex to approximately
water to the 1,300 families in underserved
families in neighborhoods. Due to the overwhelming
need and support of what started as a two-week
held their initiative, they extended it to six weeks.
1st event on March 11th, 2021. With Their goal is to continue to serve

generous contributions and donations the vulnerable neighborhoods and
from the global retail and consumer communities housed by the essential
goods giant, PepsiCo. They were able to workers. Furthermore, they extend their
secure 8,000 bottles of water that were gratitude to their partners and supporters
distributed to over 350 families. for their generosity without whom this
• On March 27th, 2021, they would not have been possible.
partnered with a local food pantry, Jan
Pruitt Community Pantry in Lancaster, We at FunAsia DesiPages are very proud

TX to hold another event. They honored of these young progressive children who
the presence of Lancaster’s Mayor . The strive to make a difference to this world.
Mayor is supportive of their cause and As a community and as parents, we could
recognized their efforts towards helping join hands in supporting their efforts with
the community during these times of generous contributions so they can help
struggle. They distributed an additional many in need through us. We wish a lot
8,000 bottles of water to 350 families of more power to Dhruv and his younger
which was donated by PepsiCo to Mission brother towards all their future endeavors.
Tomorrow.
• Another large corporation, Costco Links to their website and Facebook page
has agreed to donate an additional that have further details and photos of the
8,000 water bottles to continue serving events:

the community. They have partnered with www.missiontomorrow.org
Soul for Christ Ministry Inc. to organize this www.facebook.com/missiontomorrow1
event and hope to support an additional
350 families. The date of this event is
currently planned for April 2nd, 2021.
• They are also working with another



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bollywood news Rajkummar





this Month 3


Businesses On-Air At FunAsiA Radio
FATIMA ANANYA


Ananya Panday made her debut
1 in Bollywood with Punit Malhotra’s
Student Of The Year 2. Post her debut
film, she went on to impress many with
her performance in Pati, Patni Aur Woh
and Khaali Peeli. Given her amazing
chemistry with Ishaan Khatter in Khaali
Peeli, the duo was also rumored to be Rajkummar Rao is known for taking up
dating. versatile roles when picking films, for
Well, the actress’s kitty is full of films the entirety of his career. The actor who
and fans are eagerly waiting for her debuted back in 2010 with Love Sex Aur
upcoming projects. Ananya, in a Dhokha, has developed a strong fan
recent interaction, opened up about following ever since by blessing the big
One week, two back-to-back movie being body-shamed while growing up. screen in the form of different characters.
announcements, Fatima Sana Shaikh The Khaali Peeli actress said, “People Rajkummar opened up about how he
is surely riding the high horse in the used to say I look like a boy, flat screen. picks roles that help him not get restricted
professional space at this point. The At that time it did hurt because those to one thing. To achieve his unique
announcements of her next projects, are the years where you are forming distinguishing factor, he has preferred to
namely, Ajeeb Dastaan and Aruvi self-confidence. You are learning to discuss ideas with directors.
remake have made her upcoming love yourself and someone else is In a recent interview, the 36-year-old star
filmography count to three. pulling you down when you really start opened up about his undying attempts
Sharing her excitement on the same, doubting yourself.” to make sure he doesn’t get trapped
the actress said, “I feel immense “Now, I am reaching a point where in a loophole of doing the same thing
joy to be on sets with such talented I am focusing on accepting myself. If
actors. Having 3 films on my plate that is sorted and that is my foundation over and over again. “I don’t want to
— Aruvi remake, Ajeeb Dastan, and then nothing can hurt me since I am get into the rut of doing the same thing,
Thar is an inexplicable feeling, I feel at peace with myself and I love myself. repeatedly. I don’t want to be trapped,”.
it will challenge me as an actor and I am not saying it has happened. It The star also expressed how he tries
I’m looking forward to this exciting is an ongoing process but I feel this to avoid repeating gestures despite it
journey. I’m really happy with the realization is more important than what making the overall scene better. “I know
scripts I’ve been getting, being excited anyone else says, “ added Ananya. it might work beautifully for the audience
would be an understatement.” On the work front, Ananya will be and perhaps even the scene, but I restrain
With a jam-packed schedule, the seen opposite Deepika Padukone and myself.” The actor gave examples of his
actress has been jumping from one Siddhant Chaturvedi soon. She will films like Trapped, Shahid, and Badhaai
shoot set to another. Fully immersing also feature opposite South star Vijay Do, revealing that the ‘depth’ of the
herself in work, the actress has been Deverakonda in Liger. character equates the time he puts in for
reading more and more scripts to the preparation.
choose from and even has been Speaking of his latest film Roohi which also
working in full force for all her next 2 stars Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma,
projects. the star talked about improvisation
Even on her birthday in January, during a comedy film, calling the process
the actress was seen shooting with ‘organic’ he said, “When you do a
the veteran actor Anil Kapoor in comedy, it’s spontaneous, you can’t force
Rajasthan, where she celebrated the
day on the sets. With two back-to- it. It’s about being there and having fun
back Diwali releases in 2020, and with your lines. I don’t plan anything
now 3 announcements in the first three when it comes to comedies. The trick is
months of 2021, looks like Fatima is to surrender.”
going strong.



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bollywood news Rajkummar





this Month 3




FATIMA ANANYA


Ananya Panday made her debut
1 in Bollywood with Punit Malhotra’s
Student Of The Year 2. Post her debut
film, she went on to impress many with
her performance in Pati, Patni Aur Woh
and Khaali Peeli. Given her amazing
chemistry with Ishaan Khatter in Khaali
Peeli, the duo was also rumored to be Rajkummar Rao is known for taking up
dating. versatile roles when picking films, for
Well, the actress’s kitty is full of films the entirety of his career. The actor who
and fans are eagerly waiting for her debuted back in 2010 with Love Sex Aur
upcoming projects. Ananya, in a Dhokha, has developed a strong fan
recent interaction, opened up about following ever since by blessing the big
One week, two back-to-back movie being body-shamed while growing up. screen in the form of different characters.
announcements, Fatima Sana Shaikh The Khaali Peeli actress said, “People Rajkummar opened up about how he
is surely riding the high horse in the used to say I look like a boy, flat screen. picks roles that help him not get restricted
professional space at this point. The At that time it did hurt because those to one thing. To achieve his unique
announcements of her next projects, are the years where you are forming distinguishing factor, he has preferred to
namely, Ajeeb Dastaan and Aruvi self-confidence. You are learning to discuss ideas with directors.
remake have made her upcoming love yourself and someone else is In a recent interview, the 36-year-old star
filmography count to three. pulling you down when you really start opened up about his undying attempts
Sharing her excitement on the same, doubting yourself.” to make sure he doesn’t get trapped
the actress said, “I feel immense “Now, I am reaching a point where in a loophole of doing the same thing
joy to be on sets with such talented I am focusing on accepting myself. If
actors. Having 3 films on my plate that is sorted and that is my foundation over and over again. “I don’t want to
— Aruvi remake, Ajeeb Dastan, and then nothing can hurt me since I am get into the rut of doing the same thing,
Thar is an inexplicable feeling, I feel at peace with myself and I love myself. repeatedly. I don’t want to be trapped,”.
it will challenge me as an actor and I am not saying it has happened. It The star also expressed how he tries
I’m looking forward to this exciting is an ongoing process but I feel this to avoid repeating gestures despite it
journey. I’m really happy with the realization is more important than what making the overall scene better. “I know
scripts I’ve been getting, being excited anyone else says, “ added Ananya. it might work beautifully for the audience
would be an understatement.” On the work front, Ananya will be and perhaps even the scene, but I restrain
With a jam-packed schedule, the seen opposite Deepika Padukone and myself.” The actor gave examples of his
actress has been jumping from one Siddhant Chaturvedi soon. She will films like Trapped, Shahid, and Badhaai
shoot set to another. Fully immersing also feature opposite South star Vijay Do, revealing that the ‘depth’ of the
herself in work, the actress has been Deverakonda in Liger. character equates the time he puts in for
reading more and more scripts to the preparation.
choose from and even has been Speaking of his latest film Roohi which also
working in full force for all her next 2 stars Janhvi Kapoor and Varun Sharma,
projects. the star talked about improvisation
Even on her birthday in January, during a comedy film, calling the process
the actress was seen shooting with ‘organic’ he said, “When you do a
the veteran actor Anil Kapoor in comedy, it’s spontaneous, you can’t force
Rajasthan, where she celebrated the
day on the sets. With two back-to- it. It’s about being there and having fun
back Diwali releases in 2020, and with your lines. I don’t plan anything
now 3 announcements in the first three when it comes to comedies. The trick is
months of 2021, looks like Fatima is to surrender.”
going strong.



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FUNASIA LAUNCHES

3 AMAZING RADIO STATIONS IN UAE, DUBAI AND

BECOMES FUNASIA NETWORK


Established in August 2019, Fun Asia Network
is the fastest growing media network and
entertainment provider in the region .7 million
people over the age of 10 listen to radio in
the UAE every day. It was an opportunity that
was recognized by our visionary, CEO Perfect
Group of Companies Sam Thakkar to expand
FunAsia’s presence in the UAE.




We are proud to announce that we launched
the three Big Radio Stations in UAE in March
with an upscale launch event where media
and prominent people were invited.


It is fascinating how diverse the three radio
stations are and have a pulse and listenership
of their own. Read on to know more about
them.






















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Big has its finger on the pulse of the nation bringing the biggest Bollywood hits, latest
trends, news, sport, and scoops from the South Asian World. Big 106.2 caters to the
young and the young at heart from the subcontinent aged 18- 40.
106.2 is the most recognized radio frequency in the country…and is one of the biggest
Bollywood contemporary radio stations in the UAE boasting over 1.6 million listeners
daily, and hosts the most listened to afternoon & rive show in the country!, BIG has award-
winning RJs, engaging content and an incredible music selection playing hits across
several Hindi genres including Bollywood, Punjabi, club, indi-pop and much more.

Beat entertains a diverse range listener, aged between 18 and 35 locals, western
and Arab expatriates. The presenters bring the best of dance music, news on
the local and international entertainment scene. It also brings the biggest music
festivals such as Tomorrowland & Ultra to the UAE.


Luv is a feel-good station reaching expat listeners aged between 30 and 55.
The presenters entertain audiences with local features, The BBC minute, live
performances and the biggest station promotions. Music from the 90’s .This
station is all about the greatest hits and fun presentation style.

























You can access these stations through the BIG FAN TV APP in USA.














FunAsia’s initial promise to be present globally and be the fastest growing South-Asian media
Network is slowly taking shape as we continue to grow and expand further. There is more to come.
Stay Tuned!











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The Launch of Big FM International

Radio Station in Dallas.

Texas- Dallas 27/03/2021








Funasia Radio Network recently launched • Last but not the least, performance by ‘Twin Strings’ a
Big FM International on 104.9 FM HD2 Music Band from India.
in Dallas, Texas. The grand launch event
took place on Saturday, March 27th, 2021 The Launch Concert is still available to watch on Big FM
on 104.9 FM HD2, BIG FAN app and on International’s Facebook Page.
Big FM International’s and FunAsia Radio’s The motto of FunAsia Network is letting the viewers and
Facebook page. listeners experience FUN-‘It is our First Name.’
Big FM International is yet another Audio
/ Visual Radio station where listeners can
listen and watch the radio programs at the
same time.
Big FM International’s focus is to bring out
and maintain the DESINESS in the South
Asian community living in Dallas. The Radio
Shows are specially designed to make the
viewers and listeners feel nostalgic and
reconnect to the roots they belong to. This
is one more added flavor to our offerings.

Highlights of the Launch Concert


• The concert kick started with DJ
Performance by RJ Goldie, igniting the
Desi Vibe in the viewers and listeners.
• Stand-ups by our Radio Jockeys on
different aspects of Desiness
• A comic skit like Desi Samachar in
which people from different sectors ran
into a discussion for finding a solution
as to ‘How to bring back Desipan in
Dallas’.
• Statement from FunAsia CEO Vaishali
Thakkar and Group CEO of Perfect
Group of Companies Sam Thakkar on
Vision and Mission of the Company.
• Wishes from 104.9 FM FunAsia Radio
Team, USA and from Big 106.2 team,
Dubai.



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FWICE wants actors to cut down on staff on set amid


COVID-19 surge; to redraft SOPs for artists







































There has been a massive surge in FWICE has said that actors thought corona had gone
COVID-19 cases in the past month in India and started getting 10 members including bodyguards,
especially in the state of Maharashtra. managers, make-up people and hairstylists on set with
Several Bollywood celebrities have also them. They even brought along more than one assistant
tested positive for the virus in the past with them. He also said that they are redrafting the
couple weeks when they were shooting SOPs for the artists and will be mentioning the minimum
for their films. In the past couple of number of staff that can be on set.
days, actors like Akshay Kumar, Alia
Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Govinda, and In 2020, the government in its guidelines for COVID
Bhumi Pednekar also tested positive. had clearly stated that artists are encouraged to wrap
Now, the Federation of Western India their make-up at home and report on sets with minimal
Cine Employees (FWICE) has appealed staff. It was also advised that trials and fittings should
to units to reduce the number of staff be held at the actor’s residence and look test and other
members in film sets. nuances should be completed over video calls.


Pooja Hegde spotted in Andheri Goodbye Apart from this, hair and makeup artists have been told to
Goodbye Goodbye Photos: Kangana wear face shields and PPE while doing hair and makeup
Ranaut snapped at a dubbing studio in as it involves person-to-person contact. Makeup artists
BandraPhotos: Rakul Preet Singh and have also been told to mix products in a disposable
Jackky Bhagnani snapped at Farmers’ palette and if possible use only one brush applicator per
Cafe in BandraShabaash MithuDia Mirza actor.
spotted outside the salon in Bandra Next

Reportedly, BN Tiwari, president of


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goodreads that time of the year to celebrate Holi, the festival of colors which marks the onset
MADHURI’S MUSINGS
Colors of Life




What better way to celebrate new beginnings than with a burst of colors! Yes, it is


of spring. This festival which originated in Northern India, has crossed the streets
of the subcontinent and reached the highways of the world.





















THE HOLI STORY every cycle that ends, we have a new

Though are there different mythological beginning and the seeds planted in the
stories that surround this festival, such as soils of the past are springing forth with
the eternal love of Krishna and Radha that life. Holi celebrates the zest and vibrancy
transcended earthly obstacles or the victory of starting a new chapter.
of Prahaladha (an avatar of Lord Vishnu),
the spirit of Holi is honoring the colors SYMBOLISM OF COLORS
of life. It symbolizes a fresh start, and the The first colors that touched the world are

unfolding of a new cycle. It’s a celebration reflected in nature. The most beautiful
of love, life and unity in diversity. The color spectrum of the universe are the rays
smearing of colors is synonymous with the of light in the seven colors that embody a
sprinkling of positive energy! rainbow. The colors of nature are timeless,


THE SPIRIT OF SPRING

Celebrating Holi parallels the spirit
of spring. Spring is the most joyous
of nature’s seasons when the dull
landscape of winter is brought to
life with color. With every bud that
blossoms, a miracle takes place;
every flower that bursts forth in
a different color reflects nature’s
grace. It is a reminder that with



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MADHURI’S MUSINGS
adding hues like no other.
Each color has a special significance in Holi. based on the color.
Yellow symbolizes the light of knowledge and THE SPIRIT OF JOY
learning; red represents the power of love and The happy, joyful vibe of Holi is like no

other. Color marches
are now global
events that celebrate
strength in diversity
and freedom of
expression without
fear. Most of

all, it reflects the
exuberance of living
life vibrantly.
Whether it is
dancing in a rain of
colors, grooving to
passion; green signifies the spirit of growth and our favorite Bollywood songs, chasing

prosperity; blue denotes the spiritual color of friends with a water gun, or splashing
the heavens and is Lord Krishna’s color; Pink your lover’s white shirt, the festival of
and purple are popular for that extra playful Holi is a reminder to keep our playful
spark. Holi colors evoke laughter, fun and a spirit alive and energized.
flirtatious spirit. As Oscar Wilde said, “Color can speak
Colors convey meanings that transcend the to the soul”. Hope you savor the season
obvious, touch your underlying emotions, and of spring by celebrating with colors that
can even affect your psyche. Do you see the touch your soul and lift your heart with
world through a black and white microscope happiness! Happy Holi!
or a kaleidoscope of a myriad colors?
Color recognition is an important milestone in
the cognitive development
of a child. Color is the
language of the senses;

the creative element that
can add richness to the
canvas of your thoughts.
If you try recalling your
dreams, visualize the
colors in the vista of
your inner eye. Dreams
where certain colors
dominate your images
are interpreted differently



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The ‘Community Roundup’ show has also
been created to help all nonprofit associations
religious and social organizations to promote
their organizations, events, and activities. In
So much has changed in a short period of the past few weeks, we have helped several
time– the world around us, our neighborhoods, organizations such as Shri Ram Mandir of
gathering spaces, the places we work and Plano, Sankara Eye Foundation, North Texas
call home. Life in the midst of COVID-19 has Musical Choir, Sewa International, Art of
sparked fear, frustration, & anxiety all around. Living Foundation, HNA and many more by
It is easy for distractions, criticism, and stress promoting their activities and initiatives. If you
to creep in. There will be an appropriate time are part of any such organizations and would
to debrief, to look carefully at all aspects like to be a guest on our weekly segment
of this pandemic, to learn and rethink our “Community Roundup,” please do email me
approaches. But now, more than ever, we at [email protected]
must focus all of our energy on defeating this In this short amount of time, we have received
pandemic and the challenges associated with an overwhelming amount of support from
it. the community for this new segment. Once
As we have adjusted to the “new normal,” again, I am thankful to our dynamic CEO,
certain events and activities around the city Mrs. Vaishali Thakkar, for her exceptional
also have started to take place in person, while leadership in our endeavor to reach out to the
others are still taking place virtually. In order to community. Once again, many thanks to the
bring the community together, we have begun community for continually supporting Funasia
the ‘Community Roundup’ segment from Radio and helping us ‘bringing the community
2 to 3 PM on Saturdays on 104.9 FM. This together’.
segment will keep listeners informed of events
and activities happening across the metroplex. Always in service of the community,
The ‘Community Roundup” segment has been Neelam Dave
conceptualized and initiated by the CEO of
FunAsia Radio, Mrs. Vaishali Thakkar.



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Sanjay Joshi


Founder and CEO of ‘Classik Management’
CEO of ‘Wonderland Montessori School’

Sanjay Joshi is one of the DFW area’s most known “I always get bored doing one thing” Sanjay says.
and self-accomplished entrepreneurs. He is the That attitude is what has made him get into
Founder and CEO of ‘Classik Management’, many projects. From school to corporate
a real estate company, and the CEO of and now an entrepreneur was in itself a very
‘Wonderland Montessori School’ providing fascinating growth and journey. After settling
authentic Montessori education to children. He his real estate business, he was looking to do
is a successful businessman and constantly in something different. His parents in India had a
thirst of the next project which will excite him after school, and he was interested in getting into the
settling the operations of the current project in education sector and be the best in providing
hand. quality education. He opened his first Montessori

Soon after he completed his Electrical Engineering school ‘Wonderland Montessori Academy” in
Degree from Delhi College of Engineering in 2010 and the next one in 2011. The school now
India, he moved to the USA to do his Masters. has 7 branches in DFW area alone and one in
He returned to India after completion, as he Arizona. As a private
felt homesick. But fate brought him back to this individual owned
country in 1996, after he got married and was on Montessori school,
his honeymoon. Friends encouraged him to find they are the largest
a job in America since, he had his degree from in the DFW area
here. He got into the corporate world and was in and in taxes. Next,
IT and Human Resources and worked in the job he will be expanding
for almost 10 years. He identified an opportunity to the West coast.
in the growing real estate sector and soon quit his
job and started his real estate business.

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“Sanjay never relaxes”.
Once his school business set pace he opened
a construction company for their commercial
projects. They also have retail businesses - a retail Sanjay might be a smart businessman, but he has
strip mall, commercial investments like rent and a lot of empathy towards people around him and
plot businesses investments. Currently, he is focused is emotional. “One can be successful and rich,
on a new 48000 Sq/Ft Wedding Venue project in but it is most important to be nice to people and
McKinney, TX. It will be the largest, upscale and one be a good human being, otherwise everything
of its kind wedding venue in Texas for engagements, is worthless”. he quotes. Sanjay has the heart
weddings and parties. It is scheduled to open next to help a person in need, which a lot of people
year. might not know about him.

Sanjay says ‘There is no shortcut to success”. Things It is a pleasure featuring Sanjay Joshi, who
did not come easy, and he really had to work hard to believes in giving back to the community and
get whatever he has achieved. He could not spend helping people. I am grateful to him that he could
much time with his kids when they were growing spare time to speak to me and share his story. He
up, which he now regrets. He was busy establishing chases his dreams
his business but wishes he had balanced his life a with focus and
bit more in the past. Nevertheless, he praises and determination.
thanks his wife for taking charge of the home front, We at FunAsia
so that he could concentrate at work. DesiPages wish
A typical day of Sanjay’s requires him to work for him more power
14-16 hours a day. However, on weekends he to accomplish all
spends most of his time with kids and his family that he aspires!
and friends. He loves to socialize and watch movies
together with his wife and kids. Awards and Honors
“I would say that my strength is I am very committed -Governor Gregg Abbott presented Sanjay
and very focused”.
with Entrepreneur of the Year from (GDAACC)
Sanjay gives pep talks to the young generation Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of
and instills his belief that there is no short cut to Commerce, in 2017.
success. One needs to plan a project over time
and not have unrealistic immediate expectations.
If they are focused and determined their project -Alongside Pepsi CEO Indira Nooyi, Sanjay
must see sunshine. Moreover, the project they was awarded the Stardust Global Icon Award
take should come from their heart. He has always for Business Growth and Furthering Education,
taken up projects which he is passionate about and in 2017.
money will follow, He says money, should not be
the primary deciding factor to take up any project. -Dallas Business Journal presented Sanjay

with the Minority Business Leader Award in
2018.


-Stardust Global Indian Icon Award



-2018 Minority Business Leader Honoree





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AJAY DEVGN




JOURNEY FROM BEING



AN ENTERTAINER TO AN ACTOR




went on to be one of the biggest grosser
of 1991. For the next few years, Devgn’s
films were thorough commercial movies,
some that went to be massive hits but not
necessarily very rich in content and realism.
Around this time he actually met his lady
love, Kajol, while filming Gundaraj. On
24 February 1999, the couple wedded
in a conventional Maharashtrian Hindu
function at the Devgn home.
There was a remarkable change in choice
of cinema, the portrayal of characters
and the critical acclaim that Ajay Devgn
went on to earn from here on. Yes, the
commercial films continued and they are
an essential part of any superstar’s career
graph. But with them came the character
roles and thankfully they came in regular
intervals. In 1996, 1998, 1999, and
2001 he was nominated for Naajayaz,
Zakhm, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and
When we talk about 90s heroes of Bollywood Lajja but the Filmfare did not come his
who can act in comedy, romantic, and action way. Well, this is probably what they call rigged
films, we definitely think about Ajay Devgn! Vishal awards. From the tough cop in Naajayaz who
Veeru Devgan, the man who has played Othello has to take action against an estranged father to
and Magwitch onscreen; is who we know as Ajay the dark and powerful character who has chosen
Devgn. It’s been more than 3 decades since he the untrodden path to fight social evils in Lajja;
has been in Bollywood. He is one of the most Ajay Devgn had a lot to offer in this period. It is
versatile actors Bollywood has ever created. also ironic that he missed the Filmfare for Zakhm
Devgn’s debut Phool Aur Kaante was a but won the much-coveted National Film Award
commercial pot-boiler. Ajay Devgn achieved an as best actor for the same film.
award for his first film! Phool Aur Kaante got him Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam which was in the
the Filmfare for best debut and though the film news for a lot of off-screen romance had an Ajay
will probably not make it to the filmmaking case Devgn who did more talking with his eyes than
studies; one cannot forget Devgn’s entry, a split on with words. And women fell not only for Vanraj
two moving motorbikes. His stunt was so famous but also the man who portrayed the character.
that he still repeated it several times, especially The honesty in Vanraj’s character oozed out of
in Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal series. His next film Ajay Devgn and went on to be one of the better
characters of the nineties.

When he was giving us these stellar performances, Khakee allowed him to experiment once again,
Devgn also worked on Ithihaas with Twinkle and the villain onscreen succeeded in even
Khanna. Then we have another delicious and making his fans hate him. Around this time his
romantic Ishq where Devgn shared screen association with Rohit Shetty also started with
space with Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, and Kajol. Zameen and went on to create huge grosser like
Even though it was the rich girl, poor boy saga, Singham. Devgan’s tough cop acts in Singham
the elements of humor, friendship, and great and Gangajal would go down as one of the
onscreen chemistry made Ishq a sure hit. And best in contemporary commercial cinema. With
around the time, the man had perfected the art Gangajal was also written a long-term association
of romance onscreen. With Pyar Tho Hona Hi with Prakash Jha and Devgn’s varied roles in
Tha, the remake of French Kiss; Ajay Devgn’s and Raajneeti and Satyagraha gave more power to
Kajol’s chemistry did wonders. Jha’s style of filmmaking. In Raincoat, Ajay Devgn
2002 went on to be a great year, not only for Ajay did justice to the quintessential Rituparno Ghosh
Devgn but also for his fans. The actor had set out protagonist. Adapted from O’Henry’s The Gift of
to experiment with various roles and the result the Magi, this poetry in motion went on to win
was something no cinema lover would complain another National Film Award.
about. From the underworld gang leader Malik However, it is Omkara that continues to be
in Company (that won if the Filmfare Critics everyone’s favorite Ajay Devgn film. Bharadwaj
choice for best actor) to the almost deranged has an art for retelling Shakespeare and when
lover and psychopath in Deewangee that won Othello gets the face of Devgn, there is little
him the Best Actor in a Negative role, Ajay Devgn to complain about. Omkara premiered at the
was set for character roles. 2002 was also the Canne Festival and Bharadwaj won the special
year when multiple versions of Bhagat Singh jury award at the National film awards.
movies were made and only Rajkumar Santoshi’s The past has seen Ajay Devgn take up all sorts of
Legend of Bhagat Singh stood apart. With projects. His directorial debut with wife Kajol in U,
Devgn’s brooding glance and an aggressive and Me Aur Hum was a dampener. Then, of course,
committed performance he not only did justice there were films like Himmatwala that needed a lot
to the revered revolutionary but also won the of Himmat to sit through and Action Jackson that
National Award yet another time. The movie also has nothing much to talk about. Singham to Son
went on to win the best Hindi feature film at the of Sardar were mass entertainers. Golmaal and
National Film Awards. Singham are among the best action and comedy
franchises of Bollywood. People
extravagantly loved the pair of
Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn!
He then worked in several
films like and Yuva, Apaharan,
Shivaay, Raid, Drishyam and
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
We know he has more to offer
and hope to see both mass
entertainers and character
roles. The man who wasn’t
scared to stand up for a cause
and take on YRF, the man who
has done comedy, Bollywood
herogiri, and also the brooding
protagonist only grows with
each film. We at FunAsia wish
him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY


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