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Tape Face on his India tour: Silent comedy did seem to be fading, but it is making a comeback | Hollywood

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Sam Wills, a New Zealand-origin prop comedian is visiting India for the first time. Wills, who goes by the name Tape Face, “can’t wait” to be in the country, as he shares, “I’ve been looking forward to coming to India for some time, and to finally get the opportunity it’s fantastic. This is my first-ever trip to this vibrant country. I’m looking forward to interacting with my Indian fans, trying the food that I’ve heard so much about, and performing a show for them that I’m very proud of as part of my ongoing world tour.”

While he states that it’s his first visit to the country, he also admits that he hasn’t done much research on India. “I was terrible at school so didn’t do much homework,” he quips, further explaining, “I rely heavily on my background as an artist and prop comic, my knowledge about how to read and engage a crowd to create a sense of spectacle, and surprise using nothing but my performance skills, brief snatches of music and a succession of home-made contraptions. I haven’t spent much time researching the Indian audience. My show is truly international and can be presented to any audience on the planet and they’ll all have a good time. The language of comedy is universal and people are immediately intrigued as to how I can entertain them for so long without saying a single word.”

Wills, 44, just like his stage name tapes his mouth and does his art form all in silent, making him one of the rare comedians to do silent comedy. “Silent comedy did seem to be fading, but ironically, it is making a quiet little come back. Through simple, clever and charming humour, it is important to create accessible and enjoyable shows that are entertaining for the whole family. Tape Face is a character with universal appeal, many-layered and hilarious. That’s what connects with the audience easily, transcending barriers of language and culture,” he elaborates, saying his “uniqueness has managed to win (him) over many audiences, without saying a single word.”

Wills, who was a finalist on Season 11 of America’s Got Talent, is often called the modern-day Charlie Chaplin. Ask him if that’s a huge responsibility for him to carry on and he says, “I tend not to believe hype like that. I am just doing what I do best. I like focusing on improving my performances and although this is a huge compliment, I don’t pay much attention to these comparisons and try to only concentrate on making my audiences laugh with my acts.”

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When: January, 25

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Bigg Boss 16: Archana Gautam calls Kartik ‘bhaiya’ while enacting romantic scene

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Kartik Aaryan recently visited Bigg Boss 16 to promote his upcoming film, Shehzada. Farah Khan, who is currently hosting the reality show in place of Salman Khan, played a game with the contestants and Kartik. As part of a fun act, contestant Archana Gautam was told to enact a romantic scene with Kartik. But her slip of tongue during the act left everyone in splits. Also read: Kartik Aaryan, Rajkummar Rao, Patralekhaa line up for prasad at Anurag Basu’s Saraswati Puja celebration. See pics

Archana was told to act as if she is making ginger tea in the kitchen with Kartik Aaryan by her side. Archana tried to portray a romantic mood as she made the tea and Kartik put his arms across her waist. She told him, “Haye chhodo na mummy dekh legi (leave me, my mom will catch us).” As he refused to pull his hands away, she further said, “Kaunse gate se aye ho bhaiya (from which gate have you entered, brother).” This brought the act to a halt as both Archana and Kartik broke into a laughter and everyone else was also left in splits. Farah commented in jest, “Bhaiya bol dia, ye lo (she has called him brother).”

The viewers also commented in sarcasm as ColorsTV shared the promo of the Saturday episode on Instagram. The show airs from Monday to Friday at 10pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 9pm. A viewer commented on the video, “When bhaiya is takiyakalam (when bhaiya is a catchphrase).” Another said, “Ayee hayee Archana ki toh nikal padi bhaiyya (Archana seems to be in luck brother).” One more said, “Bechara Kartik (poor Kartik).” One more comment read, “Kartik be like: emotion damage.”

Kartik Aaryan is currently promoting Shehzada, in which he stars opposite Kriti Sanon. It is their second film after 2019 film Luka Chuppi. The film is directed by Rohit Dhawan and is set to release ahead of the Valentine’s Day weekend on February 10. It also stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Ronit Roy, Rajpal Yadav, Sachin Khedekar as Bantu’s grandfather, Debattama Saha, Ankur Rathee and Vin Rana.”

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Shark Tank’s Namita Thapar slams pitch on dieting: ‘Log ye gimmicky cheezein…’

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Shark Tank India judge Namita Thapar criticised an idea shared on the show in the latest promo that was posted by Sony Entertainment Television. While listening to the pitch about a diet and nutrition company, the executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, said she is unable to agree to the business idea on a fundamental level. This is not the first time Namita has spoken strongly about issues pertaining to weight loss and dieting. In an earlier episode Namita had shared that she too faced body shaming herself and was even teased as ‘moti (fat)’ in her early days. Also read: Netizens disagree as Shark Tank’s Namita Thapar claims ‘educated househelp’ posted hateful comment from her phone

In the Shark Tank India season 2 promo released on Thursday, Namita said to an entrepreneur pitching her business idea, “Ye jo apne word use kiya hain na ‘restart’, isi mein problem hein. Ye jo aap bata rahi he na usse mein fundamentally agree nahi kar rahi hoon, ki no exercise… humare saath aate he, restart karte he… Let’s spread the message ki weight loss ek lifestyle change se hota he… aur hum diabetes capital, blood pressure capital ban rahe hain because log ye sab gimmicky cheezein kar rahe hain aur apne health ke saath mess kar rahe hain. Toh mujhe ye sab sunke thoda sa, I am sorry but gussa jaise aa jata hain. I think we need to stop misguiding the country (The word you just used ‘restart’, is my main problem. Whatever you are saying here I am unable to agree on a fundamental level, that no exercise, we restart etc… Weight loss happens due to change in lifestyle, and if we are becoming diabetes capital and blood pressure capital as a country then it is because we are doing these gimmicky things and playing with our health. So after listening to this I feel a little angry, I am so sorry to say).”

While Namita spoke, the other two sharks Peyush Bansal and Anupam Mittal looked at her and seemed to agree with her statement. Some users appreciated Namita’s opinions on the show. One commented, “Hat’s off.’” Last year, Namita had revealed, while speaking to author Chetan Bhagat on his talk show on YouTube, that she used to feel ‘very ugly’ as a kid because of her weight and acne.

Shark Tank India Season 2 is hosted by Rahul Dua, and has Anupam Mittal (founder-CEO of Shaadi.com), Aman Gupta (co-founder-CMO of boAt), Namita Thapar (executive director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals), Vineeta Singh (co-founder-CEO of SUGAR Cosmetics), Peyush Bansal (founder-CEO of Lenskart.com) and Amit Jain (co-founder-CEO of CarDekho Group and InsuranceDekho.com) as the sharks.

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Supriya Sule lauds ‘superstar’ Shah Rukh, questions leaders slamming Pathaan | Bollywood

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Supriya Sule, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, who is currently a Member of Parliament, spoke about Shah Rukh Khan and his film Pathaan in a recent interview. She also spoke about Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra, who had earlier demanded a ban on Pathaan. Supriya said Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone were ‘looking fabulous’ in Pathaan. The politician added that ‘most people were jealous of Shah Rukh Khan’. Also read: After Pathaan’s box office success, Kangana Ranaut warns Bollywood to ‘stay away from politics’

In December 2022, after the Pathaan song Besharam Rang was released, Narottam Mishra had threatened to ban the movie in Madhya Pradesh. He had objected to Deepika Padukone wearing an orange swimsuit in the song. In following weeks, many other political leaders and organisations voiced objections against Pathaan, which alongside Shah Rukh and Deepika, also features John Abraham. The film was released on January 25, and has broken multiple box office records ever since.

When asked to mimic Shah Rukh Khan, Supriya said in an interview with Unfiltered By Samdish on YouTube, “How would I know? Shah Rukh Khan… please, he is the superstar of India. Right now I am just envious of how good he is looking in that movie (Pathaan). Him and Deepika are looking (gestures feeling breathless)… They are looking fabulous! I think most people are jealous of Shah Rukh Khan…” Supriya then responded to being asked if she would defend the comments made about Pathaan by politicians such as Narottam Mishra, “Not at all, I will not defend. I will pick (up) the phone and ask ‘bhaiya aap ko kya ho gaya hai (brother, what’s wrong with you)?'”

Supriya further said, “But the problem is that why are we even discussing such things. (Late union minister and BJP leader) Arun Jaitley used to say ‘aap dikhana band kar dijiye, log bolna band kar denge (if you stop broadcasting, people will stop saying things)’. Sometimes I think Arun ji is right. It is actually irrelevant, and it become so sad because a lot of other colleagues’ videos started coming out. This is not why we are here for politics. I am not defending either or…”

Directed by Siddharth Anand, the film also features Dimple Kapadia and Ashutosh Rana. As per trade analysts and film exhibitors, Pathaan’s domestic net collection will easily cross 225 crore over the first extended weekend and 300 crore in a week. As per the Yash Raj Films, the production banner, Pathaan grossed 200 crore worldwide in two days of its release.

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