Aamir dedicates first movie to parents

Mumbai, Oct 22 (IANS) After spending 14 long years on television, actor Aamir Dalvi is making a leap to the big screen with "Dilli Gang". He dedicates the movie to his parents.

He has been part of TV shows like "Jyoti", "Sanskaar Laxmi", "Chhal - Sheh Aur Maat" and "Woh Rehne Waali Mehlon Ki".

"The film revolves around senior citizen murders and what attracted me most was that it is as much about us as it is about our parents. I feel that I owe a great amount to my parents for whatever I am today and hence I took up the film for them," Aamir said in a statement.

Directed by Ashish Tyagi, "Dilli Gang" also features Darshan Jariwala, Neena Kulkarni, Yashpal Sharma and Asrani.

"I play Ashish who goes abroad and has been staying there to make his career. He's an average guy who wants to become something in life," he added.

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Ankita's double dhamaal on telly

Even after four years Ankita Lokhande is going strong as "Pavitra Rishta" lead actress. She has now donned the double role of grandma Archana and granddaughter Ankita in the show which has taken a 20-year leap.

The character of Ankita had to grow up overnight in order to take care of her four siblings and drunken father after her mother left them to marry a rich man.

While Archana continues to wear intricately designed saris, the young Ankita is seen in bright, youthful colours that reflect her age and sense of style in the series produced by Ekta Kapoor.

"I have been very fortunate to have got the opportunity to play the role of Archana who has endeared herself to the viewers over the years. I am grateful to Ekta ma'am and Zee TV for having faith in my ability and casting me in such a strong role at the very start of my career," Ankita said in a statement.

"Yes, it will take me some time to adjust to stepping in and out of the characters of Archana and Ankita within the same day, but I think practice will make that perfect too....It feels surreal to be playing the role of my own namesake. Especially since the character is so close to who I am off screen as well," she added.

"Pavitra Rishta" airs on Zee TV.

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Deepika, Karan and Annirudh to host 'Star Diwali...'

Small screen stars Deepika Singh, Karan Tacker and Annirudh Dave will be seen hosting the annual Diwali celebration "Star Diwali - Thodi Si Muskan, Dher Sara Pyaar".

"I am hosting for the first time and I am very happy that I have Karan and Annirudh for company, we are going to have a blast," Deepika, who plays Sandhya in "Diya Aur Baati Hum", said in a statement.

The members of the Star Plus family such as Anas Rashid, Kanika Maheshwari, Karan Mehra, Ishita Dutta, Rahul Sharma, Kanchi Kaul, Esha Kansara, Nakuul Mehta and other popular faces like Karan Wahi, Shaleen Bhanot, Sanjeeda Sheikh and Sayantani Ghosh will attend the show.

As a surprise element Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha will also make an appearance.

"I love being part of all Star Parivaar celebrations. It truly has the warmth of real family celebration," Sonakshi said.

"Star Diwali - Thodi si muskan, dher sara pyaar" will air Oct 26 and 27 at 7 p.m.

While "Nach Baliye 6" participant couple Gurmeet Choudhary and Debina Bonnerjee will give a sensuous performance, comedian Bharti Singh will be seen entertaining the audience by performing on some hit Bollywood numbers like "Pinky" from the recent movie "Zanjeer".

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