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  • Jitesh Singh Deo has wonr the Mr. India World 2017 title
  • He now aims on joining Bollywood
  • Jitesh calls himself and aspiring actor

New Delhi, Dec 25, 2017: Jitesh Singh Deo, who has won the Mr. India World 2017 title, has Bollywood dreams which he hopes come true soon.

Deo, who belongs to a middle-class family from Lucknow, bagged the title earlier this month in Mumbai.

“I’m an aspiring actor and I am hoping to make it big on the silver screen soon. I’ve walked at various fashion shows and done print shoots,” Deo told IANS.

Having succeeded Rohit Khandelwal, who made India proud by winning the Mr World 2016 title, Deo hopes to win at the international pageant too.

He says the “bar is set”, with Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar winning the Miss World 2017 title.

“It’s a great achievement that Mr. World and Miss World titles have been won by India by Rohit and Manushi respectively. And the bar is set. So, I have to work even more hard to retain the title. I’ll take proper guidance from Rohit and Manushi, and work smart accordingly,” he said.

A City Montessori School alumnus, Deo says he loves outdoor activities and since his days as a student, he has a keen interest in dance, music and creativity.

“I took part in various events. There was always an actor in me which couldn’t come out until I stepped out of home and moved to Delhi for further studies. I pushed my limits,” he said.

While he agrees that the common perception is that modelling is the stepping stone into films, Deo said: “I believe that one should focus on their strengths and work hard for it. Right now, I am focusing on acting as I want to become an actor.”

In his larger role as Mr. India, he wants to “motivate and encourage the youths of this country to work hard for their dreams and goals, and follow their passion”.

A cause that is close to his heart is child labour.

“I want to remove it and I want the children and the teens to get proper education because they are the future of India, and the future of this country is in their hands. So if the youths and children are moulded well, they can work together for the progress of this country,” said Deo, who is a nature lover. (IANS)

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A list of newcomers that made an impact on Bollywood in 2017

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  • Here are a few newcomers who made an impact this year

Mumbai, Dec 26, 2017: The year just-ending was not great for new talent. Unless we look at Mahira Khan as new talent. And that would be as calamitous as giving Diljit Dosanjh the best debutants award in 2016 for “Udta Punjab”.

So, who were the newcomers to really make an impact this year?

* Martin Rey Tangu: Salman Khan’s 10-year-old co-star in Kabir Khan’s “Tubelight” absolutely stole the show from the superstar. Natural and unspoilt, Martin would have been the perfect fit for Salman’s role.

* Sajal Ali in “Mom”: Three Pakistani actresses made an impressive Bollywood debut in 2017. While it would be unfair to describe the seasoned Mahira Khan and Saba Qamar as debutantes in “Raees” and “Hindi Medium” respectively, Sajal Ali playing the great Sridevi’s traumatized daughter was a relative newcomer on both sides of the border. This year, we needed new talent to come in from other parts of the world. That’s show short-staffed our cinema was in 2017.

* Ashish Bisht in “Shab”: Playing Raveena Tandon’s toyboy in Onir’s study of love, sex and heartbreak, Bisht brought in a sense of innocence and desperation to his role. There is hope here.

* Plabita Borthakur in “Lipstick Under My Burkha”: She threw off the burqa to indulge in a spot of shoplifting in this overrated film. God knows what the director was trying to probe. But young Plabita proved a point. One can make an impact in a film that wears the burqa just to throw it off as a fashion statement.

* Khushmeet Gill in “Sniff”: As the young Sardarji from Amole Gupte’s film whose sense of smell is gone, Khushmeet was a natural born scene-stealer. He made a good enough impact. Strangely, it was the kids who made all the impact during the year starved of new talent.

* Aadar Jain in “Qaidi Band”: Easily and hands-down the best male discovery of 2016, Aadar who belongs to the illustrious Raj Kapoor’s ‘khandaan’, played the wrongly convicted jailbird with tremendous empathy warmth and feeling. A pity this film sank without a trace. Aadar deserves a second chance.

* Anya Singh in “Qaidi Band”: She had one breakdown sequence in the courtroom where Anya proved she had the potential to be the new-age Jaya Bhaduri. Producers starved of leading ladies, please take note.

* Svar Kamble in “Chef”: The third debutant child actor of the year to make an impact. Playing Saif Ali Khan’s son, this young performer revealed rare intelligence in handling complex scenes.

* Barun Sobti in “Tu Hai Mera Sunday”: The TV actor made a telling impact in a role of a do-gooder who is unable to do good for himself. Strangely, this superb film and its capable performers made no impact at the box-office.

* Parvathy in “Qarib Qarib Singlle”: By far the most accomplished Bollywood debutante of the year. But then Parvathy was not new to excellence, having proved her mettle in Malayalam movies. Nonetheless, during a year when new talent was scarce and scarily scant, we welcomed this spontaneous performer with open arms.

Let’s hope 2018 would give us more Parvathis and less Mustafas.

We mention Mustafa because the son of director Abbas Burmwalla gave nepotism a bad name with his disastrous debut in a film aptly called “Machine”. Mustafa seemed as robotic as a time machine that had lost its timer. (IANS)

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