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dna afterhrs brings you the faces who sizzled the silver screen in 2015 and ones likely to sizzle in 2016

This year has been a thrilling ride for the Gujarati film industry. Out of several films released in the regional industry only two were blockbuster hits. And by ‘blockbuster’ hits we mean they have come close to breaking records of the trade industry. Also a heads up on what’s in store for the coming year for all the movie buffs out there!

Local faces shine
For Yash Soni ka Nikhil , Mayur Chauhan aka Naresh, Malhar Thakar aka Vicky, Mitra Gadhvi aka Loy of Chhello Divas and Kinjal Rajpriya,  this year put them in the spotlight  and turned them to overnight celebrities. “The feeling is still sinking in”, said an elated Gadhvi. Expressing his joy on his newfound stardom, Thakar said, “I was never good at clicking selfies, when I saw a huge queue of people standing to click a selfie with me, my happiness knew no bounds.”
Bhool Bhulaiyaa to Gujjubhai
Gujarati theatre actor Jimmit Trivedi got his big break in the 2015 blockbuster flick ‘Gujjubhai-The Great’ opposite theatre legend Siddharth Randeria. The talented actor garnered high praise from the critics who were also of the opinion that in some of the scenes Trivedi was at par with Randeria in acting. We are likely to see Trivedi in another Gujarati film ‘Polampol’ in the coming year.
Major Events
Daya’s wedding!
Amdavadi Disha Vakani aka Dayaben of Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah fame tied the knot with her real life ‘Jethalal’ Mayur Parihaar in November this year in Mumbai. “The idea was to keep the wedding as intimate and as low key as possible”, said Disha’s brother Mayur Vakani in a conversation with us.
Bringing home the
National Award
This year three budding film makers of Ahmedabad Mit Jani, Vivek Chaudhary and Prateek Gupta brought home the highly coveted National Award for their documentary ‘Goonga Pehelwan’ based on the struggles of one of India most accomplished deaf athletes Virender Singh.
Malhar Pandya and
Divya Misra
Delhi-based actors Divya Misra and Malhar Pandya whose film was waiting to go on floors for about 2 years is to release in January. Well, all we can say is that it was worth the wait!
Monal Gajjar
After playing lead roles in five films down South, Amdavadi Monal Gajjar is back to her roots in Ahmedabad. She’ll be seen opposite Pratik Gandhi in the film Thai Jase, and one more Gujarati film which she has signed.
Saumya Joshi and Abhijat Joshi
Coming year 2016 is surely a highly anticipated year for veteran theatre artist Saumya Joshi. Not only will the film ‘102 not out’ based on his play start work soon, but this year will also mark his debut on television as a writer with a serial likely be aired on Starplus in Feb, 2016 and directed by Abhinay Deo. On the other hand, his elder brother Abhijat Joshi has co-written the script for Wazir with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and is set to release next year. “Writing for television is different, for me it was like writing a novel”, said Saumya Joshi when asked about his experience of writing for television.
Dakxin Bajrange
Daxkin Bajarange of Budhan Theatre has wrapped up shooting of his Bollywood film ‘Dhusar’ starring Tanu weds Manu fame Zeeshan Mohammed. “My film will be releasing around June-July 2016. The idea to make a Hindi feature film was there since 2008, and I am finally happy that it’s coming to fruition”, said Bajrange.

Can celluloid continue its affair with success?
Major Comebacks to be seen in 2016
Divyang Thakkar:
Although Thakkar chose to be tight lipped about it, if the buzz in the film industry is to be believed then the ‘Kevi Rite Jaish’ and ‘Bey Yaar’ actor is likely to stage a comeback in 2016 in a film likely to go out on the floors by May 2016. Currently the actor is working on a series o0f documentaries about ‘unsung heros’ of Ahmedabad. “The scripts that I was offered were totally worth the wait. Clearly looking to 2016”, said the actor.
Pratik Gandhi
The actor is likely to mark a comeback with Nirav Barot’s ‘Thai Jashe’ in which he’ll be seen opposite Monal Gajjar. And if the buzz in the film circuit is to be believed, then Gandhi is all set to star in a big-budget Gujarati film next year.
Amit Mistry:
He made us roll on the floor laughing with his comic timing in Bey Yaar, and in 2016, Mistry is likely to do the same by playing a the role of a kleptomaniac in his untitled upcoming film which will be directed by Rahul Bhole.

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