One of the most honourable things a human can do is to be able to assist the country in any way imaginable. The pleasure and dignity of wearing the army uniforms are unrivalled by any other service, and this once-in-a-lifetime privilege is only afforded to a handful of individuals.
But, did you know that several Bollywood stars have volunteered to serve the country before ascending to the throne of the glamorous world?
Our Indian cinema stars like playing such characters because patriotism has long been a favourite theme among our film industry’s writers and filmmakers and also among audiences. Aiyaari, Border, Holiday, The Ghazi Attack, Lakshya, Shaurya, Uri: The Surgical Strike, Shershaah and many other films are devoted to our Indian Army.
While we adore seeing our favourite celebrities in uniformed roles and are huge fans of such characters and films, it’s fascinating to learn about their past occupations.
Let’s take a look at some of the actors that have served in the Indian Army:
1. Gufi Paintal
Gufi Paintal, one of the most prominent performers of the classic period, made the legendary series Mahabharata an unforgettable one. Gufi Paintal, who played the sneaky part of Shakuni mama in the series, was a renowned actor of the 1980s.
The actor was originally trained as an engineer and began modelling assignments in 1969 after recovering from a sick family. While we are all familiar with his varied appearances in television series and films, few of us are aware that he was once a captain in the Indian Army.
2. Anand Bakshi
Anand Bakshi is among the best lyricists India has produced. Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan his family later moved to India. He was quite fond of writing since his youth as a personal hobby. He got his break in Bollywood with Bhalaa Aadmi (1958). Anand was nominated for the Filmfare award for Best lyricist a total of 40 times, and winning 4 of them.
Anand Bakshi joined Royal Indian Navy in 1944. After partition his family left Pakistan ad travelled to Delhi, and later joined the Indian Army.
3. Raaj Kumar
The Bollywood actor Raaj Kumar was commonly known in the Hindi film industry as “Jaani,” and was responsible for some iconic dialogues that are permanently carved in our hearts. Raaj Kumar has left a lasting effect on the Indian public with his powerful performances in masterpieces like Waqt, Pakeezah, Tirangaa, mother India, Nausherwan-E-Adil, and others.
While we admire the actor and his outstanding performances, he also served as the sub-inspector in the Mumbai Police Department before entering the glam industry in the late 1940s.
4. Bikramjeet Kanwarpal
The late actor Bikramjeet Kanwarpal, was known for his remarkable performances as a supporting actor in many films and television programmes. Bikramjeet gained hearts by brilliantly portraying supporting roles in films like Don, Grand Masti, Murder 2, and several television programmes such as 24, Special Ops, Crime Patrol, and others.
But were you aware that he was a Major in the Indian Army? After retiring from the army in 2002, the actor returned to the glam industry in 2003, starring in the Madhur Bhandarkar film, Page 3.
Rehman’s career lasted from the late 1940s to the late 1970s, making him a great actor of the golden age. Rehman rose to fame after appearing in legendary masterpieces including Pyaasa, Chaudhri Ka Chand, Waqt, Jeet, Badi Behen, Pardes, and others.
While the younger generation may have forgotten or choose not to know much about the actor, the revelation that he served the country as a pilot in the Royal Indian Air Force is a total surprise to his admirers. The actor quit his prestigious profession as a pilot to pursue a career in acting, and the rest is history.
6. Rudrashish Majumder
Rudrashish Majumdar, a former army officer turned actor, has appeared in films such as Chhichhore, Hawa Singh, Mrs Undercover, and Jersey, as well as a Bengali web series called Lost in Tollywood. The actor has also appeared in several commercials, including those for Coca-Cola and MG Hector.
However, only a handful in the audience would be aware that he served the country as a major in the Indian Army for seven years.
7. Achyut Potdar
In films like 3 idiots, Dabangg 2, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, and others, he gave brief but noteworthy performances. Achyut Potdar has established himself as one of Bollywood’s most promising performers. Despite appearing in a few quick and minor roles, this actor has received a lot of appreciation from Indian viewers. And now that we’ve learned everything about his cinematic career, it’s time to look back at his early days before breaking into the spotlight.
He began his career as a professor at Rewa, Madhya Pradesh before joining the Indian Army as a captain and retiring in 1967. After 25 years as an executive in the Indian oil industry, he eventually entered the entertainment industry at the age of 44.
These Dialogues Of Judges From Shark Tank India 2 Are Going Viral
Since its first season, a reality television program called Shark Tank India has gained popularity and has completely taken over conversations about enterprises in the nation.
The program is an Indian adaptation of the American reality television program Shark Tank. Despite its unfashionable premise, the show has captured the interest of the majority of Indians. The show featured the roaster of some of India’s most well-known entrepreneurs which also became a focal point for audiences during the whole first season.
Given the fact that the reality television program has a diverse following throughout its debut season, it also inspired innumerable memes and cemented its place in the annals of Indian popular culture. It goes without saying that the second season is also doing the same right now.
Despite some minor changes from the first fabulous season, the show and its sharks have gained a lot of attention. While I have to admit that BharatPe co-founder Ashneer Grover, despite not being in a show, is still echoing his presence in the show-related conversations, other sharks are also gaining momentum.
Like Ashneer Grover’s “Yeh sab dogalapan hai” dialogue from the first season, dialogues of sharks from the second season are also generating so much meme-fodder for netizens. So, here’s a look at some of the most memorable dialogues of sharks from season 2:
1. Anupam Mittal
Anupam Mittal, the CEO and founder of People Group, the conglomerate for businesses like Makaan.com and Shaadi.com, is undoubtedly generating a lot of buzz this second season with his comedic banters. Here are some of his funny dialogues:
Chai pila do
The no. 1 shark is here
Sab mazak is baatein hain
You are more Indian than Indians
2. Amit Jain
Despite being a new entrant, Amit Jain, founder and CEO of the CarDekho Group, has also made his impression on the audiences and shared lots of memorable dialogues with the audience. Have a look at them:
Maine chaar companies banayi hain
3. Peyush Bansal
Peyush Bansal, founder and CEO of Lenskart, always sounds like a classy gentleman. However, it doesn’t mean that he is not desi enough. In fact, his most viral dialogue is all about being desi.
Jugadu hai yeh
4. Aman Gupta
The season’s biggest attraction is Aman Gupta, the co-founder and CMO of Boat Lifestyles. His dialogues are becoming popular meme fodder in addition to earning a sizable profit from his lucrative business.
Aap purush hi nhi, Mahapurush ho
Sab gadbad hai
5. Namita Thapar
Namita Thapar is one Shark whose views on the program have garnered public notice. On the program, Namita Thapar, CEO of Emcure Pharmaceuticals, gained notoriety for uttering things that were swiftly converted into memes.
Yeh meri expertise nhi hai
It’s a miracle
Alka Yagnik Is Living Separately From Her Husband For More Than 25 years And They Are Still In Love
Alka Yagnik is one of Bollywood’s most renowned and well-known vocalists. She was the 90s’ reigning queen of melody and is still a well-known performer today. In her career in Bollywood, Alka Yagnik has performed several female solos and is one of the most active female playback singers in Indian cinema.
With her enchanting voice, she has recorded more than 2,000 songs in more than 16 languages. Her admirers value her and her skills because she has performed outstanding songs thus far. From Ek Do Teen from Tezaab to Chamma Chamma from China Gate, the majority of her songs have been significant hits in the industry.
Along with performing, Yagnik has served as a judge on a number of singing competition series, including Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, Indian Idol, and Superstar Singer, among others. While her professional life is very well known, not many people know that she has also performed outstandingly in her personal life.
Alka Yagnik, who can be counted among one of the best female singer in India began singing at the young age of 14, has made singing her career. However, because of this, she never had the opportunity to be with her spouse. Her musical career drew her to Mumbai, which obliged her to live apart from her husband for about 27 years.
Despite living miles away from her husband, Neeraj Kapoor, the love between them never fades away.
How did Alka and Neeraj first meet?
Alka Yagnik traveled to New Delhi by rail in 1986 with her mother. At the early-morning train station, Neeraj Kapoor, the nephew of her mother’s friend, came to pick them up. That’s where they first met. They both displayed nice, loving faces when they first met one another.
After this, Alka and Neeraj communicated frequently. For roughly six months, their endearing relationship blossomed and expanded. Then, as their love chemistry continued to grow, both felt the need to go forward.
Their marriage saga
After around two years of bonding and significant romantic chemistry, both sides agreed to be officially coupled up for the long haul. With the mega-popular song Ek Do Teen in 1988, Alka’s career was at its peak.
On behalf of both families, the couple decided to get married in the same year. Their separate careers, though, worried their families. Moreover, there is a physical separation between them.
Nevertheless, they were deeply in love with one another, and as a result, their families supported the wedding. Finally, they were married in February 1989. Alka used to remain in Bombay while Neeraj lived in Shillong. Their daughter Sayesha, who frequently lived with Alka, was born the same year.
Down moments in their marriage
The pair first made an effort to maintain their marriage. Neeraj would make regular trips to Mumbai, while Alka would visit her family in Shillong for a month each year. This, however, was not sustainable for very long. Alka Yagnik had to remain in Mumbai as a result of her professional decisions. Alka Yagnik’s husband, a businessman from Shillong, could not shift his work schedule and was unable to leave Shillong.
Soon, the two were also separated because of some problems and didn’t see each other for four or five years. They later understood, however, that they couldn’t live without each other.
Two decades of love still sounds refreshing
Alka Yagnik and Neeraj Kapoor overcame all obstacles in their path, even after living apart for more than 20 years. Alka and Neeraj get together during the holidays. Not only that, but they freely appreciated and encouraged one another’s aspirations.
Alka and Neeraj are still happy together and have no regrets whatsoever about their marriage, even after 27 years.
Journey Of The Companies Founded By Shark Tank India Judges, It’s Revenues, Profits Etc.
Who doesn’t know about Shark Tank India these days? After the reality show’s first season turned out to be an epic hit, the second season has come back with new surprises. Shark Tank is a great show for Indian entrepreneurs to avail funds and guidance from some of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the country.
The ‘Sharks’, as the judges are called, usually ask the participant startup founders about their journey, revenues, profits, etc. on the show. Have you ever wondered the same questions about the judges? If you have, then here are the answers to those questions.
Here’s everything you need to know about the companies founded by the Shark Tank judges:
1. People Group by Anupam Mittal
Before Anupam Mittal started People Group, which created businesses like Shaadi.com, and Makaan.com, he used to work at MicroStrategy for four years.
How did Shaadi.com get started?
Everyone has heard of Shaadi.com. It is one of the most prominent wings of the People Group. The idea for the venture was all figured out by Anupam Mittal in 1996. As an experiment, he started Sagaai.com in 1997. He put all his resources into making this venture work in 2001 and also changed the name to Shaadi.com from Sagaai.com.
Shaadi.com raised $8 million from Sequoia Capital in March 2006 in an unknown funding round. Anupam Mittal had also started Mauj.com by then and raised $20 million.
Although their profit is unknown Anupam Mittal, in an interview last year, said that the business is profitable and they are planning to go for an IPO (Initial Public Offering) by the next financial year.
Thanks to Shark Tank India, Anupam Mittal become a household name and he has invested in several businesses like Ola, InstaLively, Druva, PrettySecrets, etc. He has appeared in both seasons of the show. In Shark Tank India Season 2, he has invested over ₹3.18 crores in various other businesses.
2. boAt by Aman Gupta
Aman Gupta is one of the first-generation entrepreneurs on the show. He started boAt in 2016, which is now India’s no. 1 earwear audio brand. Also after 2020, it hit a new milestone, boAt has become the 5th largest earwear audio brand globally.
How did boAt get started?
After working as an Assistant Manager at Citi Group for two years, Aman Gupta ventured into different organizations in different roles thereafter. He even started a Telemedia and a Marketing company. He founded boAt with Sameer Mehta, a lifestyle brand, in 2016. The brand, boAt, was a bootstrapped startup, which the founders started with a capital of around ₹30 lakhs.
boAt is currently valued at $1.4 billion, after a Series C funding of ~$60 million which is approximately around ₹500 crores. It has had total funding of around $116.3 million to date from Qualcomm Ventures, Innoven capital, Warburg Pincus, and Fireside Ventures, among others.
According to YourStory, the company has reported its revenue from operations of ₹2,873 crore for the fiscal year 2022, with a profit of ₹68.70 crores.
After appearing as a judge in both seasons of Shark Tank India he has become quite popular among the masses. Aman Gupta has invested in several companies like Licious, Shiprocket, Stage, etc. Aman Gupta has invested around ₹5.17 crores in the first three weeks of the second season itself which is also the second highest this season.
3. Emcure Pharmaceuticals by Namita Thapar
We doubt that there’s anybody who doesn’t know about Emcure Pharmaceuticals. Namita Thapar is the Executive Director of Emcure Pharmaceuticals. The company was founded by her father, Satish Mehta, in 1981.
Journey of Namita Thapar with Emcure
Namita Thapar went for an MBA from Fuqua School of Business after she completed her Chartered Accountancy. She worked for 6 years at Guidant Corporation in the USA, before she decided to come back to India and grow her family business. She joined as the CFO of Emcure and subsequently became the Executive Director of the company. She manages Emcure’s India Business which is its largest business unit.
She also leads an education company, Incredible Ventures Ltd, that teaches entrepreneurship to interested 11 -18-year-olds.
Back in 1981, Satish Mehta started Emcure Pharmaceuticals with a loan of ₹3 lakhs, and today the company is valued at around ₹5,000 crores. In the financial year 2021, Emcure locked a revenue of ₹6,091.8 crores and earned a net income of ₹418.6 crores.
Namita Thapar has invested the most, around ₹7.32 crores, in this season till now. She has also become a household name after appearing as a judge in both seasons of Shark Tank India.
The newest judge in Shark Tank India is Amit Jain. Before he started his first venture he worked for a year at TCS as a Software Engineer and then in several roles at Trilogy for almost 7 years.
How did CarDekho get started?
The Jain brother duo, Amit Jain and Anurag Jain, started GirnarSoft in 2007. After a year, they started another venture together, CarDekho, under GirnarSoft’s umbrella, which has now become a Unicorn.
CarDekho’s Funding & Profit
CarDekho is a Unicorn with a valuation of $1.2 billion. As of the financial year 2021, the company has earned a revenue of around ₹884.4 crores. It has received a total funding of $497.5 million across 9 funding rounds. Sequoia Capital, HDFC Bank, LeapFrog Investments, etc. are among their prominent investors. For FY22, CarDekho has suffered losses of around ₹246 crores.
Although he appeared pretty late in Shark Tank, he has invested around ₹2.36 crores by the end of three weeks.
5. Lenskart by Peyush Bansal
One of the most loved judges on Shark Tank India is Peyush Bansal. After he completed his Engineering from McGill University, he started his journey as a Program Manager at Microsoft.
How did Lenskart get started?
Lenskart is a name known to all. Though Peyush Bansal started five companies apart from Lenskart, it was the eyewear retail chain that actually became a huge success for him. Peyush Bansal started Lenskart in 2010 after he completed his Master’s degree from IIM Bangalore. In October 2020, he co-founded Lenskart Vision Fund.
In 2021, he also started Lenskart Foundation, to eradicate refractive error-based blindness from every nook and cranny of the country and also provides free eye care to underprivileged children.
As of December 2022, Lenskart has raised about $980 million from investors like Avendus Future Leaders Fund II, Alpha Wave Ventures, and Epiq Capital. Lenskart’s revenue for the financial year 2022 was around ₹1,618.30 crores, with a consolidated loss of ₹102.3 crores.
Peyush Bansal’s investments have always been somewhat social-driven. He won everyone’s hearts when he invested in Jugaadu Kamlesh‘s invention. He has also invested in companies like Dailyobjects, Infeedo, Shiprocket, etc. He invested around ₹4.8 crores by the end of the third week of Shark Tank India Season 2.
6. Sugar Cosmetics by Vineeta Singh
Vineeta Singh has always wanted to be an entrepreneur. She rejected a placement offer of ₹1 crore per annum from a global investment bank after she completed her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, to start her own HR services.
How did Sugar Cosmetics get started?
Though her first startup didn’t work out well, she started two successful businesses namely Fab Bag in April 2012 and Sugar Cosmetics in July 2015.
Sugar Cosmetics funding
In 2022, Sugar Cosmetics raised $50 million in Series D funding at a valuation of $500 million. This round was led by the Asia fund of L Catterton and existing investors included Elevation Capital, A91 Partners, and India Quotient. It has raised almost $100 million in aggregate so far.
Vineeta Singh’s investment
Since she has appeared in both seasons of Shark Tank India 2, most of her investments are in the startups appearing on the show. Vineeta Singh has also invested in several startups like JoshTalk, JhaJi Store, GetAWhey, etc. Vineeta Singh has invested around ₹2.95 crores by the end of the third week of Shark Tank India Season 2.
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