Are you an avid small screen lover who is as much interested in watching advertisements as other content? If yes, you couldn’t have missed Nakshatra Talwar. The 14-year-old, who forayed into the world of theatre aged six, has been a part of several commercials TV soaps.
He is a part of TV commercials of Tata AIG, HSBC Bank, Milko Toffee, Sun Sky Shop, Padamshree Ghee and Microsoft. He also has to his credit TV serials like Kyunki….. Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, Kagar Ki Aag and also telefilms like Seekh, Panchva Paranth, Raju and Tapish.
He also appeared in Zindagi Dot Com, an educational television series broadcast on Doordarshan. Produced by the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC), it talks about government’s e-governance plan.
A student of Pitampura-based KIIT World School in New Delhi, Nakshatra always loved being on stage and performing in front of an audience. “At that time, I didn’t know what ‘acting’ meant,” says Nakshatra. But now I understand what acting means and what being in the glamour world entails,” he shares. So Nakshatra chalked an academic route for his life. “Though acting is not something I will ever leave, I would want to study engineering and get a stable job,” he shares.
So how does he manage his time? He carries his books to the sets and studies in between the shots. “Also, I have full support of my parents, friends and even school teachers which helps me a great deal in getting good marks,” he smiles.
Other than writing, Nakshatra likes to do creative writing, dancing, playing computer games as well as field games like basketball and football.
OM PRAKASH YADAV
The boy (Om Prakash Yadav), a class VII student and the son of a Uttar Pradesh farmer, pulled out several of his friends alive out of a burning van, caring little about his own safety. On September 4, 2010, Om Prakash was going to school along with other students in a Maruti van. But all of a sudden, the van caught fire because of a short circuit in the gas kit. The driver immediately opened his door and fled. But not Om Prakash. He broke open the van door and pulled out the others, caring little about the flames that had spread to his face, back and arms. He saved eight children. For his bravery, he has won the Sanjay Chopra Award.
REEYA RENE RAJPAL
On first looks, resident Reeya Rene Rajpal appears to be just another 7-year-old child who is happy watching TV and playing with siblings. But you talk to her, and out comes the sensitive personality that lies behind the innocent exterior.
Sample this: I have a few friends but please don’t write their names since the other classmates will be upset if their names don’t appear. “She gets beaten up by her younger sister but she never hits back,” Reeya’s mother Dr Monika Rajpal tells us, sitting amid her daughter’s canvases at her home in Silver City Apartments, Sector 93.
This is the sensitivity which has manifested itself on the canvas, and taken different shapes and colours. So much so that she is ready with her first show now.
The show Colour Play on Canvas is being held at Lalit Kala Akademy between September 6 and 12. The works are beautiful, and show the maturity of the artist which is definitely much beyond her age. Her abstracts and landscapes take you to another world, full of fantasy and mystique. Renowned masters of Indian art, Ram Kumar and Krishen Khanna, have a lot of appreciation for her works. In fact, Khanna, who is the guest of honour at her upcoming show, has even promised to teach her when she grows up.
Most of her works are water colour on paper, only some are done with acrylic and oil paints too. “Actually I discourage her from using oil paints since it gets too messy and since I have no knowledge of canvas or paints I find it difficult to remove,” says Dr Rajpal.
Reeya’s journey into the world of art started two years back. “Actually she was unwell, and on bed for a long period. At that time, even TV didn’t interest her much,” informs her mother. So one day, just to keep her occupied and distract her mind from her illness her mother gave her some colours and papers. The child made such a beautiful painting that it left even the elders spellbound. She later named her work as Valley of Flowers. “I love bright colours, I feel happy seeing them,” she says.
That was the beginning. Reeya went on to make more paintings, each better than the other. Most of the time, it is her inner feelings and thoughts that come out on paper. “Sometimes my uncle (tayaji) too helps or corrects me, he is an artist,” she says.
Apart from drawing and painting, she is also into making useful things out of waste. “In my school, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, my teachers teach us to make things out of waste. I made vase, candle stand decorating them with shells,” she says.
She also expresses herself through words, writing poems. “Whenever there is a birthday in the family, she not only makes a beautiful card but also makes sure to write a small poem on it,” says her mother.
Like other kids her age, Reeya enjoys watching TV, mainly the SAB TV programmes. She can sit in front of TV endlessly, her mother informs. But unlike others, she prefers being home, with her parents, uncles and aunties, and cousins. “Given a choice between going out for a movie or a park or a shopping mall, and staying at home, she will gladly stay back,” he mother says.