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Ahead Of Pride Month, Remembering 16-Year-Old Queer Artist Pranshu  

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Pride Month is celebrated annually in June, dedicating, honouring, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community. It remembers the Stonewall Riots in June 1969, pivotal in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Pride month is marked by fostering a sense of unity, visibility, and empowerment for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. Many cities around the globe host Pride parades and marches showcasing vibrant, colourful displays of solidarity, featuring floats, music, and performances.

Pride Month increases the visibility of LGBTQ+ individuals and issues in the media. It is the time, when many influencers particularly those from the LGBTQ+ community, use social media platforms to ask for equality, share their experiences, and celebrate diversity. They play a crucial role in shaping public perception and fostering a more inclusive society.

Ahead of Pride Month, The Reel Stars remembers the 16-year-old queer artist named Pranshu who died by suicide due to bullying.

Pranshu lost his life due to cyberbullying  

Pranshu, who hailed from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain, lost their life by suicide after receiving a slew of hate comments on Instagram. They was found dead, reportedly hanging from their mother’s dupatta on November 21. Many users on Instagram alleged that Pranshu was subjected to online bullying and harassment, especially after sharing a reel wearing a saree on Diwali day. The reel went viral, eliciting more than 4,000 hate comments, mostly homophobic.

Pranshu’s social media presence

They were a Class 10 student with thousands of followers on social media, where they showcased their art. A self-taught makeup artist, Pranshu has nearly 29K followers on Instagram and used to post makeup and beauty content. Pranshu used to post photos and videos wearing make-up, sarees, jewellery, nail polish, and other traditional wear. Even after their death, Pranshu’s Instagram handle remained a hunting ground for homophobic trolls. The account has now been made private by Pranshu’s family.

Pranshu’s mother was proud of him

Pranshu’s mother Preeti Yadav a Ujjain-based medical representative, was quoted as saying in a report by The Quint: “Why is no attention being paid to the fact that 16-year-old faced hateful comments online for doing something they not only loved, but were also good at? This negativity needs to be checked and curtailed.”

She added, “My child was supremely talented. They did nothing wrong. I am proud of them. Usually, it’s in class 9 when children tell their parents they want to be engineers, architects, etc. But Pranshu came and told me they wanted to be a makeup artist. At first, I was a bit surprised, but when I looked at their work I was in awe. That day I asked them to follow their dream.”

She further shared that they drew inspiration from American YouTuber and makeup artist James Charles, and “wanted to be just like him.” “Every child is unique, and I accepted my child the way they were. I would have always stood by them. I wish they would have given me that chance.”

Sushant Divgikar was heartbroken with Pranshu’s demise

Trans activist-actor Sushant Divgikar was heartbroken with Pranshu’s demise, as she shared, “I knew them. They used to comment on some of my posts. I couldn’t believe it initially; it was so heart breaking. However, I haven’t been able to mourn properly, because anger has taken over grief. I am tired, I have been dealing with this for 17 years. This should be a wakeup call how many kids are we going to lose? If you are okay with a child losing their life, then there is systematically something wrong with you. We as a society should collectively feel ashamed of ourselves. Moreover, there should be strict policies on social media for cybercrime.”

Here’s how Pranshu started his journey

During the pandemic, Pranshu started using social media for school. However, that’s when he also started watching YouTube videos and taking makeup tutorials online. Since then, they uploaded more than 300 posts on Instagram, most of which are makeup looks. Furthermore, Pranshu used to collaborate with brands for promotions and never burdened her with any expenses related to makeup.

Pranshu was a happy child and a Lord Krishna devotee

Pranshu and Preeti lived alone after Preeti separated from her husband a few years ago. Her mother mentioned that Prashu was a happy child and a big devotee of Lord Krishna. They were a bright student and never received complaints. Pranshu performed well academically and teachers were very fond of them. They were always respectful towards girls and women.

Dharini Sanghavi is an entertainment journalist, and mom to a son. She has more than 13 years of experience and has worked with TellyChakkar and Koimoi. She is a social bird and is self-motivated by nature!

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Bigg Boss OTT 3 Contestant Shivani Kumari: If I Win Bigg Boss, It Will Be Victory Of All The Village Girls Who Are Confined To Their Houses

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Rural influencer Shivani Kumari from Uttar Pradesh is making her way in Bigg Boss OTT season 3, hosted by Bollywood star Anil Kapoor. She happens to be one of the exciting contestants to look forward to in the show.

Well, before Shivani gets into the Bigg Boss house, The Reelstars got in touch with the dancer and asked her a few questions.

In the Bigg Boss house participants get limited food and ration, so how would you deal with that?

“Well, food is never a problem of concern as I have survived without food for straight 2 days. I come from a village and unfortunately, I didn’t have a shelter to live and money to buy things for me. There have been days when I used to ask for food from others to fill my stomach. So surviving in the house without food won’t be a problem for me.”

Sometimes during the task, contestants may have to eat chilies, or shape the eyebrow, how would you deal with it?

“I can eat chillis, shape my eyebrows, and up for the challenges. All these things don’t really scare me.”

Are you entering the show with any strategy?

“I am not entering the show with any kind of pressure of strategy. I just want to enjoy my stint and won’t take things to heart.”

Are you the kind of person who gets angry easily?

“Not at all, I am a very calm person and hardly get angry. I understand the post consequences of anger. Even If I get angry, I don’t say things in a fit of anger but handle the situations smartly.”

What were your family’s reactions to participating in the show?

“My family is very supportive. They all were crying the day I left for Mumbai. But they are all happy for me and want me to win the show.”

What is your motive behind participating in Bigg Boss?

“I am here to prove that even village girls are at par and should be given platforms to showcase their talent. If I win Bigg Boss, it will be the victory of all the girls living in small villages who are confined to houses.”

About Shivani Kumari

Shivani Kumari hails from Aryari village in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district. She is a social media sensation known for showcasing her village life with her mother and sisters. She has over 4 million Instagram subscribers and a significant YouTube following. Shivani aims to make her mark like Manisha Kumari from Bihar did in Bigg Boss OTT 2.

Other confirmed contestants

This season will see social media stars like Vishal Pandey, Sana Sultan, Vada Pav girl Chandrika Dixit, Armaan Malik and his two wives, YouTubers Maxtern and Lovekesh Kataria, rapper Naezy, wrester Neeraj Goyat, actresses Sana Makbul and Paulomi Polo Das, tarot card reader Munisha Khatwani, TV actor Sai Ketan Rao, and journalist Deepak Chaurasia participating in the show.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 to premiere tonight on Jio Cinemas.

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Bigg Boss OTT 3 Contestant Vishal Pandey: Viewers Can Expect My Charming Side Of Personality

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Popular influencer Vishal Pandey who has been entertaining his fans. However, his engaging videos on social media, is set to take a big leap in his career. Vishal has been locked to participate in Bigg Boss OTT which is returning with season 3.

This season will be hosted by the ‘forever young’, and ‘jhakaas’ personality of Bollywood Anil Kapoor, taking over Salman Khan.

The excitement is at its peak as Bigg Boss lovers are anxiously looking forward to the new season to begin.

The Reelstars got in touch with Vishal and asked him a few questions before he began his Bigg Boss journey.

What are you expecting from your journey in the Bigg Boss house?

“I am expecting my journey to be authentic. Now, With the work I have done on social media and entertaining viewers. However, I hope to receive love from my fans and Bigg Boss audience.”

What are your strengths to be the potential winner of the show?

“I am a very strong-headed, opinionated kind of a person. I respect others’ feelings which makes me different from others.”

Will you play games to impress show host Anil Kapoor?

“I am going play well in the show to impress my fans and janta.”

What can one expect from you in the show?

“Viewers can expect my charming side of personality. Moreover, I want to be real and see myself going far in the show.”

Who has been your favourite Bigg Boss host?

“The one and all only Salman Khan. Besides, I am his huge fan and the kind of work he has done over the decades.”

About Vishal Pandey

Vishal Pandey is quite popular on Instagram for his lip-sync videos with Samiksha Sud and Bhavin Bhanushali. With a massive 9 million followers on his social media handles, he has also appeared in numerous music videos.

Other confirmed contestants

This season will see social media stars like Shivani Kumari, Sana Sultan, Vada Pav girl Chandrika Dixit, Armaan Malik and his two wives. Furthermore, YouTubers Maxtern and Lovekesh Kataria, rapper Naezy, wrester Neeraj Goyat, actresses Sana Makbul. Moreover, Paulomi Polo Das, tarot card reader Munisha Khatwani, TV actor Sai Ketan Rao. However, journalist Deepak Chaurasia participating in the show.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 to premiere tonight on Jio Cinemas.

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Know Which Social Media Stars Are Confirmed Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3

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As the premiere of Bigg Boss OTT season 3 nears, The Reelstars brings you the list of social media stars and Youtubers. Besides, who have been locked for the Anil Kapoor-hosted show.

This season of Bigg Boss OTT 3 will see a mix of TV actors, influencers, newsmakers, musicians, and sports personalities participating.

YouTubers Maxtern and Lovekesh Kataria

This season of Bigg Boss OTT 3 will see two popular YouTubers – Sagar Thakur. Furthermore, he popularly known as Maxtern and Luv Kataria aka Lovekesh, entering the show. Maxtern recently grabbed headlines after he accused fellow YouTuber Elvish Yadav of attacking him during a late-night meeting in Gurugram. Ironically, perhaps, Lovekesh happens to be Elvish’s dear friend. He is known for creating prank videos and engaging vlogs on his YouTube channel. Expect fireworks!

Rural influencer Shivani Kumari

Shivani hails from the tiny Aryari village in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district. She is a social media sensation known for showcasing her village life with her mother and sisters. She has over 4 million Instagram subscribers and a significant YouTube following. Shivani aims to make her mark like Manisha Kumari from Bihar did in Bigg Boss OTT 2.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Shivani Kumari

Social media star Vishal Pandey

Vishal Pandey is quite popular on Instagram for his lip-sync videos with Samiksha Sud and Bhavin Bhanushali. With a massive 9 million followers on his social media handles, he has also appeared in numerous music videos.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Vishal Pandey

Delhi’s Viral Vada Pav Girl Chandrika Dixit

Vada Pav girl Chandrika Dixit is also making her way into Bigg Boss OTT. With her bindaas attitude and dynamic personality, her fans would be looking forward to her journey in the reality show.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Chandrika Dixit

Influencer Sana Sultan

Sana Sultan is a popular model and was a TikTok content creator. With an eye watering 7 million following on Instagram. However, she has appeared in several popular Punjabi music videos, including ‘Dilwale’ by Sharry Mann and ‘Gustaakhi’ by Kaka. Her unique Urdu-speaking style sets her apart.

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Sana Sultan

Content creator Armaan Malik and his two wives

Armaan Malik, who is known for creating engaging content and made headlines for having two wives. Moreover, he is entering the show along with both his better halves. For the first time in history, a contestant will participate in a show with not one but two wives. This should be interesting!

Participants on Bigg Boss OTT 3 - Armaan Malik

Other popular celebrities who are also getting locked in the house are rapper Naezy, wrester Neeraj Goyat, actresses Sana Makbul and Paulomi Polo Das, tarot card reader Munisha Khatwani, TV actor Sai Ketan Rao, and journalist Deepak Chaurasia.

Bigg Boss OTT 3 will launch on 22 June on Jio Cinema at 9 pm.

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