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The world of Internet has always been a place of wonder. Many things which were earlier considered to be impossible in real life are not only possible at present but also easily accessible to people. With every passing day internet and particularly social media is coming within reach of people from all classes and categories.

So it is no surprise when aspiring artists in any field instead of running behind popular names for their break choose to use the internet as a launch pad for their talent. This wasn’t in vogue till a few years ago but now a lot of comedians, artists, dancers, singers, actors and others find success with their stints on social media and gradually get their big break in their chosen fields without the hassle of the old days. One such internet sensation is 25-year old Mithila Palker.

Born on 12th January 1993, Mithila comes from a middle-class Marathi family. She has an older sister who has a PhD in neuroscience and is seven years older than her. Palker stayed with her grandparents as a kid and has been raised by them.

She was inclined towards the performing arts since a very young age. Coming from a family of music lovers who loved to watch reality shows together it is no wonder that she is a trained Hindustani classical singer and a third-year Kathak student.

Her first tryst with the stage was at the tender age of 12 and since then she has never looked back. While pursuing a major in mass communication she joined a theatre group named Q Theatre Productions (QTP) working for their annual youth theatre festival Thespo. Eager to take her love for acting forward she auditioned for and finally bagged the role of Imran Khan’s sister in Katti Batti which released in 2015.

Her presence on the internet was first felt in the form of a web comedy-cum-news show named News Darshan which was broadcasted by FilterCopy. After that she came up with a sketch Confusing Things Girlfriends Say followed by a counter sketch Annoying Things That Boyfriends Do.

Both these sketches went viral. Just a few days later inspired by the Anna Kendrick cup song from Pitch Perfect she uploaded a similar cup video of hers, featuring the Marathi song Hi Chaal Turu Turu. This song went insanely viral and made her a mini-celebrity overnight. She started receiving mails from all over the world and finally started gaining visibility for her talents.

She went on to feature in some web series, which became a hit among the millennials who finally found something personally relatable. So far she has appeared in Dice Media’s Little Things, Girl in the City and Office Chukyagiri. Little Things won a gold medal at the India Film Project. She along with her co-star Dhruv Sehgal won the best digital Jodi award in Talent Track Digital Awards 2017.

Palker has appeared in some magazine interviews talk shows and posed for the cover of Femina as well. She has also delivered a TEDx talk at NIT Silchar. She recently appeared in a Marathi film named Muramba which was loved by both the critics and the audience alike. She is set to appear in her first lead role in the upcoming Bollywood movie Karwaan starring alongside Irrfan Khan and Dulquer Salman.

With a huge fan following and a strong presence on social media, coupled with a handful of projects in hand the future surely looks bright and beautiful for her.

Shena Gamat

Shena Gamat is an actress from India who is well-known for doing supporting roles in the movies like Band Baja Baraat, Dev D, etc. She played the role of Chanda Narang in the movie named “Band Baja Baraat.” The movie was released in the year 2010 starring Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh. She has also acted in a movie named “Dev D” starring Kalki Koechlin and Abhay Deol. The movie was released on 6th of February in the year. A film named “Dev D” was her debut film in Bollywood industry. Her husband's name is Tali. They were in a relationship from a very long time. They used to fight regularly, and one day the fight became very serious. It was when Shena wrote her feelings on papers which became a script for the play. Later on, they visited many counselors and spoke to many friends about their relationship. She found the response of the audiences funny. Actors perform, people watch, claps and go away. So, she wanted to make something interactive. The play she made was a 70-minute long play performed by Shivam Pradhan. His role was that he went on a date, got his heart broken, then recovered from it. To warm up the audience for the act, he also dances with women on stage to make it interactive. After his performance, Ashish Paliwal and Shena took the stage. They both played the role of Vishal and Nidhi respectively. They were in relation and ended up their relation because of a fight. That is the point when they invite a couple from the audience, and with them, they act the rest of the Drama. The play needed a lot of improvisation as they didn’t know in advance about what direction the play can take. They also used to talk to the audience, as they can get their reviews and can make additions in their play. The title of the play i9s “In Your Face.” They didn’t think much about this title and found it quirky and funny, and decide to move on with this. In the year 2014, at Delhi Contemporary Arts Festival, they performed this play and got a tremendous response from the public. After that, they started performing in studios, bars, restaurants, private residences, etc. They were even asked at some venues to change their title as some people mistook it as a sex comedy. After that, Shena Gamat wanted to stick to it even more.

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