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Is shooting from home the new normal?

Even though the Maharashtra government has considered requests from the film and TV industries to resume work safely after the lockdown, there’s still the COVID-19 scare. So should shooting from home be the new way of functioning? TV actors and show makers weigh in their options. Actress Donal Bisht is already getting calls for ads and serials. “We are no longer required to go to different places for look tests. We do it via our mobile phones due to the..

Celebrating India’s wildlife

Rajkummar Rao, Prakash Raj and Rishab Shetty have given voiceovers in different languages for the premiere of the documentary Wild Karnataka on June 5, which happens to be World Environment Day. The renowned English broadcaster and natural historian, Sir David Attenborough, narrates the English version while Rajkummar has voiced the Hindi version, with Prakash Raj doing the job for the Telugu and Tamil versions, and Rishab Shetty in Kannada...

Action-packed ambition

It’s been an 11-year journey for Jacqueline Fernandez in Bollywood. The actress, who first set her foot in 2009 with Aladdin, says she has learned a lot with every role she has done so far and hopes to be an action icon one day. “In my career so far, I feel blessed to have worked with renowned people from the industry -- be it directors or actors. Additionally, I’m ecstatic and grateful to have got the opportunity to do different, exciting and challenging roles. ..

Standstill mode

The fear of uncertainty has hit everyone hard as the world has come to a standstill due to the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Actress Yami Gautam says she doesn’t know when film shoots will resume because even after the lockdown is lifted, it doesn’t look like COVID-19 will be contained. How does she see the future of the entertainment industry post-pandemic and in what ways will the industry change? “Budgets are going to be reworked...

Timing is the key

Ahead of the release of his comedy drama Ghoomketu, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui opened up on his process of portraying comic roles. “When I was in theater, I used to do a lot of comedy plays but on the silver screen, because of my intense look, the characters moved towards a more serious genre. Ghoomketu is from a small town in UP, wears quirky outfits and has a tonality of a UP wala. In short, it’s a light-hearted family entertainer. ..

Write Time

ACTRESS Evelyn Sharma is in Australia with her family and fiance Tushaan Bhindi amid the lockdown, and she says she has discovered that the quarantine period is the best time for her to explore scriptwriting. “The month has been rough since I made just in time before the borders closed to travel to Australia. I’m glad to be back with my fiance Tushaan and our family now...

Wails From The Netherworld

CRIME suspense thrillers are fast becoming a favourite with the online binge-watchers and they can now add one more to the list - Paatal Lok. Amazon PrimeVideo has doled out this racy new story about a failed cop’s struggle to shine in his mundane workplace and about how he uncovers facts but also discovers pathos of human living. There is a new man in Outer Jamnapaar Police Station and his senior, Police Inspector Hathi Ram Choudhary (JaideepAhlawat), gives him a dose of his own Whatsapp gyan. Calling ..

Welcome shift

Having started her career at a time when complex and layered characters for women were a rarity, actor Lisa Ray is happy to be a part of the shift in the cultural conversation and storytelling. Ray played a superstar reluctant to come out of the closet in Amazon Prime Video’s Four More Shots Please, a story revolves around four urban women. Lisa said the creator of the series, Rangita Nandy had offered her roles in the past as well but she found Four More Shots Please compelling. “Everything about ..

Run cut short in

Nazar 2 is the latest TV show to go off air amidst the ongoing lockdown. Actor Sheezan Mohd, one of the stars of the show, says the decision is sad but, given by the circumstances, it was expected. “I was preparing for Iftaari and I got a message from the production house that there’s gonna be a conference call between us, the actors, and the makers. I thought ‘this can’t be good news’ because con call happens usually when the shoot is about to start or about to end. Unfortunately, I got a call saying ..

'I AM NOT A BORN COMPOSER'

Shreya Ghoshal’s singing is always on point. But not many know that there’s also a composer in her. Just before the coronavirus lockdown in India in March, she had unveiled a single Nah woh main. “I was thinking of releasing it later but I was not sure how long the lockdown would go on, so I just released it on my YouTube channel. It’s co-composed by me and my brother,” Shreya told IANS. She wants to use the lockdown days to create more con..

An evergreen character

Actress Supriya Pathak says Hansa is an evergreen character, whom she considers an “epitome of hope”. Hansa is one of the popular characters of the show Khichdi. “Initially, I was worried about playing Hansa because Hansa is someone who talks a lot but does nothing. But after I started playing the character, it was such a relief. I feel Hansa is an evergreen character which has been a sheer pleasure to perform,” said Supriya, who is known for her films including Bazaar, Mirch Masala and Kalyug during ..

All credit to co-stars

National Award-winning south Indian actress Priyamani, who appeared in the new digital film Ateet, says working with actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Rajeev Khandelwal, Sanjay Suri to Rana Dagubaatti in the recent time has surely helping her grow as an actress. While she made her digital debut with the web series The Family Man last year, the film Ateet is her second outing in the OTT space. “I shot Ateet a little before the shooting of The Family Man started. So, technically this was my first film in ..

Fingers crossed

Actor Zareen Khan says it’s hard not to feel sad that so many of her projects, including a film up for release, has been pushed indefinitely and what worries her more is the uncertainty of normalcy returning amid the coronavirus pandemic. The film industry came to a grinding halt after the nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Zareen had her film Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele up for release in March after travelling ..

A Charmer for all generations

“S abhi insaan ek jaise hi toh hote hain, wahi do haath, do paun, aankhen, kaan, chehra- phir koi kyun ek, sirf ek aisa hota hai jo itna pyara lagne lagta hai ke uske liye jaan bhi de de toh koi gham nahin” - this dialogue from Prem Rog flashed through my mind as soon as I heard the tragic news about Rishi Kapoor, one of the finest actors from the first family of Bollywood, passing away at a young age of 67. This was doubly saddening for the film buffs, who were yet to get over the shock of another ..

Master of versatalilty

Irrfan Khan was a true on-screen chameleon who transformed from a top athlete to a bandit to a common man looking for a bride to a doting dad smoothly in films. The actor is no more, but his memorable roles in Bollywood films will stay forever in the hearts of his millions of fans. Here's the IANS guide to his top 10 Bollywood films:..

Negating notions

Urvashi Rautela doesn’t like being put in a box as a screen personality, and adds that she is trying out different genres as an actor. Her new song, Beat pe thumka, a wedding number in new film Virgin Bhanupriya, is part of her effort to try something that is not regular, she says. How different is the song from other wedding songs? “The best part about ‘Beat pe thumka’ is it is not a regular song that we see these days. It’s very much like a nineties son..

Flattered by attention

Shooting in India was like being in Colosseum or doing live theatre with thousands of people watching and cheering every take, Hollywood star Chris Hemsworth said as he looked back at the making of his new film Extraction in India. The star, known for his superhero persona of Thor, was supposed to travel to India again this March to promote his film but the trip got cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak. “Thousands of people up in buildings and bridges watching and we’d call ‘cut’ and they’d ..

DD gets its Sanjeevani Buti

From a humble beginning on September 15, 1959 to a golden run for next few decades and then the sharp descent at the hands of privately-owned cable channels, Doordarshan has come a long way in last 60 years. But after laying low for so long, DD finally got a shot in the arm with Ramayan and Mahabharat, especially the former. With viewership touching around 42.6 million as per BARC, India, Ramanand Sagar’s Ramayan is the Sanjeevani Buti Doordarshan much needed. Though hailed largely for its content ..

Micro alternative

Shreya Dhanwanthary of The Family Man fame is set to make her directorial debut with a micro-series called A Viral Wedding: Made In Lockdown. The actor said the nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic, pushed her to make the home-made show. Shreya made her acting debut last year with Why Cheat India (2019) opposite Emraan Hashmi and was also seen in The Family Man...

Digital leap

Bigg Boss 13 contestant Rashami Desai has started her own digital show titled The RDShhow. She says she will be inviting eminent personalities from various fields as guests on her show. “I’m doing this live chat show called The RDShhow. It’s not your regular chat show. It’s being made with an intent to educate people on different fields of career. I’ll be inviting eminent personalities from various fields as guests on my show. We’ll be discussing each field, with its possible career opportunities ..

Comic Riot

In this much needed phase of social distancing and self-quarantining at home, Star Bharat sends a strong message of keeping a healthy distance. The channel through its latest campaign promotes and motivates people to follow social distancing uniquely by changing their channel ident. The original ident had an inspiring story of a boy fearlessly marching forward, mobilising the crowd to join the movement of overcoming fear and moving ahead towards hope and progress. Capturing the collective energy of ..

Disha’s Fan Moment

Alllu Arjun is undoubtedly one of Telugu cinema’s most charismatic and stylish actors. He’s also a fantastic dancer. While Allu Arjun’s fan enjoy and replicate his dance moves, he has now also earned a special fan in Bollywood actress Disha Patani. Taking to her Instagram account, Disha posted a video of the song Butta Bomma from Allu Arjun’s 2020 film Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and tagged Allu Arjun asking him, “@alluarjun how do you do it”...

A massive war in offing

Actor Dan Fogler has teased that the upcoming third installment of the Fantastic Beasts series will feature a “massive war” sequence. The actor, who will be reprising his character of No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, told Syfy Wire that he liked the script and the character development of the new movie. “I can say I read the script and the character development is really lovely and it’s very similar to the feel of the first movie, which I think is great,” Fogler said...

Damage control

After being deluged with plagiarism charges by netizens over his latest track Genda Phool, rapper Badshah has defended himself saying he has been trying to reach out to the creator of the original track but to no avail. Badshah’s new song mixes rap with lyrics from an old Bengali folk hit, Boroloker biti lo, created by Ratan Kahar and originally sung by Swapna Chakraborty...

Complex preference

As someone who has mostly done comedic roles, actor Arshad Warsi says web series Asur gave him a rare chance to play a complex and layered character. Arshad has played serious roles in the past, most notable in the under-appreciated film Sehar, but comedy movies Munna Bhai MBBS, Hulchul and Golmaal have been more successful...

‘Dry’ truth

Actress and filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar feels the world would be so dry without women, adding that several women around her are very inspiring. “I feel so proud being a woman because it’s such a beautiful thing to be born as a woman. I think men can never understand how beautiful it is to be born as a woman because you are gentle, you are so caring and there is so much you give and so much love you spread in the world. I think the world would be so dry without women...

Roped In For Ek Villain 2

Actress Disha Patani is set for another action-packed outing on the big screen with her next project. She has come on board for the sequel of 2014 sleeper hit Ek Villain. Reportedly, Disha will star in the sequel along with Aditya Roy Kapur and John Abraham, and the film, which is being directed by Mohit Suri, will have her essay a character inspired by Rosamund Pike’s role in the 2014 Hollywood film Gone Girl...

Katrina’s fan

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar is back sharing big screen space with Katrina Kaif in Rohit Shetty’s upcoming cop action feature Sooryavanshi, for the first time since their 2010 dud Tees Maar Khan. Akshay insists he has become a big fan of Katrina after working together in their new film. “There is one scene in which Katrina has performed so beautifully that after the shot I have become a big fan of her and her acting talent. Earlier, I was admirer of her beauty but after this film, I have become ..

NEXT GEN OFFERING

The next generation of the legendary Sri Adhikari Brothers is here, all set to call the shots. Ravi and Kailash Adhikari are ready with their first offering, the web feature film Dheet Patangey. The film marks the directorial debut of Ravi Adhikari and it stars Shivin Narang, along with Chandan Roy Sanyal, Ali Murad and Hardik Sanghani...

Vocal Stance

ACTRESS Vidya Balan feels that nowadays people in India are feeling worried that their wives, daughters, mothers are standing up and challenging their status quo. She also took jibe at male actors saying that they shut their mouths on relevant issues in the country whereas female actors are more vocal. “I think female actors have been more vocal in a lot of ways and male actors don’t open their mouths at all, which is why we are told why don’t you stick to what you are doing...

Back After A break

One of the talented faces from the film industry, Gashmeer Mahajani is coming back to Marathi films after a gap of almost two years. His comeback project is Bonus, set to release on February 28. The movie also stars Pooja Sawant in lead role. Gashmeer has carved a niche for himself with good project including Deool Band, Kanha, One Way Ticket and Mala Kahich Problem Nahi. Gashmeer, in chat talks about his role, the story of the film and his ongoing projects – Q. Please tell us about the story of the ..

Fun project

ACTRESS Bhagyashree’s son Abhimanyu will be seen with Mrunal Thakur in family entertainer Aankh Micholi, which is being helmed by Umesh Shukla. After the success of 102 Not Out, Sony Pictures Films India and Shukla have come together for Aankh Micholi. ..

Plum project

Actress Pooja Hegde will be starring opposite superstar Salman Khan in the upcoming film “Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali”.Pooja will be playing Salman’s love interest the film.Sajid Nadiadwala, who is producing and scripting the film, said: “Having worked with Pooja in Housefull 4, we felt she was a perfect fit for this film. She has an amazing screen presence and will make for a good pair with Salman...

Dark hues

In their upcoming release Malang, Disha Patani and Aditya Roy Kapur essay characters that are in a quite dark space, with both justifying act of killing. According to the actors, these are morally tricky characters, and as performers they essay such roles in a non-judgmental manner, emphasising that the film is nothing but a work of fiction. In the trailer, Aditya’s character says, “Mere liye, jaan lena mera nasha hai (for me, taking lives is an addiction)”...

No plans to stop

Margot Robbie-starrer Suicide Squad spin-off has been titled Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Margot Robbie returns as Harley Quinn, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress; Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary; Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya and Ewan McGregor as Roman...

Tax searches in TN unearths Rs 300 cr suspected evasion Tamil film actor Vijay under scanner

INCOME Tax searches in premises linked to various Tamil film personalities in Tamil Nadu has led to ‘concealment’ of income estimated to be in excess of Rs 300 crore and top actor Vijay’s investments and remuneration are being probed, the Department said on Thursday...

FIR against Acharya for sexually harassing woman

A FIRST Information Report (FIR) was registered on Wednesday against Bollywood choreographer Ganesh Acharya for allegedly sexually harassing a woman, the city police said. The FIR, registered at Amboli police station, also named two women, Jayashree Kelkar and Preeti Lad, who are accused of beating up the woman on January 26...

Part of ‘Matrix 4’?

Indian actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas is “in final talks” for a role opposite Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves in the fourth The Matrix movie. The Warner Bros. and the Village Roadshow film is being directed by series co-creator Lana Wachowski. She will join the previously announced Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris, reports variety.com...

Salman loses cool, snatches fan’s phone at Goa airport

IRKED by the behaviour of a fan who tried to click a selfie with him at the Goa airport, Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Tuesday snatched his mobile phone. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In the clip, a man can be seen approaching Khan and trying to click a selfie when the actor was walking out of the airport...

Sold On story

Disha Patani is set to star opposite Salman Khan in Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai and the actor says she is looking forward to the project which marks their second collaboration after Bharat. Disha said Salman offered her the film and she decided to do it as it also gave her an opportunity to work with filmmaker-choreographer Prabhu Dheva...

Melodious ode to self-discovery

The indie alternative-pop band, The Yellow Diary releases their latest track Rab Raakha with Sony Music India. The song is an ode to the belief that while you are on a quest to search for yourself, someone up above, is looking after the ones you love. The Yellow Diary is known for their “poetry with rock”. After the massive success of their debut EP Marz and follow-up EP Izaafa in 2018, the band has become one of the most favorite and followed band of the youth...

‘I hung up my guns’

Robert Downey Jr may be appearing in Scarlett Johansson-led Black Widow as Tony Stark aka Iron Man but the Hollywood superstar insists that his Marvel journey has ended once and for all. Downey Jr amassed fame and fan-following after his appearance as Iron Man in 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies. He ended his stint with 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, though he will be coming back for one last time for Black Widow, which is set in the past...

Work in progress

Actress Rasika Dugal stayed with a senior police officer for a few days in Chandigarh to prepare for her role in season two of the web series Delhi Crime. The actress says she doesn’t feel she can ever be fully prepared for a part.“I don’t ever feel I can be fully prepared for a part. It’s always a work in progress and that’s what’s exciting about it. “Spending even a day at police station is blast of reality and a reminder that we live in a bubble. And, of course, a reminder that reality is way more ..

NO TIME TO DIE

A proper closure A CTOR Daniel Craig says he had some unfinished business with the James Bond franchise that made him comeback as famed British spy for one last time. Craig, who took over the role of the suave 007 agent from Pierce Brosnan, has so far featured in four Bond films -- Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). He reprises the character for the fifth and final time in Cary Fukunaga’s NoTime To Die...

NOT A CONTEMPORARY

ACTOR Sunny Singh says his Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 co-star and friend Kartik AAaryan is not his contemporary and that comparisons between them hold no importance. The actors have often featured together in movies, latest being Pati Patni Aur Woh where Sunny made a cameo appearance. Asked about feeling competitive, Sunny told: “Firstly, Kartik isn’t a contemporary. He is more like a brother. So, a comparison of any sort holds no i m p o r t a n c e . Secondly, Kartik and I are in completely different ..

BOLLYWOOD DREAM

Dwayne Johnson loves the world of Bollywood and doesn’t rule out working in a Bollywood film someday. The Hollywood star says working on an Indian action movie would be fun. In fact, he already has few friends from India's tinseltown. Dwayne has worked with Indian star Priyanka Chopra Jonas in Baywatch, and bonded with Varun Dhawan through social media when the Indian star appreciated his movie and one of his positive gestures. So, can we expect you to head to Bollywood soon? “I wouldn't rule that ..

ACCEPTANCE ISSUE

Ileana DCruz, who regularly gives sleepless nights to netizens with snazzy snapshots on social media, has revealed that she has always had issues accepting her body the way it is. At the same time, the 33-year-old actress claims that she is in a happier space right now, and that she respects her body a lot more than before. During an interview with IANS, Ileana said, “I have always had issues accepting my body the way it is...

Love goes extreme

When you pursue vengeance blindly, it blurs the line between right and wrong. With this vengeance in her eyes, Maya is all set to return on December 2, at 9 pm Mon to Fri on Sony TV with a brand new season of Beyhadh2. Maya, who was adored for her obsessive love in the last season of Beyhadh, will be seen in a mysterious and intriguing avatar. Jennifer Winget plays an elusive thriller author Maya Jaisingh who becomes a sensation when her first novel becomes a bestseller, yet nobody has even seen her ..

Bhai’s call!

Bollywood composer Sajid Ali Khan, of the Sajid-Wajid duo that has collaborated with Salman Khan on several films, says the 53-year-old superstar takes the final decision when it comes to music of their films, adding that Salman is a talented and musical person. Sajid and his co-composer brother Wajid return with Salman Khan in Dabangg 3, where they are credited as music directors apart from Sandeep Shirodhkar. For the upcoming film, a unique strategy has been approached, for the launch of the songs. ..

Vulnerable strength

Actress Harleen Sethi, who is playing the female protagonist in the romantic web series Broken But Beautiful, says projection of a vulnerable woman does not make one weak as a person, and there is a strength in that, too.The portrayal of women in cinema is changing and these days women are shown in a more realistic manner, with flaws and as being independent-minded. Asked about how she looks at change, Harleen told IANS: “These days I see women are strongminded, career-oriented and somewhere they ..

Excited About Attack

Jacqueline Fernandez is joining John Abraham and Rakul Preet Singh in the upcoming Attack. John will be next seen in the action film, which he plans to turn it into a franchise. “It is a fantastic film and script. I am coming together with John. And we have Rakul also in this film with us. It will be so great...

Teasing a third

Hollywood actor-producer Dwayne Johnson says the prospect of coming out with a third film in the Jumanji franchise totally depends on audience reaction to upcoming second part, Jumanji: The Next Level. Asked about the plans for the third part, Johnson said: “That depends on the audience. When we made the first one, we thought that the concept was unique and we will see what happens. We never thought of making part two. So, same thing applies here too. We will keep our eyes open and heads to the ground ..

Gradual acceptance

Actor Rishi Kapoor believes the audience today is more accepting of seeing senior actors in prominent roles on screen. The veteran actor, who next features in Jeethu Joseph’s The Body with Emraan Hashmi and Sobhita Dhulipala, said filmmakers have started to treat their films’ cast at par with each other. “It’s a different scenario today. He (Joseph) has made a film with me and Emraan Hashmi where we both are playing important roles in the film. Today, it has become possible for me to do an important ..

Healthy preparation

Dil Se Dil Tak actress Jasmin Bhasin is doing everything to look like a “nice and hot naagin” in the latest part of the hit supernatural series Naagin. To nail the character, she says she has to stop eating butter chicken and pizzas. She plays the role of a naagin called Nayantara in the Ekta Kapoor show...

More power to NO

YAMI Gautam’s phone hasn’t stopped buzzing since the release of Bala, with adjectives like“revelation and game changer” being used to describe her performance in the film. The actor says the response has made her realise the importance of waiting for good projects and turning down work which doesn’t have her heart.Yami started the year with Uri: The Surgical Stirke and has closed her 2019 with the Amar Kaushik-directed comedy. Both the films were critically well received and while Uri is one of the ..

OPEN TO SEQUEL

ABBAS-Mustans 1993 Diwali release Baazigar, which was a superhit on release and has now become a cult flick, has completed 26 years. The filmmaker duo is excited as well as nostalgic. Talking to IANS, Abbas Burmawalla of the Abbas-Mustan duo said, “Nobody would easily agree to play the character that Shah Rukh essayed in Baazigar. I doubt whether youngsters of today would say yes to such a role.” Secondly, even though today when remakes are a trend, he felt it could be difficult getting an actor who ..

Eager to work with Arbaaz Khan

Georgia Andriani has mostly been referred to as Arbaaz Khan’s girlfriend in B-Town so far, but the Italian model is now all set to make her Bollywood debut with a comedy titled Welcome To Bajrangpur. Georgia says her true desire is to work with boyfriend Arbaaz in the future, whenever the right script comes along. Asked when the audience can expect to see her opposite Arbaaz in a film, Georgia said, “Whenever a nice narration comes to us and if we both like it, we will definitely work together in ..

Stretching With Coat

Actor Vivaan Shah is excited about sharing his next film COAT with the audience. He says the film let him “stretch” his acting abilities. “COAT is a special film. It let me to stretch my acting abilities and play a character who is completely outside the realm of my experience. When producer Kumar Abhishek and director Akshay Ditti narrated the story to me, I was convinced and said yes,” Vivaan told IANS. COAT is based on a lower-caste boy and his journey of wearing a coat...

‘I don’t seek approval’

Hollywood actor Daniel Craig does not look for approval. In an interview to the Sunday Times newspaper, the 51-year-old actor, who is best known for playing James Bond, opened up about his nature, saying he does not have a good public persona, reports femalefirst.co.uk. He said: “I don’t do much to dispel it, because I’d just be chasing my tail to prove that I’m not the person people think I am...

Terrible at flirting

Actress Rakul Preet Singh has confessed that she can’t flirt, and says she feels people dont hit on her. “I am terrible at flirting. I can have a conversation but I don’t know how to flirt! I always feel that people don’t hit on me and my friends are like that you don’t know if someone is hitting on you,” Rakul said. The actress also revealed that she gets flirting tips from friend Rhea Chakraborty. “She (Rhea) is probably the best person for this,” Rakul said. Opening up about the qualities she looks ..

Unfazed by rumours

Kriti Kharbanda has lately been romantically linked with her Pagalpanti co-star Pulkit Samrat, though neither star has opened up on the rumours yet. Asked about how she reacts to the rumours, Kriti told IANS, “Can you blame them (for spreading the rumours)? We look so hot together. We have such great chemistry and look so cute together. Anybody would guess that we are in a relationship. Pulkit is very special to me and will always be so.”..

Pollywood To Bigg Boss house

Season 13 of the controversial reality television show Bigg Boss became more entertaining with the entry of Punjabi model and singer Himanshi Khurana. Her entry did not go down well with existing housemate Shehnaz Gill, and soon the audience was wondering of the hostility between Shehnaz and Himanshi is bigger than what was going on in the show. It is, actually. Shehnaz and Himanshi share a turbulent relationship from the past...

Ready for release

Sab Kushal Mangal, starring Akshaye Khanna, will hit the screens on January 3, 2020. The first look of the film was also released on social media. Directed by Karan Vishwanath Kashyap, Sab Kushal Mangal will see Akshaye return to the comedy genre. The movie is set to launch veteran actor Padmini Kolhapure’s son, Priyaank Sharma, and Riva Kishan, daughter of actor-MP Ravi Kishan...

‘Fair’ly good change

Student Of The Year 2 actress Tara Sutaria says there is much more for actresses to do in films now, but there are some “iconic women” who will always have their place. “Cinema today is much more women-centric and there’s so much more for us to do on celluloid but there’s a magic that the actresses of the ‘80s and ‘90s had that will go down as benchmarks in cinematic history,” Tara told IANS. “Srideviji in Mr India, the sensual Zeenat Aman, the cute and bubbly Neetuji, etc...

Awarded Happiness

With the Critics’ Choice Awards in India including web series category, actress Maanvi Gagroo is happy. She has hailed the move, saying “it’s a cherry on top”. “I have been following Film Critics’ Guild award since its inception, it is good to see upcoming artists receive recognition for their work and this year they are adding web series to their categories which is just amazing...

On a new tune

UK-based Indian singer and Actress - Jasmin Walia is back with a brand new music in the form of her single Manana, out now through Virgin EMI Records. The track perfectly blends Jasmin's love of sophisticated pop with tropical house vibes and an ultra-catchy chorus. Making her mark across international television shows like The X Factor, Desi Rascals and Dinner Date, Jasmin’s popularity only scaled newer heights with her singles like Dum Dee Dee Dum (alongside Zack Knight), Girl Like Me, Temple and ..

Short & Sweet

ACTRESS Shweta Tiwari known for her versatile roles in soaps is all set to make her comeback with Sony TV’s show Mere Dad ki Dulhan. The new show is based on urban lifestyle in Delhi and revolves around father-daughter duo played by Varun Badola and Anjali Tatrari. Shweta Tiwari who nails each character and leaves a lasting impression will soon be seen in a refreshing character of a ‘new age woman’ named Gunnet...

MONEY MATTERS

BOLLYWOOD superstar Akshay Kumar recently denied that the box office numbers of his latest release Housefull 4 have been exaggerated, saying “nobody is going to lie for this”. Questions have been raised on film’s earnings but Akshay has downplayed all of this. When asked whether he is upset about it, Akshay, in a group interview said, “Do I look upset? I am from that era where I have heard a lot of people say a lot of things. But I have never said anything. In my school, I was taught, ‘Mind your own ..

Super single

Selena Gomez, who just dropped two surprise tracks, is looking out for love and she wants it ‘to be real’ this time. The 27-year-old singer this week released two singles, a balled titled Lose You to Love Me and a pop-dance song titled Look at Her Now. Both the tracks are believed to be about her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber, who, months following their 2017 breakup, went on to rekindle romance with model Hailey Baldwin...

OUT WITH THE PRESSURE

PRIYANKA Chopra Jonas is one confident actress and producer. She can now play roles and take up responsibilities without feeling the pressure. She says she stopped taking pressure when she reached the point where she could call the shots and make choices about the work that she wanted to do. The former Miss World made her Bollywood debut with The Hero: Love Story Of A Spy in 2003. She made her presence felt with powerful performances in movies like Aitraaz, Don, Fashion, 7 Khoon Maaf and Barfi!. Today, ..