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Action-packed dream

Actress Parineeti Chopra has said that she would love to do an action with her cousin sister Priyanka Chopra Jonas in future...

WAR under wraps

As Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff, two of the biggest action superstars of Bollywood, get ready to take on each other in Yash Raj Films (YRF) upcoming biggie War, the makers have decided to strictly keep everything under wraps, including the visuals, despite the fact that the film’s release is less than three months away...

Cracking endorsement

 Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who is prepping for the shoot of Pati Patni Aur Woh, says the script of her upcoming film is fresh, hilarious and has good content. “Pati Patni Aur Woh is a cracking script! It is fresh, it is hilarious and most importantly it’s good content which is something that audiences want to see today,” Bhumi said in a statement.  Bhumi will be seen paired opposite actor Kartik Aaryan, whom she describes as funny, in the film “He owns the space and ..

Mission ‘ode’

 Superstar Akshay Kumar, who next features in Mission Mangal, says he was intrigued by the stories of women scientists of ISRO who struck a fine balance between their personal lives and their commitment to the space agency’s Mars programme. The Jagan Shakti-directed movie, touted as India’s first space film, follows scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission. Besides Akshay, the film also features Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, ..

Emotional connect

  Two years after playing a blind man in Kaabil, actor Hrithik Roshan essays mathematician Anand Kumar onscreen in Vikas Bahl’s Super 30. Ahead of the film’s release this week, Hrithik gets candid with journalists. Since the film is all about dreams, tell us what was the craziest dream you had while growing up? The craziest ambition I had is of being an astronaut. I wanted to explore and go to space. But real unrealistic dream was of becoming an actor. Did you dream of something ..

MAKING HER MARK

 By Komal Panchamatia: She made her foray into Bollywood with a cliche love story Heropanti and went on to feature in multi-starrer Dilwale, but Kriti Sanon’s acting skills came to notice with her performance as Bitti in Bareilly Ki Barfi. The actor, who last release Luka Chuppi was also well-received by the audience, says after completing five years in the movie business she is happy that people are finally taking her seriously as a performer. “Both Bareilly Ki Barfi and Luka ..

Calling out ‘Copywood’

 Rap star Baba Sehgal has criticised Bollywood for its trend of recreating and remixing old popular songs, calling the Hindi film industry “Copywood”. The recording artiste questioned the intent behind harking back to classic songs, adding the job done by the current crop of music composers was “pathetic”. “It’s time Bollywood stop recreating/ remixing old classic film soundtracks.  There’s no harm in creating a song but the quality, instrumentation ..

Epic reimagined

  Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar are set to co-direct live-action trilogy Ramayana, producer Madhu Mantena announced recently. Tiwari of Dangal fame and Mom director Udyawar are joining hands to helm the series which will be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and shot in 3D. Besides Mantena, Allu Aravind and Namit Malhotra are also attached to produce the project, which is mounted on an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore.  The epic Ramayana is not only a revered ancient text in Indian mythology ..

Excited To Experiment

  Actor Mrunal Thakur says it’s an exciting time for actors to experiment with braver roles and not just be restricted to glamorous parts as the audience only looks for good performances today. Mrunal, who made her big screen debut with the critically-acclaimed Love Sonia last year, said she was advised by people to take up a more conventional film instead of the drama. “As an actor I just want to perform. There were lots of people who told me ‘are you mad to choose Love ..

Stronger with support

 Actor Humayoon Shams Khan who will be seen in forthcoming film Torbaaz, has said that a newcomer doesn’t feel like he is working with a Bollywood mega star when he works with Sanjay Dutt in a film, as he comforts his co-actors. Humayoon was interacting with the media in Mumbai recently. Torbaaz is about child suicide bombers in Afghanistan, who have been trained to believe that killing the enemy is a virtue and begets glory in the afterlife. Talking about his first Bollywood film, Humayoon ..

Nailing the look

  Actor Ranveer Singh recently unveiled his look from the upcoming film ‘83 in which he will be seen playing the iconic cricketer Kapil Dev. Ranveer took to Twitter to share his look. In the image, the Padmaavat star is seen sporting a bushy moustache and hairdo.  He can be seen flipping a leather ball in his hand. The actor captioned the image, “On my special day, here’s presenting the Haryana Hurricane Kapil Dev.” The movie will trace India’s historic ..

Seriously non-preachy!

 Actor Parineeti Chopra and her co-star Sidharth Malhotra say though their upcoming Jabariya Jodi talks about groom kidnapping, the film isn’t preachy or loaded with any “serious lecture”. Sidharth said the film gives a comical spin to a practice prevalent in Bihar. “It’s a relatable story to which we have given a comical turn. There is also a message on dowry in a fun way. This is a love story which both Parineeti and I haven’t done before,” Sidharth ..

Back in action avatar

 After fighting goons and grabbing for power in the popular franchise Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, actors Jimmy Sheirgill and Mahie Gill are all set to woo the audience again with another political revenge drama titled Family Of Thakurganj. Set in the backdrop of a small town of North India the trailer showcases the gist of what the fun film is all about. The two-minute long trailer of the film was unveiled last week. It begins with Jimmy threatening somebody on call.  Actor Saurabh Shukla ..

Plus-sized rhapsody

  A fun track titled Bhaari for plus-size people is in the works. Rhapsody Band, an Indian multi-genre band that participated in India’s Got Talent, will be unveiling the track in July. “We have a lot of plus-size friends who talk about how their families and friends keep shaming them or making fun of them about the way they look and we hear them ranting about this a lot,” band member Ashish Palanna, who is a singer, dancer, musician, music teacher and an entrepreneur, told ..

Aware of the great responsibility

 By Shubha Dubey: He grew up admiring Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield and now that he has been given the mantle as the latest webslinger, Tom Holland says he is well aware of the ‘great responsibility’ that comes with playing a superhero. The 23-year-old British actor, who was cast to play the teenage Spider-Man in Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015, says as Peter Parker his aim is to be “a positive light” for young people. “When I grew up ..

Misplaced heroism

  By Maithili BisneCinema, especially in India, reflects the society and also reflects on the society. So when a nasty, distasteful movie is made, one can often hear the film-maker come up with an excuse that it was just a mirror of the society. But given the gullibility of a larger section of audience and influenceability of the silver screen, should film-makers not behave more responsibly?  This question kept hovering in one’s mind after watching Shahid Kapoor’s Kabir ..

Gritty & gripping

   By Farina Salim QuraishiAyushmann Khurrana wasn’t really exaggerating when he said Anubhav Sinha has discovered his true voice as a director after Mulk. After bringing alive the riveting courtroom drama about stigma and stereotypes in Mulk, Anubhav Sinha strides sure-footedly around a social subject one more time, taking up the issue of caste discrimination; by its horns no less. Strikingly real and stripped of usual Bollywood trappings, Article 15 stands true to the spirit ..

Talent Put To Test

 By Simran Sethi: A S SHALINI, who sets out on an arduous 16- year-long search for her missing daughter born out of a ‘mixed’ marriage in dystopian show Leila, Huma Qureshi felt challenged to push her boundaries and play the role with full justice and honesty. Based on Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 novel of the same name, Leila showcases the fight of Huma’s character for her lost daughter amidst undesirable situations and frightening experiences in fictional world of Aryavarta. ..

‘I LOVE TO OVER-PREPARE’

 ACTRESS Pooja Bedi’s daughter Alaia F, who is all set to make her debut in the upcoming Saif Ali Khan-starrer Jawaani Jaaneman, says she loves to over-prepare for her character. In the film, Alaia will be seen playing the role of Saif’s daughter.  Directed by Nitin Kakkar, Jawaani Jaaneman is a romantic comedy drama, which also features Tabu. “It’s daunting, but it makes every cell in my body dance. I’m one of those who love to overprepare, and am hence leaving ..

Kismet Connection

 ACTOR Rajniesh Duggall, currently seen as Lord Krishna in a TV show, likes to believe that he has some past life connection with wars, historicals and spirituality as such stories intrigue him. The 1920 actor had featured in the historical fiction show Aarambh and is now back to the small screen as Lord Krishna in Shrimad Bhagwat Mahapuran. “There is definitely some past life connection that I have with wars/historicals and spirituality. It’s not about the heavy costumes, but such ..

REELY RELATABLE

 By Justin Rao: Shahid Kapoor says he has gone through his share of “intense self destruction” after a heartbreak and one way of overcoming negative emotions for him was to channelise them into his performances. In his latest, Kabir Singh, Shahid plays a surgeon who descends into self-destruction after a heartbreak. “I’ve had my very intense, self destructive, heartbreak, angsty moments, where I’ve not been in control,” Shahid told PTI. Describing Kabir ..

A couch potato

 Producer Ekta Kapoor says she used to be a couch potato, and always wanted to make something which was fun. Ekta opened up about her thoughts as a producer during a conversation on IMDb original series The Insider’s Watchlist. Asked about the major difference between producing television, movies and digital content, Ekta said, “I used to be a couch potato, I really wanted to make something which was fun. When we all start off, we don’t have any research, we don’t have ..

High praise!

  Actor-director Jon Favreau says Avengers: Endgame star Robert Downey Jr deserves an Oscar for his performance in the film. The 52-year-old filmmaker and the 54-year-old actor are credited for kick-starting Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008 blockbuster Iron Man. Favreau also acted opposite Downey Jr as Tony Stark’s friend and personal chauffeur Happy Hogan in the MCU films. During an interview with Variety, Favreau said if Downey Jr is nominated in the best actor category at the ..

Apolitical point

  Mohit Raina, who is basking in the good reception to his first web series Kaafir that is set in Kashmir, says as a professional actor he keeps his political views aside. Born and brought up in Jammu, Mohit is well-versed with the socio-political situation in Kashmir. Asked if the knowledge helped him to understand the story better, Mohit told IANS: “Yes, it is true that I am well aware of the situation there in Kashmir... therefore, people’s mind... I would understand the loss ..

Ready for comparisons

  Actress Parineeti Chopra, set to start the official remake of The Girl on the Train, knows comparisons with Emily Blunt who essayed the protagonist in the thriller, are inevitable. Parineeti says she she found Blunt’s performance in the movie mind-blowing. “It is a privilege for me to play the character that she has essayed so brilliantly on screen.  The restrain and range she showed as an actor while playing a girl who is troubled and battling herself in the film showed what ..

No horror films for Katrina

   Actress Katrina Kaif gets scared easily, and that’s why she likes to stay away from horror films. She opened up about it during a conversation on IMDb original series The Insider’s Watchlist. Asked if there is a genre she doesn’t watch, Katrina said, “Horror. I’m too scared, it scares me. I don’t want to be scared.” But the actress has some ‘go-to’ movies. “Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Hugh Grant movies can really get you out of ..

Intense ‘Defence’

  Kiara Advani says her upcoming film Kabir Singh does not glorify and promote “self-destructive” love, but rather it is an intense and pasionate love story. The film tells the story of a young successful but alcoholic surgeon (Shahid Kapoor) who goes through an intense heartbreak after the love of his life (Kiara) is married off to someone else. “Through this film, we are trying to say do not go on a self-destruction path as it is not good for you and your loved ones. ..

Studies on hold

 Actress Ananya Panday refuted the rumours that she lied about her admission to international universities. She took to Instagram and shared the photographs of her acceptance letter, saying it's not okay to bully someone and to create fake conversations. Ananya, who made her Bollywood debut with Student Of The Year 2, recently got talked about when some girls who claimed to be Ananya's schoolmates, shared on social media that the actress lied about getting selected in the prestigious universities, ..

ONE MAN MANY CEAFTS

  For the 1980s’ kids who tasted TV time with Malgudi Days, Girish Karnads portrayal as Swami’s stern father, has remained an indelible memory. Equally unfading for many generations are his plays with historical and mythical elements, films reflecting the countrys social sentiment, and political activism -- all of which reflected a fearlessness and candour so rare in Indian showbiz. An expressive conversationalist and liberal who believed in the true spirit of secularism, he ..

Refuting rumours

  Director of Mental Hai Kya, Prakash Kovelamudi, has rubbished reports of actor Kangana Ranaut interfering with the project and called all the rumours entirely “baseless.” There were reports that Kangana has been interfering with the shooting of the film and was unhappy with some of the scenes, which had to be re-shot, thus causing the delay in the release of the movie. In a statement released by the makers, Prakash said on his set, “Kangana was an actor; a professional one, ..

‘Better’ endgoal!

 By Radhika Bhirani: There’s an intrinsic verve that Mithila Palkar brings alive with ‘little things’ she does when she faces the camera. The actress, who will soon be seen in Chopsticks, says she is focussed on being a better artiste everyday, rather than chasing the stardom that entices many into the world of showbiz. Chopsticks, in which Mithila has Abhay Deol and a goat as co-stars, is touted as Netflix’s first Indian original film. Naturally, she is excited. ..

Diverse happiness

  In her upcoming projects, actress Bhumi Pednekar is working with Ayushmann Khurrana, Vicky Kaushal and Kartik Aaryan. She says it is wonderful to work with co-actors, whose movies have not only made good box office numbers, but also proved their versatility. With Ayushmann, Bhumi has worked in Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.  Now she will share screen space with him in Bala. “Ayushmann and I have done three films together and we share a great equation as co-stars ..

Treasuring opportunities

  With three films and a web series in his kitty, Bollywood actor Prateik Babbar is in a good space in his career. The Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na fame actor says there is a big shift in his approach towards his work, and so, he does not take any opportunities for granted. “I was just 19 years old when I did my first film and had no plan to act, or to become an actor. It was like a paid holiday so that I could earn good pocket money and then party more with my friends. When I finally found ..

Joining Zack Snyder’s Army....!

Actor Huma Qureshi has boarded the cast of filmmaker Zack Snyder’s next directorial Army of the Dead. The 32-year-old actor joins Dave Bautista in the Netflix project, which will mark Snyder’s return to directing after a gap of two years, the streaming giant announced. Incidentally, the filmmaker, known for his work on DC films Man of Steel,..

Super inspiration

Actor Hrithik Roshan is spreading a feeling of inspiration with the latest poster of his forthcoming film Super 30. Hrithik, who is playing math wizard Anand Kumar in Super 30, can be seen enjoying the rain with his on-screen students in the new poster, which he unveiled on Monday. Along with the poster, the actor wrote, “Misaal Bano, Haqdaar Bano.”..

‘I am a story-teller’

“I am indebted to Television, I owe everything to the small screen,” is the first comment by the very articulate Sai Deodhar when she interacts with The Hitavada. And she is bang on target with this comment for it was TV that made her a household name. Who doesn’t remember the gutsy Flight Lt Monica Singh of Saara Aakash? The dapper girl, smartly dressed in the IAF uniform made her home in the hearts of many. Sai, with her keen acumen, did full justice as an officer of the Indian Air Force...

Fairly strong aim

 A panel with actresses Huma Qureshi, Diana Penty, American actress Judi Beecher and Australian filmmaker and actress Saara Lamberg was moderated by Actress and Kathak Dancer Prachee Shah at the India Pavilion at Cannes recently.  The India Pavilion was organised by the Ministry of I&B and FICCI. The panel discussed the role of women in films and issues concerning women in cinema. When asked about how she sees women centric films in India, Huma said, “For me the word, women centric ..

Beautifully comfortable

  Actress Lisa Ray, a cancer survivor, says she feels much more comfortable in her own skin than ever before as she talks about the true definition of beauty after experiencing life from a much wider spectrum. Talking during the launch of her book Close To The Bone , the 47-year-old actress said, “...I am most comfortable in my skin now than ever before.  Ironically, I think I am most attractive at 47 rather than when I was 16 years old. Of course, I had a great body but I had ..

‘Writely’ challenging

 Actor-stand up comedian Vir Das says writing for a film is more challenging that penning material for stand-up comedy. Vir has been writing comedy for several years now. Last year, he had announced that he has also begun writing content for his own ..

Bigg makeover on cards?

 Bigg Boss 13 is still some months away, but the buzz around the changes one would get to see in the new season is gathering steam. Superstar Salman Khan will reportedly return as the host of the Colors’ show in which contestants survive 100 days under the constant glare of multiple cameras. But the grapevine has it that after the failure of the last season, which had a mix of celebrities and commoners as contestants, the show will have an all-celebrity line-up for the new season.  However, ..

Regional twist

 On popular demand, Universal Pictures International India released 10 trailers of the much-awaiting spin off to cater to the fans across India. Imagine Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock introduce himself in Gujarati. Or Jason Statham warning the bad guys in Bhojpuri. The idea of these Hollywood hunks speaking in Indian languages is surely exciting!  And to cater to that excitement of fans across India, Universal Pictures International India (UPII) announces the launch of 10 Indian language trailer ..

Regional twist

  On popular demand, Universal Pictures International India released 10 trailers of the much-awaiting spin off to cater to the fans across India. Imagine Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock introduce himself in Gujarati. Or Jason Statham warning the bad guys in Bhojpuri. The idea of these Hollywood hunks speaking in Indian languages is surely exciting!  And to cater to that excitement of fans across India, Universal Pictures International India (UPII) announces the launch of 10 Indian language ..

Potentially promising

  Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh believes his film industry has grown a lot in the past seven years, both in terms of content and viewership. The 35-year-old actor, who is one of the biggest names in the Punjabi entertainment scene, credited overseas audience for the growth of the industry.  “The Punjabi film industry has grown immensely in the past seven-eight years and has reached newer heights in terms of content and also expanding its audiences worldwide, and that’s ..

‘Magic’al Promise

   HIGHLIGHTING the complexity of love and ready to ignite primetime viewing, Colors brings for its viewers two new shows that will redefine thriller as a genre- Kawach Mahashivratri and Bepanah Pyaar. Bepanah Pyaarr a romantic thriller will redefine every known shade of love; when Raghbir (played by PearlV Puri) meets with his dubious fate after the mysterious death of his soulmate Baani (essayed by Aparna Dixit). Kawach Mahashivratri will tread the path of the unknown and delve into ..

Bankable Aim

 ■ By Natalia Ningthoujam:  IN THE last three years, actress Sanya Malhotra got to ride the waves of success as well as taste failure. The Dangal star says though box office collection is not in her hands, she would like to be a bankable actor. After her impressive debut in 2016 with Aamir Khanstarrer Dangal, she featured in filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj’s Pataakha, which didn’t create a storm at the box office. She then acted in Badhaai Ho, which was one of the biggest films ..

Shaped by Experiences

   SUPERSTAR Salman Khan said there is no moment in his life which he would want to erase as these experiences have made him the person he is today. The 53-year-old actor, whose was controversy’s favourite child during the late ‘90s and early 2000s, said he finds every chapter of his life interesting. “It is a difficult question for me. All the chapters in my life are interesting. And till the time those chapters wouldn’t have been part of my life I wouldn’t ..

Voicing concern

 By Arundhuti Banerjee: After Shaheen Bhatt recently opened up about her battle with depression, her mother and veteran actress Soni Razdan says she was always worried about her elder daughter and tried to be her pillar of strength. In a TV interview, Shaheen talked about her book Never Been (Un)Happier, in which she has articulated about her tryst with depression and how incidents during her childhood pushed her into that direction. Talking about how she emotionally balanced the situation, ..

‘Not part of Krrish 4’

 Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he is not part of the Hrithik Roshan starrer superhero film Krrish 4. There were reports that Nawazuddin will play a baddie in the fourth installment of the Krrish franchise. Asked if the reports were true, Nawazuddin said, “This is the first time, I am hearing about it from you (media) and there is no truth in it.”  Asked what book, according to him, can be adapted into a film, the actor replied, “It depends... sometimes you have to simply ..

Money doesn’t matter

 Rajkummar Rao says money has never been a driving force behind his decision to do films. He picks his projects based on the content. Rajkummar opened up about his funda when he appeared on BFFs With Vogue Season 3 recently.  When host Neha Dhupia asked Rajkummar what changed after back-to-back box office success, he said nothing. “For me, now also it is about the film. It’s about the story. The only thing that has changed is that I get to work with bigger filmmakers and bigger ..

Inspirational Story

 By Aasawari Shenolikar: “Everyone loves a rags to riches story - be it reel life or real life, the journey of such a person is always fascinating. And if it’s a contemporary tale of a man, whose journey begins from a very remote, small town to becoming a leader whom the magazines around the world feature as one of the greatest leaders of present times, then that is a very inspirational tale that the world must know,” says the dapper Vivek Oberoi, while conversing with ..

Pressure-free Acceptance

 Katrina Kaif joined Bharat at the last minute after Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ sudden exit, but the actor says there was no pressure from director Ali Abbas Zafar or superstar Salman Khan to be a part of the project. Last year, Priyanka was cast as the female lead in Bharat but she quit the film ahead of her wedding to American singer Nick Jonas.  The makers then approached Katrina. “I was fully under the impression that they were going to begin the shoot. And as far as my knowledge ..

Early treat

  Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters, which was to hit the screens in India on May 31, will now open in the country a day early, before its scheduled international release. Following global success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island, the anticipation for the next chapter Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters is high. The film will release in India in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on May 30.  After the success of Aquaman last year, which came out a week ahead of its international release ..

Hopping on With Joy

   Bollywood actress Parineeti Chopra has been roped in for the Hindi remake of the American film The Girl On The Train. She has called it a “thrilling ride”. The 30-year-old actress took to Twitter and wrote, “Hopping onto this thrilling ride! Excited to be a part of The Girl On The Train official Hindi remake. The psychological thriller will be produced by Reliance Entertainment. The Hollywood film was based on author Paula Hawkins’ 2015 debut novel of the ..

‘Good’ Promise

 Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who next will be seen in Good News, has said that audience can expect fun ride from her upcoming romantic-comedy film as it features actors such as Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani apart from her.  Talking about her upcoming project, Kareena said, “Good News is releasing in December. I think it’s very good film and cast of the film is also very exciting because apart from me, there is Diljit Dosanjh, Akshay Kumar, Kiara Advani in the ..

Digital blessing

 Aahana Kumra has spent days wondering when would stage artistes get the validation they deserve but today she considers herself fortunate that due to digital platforms, actors like her do not have to beg for work or be bitter that stars kids get it easy. The Lipstick Under My Burkha actor did theatre for more than a decade before venturing into TV series, films and digital platforms. While the actor always craved for validation as a stage artistes, the situations has changed today.  “The ..

‘Friendly’ truth

 Actress Parineeti Chopra says it is difficult to find a true friend in Bollywood, and she is glad that she found one in actor Arjun Kapoor. The actress opened up about her equation with Arjun in an episode of Voot’s Feet Up with the Stars Season 2, read a statement. “We have a love-hate relationship,” Parineeti said when asked about her relationship with Arjun.  “It is difficult to find a true friend in Bollywood and he is definitely one,” she added. On her ..

Unpredictable bet

  Mahesh Bhatt is returning to direction with Sadak 2 and the film also marks his first collaboration with daughter, actor Alia Bhatt. The young star says even though she understands his sensibilities as a father, working with him in a professional set-up would be a different “ball game”.   “It will never be easy as I don’t know him as a director, I know him as a dad. Working with him as a director will be a different ball game altogether. I am excited. ..

Big responsibility

 Actor Mena Massoud says the upcoming live action adaptation of Aladdin is important with respect to the representation of people of colour in Hollywood. Massoud, who was born in Egypt and lived in Canada, will be seen as Aladdin in the Disney film.  In a video posted on people.com, he opened up about the responsibility he feels being a Middle Eastern actor in a lead role of a Hollywood film. “I don’t feel a lot of pressure but a lot of responsibility. I think things are changing ..

Long way to go

  Actress Rakul Preet says she hasn’t made a name for herself in Bollywood, and still has a long way to go. Rakul made her acting debut in 2009 with Kannada film Gilli. She ventured into Bollywood in 2014 with Yaariyan and was later seen in Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary in 2018. “I don’t think I have yet made a name for myself in Bollywood. I don’t think I have done anything. In fact, I always keep saying that the fact that ‘I am an actor’ has not sunk ..

‘Bold’ appeal

  Actress Flora Saini, who has featured in web series like Gandi Baat, XXX Uncensored and Maid In India, says filmmakers and viewers should stop tagging her as a ‘bold actress. She also wants the media to be more responsible while posing questions to female actors. “I just hope that people and media grow up enough to see me as an actress who is capable enough to explore a different style of acting and can be a part of a different genre of stories, instead of just calling me ‘bol..

Dabangg experience

 Kannada actor Sudeep, who has started shooting for Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3, has thanked the superstar for making him feel at home. “Heat was unbearable, yet couldn’t dominate the energy on set. It was a thrilling day, fabulous unit, fantabulous people, a humongous gym set up on location is an added bonus. First day of Dabangg 3 wraps up with smiles.  Thanks Salman Khan sir for making me feel at home,” Sudeep tweeted. He also posted a photograph with Salman, and fans ..

Leading joy

  Actress Vidya Balan has confirmed she is playing the lead role in a film on mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, who earned the moniker of ‘human computer’ for her ability to make swift calculations. Set for a summer 2020 release, the film is to be directed by Anu Menon of London, Paris, New York and Four More Shots Please! fame, and produced by Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment. “I am extremely excited to play the human computer, Shakuntala Devi, on the ..

Date set, clash!

 It will be Kangana Ranaut versus Hrithik Roshan once again but this time at the ticket window as release of Mental Hai Kya has been postponed to July 26 by the makers of the film. In January, Hrithik announced that his film Super 30 will release on July 26. The decision was taken after director Vikas Bahl was accused of sexual assault by a woman who worked under the now dissolved Phantom Films.  Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures, producer of Mental Hai Kya, said that the clash ..

BIG PLANS FOR CHOTA BHEEM

 By Natalia Ningthoujam:  “In two-three years, we would like to do a live action film with the character (Chhota Bheem) and have a worldwide release.”  Chhota Bheem has been one of the favourite Indian cartoon characters among children since the launch of a series on it in 2008. Now it’s set to have its own musical soon and a live action film in the coming years, says Rajiv Chilaka who conceptualised the character. “After our animation movie (Chhota Bheem ..

Wildly challenging

  Award-winning wildlife filmmaker Ajay Bedi isn’t against the idea of roping in celebrities as narrators for his movies. But he says getting funds for such projects isn’t easy and adding big names will only increase the cost. Ajay and his brother Vijay belong to the third generation of wildlife filmmakers in a family that has a long history of expertise in this specialised field. The makers of films like The Policing Langur and Cherub of the Mist have always let the animals ..

GAME FOR WHITE AND BLACK

  By Durga Chakravarty: Actor Kunal Kemmu is kicked about the response he is getting for his “grey” character in the multi-starrer film Kalank. He says it is a great time to be an actor as it is no longer just about essaying black or white roles or being a hero or villain on screen. “The way we conceive, develop and make films today is completely different from how we did 20 years ago. The makers and the audience as well have evolved and we are making films that are ..

Casting catch

   Actress Sonnalli Seygall, who is known for her roles in Pyaar Ka Punchnama films, says she had to lose a “great work opportunity” as she was not willing to go under the knife as suggested by the casting director. She had recently given an audition for a “fantastic role” when a “well-known casting director” asked her to make some “changes on my body, unnaturally”.  “I was excited for this audition and prepared myself really ..

POSITIVE AWARNESS

  The current times are exciting to be in the film business as audiences have become more demanding, says actress Yami Gautam, who is confident this wave of audience awareness will bring about a positive change in the industry. It was seven years ago that Yami had stepped into Bollywood with Shoojit Sircar’s Vicky Donor, which launched Ayushmann Khurrana as well. Her latest release Uri: The Surgical Strike has also been a game-changer for her as well as the film industry. “It ..

Stronger with Saif...

  Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan recently opened up about her struggling days and how her husband and actor Saif Ali Khan’s support changed her outlook towards life when she was dealing with a rough professional phase. “It started out great. I did amazing films. But then for a year, I didn’t work. I felt like my career was over.  I was told to ‘reinvent’, become size 0. Everyone goes through a lull in the career. But as an actor, it’s worse -- there ..

Taking on troll

  Actress Priya Anand gave a befitting reply to a social media user for labelling her a symbol of bad luck for her co-stars Sridevi and J. K. Rithesh, who are no more. The Twitter user wrote, “Sridevi acted with Priya Anand in English Vinglish. Sridevi is no more now. J K Rithesh acted with Priya Anand in LKG. J K Rithesh is no more now.  “Whoever acts with Priya Anand, they are dying. Is Priya a symbol of bad luck for her co-stars?” The tweet did not go well with ..

KISSING AWAY THE PACT

   SUPERSTAR Salman Khan has always opted for a pact of sorts of not to kiss on the screen. For the first time, however, the actor shot for an on-screen kiss sequence with Disha Patani for his upcoming movie Bharat. While the first song of Bharat, Slow Motion, has created a buzz from the moment it hit the internet, the high point of the song is undoubtedly the kissing sequence between Salman Khan and Disha Patani. Disha Patani and Salman Khan have been grabbing headlines with their ..

Beautiful point

   ACTRESS Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who has been named Beauty of the Year by People magazine, says she has realised that looks aren’t everything. The actress, who got married to American singer-actor Nick Jonas, is one of the Beauties of the Year in People’s Beautiful Issue. Priyanka has also realised that “in the world we live in, the standard of beauty is not really real”. “And that’s something that we have done to ourselves,” people.com quoted ..

True Indian at heart

   SONY Entertainment Television’s kids dance reality show Super Dancer Chapter 3 saw Raveena Tandon as the guest judge in an episode, recently. Raveena not only had gala time on the sets of the show as the contestants’ performance made her recall her old days as they grooved on some of her popular songs. Raveena was truly amazed by all the performances put together and felt that the kind of talent the show possess doesn’t have limit. One such talent of the show was ..

SUPER PLANS

  By Natalia Ningthoujam:  Marvel Studios want their films to “reflect audiences all over the globe that are cheering” their work. Though they are going big on diversity, they are yet to have a plus-size superhero or someone who doesn’t have an envious physique. But this might change “sooner than you think”, says Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. Chris Hemsworth, Brie Larson and Chris Evans are some of the Hollywood stars who have donned the superhero ..

Feeling blessed

  On the seventh anniversary of the release of his maiden film Vicky Donor, actor Ayushmann Khurrana says the success of the movie on sperm donation, allowed an “outsider” like him in the film industry to dream big. “First film is always your most special one. Vicky Donor has given me so much love that I will be forever indebted to the film and my director Shoojit Sircar. It was the start of my cinematic journey and it made me learn and shaped me as an artiste,” Ayushmann ..

A soul connection

 Former VJs Mini Mathur and Cyrus Sahukar recently reunited to co-host a show and work on a web series. She had a fun time working with him again as she feels the two have a good soul connection. “Cyrus and I just finished the shooting Mind The Malhotras, which is my debut in a web series.   It’s a story around both our characters. Cyrus happens to be one of my oldest friends. I have known him since we took the same flight to Mumbai and travelled by the same cab to the MTV ..

KEEN TO CROON

  A CTRESS Parineeti Chopra, who has done a melodious rendition of Teri mitti from Kesari, is asking music directors to explore her ability to sing. “Ithink now is the time for me to sing more and show people what I can do as I do believe I can sing. I have been trained enough for me to be able to learn and I want to hone that skill as much as I can so thatI can sing better and better,” Parineetitold IANS. “I would like to come out with tracks that really resonate with ..

Sooryavanshi Girl

  A CTRESS Katrina Kaif recently announced she is reuniting with frequent collaborator Akshay Kumar after a gap of nine years for Rohit Shetty’s action offering Sooryanvanshi. The duo have earlier given hits suchasHumkoDeewanaKarGaye, Namastey London, Welcome and Singh is Kinng, among others. Katrina will starin the upcoming cop action drama and it is her first project with Rohit.  “Super excitedto jointhe teamof sooryavanshi with the incredible @itsrohitshetty for the first ..

Proud of Patralekhaa

  NATIONAL Award winning actor Rajkummar Rao has praised his girlfriend and actress Patralekhaa. He says the Citylight actress makes him proud. Rajkummar recently shared a poster of Patralekhaa ’s next film titled Badnaam Gali along with a poster of his forthcoming film Mental Hai Kya. In the image, Patralekhaa can be seen with a blooming baby bump and actor Divyendu Sharma in a shocked expression. Cheering for the actress,Rajkummar captioned:  “It doesn’thappenquite ..

Playing along with trollers

   Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his clothing to a toilet cleaner. Known as Bollywood’s livewire star, Ranveer recently took to his Instagram stories to post a meme making fun of his dressing sense. It shows various versions of toilet cleaner bottles Harpic. His red and blue tracksuit perfectly matched the red and blue bottle of the cleaner. ..

Kids on hold

  Singer-actor Nick Jonas and his wife and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas are not looking to expand their family just yet. The 26-year-old musician was asked by Extra if he and the 36-year-old actress were going to have a child anytime soon, reports dailymail.co.uk. Nick gave a simple four-word answer saying, “We’re taking our time.”  The couple got married in India in December last year. Priyanka and Nick had three-day wedding festivities at Jodhpur’s royal Umaid ..

different ‘Fantasy

  Actress Anupriya Goenka says Fuh Se Fantasy comes with a unique subject, and she enjoyed working on a special music video for the web show. “Fuh Se Fantasy is a hatke (unique) show with a hatke concept. I had a total blast shooting for the music video with my lovely co-stars Karan, Gaurav and Priya,” Anupriya said in a statement.   “I believe Not Vanilla is a sweet twist to an unusual story and I thoroughly enjoyed essaying it as an actor. I can’t wait ..

Bonded request

   Fleabag creator-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be “polishing” the script of the next James Bond film, currently known as Bond 25. Daniel Craig, Agent 007 himself, has requested the multi-hyphenated personality to add her signature wit and humour to the screenplay, the Observer reported. Craig, who lives in New York with actor, wife Rachel Weisz, is a Fleabag fan and also of Killing Eve, which Waller-Bridge developed. Waller-Bridge has been in New York for the past few ..

Action time

   Actor Vidyut Jammwal has been roped in for romantic action thriller Khuda Hafiz, which will be helmed by Faruk Kabir. The Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak’s film is based on true incidents. It will be shot in Morocco and Kerala. The casting of the female lead is underway. Scheduled to release in early 2020, the shooting for the project will start in July this year.  The makers have also got on board global experts to choreograph the action sequences, said a statement. ..

CHARACTERISTIC HIGH

   Veteran actor-director Satish Kaushik says with films becoming more story-oriented, character actors are finally getting the chance to play lead parts. The actor, who turned 63 recently, believes every artiste goes through a low phase in their career but one should never give up. “Today filmmakers are giving lead role to character actors. Like in Badhaai Ho Neena Gupta and Gajraj Rao are in the lead. In everybody’s career there comes a moment when there is slowdown but ..

The feud gets fierier

  If actress Kangana Ranaut’s tirade against Alia Bhatt wasn’t enough, the former’s sister Rangoli Chandel entered the ‘war of words’ zone, as did the Raazi actress’ mother Soni Razdan and co-actor Randeep Hooda. Kangana has been calling out Alia since earlier this year for not supporting her film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, and had claimed this was all a part of a “strange sort of racket” in a section of the film industry. She had also ..

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING FOR EKTA

   Actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who made his acting debut on television with Ekta Kapoor’s Pavitra Rishta, says he is ready to work with the producer on any platform. Sushant was interacting with the media when he launched author Natasha Malpani Oswal’s book Boundless, along with Ekta in Mumbai recently. Asked if he would like to work with Ekta on television again, Sushant said, “Why only on television? I am ready to work with her on any platform. Apart from my family, ..

Five-fold cover

   Actor Mark Ruffalo says he was forced to film five endings for Avengers: Endgame because directors were so worried he would ruin the surprise. During an interview to E! News, Ruffalo, who plays Hulk for the series, said directors Joe and Anthony Russo did not want him to know the ending, reports dailymail.co.uk. “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Ruffalo said, adding: “I shot, like, five different endings to this movie.” He continued: “I ..

Grounded ‘star’

   By Arundhuti Banerjee: Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is soon to be seen in Kalank, says her friends and family members keep her grounded, and that’s what makes her enthusiastic towards her craft of acting. Asked about how she remains an ever-smiling and humble actress without any starry tantrums, Sonakshi told IANS: “I think that has a lot to do with the fact that I love what I do. So for me, every film is new, as if it’s my first film. So I am getting to know ..

Emotional goodbye

  Actor Kit Harington says he broke down and cried in front of a Game of Thrones fan after filming the show’s final season. Harington is about to say goodbye to the character he has inhabited for the past eight years. And letting go of Jon Snow proved to be difficult for Harington. In an episode of The Graham Norton Show, the 32-year-old star admitted that he got emotional in front of a fan on the street after filming wrapped. “She backed off pretty quickly,” he said of ..

INTENSE FIRST

    Salman Khan’s look from his upcoming release Bharat is finally here and it features the actor looking all intense and rugged in grey hair. Treating his fans with a sneak peek into his character from the film, the actor tweeted, “Jitne safed baal mere sar aur dhaadi mein hain, usse kahin zyada rangeen meri zindagi rahi hain (My life has been much more colourful than the white hair in my head and my beard.) Bharat is one of the biggest releases of the year, which ..

Crazy buzz

  Actors Maisie Williams and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau find the buzz around the plot of the final season of Game of Thrones, crazy. “I remember having a little braid in my hair and the hair and make-up team would be like, you cannot leave with that braid in your hair, we have to take it out,” Williams said in a statement. “Because people will read into it and find some spoilers with just a braid. It’s crazy,” added the actress, who essays Arya Stark in the fantasy ..

Cop again

  Filmmaker AR Murugadoss shared the first look of south superstar Rajinikanth from his upcoming film Darbar. The 44-year-old director took to Twitter to share the poster of the film, which marks his maiden collaboration with Rajinikanth. The project, which was tentatively titled Thalaivar 167, also features Nayanthara as the female lead.  The actor has previously worked with Rajinikanth in Kuselan, Chandramukhi and Sivaji. “Here you go guys!!! The first look of our very own Thalaivar ..

FAirly positive

  Shah Rukh Khan feels the attitude towards women is changing for good in India. The Indian superstar says there are lots of positive developments for female actors in the film industry. The actor expressed his views on the changing gender dynamics in Indian entertainment industry in an interview to BBC Asian Network. He was in London to receive an honorary doctorate in Philanthropy from The University of Law, London. “The roles of women and the kind of attitude you have at the workplace ..

Dabangg time for Sonakshi

   Actress Sonakshi Sinha has started shooting for the third instalment of superstar Salman Khan-starrer Dabangg. Salman is already shooting for Dabangg 3 in Indore. A video of the title track being shot has gone viral, with some social media users commenting on Salman’s dance style. Now, Sonakshi has joined the team.  “Being back with the Dabanng 3 team certainly feels like home because this is where I started. My life changed completely after Dabangg, it’s how ..

Sequels are tough!

   Jacqueline Fernandez, who will soon start working on Salman Khan-starrer Kick 2, says doing sequels is not easy as they come with huge responsibilities and expectations to live up to. Jacqueline, who made her debut back in 2009 with Aladin, rose to fame with 2014 film Kick in which she played Salman’s love interest.  “Kick 2 is being scripted. Moving into any sequel is not easy. I have done Race, Housefull and have been part of Judwaa 2. It is difficult to do and ..

Passionate about acting

 Actor-producer Rana Daggubati says he is truly passionate about acting as it allows him to tell stories on screen. Rana made his acting debut in 2010 with the Telugu film Leader. He was later seen in movies like Dum Maro Dum, Naa Ishtam, Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, the Baahubali franchise, Baby and The Ghazi Attack.   Asked about his journey as an actor, Rana told IANS, “I love acting and it’s part of what I do and know. I am truly passionate about ..

Missing the core

     Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia believes the third installment of his Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster franchise failed due to wrong casting. The film franchise deals with betrayal, ambitions and greed at the backdrop of a royal family in Uttar Pradesh. The series featured Jimmy Sheirgill and Mahie Gill as a royal couple, with a new gangster in each installment. The first two films featured Randeep Hooda and Irrfan Khan as the gangsters, while the third part, which released last year, had ..

Intense Inclination

   Actor Arjun Kapoor wants to do more intense films and says he would love to portray myriad characters like a con, gangster and a father on screen. Arjun ventured into Bollywood as an assistant director and in films such as Kal Ho Naa Ho.   He made his acting debut with Habib Faisal’s romantic drama Ishaqzaade in 2012 after which he featured in films like Gunday, 2 States, Ki & Ka, Half Girlfriend, Mubarakan, Namaste England. Asked what he aspires to do next, Arjun ..

Commercial next

    Filmmaker Farah Khan says her upcoming directorial will be the remake of a popular Indian film and will be mounted as a massive Bollywood musical. Recently, director Rohit Shetty announced that he would be producing a film to be directed by Farah. The director, known for making out-and-out potboilers inspired by the Hindi cinema of the ‘70s and ‘80s, said the currently untitled movie is right in her zone. “Rohit and I are both extremely excited for the collaboration. ..