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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. ..

Face of the powerless

    Pankaj Tripathi is not obsessed with power. What interests him is giving faces to the unknown “colourful” people who are comfortable getting lost in the crowd. “I’m not interested in power. (I’m) Not hungry for it at all,” Tripathi says in an interview with PTI. The actor had a breakthrough as the menacing butcher Sultan Qureshi in Gangs of Wasseypur and has since broken the mould and chronicled different lives on screen: a gentle teacher, ..

Titans to team up

   Actors Amitabh Bachchan and Ramya Krishnan, who had previously worked together in Hindi action comedy Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, have been paired once again in upcoming Tamil film Uyarntha Manithan. The film, being directed by Tamilvaanan in Tamil and Hindi, marks Big B’s maiden full-length role in the Tamil film world. “Ramya ma’am has been paired with Amitji. Audiences are going to see both of them in really interesting roles. It’s really exciting to be bringing ..

Musical endeavour

  Actor Ranveer Singh, who has come out with his independent music record label -- IncInk, says the remix culture has to co-exist with original music. Ranveer has teamed up with filmmaker Navzar Eranee to launch the label. He opened up about his plans while interacting with the media at the launch of the label in Mumbai recntly.   “This is my way of giving back. As an outsider, I always wanted to support new and outstanding talent that deserves to be heard and deserves to ..

Irrfan Khan is back

   Irrfan Khan is back Months after lying low following neuroendocrine tumour diagnosis and treatment, acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan has expressed gratitude to those who gave him love and support to help him heal through his tough phase. In an emotional note posted on his social media account on Wednesday, Irrfan shared his thoughts on the prayers, blessings and love he received while he was fighting the ailment in London. “Maybe somewhere in the pursuit of winning, we forget how ..

Working for balance

    Having successfully maintained a balance between her work internationally and in the Hindi film industry, actress Nimrat Kaur believes that one’s presence is felt by the work he/she does and the statement it makes.   Nimrat rose to fame with her performance in the 2012 film Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana and was later seen in films such as The Lunchbox and Airlift. In 2016, she began portraying Rebecca Yedlin in the second season of the American television series ..

Solo satisfaction

   It has been ten years for Jacqueline Fernandez in Bollywood and the actor is happy with the way her career has shaped up. Fernandez, who started her career with 2009 film Aladin and has been a part of big-ticket productions such as Kick, Housefull and Race 3, says she has always got work on the basis of merit. “I am happy I was able to achieve things on my own. Sometimes things worked out and sometimes it did not. But there was always a fight to push myself to do better, to ..

CREATING TRENDS

 By Shubha Dubey, Films focusing on the golden moments of India’s defence history are currently in vogue but John Abraham, whose RAW (Romeo Akbar Walter) is set against the backdrop of 1971 war with Pakistan, says following a certain trend to make money is a big no-no for him. The 46-year-old model-turned-actor has been a part of true-life-inspired defence stories like Madras Cafe, Parmanu... and now RAW. John says he has always found facts to be more interesting than fiction.“I ..

Rahman touch to Avengers: Endgame

  Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman has created India’s Marvel anthem for the release of Avengers: Endgame. It will come out in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Marvel India has teamed up with Rahman for the track, which will be released on April 1, according to a statement. “Being surrounded by Marvel fans in my own family, there was too much pressure to come with something really satisfying and apt for Avengers: Endgame.  I hope Marvel aficionados and music lovers enjoy the track,̶..

Tara shining bright

  Even before her debut film Student of the Year 2 releases, actor Tara Sutaria has bagged her third project, Milan Luthria’s remake of Telugu hit RX100 opposite Ahan Shetty. The film, backed by Sajid Nadiadwala is currently in the pre-production stage and is expected to go on floors in June.  “We have found our leading lady and I must say Tara is a really proficient actor. I feel they will make a really romantic and an interesting pair for the audiences to see. We shall ..

Treasured opportunity

   Superstar Salman Khan is launching debutant Zaheer Iqbal in his own co-produced film Notebook. In the promotional journey of the film, Iqbal shared how Khan helped him in getting launched in the Hindi film industry. Excerpts: What kind of response are you getting after the trailer launch? Everyone is saying the trailer shows the film is content-based. All are praising the cinematography. People are also saying I don’t look like newcomers which is a big compliment. How do you ..

Non-judgemental take

Non-judgemental take..

Vying for variety

Vying for variety..

Famously infamous

   He has screaming fans at shows who sing along with him whenever he hits the stage with his guitar. But singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad, popular in the indie music scene for his songs such as Cold/Mess and Tum jab paas, says he doesn’t feel famous. Prateek was still studying when his music came out in the public domain in 2011. “The first couple of years... it was not like I was making a lot of money. It was just that my first record which was in 2013...before that in ..

Critical point

   Actor Varun Dhawan says that people should always face some kind of criticism as it helps them to grow in life. The teaser of the highly anticipated period drama Kalank, featuring Varun, was unveiled recently and netizens were blown away by the stunning costumes and the haunting background music. However, Kalank is mired in controversy after people on social media pointed out that the background music is a direct rip-off of the score of superhero American TV show The Flash. Reacting ..

‘Special’ cameo

  Actor Swapnil Joshi will be playing a cameo role in the Hindi TV show Ladies Special. “I’m doing mainstream Hindi TV after almost 10 years or so as I was busy doing Marathi films. It’s a great feeling because it’s like you’re coming back to your roots. Deep down I’m very much a TV product, whatever I am is thanks to TV,” Swapnil said.  “It’s like I’m coming back home. Sony (Sony Entertainment Television) has been extremely ..

unapologetically indian

   By Arundhuti Banerjee,  As Indian movies or films set in the country are gaining visibility globally at various international film festivals and award ceremonies including Oscars, celebrated film director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari says that this is the right time to be “unapologetically Indian” with our stories. After the India-set film Period. End of Sentence won an Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) this year, how has the acceptance of Indian content increased ..

UNILATERAL FOCUS

   Superstar Aamir Khan says filmmaking does excites him, but currently he wants to focus on acting. The 54-year-old actor, who made directorial debut with Taare Zameen Par, said he will quit acting once he decides to turn full-fledged filmmaker. “I am inclined towards filmmaking and I coincidentally directed ‘Taare Zameen Par’. I have been in love with filmmaking and acting and I can’t alienate the two but what I can say right now is that I began my career as ..

Flattered by recognition

  Actress Deepika Padukone, who was announced the chairperson of the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) earlier this year, feels that Indian cinema is at the “brink of beautiful global recognition”. On her new appointment, Deepika said ,“I think the reason I agreed is because it’s important for the youth to be part of such organisations, movements or things which actually bring about changes because the future is in our hands.”  “I think in a way, ..

Junglee to get a franchise?

  Action star Vidyut Jammwal plans to build a franchise around his upcoming adventure film Junglee. The actor, who is a trained martial artiste, also said Indian actors are on par with their Hollywood counterparts when it comes to doing death-defying action sequences. “We have had Akshay Kumar doing the Khiladi series. I have done the Commando series. Now we have Junglee and we will have a series of Junglee.  “We are not lacking anywhere in action as compared to them. Indian ..

Kesari - The colour of bravery

 FILM REVIEWKesari  By Aasawari Shenolikar INDIAN history is replete with tales of valour. And Sikhs, known for their fierce devotion to the motherland, have played a significant role in protecting it from invaders. Anurag Singh, with the..

Grey surprise

  Mouni Roy says her casting as the main antagonist in Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-starrer Brahmastra came as a surprise for her. The 33-year-old actor, who made her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar’s Gold, says she wants make versatile..

Stronger with Rejections

 Shilpa Shetty believes rejections made her stronger and played a huge part in her success. The actor-reality show judge said she faced a tough time in making her footing in the film industry, but that never stopped her from working hard. “..

Happy reunion

 Actor Vivek Anand Oberoi will be sharing screen space with his father and actor Suresh Oberoi in PM Narendra Modi.  “Suresh Oberoi’s character in the film is of a saint. It is a fictional character yet extremely important,̶..

Support system

     Bollywood actress Karisma Kapoor says her sister and actress Kareena Kapoor Khan and she are each other’s biggest support system and confidante. Asked if Kareena comes to her for tips on acing motherhood, Karisma told IANS, “Kareena and I are very close and we discuss everything, including our kids. We are both each other’s biggest confidante and support system.” Time and again, Karisma Kapoor has shared how awed is she, of sister, Kareena Kapoor ..

Content rules

   Malayalam actor Tony Luke says the fact that his performance in his Hindi debut Badla was well-received reflects there is no divide between talent from north and south. Tony made his acting debut in 2016 with the Malayalam movie “Oozham” and has since featured in three more films in south film industry.   “Today an actor has a future in the film industry because content rules. The North and South have come together. Now it’s about Indian content ..

TALL ON TALENT

    Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to create their own identity. Art is very intrinsic to who you are, what you make out of it and what you put out there. It doesn’t come from lineage. Actress Nushrat Bharucha, whose Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety turned out to be a success, says life has changed a lot for her as she has been able to create a space for herself in a competitive industry. She believes talent has nothing to do with one’s surname. On how life has changed ..

Wish fulfilled

    ACTRESS Alia Bhatt, who turned 26 on Friday and will make her Telugu debut with SSRajamouli’s RRR, says now her wish has been fulfilled as she always wanted to work with Baahubali series filmmaker.  Alia was interacting with the media at the Economic Times Edge- Femina‘Maharashtra Achievers Awards 2019’ recently, on the day Rajamouli announced that she and Ajay Devgn would be a part of the period action film which stars Jr NTR and Ram Charan in lead. ..

‘Double Trouble’

   AS ACTRESS Deepika Padukone unveiled her Statue of Purpose at Madame Tussauds in London, her sister Anisha Padukone called it “double trouble”. The actress, who has been an active voice in creating awareness about mental health hasdedicated the Statue toherinitiative, and hence it is named as Statue of Purpose. “As if one of her was not enough. Double trouble, Madame Tussauds, wax statue, London,”Anishacaptionedaphotographthat features Deepika and her ..

Unconventional outing

  ACTRESS Shrenu Parikh, who was last seen in StarPlus’ show Ishqbaaaz as Gauri Sharma, hasbeenropedintoplaya typical daughter-in-law (bahu)in StarPlus’ upcoming show Ek Bhram Sarvagun Sampanna. While, best known for his stint in StarPlus’ Naamkarann as Neil, actor Zain Imam has bagged the male lead in the show, where he will be seen playing the role of a retired army officer. Zain has always been a charmer and has created a chocolate boy image of himself be it in Kaisi ..

Tepid Take

  FILM REVIEW MERE PYARE PRIME MINISTER By Aasawari Shenolikar Toilet is once again the focal point of a movie. This time, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra picks up the cudgels and links women’s safety with the need for toilets. With 50% of ..

Calling out snub!

 National Award-winning actor Manoj Bajpayee said he is used to the fact that all his films which are highly acclaimed nationally and internationally never get a place in the nomination list of “so-called big mainstream awards”. Ma..

Perfect opportunity

Actress Rhea Sharma is back on the small screen in the spin-off of Star Plus’ show Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai. She talks about it and more…..

Ruing restrictions

 Actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar, who has directed critically-acclaimed Hindi films like Vaastavand Astitva, says he enjoys making Marathi movies more as they come without any commercial trappings. Some of his notable directorial ventures in Ma..

Bollywood rules

    By Sugandha Rawal,   Shraddha Srinath will be making her Bollywood debut with Milan Talkies, but she is not “star-struck” about the glitz and glamour of the Hindi film industry. The actress says she has good work in the southern film industry, and would tread the path in Bollywood very cautiously. Shraddha has worked in Kannada and Tamil films, with projects like U Turn, Kaatru Veliyidai and The Villain to her credit. “The first step is to wait till ..

A ‘jobless’ experience

     Singer Akriti Kakar says she composed Jobless from her personal experience, and was pleasantly surprised when director Tigmanshu Dhulia decided to include the song in Milan Talkies. Akriti has sung the song with Sukriti and Prakriti. “I had composed Jobless from a personal experience for my then boyfriend and now husband. I wrote the lyrics out of relatability saying ‘I feel jobless when he goes out of town and doesn’t pay attention to me, how I keep ..

On a song!

       ALTBalaji sure knows how to spread love. With the second season of Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain releasing on Valentine’s Day, fans were ecstatic to see their favourite characters back on screen. The show is been loved by millions across the country. The viewers can now further feel the of love and pain of these characters, as the makers now release the soulful and heart-wrenching title track, Tum Ho Paas, but this time with a fresh take. The gorgeous Amruta ..

Digital Dilemma

      Actor Parineeti Chopra says she is not averse to doing web series and has even received some interesting offers. The actor’s co-star Kesari co-star Akshay Kumar recently announced that he would be making his digital debut. Parineeti said there are a lot of options for actors to choose from, content wise “I’m getting a lot of interesting content for shows. I have three-four show offers but I don’t know which one, or if I’m even going ..

Eager for encore

     Karan Johar’s ambitious production Kalank brings together the on-screen pairing of Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit after over two decades and the Munna Bhai star said he would like to work more with his longtime co-star. Sanjay and Madhuri were one of the most popular reel-life couples and worked together in several hit films in the ‘90s such as Saajan, Khalnayak, Thandedar and Iaalaka. Asked how it was to team up with Madhuri for the film, Sanjay told reporters, ..

Super(natural) team up

      Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and actress Taapsee Pannu are coming together again for a supernatural thriller. The yet-untitled film will be produced by Sunir Kheterpal for Azure Entertainment and will be shot in November and December this year. It is slated to release in 2020. “I always knew I will work again with Anurag considering the experience I had during Manmarziyaan but didn’t know it will happen so soon,” Taapsee said in a statement. “Sunir ..

Marvellous possibility

  ' Natalia Ningthoujam,It was back in 2017 when Hollywood star Chris Pratt said “Whoa... wow” after watching a special Hindi promotional clip of his movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 that featured Bappi Lahiri’s foot-tapping song Jhoom jhoom jhoom baba. The Indian veteran singer-composer says he is in talks with Marvel Studios for one of their upcoming movies. Over the years, some of the Indian elements have managed to find their way in Marvel superhero films. Remember ..

Men-tors, these!

   By Biraj Dixit,ONE cannot have enough of Women’s Day celebrations! Just a day and your entire ilk get promoted globally. Metamorphosis can hardly claim to have a better example. Just a day and those fidgety fumblers, finicky fools, hopeless drivers, not-like-my-mom cooks, transform into this superhuman superheroes, real people with real substance, self-sacrificing deities, the woman deserving thousand salutations. What a jump! There must be some huge magic in the day that blesses ..

‘Insecure’ struggles

Modern Family star Ariel Winter has revealed how unconfident she was while growing up in the spotlight. The 18-year-old star opened up about the struggles and insecurities she faced during her early teenage days as she was immensely thin, reported Femal..

Lean and easy

Actor R Madhavan, who is sporting a lean look for his upcoming Tamil film Vikram Veda where he is playing an encounter specialist, says that he managed to get his lean look without hitting the gym or any other kind of workout.“I’m glad tha..

Not a publicity gimmick

Bhojpuri actress Mona Lisa, who got married to her boyfriend Vikrant Singh on reality show Bigg Boss 10, says her marriage on national television is not a publicity gimmick.After surviving in the house for 14 weeks, Mona was eliminated last night from..

Starting over, again

Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who is currently busy shooting for her second film Toilet- Ek Prem Katha, says the film is a “re-launch” for her in Bollywood.“I have only done two films. So, I don’t know how things are going to be ahea..

‘My kids can’t escape my stardom’

By Sugandha Rawal,Hollywood star Ben Affleck feels bothered when his children’s personal space is invaded. Suits actor Gabriel Macht also wants his children to grow up in a world where the spotlight isnt on their father. But Bollywood star Hrith..

Positive connect

Actress Shalini Kapoor Sagar, who has portrayed different shades of characters in popular shows like Kkusum, Saat Phere, Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev, Qubool Hai and Swaragini, says she likes to play more of positive characters as essaying antagonists has bad..

Too ‘Grey’ to gel

Fifty Shades star Jamie Dornan says he is not particularly fond of his character of Christian Grey. “Not the sort of bloke I’d get along with. All my mates are easy going and quick to laugh - I wouldn’t imagine myself sat in a pub with..

When Baba Ramdev got a marriage proposal

Sony Entertainment Television’s The Kapil Sharma Show is known for raising laughter for its hilarious content. This time when Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev made an appearance on the show, audience were in splits to know about Baba Ramdev’s funny inc..

‘In my head, I’ve amazing babies with Vin Diesel’

During her debut appearance on world famous chat show The Ellen DeGeneres Show, actress Deepika Padukone revealed she has a big crush on Hollywood action star Vin Diesel and said that in her head, she has “amazing babies” with him.Deepika ..

‘A gifted and sensitive boy’

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was present at the launch of filmmaker Karan Johar’s autobiography An Unsuitable Boy on Monday, said Karan is an intelligent and sensitive man with a gifted quality to understand human emotions.Shah Rukh K..

Standing up for beliefs

Bollywood actress Gul Panag says Indian celebrities do take a stand on issues but have to be prepared for the backlash.The actress feels one has to be very strong to withstand the massive opposition they might face for voicing an opinion.“Indian..

Not ‘Kaabil’enough...

His menacing turn in Kaabil is creating a buzz, but actor Rohit Roy reveals he initially refused to do the upcoming film as he wasn’t sure if he could pull-off the negative character.Rohit features in the film as a baddie, who is being chased by..

When Mahira felt shy!

Mahira Khan’s chemistry with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Raees song Zaalima is being appreciated and the Pakistani actress said she felt shy after watching the track.The romantic number from the Rahul Dholakia-directed movie has been sung by Ari..

Challenging inspiration

Actor Param Singh says he is taking inspiration from Bollywood’s perfectionist Aamir Khan for his role in TV show Ghulaam.He says portraying an anti-hero turned out to be extremely challenging for him.Ghulaam, which went go on air on Life OK fro..

‘Famous’ burden

‘Famous’ burden..

Poetic point

That’s what an aura of art is! It brings out a person’s all hidden talents. So happened for Katrina Kaif! For long, journey of Anurag Basu’s upcoming movie Jagga Jasoos have been under spotlight due to the much talked-about break up of..

Gangaa’s life to change its course

Once a child widow, Gangaa’s spirit and will to survive ensured she overcame all obstacles in her path. Just like the river, she charted her own journey against societal norms. As she grew up to become a forthright woman, she found love in her chi..

‘Regional’ beliefs

Lyricist, screenwriter and ad guru Prasoon Joshi says the regional film industry in India has nothing to worry about even if there’s a growing demand for global content in the country.“Whilst there will be a space for global content, the l..

Half Tamilian already

Actress Sayyeshaa has just wrapped up the first schedule of her maiden Tamil film Vanamagan. Although alien to the language, she already considers herself half-Tamilian because she can pick up her dialogues without being prompted.“Initially, I f..

Striving for satisfaction

Deeksha Sonalkar is a popular face on Indian Television having been part of popular shows like Bani - Ishq da Kalma, Itti Si Khushi, Code Red, Maharana Pratap and Agent Raghav to name a few. Deeksha has a background in theatre and is also a trained Oddi..

‘Flawless’ belief

Actress Jessica Biel says she is still looking for a flaw in her husband and singer-actor Justin Timberlake after four years of marriage.Biel opened up about her relationship during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, reports dailymail.co.uk.Sh..

Focused act...

Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor who is looking forward to her upcoming release Ok Jaanu opposite Aditya Roy Kapoor says that the recognition of an actor is not totally dependent on the film’s box office fate but their performance.“You wi..

Laid back about link-ups

Having been linked to co-stars like Shraddha Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, Bollywood actor Aditya Roy Kapoor says he has now become thick-skinned to such gossips.During the making of Aashiqui 2, reports emerged of the growing fondness between Shraddha and ..

Friendship first, face off second!

By Komal Panchmatia,Kaabil and Raees may be ready for a showdown at the box office but actor Hrithik Roshan says it won’t affect his friendship with superstar Shah Rukh Khan.Hrithik’s Kaabil and Shah Rukh’s Raees will be locking horn..

Rules to break the rut

Farina Salim QuraishiBy all accounts, the year 2016 was tougher for Bollywood than 2015, which saw a partial revival of filmy fortunes, with over 10 films entering the 100-crore club. The year 2016, was another matter entirely, with regional films and..

Golden Girl

Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra made a stunning debut on the red carpet of the 74th Golden Globe Awards in a golden glided Ralph Lauren gown with a plunging v-neckline.Priyanka, who presented an award at the ceremony, found global popularity with Am..

Beyond satisfied

Actress Richa Chadha says working in David Womark’s Indo-American production Love Sonia has opened up a new world of filmmaking in front of her.Directed by Tabrez Noorani, Love Sonia depicts the brutal realities of human trafficking across the g..

Rahman recreates his iconic track ‘Urvashi’

ACADEMY-Award winning composer A R Rahman has recreated his iconic track “Urvashi Urvashi” with crowd-sourced lyrics.The composer recently took to Twitter to crowd source the lyrics and what emerged was a new song with references to demone..

A cinematic giant who conquered the world

A giant of parallel and new wave cinema, Om Puri delivered some stellar performances in Ardh Satya, Aakrosh and Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron while being equally at home with Bollywood potboilers and Hollywood movies such as East Is East and City of Joy.With hi..

The interview of Om Puri which couldn’t happen!

By Justin RaoMUMBAI,Jan 6,(PTI),AFTER several failed attempts to interview Om Puri in the past two weeks, an interaction was finally scheduled at 11 AM on Friday, but fate had other plans as the veteran actor breathed his last on Friday morning...

Excited passengers

Actor Chris Pratt says movies are entertaining and can be scary sometimes, but he feels his forthcoming sci-fi thriller movie Passengers will blow the viewers’ minds.Actor Micheal Sheen stars in the sci-fi romance movie Passengers, which has Osc..

SRK’s Bigg plans

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is gearing up for the release of Raees, will be seen promoting the action thriller film on reality show Bigg Boss 10, which is hosted by Salman Khan.Shah Rukh and Salman recreated the Karan Arjun moment when the..

Not a ‘Half’ challenge

As Shraddha Kapoor wrapped up the shoot for her upcoming film Half Girlfriend, an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel of the same name, the actress says bringing the popular author’s words to life was a quite “challenging” task...

Foreign Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra

By Komal Panchamatia,Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra says when she chose to explore acting opportunities in the West, her only worry was whether she would be able to make a name for herself in Hollywood.Priyanka, 34, earned global fame after starring..

For the love of dancing

National Award winning actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says he took up a role in Munna Michael -- in which actor Tiger Shroff pays tribute to his dancing icon Michael Jackson -- to overcome his fear of dancing.Nawazuddin says he has never attempted to dance..

Not keen on kids

Singer-songwriter Pixie Lott says that she is too busy to have children at the moment.In an interview to Star magazine, the 25-year-old pop star, who got engaged to fashion model Oliver Cheshire in November, insisted that she does not envision them ha..

Fitting it right!

FROM Bollywood biggies Salman, Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan to young stars like Shahid Kapoor, Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor, 2016 saw Indian actors experimenting with their looks to get the on-screen characters right.The most talked about tr..