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Remembering Big B’s first acting guru

As Amitabh Bachchan fans across the globe celebrate his 77th birthday on October 11, it is time to remember his first acting guru Frank Thakurdas. Films buffs might not have seen Bachchan as an actor had Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College drama teacher Frank Thakurdas did not ask the shy and almost reticent Amitabh Bachchan to take part in the activities of College drama society. That meeting with Thakurdas had changed the life of Bachchan, then a BSc student of KM College. He studied in KM College ..

Chasing challenges

Gauhar Khan is in awe of filmmaker Srijit Mukherji, whose new Bengali film Gumnaami which released recently. Gauhar has dubbed Hindi dialogues for character in the film. The period drama Gumnaami deals with the three theories behind Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s death. The first being the plane crash theory, the second being the theory that he died in Russia, and the third theory being that he came back to India and died as Gumnaami Baba. ..

For dance & dramality

Actress Sudha Chandran, also a renowned Bharatnatyam dancer, is playing a judge in the show Tara From Satara. “I am playing a judge of the reality show to be shown in Tara From Satara. I have worked with National award-winning artiste Upendra Limaye in a film and he is a fantastic actor,” said Sudha. The two actors had worked together in the 2008 film titled Pranali - The Tradition. As for the show, Sudha’s is excited. “I am already excited and looking forward to it,” she said. Excerpts: Are you content ..

‘Swachh’ initiative

Actress Ananya Panday is on a mission to clean up social media by doing away with abusive language and creating positivity through her campaign. She says the idea didn’t stem from her own experience of being bullied online. It’s more because she wants to set an example for people who feel like they can’t stand up for themselves. Recently the Student Of The Year 2 actress took to social media to talk about her campaign #SwachhSocialMedia. This comes after the announcement of her initiative, So Positive, ..

Another ‘War’ in offing

Director Siddharth Anand, who is happy with the positive response his Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff-starrer War has received, says there are plans to turn it into a franchise. The action-thriller, which released on October 2, has raked in Rs 216.50 crores in just a week since release. “We did had an idea of turning it into a franchise provided we get love of audience. It seems audience’s demand is more than our desire. This is how it should be. We all will sit together soon and decide on it,” Siddharth ..

Dose of laughter

Discovery Kids which revolutionised the Indian animation industry with Little Singham - an animation series inspired by India’s cine supercop Singham, has teamed-up with Excel Entertainment to create a fun-filled laughter-riot based on franchise Fukrey and Fukrey Returns. Fukrey Boyzzz is based on the characters from the popular comedy film franchise. Set in school, the animated series is a throwback to the misadventures and desi-jugaad of Fukrey Boyzzz...

Voice of evil

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will lend her voice for Hollywood star Angelina Jolies character in Disneys Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil in Hindi. The central character Maleficent is voiced by Jolie in the original version of the much awaited sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which is a tale of good versus evil. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil sees Maleficent and her goddaughter Aurora begin to question the complex family ties that bind them as they are pulled in different directions by impending nuptials, ..

Poetic connect

Actor Viraf Firoz Patel finds it quite poetic that, being a Parsi, he gets to portray the Sindhi businessman who was allegedly killed by the Parsi Naval officer KM Nanavati, in the upcoming web series The Verdict: State vs Nanavati. Parsis as a community are a small minority of the Indian population. The story of the show is based on the real-life case of 1959 -- KM Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra -- where Indian Naval Commander Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati was accused of the murder of a Sindhi businessman, ..

The 700 crore run...

Mission Mangal, Batla House, Saaho, Chhichhore and Dream Girl have helped Bollywood to mint Rs 700 crore just within a month. Since Independence Day on August 15, there have been five films released over four Fridays that turned out to be successes. Akshay Kumar-starrer Mission Mangal, which saw women power in the form of Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen and Kirti Kulhari, and John Abraham’s Batla House released on the Independence Day.Saaho, which brought back the Bahubali star Prabhas on ..

‘Suitable’ Additions

  Actors Rasika Dugal, Namit Das, Gagan Dev Riar, Danesh Razvi, Mikhail Sen and Mahira Kakkar have joined the star cast of filmmaker Mira Nairs upcoming A Suitable Boy. They have joined the previous-announced cast members -- Tabu, Ishaan Khatter and newcomer Tanya Maniktala. A Lookout Point production for BBC One, A Suitable Boy will be the first screen adaptation of Vikram Seth’s international bestseller of the same name. It has been penned by screenwriter Andrew Davies.  A Suitable ..

In love with action time

ACTION-ENTERTAINERS are Hrithik Roshan's favourite genre, but the actor says it is important to have a good script for such films to work at the box office. Hrithik, fresh from the success of Super 30, had to go through a physical transformation to fit into the role of an intelligence operative gone rogue in Sidharth Anand's War that pits him opposite Tiger Shroff. “It feels great to be back (in this space). It is my favourite genre...

‘Content’ with offers

 Actor Amyra Dastur says she is happy with the way her career is shaping up. The actor, who made her acting debut in 2013 film Issaq, believes she is getting better opportunities now. “I am very happy with the films that I am getting. I feel now I have started working more. I am given better opportunities and better roles as well. “I pick up from what is offered to me.  And if somebody is not offering me the right role and right film then I am not going to choose. But the doors ..

Weighty transformation

 Made In China director Mihil Musale is impressed with his lead star Rajkummar Rao’s physical transformation that required the actor to put on eight kgs of weight. “I really don’t know how he did it. And that too, in such a short time span. That’s his secret and that’s honestly the magic of a performer as incredible as Raj. I think he’s spoiled me for life as this was my first Hindi film and I was fortunate enough to work with possibly the most collaborative ..

Apna Time Aayega..!

As the news of Zoya Akhtar- directed Gully Boy being selected as India’s official entry at the Oscars came, the film’s team expressed hope Apna Time Aayega! Apna Time Aayega (our time of glory will come)’ is one of the catchy songs from the fllm. The film, produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar and Zoya Akhtar, features Ranveer as an up-and-coming rapper who grows up in a Mumbai slum. “Gully Boy echoed the voice of the streets, it will always be one of my most personal films. As always, I will ..

Dramatic change

Vidya Balan shared the teaser of her upcoming film Shakuntala Devi - Human Computer recently and it is certainly tough to spot a difference between the actor’s on-screen character and the maths wizard’s real self! The 32-second-teaser showed the Dirty Picture actor donning a red sari with a bob hair cut and a bindi, similar to how Shakuntala carried herself. The video defined several characteristics of her character as ‘sharp, arrogant, eccentric, ruthless, witty, and outspoken.’..

AT EASE WITH TAG

  By Simran Sethi :   It was 2013 when actor Varun Sharma tickled the funny bone of the audience for the first time with his role of Choocha in his debut film Fukrey. Since then, he has never looked back, and has managed to create a laugh riot in the theatres every time he appears on screen. Yet, from Fukrey onward, in films that followed including Dolly Ki Doli, Dilwale, Fukrey Returns, Arjun Patiala and his latest release Chhichhore, Varun has mostly donned the avatar of the goofy ..

‘Beautiful’ pressure

 Actress Nandita Das, who is known to speak her heart out about societal imbalances, feels that women are constantly under pressure to look beautiful, which shouldn’t be the case. Nandita Das’ 2013 campaign, ‘Dark Is Beautiful’, gained a lot of momentum as it brought forward issue of colour discrimination that men and women face in society. She has always insisted on celebrating the beauty in all skin colour and in the same attempt, Das recently shot a two-minute anthem ..

Iron Man to return

  Actor Robert Downey Jr will be back as enigmatic superhero Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Black Widow. Downey will be seen reprising Tony Stark aka Iron Man one more time in the prequel Black Widow, which will release in 2020. Downey Jr, who won hearts all across the world as enigmatic superhero Iron Man, bid adieu to his superhero avatar with Avengers: Endgame this year. In fact, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff also died in the film.   The ..

Cherished collaboration

  Bollywood actor Bhumi Pednekar has been on a roll. Right from her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, to Toilet - Ek Prem Katha to Shubh Mangal Saavdhan to Lust Stories, the actor has been standing out with her diverse choice of subjects. The actor has made a place in people’s heart with her performances and choosing films that are offbeat and socially relevant. The 30-year-old actor will be next seen in Alankrita Shrivastava’s Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, co-starring Konkana ..

‘Raw’ challenge

  Television star Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya makes her debut in the digital entertainment space with the upcoming web series Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala. She says she went through extensive workshop to learn the tricks of a chef, her role on the show. As she is a vegetarian, touching raw chicken and fish was a challenge, too. “Playing a chef was challenging for me, considering I am not a good cook in real life. In fact, I do not enjoy cooking that much.   At home, I cook ..

GRAVY BOOST

  By Simran Sethi :  Nora Fatehi moved from Canada to India a few years ago to become an actress in Bollywood. She even managed to bag a few acting projects initially, including Roar: Tigers Of The Sundarbans and Crazy Cukkad Family, but these were low-profile projects and she went unnoticed. Then, her appearance on Bigg Boss and the dance numbers Manohari in Baahubali: The Beginning changed the tide. People started noticing Nora, and soon she was belting out the hit dance numbers, Dilbar ..

Grey fascination

  Kareena Kapoor Khan is one short of turning 20 in the Hindi film industry and the actor says she is game for playing layered, grey characters. The actor’s first negative role came with 2004’s Fida in which she portrayed a scheming woman who sets up a man to take the fall for her lover. The movie also starred Shahid Kapoor and Fardeen Khan.   Her turn of a once successful actor whose career is spiralling down in Heroine (2012) is another example of a grey role. But ..

Frustrating Slot

  Actress Sonal Chauhan likes to take up different kinds of roles because she doesn’t like to get slotted in a bracket. She finds that frustrating. “I yearn for a good script where I get to do different kinds of roles. I don’t like to get slotted in a certain bracket. That is one thing which gets frustrating for me, that I don’t like. “I yearn to do different kind of roles and hope I get to do more contrasting roles from what I have already done because that ..

No room for competition

There are many fresh faces in Bollywood, but actress Radhika Madan is not the one who believes in competing with anyone. After featuring in the hit TV show Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi and trying her hand at some reality shows, Radhika made her Bollywood debut with Pataakha last year for which she was widely appreciated. On her success mantra and her fresh factor, Radhika said, “I am always myself. I don’t pretend to be someone else or compete with anyone. I believe in always honing your authentic ..

Wholesome fun

 By Aasawari Shenolikar :  Sony SAB is known for its rib-tickling content and there are quite a few shows that are a hot favourite with the young and old alike. The USP of these shows are that they have been created with the sole intent of ensuring that ‘families sit together and enjoy the shows.’ So while Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma tops the chart, Jijaji Chhat Per Hain (JCPH) follows close behind. But the cast of JCPH is sporting enough to say that they don’t mind to ..

Happy progress

 Actor Rakul Preet Singh says the release of her next film Marjaavaan may have been pushed ahead but she is happy with the outcome. The movie was earlier set for a box office clash with Yash Raj Films’ action feature War on October 2 but recently Marjaavaan producer Bhushan Kumar announced a new date owing to its extensive VFX work. “While yes, it was postponed, we will be in theatres on November 22. I am so glad everything is finally coming together,” Rakul Preet told PTI. ..

Aiming for normalcy

 Actress Ananya Pandey who debuted in Bollywood with producer Karan Johar’s Student of the Year 2 says that even though her life has changed after the movie, she tries to “behave like a normal teenager”. “Life has definitely changed after I did Student of the Year 2. Now, people recognise me more. It feels you have now earned a name. But I try to behave as much normal as I can. I try to be a normal teenager which I am. I hang out with my friends and my family.  I ..

Language no bar

  Popular television actress Avika Gor, who tasted success in Hindi soaps, says that working in Telugu films regularly now lets her understand the language, so much so that she does not need a translator to understand her scripts. The Balika Vadhu famed child actress is now 22 years, and she has been acting in Telugu and Kannada films since 2013. Asked about how she copes with an film industry where the language is so different from Hindi, Avika said, “I have been doing Telugu films ..

Fair Point

 Kirti Kulhari has a strong and encouraging message for women. The actress feels that women are “powerful, super strong and can literally do anything that they want to in their life.” “People talk about women empowerment and all. Empowerment sounds like the wrong word to use when it comes to women because you empower someone who is weak. So, while you are perpetuating the idea of empowerment, you are also at the same time telling women that you are weak and you need empowerment. ..

Nimki is now Vidhayak

 Nimki Mukhiya, Star Bharat’s show, chronicled Nimki’s journey from a fun-loving and carefree girl to a feisty and matured woman who goes on to make a difference to her small village. It depicted how she defied societal norms and became a Mukhiya. Now, the channel is back with a mega second season titled Nimki Vidhayak, where the series focuses on how Nimki (Bhumika Gurung) becomes a Vidhayak (MLA) and strives to make a difference in the complicated world of politics.  Season ..

A life-changing experience

 Meera Chopra, who is gearing up for the release of “Section 375”, says it was challenging to play a rape victim in the forthcoming film. “Section 375 was a life-changing experience for me and for my career. Playing this character was very traumatic and difficult for me in the beginning, and once the filming was over, it took me some time to get out of it. “Shooting for this role really broke my heart to even imagine what real rape victims go through, I hope this ..

Arjun’s a cinephile

  Actor Arjun Kapoor, who has come up with a digital property called Arjun Recommends, says he has grown up being a cinephile and a binge-watcher seeking good content to watch. Arjun will be using his social media to start the digital property and hopes that it helps everyone looking to find good content on television, OTT or at the cinemas. “I have grown up being a cinephile and a binge-watcher seeking good content to watch, learn and enjoy something new and path-breaking. And I have ..

At ease with image

 Dancer-actor-host Raghav Juyal is popular for his dance moves in slow-motion style. He also has a natural comic skill that has fetched him shows and films, but he doesn’t feel stereotyped. He has shown his talents in shows and films such as Danc e Plus, Rising Star,ABCD 2 and Nawabzaade. His forthcoming project, Bahut Hua Sammaan, is also a comedy film.  Asked about being slotted in one category, Raghav told IANS, “I don’t feel stereotyped. On TV, it’s more of physical ..

EVOLUTION OF PATRIOTISM

 By Simran Sethi :  Be it the pre-Independence or post Independence era, the Hindi film industry has been consistently portraying the flavour of nationalism and patriotism through a bouquet of films. From Kismet in 1943 to Purab Aur Paschim in 1970 to Border in 1997 to Airlift in 2016 and now Uri: The Surgical Strike -- Indian filmmakers have been attempting to evoke nationalism among citizens for decades altogether. Only the treatment and subjects have evolved. While films in the pre-Independenc..

All Praise For ‘Dream Girl’!

 PRODUCER Ekta Kapoor is all praise for National Award-winning actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is the lead actor in her upcoming romantic-comedy production, Dream Girl. “After hearing the script, I felt there is only one actor who could pull off the kind of voice modulation that the role required. I told (director) Raaj (Shaandilyaa) that man (Ayushmann) bets on scripts, he will not see how big the director is or how many films he has done. He will only read the script,” said Ekta, ..

AGEING GRACEFULLY

 SALMA Hayek says age is no longer a concern for her. The actor, who was the first Latina to grace InStyle magazine’s cover in 1998, saidshe then used to worry about turning 30. “I shot my first InStyle cover when I was 29, in 1998. It’s very dear to me because I was the first Latina on a ‘What’s Hot Now’ issue. What I remember most about my 20s is that I didn’t want to be 30. “In America they used to tell actresses theyexpired at 30. That’s ..

Intense Times

  SHRADDHA Kapoor, who shot for three films -- Saaho , Chhichhore and Street Dancer -- in 2019, said it has been a physically intense year for her. The actor, however, said she is happy to be a part three big films. “My body is paining a lot. It has been a physically intense year for me. I did shoot three films but Street Dancer is releasing next year. I feel I should get some break but now promotions of Saaho have also started. “I am so excited and it’s a big thing.  Saaho ..

‘ We get typecast faster’

 “Once we start doing something successfully, we are expected to do that and live up to expectation of audience. But I do not look at it as a burden because I think it takes a lot to build an audience that will have expectation from me of quality work.”  Whether it is Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari or multiple award-winning south Indian actress like Nithya Menen, each of these actresses are constantly striking a balance between strong female-led roles and appearances ..

Thriving on creative challenges

  If Pankaj Tripathi isn’t scared of taking up a role, he can hear alarm bells ring: he is getting a bit too comfortable and needs a creative challenge to jolt him out. Tripathi confesses, one often falls in the comfort zone fully aware but a slight discomfort creeps in when an actor stays there for long. His role as the mysterious Guruji in the second season of Sacred Games, was the one which stirred him up. “If an actor has to be alive, then you need a creative challenge.  This ..

The Airport Attitude Battle

 When Sara Ali Khan walked out of the airport pushing her own luggage trolley loaded with three large suitcases, she disrupted the whole image of the quintessential Bollywood diva. Isn’t it only a while back, after all, that we saw another GenNow heartthrob, Alia Bhatt, sashay out of the arrival gate, even as lesser mortals fussed over her luggage? Bollywood divas are meant to be like Alia, isn’t it -- with a flunky here to hold the umbrella, and another couple to take care of luggage. ..

Tiding Over Doubts

    KRITI KHARBANDA was already an established star in south film industry when she decided to make her debut in Bollywood, a difficult decision that she says meant starting all over again. The actor, who made her debut with 2016 film Raaz: Reboot and went on to star in films such as Guest in London and Shaadi Me Zaroor Aana, says the most challenging aspect is fighting your own doubts. “The toughest part for to start all over again is battling your own emotions.  Not ..

Unconventional TRAJECTORY

  “ I am happy that I have reached where I am today at my own pace and at the right time. Today, as I have grown and matured, I am more than ready to receive everything coming my way with a positive outlook. I am at ease with myself, there is no mad rush to prove anything to myself or to the world. I wouldn’t want it any other way.” SHE IS one actor who has never shied away from doing unconventional roles. She is not bothered about the length of the role, how much footage ..

Accidental Actor

 SHAHBAZ Khan, popular for his villainous roles on the small and big screens, says he had no plans of becoming an actor. “I had been learning music from my father (singer Amir Khan) from a very young age. At the age of seven, my father’s sudden demise temporarily shut the doors to learn music any further,” Shahbaz said.  While hunting for music projects, Shahbaz happened to be noticed by actor-filmmaker Sanjay Khan during a historical show’s audition. “That ..

Balancing happily

  From starring in commercial blockbusters like Dabangg and Rowdy Rathore to receiving critical-acclaim for her performance in Lootera and Akira, Sonakshi Sinha has come a long way. The actor, who credits her instincts for her movie choices, is happy with the way her career has shaped up. “It (box office numbers) was something that I never craved for. It just happened to me. When I started acting I never thought my films will do Rs 100 crore business. They were all blockbusters and ..

Reveling in being ‘evil’

 Actress Dalljiet Kaur scored with an evil role in last year’s show Qayamat Ki Raat. Now, she plays a “twisted” role in Guddan - Tumse Na Ho Payega, in which her character acts as an obstacle in Guddan and Akshat’s love story. She says she gets flooded with hate mails but has no complaints. Dalljiet joined the show midway in the role of Akshat’s (actor Nishant Malkani) first wife Antara. Fans have been rooting for Guddan (actress Kanika Mann) and Akshat to unite, ..

Calling it quits

 Actor-producer Dia Mirza and her husband Sahil Sangha announced separation on Thursday after five years into their marriage. Dia tied the knot with her long-time beau Sahil on October 18, 2014. However, after 11 years of knowing each other, Dia and Sahil have decided to part ways amicably. “We remain friends and will continue to be there for each other with love and respect.  While our journeys may lead us down different paths, we are forever grateful for the bond that we share with ..

Natkhat next

  Vidya Balan is all set to turn producer with a socially relevant short film titled Natkhat, in which she will also act. The actor has collaborated with producer Ronnie Screwvala to back this film. As per the press release issued by the makers, Natkhat addresses several issues such as patriarchy, gender inequality, rape, domestic abuse, compartmentalisation by men in different relationships with women; and in doing so surpasses all possible barriers, be it age, gender, urban-rural divide ..

Up for the challenge

   Veteran lyricist-screenwriter Javed Akhtar is of the view that if there is someone who can write a film on renowned poet Sahir Ludhianvi, it is none other than himself. “If there is someone who can write a film on him (Ludhianvi), that is me. No one knows him better than me. And the others who knew him aren’t alive,” he said at an event here. Talking about his bond with the late poet, Akhtar said, “He was my uncle and father’s friend and he used to meet me ..

‘What is safe cinema?’

  Ayushmann Khurrana who started of his Bollywood run with Vicky Donor playing the part of a reluctant sperm donor, is currently riding high on the success of his latest release Article 15. The trend breaker actor, who is set to romance a man in his next, asks “what is safe film”. “I’m enjoying the current phase of my career and feeling no pressure at all because I’m doing the films that I want to do and tell the brilliant stories that needs to be told.  I hope ..

Unexpected preference

 Having played the girl-next-door with a twist in films such as Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, actress Nushrat Bharucha says she likes to doing the unexpected. “I have played the girl-next-door in most of my films but those have also been like a set-up.  They seem like a girl next door in Pyaar Ka Punchnama and Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, but they turned around to become girls who stab you in the back or do the ‘punchnama’. So, eventually, there is some spice ..

Destined to be an actress

 National award-winning actress Palomi Ghosh, who plays a pivotal role in the upcoming Netflix web series Typewriter, says although she had no plan to become an actress, she was destined to be one. Looking back on how she started her career in acting, Palomi told IANS, “Acting was certainly not even on my radar. I was born in India but my family shifted to US after sometime. I came back during a semester break and did theatre. I think I was destined to be an actress.”  Her first ..

MAKING CHOICES COUNT

 By Farina Salim Quraishi: Slow and steadfast, is one mantra actor Chandan Roy Sanyal believes in wholeheartedly. Chandan, who made the world sit up and take notice of him with his breakout role of Mikhail in Kaminey, has followed up his brilliant outing with noteworthy performances throughout the better part of the decade. Even his last OTT outing, Hawa Badle Hassu - an ecological thriller - left audience more than a little dazed and definitely left them asking for more. The talented actor ..

Powered by instincts

 Anil Kapoor says it has become “cooler” for actors to work on one or two films a year, something that did not exist when he started out. The actor said he used to feel like a misfit as he preferred to “prepare” for his parts. “People used to say that I’m artsy. Some used to call me a jhola wala actor. They used to say that I prepare a lot for a character. Hard work was considered negative at that time. I think we should appreciate people who work hard. “Now ..

Confident about clash

 Tara Sutaria’s upcoming film Marjaavaan with Sidharth Malhotra will clash with Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s War on October 2 but the actor is not worried as she believes both films are different. Tara made her acting debut in Bollywood with Karan Johar’s home production Student of the Year 2. The film also featured Tiger and Ananya Pandey. Marjaavaan, her second film, is a romantic-action-drama and is slated to release on October 2, the same day War releases.  “I ..

Classic change

 Fans all across the world might be looking forward for the return of Tom Cruise as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun: Maverick, and are wondering how his life must have changed in all these years, but there is one change in the Top Gun universe that has left them perplexed. Cruise’s classic bomber jacket isn’t quite the same.  Following surprise appearance of Cruise at San Diego Comic-Con to drop trailer of Top Gun: Maverick, fans spotted a slight difference between ..

SET FOR IMAGE MAKEOVER

 By Arundhuti Banerjee: From performing a rap song to playing a bangle-seller, who romances a village girl, Nawazuddin Siddiqui seems to be in the mood for a dramatic image makeover in his next film, Bole Chudiyan.   The National Award-winning actor, who shot to fame playing Faisal in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs Of Wasseypur saga after a long stint of Bollywood struggle, perhaps realises it is time to give the stock intense image a break. Despite brilliant performances in recent ..

Criticism no bar

  Director Rohan Sippy isn’t bogged down by the criticism around the Indian remake of The Office, and says most people are offended by their take because they think it is sacrilege to even attempt to “legitimately remake the original show”. Sippy’s The Office is an official adaptation of the international series of the same name. “When you are taking of such a loved show, and knowing how loud social media is, I was prepared (for the comparisons with the original ..

NEW BIG BET

 Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, a big star in south Indian films, has been trying to find her feet in Bollywood for a while now. She will be seen in the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Bole Chudiyan soon. The actress counts the film as one of her biggest opportunities in Bollywood and wants the audience to consider her a newcomer. Born and raised in Mumbai, the actor made her debut with the 2005 Telugu film Sri, followed by her Tamil film Kedi. She achieved success two years later, with Happy Days and ..

Grooving Dream

 Dancer-actress Nora Fatehi is back with another recreation of an old hit dance number, and she is sure setting the temperatures soaring once again. Nora’s new dance is a new-age version of the song Saaki, for the upcoming John Abraham-starrer, Batla House. The dance number is a recreation of the hit song of the same name from Musafir (2004).  The Canadian-origin dancer-actress says bagging this opportunity is no less than a dream. Saaki follows Dilbar, her hit dance number in last ..

CHARACTERISTICALLY CONTENT

  While many actors get bothered about the date clash of their films with those of other actors, it is interesting to observe how Jimmy Shergill is enjoying the excitement of the fact that two of his films - Family Of Thakurganj and Jhootha Kahin Ka is releasing on the same day. He works with Saurabh Shukla and Rishi Kapoor, respectively, in the two films, and he counts himself as fortunate for that fact. “Actually, with Rishi uncle it was so exciting to be part of an out-and-out comedy ..

POSITIVE STEP

 Actress Ananya Panday, who has started an online campaign called ‘So Positive’, to confront cyberbullying, says trolling and such acts leave an impact on the mind of youngsters who are in transformative age. Last month, the Student of The Year 2 actress was questioned on her academic qualification on social media when she said in an interview that she took admission in USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Later, Ananya posted pictures of college documents on Instagram. ..

‘I am not my work’

 For over a decade, Robert Downey Jr has been Tony Stark aka Iron-Man for Marvel fanatics around the world but the actor is clear, in real life, he is not the beloved superhero. The actor, whose career stemmed from theatre, said his off-Broadway training taught him to maintain “aesthetic distance” from the characters he plays in order to remain in touch with his identity. “I am not my work. I am not what I did with that studio. I am not that period of time that I spent playing ..

GRIN AND BEAR (D) IT

 Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has frequently been sporting a thick bearded look in his recent films, so much so that he says has forgotten what it feels like to feel a normal face. Big B was recently seen sporting a beard in Thugs Of Hindostan, and will again repeat the look in the upcoming films, Chehre and Gulabo Sitabo. “The beard brigade has, I notice, been around for three films now in immediate repetition to the face... Thugs Of Hindostan, Chehre and now Gulabo Sitabo. I have almost ..

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 ..