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BOLLYWOOD DREAM

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

ACCEPTANCE ISSUE

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

Love goes extreme

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

Bhai’s call!

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

Vulnerable strength

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

Excited About Attack

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

Teasing a third

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

Gradual acceptance

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

Healthy preparation

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

More power to NO

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

OPEN TO SEQUEL

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

Eager to work with Arbaaz Khan

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

Stretching With Coat

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

‘I don’t seek approval’

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

Terrible at flirting

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

Unfazed by rumours

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

Pollywood To Bigg Boss house

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

Ready for release

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

‘Fair’ly good change

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

Awarded Happiness

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

On a new tune

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

Short & Sweet

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

MONEY MATTERS

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

Super single

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

OUT WITH THE PRESSURE

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

Pinning hopes

Budding actress Niharica Raizada, who will next be seen in the Akshay Kumar-Katrina Kaif starrer Sooryavanshi, has said that the cop-action drama will be a gamechanger for her, adding that she learned a lot while shooting for the film and it has helped her to grow as an actor...

Biding time

Actor Sooraj Pancholi, who will next be seen onscreen in Satellite Shankar four years after his debut film Hero disappointed at the box-office, believes in the maxim ‘apna time aayega.’ “I have been through a lot and everybody who is present over here knows that. It has been a tough journey but as they say, ‘apna time aayega’ (my time will come),” said Sooraj, on looking forward to the future even as he struggles with an ongoing court case over the suicide of his ex-girlfriend Jiah Khan...

INTENSE NEXT...

ACTRESS Diana Penty has revealed she will start shooting for her next film, the intense love story Shiddat, within three weeks. “This is the first time I am doing an intense love story. I have done rom-coms, drama and those kinds of things, so it’s going to be interesting. It has an interesting story. There is a story within the love story, which is why I decided to do the film. We will start shooting in around three weeks,” said Diana...

Express promotion

Actor Akshay Kumar along with his Housefull 4 co-stars Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Pooja Hegde, Kriti Kharbanda and Chunky Panday commenced their Housefull4Express rail journey on a special promotional train travelling from Mumbai to Delhi. In a first-ever development, Indian Railways has introduced ‘Promotion on Wheels’ , a new concept that was kicked off on Wednesday with the film’s cast on board for the film’s promotions on its Mumbai to Delhi route...

From behind the bars to big screen

A book on the horrors of jail, penned by former Mumbai journalist Jigna Vora - who was acquitted two month ago in the sensational murder case of senior scribe Jyotirmoy Dey - will be made into a film soon, it was announced recently. Vora’s book, Behind Bars In Byculla, launched recently, is based on her own heart-wrenching ordeal in prison for several years as an accused in the case. A journalist with The Asian Age, she was the sole woman accused in the stunning killing of Dey on June 11, 2011, near ..

‘Grateful to be an alchemist’

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who completes 25 years in show business, says she is grateful for the “unfading love” of fans that has helped her be “a bit of an alchemist” in the evolution of “us as women”. Aishwarya has been a part of showbiz since she won the Miss World title in 1994, which led to her cinema debut three years later with Mani Ratnam’s Tamil political drama Iruvar. She made her Bollywood debut with Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya. “I am grateful to the audience for their unfading love. The way they have ..

In Search of ‘several shades’

Deepak Dobriyal says it’s important to not get stereotyped in the industry and keep looking for roles which give one the opportunity to show “several shades” as an actor. Deepak, who has featured in films like Omkara, Dabangg 2 and the “Tanu Weds Manu” franchise, says in an attempt to be diverse, one has to let go of a lot of work. “You have to keep changing your shade, say no to repetitive work and aim to surprise people. You’ve to let go of a lot of work. It’s difficult but then you have to be satisfied ..

Actress till Idie!

Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan, who has almost completed two decades in the industry, says she was born to act and that she will hopefully do it till the end of her life.Kareena made her acting debut with Refugee along with Bachchan in 2000. Since then, she has been part of some of the most successful films like Jab We Met, Udta Punjab, Veere Di Wedding, Chameli and Asoka. “It has been an amazing 20 years. It has been a fabulous journey working with some amazing people. I was born to act because I feel ..

Evil outing

Actor-singer Idina Menzel is in negotiations to portray evil stepmother in Sony’s musical version of Cinderella. The news comes just a day after it was reported that Emmy-winner Billy Porter was in discussions with the studio for the role of fairy godmother in the reimagination, written and directed by Kay Cannon. According to Variety, singer Camila Cabello boarded the project in April this year and will work on the music of the film. The singer will also be involved in the music of the film. The ..

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 ..