Entertainment

Realistic take

Tanuja Chandra, whose Qarib Qarib Singlle, has been critically applauded, says she is more comfortable with hard-hitting films but would love to explore light-hearted stories as well.Tanuja is best known for her psychological thrillers such as Dushman (..

Banking on old-world charm

Filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan, who is excited about the release of his upcoming film Aksar 2, says it’s an old-fashioned suspense drama. Last week, suspense thriller Ittefaq released, but Mahadevan says while that movie is about “who is the kil..

KJo’s new ‘students’

Janhvi Kapoor, daughter of veteran actor Sridevi is all set to make her debut opposite Shahid Kapoor’s half-brother, Ishaan Khatter in Dhadak, which is an official Hindi adaptation of Marathi blockbuster Sairat. The film is presented by filmmaker ..

Popularly private

  By Shubha Dubey, She enjoys every bit of stardom that she has achieved but Vidya Balan says acting is still a “job” at the end of the day for her and she cannot let it dominate her personal life. The National Award-winning actor say..

Convinced of merit

  Actor Arjun Kapoor says his upcoming film Namastey Canada is very entertaining. “Parineeti and I are going to shoot for Dibakar Banerjee’s film and after that, we will do Namastey Canada. It is releasing December 7 next year. That&rs..

‘Short’complex

  Emma Roberts has not always been confident about her demeanour, particularly her height. While talking to Shape Magazine, Emma said, “I used to have a complex about being short, now I love that I’m 5’2. I’m strong, and t..

Different in Raazi

  Actress Alia Bhatt, who is playing the main lead in Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi, says the audience will see her in a completely different avatar in the film.“I think in Raazi audience will see me in completely different avtar at least..

Quirky return

  Get ready for a fun-filled ride as the Fukrey gang is back with another plan to make quick money! The Fukrey Returns trailer depicts how Richa Chadha, playing the notorious Bholi Punjaban, gets her revenge from Ali Fazal (Zafar), Pulkit Samrat ..

‘Nothing can stop release of Padmavati’

  By Radhika Bhirani, A decade ago when she forayed into Bollywood, Deepika Padukone never imagined she would be a Sanjay Leela Bhansali heroine.Now, as she prepares for the release of epic drama Padmavati, which clocks her trilogy with the filmm..

Adapting to Bollywood

  By Subhash K Jha, Actor Sumeet Vyas says Bollywood is like a local train, and he is struggling to find “a window seat in this crowded train”. After getting popular with his web series Permanent Roommates, Sumeet was seen in Ribbon, ..

‘Give Padmavati a chance’

  His upcoming film Padmavati is facing opposition from many quarters in the country, but actor Shahid Kapoor has urged the people to first watch the movie without harbouring any preconceived notions. Several outfits in Noida protested against th..

Crooning Regret

  Legendary singer Asha Bhosle regrets not getting a proper education, and says she would have touched greater heights if she had studied further and crooned songs in English too. Bhosle talked about her regrets at the Leadership Lecture Series a..

Inspired by emotions

Award winning composer A.R. Rahman says an artiste is always inspired by human beings and what they go through.Rahman has come up with a 19-minute music piece titled The flying lotus, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s move..

Queenly boost

Actress Tamannaah Bhatia, who is essaying Kangana Ranaut’s role in the Telugu remake of Queen, is working out harder for her look in the film.The remake titled Queen Once Again is being helmed by National Award-winning director Neelakanta. Tamanna..

Eager to adapt

Actress Kalki Koechlin, who is gearing up for the release of her upcoming film “Ribbon”, says she always wanted to do a biopic on social worker Sister Nivedita.“I would love to do a biopic. I am a history fan. I love reading books on h..

Heartened by debate

    By Arundhuti Banerjee, ACTRESS Sonakshi Sinha says the pay disparity in Bollywood is far from equalising, but the discussion on the issue is going in a positive direction. Sonakshi first spoke about pay disparity two years ago around th..

Battling doubts

  ACTRESS Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal. But once she accepted herself, she felt better. She said, “I was always a very self-conscious person and wa..

Hate fully real

  ACTRESS Ihana Dhillon, who is making her Bollywood debut with upcoming film Hate Story 4, says it’s based on a real-life incident. “It is not a love triangle, it is a revenge story. This is a thriller movie, like the previous parts, ..

Individual First

“I did not want to do things the way they are usually done in Hindi cinema,” that is the mantra Tabu says she has followed all throughout her career. While 80s and 90s era of Bollywood was dominated by action and romantic-comedy films, the 2..

Lucky setback 

Actor Rohit Suchanti says controversial TV show Pehredaar Piya Ki, which was pulled off air in August due to its “obnoxious” plot, proved to be lucky for him as it gave him a chance to be a part of Rishta Likhenge Hum Naya - a new show featu..

Rocking for a cause

The Lalkaar Concert is all set to rock the country on November 21, as announced by Farhan Akhtar recently. This concert will take place as a part of Bas Ab Bahut Ho Gaya- Enough Is Enough!. This campaign is led by Population Foundation Of India (PFI) an..

Banking on talent

  Actress Saumya Tandon says being connected to the industry or hailing from a family associated with showbiz doesn’t help one get on the ladder of success in the entertainment industry. She says only talent can take a person ahead in the f..

Too cute to be vile

  Actor Sonu Sood says it will be difficult to accept his Kung Fu Yoga co-star Jackie Chan as an antagonist because he is very cute.“We have always seen Jackie Chan play the good guy. He is a great actor and I am sure he will play the role o..

Unpleasant surprise

  It seems like Johnny Depp’s plan to surprise Pirates of the Caribbean fans dressed as character Captain Jack Sparrow did not go as he would have hoped for. While appearing on this week’s The Graham Norton Show with his Murder on the..

More trouble for Padmavati

  Film distributors in Rajasthan are wary of releasing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati, scheduled to hit screens on December 1. “I can talk about my company... We will not like to buy the distribution rights of the film till the con..

Distinctly different

  For Tejasswi Prakash, moving from one character to another isn’t difficult. The actor, who shot to fame with the TV show Swaragini, says that she wants the audience to forget characters she has portrayed before. She wants them to enjoy the..

Irksome trend

    Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani says recreations of old songs is heart-breaking and needs to be stopped. In a tweet, filmmaker Sujoy Ghosh had expressed his sadness over a new version of a song originally by late singer-actor Kishore K..

‘Small’ step forward

  It seems like the epic saga of ‘Middle Earth’ will return to enthrall us with its adventures. According to Entertainment Weekly, Warner Bros. Television and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien are in early talks with Amazon Studios to deve..

Wedding crashers

  While shooting for a wedding sequence of their upcoming family entertainer Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana, lead actors Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Kharbanda gatecrashed a wedding ceremony in Lucknow and surprised everyone. According to a source, the actor..

A special year

  Diana Penty, who celebrates her birthday recently, says the year has been good to her professionally and she hopes to continue doing films that are out of her comfort zone. The Cocktail actor had Lucknow-Central this year and signed Parmanu and..

Keen to explore

  After the success of Kaabil, actress Yami Gautam says she wants to explore the world of a costume drama or be part of a dance-based movie. Asked about the kind of projects she is looking for, Yami told IANS in an email, “Costume drama or ..

Victim no more

  Actress Avika Gor, best known for playing a child bride in Balika Vadhu, says she will fight social evils in the upcoming show Laado - Veerpur Ki Mardaani instead of being their victim. Laado..., the season two of the popular show Na Ana Iss Des..

Shame the tormentors!

  We should name and shame those who sexually harass others, actress Vidya Balan told media recently.“I think people who have suffered this only know what exactly does it feel like when you’re really in an uncomfortable situation. When..

Woo woes

  Actress Sonakshi Sinha says she feels uncomfortable while shooting scenes which require her to seduce her co-stars.Sonakshi, along with actors Sidharth Malhotra and Akshaye Khanna, appeared on the special show “Interrogation with Karan Joh..

Alia’s biggest fan

  Recently, while on a shoot for the upcoming Lux Golden Rose Awards, Alia received a letter attributed to her. It was an appreciation letter by the current reigning queen Deepika Padukone. In the letter, she penned:  “Dear Alia, Highw..

Shouldering on

  From filming in cold weather of Austria to the hot climate of Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi, director Ali Abbas Zafar says the upcoming film Tiger Zinda Hai has been shot in extremely challenging weather conditions. The action-thriller, starring sup..

Healthily overcoming obstacles

    National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut says she worked towards her “mental health” to overcome the hurdles that she faced while working in Bollywood. “Not belonging to a lineage makes the path to success in my in..

Content with journey

From being an outsider to becoming one of the biggest stars of Indian film industry, Shah Rukh Khan’s journey has been quite colourful and the actor is content with the way life has treated him.Shah Rukh, who turned 52 recently, said no one is inv..

Fashion gets tough

                Riding high on the success of previous two seasons, MTV, the channel is back with the third season of India’s most awaited runway feast, India’s Next Top Model. Giving a shout-o..

Swearing by change

  Actor Arjun Kapoor, who sports a buzz cut typical of police recruits and embodies the heartland policeman in the first look of his character from Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, says change has been the only constant in his journey of 10 films in Boll..

Rooting for youngistan

  Actor Govinda, who has started shooting for his new film Fry Day in Mumbai, says he finds it “superb” to work with new generation artistes. Govinda recently tweeted a photograph in which he is seen alongside actor Varun Sharma and d..

Role ready

  By Durga Chakravarty, Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo, popular for his onscreen character the Hulk, says though he cannot sing and dance, he can do performance-oriented roles in Bollywood.Ruffalo, whose career spans about three decades in Hollywoo..

Content Comfort

  By Bedika, Manoj Bajpayee may well be one of the top draws of commercial cinema, but the actor feels more at home with content-driven stories which help him break the mould of stereotypes.The actor’s film Rukh, currently in cinema halls, ..

Karan does it again...!

  Filmmaker Karan Johar, who stirred up a row for raising the issue of nepotism at an award function, brought back the topic again on the promotional activity of his upcoming film Ittefaq quipping non-nepotistic people like Shah Rukh Khan can co-e..

Poor ‘requisite’

  Members of pioneer music band Indian Ocean believe that facing a financial struggle in beginning of a musical journey for any band is an obvious situation and that it is necessary to keep egoes away to sustain the group. Band members Amit Kilam..

Actor on screen only

  Superstar Rajinikanth is confident that his mega-budget sci-fi thriller 2.0 will be the most prestigious Indian film ever. “It will appeal to both the global and Indian audiences. Director Shankar has a nice social message for everyone in..

Emotional goodbye

  Last days are always very emotional,” Bollywood star Alia Bhatt has penned down a heartfelt message on the final day of Raazi’s shoot. The Badrinath Ki Dulhania star shared a candid picture of herself with director Meghna Gulzar on ..

Eager to collaborate

  Filmmaker David Dhawan was impressed by Rajkummar Rao’s performance in Bareilly Ki Barfi so much so that he expressed his desire to work with him and the actor says it would be “fun” whenever he collaborates with the director. ..

Game for Bollywood

  By Durga Chakravarty, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth is game for working in the Hindi film industry if he is offered a “great script”.Asked if he is open to work in a Bollywood film, Hemsworth told IANS in a round table conference..

Small, yet strong...

  By Subhash K Jha, Actress Aditi Rao Hydari, who will be seen as actor Ranveer Singhs wife in Padmavati, says she might be playing a small part in the upcoming period drama film, but she will leave some impact on viewers’ mind with her rol..

‘Gave 200% for Tumhari Sulu’

  Actress Vidya Balan, who is all geared up for her upcoming Tumhari Sulu, says that she has given her 200 per cent to the film and hailed it as one of the best scripts she came across in a long time.“It was exceptional experience working wi..

Controversy concerns

  By Radhika Bhirani, A little over two months into his tenure as the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) Chairperson, writer-ad guru Prasoon Joshi is a tad disappointed at how the censor board is used as a springboard for controversies. I..

Standing by choices

  While Hollywood is rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Irrfan Khan said things are not that different in Bollywood as he was asked to compromise in his intial days.  Without taking names, the actor, 50, said he has been at the receivin..

Big addiction

  Actor Taapsee Pannu has heaped praises on Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, calling him “pure addiction”. The actor shared a photo with her Pink co-star from the sets of his show “Kaun Banega Crorepati 9” on her Instag..

All for aesthetic remixes

  By Farina Salim Quraishi Feeling blessed to be a part of a song sung by the legendary ‘Nightingale of India’, Lata Mangeshkar, Yashita Sharma is in a happy space now. Yashita has lent her voice to the remixed version of Lata Mangesh..

Showbiz shield

  Actress Vidya Balan says she protected herself against “sleazy predators” and “casting couch” in the industry. During a recent interview on the CNN-News 18 show, Vidya opened up about the clamour around sexual harassment..

‘It’s an Indian film’

  Filmmaker S Shankar, in Dubai with the team of his 3D sci-fi entertainer 2.0 for a grand audio launch, says he wants it to be known as an Indian film instead of a  Tamil project.The team -- including Shankar, megastar Rajinikanth, Bollywoo..

‘Miss Lovely’ is upset

Nawaz and I had a brief relationship in 2009 during the making of Miss Lovely that lasted less than a few months. So today, when he paints me as a woman in fur enticing him into her bedroom with candles, or desperately calling him, I can only laugh..

‘I have hurt myself a lot’

  From getting into a scuffle with co-star Sunil Grover to cancelling shoots with Bollywood biggies such as Shah Rukh Khan and Anil Kapoor, comedian Kapil Sharma has been going through a low phase since the beginning of this year. The actor-comed..

An ode to bravery

  By Subhash K Jha, Seeing the amazing grace that Deepika Padukone brings to the Ghoomar song in Padmavati, it is evident that the number did not just happen in the routine way that filmy choreographic songs go. One of the most accomplished Ghoom..

Remembering legand

  By Pandit Jasraj, India’s music scene has suffered a colossal loss with the demise of Girija Devi. Filling this void will be very difficult... It can’t happen. She was such a great performer.I used to call her jiji. It means elder s..

Teary beginning

  Shooting with veteran actor Dharmendra for Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se was an exhilarating moment for Kriti Kharbanda. Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se is the third film in the “Yamla Pagla Deewana” franchise which features 81-year-old D..

Wow weekend!

  The Indian box office witnessed a “tremendous” response during the special Diwali weekend with the release of Bollywood films Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar, and Tamil film Mersal. All the three movies started on a positive note,..

There is no good or bad cinema: Rajkumar Hirani

  With films such as Munna Bhai MBBS, Lage Raho Munnabhai, 3 Idiots and PK to his credit, Rajkumar Hirani is one of the most sought-after directors in Bollywood, but the filmmaker believes there is no formula for success in movies. The National A..

Set to script struggle

  “I would like to emphasise that my book is not an autobiography. At 45, I am too young to write my memoirs.” Actress-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt will co-author a book about her battle with alcohol. It will come out early next year. &..

‘Not tempted to do commercial film’

  By Durga Chakravarty, Known for his portrayal of realistic characters in hard-hitting films, National Award winning actor Manoj Bajpayee says he only does commercial films when it is a matter of maintaining a relationship. Otherwise, he is not ..

Fond farewell

  Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has finished shooting for reality game show Kaun Banega Crorepati 9 and has thanked its team and audience for making it “another historic event in the history of the show”. “KBC draws to an ..

ROMANTIC DIFFCULTIES

  Actor Deepika Padukone said she believes romantic relationships are complicated and it is difficult to find a partner who understands one’s success and passion of life.The 31-year-old actor said it is not easy for a performer to maint..

Rajkummar Rao breaks a leg, literally

  Actor Rajkummar Rao has fractured his left leg on the set of reality TV show Lip Sing Battle. On Instagram, Rajkummar posted a photograph in which his leg is plastered, while he poses with the show’s host Farah Khan. “Everyone was a..

Hopeful of long innings

  Karan Johar’s directorial Student of the Year completed five years recently and Alia Bhatt, who made her debut with this 2012 released film, hopes for a long journey in showbiz. Alia, daughter of ace filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and actress Son..

Taking pride in struggles

  Actor Rannvijay Singha, who came into limelight after winning the first season of TV show MTV Roadies, says he feels proud of his struggle as an artist. “I was 20 and I didn’t have a portfolio and I use to travel by train. I had to ..

Feminine Bend

  Filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar, who has made films like Yaariyan and Sanam Re, says she would love to make women oriented films as women are now in every field and doing wonders. “I would love to if I get an amazing script,” said ..

Laid back about link-up rumours

  By Natalia Ningthoujam, Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who was romantically linked to her A Gentleman... co-star Sidharth Malhotra, is unfazed by link-up rumours and says media is obsessed with it.When A Gentleman... released in August, more tha..

Clearing misconception

  Actor-producer Riteish Deshmukh, who attended the song launch of his new Marathi film Faster Fene, says it is a big misconception that he and others are promoting Marathi cinema, instead they are just trying to be part of an already good industr..

‘Scandal’ous advice 

  Bollywood filmmaker Nikkhil Advani, who recently produced Farhan Akhtar starrer Lucknow Central, says the marketing team asked him to create a scandal involving Farhan to promote the film. The producer, who was present at a panel discussion alo..

Golmaal Again v/s Secret Superstar

  Thankfully, sanity has been maintained this Diwali as Ajay’s Golmaal gain is seeing competition from Secret Superstar, a late entrant into the Diwali slot. Earlier, Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 was supposed to arrive on this da..

Shafaq Naaz 

    Diwali is one of the most amazing festive season and mostly everyone spends it with family. This year I have decided to celebrate it in a different way. This year I have decided to go to an anathashram and celebrate Diwali with the littl..

Dalljiet Kaur

  I think I will associate myself with a phuljhadi because not only is it safe but also the most loved cracker for all age groups. I like to believe that people of all age groups can relate to me and bond with me...

Clean promise

    Ajay Devgn, who is ready with the fourth installment in the Golmaal franchise, says their movie is a clean comedy that gives equal importance to both male and female actors. “Comedy is not male dominated space, the fact is very fe..

Friends for life

  Subhash K. Jha, Victoria & Abdul, about Queen Victoria befriending Indian servant Abdul Karim, seems to have offended Indian critics for not taking into view the ugliness of the British Raj. Actor Ali Fazal, who is a bit baffled by the back..

Amicable ‘rivals’

  Entrepreneur Sussanne Khan, former wife of actor Hrithik Roshan, says there is no competition between her and Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri when it comes to interior designing. “I think Gauri Khan is my dear friend. I am really happy ..

Down, but not out

  Actress Parineeti Chopra says she was “down in the dumps” for almost a year, but her brother Sahaj helped her in overcoming depression. “I think every human being who considers themselves to be emotionally evolved, always have..

Not in awe of stardom

  By Justin Rao, “It’s not ‘whether it will happen’, it’s ‘when it’ll happen’?” says Aamir Khan about losing fame, success and stardom, something which the superstar insists he does not worry ..

Armed to charm

By Iffat Amjad Sheikh, ‘Girls rule, rest are fools’, is the loud and clear message on her tattoo. A thorough feminist with a rebellious streak, she is a tomboy, who likes to wage a war with all the men in her office. Meet Vanshika Sharma, w..

‘Won’t just be an administrator’

  By Arundhuti Banerjee, Anupam Kher, the newly appointed Chairman of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute (FTII), says he will work towards sharing his experience with students rather than setting agendas as an administrator. In an inter..

Spiritual sojourn

  Juhi Chawla will introduce India’s spiritual diversity and heritage through TV series Sharanam. She is happy about associating with an “offbeat” project. Series is voiceover-led, and Juhi’s emotive voice will add an extra..

The ‘incredible teacher’

  Kids love the festive season and the celebrations and revelry that comes along with it! This Diwali, Sony YAY! aims to up the celebration quotient by giving children huge dozes of entertainment and tons of surprises. For the first time ever, ch..

Appreciation grouse

  Actor Manoj Bajpayee says the Indian film industry appreciates “great talent” only after experiencing its loss. “I think it’s something that always happens in Bollywood... We don’t appreciate great talent when they..

Feminism fundas

  Actress Priyanka Chopra feels proud to call herself a feminist and says people should not think the term means “berating or hating men”.“Feminism is not about berating or hating men or disliking or trying to make sure we’..

Words of wisdom

  Days before his daughter Krishna dons the director’s hat, Vikram Bhatt has written an open letter to her, offering some words of wisdom on how to tackle fame and criticism. He has asked her not to pretend that she is not a product of nepot..

Stout defence

  Actor Vin Diesel has come out in support of co-star Dwayne Johnson, saying the release date of Fast and Furious 9 being postponed is no ones fault.The 50-year-old actor took to Instagram where he defended the wrestler-turned-actor, saying the ni..

about film’s performance

  Actress Vidya Balan says she is “very greedy” when it comes to the performance of her films. The National Award winning actress was present at the Jio MAMI Movie Mela, and said, “I want all my films to do well in theatres firs..

Gearing up for Dragon

  Director Ayan Mukerji says his good friend and frequent collaborator Ranbir Kapoor will undergo training in horse-riding and gymnastics for their next venture, Dragon. The Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani director says his upcoming project will be physi..

Age is just a number

By Radhika Bhirani, Age is just a number for Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 75 on Wednesday. His work diary is already spilling into 2019, but he remains firmly “not out”, continuing a glorious journey that has lasted over four decades.In an i..

Unimpressed by ‘improvement’

  By Sandeep Sharma, In a career spanning over a decade, he has struck a balance between television shows and films. While Sharad Kelkar feels he gets a platform to showcase his versatility on the silver screen, the actor says content on televisi..

Sequel for the right reason

  Filmmaker Rohit Shetty, known for successful Bollywood franchises like Golmaal and Singham, feels people should not venture into making sequels just because a film does well. He says finding a “right” story is of foremost importance...

Saluting Sonam

  Actress Bhumi Pednekar, at a recent event, said Sonam Kapoor is the fashion diva of our country. Bhumi was asked who she admires the most for their style. She said, “I think Sonam Kapoor is by far the fashion diva of our country, and I ha..

A different kind of ‘Race’!

                  Actor Jacqueline Fernandez said she is excited to be a part of Race 3 and now that superstar Salman Khan features in the film, the latest movie will have a “completely new tak..

‘India is a star-struck society’

By Kishori Sud, Critically acclaimed actor Pankaj Tripathi is currently in the limelight for his film Newton, India’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category for Oscars 2018. However, the National School of Drama alumnus, who ha..

Office with a twist

The happenings of everyday office life have topped the news for quite some time now. In fact, Sony SAB, is also coming up with a show that depicts cultural differences amongst Indian workforce in their new show Aadat se Majboor.’ The show revolve..