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Restricted by repercussions

Bollywood Director Karan Johar today said the fear of repercussions was one of the reasons for him not to adapt Amish Thripathi’s Shiva Trilogy.“Fear of repercussions was one of the reasons for not adapting Amish Thripathi’s Shiva Tril..

Piyaa Albela set to rock

By Anjalina Francis PIYAA Albela, an Indian television serial series, premiered on February 6, is all set to be aired from Monday to Friday at 8:30pm on Zee TV. The show is all about spirituality, with questions about life unanswered by ..

‘India special to me!’

By Bedika Hollywood star Drew Barrymore says she has a “deep connection” to India and cannot wait to visit the country again. “I have been to India two different times and I actually wrote a chapter on it in my book Wildflower last ye..

Braced for all Fridays

She has tasted success with her films in the South movie industry as well as Bollywood but actress Taapsee Pannu says she is aware that the equation in the film business is dynamic and changes every Friday. Taapsee made her acting debut with 2010 Telug..

Laid-back about lows

He made a successful debut with Tere Mere Sapne, but actor Arshad Warsi says after a string of box office debacles post his first film he was jobless for nearly three years until movies like Seher and Munna Bhai MBBS came his way. The actor, who went o..

Pitching for partnership

They have been friends for the longest time and collaborated on several projects but Govinda feels he can team up with superstar Salman Khan again for a film provided a good script comes their way. Govinda and Salman have worked in films like Partner, ..

Irada would make powerful impact

By Anshuman Bhargava, MP girl Aparnaa Singh is awaiting the release of her directorial debut Irada with bated breath. It is just days to go and she has a packed and exciting schedule ahead. The Hitavada caught up with her amid all the bustle and she op..

Close to heart

Actor Varun Dhawan who is gearing up for the release of Badrinath Ki Dulhania, says the forthcoming film is close to his heart. “Badrinath Ki Dulhania is going to be my first release of this year, so this one is really close to my heart,” s..

Regretful of decisions

Actress Shamita Shetty, who has had a short stint in the Hindi film industry, says she made many choices she could have avoided. Shamita’s Bollywood career never took off as well as that of her sister Shilpa.Asked if she has any regrets in making..

Skeptical of ‘new interest’

Actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar feels there is a sudden awareness amongst Bollywood celebrities regarding Marathi cinema but hopes they come up with something new and not what works for them in the Hindi film industry.The Natsamrat director says after ..

Making ‘training’ count

Actor R Madhavan will be playing the role of a pilot in Chanda Mama Door Ke and the actor says his experience of working on Om Prakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti and late 1990s television show Sea Hawks will help in performing better. Madhavan joins..

Power be to cinema

By Haricharan Pudipeddi Cinema has the power to recreate any real-life scenario, says actor Rana Daggubati as he gears up for the release of Telugu-Hindi bilingual The Ghazi Attack, India’s first submarine warfare film based on the mysterious sin..

Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam

This 1999 classic movie was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and it was Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai’s only film together. It also starred Ajay Devgn as Aishwarya’s husband Vanraj, who tries to re-unite the lovers Nandini and Sameer. Aank..

Mughal-e-Azam

No list for famous Bollywood romances can ever start without a mention of this 1960 blockbuster epic film, Mughal-e-Azam. This is the story of Mughal prince Salim and courtesan Anarkali who were in love with each other. Emperor Akbar was against their r..

Mrunal Jain

For me Valentine’s Day is a special day. I agree that one should show their partner that they love them every day, but this day has a different vibe to it. This year, I am planning to give my wife Sweety roses, cards a special surprise which I can..

Humble Advice

By Juhi Chakraborty, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan’s decision to name their son Taimur sparked a row on social media and the actress says her only advice to her kid would be to be humble and ignore everything else that happens around him. The..

Charmed by courage

Actor Diljit Dosanjh, who has teamed up with Anushka Sharma for Phillauri, says he admires that the actress-producer is backing innovative concepts. This is Anushka’s second production venture after NH10. The actress has produced the movie with b..

Laughingly together

Actor John Travolta believes the key to his happy marriage to actress Kelly Preston is being able to laugh at one another. Travolta says he and his wife, whom he married in 1991, experience their fair share of “stress”, but are able to over..

‘I respect High Court’s decision’

The Bombay High Court had ordered that Akshay Kumar-starrer Jolly LLB 2 can be screened only after four controversial shots are removed from the movie and the actor says he respects the decision made by the court. Advocate Ajay Kumar Waghmare had filed..

Breaking the mould

Actress Shraddha Kapoor appeared intense- completely different from the characters she has played so far in her six-year long film career- as she unveiled the first look of Haseena- The Queen of Mumbai. The film, which is based on Haseena Parkar, the l..

Practically ambidextrous

Actress Milla Jovovich says that doing action sequences have made her more agile with domestic chores after doing Resident Evil films. The 41-year-old actress has said that her extensive fight training has helped her a lot in other areas of life and sh..

Livid over ‘legality’

Film industry veteran Mahesh Bhatt has questioned the validity of the censor board certificate in the wake of the legal drama Akshay Kumar’s forthcoming movie Jolly LLB 2 is going through. “Despite Jolly LLB 2 getting CBFC certificate,..

An actor’s activism

Actress Brie Larson says she sees her job as an actor and making movies “as a form of activism”. The 27-year-old actress is “proud” that her role as Mason Weaver in Kong: Skull Island highlights the plight of journalists who ris..

Bhaijaan’s

Director Kabir Khan, who is third time collaborating with Salman Khan in Tubelight, has said that the superstar will surprise audience with his all new avatar in the upcoming war drama. Heaping praise on the 51-year-old actor, Kabir said Salman’s..

Crush connect

Actress Taapsee Pannu says though her list of Bollywood celebrity crushes is “long”, she always found John Abraham and Hrithik Roshan extremely good looking. The actress says as she grew up, her list of celebrity crushes included Hollywood ..

‘X’ struggle

‘X’ struggle..

All for work and play

Actress Disha Patani, who is looking forward to the release of her Jackie Chan starrer movie Kung Fu Yoga, says her journey in filmdom has been amazing. But she hopes she is able to find a balance between her personal and professional life. Last year, ..

Survival rules

Sonu Sood has come a long way from making his debut in a Tamil movie in 1999 to working opposite Jackie Chan in his latest film, and the actor says one requires to be strong to survive in the industry. Sonu featured in several south Indian films before..

Done with dating

Actress Drew Barrymore says she is not ready to date anyone. “I’m not ready. I’m still in shock,” the 41-year-old told Andy Cohen, reports pagesix.com. In April 2016, the actress separated from then-husband Will Kopelman. Their ..

Different aims

Actress Deepika Padukone, who is often compared with actress Priyanka Chopra, feels there is no need to compare the two as both are trying to achieve “very different things” for themselves. Deepika, who returned recently after promoting her..

Tag yes, title no

Actor Vidyut Jammwal, who has mostly featured in roles with heavy-duty action, says he doesn’t mind the ‘action hero’ tag, but dethroning any other actor from the title is not his intent. Asked if with the ‘action hero’ ta..

Ha(i)rrowing experience

Actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has revealed that she had no eyelids for months after her lashes were accidentally ripped out on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road. The British supermodel-turned-actress landed a part as a pregnant rape victim, named Splen..

Local contributions

Amit Roy says that for his directorial Runningshaadi.com, which was shot in Punjab, the locals helped the team to develop dialogues for the forthcoming film. The film, starring Taapsee Pannu and Amit Sadh, was shot at real locations and often had crowd..

‘Dropping’ in his support

Sushant Singh Rajput dropped his surname on social media platform Twitter as a mark of protest against activists of Rajput organisation Shree Rajput Karni Sena, who misbehaved with the crew of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new film Padmavati and vandali..

Boring punishment

Ace choreographer-filmmaker Farah Khan, who feels the trend to typecast Bollywood movies will always be there, says people deriding Hindi movies should be made to watch boring cinema as a punishment. Be it Main Hoon Na, Om Shanti Om, Tees Maar Kha..

New light of Tubelight

After launching Harshali Malhotra in Kabir Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan, superstar Salman Khan is introducing another child actor into Bollywood with his upcoming film, Tubelight. The 51-year-old actor shared the pictures of his little co-star, Matin ..

A ‘prasad’ for hard work

Playback singer Anuradha Paudwal, best known for crooning devotional songs, says the Padma Shri honour is the “prasad” for the years of hard work she has put in.Paudwal, 64, is a National award-winning singer, who has sung in Bollywood movie..

Making amends

Actor Harshvardhan Kapoor has apologised to Diljit Dosanjh for expressing displeasure over his Filmfare debut award win for “Udta Punjab .Recently, the 26-year-old star, who was also nominated in the same category for his film Mirzya, said that th..

‘Insecure’ struggles

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

Lean and easy

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

Not a publicity gimmick

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

Starting over, again

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

‘My kids can’t escape my stardom’

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

Positive connect

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

Too ‘Grey’ to gel

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

When Baba Ramdev got a marriage proposal

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

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

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

‘A gifted and sensitive boy’

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

Standing up for beliefs

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

Not ‘Kaabil’enough...

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

When Mahira felt shy!

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

Challenging inspiration

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

‘Famous’ burden

‘Famous’ burden..

Poetic point

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

Gangaa’s life to change its course

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

‘Regional’ beliefs

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

Half Tamilian already

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

Striving for satisfaction

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

‘Flawless’ belief

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

Focused act...

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

Laid back about link-ups

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

Friendship first, face off second!

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

Rules to break the rut

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

Golden Girl

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

Beyond satisfied

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

Rahman recreates his iconic track ‘Urvashi’

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

A cinematic giant who conquered the world

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

The interview of Om Puri which couldn’t happen!

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

Excited passengers

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

SRK’s Bigg plans

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

Not a ‘Half’ challenge

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

Foreign Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra

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

For the love of dancing

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

Not keen on kids

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

Parineeti Chopra:

A self-imposed sabbatical gave her contemporaries Alia Bhatt, Shradha Kapoor and Kriti Sanon a chance to race ahead. Parineeti should hear what Amitabh Bachchan has to say about actors taking sabbaticals vis-a-vis his own self-imposed exile of three yea..

‘Art’ful gamble

There are strokes of myriad emotions and feelings on the canvas of Indian cinema, but Diana Penty feels beyond that, the whole movie-making business is a big gamble -- but one that actors have to take. “The whole movie-making business is such a g..

Musical rules!

At a time when actors are singing in their own films, playback singer Neha Bhasin believes not all are able to do justice to it. Today B-town celebrities like Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khuranna and others a..

Fitting it right!

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

Definitely different

Bollywood actress Anjana Sukhani says that her upcoming comic caper, Coffee With D is different than typical commercial potboiler. Coffee With D, which also stars Sunil Grover, Zakir Husain, and Dipannita Sharma, is directed by Vishal Mishra and produc..

Films to look forward to in 2017

As 2016 is nearing its end, and as we look back, the Bollywood industry had an unpredictable fate with several hits and misses. Moving forward, let’s take a look at what Hindi cinema has to offer the audiences the coming year.Here is list of movi..

A complete entertainer

Actress Bhumi Pednekar has praised her Toilet -- Ek Prem Katha co-star Akshay Kumar, saying that he is a humble person and a complete entertainer. “He (Akshay Kumar) is amazing. The shoot for Toilet - Ek Prem Katha is going really well and we hav..

‘Outside’ advantage

By Sugandha Rawal She had a dream debut in Bollywood opposite superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, but her ride in showbiz has been bumpy with several highs and lows. Actress Anushka Sharma -- who earlier this monthcompleted eight years sin..

Joining the judges

The phenomenal playback singer Javed Ali, who is known for his strong vocals and has given chartbusters like Jashn-e- Bahaara (Jodhaa Akbar), Guzarish (Ghajini), Kun Faya Kun (Jodha Akbar), Ishaqzaade and Daawat-e-Ishq title tracks amongst many more, wi..

Chris’ new love

Actor Chris Pratt, who is married to Anna Faris, says he instantly fell in love with his digitally-generated image for his forthcoming film Passengers. Pratt stars in the Sony Pictures Entertainment film alongside Jennifer Lawrence. They play Jim and A..

Young ‘star’ in the making

Kolkatta-based Kirti Bhoutika has been announced as the winner of MasterChef India Season 5. In a special finale challenge on t he show, four finalists including Ashima Arora, Dinesh Patel and Mirvaan Vinayak competed to impress the judges and actress ..

Still open to films

Actress Saumya Tandon, who made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Jab We Met and has since remained away from the silver screen, says her TV commitments haven’t given her time to do another movie.Saumya told, “What happened was that after Jab..

Grounded lessons

Actor Sonu Sood says working with legendary actor Jackie Chan taught him about the importance of staying grounded after becoming successful.“The biggest learning that I got after working with Jackie Chan is that no matter what you achieve in life,..

Set to slow down

Actor Michael Fassbender says he has been working continuously since past five years and now plans to take a break from films.The 39-year-old actor has been “pretty full on” this year, having starred in the upcoming ‘Assassin’s C..

‘Cold Koffee’ for Govinda

Reacting to the displeasure expressed by the actor Govinda for not having been called on the celebrity chat show Koffee With Karan, filmmaker Karan Johar has apologised, saying it would be an honour to have Govinda on the show. Apparently, Govinda is mi..

Salman Khan turns 51

MUMBAI, Dec 27, (PTI), SUPERSTAR Salman Khan ringed in 51st his birthday with family and close friends by his side at his Panvel farmhouse. The actor, who was dressed in black shirt and grey trousers, cut a chocolate cake with Being Human spelt in b..

Oscars: An inspiration, not benchmark

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says the coveted Oscar Awards are inspirational and not a benchmark, even as he mooted the idea of creating a similar yardstick for the Indian cinema. “When you see a property like Oscars it’s inspirational if not a..

‘Love you personally, hate you professionally’

Actor Salman Khan has heaped praise on Aamir Khan’s latest release Dangal, a biographical wrestling drama which hit the screens worldwide on Friday, calling it a much better film than his own release Sultan. Salman Khan lauded Aamir saying he love..

‘Awards don’t give you work’

In his career spanning nearly two decades, Manoj Bajpayee has bagged several awards but the actor says they don’t come with a promise of giving more work but to recognise true talent. At the 10th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) held recently, M..

Passion over perfection

Superstar Aamir Khan, who is often called as “Mr. Perfectionist”, says he doesn’t believe in the title and says instead he should be called “Mr. Passionate” instead. Asked if his title gives him any pressure, Aamir told re..

Busy and loving it

Actress Vidya Balan, who has a packed 2017 with releases like Tumhari Sulu, Aami -- a yet untitled biopic on writer Kamala Das -- and Begum Jaan, says she loves it when she keeps busy.“I love it when I am busy, but I need time between business. I ..

Sister act

In the upcoming episode of &TV’s The Voice India Season 2, the sisterly duo of Rasika - Krutika from Akola, Maharashtra will be seen enthralling the audience with their performance that will rock the stage. On one end the elder sister Rasika w..

Promising more...

Priyanka Chopra remained away from the Hindi film industry this year except for featuring in Jai Gangaajal, but the actress says she will be doing two Bollywood movies in 2017. Priyanka, an international figure now, was busy this year working on her ma..

Jolly about Jolly

Actor Arshad Warsi, who essayed the lead role in the 2013 film Jolly, says he loves the new Jolly essayed by Akshay Kumar in the new court room drama Jolly LLB 2. In Jolly LLB, Arshad played a lawyer named Jagdish Tyagi, also known as Jolly. Arshad had..

In awe of the Queen

Actress Kriti Sanon says her colleague Kangana Ranaut is “very outspoken” and she loves that about her. Kriti was in Mumbai for the launch of her label Ms. Taken’s three day KISS - Keep It Stylish Sale.Asked whom she would like to sty..

Bettering influence

Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, the two young actresses who play Aamir Khan’s onscreen daughters in upcoming film Dangal, believe that working with the superstar changed them not only as performers, but also as individuals as they now feel ..