Entertainment

Stylish option

  Actress Penelope Cruz says she cuts her family and friends’ hair. The 43-year-old enjoys pampering women very much and thinks it can become her second career. One of the biggest test of her grooming skills came when she had to get her bes..

Championing strays

  Earlier this year, Alia Bhatt announced the launch of her ecological initiative COEXIST by releasing a rescued sea turtle into the sea on Mother’s Day. As a part of the initiative, Alia is now championing the welfare of street cats and do..

Love fundas

  By Justin Rao, Shah Rukh Khan believes the greatest of love stories are made by directors who are sensitive and understand women’s perspective about romance.The actor, who is often called the ‘king of romance’ in Bollywood, sa..

Powered by curiosity

  By Bedika, What started as a curiosity over an article about a band in Tihar Jail led director Habib Faisal to the story of his latest film, Qaidi Band, about seven undertrials seeking redemption through music. Faisal, best known for his films..

Making quality count

  Shahid Kapoor has not signed any movie after Padmavati, which is currently being filmed, and the actor says he isn’t worried about not being seen on screen. “I have not signed anything after ‘Padmavati’ and it isn’..

Striving for balance

  The popularity and the reach that an artiste gets through Bollywood music immense. But, as an artiste, I strive to achieve a balance between Bollywood and also doing my own independent music. Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Golden Voice Hunt winner Arpita Mukh..

Braced for backlash

  Her upcoming film Indu Sarkar based on the Emergency era has created ripples in the political circle, even before its release, and actress Kirti Kulhari says she foresaw the project landing into trouble as it is difficult to make films that do n..

‘Dangal’ with Varun?

  Director Nitesh Tiwari has revealed that he is definitely looking to cast Varun Dhawan in his next film but nothing has been finalised yet. The Dangal director is working on an adaptation of Varun Agarwal’s 2012 bestseller How I Braved Anu..

His own producer!

  Actor Vivek Oberoi says if he stops getting interesting work, he will go ahead and produce his own films. Vivek, in his 15-year-long career, has seen both highs and lows. The 40-year-old actor, however, says there was never a phase when he was ..

Audition no bar

Actress Niki Walia, who has been a part of the entertainment industry for over two decades, says she gave audition for her role in the upcoming TV show Ishq Gunaah. Niki and actor Sanjay Kapoor are making their comeback on television after a long hiatus..

Ready to roll

Actress Sonakshi Sinha has started shooting for Vashu Bhagnani’s next venture, co-starring Diljit Dosanjh. The film is being shot in New York and is touted as India’s first stage reality movie. Speaking about the project, the 30-year-old act..

Taking challenge in her stride

By C Nishi The Indian woman does not realise her myriad powers and potential unless faced with adversity; but when she does she can be as determined and as fierce as Mahakali. The show Mahakaali: Anth Hi Aarambh Hai shows this transition of the very ge..

Cherished association

Rannvijay Singh will be back again hosting the 10th season of reality show Splitsvilla on MTV. The popular TV host, who will co-host the show with actress Sunny Leone, says they always look forward to working together. “This time we shot in Jim C..

Emotional challenge

Actress Shraddha Kapoor says playing the title role in Haseena Parkar, based on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister, has been an emotionally challenging experience for her. At the trailer launch of the upcoming film, she said, “It’s..

Kangana Ranaut injured on ‘Manikarnika’ set

MUMBAI, July 20, (PTI), ACTRESS Kangana Ranaut has suffered an injury while shooting ‘Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi’ in Hyderabad and has been advised rest for five days. Kangana got severely injured during an intense sword- fightin..

Not competitive with family

  By Durga Chakravarty His uncle acts, his cousins act. But family members aren’t competition for Arjun Kapoor, who will soon be seen in the same frame with his paternal uncle and veteran actor Anil Kapoor in Mubarakan.“I have never e..

Story of contention

  Chitrangda Singh had walked out of Babumoshai Bandookbaaz citing discomfort shooting intimate scene with co-star Nawazuddin Siddiqui but director Kushan Nandy today said the bone of contention was with regard to the script. Last year, Chitrangd..

Not promoting stalking

  Actress Bhumi Pednekar says her her film Toilet: Ek Prem Katha does not promote stalking. In a song from the film, Akshay Kumar’s character is seen following Bhumi’s on a motorbike, train, climbing a tree to get a better view of her..

Double entertainment

  When you’re born barely a few minutes apart, having spent 9 months sharing the same womb, what you share will always be a rare connection that is beyond the imagination of most other common folk! While the rest of us find our ‘signif..

On vocal rest

Singer Adele was forced to remain silent during a trip to a potential new school for her son Angelo as she is still on vocal rest after damaging her vocal cords for a second time. The Hello hitmaker has been forced to remain silent, which forced her to..

Wish fulfilled

  Arjun Kapoor, who is reuniting with his former Ishaqzaade actress Parineeti Chopra for Dibakar Banerjee’s film, says working with the director was always on his wish list. During the promotion of his forthcoming film Mubarakan, Arjun was ..

No time for music

  Actress-producer Priyanka Chopra, who has also tried her hand at singing, says she does not have sufficient time to produce music and so, has not released any single for a while now. She has lent her voice to films, including her Marathi produc..

Teaming up again

  The celebrated director-actor duo Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio will team up once again on an upcoming true-crime thriller. The project is based on the bestselling book by David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and t..

Decrying ‘favouritism’

By Arundhuti Banerjee Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia is okay with the guidelines of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) committee, but says he has an issue with its favouritism. “I do not have any complaints with the CBFC guidelines. As a ..

Self-made star

Model-turned-actress Yami Gautam, who has been presented with the Indian Chamber of Commerce women’s achievement award recently in Mumbai, says it was a matter of pride for her as she has no godfather. Asked about her feeling on receiving this fe..

Back to entertain

Away from public life for a long time owing to his ill-health, 80s disco sensation Mithun Chakraborty is back to the studio floors. IBNS-TWF correspondent Sanjib Guha catches up with the National Award winning actor in Mumbai If you think superstar Mith..

Me and Katrina can amuse and entertain each other -Ranbir Kapoor

  Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are now busy promoting their upcoming film Jagga Jasoos. The two actors speak on their personal chemistry. IBNS-TWF correspondent Souvik Ghosh tracks them Was it that tough to summon up enthusiasm ..

Grooving favourite

  Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma’s Beech Beech Mein, from their upcoming movie Jab Harry Met Sejal has been making the audiences groove to it tunes, since the time of its release. And the song has now casted its magic on none other than ..

Director’s actor

Filmmaker Sabbir Khan, who has teamed up with Nawazuddin Siddiqui for Munna Michael, says the best part about the actor is that he doesn’t have a know- it-all attitude despite being a very good performer. The filmmaker says Nawazuddin completely ..

Varied venture

  By Nivedita Actress Shraddha Kapoor has tried to break her girl-next-door image with her next film Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai. She hopes people will see her conscious effort of playing something different on screen. “I think it’s..

Judwaa 2 just got bigger

  Varun Dhawan says Judwaa 2 has just got bigger, thanks to Salman Khan’s role in the upcoming film. Recently, Salman tweeted a photograph featuring him along with director David Dhawan, actors Varun, Taapsee Pannu and Jacqueline Fernandez...

Military makeover

  After portraying a simple Meera in Cocktail and a fun Happy in Happy Bhaag Jayegi, actress Diana Penty is now excited to play a military officer in her new film Parmanu - The Story Of Pokhran. Diana took to Twitter to share her first look, wher..

Not a hyper parent

Filmmaker Karan Johar said some of the Bollywood actresses are paranoid as parents and he doesn’t want to be like them.Johar recently became the father of twins through surrogacy. “I am playing (the role of) mother and father, I have to the ..

Profound lessons

After garnering critical acclaim for her role in ‘ Sanam Teri Kasam, Pakistani actress Mawra Hocane feels that working in India has given her profound lessons in her working life.According to the Dawn, the 24-year-old actress said that she would l..

Grey, and loving it!

Actress Ritu Shivpuri, daughter of late actress Sudha Shivpuri, says she loves her look as an antagonist in new TV show Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon (IPK ) and compares it to Bollywood’s badman Gulshan Grover. Ritu’s look in the show is extrem..

Blaming misunderstanding!

  Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is leaving no stone unturned to promote his upcoming film Jab Harry Met Sejal, says that the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has misunderstood the word ‘intercourse’. Earlier CBFC chief Pahla..

Liberal pitch

  Actress Parineeti Chopra said people are becoming “overstrict” when it comes to allowing filmmakers to express themselves. Recently, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani objected to the use of word “intercourse” in Shah Rukh Khan&..

‘Trying to be a real-life superhero’

Actor Tiger Shroff says he is trying to become a real-life superhero, especially for children. The actor, who joined hands with a flagship corporate social responsibility programme P&G Shiksha with an aim to make a difference to the lives of underp..

Surviving on instinct

  Since she entered the film industry, Vidya Balan has broken the stereotypical notion of how a conventional Bollywood heroine should look like. She has always come across as a more authentic and substantial actress rather than just another prett..

Lamenting loss

  Filmmaker Anurag Basu said even though Govinda filmed his scenes in Jagga Jasoos, it is the movie's loss that the actor's part was edited due to the changes made in the storyline. “I’ve shot a couple of days with him in the first sc..

‘Stark’ly different

  Actor Robert Downey Jr's superhero character Iron Man has got a new armour in upcoming movie, Avengers: Infinity War. According to photos from the sets of the film, the new costume has the arc reactor in the center of the chest with an altered ..

‘Shameless’ stand

  Actress Swara Bhasker, who has essayed some strongly opinionated roles in films like Nil Battey Sannata, Anaarkali of Aarah and Listen... Amaya, feels women should be angry and be shameless for their own good. The actress shared her views when ..

Playing by the rules

  Actor Arjun Kapoor, son of producer Boney Kapoor and nephew of veteran actor Anil Kapoor, says coming from a film family is futile in the industry if one can’t show returns on a filmmaker’s investment. He started off as an assistant..

Father first

  By Arundhuti Banerjee He took a pause before he could talk about his late father -- the once enigmatic screen icon Vinod Khanna -- but Akshaye Khanna realises it’s still too early for him to open up about his memories.Choking up a bit aft..

‘My best friend’

  The makers of Jagga Jasoos dropped a new trailer for the movie and recently the entire team of the movie including director Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif got together for the trailer launch. While talking to the media at the trail..

Dance by chance

  Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui says though dance has never been his forte, as a kid he used to dance at weddings to collect money. “As a kid I used to often dance at weddings with my friends. People used to throw money at baraatis (friends and..

Set to shine

  Actress Muskan Bhamne, who plays a ventriloquist in new TV show Bakula Bua Ka Bhoot, will essay the role of actress Shraddha Kapoors daughter in the upcoming biographical crime film Haseena Parkar. Muskan will be seen as Umaira, daughter of Has..

Thank you, Dhanush!

Actress Kajol, who will next be seen in the Tamil film Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 titled Lalkar in Hindi, thanked her co-star Dhanush and director Soundarya for breaking her language barrier in the movie. “I thank them as they broke this myth which wa..

‘Furious’ demand

It seems like Michelle Rodriguez is really furious with Fast and the Furious makers for not bringing women anymore into the spotlight. The 38-year-old actress took to Instagram and announced that she is prepared to leave behind her beloved role as Letty..

Melodious praise 

Having lent his magical voice to some of the biggest actors, Kumar Sanu has been a source of inspiration for countless singers. Paying this singing legend a tribute, the tiny singing prodigies of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs presented hit songs from..

Parallel players

    Three years ago, Zee TV’s audiences welcomed Abhi and Pragya into their lives with arms wide open, making Kumkum Bhagya a top rated show. The show is approaching 1000 episodes but Abhi-Pragya’s saga of love is yet to unfold! ..

Daddy: Not a propaganda film

Actor Arjun Rampal, whose film Daddy is based on the life of Arun Gawli, says the movie is not an attempt to glorify the life of the gangster-turned- politician. The 44-year-old actor insists that it should be left to the audience to form an opinion abo..

Pursuing her passion

She started her career as a model before making her film debut with a Telugu movie, and Kriti Kharbanda says her craft has matured over the years and she no more considers acting as just a “hobby.” In 2009, she made her debut with Boni and s..

‘Gifted’ baggage

                              Director Marc Webb says Chris Evans playing Captain America came with “a certain baggage” and that is what made the actor..

Lights, camera, comeback!

  P OOJA Bhat is all set to return to the silver screen in a movie adaptation of economist Abheek Barua’s crime novel City of Death, which she will produce too. The film rights to the novel, published last year by Juggernaut Books, have been..

CM instructs officials to evict squatters on potters’ land in Bemetara distt

  Staff Reporter, RAIPUR, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh today called upon the concerned department officials to take stringent action against encroachers of potters’ land in spite of court’s orders against them. A delegation of potte..

Growing as an actor

  Kriti Sanon says for those who are not from the film industry, it is important to get noticed in the initial stage of their career as there are not many opportunities for outsiders to shine in Bollywood. Kriti made a successful debut with Heropa..

Pushing the boundaries

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, Unconventional is his middle name. The day he decided to make a movie, he did not choose the ‘tried and tested’ formula in Bollywood. He took a path that was still considered a taboo; no one had made a film o..

Family entertainers rock

  Actor Anil Kapoor said one of the reasons he has had such a long innings in Bollywood was because of the family entertainer films, something which all young actors should do too. Kapoor, who has been in the industry for nearly four decades, fee..

Focused on career

  A few months ago, TV actress Sonal Vengurlekar was in the news for an ugly spat she had with her co-actor, Ankush Arora, on the set of Yeh Vaada Raha. Having put that episode behind her, Sonal is now set to return to TV in the political thriller..

‘Impossible’ reunion

  Actress Michelle Monaghan is all set to join the cast of the upcoming movie Mission: Impossible 6, alongside Hollywood star Tom Cruise. The 41-year-old actress, who featured in 2006’s Mission: Impossible III as Julia Meade, fiancee to Cru..

Crown of responsibility

  Former Miss India contestant Dipannita Sharma says the crown holds a lot of responsibility, and it’s not just about beauty and glamour. Recently thirty finalists of fbb Colors Femina Miss India 2017 were tested on their culinary skills. T..

Niche difficulties

  Konkona Sensharma, whose directorial debut A Death In The Gunj has opened to glowing reviews but limited screens, believes that making and promoting a niche film is not easy. The actress says while both commercial and independent films are impo..

‘Acting does not follow any formula’

Soumitra Chatterjee is a living icon of Indian cinema not only because of his work in 14 films directed by Satyajit Ray but also because of his excellence in several forms of creative expressions. Now he is being bestowed with France’s highest civ..

Comeback on cards

  Music composer Ismail Darbar, known for making soulful and melodious compositions in the past, will now be returning with Omung Kumar’s Bhoomi starring Sanjay Dutt. The music director, who marks his return to the Hindi film industry after..

‘Would love to do Marathi film’

  Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says she would love star in a Marathi film The actress was present at the music launch of Vikram Phadnis’s debut Marathi film Hrudayantar recently. Asked if she’s interested in playing in a Marathi fil..

Empowered act

  Actress Bhumi Pednekar, who has featured in a short film themed love and lust helmed by Zoya Akhtar, says that working with the filmmaker has been empowering for her.Talking about the short film, Bhumi told IANS over phone from Mumbai, “Th..

Entertaining balance

  By Juhi Chakraborty, “It is not a plan to have a balance of comic and serious films, it is a mindset. We, actors, are entertainers. It is a part of our social fabric to make sure that people are also entertained. People need an escape of ..

Creative Differences

  “I really miss that show. It was unfortunate, but there are some times when you have to take certain kind of decisions,” Ali said here on Monday at the screening of Hollywood film Despicable Me 3 in which he has dubbed for two charac..

Haunting Pari

  After playing a friendly ghost in her last home production Phillauri, Anushka in and as Pari gives some serious haunting vibes. The 29-year-old actress, who is producing the movie under her banner Clean Slate Films, took to Twitter to share the ..

Happiness Ambassador

      Underlining its purpose of flipping every frown and turn it upside down, SONY SAB, India’s only family humour channel, has launched its a new brand identity. The ‘re-energised’ channel will see a new line up of ..

Fingers crossed

  Actress Jacqueline Fernandez has neither denied nor confirmed if she is doing Remo D’Souza’s next film featuring Salman Khan. There were reports that the actress had given her nod to the project which is about father-daughter relati..

‘Good’ insight

  Actress Roop Durgapal, who is seen as an antagonist on the TV show Waaris, says nobody is “nice and sweet 24/7” and that they all have a grey shade. Roop, who has featured on shows like Swaragini - Jodein Rishton Ke Sur and Kuch Ran..

Calling all KBC fans

  Indian television’s biggest show Kaun Banega Crorepati is back with India’s biggest superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The registration for the season 9, kick starts on June at 17, 9 pm only of Sony Entertainment Television. Gear up, save ..

A word of advice

  By Subhash K Jha, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chief Pahlaj Nihalani is happy that Anupam Kher is stepping into the shoes of Manmohan Singh for a film, but says the movie’s makers will need to obtain no-objection certificate..

Socially positive

  The immediacy provided by social media has made it possible for everyone to become so-called ‘moral police,’ as a result of which shaming celebs for their choice of clothes has unfortunately become a thing. Commenting on the recent ..

Reward in cash, please!

  Actor Ranbir Kapoor is happy that Jab Harry Met Sejal -- a title that he suggested -- has been finalised for the Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer directed by Imtiaz Ali. He says he wants Rs 5000 as reward, and in cash. Ranbir, who was ..

‘Dangal’ star Zaira rescued from Dal Lake after mishap

SRINAGAR, June 10, (IANS), ZAIRA Wasim, a Kashmiri actor who was seen in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster movie “Dangal”, was miraculously rescued by locals here after her car fell into the Dal Lake on Thursday. The car in which Zaira Wa..

For the love of Shri Krishna

  Dressed in all finery, carrying a small flute in his hand, he walks in confidently. And one can’t but help murmur, ‘how cute!’ Even as you wonder what can a four-year old say to the press, he picks up the mike and in a very ass..

Perfect pair

  Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj believes Deepika Padukone has the rare quality of being a superstar and a good actor. Deepika will reunite with her Piku co-star Irrfan Khan for Bhardwaj’s as-yet-untitled production, to be directed by Honey Treh..

Calling all twins

    Known for pioneering trend-setting reality formats like Sa Re Ga Ma Pa, Dance India Dance, India’s Best Dramebaaz, I Can Do That, Yaaron Ki Baraat and having constantly innovated and reinvented them season after season, Zee TV will..

Sing(le)ularly hard

  Actor Jon Hamm said being single is hard, especially after being with actress Jennifer Westfeldt for 18 years. The 46-year-old actor split from Westfeldt nearly two years ago and said being on his own after all that time is not enjoyable report..

Too big a fan to copy

Producer-turned-director Dinesh Vijan said his upcoming reincarnation drama Raabta bears no similarity with S.S. Rajamouli’s Magadheera. Vijan’s directorial debut Raabta has been embroiled in legal trouble. Magadheera producer Allu Arvind ha..

Never gone

Talented actor Hussain Kuwajerwala is currently seen in Sony SAB’S new show Sajjan Re Phir Jhooth Mat Bolo as Jaiveer Chopra. Jaiveer, a son of multi millionare businessman falls in love with Jaya a simple middle class girl. Her father believes in..

Pleased by praise

Singer Akasa Singh, who recorded Hindi verses for Spanish singer Ricky Martin’s number Vente Pa Ca, says Martin loved her voice. “The song Vente Pa Ca is actually a Spanish song that was released by Ricky Martin late last year and became on..

Done with dating

                  Actress Jennifer Garner is happy to settle into her new life as a single mother, say sources. The actress, who filed for divorce from actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck in April, is &ldquo..

Recreating Magic

Actress Vidya Balan is set to dance to Sridevis chartbuster Hawa hawai from the 1987 blockbuster Mr. India in the forthcoming film Tumhari Sulu. For Tumhari Sulu, produced by T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment, the iconic number is being recreated by T..

Three times the fun

Three times the fun..

Struggling against stereotype

By Yoshita Singh, Actress Priyanka Chopra says “huge stereotypes” still exist in the west about the Indian film industry and it will take more actors from India in mainstream parts to gradually break such long-held notions. “There ar..

New Colour Of Baahubali

Baahubali: The Lost Legends, an animated spinoff of filmmaker S S Rajamoulis Baahubali film franchise, will soon make its debut on the small screen to enthrall viewers with the story of Baahubali, the king of fictional kingdom Mahishmati. After releasi..

Cast me, Kangana

Actor Irrfan Khan says he hopes Kangana Ranaut casts him in her directorial project Teju. Irrfan and Kangana were once to star in a film titled Divine Lovers but there was buzz that she declined the role saying she is interested only in solo leads. Aft..

Back Together?

By Pallavi Soni Actor Saqib Saleem, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming horror film Dobaara: See Your Evil, which also stars his real life sister Huma Qureshi in the lead role, promises that people, who would come with the hope of watchin..

Focussing on Films

After making it big in both films and TV shows as a child artiste, Zoya Afroz made her silver screen debut as an adult with The  Xpose in 2014. However, the actress says she is not keen on reappearing on the small screen again right now as her focu..

Ripping off claims!

Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon-starrer Raabta has landed in a plagiarism feud after the makers of Telugu film Magadheera claimed that there are lot of similarities between the  two flicks. Directed by S S Rajamouli and starring Ram Charan, Ma..

Priyanka Chopra to get Phalke Award

MUMBAI, May 29, (PTI), ACTRESS Priyanka Chopra will be honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for being an international icon. The “Baywatch” star will be given the award under the newly introduced ‘Internationally Accla..

Claustrophobic tag

Shahid Kapoor says tag of a romantic hero bothered him initially but now he is fine with returning to the space. The 36-year-old actor says in the beginning of his career he wanted to prove that he has a lot more to him than a lover boy. “In the ..

A double celebration

Actress Katrina Kaif is set for a double celebration in July as her much-delayed film Jagga Jasoos will finally hit the screens on July 14 and two days later she will turn a year older. “It’s official ... new release date July 14th! Two days..

‘Mother is not my competition’

Actress Konkona Sensharma is making her directorial debut with A Death in the Gunj and she says comparisons with her mother, veteran filmmaker Aparna Sen, do not bother her as she cannot think of her as a competition. “Even when I started acting,..

Xerxes’ is the inspiration!

The story of Lord Krishna has been passed down for eons now. While many movies and TV shows have showcased their own renditions of this story, Paramavatar Shri Krishna on &TV is set to surprise the audiences with high visual appeal and unique narrat..

Epic reloaded!

By Iffat A Sheikh, They say ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ and surely the small screen knows when to cash in an opportunity. People are still grappling under the spell of the magnum opus Baahubali, which is still going strong across the wo..