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Best foot forward

  Shraddha Kapoor will be seen playing Haseena Parkar in the upcoming biopic and the actor says she has tried her best to do justice to the role. The 30-year-old actor says as a team they have stayed true to the story of Dawood Ibrahim’s si..

Croods 2 revived!

  DreamWorks Animation has confirmed the sequel to The Croods. The first film, which released in 2013, was set in a fictional prehistoric Pliocene era known as The Croodaceous.The story explores the life in the jungle, when the authority of a cave..

‘I am not ambitious’

  Popular TV actor Gauri Pradhan, who plays the role of a failed actor in her upcoming show Tu Aashiqui, says in real life too, she is prepared for a downfall. She became a household name after playing Gauri Mittal in the show Kutumb and Nandini ..

Diffusing differences

  Actor Rajkummar Rao, who will be seen romancing Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Fanney Khan, says the two recently met at a film festival and expressed the desire to work with each other, even before the movie happened. In an interview to PTI, Rajkum..

Choosing with care

Tisca Chopra says she has always picked projects in which she believes and is proud to maintain her integrity as an actor. The 43-year-old actor, whose performances in films such as Taare Zameen Par, Firaaq, Ankur Arora Murder Case and Qissa have been ..

No rush to be a Mom

  It seems like Jennifer Lawrence is in no hurry to be a ‘mommy’. According to E! Online, the Mother! star feels that her feelings of being a mother is getting less and less with her advancing age. During a recent interview, Lawrence ..

Big praise for ‘small’ stars

  From judging reality shows to promoting his films on daily soaps, actor Akshay Kumar has been frequent on the small screen and believes TV actors work harder than film stars and deserve a better pay package. The 50-year-old star says television..

A modern-day Arjuna

  Actor Sonu Sood will be playing the pivotal character of Arjuna from the Mahabharata in a Kannada film titled Kurukshetra. “I am playing the role of Arjuna in ‘Kurukshetra’. It is great fun to work as Arjuna. I am thoroughly e..

Transformation on cards?

  Avengers character Hawkeye may take up a new identity in the upcoming fourth installment. According to MCU Exchange, Hawkeye, played by actor Jeremy Renner will become Ronin in or after the Avengers: Infinity War. The actor was recently snappe..

Pained by portrayal

By Komal Panchamatia, Filmmakers usually show the rags to riches story in biopics of sports personalities, but music maestro A R Rahman says he fails to understand why musicians are often depicted as losers on the big screen. Rahman feels people are on..

Floored by talent

                  Zee TV’s Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li'l Champs has made its mark as India's biggest singing reality show. While the Top 5 super talented ‘Toofans’ and ‘Bhukamps’ ..

Avid traveller

Actress Parineeti Chopra says she makes it point that she travels to a new country every two months. “Honestly, I am a very avid traveller. In fact, I travel a lot and visit 4 to 5 new countries every year. I travel every 2 months to see a new cou..

Supporting Kangana

By Komal Panchamatia, His directorial venture Simran has been mired in controversies, be it the fight over writing credits or the focus on leading lady Kangana Ranaut’s personal life, but director Hansal Mehta says the actor is not doing anything..

All is well

Amidst rumours that all is not well between Bollywood beauties Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt, sources close to both the actresses state that all is well between them. Both the actresses have been finding this news extremely funny and have been oft..

‘Escapist cinema isn’t dead’

By Justin Rao, A slew of films set in small towns and tackling real issues may be scoring big at the box office, but actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar says escapist cinema is still not dead. This year, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh both saw their much ambitiou..

‘Escapist cinema isn’t dead’

  By Justin Rao, A slew of films set in small towns and tackling real issues may be scoring big at the box office, but actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar says escapist cinema is still not dead.This year, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh both saw their much a..

All is well

  Amidst rumours that all is not well between Bollywood beauties Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt, sources close to both the actresses state that all is well between them. Both the actresses have been finding this news extremely funny and have..

Set to shock

  After playing relatable “good boy” roles in several films, Ayushmann Khurrana is thrilled about his next project with filmmaker Sriram Raghavan, which he says, will “shock” the audience. The yet-to-be-titled thriller wil..

Facing her fears

Facing her fears ..

Clear in her priorities

Model turned actress Diana Penty, who is playing strong character in the upcoming film Lucknow Central, says when it comes to choosing a film, she is least bothered about the screen time or the length of the character but the impact of it. Diana, who st..

Saluting spirit

Shraddha Kapoor has so far played likeable characters on screen, but in Haseena Parkar she’ll be seen in a completely different avatar, and director Apoorva Lakhia believes it will be a bigger risk for the actor. Lakhia says it came as a surprise ..

‘Can go on for 70 yrs’

  Bollywood actress Sonakshi Sinha, who has completed seven years of her journey in Hindi filmdom, says all the love and affection from her fans make her feel that she can go on for the next seven decades to come. Sonakshi, who is the daughter of..

Expect the unexpected from AK

  Actor Anil Kapoor, who sports a salt and pepper look in the upcoming film Fanney Khan, says the audience should be ready to expect the unexpected in the Atul Manjrekar directorial.  Anil, 60, revealed his look in the film via social media...

‘Most exciting phase of my career’

  Parineeti Chopra had a good start in Bollywood but slowed down after facing back-to-back setbacks. With projects like Golmaal Again and Dibakar Banerjee's upcoming directorial Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar in her kitty, the actress says she is in &ld..

What impresses Mr Perfectionist?

  He is known as Bollywood's Mr Perfectionist, but Aamir Khan is impressed by the perfectionism that young actress Zaira Wasim pursues for her on screen characters -- whether it is for wrestling in Dangal or learning about music for the forthcomin..

A firangi’s EPIC search

  EPIC channel has launched a light and peppy anchor driven half-hour episodic series that explores the reasons, beliefs and logic behind the customs and rituals observed as a norm in India, often so casually that most of us have never really aske..

Starry advantage

  By Sugandha Rawal, Vicky Kaushal feels his journey so far in Bollywood has been like a ‘dream sequence’ -- yet he believes in living in the present instead of chalking out plans for the future. The actor says he is happy that big na..

Slumps don’t matter

  By Kishori Sud, Critically acclaimed actor Manoj Bajpayee won his first National award for the film Satya and since then has worked in a number of films where some worked well but some went unnoticed. However, Manoj says that these slumps don&r..

Complex outing

  Actress Sandeepa Dhar says that she will play a layered and complex character in the upcoming film Firrkie. “I got a call from the film’s director, Ankoosh Bhatt. He had seen my work in 7 Hours to Go, after which he thought I would ..

No comeback on cards

  Veteran actress and politician Hema Malini says that her acting phase is no longer part of her life but if something interesting comes up then she would definitely take that up.“I think that phase of my life is over (laughs). Even people i..

Keen on socially relevant films

                    Actress Bidita Bag, whose latest movie Babumoshai Bandookbaaz has earned over Rs 12 crore in a week since its release, says she wants to do socially relevant films which don..

‘Strong’ price

By Shubha Dubey, She may have received appreciation in the industry for her portrayal of strong characters in films such as Pink and Naam Shabana but Taapsee Pannu says in real life it is hard for people in the movie business to accept such women.The 3..

Geared up for Dangal

  Popular TV actor Anita Hasnandani has been roped in to appear in the upcoming TV show Comedy Dangal. The show will feature a battle between stand-up and skit comedy. Anita will be a part of the skit team and will fight with the team of stand-up ..

‘Being single is hard’

  Hollywood star Angelina Jolie said she does not like being single and never wanted to split from her estranged husband Brad Pitt. The 41-year-old actor said it has been a tough year to wade through emotionally and she is trying to put up a brav..

Gladly Grey

  Actor and host Mandira Bedi is all set to feature as an antagonist in the much-anticipated Prabhas-starrer Saaho. The 45-year-old actor has wrapped up the first schedule of the shoot in Hyderabad and will also be seen doing some action stunts. ..

Match made in Hollywood

  Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender are planning to take their relationship to the next level, and are reportedly getting married in Ibiza next month. They got close when they played lovers in 2014 film The Light Between Oceans. Accor..

Disco king

  Veteran music director, composer and singer Bappi Lahiri says he created disco music in the Hindi filmdom.“Disco (genre) I have created, and from 1980s to 1990s -- the only disco era that was happening (in Bollywood) was all Bappi Lah..

‘I wish I had that surname!’

  She knew before joining Bollywood that it is not going to be an easy journey and Esha Gupta says she has stayed away from “networking” to bag films but often feels things would have been different if she had another surname. The 31-..

Pahlaj Nihalani’s ‘sanskaari’ move

Pahlaj Nihalani’s ‘sanskaari’ move..

Varun’s October girl

  After Judwaa 2, Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan will be seen in Shoojit Sircar’s October. Though, the Badrinath Ki Dulhania star was finalised as the film’s lead actor, the hunt for the lady was still on.But it seems like Varun and Sho..

Presenting the pregnant man!

  The Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar is known to be experimental with every movie or project he undertakes. Having delivered a box office hit, his movie had a satirical take on age old traditions of toilets in our nation. With his next venture..

‘Who better than Salman for Race 3’

  Actor Saif Ali Khan today said he hasn’t been approached for the third installment of Race but is happy that superstar Salman Khan has been roped in for the film. Saif was part of the previous two films of the action- thriller franchise, ..

Prepping it right

  Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev said she had to do a medical boot camp for her new movie Flatliners to make everything look believable. The 28-year-old actor stars in the upcoming horror thriller by Niels Arden Oplev and for the role as medica..

On a nostalgic note...

  Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says eminent sound recordist Ghosh advised him to sing more often after he heard the actor singing the song Mere paas aao for the 1979 film Mr. Natwarlal. Amitabh got nostalgic about the iconic Mehboob Studio in Mumbai..

Fitting right in

  Shraddha Kapoor says she went through many look tests to play Haseena Parker in the biopic on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s sister. The film is directed by Apoorva Lakhia. “He (Apoorva) has done lot of research on the film and it&..

Story is supreme

  Zareen Khan, who made her acting debut with Salman Khan starrer Veer, says her criteria for doing a film is a good story and she has no qualms in working with relatively new actors. After Veer, Zareen was seen in a special song in Salman’..

A ‘fair’ ode

  Singer-composer Shekhar Ravjiani, released his sixth independent single titled Devi on new singing reality TV show Om Shanti Om, says the song is his “heartfelt tribute to womankind”. Ravjiani released the single on the Shub Aaramb ..

No room for regrets

Bobby Deol became an overnight star with his debut film Barsaat in 1995, but his stardom faded gradually with Bollywood placing its bets on a new crop of actors and experimenting with different stories. The actor says everyone goes through ups and downs..

Focussed on work

Actor-singer Jared Leto says he has no personal life and likes to keep himself occupied with work.The Suicide Squad star says he would much rather be writing a song or working on a movie than partying and meeting up with friends, reported E! online. &l..

Bald no bar

Actress Disha Patani says if she feels that going bald for a role will “benefit the narrative” of a project, she might go ahead with it.“To think of it, my decision will be based on how passionate I am about the script. If I strongly f..

No more films for friendships

  Having been in the industry for over 25 years, Ajay Devgn says his process of choosing a movie has become “more clear” today and he now goes forward with a project only if its script is good. Devgn thinks today the stakes have becom..

Starry celebration

  Zee TV’s primetime drama Kundali Bhagya will celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year with a two and a half hour entertainment extravaganza called Jai Ganesh Deva. This year, the show will bring in the arrival of the Elephant God with a grand ..

Judi Dench won’t remarry

  Veteran actor Judi Dench said she has no plans to marry again. The 82-year-old actor, who is currently in a relationship with ex-Jersey farmer David Mills (74), said while she is in love with him, she believes she is too old to get married, rep..

Big B to play Vijay Barse

By Subhash K Jha, After playing a Bal Thackeray doppelganger in Ram Gopal Varmas Sarkar series, it is time for the indefatigable Amitabh Bachchan to play yet another real-life character in Sairat director Nagaraj Manjules new film -- his first in Hindi..

Anurag’s web of influence

Anurag Kashyap is venturing into the digital space with Netflix’s Sacred Games and the director said his perspective about the platform changed when he started watching Kevin Spacey-Robin Wright starrer House of Cards.House of Cards is a political..

‘The best time of my career’

Actor Emraan Hashmi said he has only believed in working hard and never much bothered about the fate of his films at the box office. Some of Hashmi’s recent films like Raja Natwarlal, Hamari Adhuri Kahaani, Azhar and Raaz Reboot did not do well co..

Ode to a favourite’ era

  By Arundhuti Banerjee, Filmmaker Milan Luthria, who has made some commercially successful films like The Dirty Picture and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai, set in the backdrop of 1970-1980s, says he is fascinated by the people and culture of that t..

Basking in glory

  Priyanka Chopra’s maiden Sikkimese production, Pahuna, is all set to be screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The 35-year-old actor said that the Paakhi Tyrewala- directed movie is the fifth film they have supported th..

Choosy approval

By Haricharan Pudipeddi, Vivek Oberoi, who has been acting for over 15 years and has been a part of memorable films such as Company, Saathiya and Rakht Charitra, says he is choosy about the work he does as he likes to distribute his time between family..

Dispelling disagreement

  Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Producer Arjun N Kapoor -- the makers of Fanney Khan -- have rubbished rumours of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan being upset over casting of R Madhavan in the film.  Mehra, in a statement, said, “It is q..

Celebrating reality

  Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan, who is in talks for the biopic on Patna-based mathematician Anand Kumar, believes cinema is the best medium to celebrate stories of real heroes. Kumar runs the famous Super 30’ program for IIT aspirants..

No gamble with food

  Singer-actress Jennifer Lopez says she doesnt gamble at casinos whenever she is here, but she indulges a lot in food.The 48-year-old is currently in Las Vegas for her show All I Have at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “I think p..

Banking on merit

  Bollywood actress Ileana D’Cruz, who is known for her no-nonsense attitude, says she has got all her films on merit and she does not want to impress people to get work. “People could take (attitude) as arrogance but actually it is n..

Inspiring beginning

    Celebrating the many facets of Fearless India, STAR BHARAT has unveiled a content line up with strong, rooted icons and differentiated programming that is in line with the brand’s philosophy of ‘Bhula ke darr, kuch alag kar&r..

Pleased with expectations

  Actor Varun Dhawan, who has stepped into the shoes of Salman Khan for the sequel of Judwaa, is happy that there are expectations with the movie. Varun will essay the part of Raja and ‘Prem’ in Judwaa 2, originally played by Salman i..

Wishing luck

  By Nivedita She created a stir when she walked out of Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Babumoshai Bandookbaaz but actress Chitrangda Singh wishes the team all the best, but refused to divulge what issues she had with Director Kushan Nandy.“I w..

Devotional mode

  Actor Sanjay Dutt is recording a Ganesh aarti for his Bollywood comeback film Bhoomi. The film’s director Omung Kumar says he is confident it will be a hit. Talking about how the idea came into being, Omung said here on Monday: “Bas..

Double delight

  ZEE Tv’s drama Kumkum Bhagya has kept audiences on the edge of their seats with its gripping twists and turns. Now, fans are in for a treat as the upcoming episodes will be a thrilling ride. The audience has known for a while now that Pra..

Audience’s appreciation is my success: Bidita Bag

  By Anshuman Bhargava, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz lead actress opens up to The Hitavada on her much-anticipated film releasing this Friday. “For the first time in the history of Indian Cinema, an actress is playing the role of a ‘mochi&r..

Numb to numbers

  Director Kabir Khan says superstars like Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan don’t bother about how much money each other’s films have made at the box office. Kabir’s last directorial venture Tubelight reportedly did a business of ..

Realistic Hero

  Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who now plays the lead role in most of his films, says that he never wanted to play the typical hero as a person with no bad qualities doesn’t exist. “I don’t believe in characters that are either co..

‘Bigg’ inspiration

  Actress Shraddha Das says that to play a struggling Bhojpuri actress in the forthcoming film Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, she had to watch Bigg Boss when dancer-actress Sambhavna Seth had participated. It was the film’s director Kushan Nandy&r..

Football fever

  Actor John Abraham said now that he has completed the shoot of his upcoming film Parmanu, he would next start working on the project based on soccer. The 44-year-old star said he already had the script ready for his new film on football.“..

Zombies to go?

  Saif Ali Khan-starrer Go Goa Gone was touted as the first Indian zombie-comedy and its director duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK say the second part might not feature the undead creatures. Also starring Kunal Khemu and Vir Das, the 2013 film saw..

For the sake of sensibilities

  TV Czarina Ekta Kapoor says one of the reasons why she explored the digital space with video streaming service ALT Balaji was that the small screen was not appreciating the actors with urban sensibilities. Ekta, who was present for the trailer ..

Too creepy for comfort

  Filmmaker Kiran Rao has revealed that she did not want her husband, actor Aamir Khan, to act in their home production Secret Superstar as she felt the character was “creepy”. Written and directed by Advait Chandan, the movie chronic..

Not in the rat race

  Sidharth Malhotra believes acting is a profession which comes with a lot of uncertainty but he says he doesn’t like to keep a tab on the work of his contemporaries. In an interview to PTI, Sidharth says, “It is a waste of time to th..

Super fun with...Superstar

  Dangal fame actress Zaira Wasim, who will be seen sharing screen space with superstar Aamir Khan for the second time in Secret Superstar, says she had lots of fun shooting for the film. Talking about the experience of working with Aamir again, ..

Liberating hair cut

  Chris Hemsworth will be seen sporting a short hairdo instead of flowing golden locks in Thor: Ragnarok. The 33-year-old actor said he enjoyed his new style and found it liberating. “When I didn’t have the wig on, I instantly felt l..

A film of many firsts

  Kriti Sanon, who has played a girl-next-door, modern girl or an ancient warrior princess in films, says she likes to try new things as an actor. Kriti will soon be seen essaying the role of a rebel Bitti in Bareilly Ki Barfi.Kriti said in a sta..

Monalisa to be Mayuri

  With the bunch of talented actors like Paresh Ganatra, Rajendra Gupta, Aditi Sajwan, Sumit Arora and other, the latest to join the cast is the glamorous actress, Monalisa. Monalisa will be replacing Shafaq Naaz as Mayuri in Chidiyaghar. The Chi..

Mediocrity mantra

  Actor Arshad Warsi believes artistes often steer clear of trying their hand at something new because they are scared of failure. The 49-year-old actor, on his part, has never had any problem in doing a certain type of role as long as the story ..

A promising comeback

  By Subhash K Jha Welcome back, Mr Dutt. It’s been a while. Even before Sanjay Dutt left for prison, his quality of cinematic output had fallen to unplumbed depths of self-degradation. With Bhoomi, an intense infuriatingly breakneck pace..

Only age appropriate roles

  By Durga Chakravarty, Be it Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein, Tanu Weds Manu or his TV show Sea Hawks, actor R. Madhavan, fondly remembered for essaying the role of a lover boy on screen, says he would now do age appropriate romance as he does not hav..

Hero by default

  Actor Jackie Shroff, who debuted in Bollywood as the main lead in Subhash Ghai’s Hero, says he had come to be a part of the Hindi film industry with an intention to become a villain on screen. Before being cast in Hero, Jackie had done a ..

Never say never

  Actress Alia Bhatt reacted to reports that she is not keen to feature in Aashiqui 3, an upcoming instalment in a franchise started by her father Mahesh Bhatt back in 1990. She also teased that the “special” collaboration with her fat..

Thumbs up to wedding songs

  Singer Shalmali Kholgade finds singing wedding tracks a lot of fun. Star Plus has started the wedding season on its three shows, Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai, Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon and Ishqbaaaz, and singers Benny Dayal and Shalmali have adde..

Challenged by budget

  Sushant Singh Rajput, who is a part of India’s fist space movie titled Chanda Mama Door Ke feels that making a space movie is challenging due to a lack of budget. When asked about his upcoming movie, SSR, who was spotted at a launch event..

Back in reckoning

  Actor Stephen Lang is set to reprise his role as Colonel Miles Quaritch in the upcoming four sequels of the film Avatar.The 64-year-old’s character in the film was shown as dying in the end of the 2009 blockbusted, but the franchise&r..

Queen of collaborations

  ‘By Natalia Ningthoujam Her joint projects with artistes like Chris Brown, Iggy Azalea and Calvin Harris have earned her the label of the “queen of collaborations”, but the British singer-actress Rita Ora doesn’t mind as..

Staying true to audience

  Actor-filmmaker Ajay Devgan, who has a huge fan following across the nation, says his popularity is because of their love and appreciation and therefore he keeps their demands and wishes in mind while making any film. After the failure of two h..

Redefining devotional music

Youngsters have a set perception about devotional music, says singer Kailash Kher, who has come up with his new independent album Shivoham and hopes to redefine the genre. Kher is known for his Sufi singing style and for delivering tracks like Bam Laha..

Positive of change

  Toilet: Ek Prem Katha actor Akshay Kumar, who took on the unveiling of 24 toilets over 24 hours on Instagram recently, says his aim is to spread a wave of positive conversation about sanitation across the country. He believes that toilet is a t..

Fair stance

  Taapsee Pannu said she can only demand an equal pay if the opening box office numbers of her movies are as big as her male colleagues in the industry. The actor, who recently featured in Naam Shabana”, said films like this and Queen and Ma..

True fascination

  Diana Penty will be next seen in Lucknow Central, which is inspired by a true story, and the actor says she likes being part of films that are based on real-life incidents. Set against the backdrop of a jail, Lucknow Central features Farhan Akh..

Balancing act

  Indo-British filmmaker Gurinder Chadha said showing the Partition story in her upcoming movie was a difficult task as she had to find right balance. “It is an emotional issue for a lot of people. I had to be very careful. But I did my res..

Stereotype no bar

  I have thought about getting stereotyped. But I am not going to miss out on a role because I am scared that people will only see me as a small-town girl. It’s a bigger challenge for me to make every character different. I’ve tri..

Sold on variation

  Actor Rajkummar Rao, who is playing the role of Pritam Vidrohi in forthcoming film Bareilly Ki Barfi, says the kind of variations the character has is very unique. Director Nitesh Tiwari had narrated the script of Bareilly Ki Barfi to Rajkummar..

Clean endeavour

  Shubh Mangal Saavdhan producer Aanand L Rai says the movie touches upon erectile dysfunction and premarital sex, but they have tried to keep it “clean” and the team is expecting a U/A certification for the film. Asked if he is ..

Keeping excitement meter ticking

  By Haricharan Pudipeddi, After playing a king in the “Baahubali” franchise and a naval officer in “Ghazi”, actor Rana Daggubati says he keeps the excitement meter ticking by finding something new and different to do in h..