Entertainment

Heartening change

  Indian-American actor Pooja Kumar says there were not many great roles for South Asian actors in Hollywood a decade ago but there is a positive change now and they are offered meaningful characters today. Kumar, who worked in Hollywood movies l..

‘Ghazal is conversational’

National Award-winning singer Hariharan says he always tries to bring a conversational style in his ghazal singing.He has come up with a new ghazal Afsaane, which he has composed and performed. It is produced by his son Akshay. Asked about the distinct..

Grey no more...

  Actor Jim Sarbh, who is known for portraying negative characters in films like Neerja, Padmaavat and Sanju, says he doesn’t want to do negative roles anymore. On Zoom’s TV show Open House with Renil, the actor spoke about his journey..

Brotherly vibes

  Actor-politician Kamal Haasan was happy to meet and shoot with Bollywood superstar Salman Khan on the sets of Dus Ka Dum, where he promoted his upcoming project Vishwaroop 2.The stars shared screen space for the first time on the reality te..

Thrilled to collaborate

  Mouni Roy is set to play Rajkummar Rao’s wife in the upcoming film Made in China, and the actress of Naagin fame says he is a tremendous actor. “I think Rajkummar is a tremendous actor and I have always looked up to his work. I can&..

Lucky foot forward

  Actress Isha Rikhi who is making her Bollywood debut with romantic comedy film Nawabzaade said she was very lucky to get such opportunity. Isha told IANS that she was feeling lucky to be a part of this film. “I know many actors who are eq..

No room for fears

  Actress Kajol says there is no place for fears in her profession as people expect them to be perfect all the time.“I feel that in this profession and in this field, we are not allowed to have fears of any sort. We are supposed to kind of j..

Social belief

Actor Abhishek Bachchan feels the film industry is often misunderstood on online platforms and that there are no rules for or repercussions of what you say there. According to Abhishek, in recent times, the industry has often been misunderstood as &ldqu..

Balancing it right

  By Natalia Ningthoujam, National Award-winning actress Rajeshwari Sachdeva has perfected the art of balancing plays with TV shows and films. She enjoys every medium of acting, but feels that theatre should be on everyone’s agenda as it ke..

Inspired from real life

    Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation director Genndy Tartakovsky says his family helped him find a story for the third part of the film franchise. “The whole thing came together after I finished the second movie. I was like I am ..

‘Gold’en goal 

  Akshay Kumar said he hopes hockey catches Indian youth’s fancy after the release of his upcoming film Gold.Besides, Gold, Diljit Dosanjh’s just released Soorma” is also set against the backdrop of hockey. “Youngsters want..

Aiming for timeless magic

  By Arundhuti Banerjee, All eyes are on Janhvi Kapoor -- daughter of the iconic Sridevi whose demise earlier this year left a huge void in the Indian film industry -- as she steps into Bollywood with her maiden film Dhadak on July 20. The young..

MISSION INDIA ALMOST

  By Sugandha Rawal Christopher McQuarrie, who has added an Indian spin to Mission: Impossible Fallout, couldn’t shoot in the country, but the director hopes to revisit India to film a project someday.McQuarrie had scouted India extensively..

Marriage on mind

  Actress Priyanka Chopra, who is reportedly dating American singer Nick Jonas, says her marital status will not affect her feminist opinions, and she would like to get married some day. The 35-year-old actress spoke about the things that bring h..

Best Birthday Gift

  The teaser of Gul Makai, the most talked about biopic on the invincible activist, Malala Yousafzai, was launched on the birthday of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate itself.  Gul Makai chronicles the story of Malala, the courageous Pakistani ..

‘I have guardian angels

  By Nivedita,  I think every film and every experience helps you grow and learn, I would say Mani Ratnam’s film and Padmaavat made me believe that if you have a dream and your intentions are guided by that dream then it does come true..

Happy with journey

  ACTOR Rajkummar Rao says heishappyandcontentwith the way his film journey is shaping up for the last few years. Rajkummar interacted with the media at the launch of The Eat Right Movement recently. On his upcoming releases, he said: “Fanne..

No creative boundaries

  ACTOR-singer Neil Nitin Mukesh says there are no creative boundaries in the business of entertainment. He has joined the list of actors turning producers. Hismaiden productioncompanytitled NNMFilms will specialisenot only infilmproduction but wi..

Breaking conventions

  By Radhika Bhirani, After playing the simple and demure Munira in Raazi Amruta Khanvilkar took on a role as serial killer Lovina in web series Damaged and will be seen as a happy-go-lucky girl in Satyamev Jayate. She says, career-wise, she is o..

International beginning

  Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is all set to make an International concert -like entry with the song Mohabbat choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr for the upcoming project. Frank Gatson Jr. has been the creative director for Jussie Smollett, Rihanna..

Struggling everyday

  He has given one of the biggest hits of 2017 to Bollywood in the form of Humsafar and has taken the maximum awards for the song featured in Badrinath Ki Dulhania but singer Akhil Sachdeva says that he still has to struggle every day in Bollywood..

Plus-sized objection

  Actress Zareen Khan, who was once weighed over 100 kg, feels it has taken too long for plus-size models to be recognised in India. Zareen, along with fashion designer Narendra Kumar, judged plus-size models for the upcoming Lakme Fashion Week 2..

On Chanakya Course

  Anil Ambani-led Reliance Entertainment and Friday Filmworks’ company Plan C Studios have roped in Bollywood star Ajay Devgn to star in Chanakya, a Neeraj Pandey directorial on the life and teachings of political strategist, economist and r..

‘Outside’ grouse

  By Nivedita, With no godfather in the industry, she created her own mark in Bollywood with films like Pink and Naam Shabana. Actress Taapsee Pannu believes that though things are better for “outsiders” in the Hindi film industry, th..

Unhappy with clash

  Akshay Kumar shares a close bond with John Abraham but he does not seem to be happy with his film Gold and the latter’s forthcoming movie Satyameva Jayate releasing on the same date.Akshay and John have together worked in Garam Masala..

The Sky Is Next

  Indian actress Priyanka Chopra has been roped in director-writer Shonali Bose’s next titled The Sky Is Pink and has already started prepping for the Hindi film. Priyanka on Sunday night shared a photograph of the film’s draft on her..

Entertainment is the ‘Mantra’

  By Sugandha Rawal, Mantra started as a radio jockey, and navigated his way to television, theatre and films. The multi-talented actor doesn’t think much about the medium, and says he just wants to entertain people.“It is something t..

Taking the road less travelled

  By Nivedita, Kangana Ranauts journey in Bollywood is remarkable with roles that got her National Film Awards thrice. She is now geared up for her next, Manikarnika..., Mental Hai Kya and a sports drama directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari. The actre..

Greying it right

  Actor Prateik Babbar, who plays a misguided youth in the film Mulk, says he has always wanted to essay the role of an anti-national. “I have always wanted to essay the role of an anti-national. Playing grey comes easy to me but I had to l..

‘Fast & Furious’ baddie

  Actor Idris Elba has been finalised as the villain in Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw. The Jungle Book actor joins Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Vanessa Kirby in the film, which will be helmed by Deadpool 2 director David Leitch...

Delighted with ode

  Fanney Khan, about a teenaged girl named Lata Sharma aspiring to be a singer like her legendary namesake, is designed as an ode to the Nightingale, Lata Mangeshkar.“It was always meant to be a homage to Lataji. All of us in the cast a..

Chasing challenges

  Actress Bhumi Pednekar says people don’t come to her with challenging roles, and that keeps her away from the big screen. Bhumi made her debut with Dum Laga Ke Haisha in 2015, and went on to do Toilet - Ek Prem Katha and Shubh Mangal Saavd..

Dangerous romance

  Actor Saif Ali Khan, who has entertained Bollywood buffs with a slew of family dramas, comedies and thrillers in his over two decades long career, says he finds cop-mafia stories -- a genre he is exploring in Sacred Games -- romantic. The actor..

Complex preferences

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is gearing up for the release of the series Sacred Games on Netflix, says he likes to play complex and not cliched characters on screen. On his role in the show, Nawazuddin said, “I had great fun. I like to play such..

EPIC revisited

  Did you know - according to Hindu mythology, there are three types of cows? Which is the animal associated with Goddess Durga? Which animal served as the mount to Lord Indra? Viewers are mostly familiar with the famous legends in Indian mytholog..

Heaping praise

Actor Anil Kapoor says he had fun working with actress Divya Dutta on Fanney Khan.Anil expressed his views about working with Divya after the actress wrapped up her shooting schedule for the movie. “And it’s wrap time for me on the Fanney K..

At ease with image

  Actress Divyanka Tripathi has been ruling the telly world with shows like Ye Hai Mohabbatein and Nach Baliye. She says she has no qualms about being typecast. “I don’t fear being typecast. I don’t think there is any fear, rath..

R vs R

  “I’ve now been pitted against Ranveer as ‘competition’. It’s amazing to have that. It pushes us to do better work.”   Actor Ranbir Kapoor says he views competition as a healthy and beneficial exerc..

Classic al belief

  Madhuri Dixit, known not only for her acting skills, but also for her evergreen dance numbers like Dhak dhak karne laga, Choli ke peeche kya hai, Kay sera sera and Kaahe chhed mohe, says classical dance strengthens a person’s foundation in..

Totally dil se

    Popular playback singer Sunidhi Chauhan, who is coming back on television with the music reality show Dil Hai Hindustani 2, (DHH) says the popularity and success of any such entertainer depends on the talent potential of participants. E..

‘Loving MY space IN BOLLYWOOD

  By Durga Chakravarty, He rose to fame with Vicky Donor and then starred in endearing films like Dum Laga Ke Haisha and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, which entertained with a message. Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who has carved a niche for himself in just..

Willing a change

  Actress Kangana Ranaut, who will be seen in a never seen before avatar in new video campaign for fitness brand Reebok, says that a strong will and tough mind can make anything possible “Shooting for this video was physically challenging bu..

Alternative route to success

  By Nivedita, Actress Sukhmani Sadana, who will be seen in Netflix’s Sacred Games along with actors Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, says the digital world has opened doors for those who are not getting an entry into sh..

Relevant mantra

    Chitrangda Singh, who is making her production debut with hockey player Sandeep Singh’s biopic Soorma, says while ‘out of sight is out of mind’ adage holds true for Bollywood, one tries to stay relevant by doing quality..

Stronger with bond

    Television actor Prince Narula says he realised the importance of chemistry between two people after getting in a relationship with television actress Yuvika Chaudhary. “It doesn’t require maths or a method to sharing an equ..

ITS MY BEST PHASE

  By Ravi Bansal, With films like “Panipat”, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and India’s Most Wanted in his kitty, actor Arjun Kapoor says he is in the best phase of his career as he is “finally” playing mature characters.T..

Banking On Self-Expression

  By Arundhuti Banerjee, Music composer Salim Merchant, who is mentoring new talent for an international music competition, says self expression and originality are the most important elements for an artiste.“One of the very important facto..

Grey Joy

  Actor Gulshan Grover, who is fondly known as the “bad man” in Bollywood, says with mainstream heroes taking up negative characters, roles of villains in Bollywood is now treated with dignity. Asked how he feels about mainstream acto..

Emotional KARWAAN

  IRRFAN Khan has described his upcoming film Karwaan as a journey full of “emotions, adventures and chaos”. The 51-year-old actor took to Twitter to share the first trailer of his film. “Emotions. Adventures. Chaos. Experience a..

Unique outing

    A CTOR Ishaan Khatter, who is all set for the release of his forthcoming film Dhadak, has said that his film is unique in its own way. Ishaan Khatter was interacting with media along with his co-actress Janhvi Kapoor and director Shashan..

Dream come true

  A CTRESS Shraddha Kapoor, who will share screen space with Rajkummar Rao for the first time in Stree, says working with him has been a dream come true for her. The first teaser promo of Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Stree was release..

Bollywood myth

  Singer Shilpa Rao, who has sung a single Saanwariya for Drishyam Play -- an initiative to curate and promote fresh music from different parts of the country -- feels the layman associates Bollywood songs with Indian music. She says that’s ..

Unfamiliar preferences

  Singer-composer Vishal Dadlani says that he likes unfamiliar situations and challenges. For him, the only thing that makes him happy is to do things that he has not done before. Soon to be seen on the season 3 of Great Escape at Fox Life that wi..

Movie ‘Sanju’ gets off to a flying start across India

  NEW DELHI, (UNI), RAJKUMAR Hirani’s ‘Sanju’, the much awaited biopic on the life of Bollywood hunk Sanjay Dutt, has got off to a flying start across India with 80 to 90 per cent collection witnessed in the first couple of sho..

‘Advanced’ drawback

  By Komal Panchamatia, Dia Mirza says exciting work opportunities start thinning out for female actors after they reach a certain age as filmmakers and some male actors “above 50” prefer to cast young heroines.Dia, who is returning t..

To the brink and back

  “This song was my reassurance to myself that people like me belong here.” Euphoria’s frontman Palash Sen says he was on the “brink of giving up” but bounced back for his family and bandmates.The band has come out w..

Sonny endorsement

  Actor Suniel Shetty says his son Ahan Shetty, who will soon make his Bollywood debut, is better than him and is not worried about people comparing the youngster to him. “He (Ahan) is far better than me. So, I am not worried about comparis..

Historical happiness

  By Durga Chakravarty, After working in films like Heropanti, Dilwale, Raabta and Bareilly Ki Barfi, actress Kriti Sanon says she is ecstatic to share work space with actor Sanjay Dutt in the upcoming historical period drama Panipat. Kriti, wit..

Learning from life

National Award winning actress Divya Dutta believes that life is the best teacher and that it gives people a chance to become a strong human being. The actres said, “I think life is the best teacher. It teaches you to strengthen yourself, face di..

Beautiful stance

  Actress Kajol says people should stop “fixating” on the set beauty standards as everybody is made “beautifully and individually”. Asked about her stance on actresses speaking up about women being objectified and speaking..

Channeling fears

By Nivedita, Actress, TV host, VJ and former beauty queen - Sarah Jane Dias has explored all mediums and has tasted success in the form of films like Angry Indian Goddesses and web series Inside Edge. For her, putting yourself in uncomfortable situatio..

Incredible experience

  B ryan Cranston who is known for his record-breaking show Breaking Bad, is now part of stellar voice cast of Wes Anderson’s animation film Isle of Dogs. He voices the character of the alpha dog, Chief. Elaborating on the character he voic..

Musical grouse

  Singer Sonu Nigam feels that nowadays everyone, irrespective of knowledge has an opinion on creating music which was not the case in the 1960s and 70s. The singer was interacting with the media along with music composer Shibani Kashyap, Shantan..

Litmus Test

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, For fifteen long years he has been a part of the film industry and even though he only has four films to his credit - they all have been blockbusters, that have catapulted him into the legion of legends. Taking help of s..

Game on

  Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd, the creators of India’s most beloved animated show Chhota Bheem is gearing up for their forthcoming mythological animated release Hanuman Vs Mahiravana. However, what remains as a lesser known fact is that the..

Mother act

  Zindagi Ke Crossroads which airs on Sony Entertainment Television showcases relatable life-altering stories, inspired from the drama of life. Promising to be an emotional rollercoaster ride of insights and opinions, Zindagi Ke Crossroads is host..

Fascinating ‘Scam’

  Director Hansal Mehta says his upcoming web series The Scam, based on the mega securities scam of 1992, is a fascinating “rags to riches to rags” story.Hansal’s series is based on The Scam: Who Won? Who Lost? Who Got Away?..

Sick of being humble

    Hollywood diva Catherine Zeta-Jones says she is done with apologising for her star status. The 48-year-old actor, who is married to Hollywood veteran Michael Douglas, says she no more gets intimidated by the criticism that celebrities rece..

Bandits are back

After the success of the first two seasons of Lootere – Bandits of British India, comes the third instalment of the series that features stories of the famous bandits of India who were branded hereditary dacoits by the British striving to attain m..

TIMES EXCITING

  Actress Kiara Advani, who made her acting debut with the 2014 release Fugly, went on to star in successful films like M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story and the Telugu political drama Bharat Ane Nenu. With Kalank and her digital anthology Lust Stories..

Art is apolitical

  Art and artistes exist beyond religion, politics and boundaries, says veteran actor Paresh Rawal, who believes the audience must also watch the performance of an artiste in an apolitical manner. In an era when artistes are attacked due to their..

Grand comeback

  Actor Ashutosh Rana has completed shooting for four films in the past six months, making a grand comeback of sorts into Bollywood. He says it was high time he returned as people had started questioning him about “vanishing” from the ..

Old horse of Bollywood

  Actor-producer John Abraham, who has been appreciated for his new release Parmanu - The Story of Pokhran, feels he has become an old horse of the film industry when it comes to taking praise and criticism in his stride. The actor’s career..

an Incredible life

  Actress Kajol, who is busy shooting for upcoming film Eela, says that her whole life has been pretty incredible so far. Asked what was the most “incredible” part of her film journey as she has been one of top actresses of film indus..

Eyeing Films

  YouTube star Sahil Khattar has faced rejection by casting directors for being bald. He wonders why cant he turn into an “endearing actor and performer” just because of his physical appearance. “Next for me would be other comed..

‘Art’istic take

  Actress Nimrat Kaur says art -- be it the performing arts or the design industry -- always takes inspiration from real life, to make a statement. “Art always needs an inspiration - whether it’s the society or political system we are..

OPEN TO ACTING

  Miss World commitments are keeping Manushi Chillar busy but the beauty pageant winner says she has not shut doors for Bollywood as she believes there is an actor in her. Manushi was crowned Miss World in China last year. The coveted title was la..

Backing a cause

  Model-actress Lisa Haydon has teamed up with beauty brand MyGlamm to launch a campaign urging Indian women to end eve-teasing by communicating their confidence by turning on their eyes through a campaign titled #TurnOnYourEyes. The campaign asp..

Feeling blessed

Actress Disha Patani says she feels lucky to be a part of the upcoming film Bharat, which stars Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra in key roles. Disha spoke to the media, when Westin Hotels and Resorts appointed her as their well-being brand advocate in In..

Unsure approval

Actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh, who is gearing up for the release of his upcoming film Soorma, says that he wasn’t confident to pulling off the character of former Indian hockey skipper Sadeep Singh in a hockey-based film. He was interacting with..

Buoyed by praise

Buoyed by praise ..

Saluting REAL HEROES

  ACTOR Sanjay Dutt says acid attack survivors are real-life heroes and an inspiration to all. Sanjay recently visited Sheroes Hangout cafe after receiving an invite from the team through Twitter. Overwhelmed by the invitation, he made sure to spe..

Welcoming opportunities

  ACTRESS Amruta Khanvilkar, who has featured in a mix of Marathi and Hindi movies, says the success of her latest project Raazi has opened up a lot of opportunities for her. In Raazi, a spy thriller, Amruta plays sister-in-law to the lead charact..

Global foot forward

  By Kishori Sud “SOMETHING REALLY NEW AND UNIQUE IS COMING UP WHICH THE WORLD WILL COME TO KNOW ABOUT. JUST TO GIVE YOU A HINT, SOME INTERNATIONAL STUFF... C ELEBRATED music director Bappi Lahiri, who last collaborated with American rappe..

Keen to collaborate

After working as an actor with Kamal Haasan in Vishwaroopam 2, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur has expressed a desire to direct the star. “All the best Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam 2 and thank you for including me in the cast. Despite me being such an aw..

Done with love

By Subhash K Jha, Actress Manisha Koirala, who will soon be seen playing Nargis in the late legendary actressson Sanjay Dutts biopic Sanju, says she is no longer looking for romantic love.“Maybe the man-woman love is not destined to happen for me..

Gulzar on wishlist

  Actress Divya Dutta says that she wants to get directed by veteran filmmaker and writer Gulzar.Divya was interacting with the media when she inaugurated The Thailand Week 2018 recently where she said, “There are many characters which I wis..

AWARE OF STAKES

  He is back in his shirtless, action-star avatar with Race 3 but Salman Khan says the stakes are higher this time as they have tried to keep the stunts realistic yet high octane. “It’s tricky (to get the action right). Sometimes, you..

At ease with appearance

  By Durga Chakravarty, Indo-Canadian actress Lisa Ray, who likes to call herself a cancer “graduate” after surviving the disease, never feared over her looks after chemotherapy sessions. She says her appearance is not a source of ins..

Challenging notions

  Harshvardhan Kapoor, who will soon start preparing for his next project, biopic on Abhinav Bindra, says the fact that the Olympic gold medallist came from a privileged background did not lessen his struggle to becoming a champion.  The sti..

Emotional beginning

  It was an emotional moment for Janhvi Kapoor to begin the promotions of her debut Dhadak, the Hindi adaptation of the Marathi hit Sairat, a film, she says her mother, Sridevi, wanted she should be a part of.  Directed by Shashank Khaitan, ..

Bollywood condition!

  “We won’t be the ones making item numbers.” Rahul Ram, the bass guitarist and lead vocalist of Indo-rock fusion band Indian Ocean, says working in Bollywood is fun, but he is averse to the idea of doing item songs. “I do..

Kabaddi time for Kangana

  It is indeed a busy year for Kangana Ranaut. The actress who is currently shooting for Mental Hai Kya will soon be seen essaying the role of a kabaddi player in Ashwini Iyer’s upcoming untitled sports drama. We hear that Kangana has allott..

Powerful outing

  Actress Taapsee Pannu has said she has a powerful role in her upcoming film Badla in which she will be seen along with megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Tapsee said this while interacting with the media here to promote her debut short film Nitishastra ..

Overwhelmed by Bollywood

  Actress Daisy Shah says that having started as a humble assistant dancer, she feels overwhelmed to be one of the leading ladies of a commercially successful franchise like Race 3. Daisy told IANS, “When I look at the film’s poster, I..

Up for challenges

  Actor Puneet Issar says he prefers to do television in breaks, and likes to take up roles which challenge him.The actor will soon be seen in &TV’s mythological drama Paramavatar Shri Krishna. The show tells tales about Lord Krishna, an..

Alien to casting couch: Nidhhi

  By Sugandha Rawal Munna Michael actress Nidhhi Agerwal says she has never faced the casting couch, and doesn’t know the truth behind its existence in the industry. The topic of casting couch in the industry has always been a source of deb..

Sho(r)t at reality

 Actress Yami Gautam has cut her long hair into a short bob hairstyle for her upcoming film Uri and she says she jumped at the opportunity to make her character more believable. “I was extremely excited when the character needed this specific..

Set for new adventures

  By Radhika Bhirani, Actress Ileana D’Cruz on Sunday returned to Fiji to keep her promise of visiting the island nation again to experience its natural, cultural and adventurous bounty.The actress, who has worked in the southern and Hindi ..

PARITY CONDITION

  By Sugandha Rawal, Kajol has been fearless in deciding the course of her career without bothering about the consequences of her actions or taking her gender into consideration before taking a call. The actress says pay parity is essential, but ..