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New Faces ready to take over Bollywood in 2018 Sara Ali Khan

  Actors Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh’s daughter Sara will be starring opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in her debut film Kedarnath, directed by Abhishek Kapoor. Saif said he is as anxious about Sara’s Kedarnath as he is when his own fi..

Numb to numbers

  Actor Akshay Kumar, who has delivered many Rs 100 crore films, says that box office collection of Pad Man doesn’t matter to him. Akshay launched Saale Sapne song from Pad Man along with Sonam Kapoor and R Balki at a special programme orga..

More than a pretty face

  Actress Isabelle Kaif, who made her acting debut with Dr. Cabbie and has now been roped in as the face of cosmetic brand Lakme, joining the likes of Kareena Kapoor Khan, says she always wanted to be a performing artiste. “I started dancin..

‘Always been a tomboy’

  Actress Zareen Khan, who will soon be seen performing action stunts in her upcoming film One Day, says she has always been a tomboy. “I have always been a tomboy. I’d love to do action films and that is the reason I took up this rol..

Riding Risks

  Actress Priyanka Chopra says she was advised not to be a part of Bollywood films Aitraaz and Fashion, but she decided to take a “risk” as she believes her career in showbiz has been full of risky choices. “When I was younger, ..

Comic footforward

Actors Sonu Sood and Arjun Rampal have joined hands to work on a comedy film titled Sarvggun Sampanna, which is set in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The movie, directed by Karan Kashyap, will feature Sonu and Arjun in the lead. Kashyap has served as an assis..

Counting on Content

Actor Kay Kay Menon says content-driven cinema is good for people’s mental as well as emotional health.He is currently busy promoting his forthcoming film Vodka Diaries, which is set in Manali. In the film, ACP Ashwini Dixit (Kay Kay) is in quest ..

Reason for secrecy

Actress Surveen Chawla who surprised everyone by unveiling her married status after keeping it under the wrap for two years, says she in a way, purposefully did that to break the myth of married women in the entertainment industry. She believes that mar..

What’s in a name

  By Radhika Bhirani, “I’m a very proud Bedi,” says actor Angad Bedi -- son of former Indian cricket captain Bishan Singh Bedi -- who says having a certain surname alone can’t take a person anywhere. It takes talent, hard ..

Banking on love

  By Bedika, Anurag Kashyap, the man behind gritty dramas exploring dark worlds of criminals and gangsters, says he has learnt that the way to an Indian cine goers heart is through a love story.But in true Kashyap style, his first love story, the..

Struggling against stereotype

  By Justin Rao, Kunaal Roy Kapur, best known for his performances in films such as Delhi Belly and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, says one of the biggest struggles for him is to break away from the tag of a comic actor.Kunaal, who has been acting for ..

Three cheers 

  Director Colin Trevorrow is game for a third movie in the Jurassic World series and says the manner which the forthcoming film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ends, it makes way for another movie.The 41-year-old filmmaker said the second feature..

Grey outing

  Actress Angela Krislinzki, who is all set to make her Bollywood debut with filmmaker Vikram Bhatt’s horror movie 1921, says she is playing a negative character in the film. “There is an interesting twist in the film, that’s wh..

Lipstick ‘rebellion’ continues

  After creating quite an impact with Lipstick Under My Burkha, producer Ekta Kapoor and director Alankrita Shrivastava have joined hands for another project that will centered around women. Ekta is glad to work with Shrivastava again to tell &ld..

Crown of regret

  By Justin Rao, The title of Miss India is touted to be synonymous with self-confidence but former Miss India and actor Sobhita Dhulipala says the process of winning the crown ended up damaging her self-esteem. The 25-year-old actor said while ..

Rising above lows

  He may have now become one of the most bankable actors in Hindi film industry, but during the initial days of his career in Bollywood Akshay Kumar said he was treated like an outsider.The 50-year-old actor, who has given some major blockbusters ..

Staying true to convictions

  ALL the Money In The World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his mother Gail to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. Director Ridley ..

‘Will be a better actor in English’

  Saif Ali Khan, known for films like Being Cyrus, Omkara and Parineeta, says he will be a better actor in English as it is his primary language. During an episode of online streaming service Saavn’s upcoming show Take 2 with Anupama and Ra..

Mediums don’t matter

  National Award-winning actor Anil Kapoor says artistes should experiment with mediums and so, he is even willing to act in a street play. He has been a movie star for almost 40 years. After making his TV debut with 24, he hosted the British moto..

Making most of his time

  By Shubha Dubey, H E LIVED and breathed Baahubali for five years, a role that established him as India’s latest heart throb but Prabhas says he will not be able to devote so much time inafuture project. The 38-year-old actor believes as a..

Excited about BORED turning point

  ACTRESS-producer Dia Mirza is excited to work on Rajkumar Hirani’s yet untitled Sanjay Dutt biopic,but doesnt want to take stress by thinking how it will take her “career as an actor in a new direction”. Dia will be seen playin..

Calling out to Bollywood

  IF HOLLYWOOD took over two decades to speak up against sexual abuse, how much time the Hindi film industry will take to reveal its dirty secrets, wonders actress Shruti Seth. More than 300 Hollywood actresses, writers and directors including Na..

Singularly content

                    Actor Drew Barrymore says she never knew she could be “this content” without being in a relationship.The 42-year-old star, who is currently single after splittin..

A bout of help

Actor Vineet Kumar Singh, who is playing a struggling boxer in filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s forthcoming movie Mukkabaaz, says he wants to help real life boxers who are struggling. Asked if knowing the sport closely brought any changes in his mind, V..

Improved performer

Actor Kriti Sanon says aftesr spending four years in film industry and starring in films such as Dilwale and Barielly Ki Barfi she has improved a lot as a performer. The actor, who hails from Delhi, said to create her own space in films without and any ..

Down, but not out

  Her first film Mohenjo Daro may have bombed at the box office, but actor Pooja Hegde says she intends to play good roles on-screen and keep working hard. Mohenjo Daro, written and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, released in 2016 and starred Hri..

Vernacular variety

  By Subhash K Jha, Actress Rakul Preet Singh says she speaks Telugu better than her mother tongue Punjabi and she would like to speak her own Telugu lines in films. “The one thing I’d really like to do in 2018 is to speak my own lin..

Aiming for amity

  Actor Govind Namdev, known for films like OMG - Oh My God! and Satya, says he wants to create peace between Hindus and Muslims through movies. “I wish to star in and write movies which are on Hindus and Muslims, and create peace between t..

Biopic with a cause

  R Balki says he never wanted to make a biopic but he decided to go ahead with Padman as it gave him a chance to address an important issue like menstruation through the fascinating life story of Arunachalam Muruganantham. The director is best kn..

Prannoy sends Srikanth packing

  LUCKNOW, Tai Tzu beats Saina WORLD No 10 H.S Prannoy began his new year in style as he registered a stunning victory over World No 3 Kidambi Srikanth 15-8, 15-11 in the Vodafone Premier Badminton League here on Tuesday. Prannoy, who is unbeat..

Taking on trolls

  Actor-presenter Rannvijay Singha will be the face and host of the upcoming season of Troll Police which will bring celebrities and their trolls face-to-face. The objective of the show is to showcase how in today’s day and age it is no big..

SRK UNVEILS HIS DWARF AVTAR FOR ZERO

  Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on the first day of 2018 treated his fans with the title and teaser of his first creative collaboration with director Aanand L Rai. The film, Zero, features the actor as a dwarf. According to Rai, this is a st..

‘Beautiful’ take

  Actress Zoya Hussain, a newcomer who plays the female protagonist in the upcoming film Mukkabaaz, says the definition of beauty in developing countries like India is in a mess. With people becoming increasingly image-conscious, even actors -- e..

Bright little star

  By Aasawari Shenolikar, He walks in with a swagger, flashes a smile, extends a tiny hand and says, “Hello.” This gesture alone is enough to win over anyone’s heart. Pranit Gopalani, the cute roly poly bundle of immense talent ..

A Death In The Gunj Ki Barfi

  Konkona Sen Sharma Konkona is a very quiet actress. To no one’s surprise, she made her directorial debut with a thriller with an eerie stillness at its heart. Besides being a remarkably poised film, A Death In The Gunj also gave us incont..

Jumbo Start

  Actor Rana Daggubati on the first day of the new year unveiled his look from his upcoming film Haathi Mere Saathi. Rana sports a rugged look for the movie, in which he will be seen essaying the character of Bandev. The movie is a trilingual rem..

Small big STINT

BLUFFMASTE R director Rohan Sippy is debuting in the television space by producing a show titled Khan No.1, which will showcase stories of scams and cons inspired by true events. Actor Rajesh Sharma will also debut on TV with the show, which will go on ..

Digital Stars

AS THE popularity of Indian web series is growing and slowly replacing formulaic soaps, many Bollywood stars are entering the digital world by either starring or producing the series. The buzz in the West is that web series are the chosen entertainment ..

Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, others wish Rajinikanth

MUMBAI, Dec 31, (PTI), AS Rajinikanth on Sunday announced his entry into politics, various celebrities including megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan gave their best wishes to the Tamil superstar. The 67-year-old star will launch his own part..

Grounded star

  By Durga Chakravarty, Ileana D’Cruz, who has been acting in films since 2006, says she doesn’t consider herself to be a “so-called personality or a star”.In September, Ileana shot a video for a brand. She spoke about her..

‘Still a bankable actor’

  By Komal Panchmatia, Saif Ali Khan says even though his recent films have not performed as expected at the box office, filmmakers and the audiences still consider him a “bankable actor” as he believes in pushing the envelope.Saif, 4..

‘Short’ seal of approval

  Short films are coming into their own in the growing space of digital entertainment, says actress Pallavi Joshi. She feels the format has carved its own niche without being compared with a feature film, and that is a positive change towards gre..

Exiciting period

  Actor Mohit Raina, who will be essaying role of Havildar Ishar Singh in 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897, says the upcoming television show narrates an “extraordinary story of an ordinary person”. 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897 is a ficti..

From Bhabhi to Maa

  For years, she graced the small screen with myriad roles and characters. Her portrayal as India’s favorite Bhabhi brought her into limelight and soon Shilpa Shinde became a household name. This year, her entry in Bigg Boss 11 made headline..

Best Buddies

  Actress Avika Gor says people often talk about her “romantic relationship” with her former Sasural Simar  Ka co-star Manish Raisinghani, but she asserts they are just the “best of friends”.Apart from acting, the Bal..

Hailing women power

  By Natalia Ningthoujam, Actor-filmmaker-singer Farhan Akhtar hopes that actresses backing films as producers is not just a passing trend as he believes that women’s influence, irrespective of the field, is good for everyone. Over the yea..

‘Feminism is misunderstood’

  By Shubha Dubey, Feminism may have emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word of the year with women becoming more vocal about issues such as sexual harassment, but Priyanka Chopra believes most people still don’t understand what feminism ac..

Value addition

  Baahubali star Prabhas says Bollywood actor Shraddha Kapoor’s role in their upcoming film Saaho is extremely important and she has not been roped in only for song and dance sequences. The 38-year-old South actor, who will be working with ..

Candidly commercial

  By Durga Chakravarty, She made her Bollywood debut in 2009 with Aladin and has been on a roll in Hindi filmdom ever since. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez has no qualms of being called a “commercial heroine” and says it is th..

Advocating equality

  Actress Sonakshi Sinha feels that women have been playing the “waiting game” for the longest time as they are always waiting for permissions, validation, acceptance and approval. “I want to live in a world where we, as women, ..

#MeToo with black

  Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson says he will wear all-black at the 2018 Golden Globes, as part of a silent protest. Many actresses reportedly plan to wear black gowns at the annual ceremony as a mark of protest against the injustices that have pl..

Thank you, Chitrangda

  Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani is thankful to actress Chitrangda for coming on board for the Saif Ali Khan starrer Baazaar. Advani thanked the actress on his Twitter acount. He posted: “So happy that the stunning Chitrangda agreed to come aboar..

Stoic about struggles

  By Natalia Ningthoujam, “You can’t say that someone else’s struggle is lesser than yours. Everyone is struggling.” Ashutosh Rana, an alumnus of the National School of Drama, says people struggle to get the big ticket to..

Naman Jain to play young Swami Ramdev

  National Film award winner Naman Jain, who won hearts of audiences with his acting skills in Chillar Party, Jai Ho and Raanjhanaa, is all set to debut on television as Ramkishan (young Swami Ramdev) in Discovery Jeet’s launch show Swami Ra..

Game for televison

  Actress Ileana D’Cruz says she will work on the small screen provided the content is challenging and different. Asked if she would like to try the small screen, Ileana told IANS over phone from Mumbai, “I’ve always been someon..

big comfort

  Actor Alia Bhatt is all praise for Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, with whom she is set to work in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahamastra and says the megastar makes sure people around him do not get intimidated by him. Bachchan, Alia and Ranbir ..

Intense endeavour

  Bollywood actor Sidharth Malhotra is busy in promoting his next film Aiyaary in different parts of the country. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh tracks him. What is Aiyaary to you? The film is between a mentor and prodigy. To me and my characte..

Heroic high

  Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif says romancing “wonderful” superstars like Salman Khan and Aamir Khan is a delight. Katrina has worked with Salman in films like Ek Tha Tiger and the upcoming Tiger Zinda Hai, she has collaborated with A..

Mission clean up

  Actress Neetu Chandra who became a producer with films like Deswa and Mithila Makhaan said she wants to make Bhojpuri films to clean the image of her mother tongue. Asked why she wants to produce Bhojpuri films despite doing content-driven Hind..

Simple choices

  Actress Amy Jackson says that she is looking for roles that allow her to not go overboard with make-up. However she feels that being a girl, she likes experimenting with her looks. “I have been looking for roles that are not over the top ..

Focussing on Reality

  Actress Rani Mukerji, who attended the trailer launch of her upcoming film Hichki on Tuesday, says that “speech impairment” is not a subject but a reality that most people live with in real life.When asked if talking about the speech..

Cool with clash

  Filmmaker Neeraj Pandey is not concerned about his upcoming film Aiyaary clashing with frequent collaborator Akshay Kumar’s Padman. The two films will fight it out at the box office on January 26.Featuring Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malh..

Searching for Mr Right

  Actress Priyanka Chopra says that marriage doesn’t happen as per plans and she is yet to find the right person to marry. Priyanka attended the Zee Cine Awards on Tuesday and during a media interaction she was asked about her marriage plan..

Colloquially correct

  By Subhash K Jha, That brilliant writer of Delhi Belly is at it again. The language of Akshay Vermas directorial debut Kaalakaandi has stunned, shocked and embarrassed many.I remember the then-chairperson of the CBFC Pahlaj Nihalani warning me,..

Musical dream

  Actress Sanya Malhotra, who came into the limelight with her role as Aamir Khan’s daughter in Dangal, says that she would love to do a musical like Jagga Jasoos keeping in mind her love for dance. Sanya says that she wants to explore her ..

Frank stand

  By Sugandha Rawal, Neha Dhupia feels #MeToo -- the campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment -- is not only valid for people associated with the entertainment industry, but for everyone. The actress says a victim should not hesitate t..

Sore throat no bar

  Seems like the line – Ek Baar Jo Meine Commitment Kardi, Toh Main Apne Aap Ki Bhi Nahi Sunta” from his movie, Wanted is something that superstar Salman Khan implements in real life too.  The actor who developed a sore throat ri..

Carrying forward the legacy

  By Sugandha Rawal, Jack Black saw Jumanji for the first time when he was offered a role in its sequel Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and ‘flipped out’ over the late Robin Williams’ performance. The actor is thrilled to be a p..

No ‘Shiddat’ for Varun, Alia

  Actors Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt says that they have “no idea” about Karan Johar’s upcoming project Shiddat. Post Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Karan has been trying to make another magnum opus titled Shiddat and according to reports,..

Fairly strong

  By Nivedita, Actor Shahid Kapoor says the strongest people in his life have been women, especially his mother Neelima Azeem who has been a single parent. He also calls his wife Mira and daughter Misha his “whole world” and says he c..

Faith fortified

  Vidya Balan says with back-to- back box office disappointments post her wedding, she gave into the thinking that married female actors cannot deliver a hit, but the success of Tumhari Sulu has proved the theory wrong. Vidya says for someone lik..

Unsure acceptance

  Clad in the uniform of the Indian Hockey team, actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh showed off his sports skills on field here while shooting for the upcoming biopic Soorma -- a film that he initially said no “two-three times”. Diljit, who w..

Jhakass addition

    Actor Anil Kapoor, rumoured to be playing on-screen father to Salman Khan in Race 3, says he is even open to playing dad to megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a film. Anil, who steered clear from commenting on the buzz, has featured in all ins..

Father fear

  Saif Ali Khan is all excited for the acting debut of his daughter Sara with Kedarnath and the actor said it feels like his own film is releasing. Saif will begin 2018 with his upcoming release Kaalakaandi, while Sara’s debut feature film K..

Foreign inspiration

  With a hope to give many aspiring dancers a golden chance to showcase their talent, Dance India Dance Season 6 recently went on air and has been ruling audience’s hearts with some spectacular talent. Internationally acclaimed choreographer..

Dream couple

  Anushka went for a velvet sari for the engagement in the label’s “signature Gulkand Burgundy”. Celebrated couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the designer behind the striking ensembles and looks sported by India’s star ..

Athlete since childhood

  Actress Urvashi Rautela says fitness is very important for her to achieve goals in life. She also says that she has been an athlete since childhood and she loves running. “Physical fitness is extremely important to me. Only if you are fit..

Hailing Movies

  Actress Raveena Tandon believes films can be a learning experience for children. Raveena, who who was in New Delhi for the inauguration of the third edition of Smile International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFFCY), said, “It i..

Accepted across industry

  By Kishori Sud, From a journey which started with modelling to featuring in music videos, reality TV shows and films, actress Gauahar Khan has come a long way in her showbiz career. She says she doesn’t feel the need to be in soap operas ..

Blessed by opportunities

  By Sandeep Sharma, On a bright, sunny afternoon here in the old world milieu of Chandni Chowk, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor took a moment from shooting for his new movie Rajma Chawal, to talk about how “blessed” he feels to be getting..

celebration of faith

  India’s exclusive India-centric Infotainment channel - EPIC is set to launch another original series Sharanam while Bollywood actress JuhiChawla, is set to make her comeback on the small screen in a new role - as a narrator of the show. Sh..

Saddened by stereotype

  By Shubha Dubey, Women-oriented films and strong female characters may be the latest trend in Bollywood, but Bhumi Pednekar believes society still holds regressive views towards a heroine.The 28-year-old actor, who delivered a Masterclass on Br..

Stepping up to match Hrithik

  Actor Tiger Shroff, who will be seen sharing screen space for the first time with Hrithik Roshan in filmmaker Siddharth Anand’s yet untitled project, says he will have to prepare a lot to try and match his hard work. “I am more keen..

Flattering honour

  Actress Priyanka Chopra has been named ‘Sexiest Asian Woman’ for the fifth time in a row. She feels flattered. The Quantico star has topped a list of 50 ‘Sexiest Asian Women’, compiled by London-based weekly newspaper Ea..

Love is in the art

  The “biggest highlight” of Tiger Zinda Hai’s new love tack Dil Diyan Gallan is that Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan drew a portrait for his former girlfriend and co-star Katrina Kaif on a frozen lake in Austria for the ..

Music for people

  By Natalia Ningthoujam, Singer Arjun Kanungo, whose songs like Baaki baatein peene baad and Fursat struck a chord with the audience, says he mostly makes music for the people, and wants them to enjoy it. The year is coming to an end and people..

Stickler for schedule

  Actors avoid missing out on film’s shooting despite ill health as not appearing on the set leads to a loss, says Kajol. The actor, best known for her commercial potboilers such as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khu..

A director actor

  By Vijay Phanshikar, When a photographer requested Shashi Kapoor, who was chief guest at a very rare social ceremony, to pose again with an award-winner, the charming actor said somewhat amusedly, ‘You never get such a chance on stage. Yo..

A gentleman & friend gone

  Megastar Amitabh Bachchan recollected memories of veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor, who died aged 79 after a period of hospitalisation. Big B wrote on his blog, “Shashi Kapoor, son of Prithviraj Kapoor, younger brother to Raj Kapoor ..

Balbir Shashi Kapoor

  Do you know how Shashi Kapoor got his name? Kapoor was born as Balbir Raj but his mother did not like the name and began calling him Shashi - or moonbeam - since he was obsessed with the moon and spent long hours watching it. He was given the n..

Vijender to defend title

  NEW DELHI, Takes on African champion Ernest Amuzu INDIAN boxing star Vijender Singh is set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu in Jaipur on December 23.Unbeaten in nine fight..

FAME FACTS

  By Arundhuti Banerjee, Acclaimed Indian talent Irrfan Khan, who has dabbled in Bollywood and Hollywood, says the key difference between performing in the two industries lies in how the audience perceives an actor -- for one, the parameter is en..

The hard road to success

  She hails from a family full of popular actors and singers, but Shraddha Kapoor has said joining films was not a cake-walk for her. The 30-year-old star, who is the daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor and is also related to legendary singers Lata M..

Dialect dilemma

  Actor Arjun Kapoor, who will be seen playing a Haryanvi police officer in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, says learning a new language is difficult. This is not the first time Arjun will be learning a new dialect. Previously, he picked up Bihari for ..

SUPER ADDITION

  The year 2018 is going to be a big year for Marvel, with ‘Black Panther’ and Avengers: Infinity War on the docket.But it also marks the 10th anniversary of the release of Iron Man, which kicked off Marvel Studios’ grand ci..

Hearty outing

  Singer-composer Adnan Sami, who is making his debut as an actor in the upcoming Indian film Afghan - In Search of a Home, says it is very close to his heart not only because of its story, but also for the music he has composed for it. Adnan tol..

Carrying legacy forward

  The Voice India Kids Season 2 plans to showcase and nurture singing talent from every corner of the country. Be it celebrity or aam junta, on this stage only the power of voice makes one better than the other. Making her television debut through..

Success over accolades

  Actress Raai Laxmi, who is seen in Julie 2, says more than critical acclaim, box office collections matter to her. “I don’t have much knowledge about box office numbers but single screen audiences are loving the film. There are peop..

Hailing Hard work

  Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter, who will be making their Bollywood debut with Dhadak, seem to have won over the heart of their director Shashank Khaitan, who calls them hardworking and respectful actors. Dhadak is an official remake of last y..

Secure singer

  By Natalia Ningthoujam, Singer Sadhana Sargam, who has been singing for films since the 1980s, says there are many young singers topping the charts and getting opportunities, but she doesn’t feel bad or insecure as she considers it a &ldq..