• Sushant Singh Rajput on being an introvert and his role in ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’

    It’s been hours since Sushant Singh Rajput has got up from his seat. The actor has been busy promoting his second film 'Shuddh Desi Romance' looks fatigued but doesn't protest when he sits for a quick chat. "I am an introvert and still not very comfortable talking about myself," he says about himself. Dressed in a tee and jeans, the actor talks softly, smiles a lot and has a glint in his eyes when he talks about his engineering days. Sushant who has come a long way since playing Manav in ‘Pavitra Rishta’ days talks about his character in the film and what excites him as an actor.

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    When you take up a film, what excites you as an actor?

    When you read a script, it has to be something new and interesting. When you read it, you should be intrigued. It stimulates your curiosity and you have an instinctive feeling towards the character you have to portray. It should make you want to be a

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  • Ajay Devgn talks about the most challenging part of working in ‘Satyagraha’. Here’s more

    When Ajay Devgn walked out of Prakash Jha’s ‘Aarakshan’ citing date problems, people weren’t very surprised. It was quite known within the circles that Ajay was not happy with the way he had to play the second fiddle to Ranbir Kapoor and Arjun Rampal in ‘Raajneeti’. Ajay who has teamed up with Prakash Jha a number of times to make hard-hitting films like ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Apaharan’ is back with ‘Satyagraha’ where he dons a number of shades for his character. As he sits for a quick chat, Ajay tells us why he chose to do another political drama and his role in the film.

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    Why another political drama?
    It is not exactly a political drama. Politics in the backdrop but it is fabulous story to tell about the characters where my character who is an entrepreneur believes that greed is most important and greed is progress and how we channelize this greed and progress to inspire the youth

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  • Breaking bad in B’wood

    Gulshan Grover opens up about his life, his films and how villains have changed over the years

    The living room of Gulshan Grover’s Versova pad is a picture of calm with everything, including the upholstery done in white. On one side of the white wall hang black and white portraits of the star with eminent Hollywood personalities like Goldie Hawn, Ben Kingsley, Al Pachino and the likes. The other side of the wall in adorned with framed posters of his films. The room is devoid of any over-the-top furnishing with only one enormous couch holding the center of attention. Very functional indeed.

    Grover walks into the room, dressed impeccably in formals. One look at him and it is difficult to imagine this courteous, soft-spoken man is the same man as his 'bad' on-screen persona. As he takes a seat opposite me and strikes the yogic pose with one dangling limb, one couldn’t help imagining that the real Grover is going to take over and mouth ‘I am a bad man’, his famous dialogue from Ram Lakhan.

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  • ‘Audience will be satisfied’

    Says Poonam Pandey about her bold character in her debut film ‘Nasha’. More

    Poonam Pandey is having sleepless nights. Her tweet reads, “Tweethearts! Yaar Tenssion aa gaya ... cudnt sleep Last night. .. Just just 3 days to go 26th July,”. For the uninitiated, Poonam’s debut film Nasha is hitting the screen this week. For someone who is yet to prove her mettle, the starlet has 4,07950 followers on twitter. But there is nothing random in the economics of being Poonam Pandey. Apart from her strategist, she has a team of 17 people (including two lawyers) who manage her website and social networking sites. "Before posting any pictures on the site, I send them to my lawyers so that I don't get into any legal hassle,"she says. Strategy or fore-sightedness, it seems to have worked well for her. In a candid chat, the motor-mouth starlet talks about her debut film and her role.

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    In a recent interview, you had mentioned that you rejected few offers before taking up Nasha.

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  • Riding on the success of ‘Raanjhanaa’, here’s Sonam Kapoor at her candid best

    As we are ushered into cosy and warm room in Anil Kapoor’s Juhu Bungalow, we see Sonam tapping away aggressively on her mobile phone. Dressed in an ornate Indian dress, the actress was all set to make an appearance for ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ promotions. “I have a special appearance in the film but I wanted to work with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra,” she says. Riding on the success of her last film ‘Raanjhanaa’, Sonam is elated to get good response for her power-packed performance in the film. “The critics are loving me, finally,” she giggles as she sits for a quick chat with us.

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    It seems you have finally proved yourself with 'Raanjhanaa'?
    I think I could have acted better. When I started out with the film, I had no inkling that the film will be liked so much. All I knew was this character would make me grow as a person and I knew Anand Rai will make a really good film. I was supposed to do

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  • Sonaskshi Sinha talks about 'Lootera' and why people's snide remarks about her weight doesn't bother her anymore

    Sonakshi Sinha's dream debut opposite Salman Khan gave her a launch most actresses can only dream of but people were quick to dismiss her as a one-film wonder. Three years later, she is still going strong and has romanced superstars like Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan. Despite not being endowed with the 'waif-thin' structure which most Bollywood heroines sport, she has a filmography most actors would envy in terms of box-office success. Many would point out that Sonakshi's mature looks make it difficult to pair her with younger heroes. But Sonakshi is nonchalant about this and says, "How many debutantes can boast of working with three of the country's biggest superstars in their first three films?"
    Behind the scenes: Lootera

    With her latest film 'Lootera', she sticks to her tried-and-tested desi-look which has always worked for her. The films she chooses mostly

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  • Big fat fashion disaster

    When it comes to representing India abroad, why do we always go overboard? Here’s why

    When Anil Ambani walked the Oscar red carpet last year with his Dream Works Studios partners Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider, one couldn’t help notice the contrast in the attires. Ambani opted for black velvet, red-trimmed bandhgala, with ruby and diamond buttons, as opposed to a tuxedo. While it is commendable that he went for the Indian attire, surely he could have done better than the ill-fitting pants and the over the top bandhgala. The otherwise suave businessman is known for his crisp suits and formal clothes but why did he lose the plot while walking the red carpet?

    Cut to 65th Cannes Film Festival, the hotbed of the latest in style, fashion and couture. Cannes 2012 saw Aishwarya Rai bounce back after the public backlash regarding her weight post pregnancy. Ash chose clever make-up and a Roberto Cavalli kaftan to hide her pregnancy fat. It worked. Well, almost. However, L’Oreal Paris brand

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  • Says John Abraham as he talks about his character in ‘Shootout At Wadala’ and choice of films

    When John Abraham burst into the small screen with ripped body and dimpled cheeks in ‘Jism’, the critics were quick to put him under ‘models can’t act’ slot. The film grabbed a lot of eyeballs for its erotic content and audience approved of his chocolaty looks. After a string of flops, his role in Yash Raj’s Dhoom set him in the league of A-list actors and proved that he was here to stay. After 11 years in the industry, he is gearing up for a life-changing performance as Manya Surve in Sanjay Gupta’s ‘Shootout At Wadala’. In a candid chat, John talks about his character and why formula love stories don’t work for him.

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    What were challenges involved in playing a real life character? Did you battle self doubt?
    It was a challenge but I took it up. What helped me is the research for the character. Where he came from, his background. We spoke to the police officers,

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  • Emraan Hashmi is an antithesis of his over-the-top screen image. In real life, he has a wicked sense of humour, for only those who get it. When he debuted in 2003, critics were quick to write him off due to his non-hero looks and his choice of films. It has been a long journey and not a smooth one for him since his ‘Murder’ days. From a mass hero catering to mostly frontbenchers to bankable star super-hit potboilers, he has coursed the long mile. His performance as Jogi Parmar in 'Shanghai' made the critics sit up and take notice of him. With Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Ek Thi Daayan', Emraan's filmi graph has taken a new turn as he stars along with Huma Quereshi, Kalki and Konkona Sen Sharma. In a candid chat, the star tells us about his role and why he wants to get rid of his ‘kisser’ image.

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    How did ‘Ek Thi Daayan’ happen?
    I was drawn to the story and the subject, written by Mukul which was adapted by Vishal. It was fascinating because thematically

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  • When Holi played a spoilsport

    The rape scene in ‘Damini’ or Gabbar Singh’s attack in ‘Sholay’, here’s how Holi played a supporting role

    Compared to Dushera’s good-over-evil theme, the festival of colours is considered less dramatic and more convenient for plot development leading to the most crucial scene in the film. For decades, Bollywood has used the festival to conjure images of passion, love, happiness and even violence to some extent. Indian Cinema’s first tryst with the festival came in ‘Aan’(1950s) when the director went gung-ho about exploring Holi’s cinematic potential. From V Shantaram’s Navrag to Vijay Anand’s Guide, Holi has been evocatively to display the emotions of love and joy. But the festival has also been used to break the stereotypes thereby using the festival to darken the plot. Here’s our list.

    Damini: This is perhaps the most disturbing scene associated with the colourful festival. Director Raj Kumar Santoshi uses Holi as the dramatic turning point in his film where the son of a high-societyRead More »from When Holi played a spoilsport


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