Alaka Sahani

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The writer is a National Award winning journalist.

Newton actor Rajkummar Rao: My definition of a commercial film is very different
Sun, Sep 24, 2017

Rajkummar Rao on why he considers himself to be lucky to have been at the right place at the right time, the roles he finds compelling and why he hates narrations.

I wish for a society that’s free of prejudice, says Farhan Akhtar
Sat, Sep 23, 2017

Farhan Akhtar on star-backed movies not working this year, interacting with his audience and his agnostic upbringing

Monica Bellucci to attend 19th Mumbai Film Festival
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Model-turned-actor Monica Bellucci will be the first recipient of a special award instituted by the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) to honour prominent women artistes in international cinema.

Today, everyone wants to be a star, not an actor: Sunny Deol
Sat, Sep 09, 2017

Actor Sunny Deol opens up about his infrequent screen appearances, being shy and synonymous with ‘dhai kilo ka haath’.

Serving entertainment only is such a haughty formula: Sniff writer-director Amole Gupte
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

In his film Sniff!!!, writer-director Amole Gupte creates a fascinating world of children and a young hero powered by his sense of smell. Though Sniff!!! revolves around adventures of Sunny and his friends, it also captures the idiosyncratic life of Mumbai’s Bima Nagar, where Gupte grew up.

My role is not to micromanage but that of guiding sensibilities, says CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Adman-lyricist Prasoon Joshi, who took over recently as the CBFC chief, on his new role, bringing together all stakeholders and why he believes in the power of informed choice

Autumn of the Patriarch
Fri, Sep 15, 2017

Naseeruddin Shah on his upcoming play The Father, stimulating the audience’s imagination, and living his dream of having a continuous long run for a play.

I don’t want others to learn patience the way I have, says Sanjay Dutt
Sun, Aug 20, 2017

Sanjay Dutt’s life and career have hit unimaginable lows. As he makes another comeback, the actor says he is now a patient man who wants to move on. In this interview, he does not dodge any question or shy away from talking about his past.

Hitting the right spot
Sat, Aug 19, 2017

After a breezy entry into the industry, actor Jacqueline Fernandez has been working hard to make her screen appearances stand out

‘I won’t ever stop being that middle-class Delhi boy,’ says actor Sidharth Malhotra
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

"There are certain aspects and details of industry I am unaware of. I have seen people obsess over production and the business of movies. Not being aware of these things keeps me sane and I have less pressure." Sidharth Malhotra speaks his heart out.

‘I wanted to investigate the source of entitlement’
Wed, Aug 02, 2017

Cinematographer Shanker Raman on his directorial debut Gurgaon, which takes a deep look at the world of patriarchy and corrupt real-estate practices

The Quest for Identity
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

An ongoing collaborative project between National Theatre Wales and Mumbai-based Junoon, explores what it means to be a woman of the Indian diaspora

Jab Harry Met Sejal actor Shah Rukh Khan: It is the most beautiful feeling to be a star
Mon, Jul 31, 2017

Shah Rukh Khan on why he can’t not like love stories, imagining the after-life of the characters he plays and why he has no complaints about his stardom. During a chat with The Indian Express, the actor also spoke about his kids Aryan, Suhana and AbRam.

Being an outsider, I’ve charted my own path, says Anushka Sharma
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

"I’m always looking for ways to reinvent myself. Sometimes when you experiences success in certain roles and genres, you can continue doing it," says Anushka Sharma

The Voice of Jagga
Wed, Jul 19, 2017

A long search for the perfect voice for Ranbir Kapoor in Jagga Jasoos ended with music director Pritam’s assistant Tushar Joshi.

Raag Desh director Tigmanshu Dhulia: I still can’t say I am from Bombay
Sun, Jul 16, 2017

Bollywood director Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about his upcoming film, Raag Desh and why he keeps his small-town experiences alive while getting lost in Mumbai despite spending two decades in the city. He also shot a portion as Shah Rukh Khan’s father in Aanand L Rai’s next film.

Ranbir Kapoor on playing complex characters, his wrong decisions and what it means being a Kapoor
Mon, Jul 17, 2017

A decade in front of the camera has not taken anything away from Ranbir Kapoor’s charm. In a freewheeling conversation, the Jagga Jasoos actor talks about the most unusual role of his career, the lessons learned from failure, and his most Kapoor-like trait.

Munna Michael actor Tiger Shroff: I’m like a racehorse, with eyes on the finish line
Fri, Jul 07, 2017

Ahead of his dance-action movie Munna Michael’s release, Tiger Shroff talks about being fiercely ambitious and trying to create his own identity. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Nidhhi Agerwal. Tiger's next projects are Baaghi 2, Student Of the Year 2 and Rambo remake.

‘We are living in a world where people are trying to separate us,’ says Gurinder Chadha
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

Gurinder Chadha, who revisits the trauma of Partition in her new film, talks about its impact on her family, and her bicultural identity. Chadha, who was born in Kenya and grew up in the UK, has often spoken about “living in the shadow of the Partition”.

Lipstick Under My Burkha director Alankrita Srivastava: The story of my women characters has become the story of the film
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

Alankrita Srivastava, 37, on the struggle to release her film, Lipstick Under My Burkha, the problem with censorship in a democracy and why there are not enough women making films. Her film was facing problems with the CBFC for being too lady- oriented.

MOM actor Sridevi: I feel like a newcomer every time, and I learnt a lot while doing this film
Sun, Jun 25, 2017

Bollywood actor Sridevi, who was last seen in Gauri Shinde's film, English Vinglish in 2012, talks about her new film MOM, how she gets into the skin of the characters she plays, and her advice for her daughter Jhanvi Kapoor, who might soon make her Bollywood debut.

Of Love and Other Demons
Fri, Jun 23, 2017

Writer-director Rahul Dahiya on why he chose to throw light on women’s desire in his debut film, G Kutta Se, and the need to show it to a young India.

The hidden maestro
Thu, Jun 22, 2017

“I might be known in the music circle, but it is essential for an artiste to connect with a young and wider audience. The popularity of any art form is necessary. But with popularity, art tends to be superficial," Kashalkar said.

Super Singh actor Diljit Dosanjh: Desi is wannabe, Pendu is the real swag
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

Diljit Dosanjh on identifying himself as a regional artiste, his crush on Kylie Jenner and why he loves to hoard lovely things. The actor made his Bollywood debut in 2016 film Udta Punjab. He was recently seen in Phillauri and his latest one is Punjabi film, Super Singh.

Rasika Dugal on playing Safia, the wife of Manto, in Nawazuddin Siddiqui film
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Actor Rasika Dugal, who wrapped up the shoot of Manto’s biopic this week, talks about playing the author’s wife, being an ‘indie actor’ and the roles she is looking forward to

The characters I play are like my children: Stephen Lang
Sat, Jun 10, 2017

Ahead of the Indian television premiere of Don’t Breathe, Stephen Lang on portraying a blind man’s fury and reprising his role in Avatar’s sequel.

‘Stories work because of the characters’: Bikas Mishra on the process of adapting Badal Sircar’s play Pagla Ghoda for screen and its relevance today
Mon, Jun 05, 2017

"Badal Sircar’s plays aren’t easy to adapt. He likes to construct his plays like a freewheeling conversation; I guess it comes from the Bengali idea of an adda," Bikas Mishra says.

We make pav-bhaji of comedy: Riteish Deshmukh
Thu, Jun 01, 2017

Riteish Deshmukh on his new film, mixing up of comedy genres in Hindi cinema, and putting his money in content-driven Marathi movies

‘As an actor, you wish the drum roll to continue’
Mon, May 29, 2017

"Our industry is pockmarked with stereotyping. Within that, one has to navigate with a lot of tenacity to keep pushing oneself without having much reservation," says Tillotama Shome.

Dear Maya actor Manisha Koirala: I need to be inspired by a movie, otherwise I’m happy to be a couch potato
Sun, May 28, 2017

Nearly five years since she recovered from cancer, actor Manisha Koirala is ready to get back on screen and live a fuller life.

‘I find it rewarding to open the door for other filmmakers’
Thu, May 25, 2017

In India to promote his upcoming film War Machine, Brad Pitt spoke on need to reinvent, turning producer and why he won't land a role in Bollywood.

Balancing Act
Thu, May 25, 2017

Actor Ishteyak Khan on his latest directorial venture and his journey from Panna to Mumbai.

His Dream Run
Tue, May 23, 2017

A fiercely private person, Sachin Tendulkar lets some ‘family moments’ slip into his upcoming biopic.

Netflix show Dear White People is not a diatribe against white people
Mon, May 22, 2017

Justin Simien, the creator of Dear White People, on the Netflix show that takes off from the film, and how to break out of an echo chamber.

A Mother and Her Many Roles
Fri, May 19, 2017

Reema Lagoo, who passed away on Thursday, changed the way mothers were shown in Hindi cinema, creating a new template of a cool mom. But the versatile actor cannot be defined by that role alone

Reema Lagoo dead: Cinema loses the friendly, urban mom
Thu, May 18, 2017

The industry, fans mourn the passing away of veteran actor Reema Lagoo, who brought a certain freshness to the depiction of on-screen mother apart from excelling in comedy on television.