Dipti Nagpaul

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Back in the Spotlight
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

As former actor Mamta Kulkarni finds herself accused in a drug racket, a look at her life and career.

Mamta Kulkarni: A life in cinema and crime
Mon, Jun 20, 2016

24 years since she made her debut in Hindi cinema with Tirangaa (1992), she remains nearly forgotten, only to be remembered through a news report alleging her involvement in a drug cartel.

Pahlaj Nihalani uncut: Long journey of the scissor-happy CBFC chief
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

From the scion of a rich Sindhi family who would skip school to watch early morning film shows to the scissor-happy CBFC chief, it has been a long journey for Pahlaj Nihalani. Meet the man at the centre of the Udta Punjab row.

Udta Punjab director Abhishek Chaubey: Regimes that curb the voices of artistes fail
Sun, Jun 19, 2016

Abhishek Chaubey, director of Udta Punjab, on the long-drawn battle with the CBFC, why he made a film on drugs in Punjab and how every artiste is political.

Udta Punjab CBFC certificate says ‘passed by’ HC judges
Thu, Jun 16, 2016

However, a CBFC employee said till date a film’s certificate has never had to bear the name of judicial officers.

It’s not just Udta Punjab: Also in limbo, Mohalla Assi, a film by Censor Board member
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

The CBFC letter states that the examining committee cannot issue a certificate to Mohalla Assi because it “is full of abusive words”

Board Games
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Ashoke Pandit’s presence at the industry meet on Wednesday exposes the chinks in CBFC’s armour.

Bollywood backs Udta Punjab: ‘To reject a film or not is the audience’s choice’
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

The Hindi film industry comes together to support Udta Punjab and fight censorship

Udta Punjab row: Anurag Kashyap attacks censor chief, says Pahlaj Nihalani acting like ‘oligarch’
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Unreasonable to demand that reference to Punjab be removed: Mukesh Bhatt

She’s Got the Buzz
Sun, May 29, 2016

The strongest challenge to Ekta Kapoor’s reign on TV has come from Rashmi Sharma, a producer who does not shy away from the flamboyantly outrageous.

Udta Punjab faces Censor Board hurdle
Fri, May 27, 2016

A member of Udta Punjab's production house said that CBFC had not yet given a certificate to the movie and was demanding that most of the cuss words be edited out.

As a woman, it is easier to be an outsider: Richa Chadha
Sun, May 15, 2016

Richa Chadha speaks about shifting gears, studying in St Stephen’s College, Delhi, and dealing with questions about why she does not dance around trees (Ans: are there any trees left?)

Literature of Languages
Fri, May 13, 2016

Katha Kathan, an initiative to protect Indian languages, is organising dramatised readings of short stories by literary legends Rabindranath Tagore and Saadat Hasan Manto to mark their birth anniversaries

Director Shlok Sharma’s next project to be shot entirely with an iPhone
Thu, May 12, 2016

Critically-acclaimed director Shlok Sharma’s next project is possibly the first feature film to be shot entirely with an iPhone

Down the Road
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s documentary, The Cinema Travelers, which captures the changes in the tradition of travelling cinema, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

My Name is Khan and I am a Goodwill Ambassador
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

Well, there are ample jokes – and some are really pretty good -- on social media that explain why Salman is a poor choice.

SRK in Fan: Simpleton, anti-hero, lover, superstar, all in one
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Fan promo made everyone curious about how distinctly Shah Rukh Khan would essay both roles.

I don’t have the luxury of a writer’s whim: National Award-winning scriptwriter Juhi Chaturvedi
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

National Award-winning scriptwriter Juhi Chaturvedi on how she came into the film industry, coming up with strong women characters and how the chaos of her domestic life makes her the writer that she is.

Bollywood affairs: What was once an open secret, is now out in the open
Fri, Apr 08, 2016

Case in point being the recent mudslinging match between Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan, who were allegedly in a relationship.

I am not here to sort out society’s problems with this film: Ki and Ka director R Balki
Sun, Mar 20, 2016

R Balki on breaking stereotypes in his latest film Ki & Ka, how Amitabh Bachchan is not his muse and why he wears only black.

Urdu writers asked to declare: My book not against the govt, nation
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

The form, received by several Urdu writers and editors over the past few months, also asks authors to provide signatures of two witnesses.

If I don’t move with the times, I will lose the connection I share with my son: Rishi Kapoor
Sun, Mar 13, 2016

Actor Rishi Kapoor, 63, on the need to keep up with changing times, his next film and why he’s only just begun acting.

An attempt to trace Omar, the amour of ‘Aligarh’
Sun, Mar 06, 2016

While the film Aligarh shines a light on the loneliness and persecution of a gay professor, his supposed partner still lives in the shadow of half-truths and fear.

Anybody can dance: The story of dancers, their dreams and disappointments
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

That’s the faith that keeps driving thousands of aspirants to dance academies across India and to auditions in cities from where most go back disappointed.

The Star and Her Stripes
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Not depending on cameos or selfies with Hollywood stars, Priyanka Chopra is counting on her talent to establish herself in the international scene.

Priyanka Chopra at the Oscars: Talent, hard work and not selfies got her there
Wed, Feb 03, 2016

Priyanka Chopra, who is one of the presenters at this year's Oscars, is counting on her talent to establish herself in the international scene.

I needed a star for Airlift because the character needed to be larger-than-life: Raja Krishna Menon
Mon, Feb 01, 2016

Airlift director Raja Krishna Menon says: "I knew I needed a star for this film. Firstly, for it's a big-budget film, secondly because I wanted it to be watched by many people."

Write back in anger
Sun, Jan 31, 2016

As the “Chalo HCU” march begins, he stands in a corner that allows him a good view of the protesters demanding justice for Rohith Vemula, the Dalit student who committed suicide on campus on January 17.

Fight for what’s left: The story of Jiten Marandi, the Jharkhand activist
Sun, Jan 10, 2016

Jiten Marandi, the Jharkhand activist whose arrest and trial inspired Chaitanya Tamhane’s award-winning film Court, now helps other prisoners seek justice.

Eight films to wait for in 2016: From Raees to Jagga Jasoos
Tue, Jan 05, 2016

Different states, vastly different tales, but largely borrowed from real life — Raees, Jagga Jasoos - eight films that promise to light up the big screen this year.

Maharashtra: City restauranteurs share their tips and tricks to make buff taste like beef
Thu, Dec 31, 2015

Until March this year, when Maharashtra extended the ban on cattle slaughter to include bulls and bullocks along with cows, Madina, known for its beef chilly fry, would consume close to 3 kg beef every day.

2015: Apolitical film industry takes a political stand
Wed, Dec 30, 2015

Until now, film professionals have expressed their political stand only through their work, remaining largely diplomatic in public. This changed in 2015, when the mainstream spoke up against clampdown on freedom and rising intolerance in the country

Moving 2016: Hope
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

2015 was the year of migrants. To mark 2016, The Sunday Express tracks 16 people who moved home in 2015, some of them in public glare, some just a footnote in India’s internal migrants story, to begin new lives.

‘A friend told me about Al Pacino, his struggle’
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

Kunal Sharma can be counted among the lucky ones. An MBA and a former corporate employee from Delhi who shelved his Army dreams after an accident, he arrived in Mumbai in February to try his luck in acting.

A Dash of Nostalgia
Thu, Dec 24, 2015

Chefs have reinterpreted flavours, ingredients and colours of Christmas staples to design their new menu this festive season

Simply put: How does the Censor Board work; why is it controversial?
Mon, Dec 07, 2015

There’s a row about CBFC and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani virtually every month. Nihalani says that he is only following guidelines.