Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Harneet Singh

Senior Assistant Editor (Film)

Harneet Singh, Senior Editor (Films), is fully filmi. She has imaginary conversations with Guru Dutt, Vijay Anand and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, still gets breathless when she watches Guide, or, Pyasa or, Anand; and believes the soundtrack of her life is sung by Geeta Dutt. Her love affair with cinema started at the age of three when she saw Mithun Chakraborty in Disco Dancer, at Prabhat Talkies, in Mirzapur. Singh, a senior assistant editor, won the Ramnath Goenka award for excellence in journalism, in 2009. She also likes the poems of Rumi, Ghalib, Gulzar and Neruda, loves watching cricket and is especially fond of Mahendra Singh Dhoni whom she lovingly addresses as 'MahiMan'. Her idea of happiness includes rain, thunderstorms, mountains and lots of  coffee. Singh has been writing on films and film stars for this newspaper for over a decade. Cut!

‘Half the members of the censor board wanted to ban NH10’
Sun, Mar 29, 2015

NH10 director Navdeep Singh on why it has become difficult to make films, his love for cigarettes and why he finds the fanboys of Andheri a pain

The Sound of Silence
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

Anupama is about a woman finding her real self.

I’ve stopped taking myself seriously: Sushant Singh Rajput on Detective Byomkesh Bakshy, MS Dhoni and being a Zen Master
Fri, Mar 13, 2015

Sushant Singh Rajput talks about his upcoming film, 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy' and playing MS Dhoni.

The Hindi film heroine is changing: Bhumi Pednekar
Sun, Mar 08, 2015

Debutante Bhumi Pednekar on playing the overweight protagonist of 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', learning to respect her body and why she wants to steer clear of stereotypes.

A Star Was Born
Sun, Mar 01, 2015

Baazi was a milestone in Dev Anand’s life — his fortunes changed in every way possible.

‘If it’s a new role then I want to play it’
Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Anushka Sharma on her ‘baby’ NH 10, boyfriend Virat Kohli, and playing the girl wielding a rod.

The Oscar Moments
Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Oscar 2015 night was a strange bag—the ceremony was long and dull and the speeches hit the best notes.

AIB Knockout: Is Bollywood finally coming out of the business of darkness?
Fri, Feb 06, 2015

Finally Bollywood is coming out of the business of darkness and taking it lightly. We have grown up. Haven’t we?

Flashback: Basu Chatterjee’s Jeetendra, Neetu Singh’s ‘Priyatama’
Sun, Jan 18, 2015

Priyatama is about how a couple handles a hasty marriage.

Fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2014: From Baby Doll, PK to Zindagi
Fri, Jan 02, 2015

Here's the updated and fully loaded Bollywood dictionary of 2014: From Baby Doll, PK to Zindagi.

Anushka Sharma on ‘PK’ and how she felt bullied over her ‘lip job’ reports
Fri, Dec 19, 2014

Anushka Sharma on PK and her lips, tackling online bullies and boyfriend Virat Kohli.

Saif Ali Khan, Parineeti Chopra need to experiment
Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Parineeti Chopra and Saif Ali Khan were slated to pair up in a movie to be directed by Saif’s ex producing partner, Dinesh Vijan, but the project got shelved.

Exclusive: The person I know best is myself, says Shah Rukh Khan
Sun, Oct 26, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan on the right way to achieve success, his favourite characters from his own films, handling calls from gangsters and the SRK biopic

Home and Away: Celebrating Diwali with Angoor and noodles
Sun, Oct 19, 2014

I was missing the sounds that envelop the home when it’s a festival. Nobody was haranguing me to “get dressed properly and not look like a jhalli billi”.

In conversation with ‘Humsafar’ couple – Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan
Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Humsafar’s Mahira Khan on the show that changed her life and the Pakistani television industry.

‘Kashmir is the Hamlet of my film,’ says Vishal Bhardwaj on Haider
Sun, Oct 05, 2014

"Haider is an extension of what I have attempted in Maqbool and Omkara," says Bhardwaj.

Tabu: My role in Haider is to die for
Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Tabu on Haider, being Shahid Kapoor’s mother and women-driven films

Secret Lives
Sun, Sep 21, 2014

BR Chopra’s Gumrah is remembered as much for its bold storyline as for its music.

Deepika Padukone’s Twitter outburst: Stunt or Statement?
Mon, Sep 15, 2014

There are some who believe Deepika Padukone's reaction is a “well timed stunt” to bolster the collections of her just released Finding Fanny.

Priyanka Chopra: I always want to be better, faster, quicker
Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Priyanka Chopra talks about Mary Kom, 100 crore heroines, girls on film, surviving a decade in Bollywood and being a game changer.

Azaad was what the doctor had prescribed for Dilip Kumar
Sun, Sep 07, 2014

This M Sriramulu Naidu-directed film is not a classic by a long shot, it’s not even as memorable as Kohinoor.

The Outrage Republic
Fri, Aug 29, 2014

With social media becoming all invasive, we are on our way to being known as the generation that critiqued more than it created.

I do things only if my heart is in it: Fawad Khan
Sun, Aug 24, 2014

Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan on his experiments with acting and growing up on Bachchan movies.

Rani Mukerji: I’ve always believed in having a great love story
Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Rani Mukerji on her marriage, husband, cook, self-defence and her latest film Mardaani

Homi Adajania: I knew I wanted to be a director when I saw ‘Dil Chahta Hai’
Sun, Aug 17, 2014

With Finding Fanny, I wanted to go back to a place where time stood still, said Homi Adajania.

Sonam stumped me, Alia didn’t lie: Niranjan Iyengar about his new show ‘Look Who’s Talking’
Fri, Aug 08, 2014

Today’s stars don’t get stumped at any question. Sonam Kapoor stumped me. Alia Bhatt didn’t lie on my show.

The Perfect Swansong
Sun, Jul 27, 2014

Meena Kumari’s last film is an enduring classic.

Kick is a tribute to Salman Khan’s persona, says film’s writer
Fri, Jul 25, 2014

With Kick, Rajat Arora hopes to recreate the same success of The Dirty Picture and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai

A hero called Tiger, a heroine called Sunny
Wed, Jul 23, 2014

Six months and six lessons at the movies.

Sanam Saeed of ‘Zindagi Gulzar Hai': People like my voice
Fri, Jul 18, 2014

Meet Sanam Saeed aka Zindagi Gulzar Hai’s Kashaf.

Riteish Deshmukh: I’m proud of all my films
Sun, Jul 06, 2014

Riteish Deshmukh learns the meaning of misogyny and talks about playing a negative role in Ek Villain.

When will Saif Ali Khan be back?
Fri, Jul 04, 2014

There was a time, post Hum Saath Saath Hai and Dil Chahta Hai when Saif was making the most exciting choices in the Mumbai film industry.

Amitabh Bachchan: I hope I never have to feel fulfilled in my work
Fri, Jun 27, 2014

Amitabh Bachchan on his first fiction TV outing, Yudh

Has Preity Zinta lost the plot?
Fri, Jun 20, 2014

The most common texts on the Preity and Ness issue: “Preity has lost the plot.” and “Is Preity mad? Why go to the cops?”

Aditya and Shraddha brought me back to life: Mohit Suri
Fri, Jun 20, 2014

Director Mohit Suri on his cinema and music, his pre-Aashiqui 2 days in the wilderness and his forthcoming Ek Villain.

When Shammi Sent Asha a Friend Request
Sun, Jun 15, 2014

Nasir Husain whipped up a romantic comedy that dances around love, friendship, and great music