harneet-singh

Harneet Singh

Senior Editor

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!

Deconstructing the classic ‘Bombay Noir’: Raj Khosla’s ‘CID’
Sun, Aug 30, 2015

CID is remembered not for its simplistic plot but as the film that launched Waheeda Rahman.

Writing, for me, is like doing Yoga: Twinkle Khanna
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Twinkle Khanna on writing a book, hating acting and being competitive over jokes at parties.

Book Review – Gaata Rahe Mera Dil: 50 Classic Hindi Film Songs
Sat, Aug 22, 2015

A book that tells the story behind some of Bollywood’s most popular film songs.

Deconstruting Rajesh Khanna’s ‘Daag: A Poem Of Love’
Sun, Aug 16, 2015

Yash Chopra’s 'Daag: A Poem of Love' is a tale of star-crossed lovers Sunil (Rajesh Khanna) and Sonia (Sharmila Tagore), who encounter all kinds of trials, obstacles and separations on their way to happily ever-after.

First Take: Shah Rukh Khan and the art of navigating social media
Fri, Aug 14, 2015

While Shah Rukh Khan might not have a release in over a year, SRK has been hard at work — shooting three films simultaneously.

I don’t care for an image: Radhika Apte on finding her feet in Bollywood and more
Sun, Aug 09, 2015

Actor Radhika Apte on finding her feet in Bollywood, keeping her personal and professional lives separate and working with Rajinikanth

Priyanka Chopra, no longer just desi girl
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

Priyanka Chopra charms the American press with her star persona, fashion quotient and her gift of the gab.

I’ve struggled for over 15 years, hope is what saw me through: Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Mon, Aug 03, 2015

Nawazuddin Siddiqui on his toughest role so far, learning to live with success and failure and why he hates the characters he plays.

Stars should be social media perfect else face the wrath like Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma
Fri, Jul 31, 2015

A certain kind of snobbery follows a Bollywood star who dares to share an opinion on matters unrelated to films.

Kareena Kapoor fans write open letter, express disappointment over her choice of films
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

Saying yes to films is tough. Saying no is even tougher.

‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ director Kabir Khan: I needed Salman Khan’s superstardom to discuss the Hindu-Muslim issue
Fri, Jul 24, 2015

In an exclusive conversation with Indian Express, 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' director Kabir Khan says Salman Khan internalised Bajrangi totally and brought his life'’s craft to it.

Let Me Make You Mine
Sun, Jul 19, 2015

Mr and Mrs 55 is a great ride till the time the film doesn’t go all sanskari. Alvi’s dialogues are the star of the narrative.

Bollywood and the side effects of a break up
Fri, Jul 17, 2015

"Let’s not turn Shahid’s wedding into a soap opera. He’s beginning a new life and I wish him a lifetime of happiness,” is Kareena’s standard reply whenever asked about her ex boyfriend.

SRK, Salman Khan, Deepika, Shahid, Ranveer: Status update please
Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Some good-natured hacking to get into the cell phones of the newsmakers so far, to know their current status updates.

The Palace of Illusions: From Madhubala’s luminescence to Lata Mangeshkar’s haunting voice
Sun, Jul 05, 2015

From Madhubala’s luminescence to Lata Mangeshkar’s haunting voice, Mahal changed many a destiny.

I wanted my first film to be special: ‘Piku’ producer Sneha Rajani
Sat, Jun 20, 2015

The success of Piku brings to the limelight its female producer, Sneha Rajani. She talks about her foray into films from TV, and the journey of Piku.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani is special as I went into it with lightness: Vidya Balan
Wed, Jun 10, 2015

Vidya Balan speaks about feeling insecure, dealing with the lows, and reclaiming the self after marriage.

No Love Like Dilip Kumar’s in ‘Devdas’
Sun, May 31, 2015

In Bimal Roy’s Devdas, Dilip Kumar plays the doomed lover with great sensitivity.

Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ is about the girls, Manu is a passive hero
Tue, May 26, 2015

Tanu and Datto could be fighting for a teddy bear and it would not have made a difference. Manu is a passive hero.

Deepika Padukone’s mission statement these days: Live, Laugh, Love
Sun, May 24, 2015

Deepika Padukone on finding herself, being Number 1, dealing with depression and being Piku.

Being ‘Salman Khan’: Not an easy man to know, even more difficult to understand
Thu, May 07, 2015

Salman Khan is not an easy man to know and he’s even more difficult to understand. All guide books on how to handle a Superstar fail when you are interacting with him.

On a Song
Sun, Apr 19, 2015

Lyricists Raj Shekhar, Varun Grover, Manoj Muntashir and Ravinder Randhawa on their struggle in Bollywood

‘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”.