Abhimanyu Mathur

Abhimanyu Mathur is an entertainment journalist with Hindustan Times. He writes about cinema, TV, and OTT, churning out interviews, reviews, and good old news stories.

Articles by Abhimanyu Mathur

Soha Ali Khan worried how she'd be rude, dismissive to Juhi Chawla on Hush Hush

Stars of the new Prime Video thriller Hush Hush- Soha Ali Khan, Shahana Goswami, and Kritika Kamra--discuss the show and their co-star Juhi Chawla.

interview Soha Ali Khan and Juhi Chawla play best friends on Hush Hush.
Soha Ali Khan and Juhi Chawla play best friends on Hush Hush.
Updated on Sep 26, 2022 06:53 AM IST

Diljit Dosanjh says his kitchen videos got him cooking show, masala ad offers

Diljit Dosanjh’s cooking videos, which he began in the lockdown, became so popular that the singer-actor was inundated with requests for cooking shows and restaurant endorsements.

interview Diljit Disanjh's cooking videos on Instagram became quite a hit during the lockdown.
Diljit Disanjh's cooking videos on Instagram became quite a hit during the lockdown.
Updated on Sep 25, 2022 06:49 AM IST

Jackie Shroff didn’t mind playing Chunni Lal to Shah Rukh Khan's Devdas

Jackie Shroff talks about his new film Atithi Bhooto Bhava, currently streaming on Zee5, as well as his career so far.

interview Jackie Shroff talks about his new film Atithi Bhooto Bhava.
Jackie Shroff talks about his new film Atithi Bhooto Bhava.
Published on Sep 25, 2022 06:43 AM IST

Jamtara 2 review: Netflix show gets bigger and badder, but sadly not better

Jamtara 2 review: Netflix’s crime thriller delves deeper into the world of phishing and fraud with bigger scams but ends up being a mediocre watch with many faults.

Jamtara 2 review: The cybercrime show has bigger, innovative frauds but several faults too
Jamtara 2 review: The cybercrime show has bigger, innovative frauds but several faults too
Published on Sep 23, 2022 05:29 PM IST

Babli Bouncer movie review: Earnest Tamannaah Bhatia can't save this cringefest

Babli Bouncer movie review: Tamannaah Bhatia stars as a ‘lady bouncer’ in this Madhur Bhandarkar that lacks subtlety and wastes a solid plot and premise for some cheap laughs.

Babli Bouncer review: Tamannaah Bhatia stars as a bouncer from Haryana in this Madhur Bhandarkar film.
Babli Bouncer review: Tamannaah Bhatia stars as a bouncer from Haryana in this Madhur Bhandarkar film.
Published on Sep 23, 2022 01:42 PM IST

Amyra Dastur says her off screen image often makes directors underestimate her

Amyra Dastur, who stars in Jogi, talks about her role in the Diljit Dosanjh-starrer and her career so far.

interview Amyra Dastur opens up about Jogi and her off-screen image.
Amyra Dastur opens up about Jogi and her off-screen image.
Published on Sep 23, 2022 06:44 AM IST

Brahmastra sets new record for most advance bookings in non opening week

Reduced ticket prices for National Cinema Day on September 23 has benefitted Brahmastra and the new release Chup with both registering solid advance booking numbers.

Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt pose for photos during a press conference for the promotion of their film Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva, in New Delhi, Sept 7.(PTI)
Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt pose for photos during a press conference for the promotion of their film Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva, in New Delhi, Sept 7.(PTI)
Published on Sep 22, 2022 06:11 PM IST

From RRR to Tumbbad and Dharm, India's biggest Oscars entry snubs over the years

RRR’s Oscar entry snub isn’t the first time a much-hyped Indian film hasn’t been the official entry that year. A look at several previous such controversies.

The non-selection of films like RRR, Tunmbbad, and Dharm as India's official entry for the Oscars has created controversies in India.
The non-selection of films like RRR, Tunmbbad, and Dharm as India's official entry for the Oscars has created controversies in India.
Published on Sep 22, 2022 09:30 AM IST

Hush Hush review: Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan thriller is a good premise wasted

Hush Hush review: Juhi Chawla, Soha Ali Khan, Kritika Kamra, and Shahana Gosawami star in this loose, meandering thriller that wastes a beautifully-set up premise.

Hush hush review: Juhi Chawla stars in Prime Video's latest thriller that is slightly good and almost great.
Hush hush review: Juhi Chawla stars in Prime Video's latest thriller that is slightly good and almost great.
Published on Sep 22, 2022 06:45 AM IST

Fret not RRR fans; the SS Rajamouli film can still win at the Oscars. Here's how

Chello Show might be India’s official entry for the Oscars but SS Rajamouli’s RRR still has a shot at being nominated and winning at the Academy Award. Here’s how:

Jr NTR and Ram Charan in a still from SS Rajamouli's RRR.
Jr NTR and Ram Charan in a still from SS Rajamouli's RRR.
Published on Sep 21, 2022 12:20 PM IST

How Kareena Kapoor’s career-changing film Chameli almost never came to be

Kareena Kapoor’s on screen image transformed drastically with her 2003 film Chameli, a project she repeatedly said no to and was almost shelved after its director’s death.

opinion Kareena Kapoor played a sex worker in Chameli, one of her first experimentative roles, paving the way for a bolder career.
Kareena Kapoor played a sex worker in Chameli, one of her first experimentative roles, paving the way for a bolder career.
Updated on Sep 21, 2022 06:47 AM IST

Is Brahmastra hit or flop? Explaining the economics of box office collections

A lowdown on what Brahmastra's box office figures mean for the film’s status as a hit/flop given its budget and scale.

Ranbir Kapoor in Brahmastra song Deva Deva.
Ranbir Kapoor in Brahmastra song Deva Deva.
Published on Sep 20, 2022 01:33 PM IST

Jogi director Ali Abbas Zafar says film was 'impossible' without Diljit Dosanjh

Jogi director Ali Abbas Zafar says casting Diljit Dosanjh was essential as he was certain only a Sikh actor should play lead in a film on the 1984 riots.

interview Diljit Dosanjh in a still from Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial Jogi.
Diljit Dosanjh in a still from Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial Jogi.
Published on Sep 20, 2022 06:42 AM IST

Tisca Chopra says Bollywood films aren't working as they are stuck in formula

Tisca Chopra talks about her new Disney+ Hotstar show Dahan, and the trend of women headlining mainstream web series.

interview Tisca Chopra talks about her new show Dahan and the problems of Bollywood (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL / AFP).
Tisca Chopra talks about her new show Dahan and the problems of Bollywood (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL / AFP).
Published on Sep 19, 2022 07:31 AM IST

From Dhaakad to Khuda Haafiz 2, how box office 'flops' became 'hits' on OTT

A number of films that found virtually no takers in theatres are now ruling the roost upon their digital release on streaming platforms.

Kangana Ranaut's Dhaakad and Vidyut Jammwal's Khuda Haafiz 2 failed at the box office but did well upon OTT release later.
Kangana Ranaut's Dhaakad and Vidyut Jammwal's Khuda Haafiz 2 failed at the box office but did well upon OTT release later.
Published on Sep 18, 2022 06:42 AM IST

Jogi movie review: Diljit Dosanjh delivers career-best performance in taut drama

Jogi movie review: Diljit Dosanjh firmly establishes his credentials as an actor in Ali Abbas Zafar’s brutal yet sensitive film on the aftermath of the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in Delhi.

Jogi stars Diljit Dosanjh in the title role.
Jogi stars Diljit Dosanjh in the title role.
Published on Sep 16, 2022 01:13 PM IST

Diljit Dosanjh says 1984 riots 'are always in subconscious mind' of Sikh people

Diljit Dosanjh, who stars in Netflix’s Jogi based on the 1984 riots, talks about that dark chapter in India’s history and his own connection with it.

interview Diljit Dosanjh in a still from his new film Jogi, which is based on the anti-Sikh violence in 1984.
Diljit Dosanjh in a still from his new film Jogi, which is based on the anti-Sikh violence in 1984.
Published on Sep 16, 2022 07:20 AM IST

Shiksha Mandal review: Gulshan Devaiah, Gauahar Khan's show is like a bad parody

Shiksha Mandal review: The MXPlayer show takes an interesting premise around the Vyapam scam and talented cast but wastes it all with choppy, amateurish storytelling.

Shiksha Mandal stars Gauahar Khan, along with Gulshan Devaiah and Pavan Malhotra.
Shiksha Mandal stars Gauahar Khan, along with Gulshan Devaiah and Pavan Malhotra.
Published on Sep 15, 2022 02:19 PM IST

Pavan Malhotra says many heroes have never given a hit 'but are still stars'

Pavan Malhotra talks about his new MXPlayer show Shiksha Mandal, the commerce and stardom in Bollywood, and how he has avoided being typecast.

Pawan Malhotra in Siksha Mandal.
Pawan Malhotra in Siksha Mandal.
Published on Sep 15, 2022 12:20 PM IST

Brahmastra's Saqib Ayub defends film's plot: 'Why don't we criticise Avengers'

Saqib Ayub, who plays Ranbir Kapoor’s friend Ali in Brahmastra, talks about his experience of working on the film, and the criticism it is receiving.

interview Saqib Ayub (extreme right) with Ranbir Kapoor on Brahmastra's sets.
Saqib Ayub (extreme right) with Ranbir Kapoor on Brahmastra's sets.
Published on Sep 15, 2022 06:43 AM IST

Brahmastra box office: Why there are different figures for the film everywhere

Brahmastra’s varying box office numbers have started a debate about ‘fake’ box office figures and manipulation of data. Here is a breakdown on just how box office numbers are calculated and why Brahmastra is reporting different figures.

Brahmastra has earned over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>200 crore at the box office in its opening weekend.
Brahmastra has earned over 200 crore at the box office in its opening weekend.
Updated on Sep 13, 2022 12:08 PM IST

Brahmastra: Is Ayan Mukerji's film a VFX masterpiece, a cringefest, or both

To some, Brahmastra is the best Indian film ever made in terms of visual effects and action. To others, it is a dull affair with cringey dialogue. What the film actually is, is a confusing mix of both these things.

opinion Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra boasts of VFX never seen before in Indian films.
Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra boasts of VFX never seen before in Indian films.
Published on Sep 12, 2022 06:48 AM IST

Theatres open early morning, late night shows of Brahmastra amid 'huge demand'

With Brahmastra registering a bumper opening, demand for tickets of IMAX and 3D shows of the film has increased, prompting theatres to increase shows and running the film for 21 hours in some halls.

Ranbir Kapoor in a still from Brahmastra.
Ranbir Kapoor in a still from Brahmastra.
Published on Sep 10, 2022 12:50 PM IST

Brahmastra on course to be Ranbir Kapoor's highest opener ever, beating Sanju

Brahmastra is set to earn anywhere between ₹35 and 40 crore on its opening day, making it the biggest opener in the careers of Ranbir Kapoor and Ayan Mukerji, and one of the best-opening Hindi films in recent times.

Ranbir Kapoor in a poster of Brahmastra.
Ranbir Kapoor in a poster of Brahmastra.
Published on Sep 09, 2022 05:06 PM IST

Queen Elizabeth II: Her best on-screen portrayals from The Queen to The Crown

Over the years, Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed on screen by a host of actors in award-winning performances, ranging from Helen Mirren and Olivia Colman to Claire Foy.

Olivia Colman, Claire Foy, and Helen Mirren have all portrayed Queen Elizabeth II on screen.
Olivia Colman, Claire Foy, and Helen Mirren have all portrayed Queen Elizabeth II on screen.
Published on Sep 08, 2022 11:58 PM IST

Ranbir Kapoor says he doesn't take Brahmastra advance booking figures seriously

The advance booking numbers of Brahmastra may be soaring but Ranbir Kapoor advises not to take them too seriously before the film releases.

Ranbir Kapoor during a press conference for the promotion of his upcoming film Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva, in Delhi, Sept. 7, 2022.(PTI)
Ranbir Kapoor during a press conference for the promotion of his upcoming film Brahmastra: Part One - Shiva, in Delhi, Sept. 7, 2022.(PTI)
Published on Sep 08, 2022 07:37 PM IST

Ranbir Kapoor says Shamshera didn't work because of 'bad content', not boycott

In a recent media interaction, Ranbir Kapoor opened up about why his last release Shamshera failed at the box office.

Ranbir Kapoor in a still from Shamshera.
Ranbir Kapoor in a still from Shamshera.
Updated on Sep 07, 2022 09:07 PM IST

Ayan Mukerji felt ‘bad' that Alia-Ranbir were not allowed inside Ujjain temple

Ayan Mukerji spoke about what actually happened in Ujjain when he tried to visit a temple with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and director Ayan Mukerji pose for photos during a press conference for the promotion of their upcoming film Brahmastra.(PTI)
Bollywood actors Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and director Ayan Mukerji pose for photos during a press conference for the promotion of their upcoming film Brahmastra.(PTI)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 06:05 PM IST

Alia Bhatt denies it's a negative climate to release Brahmastra

Alia Bhatt, Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor are in Delhi for the promotions of Brahmastra, which releases on Friday.

Alia Bhatt, Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor in Delhi for Brahmastra.
Alia Bhatt, Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor in Delhi for Brahmastra.
Published on Sep 07, 2022 05:04 PM IST

Promoters of Justin Bieber's India show say concert will go ahead as planned

Justin Bieber's India show is still on track despite the singer's latest message about taking a break due to his health condition.

Justin Bieber said on September 6, 2022 he is once again taking a break from touring, months after revealing he'd been diagnosed with a syndrome that caused him partial facial paralysis.(AFP)
Justin Bieber said on September 6, 2022 he is once again taking a break from touring, months after revealing he'd been diagnosed with a syndrome that caused him partial facial paralysis.(AFP)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 12:28 PM IST
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