Farozan Akhtar is a content producer at Hindustan Times. She writes about books, music, K-pop and other Hallyu-related subjects for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.
Articles by Farozan Akhtar
Kpop group Golden Child talks about new album Aura, replaying precious memories and their love for Bollywood
After winning hearts and awards for their work in South Korean entertainment, these K-celebs are aiming to make their mark in Hollywood.
With Kdramas, like Squid Game and Sweet Home, becoming instant hits, dystopian shows are the latest big thing, and many have announced new seasons.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chasing immunity has became everyone’s favourite pastime. Nutritionist Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet helps explain how to build your immunity the right way and live a fit life.
The discussions about the quality of content on the Indian small screen came back into the limelight when actor Hina Khan recently said that it’s the audience who is to be blamed for regressive content on TV
Kpop and Kdrama world is not all fluff and finger hearts. A look at some of the big South Korean stars who have been mired in allegations of bullying, drug abuse, violence, cheating and more.
Never author Ken Follett: The last time I felt so full of ideas was when I was writing Eye of the Needle
Author Ken Follett talks to us about penning his latest book Never during the pandemic and dealing with the weight of expectations as a best-selling novelist.
Gaho, known for Start Up and Itaewon Class OSTs, talks about visiting India, his new album Fireworks, offline vs online concerts, and more.
David Levithan and Jennifer Niven on YA conventions: As long as it feels true to the character, it isn’t cliché
Working as co-authors for the first time, with the book Take Me With You When You Go, David Levithan and Jennifer Niven talk about writing for young adults, their favourites in their latest book and more.
With change in seasons, plant care routine needs to be changed, too. Here’s some helpful advice for the monsoon and gardening tips for those just starting out with their hobby.
In an HT City exclusive, K-pop group DRIPPIN talks about their aspirations for the future, and dealing with the challenges of the pandemic.
Fledgling home gardeners in the city have taken to creating a little green haven on their balconies, finding it therapeutic during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Avoid lockdown blues by indulging in some home makeover therapy and breathing new life into your living spaces.
Sharing their “unadorned selves” in their latest album BE, South Korean boyband BTS talk about giving hope and comfort to the pandemic-stricken world, also share their Grammy dream.
Happy Halloween! Let’s look at how some of your favourite K-pop celebs celebrated the festival of spooks this year.
American fantasy author Sarah J Maas talks about her first adult fiction work, and balancing writing and motherhood, among other things.
What better way to urge the young generation to practise social distancing than a pop-hued, catchy music video? K-pop artistes Dreamcatcher, IN2IT, and AleXa have teamed up to sing about fighting Covid-19 together.
With people around the world in forced isolation to beat Covid-19, many are looking to books for solace. Let’s take a look at Hollywood celebs’ lockdown reading list.
K-pop fans spend lockdown playing dress-up, with their favourite artists’ albums as inspiration, and it’s a sight for sore eyes!
During their India showcase, Z-Stars talk about their fascination with Bollywood as they find themselves unable to get Hindi songs out of their heads.
If the success of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite at the Oscars has whetted your appetite for South Korean movies, here are some films you should include in your must-watch list.
The K-pop star is suspected to have committed suicide, putting the spotlight back on the mental health of celebrities.
Priyanka Mazumdar, a part of the South Korean pop group Z-Girls, is still getting used to celebrity life in South Korea.
Siddhant Arora aka Sid of Z-Boys, the first Indian to feature in a K-pop group, reveals his recent holiday in India was all about desi food and Bollywood.
K-pop group IN2IT, who wowed audiences in Delhi and Mumbai with their energetic performances and a special filmi tribute, would love to return for Bollywood projects.
In an exclusive interview with HT City, Siddhant Arora aka Sid talks about his journey of becoming the first-ever Indian K-pop idol, his love for all things Bollywood, and his dreams of collaborating with BTS and Zayn Malik.
K-pop idols’ appearances on Western television are proof of their surging popularity.
Priyanka Mazumdar and Siddhant Arora are set to be the world’s first Indian K-pop stars and are being launched as members of two new groups, Z-Girls and Z-Boys, respectively.
This book by Sita Kaylin is an unapologetic autobiography of a fierce woman, who happens to be an exotic dancer. It shows just how relatable the desires, dreams, and fears of sex workers are.
Cross-cultural collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Dua Lipa, and Jason Derulo are slowly pushing K-pop artists into the mainstream.