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Aamir Khan wanted to meet me for Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na: Beintehaa star Preetika Rao

Actor Preetika Rao says that she was flooded with offers from television and felt it was the right time to embrace the medium, as a lot of leading names from Bollywood were also working on TV.

Actor Preetika Rao worked in a Telugu films before she made her small screen debut with Beintehaa.
Updated on Feb 24, 2017 07:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Kangana, Anushka, Sonakshi and more: Woman power rules Bollywood box office

Next several Friday releases will be led by women, with plots about women, making strong female stars and characters the new normal.

Actor Anushka Sharma will be seen playing the lead in her second production Phillauri that also stars Diljit Dosanjh and Suraj Sharma.(Yogen Shah)
Updated on May 14, 2017 11:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Films with references to PM Modi stalled, CBFC says they are merely doing their job

Filmmakers of Modi Ka Gaon and Rambhajjan Zindabad are fuming as the Censor Board has put the former on hold and rejected the latter on grounds that makers say they don’t understand.

Director Tushar Amrish Goel with Vikas Mahante, Modi’s lookalike, in a still from the film Modi Ka Gaon.(Tushar Amrish Goel Facebook)
Published on Feb 21, 2017 11:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja and Subhash K Jha, New Delhi

I never said I enjoy doing bold roles: Sana Khan

Actor Sana Khan says it’s not just newcomers who take up bold roles or do kissing on-screen, the trend is quite common among A-list actors as well.

Actor Sana Khan says it’s unfair to judge actors based on the characters they play in films.(Aalok Soni/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 16, 2017 07:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Baahubali 2: High on action, the makers didn’t take chances with Prabhas’ safety

Actor Prabhas will be seen doing some high-octane stunts in Baahubali 2, makers ensured safety measures.

Actor Prabhas has performed all stunts in Baahubali 2, without using a body double.
Updated on Feb 15, 2017 06:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Family portrait: Bollywood’s cool star kids make friends with new-age stepmoms

Hanging out together over champagne, calling up for a heart-to-heart chat, getting groomed for the movie debut — these families do it all together.

Actor Sanjay Dutt’s wife Maanayata Dutt shared this gorgeous photo with step-daughter Trishala Dutt.(Instagram)
Updated on Apr 09, 2017 06:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Modi Ka Gaon: Meet Vikas Mahante, the actor who’s playing Narendra Modi in the film

Narendra Modi’s lookalike Vikas Mahante recalls his first meeting with the Prime Minister and how he never takes any money while campaigning for political parties.

Vikas Mahante has acted in a film titled Modi Ka Gaon based on PM Modi’s rural development schemes.(Vikas Mahante Facebook)
Updated on Feb 21, 2017 11:26 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

What do the Kapoors discuss at family parties? Booze, women, sex: Randhir Kapoor

On his 70th birthday, veteran actor Randhir Kapoor tells us about what happens inside Kapoor family’s parties.

Actor Randhir Kapoor plans to celebrate his 70th birthday on Feb 15 with his family.(Getty Images)
Updated on Feb 14, 2017 10:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

The complete story: How SuKish met and fell in love!

TV couple Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai are excited to celebrate their first Valentine’s Day after marriage.

Actors Kishwer Merchantt and Suyyash Rai tied the knot in December 2016.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 13, 2017 07:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Love at first sight? Sunny Leone and husband Daniel Weber laugh it off

On Valentine’s Day, actor Sunny Leone and husband Daniel Weber talk about what they think of how love is depicted in Bollywood films, and how they are as a couple.

Sunny Leone and Daniel Weber have been married for nearly six years now.
Updated on May 14, 2017 12:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Phillauri: Young actors are always living on the edge, says Anushka Sharma

Actor Anushka Sharma says the Khans come with much more experience, and they have managed to achieve a sense of composure as compared to the younger lot.

Actor Anushka Sharma has worked with all three Khans in Bollywood - Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir.
Updated on Feb 27, 2017 08:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

On Valentine’s Day, TV’s perfect couples share their Jab They Met love stories

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, TV couples go down the memory lane and share how they met the love of their life and what got them hooked…

TV actor Shama Sikander with her boyfriend James Million.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 09, 2017 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Not right to judge celebs when they reveal their problems publicly: Richa Chadha

Actor Richa Chadha says that when actors share their insecurities openly, they deserve love and compassion. It’s not easy to come clean about a dark part of one’s life and that not all celebrities have a rosy, easy life.

Actor Richa Chadha came out clean about battling bulimia - an eating disorder characterised by binge eating.
Updated on Mar 04, 2017 06:37 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Pakistan lifts ban on Indian films: Is it time India reconsiders ban on Pakistani actors?

Pakistan has lifted the ban on Bollywood films. Is it time that India also reconsider the ban on Pakistani artists and revive cultural ties with the neighbouring nation?

Starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam in lead roles, Kaabil was the first film to release in Pakistan after the ban was lifted.
Updated on Apr 07, 2017 06:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

I got stuck in a rut on TV, says Ronit Roy

Actor Ronit Roy says there’s nothing new on television now, and there’s more mechanism than sensitivity.

Actor Ronit Roy played the lead villain in Hrithik Roshan starrer Kaabil.
Updated on Feb 11, 2017 08:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Didn’t want to be in a hurry for my grandmother’s biopic: Raima Sen

Actor Raima Sen says she has no issues teaming up with the same director who initially came up with the idea of actor Suchitra Sen’s biopic.

Actor Raima Sen says she is really keen to be a part of her grandmother’s biopic whenever the film gets made.
Updated on Mar 10, 2017 09:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Vidya Balan, Amitabh Bachchan and more: Bollywood bats for a clean India

Be it in films or through government initiatives and campaigns, stars are doing their bit to spreading awareness about hygiene and sanitation in India.

Actors Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar would soon be seen in a film titled Toilet: Ek Prem Katha.(Instagram/Akshay Kumar)
Updated on Feb 18, 2017 07:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

I will never leave choreographing songs: Remo D’Souza

Choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D’Souza says when he’s directing a film, he can also take the freedom of deciding the dance steps for songs.

Remo D'souza will be soon directing actors Ajay Devgn and Salman Khan in his upcoming projects.(Yogen Shah)
Published on Feb 09, 2017 07:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Prachi Desai says there are far more shades to her than the sweet girl-next-door

Actor Prachi Desai says she’s often typecast as the girl-next-door but she wants to portray various characters on screen.

Prachi Desai feels that every actor has a USP and that becomes their image or how they are perceived.
Updated on Apr 07, 2017 06:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

I deserved a National Award, not the Jury Award for Daddy: Anupam Kher

Actor Anupam Kher gets nostalgic as the 1989 film Daddy completes 28 years on February 8. He talks about winning a National Award, working with a debutante Pooja Bhatt and shares anecdotes.

The 1989 film Daddy showed an intricate and beautiful father-daughter relationship with actors Anupam Kher and Pooja Bhatt playing the lead.
Updated on Apr 09, 2017 06:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Actor Anjana Sukhani says an actor is always greedy to do more

Bollywood actor Anjana Sukhani says she has no regrets about her work, though she feels her judgement in taking up certain projects was wrong.

Actor Anjana Sukhani says when she looks back, she wishes she had taken up something that had potential to do well.
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 06:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Turning to tried, tested pairs to get that big box office hit

In a bid to belt out a hit, filmmakers are signing up lead jodis who have been successful at the box office in the past. But will the trend work? Experts share their thoughts.

Actors Ayushmann Khurrana and Bhumi Pednekar will be seen in filmmaker Aanand L Rai’s next, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan.
Updated on Feb 15, 2017 06:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Every time birthday boy Abhishek Bachchan fired back at Twitter trolls

Wit, sarcasm or outright insult, actor Abhishek Bachchan has never bowed down in front of Twitter trolls.

Wit, sarcasm or outright insult, actor Abhishek Bachchan has never bowed down in front of Twitter trolls.(AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2017 08:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

On World Cancer Day, born-again Yuvraj Singh reflects on life and near-death

Yuvraj Singh YouWeCan foundation is collaborating with HT’s Paathshala initiative to support the education of kids battling cancer. On World Cancer Day, Yuvi reflects on a difficult phase of his life

Yuvraj Singh made a magnificent comeback to the Indian ODI squad after three years and on World Cancer Day, he has started an initiative to support the education of kids battling cancer.(BCCI)
Updated on Feb 04, 2017 11:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja

We are friends turned lovers: Yuvraj Singh reveals a family secret

Yuvraj Singh says he and Hazel shared a very good friendship, and that’s why they decided to tie the knot.

Actor Hazel Keech and cricketer Yuvraj Singh got married in November 2016.(Yogen Shah)
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 11:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi

Padmavati effect: Bollywood speaks about balancing facts with fiction in films

Recently, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and his team were attacked by the Rajput Karni Sena while shooting for his film, Padmavati, leading to outrage on social media. Bhansali has been accused of distorting historical facts.

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial period drama, Padmavati, features actors Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor in lead roles.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2017 07:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByMonika Rawal Kukreja, New Delhi
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