S Farah Rizvi writes on Bollywood, OTT, television and culture for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.
Articles by S Farah Rizvi
Dev feels as a newcomer, all actors go through their share of down moments in the industry.
The actor seen in shows like Naye Shaadi Ke Siyape says there is no such thing as being image bound as an actor can change such perceptions easily
K-pop artiste Aoora is in awe of Bollywood and aspires to be a part of it soon
The actor talks about new projects and more
Actor Rahul Dev, who has been in the industry for over two decades, is glad about the kind of work coming his way these days has changed drastically
Actor Navneet Malik shares that release day still makes him nervous, whether it's for a film or an OTT series. He believes working with the right makers and having a good script is crucial for success. Malik is excited about his upcoming film with Sanjay Dutt and is looking forward to more projects in the future.
Actor Navneet Malik shares that for any actor, be it old or new, release day does make you nervous. “Getting jitters and anxiety pangs
K-pop artistes Aoora and Fridayy praise Uttar Pradesh's musical talent and plan to collaborate with Indian musicians. They will also release a song for UP Tourism.
Actor-model Alankrita Anup Sahai believes that society needs to change its perception of mental health issues and encourages seeking proper counseling. She shares her personal experience of dealing with grief and anxiety after losing her father. Sahai is now focusing on new projects and going with the flow.
Actor Kriti Vij believes that it's difficult for newcomers to break into the inner circle of the industry, but having supportive friends is a blessing. Having a background in theatre has given her an edge, and she feels that one right project can make a big difference for an actor. She entered the industry at the right time when the web space was growing, and her last show brought her closer to the projects she wants to be a part of. She is excited about her upcoming projects and is focused on her work.
Composer-singer Pranaay believes that the recent success of films like OMG2 and Gadar2 at the box office indicates a turnaround for the industry post-pandemic. He also discusses his experience working on the song "Ho Tayyaar" for OMG2 and praises Akshay Kumar's involvement in the creative process. Pranaay expresses his love for film composition and the satisfaction he feels when he hears his songs being played. He also mentions his preference for original compositions over remixes and the opportunities offered by OTT platforms.
Artists swear by Lord Krishna as their muse, experiencing emotions of spirituality, devotion, and sanctity. They credit their success to Krishna's inspiration.
Actor Saad Bilgrami believes in staying connected to his roots and not shying away from his background. He credits his upbringing in Khairabad, UP, and the influence of legendary writer Javed Akhtar for his success. Bilgrami has found his footing in the industry through web series like Pitchers, Gullak, and Ghar Wapasi, and has upcoming projects including Panchayat 3 and Gullak 4. At 27, he feels he is making all the right moves.
India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 match to be played today. Hotels and restaurants in the city offering discounts, free screening, and special menus for cricket lovers.
Writer and director Vivek Anchalia believes that now is the perfect time to explore all aspects of filmmaking as creativity is finally being recognized. He is excited to showcase his directorial skills and is already working on his next film.
Actor Varun Kapoor, who turns 37 today, reflects on his journey in the industry and feels fortunate to have reached a position where he can choose his roles. He is celebrating his special day with his family in Uttarakhand and is content with the work he has done, including his debut film Gangubai Kathiawadi, which recently won big at the National Awards. Kapoor is also looking forward to more opportunities in the OTT space.
Meethika Dwivedi, a social media influencer with 2.8 million followers, says creating original content consistently is challenging but necessary to gain and retain followers. She started making videos during lockdown and has since gained popularity with her youth-centric content. Dwivedi's parents began taking her seriously after actor Arbaaz Khan noticed her videos and arranged a meeting. She is now focused on brand ad-content and may explore stand-up comedy and acting in the future.
Geetanjali Mishra, known for her roles in Ludo and Abhay 2, prefers to let her work speak for itself rather than relying on publicity. She recently took on a television role and is enjoying the new way of working. Mishra is also glad that her recent OTT releases have been well-received and is excited for upcoming projects. She has a personal connection to Lucknow and enjoys shopping in its markets.
Actor Rooprashmi Sharma, formerly known as Shweta Dadhich, opens up about the difficulty of moving on after losing loved ones and how returning to work has helped her find solace and regain focus. She recently started work on a TV show and now wants to be busier and take up more work across different mediums.
Actor Rohan Verma believes that playing negative characters is challenging but fulfilling. He also expresses optimism about his upcoming projects with acclaimed directors.
Renowned Lucknow photographers Anil Risal Singh and Rakesh Sinha have been pursuing their passion for photography for over 50 years. Singh began his journey inspired by his father's love for photography, while Sinha started at a young age capturing cultural events. Both photographers have received numerous awards and continue to follow their passion with the latest technology.
Actor Samridhi Shukla says that rumors only affect her when they involve her family. She feels the pressure to prove herself as a third-generation actor. She is currently focused on her work and is grateful for the support from her show's team and her family.
Actor Vandana Rao is disheartened as her show Na Umar Ki Seema Ho goes off air. She reflects on the tough goodbye and the challenges of the industry. She is now focusing on auditions and commercials for her next project.
Actor Darshan Dave has fulfilled his dream of working with film-maker Hansal Mehta after waiting for over a decade. Dave believes that as an actor, it is important to constantly evolve and reinvent oneself in order to keep the audience interested. He has recently taken on a grey character in the series Scoop, breaking away from his previous positive roles. Dave is also busy with other projects, including a short film.
Actor Madhurima Tuli is focused on her work and not in a rush to settle down. She believes in being single and happy until the right person comes along. Her parents have also given up on pressuring her to get married. Tuli is currently shooting for projects with meaningful content and is excited for the release of her film Tehran.
Model-actor Ruma Sharma says she has stopped caring about trolls and is focused on her successful career in the digital world, which has given her financial stability and a platform to connect with fans. She believes that digital platforms are the way to be popular among the younger generation and wants to make the most of her training as an actor. She has recently been part of successful projects like the OTT series Honey Trap Squad and has more projects in the pipeline.
Actor Monika Panwar credits her training at the National School of Drama for preparing her for the industry, and says taking the theatre route saved her from negative experiences. She also believes that getting strong roles early in her career is important for a secure future. Panwar is currently focused on her work and has several projects lined up, including the web series Choona.
Actor Ishan Mishra believes that the phrase "waiting for a worthwhile project" is a cliché, as any project that is released and earns numbers is worthwhile. He also discusses the challenges faced by outsiders in the industry. Mishra recently had two releases and is focusing on his career to attract more work.
On International Friendship Day, various businesses are offering special treats and activities for BFFs to celebrate together. Bakeries are providing custom cakes, home bakers are taking orders, and stores have stocked up on friendship-themed gifts. Malls and restaurants are also hosting friendship day events and offering special dining options.
Tabarruk, or sacred offering, is a traditional food item distributed at religious gatherings during Muharram. Sweet dishes like kheer are popular, but new options like imarti with rabri are also gaining popularity. Bakery items like cakes, buns, and breads are common due to their longer shelf life. Some hosts are also adding personal vegetarian pizzas to the menu to attract a younger crowd. However, traditional items like sheermal, biryani, and kebab rolls are still preferred by many.