S Farah Rizvi

S Farah Rizvi writes on Bollywood, OTT, television and culture for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

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Barrister Babu actor Dev Aditya adds real struggle starts with the first show

Dev feels as a newcomer, all actors go through their share of down moments in the industry.

Actor Dev Aditya
Published on Sep 23, 2023 03:54 PM IST

Divya Dhristi actor Mishkat Varma talks about the perception of being typecast

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

Mishkat Varma
Published on Sep 21, 2023 11:39 AM IST

K-pop artiste Aoora: I want to sing for Akshay Kumar and SRK one day

K-pop artiste Aoora is in awe of Bollywood and aspires to be a part of it soon

K-pop artiste Aoora (Instagram/aoora69)
Published on Sep 18, 2023 06:13 PM IST

The Empire actor Rahul Dev says his mind is at peace, today

The actor talks about new projects and more

Rahul Dev on work and more(HT photos)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 07:06 PM IST

Rahul Dev:Today I can say that my mind is at peace

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

Rahul Dev
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 07:07 PM IST
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Navneet Malik: With big canvas of web-series, release pressure has gone up

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.

Navneet Malik
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 05:41 PM IST

The Freelancer actor Navneet Malik talks about is foray in web space

Actor Navneet Malik shares that for any actor, be it old or new, release day does make you nervous. “Getting jitters and anxiety pangs

Navneet Malik was last seen in The Freelancer in a negative avatar
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 04:44 PM IST

UP wala thumka on Korean beats for Aoora and Fridayy

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.

Aoora and Fridayy
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 12:55 PM IST

Alankrita: We should stop demeaning mental health issues

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.

Alankrita Anup Sahai (HT)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 11:31 AM IST

Kriti Vij: It’s difficult to break the ice with the inner circle

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.

Kriti Vij
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 12:43 PM IST

Pranaay: With films working, music too earned back its listeners

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.

Pranaay (HT)
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 06:31 PM IST

It’s Krishna for them, always!

Artists swear by Lord Krishna as their muse, experiencing emotions of spirituality, devotion, and sanctity. They credit their success to Krishna's inspiration.

Lord Krishna painted by an artist
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 11:32 AM IST

Saad Bilgrami: Many newcomers find it fair to ignore their past

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.

Saad Bilgrami
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 08:00 PM IST

Lucknowites gear up for high voltage encounter

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.

Match being screened (HT)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 03:31 PM IST

Vivek Anchalia: No creative person’s work will go in vain

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.

Vivek Anchalia during his visit to HT office in Lucknow (Deep Saxena/HT)
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 03:04 PM IST

Varun rings in his b’day in Uttarakhand today

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.

Varun Kapoor
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 12:30 PM IST

Meethika Dwivedi: I started mazak-mazak mei but now the game is bit serious

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.

Meethika Dwivedi
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 06:21 PM IST

Geetanjali is letting her work do the talking

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.

Geetanjali Mishra
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 12:47 PM IST

Rooprashmi Sharma: Three months after losing my BFF Nitesh, I am yet to come to terms

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.

Rooprashmi Sharma
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 11:21 AM IST

Rohan Verma: Hate messages are proof that I have been able to deliver

Actor Rohan Verma believes that playing negative characters is challenging but fulfilling. He also expresses optimism about his upcoming projects with acclaimed directors.

Rohan Verma
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 07:00 PM IST

Life, camera and still in action

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.

Anil Risal Singh
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 06:11 PM IST

Samridhi Shukla: Nobody wants to be in news for false reasons

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.

Samridhi Shukla
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 03:05 PM IST

Vandana Rao: It was the toughest goodbye for all of us

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.

Vandana Rao (ht photo)
Updated on Aug 16, 2023 06:27 PM IST

Darshan Dave: Wait for Hansal sir’s call was over a decade long

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.

Darshan Dave
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 12:23 PM IST

Madhurima Tuli: Happily moved on in life, enjoying singlehood

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.

Madhurima Tuli
Updated on Aug 13, 2023 01:39 PM IST

Ruma Sharma: I have stopped taking trolls seriously

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.

Ruma Sharma
Updated on Aug 11, 2023 03:06 PM IST

Monika Panwar: Theatre prepped me all for Bollywood

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.

Monika Panwar
Updated on Aug 09, 2023 06:25 PM IST

Ishan Mishra: Agar bane rehna hai toh kaam karte rehna hai

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.

Ishan Mishra
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 06:45 PM IST

Int’l Friendship Day: Lucknow says cheers to dosti-yaari

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.

Int’l Friendship Day
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 04:19 PM IST

Tabarruk: A token of blessing

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.

Tabarruk: A token of blessing
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 04:10 PM IST
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