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Sweta Kaushal has 13 years of experience covering Bollywood and regional movies, TV shows, national current affairs and social issues.

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FFI demands unconditional apology from Ritesh Batra

Suparn Sen, the secretary of Film Federation of India (FFI) has written a letter to The Lunchbox director Ritesh Batra, demanding an unconditional apology for his comments on the jury for selection of India's official entry to the Oscars.

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Updated on Oct 01, 2013 05:46 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Maazii: how good ingredients can make a tasteless soup

Despite decent performances and a gripping story, Jaideep Chopra's Maazi fails to emerge as an engaging suspense thriller. So where did the debutant director go wrong? Sweta Kaushal explores.

Updated on Sep 28, 2013 04:17 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Gujarat in The Good Road offends filmmakers

Filmmakers Abhilash Ghoda and Deepak Antani say that The Good Road shows Gujarat in a bad light and anyone who believes that the state is child-prostitution free must oppose the selection of the movie as the Indian official entry to Oscars. Ghoda has also written a letter to the censor board .

Updated on Sep 26, 2013 03:40 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

I want to make a film on Sanjay Gandhi: Jolly LLB director

Subhash Kapur, who has given us films like Jolly LLB and Phas Gaye Re Obama says he wants to make a film on Sanjay Gandhi. However, the director adds, that each producer he approached has denied to work on the project.

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Updated on Sep 24, 2013 05:40 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

KJo did not associate with The Lunchbox for the love of cinema: Ajay Bahl

Ajay Bahl of BA Pass fame has said that Karan Johar or Kiran Rao did not associate with The Lunchbox or The Ship of Theseus for the love of the art of cinema. They took the step as a business strategy, the director added.

Updated on Sep 23, 2013 04:20 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

I am waiting for a lighter, romantic role: Irrfan Khan

Irrfan Khan plays the lead role - an old man - in The Lunchbox that releases across 600 screens on Friday. The man who has always played intense roles, however, awaits an offer to essay a role in a love story.

Updated on Sep 20, 2013 06:14 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Critics review: The Lunchbox, find it appetising

Having won laurels at Cannes Film Festival, among several others, director Ritesh Batra's debut venture The Lunchbox opens in 600 screens to the audience on Friday. The Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Nirmat Kaur starrer has critics raving about the movie.

Updated on Sep 20, 2013 06:32 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

I would love to essay dark roles: Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana says, "I would love to essay a dark role. But as of now, I'm content playing the happy guy." The actor-singer, who turns 29 on Friday, talks to Sweta Kaushal about some memorable moments from his romantic life and more.

Updated on Sep 14, 2013 01:31 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Critics' review: John Day fails to thrill

Randeep Hooda, Naseeruddin Shah-starrer John Day releases today. The debut venture of director Ahishor Solomon is supposed to be a thriller but critics do not find it exciting enough. Read on..

Updated on Sep 13, 2013 03:08 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Prakash Jha: the crusader for political cinema in Bollywood

Prakash Jha has introduced socio-political films into mainstream Bollywood with his films like Mrityudand, Gangaajal and Apaharan. The director tells Sweta Kaushal what inspired the film Satyagraha, talks about his favourite political film and more.

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Updated on Sep 09, 2013 05:25 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Critics' verdict: Zanjeer high on performances, low on content

Apoorva Lakhia's Zanjeer is said to be a tribute to the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 1973 flick. The film has been riding high on promotion circuit. Critics, however, are not satisfied with the movie that stars Priyanka Chopra and Ram Charan Teja.

Updated on Sep 06, 2013 06:12 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Crime shows making the society a better place?

When Crime Patrol planned an episode on Delhi gangrape, debates were raised on whether it should be aired or not. We wonder if the reality-based crime shows on TV are building a better society or they are instiling fear in vulnerable minds.

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Updated on Sep 03, 2013 01:53 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Critics' review: watch Satyagraha for performances

Prakash Jha has picked a rather radical subject for his latest movie Satyagraha. A starcast comprising of actors like Big B, Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpai is the icing on the cake. But has the film lived up to the expectations? Read on.

Updated on Aug 30, 2013 04:30 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Prakash Jha has paved way for realistic cinema: Manoj Bajpai

People like Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap, Neeraj pandey are making statements with their films. Story is more crucial to these fimmakers. Aarakshan was a trendsetter in that matter. Somewhere Prakash Jha has paved the way for these filmmakers," Manoj Bajpai said.

Updated on Aug 30, 2013 10:25 AM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

First trailer of Boss out

The first trailer of Akshay Kumar-starrer Boss is out and is getting mixed reactions from people online. Have you watched it? Is Akshay Kumar back with a bang? VOTE HERE

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Updated on Aug 27, 2013 04:44 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Celebs horrified over Mumbai gangrape

The heinous gangrape of a photojournalist in Mumbai has shaken the country once again. Disturbed with the episode, Bollywood and TV actors pour out their disgust.

Updated on Aug 23, 2013 05:33 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Critics review: Madras Cafe is a must watch

Even as controversies surround the screening of Shoojit Sircar's Madras Cafe, the film has opened up countrywide, except Tamil Nadu. Interestingly this John Abraham-starrer has impressed most of the critics. Read what they have to say.

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Updated on Aug 23, 2013 02:27 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

OUATIMD, Chennai Express get bad reviews but shine at BO

Whether it's Akshay Kumar-starrer Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara or Shah Rukh Khan-in-the-lead Chennai Express reviewers and audiences seem to mostly disagree. Sweta Kaushal explores this movie trend.

Updated on Aug 19, 2013 02:26 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

SRK's wit finally reaches silver screen with Chennai Express

Shah Rukh Khan has a friendly, jovial persona in real-life which is clearly visible in his interviews or personal appearances in award functions and TV shows. His funny side, however, remained unexplored on the silver screen until Chennai Express. We explore.

Updated on Aug 14, 2013 11:12 AM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Critics' review: Chennai Express is a mass entertainer

The joint venture of romance badshah Shah Rukh Khan and comedy king Rohit Shetty hits theatres today. Has the duo pulled it off in royal style? Critics feel you should watch the movie if you like Shetty sans his double-meaning jokes.

Updated on Aug 09, 2013 05:16 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

New Bollywood trend: seasoned actors, fresh directors

Usually, directors launch fresh talent in Bollywood. The tide has turned of late. Established actors and actresses are now working with first time directors. Sweta Kaushal explores.

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Updated on Aug 08, 2013 04:59 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Vishal Dadlani versus Honey Singh again?

Music composers Vishal-Shekhar do not seem too happy at inclusion of Honey Singh's song in Chennai Express. Dadlani tweeted this morning taking a clear dig at an un-named person, is Punjabi rapper the target?

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Updated on Aug 07, 2013 04:19 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Rajinikanth: his signature style

Rajinikanth is an iconic figure who has millions of fans worshipping him as God! Thalaviar, as he is popularly known, has a unique style. We explore.

Updated on Aug 05, 2013 06:59 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Kishore Kumar: the man who sang some of the best Hindi songs on friendship

Most of us are celebrating Friendship Day today, dedicating songs to our beloved friends. Interestingly, the day also marks the 84th birth anniversary of the singer of some of the most touching Hindi songs on friendship - Diye Jalte Hain, Ye Dosti and more.

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Updated on Aug 05, 2013 01:44 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Besharam trailer: Ranbir Kapoor apes Salman Khan

The first trailer of Abhinav Singh Kashyap's Besharam is out. Ranbir Kapoor is in a totally new avatar in the comic venture that also stars Pallavi Sharda. Does Kapoor pull off the Dabangg style? VOTE NOW

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Updated on Aug 01, 2013 10:21 AM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Naseeruddin Shah-starrer John Day's first trailer out

The first trailer of upcoming thriller John Day is out. This Naseeruddin Shah and Randeep Hooda-starrer promises to explore the hidden evil in us. Take a look.

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Updated on Jul 29, 2013 02:49 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Dehi

Critics' reviews: Issaq, Bajatey Raho, Nasha and Luv u Soniyo

Four Bollywood movies released today. We sifted through critics' opinions and voices in social media and found that not one is worth your time and money. You have been warned!

Updated on Jul 27, 2013 12:21 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Arth producer hasn't approached me for the Urdu remake: Mahesh Bhatt

Media reports recently suggested that the producer of 1983 film Arth, Kuljit Pal was irked with Mahesh Bhatt for allowing a Pak remake of the film. Bhatt, however, denies reports and insists Kuljit Pal has not communicated with him in this context.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2013 11:29 AM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Byomkesh Bakshi, Chanakya to be re-run on Doordarshan

Popular TV shows of yesteryears Chanakya and Byomkesh Bakshi will be aired again on Doordarshan, in a bid to boost up the TRPs, Doordarshan News tweeted on Thursday. TV series Buniyaad will also be re-telecast.

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Updated on Jul 26, 2013 11:43 AM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi

Salman Khan films that could get in a limbo

If Salman Khan follows in Sanjay Dutt’s footsteps and ends up in jail, his fans will not be alone in lamenting the development – several film producers will also join. Take a look at the actor’s upcoming projects.

Updated on Jul 25, 2013 01:24 PM IST
Hindustantimes.com | BySweta Kaushal, New Delhi
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