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Anupama Chopra is the editor and founder of Film Companion.

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Will the nepotism debate post Sushant Singh Rajput’s death lead the way to a more level playing field?

Let’s emerge from the pandemic with a fairer, better, more innovative Bollywood

Sushant Singh Rajput died on June 14.
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 11:10 AM IST
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How the pandemic has temporarily overthrown the tyranny of box office

One silver lining to the theatres being closed during the pandemic is that we’re talking about the movies again, rather than just how many crores were made on the first day.

Shoojit Sircar’s Gulabo Sitabo released on Amazon Prime amid pandemic.
Updated on Jun 28, 2020 04:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

How will Covid-19 change the way India makes its cinema?

New norms and slimmer budgets are set to transform every aspect of movie-making.

Kangana Ranaut during a shoot for the historical epic film Manikarnika, in Jaipur in 2018.
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 04:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Covid-19 can end the circus of celebrity, open doors for new talent, writes Anupama Chopra

The Covid-19 pandemic has sent Bollywood A-listers into hibernation, but perhaps it can open doors for new talent once things resume, writes Anupama Chopra.

Actor Arjun Rampal on set.
Updated on Jun 05, 2020 08:06 PM IST
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Hobbled festivals: How film festivals have been impacted by coronavirus

The virus has disrupted the soul of the ecosystem.

The deserted Croisette beach is pictured empty due to measures put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The Cannes Film Festival has been postponed indefinitely.(AP)
Published on May 17, 2020 12:30 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Her life and her portfolio mark Kareena Kapoor out as a risk-taker

Anupama Chopra on Kareena Kapoor’s act of disruption

This year, Kareena Kapoor Khan turns 40. But she continues to be a diva and an in-demand showstopper at various fashion shows.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 07, 2020 09:46 PM IST
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Is modesty the secret to Telugu cinema’s bountiful success?: Anupama Chopra

Politeness, modesty, humility and reticence are recurring qualities among the this film fraternity from the south

Allu Arjun’s recent monster hit
Updated on Feb 23, 2020 07:57 PM IST
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In the new Bollywood love stories, the couples have no daunting opposition

Earlier obstacles: the angry dad, caste, class. Now: career, commitment phobia.

Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan in the 2020 version of Imtiaz Ali’s
Updated on Feb 07, 2020 05:00 PM IST
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I wish more people would let go creatively, as Saif is doing: Anupama Chopra

‘Amitabh Bachchan experienced a similar creative spring in the early years of the new millennium. But the women, even those not in the leading-lady rat race, aren’t cutting loose quite as much.’

A still from Kaalakaandi (2017). Like his character in the film, Saif Ali Khan is doing what he wants, regardless of the rules.
Published on Jan 24, 2020 05:19 PM IST
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A star is born: Anupama Chopra looks back at how Hrithik Roshan’s debut set the bar high for future newcomers

20 years ago, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai wasn’t just a blockbuster. It generated a hysteria comparable to Beatlemania

With Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, director Rakesh Roshan got the perfect material to showcase his talented son, Hrithik
Published on Jan 10, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Anupama Chopra’s Bollywood dreams for 2020

Empowered writers, original music, an exchange of ideas across languages... a wishlist for the year ahead.

Shah Rukh Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in 2018. ‘I hope Shah Rukh finds a script and a storyteller who can both reinvent the Shah Rukh Khan myth and honour it.’
Updated on Dec 28, 2019 07:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnupama Chopra

Showbiz is ageist but there is no slowing down Isabelle Huppert

Huppert is the French Meryl Streep

Actress Isabelle Huppert at the screening of Elle in London. She was nominated for an Oscar for the film.(Getty image)
Published on Dec 13, 2019 05:47 PM IST
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The cult of Karan Johar

He doesn’t get enough credit for pushing the envelope in his films

Karan Johar at a party in Mumbai.(Yogen Shah)
Published on Nov 29, 2019 05:37 PM IST
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Film festivals open your head and ways of seeing the world, says Anupama Chopra

A festival insists that you watch films you would never have encountered otherwise.

General view of the red carpet opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2003.(Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 15, 2019 04:35 PM IST
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‘This is Amitabh...’ he said, Anupama Chopra shares her many memories of Big B

The megastar completes 50 years in Hindi cinema this month

For those who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, Amitabh Bachchan cut a colossus-like figure, towering over the movies.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 02, 2019 07:51 PM IST
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Playing against type

It’s a treat when actors let go of on-screen vanity for a film, says Anupama Chopra

Hrithik Roshan shed his macho image when he played a maths teacher in
Published on Oct 18, 2019 05:25 PM IST
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Blurring the lines: Anupama Chopra on movie scenes that move us

Cinema can sometimes echo your soul, be a friend and a guide

The mother-daughter scene in
Published on Oct 05, 2019 05:37 PM IST
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What can stars do, beyond shine? Actually, quite a lot, says Anupama Chopra

Some have begun to use their massive clout, online and off, for greater good.

Actor Hrithik Roshan’s feed has photographs of bonding vacations with his sons. Stars have become ‘intimate strangers’, more visible than ever before.
Published on Sep 21, 2019 10:11 PM IST
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A step out of line: Anupama Chopra on what’s wrong with ‘item songs’ today

Done right, these numbers are joyous. It’s time to rename them

‘Item songs’ work, when like Chaiyya chaiyya (Dil Se) they celebrate sensuality.
Published on Sep 07, 2019 07:51 PM IST
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Language no bar: Anupama Chopra on non-Hindi blockbusters

Surprise! The truly innovative cinema like Virus or Village Rockstars, Super Deluxe, Sairat, Kumbalangi Nights or the Baahubali franchise, is emerging from outside Mumbai.

The Malayalam film Virus is a superbly crafted medical thriller, one of several films shaking Bollywood’s hold over Indian audiences.
Published on Aug 24, 2019 06:17 PM IST
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My review, my choice:Anupama Chopra calls out Twitter trolls

Twitter trolls, on both sides of the political axis, need to stop looking for a conspiracy in every movie review, says Anupama Chopra.

Over the years, the trolling got so vicious that I trained myself not to look at mentions when big-budget, big star films hit the screens.
Published on Aug 10, 2019 06:10 PM IST
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Breaking the barriers of language in films

The borders between film industries in India have become more porous

Director Sandeep Reddy Vanga reworked his Telugu hit, Arjun Reddy
Updated on Jul 27, 2019 05:51 PM IST
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Let’s not play any more of these games, says Anupama Chopra

Stars are being asked to play charades or quiz each other, during interviews. But if standard Q&As are one rut, this is turning out to be just another. It’s time to rethink Bollywood promotions.

Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan, amid numerous other stars, are playing games like What If and Never Have I Ever, during film promotion interviews.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2019 05:50 PM IST
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Ayushmann Khurrana is an actor who is pushing the boundaries, says Anupama Chopra

Ayushmann Khurrana actively sought out the film Article 15. The actor saw Mulk, a powerful and persuasive plea for religious unity, and called the film’s director, Anubhav Sinha. Anubhav offered him a rom-com. Ayushmann asked instead for something gritty and hard-hitting.

Ayushmann Khurrana in a gritty role. He plays a cop in Article 15, inspired by a real-life story
Updated on Jun 29, 2019 08:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByAnupama Chopra

It takes courage to be a star student, says Anupama Chopra

In an industry that allows mediocrity to survive and even thrive, successful actors are setting aside time to hone their craft. I wish more actors would do this.

Since Zero, where she was applauded for making her character come alive, Katrina Kaif says her approach has changed radically. ‘Regardless of how the director works, there’s certain work which I now make sure I do for myself. [I ask], how do I up my game; how do I better myself?’ Kaif says.(IANS)
Published on Jun 15, 2019 05:52 PM IST
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Can’t we have both fashion and film at Cannes, asks Anupama Chopra

HT introduces a fortnightly column by Anupama Chopra. Up first, a peek beyond the Cannes red carpet to ask why it’s been 25 years since India had a film in the main competition section.

Deepika Padukone poses at Cannes in a lime green Giambattista Valli. The dress was hailed as bold, and inspired memes around the world. But if the only conversation around India is about fashion, we will be reduced to lightweights.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 02, 2019 09:53 AM IST
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Watching Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Cannes

Anupama Chopra puts her experience at Cannes Film Festival in numbers - nine days, 13 films, 20 interviews and two parties.

Actors Margot Robbie from left, Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the 72nd international film festival, Cannes.(AP)
Published on May 22, 2019 11:21 AM IST
By, Cannes

Cannes diary: Aishwarya Rai confirms doing Mani Ratnam’s next, says she keeps it real with Aaradhya

Anupama Chopra interviewed Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Asif Kapadia, Werner Herzog and Sonam Kapoor at Cannes. Here is an interesting sneak peek.

Aishwarya Rai is accompanied with daughter Aaradhya.
Updated on May 21, 2019 02:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Cannes

A day at Cannes: rubbing shoulders with Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu

Anupama Chopra writes about interviewing actor Andie Macdowell at Cannes Film Festival and meeting director Alfonso Cuaron.

US actress Andie MacDowell arrives for the screening of the film The Best Years of a Life at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival.(AFP)
Updated on May 20, 2019 12:01 PM IST

Deepika Padukone on Cannes: You either come here with a film or you slay on the red carpet

At Cannes Film Festival, Anupama Chopra talks to Deepika Padukone about her red carpet style, and why she doesn’t bring Ranveer Singh there.

Deepika Padukone walks the red carpet at 72nd Cannes Film Festival.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 14, 2020 11:58 PM IST
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