Get to know...Sajjad Delafrooz

Updated on Jun 03, 2023 01:18 AM IST

Actor @sajjad_delafrooz is currently working on a sports drama film and would be a chef if not an actor. He enjoys playing villains and loves food.

Sajjad Delafrooz’s favourite Sunday memory while growing up is playing football on the beach.
ByUrvee Modwel

Listicle: 10 recent movies that are absolutely unwatchable right now

Some scripts just go stale. These are the movies you won’t be able to rewatch in 2023 without cringing

Karan Johar’s toxic circus Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) has Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and some of the most memorable songs of the decade.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:39 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

Spoilers Ahead by Rajeev Masand: The adjustment bureau

In Bollywood, a trip-up can go viral in minutes. Good PR can distract and course correct, but it comes at a cost. Celebrities often end up looking too rehearsed

Vicky Kaushal and Salman Khan embraced on the IIFA red carpet, after an earlier video of Khan ignoring Kaushal went viral.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:35 PM IST
ByRajeev Masand

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Books I’m loving

Get ready for summer reading with these recommendations: "Lessons In Chemistry," "The Windsor Knot," "Whips," "Crying in H Mart," and "The School For Good Mothers."

Lessons In Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is about what happens when chemist Elizabeth Zott has to resign from the all-male team at a research institute, and she is offered a job as the host of a cooking show.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:34 PM IST
BySeema Goswami

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Dining with the stars

The Michelin Guide Dubai gave out some unexpected awards this year. Here are the Indian restaurants that came out shining

Atlantis The Royal in Dubai is now home to four Michelin-starred restaurants: La Mar, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Ariana’s Persian Kitchen and Estiatorio Milos.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:33 PM IST

Four more shots, please: Indie directors share their paths to success

India’s independent films are doing better than ever, telling new stories from India, winning new fans abroad. See how four debut filmmakers charted their own paths to global success

Four first-time indie filmmakers, whose films have made an international splash, discuss funding, fame, festivals, and being true to the stories of India.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:32 PM IST

Visible proof: Nagaland actor Andrea Kevichüsa sets her sights on the world

Naga model and actor Andrea Kevichüsa skipped her BA (Hons) English exams to attend the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, where she paired a black dress with a traditional Nagamese layered beaded neckpiece. Kevichüsa won the Filmfare award for Best Debut Female in April, becoming the first woman actor from the North-East to win. She hopes to tackle the problem of discrimination towards actors from the North-East and wants to finish college. She has signed up with modelling agencies in New York, Japan and a few European countries.

Kevichüsa wore traditional Naga jewellery on the Cannes red carpet in May.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:25 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

In focus: A guide to making great movies about the movies

Indian films and TV shows about the movie industry should focus on human drama, offer a glimpse into the past, and go beyond the surface to explore deeper themes, according to experts. While authenticity is not crucial, the story should shine through, as in the 2023 series "Jubilee," which looks at a prominent film studio set in India's 1940s. "Luck By Chance" and "Rangeela" depict the struggles of actors, while "Bombay Talkies" illustrates how movies are part of life in India. "The Dirty Picture" delves into mental health issues triggered by the cut-throat entertainment industry, and "Supermen Of Malegaon" portrays a town where residents shoot slapdash remakes of popular Bollywood films on a shoestring budget.

When turning the spotlight on the entertainment world, don’t let the facts get in the way of the truth. Jubilee (2023) is set in the late 1940s, even though the protagonist based on Himanshu Rai died in 1940.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:22 PM IST
ByAnushree Chatterjee

Tights, cape, mask, yawn: Why are superhero movies so boring these days?

Dull plots, loud fights, insipid lines. Who took all the fun out of the superhero genre? And what will it take to rekindle the magic?

Marvel has tried everything -reboots every few years as well as multiverses and parallel storylines. The latest instalment, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, was released earlier this week.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:21 PM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

The Brunch round-up: The week and how it made us feel

Billie Eilish calls out haters for criticizing her choice of wearing gowns at the Met Gala and Spain develops an app to track household chores. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in Netflix's new show "Fubar" and ChatGPT becomes popular in 33 countries with over 5 lakh downloads in a week.

Billie Eilish has turned out in gorgeous gowns at the Met Gala since 2021. Fans can’t deal with it, though.
Updated on Jun 02, 2023 10:20 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Listicle: 10 gadgets we can’t wait to get our hands on this year

These 10 gadgets, apps and appliances have not released yet, but will soon. Add them to your cart soon

L’Oreal’s Brow Magic has a face scanning app that offers a range of brow shapes and essentially prints a non-permanent brow tattoo on your face in one smooth swipe.
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:49 AM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Get to know...Chaitnya Sharma

Rapper and actor @_slowcheeta talks about his favorite songs, app, food, and memories. He wishes he could fly and wants to travel back and meet his lost friend.

Chaitanya says the worst thing about fame is that you judge yourself based on what people think of you. Styling: Pooja Sethi; Make up: Hritika Tolani; Hair: Karim Shaikh; Outfit: Line Tribe. (Sheldon Santos)
Updated on May 27, 2023 11:41 PM IST

Weekend Drive by Hormazd Sorabjee: The power and the glory

How the Vida V1 Pro, India’s home-grown electric scooter, set a new Guinness World Record, powered by batteries and grit

The Vida V1 is India’s first e-scooter that has removable batteries you can swap for fully charged ones in seconds.
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:47 AM IST

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Swim against the stereotypes

Mindy Kaling and Martha Stewart rocked swimsuits recently. Both remain stuck pandering to age-old standards expected of women

Actor and writer Mindy Kaling, known for her curves, lost weight to model swimsuits, looking almost unrecognisable. But it didn’t come off as inspirational. (Instagram/@andieswim)
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:46 AM IST
BySeema Goswami

Rude Health by Vir Sanghvi: Why sweeteners aren’t all made equal

The WHO has advised against using non-sugar sweeteners. But it has created more confusion in the process. Let’s sort it out

Sugar causes weight gain, so people use sweeteners to reduce their dependence on it. Therefore, they avoid the weight gain that would have been caused by sugar. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:44 AM IST

Happy feet: Follow Ruhee Dosani’s quickstep to Instagram fame

Self-taught dancer Ruhee Dosani has 2.3 millions fans on Instagram while also working a job in IT. So, which one is the job and which one is the side hustle?

Dosani, 26, doesn’t even set her Reels to trending music. Instead, the self-taught dancer performs to old ad jingles (“Washing powder, Nirma”, “Badshah Masala”) and grooves to classic Navratri songs.
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:42 AM IST
ByRiddhi Doshi

Move over, gymkhanas. These clubs are the new clique bait

Leave gymkhanas to grandpa. Modern members-only clubs offer updated frills, new networks and the same coveted exclusivity

When it opened in 2018, the rooftop pool at Soho House, Mumbai became a hotspot for young creatives to meet, mingle and assure themselves that they’d made it.
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:39 AM IST
ByNoor Anand Chawla

Are you having an affair? Styling tips for the dinner table

Take dinner-party hosting up a few notches with tricks that will impress the boss, the buddies and the snootiest cousins

Table stylist Ami Kothari recommends adding a personal touch to the table setting. Print memories, personal quirks and old pet names on placemats.
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:38 AM IST
ByAnushree Chatterjee

Pick a side: Don’t let everyday choices make up your identity

Binary divisions have the power to define us. But they can also allow us to open up, move past petty choices and live together better

Are you a dog person or cat person? How about being an animal person instead. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:36 AM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang

The Brunch round-up: The week and how it made us feel

We’re impressed by Kim Kardashian, cheering The Bachelor’s season for seniors and weddings in space, but not the new FIFA 2026 logo

Kim Kardashian teamed up with the non-profit REFORM Alliance, to help more than 50 mothers on probation or parole in the US pay off their legal fines and fees.
Updated on May 27, 2023 03:34 AM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

Listicle: 10 food accounts to take you from hangry to happy

Linda Nicholson (@saltyseattle): Nicholson shapes, cuts, bends, folds and colours her pasta to make everything from pandas to pencils, and mushrooms to slices of lemon

Linda Nicholson (@saltyseattle):Nicholson shapes, cuts, folds and colours her pasta to make everything from pandas to pencils, and mushrooms to lemon slices.
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:14 PM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Get to know... Amit Sial

Filmmaker waiting for release of Tikdam, listens to Otis Taylor, Rage Against the Machine, Qala, orders ill-fitted jacket online, recommends India as travel destination.

Actor Amit Sial; Styling by Pyu Mishra; Outfit by Jubinav Chadha; Make-up by Amby Upadhyay; Hair by Arbaz Shaikh (Denzil Christian)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:14 PM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Spoilers Ahead by Rajeev Masand: With stars in our eyes

Meeting your childhood idols doesn’t have to be a bad thing; you should tell them how much they mean to you

In the early ’90s, Rajeev Masand was a proud Rishi Kapoor fan. “When I met him, he was brash, opinionated, and – believe it or not – charming,” he writes.
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:11 PM IST
ByRajeev Masand

Spectator by Seema Goswami: Get vocal for local

Many people who travel abroad take in the sights, buy souvenirs, but stop short of trying the food. It’s a waste and a shame

When British chef Heston Blumenthal visited Delhi recently, he went to Bukhara just to eat the naan, dal and kebabs that the restaurant is known for. (Instagram/@spectatorseemA)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:10 PM IST
BySeema Goswami

Empire state of mind: Indian food and drink takes over NYC

In New York City, Indian food is making its mark as a cuisine that is modernised and contemporary, yet stays true to its roots

The Taj group took over the lease of The Pierre, one of New York’s grand hotels, and it now makes money for them -- something it hasn’t done for any hotel group in decades.
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:09 PM IST

More torque, more action: How Indian off-roading is changing gear

Off-roading is an expensive bumpy ride. But these IRL obstacle courses are becoming popular stress busters for car and bike owners

The Rainforest Challenge organised during Goa’s monsoon, is the official India chapter of one of the toughest motorsport events in the world.
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:05 PM IST
ByNoor Anand Chawla

Dead giveaway: Why you should make your will (even if you’re broke)

Your will may be the most important document you’ll ever write. Two lawyers offer tips on how to do it right

In Knives Out (2019), Ana de Armas plays Marta, a dedicated nurse and caregiver to a famous author. He dies, leaving her his fortune in a will he makes in his last days. It’s what steers the plot, and the morals of his rich family.
Updated on May 20, 2023 11:00 AM IST
ByUrvee Modwel

Temper your tantrum: Can rage rooms help you let off steam?

Rage rooms are a roaring success. But are they making anger management issues better or worse? We examine the issue calmly

Studies indicate that physical violence can be cathartic. But the stress release is short-lived. The dopamine rush could build up to an addiction. Or make you angrier. (Shutterstock)
Updated on May 19, 2023 08:01 PM IST
ByTanisha Saxena

The Brunch round-up: The week and how it made us feel

This week, we’re Loving Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo, celebrating Towel Day, following IRL Succession and getting amused by warning signs

Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo (Disney+ Hotstar) has a fiery league of bahus and widows, led by Dimple Kapadia.
Updated on May 19, 2023 07:52 PM IST
ByHT Brunch Team

HT Brunch poetry special: Haikus, ghazals, free verse and more

We got India’s most exciting young poets to compose original poems especially for HT Brunch. See how they put their own poetic spins on the idea of New Beginnings.

Poems record history, spark revolution, tear you apart and put you back together. For this issue of Brunch, we asked poets (clockwise from left) Akhil Katyal, Akhila Mohan CG, Virat Nehru and Janice Pariat to compose work about new beginnings.
Updated on May 19, 2023 07:11 PM IST
ByKarishma Kuenzang
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