Bollywood Stars

“I will always be very, very proud of Acid Factory.” – Manoj Bajpayee

Written by on October 6th, 2009

Though not generally seen as your conventional Bollywood hero, Manoj Bajpayee (formerly Bajpai) has played some great roles and makes an impression in every single character he portrays. Manoj looks for roles that really challenge him as an actor and only does one role at a time, so that he can fully commit to become […]

“Acid Factory really is a twisted, very, very action packed interesting thriller of a ride”- director Suparn Verma

Written by on October 5th, 2009

Sometimes when you interview stars and directors they only give you one line answers. More often it goes well and you get some great stuff, but then there are times when it goes really, really well and the interview turns into a conversation. You not only get answers to your questions, you get to add […]

“Kurbaan deals with issues not seen before in Hindi Cinema” – Rensil D’Silva

Written by on October 2nd, 2009

You may recognize his name from the credits of the mega hit Rang De Basanti: Rensil D’Silva was the man behind the script of that groundbreaking film. He is known as one of the best screenplay writers in Hindi cinema and now he is adding director to his credit line, as well as writer, for […]

“The love scenes are sensuous but reflective of the love between these two women” – Shamim Sarif

Written by on September 29th, 2009

Shamim Sarif is perhaps one of the most honest Desi filmmakers. Taking from her own experiences and situations she has encountered, the writer-director went on to make one of the most coveted films based on her own written novels “I Can’t Think Straight” and “The World Unseen”. Interestingly both films feature a similar theme set […]

“Whether it’s been the number of men that I’ve done love scenes with in my career to women, they’re all the same” – Sheetal Sheth

Written by on September 29th, 2009

Sheetal Sheth was first seen in the extremely award winning film ABCD – which also aided the Indian-American genre of films. After gaining immense popularity with the film, she went on to become a part of a handful of critically acclaimed movies which the depicted the lives of Indians abroad. More recently she has went […]

“When you dance your soul comes alive” – Terence Lewis

Written by on September 25th, 2009

Indian cinema has evolved over the years in many aspects. Be it story line, characters or costumes. However, when one speaks on the topic of evolution of choreography and dance in the industry, many names come to mind on who has contributed to the evolution of dance on stage and the silver screen. Amongst these […]

“I am proud of the film I made” – Bhavna Talwar, director of Dharm

Written by on September 21st, 2009

In June of 2007, Taran Adarsh wrote in his review for Bhavna Talwar‘s debut film, “An outstanding film in all respects, this one deserves the highest praise and of course, the highest award.” That film was the thought provoking Dharm, which starred the amazing Pankaj Kapoor, as well as Supriya Pathak, Daya Shankar Pandey, Krish […]

Music band ‘Ivy York’ takes old Bollywood songs in a new direction

Written by on September 10th, 2009

You probably have never heard of the band Ivy York, a UK quartet with Ivy and Ravi at its center, but if they have their way, you soon will. The group is getting ready to release a single called the ‘Call of Spring’, and I am sure that once you hear it, you will recognize […]

Interview with Imran Khan – Part Deux

Written by on September 8th, 2009

Those who know young film star Imran Khan, know he is not only a great actor, but also a great person. To those who don’t, I’d suggest reading his column in Hindustan Times as you will soon realise that he is one of the good people and that many of his posts are thought provoking […]

“The characters and the heart of the story of Barah Aana is extremely real!”- Raja Menon

Written by on September 7th, 2009

It is very rare that you meet a director who is as passionate and dedicated to their craft. Raja Menon is one of those exceptional filmmakers. Menon has gone from ad filmmaking to now the director of two films: Bas Yun Hi in 2003 and then more recently Barah Aana. The film released and has […]

“There was a lot of doubt as to whether I would be able to play the part in Barah Aana” – Arjun Mathur

Written by on September 4th, 2009

I remember looking up Arjun Mathur when I saw him play the part of the struggling stage actor in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance. Impressed by the ease with which he played the part of Abhimanyu, I was not surprised to hear that the young actor was a part of Raja Menon’s critically acclaimed, Barah […]

“Barah Aana is a reflection of life” – Tannishtha Chatterjee

Written by on September 4th, 2009

Tannishtha Chatterjee is truly an international actress and has made her presence known not only in Hindi cinema but also in German, Bengali, Indo-French and English films. She was critically acclaimed for her performance as Masha in the German/Bengali film Schatten der Zeit (Shadows of Time) starring opposite Irrfan Khan. In 2007 she was nominated […]

“Shaadi No. 1 is something I will never regret!” – Sophie Choudry

Written by on August 29th, 2009

Sophie Choudry may not have a huge box office hit behind her name nor is she re-occurring on the big screen all that often but regardless she is a household name! Having travelled across the seven seas to pursue her career in India, Sophie has definitely seen every corner of the entertainment industry in a […]

“Salman and Kareena share sweet chemistry in Main Aur Mrs Khanna” – Prem Soni

Written by on August 29th, 2009

You’ve seen Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor come together in the past but they haven’t managed to create too much hype onscreen as a couple. However, come this Diwali the duo will come together again in debutante Prem Soni’s much awaited and talked about Main Aur Mrs Khanna. Shot prominently in Australia and based on […]

“To be successful, be patient and learn to rise with your head high when you fall” – Amrita Rao

Written by on August 28th, 2009

Writing an introduction to describe Amrita Rao can easily be regarded as a task that is next to ‘impossible’. The actress has just been so versatile in her still young career that it makes it impossible for me to define her with catchy phrase or line. She’s transformed from the ‘sharmilee’ type of characters to […]

“‘I Am’ should entertain as a film, but at the same time it makes you think” – Onir Anirban

Written by on August 11th, 2009

I Am is the title of Onir Anirban’s newest project, a film comprised of five short films in one: A film defining Identity. Each short film shines the light on a topic that is not generally seen in Hindi cinema, including child sexual abuse, male sex workers and their mistreatment at the hands of the […]

“My characters in Kaminey are very, very unique.” – Shahid Kapoor

Written by on August 9th, 2009

He is one of the younger stars of Hindi cinema, but even at only 28, Shahid Kapoor has made his mark in the industry. In his career he has taken on a variety of roles and with each performance has proven that not only does he have that “it factor”, he is also a great […]

“People of all ages will relate to Life Partner” – Tusshar Kapoor

Written by on August 9th, 2009

Success has no shortcuts, and no one knows the truth of this line better than Tusshar Kapoor. He hails from one of the most prestigious filmi families and despite being born with what some may call ‘the silver spoon’, the young Kapoor had to work harder than most in the industry to prove that he’s […]

“Teree Sang is about responsibility and love” – Ruslaan Mumtaz

Written by on August 5th, 2009

College romances have always been a favourite of mine be it the 90s classic Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander or the millennium blockbuster Ishq Vishk so naturally Mera Pehla Pehla Pyaar (MP3) was right up my alley! I came out not only feeling refreshing but also feeling a sense of victory having discovered not one but […]

“I love dancing; it’s everything to me” – Mumaith Khan

Written by on August 2nd, 2009

How would you describe your journey from a background dancer to one of the most re-knowned item girls India knows today? It was nice and a good experience for me, and like I said it was like a roller coaster for me! Your journey has of course been quite phenomenal and many would say that […]

“I have to be really passionate about something to want to direct it.” – Shirish Kunder

Written by on August 1st, 2009

Back in 2006, director Shirish Kunder released the Akshay Kumar-Preity Zinta-Salman Khan love triangle Jaan-e-mann. Since then he has been playing the role of devoted father, bringing up triplets with choreographer and filmmaker wife, Farah Khan. In a freewheeling chat with Steven Baker, Shirish reveals he is set to direct not one, but two new […]

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