Deep Saxena writes on Bollywood, OTT, television, food and culture for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.
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Bajrangi Bhaijaan & The Kashmir Files actor Atul Srivastava says that it’s important to reinvent with time to survive the cut-throat competition in the industry
Actor Shivani Sharma is working in Punjabi and Southern industry besides doing Hindi OTT and films projects.
Actor Yajuvendra Pratap Singh will shoot for his next film Archituchchey in Lucknow with Ashmit Patel, Rohit Chaudhury, Sarvadaman Singh and Aanchal Munjal
Actor Rachna Shyam has shot for both her films - Red Collar and Red Collar in Lucknow.
Makers are ready to experiment with the cast and zero in on actors who have a body of work in theatre, says the Rangbaaz3 and Gangs of Wasseypur actor.
TV show Imlie’s protagonist Sumbul Touqeer Khan has learnt the hard way to believe in what one has in hand, rather than hoping for something bigger to turn up.
Alongside the traditional varieties, eateries in Lucknow have fun flavours on offer too
Academician-turned-filmmaker Durgesh Pathak started working on his debut film Lakeerein in 2017 which is still to hit the screens.
Singer Amit Kumar won the hearts of Lucknowites with his singing prowess, storytelling and striking the chord by engaging them during his performance.
Having his roots in Lucknow, actor Shine Pandey has shot for his debut series in Varanasi and next one in the state capital
Actor Rahul Bhuchar is looking forward to essay the role of Lord Ram once again in Ayodhya Ki Ramleela, which has a massive following around the globe.
Lucknow lad and fashion designer Manish Tripathi has also made ceremonial dress for Asian Games team
Taal and Welcome actor Supriya Karnik recently sported long tresses for the first time in her career during the shoot of Teesri Begum in Lucknow.
Punjabi actor Gurpreet Ghuggi, known for his comedy roles, is shifting his focus to performance-oriented and meaningful roles in cinema. He believes that Punjabi cinema should explore subjects rooted in culture and history, similar to the Southern film industry, in order to appeal to a wider audience. Ghuggi also emphasizes the need for bigger budgets to showcase the grandeur of period dramas. He is hopeful for the future of Punjabi cinema and believes that art should take precedence over box office collections.
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 06:13 PM IST
Filmmaker KC Bokadia recently completed shooting his film Teesri Begum in Lucknow. He praised the support and friendly nature of the people and government officials in Uttar Pradesh. He also mentioned his upcoming projects, including the release of The Signature and his next film, Police Diary. Bokadia also discussed his plans to acquire land in Noida for the development of a film city.
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 12:14 AM IST
Filmmaker Mohsin Khan ventured into direction rather than following the footsteps of his father – veteran actor Mushtaq Khan.
Published on Sep 10, 2023 06:43 PM IST
Young kathak artiste Shinjini Kulkarni credits her guru, Pt Birju Maharaj, as the biggest blessing in her life. She values his teachings and the personal relationship they shared. Deepmala Sachan also cherishes her relationship with her guru, Kumkum Dhar, who trained her in kathak and heavily influenced her life. Kumkum Adarsh remembers her guru, Pandit Lachhu Maharaj, who taught her confidence and how to face her fears. She established the Lachhu Maharaj Ballet Centre in his honor after his demise.
Actor Kanchan Awasthi says that while every actor once wished to play lead roles in films, the game has changed. She emphasizes the importance of carving a niche for oneself and being choosy about roles. Awasthi has multiple projects ready for release and has worked with senior actors like Nana Patekar and Zeeshan Ayyub. She is excited about her upcoming projects, including the Telugu film debut and a big project called Laal Batti.
The success of Southern films has fuelled up hope for actors working in the Bengali film industry as well, feels Talaash and Bhootnath Returns actor Subrat Dutta.
Sweets shops, bakeries, confectionary shops and gift stores are also geared for the two-day festivity as the mahurat starts on Wednesday evening and ends on Thursday morning.
After dabbling in the Tamil film industry, actor R Siddharth will be making his Hindi debut with his films extensively shot in Mirzapur (UP).
Artist Durga Kainthola's solo exhibition 'Shaktism' is currently underway at Kala Srot Art Gallery in the state capital. The exhibition features 12 sculptures and 16 paintings, with a focus on women empowerment. The exhibition will run until August 30.
Kainaat Arora, known for Grand Masti, says she is more than a one-film wonder. She has done regional films, OTT series, and two films recently. She emphasizes the hard work artists put in, including doing stunts without a body double. She has completed projects like Reth, Fatima, and Tipsy, and has worked with stars like Mohanlal and Ajith Kumar. Coming from a small town, she never thought she would be in the industry.
A curtain raiser to the festival will be held on September 2 and 3 with two plays dedicated to legendary playwright, actor and director Habib Tanvir. Main festival will be held from December 15-17.
Actor Akshay Kumar landed in Lucknow on Thursday afternoon for the shoot of his next film Sky Force. Soon after arriving he left for the location in Sitapur by chopper to start the shoot for the film.
Pilot-turned-model-actor Amit Gaur, known for playing 'man in uniform' in projects like Force and War, is now focusing on experimenting with different genres. Currently shooting for Teesri Begum, he is happy with his career in the industry and is looking forward to upcoming projects in both film and OTT.
Actor Aasif Khan, known for his roles in web series like Mirzapur and Jamtara, believes in playing characters regardless of the length of the role. He is currently working on multiple projects, including a web series with Kusha Kapila and Saurabh Tewari.
Filmmaker Sudhanshu Sharma believes that the biggest challenge for filmmakers today is to release their films in theaters and find the right audience. He emphasizes the importance of theatrical releases for films like his upcoming project "Love All," which is based on sports and features 200 badminton players. Sharma also mentions that he has a web series and another film in the works, and is open to shooting in Uttar Pradesh.
Lucknowites are preparing to celebrate Independence Day with tricolour decorations, special discounts at shops and restaurants, and various activities planned throughout the city. Malls are offering themed displays and contests, while cyclists and motorcyclists are organizing rides. Restaurants and hotels are also expecting a large turnout.
Panchayat fame actor Faisal Malik is happy that people have started to explore different sides of him as an actor. Known for comedy roles, he back-to-back shooting for projects and has multiple releases ahead.