Deep Saxena

Deep Saxena writes on Bollywood, OTT, television, food and culture for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Deep Saxena

I realised zyada kaam karna chahiye, says Stree actor Atul Srivastava

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 Atul Srivastava recently shot for KC Bokadia's film Teesri Begum in Lucknow(Instagram)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 12:44 PM IST

Shivani Sharma: Regional films help me get quality work in Hindi industry

Actor Shivani Sharma is working in Punjabi and Southern industry besides doing Hindi OTT and films projects.

Shivani Sharma has multiple projects lined-up for release(Instagram)
Published on Sep 25, 2023 12:10 PM IST

Shekhar Kapur sir’s ‘fearless’ note changed my life: Yajuvendra Pratap Singh

Actor Yajuvendra Pratap Singh will shoot for his next film Archituchchey in Lucknow with Ashmit Patel, Rohit Chaudhury, Sarvadaman Singh and Aanchal Munjal

Actor Yajuvendra Pratap Singh on his visit to Lucknow where he will shoot his next film Archituchchey(Deep Saxena/HT)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 11:35 AM IST

Getting noticed is as important as working, says Rachna Shyam

Actor Rachna Shyam has shot for both her films - Red Collar and Red Collar in Lucknow.

Rachna Shyam recently wrapped her shoot in Lucknow(Instagram)
Published on Sep 24, 2023 11:33 AM IST

Dahaad actor Sanjeeva Vats: Best time for actors from theatre background

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.

Actor Sanjeeva Vats recently wrapped his OTT series in Lucknow
Published on Sep 24, 2023 11:12 AM IST

Imlie actor Sumbul Touqeer Khan: Grab what’s in hand, learnt it the hard way

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.

Actor Sumbul Touqeer Khan was on her visit to Lucknow(Instagram)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 01:57 PM IST

Bappa’s bhog gets a modern twist

Alongside the traditional varieties, eateries in Lucknow have fun flavours on offer too

Variety of modaks at Chhappan Bhog in Lucknow(Deep Saxena/HT)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 01:40 PM IST

Debutant director Durgesh Pathak: Making a film is easier than releasing it

Academician-turned-filmmaker Durgesh Pathak started working on his debut film Lakeerein in 2017 which is still to hit the screens.

Durgesh Pathak has shot for his debut feature film in hometown Lucknow
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 01:26 PM IST

Bade acche lagte hain... Amit Kumar’s singing aur dastaan!

Singer Amit Kumar won the hearts of Lucknowites with his singing prowess, storytelling and striking the chord by engaging them during his performance.

Amit Kumar and Sispiya Banerjee performing during the Kali Bari Temple Trust event held at Ravindralaya Auditorium in Lucknow.(HT Photo)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 01:09 PM IST

UP65 actor Shine Pandey: Uttar Pradesh has been karmabhoomi for me

Having his roots in Lucknow, actor Shine Pandey has shot for his debut series in Varanasi and next one in the state capital

Shine Pandey recently wrapped shoot of his second web series in Lucknow(Instagram)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 04:56 PM IST

Mom actor Rahul Bhuchar: Performing at Ramleela is a divine experience

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.

Actor Rahul Bhuchar on his recent visit to Ayodhya
Published on Sep 17, 2023 12:58 AM IST

Adding designer touch to Davis Cup tourney!

Lucknow lad and fashion designer Manish Tripathi has also made ceremonial dress for Asian Games team

Players during practice session at Mini Stadium, Vijayant Khant in Gomti Nagar (Deepak Gupta)
Published on Sep 16, 2023 11:43 PM IST

Taal actor Supriya Karnik: Experience and body of work hardly matter now!

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.

Actor Supriya Karnik during the shoot of KC Bokadia's Teesri Begum in Lucknow recently.
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:19 PM IST

Gurpreet Ghuggi: I am craving to do some serious roles

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.

Actor Gurpreet Ghuggi on his recent visit to Lucknow. (Deep Saxena/HT)
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 06:13 PM IST
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KC Bokadia: Right locations, support and subsidy has drawn me to UP

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.

Filmmaker KC Bokaida during his meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow
Updated on Sep 11, 2023 12:14 AM IST
ByDeep Saxena

Mohsin Khan: I am a better storyteller than an actor

Filmmaker Mohsin Khan ventured into direction rather than following the footsteps of his father – veteran actor Mushtaq Khan.

Mohsin Khan
Published on Sep 10, 2023 06:43 PM IST
ByDeep Saxena

Guru, inspiration and teacher!

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.

Shinjini Kulkarni with her guru and grandfather Pt Birju Maharaj
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 06:37 PM IST

Kanchan Awasthi : There is no dearth of work in the industry

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.

Kanchan Awasthi (HT)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 06:07 PM IST

Subrat Dutta: Southern films have fuelled hope of many

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.

Subrat Dutta
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 11:39 PM IST

Raksha Bandhan: Evil eye rakhis trending in Lucknow city

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.

An assortment of evil eye rakhis on display in a store in Lucknow (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 29, 2023 06:34 PM IST

Senior actors are like institutions for newbies: R Siddharth

After dabbling in the Tamil film industry, actor R Siddharth will be making his Hindi debut with his films extensively shot in Mirzapur (UP).

R Siddharth
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 07:02 PM IST

Painting the message of women empowerment

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.

Artist Durga Kainthola during her exhibition currently underway at Kala Srot Art Gallery in Lucknow
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 04:16 PM IST

Kainaat Arora: I can’t restrict myself to one industry

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.

Actor Kainaat Arora during her shoot for KC Bokadia’s film Teesri Begum at Aunty House in Lucknow recently.
Updated on Aug 28, 2023 04:06 PM IST

Repertwahr fest back in new avatar!

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.

Repertwahr Festival was last held in 2019 in Lucknow.
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 06:27 PM IST

Akshay Kumar lands in Lucknow, begins shoot for Sky Force in Sitapur

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.

Akshay Kumar at Lucknow airport on Thursday
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 10:25 PM IST

Amit Gaur: I love action but for now experimenting with roles

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.

Amit Gaur is currently shooting for KC Bokadia’s film Teesri Begum in Lucknow (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 11:27 AM IST

Aasif Khan: I don’t believe in the concept of hero

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.

Actor Aasif Khan at Oudh Gymkhana Club in Lucknow. (Deep Saxena/HT)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 11:09 AM IST

Sudhanshu Sharma: Theatrical release is a bigger challenge now!

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.

Writer-director Sudhanshu Sharma on his visit to Varanasi
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 06:41 PM IST

Riding the Independence Day wave!

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.

Decked up Vidhan Sabha in Lucknow for I-Day. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 07:54 PM IST

Faisal Malik: Makers are finding ways to use me in different roles

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.

Faisal Malik during his visit to Lucknow. (Deep Saxena/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 12:26 PM IST
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