Farozan Akhtar

Farozan Akhtar is a content producer at Hindustan Times. She writes about books, music, K-pop and other Hallyu-related subjects for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Farozan Akhtar

Dark and dystopian: The Kdrama flavour of the season

With Kdramas, like Squid Game and Sweet Home, becoming instant hits, dystopian shows are the latest big thing, and many have announced new seasons.

Kdramas Squid Game, Sweet Home, All Of Us Are Dead and Hellbound have announced new seasons.
Kdramas Squid Game, Sweet Home, All Of Us Are Dead and Hellbound have announced new seasons.
Published on Jul 22, 2022 05:00 PM IST

Kavita Devgan: People want to boost their immunity, by hook or by crook

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, chasing immunity has became everyone’s favourite pastime. Nutritionist Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet helps explain how to build your immunity the right way and live a fit life.

Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet explains everything you need to know to have strong immunity.
Kavita Devgan’s book The Immunity Diet explains everything you need to know to have strong immunity.
Published on Jun 28, 2022 08:36 PM IST

Sanjay Gagnani: TV audience loves to watch people fight; makers cater to that demand

The discussions about the quality of content on the Indian small screen came back into the limelight when actor Hina Khan recently said that it’s the audience who is to be blamed for regressive content on TV

Sanjay Gagnani stars in Kundali Bhagya.
Sanjay Gagnani stars in Kundali Bhagya.
Published on Jun 13, 2022 07:08 PM IST

Scandals that rocked South Korean showbiz

Kpop and Kdrama world is not all fluff and finger hearts. A look at some of the big South Korean stars who have been mired in allegations of bullying, drug abuse, violence, cheating and more.

Seo Yeji, Kim Garam, B.I., Kim Seonho, NCT Lucas and Seungri are some South Korean stars who were caught in scandals. (instagram)
Seo Yeji, Kim Garam, B.I., Kim Seonho, NCT Lucas and Seungri are some South Korean stars who were caught in scandals. (instagram)
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 09:15 PM IST

Never author Ken Follett: The last time I felt so full of ideas was when I was writing Eye of the Needle

Author Ken Follett talks to us about penning his latest book Never during the pandemic and dealing with the weight of expectations as a best-selling novelist.

Author Ken Follett is known for the best-selling Kingsbridge series and Century trilogy. (Peter Ritson)
Author Ken Follett is known for the best-selling Kingsbridge series and Century trilogy. (Peter Ritson)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:53 PM IST

South Korean singer Gaho: Performing for live audience again would be true healing

Gaho, known for Start Up and Itaewon Class OSTs, talks about visiting India, his new album Fireworks, offline vs online concerts, and more.

Gaho dedicated his new album Fireworks to youth. (Planeterium Records)
Gaho dedicated his new album Fireworks to youth. (Planeterium Records)
Updated on Dec 11, 2021 08:11 AM IST

David Levithan and Jennifer Niven on YA conventions: As long as it feels true to the character, it isn’t cliché

Working as co-authors for the first time, with the book Take Me With You When You Go, David Levithan and Jennifer Niven talk about writing for young adults, their favourites in their latest book and more.

David Levithan (L) and Jennifer Niven are co-authors for the new book Take Me With You When You Go.
David Levithan (L) and Jennifer Niven are co-authors for the new book Take Me With You When You Go.
Published on Sep 17, 2021 07:24 PM IST

For the love of plants: DIY tips for newbie gardeners

With change in seasons, plant care routine needs to be changed, too. Here’s some helpful advice for the monsoon and gardening tips for those just starting out with their hobby.

Choose the plants you want to grow based on how much space you have and the sunlight your garden receives. (Shutterstock)
Choose the plants you want to grow based on how much space you have and the sunlight your garden receives. (Shutterstock)
Published on Jul 10, 2021 10:16 AM IST

A free pass into DRIPPIN’s dreams for a better tomorrow

In an HT City exclusive, K-pop group DRIPPIN talks about their aspirations for the future, and dealing with the challenges of the pandemic. 

K-pop group DRIPPIN, with members aged 16 to 21 years, recently released their new summer album, Free Pass.
K-pop group DRIPPIN, with members aged 16 to 21 years, recently released their new summer album, Free Pass.
Updated on Jul 09, 2021 07:51 PM IST

Bloom in blues: Stress buster balcony gardens thrive during the pandemic

Fledgling home gardeners in the city have taken to creating a little green haven on their balconies, finding it therapeutic during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Denizens say tending to their plants and watching new life grow gives a sense of positivity during these grim times. (Instagram/desifoody)
Denizens say tending to their plants and watching new life grow gives a sense of positivity during these grim times. (Instagram/desifoody)
Updated on Jun 15, 2021 11:37 AM IST

Liven up your decor and mood: Easy home revamp tips to try amid lockdown extension

Avoid lockdown blues by indulging in some home makeover therapy and breathing new life into your living spaces.

Create a cosy corner with plants and some lights to relax and recharge. (Shutterstock)
Create a cosy corner with plants and some lights to relax and recharge. (Shutterstock)
Published on May 24, 2021 04:48 PM IST

Life goes on: Even amid Covid-19, BTS keeps the show going

Sharing their “unadorned selves” in their latest album BE, South Korean boyband BTS talk about giving hope and comfort to the pandemic-stricken world, also share their Grammy dream.

K-pop group BTS hopes to comfort people with their hopeful song Life Goes On.(Big Hit Entertainment)
K-pop group BTS hopes to comfort people with their hopeful song Life Goes On.(Big Hit Entertainment)
Updated on Nov 20, 2020 11:26 AM IST
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Halloween 2020: The K-pop edition

Happy Halloween! Let’s look at how some of your favourite K-pop celebs celebrated the festival of spooks this year.

South Korean singers Jamie (left) and Lee Hi at their early Halloween celebration.(Instagram/LeeHi_hi)
South Korean singers Jamie (left) and Lee Hi at their early Halloween celebration.(Instagram/LeeHi_hi)
Updated on Oct 31, 2020 12:03 PM IST
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Sarah J Maas: Struggle with guilt of wanting to spend time with son when on a deadline

American fantasy author Sarah J Maas talks about her first adult fiction work, and balancing writing and motherhood, among other things.  

Author Sarah J Maas is known for her fantasy series Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses.(PHOTO: Beowulf Sheehan)
Author Sarah J Maas is known for her fantasy series Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses.(PHOTO: Beowulf Sheehan)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 08:11 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Stay home, save lives, urge IN2IT, Dreamcatcher, AleXa in K-pop collab Be The Future

What better way to urge the young generation to practise social distancing than a pop-hued, catchy music video? K-pop artistes Dreamcatcher, IN2IT, and AleXa have teamed up to sing about fighting Covid-19 together. 

A still from the music video, Be The Future(YouTube)
A still from the music video, Be The Future(YouTube)
Updated on May 20, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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What is Hollywood reading during quarantine?

With people around the world in forced isolation to beat Covid-19, many are looking to books for solace. Let’s take a look at Hollywood celebs’ lockdown reading list.

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth revisited one of his favourite books, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, during the lockdown.(Instagram/chrishemsworth)
Thor actor Chris Hemsworth revisited one of his favourite books, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, during the lockdown.(Instagram/chrishemsworth)
Updated on Apr 23, 2020 11:37 PM IST
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Making lockdown fun: Fans dress up as K-pop albums

K-pop fans spend lockdown playing dress-up, with their favourite artists’ albums as inspiration, and it’s a sight for sore eyes!

Doesn't K-pop idol Gahyeon’s outfit feel inspired by Dreamcatcher’s album cover?(Photo collage:Instagram/Facebook/Dreamcatcher)
Doesn't K-pop idol Gahyeon’s outfit feel inspired by Dreamcatcher’s album cover?(Photo collage:Instagram/Facebook/Dreamcatcher)
Updated on Apr 15, 2020 08:10 PM IST
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K-pop sensation Z-Stars in India: Performing here was surreal

During their India showcase, Z-Stars talk about their fascination with Bollywood as they find themselves unable to get Hindi songs out of their heads.

Comprising 14 artistes from seven Asian nations, Z-Stars trained and debuted in South Korea.
Comprising 14 artistes from seven Asian nations, Z-Stars trained and debuted in South Korea.
Updated on Mar 05, 2020 11:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Beyond Parasite: Journey into South Korean cinema

If the success of Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite at the Oscars has whetted your appetite for South Korean movies, here are some films you should include in your must-watch list.

Try these films if Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite made you curious about South Korean cinema.
Try these films if Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite made you curious about South Korean cinema.
Updated on Feb 18, 2020 12:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Sulli’s death sparks debate on bullying

The K-pop star is suspected to have committed suicide, putting the spotlight back on the mental health of celebrities.

K-pop star Sulli was found dead in her home on October 14.(Photo: Instagram/jelly_jilli)
K-pop star Sulli was found dead in her home on October 14.(Photo: Instagram/jelly_jilli)
Updated on Oct 16, 2019 04:05 PM IST
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Indian K-pop star Priyanka: If BTS didn’t give up, who am I to quit?

Priyanka Mazumdar, a part of the South Korean pop group Z-Girls, is still getting used to celebrity life in South Korea.

Priyanka Majumdar says fans have started recognising her more now
Priyanka Majumdar says fans have started recognising her more now
Updated on Sep 21, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

A K-pop star, but Sid’s dil remains Hindustani

Siddhant Arora aka Sid of Z-Boys, the first Indian to feature in a K-pop group, reveals his recent holiday in India was all about desi food and Bollywood.

K-pop idol Sid of Z-Boys visited Delhi last month.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
K-pop idol Sid of Z-Boys visited Delhi last month.(Photo: Gokul VS/HT)
Updated on Aug 14, 2019 11:14 AM IST
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It’s our dream to perform near the Taj Mahal, says K-pop group IN2IT

K-pop group IN2IT, who wowed audiences in Delhi and Mumbai with their energetic performances and a special filmi tribute, would love to return for Bollywood projects.

L-R: Inpyo, Hyunuk, Isaac, Jiahn, Yeontae, and Inho from IN2IT.
L-R: Inpyo, Hyunuk, Isaac, Jiahn, Yeontae, and Inho from IN2IT.
Updated on Apr 23, 2019 01:38 PM IST
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Z-Boys’ Sid: If you can dream it, you can make it happen

In an exclusive interview with HT City, Siddhant Arora aka Sid talks about his journey of becoming the first-ever Indian K-pop idol, his love for all things Bollywood, and his dreams of collaborating with BTS and Zayn Malik.

Siddhant Arora is currently on a promotional tour in Asia.(Photo: Instagram/siddhantaroraa)
Siddhant Arora is currently on a promotional tour in Asia.(Photo: Instagram/siddhantaroraa)
Updated on Apr 01, 2019 05:17 PM IST
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K-pop’s sun rises on Western television

K-pop idols’ appearances on Western television are proof of their surging popularity.

BTS on Good Morning America.(Twitter/BTS_BigHit)
BTS on Good Morning America.(Twitter/BTS_BigHit)
Updated on Mar 06, 2019 02:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Make way for Indian K-pop stars!

Priyanka Mazumdar and Siddhant Arora are set to be the world’s first Indian K-pop stars and are being launched as members of two new groups, Z-Girls and Z-Boys, respectively.

Priyanka Mazumdar and Siddhant Arora are set to embark upon their K-pop journey.(Photo collage: Instagram/prips.priyanka & siddhantaroraa)
Priyanka Mazumdar and Siddhant Arora are set to embark upon their K-pop journey.(Photo collage: Instagram/prips.priyanka & siddhantaroraa)
Updated on Feb 15, 2019 05:16 PM IST
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Book Review: Anything But A Wasted Life is more than just a stripper’s memoir

This book by Sita Kaylin is an unapologetic autobiography of a fierce woman, who happens to be an exotic dancer. It shows just how relatable the desires, dreams, and fears of sex workers are.

Updated on Oct 23, 2018 06:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

K-pop goes global: Blackpink, BTS, NCT 127, EXO’s Lay team up with Western artists

Cross-cultural collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Dua Lipa, and Jason Derulo are slowly pushing K-pop artists into the mainstream.

Dua Lipa and K-pop girl group Black Pink have teamed up for a new song, Kiss and Make Up, which will be a part of Lipa’s upcoming album(Photo collage: Instagram/blackpinkofficial & dualipa)
Dua Lipa and K-pop girl group Black Pink have teamed up for a new song, Kiss and Make Up, which will be a part of Lipa’s upcoming album(Photo collage: Instagram/blackpinkofficial & dualipa)
Updated on Sep 29, 2018 02:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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