Farozan Akhtar

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.

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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)

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

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 11:26 AM IST
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.
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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)

Halloween 2020: The K-pop edition

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 12:03 PM IST
Happy Halloween! Let’s look at how some of your favourite K-pop celebs celebrated the festival of spooks this year.
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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)

Sarah J Maas: Struggle with guilt of wanting to spend time with son when on a deadline

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2020 08:11 PM IST
American fantasy author Sarah J Maas talks about her first adult fiction work, and balancing writing and motherhood, among other things.  
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A still from the music video, Be The Future(YouTube)
A still from the music video, Be The Future(YouTube)

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

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 20, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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. 
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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)

What is Hollywood reading during quarantine?

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 11:37 PM IST
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.
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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)

Making lockdown fun: Fans dress up as K-pop albums

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2020 08:10 PM IST
K-pop fans spend lockdown playing dress-up, with their favourite artists’ albums as inspiration, and it’s a sight for sore eyes!
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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.

K-pop sensation Z-Stars in India: Performing here was surreal

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2020 11:30 AM IST
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.
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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.

Beyond Parasite: Journey into South Korean cinema

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2020 12:27 PM IST
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.
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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)

Sulli’s death sparks debate on bullying

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 04:05 PM IST
The K-pop star is suspected to have committed suicide, putting the spotlight back on the mental health of celebrities.
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Priyanka Majumdar says fans have started recognising her more now
Priyanka Majumdar says fans have started recognising her more now

Indian K-pop star Priyanka: If BTS didn’t give up, who am I to quit?

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 05:34 PM IST
Priyanka Mazumdar, a part of the South Korean pop group Z-Girls, is still getting used to celebrity life in South Korea.
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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)

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

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 11:14 AM IST
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.
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L-R: Inpyo, Hyunuk, Isaac, Jiahn, Yeontae, and Inho from IN2IT.
L-R: Inpyo, Hyunuk, Isaac, Jiahn, Yeontae, and Inho from IN2IT.

It’s our dream to perform near the Taj Mahal, says K-pop group IN2IT

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 01:38 PM IST
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.
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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)

Z-Boys’ Sid: If you can dream it, you can make it happen

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 01, 2019 05:17 PM IST
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.
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BTS on Good Morning America.(Twitter/BTS_BigHit)
BTS on Good Morning America.(Twitter/BTS_BigHit)

K-pop’s sun rises on Western television

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 06, 2019 02:01 PM IST
K-pop idols’ appearances on Western television are proof of their surging popularity.
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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)

Make way for Indian K-pop stars!

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 05:16 PM IST
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.
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Book Review: Anything But A Wasted Life is more than just a stripper’s memoir

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2018 06:39 PM IST
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.
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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)

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

By Farozan Akhtar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2018 02:39 PM IST
Cross-cultural collaborations with the likes of Nicki Minaj, Dua Lipa, and Jason Derulo are slowly pushing K-pop artists into the mainstream.
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