Jamal Shaikh

Jamal Shaikh is National Editor - Brunch and New Media Initiatives at the Hindustan Times. He is a well-known TV host and magazine editor, who has launched and edited the Indian editions of Men’s Health, Robb Report and Discovery Channel Magazine. He tweets and Instagrams @jamalshaikh

Articles by Jamal Shaikh

Food: Bangkok buffet!

The Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2022 celebrated a part of the world that’s using culture to redefine its cuisine
(Clockwise from left) Masque’s Langoustines with a Goan xec xec-inspired curry; The Buratta Chaat at Indian Accent; Sashimi platter at Megu
(Clockwise from left) Masque’s Langoustines with a Goan xec xec-inspired curry; The Buratta Chaat at Indian Accent; Sashimi platter at Megu
Published on May 20, 2022 08:45 PM IST
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Editor’s Note: Matches made in heaven

Deepak Chahar & Jaya Bhardwaj appeared on the cover of the same issue of HT Brunch exactly one year apart. Did we play a part in their love story?
Our cover story today is a love match: cricketer Deepak Chahar pops the question to his girlfriend Jaya Bhardwaj (Asha Thadani)
Our cover story today is a love match: cricketer Deepak Chahar pops the question to his girlfriend Jaya Bhardwaj (Asha Thadani)
Published on May 20, 2022 08:40 PM IST
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Editor’s Note: The mother knows best!

Vibes and jibes mark the millennial actors who realise their mother gave up her world for them. She has no regrets, but could they do the same?
In today’s cover story: Actors Bhagyashree, now 53, her son, Abhimanyu Dassani, 32, and daughter, Avanatikia, 24 (Subi Samuel)
In today’s cover story: Actors Bhagyashree, now 53, her son, Abhimanyu Dassani, 32, and daughter, Avanatikia, 24 (Subi Samuel)
Updated on May 14, 2022 02:40 AM IST
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Editor’s Note: Sameera Reddy’s social climb

From photoshopped perfection to taking pride in your bodily imperfections, the actress’s journey is resetting society’s standards of beauty
(Top to bottom) Nikhil Taneja, Vir Sanghvi and Priya Tanna
(Top to bottom) Nikhil Taneja, Vir Sanghvi and Priya Tanna
Published on May 06, 2022 10:27 PM IST
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Editor’s Note: The path less travelled

Like cover star Ayushmann Khurrana, HT Brunch presents ideas you may have thought about, but never truly considered
HT Brunch’s cover story celebrates the unconventional 10 years in the life of actor Ayushmann Khurrana; (inset, top to bottom) film critics Rajeev Masand makes his debut as a fortnightly Bollywood columnist; wellness guru Luke Coutinho turns in his second column for HT Brunch; and author Shunali Khullar Shroff plays the part of a worried parent as she picks on the sexualised Instagram content teens resort to
HT Brunch’s cover story celebrates the unconventional 10 years in the life of actor Ayushmann Khurrana; (inset, top to bottom) film critics Rajeev Masand makes his debut as a fortnightly Bollywood columnist; wellness guru Luke Coutinho turns in his second column for HT Brunch; and author Shunali Khullar Shroff plays the part of a worried parent as she picks on the sexualised Instagram content teens resort to
Published on Apr 29, 2022 08:28 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Knightley in shining armour

Long before body positivity, self-care and mental health became buzzwords, actor Keira Knightley, 37, was a strong advocate of these causes
Actor Keira Knightley’s message to all the women: “What you have to say or think is more important than being channelised towards the world’s perspective of better living” (Black Dog)
Actor Keira Knightley’s message to all the women: “What you have to say or think is more important than being channelised towards the world’s perspective of better living” (Black Dog)
Published on Apr 23, 2022 02:27 AM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Fitter, happier, healthier

Three of India’s most celebrated health and wellness professionals come together to talk fitness, bust myths and help you live your happiest life ever!
(Left to right) HT Brunch columnist and the current favourite of Bollywood stars Sohrab Khushrushahi, integrative wellness expert Luke Coutinho, and fitness trainer Deepesh Bhatt aka Shivohaam; Hair and make-up: Ashwin Shelar (Subi Samuel)
(Left to right) HT Brunch columnist and the current favourite of Bollywood stars Sohrab Khushrushahi, integrative wellness expert Luke Coutinho, and fitness trainer Deepesh Bhatt aka Shivohaam; Hair and make-up: Ashwin Shelar (Subi Samuel)
Published on Apr 08, 2022 10:42 PM IST
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Art: 7 millennial artists to watch out for

It is a Friday morning in Kolkata and the sidewalk outside Gem Cinema on the arterial AJC Bose Road is bustling with activity
The 4th CIMA Art Awards, held in Kolkata, showcased work from young artists, with the abandoned Gem cinema being one of the venues
The 4th CIMA Art Awards, held in Kolkata, showcased work from young artists, with the abandoned Gem cinema being one of the venues
Published on Mar 19, 2022 08:54 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Ryan loves Bollywood

The Canada-born Hollywood star on the “explosive joy” Indian movies bring, the cross-cultural nature of Netflix shows, and how he judges an OTT success versus a box-office hit
Ryan Reynolds says that every Bollywood film he’s seen, and that’s about a dozen or so, has always brought with it explosive joy (Guy Aroch / Netflix)
Ryan Reynolds says that every Bollywood film he’s seen, and that’s about a dozen or so, has always brought with it explosive joy (Guy Aroch / Netflix)
Updated on Mar 13, 2022 12:21 AM IST
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Nostalgia with Usha Uthup: “I went on to become the highest paid nightclub singer at 1,500 a month”

The singer talks about starting her career singing at bars, unknowingly making a fashion statement wearing sarees on stage, and her love for junk food
Usha Utthup at 22 (inset) and at 74
Usha Utthup at 22 (inset) and at 74
Published on Mar 02, 2022 12:38 AM IST
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The Big HT Brunch 18th Anniversary Special interview with Ranveer Singh: The #MillennialMegastar bares his soul

An HT Brunch exclusive: The generation-defining actor on his first decade in films, achieving megastar status at 36, and looking at stardom the way only a millennial can
Ranveer says he can’t be a petty person. He believes that eventually, karmic balance will catch up and if you are good to your co-actors, it will all circle back and come back to you; (Saurabh Das)
Ranveer says he can’t be a petty person. He believes that eventually, karmic balance will catch up and if you are good to your co-actors, it will all circle back and come back to you; (Saurabh Das)
Updated on Feb 28, 2022 01:08 AM IST
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Editor’s Note: An autograph for your thoughts

Turn back to the cover for a moment, will you? In Ranveer Singh’s handwritten message to HT Brunch, certain letters have serif characteristics, others do not
It is now a tradition that the cover star on the HT Brunch Anniversary Issue writes a handwritten message on the cover
It is now a tradition that the cover star on the HT Brunch Anniversary Issue writes a handwritten message on the cover
Updated on Feb 27, 2022 12:57 AM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Prince of hearts

Aryaman Birla’s grassroots experiences as a professional cricketer shaped his thought processes and have made him the inclusive, democratic superboss he is today
Aryaman says that everyone has their own pressures, but he doesn’t think he is unique to that pressure; Styling by Toshia Kader; Location courtesy: Jolie’s, Mumbai; Make-up: Shrushti Birje; Hair: Sanjay Kumar Thakur (Prabhat Shetty)
Aryaman says that everyone has their own pressures, but he doesn’t think he is unique to that pressure; Styling by Toshia Kader; Location courtesy: Jolie’s, Mumbai; Make-up: Shrushti Birje; Hair: Sanjay Kumar Thakur (Prabhat Shetty)
Published on Feb 05, 2022 11:54 PM IST
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In Bed With Saiyami Kher: “I want to stop using my phone in bed!”

The actor talks about her love for old Hindi music, the importance of honesty in relationships and exercising for her mental health
Saiyami poses in her bedroom exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Rahul Sawant)
Saiyami poses in her bedroom exclusively for this HT Brunch column (Rahul Sawant)
Updated on Jan 29, 2022 11:09 PM IST
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Sunday Debate: Wearing fitness on your sleeve

Can fitness and health devices be more anxiety-inducing than informative? Or is there a way you can work around it?
Smartwatches today measure activity, sleep, and can even do an ECG
Smartwatches today measure activity, sleep, and can even do an ECG
Published on Jan 08, 2022 10:55 PM IST
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Jamal Shaikh, Editor, Brunch, picks his favourite read of 2021

Michiel Baas’ book chronicles how the obsession with fitness among some young Indian men has shown toxic masculinity the door and clarifies that muscular men are actually focused and disciplined
Michiel Baas’ book chronicles how the obsession with fitness among some young Indian men has shown toxic masculinity the door. (HT Team)
Michiel Baas’ book chronicles how the obsession with fitness among some young Indian men has shown toxic masculinity the door. (HT Team)
Published on Dec 25, 2021 02:52 AM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Individuality begets insecurity? In conversation with Tahira Kashyap Khurrana

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana tells us why women need to stand up for themselves, what makes a successful couple and how she’s raising a feminist. Read more of her conversation with HT Brunch Editor, Jamal Shaikh, here
Tahira Kashyap Khurrana talks about feminism, insecurities and her new book in this exclusive interview with HT Brunch (Photo shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Subi Samuel. Styling by Neelangana. Playsuit by Shivan & Narresh. Sneakers by Melissa. Make-up by Neha Kamra. Hair: Kromkay Image Salons and Academy.)
Tahira Kashyap Khurrana talks about feminism, insecurities and her new book in this exclusive interview with HT Brunch (Photo shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Subi Samuel. Styling by Neelangana. Playsuit by Shivan & Narresh. Sneakers by Melissa. Make-up by Neha Kamra. Hair: Kromkay Image Salons and Academy.)
Published on Nov 30, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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Films: With love from Korea!

Actor Don Lee mixes up the Khans of Bollywood: he says he loves Saif Ali Khan, but has enjoyed Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal, and Salman Khan’s Radhe recently!
Don Lee makes the Korean ‘finger heart’ (Corbis via Getty Images)
Don Lee makes the Korean ‘finger heart’ (Corbis via Getty Images)
Updated on Nov 16, 2021 10:57 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: A 100-watt smile!

Presenting Olympic medallist Lovlina Borgohain, 24, in one of her first fashion shoots, promoting sustainability and showcasing the diversity of Indian heritage textiles collection exclusively curated for HT Brunch
Lovlina Borgohain pays tribute to the beautiful Eri Silk of her native Assam as she proudly drapes a burgundy stole by master weaver & vegetable dyer, Narmohan Das of Sualkuchi; Styled and curated by Prasad Bidapa; Hair & Make-Up: Aditi Raman; Jewellery: Amrapali; Stole courtesy: North Eastern Handloom & Handicraft Development Board, available at Purbashree Emporium (Asha Thadani)
Lovlina Borgohain pays tribute to the beautiful Eri Silk of her native Assam as she proudly drapes a burgundy stole by master weaver & vegetable dyer, Narmohan Das of Sualkuchi; Styled and curated by Prasad Bidapa; Hair & Make-Up: Aditi Raman; Jewellery: Amrapali; Stole courtesy: North Eastern Handloom & Handicraft Development Board, available at Purbashree Emporium (Asha Thadani)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 09:23 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Five stars and the ultimate producer

HT Brunch gets five talented young film people to meet Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings and ask him questions only a visionary can answer
Three of India’s top actors and two successful filmmakers, namely (clockwise, starting from left) Adarsh Gourav, Guneet Monga, Rana Daggubati, Masaba Gupta and Sudha Kongara, ask Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings (middle, standing), about the way we watch shows and films, and where the industry stands currently; Photo imaging: Piyush Garg; Adarsh Gourav: Styled by: Dolla Baruah; Assisted by: Mudra Khanvilkar, Janvi Shah; Hair: Aamir Shaikh; Makeup: Rahul S. Nikam; On Adarsh: Sweater: The Collective, Kenzo; Pants: Soniya Gakhar; Mules: JOE SHU; Guneet Monga: Styled by: Shreeja Rajgopal; Assisted by: Pooja Gulabani; Hair: Nakky; Makeup: Adesh Kumar Singh; On Guneet: Custom suit for Guneet, Brinda and Sneha; Jewellery, Mahesh Notandass jewellery; Masaba Gupta: Makeup: Saba Khan; Hair: Jyoti Sawant; On Masaba: Outfit, House of Masaba; Rana Daggubati: Styled By: Harman; Makeup:Vijay Dhamne; Hair: H. S Javed; On Rana: Jeans, Canali; Shirt and jacket, Raamz; Reed Hastings: Styled by: Shreeja Rajgopal; Assisted by: Pooja Gulabani, Nida Farooqui, Hrida Advani; On Reed: Blazer: Troy Costa, Denims: Selected Homme, Shoes: Hats Off; Sudha Kongara: Styled by:Poornima Ramaswamy; Hair and makeup: Nida Farooqui, Hrida Advani (Subi Samuel)
Three of India’s top actors and two successful filmmakers, namely (clockwise, starting from left) Adarsh Gourav, Guneet Monga, Rana Daggubati, Masaba Gupta and Sudha Kongara, ask Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings (middle, standing), about the way we watch shows and films, and where the industry stands currently; Photo imaging: Piyush Garg; Adarsh Gourav: Styled by: Dolla Baruah; Assisted by: Mudra Khanvilkar, Janvi Shah; Hair: Aamir Shaikh; Makeup: Rahul S. Nikam; On Adarsh: Sweater: The Collective, Kenzo; Pants: Soniya Gakhar; Mules: JOE SHU; Guneet Monga: Styled by: Shreeja Rajgopal; Assisted by: Pooja Gulabani; Hair: Nakky; Makeup: Adesh Kumar Singh; On Guneet: Custom suit for Guneet, Brinda and Sneha; Jewellery, Mahesh Notandass jewellery; Masaba Gupta: Makeup: Saba Khan; Hair: Jyoti Sawant; On Masaba: Outfit, House of Masaba; Rana Daggubati: Styled By: Harman; Makeup:Vijay Dhamne; Hair: H. S Javed; On Rana: Jeans, Canali; Shirt and jacket, Raamz; Reed Hastings: Styled by: Shreeja Rajgopal; Assisted by: Pooja Gulabani, Nida Farooqui, Hrida Advani; On Reed: Blazer: Troy Costa, Denims: Selected Homme, Shoes: Hats Off; Sudha Kongara: Styled by:Poornima Ramaswamy; Hair and makeup: Nida Farooqui, Hrida Advani (Subi Samuel)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 04:33 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: The new stars of Clubhouse

The audio-based social networking app has brought together creative voices from film, music, comedy and more
Six Clubhouse hosts whose work you should follow to discover a new way of social networking: (Clockwise from left) Dhruvin Manish Busa, Santu Misra, Janice Sequeira, Anirudh Deshmukh, Aniruddha Guha and Kevin Zingkhai; Hair and make-up:Ashwin Shelar; make-up (for Janice):Jessica Fernandes; hair (for Janice): Abigail Fernandes; On Dhruvin: Jeans, Urbanic; t-shirt, H&M; jacket, Koovs; shoes, Zara; On Santu: Tshirt, Jaywalking; jeans, Sabya x HM; shoes, Off-white; On Janice: Dress, Jodi Life; jewellery, Prop Shop 24; On Anirudh: Sweater tee, H&M; trousers, Allen Solly; blazer, Raymond;sneakers, Nike Air Force 1; watch, Fossil; On Aniruddha: Jacket, Zara; t-shirt, H&M; jeans, Jack & Jones; shoes, Nike; On Kevin: Jacket, Zara; sweater, Adidas Originals; watch, Fossil; ring, family heirloom; belt, Michael Kors; jeans, H&M; shoes, Nike (Subi Samuel)
Six Clubhouse hosts whose work you should follow to discover a new way of social networking: (Clockwise from left) Dhruvin Manish Busa, Santu Misra, Janice Sequeira, Anirudh Deshmukh, Aniruddha Guha and Kevin Zingkhai; Hair and make-up:Ashwin Shelar; make-up (for Janice):Jessica Fernandes; hair (for Janice): Abigail Fernandes; On Dhruvin: Jeans, Urbanic; t-shirt, H&M; jacket, Koovs; shoes, Zara; On Santu: Tshirt, Jaywalking; jeans, Sabya x HM; shoes, Off-white; On Janice: Dress, Jodi Life; jewellery, Prop Shop 24; On Anirudh: Sweater tee, H&M; trousers, Allen Solly; blazer, Raymond;sneakers, Nike Air Force 1; watch, Fossil; On Aniruddha: Jacket, Zara; t-shirt, H&M; jeans, Jack & Jones; shoes, Nike; On Kevin: Jacket, Zara; sweater, Adidas Originals; watch, Fossil; ring, family heirloom; belt, Michael Kors; jeans, H&M; shoes, Nike (Subi Samuel)
Updated on Sep 19, 2021 02:00 AM IST
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HT Brunch Exclusive Cover Story: No pregnant pause

Six months after the birth of her second son, Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to shatter the myths perpetuated by her stunning pics and busy schedule during her pregnancies: carrying a child is about body changes, emotional upheaval and insecurities galore!
Today, Kareena Kapoor Khan is ready to set the record right: pregnancy is not about perfectly coiffed hair and glowing skin; Styling: Lakshmi Lehr; Styling assistant: Harshita Daga; Make-up: Mickey Contractor; Hair: Yianni Tsapatori at Faze Management; Outfit, Shivan & Narresh (Rohan Shrestha)
Today, Kareena Kapoor Khan is ready to set the record right: pregnancy is not about perfectly coiffed hair and glowing skin; Styling: Lakshmi Lehr; Styling assistant: Harshita Daga; Make-up: Mickey Contractor; Hair: Yianni Tsapatori at Faze Management; Outfit, Shivan & Narresh (Rohan Shrestha)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 09:31 AM IST
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Kareena says she doesn't want Taimur, Jehangir 'to be movie stars': Exclusive

The 40-year-old actress on how Taimur, 4, and 6-months-old Jehangir, are like chalk and cheese, and what she is like as a mother. 
Kareena Kapoor talks about her sons, Taimur and Jeh. 
Kareena Kapoor talks about her sons, Taimur and Jeh. 
Published on Aug 15, 2021 09:15 AM IST
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How Kareena Kapoor Khan got fit after her pregnancies

  • I love food, but working out is also a high, says the 40-year-old actor who delivered her second child in February
How Kareena Kapoor Khan got fit after her pregnancies(HT Brunch)
How Kareena Kapoor Khan got fit after her pregnancies(HT Brunch)
Updated on Aug 15, 2021 10:11 AM IST
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Kareena Kapoor: ‘People are not used to mainstream actors talking about sex’

  • Kareena Kapoor pulls out the stops in her new book, confesses she lost her sex drive during her second pregnancy.
Kareena Kapoor did not shy away from talking about sex in her book Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible.(Rohan Shrestha for HT Brunch)
Kareena Kapoor did not shy away from talking about sex in her book Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Pregnancy Bible.(Rohan Shrestha for HT Brunch)
Published on Aug 15, 2021 07:03 AM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: The age of inclusivity

An HT Brunch exclusive: How actor Kate Winslet, 45, won praise for showcasing the imperfections of ageing, and presenting a brand new idea of beauty
Kate Winslet plays a police detective on the HBO mini-series that’s currently talk of the town
Kate Winslet plays a police detective on the HBO mini-series that’s currently talk of the town
Published on Jun 13, 2021 08:31 AM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: Love lessons in lockdown

In their first public outing together, actor Arjun Kapoor and his younger sister Anshula peddle the “giving back” gene through a charity that can make challenging times easier to live down
Actor Arjun Kapoor is a bonafide superstar. But so is his little sister Anshula, who has been helping to save the world since she was 13; Styling by Manisha Melwani (for Anshula) and Abhilasha Devnani (for Arjun); Hair and makeup for Anshula Kapoor: Meenal Agarwal and Saba Khan (via Eficiente management);Styling assistant for Arjun Kapoor: Diptee Agarwal; Hair and makeup for Arjun Kapoor: Hakim Aalim’s team and Vikram Banatkar; On Anshula: Dress, Mishee; earrings, Marc Jacobs; necklaces and midi ring, Misho; bangles, MantraBand; bracelets, Vintage, heels, Sam Edelman; On Arjun: Jacket, Perona; shirt, Bhaane (Rohan Shrestha)
Actor Arjun Kapoor is a bonafide superstar. But so is his little sister Anshula, who has been helping to save the world since she was 13; Styling by Manisha Melwani (for Anshula) and Abhilasha Devnani (for Arjun); Hair and makeup for Anshula Kapoor: Meenal Agarwal and Saba Khan (via Eficiente management);Styling assistant for Arjun Kapoor: Diptee Agarwal; Hair and makeup for Arjun Kapoor: Hakim Aalim’s team and Vikram Banatkar; On Anshula: Dress, Mishee; earrings, Marc Jacobs; necklaces and midi ring, Misho; bangles, MantraBand; bracelets, Vintage, heels, Sam Edelman; On Arjun: Jacket, Perona; shirt, Bhaane (Rohan Shrestha)
Published on Apr 25, 2021 08:12 AM IST
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HT Brunch cover story: What makes Varun Dhawan Bollywood’s most loved?

Varun Dhawan on his affability, millennial-flavoured “randomness”, and social media game that’s always on-point!
Varun says that initially managers advised him (against putting up social media posts so spontaneously); Outfit, Reebok; Make-up: Shrikrishna Sarvade; Hair: Aalim Hakim; Hair styling assistant: Altaf Shaikh; Styling: Kunal Rawal (Taras Taraporvala)
Varun says that initially managers advised him (against putting up social media posts so spontaneously); Outfit, Reebok; Make-up: Shrikrishna Sarvade; Hair: Aalim Hakim; Hair styling assistant: Altaf Shaikh; Styling: Kunal Rawal (Taras Taraporvala)
Updated on Feb 20, 2021 10:32 PM IST
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Editor’s Note: Happy 17th Birthday, HT Brunch!

As India’s largest lifestyle magazine transitions into its 18th year of existence, it promises to be younger than ever
Editor Jamal Shaikh talks about the well-orchestrated relaunch and redesign of the iconic Hindustan Times and its Sunday magazine in September 2020
Editor Jamal Shaikh talks about the well-orchestrated relaunch and redesign of the iconic Hindustan Times and its Sunday magazine in September 2020
Published on Feb 20, 2021 09:04 PM IST
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HT Brunch Cover Story: The Kapoor family’s best-kept food secrets!

Raj Kapoor’s grandson, Armaan Jain, 30, shows how the love for food runs as strong in India’s premier film family as the love for films
Armaan Jain says that even when he made his debut as a leading man in a movie called Lekar Hum Deewana Dil in 2014, his passion for food was a notch higher than his interest in films; Make-up: Shibu Khan; Hair: BBlunt; Wardrobe:Anushka Khanna (Rohan Shrestha)
Armaan Jain says that even when he made his debut as a leading man in a movie called Lekar Hum Deewana Dil in 2014, his passion for food was a notch higher than his interest in films; Make-up: Shibu Khan; Hair: BBlunt; Wardrobe:Anushka Khanna (Rohan Shrestha)
Updated on Jan 23, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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