Jamal Shaikh

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

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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)

HT Brunch cover story: What makes Varun Dhawan Bollywood’s most loved?

UPDATED ON FEB 20, 2021 10:32 PM IST
Varun Dhawan on his affability, millennial-flavoured “randomness”, and social media game that’s always on-point!
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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

Editor’s Note: Happy 17th Birthday, HT Brunch!

PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 09:04 PM IST
As India’s largest lifestyle magazine transitions into its 18th year of existence, it promises to be younger than ever
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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)

HT Brunch Cover Story: The Kapoor family’s best-kept food secrets!

UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2021 08:45 PM IST
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
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Renee Sen is making her acting debut in a short film called Suttabaazi, which releases this January; Top and pants, Zara(Sushmita Sen)
Renee Sen is making her acting debut in a short film called Suttabaazi, which releases this January; Top and pants, Zara(Sushmita Sen)

HT Brunch Cover Story: A star kid is unborn

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:07 AM IST
Why would Renee Sen, Sushmita Sen’s 21-year-old daughter, make her acting debut in a short film made by a young filmmaker? Is this a star kid rejecting privilege?
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Alia Bhatt is not just an actor. She’s an animal rights activist and ecological warrior with Coexist, a successful philanthropist with MiSu, and now a sustainable fashion entrepreneur with kidswear brand, Edamama; Styling: Ami Patel(Taras Taraporvala)
Alia Bhatt is not just an actor. She’s an animal rights activist and ecological warrior with Coexist, a successful philanthropist with MiSu, and now a sustainable fashion entrepreneur with kidswear brand, Edamama; Styling: Ami Patel(Taras Taraporvala)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Alia of all trades

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 08:05 AM IST
The 27-year-old actor on how stardom opens doors: allows her to be an activist, philanthropist, entrepreneur and more
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Yajat Dhingra is a student, model and content creator; (Inset) A screenshot of the emotionally-charged video he put out recently
Yajat Dhingra is a student, model and content creator; (Inset) A screenshot of the emotionally-charged video he put out recently

Social Media Star of The Week: Yajat Dhingra

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 29, 2020 06:59 AM IST
This 19-year-old from Gurugram fought embarrassment and anxiety to go public with a disturbing personal incident, and became an inspiration
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Saransh Goila’s videos with his mother cooking Sindhi food are a huge hit on social media
Saransh Goila’s videos with his mother cooking Sindhi food are a huge hit on social media

Social media star of the week: Saransh Goila

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 08:27 AM IST
Instagram’s #SadakChef famous for his Butter Chicken now has a new focus: his love for his mother and Sindhi food!
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(From left) The servers in Kesar Da Dhaba, Amritsar; Bundoo Khan, Global Village in Dubai and Kwality Restaurant, Delhi
(From left) The servers in Kesar Da Dhaba, Amritsar; Bundoo Khan, Global Village in Dubai and Kwality Restaurant, Delhi

Social media star of the week: Mister Tikku

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 08:08 AM IST
Meet the jovial Sardar who photographs the real soul of a restaurant: waiters, not the food
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Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International, has solid views on the hospitality business
Neeraj Govil, Senior Vice President – South Asia, Marriott International, has solid views on the hospitality business

Brunch Focus: ‘Never waste a good crisis’

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 01:16 PM IST
Neeraj Govil, Senior VP – South Asia, Marriott Int’l, quotes Winston Churchill as he talks about new opportunities, reopening with care and added engagement with customers
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Nikhil Sharma @Mumbiker Nikhil and Ranveer Allahbadia @BeerBiceps in an exclusive chat with HT Brunch(Subi Samuel)
Nikhil Sharma @Mumbiker Nikhil and Ranveer Allahbadia @BeerBiceps in an exclusive chat with HT Brunch(Subi Samuel)

HT Brunch Cover stars exclusive video: Rapids with Nikhil Sharma and Ranveer Allahbadia

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 03:15 PM IST
The Mumbai boys who are the new faces of stardom answer few rapids in fun chat with HT Brunch.
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Mumbai boys Nikhil Sharma and Ranveer Allahbadia are top Indian YouTubers with over a million subscribers. Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; On Nikhil: Oufit, Jack & Jones; watch, Apple; On Ranveer: Suit, Don & Julio; T-shirt, Uniqlo; pocket square, Raymond; jeans, Massimo Dutti, shoes, Fila(Subi Samuel)
Mumbai boys Nikhil Sharma and Ranveer Allahbadia are top Indian YouTubers with over a million subscribers. Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; On Nikhil: Oufit, Jack & Jones; watch, Apple; On Ranveer: Suit, Don & Julio; T-shirt, Uniqlo; pocket square, Raymond; jeans, Massimo Dutti, shoes, Fila(Subi Samuel)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Presenting the new gods of infotainment

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 03:19 PM IST
Are they Bollywood stars? Nope. But these two Bombay boys are the new faces of stardom, reflecting real people and their extraordinary dreams.
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“Teens and creators drive trends on Instagram”

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2020 07:23 AM IST
Vishal Shah, VP of Product, Instagram at Facebook in an exclusive chat with the HT Brunch.
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Indian footballer Robin Singh’s wife, Lianne Texeira, of two years is in her third trimester. Make-up and hair by Simone Lalwani; On Robin: Jacket, Zara; shirt, Custom Raymond; trousers, Scotch & Soda. On Lianne: Dress, Oh Polly; earrings, Feisty Lu(Siddhanth Sheorey/The One School Goa)
Indian footballer Robin Singh’s wife, Lianne Texeira, of two years is in her third trimester. Make-up and hair by Simone Lalwani; On Robin: Jacket, Zara; shirt, Custom Raymond; trousers, Scotch & Soda. On Lianne: Dress, Oh Polly; earrings, Feisty Lu(Siddhanth Sheorey/The One School Goa)

HT Brunch Cover Story: “Our pregnancy, not just hers!”

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 08:45 AM IST
A chat with young parents-to-be, footballer Robin Singh and artist Lianne Texeira, reveals surprising new ideas about pregnancy and parenting only the young can have
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A classic mirror selfie: Ishaan says when out of resources and ideas, one must become the resource and the subject themselves(Ishaan Khatter)
A classic mirror selfie: Ishaan says when out of resources and ideas, one must become the resource and the subject themselves(Ishaan Khatter)

Selfie Love

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 07:34 AM IST
When did taking your own photograph go from being self-obsessive and narcissistic to being practical and playful?
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Jeremy and his brother, Tom Jauncey, are the guys behind Beautiful Destinations, a social media-led travel community started in 2012
Jeremy and his brother, Tom Jauncey, are the guys behind Beautiful Destinations, a social media-led travel community started in 2012

Meet HT Brunch’s newest columnist: travel entrepreneur and founder of the world’s largest travel community, Jeremy Jauncey

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2020 04:55 PM IST
The founder and CEO of Beautiful Destinations is set to launch a fortnightly Q&A column starting September 13
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Jamal Shaikh, National Editor- Brunch and New Media Initiatives, Hindustan Times
Jamal Shaikh, National Editor- Brunch and New Media Initiatives, Hindustan Times

The wisdom of the young

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 08:14 PM IST
Welcome to a fresh, new HT Brunch!
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For a sportsperson, keeping fit while staying indoors during a pandemic has been even more essential. Styling: Jess Lupton at One League, South Africa; Wardrobe: Shirt, Studio W at Woolworths; trousers, Zara; watch, Montblanc 1858 Geosphere(Travys Owen)
For a sportsperson, keeping fit while staying indoors during a pandemic has been even more essential. Styling: Jess Lupton at One League, South Africa; Wardrobe: Shirt, Studio W at Woolworths; trousers, Zara; watch, Montblanc 1858 Geosphere(Travys Owen)

HT Brunch cover story: Locked down but not out with AB de Villiers

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 07:23 AM IST
Conversations of hope and positivity with the former cricket captain of South Africa
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Instagram is similar to Facebook but does not have Legacy Contract.(Shutterstock)
Instagram is similar to Facebook but does not have Legacy Contract.(Shutterstock)

Digital life and death

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 11:07 AM IST
What social media platforms do when users pass away, and what you should do to safeguard your digital data.
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The 38-year-old daughter-in-law of Pune’s famed Poonawalla clan and mother of two is quite the stunner. Styling: Nikhil Mansata @nikhilmansata, Styling assistant: Zoha Castelino @_vitamin.z._. Wardrobe: Trench, blouse and leggings, The Row(Kay Sukumar)
The 38-year-old daughter-in-law of Pune’s famed Poonawalla clan and mother of two is quite the stunner. Styling: Nikhil Mansata @nikhilmansata, Styling assistant: Zoha Castelino @_vitamin.z._. Wardrobe: Trench, blouse and leggings, The Row(Kay Sukumar)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Family over fashion

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 11:24 AM IST
India’s top style icon Natasha Poonawalla is essentially a family girl at heart
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Farhan Akhtar feels the lockdown has given us an opportunity to reflect on our priorities and life. Make-up: Swapnil Pathare; Hair: Saurabh Bhatkar @BBlunt. Farhan Akhtar’s team: Rohidas Debnath (bodyguard), Mukesh Asati (attendant), Santosh Mayana (driver)(Errikos Andreou)
Farhan Akhtar feels the lockdown has given us an opportunity to reflect on our priorities and life. Make-up: Swapnil Pathare; Hair: Saurabh Bhatkar @BBlunt. Farhan Akhtar’s team: Rohidas Debnath (bodyguard), Mukesh Asati (attendant), Santosh Mayana (driver)(Errikos Andreou)

HT Brunch cover story: Farhan of few words

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2020 06:36 AM IST
Understated performances, insane body transformations or his courage to speak his mind. What makes actor Farhan Akhtar a consistent favourite among the fans?
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Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar prove that when you love somebody, age becomes just a number(Subi Samuel)
Milind Soman and Ankita Konwar prove that when you love somebody, age becomes just a number(Subi Samuel)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Milind Soman, Ankita Konwar and their ageless love story

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2020 01:34 AM IST
When Milind Soman married Ankita Konwar, 26 years his junior, eyes rolled. Two years on, we see how they’ve made it work
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Mental health crusader, Neerja Birla, shows how empowering your children to make their own decisions can be enriching(Picture courtesy: Aditya Birla Education Trust)
Mental health crusader, Neerja Birla, shows how empowering your children to make their own decisions can be enriching(Picture courtesy: Aditya Birla Education Trust)

HT Brunch Mother’s Day Cover Story: Mum is not the right word!

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 01:57 AM IST
Neerja Birla urges you break the silence around Mental Health with personal stories involving her biggest crusaders: her children!
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Editor’s Note: Join us in celebrating the 16th Anniversary of HT Brunch

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2020 12:51 PM IST
The secret ingredient that makes this Sunday magazine such a mega hit!
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(Clockwise from extreme right) Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, son Rohan and grandkids Reya, 14 and Vivaan, 10 play a word game called Fletter at a Game Night organised by HT Brunch; Make-up and hair: Sai Sawant(Shivangi Kulkarni)
(Clockwise from extreme right) Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, son Rohan and grandkids Reya, 14 and Vivaan, 10 play a word game called Fletter at a Game Night organised by HT Brunch; Make-up and hair: Sai Sawant(Shivangi Kulkarni)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Game night at the Gavaskars’

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 16, 2020 12:06 AM IST
When four Gavaskars catch up for a game, you expect to hear the thwack of a bat against a ball, right? Wrong! Indian cricket’s first family bond over board and card games!
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There are ample opportunities to fall into tourist traps in LA; you must pick which one you want to fall into(GettyImages)
There are ample opportunities to fall into tourist traps in LA; you must pick which one you want to fall into(GettyImages)

Travel: Finding la la land in Los Angeles!

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2019 10:39 PM IST
It took half a dozen trips for a New York-lover to see the bright side of Los Angeles City
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Natalia Vodianova, aka Supernova, is one of the world’s most successful supermodels. Top, Chanel; skirt, Maison Margiela(Patrick Demarchelier)
Natalia Vodianova, aka Supernova, is one of the world’s most successful supermodels. Top, Chanel; skirt, Maison Margiela(Patrick Demarchelier)

Supermodel Natalia Vodianova on life after fashion, and making philanthropy rewarding for all

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2019 12:18 PM IST
The iconic fashion model has turned her own rags-to-riches story into an initiative that encourages young people to do good easily!
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Sons of an accomplished IPS officer, both Raghuram and Mukund Rajan were born in Bhopal, but spent their early years in different parts of the world. Location courtesy: Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain(Prabhat Shetty)
Sons of an accomplished IPS officer, both Raghuram and Mukund Rajan were born in Bhopal, but spent their early years in different parts of the world. Location courtesy: Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain(Prabhat Shetty)

The Bro code: When the Rajan brothers banter, IQ and EQ collide!

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 12:36 AM IST
Presenting one of the world’s leading economists, Dr Raghuram Rajan (56) in a free-wheeling chat with his brother, entrepreneur and corporate thought leader, Dr Mukund Rajan (51)
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Actor Tabu says, “On your own, you can deal with your aloneness, but with a wrong partner, what could follow would be worse than any kind of loneliness” (Styling by Karishma Shaikh; hair and make-up by Meghna Butani; location courtesy: The A Club, Mumbai. Dress, Chola The Label)(Photos shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Prabhat Shetty)
Actor Tabu says, “On your own, you can deal with your aloneness, but with a wrong partner, what could follow would be worse than any kind of loneliness” (Styling by Karishma Shaikh; hair and make-up by Meghna Butani; location courtesy: The A Club, Mumbai. Dress, Chola The Label)(Photos shot exclusively for HT Brunch by Prabhat Shetty)

Single is not a bad word: Tabu reveals the unusual choices that have shaped her life

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2019 11:55 PM IST
Bollywood’s most talented actress places on record the wrongs that have made her life so right!
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Jamal Shaikh, HT Brunch editor.
Jamal Shaikh, HT Brunch editor.

15th anniversary issue editor’s note: Celebrating the uniqueness of Brunch

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2019 05:37 PM IST
How and why this print magazine beats even the Internet and social media in shocks, surprises, and supreme satisfaction
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Meet our three Indian princesses (from left) Aria Mehta, Ananya Raje Scindia and Shloka Birla, as they face the spotlight for the first time ever; Aria Mehta wears Georges Hobeika Couture; Ananya Raje Scindia wears a gown by Lecoanet-Hemant; Shloka Birla wears Manish Malhotra; All jewellery by Payal New York(Yunling Fang)
Meet our three Indian princesses (from left) Aria Mehta, Ananya Raje Scindia and Shloka Birla, as they face the spotlight for the first time ever; Aria Mehta wears Georges Hobeika Couture; Ananya Raje Scindia wears a gown by Lecoanet-Hemant; Shloka Birla wears Manish Malhotra; All jewellery by Payal New York(Yunling Fang)

Exclusive! Meet the three Indian girls who were invited to the prestigious le Bal des Débutantes in Paris

By Jamal Shaikh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2019 11:04 PM IST
Ananya Raje Scindia (16), Aria Mehta (17) and Shloka Birla (18) dazzled in couture at this high fashion, coming-of-age event, but carried their Indianness with pride
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