Kavita Awaasthi

Kavita Awaasthi

Mumbai-based Kavita Awaasthi writes on Television, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT Cafe

Articles by Kavita Awaasthi
As she celebrates her birthday, today, Rasika hopes the years are making me more fearless rather than the other way round.
As she celebrates her birthday, today, Rasika hopes the years are making me more fearless rather than the other way round.

Rasika Dugal: The digital space seems to be a healthy competitive space

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:39 PM IST
Birthday girl Rasika Dugal is looking forward to an exciting year with many web series lined up.
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Poet and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar feels awkward to cut cakes on his birthday. (AP)
Poet and screenwriter, Javed Akhtar feels awkward to cut cakes on his birthday. (AP)

Javed Akhtar: I never ask personal questions to my kids

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 01:36 PM IST
The veteran writer-lyricist feels that once kids grow up, they have a right to their privacy and asking them personal questions is a no-no.
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The couple has been reading books on parenthood.
The couple has been reading books on parenthood.

Nakuul Mehta: It is tough to know what kind of parents we would be

PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 10:36 AM IST
In an exclusive interview, the actor talks about gearing up for fatherhood, being overwhelmed with information and advice, and why dads aren’t asked about their emotions.
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Abhishek Banerjee played the villain in Paatal Lok.
Abhishek Banerjee played the villain in Paatal Lok.

Abhishek Banerjee: Soon there will be a bottleneck in the industry due to shoots

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 07:16 PM IST
The actor, who is waiting for four film releases this year, says shootings will gain momentum this year, and there will be too many shoots that might start together.
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Rashami Desai poses for an Instagram picture.
Rashami Desai poses for an Instagram picture.

Makar Sankranti special: TV celebs look forward to a low-key festival this year

PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 07:13 PM IST
Gorging on til ladoos and gud chikkis while celebrating the festival in a low-key manner at home is what these celebs plan for Makar Sankranti.
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Radhika Madan is happy that her parents are in town for Lohri and will also help her with house-hunting.
Radhika Madan is happy that her parents are in town for Lohri and will also help her with house-hunting.

Radhika Madan: Lohri will be a bit pheeka this year!

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 07:26 PM IST
Usually Radhika Madan is looking forward to celebrating Lohri in Delhi with family and friends but Covid-19 has put a dampener on festivities.
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Shraddha Arya says every Lohri she used to sing songs with her dadi.
Shraddha Arya says every Lohri she used to sing songs with her dadi.

This Lohri, celebs look forward to new beginnings

PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 05:04 PM IST
Ahead of Lohri, TV celebs talk about their celebrations this year and what they would miss from the Lohri celebrations from past years due to Covid-19 .
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According to Ali, psychological thrillers are almost non existent in Hindi films.
According to Ali, psychological thrillers are almost non existent in Hindi films.

Psychological thrillers are a niche and a tricky genre to ace, says Ali Fazal

UPDATED ON JAN 10, 2021 03:30 PM IST
The actor, who is a fan of the genre and shot for an experimental film recently, calls the experience extremely gratifying and one that almost unnerved him.
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Shilpa Shirodkar says that getting a vaccine shot is a personal decision.
Shilpa Shirodkar says that getting a vaccine shot is a personal decision.

Shilpa Shirodkar: Taking the vaccine doesn’t mean no mask

PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 02:46 PM IST
The actor, who lives in Dubai now, talks about her experience of getting a vaccine shot and why we should trust science
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Drashti Dhami who turns a year older on January 10, has no plans to celebrate her birthday this year.
Drashti Dhami who turns a year older on January 10, has no plans to celebrate her birthday this year.

Will ensure that friends who come to my birthday get a Covid test: Drashti Dhami

PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2021 08:20 PM IST
Actor Drashti Dhami admits that she feels scared of stepping out due to the fear of getting Covid and going to a restaurant is not an option right now.
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Sharad Malhotra divulges that TV has always been his first love.
Sharad Malhotra divulges that TV has always been his first love.

Not planning a family right now: Sharad Malhotra

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:39 PM IST
The actor, who has welcomed a golden retriever pup in his life recently, says having a family is a massive responsibility and can’t be taken casually
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Rithvik Dhanjani is currently shooting for a web series.
Rithvik Dhanjani is currently shooting for a web series.

Television is not a dead medium: Rithvik Dhanjani

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 02:28 PM IST
Though the digital space is booming, Rithvik Dhanjani feels that the small screen is not losing its charm as it has an unmatched reach
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Richa Chadha shares what she doesn’t want to do this year!
Richa Chadha shares what she doesn’t want to do this year!

Don’t want that anymore!

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:55 PM IST
From less ‘acting’ onscreen to living in the moment to stop crying about 2020, celebs talk what they would not like to do in the New Year!
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“Working with such huge stars Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh is a bid deal, says Mrunal Jain.
“Working with such huge stars Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh is a bid deal, says Mrunal Jain.

Was hoping people would see me on the big screen in Sooryavanshi last year: Mrunal Jain

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:37 PM IST
The actor talks about the disappointment of his big ticket film Sooryavanshi not releasing in theatres last year and how the delay has affected him
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Disha Patani is looking forward to her role in Radhe.
Disha Patani is looking forward to her role in Radhe.

Exclusive: Disha Patani to play Jackie Shroff’s sister in Radhe!

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:35 PM IST
Though she might be dating Tiger Shroff, it didn’t stop Disha Patani from playing sister to his dad, Jackie.
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Mrunal Thakur says that for any artiste in today’s times, being a constant shapeshifter is non- negotiable.
Mrunal Thakur says that for any artiste in today’s times, being a constant shapeshifter is non- negotiable.

Mrunal Thakur wants to dive into the world of OTT

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 01:48 PM IST
Mrunal Thakur believes actors should widen their horizons and attempt long formats to improve their own craft. The actor is in talks for web shows across three platforms and wants to be a “click away”.
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Hina Khan had two releases – a film Hacked (2020) and web show Damaged 2 (2020) last year.
Hina Khan had two releases – a film Hacked (2020) and web show Damaged 2 (2020) last year.

As an actor, I lost out on many opportunities, says Hina Khan

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 04:08 PM IST
The actor, who had six projects release in 2020, including a film, a web show, two shorts and two TV shows, considers herself lucky but is also sad that she didn’t shoot last year.
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Samir Khakar says he got typecast as a drunk in films and serials.
Samir Khakar says he got typecast as a drunk in films and serials.

You can’t break an image easily. A number of actors have been stuck in their images: Samir Khakar

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 04:27 PM IST
Senior actor Samir Khakhar, famous for playing Khopdi in Nukkad, is looking for work. He admits while Nukkad made his career and a lot of effort went into the role of Khopdi, but people typecast him as a drunk in projects.
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Divya says work has started gradually and if you are careful, then work won’t stop.
Divya says work has started gradually and if you are careful, then work won’t stop.

We all lived on hope. I became a different me last year: Divya Dutta

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 12:54 PM IST
The actor shares that while workwise 2020 was good, it also gave her a lot of learning personally. She talks about what she did this year and what 2021 holds for her.
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Hina Khan
Hina Khan

Celebs stay home and stay safe this New Year!

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 07:21 PM IST
Leaving behind grand plans, lavish parties and happening destinations, this year, celebrities plan to stay at home or in the city or go home to ring in the New Year
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Maniesh Paul’s family, too, tested positive, and all of them were in quarantine together.
Maniesh Paul’s family, too, tested positive, and all of them were in quarantine together.

Covid-19 isn’t over yet. We all have to be careful till it is all over: Maniesh Paul

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 04:41 PM IST
The host-actor, who tested positive for Covid-19 and was in quarantine, is back to shooting for a film after testing negative.
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While many things that went viral this year, one of them was a DIY mask video by Rohit Roy which got over two million views. (Photo by Tarasha/Hindustan Times)
While many things that went viral this year, one of them was a DIY mask video by Rohit Roy which got over two million views. (Photo by Tarasha/Hindustan Times)

2020 taught us not to take anything for granted: Ronit Roy

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 08:27 PM IST
The actor, who has a booked 2021, calls himself lucky to have releases this year and is pleased by the response to his web shows.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui was glad to have some downtime this year and revisited many classic films.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was glad to have some downtime this year and revisited many classic films.

It was surprising and wonderful that audiences are appreciating stories from everywhere: Nawazuddin

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:57 PM IST
The actor, who stood out with roles in the burgeoning OTT space, is happy that people are now aware and educated about content around the world.
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Juhi Chawla is looking forward to celebrating Christmas.
Juhi Chawla is looking forward to celebrating Christmas.

Time for family fun: Juhi Chawla’s special efforts for Christmas!

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 02:21 PM IST
The actor talks about memories of celebrating the festival in Uganda and Mumbai and reveals what’s new this year!
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Excited about Christmas, which she waits for all year, Jennifer Winget feels it’s about time we all indulge in some much needed Christmas cheer.
Excited about Christmas, which she waits for all year, Jennifer Winget feels it’s about time we all indulge in some much needed Christmas cheer.

The pandemic’s going nothing on altering Christmas for me. It’s the most special time of the year: Jennifer Winget

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 01:57 PM IST
The actor says this year gave her an opportunity to pause, was an equalizer and humbled everyone. And how she is excited about celebrating Christmas
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For Nawazuddin, being supportive, being minimalist and staying positive is most important.
For Nawazuddin, being supportive, being minimalist and staying positive is most important.

Check out what changes these celebrities made in 2020!

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 09:36 PM IST
Due to the pandemic, like everyone, celebs, too, picked up new habits and they reveal they will continue with those.
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Alia shot for RRR which also stars Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Samuthirakani, and marks the maiden collaboration of Jr NTR and Ram Charan.
Alia shot for RRR which also stars Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Samuthirakani, and marks the maiden collaboration of Jr NTR and Ram Charan.

Shooting in Hindi and Telugu was a very different experience for me: Alia Bhatt

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:02 PM IST
The actor shares her experience of completing her first schedule of filmmaker Rajamouli’s next RRR.
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Abhishek Banerjee is thankful that the projects he had shot for in 2019, aired this year. People appreciated his performances, including A-list actors, which encouraged him.
Abhishek Banerjee is thankful that the projects he had shot for in 2019, aired this year. People appreciated his performances, including A-list actors, which encouraged him.

I have got more than I could have asked for this year: Abhishek Banerjee

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 06:16 PM IST
The actor proved his versatility with varied releases on OTT in 2020 including the antagonist in Pataal Lok, a comic role in PariWar, a dramatic act in Mirzapur 2, and the film, Bhosle.
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Sharad Malhotra reveals Ekta Kapoor is his Santa!
Sharad Malhotra reveals Ekta Kapoor is his Santa!

Thank you, Santa: Celebrities thank the person who they relied on this year in their lives

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 04:04 PM IST
With the year 2020 has been, each one of us has leaned on someone for comfort, help or even ranting out. Celebrities, too, reached out to people in need and talk about the one person who was there for them, as their Santa, this year.
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For his birthday, the actor travelled to Lonavala with his wife, Vinny Arora and pet dog, Oreo.
For his birthday, the actor travelled to Lonavala with his wife, Vinny Arora and pet dog, Oreo.

This year, I felt as if I was my living life in a span of one year: Dheeraj Dhoopar

By Kavita Awaasthi | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 02:25 PM IST
The actor talks about the gratitude he felt this year and how he doesn’t have any complaints about 2020.
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