Mumbai-based Kavita Awaasthi writes on Television, for the daily Entertainment and Lifestyle supplement, HT Cafe
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Having played two roles — Arnab Bagchi and Milind Dhamji — in Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller Kahaani, actor Indraneil Sengupta sorely missed participating in the promotional campaign.
IANS | ByKavita Awaasthi, New Delhi
Having played two roles — Arnab Bagchi and Milind Dhamji — in Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller Kahaani, actor Indraneil Sengupta sorely missed participating in the promotional campaig, reports Kavita Awaasthi.
Producer Ratan Jain is in a sort of dilemma. He wanted to shoot a promotional video for his soon to release thriller, Tezz, starring Ajay Devgn and Kangana Ranaut. But sadly, that didn’t happen. Now the maker is wondering if...
In the past three months, the TV serial Saubhagyavati Bhava (SB) has had audiences watch the lead, Jhanvi, being subjected to domestic violence by her abusive, over-possessive husband, Viraj.
Abhay Deol who has signed on Prakash Jha’s Chakravyuha, is excited about it and says, "My role isn’t of a violent person yet my character gets trapped in an endless cycle of violence."
After her Bigg Boss victory, one would have thought that Juhi Parmar would do a daily soap, but she has chosen an alternate medium. She will be acting in producer-director Sanjay Jha’s new play, Accha Toh Hum Milte Hai.
The long drawn romantic sequence in Bade Acche Lagte Hain got mixed reactions from viewers. The characters played by Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar were shown making love for the entire episode — caressing each other and kissing twice (though the first kiss was just a brush of the lips).
Mandira Bedi, who was missing in action as her pregnancy and motherhood kept her busy, will return to host Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar (JJWS) season 2. The show, to be aired on Star Plus, brings winners and runners-up from multiple singing competitions together to compete for the title of Superstar.
As Mallika Sherawat steps into the shoes of ’70s siren Zeenat Aman to gyrate to the hit Qurbani (1980) number ‘Laila O Laila...’ in Tezz, Ganesh Acharya claims the item girl’s sultry outing will be better than Katrina’s super-hit song Chikni Chameli.
TV actor Barun Sobti, of Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon, hosted the Star Parivaar Awards recently and found the experience cool. He improvised and spoke ad lib not just to the audience but his cast members too.
Director of the hit Golmaal franchise, Rohit Shetty, who was recently seen in the reality show The Big Switch playing judge, has now shot a cameo in Ekta Kapoor’s Kya Super Cool Hai Hum (KSKHH).
Daily soaps are on a mission to lecture on social issues. In Saath Nibhana Saathiya, her in-laws enroll an illiterate Gopi in school in an attempt to emphasise the need for education for all. Balika Vadhu also stressed on adult education with ‘dadi’ Sumitra turning student at 60-plus.
Touted as India’s biggest biopic, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is ready to go on the floors.
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Actors stepping into ongoing roles talk about the pressure to deliver and handling their costars.
Despite its second season opening to poor ratings, TV show Sach Ka Saamna will return for a third innings on March 18, this time in the late night slot. The controversial TV show returns, promising edgier and grittier episodes.
As the nation readies itself for the festival of colours, HT Café carried out a snap poll among 11 film stars to find out which Holi song tops their list. The tracks presented to them as options included Holi Ke Din (Sholay)...
Hindustan Times | ByPrashant Singh,Kavita Awaasthi, Mumbai
Filmmakers have modelled Amrita Puri’s character in upcoming film Blood Money on Emraan Hashmi’s wife Parveen.
Actor Mohnish Behl’s exit from Sony’s Kuch Toh Log Kahenge was shocking and sudden. As speculations about his replacement continues, a source from the production house claims TV actor Sharad Kelkar has been finalised.
Architect-turned-actor Riteish Deshmukh recently used his creative skills to change the layout of a set — a bachelor’s pad — in Ekta Kapoor’s next, Kya Super Kool Hai Hum.
Pakistani starlet Veena Malik, who became famous post her stint on the controversial Bigg Boss 4, is now gearing up for Swayamvar Season 4 – Veena Ka Vivaah. In fact, she has set a record of sorts by garnering the maximum number of entries (71,240) for the reality show.
Last week, Goregaon’s Film City saw an unusual visitor, one that actually scared all the other members of the industry away. When the cast of Hemal Thakkar’s show Ruk Jaana Nahi was busy at work, a leopard managed to sneak into the sets to frighten the living dayslights out of everyone present.
Bollywood actor Johnny Lever has worked in over 400 films. But still, there are times when he feels under-utilised as filmmakers bank on his ability to dish out funny one-liners and impromptu humour in pre-set scenes.
Ekta Kapoor is a name you don’t mess around with in the TV world. But Pulkit Samrat who was launched by her as Lakshya in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi (KSBKBT) in 2007, stormed out of the show mid-way through over non-payment of dues and was thereafter reportedly blacklisted by Balaji Tele Films.
Hindustan Times | ByKavita Awaasthi Kavita Awaasthi, Mumbai
Actor Yuvvraaj Malhotra claims he was busy doing a film, not banished.
TV regulatory body reveals silliest and most bizarre issues brought up by viewers.
Shekhar Suman’s popular ’90s TV show Movers & Shakers (M&S) returns with season 2 after almost a decade. Starting March 12, it is being planned as a mix of existing formats like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and hit US sketch show, Saturday Night Live.
Actor Vishal Malhotra, a popular face on TV, is also a successful businessman. He runs an advertising company and manufactures and supplies various kinds of merchandise. Recently he has tied up with Mumbai Indians for the IPL Season Five that flags off in April.
Preparing for two weddings—his own and brother Dheeraj’s—along with promoting his just-released film, Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya, and shooting for another, Housefull 2, took its toll on Riteish Deshmukh.
Anushka Sharma has always had a phobia about bikes, so she was petrified when she had to hop on to one, riding pillion with Imran Khan during the shoot of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola.
Ad photographer Parag Savla calls himself a people, fashion and beauty photographer. He loves interacting with people while shooting.
Hindustan Times | ByKavita Awaasthi Kavita Awaasthi Kavita Awaasthi, Mumbai