Monika Rawal

Monika Rawal writes on Bollywood and television, for the daily Entertainment & Lifestyle supplement, HT City.

Articles by Monika Rawal

Sara Ali Khan: I have really enjoyed criticism since I was a kid

Actor Sara Ali Khan believes that the lessons learnt from failures are more valuable than the joy of successes.
Actor Sara Ali Khan's latest film, Atrangi Re release directly on an OTT platform
Actor Sara Ali Khan's latest film, Atrangi Re release directly on an OTT platform
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 09:06 AM IST
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Atrangi Re review: Sara, Dhanush are soul of the film, Akshay adds Midas touch

  • Atrangi Re movie review: Starring Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush and Akshay Kumar in lead roles, Atrangi Re boasts of a casting coup which can just not go wrong.
Atrangi Re movie review: Akshay Kumar, Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan on a poster. (Instagram)
Atrangi Re movie review: Akshay Kumar, Dhanush, Sara Ali Khan on a poster. (Instagram)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 07:53 PM IST
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83 review: Ranveer and his Devils take you time-travelling with emotional film

  • 83 movie review: If you needed a reason to walk into a theatre, Kabir Khan's 83 is that film which calls for a big screen experience.
83 movie review: Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev in 83.(Instagram)
83 movie review: Ranveer Singh as Kapil Dev in 83.(Instagram)
Published on Dec 21, 2021 12:23 PM IST
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Anupam Kher remembers Gen. Bipin Rawat: I can still feel the warmth of that handshake

Veteran actor Anupam Kher expresses shock and grief over the tragic demise of CDS Bipin Rawat in an IAF chopper crash; the actor remembers meeting him and calls the late officer his role model.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher with late CDS Bipin Rawat.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher with late CDS Bipin Rawat.
Published on Dec 10, 2021 07:29 PM IST
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Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui review: Bold, brave and refreshingly different

  • Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui review: Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor star in Abhishek Kapoor's latest romantic comedy.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui review: Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor star in Abhishek Kapoor's latest film.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui review: Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor star in Abhishek Kapoor's latest film.
Published on Dec 10, 2021 10:02 AM IST
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Tadap movie review: Ahan Shetty makes an aggressive but starry debut

  • Tadap movie review: Ahan Shetty makes an aggressive entry to the movies in Milan Luthria's latest. 
Tadap movie review: Ahan Shetty in a still from the movie.
Tadap movie review: Ahan Shetty in a still from the movie.
Updated on Dec 03, 2021 03:42 PM IST
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EXCLUSIVE chat with Kili Paul and Neema, the viral duo from Tanzania: Be ready India, we are coming

After their lip-synced version of Raatan Lambiyan from Shershaah went viral and won hearts, Tanzanian siblings Kili Paul and Neema hope to explore Hindi film music more
Sibling duo Kili Paul and Neema from Tanzania went viral with their lip-synced of Raatan Lambiyan from Shershaah.
Sibling duo Kili Paul and Neema from Tanzania went viral with their lip-synced of Raatan Lambiyan from Shershaah.
Published on Dec 01, 2021 08:23 PM IST
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Antim review: Salman takes a backseat as Aayush Sharma packs a punch

  • Antim The Final Truth movie review: Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma are at loggerheads in this cop vs gangster story.
Antim The Final Truth movie review: Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma in the movie.
Antim The Final Truth movie review: Salman Khan and Aayush Sharma in the movie.
Updated on Nov 26, 2021 05:03 PM IST
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Satyameva Jayate 2 review: John Abraham's triple role is three headaches in one

  • Satyameva Jayate 2 movie review: Loud, screeching, bloated mess, John Abraham brings a film no one should have to tolerate.
Satyameva Jayate 2 movie review: John Abraham has triple roles in the movie.
Satyameva Jayate 2 movie review: John Abraham has triple roles in the movie.
Updated on Nov 25, 2021 05:47 PM IST
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Bunty Aur Babli 2 review: Don't watch even if paid for it

  • Bunty Aur Babli 2 movie review: Rani Mukerji returns with a fresh, new Bunty played by Saif Ali Khan. The fireworks never arrive.
Bunty Aur Babli 2 movie review: Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in a still from the movie.
Bunty Aur Babli 2 movie review: Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji in a still from the movie.
Published on Nov 19, 2021 03:24 PM IST
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Dhamaka review: Kartik Aaryan 2.0 wins in a gripping thriller

  • Dhamaka movie review: Kartik Aaryan is seen in an intense, never-before-seen avatar in Ram Madhvani's latest thriller.
Dhamaka movie review: Kartik Aaryan plays a journalist in the movie.
Dhamaka movie review: Kartik Aaryan plays a journalist in the movie.
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 06:26 PM IST
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Sooryavanshi review: Akshay's high-octane action is your Diwali gift this year

  • Sooryavanshi movie review: Akshay Kumar's Veer Sooryavanshi is a worthy addition to Rohit Shetty's cop universe.
Sooryavanshi movie review: Akshay Kumar plays a DCP in the movie.
Sooryavanshi movie review: Akshay Kumar plays a DCP in the movie.
Updated on Nov 22, 2021 01:52 PM IST
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Neerja and Aarya director Ram Madhvani: I’m just trying to turn mediocre work into acceptable work

Filmmaker Ram Madhvani, whose next, Dhamaka starring Kartik Aaryan, is set for an OTT release, talks about his creative process and why he is not churning out more frequently.
Director Ram Madhavani’s next, Dhamaka, stars Kartik Aaryan in the lead role, and is a Netflix original film.
Director Ram Madhavani’s next, Dhamaka, stars Kartik Aaryan in the lead role, and is a Netflix original film.
Published on Oct 30, 2021 11:28 PM IST
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Akshay Kumar: We are keeping our fingers very tightly crossed that the worst is over

As Akshay Kumar awaits theatrical release of five of his films — Sooryavanshi, Prithviraj, Bachchan Pandey, RakshaBandhan and Ram Setu, the actor hopes the audience will help the industry revive.
Actor Akshay Kumar has five films for which theatrical release has already been announced.
Actor Akshay Kumar has five films for which theatrical release has already been announced.
Updated on Sep 29, 2021 12:37 AM IST
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EXCLUSIVE: OTT might be the choice to release Atrangi Re, says Akshay Kumar

While release of five of Akshay Kumar films have been announced, there’s no update on Atrangi Re. Now, the actor tells us that they might opt for a direct-to-OTT release for the Aanand L Rai’s directorial film.
Actoes Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan in a still from Aanand L Rai’s film, Atrangi Re.
Actoes Akshay Kumar and Sara Ali Khan in a still from Aanand L Rai’s film, Atrangi Re.
Published on Sep 28, 2021 12:48 PM IST
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Thalaivii review: Kangana's solid, but film gives incomplete look at Amma's life

  • Thalaivii movie review: The Kangana Ranaut-starrer is packed with solid performances and an attention to period detail, but is let down by its length and an incomplete-feeling story.
Kangana Ranaut in a still from Thalaivii.
Kangana Ranaut in a still from Thalaivii.
Published on Sep 08, 2021 01:30 PM IST
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Chehre movie review: Amitabh-Emraan's thriller resorts to preachy theatrics

  • Chehre movie review: Rumi Jafry's film, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi, wastes an interesting idea on preachy theatrics.
Chehre stars Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi.
Chehre stars Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi.
Updated on Aug 27, 2021 08:20 AM IST
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Pedro aka Berlin from Money Heist: I’m connected with mythology and culture of India more than films

Pedro Alonso, better known as Berlin from Spanish crime series, Money Heist, admits that while he has seen many Bollywood films, he doesn’t have a serious connection with Indian actors and it’s the mythology and meditation, that hails from India, which he is more connected to.
Pedro Alonso as Berlin in Spanish TV series, Money Heist (La Casa De Papel) on Netflix. (Photo Credit: Monica Suarez de Tangil)
Pedro Alonso as Berlin in Spanish TV series, Money Heist (La Casa De Papel) on Netflix. (Photo Credit: Monica Suarez de Tangil)
Published on Aug 22, 2021 07:42 PM IST
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Ursula aka Tokyo from Money Heist: I’ll be more than glad to play a Hindi speaking part in Bollywood

Ursula Corbero, better known as Tokyo from Spanish crime series, Money Heist, might not recalls the names of Indian films she has watched, but she says if she has the time to prepare and learn, she would love to play a part in a Bollywood project.
Ursula Corbero as Tokyo in Spanish TV series, Money Heist (La Casa De Papel) on Netflix. (Photo Credit: Monica Suarez de Tangil)
Ursula Corbero as Tokyo in Spanish TV series, Money Heist (La Casa De Papel) on Netflix. (Photo Credit: Monica Suarez de Tangil)
Updated on Aug 22, 2021 07:44 PM IST
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BellBottom review: Akshay Kumar brings edge-of-the-seat thriller

  • BellBottom movie review: Akshay Kumar makes a strong case for bringing the audiences back to the theatres in Ranjit M Tewari's spy thriller.
BellBottom movie review: Akshay Kumar is tailor-made for this movie, just like his crisp suits.
BellBottom movie review: Akshay Kumar is tailor-made for this movie, just like his crisp suits.
Updated on Aug 19, 2021 02:32 PM IST
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Vijay Diwas Special: Major Deep Singh Sengar who defied death twice recalls fighting the Kargil war

On Kargil Vijay Diwas, Major Deep Singh Sengar (Retd) recounts the brave battle fought, talk about overcoming life-altering injuries.
Major Deep Singh Sengar quit the armed forces in 2001 after an injury in combat put him out of action.
Major Deep Singh Sengar quit the armed forces in 2001 after an injury in combat put him out of action.
Published on Jul 25, 2021 08:48 PM IST
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A gentleman actor whose intensity shone on screen: Waheeda Rehman on Dilip Kumar

We all know, there was only one Dilip Kumar. The name that he has left behind, no one can ever come close to that. And it would never get erased from the history of the Hindi film industry. May god bless his soul, writes Waheeda Rehman.
Waheeda Rehman and Dilip Kumar have worked together in films such as Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966), Ram Aur Shyam (1967) and Aadmi (1968).(HT archive)
Waheeda Rehman and Dilip Kumar have worked together in films such as Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966), Ram Aur Shyam (1967) and Aadmi (1968).(HT archive)
Published on Jul 08, 2021 12:39 AM IST
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National Doctors’ Day: Bollywood stars salute the real heroes

Actors such as Sonakshi Sinha, Shruti Haasan and Shilpa Shetty Kundra talk to us on the occasion of National Doctors’ Day, thanking them for their service in the pandemic.
Actors Sonu Sood, Sonakshi Sinha and Raveena Tandon
Actors Sonu Sood, Sonakshi Sinha and Raveena Tandon
Published on Jul 01, 2021 12:22 AM IST
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It is FAKE NEWS!: Akshay Kumar rubbishes speculation about him starring in Dhoom4

Akshay Kumar is known for always leading the pack — whether it’s being the first actor to step out and shoot amid the pandemic, or now, announcing a theatrical release for his next, Bell Bottom, after the second wave of Covid crisis has started to subside
Actor Akshay Kumar is shooting for his next film, Raksha Bandhan, also starring Bhumi Pednekar, in Mumbai.
Actor Akshay Kumar is shooting for his next film, Raksha Bandhan, also starring Bhumi Pednekar, in Mumbai.
Published on Jun 18, 2021 08:48 PM IST
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EXCLUSIVE: Lagaan is probably my most unprepared performance, says Aamir Khan

Actor Aamir Khan says the fact that he was also turning a producer with the 2001 film Lagaan, he didn’t get much time to prepare for his role in the film.
Actor Aamir Khan played the iconic character called Bhuvan in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s cult film, Lagaan (2001). (Photo: Avinash Gowarikar)
Actor Aamir Khan played the iconic character called Bhuvan in Ashutosh Gowarikar’s cult film, Lagaan (2001). (Photo: Avinash Gowarikar)
Published on Jun 15, 2021 01:06 AM IST
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20 years of Lagaan | Oscar nomination brought mainstream cinema on a global platform: Ashutosh Gowariker

Director Ashutosh Gowarikar says that after Lagaan was nominated at the Oscars, there was a renewed interest in the song and dance, not just by NRI audiences but even the non-NRIs wanted to look at it.
Director Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Lagaan (2001) was a commercial hit and received critical acclaim as well.
Director Ashutosh Gowarikar’s film Lagaan (2001) was a commercial hit and received critical acclaim as well.
Updated on Jun 15, 2021 11:28 AM IST
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Yuvraj Singh on #Mission1000Beds: It’s our opportunity to come together in this war against Covid

Through his foundation, YouWeCan, former Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh has launched an initiative #Mission1000Beds — to a hospital capacity expansion solution to rapidly scale up the Covid-19 critical care facilities across India.
Yuvraj Singh admits he, too, was deeply impacted by the tragedies all around during the second wave of the pandemic.
Yuvraj Singh admits he, too, was deeply impacted by the tragedies all around during the second wave of the pandemic.
Published on Jun 10, 2021 04:35 PM IST
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EXCLUSIVE: Has Kartik Aaryan lost out on yet another film after Dostana 2 and Freddie?

According to sources, actor Kartik Aaryan was at advanced level talks with filmmaker Aanand L Rai for a film but before he could sign on the dotted line, things fell apart. Also, it’s being said that Rai is now considering Ayushmann Khurrana for the film.
Actor Kartik Aaryan has films such as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Dhamaka in his kitty.
Actor Kartik Aaryan has films such as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Dhamaka in his kitty.
Updated on May 31, 2021 08:56 AM IST
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Gautam Gambhir: I can’t thank Akshay Kumar enough for helping us in this crisis, every donation matters

As actor Akshay Kumar has pledged 1 crore to Gautam Gambhir Foundation to deal with Covid-19 crisis, cricketer-turned-politician, Gautam Gambhir says coming forward to support is a very “conscious and a personal decision” and he would never, ever force anyone to come forward and help.
Actor Akshay Kumar has pledged to donate <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 crore Gautam Gambhir Foundation to deal with Covid-19 crisis.
Actor Akshay Kumar has pledged to donate 1 crore Gautam Gambhir Foundation to deal with Covid-19 crisis.
Published on Apr 27, 2021 11:13 AM IST
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Hello Charlie review: Toto, the gorilla, is the hero of this Aadar Jain film

  • All in all, Hello Charlie doesn't give you a headache but doesn't make you go gaga either. Let your kids watch this; they deserve a break from online classes.
Aadar Jain and the ape in a still from Hello Charlie.
Aadar Jain and the ape in a still from Hello Charlie.
Updated on Apr 09, 2021 08:10 PM IST
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