Sweta Kaushal

Sweta Kaushal

Sweta Kaushal works with the online features team of Hindustan Times. She has over six years of experience covering Bollywood and regional movies, TV shows, national current affairs and social issues.

Articles by Sweta Kaushal
55km/sec review: Richa Chadha and Mrinal Dutt are in lead roles.
55km/sec review: Richa Chadha and Mrinal Dutt are in lead roles.

55km/sec review: Richa Chadha, Mrinal Dutt stuck in a confused narrative

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 04:54 PM IST
While her debut film Cargo was an impressive blend of mythology and sci-fi, Arati Kadav's latest, short film 55km/sec, does not live up to the mark.
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Jude Boman Tony in a still from Kaala.
Jude Boman Tony in a still from Kaala.

Delhi filmmaker Tarun Jain's Kaala explores racism beyond black and white

PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:10 PM IST
The filmmaker shares the journey of writing and making the film, and how it transformed his own outlook towards racial discrimination.
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Neetu Chandra is set to play Jaya, a fighter in Never Back Down: Revolt.(Instagram)
Neetu Chandra is set to play Jaya, a fighter in Never Back Down: Revolt.(Instagram)

Neetu Chandra debuts in Hollywood: 'The Never Back Down role was written for me'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:41 PM IST
Neetu Chandra is all set to make her Hollywood debut with the next instalment of action franchise, Never Back Down: Revolt.
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After making his directorial debut with Dil Bechara earlier this year, Mukesh Chhabra says he has no plans to direct immediately.
After making his directorial debut with Dil Bechara earlier this year, Mukesh Chhabra says he has no plans to direct immediately.

Mukesh Chhabra on the tough year that 2020 was: ‘Lockdown happened, then Sushant happened, Dil Bechara released’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 07:22 AM IST
Casting director and filmmaker opens up on surviving the turbulent year that was 2020, losing his close friend Sushant Singh Rajput, and his debut film Dil Bechara.
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Ishteyak Khan recently played a cop in Anurag Basu’s Ludo.
Ishteyak Khan recently played a cop in Anurag Basu’s Ludo.

Ishteyak Khan: ‘Character actors like us prepare a lot so our small parts stand out in a film’

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 06:30 PM IST
Actor Ishteyak Khan opens up about his best roles, the experience of working with Anurag Basu on Ludo and more in an interview.
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Shiv Kumar is reportedly on ventilator as he fights COPD.
Shiv Kumar is reportedly on ventilator as he fights COPD.

Actor Shiv Kumar Verma suffering from COPD, CINTAA requests help from Salman Khan, Akshay, Amitabh and Vidya Balan

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 12:04 PM IST
Veteran actor Shiv Kumar Verma is on ventilator as he fights COPD. He has tested negative for coronavirus. CINTAA has sought help from fans and Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Vidya Balan and Amitabh Bachchan for his treatment.
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Bigg Boss 14: Jaan Kumar Sanu’s mother talks about Nikki Tamboli, Nishan t Singh Malkhani and Rahul Vaidya.
Bigg Boss 14: Jaan Kumar Sanu’s mother talks about Nikki Tamboli, Nishan t Singh Malkhani and Rahul Vaidya.

Jaan Kumar Sanu’s mother Rita says he maybe infatuated with Nikki Tamboli: ‘My son is young’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON NOV 05, 2020 06:50 AM IST
Rita Bhattacharya talks about her son and singer Jaan Kumar Sanu who is currently participating in Salman Khan-hosted reality show Bigg Boss 14.
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Laghushanka review: Shweta Tripathi plays the lead role in the short film.
Laghushanka review: Shweta Tripathi plays the lead role in the short film.

Laghushanka review: Shweta Tripathi’s short film offers an escapist solution for a complex problem

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Laghushanka review: The short film draws attention to how our society overlooks the importance of an individual’s thoughts for their relationship and sacrifices them all at the altar of social security and the comfort of others involved.
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Barun Sobti plays a cop in Halahal.
Barun Sobti plays a cop in Halahal.

Barun Sobti on film and Tv industry: : ‘I do not think anyone goes out of their way to hurt or harm anyone’

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 06:05 PM IST
Actor Barun Sobti talks about entering showbiz a decade ago as a newcomer and how tough the industry could be. He also opens up on his new film, Halahal.
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Devoleena Bhattacharjee will be back as Gopi Bahu in the second season of Saath Nibhana Sathiya.
Devoleena Bhattacharjee will be back as Gopi Bahu in the second season of Saath Nibhana Sathiya.

Devoleena Bhattacharjee says she stands with Ankita Lokhande: ‘She has always been a sweetheart, has supported people’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2020 06:40 AM IST
Devoleena Bhattacharjee talks about her tweets supporting Ankita Lokhande, her role in Saath Nibhana Saathiya and more in an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times.
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Actor Ritika Anand makes her production debut with JL50.
Actor Ritika Anand makes her production debut with JL50.

Producer-actor Ritika Anand on JL50: ‘Parts of our hearts broke when we decided on OTT release’

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 11, 2020 09:08 PM IST
Ritika Anand, who plays a pilot in JL50 and also makes her production debut with the project, talks about conception of the desi sci-fi, the change from theatrical to digital release and more in an exclusive interview.
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Piyush Mishra has spoken about how Bollywood treats outsiders.
Piyush Mishra has spoken about how Bollywood treats outsiders.

Piyush Mishra on nepotism in Bollywood: ‘No Kapoor or Khan family came in my way, but dadagiri does exist’

By Sweta Kaushal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 06:36 AM IST
JL50’s Professor Mitra aka Piyush Mishra says he has never been adversely affected due to nepotism but there is an element of ‘goondagiri’ in the industry.
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JL50 review: Abhay Deol plays a CBI officer while Piyush Mishra and Pankaj Kapur are two scientists in JL50.
JL50 review: Abhay Deol plays a CBI officer while Piyush Mishra and Pankaj Kapur are two scientists in JL50.

JL50 review: Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur’s sci-fi mystery gets a smooth landing

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2020 11:55 AM IST
JL50 review: This science fiction show offers a uniquely Indian take on time travel as Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapur and Piyush Mishra deliver solid performances.
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Tina Philip will be seen as an IAS officer in Aye Mere Humsafar.
Tina Philip will be seen as an IAS officer in Aye Mere Humsafar.

Aye Mere Humsafar’s Tina Philip: ‘A lot of people comment on my skin colour, say isko chamka do’

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2020 12:20 PM IST
A chartered accountant by qualification, TV actor Tina Philip says she always wanted to become an actor, shares her story of struggles in India and more in this exclusive interview.
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Pooja has a special part in Padmavyuha.
Pooja has a special part in Padmavyuha.

Padmavyuha actor Pooja Batra on her film: ‘You can take any religion and it will fit into the narrative’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 11:24 PM IST
Filmmaker Raj Krishna and actor Pooja Batra talk about their new film, Padmavyuha.
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Sachin Tiwari as Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sachin Tiwari as Sushant Singh Rajput.

Films on Sushant Singh Rajput: Producer Sanoj Mishra accuses actor’s doppelganger Sachin Tiwari of cheating, TikTok star claims he was tortured

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 07:30 PM IST
Pictures from Suicide or Murder are already out and producer Sanoj Mishra now claims Sachin Tiwari took money from him, listened to the script and then went ahead with another film on the same subject.
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Churails review: A poster of the series
Churails review: A poster of the series

Churails review: Nimra Bucha and her burkha-clad team is here with a bewitching tale. Watch out patriarchy

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 11:07 AM IST
Churails review: Meher Bano, Sarwat Gilani, Nimra Bucha and Yasra Rizvi play lead characters in this intense and liberated tale.
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A still from Churials trailer.
A still from Churials trailer.

Churails: Asim Abbasi’s burkha-clad avengers channel women’s rage in first Pak web series for Zee5

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON AUG 11, 2020 12:26 AM IST
Zee Network has revived its content brand from Pakistan, Zindagi, and Churails is its first project. The director of the web show, Asim Abbasi, and its cast take about their quirky presentation.
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Prakash Jha upcoming film Pareeksha is centred around issues relating to India’s education system.
Prakash Jha upcoming film Pareeksha is centred around issues relating to India’s education system.

Prakash Jha on Pareeksha’s portrayal of class divide: ‘It eventually boils down to whether you have the money or not’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2020 02:09 PM IST
Filmmaker Prakash Jha talks about the new education policy, his new film Pareeksha and the class divide in India’s education system in an exclusive interview.
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Pareeksha review: Adil Hussain in a still from the film.
Pareeksha review: Adil Hussain in a still from the film.

Pareeksha movie review: Adil Hussain, Shubham excel in a telling comment on India’s class divide, education

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2020 11:07 AM IST
The pace of Prakash Jha’s film Pareeksha may be slow, but brilliant performances and a realistic take on how class divide affects education make it a compelling watch.
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Rajkummar Rao played the role of terrorist Omar Saeed Shaikh.
Rajkummar Rao played the role of terrorist Omar Saeed Shaikh.

Hansal Mehta on Omerta: ‘Anurag Kashyap had more conviction in the film than I had’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON AUG 04, 2020 01:15 PM IST
After Omerta came to an OTT platform recently, fans have been showering love and praises on filmmaker Hansal Mehta’s film starring Rajkummar Rao.
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Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma tops BARC chart for most watched shows in Hindi entertainment.
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma tops BARC chart for most watched shows in Hindi entertainment.

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma topples Kundali Bhagya to become most watched Hindi show: BARC data

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:25 PM IST
As the show went back on floors after months, Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashma has topped BARC chart, becoming the most watched among Hindi entertainment shows.
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Remebering Mohammad Rafi on his 40th death anniversary with a 30-song playlist
Remebering Mohammad Rafi on his 40th death anniversary with a 30-song playlist

Remembering Mohammad Rafi: A playlist of his 30 songs for all your different moods

By Sweta Kaushal | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 09:24 AM IST
Friday marks the 40th death anniversary of legendary singer Mohammad Rafi and we bring an exhaustive list of 30 songs to remember him by.
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Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about his upcoming film Yaara and more.
Tigmanshu Dhulia talks about his upcoming film Yaara and more.

Tigmanshu Dhulia: ‘Two strong groups in industry made money but did nothing for cinema’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2020 11:39 AM IST
In an exclusive interview, Tigmanshu Dhulia sees nothing wrong with groupism as long as it leads to productive work and good cinema. The director, however, says that is where the groups failed the film industry.
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Divya Dutta in a still from The Relationship Manager.
Divya Dutta in a still from The Relationship Manager.

Divya Dutta, Annup Sonii’s The Relationship Manager asks women to break the silence on domestic violence

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2020 01:40 PM IST
Divya Dutta plays a homemaker struggling with abuse at home, during the lockdown period in The Relationship Manager. How Annup Sonii - a relationship manager from her bank - manages to offer the much-needed mental support and push she needed is what the short film traces.
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Abhishek Sharma, who began his Bollywood career with Tere Bin Laden, is ready with Diljit Dosanjh, Manoj Bajpayee and Fatima Sana Shaikh’s Suraj Par Mangal Bhari.
Abhishek Sharma, who began his Bollywood career with Tere Bin Laden, is ready with Diljit Dosanjh, Manoj Bajpayee and Fatima Sana Shaikh’s Suraj Par Mangal Bhari.

Tere Bin Laden’s Abhishek Sharma wants to wait for theatres to open for Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari release

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 08:08 PM IST
Filmmaker Abhishek Sharma talks about his decade long career in Bollywood, the struggles involved, the lockdown and his upcoming film Suraj Par Mangal Bhari.
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Ronjini Chakraborty was recently seen in Lalbazaar.
Ronjini Chakraborty was recently seen in Lalbazaar.

‘Innumerable things can make you bitter in this industry, one needs to stay positive’: Ronjini Chakraborty

By Sweta Kaushal
PUBLISHED ON JUL 04, 2020 01:25 PM IST
Ronjini Chakraborty talks about the pros and cons of being an outsider in Bollywood.
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Swara Bhaskar plays the titular lead role in Rasbhari.
Swara Bhaskar plays the titular lead role in Rasbhari.

Rasbhari review: Swara Bhaskar’s small-town tale of sexual awakening tries to do too much

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2020 02:14 PM IST
Rasbhari review: Swara Bhaskar’s latest series treads the thin line between sleaze and erotic well but falters at certain places.
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Chandrachur Singh plays Sushmita Sen’s husband in Aarya.
Chandrachur Singh plays Sushmita Sen’s husband in Aarya.

Chandrachur Singh on his comeback with Aarya, years in oblivion: ‘I see it as a learning curve’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2020 08:51 PM IST
Chandrachur Singh opens up about his struggle and comeback with Aarya. The show will mark his debut in web series alongside Sushmita Sen.
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Gurdeep Kohli plays the first wife of Ronit Roy’s character in Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Hum.
Gurdeep Kohli plays the first wife of Ronit Roy’s character in Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Hum.

Gurdeep Kohli: ‘People heading channels are killing content on TV as they chase TRPs’

By Sweta Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2020 11:35 AM IST
Actor Gurdeep Kohli talks about the state of content on Indian television, how her first show Sanjeevani was better than the second iteration and her latest project -Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain Hum 3.
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