Veenu Singh

Veenu Singh

Veenu Singh writes on art, culture and Bollywood for HT’s Sunday magazine, Brunch.

Articles by Veenu Singh
Parvin Dabas (left) with his best friend, Terence Joyce, at the Gypsy King concert in Central Park, New York
Parvin Dabas (left) with his best friend, Terence Joyce, at the Gypsy King concert in Central Park, New York

“At 22, I was doing Broadway in NYC,” says actor Parvin Dabas

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:12 AM IST
The actor gets candid about his tours and travels, love life and bank balance
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Deepa Mehta photographed in New Delhi earlier this month(Raajessh Kashyap)
Deepa Mehta photographed in New Delhi earlier this month(Raajessh Kashyap)

Over the top and out!

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 27, 2020 06:59 AM IST
Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta holds forth on the freedom of OTT in times of pandemic, and picks the 10 best shows she has watched this year
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Gulshan Grover with actor Anil Kapoor, who was his acting school batchmate
Gulshan Grover with actor Anil Kapoor, who was his acting school batchmate

“At 22, I was confused, scared and worried,” says actor Gulshan Grover

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 07:37 AM IST
The actor gets nostalgic about working towards being an actor, his Dilliwaali girlfriend and being broke at 22
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The I-View World festival kicked off with the screening of celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, which is also Canada’s official entry to the Oscars 2021
The I-View World festival kicked off with the screening of celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy, which is also Canada’s official entry to the Oscars 2021

We’re going to the movies!

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 11:25 AM IST
The movie screenings at I-View World Film Festival in a mall offered a welcome break from small screen entertainment
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Ritu Beri in her room in celebratory mode, upon getting admission into the first batch of NIFT Delhi
Ritu Beri in her room in celebratory mode, upon getting admission into the first batch of NIFT Delhi

“At 22, I had a gypsy’s soul and a warrior’s spirit,” says Ritu Beri

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 07:43 AM IST
The fashion designer gets nostalgic about her hopes, dreams, career and family life
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Chef Sanjeev Kapoor playing the guitar at his place in Varanasi while working at Hotel Varanasi Ashok
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor playing the guitar at his place in Varanasi while working at Hotel Varanasi Ashok

“I wanted to reach the top of my cooking game before I turned 30,” says chef Sanjeev Kapoor

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 07:59 AM IST
The celebrity chef takes a walk down memory lane as he discusses his hopes, dreams and fashion sense when he was 22
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Divya Dutta being given a warm welcome by the principal when she first visited her college, Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana, after joining films
Divya Dutta being given a warm welcome by the principal when she first visited her college, Govt. College for Girls, Ludhiana, after joining films

“At 22, I bought my first mobile phone using my own money,” says actor Divya Dutta

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 08:17 AM IST
The actor gets candid about her fashion choices, bank balance and life lessons
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Cricketer Suresh Raina with wife Priyanka, daughter Gracia, 4, and their 8-month-old son, Rio. On Suresh: Pants and short kurta set, Antar-Agni. On Priyanka: Long skirt and top, Rahul Mishra; Heels, Steve Madden; Ring, Knick Knack Nook; Earrings, Zariin. On kids: Outfit, from a store in Khan Market, Delhi. Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain(Shivamm Paathak)
Cricketer Suresh Raina with wife Priyanka, daughter Gracia, 4, and their 8-month-old son, Rio. On Suresh: Pants and short kurta set, Antar-Agni. On Priyanka: Long skirt and top, Rahul Mishra; Heels, Steve Madden; Ring, Knick Knack Nook; Earrings, Zariin. On kids: Outfit, from a store in Khan Market, Delhi. Art direction: Amit Malik; Styling assistant: Tanya Aggarwal; Make-up and hair: Artistry by Anjali Jain(Shivamm Paathak)

HT Brunch Cover Story: Diwali with the Rainas

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2020 08:26 AM IST
How cricketer Suresh Raina, wife Priyanka and daughter Gracia introduced 8-month-old Rio to the festival of lights
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Aatish with his friends in Florence with the river Arno and its bridges behind him
Aatish with his friends in Florence with the river Arno and its bridges behind him

“At 22, I was restless and hungry for life,” says author Aatish Taseer

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 12:28 PM IST
The author goes on a trip down memory lane reminiscing about his finances, romantic life, living in New York and the biggest life lesson
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Rakul Preet Singh poses for the HT Brunch In Bed With... column. Styling: Anisha Jain(Rahul Jhangiani)
Rakul Preet Singh poses for the HT Brunch In Bed With... column. Styling: Anisha Jain(Rahul Jhangiani)

“My favourite side of the bed is the one further away from the door,” says actor Rakul Preet Singh

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON NOV 01, 2020 07:24 AM IST
The actor who is a HT Brunch protege lets us into her bedroom and reveals some heartfelt secrets
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Chef Manish Mehrotra then at 22 (top), and now (above) at 46
Chef Manish Mehrotra then at 22 (top), and now (above) at 46

Nostalgia photo feature: When I was 22, I wanted to helm Thai Pavilion, says Chef Manish Mehrotra

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 07:14 AM IST
The chef goes on a nostalgic trip down the memory lane recounting his finances, fashion sense and biggest life lesson
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David Abraham at NID with Rakesh Thakore (behind him) and Archana Shah (next to him), founder of Bandhej and Padmini Nair and Reena Singh (far left)
David Abraham at NID with Rakesh Thakore (behind him) and Archana Shah (next to him), founder of Bandhej and Padmini Nair and Reena Singh (far left)

“When I was 22... I was always hungry!” says David Abraham

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 10:30 AM IST
The fashion designer tells us his biggest dream then and the life lessons he’s learnt over time
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Sunny poses for the In Bed...column at her Mumbai home. Styling: Hitendra Kapopara; Make-up: Tomas Mouchka(Photo: Subi Samuel; Photo Imaging: Piyush Garg)
Sunny poses for the In Bed...column at her Mumbai home. Styling: Hitendra Kapopara; Make-up: Tomas Mouchka(Photo: Subi Samuel; Photo Imaging: Piyush Garg)

“I wanted to be a nurse...” reveals Sunny Leone

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2020 01:51 PM IST
The most Googled actor and a devoted mother of three loves pancakes for breakfast.
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(Left) Chunky Panday, 22, and now, at 57
(Left) Chunky Panday, 22, and now, at 57

“When I was 22, I was gatecrashing Bollywood parties,” confesses Chunky Panday

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 02:09 PM IST
Did you know the actor owned a purple Fiat Padmini, which was his most prized possession.
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Sonalika’s first skydive in Switzerland
Sonalika’s first skydive in Switzerland

“When I was 22...I was free and limitless,” recounts Sonalika Sahay

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2020 02:58 PM IST
Did you know the supermodel was an air-hostess as well as a part time model?
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Indian influencer Diipa Khosla has over a million followers on Instagram and has featured on seven international magazine covers. Wardrobe: Sari and blouse, Vedika M; earrings, Sunta Shekhawat; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up & hair: Anuj Dogra; Location courtesy: Hyatt Regency Delhi(Hari Nair)
Indian influencer Diipa Khosla has over a million followers on Instagram and has featured on seven international magazine covers. Wardrobe: Sari and blouse, Vedika M; earrings, Sunta Shekhawat; Art direction: Amit Malik; Make-up & hair: Anuj Dogra; Location courtesy: Hyatt Regency Delhi(Hari Nair)

HT Brunch Cover Story: The woman who dared to dream

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 03:04 PM IST
Meet Diipa Khosla: the first Indian influencer to make it big internationally. Here’s how she is using her clout to change lives too
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Actor Shreyas Talpade says the sexiest thing about him is his performance, pun intended! Make-up: Swapnil Pathare; Hair: Rohan Chauhan.(Mrunal Kalsekar)
Actor Shreyas Talpade says the sexiest thing about him is his performance, pun intended! Make-up: Swapnil Pathare; Hair: Rohan Chauhan.(Mrunal Kalsekar)

“My Tinder bio would read try a good boy for a change,” says Shreyas Talpade

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 08:10 AM IST
The actor tells us the sexiest thing about him and shares his strategy in a crisis.
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If not a singer, Darshan Raval says he would have been an RJ, traveller or photographer. Styling: Richa Singh(Deep Panchal)
If not a singer, Darshan Raval says he would have been an RJ, traveller or photographer. Styling: Richa Singh(Deep Panchal)

Personal Agenda with Darshan Raval: “I’d like to emulate AR Rahman”

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 08:08 AM IST
The young singer shares his childhood memories, defines love and tell us the one song he dare not remake
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Actress Sayantani Ghosh would gorge on chocolate if she had to cheat on her diet. Wardrobe:Denims, Zara; T-shirt, Only; shirt, Marks & Spencer. Make-up: Ketan; Hair: Lakshmi(Photographer: Rishab Dahiya)
Actress Sayantani Ghosh would gorge on chocolate if she had to cheat on her diet. Wardrobe:Denims, Zara; T-shirt, Only; shirt, Marks & Spencer. Make-up: Ketan; Hair: Lakshmi(Photographer: Rishab Dahiya)

Personal Agenda with Sayantani Ghosh: “I’d right swipe Bradley cooper on Tinder”

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON AUG 16, 2020 07:01 AM IST
The actress says she’d be a journalist if not an actor and shares funny distortions of her name
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Nimrat Kaur says the best and worst thing about Bollywood is anything can happen at anytime. Outfit:Raghavendra Rathore(Mayur Bhatt)
Nimrat Kaur says the best and worst thing about Bollywood is anything can happen at anytime. Outfit:Raghavendra Rathore(Mayur Bhatt)

Personal Agenda: “A stimulating conversation can get me in the mood for love,” says Nimrat Kaur

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 19, 2020 07:02 AM IST
The actor of The Lunchbox fame tells us who she is currently crushing on, top three qualities she always seeks in men and much more...
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Neha Dhupia says the best thing about marriage is companionship. Location courtesy: Roadies Cafe, Noida(Sanchit Khanna)
Neha Dhupia says the best thing about marriage is companionship. Location courtesy: Roadies Cafe, Noida(Sanchit Khanna)

“A relationship rule I always follow is respect,” says Neha Dhupia

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 12, 2020 07:59 AM IST
The actress tells us what she loves about her husband, Angad Bedi and shares how motherhood has changed her
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Here are five movies that are not to be missed!
Here are five movies that are not to be missed!

The Hidden Gems : 5 underrated movies that are a must-watch!

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON JUL 05, 2020 06:25 AM IST
Five filmmakers recommend movies that were a miss at the celluloid but a hit for them
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Mrunal Thakur made her transition from television to movies with Love Sonia(N Click Photography)
Mrunal Thakur made her transition from television to movies with Love Sonia(N Click Photography)

Personal Agenda with Mrunal Thakur: “The best thing about Bollywood is that you can make a difference by being a part of a film, which inspires millions!”

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2020 03:20 AM IST
The Super 30 actor also talks about men, mistakes, relationship rules, and reveals her celebrity crush!
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Anmol Malik has just made her debut as an author(Porus Vimadalal)
Anmol Malik has just made her debut as an author(Porus Vimadalal)

Word power: Meet Anmol Malik, the new author in town

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2020 10:57 PM IST
She might have started her career as a singer and lyricist, but the daughter of musician Anu Malik has found her true calling as a writer
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The quarantine reading list

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2020 10:36 PM IST
Making the most of the lockdown, these actors are rekindling their love for the written word
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If not a cricketer then Kuldeep Yadav would have been a pilot. Styling: Aditi Khanna; Make-up and hair: Nitasha Wah; Hoodie and shoes, Adidas; joggers, H&M(Photo: Subi Samuel)
If not a cricketer then Kuldeep Yadav would have been a pilot. Styling: Aditi Khanna; Make-up and hair: Nitasha Wah; Hoodie and shoes, Adidas; joggers, H&M(Photo: Subi Samuel)

Personal Agenda with Kuldeep Yadav: “The best compliment I got from a fan: You bowl just like Shane Warne!”

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2020 01:08 AM IST
The cricketer advises youngsters to believe in themselves and never give up!
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Katrina Kaif says that fitness has always been a huge part of her life and it’s not just working out at a gym. Make-up by Daniel Bauer; Hair by Franco Vallelonga; clothes and shoes, Reebok(Taras Taraporvala)
Katrina Kaif says that fitness has always been a huge part of her life and it’s not just working out at a gym. Make-up by Daniel Bauer; Hair by Franco Vallelonga; clothes and shoes, Reebok(Taras Taraporvala)

HT Brunch Cover Story Summer Fitness Special: The fabulously fit Katrina Kaif

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2020 01:05 AM IST
If you think the actor is in top form these days, it’s because she’s taking care of her body, mind and spirit
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Ricky Kej wrote a song on nature when he was in grade five(Photo: Mithun Bhat)
Ricky Kej wrote a song on nature when he was in grade five(Photo: Mithun Bhat)

Personal Agenda with Ricky Kej: “Best thing about lockdown? My dog is really happy!”

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 12:34 AM IST
The Grammy Award-winning composer reveals his best-kept secrets
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Personal Agenda with Umesh Yadav: “If not a cricketer, I would have been a policeman”

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 03:01 AM IST
The fast bowler tackles question on cricket, quarantine life and more
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5 rules to rock Instagram Lives!

By Veenu Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 04:22 AM IST
Celebrities dish out hacks to make the most of the new social media phenomenon
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