Yashika Mathur

Yashika Mathur

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

Articles by Yashika Mathur
Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a still from filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.
Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in a still from filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat.

Padmaavat, Sanju, Manmarziyaan: Film controversies that shook Bollywood in 2018

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2018 04:12 PM IST
Legal battles, bans, threats, objections on scenes and so on... several films in 2018 got mired in controversies one after the other. Here’s a quick recap
Actor Akshay Kumar and minister Rajyavardhan Rathore
Actor Akshay Kumar and minister Rajyavardhan Rathore

Rajyavardhan Rathore, Akshay Kumar’s Instagram live session, a treat for fitness lovers

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2018 02:29 PM IST
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore reached out to almost 25000 followers on Instagram.
The shooting of Shonali Bose’s film The Sky Is Pink is happening in Delhi. The film stars Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, and Zaira Wasim.(Sarang Gupta/ HT Photo)
The shooting of Shonali Bose’s film The Sky Is Pink is happening in Delhi. The film stars Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, and Zaira Wasim.(Sarang Gupta/ HT Photo)

HT Exclusive: Bollywood stars Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar shoot near Jama Masjid

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON NOV 16, 2018 04:57 PM IST
Bollywood actors Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar have been shooting in Delhi since after Diwali for Shonali Bose’s upcoming film, The Sky Is Pink. We catch the stars shooting in buzzing Old Delhi.
A still from the Bollywood film Jism 2. For scenes such as these, Hollywood has just begun hiring an intimacy director.
A still from the Bollywood film Jism 2. For scenes such as these, Hollywood has just begun hiring an intimacy director.

#MeToo in Bollywood: Is it time for film units to have an intimacy director?

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
PUBLISHED ON NOV 04, 2018 04:47 PM IST
The use of an intimacy director, someone who keeps actors comfortable on the sets while shooting scenes depicting physical intimacy, is creeping towards becoming a trend in the West. We ask Bollywood names how this might help.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh reception is going to fall on the same day.
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s wedding and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh reception is going to fall on the same day.

Priyanka Chopra-Nick Jonas’ wedding could clash with Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s reception on Dec 1

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur and Shreya Mukherjee
UPDATED ON OCT 25, 2018 09:01 AM IST
Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone’s wedding functions are all set to clash, making it one busy wedding season for Bollywood this year.
Its been two decades of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai but the film continues to be special for various reasons.
Its been two decades of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai but the film continues to be special for various reasons.

20 years of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, cast members revisit memories

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 03:02 PM IST
As the iconic film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai completes 20 years, cast members revisit fond memories of the 1998 hit.
Saqib Saleem has said that a man tried to assault him early in his film career.
Saqib Saleem has said that a man tried to assault him early in his film career.

Saqib Saleem reveals his MeToo story, says a man tried to molest him when he was 21

UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2018 01:30 PM IST
Saqib Saleem said a man tried to put his hand in his pants when he was 21 and has just started out as an actor.
Rana Daggubati is busy shooting the NTR biopic.(AMAL KS/HINDUSTAN TIMES)
Rana Daggubati is busy shooting the NTR biopic.(AMAL KS/HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Rana Daggubati aka Bhallaldeva: I do love playing larger than life characters

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2018 01:37 PM IST
Rana Daggubati says that right now he is busy with his films down South, and will only give his nod to Bollywood offers if they are appealing enough.
Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma play an entrepreneur couple in Sui Dhaaga - Made in India.
Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma play an entrepreneur couple in Sui Dhaaga - Made in India.

From Band Baaja Baaraat to Sui Dhaaga: Bollywood redefines #couplegoals with stories about entrepreneurs

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 07:28 PM IST
The new crop of Bollywood filmmakers are going beyond romance in man-woman relationships, showing them as equal partners in an enterprise. Industry names say that this shows the aspirations of a new India.
Actor Akshay Kumar and Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh at the launch of the Bharat Ke Veer App in April, last year.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Actor Akshay Kumar and Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh at the launch of the Bharat Ke Veer App in April, last year.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Akshay Kumar’s brainchild, Bharat Ke Veer, goes tax free, registered as a Trust

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2018 01:38 PM IST
Actor Akshay Kumar’s initiative to extend financial support to the kin of martyred soldiers has got a great breakthrough in form of Form 80 (G), which exempts the contributions from tax.
Actor Amyra Dastur has projects such as Mental Hai Kya, Prassthanam, and The Trip Season 2.
Actor Amyra Dastur has projects such as Mental Hai Kya, Prassthanam, and The Trip Season 2.

Amyra Dastur surprises family in London, joins them for a vacation

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2018 07:40 PM IST
Bollywood actor Amyra Dastur, busy with back-to-back shoots, went to London to finally have a family vacation after almost four years. She just showed up at their hotel — and they were over the moon!
Actor Frieda Pinto doesn’t wish to play white roles and wants everyone to be aware of her ethnicity.(Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)
Actor Frieda Pinto doesn’t wish to play white roles and wants everyone to be aware of her ethnicity.(Getty Images for The Business of Fashion)

Frieda Pinto: I don’t want people to be blind to my skin colour, you can accept me for who I am

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 06:46 PM IST
Actor Frieda Pinto earlier wanted Hollywood filmmakers to cast her as an American, but she has received a new realisations.
The plot of filmmaker Meghna Gulzar’s next film will be centred round the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.
The plot of filmmaker Meghna Gulzar’s next film will be centred round the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Meghna Gulzar: Why do alarm bells ring when a woman tells a woman’s story?

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 06:42 PM IST
Raazi director Meghna Gulzar talks about the importance of good content and how it beats the gender game. She points out that when she cast for Talvar — as a woman director without a hit film to her name — actors said yes to her right away.
Bollywood actor Yami Gautam has a die-hard fan in Kolkata, who has tattooed her name on his arm.
Bollywood actor Yami Gautam has a die-hard fan in Kolkata, who has tattooed her name on his arm.

Guess what’s Yami Gautam’s special Kolkata connection? No, it’s not playing a Bengali woman

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 05:54 PM IST
Bollywood actor Yami Gautam has a special fan in Kolkata, who never misses a chance to shower her with appreciation and fan love. In return, the actor always lets him know when she’s about to visit the city.
Actor Karan Tacker with sister Sasha.
Actor Karan Tacker with sister Sasha.

Raksha Bandhan special: Fame never changed these bhai-behen bonds

Hindustan Times | By Rishabh Suri and Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 06:32 PM IST
On the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, popular faces from Indian television talk to us about their siblings, many of whom aren’t a part of showbiz — they still treat their star brothers or sisters the same as when they were kids.
Bollywood actor Ali Fazal was judging a short film competition at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Bollywood actor Ali Fazal was judging a short film competition at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.

Special fan encounter in Australia leaves Ali Fazal grateful and inspired

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 05:29 PM IST
The Bollywood actor recently judged the short film competition at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Turns out that the filmmaker who won in that category is also a big fan of the actor.
Helen and Nora Fatehi met at Salman Khan’s birthday party and the latter was blessed by the iconic former dancer-actor.
Helen and Nora Fatehi met at Salman Khan’s birthday party and the latter was blessed by the iconic former dancer-actor.

After Dilbar, Nora Fatehi plays a dance teacher in Bharat, takes inspiration from Helen

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2018 05:24 PM IST
Having scored a hit item number in Satyameva Jayate, actor Nora Fatehi will soon be seen playing a Latina dance teacher and she’s currently shooting in Malta. The legendary dance diva Helen is her inspiration.
Actor Taapsee Pannu plays the role of a Sikh girl, named Rumi, in her upcoming film Manmarziyaan.
Actor Taapsee Pannu plays the role of a Sikh girl, named Rumi, in her upcoming film Manmarziyaan.

Taapsee Pannu: My family is looking forward to seeing the Amritsari swag in Manmarziyaan

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2018 06:14 PM IST
Bollywood actor Taapsee Pannu’s red-haired, feisty character in Manmarziyaan has got her family members thrilled. The actor, who is Punjabi, gets back to her roots with this film, which has been shot in Punjab.
Uma Thurman played the iconic character of The Bride / Black Mamba / Beatrix Kiddo in the Kill Bill movies.
Uma Thurman played the iconic character of The Bride / Black Mamba / Beatrix Kiddo in the Kill Bill movies.

Priyanka, Katrina, Jacqueline, or Anushka? Who can lead the Bollywood remake of Kill Bill?

Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee & Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 03:23 PM IST
Filmmakers and action directors tell us who they think can play Uma Thurman’s role best in the Bollywood remake of Kill Bill.
Kanica Maheshwari is best known for her role of Meenakshi Raathi in the show Diya Aur Baati Hum.
Kanica Maheshwari is best known for her role of Meenakshi Raathi in the show Diya Aur Baati Hum.

Post-natal weight gain gave Kanica Maheshwari the ‘misfit’ label in the industry

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2018 05:43 PM IST
Actor Kanica Maheshwari talks about the hurdles which came her way after she became a mother.
Actor Shilpa Shetty feels that beauty cannot be defined by how one looks.
Actor Shilpa Shetty feels that beauty cannot be defined by how one looks.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra advises youngsters: Learn to enjoy, don’t take life so seriously

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 04:26 PM IST
Actor and entrepreneur Shilpa Shetty Kundra wants youngsters to be strong from within instead of following fashion trends.
Filmmaker Omung Kumar will soon come up with another sports based story.(Amal Ks/ HT Photo)
Filmmaker Omung Kumar will soon come up with another sports based story.(Amal Ks/ HT Photo)

Director Omung Kumar on the failure of Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film Bhoomi: It dampened my spirit

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2018 05:17 PM IST
Filmmaker Omung Kumar says that not many people went to theatres to watch the film, says he tried to figure out what went wrong.
Actor Mohammad Nazim will soon be seen in the show Udaan.
Actor Mohammad Nazim will soon be seen in the show Udaan.

Mohammad Nazim hits back at Krrip Suri after his comments on being dropped from a TV show

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2018 06:38 PM IST
Actor Mohammad Nazim is not happy with comments that actor Krrip Suri has made and allegations of being thrown out of a show, which has taken him up.
Actor Ssharad Malhotraa has lost touch with his friend Rahul Raichand
Actor Ssharad Malhotraa has lost touch with his friend Rahul Raichand

Friendship Day 2018: Actors tell us about that one friend they’ve lost touch with

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 12:27 PM IST
It’s that day of the year when friends celebrate their bond and take a vow to remain partners in crime. On this Friendship day, celebrities talk about how they’d love to get their dear pals back.
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar will once again direct Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif, after last year’s hit Tiger Zinda Hai.(Photo: Getty Images for DIFF)
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar will once again direct Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif, after last year’s hit Tiger Zinda Hai.(Photo: Getty Images for DIFF)

Ali Abbas Zafar: Katrina was the best fit after Priyanka left Bharat

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2018 06:46 PM IST
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar talks about welcoming actor Katrina Kaif on board Bharat, co-starring Salman Khan, after actor Priyanka Chopra chose to exit — because, as per rumours, she’d marry singer Nick Jonas later this year.
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar will once again direct Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif, after last year’s hit Tiger Zinda Hai.(Photo: Getty Images for DIFF)
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar will once again direct Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif, after last year’s hit Tiger Zinda Hai.(Photo: Getty Images for DIFF)

Katrina Kaif was the best fit after Priyanka Chopra left Bharat, Says Ali Abbas Zafar

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 08:47 PM IST
Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar talks about welcoming actor Katrina Kaif on board Bharat, co-starring Salman Khan, after actor Priyanka Chopra chose to exit — because, as per rumours, she’d marry singer Nick Jonas later this year.
Actor Nora Fatehi is proud of her latest song Dilbar.
Actor Nora Fatehi is proud of her latest song Dilbar.

Nora Fatehi says she would rather give a hit song than a flop film

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 05:10 PM IST
Actor Nora Fatehi talks about her recent hit track Dilbar and how she is not worried about not doing a lead role in Bollywood films often.
Actor Suniel Grover will play the role of Rajasthani man in next film.
Actor Suniel Grover will play the role of Rajasthani man in next film.

Pataakha: Vishal Bhardwaj’s passion for storytelling amazes Sunil Grover

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 05:02 PM IST
Actor comedian Sunil Grover talks about his experience of working with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj.
Actor Hiten Tejwani will soon be seen in Bollywood film Kalank.
Actor Hiten Tejwani will soon be seen in Bollywood film Kalank.

No matter how big the project is, Hiten Tejwani says he can never be satisfied

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 04:52 PM IST
Actor Hiten Tejwani, who is a prominent face on Indian TV, will soon be seen in Karan Johar’s production venture, Kalank.
Actors Juhi Chawla Mehta and Shah Rukh have worked together on many films.
Actors Juhi Chawla Mehta and Shah Rukh have worked together on many films.

21 years of Yes Boss: Shah Rukh Khan will always be a good friend for me, says co-star Juhi Chawla

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 06:14 PM IST
Actor Juhi Chawla Mehta goes down memory lane and recalls that Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon remains her favourite song from Yes Boss.
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