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With borders still closed, only local cinephiles could attend events such as the drive-in screenings held during the pandemic edition of the Toronto film festival.(tiff_NET/instagram)

Anupama Chopra muses on the wins and losses as the Toronto film festival goes virtual

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 10:49 AM IST
Even with its digital screenings and shrunken line-up, TIFF felt like a minor miracle; a reminder that storytelling never stops.
Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi in a still from Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.
Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi in a still from Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl.

Will post-pandemic Bollywood put more women in the cockpit, asks Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 11:24 AM IST
As films go direct to streaming platforms, female-led movies could finally get a fair shot at finding their audience. Reduced post-Covid budgets could help.
Actor Arjun Rampal on set.
Actor Arjun Rampal on set.

Covid-19 can end the circus of celebrity, open doors for new talent, writes Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 08:06 PM IST
The Covid-19 pandemic has sent Bollywood A-listers into hibernation, but perhaps it can open doors for new talent once things resume, writes Anupama Chopra.
SS Rajamouli is currently busy with RRR.
SS Rajamouli is currently busy with RRR.

SS Rajamouli accepts Kabir Singh director’s challenge, his next production will have him doing housework

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 03:07 PM IST
SS Rajamouli will post a video while doing household work amid coronavirus lockdown, says it is important to share household chores.
Deepika Padukone with her squad, as a child.
Deepika Padukone with her squad, as a child.

Deepika Padukone rocks the ‘katori cut’ in major throwback pic. See here

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 09:49 PM IST
Deepika Padukone has shared a major throwback picture of herself, eating paranthas with a couple of friends. See it here.
Allu Arjun’s recent monster hit
Allu Arjun’s recent monster hit

Is modesty the secret to Telugu cinema’s bountiful success?: Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2020 07:57 PM IST
Politeness, modesty, humility and reticence are recurring qualities among the this film fraternity from the south
The present trend of film series in Bollywood is inspired mainly by the success of Hollywood film sequels, feel industry experts.(HT Imaging)
The present trend of film series in Bollywood is inspired mainly by the success of Hollywood film sequels, feel industry experts.(HT Imaging)

And then there were more

Hindustan Times | By Poulomi Banerjee
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2020 07:17 PM IST
In Bollywood today, every hit is the beginning of a new franchise. And 2020 is the year when the trend seems set to peak
Shah Rukh Khan’s crazy episode with a director and his script is making Twitter LOL.
Shah Rukh Khan’s crazy episode with a director and his script is making Twitter LOL.

Shah Rukh Khan once received a script so outrageous that fans want their ears cleaned with bleach after hearing it

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2020 11:06 AM IST
Shah Rukh Khan must have got his fair share of bad scripts but surely nothing will ever come close to this one.
A still from Kaalakaandi (2017). Like his character in the film, Saif Ali Khan is doing what he wants, regardless of the rules.
A still from Kaalakaandi (2017). Like his character in the film, Saif Ali Khan is doing what he wants, regardless of the rules.

I wish more people would let go creatively, as Saif is doing: Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 24, 2020 05:19 PM IST
‘Amitabh Bachchan experienced a similar creative spring in the early years of the new millennium. But the women, even those not in the leading-lady rat race, aren’t cutting loose quite as much.’
Kangana Ranaut has said that what Saif Ali Khan said about India’s history and collective identity isn’t true.
Kangana Ranaut has said that what Saif Ali Khan said about India’s history and collective identity isn’t true.

Kangana Ranaut on Saif Ali Khan’s ‘no concept of India before British’ comment: ‘If there was no Bharat, what was Mahabharat?’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 06:45 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut, who has worked with Saif Ali Khan in Rangoon, talked about what she thought of his recent comment about the identity of India.
With Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, director Rakesh Roshan got the perfect material to showcase his talented son, Hrithik
With Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, director Rakesh Roshan got the perfect material to showcase his talented son, Hrithik

A star is born: Anupama Chopra looks back at how Hrithik Roshan’s debut set the bar high for future newcomers

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2020 04:39 PM IST
20 years ago, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai wasn’t just a blockbuster. It generated a hysteria comparable to Beatlemania
Shah Rukh Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in 2018. ‘I hope Shah Rukh finds a script and a storyteller who can both reinvent the Shah Rukh Khan myth and honour it.’
Shah Rukh Khan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, in 2018. ‘I hope Shah Rukh finds a script and a storyteller who can both reinvent the Shah Rukh Khan myth and honour it.’

Anupama Chopra’s Bollywood dreams for 2020

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2019 07:26 PM IST
Empowered writers, original music, an exchange of ideas across languages... a wishlist for the year ahead.
Parvathy Thiruvothu criticised the misogyny of films such as Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh on a chat show.
Parvathy Thiruvothu criticised the misogyny of films such as Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh on a chat show.

Parvathy wins the internet with her apology for using ‘bipolar disorder’ casually

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2019 02:59 PM IST
Malayalam actor Parvathy Thiruvothu’s firm stand against Arjun Reddy and Kabir Singh on a recent show won her applause but the actor was also called out for a casual reference to ‘bipolar disorder’.
General view of the red carpet opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2003.(Getty Images)
General view of the red carpet opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2003.(Getty Images)

Film festivals open your head and ways of seeing the world, says Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON NOV 15, 2019 04:35 PM IST
A festival insists that you watch films you would never have encountered otherwise.
For those who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, Amitabh Bachchan cut a colossus-like figure, towering over the movies.(HT PHOTO)
For those who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, Amitabh Bachchan cut a colossus-like figure, towering over the movies.(HT PHOTO)

‘This is Amitabh...’ he said, Anupama Chopra shares her many memories of Big B

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2019 07:51 PM IST
The megastar completes 50 years in Hindi cinema this month
Hrithik Roshan shed his macho image when he played a maths teacher in
Hrithik Roshan shed his macho image when he played a maths teacher in

Playing against type

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2019 05:25 PM IST
It’s a treat when actors let go of on-screen vanity for a film, says Anupama Chopra
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan with wife Kareena Kapoor and son Taimur Ali Khan spotted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.
Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan with wife Kareena Kapoor and son Taimur Ali Khan spotted at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

Saif Ali Khan says son Taimur Ali Khan has learned to tell paparazzi ‘No pictures please’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 01:54 PM IST
Saif Ali Khan has said that the paparazzi have stopped hanging out outside his house after neighbours complained and the police was called. He said that Taimur is very pleased.
The mother-daughter scene in
The mother-daughter scene in

Blurring the lines: Anupama Chopra on movie scenes that move us

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2019 05:37 PM IST
Cinema can sometimes echo your soul, be a friend and a guide
Actor Hrithik Roshan’s feed has photographs of bonding vacations with his sons. Stars have become ‘intimate strangers’, more visible than ever before.
Actor Hrithik Roshan’s feed has photographs of bonding vacations with his sons. Stars have become ‘intimate strangers’, more visible than ever before.

What can stars do, beyond shine? Actually, quite a lot, says Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 21, 2019 10:11 PM IST
Some have begun to use their massive clout, online and off, for greater good.
‘Item songs’ work, when like Chaiyya chaiyya (Dil Se) they celebrate sensuality.
‘Item songs’ work, when like Chaiyya chaiyya (Dil Se) they celebrate sensuality.

A step out of line: Anupama Chopra on what’s wrong with ‘item songs’ today

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2019 07:51 PM IST
Done right, these numbers are joyous. It’s time to rename them
The Malayalam film Virus is a superbly crafted medical thriller, one of several films shaking Bollywood’s hold over Indian audiences.
The Malayalam film Virus is a superbly crafted medical thriller, one of several films shaking Bollywood’s hold over Indian audiences.

Language no bar: Anupama Chopra on non-Hindi blockbusters

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON AUG 24, 2019 06:17 PM IST
Surprise! The truly innovative cinema like Virus or Village Rockstars, Super Deluxe, Sairat, Kumbalangi Nights or the Baahubali franchise, is emerging from outside Mumbai.
Over the years, the trolling got so vicious that I trained myself not to look at mentions when big-budget, big star films hit the screens.
Over the years, the trolling got so vicious that I trained myself not to look at mentions when big-budget, big star films hit the screens.

My review, my choice:Anupama Chopra calls out Twitter trolls

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2019 06:10 PM IST
Twitter trolls, on both sides of the political axis, need to stop looking for a conspiracy in every movie review, says Anupama Chopra.
Vijay Deverakonda as Arjun Reddy and Shahid Kapoor as Kabir Singh.
Vijay Deverakonda as Arjun Reddy and Shahid Kapoor as Kabir Singh.

Vijay Deverakonda defends Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Kabir Singh comments: ‘Maybe he was in a relationship where they abused each other’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Vijay Deverakonda has defended his Arjun Reddy director Sandeep Reddy Vanga over his recent, controversial comments regarding Kabir Singh’s depiction of toxic masculinity.
In the first 10 years since the Domestic Violence Act came into force in 2006, over 10 lakh cases of domestic violence have been registered. And, yet, domestic violence remains vastly underreported primarily because of the victim’s relationship with a husband or a partner.(SHUTTERSTOCK)
In the first 10 years since the Domestic Violence Act came into force in 2006, over 10 lakh cases of domestic violence have been registered. And, yet, domestic violence remains vastly underreported primarily because of the victim’s relationship with a husband or a partner.(SHUTTERSTOCK)

Opinion | No, physical violence is not a sign of love

UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 06:15 PM IST
In a country where 52% of women believe it is okay to be beaten by their husbands, the views of Sandeep Reddy Vanga, director Kabir Singh, apparently endorsing physical violence as a sign of love, are deeply disturbing.
Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan, amid numerous other stars, are playing games like What If and Never Have I Ever, during film promotion interviews.(HT File Photo)
Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan, amid numerous other stars, are playing games like What If and Never Have I Ever, during film promotion interviews.(HT File Photo)

Let’s not play any more of these games, says Anupama Chopra

Hindustan Times | By Anupama Chopra
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 05:50 PM IST
Stars are being asked to play charades or quiz each other, during interviews. But if standard Q&As are one rut, this is turning out to be just another. It’s time to rethink Bollywood promotions.
Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga had said that a relationship should give liberty to the couple to ‘slap each other’.
Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga had said that a relationship should give liberty to the couple to ‘slap each other’.

Sandeep Reddy Vanga says controversial interview edited: ‘Violence may be Kabir Singh’s way of expressing love, it’s not mine’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2019 03:48 PM IST
Sandeep Reddy Vanga of Kabir Singh has claimed that his interview with Anupama Chopra was edited. He added that the content was ‘edited in a very wrong way’ which earned him a lot of flak from women.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s interview is generating just as much controversy as his film, Kabir Singh.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s interview is generating just as much controversy as his film, Kabir Singh.

Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga says he was misquoted in controversial interview: ‘It’s not assault, it’s liberty of expression’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 07:54 PM IST
After defending his film, Kabir Singh, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga must now defend his equally controversial statements, made in a recent interview. That’s exactly what he has done.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga has caused a controversy online because of his comments in defence of Kabir Singh.
Sandeep Reddy Vanga has caused a controversy online because of his comments in defence of Kabir Singh.

Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga savaged on Twitter for controversial comments: ‘What an arrogant, sexist man’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 08:21 PM IST
Kabir Singh director Sandeep Reddy Vanga has been savagely criticised online for controversial statements about his film, in which he seemingly condoned violence against women.
The film has made ₹200 crore at the box office.(HT File)
The film has made ₹200 crore at the box office.(HT File)

It’s 2019 and Kabir Singh believes in slap-happy love

Hindustan Times | By Deepanjana Pal
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 12:46 AM IST
When characters like Kabir Singh, but when such cinematic characters become ideals, there is something rotten in the state of Indian masculinity
Ranveer Singh is known for his quirky fashion sense.
Ranveer Singh is known for his quirky fashion sense.

Happy Birthday Ranveer Singh: Here’s why he is the first superstar of his generation

Hindustan Times | By Ruchi Kaushal
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 04:49 PM IST
As Ranveer Singh celebrates his 34th birthday this year, and here’s why he deserves all the respect and attention that’s coming his way.
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