No longer just about black or white: Kunal Kemmu
  • No longer just about black or white: Kunal Kemmu(16:18)
    By Durga Chakravarty
    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Actor Kunal Kemmu is kicked about the response he is getting for his "grey" character in the multi-starrer film "Kalank". He says it is a great time to be an actor as it is no longer just about essaying black or white roles or being a hero or villain on screen.
Renner feels blessed to play make-believe for living
  • Renner feels blessed to play make-believe for living(15:14)
    By Natalia Ningthoujam
    Seoul, April 23 (IANS) Actor Jeremy Renner shot to fame with his role as the bow wielding Hawkeye from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He says he enjoys every moment of suiting up and essaying the mighty hero and feels blessed to play "make-believe" for a living.
Necessary to move on from past laurels: Manoj Bajpayee
  • Necessary to move on from past laurels: Manoj Bajpayee(14:38)
    By Simran Sethi
    New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Actor Manoj Bajpayee is the recipient of two National Film Awards and India's fourth highest civilian award, Padma Shri, but he stills considers himself a common man from Bihar who has to keep working hard to survive in a dream city like Mumbai. The actor, who turned 50 on Tuesday, feels that he still has a long way to go.
Multi-starrer movies: An evergreen money-making trend
  • Multi-starrer movies: An evergreen money-making trend(11:50)
    By Natalia Ningthoujam
    New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) "Kalank", starring actors like Madhuri Dixit Nene, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sanjay Dutt, minted Rs 21.60 crore on its first day, making it the highest opener of 2019 so far.
'Mental Hai Kya?' draws psychiatrists' ire
  • 'Mental Hai Kya?' draws psychiatrists' ire(16:10)
    By Radhika Bhirani
    New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The film industry must exercise caution and be more sensitive in its messaging, irate psychiatrists have said in reference to the title and posters of the upcoming Hindi film "Mental Hai Kya?", featuring popular actors Rajkummar Rao and Kangana Ranaut.
Terence Lewis to make feature debut with dance film
A weekend of unusual journeys (IANS Books This Weekend)
  • A weekend of unusual journeys (IANS Books This Weekend)(11:06)
    New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) This weekend, journey into the innermost chambers of the diary and mind of renowned Indian poet-scholar A K Ramanujan; Hop onto a train - or eighty - that take you around the world; And finally, begin the 100-day sojourn to a healthier and well-exercised brain.
Marvel films might have superheroes in different sizes
  • Marvel films might have superheroes in different sizes(10:02)
    By Natalia Ningthoujam
    Seoul, April 19 (IANS) Marvel Studios want their films to "reflect audiences all over the globe that are cheering" their work. Though they are going big on diversity, they are yet to have a plus-size superhero or someone who doesn't have an envious physique. But this might change "sooner than you think", says Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
I'm not scared of failure: Varun Dhawan
  • I'm not scared of failure: Varun Dhawan(15:38)
    By Sugandha Rawal
    New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Varun Dhawan is expanding his horizon with each of his projects -- be it "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", "October" and the recent release "Kalank", which has become the highest opener of 2019 so far. The actor says he treats each project as a challenge, and pushes himself to improve his craft.
Scars and colour: Showbiz brings alive shades of beauty
  • Scars and colour: Showbiz brings alive shades of beauty(10:22)
    By Radhika Bhirani
    New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) Decades before Deepika Padukone chose to play a girl with an acid-scarred face on the big screen, Zeenat Aman and Rekha essayed strong women with disfigured faces in films, a medium where the heroine has typically lent glamour.
'Kalank': First-class performances save film (IANS Review, Rating: **1/2)
I lack 'adaa' of yesteryear heroines: Alia Bhatt
  • I lack 'adaa' of yesteryear heroines: Alia Bhatt(12:00)
    By Subhash K. Jha
    Mumbai, April 17 (IANS) Actress Alia Bhatt believes she lacks the grace of yesteryear heroines, but says "Kalank" has given her a chance to play a "full-on" Hindi film heroine which she was dying to essay.
This tiny cell is good news for cancer survivors (Health Feature)
  • This tiny cell is good news for cancer survivors (Health Feature)(11:54)
    By Dr. K.S. Jayaraman
    Bengaluru, April 17 (IANS) A scientist at the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) in Mumbai -- an institute under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) -- says a new type of stem cell identified by her team can help restore fertility in men and women who have undergone treatment for cancer.
Colour is secondary to talent: Vir Das
  • Colour is secondary to talent: Vir Das(11:48)
    By Sugandha Rawal
    New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) Vir Das is not comfortable with the term "actor of colour". The actor-comedian says diversity is important, but artistes should be cast because of talent not skin colour.
Hotstar heats up OTT game in India
  • Hotstar heats up OTT game in India(15:56)
    New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) In a country where sports and films are prime attractions, the VIVO IPL 2019 has driven the reach of OTT platform Hotstar to an unprecedented 267 million viewers, which is way more than the 148 million global subscriber base of streaming giant Netflix.
Actresses slowly getting their monetary due: Kriti
  • Actresses slowly getting their monetary due: Kriti(14:56)
    By Durga Chakravarty
    New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Pay disparity has been a concern in the Hindi film industry, but things are changing, believes Kriti Sanon. The actress says the situation is getting balanced out, with female actors also getting what they deserve monetarily.
'GoT' season 8 premiere teases an epic wrap
  • 'GoT' season 8 premiere teases an epic wrap(15:32)
    By Sugandha Rawal
    New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) A reunion, a revelation, a love affair and a gruesome killing -- the final season of the hugely popular show "Game of Thrones" kicked off, setting the tone for a berserk finale with big twists, sinister plotting, backstabbing and a lot of blood.
Bollywood gets a taste of Punjabi actors, singers
  • Bollywood gets a taste of Punjabi actors, singers(17:22)
    By Simran Sethi
    New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) From singers to actors and comedians, Hindi showbiz has seen an increase in influx of young and talented Punjabi artistes over the past couple of years.
Next five years very defining for me: John Abraham
  • Next five years very defining for me: John Abraham(15:20)
    By Radhika Bhirani
    New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) John Abraham believes he is in the "purple patch" of his career, and rightfully so. The actor, who changed his big screen game from the time he turned producer, says his best is yet to come and that the next five years are "very defining" for him.
Never got treated like 'star' by my folks: Sonakshi
  • Never got treated like 'star' by my folks: Sonakshi(12:18)
    By Arundhuti Banerjee
    Mumbai, April 14 (IANS) Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is soon to be seen in "Kalank", says her friends and family members keep her grounded, and that's what makes her enthusiastic towards her craft of acting.
Vivek Oberoi's Modi act loses steam & esteem (Bollywood Spotlight)
  • Vivek Oberoi's Modi act loses steam & esteem (Bollywood Spotlight)(15:22)
    By Subhash K Jha
    The unexpected clamping-down on the much-debated biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi would affect Vivek Oberoi much more than anyone else associated with the film. And not only because Vivek is/was (lets face it, the EC verdict has killed the film) a producer on the project. Not even because it is said that Vivek Oberois politically-connected in-laws have a big hand in concretising the project.
Meryl Streep or Madhuri Dixit for my biopic: Bobbi Brown (IANS Interview)
Randeep to work with Mira Nair after 19 years
  • Randeep to work with Mira Nair after 19 years(12:52)
    By Radhika Bhirani
    Mumbai, April 12 (IANS) Almost 19 years after working together in "Monsoon Wedding", filmmaker Mira Nair has found a "suitable boy" in acclaimed actor Randeep Hooda for a new web series that she is working on.
Three books to read this election season (IANS Books This Weekend)
  • Three books to read this election season (IANS Books This Weekend)(10:02)
    New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Update your knowledge of India's elections and democratic system with these books on the dynamics of successful campaigning; There are also 9 landmark judgements that advance the Constitution's principles of liberty, equality, fraternity; And finally a history of all the Indian elections that have happened till date.