Party video puts stars in firing line

BOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES UNDER LENS FOR ‘DRUG CONSUMPTION’ by ASJAD NAZIR THERE is a very famous saying that goes, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’. In the same spirit, there is an unwritten rule in Hindi cinema, which is ‘what happens at a private Bollywood party, stays in the party’. By breaking that rule last […]

Karam Rajpal talks about his acting journey and future hopes

by ASJAD NAZIR A DECADE-LONG jour­ney has seen actor Karam Rajpal deliver an interest­ing array of roles on the small screen. The self-made star is currently playing Guddu Pehelwan in comedy-drama series Gudiya Hamari Sabhi Pe Bhari and describes all aspects of it as amazing. He en­joys being on set and is looking forward to […]

Bollywood outsider has had the last laugh

SNUBBED STAR VIDYUT JAMMWAL RIDES HIGH, WHILE INSIDERS CRASH by ASJAD NAZIR ONE fascinating film story global media has missed is how Bollywood outsider Vidyut Jammwal has had the last laugh and come out triumphant over established stars, unfairly given preferential treatment by a streaming site. When Disney Hotstar did a virtual press conference to […]

New nightmares on Bollywood street

DISLIKES, DRUGS AND PUBLIC ANGER SEND STARS INTO A PANIC by ASJAD NAZIR CRIPPLING losses caused by cinema closures globally was already giving Bollywood sleepless nights, but the investigation into Sushant Singh Rajput’s death and the subsequent fall-out is giving the entire industry huge nightmares. A perfect illustration of this is the carnage that is […]

Bollywood banking on public ‘amnesia’

INDUSTRY FACING GROWING HOSTILITY AFTER ACTOR’S DEATH by ASJAD NAZIR THE Hindi film industry is facing a crisis of historic proportions and it is trying to use an age-old strategy to deal with it. It is a plan that has been employed by high-profile individuals for decades, and now Bollywood is hoping it will stop […]

Shubhaavi: I want to convince audiences I’m real despite being on reel

TELEVISION STAR RECALLS HER CAREER JOURNEY AND EXPERIENCES by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED TV star Shubhaavi Choksey started her career in top gear in 2006 with mega-hit TV serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi and hasn’t looked back since. By wisely choosing quality over quantity, the naturally gifted actress has lit up some of the […]

The number one Pakistani ladies detective agency

ACE DIRECTOR ASIM ABBASI DISCUSSES HIS NEW PATHBREAKING ZEE5 SHOW CHURAILS by ASJAD NAZIR NEWLY launched drama Churails already looks like being one of the most original streaming shows you are likely to see this year. The first Pakistani series to be picked up by streaming site ZEE5 revolves around four fearless women, who team  […]

Mughal-e-Azam screenplay marches into Oscars library

AKBAR ASIF MARKS 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE FATHER’S MASTERPIECE WITH UNIQUE MILESTONE by ASJAD NAZIR LONDON based businessman Akbar Asif has marked the 60th anniversary of his late father K Asif’s movie masterpiece Mughal-e-Azam by having the screenplay admitted into the official Oscars library in Los Angeles. In doing so, it has become the first […]

Stars under the scanner for fake follower fraud

HOW BOGUS SOCIAL MEDIA BOOSTS HAVE BECOME BIG BUSINESS by ASJAD NAZIR THE legal authorities in India have finally caught up with what I pointed out in this newspaper column some years ago and are now investigating celebrities who have been paying for fake social media followers. It has been reported that Indian police would […]

Bad Bollywood films flood streaming sites

HOW A LACK OF ONLINE QUALITY CONTROL IS DAMAGING HINDI CINEMA by ASJAD NAZIR THERE was a time if a film failed badly at the box office it would put Bollywood producers out of business and cut short careers of lead stars, even if they were related to someone famous. The massive money being pumped […]

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