Your voice: The secret affair with chocolate cake

By Sunita Pattani. I’LL NEVER forget the response from the darkened cinema room that day. There was a laugh, not the open, loud, from-bottom-of-the-belly type laugh; but the gentle rippling type, consisting of a mixture of genuine humour from some, as well as an uneasy nervousness from others. The movie was Dil Dhadakne Do and the scene was the one where […]

Mouni Roy makes her Bollywood debut with Akshay Kumar in Gold

by ASJAD NAZIR TV Gold to Bollywood’s bright lights. MOUNI ROY ON MAKING HER BIG SCREEN DEBUT WITH AKSHAY KUMAR IN SPORTING DRAMA. BEHIND every great man is usually an even greater woman who helps guide him to success. In newly-released Bollywood film Gold, Mouni Roy plays one of those unsung heroes as the wife of the manager who helped guide India to […]

‘My mission is world domination!’ says Raja Kumari, who is cracking the Indian music market

by ASJAD NAZIR. RAJA KUMARI TALKS MUSIC AND CRACKING THE INDIAN MARKET. AMERICAN RAPPER RAJA KUMARI EYES GLOBAL SUCCESS AFTER MAKING HER MARK IN INDIA. DYNAMITE diva Raja Kumari has blown up the music industry with an explosive array of hits and incendiary collaborations. The American artist has made a huge name for herself in India and is continuing her impressive […]

Eid’s twice as nice for Fahad

By Asjad Nazir PAKISTANI ACTOR MUSTAFA IS EXCITED ABOUT HAVING TWO FESTIVAL RELEASES AT THE SAME TIME. FOR an actor to play the lead role in one film being released on a major holiday is a big deal, but Fahad Mustafa will have two movies out on Eid-Al-Adha later this month. The contrasting projects see him play a […]

‘There’s no secret, only hard work’, AKSHAY KUMAR GOING FOR GOLD

By Asjad Nazir THE A-LIST Indian actor who has been finding the most unique subjects in recent years in Akshay Kumar, including interesting stories based on real events. For his latest film Gold, the Bollywood superstar has gone back in time to tell the true-life tale of India beating all the odds to win their first gold medal […]

MY TOP 10 INSPIRATIONS by Matthew Krishanu

Family photo albums: During my childhood I would love looking back over photographs in carefully compiled albums – these helped form strong memories of the time; holidays, friends, families, and travel between Bangladesh, India and Britain. Now I use the photographs as starting points for many of my works, creating a world of my childhood in paint. Literature: I studied […]

Your voice: Mira Kaushik’s thirty years at Akademi

MY JOURNEY with Akademi began 30 years ago when it was Academy of Indian Dance. In this period a careerist director in the role would have changed jobs at least six times. The reason I remain Akademi’s director to date lies with Akademi itself: an exceptional and evolving artistic agenda, team of artists, creative staff and our board. The company, […]


SOME of the best cinematic gems coming out of India are from regional cinema and that is why I recommend you check out Malayalam film Kayamkulam Kochunni, which will be released in UK cinemas next Friday (17). Legendary actor Mohanlal plays the lead role in the story of a famed highwayman active in the early 19th century, who would steal from the rich and give to the […]


WHEN Aashiqui became a blockbuster in 1990, its lead star Rahul Roy went on a signing spree without looking at the quality of projects and that ultimately destroyed his career. Now Rajkummar Rao, who has broken into the big time, seems to be doing the same thing, and is signing loads of projects without really thinking about the quality. His two 2018 films – including recent release Fanney Khan – have bombed […]


IT DIDN’T surprise me that the recently released trailer for Paltan was terrible and I predict the war drama based on a 1967 battle will bomb badly at the box office next month. That is because Paltan director JP Dutta is a massively overrated filmmaker who has only had one bonafide blockbuster in over 40 years, and that was more than 20 years ago with […]