Why Yash Chopra is a Bollywood icon

THE FILMMAKER’S 20 MOST AWESOME MOMENTS by ASJAD NAZIR THIS Sunday (27) marks the day late great filmmaker Yash Chopra was born, and October 12 is his death anniversary. The prolific producer/director will be remembered on both occasions by Bollywood fans, the film fraternity and all those he influenced in his own unique way across […]

Roaring into the world of music for children

SINGER GEETA JHALA HAS BIG PLANS FOR HER NEW PROJECT by ASJAD NAZIR THE record-breaking Baby Shark being viewed on YouTube well over 10 billion times shows the immense popularity of children’s music globally and that is why a change in musical direction from Geeta Jhala is interesting. The British-Asian singer has toured globally and […]

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 […]

Ankur’s multi-layered role

by ASJAD NAZIR ONE of the most popular and best-reviewed Indian web serials of 2020 has been Hotstar crime drama Aarya. The cast includes talented actor Ankur Bhatia, who takes on the role of the younger brother of the title character played by Sushmita Sen. His unpredictable character, Sangram Singh, is torn between family and […]

Golden age of bhangra legend Malkit Singh

MALKIT SINGH ON HIS CAREER HIGHS AND CREATING MUSIC IN A PANDEMIC by ASJAD NAZIR BRITAIN’S greatest bhangra star Malkit Singh continues his epic musical journey 34 years after he announced his arrival. The superb songs, awesome albums, magical moments, numerous awards including an MBE and record-breaking achievements have been milestones in the glittering career […]

Kavish Seth is pulling all the right strings

THE MUSICIAN ON HIS UNIQUE JOURNEY AND INVENTION NOORI by ASJAD NAZIR AS THE son of widely acclaimed singer and mu­sician Kavita Seth, it was perhaps inevitable that Kavish Seth would follow in the giant foot­steps of his mother. The talented singer and musician has created a unique space for himself, which has included in­venting […]

A little bit of history repeating itself

ACE FASHION DESIGNER MASABA GUPTA MOVES INTO ACTING WITH A NEW SERIAL BASED ON HER LIFE by ASJAD NAZIR LEADING fashion designer and successful business entrepre­neur Masaba Gupta had always wanted to be in front of the camera and that is why she had no hesitation in taking up an acting role when it was […]

Author Avni Doshi on Booker Prize shortlist

Dubai-based author Avni Doshi is among the six authors shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for her debut novel Burnt Sugar. The shortlist was unveiled virtually in London on Tuesday after judges re-evaluated the 13 longlisted novels published in the UK or Ireland between October 2019 and September 2020 to whittle down the shortlist for […]

Shilpa Raizada: I want to be versatile

SUPER hit TV serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai has launched a lot of stars into the sky and one of them is Shilpa Raizada. The talented actress started work on the globally successful show in 2016 after delivering winning performances in other dramas. Four years later, she has made the character of Surekha Goenka […]

Connecting a new generation to Indian devotional music

HOW BHAJAN SINGER BHAVIK HARIA CROWDFUNDED AN ALBUM IN LOCKDOWN by MITA MISTRY PLENTY of artists have been creating songs during lockdown and some have even shot music videos, but London-based Bhavik Haria did something unique during self-isolation. The talented singer crowdfunded a bhajan album and his fundraiser was so effective that he exceeded his […]