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Strong Big Brother bond

UMAR RIAZ ON THE SUCCESS OF SIBLING ASIM ON INDIA’S MOST POPULAR REALITY TV SHOW by ASJAD NAZIR NO REALITY TV star in India has seemingly come out of nowhere and captured the imagination of a global audience in a way Bigg Boss 13 contestant Asim Riaz has. By offering something new to the Indian […]

The Peter Pan of Bollywood

ANIL KAPOOR CELEBRATES 40 YEARS IN HINDI CINEMA by ASJAD NAZIR THIS year evergreen actor Anil Kapoor celebrates 40 years as a leading man and with no signs of slowing down, the hard-working star is still enthusiastic as ever to create that next character. Instead of looking back on his achievements, which included becoming the […]

New book sheds light on Edwina-Nehru love affair

LORD MOUNTBATTEN ‘UNDERSTOOD THEIR VERY SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP’, SAYS AUTHOR by AMIT ROY A NEW book on the Mountbattens reveals that Lord Louis Mountbatten and his wife, Edwina, one of society’s most glamorous couples, had a remarkably open marriage. And, far from being jealous, Lord (“Dickie”) Mountbatten was proud of Edwina’s close relationship with Jawaharlal Nehru, […]

The next big thing in Hindi cinema

ACTOR SIDDHANT CHATURVEDI ON BECOMING AN IN-DEMAND STAR by MOHNISH SINGH EVERY year Bollywood has a big breakout star who shines more brightly than the rest and in 2019 that was big screen debutant Siddhant Chaturvedi. His performance as the spirited street rapper, MC Sher, in the Zoya Akhtar-directed Gully Boy tugged at viewers’ heartstrings […]

How a courtesan from Lucknow captivated hearts

WRITER Mirza Hadi Ruswa originally published his Urdu language novel Umrao Jan Ada in 1899, and legend has it that the story is based on a real life 19th century courtesan. Within a few years of publication, the story was widely read and considered the first popular Urdu novel. Today, versions of the book in […]

The legend of Umrao Jaan lives on

PRATIBHA SINGH BAGHEL ON PLAYING AN ICONIC 19TH CENTURY CHARACTER ON STAGE AND HER BIG LONDON PREMIERE by ASJAD NAZIR THE challenging role of famed courtesan Umrao Jaan has been taken on by various leading ladies across the years, including Rekha and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, but the most authentic portrayal has perhaps been by Pratibha […]

Darkness and despair in paradise

OSCAR-NOMINATED DIRECTOR ASHVIN KUMAR DISCUSSES HIS NEW HARD-HITTING FILM NO FATHERS IN KASHMIR by ASJAD NAZIR THE most meaningful Indian films are usually confined to festivals, but No Fathers In Kashmir has been on an amazing journey and will be released in UK cinemas on January 24. The latest offering from Oscar-nominated director Ashvin Kumar […]

Review: Sukanya at Southbank Centre, London

TO honour the late Pandit Ravi Shankar’s birth centenary, the Southbank Centre have revived his first and only opera Sukanya as part of its Shankar 100 celebrations – a series of concerts and events to mark the occasion.

‘Reinventing myself was a conscious decision’

KAREENA KAPOOR KHAN ON HOW SHE ADAPTED TO CHANGES IN THE FILM INDUSTRY by MOHNISH SINGH SHE may only be 39, but Kareena Kapoor Khan has been at the top for nearly 20 years and delivered notable work ever since her debut film Refugee, which released in 2000. After a brief sabbatical, she returned to […]

Sharan-Amelia: Live performances are essential to display one’s talent

SOME of the best British singers can be found on the live circuit, and one talent delighting audiences with her vocal prowess is Birmingham-based Sharan-Amelia. She has delivered winning performances at diverse events and specialises in singing big Bollywood hits. The versatile artist who can sing in Hindi, Punjabi and English was surrounded by songs […]