A Special Ops mission to find great projects

POPULAR TV STAR KARAN TACKER TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW ESPIONAGE THRILLER AND BIG ACTING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE by ASJAD NAZIR THERE hasn’t been much to celebrate in 2020, but one of the big success stories has been drama serial Special Ops. The fast paced thriller has received positive reviews and pulled in viewers ever […]

Top 20 Pakistani drama serials

A COUNTDOWN OF ENTERTAINING SHOWS THAT WILL HELP GET YOU THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN by ASJAD NAZIR PAKISTAN has produced some of the best drama serials in the world, and they have been so good that Indian viewers, including major celebrities there, have been hooked. A combination of gripping storylines, powerful performances and talented lead […]

Best Indian web shows to binge watch

FROM COMEDY AND ROMANCE TO ACTION, DRAMA AND DYSTOPIA, A RUNDOWN OF THE TOP 20 SERIALS by ASJAD NAZIR THE days of India only producing drama serials with hundreds of episodes revolving around family politics are gone. The emergence of streaming sites has resulted in the widest ever selection of serials with a finite number […]

Krishna the opera ‘comes to a world crying out for help’

INDIAN SOPRANO ROZARIO WAS COMPOSER’S MUSE by AMIT ROY KRISHNA, an opera which tells the story of the Hindu deity, will have its world premiere in 2024 in Surrey, it was announced last week by its producer, Wasfi Kani. The opera was composed by the late Sir John Tavener, who finished it in 2005, but […]

National Theatre keeps the show going online

POPULAR PLAYS STREAMED ON YOUTUBE FOR AUDIENCES IN LOCKDOWN by AMIT ROY THE National Theatre has decided that coronavirus or no coronavirus, the show must go on in the proudest British tradition. To that end, it is making available some of its best loved productions free of charge through its YouTube channel to theatre lovers […]

Nair makes Seth’s story suitable for UK audience

BBC ADAPTATION OF INDIAN NOVEL WILL FEATURE ONLY ASIAN CHARACTERS by AMIT ROY INDIAN AMERICAN filmmaker Mira Nair has spoken exclusively about how she is progressing with her adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1,349-page novel, A Suitable Boy, for BBC 1. Nair is certainly a busy woman. She is now locked away in a studio deep […]

Agatha Christie’s art of deception continues to stun audiences

AUTHOR REWROTE WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION TO GIVE IT A SECOND TWIST by AMIT ROY ONE of Agatha Christie’s best loved classics, Witness for the Prosecution, is currently playing at the London County Hall on the South Bank. The venue used to be the headquarters of the Greater London Council until Margaret Thatcher became so […]

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 […]

Manjinder Virk reveals her special kind of connection with theatre

by ASJAD NAZIR SHE has done great work in film and television, but British actress Manjinder Virk is perhaps at her best on stage and is showing just why with a lead role in the play A Kind Of People at Royal Court Theatre in London. The new play from acclaimed writer Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti […]