Interviews
Director Kaushik Ghatak Ready for Second Innings
“Samrat & Co.” writer-director Kaushik Ghatak has worked with producer Kavita Barjatya for the second time after collaborating on television soap “Woh Rehnewali Mehlon Ki.”
Director Kaushik Ghatak Ready for Second Innings
One film old, after 2008 flop “Ek Vivaah Aisa Bhi,” director Kaushik Ghatak is charged with his new movie “Samrat & Co.” He is literally a restless cat on hot bricks as India-West does a rapid-fire.
     
    Aamir Khan is taking a break from films to focus solely on his socially relevant TV show “Satyamev Jayate.”
    ‘Satyamev Jayate’: Aamir Khan’s Experiment with Truth
    It’s been 41 years since his first tryst with the camera and with cinema, 26 years since his lead debut in Husain’s production “Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak” (1988) and a full 13 years after his own debut in filmmaking with his production, “Lagaan” (2001).
      Anupam Kher (r) and Satish Kaushik speak to the press at a promotion for “Gang of Ghosts,” a supernatural comedy that opens Mar. 21. (Manav Manglani photo)
      Anupam Kher and Satish Kaushik: ‘Haunting’ Memories
      The Anupam Kher-Satish Kaushik friendship dates back to the ‘80s, and in films like “Ram Lakhan,” they even formed a comic pair. In 2009, they came together to produce “Teree Sang,” and now Kher has one of the principal roles in “Gang of Ghosts,” releasing Mar. 21.
        “Asking my father his views on my bikini was a very tacky question,” says actress Sonam Kapoor in an interview for her new film, the Yash Raj Films Mar. 14 release “Bewakoofiyaan.”
        A Few Minutes with ‘Free Spirit’ Sonam Kapoor
        A well-known star-son once revealed that in her formative days, Sonam Kapoor looked down at Hindi films, despite her dad Anil Kapoor being a major star!
          Actor and singer Ayushmann Khurrana (seen with costars Rishi Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor) plays a boy-next-door in the Mar. 14 Yash Raj Films release “Bewakoofiyaan.”
          Ayushmann Khurrana Pumped About ‘Bewakoofiyaan’ Release
          We are allotted ten minutes on the phone for an interview with “Bewakoofiyaan” star Ayushmann Khurrana, who has had one hit (his debut “Vicky Donor”) and one underperforming film, “Nautanki Saala,” and has still grabbed a three-film deal with Yash Raj Films.
            (Top) In “Gulaab Gang,” Juhi Chawla unites with Madhuri Dixit for the first time in their three-decade careers. (Bottom) Juhi Chawla (l) and Madhuri Dixit visit the sets of “Boogie Woogie” Feb. 20 to promote “Gulaab Gang.” (Manav Manglani photo)
            Sparks Fly for ‘Gulaab Gang’ Stars Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla
            Thirty years after Madhuri Dixit’s debut release “Abodh,” and 28 years after Juhi Chawla’s first film, “Sultanat,” the two actresses come together, at last, for their common fans. At a joint media meet in Hotel Sun’N’Sand, the two are gregarious and effusive about the film and their careers.
              Actor Hrithik Roshan has launched his own casual and sportswear clothing line, called HRx – Push Your Extreme.
              Hrithik Roshan on Being a Fashion Icon and Global Superstar
              After the success of 2013 blockbuster “Krrish 3” and dealing with hurdles in his personal life, actor Hrithik Roshan is now ready to take on new challenges, including shooting for his forthcoming Bollywood film “Bang Bang” post brain surgery and launching his own clothing range.
                Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar explore the funnier side of marriage in “Shaadi Ke Side/Effects,” opening Feb. 28.
                Vidya, Farhan Discuss ‘Shaadi’ and Much More
                They are fun: Vidya Balan as usual ebullient and classy, and Farhan Akhtar subtly funny like so many of his films. At Mehboob Studios, the two clearly demonstrate the chemistry we are going to get in “Shaadi Ke Side/Effects.”
                  Star kid Alia Bhatt was cast in “Highway” even before the release of her debut film, “Student of the Year.”
                  ‘Actor First, Then Superstar’: Alia Bhatt Has It All Planned Out
                  She plays a wealthy Delhi girl who is kidnapped. Alia Bhatt, daughter of director-producer Mahesh Bhatt, is elated but characteristically subdued — a complete opposite from her dad and even her sister, Pooja Bhatt.
                    Randeep Hooda in “Highway.” The film had its world premiere at the Berlinale and will release theatrically Feb. 21.
                    Travels on the ‘Highway’ with Actor Randeep Hooda
                    He is set to traverse the “Highway” towards possible box-office glories with Sajid Nadiadwala’s film of that name, releasing Feb. 21. At Mehboob Studios, on a busy afternoon, Randeep Hooda catches up with India-West.
                      The ultimate buddy caper movie, “Gunday” features some exciting chemistry between its two leads, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.
                      Meeting the ‘Gunday’: Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor
                      They are in character even during the promotional spree, and so the camaraderie comes across. Turns out Ranveer Singh (who plays Bikram) and Arjun Kapoor (Bala) also have a great chemistry in real life.
                        Abhay Deol stars in the romantic comedy “One by Two,” opening Jan. 31.
                        The Earthling: Abhay Deol Unfettered
                        Though he denies it vehemently, Abhay Deol is the different Deol, no dual (Deol?) thoughts about it. Right in the beginning of our chat at the Viacom 18 office, a pre-interview small talk somehow veers to patriotism and Abhay says succinctly, “More than an Indian, I consider myself an earthling.
                          In “Dedh Ishqiya,” Naseeruddin Shah’s nuanced performance has drawn wide acclaim.
                          Naseeruddin Shah: Films a Leap of Faith
                          Tact and diplomacy are alien to Naseeruddin Shah. Days after our interview, the veteran actor went on record to term “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” a “fake” film, inviting a tirade from, among others, his most frequent co-star Shabana Azmi.
                            (L-r) Ravi Behl, Javed Jaffrey and Naved Jaffrey are set to begin a new season of their hit television dance show “Boogie Woogie.”
                            ‘Boogie Woogie’ Trio on Record: Javed Jaffrey, Ravi Behl, Naved Jaffrey
                            They even complete each others’ sentences, such is the easy and humor-laden friendship between the three “Boogie Woogie” comrades-in-arms — Javed Jaffrey and his brother Naved Jaffrey, sons of veteran comic legend Jagdeep, and Ravi Behl, son of late producer Shyam Behl.
                              Actor Shahid Kapoor is hoping that the Prabhu Deva-directed “R…Rajkumar” will turn the tide in his favor after a string of unsuccessful films.
                              ‘I Need Lots and Lots of Luck,’ Says Shahid Kapoor
                              He’s had a bad run — for six long years — during which only “Badmaash Company” did breakeven business in some centers. After a great beginning with “Ishq Vishk” and his hits “Vivah” and “Jab We Met” (2007), Kapoor’s only plus was that he was always praised when the films bombed.
                                Sonakshi Sinha plays a Bengali in her forthcoming film “Bullett Raja.”
                                ‘I Love Doing Masala Films,’ Says Sonakshi Sinha
                                She has now mastered the art of shooting for multiple films, she says. After “Rowdy Rathore,” there was no way she could refuse a Prabhu Deva film in “R…Rajkumar.” And after one project that she had to nix with him some years ago, she could not turn down Tigmanshu Dhulia again.

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