Interviews
‘Hero’ Varun Dhawan on Being a Leading Man
Ileana D’Cruz (l), Varun Dhawan and Nargis Fakhri star in one of the year’s most hotly anticipated love stories, “Main Tera Hero.” Dhawan sat down with India-West for an exclusive interview.
‘Hero’ Varun Dhawan on Being a Leading Man
India-West meets Varun Dhawan (one film old), Ileana D’Cruz (two films and many more in the South), and Nargis Fakhri (two films and a cameo in a third) at the house of Tusshar Kapoor, brother of “Main Tera Hero” producer Ekta Kapoor, and the lazy afternoon gets charged with youthful fizz.
     
    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.
                            Gulshan Grover, who plays the villain in his upcoming film “Bullett Raja,” describes his character as “flamboyant, stylishly dressed and powerful.”
                            ‘Bad Man’ Gulshan Grover on Reinventing Himself with Time
                            It has been 32 long years since Gulshan Grover made his first appearance onscreen, and he’s not only full of youthful energy but ever willing to change with the times. He plays the main baddie in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s “Bullett Raja.”
                              Kareena Kapoor Khan in “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein,” opening Nov. 22.
                              Kareena Kapoor Khan Loves to Play it ‘Slightly Mad’
                              She’s full of energy at our rendezvous at the Dharma Productions office. Kareena Kapoor Khan chats up her new film “Gori Tere Pyaar Mein” and etcetera matters with India-West.
                                Actor Sunny Deol stars as a crusader for truth in his upcoming film “Singh Saab the Great.”
                                Sunny Deol Chats About ‘Singh Saab the Great’
                                There is a strong buzz about a Sunny Deol film after a long time with “Singh Saab the Great.” This is probably due to the fact that director Anil Sharma’s record with the actor has been impeccable. For another, Deol once again plays the avenging crusader for truth.

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