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  • Shah Rukh Khan at heart is still simple-Juhi Chawla

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 13, 2014) Juhi Chawla, in real life, is quite like we know her on screen — simple, emotional, sensitive and spontaneous. As she says, “I think more from my heart. My brains don’t work as much.” After losing her mother to an accident, her father to illness and not still having come to terms with her brother Bobby Chawla’s coma, she has become more quiet and thinks a little more. Ahead of her upcoming release, Gulaab Gang, which makes her both excited and anxious, she talks to Bombay Times about the super bright and simple Shah Rukh Khan, her emotional anchor and husband Jai Mehta and her past vulnerability versus Madhuri Dixit. Excerpts:   Tell us about your journey into

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  • Sometimes my mother sends me an email saying, ‘Don’t say penis on stage’-Vir Das

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 12, 2014) Vir Das, 34, is pretty much to himself when he is not working. He likes being alone with his girlfriend Shivani Mathur and his bulldog, Doctor Watson. He is ambitious, hardworking, socially awkward and dons four hats, of being a standup comedian to an actor to producing events to now, becoming a musician. He is a restless person who, on any given day, wakes up with a lot of ideas and then needs to execute them in a manic fashion. He is a diehard romantic and extremely sensitive to the few people close to him in his life, but is emotionally detached from the larger world. Ahead of his ‘senseless appearance’ as he calls it in his upcoming

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  • I have not done any kind of ‘plastic surgery’-Anushka Sharma

    Hellooooo everyone !! Today I am here to talk about my lips !! Yes ! There ! I said it .. My lips ! As a person I find it difficult to talk about my personal life and hence have always maintained a low profile choosing to interact with you all on twitter with my random -mostly illogical thoughts seeming like the only thing I feel ok about ..that’s just who I am .. But in today’s time where PR stories and feeding people with information constantly or making appearances is a fad somewhere people like me get lost in translation or in this case translations! Lately there has been a LOT of talk about me in this particular episode of KOffee with Karan. Mainly

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  • Kareena should ask what is the film and not who is in the film-Anurag Kashyap

    DNA (February 7, 2014) Anurag Kashyap makes his debut on Koffee With Karan this week. Known to be honest to a fault, the director shocks and surprises host Karan Johar with candid answers! We are delighted with his responses. The film industry and it’s people might not take it in the right spirit. But then Kashyup has never cared about that. Read on… K: A film you saw recently that you thought was over-rated? A: Shuddh Desi Romance. K: Complete the sentence. Ram Gopal Varma is… A: Ram Gopal Varma was… not is.

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  • My way of telling an actor when he or she does a good shot is kiss them-Anurag Kashyap

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 6, 2014) Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap may look from different planets to an outsider, but they feel they could have been conjoined twins, who would make even more successful filmmakers together. Ahead of their joint production Hasee Toh Phasee, in a first-of-its-kind interview, they spoke to Bombay Times together. While we carried the conversation with Karan Johar yesterday, we bring you the conversation with the other brilliant man in the jodi, Anurag Kashyap. Excerpts:   Karan Johar and you are extremely different people. What brings you together? A lot of things bring us together. I used to be a very opinionated person and used to always resent Karan for the fact that he was privileged and the fact that

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  • I lost my virginity before Arjun Kapoor-Ranveer Singh

    Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, who declared themselves virgins on national TV, now talk about lust, sex and threesomes! Upala KBR (DNA; February 6, 2014) Foreword As I sit down to pen this article, I get a call from the studio Yash Raj Films’ rep, ‘instructing’ me gently ‘tone down’ my interview. I am told politely that Gunday is not a sex comedy like Grand Masti (errrm… didn’t need that pointed out but whatever…) and I shouldn’t project it in the wrong light. I am tempted to tell them that I don’t belong to the media moron brigade and don’t like to be told how to do my job. I am further informed that the production house doesn’t like to project such ‘overt sexuality’ in

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  • Me & Anurag hugged like yeh bandhan toh pyaar ka bandhan hai-Karan Johar

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; February 5, 2014) While Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap may come from different worlds of cinema, they have a lot in common as human beings. They may have so far collaborated three times, but have become friends for life. They first came together in directing short films for Bombay Talkies, then co-produced The Lunchbox and now are co-producing their upcoming romantic comedy, Hasee Toh Phasee. As Karan said, “The film has a bit of both. It’s quirky, so it has Anurag Kashyap and it has a song like Zehnaseeb, so it has me.” Vinil Mathew, the director of the film, told us that to his surprise, even though Karan and Anurag watched the film separately, they cried and laughed at the

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  • Naseeruddin Shah is a bully-Coffin Maker director

    Vickey Lalwani (MUMBAI MIRROR; February 1, 2014) The director of The Coffin Maker, Veena Bakshi, is spitting fire. The film has won quite a few awards at the festival circuit, including the Best Actor award for Naseeruddin Shah. Yet, on Friday, Bakshi woke up to the actor describing her as “totally incompetent” in a film glossy. He went on to add that the film was “abandoned incomplete” and he regrets doing it. Talking to Mirror an enraged Bakshi said, “Naseer was the one who abandoned the film. We had financial issues and shooting came to a halt. When we were ready to roll again, he was unwilling to shoot. After a few meetings he said he’d report back on the sets only if he was

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  • Armaan is loyal, real and played the game with his heart-Tanishaa Mukerji

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 30, 2014) Tanishaa is a simple person who likes simple things. She is stubborn and strong and may talk too much at times, but is loyal to a fault. She has an OCD for being clean, healthy and organised. Being on a disciplined vegetarian diet in the Bigg Boss house for 105 days, she has lost weight and is looking truly stunning at 48 kilos. She has enjoyed doing all the different things she got to do, be it the production of Son Of Sardaar, a play, Bigg Boss and now a Marathi film. In her first interview post coming out of the Bigg Boss house, she talks to Bombay Times about her strong mother, the loyal Armaan Kohli and

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  • No misunderstanding can change Shah Rukh being our family member-Shekhar Ravjiani

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 28, 2014) Shekhar Ravjiani, 38, is a Kutchi, born and brought up in South Mumbai. He is emotional, sensitive and simple. Emotionally, he depends only on himself and is vulnerable only in front of God. While he is usually calm, there are times when he has a bad temper. He loves his daughter Bipasha the most, considers himself blunt and travels to different places when he is not working. His biggest critics are his daughter and wife Chhaya, who are currently hooked on to his latest song Zehnaseeb from the upcoming film Hasee Toh Phasee. Over an hour-long conversation with Bombay Times in his studio, he talks about the mad Sujoy Ghosh, the extremely talented Sukhwinder Singh and why he

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  • It’s so sad when people say I have an attitude problem-Parineeti Chopra

    Upala KBR (DNA; January 24, 2014) Parineeti Chopra, who is three films old with her fourth Hasee Toh Phasee releasing later this month, is fast getting the reputation of being a girl who developed a ‘bad’ attitude. The actress is selective about the films she does and in the film industry an upcoming actress saying ‘no’ to a script tantamounts to her insulting a filmmaker. So now it is being said that how she thinks she is as big as the Khan triumvirate, has a list of demands and is too choosy. A source in the film industry says, “Directors who approach her with scripts are turned away even without Parineeti reading the scripts. She has a major attitude problem because of her YRF connections.

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  • Salman Khan is the Amitabh Bachchan of the 80s-Danny Denzongpa

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; January 22, 2014) Danny Denzongpa is simple and adorable. He is a perfectionist, a recluse and a stickler for time. While he himself is a farmer’s son and his wife from the royalty, he is every bit of royalty himself when you meet him, be it his body language, his style or the way he plays host. I met him at his serene, stylish Juhu bungalow over a cup of coffee. Aping Salman Khan I decided to call him Dannysan. He was extremely particular in the way he served me coffee and played a very warm host. He considers himself quite unemotional but is extremely sensitive to any sound around him. Ahead of his upcoming film Jai Ho, over an hour-long

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  • I am the actor with the maximum obituaries-Vivek Oberoi

    Mehul S Thakkar (MUMBAI MIRROR; November 7, 2013)   The phones had stopped ringing after KLPD and Zila Ghaziabad, have they started ringing again? Yes, they are buzzing again. There was never a shortage of scripts, but the ones I wanted were not coming and I was really low. Then Krrish 3 happened. After we canned my first scene, Guddu Uncle (Rakesh Roshan) came and hugged me. Even Hrithik boosted my morale reassuring me, “Never forget that you are the same star who gave us films like Company and Saathiya.”

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  • If I was in Kushal’s place, I would have stabbed Andy-Apurva Agnihotri

    Apurva Agnihotri, who was eliminated from Bigg Boss 7 feels that if Kushal was ousted, even Tanisha deserved to Chaya Unnikrishnan (DNA; November 4, 2013)   Followers of Bigg Boss 7 would have seen Apurva Agnihotri trying his best to get nominated and eliminated from the house. Having achieved it, Apurva is delighted to be out and celebrating Diwali with his family. “I was feeling trapped and claustrophobic in the house. After Shilpa (his wife) left, I felt I didn’t belong,” says Apurva, one of the most genial persons in the house. The only person he crossed words with was Asif Azim. “Yes, I did abuse him with bad words, but he earned it. Actually, he is a sweet guy, but he tried my patience,”

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  • Salman Khan tried to be a brat but inside he is a fakir-Sanjay Leela Bhansali

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; October 24, 2013)   Sanjay Leela Bhansali, 50, is most comfortable only with himself. While he is fond of his mother and sister, he can be most honest and transparent only with himself. He is extremely observant and sensitive and has come to the view that relationships don’t work for him. He gives all to his work and lives his life through his characters. Ahead of his upcoming film Ram-leela, he talks to Bombay Times about his love-hate relationship with his father, his mentor Vidhu Vinod Chopra and what made him add Leela to his name. Excerpts:

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  • You must have that gold in you to become a Hrithik Roshan-Rajesh Roshan

    Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; October 21, 2013)   Rajesh Roshan, 60, is the only music director who pans the old and new world of music. In his 40-year music career, he has given music from Julie to Krrish 3. He is humble, sensitive and a man of pujas who would not wish bad even for his enemies. He is a complete family man who would rather not take a holiday than to take it without his children. He does not have big dreams and is a composer by heart. We met in his studio which is also the house where his father lived during his peak years before he died. Over an hour long conversation with the Bombay Times, he talks about his strong brother,

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  • Audience was mouthing the lines even before they came on screen-Akshay Kumar

    MID-DAY (October 21, 2013)   Akshay Kumar’s latest release, BOSS, has received great response in single screens across the country. According to trade experts, the response received from the masses is similar to the success of Salman Khan’s Wanted. Akshay’s portrayal as the larger-than-life character in BOSS is winning him accolades from all over. His dialogues from the film have become popular punch lines, his signature rings are being sold across the country and his songs are topping the charts. In a conversation with HitList, Akshay talks about his new family entertainer…

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  • Shah Rukh Khan’s role was not supposed to be negative in Darr-Sunny Deol

    Sunny Deol chooses to speak about issues that he feels need immediate attention MID-DAY (October 16, 2013)   Sunny Deol is known for his famous reticence but seemed happy to step out of his comfort zone when he dropped by at the MiD DAY office. In a candid conversation, Deol fielded questions on films and his family, and surprisingly the various issues the country is currently grappling with.

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