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Editor’s Choice
04 The ed rah rahs about
Deepika Padukone
Weddings make the
92 world go round

Masala Fix

08 Arjun Kapoor-Malaika
Arora house hunting,
Deepika wants
Rajkumar Rao, Alia
Bhatt-Varun Dhawan
may do a David Dhawan
film and other grist from
the rumour mill

8
40 41 52

52 Parineeti Chopra on
life’s second chances
20 56 Maniesh Paul wants
more from life

0 Ali Abbas Zafar is


in a happy space

4 Taking stock of the


year that was through
the Filmfare diary

74
4 Musical highs and
lows of 2018

y ur say
87
7 Readers send in their
reviews

56 9 Shatrughan Sinha’s
wacky witticisms

60 preview
14 Sneak peek of
Cheat India

16 Sunny Kaushal
tells us his dreams
and desires

fashion
& beauty
19 Style quotient of
the stars decoded

exclusive
27 Taking a look at
the newsmakers
of the year 2
22 90
Letter from the Editor
#Deep impact
Deepika Padukone has given up her singleton status.
The new bride is appearing lovelier each day. Marriage
clearly has agreed with her. She’s happier, more open,
more relaxed. There’s an inner glow to her that can’t be
defined, rather can only be experienced. She’s brimming
with a radiance unseen before. And her joy is infectious.
You can’t help smile back when you talk to her because
it’s coming from a good place.
She hasn’t come to this without her share of
heartbreaks. In fact, she was one of the few stars, who
spoke so openly about depression. We see them at their
best on screen and believe that’s the kind of life they
lead in reality too. But beneath the rosy facade they
are as human as you and I. They need to eat, need to
breathe, they feel the pain if injured, they feel the hurt
in emotional distress and will bleed if cut. Yes, the
perception is of them being super human beings
without any care but that isn’t so. It’s the fear of
maintaining this improbable front that acts as their
kryptonite most of the time and weakens them.
I hope she finds an able partner in Ranveer Singh,
who will listen to her fears and allay them.
Workwise, it’s said, she’ll be playing attack survivor
Laxmi Agarwal in Meghna Gulzar’s next. Reportedly,
she’s going to produce the film as well. It’s going to be her
bravest decision career-wise. We are used to seeing her
in her beauteous avatar so it remains to be seen whether
her fans will accept her scarred visage. I hope they do.
Not only will it signal a triumph for her as an actor but
will also act as a beacon for other actors to take up roles,
which can help bring a positive change in society.
When she started her career with Om Shanti Om
(2007) she was a bubbly newcomer, who stood her own
against a superstar. All these years later, her aura has only
increased, as have her acting skills. She’s a completely
new person today and yet remains the girl-woman we
saw 12 years ago. I along with team Filmfare, wish her a
happily married life once again. Live long and prosper...

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A CHEEKY MOVE
They were the ruling rivals of the ‘70s, dishing out
Deepika wants
Rajkummar Rao pg 
Karisma goes
hit after hit. While one symbolised ethnic exotica the digital pg 
other was a bohemian rhapsody. And just like those
golden memories, the affection between veterans Vicky-Harleen
Rekha and Zeenat Aman also remains intact as seen dating? pg 
at a recent event. Cheers to the lovely ladies. PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
MASALA FIX

Rumours& ALIA AND VARU


IN DAVID
DHAWAN’
NEXT?
Looks like movie lovers have a treat
in the offing. Rumours are thaat
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawaan will
team up once again.And thiss time
for David Dhawan’s next. Thoough
nothing’s on paper yet. It’s hoome
territory for Varun since he’s done
d
movies like Main Tera Hero and
Judwaa 2 with his filmmaker father.
This will be the first time Alia will be
working with David Dhawan, that
is if she signs the film. Lookinng at
their hit record,Alia Bhatt - Varun
Dhawan may well be the
modern day Kajol - Shaah
Rukh Khan. Okay, theyy still
have a long way to go. But
the news of them com ming
together certainly creates a
buzz, the way the Kajol-SRK
pair did in their heyday.

DEEPIKA WANTS Arjun-Malaika


j go house hunting
RAJKUMMAR RAO
After dilly dallying for more than two years, Deepika Padukonne has
Talks about Malaika Arora and
Arjun K Kapoor are gaining ground
finally signed a film – Meghna Gulzar’s next based on the life of rapidly. Even the couple has thrown
acid attack survivor Lakshmi Agarwal. The search has been on o for cautionn to the wind lately. They are
the male lead ever since. Deepika, who’s also producing the fifilm, no loonger shy of making public
has been hands on about casting for her venture. When it cam me appearances. Recently, the
to the male lead, she suggested Rajkummar Rao’s name. Shhe ccouple attended a dinner
has been following the talented actor’s work and has been quuite party at Arjun’s uncle,
impressed by him. Last year they met at an award function annd Sanjay Kapoor’s house.
both expressed a desire to work with each other. The dream On another occasion, they
may soon come true. Fingers crossed. were seen walking out of a
tony restaurant along with
Karan Johar and Sanjay’s
IF ALL GOES WELL, RANBIIR family. Also talk is that
KAPOOR AND DEEPIKA the couple will tie the knot
PADUKONE MAY COME ssoon. And if insiders are to
TOGETHER FOR LUV RANJA AN’S bee believed, the two have also
NEXT. INTERESTING. staarted house hunting. We wish
the ccouple all the very best.
MASALA FIX

SIDHARTH AND
TARA SHARE A
SPECIAL BOND
Sidharth Malhotra and Tara
Sutaria, reveal insiders, are
bonding big time. The duo
has been signed on for Milap
Zaveri’s Marjaavaan. It’s indeed
an interesting pairing. And we’re
looking forward to seeing them on
screen. Meanwhile, the two have TIMELESS CHARISMA: Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor formed a superb pair in films like Ram Lakhan, Tezaab,
become good friends off it. That’s a Parinda and Kishen Kanhaiya. The actors have maintained themselves fabulously and look as appealing. Here,
good thing as it helps the onscreen they’re seen sharing a quiet converstaion at an event. Hope to see them on screen soon.
chemistry. Apparently, the young
actress broke up with good friend
Rohan Mehra some time back.
RENUKA SEEKS SHABANA
AND KAJOL IN HER
DIRECTORIAL VENTURE
Renuka Shahane is planning her Hindi directorial debut
with Tribhanga. The film revolves around women from
three different generations. Since it’s a women-oriented
subject she wants actresses of substance for her movie.
Apparently, Renuka is in talks with Shabana Azmi, Kajol
and Mithila Palkar for the roles. Incidentally, Renuka has
directed a Marathi film Rita starring P
Pallavi
Joshi and Jackie Shroff. Now she turns
her attention to Hindi cinema. Goodd going.

GUESS W
WHO? KARISMA
Last time, we had toold you how
this director was upset when
GOES
her brother’s name popped up
in the #MeToo camppaign.We’re
DIGITAL
Apparently, Karisma Kapooor has
told there was moree to that.The been signed on by ALTBalajji for
sister was deeply uppset that her an interesting web series. Thhey’re
famous cousins threew a party that also looking for an actress to play
very week her brother was ousted another character in the series.
from a film. She didn’t expect the They seem to have spoken to
cousins to support tthe brother, the gorgeous Malaika Arorra. But
no way. But she expected them Malaika isn’t too keen to ddo the
to scale down their celebrations, series. So, the search for annother
considering they’re ffamily. actor is on.
ISHAAN
TO STAR
IN GEETHA
GOVINDAM
REMAKE?
According to the trade buzz, Ishaan
Khatter is all set to sign another
film. Apparently, he will be seen in
the remake of Vijay Deverakonda’s
Telugu film, Geetha Govindam,
which went on to become a
huge hit. Now the producers are
planning to make it in Hindi and
are in talks with Ishaan to play the
lead character, originally played by
Deverakonda. The Telugu film was
di t d by
directed b Parasuram.
P

KUDOS: Akshay Kumar commendably promotes fitness among young indians. The superstar made it to the
closing ceremony of the Xth Akshay Kumar Kudo (Japanese martial arts form) Tournament along with the hot
Vicky Kaushal and Mouni Roy.

ANANYA PANDEY’S SPECIAL


FRIEND REVEALED
Young Ananya Pandey’s all set to
make her debut in Karan Johar’s
popular franchise Student Of The
Year 2 to be directed by Punit
Malhotra. The going is smooth
for the newcomer, who’s getting
interesting offers from the industry. MEANWH
HILE…
On the personal front, too, there’s Rumours are rife tthat
great excitement for her. We’re told Janhvi Kapoor might do
she’s dating designer Monisha a Telugu film oppoosite
Jaisingh’s older son, Karan Vijay Deverakonda.
Jaisingh. So, life is coming up This after Janhvi,
daffodils for the pretty one. And recently on a chatt
we’re only too happy for her. show, said she’d like
to wake up as Vijaay
Deverakonda and sign
GUESS WHO? a film with herself. Ever
Now this star twosome, who recently parted ways, hasn’t been on since, there have been
b
talking terms with each other. The two it seems have been avoiding comments galore about the
each other in public. Recently, they bumped into each other at an statement. Also, it seems
award function but didn’t exchange a word. So much that when Vijay has asked thhe makers
the actress was on stage to receive an award, her ex-boyfriend of his next film to speak to
kept chatting with another actress, not paying attention to the Janhvi to play the lead in
proceedings on the stage. We hear he even refused a film opposite the film. Nothing has
h been
his ex. Guess all’s fair in love and… war. finalised as of now w. We’ll
keep you posted.
VICKY-HARLEEN DATING?
The nudge-nudge wink wink brigade is hinting that
there’s something on between hottie Vicky Kaushal
and actress Harleen Sethi. The duo is often spotted
together. The actor was beside her at the launch
of her romantic web show Broken But Beautiful.
The ALTBalaji series, revolving around love and
heartbreak, also stars Vikrant Massey. Vicky, of
course, was all praises for Harleen. Naturally…

AMITABH BACHCHAN, NASEERUDDIN


SHAH AND RAJKUMMAR RAO MAY COME
HELLO BROTHER: While promoting Kedarnath on a show, Sara Ali Khan was TOGETHER FOR A FILM. THERE COULDN’T
gifted a Taimur doll. The actress hugged the cute toy with affection. Like us, lil’
brother Taimur Ali Khan is her favourite too.
BE A BIGGER CASTING COUP.

A GATEWAY TO
FILMFARE AWARDS
The Gateway School of Mumbai
replicated the prestigious
Filmfare Awards as part of their
Grandstand class. It was to give
their students a glimpse of what
goes on behind-the-scenes of a
mega event and train them in the
various faculties.They conducted
a Moviemakers Club to help the
children acquire various skills. It
gave them an opportunity to work
as a team, showcase their talents
and imbibe skills nee ed for social
communication. The Gateway School of Mumbai replicated the
As a part of this a tivit Filmfare Awards with filmmaker Mr Mozez Singh
filmmaker Mr Moze Sin visited
the school and shar d his journey director and so on. Guidance There were two types of awards –
and the process of lm-making regarding scriptwriting, dialogue, Audience Choice Awards, voted by
with the children. H inspired the cinematography and editing was the teachers and Critics’ Choice
children to make fil s. Seven given through workshops. The Awards voted by Mr Mozez Singh.
film crews were cre ed, whose process culminated in seven short The awards were also given based
objective was to cr ate a films. A movie screening was on the individual skills shown by the
three-five minute hosted where the students students. What’s more the award
film on a genre of showcased their films. function was laced with an in-house
their choice. Each re And finally, the Gateway’s paparazzi team clicking photos
was assigned wit differen Filmfare Awards function was the and interviewing students in their
roles – like that o a produce grand finale of this creative activity. glamorous outfits on the red carpet.
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movies on the block, set-talk,
talent-buzz, hotties to watch out for

ONE IN A
MILLION
TRIPTI DIMIRI
X FACTOR: SOCIAL
MEDIA SENSATION

A few good pictures and


great friends changed Delhi
girl, Tripti Dimri’s life. When
enthusiastic friends sent
her portfolio to an agency, it
opened a new world for her.
Several print ads and a job for
a YouTube channel introduced
Tripti to her camera-friendly
side. She hit the jackpot when
she made a fun video on a
girl’s take on the famous Pyar
Ka Punchnama monologue.
After going viral with 7.3
million views, it was Mumbai
calling for Tripti. Her talent
and beauty helped her bag
Imtiaz Ali’s presentation Laila
Majnu. Her love affair with
glamour has just begun.

First look of Cheat


India pg
Sunny Kaushal
shines bright pg
PREVIEW

CHEAT INDIA Release Date:


January 25, 2019
Banner:
T-series Films, Ellipsis
Entertainment and Emraan
Hashmi Films Production
Director:
Soumik Sen
Producers:
Bhushan Kumar, Krishan
Kumar, Tanuj Garg, Atul
Kasbekar, Parveen Hashmi
Music:
Guru Randhawa, Rochak
Kohli, Krsna Solo,
Kunaal - Rangon, Agnee,
Soumik Sen
Cast:
Emraan Hashmi,
Shreya Dhanwanthary,
Snigdhadeep Chatterjee
Beautiful bliss:
Shreya Dhanwanthary and Manuj Sharma

Paper tiger: Emraan Hashmi Con star: Emraan


Play on: Emraan

The Plot
Cheat India, inspired by true
events, looks at the malpractices
in the Indian education system.
The huge number of aspirants
vying for a limited number of
seats has given birth to huge
corruption and scams.
In a system where admission
into an elite institution is a
dream, mastermind Rakesh
(Emraan Hashmi), works
behind-the-scenes, in making
undeserving dreams come true.
He uses the brainy to benefit
mediocre students. Bright and
needy toppers make money while
anxious parents fall prey to his
yarns. With sleuths on his trail,
the power-intoxicated Rakesh has
to dodge the trap. Trap me if you can: Emraan
FUTURE STOCK

WHAT’S
et another

Y Kaushal has
walked away with
laurels in the
past year. Sunny
Kaushal, younger brother
of the dashing Vicky
Kaushal, won critics and

UP BRO?
audiences with his bravura
act in Reema Kagti’s
biopic Gold. His character,
Himmat Singh, was
reportedly based on Indian
hockey player Balbir Singh
Dosanjh, who played a
key role in India’s win in
SUNNY KAUSHAL HAS FINALLY HIT London in 1948, Helsinki
GOLD WRITES SUMAN SHARMA in 1952 and Melbourne in
the 1956 Olympics. “The
best compliment for me
was that people believed
I was a Sardar,” he says.
But unlike the fiery
Himmat Singh, Sunny
insists he’s calm as
a person. “I may be
impulsive but I’m not
aggressive. I’m simple
and cannot manipulate
people. I’m emotional
and sometimes it doesn’t
work in my favour,” he
smiles. He’s all praises
for director Reema Kagti.
“Being a woman, Reema

“Vicky (Kaushal)
and I are good
friends. But at
times, he acts
like my father.
I look up to him.
As kids, we had
common friends.
He’s protective
about me”
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As Himmat Singh in Gold

“I may be impulsive but


I’m not aggressive. I’m simple
and cannot manipulate people.
I’m emotional too and sometimes
it doesn’t work in my favour”

used to travel by bus till do, do it with honesty’,”


we finished college. My shares Sunny.
mother (Veena Kaushal) has Recently, in the wake
made huge efforts to keep of the #MeToo campaign,
the family together. She’s their father Sham
the normal quotient in Kaushal was accused of
our home,” he maintains. sexual misconduct in
looks at things from an not a filmmaker. People Sunny hardly visited the the past. Sham issued an
emotional angle. She’s will recognise you as my sets of his father’s films. unconditional apology for
highly focussed. She’s a children, even offer you “I’ve visited dad’s sets only ‘unintentionally causing
taskmaster. It wasn’t easy tea. But you’ll only get thrice – during Asoka, Fiza any hurt or anguish’ to
tackling such a huge star work if you have talent’,” and Krrish. I was excited to anyone. “It was a tough
cast,” he says. Akshay reveals Sunny. Vicky is see Hrithik Roshan. In Fiza, time. Yes, it was disturbing.
Kumar, who plays Tapan older to Sunny by a little there was a scene in which But you come out of it
Das, the eccentric coach more than a year. “We Hrithik sets a bike on fire. stronger as a family. He’s
in the biopic, has also left started our struggle together There were retakes and our father and as his
him impressed. “Akshay is but Vicky got his break retakes,” he recalls. children we’re always with
disciplined. He’s fitter than first,” he says of his brother, him. We know him and
most of today’s generation. who wowed audiences e values the bond we’ll always stand by him,”
I never saw him being
upset about anything.
He was always smiling,
always happy,” he says.
Sunny intended to be a
chartered accountant. But
the monotony of doing a
with his roles in Raazi and
Sanju this year. Sunny
went on to be an assistant
director in films My Friend
Pinto and Gunday. He also
did theatre. He made his
debut film with Sunshine
H he shares with
elder brother
Vicky. “We’re
good friends. But
at times he acts like my
father. I look up to him.
As kids, we had common
says Sunny.
Apart from acting,
Sunny enjoys painting.
He’s also learning to play
the jembe (an African
drum). He’s a romantic at
heart. “I like simplicity in
9-5 job made him quit his Music Tours And Travels friends. He’s protective a woman. Big eyes attract
internship. Like his older in 2016. He’s also worked about me. We may fight me. You can’t define love,
brother, Vicky (he gave up in the web series Love At but if someone tries to you can only feel it,” he
engineering to act), he too First Sight. hurt me, Vicky cannot says. Sunny will be seen
expressed his desire to act Sunny hasn’t forgotten tolerate it.” He dismisses in Kabir Khan’s web series
to his father, veteran action- his humble roots. “We used any rivalry between next year. “I’d like to touch
director Sham Kaushal. to stay in a 10/10 chawl them. “There should be as many lives as possible
“Dad cautioned us saying, in Malad. We studied in healthy competition. Vicky through my characters,” he
‘I’m just an action director an ordinary school. We advises, ‘Whatever you ends with a promise. „
They are hot, they are cool.
Meet our trend makers
and breakers

GLAM
GENEPOOL
SONAM K AHUJA AND
ANIL KAPOOR
WHERE: AT ISHA AMBANI AND ANAND
PIRAMAL’S WEDDING
THE X FACTOR: EXCLUSIVE ELEGANCE

This wedding season, we have


seen a fair amount of bling and
shimmer. But like always, Sonam
Kapoor Ahuja has something
unique to offer. This time she
ditched the dazzle for a pop of
colour. Wearing a customised
Anamika Khanna lehenga,
Sonam stood apart from the
rest. Daddy Anil Kapoor played
the perfect plus one for his
beautiful girl. Wearing an all-
black bandhgala, Anil added the
classic to Sonam’s chic.

The joy of jootis pg 


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COMPILED BY: ANALITA SETH


PHOTOGRAPHS: YOGEN SHAH
FASHION & BEAUTY

“You gotta have style. It


helps you get down the stairs.
It helps you get up in
the morning. It’s a
way of life. Without
it, you’re nobody.”
– Diana Vreeland
Shilpsurta

JANHVI
KAPOOR

KAREENA
KAPOOR STEP
KHAN
UP!

STEP IN STYLE
Our glam girls go about town in KATRINA
KAIF
embellished jootis...
Beautiful silver and gold thread work, filled
up with a pop of colours and patterns, jootis
are becoming a comfy choice this season.
From wearing them with ethnic attire to pairing
them with jeans, the traditional footwear is
all about putting your best foot forward.
Contemporary, colourful and
comfortable, it’s an irresistible
pick for our divas.

KANGANA
RANAUT

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SARA ALI
KHAN PARINEETI
CHOPRA

"Shoes are the finishing


touch on any outfit and it
is important to complete a
look with the perfect pair!"
zzyy Goblet -Tracy Reese
FASHION & BEAUTY

TRESS THAT
IMPRESS
Anushka Sharma may have short
hair but she sure knows how to
keep it stylish
If girls were to be granted three wishes
from the style genie, healthy, luscious
hair is surely going to top the wish-list.
While we all love long locks that give
us more scope for experimenting,
short hair is easy to handle and
spells badass. Anushka Sharma has
managed to have great fun with her
short crop. From sleep buns, to low
ponytails and simple waves, her look-
book is a ready reckoner for the bold
and brave. So, if you’re tired of
wearing the same hairstyle every
day, Anushka's class
is in se
session.
n

HAIR-
RAISING
TALES

ANUSHKA
SHARMA

"I wake up every day in a different headspace, so on any given


day, my hairstyle will change." - Dawn Richard
CUT THE CROP
Crop tops seem to scream, “If you have it, you’ve got to flaunt it.” While women are
reaching out for crop tops for casual outings and to the gym, here’s suggesting three ways to
incorporate this funky yet sexy piece in your formals too.

Marc Jacobs

Philosophy GCDS
Di Lorenzo
Serafini

SARA ALI Amapô


KHAN
MSGM
NK

JANHVI
KAPOOR
If you’re a fan
You can match of DIY fashion,
it with a pair of Layer it with a you can also cut SONAKSHI
SINHA
trousers or a skirt complementing an old t-shirt
and make a quirky Natasha jacket or shrug and or simply tie it
ensemble out of a Zinko you’re ready to around the
funky crop top. rock a semi-formal midriff to make a
outfit with that stylish top.
millennial glam.

Create your own visual style... let it be unique for yourself and
yet identifiable for others - Orson Welles
Let your pallu take

DRAPE GAME
From bold and beautiful to fun and
a plunge and wear it
with a sensual twist
like Vaani Kapoor.
Let the saree be
simple even as your
feminine,here are ways to drape your curves do the talking.
saree this festive season

Perfect for any


silhouette, Katrina
Kaif’s loosely draped
JANHVI saree is a sassy way
KAPOOR
to show up at any
If you want to go bold celebration.
and beautiful, Janhvi
Kapoor’s front pallu
is what will win you
a thumbs-up. Make
sure you pair it with a
statement blouse to VAANI
KAPOOR
enhance the look.

SOPHIE
CHOUDRY

KATRINA
KAIF

SOHA ALI
KHAN

If you love wearing Let the pallu


sarees but like go around your
it easy, Soha Ali arm like Sophie
Khan’s trouser Choudry. A fancy
twist is a good way blouse will add the
to go. You can opt mojo to your style.
RADHIKA
for a fancy blouse APTE
or a shirt to match
the occasion. Radhika Apte’s dark
drape and pallu is the
“Fashion is not necessarily about sexiest way to don a
saree. You can go for
llabels. It’s not about brands. It’s about an ornate option or
ssomething else that comes from within keep it elegant like this
you.” – Ralph Lauren lady in black.
FASHION & BEAUTY

OVERDONE HELL, NO!


Wearing clothes Priyanka Chopra
that flash the name Jonas is no
of the product doubt the biggest
is a common trendsetter of 2018
phenomenon but but this one look
an overdose of got us thinking. The
the brand in your oversized jacket is
ensemble is a big surely our favourite
no-no. but the ballooned
effect doesn’t quite
work.

PARINEETI PRIYANKA
CHOPRA CHOPRA
JONAS
UNEASY TIES TAAPSEE
We are all for PANNU
experimenting with
Indian drapes, but
adding a tie to an
already boxy saree,
nope.

FIRE YOUR ST YLIST


Here are some trends w
e wish to leave
behind in 2018
CALL IT QUITS
Kangana Ranaut's
aiport sarees are
definitely the talk
of the fashion town
but the ribbons
made the diva seem
more gimmicky than
stylish.

MALAIKA CAPE NO MORE


ARORA While we love
Sonam K Ahuja’s
overall look, we SONAM K.
KANGANA aren’t sure how AHUJA
RANAUT
IN DISTRESS good the cape looks
Ripped and now on the saree. Not
tattered, this only is it taking away
gradual evolution from the aesthetics
of the classic jeans of the outfit, but
is a tad jarring on also confusing the
the eyes. style.
SPEC-TACULAR!
If you’re not a fan of crazy outfits, here’s another small but
effective way to make your attire stand out. Put on a pair of no-power
glasses and geek on.
POLAR EXPRESS JACKET RACKET CLASSIC CHOICE
Ditch the shirt and If you have a taste for There’s nothing that
get a complementing zany ensembles, then beats a three-piece suit CRAVAT LOVE
turtle neck pullover layer up like Karan Johar on a man. Elegant and Bow ties are never
for your look. If you with a quirky jacket. minimalistic, we will never boring. Go back
want to go colourful, get over this debonair in time and pick a
go for a contrasting choice. classy cravat for
or printed high neck your elaborate suit
inner. ensemble.

VARUN
DHAWAN

KARAN AKSHAY
JOHAR KUMAR
SHAH RUKH

SUIT
KHAN

KARTIK
AARYAN

YOURSEL
Here’s how to givee
Thom your tuxedo a
Browne
fancy twist with
simple accessoriess
for this wedding
Harvie and
season Hudson

Loveless

Federico
Curradi Gucci Eyewear
“A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on
with care, and then forgotten all about them.”– Hardy Amies
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what’s on their mind?

We are
family
The way Ranveer (Singh)
held my hand on the day we
got married, November 14, was
different from the way he used to
hold it earlier. Or maybe, it was
just a switch in my head. There’s
a sense of responsibility, which
I can’t explain. Now everything
we do is ‘us’. Not to say that in
marriage you should forget your
individuality and independence.
But it’s also nice to know
that today I share a home
with someone
New bride Deepika Padukone on the joys of
sharing her life with husband Ranveer Singh
PHOTOGRAPH: ERRIKOS ANDREOU
We were
engaged
r
ye rs ago … And they rode into the sunset.
Deepika Padukone relives her fairy-tale wedding
even as she looks forward to a ‘happily ever after’
reality, in a heart-to-heart with Anuradha Choudhary

W e’re sitting in the balcony of her office on the 30th floor in Prabhadevi. I’m enjoying the view both of her
and the Mumbai skyline. To say she’s looking ethereal would be an understatement. Her blithe spirit only
adds to her charm. It’s a few days after the wedding. The afterglow of the ceremony is still visible. The sindoor peeps out
from her voluminous tresses, the chuda clangs in her arms while the diamond-studded mangalsutra winks mischievously
from around her neck. There’s a twinkle in her eye too. Happiness hugs Deepika Padukone like a warm blanket.
Her marriage to Ranveer Singh has been in the headlines. Things are just about settling down. Life is coming back to
normal. She finds contentment in marriage. It’s early days yet, sure. But she’s loving the idea of waking up with someone
beside her. She’s also liking playing the wife — seeing Ranveer off to work, calling him to find out what time he’ll be home,
what he’ll have for dinner... These are new experiences and she’s enjoying herself.
She may not have faced the camera for two years now. But that hasn’t kept her from other achievements. According to
Forbes India magazine, Deepika Padukone is the fourth highest paid celebrity in the country. Besides, she tops the list of
Asia’s sexiest women. She isn’t coy about accepting her achievements. As we talk, Deepika opens up about her career,
her wedding and Ranveer Singh like never before. Read on…
PHOTOGRAPHS: ERRIKOS ANDREOU | STYLING: SHALEENA NATHANI | HAIR: YIANNI TSAPATORI | MAKE-UP: ANIL CHINNAPPA
Hat: The Source | Choker: Beg Borrow Steal Studios | Necklace: Valliyan | Dress: Zara
COVER STORY

YOU’VE TOPPED THE LIST OF 50 SEXIEST work I’ve put in over the years. IS THAT THE REASON WHY YOU DIDN’T
ASIAN WOMEN. DO THESE THINGS MEAN Even if I’d demanded it, nobody is a SIGN FILMS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS?
ANYTHING TO YOU? fool to pay you that kind of money No. When it comes to movies, I’m
Honestly, no. I don’t mean I’m not for no reason. Where bridging the always led by my heart, my gut and
happy when I see my name there. But wage disparity between actors and my instincts. Nothing excites me
my life’s not defined by it. Sexuality actresses is concerned, we still creatively enough than to get up
and sensuality need to be embraced. have a long way to go. But this is and go to work. Even when I did
We tend to believe it’s a wrong tag to definitely a landmark moment. four films simultaneously, it wasn’t
be associated with. But it’s not just because I wanted to do four films
physical. It’s the mind, the spirit, it’s YOU’RE EARNING MORE THAN MANY OF YOUR a year. It’s because they were all
your personality... As far as the listing MALE CO-STARS TODAY. WILL THIS EMPOWER different and creatively exciting.
is concerned, it’s great if my name is OTHER ACTRESSES?
on it. But my life’s not ruled by it. Yes it will. Often, I’m willing to WOULD YOU REDUCE YOUR FEE IF SOMETHING
let go of work because I know how EXCITING CAME YOUR WAY?
YOU’RE ALSO THE FOURTH HIGHEST PAID ACTOR much other people are getting paid. It’s relative. It would depend upon
IN INDIA CURRENTLY… People try to short-change you. how much the male actor is getting
That’s something I’m excited about. I’m confident enough to say no to paid. Everyone knows who’s getting
Especially, when wage disparity a film, an endorsement or even an paid how much and why so. I’m not
has been such an important appearance. I’m not doing this for delusional when it comes to that.
conversation, I’m glad it’s finally me. I’m doing this because I’d like I’m also aware of how much I deliver
come to the fore. I’m also proud to pave the way for the generations vis-à-vis the Khans, vis-à-vis the
of it because I’ve earned it, not that’ll follow. Someone has to take newer boys like Ranveer Singh,
demanded it. It’s backed by the this head on. I’m happy to do that. Ranbir Kapoor or Varun Dhawan.
I know where I stand. I’m also aware
of the production costs. I don’t want
a penny if the money is going to the
film. But I’ll not settle for being paid
less because they need to compensate
for the male actor. If you’re going to
say that don’t charge so much because
we want Ranbir Kapoor in the film
and we’ve got to pay him, then I’m
not okay with it. I’ll then demand
an equal amount.

WAS IT FRUSTRATING WAITING FOR


CHALLENGING ROLES TO COME YOUR WAY
DURING THE PAST TWO YEARS?
It was. But it also gave me time to
replenish myself and give my all
to Meghna Gulzar’s film (biopic on
Just married! After the Anand Karaj acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal).
ceremony, Ranveer Singh and Deepika
Padukone share a moment At the mehendi ceremony at Living life fully is important for your
Lake Como, Italy work. I did everything I wanted to
do for so long. I spent time with

T
There are so many memorable moments of the wedding. M y mother
doing the kanyadaan... On November 15, after the Anand Karaj
ceremony was over, there was one boat to take Ranveer and me
back to the hotel from the venue. The sun was setting. It was the
first time after our marriage that we were alone. We listened to
our favourite song on full volume and literally rode into the sunset
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COVER STORY

I’m aware of how much I deliver vis-a-


vis the Khans... the newer boys like Ranveer
Singh, Ranbir Kapoor or Varun Dhawan...
I don’t want a penny if the money is going
to the film. But I’ll not settle for being paid
less because they need to compensate for the
_ _aQ" __I ’t
charge so much because we want Ranbir
$_  _ I _ R
then I’m not okay with it
my loved ones, I’ve got married, I dates being an issue. It’s okay to not
travelled, I slept. I’ve had massages connect and it’s important to give the
like never before. I nurtured myself. filmmaker an honest feedback.
We need this as human beings and
most importantly as actors, you THERE WERE TALKS THAT YOU’RE DOING
need to replenish yourself. We tend A SUPERHERO FILM…
to think of ourselves as machines Yes, I’m working on it. I hope it
churning out films, one after the happens. There’s no script as yet.
other. In the West, it doesn’t work It’s something my friend and I are
like that. There they do one film developing. I was in the plane with
in two or three years. Our mind set a friend from the industry and talking
needs to change. about the movies we’d like to make.
We realised that this superhero film
WHAT EXCITED YOU ABOUT MEGHNA is something we’d like to make. It’s
GULZAR’S FILM? a seed we’re nurturing.
It was the human connection. I’ve
met Laxmi Agarwal a couple of times. SO THE SUPERHERO FILM WILL BE YOUR NEXT
My team told me about Meghna’s PROJECT AFTER MEGHNA GULZAR’S FILM?
film. Meghna must have thought that It could be. But it needs to come
I’ll never say yes to the film but she together. All the elements in the
still wanted to give it a shot. I wanted film need to be correct. From the
to meet Meghna but emotionally this characters to the director, everything
wasn’t something I believed I wanted needs to be fixed.
to do. But right after the first scene
was narrated, I wanted to do the film. YOU’VE RECENTLY TURNED A PRODUCER.
I connected to it. It was a story that WHAT PROMPTED THAT?
needed to be told. It was clear how The subject of the film. I want to
invested Meghna was in the film. It’s enable films that need either a
not just the script; you also have to platform, a push or a voice. The
connect to the director. It’s important Laxmi Aggarwal film felt like the
that the crew has the right vision for right one to start with. I’m not sure
the film. After Meghna’s narration, what I’ll produce next. I don’t have
my team said we’ll get back to you. a production house. This was one of
But I was like no, I’m doing this. It those films that I related to and there
was so simple. We unnecessarily was room to back it.
complicate the process. I meet
everyone. I’m honest about why I’m WHAT IS YOUR PRODUCTION CALLED?
doing the film. I’ll never lie about Ka. In Egyptian it means soul. It
means the part of a being that lives
beyond everything, like infinity.

COMING TO YOUR MARRIAGE, HAVE WE NOW


MOVED AWAY FROM THE NOTION THAT MARITAL
STATUS OF AN ACTRESS AFFECTS THE
BOX-OFFICE?
Let’s hope so. Everyone is married.
Does that mean that the industry
comes to a standstill? Does that
mean that we have no girls left?
I guess, previously it was the person’s
choice more than box-office diktats.
If actresses didn’t work after marriage,
it was their decision to prioritise
something else over work. Probably,
they were exhausted and just wanted
to live life and nurture their families.
But I’m sure the millennial woman
doesn’t feel like that. When you don’t
feel like that, it won’t be that way.

WILL YOUR MARRIAGE AFFECT THE KIND OF


FILMS THAT’LL YOU’LL SAY YES TO NOW?
No, why should it? The journey of life
will. The kind of films that I do today
and the films I did five years ago are
different because I was in a creatively
different space then. But marriage is
not going to change anything.

ARE THERE ANY CHANGES IN YOU


AFTER MARRIAGE?
I’m a lot more grounded. I feel
secure, I feel protected. When you’re
in a relationship, there’s still a lot
of nerves, you’re still unsure,
no matter how long you’ve been
dating. I guess, the terms boyfriend
and girlfriend sound frivolous.
Somewhere, it doesn’t carry that
weightage as marriage does. Today
when we look at each other, there’s
a sense of responsibility.

IS IT JUST A MENTAL SWITCH?


The way Ranveer held my hand on
the day we got married, November 14
was different from the way he used to
hold it earlier. Or maybe it was just a
switch in my head. There’s a sense of
responsibility, which I can’t explain.
Now everything we do is ‘us’. Not to
say that in marriage you should forget
your individuality and independence.
But it’s also nice to know that today
Dress: Bobo Calcutta
Shoes: Christian Louboutin I share a home with someone. Even
Belt: Zara if he’s busy promoting his film, he
Jacket: Beg Borrow Steal Studio
Dress: Atelier Zuhra
comes back late at night. Even if he RANVEER MENTIONED IN A FILMFARE relationship, you go through your ups
walks in at 4 am, he’s coming home. INTERVIEW THAT WHILE HE WAS READY FOR and downs but we never broke up.
When you’re in a relationship it’s MARRIAGE, YOU TOOK TIME. WHAT TOOK YOU There was no major fight or saying
different. We didn’t want to live SO LONG TO DECIDE? let’s take time off and figure this out.
together and then see if we wanted to It was not about him. It was about We’ve fought; we’ve had our ups and
marry each other or not. We’re both whether I was ready to commit to downs. But we stuck through all of
traditional in that sense. Of course, a relationship. Because I’d been in that. We got engaged four years ago.
as boyfriend and girlfriend you stay several relationships before and
over, you go for holidays together but many times my trust was broken. WHAT?
we used to come back and go to our When I met Ranveer, I was exhausted. No one knows this. We got engaged
own homes. We were clear that we’d I had been constantly in and out four years ago. Only his parents and
start living together after marriage of relationships. I just wanted to my parents and our respective sisters
and figure life as we go along. Or else be alone for some time. I’ve never knew about it.
where’s the beauty in the discovery? casually dated anyone. I’ve been in
So now we’re figuring things out. Like relationships since I was13. (Grins) YOU SAID YOUR TRUST HAS BEEN BROKEN
I’m figuring out his routine. I call him Now that I’m married I can say this. MULTIPLE TIMES. DID IT MAKE YOU CYNICAL?
in the evening to check how his day Whether it was one year, two years Yes, it did. But marriage has changed
is going and what time he’s coming or three years, they were always it. When you give your 100 per cent
home, what he will have for dinner… proper relationships. It was always to a relationship and your heart is
(Smiles) All of this is great. if you like someone you give it your broken not once but repeatedly, it
hundred per cent. scars you for life. It has a negative
ELABORATE ON THIS LIVING TOGETHER? So when this relationship, which impact on your later relationships.
It’s beautiful living together. I’m sure I was in ended in 2012, I was like I’m It was difficult for Ranveer, who
cynics will say you’ve just gotten done. I wanted to try out this concept had to deal with it. The only reason

I’d been in several relationships before and many times my trust


was broken. When this relationship I was in ended in 2012, I was
like I’m done. I wanted to try out this concept of casual dating.
Then Ranveer and I met, I told him I realise there’ s a connection
between us. I really like you but I want to keep it open. I don’ t
want to commit. If I get attracted to different people I’ m going to
do my thing. But I couldn’t get myself to do any of that
married to him, wait for 15 years of casual dating. I just did not want we have come out of it successfully
or 25 years. We’ll figure it out to be answerable to anyone. When is because of him. I didn’t give up
then. For now, it’s the best feeling Ranveer and I met in 2012, on the idea of love but I had my
in the world. I looked forward to I told him I realise there’s a insecurities. You start doubting even
living together because I moved connection between us. I really a genuine action of the other person.
out of home at a young age to start like you but I want to keep it open. Because you’re so scared it’s going
working. A lot of my friends used I don’t want to commit. If I get to happen to you again. It has taken
to say we can’t wait to get out of attracted to different people I’m a lot of effort on his part and a lot of
our house. I was the opposite. I got going to do my thing. But nothing counselling sessions on my part to
out young. I craved for my family. happened. I couldn’t get myself to do understand that every person and
When we were dating, it was about any of that. At the same time, every relationship is different. I had
spending time with his family or I did not emotionally invest in this to make Ranveer understand that
going to Bangalore to be with my relationship. But now when I look I was reacting in that manner
parents. I’d crave that quality time back, six months into it I was pretty because of certain incidents that
where you wake up in the morning much emotionally invested in us. happened in my life. He was
and have someone to talk to while After that it was when do we get extremely patient with me through
you’re having breakfast. For the last married? I was never unsure about all my doubts, my insecurities. He
15 years, I was alone. him. Of course, in a six-year long constantly reassured me.
COVER STORY

DO YOU KNOW THE PASSWORD TO HIS PHONE?


For Ranveer’ s father I’m like a daughter. Ummm... no.

But for his mom, I’m like a friend, a beti SO YOU NEVER CHECK HIS PHONE?
also. I can tell her my deepest darkest I don’t need to.

secrets. Uncle is emotional, he breaks down RANVEER MENTIONED THAT THE WEDDING
WAS ORGANISED BY YOU. WHEN WAS THE FIRST
easily. Mum’ s an absolute chiller. Like she TIME YOU THOUGHT OF A WEDDING?
Ever since I was five years old. Every
will party with the youngsters till eight in girl dreams about it. But I thought
of marrying him after Padmaavat.
the morning We knew it was going to happen, it
was just a matter of time. When the
film released, it just felt correct. He
WHAT DOES HE BRING TO THE RELATIONSHIP? He’s extremely intelligent and it’s was of course ready but had already
We both bring a lot of stability in from here that his creative decisions committed to a few projects. He
each other’s lives. I’d say he brings are taken. He’s clear about what wasn’t sure if he’d be able to take out
stability in mine. But I read him say he wants in his career, about the the time. But he made it work.
in your interview that I bring stability demography he caters to, what kind
in his life. He said that he wouldn’t of superstardom he wants to achieve HE WANTED YOU TO HAVE THE WEDDING
have been able to handle the kind and for that what kind of work he YOU DREAMT OF?
of success that came his way but for needs to do for that. At the same That’s him. Also, he didn’t have
me. Similarly, he has played a large time, he’ll know about this rapper the time to organise the wedding.
part in making this relationship in a remote place. Or some random Honestly, I wouldn’t have liked any
successful. I was scarred. But he was designer of whom I’ve never heard. interruptions. It’s so much easier if
so honest, so patient that he gave me He’s so aware. just one person made the decisions
grounding. I knew he was the person and moves ahead. But certain things
for me because he gives me comfort, HOW DO YOU BOTH INFLUENCE EACH have to be planned with the family
stability and security. There’s never OTHER CREATIVELY? and we did that.
a moment of anxiety. When I call We don’t make decisions for each
him and if he doesn’t answer my other. We might talk to each other YOUR EQUATION WITH RANVEER’S FAMILY?
call, I don’t have to worry. It’s such a about our projects. But, eventually he It’s interesting. For his father I’m like
silly thing but yet such an important makes his own decisions and I take a daughter. But for his mom, I’m like
thing. I don’t have to worry about his mine. As actors we are different. Our a friend, a beti also. I can tell her my
whereabouts. I’ve lived with that fear process to approach a film is also deepest darkest secrets. It’s stupid to
for years before this. different. He does take advice from explain because I can’t even put it
me about a film or an endorsement. into words. There’s nothing that
YOU TWO ARE SUCH DIFFERENT PEOPLE. HE’S Of course, he has Yash Raj Films but I have to keep from them. They are
LIKE A WHIRLWIND WHILE YOU ARE SO CALM… as his wife he also loops me in to like my parents now, they are my
(Laughs) Not many people know understand my perspective. family. Uncle is emotional, he breaks
that when he is with me, he’s in down easily. Mum’s an absolute
shavaasan (relaxed) mode. I ask what SO WHO HOLDS THE REMOTE CONTROL? chiller. Like she will party with the
happened to your energy. He’ll say It’s me. I guess he’d say the same. youngsters till eight in the morning.
‘I’m conserving it because I have to
attend an event, I have to spend it
there’. With him, there’s no holding
Ranveer and I didn’t want to live together.
back, he’s all heart and he gives.
When he goes on a reality show after
We’ re both traditional in that sense. Of
just sleeping for two hours, he’ll give
everything to that show. But at the
course, as boyfriend and girlfriend you stay
same time, he’s also that guy who’ll
come home and vegetate. We joke
over, you go for holidays together but we
with each other, play with each other,
eat together. Sometimes, there’s only
used to go back to our own homes. We were
silence between us. The side that not
many people know of or which does
clear that we’ d start living together after
not come out often is his intelligence. marriage and figure life as we go along
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Dress: Atelier Zuhra
WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT WE DON’T
KNOW ABOUT THE WEDDING?
People said the pictures looked
magical and that’s what the wedding
was - magical. There’s not one thing
that went wrong. It was raining
in Italy. But on the morning of
November 13, when I was getting
my mehendi done the sun came out.
Suddenly, it was a clear blue sky.

WERE YOU APPREHENSIVE ABOUT THE RAIN?


No I wasn’t. Because we believed
that it’d be magical. It’s all about the
energy we put in. It was raining on
the night of November 12 too. We
had a formal sit down dinner that
night. But at no point did the weather
disturb. We needed clear weather on
the 13th, 14th and 15th of November.
That happened. On the 16th, when
people started leaving it started
raining again.

WHAT WAS THE REASON BEHIND


GUARDING THE WEDDING SO MUCH? NO
PICTURES CAME OUT EXCEPT THE ONES YOU
GUYS RELEASED OFFICIALLY…
Privacy was secondary. The reason
we asked our guests not to have cell
phones was because we wanted
them to be present in the moment.
Usually, everyone is on their cell
phones, capturing the moment.
These moments should be in your
mind and heart as they’re never
going to come back. Every single
guest, I kid you not, is so thankful.
Choker: Beg Borrow Steal Studio People who’ve never danced in
Long Necklace: Valliyan their lives were on the dance floor.
Dress: Zara
People who’ve never tasted alcohol
were tasting wine. That’s how free
I knew Ranveer was the person for me because people were. They were emotionally
present there and they didn’t have
he gives me comfort, stability and security. any choice but to talk to each other.
Since we were a small group of just
There’ s never a moment of anxiety. When uncles, aunties, cousins and friends
we could ask them to leave their
I call him and if he doesn’t answer my call, phones behind. Everyone who has
meant something to us in our life
I don’t have to worry. It’ s such a silly thing was there. They understood where
we were coming from.
but it’s such an important thing. I don’ t
ONE MEMORY FROM THE WEDDING THAT’LL
have to worry about his whereabouts. I’ve STAY WITH YOU FOREVER…
lived with that fear for years before this There are so many memorable
moments. My mother doing the
kanyadaan. Also that moment on
COVER STORY

Priyanka’ s (Chopra)
also someone, who has
craved stability in a
relationship. I don’t
know Nick (Jonas)
that well but you can
tell that she feels
settled. These things
were important to her.
Like to find love, to
find a person who
gives it his hundred
per cent... I’m thrilled
she’ s found it. It’ s been
a rollercoaster for her
as well
November 13, when I was getting
my mehendi done and the sun
came out. Ranveer and I have a
Earrings, shorts and t-shirt:
connection with the sun, we love Beg Borrow Steal Studio
the sun. Everything was perfect. Jacket: The Source
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Not one bag got misplaced, no one
missed a flight, it was all in place.
On November 15, after the Anand to her. Like to find love, to find a it’ll be beautiful. That’s what this
Karaj ceremony was over, there was person who gives it his hundred journey will be.
one boat to take Ranveer and me per cent, who gives the stability
back to the hotel from the venue. you look for in a relationship. She FINALLY, WHAT’S THE BEST THING THAT
The sun was setting… it was the first has craved it. I’m thrilled she’s RANVEER HAS TOLD YOU?
time after our marriage that we were found it. It’s been a rollercoaster He says a lot of things. Honestly,
alone. We listened to our favourite for her as well. he’s generous with words. That’s
song on full volume and literally one of the things that made me
rode into the sunset. WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT YOU’LL NEVER realise why I love him. Some years
COMPROMISE ON IN MARRIAGE? ago, when I was making more
RIGHT AFTER YOU PRIYANKA CHOPRA Individuality. Had you asked money than him, he was okay with
GOT MARRIED. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO me this before I got married or it. It was evident not only in what
SAY ABOUT THAT? if I was with someone else, I’d he told me, even in his actions.
She’s also someone, who has craved have probably said honesty or Also, the fact that he has never
stability in a relationship. I don’t infidelity. But it doesn’t come up held back what he thinks of me.
know Nick (Jonas) that well but anymore. If one can find a beautiful Recently, he said in the Filmfare
you can tell that she feels settled. balance between understanding interview that I keep him grounded,
Whatever little I know of her, I and respecting one another and at that I keep him rooted. That’s a nice
know these things were important the same time being who you are, thing to say and know. „
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MARRIAGES AND MALADIES, SCANDAL AND OUTRAGE,
LOVE AND LOSS… 2018 SCALED THE DEVASTATING
EXTREMES. RAHUL GANGWANI LISTS B-TOWN’S TOP
HEADLINE GRABBERS LAST YEAR

RANVEER SINGH &


DEEPIKA PADUKONE
The year 2018 was a milestone for Ranveer
Singh and Deepika Padukone in more ways than
one. The two not only peaked professionally
but also attained personal bliss. Ranveer
and Deepika’s Padmaavat raced past all the
controversy to rake in 300 crore-plus, making
it the pair’s biggest hit till now. Ranveer was
in the news for signing mega projects like Zoya
Akhtar’s Gully Boy, Rohit Shetty’s Simmba, Kabir
Khan’s ’83 and Karan Johar’s Takht. Deepika,
on the other hand, kept everyone guessing
about her next project until she announced a
biopic with Meghna Gulzar. She will be playing
acid-attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. DeepVeer
triggered an internet meltdown when they
announced they would be getting married
on November 14-15. Well, the much-awaited
pictures from their dreamlike Lake Como
wedding in Italy went global the moment they
were released. The couple kept the netizens
glued to their screens with their back to back
receptions in Bengaluru and Mumbai. The
Mumbai bash had stalwarts like Amitabh
Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan letting their
hair down till the wee hours.
#MeToo, #SonamKiShaadi, #Sridevi, #DeepVeerWedding #Nickyanka… The top trending hashtags of
2018 give a rear side view of the year flown past. Tanushree Dutta returned to India after a decade
and accused co-star Nana Patekar of sexual harassment. Her revelation kick-started the #MeToo
movement in India. The year will also be earmarked for the tragedy – Sridevi’s untimely demise. Other
heartbreakers were Sonali Bendre, Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor being diagnosed with precarious
ailments. 2018 will also be heralded as the year of the big fat Indian wedding and new relationships.
You had Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone getting hitched in Italy, Sonam Kapoor and Anand
Ahuja’s wedding videos going viral, Priyanka Chopra surprising all with her roka ceremony with Nick
Jonas and Neha Dhupia and Angad Bedi getting married secretly. We also have a new power couple
on the block – #Ralia aka Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora set the
rumour mills in an overdrive when they were spotted on several occasions together, confirming their
long simmering romance. Here’s a low down on the movers and shakers of 2018…

PRIYANKA CHOPRA
Chopra continued to enjoy global
domination. More than the movies she
signed, it was the desi girl’s romance with
American pop prince Nick Jonas that set
the rumour mills afire. Nick’s visit to India
in June confirmed their relationship. She
also created a furore, when she walked
out of Salman Khan’s Bharat. The reason
apparently being her soon-to-happen
engagement. Nickyanka, as they are called
by fans, flew down to India again in August
and took their relationship to the next level
with an intimate roka ceremony. And come
December, we saw the biggest wedding of
the year. Nick and Priyanka got married at
the royal Umaid Bhawan in Jodhpur amidst
close friends and family in a Hindu as well
as Catholic ceremony. Pictures and videos
from the ceremonies broke the internet as
did the receptions in Delhi and Mumbai
subsequently.
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TANUSHREE
DUTTA
Tanushree Dutta
can be dubbed as
the vanguard of the
much-needed #MeToo
movement in India.
After a decade of being
subjugated into silence,
Tanushree Dutta blew the whistle and
alleged that co-actor Nana Patekar harassed
her on the set of Horn ‘Ok’ Pleassss (2009). RANBIR
The controversy burned the internet and
soon had a domino effect, with more women
KAPOOR AND
outing their molesters. Nana Patekar was ALIA BHATT
compelled to quit Housefull 3. An FIR was This was a romance
filed by Tanushree against the veteran. waiting to happen.
Ever since Ranbir
#TheyToo Kapoor and Alia Bhatt
were signed for Ayan
Mukerji’s Brahmastra,
the two were keenly
observed. From the
beginning, Ranbir was
forthcoming about
their relationship. Alia
too didn’t shy away
from accepting the
man in her life. Her
Ï Ï Ï social media posts
SAJID KHAN VIKAS BAHL ALOK NATH featuring RK and their
Three women An ex-employee of Director Vinta Nanda families were loved by
accused Sajid Khan Phantom Films accused revealed that she had fans. Professionally,
of inappropriate director Vikas Bahl of been raped by actor Alia established
behaviour and sexual sexual harassment. He was Alok Nath. Soon a lot herself as one of the
harassment. Sajid, thrown out of the company of other women most bankable stars
who was directing as his partners Anurag also spoke about the with Raazi being a
Housefull 3, was Kashyap and Vikramaditya indignity they had blockbuster. Ranbir
sacked. Motwane withdrew allegedly suffered at the bounced back with
support. The company was hands of the actor. a bang with Sanju.
dissolved. Vikas, has filed The film, which made
a defamation case against around 340 crores,
Anurag and Vikram. stands among the top
hits of 2018.
AYUSHMANN KHURRANA
He’s the dark horse, racing towards a glowing
horizon. After being almost written off, the
charming actor-singer soared high in 2017
with back-to-back hits Bareilly Ki Barfi and
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan. In 2018 too, he
delivered two uninterrupted blockbusters.
AndhaDhun is said to be the most critically
acclaimed film of the year, while Badhaai
IRRFAN KHAN Ho has zoomed its way to the 100-crore club,
Fans of Irrfan Khan making Ayushmann the man of the moment.
were shattered when In his personal life, however, he suffered a
rumours of his ill- minor setback when wife Tahira Kashyap was
health started doing diagnosed with first stage breast cancer. The
the rounds. The same devoted husband has been by her side.
was confirmed by
the actor, when he
shared that he had SONALI BENDRE
been diagnosed with Another actor, who hit a
neuroendocrine tumour rough patch health-wise,
in March. Soon after, is Sonali Bendre. In a
Irrfan left the country shocking revelation, Sonali
and moved to London shared the news of her
for his treatment. Recent being diagnosed with high
reports suggest that grade metastatic cancer in
he’s reacting well to early July. The actor flew
the treatment and will off to New York City for
return home soon. treatment.

SRIDEVI
February 24, 2018
SONAM KAPOOR will remain a
#SonamKiShaadi was trending dark day for the
in the summer of 2018. The film industry.
gorgeous Sonam Kapoor tied the The untimely
knot with entrepreneur Anand passing away of
Ahuja in Mumbai an and sent social superstar Sridevi
media into a tizzy. due to 'accidental
Her thre ee day-long drowning' in Dubai,
wedding g celebration sent shockwaves
was a metaphor around the world.
of #Everyday
# The film fraternity
henomenal.
Ph and her fans were
Her reception left in a state of
aw biggies
sa gloom. Amidst wild
liike Shah Rukh speculation, her
Khan,
K Salman mortal remains were
Khan,
K Kareena brought to India.
Kapoor Khan, The flower-filled
Ran nveer Singh funeral procession,
and d Varun which saw thousands
Dhaw wan dance joining in, was a
the night
n away. farewell befitting her
The inside
i videos gigantic stature.
ed a virtual
stirre
tsunami.
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RISHI KAPOOR NEHA DHUPIA


When Rishi Kapoor
Wh AND ANGAD BEDI
sudde enly announced that
he wwas leaving for New 2018 was definitely
York for treatment, it left the year of weddings.
his fans and the fraternity Just after the Sonam
anxious. Wife Neetu Kapoor-Anand
Kapo oor and son Ranbir Ahuja wedding,
Kapoo or too accompanied Neha Dhupia and
him. Ru umours about him Angad Bedi surprised
RAJKUMMAR RAO being diagnosed with cancer everyone with their
Already lauded for his starting doing
d the rounds, sudden and quiet
immense talent, 2018 though th he family rubbished nupitals. There were
anointed Rajkummar Rao them. No sooner had he rumours of the two
as a star of the popular reached New
N York that the seeing each other
world as well. His film Stree news of mother
m Krishna Raj but no one imagined
dabbled in a new genre – Kapoor passing away came they’d get married
horror comedy – and set the as a jolt. Rishi,
R who’s said to secretly. Neha
cash registers ringing. His have been n exceptionally close and Angad had an
never-seen-before comic to his mother, sadly, couldn’t intimate gurudwara
timing pulled in audiences be present for her last rites. We wedding in Delhi
and had the producers wish him a speedy recovery. with only family. The
laughing to the bank. couple turned parents
to baby girl Mehr.

KANGANA
RANAUT
Kangana Ranaut was in the
news again. The talented
actress apparently had a
tiff with Manikarnika: The
Queen Of Jhansi director,
Krrish. Reportedly, he
walked out of the film.
Kangana then took over
as the captain of the ship. JANHVI KAPOOR
Few days later, Sonu Even before, she had
Sood too walked out of signed her first film,
the film citing differences all eyes were on Janhvi
with Kangana. Both the Kapoor. When she signed
parties had their versions. Dharma Productions’
However, the teaser of the Dhadak, the buzz around
film has received a great the star daughter grew
response. The film stronger. Sadly, mother
will release in Sridevi wasn’t around
January 2019. to witness her debut.
Young Janhvi set aside the
personal tragedy to give
her best. Dhadak, with
Ishaan Khatter, was a hit.
Mega films in her kitty, red
carpet appearances and
huge fans… the beautiful
Janhvi is poised to play
out her destiny.
RADHIKA APTE
The reticent Radhika Apte became the digital superstar courtesy
her roles in Netflix’s original series Sacred Games and Ghoul.
She even had a barrage of memes made on her for her massive
presence on the streaming website. The dusky Radhika dazzled
on the big screen too with films like PadMan and And .

VARUN
DHAWAN
Varun Dhawan
continued his
winning streak
at the box-office
with the offbeat
October and
the unique Sui
Dhaaga: Made
In India. The
films also got the
critics rooting
for Varun. On
the personal
side, he made
news when in
an interview
with Filmfare he
spoke candidly
about his deep
relationship
with long-
time girlfriend
Natasha Dalal.
FEATURE

ARJUN KAPOOR
& MALAIKA
ARORA
Arjun Kapoor and Malaika
Arora were rumoured to
be in a relationship for
the longest time. Though
neither spoke about it nor
were they spotted together.
However, the last few
months have witnessed a
change. It all started with
the two sitting next to each
other at a fashion show. ANUSHKA SHARMA
That was followed by their Anushka Sharma’s home production Pari
attending parties together. earned her praise for her performance but
The May-December couldn’t make much moolah. Her second
romance was confirmed film, Sui Dhaaga: Made In India got her
when the couple was both critical and box-office success.
snapped walking hand-in- However, it was her expression from the
hand at Milan airport. They film, which became a blockbuster in the
were there to celebrate meme world. She’s expected to deliver
Malaika’s birthday. Latest another fantastic performance in Zero. Her
reports suggest that Arjun social media PDA with hubby/cricketer Virat
and Malaika will tie the Kohli enjoys great traffic. The couple invited
knot soon. controversy when they reprimanded a guy for
littering and posted the video online.

SHAHID KAPOOR
Shahid Kapoor started the year on a high note with
Padmaavat. In his personal life, he turned father
again when wife Mira Rajput gave birth to a beautiful
baby boy. The excited daddy remarked that his family
was now complete. The couple has named their little
boy Zain. Misha is their older daughter.
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PLAYING IN THE
BIG LEAGUESONU KE TITU KI SWEETY GIRL, NUSHRAT BHARUCHA, TELLS RAGHUVENDRA SINGH
THAT SHE’S ENJOYING HER SUCCESS

fter 12 years of a

A long journey, the


pretty Nushrat
Bharucha has
finally tasted
blockbuster success. Her
films with Luv Ranjan,
Pyaar Ka Punchnama
(PKP, 2011) and Pyaar
Ka Punchnama 2 (PKP
2, 2015) were hugely
successful. But with his
Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
(SKTKS) this year, she
has entered the coveted
100-crore club. The big
success of a small film has
dramatically changed the
perception around Nushrat. Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety
The unconventional actor’s
now being considered as a
heroine, who can deliver.
EARLIER, PEOPLE USED TO SAY YOU’RE NOT HEROINE MATERIAL. YOU
Currently, she’s shooting CAN ONLY PLAY A FRIEND’S ROLE. SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY EVEN REMARKED,
for two films. First is a ‘YOU CAN’T BE A HEROINE BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE ALMOND EYES’
comedy titled Turram
Khan, opposite Rajkummar Dhoka (LSD, 2010) co-star experience. I’m sure this months she left the show
Rao. It’s directed by Hansal Rajkummar. “I wanted one will be an even better and set her sights on the
Mehta and produced by to do a different film. It’s journey,” she gushes. big screen. She featured in
Ajay Devgn and mentor great that I got to do that Nushrat’s entry into films like Kal Kisne Dekha
Luv Ranjan. She has with Hansal sir. I love his showbiz was rather and Jai Santoshi Maa
another quirky comedy cinema, his characters and unplanned. Her parents (2006). But it was Dibakar
titled Dream Girl with the world he creates,” she never wanted her to do Banerjee’s dark Love
Ayushmann Khurrana on says. “Also Raj! I’m most films. It was just a random Sex Aur Dhokha, where
the floor as well. excited to work with him call for an audition that got Nushrat played a victim of
Turram Khan reunites again after eight years. her a role in the TV serial honour killing, that won
her with her Love Sex Aur LSD was an amazing Kitty Party. After a few her notice.
PHOTOGRAPHS: ROHAN SHRESTHA
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he actor, who has

T been unhesitant
about playing
characters with
shades of grey,
went on to play a gold-
digger and a nagging
girlfriend, be it in PKP,
PKP 2 or even in SKTKS.
What makes her game to
play negative characters
in an industry where a
heroine is expected to
be an epitome of virtue?
And why does she
agree to be part of what
critics broadly dub as
‘misogynistic’ films? She
confides that she had
initially said no to PKP
because she couldn’t
justify the character. “I
told Luv sir I don’t believe
such girls exist. He said
he was making a comedy,
not a real-life story. And
in a comedy, characters
are always over-the-top.
He didn’t say that girls are
bad. The character in his
film was a bit negative,”
she justifies. “Luv sir
was of the viewpoint
that sometimes you do
get involved with wrong
people,” she states.
In SKTKS, Nushrat
went a level further. She
not only garnered huge
love for her performance
from the audience but
from the film fraternity
as well. “People told me,
‘Never mind the character

GIRLS SHOULDN’T
GET PRESSURED.
NO MATTER WHO
IT IS, WHAT IT IS…
DON’T FALL FOR FALSE
PROMISES. YOU SHOULD
SET YOUR OWN RULES
AND ONLY DO WHAT
YOU BELIEVE
IS RIGHT
stuck in an ugly situation
like that not knowing
what to do.” Her advice
to girls? “Girls shouldn’t
get pressured. No matter
who it is, what it is, don’t
fall for false promises.
You should set your
own rules and only do
what you believe is right
irrespective of how tough
it is.”
Coming to her personal
sphere, she says her
definition of love has
changed over the years.
Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 “I’ve come to a place
where love means
LUV (RANJAN) you played, we can’t hate Luv Ranjan. She refutes companionship - a person
SIR WAS THE FIRST you. We still feel love for that emphatically and who kind of gets you
PERSON TO BELIEVE IN Sweety. We feel bad for the explains, “Luv sir was the and someone you can
girl’. That means I’ve been first person to believe in understand as well. That
ME. HE’S SOMEONE, true to the parameters me. He’s someone, who mutual understanding is
WHO TAKES CARE of my character,” she takes care of all his actors, absolutely essential,” she
OF ALL HIS ACTORS, declares. We hear a sequel not just me. The only explains.
NOT JUST ME. AFTER to SKTKS might be on difference is that the other But right now it’s
the cards. Nushrat laughs actors are male.” She adds, only work for her. She’s
MY PARENTS, HE’S and suggests, “Can you “After my parents, he’s come face to face with
ONE PERSON WHO’S please tell this to Luv sir, one person who’s always success and doesn’t want
ALWAYS HAD MY BEST Bhushan Kumarji and had my best interests at to take it for granted.
INTERESTS AT HEART. writer Rahul Mody. Luv heart. He’s never had any “Now, I know what the
sir is making something wrong thought or selfish true meaning of success
HE’S NEVER HAD ANY else currently. I’ve no idea motive.” She maintains is… photographers
SELFISH MOTIVE if SKTKS 2 will happen.” that the director would following your car, fans
Incidentally, Luv always remain a close chasing you for selfies
Ranjan’s next, starring friend. “But that’s all there and autographs… It’s
Ajay Devgn and Ranbir is,” she shrugs. uncanny,” she shares
Kapoor, doesn’t feature In fact, such is Nushrat’s adding that she’s enjoying
Nushrat as of now. She sense of loyalty towards every bit of it. “After
believes everyone has her mentor that she even SKTKS, the popularity and
their own journey and at came out vociferously in acceptance has reached
some point they would support of the director, another level. I feel part of
cross paths again. “I’m when he was accused of the film fraternity now,”
super happy for him.” She sexual misconduct by she smiles with a note of
adds, “I’m not possessive an actress in the wake vindication. She values
about Luv sir. Why should of Bollywood’s ongoing her journey and how she
I be? He’s still very much #MeToo campaign. beat the odds. “Earlier,
part of my life. We discuss She insists she never people used to say you’re
work. We have a creative had to face the casting not heroine material. You
connection. So what if he’s couch. “This is one of the can only play a friend’s
making a film with other main reasons why role. Someone in my
actors? I’m also going to I probably keep working family even remarked,
be doing films with other with people like Abhishek ‘You can’t be a heroine
people. We will work Pathak (producer) and Luv because you don’t have
again eventually in some sir because I feel safe and almond eyes’,” she laughs
other project.” comfortable with them.” at the memory. But then
Recent rumours She concedes, “It must who can overwrite the
linked Nushrat with be difficult for girls to get blueprint of destiny? „
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inings
RAGHUVENDRA SINGH CATCHES UP WITH
PARINEETI CHOPRA IN LUCKNOW ON THE
SET OF HER NEXT FILM, JABARIYA JODI
PHOTOGRAPHS: ABHAY SINGH
STYLIST: DIVYAK D’SOUZA | ASSISTED: ZENIA DARUVALA

R
ight from her You shot Ishaqzaade in Lucknow.
debut film, Ladies Now you’re back in the city shooting
Vs Ricky Bahl, for Jabariya Jodi…
Parineeti Chopra had The difference is that while shooting
audiences enthralled Ishaqzaade (2012), my debut Ladies
with her unrehearsed ease in front VS Ricky Bahl (2011) was not
of the camera. Ishaqzaade and released. I was a nobody at that time.
Shuddh Desi Romance further After shooting I’d visit Hazratganj
positioned her as an actress with market for shopping. I’d enjoy the
a new age vibe and an old-world chaat and kebabs. Nobody even
sensibility. This interesting looked at me. Today, I can’t step out
contrast made her the ‘it’ girl. without security. I can’t go shopping
But a career lull followed by a like before. But I’d call this a ‘happy
voluntary break kept her in the problem’. Ishaqzaade brought me
side-lines for a while. fame. Now, when I’m back here
Yet that phase brought in shooting for Jabariya Jodi, there are
enriching moments of epiphany so many fans. The same city has
that changed her forever. She changed so much for me.
realised that her adventure with
her art is incomplete without the What about the delicacies?
joys of the heart. That there’s a Jabariya Jodi (Laughs) No, I’m on a diet. I want to
life beyond the arc lights, where look good in the film. While shooting
you come to home to love, family, friends and lots of Ishaqzaade, Arjun (Kapoor) and I’d eat a lot. But now
laughter. She’s not only undergone a physical revamp we both have become weight conscious and disciplined.
but some soul rejuvenation as well. Happiness is now My brother, Shivang, has come here. I’m treating him to
her only pursuit – be it professional or personal. With kebabs, nalli-nihari, biryani…
Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Kesari and Jabariya
Jodi coming up in 2019, she’s set her sights on a This is the first time you’re playing a Bihari girl.
smashing innings. Yes, she truly believes in herself. What are the challenges?

I WENT THROUGH A LOW IN MY PERSONAL AND


PROFESSIONAL LIFE. FAILURE TEACHES YOU THE MOST. I REALISED MY
SELF-WORTH. I DIDN’T WANT TO BE DEPRESSED EVER. I MADE UP MY
MIND THAT I WOULDN’T WASTE A SINGLE DAY IN MY LIFE.
THIS WAS MY BIGGEST LESSON
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The language is the most difficult thing. Bihari is a unique selfishly – in the sense I never cared about my people the
language. Few actresses like Swara (Bhaskar) speak it well. way I do today. I had forgotten the importance of my own
Just the way Punjabi comes to me naturally. But I’m trying self. Not anymore.
to grasp the language. Fortunately, our director, Prashant
Singh, belongs to the region. Ajayji, our coach, is helping When did the realisation come?
us with the intonations. My character, Babli, is today’s (Winks) I took a break in 2016 but I’m so relevant that
girl. She’s open-hearted and confident but there’s a certain people believe I took it recently. That’s a good thing. I had
vulnerability about her. She’s not a dabangg character. taken a break for just eight months. I did up my home
during that time. But yes, the break taught me a lot. I went
You’re reuniting with Sidharth Malhotra after Hasee Toh through a big low in my personal and professional life
Phasee (HTP) in Jabariya Jodi. How much has he changed? simultaneously. Failure teaches you the most. I realised
HTP (2014) was Sid’s second film. It was my fourth. We my self-worth. I understood that I didn’t want to be
both were new. So, we were less affected by the industry. depressed ever. I made up my mind that I wouldn’t waste
We used to work without pressure. Today, there’s pressure. a single day in my life. This was my biggest lesson. I’m
I’ve watched him grow as a person and as an actor. We’re glad this realisation happened early in life. At the age of
not kids anymore. We all have grown - Arjun (Kapoor), 26. Now, I’m going to live my entire life with this mind-
Varun (Dhawan), Alia (Bhatt), Shraddha (Kapoor), Sid and set. I’m blessed that a big setback and the subsequent
me. We’ve all evolved. depression, helped me emerge a happier person. Nothing
better has happened in life.
What means the most in life right now?
(Smiles) That’s a secret. But yes, being happy is the most How did you handle the depression?
important thing in my life. Something, which I never During that phase, I couldn’t think positively. My brothers,
gave thought to before. Earlier, I’d only think about work. Shivang and Sehej, my best friends and my soulmates,
I never concentrated on my life as such. I just went took great care of me and so did my friend Sanjana. They
about shooting, travelling... But today I’m living life helped me realise my self-worth and regain confidence.
consciously. Like I must do these things today, I must Usually, it’s difficult for people to step out of that phase.
achieve this today. I’m conscious about my personal life, But I’ve emerged doubly confident, doubly happy.
which includes my love life, my family, my friends and
my team and how I can keep these areas safe and good. Arjun Kapoor and you share a unique bond too.
Having a balanced life, is my priority. We can work like Touchwood, kisi ki nazar na lage. We share an honest
mad but post pack-up, one should enjoy a personal life relationship. There’s no filter between us. We can talk
full of friends, laughter and travel. Earlier, I used to work about anything to each other. Then we realise that ki arrey
yeh kya bola. As co-stars, there’s an ease of working We’re
also protective about each other. I’ve seen him at his most
ARJUN’S (KAPOOR) PART OF MY vulnerable during Ishaqzaade. Our friendship began from
LIFE. OUR FAN CLUBS REMARK, there. His mother (the late Mona Kapoor) was suffering
‘SHAADI KAR LO!’ WE REPLY, ‘WE from cancer then. I was going through my first release. A
DON’T HAVE DATES’ (LAUGHS). WE friendship formed during troubled times is genuine. He’s
part of my life. If I have a problem, I can even call him at
NEVER SAY NICE THINGS TO EACH 3 am. He will patiently hear me out. Sometimes, I’m like
OTHER. WE’RE ONLY PULLING maini abhi
bhi milne
il aa rahi hoon and he’s always there for
EACH OTHER’S LEG. OUR me. He underrstands my mood even before I come
FA S LO on set. Tru ue friendships are difficult to come
by in the e industry. To have such a friend is a
blessin ng. Even our fans are surprised at our
frienndship. They often remark, ‘Shaadi
karr lo!’ We reply, ‘We don’t have dates’
((Laughs). We never say nice things to
each other. We’re only pulling each
other’s leg. Our fans love that.
o

You
ur friendship is beyond films. Right?
Hun ndred per cent! Arjun will always
lookk out for me and I will always look
outt for him. I’m always going to have his
ck. He’s part of my life. If anyone says
bac
and Sehej
nything about him, I’ll fight for him, no
an
With brothers Shivang ma atter what. „

With Arjun Kapoor


TODAY I’M LIVING
LIFE CONSCIOUSLY.
I’M CONSCIOUS
ABOUT MY PERSONAL
LIFE, WHICH
INCLUDES MY LOVE
LIFE, MY FAMILY, MY
FRIENDS AND MY
TEAM. A BALANCED
LIFE, IS MY PRIORITY

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MANof
MANY
MOODS
COMEDY CZAR MANIESH PAUL GETS SERIOUS
ABOUT ACTING. RAGHUVENDRA SINGH CHATS
WITH THE ARTISTE FOR ALL MEDIUMS
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e’s the host with his horizons, he took to

H the most. Be it
anchoring mega
events or hosting
TV and radio
shows, Maniesh Paul
rules the dais and charms
audiences off their feet.
the big screen by playing
the role of the computer
geek Mickey in his feature
debut Mickey Virus (2013).
“I cherish the memory of
seeing the hoarding of the
film put up at Juhu Beach
Years of expertise and just as I’ve preserved the
undiminished enthusiasm ticket of the train that
have earned him the title
of ‘Sultan of Stage’. The
young boy from Delhi
gained recognition after
hosting Saa Ree Gaa
Maa Paa Chhote Ustaad.
He later appeared in the
stand-up comedy series
Comedy Circus. He also
hosted Dance India Dance
Li’l Masters, the celebrity
dance competition Jhalak
Dikhhla Jaa and India’s
Got Talent. That’s not all.
Fond of acting, he also did
TV serials like Ghost Bana
Dost, Ssshhhh...Phir Koi
Hai, Kahani Shuru With
Love Guru and Kuchh
Cook Hota Hai. Widening Black Briefcase
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brought me to Mumbai
from Delhi,” smiles the
actor who came here in
2005. His other notable
films were Tere Bin Laden
2 (2016) and Baa Baaa
Black Sheep (2018).
His yearning to discover
himself as an actor runs
deep. That explains
his treading on new
territory. He’s launched a
production company with
brother Vevek Paul called
Cinemaddicts9, which
aims to produce feature
films and short films. In
fact, his first short film
Black Briefcase, featuring
him as a radicalised man,
who plans to place an
explosive device in a Delhi
market, won two awards
at the Hindi Cinema
Samman Samaroh 2018.
While Maniesh got the
Best Actor Award for the
film, the team bagged the
Best Film Award. Directed
by 20-something Kartik
Singh, the short is a
sensitive take on the times.

M
aniesh
maintains
that his
inspiration to
act was Amitabh
Bachchan, whose films he
grew up watching. Imagine
his joy when the veteran
praised his film and
Maniesh’s performance in
it as well. “I sent Amitji
a text saying, ‘Sir, if you
like Black Briefcase, please
share it’. He tweeted it
I SENT AMITJI (BACHCHAN)
and even mentioned A TEXT SAYING, ‘SIR, IF YOU
the ‘intensity’ of my
performance in it. That
LIKE BLACK BRIEFCASE
meant he had watched the PLEASE SHARE IT.’ HE TWEETED
film. That was the biggest IT AND EVEN MENTIONED
award, the biggest moment
for me,” he smiles. While THE ‘INTENSITY’ OF MY
he’s already planning a PERFORMANCE IN THE SHORT
feature film, another short
film in Punjabi, Banjar,
FILM. THAT WAS THE BIGGEST
has just released. It’s the AWARD FOR ME
Katrina is told that she
would be appearing in my
show, she feels relaxed.
She knows I won’t crack
mean jokes. I don’t want to
lose the trust I’ve earned,”
he states clearly.

he laughter

With Iulia Vantur in Harjai


T machine has a
sombre side too
where he likes
to recede into
his world. His family
understands his need to
introspect and grow silent
Decoding his legendary sometimes. “I evaluate
hosting skills, he says it’s my life, my career. The
instinct over the script. kind of lifestyle we
“I like to be myself on stage lead – shooting, parties,
and enjoy. But before going paparazzi – we need some
on stage, each time I’m moments to ourselves. It’s
like a nervous child with important to rejuvenate,”
butterflies in my stomach. he explains why self-
I turn quiet before the awareness is a goal for
show. I need my space,” him. “When I’m on
he says. “But the moment flight, I utilise that time to
the lights and camera write, read and collect my
come on, it’s magic,” he thoughts,” he says. He also
describes the excitement enjoys conversing with
of his job. Working in his wife Sanyukta. “She’s
proximity with stars, he’s my bouncing board. She’s
With Amitabh Bachchan privy to their secrets. But my reality check. Or else
that’s something he guards all the adulation can go to
story of a farmer and has ferociously. “Usually, your head. She cautions
Maniesh playing a Sardar. channels ask me to prod me saying, ‘Ab udhna
Maniesh’s a singer the star about controversies bandh karo. Success is
too. Recently, he cut his in their lives for higher there today. It may not be
debut single Harjai with TRPs. But I don’t do that. there tomorrow. Stay real,”
Romanian TV presenter They’re my friends,” he he confides.
Iulia Vantur, close friend of says. He maintains he He has no regrets and
Salman Khan. The idea of cannot disrespect his doesn’t dwell in the past
the album took birth one guests. “They’re guests nor does he foster negative
casual evening when he on my show – which I thoughts. “Whatever
was sitting with Salman consider as my home. So, choices I made, I did it
and Iulia at the former’s I’ll never disrespect them with awareness. No one
farmhouse in Panvel. or show them in poor light. forced me to do anything.
“Later, we made a video Entertainment doesn’t have What happened was
as well. People loved it,” to hit below the belt. For supposed to happen. One
he says of the romantic the sake of TRPs, I don’t should move on. That’s
track. After that he sang want to spread filth. I’d my funda,” he smiles.
the Punjabi song, Munde rather spread happiness,” “But yes, the fire to act
town de with renowned he declares. He cites an will always remain. Even
world artiste PBN. “He’s example, “For instance, if I deliver a 100-crore
planning another song with I’m often told to converse film, the passion will
me,” says Maniesh, who’s with Katrina in Hindi. persist. I know my Friday
currently hosting Indian We know her Hindi is not will come,” he asserts.
Idol season 10. so great. So what? When We’re sure it will. „
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ALI ABBAS ZAFAR

Being
IS IN THE THROES OF
FILMING SALMAN KHAN’S
BHARAT – A PERIOD
DRAMA. KAJOL MATHUR
BELIEVES IT’S A
MAMMOTH LEAP IN TIME
FOR THE DIRECTOR

INDIAN Salman Khan and


Katrina Kaif in Bharat
about PeeCee walking
out from his film and he
says, “Well, well, well…
there were a lot of things
for not being part of
Bharat. “And whether
it was the producers,
Salman or me, as adults
that she was busy with. we understood her
But I’m not gonna say reasons and let her go.”
anything more about my He emphasises that his
‘nick in time’ comment on equation with the actress
Twitter. We all know the has always been great.
reality and the truth of the “There’s only happiness
situation. As I’ve always between us. We’re
maintained, we, as team friends and will always
Bharat, are extremely be friends,” declares Ali
happy for Priyanka and who had worked with the
where she’s in life right actress in the hit Gunday
now.” He goes on to add (2014) previously.
that she had her reasons The exit of Priyanka

irector Ali Abbas best for the glad tidings in


Priyanka Chopra had her

D Zafar became
a celebrity on
social media the
moment he tweeted that
Priyanka Chopra would
her life – her subsequent
engagement and marriage
to American popstar Nick
Jonas. As is well-known,
Priyanka was supposed
reasons for not doing Bharat.
I’m not gonna say anything
more about my ‘nick in time’
comment… My equation with
no more be part of his to star opposite Salman
film Bharat and how the Khan in the magnum opus her has always been great
exit happened just in Bharat jointly produced and is still great. There’s only
the ‘nick of time’. In all by Reel Life Productions,
graciousness, he even Salman Khan Films happiness between us
wished Priyanka all the and T-Series. Ask him
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INTERVIEW

If Salman
Khan doesn’t
like something,
he’s not gonna
disguise
it... Also, he
troubles the
people he
loves. If he
doesn’t like
you, he will
never trouble
you

marked the entry of


Salman Khan’s good
friend Katrina Kaif. Ali
formerly directed her in
his debut, Mere Brother
Ki Dulhan (2011) and
more recently in Tiger
Zinda Hai (2017). Says
he, “Katrina loved the
script. She’s busy with
three big films, Thugs
Of Hindostan, Zero and
ABCD3. But she somehow
squeezed in our dates.
There have been some she’d get Salman for the Bharat. “Though I loved li insists Salman
amendments in her
character.” Salman and
Katrina had endeared fans
with their chemistry in
Tiger Zinda Hai and Ali
selfies,” he says adding,
“Salman is a great person
to have around too. It’s
always entertaining to be
with him.”
the script, I told him,
‘Bhai, I’m not good at
adaptations because till
the time I don’t write my
own stuff, I don’t know
A and he share
a ‘brotherly’
relationship
rather than that of a
director and an actor. He
hopes to take that vibe With Bharat, Salman is whether I’ll be able to smiles, “The good thing
further in Bharat. He’s all set to strike a hat-trick direct it well.” But when about Salman is that he’s a
all praise for Katrina’s (Sultan and Tiger Zinda they were shooting for great listener, he will hear
growth as an actor. Hai were their previous Tiger, Salman asked Ali you out because it’s your
“Whatever Katrina went two blockbusters) with about the film once again. film. After that he’ll be
through professionally Ali. Reportedly, based on “I shared what I had in like, ‘I’m gonna stand by
and personally in the the Korean film Ode To mind and why I wanted you but as an experienced
past seven years affected My Father, Bharat will Bharat as the title. He said person this is what
Zoya (Katrina’s character cover 70 years of Indian it worked for him. That’s I think’. That gives me a
in Tiger Zinda Hai) history beginning from the how Bharat happened,” different point of view.”
on camera,” he explains. Partition in 1947. It will he explains. “It’s a Much has been written
“I was pleasantly trace the life of an Indian different film for both of of their professional
surprised with the kind of (Salman Khan), as he us. Something Salman’s chemistry. “That’s because
maturity she brought lives through significant gonna push himself hard he’s supportive. He’s
to her role.” Off-screen moments in history. Ali to get right. That’s exciting always there when you
too, she’s a lot of fun reveals that it was Salman because the film is need his advice,” says
insists Ali. “Sweetly, who urged him to make unexplored territory.” Ali. Ask him to reveal
n
n
alman with Ali
S
Abbas Zafar
o
atrina and Salman
K
in Tiger Zinda Hai

“I was involved with


the theatre group while
studying at Kirori Mal
College in Delhi. Amitabh
Bachchan, Satish Kaushik,
Kulbhushan Kharbanda,
Kabir Khan, Vijay Krishna
Acharya, Habib Faisal…
have been part of that
legacy,” he shares.
“I wrote plays, acted,
directed, even designed
o the stage and slowly
I realised that cinema
Whatever Katrina went through professionally was drawing me in. I too
wanted to tell a story,”
and personally in the past seven years affected he explains.
Zoya, her character in Tiger Zinda Hai, on Ali started his journey
as an assistant filmmaker
camera. I was pleasantly surprised with with Kabir Khan. His
the kind of maturity she brought to her role track record of 100
percent hits has made him
a sought-after filmmaker
unknown facets about he doesn’t like you, he’ll for him till date. today. He smiles at the
Salman and he shares, never trouble you.” “I hope we can do justice compliment. About his
“He has the most wicked Bharat also stars to it. Everyone, from winning formula he says,
sense of humour. People newbie Disha Patani the cast and the crew is “I’ve always believed in
feel intimidated by him and Tabu. It was Disha’s working together to bring the traditional school of
but he’s extremely funny. innocence, which the best film out on Eid, filmmaking – a film needs
He can mimic other actors intrigued Ali enough to 2019. We’re not leaving drama, emotion, music...
perfectly.” He adds, “But cast her. “We wanted a any stone unturned,” That’s the kind of cinema
his finest quality is that girl who would come in he declares. we have grown up with.
he’s an honest person. If like a breath of fresh air Ali, a biochemistry These things connect
he doesn’t like something, and stun everyone,” he student never thought of with the audience.
he’s not gonna disguise it. says. Ali insists Bharat is being a filmmaker. Films That’s how magic happens
Also, I guess, he troubles the most challenging film happened by chance to at the box-office.” We
the people he loves. If in terms of scale and story this talented director. can’t but agree. „
DIARY 2
CONTROVERSIES AND CELEBRATIONS... ANURADHA CHOUDHARY LISTS DOWN THE NEWSMAKERS OF 2018

JANUARY
¨ The Padmavati
controversy continues.
The Mewar dynasty
opposes the film despite
the name being changed
ª Salman Khan
appears in
Jodhpur court
for the final
arguments in
the Blackbuck
poaching case. VARUN
DHAWAN
Sinha’s house is razed
to the ground. He hints
as paying the price
for taking an anti-BJP
stance.

© Jaya Bachchan
to Padmaavat. GETS A WAX throws a party for
STATUE AT the female winners
¨ The Rajasthan and MADAME of the Filmfare
Gujarat governments TUSSAUDS, Awards 2018.
refuse to release HONG KONG.
Padmaavat. ª Priyanka Chopra is
INCOME slapped with multiple
ª Supreme Court TAX © Shah Rukh Khan tax demands by the
squashes plea for DEPARTMENT Felicitated with Income Tax Appellate
stay on the release ¨ Honey Preet Insan’s ATTACHES The Crystal Award Tribunal (ITAT) for over
of Padmaavat in mother, Asha Taneja, SHAH RUKH At The World a four-year period.
Rajasthan and slaps Rakhi Sawant KHAN’S Economic Forum.
Madhya Pradesh. with a five-crore crore ALIBAUG
defamation case after the FARMHOUSE ¨ Salman Khan gets
starlet claims she’s doing UNDER heavy security cover
a film based on self- BENAMI ACT. due to alleged death
styled godman Gurmeet threats from gangster
Ram Rahim Singh AKSHAY Lawrence Bishnoi
Insan, where she would KUMAR because of Salman’s
play Honeypreet. Rakhi RAISES RS alleged involvement in ¨ Manoj Bajpayee
retaliates with a 20-crore 12.93 FOR the 1998 Blackbuck brokers peace for
defamation threat. THE ARMED poaching case. Sidharth Malhotra after
FORCES Bihar and UP erupt
¨ Character actor UNDER HIS ¨ Salman Khan and over his comments on
Srivallabh Vyas passes INITIATIVE Shilpa Shetty summoned Bhojpuri language on
away at the age of 60. BHARAT KE to court for using a reality TV show.
VEER. the word ‘bhangi’ on
¨ A builder is booked different occasions, ¨ Padmaavat is banned
as he attempts to cheat thereby hurting the in Malaysia.
Dilip Kumar of his sentiments of the
Bandra bungalow. Valmiki community. ¨ Nana Patekar bats
for reduction in GST
¨ A portion ¨ Veteran actress Ava for the entertainment
of Shatrughan Mukherji passes away. industry.
2018
FEBRUARY
ª Amitabh
Bachchan
threatens to leave
Twitter because
he’s losing
THE YEAR 2018 WILL BE KNOWN AS THE YEAR OF
THE BIG FAT BOLLYWOOD WEDDINGS. SONAM
KAPOOR, DEEPIKA PADUKONE, RANVEER SINGH,
PRIYANKA CHOPRA, ALL TIED THE KNOT LAST YEAR.
THE BUZZ CREATED AROUND THESE WEDDINGS
HAD TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED. THE INDUSTRY
WAS MAKING MERRY. A LOT MORE HAPPENED LAST

ACTOR
YEAR. READ ON TO FIND OUT...

JEETENDRA’S
COUSIN FILES
¨ Social activist Emi
aka Enoch Moses has
lodged a complaint
against Sunny Leone
at the Nazarethpet
police station in
Chennai accusing her of
promoting pornography.
followers. A SEXUAL © Sridevi passes
HARASSMENT away in Dubai
COMPLAINT after drowning
AGAINST in a bath tub. the
HIM. superstar was 56.

AMITABH ¨ The mystery around


BACHCHAN Sridevi’s death deepens
© Akshay Kumar ADMITTED TO as the police question
joins hands with A HOSPITAL Boney Kapoor and the
the government AFTER HE hotel staff.
to promote road COMPLAINED
ª President Ram Nath safety. OF SPINE AND © Priya Prakash ¨ The Kapoor
Kovind, felicitates SHOULDER Varrier hits the family issues a
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ¨ Priyanka Chopra ACHE. headlines after her statement regarding
for her exceptional becomes the first Indian wink scene in the Sridevi’s death.
contribution in the field actor to join the select THE BAN ON Malayalam film
of cinema. list of 500 + global PADMAAVAT Oru Adaar Love ¨ Priyanka Chopra
influencers on LinkedIn. LIFTED IN goes viral. breaks ties with Nirav
RAJASTHAN. Modi’s company after
ª The Brahmin Samaj THE HIGH ¨ KriArj Entertainment he was named in the
withdraws protests COURT moves High Court Punjab National bank’s
against Manikarnika DISMISSES against director 11000-crore fraud
after ensuring that THE FIR Abhishek Kapoor for case. Priyanka was
history hasn’t been AGAINST detracting from the the face of Nirav Modi
distorted in the film. SANJAY LEELA commitment to the diamond jewellery.
BHA
HANSALI financial dynamics
AFTER and release plans of ¨ Madhavan undergoes
¨ After Padmaavat, WATCHING Kedarnath. a surgery after he
right wing groups attack THE FILM. dislocates his shoulder.
Kangana Ranaut’s ¨ Singer Papon accused
Manikarnika: The Rani of allegedly molesting ¨ Rajkumar Santoshi
Of Jhansi for allegedly a minor on the set of a admitted to the hospital
distorting history. reality show. due to cardiac problem.
FEATURE

MARCH ª Irrfan Khan


suffers from APRIL ¨ Abhishek Bachchan
is trolled for living with
neuroendocrine his parents. He gives a
¨ Hema Malini tumour. Flies ª John Abraham’s JA befitting reply and wins
inaugurates a waste to London for FARHAN Production breaks ties hearts.
converter in Mumbai. treatment. AKHTAR with KriArj Entertainment
DELETES HIS after it allegedly fails ¨ Karan Johar becomes
¨ Sunny Leone and FACEBOOK to make payments for the first filmmaker to
husband Daniel Weber ACCOUNT the post-production of have his wax statue at
have twin boys Noah and AFTER Parmanu: The Story Madam Tussauds.
Asher through surrogacy. MASSIVE DATA Of Pokhran.
BREACH. ¨ Deepika Padukone
¨ Varun Dhawan injured is the only Indian actress
on the set of Sui Dhaaga: NEW YORK to feature in Times’ list
Made In India. TIMES PAYS of 100 influential people
HOMAGE TO of 2018.
¨ Veteran actress MADHUBALA
Shammi passes away. IN THEIR ¨ The Supreme Court
¨ Aditya Narayan gets OVERLOOK stays proceedings
¨ Boney Kapoor offers arrested for rash driving. SECTION, against Salman Khan
prayers for Sridevi in WHICH ¨ Akshay Kumar joins over his remarks about
Haridwar. ¨ Jaya Bachchan, who’s CELEBRATES hands with Aditya the Valmiki community.
the Samajwadi party THE Thackeray to install
¨ Akshay Kumar and candidate for the Rajya ACHIEVEMENT toilets on Juhu Beach. ¨ Javed Akhtar,
the Chief Minister of Sabha, declares her OF 15 who’s the chairman
Maharashtra, Devendra assets at 493 crores. WOMEN. ¨ President Ram Das of Indian Performing
Phanavis, announce the Her joint assets with ONE OF Kovind confers actor Rights Society,
Ashmita initiative on Amitabh Bachchan are a THEM BEING Manoj Joshi with the distributed royalty worth
Women’s Day to make 1000 crore. THE ACTOR. Padma Shri award. 13 crores to musicians
sanitary pads available and authors.
at subsidised rates. ¨ Late Sridevi wins ¨ Deepika Padukone
the National Award pulls out of a cola brand ª Katrina Kaif’s
ª Nawazuddin for her performance endorsement deal. She wax statue
Siddiqui in Mom. says she won’t endorse unveiled at
summoned by the aerated drinks any more. Madame Tussauds
Thane Police for ¨ Veteran actress Daisy in New York.
illegally obtaining Irani opens about how ¨ A 15-year-old fan
his wife’s call she was raped at the of Salman Khan runs
records. age of six. away from home in
Bhopal to meet the star.

¨ Ranbir Kapoor down


with typhoid.

¨ Prerna Arora of KriArj


SALMAN Entertainment in soup
KHAN SENT once again. Now co-
TO JAIL IN producer of Pari, Kyta
JOPDHPUR Productions, terminates
IN THE contract with the
BLACKBUCK production house.
POACHING
© Robert e Niro CASE. ¨ Character actor Rajpal
hosts a private dinner Yadav is convicted by
for Anupam Kher on Delhi court for failing to
his birthda repay a five-crore loan.
¨ Shreyas Talpade and
wife Deepti blessed JUNE ¨ Armaan Kohli sent to
judicial custody after he
with a baby girl through NEHA apparently assaulted his
surrogacy. DHUPIA GETS live-in girlfriend Neeru
MARRIED Randhawa. He patches
¨ Sonam Kapoor ties TO ANGAD up with her later.

MAY the knot with long-time


boyfriend/entrepreneur
BEDI IN A
HUSH HUSH ¨ Shilpa Shetty fights
Anand Ahuja. Every day CEREMONY. ragging in schools and
© Aamir Khan and Alia of the celebration was colleges, starts a new
Bhatt snapped in Latur truly phenomenal. KAJOL initiative.
working for Aamir Khan’s UNVEILS
Paani foundation. ¨ Aishwarya Rai HER STATUE ¨ Legal notice sent
Bachchan captivates in AT MADAME to Anushka Sharma
¨ Anushka Sharma her infinity gown at the TUSSAUDS IN © Varun Dhawan injures and Virat Kohli by
announces an animal Cannes 2018. SINGAPORE. his arm after an action Arhhan Singh, who was
shelter project on her sequence goes wrong on reprimanded by them
birthday May 1. ¨ Himmesh SUSHMITA the set of Kalank. for littering. Arhhan sent
Reshammiya ties the SEN REVEALS it for shaming him on
¨ Nargis Fakhri knot with Sonia Kapoor. HOW A ¨ New Censor Board social media.
announces her This is his second 15-YEAR-OLD diktat demands that
relationship with marriage. BOY HAD subtitles too be ¨ Eros International and
Hollywood music MOLESTED censored. Firoz Nadiadwala are
producer and director ¨ Akshay Kumar starrer HER AT AN locked in a legal battle
Matt Alonzo. Kesari suffers damages EVENT. ¨ After Arbaaz Khan, over the movie Welcome
worth eight crores due to alleged bunter Sonu Back. According to Eros,
¨ The late Vinod fire on the set. Jalan reportedly names Nadiadwala owes it 30
Khanna was conferred Sajid Khan in the IPL crores and that they are
the Dadasaheb Phalke ¨ Sushant Singh Rajput scam. the rightful owners of the
Award posthumously. sets up a tech setup Welcome Back IP.
His son Akshaye Khanna Insaaei Ventures to
and wife Kavita Khanna give opportunities to ª Suniel Shetty not only
received the award. intellectuals to bring takes up singing but also
forth their ideas onto a rapping.
¨ Controversy breaks mainstream platform.
out at the National
Awards when the ¨ Priyanka Chopra
President presents only attends the royal Meghan ALIA BHATT
11 awards and leaves Markle-Prince Harry, GETS INJURED
the event. The other weddingg in Vivienne. ONTHE SETS
winners cry foul. Westwood. OF KALANK.
© Saif Ali Khan
¨ Deepika PRIYANKA receives a notice
Padukone CHOPRA from Interp
Inter ol in
is feisty on PLEDGESTO the Bulgari
Bulgar an wild
the Red SAVE MARINE boar huntin
hunti g case.
Carpet at LIFE ON Reportedly, an ¨ Nushrat Bharucha
Cannes2018 8. WORLD illegal hunt
hu was refuses to promote
OCEANS’ arranged fof r the weight loss pills.
¨ Shabana DAY. actor in Bu
B garia.
Azmi is roped ¨ Director Abhishek
in as the global ¨ Rumours t t Priyanka Kapoor and producer
ambassador for is seeing Nick Jonas Ronnie Screwvala take
Hillary Clinton’s t e rounds.
start making th Vashu Bhagnani to court
initiative for wom
men over the film Kedarnath.
in public service.
FEATURE

JULY ¨ The Maharashtra


Forest Department AUGUST SEPTEMBER
issues Salman Khan
¨ A FIR is filed against a notice for illegal SONALI ¨ Karan Johar is ¨ AR Rahman donates
Mithun Chakraborty’s construction at his BENDRE trolled for promoting one crore to the Chief
son Mahaakshay on Panvel farmhouse. DIAGNOSED extramarital affairs and Minister’s Kerala flood
charges of cheating, rape WITH nepotism. He hits back relief fund.
and wrongful termination ¨ Mahaakshay ties the METASTATIC at his naysayers.
of pregnancy of a knot with Madasala. CANCER, ¨ Shibani Dandekar
Bhojpuri actress. UNDERGOES ¨ Priyanka Chopra and shares a picture on
¨ Riteish Deshmukh TREATMENT Nick Jonas officially social media and ignites
¨ A police complaint joins politics, will contest IN announce their rumours about dating
is lodged against the 2019 elections on NEW YORK. engagement. PeeCee Farhan Akhtar.
Mohabbatein actress Congress party ticket. gives a glimpse of her
Kim Sharma for alleged DEEPIKA ring on social media. ¨ Sonu Sood walks
assault on house help. PADUKONE out of Manikarnika: The
WISHES ¨ John Abraham, Queen Of Jhansi. Simran
¨ BMC sends a legal KATRINA Rana Daggubati, writer Apurva Asrani
notice to Priyanka Chopra KAIF ON Nayanthara, and Dulquer takes a dig at Kangana
for illegal construction of HER Salman pledge Ranaut.
her house. BIRTHDAY, donation to victims of
THE NEWS Kerala flood. ¨ Aditya Pancholi
¨ Akshay Kumar visits BREAKS THE absolved of all charges in
Sonali Bendre in New INTERNET. ¨ Shah Rukh Khan’s the 2015 assault case.
York, where she’s © UNICEF ambassador Meer Foundation
undergoing treatment for Kareena Kapoor Khan SHAH RUKH contributes towards ¨ A FIR is filed
cancer. spreads awareness KHAN’S Kerala relief fund. against Kumar Sanu
about pregnancy in SIGNATURE in Muzaffarpur for not
¨ Salman Khan gets small towns. POSE GET ¨ Neha Dhupia abiding by the time limit
embroiled in land dispute COPIED announces that set for holding public
¨ Shahid Kapoor buys a BY ASSAM she’s pregnant. functions.
¨ Aditya Roy Kapur gets plush duplex in Worli. GOVERNMENT
injured on the set of FOR TRAFFIC ¨ Designer Masaba ª Shahid Kapur
Kalank. ¨ Sidharth Shukla SAFETY. Gupta and husband and Mira Rajput
released on bail after his producer Madhu blessed with a
ª Ranbir Kapoor car crashed into three RISHI Mantena announce their baby boy.
sued by his Pune vehicles. KAPOOR trial separation after
tenant for 50 lakhs SLAMS three years of marriage.
for not abiding by ¨ Tiger Shroff buys an ANURAG
the agreement. eight-bedroom flat in BASU AND ¨ Supreme Court rejects
Mumbai. ANURAG FIR against Priya Prakash
KASHYAP Varrier.
¨ Bhumi Pednekar OVER FAILED
visits an orphanage in MOVIES ¨ Kangana Ranaut
Chambal and spends WITH RANBIR receives flak for her
time with kids there. KAPOOR, discussion with spiritual
JAGGA leader Sadguru regarding
¨ Priyanka Chopra walks JASS cow slaughter. ¨ Section 377
out of Bharat, since AND BO partially abolished.
she’s engaged to be VE § Ka ik Homosexuality
married to Nick Jonas. RESPEC VELY y n gets decriminalised.
m
¨ Veteran Rita we come ¨ Tanushree Dutta
Bhaduri passes away in his speaks out in an
o July, 17 due to kidney h metown interview how Nana
ailment. alior. Patekar allegedly
sexually harassed her
on the set of Horn OK OCTOBER ¨ Alok Nath denies Vinta
Handa’s rape charges.
¨ Singer Varsha Dhanoa
accuses Kailash Kher of
Pleassss in 2008. Thus sexual misconduct.
fuelling India’s #MeToo ¨ Late Raj Kapoor’s RANVEER ¨ Singer Abhijeet
movement. wife, Krishna Raj Kapoor, SINGH AND Bhattacharya called out ¨ Yash Raj Films
passes away. DEEPIKA for sexual misconduct. terminates services
¨ Deepika Padukone PADUKONE of Ashish Patil after
gets a wax statue at ¨ Nana Patekar sues ANNOUNCE ¨ Mumbai Police files allegations of misconduct
Madame Tussauds, Tanushree Dutta. THEIR a case against Nana by women.
London. Demands an apology. WEDDING Patekar, choreographer
DATE AS Ganesh Acharya, director ¨ Singer Shweta Pandit
¨ Shah Rukh Khan ¨ Ayushmann Khurrana NOVEMBER Rakesh Sarang and and Sona Mahapatra
felicitated at India-UK talks about his wife 14 AND producer Samee Siddiqui accuse Anu Malik of
Business Summit. Tahira Kashyap’s health NOVEMBER in the Tanushree Dutta sexual harassment.
post cancer diagnosis. 15. sexual harassment case.
¨ Paulo Coelho sends ¨ Vipul Shah is accused
the first copy of his book ¨ CINTAA stands with SAJID KHAN ¨ After sexual of sexual misconduct by
Hippie to Shah Rukh Tanushree against Nana. IS CALLED harassment charges, Sacred Games actress
Khan. The superstar is OUT BY Luv Ranjan apologises to Elnaaz Norouzi.
excited. ¨ The police file a case SEVERAL women for making them
against Tanushree Dutta WOMEN uncomfortable. ¨ Anirban Blah attempts
¨ Twinkle Khanna for defaming MNS. FOR SEXUAL suicide after #Metoo
launches her new book HARASSMENT ¨ Kangana Ranaut campaign.
Pyjamas Are Forgiving. ª Anurag Kashyap stands up for
talks about co- VIKAS Tanushree Dutta. ¨ Tanushree Dutta files
¨ Shilpa Shetty claims partner Vikas BAHL’S NAME 10-crore defamation
she faced racism at the Bahl’s sexual DELETED ¨ Bhushan Kumar case against Rakhi
Sydney airport. misconduct against FROM THE denies sexual Sawant, after the
his assistant. CREDITS OF harassment allegations. latter accused her for
¨ Nana Patekar SUPER 30. ‘consuming drugs’ and
threatens to take legal ¨ Subhash Ghai denies remaining ‘unconscious’
action against Tanushree FARHAD SAMJI #Me too charges on the set Horn Ok
Dutta. REPLACES Pleassss.
SAJID KHAN AS ¨ Anirban Blah steps
¨ Tanushree Dutta DIRECTOR OF down from talent agency ¨ Ajay Devgn fires
accuses Vivek Agnihotri HOUSEFULL4. Kwan after allegations his make-up artists
of harassment, says by women of sexual after allegations of
Irrfan Khan and Suniel ¨ Vikramditya Motwane harassment. sexual misconduct.
Shetty admonished him. apologises and calls
Vikas Bahl a serial ¨ Music director
¨ Priyanka Chopra, offender. duo Sachin-Jigar face
Farhan Akhtar, Swara #MeToo allegations.
Bhasker, Richa Chadha ¨ Rajat Kapoor issues
support Tanushree Dutta. an apology after three ¨ Ranbir Kapoor and
women accuse him of Rishi Kapoor meet
¨ Kajol launches sudden misconduct. HRITHIK Robert De Niro in the US,
cardiac arrest initiative. ROSHAN break the internet.
¨ Kangana Ranaut BLASTS
¨ Rishi Kapoor heads talks about feeling SUPER30 ¨ Ayushmann Khurrana
to the US for medical uncomfortable working DIRECTOR fasts for wife Tahira,
treatment. with Vikas Bahl on VIKAS who’s fighting breast
Queen. BAHL AND cancer, on Karva Chauth.
¨ Tanushree Dutta REFUSES TO
lashes out at Priyanka ¨ Vinta Handa breaks WORK WITH ¨ Anupam Kher resigns
Chopra for calling her a silence and accuses Alok HIM. as FTII chairman due to
‘survivor’. Nath of rape. a busy schedule.
FEATURE

NOVEMBER ¨ Salman Khan’s


fan arrested after he DECEMBER ¨ Prernaa Arora (KriArj
Entertainment) arrested
threatens Salim Khan. by EOW for alleged fraud
¨ Surveen Chawla NEHA DHUPIA ¨ Priyanka Chopra of 16 crores.
announces her ¨ Ranveer and Deepika AND ANGAD and Nick Jonas take
pregnancy. throw several receptions BEDI BECOME their vows in a Western ¨ The wedding of Isha
for their family and PROUD wedding in outfits by Ambani had top B-town
¨ Priyanka Chopra and friends. PARENTS OF A Ralph Lauren. stars dance at the event.
Nick Jonas obtain their BABY GIRL.
marriage license. ¨ Priyanka Chopra and ¨ They tie the knot in ¨ Kapil Sharma weds
Nick Jonas wedding DEEPIKA an Indian ceremony at Ginni Chatrath.
¨ Akshara Haasan files a festivities begin with a PADUKONE Umaid Bhawan Palace,
FIR because her pictures dinner attended by Alia AND RANVEER Jodhpur. They later throw
on the phone have been Bhatt, Parineeti Chopra, SINGH TIE a reception in Delhi.
leaked. Sophie Turner and Joe THE KNOT AT
Jonas among others. LAKE COMO ¨ Priyanka trolled
¨ Karan Johar apologises IN ITALY IN for the display of
on social media after TRADITIONAL fireworks at her
facing backlash from the KONKANI wedding. She had
North Eastern community AND SINDHI earlier pleaded with
for allegedly insulting their WEDDINGS. everyone not to burst
culture. crackers on Diwali.

¨ Alok Nath gets


expelled from CINTAA.
Vinta Handa hails the
judgment.

¨ Ranveer and Deepika


return to a grand
welcome in Mumbai after © Jacqueline
their wedding. They pose Fernandez flies to
for pictures at Ranveer’s Kerala to help in
house. building homes for
people after the
ª Anushka Sharma floods.
unveils her first
ever interactive ¨ Popular singer
wax statue at Mohammad Aziz passes
Madame Tussauds away.
in Singapore.
¨ It comes to
light that Farooq
Shaikh funded
the education
of the 26/11
victims’ families
anonymously.
Ranveer Singh
¨ Ranveer Singh and Deepika
and Deepika Padukone
Padukone visit throw a lavish
Siddhivinayak reception for the
Temple to seek film industry.
the Lord’s
blessing.

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LIST OF FILMS RELEASED IN 2018
IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

102 Not Out  (001) Do Dilon Ki Ganga (081) Ka Gehna (122) Sweety (166)
1921 (002) Madhoshiyaa (042) Kabaddi (082) Namaste Bihar (123) Soorma (167)
2.0 (003) Downup The Exit 796 Karwaan (083) Namaste England (124) Stree (168)
2001 Dead One (004) (043) Kathor (084) Nanu Ki Jaanu (125) Sui Dhaaga : Made In
22 Days (005) Ek Shatir Gunahgaar (044) Kedarnath (085) Nawabzaade (126) India (169)
3 Storeys (006) Ekkees Tareekh Shubh Khajoor Pe Atke (086) Nirdosh (127) Summer Camp (170)
5 Weddings (007) Muhurat (045) Krina (087) Note Pe Chot At8/11 (128) Surya Aur Mehrunissa Ka
Action Queen Madhubala Expiry Date (046) Kuch Pal Pyar Ke (088) October (129) Adhura Milan (171)
Ka Revenge (008) Falooda (047) Kuchh Bheege Omerta (130) Sweet Eighteen Plus (172)
Adrishya (009) Falsafa The Other Alfaaz (089) One Night Out (131) Tarana The Black
Aiyaary (010) Side (048) Kuldip Patwal: P K Lele A Story (173)
AndhaDhun (011) Fanney Khan (049) I Didn't Do It! (090) Salesman (132) Teri Bhabhi Hai
Angrezi Mein Kahte For Here Or To Go (050) Kutte Ki Dum (091) PadMan (133) Pagle (174)
Hain (012) FryDay (051) Laila Majnu (092) Padmaavat (134) The Dark Side Of Life
Anmol Bhaiya (013) Gali Guleiyan (052) Lalluram (093) Page 16 (135) Mumbai City (175)
Atal Faisla (014) Game Paisa Ladki (053) Lashtam Pashtam (094) Pakhi (136) The Journey Of
Atin Ela And Gaon (054) Lateef To Laden (095) Paltan (137) Karma (176)
Charadhyay (015) Genius (055) Leera The Soulmate (096) Pareshaan Parinda (138) The Last Mistake Of My
Auto Romance In Gold (056) Love Money Pari (139) Life (177)
Mumbai (016) Halkaa! (057) Gangster (097) Parmanu (140) The Past (178)
Baa Baaa Black Hamara Tiranga (058) Love Sonia (098) Pataakha (141) The Redrum
Sheep (017) Hamari Paltan The Love Training (099) Pending Love (142) A Love Story (179)
Baaghi 2 (018) Children's Brigade For LoveYatri (100) Phamous (143) Thugs Of Hindostan (180)
Baazaar (019) Change (059) Lupt (101) Pihu (144) Tishnagi (181)
Badhaai Ho (020) Hamne Gandhi Ko Maar Maal Road Dilli (102) Play This (145) Tumbbad (182)
Badla Hindustani Ka (021) Diya (060) Malwa Maratha (103) Raazi (146) Turning Point (183)
Bajra Vs Burger (022) Hanuman Vs Mangal Ho (104) Race 3 (147) Udanchhoo (184)
Bas Ek Anand Main Mahiravana (061) Manmarziyaan (105) Racket (148) Union Leader (185)
Tera (023) Happy Phirr Bhag Manto (106) Raid (149) Unmaad (186)
Batti Gul Meter Jayegi (062) Mausam Ikrar Ke Do Pal Raja Abroadiya (150) Veere Di Wedding (187)
Chalu (024) Haq E Sailani (063) Pyar Ke (107) Ramnagar UP 65 (151) Veerey Ki Wedding (188)
Beyond The Clouds (025) Haseena (064) Maut Phir Aayegi (108) Rashtraputra (152) Vishwaroop II (189)
Bhaiaji Superhit (026) Hate Story IV (065) Medal Pet Nahi Rati Kaamdev (153) Vodka Diaries (190)
Bhavesh Joshi Helicopter Eela (066) Bharta (109) Sabrang (154) Welcome To
Superhero (027) Hichki (067) Mercury (110) Saheb Biwi Aur New York (191)
Bhayanak Aatma Of High Jack (068) Meri Shaan Hai Gangster 3 (155) When Obama Loved
Mariya (028) Hill View Villa (069) Vardi (111) Sanam Tera Ishaq (156) Osama (192)
Bhootwali Love Story (029) Hope Aur Hum (070) Missing (112) Sanjana (157) Wo India Ka
Bhu Mafia (030) Hotel Kohinoor (071) Mitron (113) Sanju (158) Shakespeare (193)
Billu Ustaad (031) Hotel Milan (072) Mohalla Assi (114) Sansanahat (159) Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir
Bioscopewala (032) Ilaaka Kishorganj (073) Mudda Hai Bhookh The Sarkaar Hazir Ho (160) Se (194)
Blackmail (033) Inspector Gullu (074) War (115) Satyameva Jayate (161) Ye Bezuban
Blue Jean Blues (034) Ishq Tera (075) Mujhe Bhi Ye Duniya Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Mohabbat (195)
Chal Jaa Bapu (035) Ishqeria (076) Dekhni Hai (116) Hum Band (162) Yeh Hai Paranormal
Daas Dev (036) Jaane Kyun Mukkabaaz (117) Shaheed - E - Iishq (196)
Daddy's Daughter (037) De Yaaron (077) Mulk (118) Aazam (163) Yeh Kaisa Tigdam (197)
Dassehra (038) Jack & Dil (078) My Birthday Song (119) Shoot Out At Etawah Zero (198)
Delhi 47 KM (039) Jalebi (079) My Doll Habibi (120) Safari (164)
Dhadak (040) Kaalakaandi (080) Myrah (121) Simmba (165)
Dil Juunglee (041) Kaashi In Search Of Naagmani Naag Sonu Ke Titu Ki

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MUSIC STORY

DEVESH SHARMA
TAKES A LOOK AT THE
BOLLYWOOD MUSIC
SCENE CIRCA 2018 Musical
W
ith eight Hindi Fanney Khan and Laila surprisingly, had a and Jasmin Walia, Honey
releases so Majnu, while Amitabh melodious score. Aaj se Singh’s Dil chori sada
far, music Bhattacharya had Dhadak, teri, sung by Arijit Singh ho gaya sung by Simar
composer Blackmail and Thugs Of spoke of a husband’s desire Kaur, Ishers and him, the
Amit Trivedi seemingly Hindostan. The music this to do anything for his wife. Guru Randhawa-Rajat
had the busiest year of year, by and large, was Hu ba hu sung by Amit Nagpal composed Kaun
his life. It’s a pity that limited to the narrative Trivedi and Saale sapne nachdi sung by Guru
barring a couple of films, of the film. Barring a by Mohit Chauhan gelled Randhawa and Neeti
the rest didn’t have him few exceptions, it didn’t with the film’s subject. Mohan, all songs
as a solo composer. That manage to carve its own Aiyaary had the fast paced, had a Punjabi
in a nutshell tells you the identity. A breakdown of standout number Lae flavour.
story of Hindi film music in what the year served up... dooba sung by Sunidhi
current times. Chauhan and composed by MARCH
Remix king Tanishk JANUARY Rochak Kohli. The little
Bagchi too had around the Padmaavat opened Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety known 3
same number of releases. the innings in January. was the musical hit of Storeys had
But his output was largely Director Sanjay Leela February and also the most unique music.
limited to remaking old Bhansali composed the popular album of the year. Composer
classics. The big names in grandiose songs. Ghoomar, Be it the raunchy Bom Clinton Cerejo
music were conspicuous by sung by Shreya Ghoshal diggy diggy, composed by continues
their absence. AR Rahman and Swaroop Khan, was Zack Knight and sung by to make his
was a guest composer in the most memorable Zack Knight
Sanju. Pritam didn’t have
any release, just like Vishal-
song of the album. While
Nainowali ne sung by I W EDD IN G
Shekhar. While Shankar- Neeti Mohan, the Holi E D
Ehsaan-Loy had just two song by Richa Sharma and E R
– Raazi and Soorma. Shail hada and Binte dil
E
V

Where lyricists are sung by Arijit Singh were


concerned, with Pataakha, melodious.
Soorma and Raazi, Gulzar
continued to make his FEBRUARY
presence felt. The bard PadMan, which
admirably stays relevant released in February,
even at 84. Javed Akhtar had music by Amit
and Prasoon Joshi Trivedi. The film,
were missed this year. which spoke of
Irshad Kamil had Sanju, menstrual hygiene,

Veere Di Wedding was a fun-filled,


frothy Punjabi bouquet.
Tareefan, composed by Qaran and
sung by Badshah was an instant
crowd favourite
Chairs

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Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali composed AN


the grandiose songs of Padmaavat. Ghoomar,
sung by Shreya Ghoshal and Swaroop Khan,
was the most memorable song of the album
MUSIC STORY

presence felt through small by Sunidhi Chauhan, made


films. Bas tu hi sung by a home in your heart.
Arijit Singh and Jonita
Gandhi was a love ballad. MAY
Likewise, Mohit Chauhan’s The month gave us the
Zaroori bewakoofi was most complete album of the
masti in fine fettle. Raid year – Raazi, Composers
had Tanishk Bagchi Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy found
remixing Nusrat Fateh their mojo back with this
Ali Khan’s cult classics one. Both the male and
Sanu ik pal chain and female versions of Ae
Nit khair manga. Sung by watan, sung by Arijit Singh
the late ustaad’s nephew, and Sunidhi Chauhan
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, the respectively, induced
results were mixed. Amit goose-bumps. Harshdeep
Trivedi’s Jhuk na paunga, Kaur, Vibha Saraf and
sung by Papon, talked Shankar Mahadevan
about the protagonist’s brought out their best in
fight against corruption but the bidaai song Dilbaro
was strangely composed while Arijit superbly
like a romantic song. captured the nuances of
Baaghi 2 had the remixed the haunting title song.
Ek do teen by Sandeep Parmanu, an action thriller,
Shirodkar, which lacked had the soulful Jitni dafa
fizz. It’s standout song sung by newbie singer
was O saathi by Arko, Yasser Desai and composed
which began as a classical by Jeet Ganguly.
prelude by Payal Dev and
later Atif Aslam took over JUNE
the melody. The month brought in the
much-hyped Veere Di
APRIL Wedding. It was a
The pride of the month was fun-filled, frothy
the slow burner October. Punjabi bouquet.
Theher ja, composed by Tareefan,
Abhishek Arora and sung composed by
FA NN

by Armaan Malik, showed


Armaan at his versatile
Qaran and sung
by Badshah
SON
best. Manwa, composed by
Shantanu Moitra and sung
was an instant
crowd favourite.
Y U KE
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KHAN
Standout HITS

Chogada Chaav laaga Dhadak Nain na jodeen Kamariya


(LOVEYATRI) (SUI DHAAGA: MADE (DHADAK) (BADHAAI HO) (STREE)
SINGERS: IN INDIA) SINGERS: SINGERS: SINGERS:
Darshan Raval and SINGERS: Ajay Gogavale & Shreya Ayushmann Khurrana, Aastha Gill, Sachin
Asees Kaur Papon and Ronkini Gupta Ghoshal Neha Kakkar Sanghvi, Jigar Saraiya
COMPOSERS: COMPOSER: COMPOSERS: COMPOSER: and Divya Kumar
Lijo George - DJ Chetas Anu Malik Ajay-Atul Rochak Kohli COMPOSERS:
Sachin-Jigar
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PA TA
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K I Sanju, composed by Vikram Montrose and sung

T I T U by Sukhwinder Singh in his rousing voice along


with Shreya Ghoshal, was appealing g

Daryaa Naino ne baandhi Dooba Dooba Balma Vashmalle


(MANMARZIYAAN) (GOLD) (HELICOPTER EELA) (Pataakha) (THUGS OF
SINGERS: SINGER: SINGERS: SINGERS: HINDOSTAN)
Ammy Virk & Shahid Yasser Desai Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Rekha Bhardwaj and SINGERS:
Mallya COMPOSER: Chauhan Sunidhi Chauhan Sukhwinder Singh
COMPOSER: Arko COMPOSER: COMPOSER: and Vishal Dadlani
Amit Trivedi Amit Trivedi Vishal Bhardwaj COMPOSERS:
Ajay-Atul
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other song, Vaara re,
didn’t create much impact.

AUGUST
SOORMA Fanney Khan was a
mash-up of remixes. Amit
Trivedi added EDM to
maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali
Karwaan had music composed by Prateek Kuhad, Khan’s timeless ghazal
Anurag Saikia, SlowCheetah, Shwetang Shankar and Halka halka. Sunidhi
Chauhan and Divya
Imaad Shah. The infusion of these diverse Indie artistes Kumar did full justice
brought a unique flavour to the OST to it. The film’s anthem
was Tere jaisa tu hai
Laaj sharam, sung by maidan fateh, composed Soorma anthem, sung sung by Monali Thakur.
Jasleen Royal and tuned by Vikram Montrose and by Shankar Mahadevan, The singer brought out
by White Noise, made a sung by Sukhwinder extolled the determination teenage angst full throttle.
lot of noise. Composer Singh in his rousing of the lead actor. Dhadak, Karwaan had music
Shashwat Sachdev’s voice along with Shreya an adaptation of the composed by Prateek
Pappi le loon sung by Ghoshal joining in later, hit Marathi film Sairat, Kuhad, Anurag Saikia,
Sunidhi Chauhan was a was appealing. brought in original SlowCheetah, Shwetang
fun number. The Sanjay composers Ajay-Atul Shankar and Imaad Shah.
Dutt biopic Sanju had the JULY to recreate their magic. The infusion of these
retro Main bhi badhiyaan, July had the sports drama Dhadak, their original diverse Indie artistes
tu bhi badhiyaan sung by Soorma, composed by title composition sung by brought a unique flavour
Sonu Nigam and Sunidhi Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Diljit Ajay Gogavale and Shreya to the OST. Saansein,
Chauhan composed Dosanjh excelled in the Ghoshal, was a layered sung and composed by
by Rohan-Rohan. The folk-inspired love song love ballad going with the Prateek Kuhad, was a
anthem-like Kar har Ishq di baaziyaan. The theme of the film. Their road song while rapper
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non-studio vibe. Balma, Kohli. The winner was
sung by Rekha Bhardwaj Badhaaiyan tenu, a cheeky
and Sunidhi Chauhan, song for the middle-aged
was a folk marriage song. parents-to-be. Brijesh
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on masculinity. Gold was kaam se, sung by Dev and sung by Darshan sung by Sukhwinder
another sports film. Four Negi, Amit Sharma, Raval and Asees Kaur, Singh and Vishal Dadlani,
of its songs had a distinct Meenal Jain was a Ragtaari, composed by Suraiyya sung by Vishal
sports anthem feel. Jaaga nicely wrought qawwali. Tanishk Bagchi and sung and Shreya Ghoshal and
Hindustan, sung by Divya Manmarziyan had 14 by Dev Negi and Yo Yo Manzoor-e-Khuda, sung by
Kumar and composed tracks and boasted of Honey Singh, or Dholida, Shreya, Sunidhi Chauhan
by Sachin-Jigar, stood being one of the most composed by Tanishk and and Sukhwinder had a
out. Stree had music by complete albums by Amit sung by Udit Narayan, larger-than-life appeal.
Sachin-Jigar. Milegi milegi, Trivedi. F for Fyaar by Palak Muchhal, Neha
sung by Mika, was a fun Vicky Kaushal, Mast Ali Kakkar and Raja Hasan, DECEMBER
number. Aao kabhi haveli and Sikander Kahlon had the garba flavour. Shah Rukh Khan starrer
pe, with Amrish Puri’s was a frothy tribute to The songs of AndhaDhun Zero has music by Atul-
famous dialogue, was sung physical love. Daryaa, were composed by Amit Ajay and lyrics by Irshad
with verve by Jigar, Nikita sung by Ammy Virk and Trivedi, Raftaar and Kamil. The score is
Gandhi and Badshah. Shahid Mallya, had a Girish Nakod. They were interwoven with haunting
philosophical vibe. Anu mostly piano-based as and massy tunes (Mera
SEPTEMBER Malik delivered three fab the protagonist was a naam tu, Husn parcham),
Laila Majnu was a love songs for Sui Dhaaga: pianist. The title track, in sync with director
story set in Kashmir. The Made In India. Chaav by Raftaar-Girish Nakod Aanand L Rai’s hatke
music carried the flavour laaga, a love ballad sung and sung by Raftaar, was vision for this musical
of the valley but it was by Papon and Ronkini catchy. The rest served romance. The year signs
highly experimental. Gupta, was the pick as instrumental pieces. off with the quirky score
Niladri Kumar’s Aahista, of the album. Khatar Helicopter Eela had Amit (Aankh mare) of Simmba
sung by Arijit Singh patar by Papon had Trivedi’s Dooba dooba, by Tanishk Bagchi and
and Jonita Gandhi was a wonderful arrangement. sung by Arijit Singh and Lijo George. „
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Aditya is a
child at heart
A creditable career and a credible marriage…
Zarina Wahab has come to own her space, writes Farhana Farook
PHOTOGRAPHS: JITU SAVLANI

She filled in the vacuum left behind by the charming Jaya Bhaduri after her marriage in 1973. The audience,
longing for the girl-next-door they could identify with, found solace in another FTII graduate, Zarina Wahab. Two
films back to back, Chitchor in ’76 and Gharonda in ’77 made Zarina a household name. While one was a rustic
romance of mistaken identities, the other was an urban drama where dreams die before turning concrete. The
music of both has outlived the creators. Ravindra Jain’s Jab deep jale aana and Jaidev’s Tumhe hona ho continue
to be the yardstick in music contests and a throwback at the dusky beauty. Since then Zarina, has had several
Hindi and Malayalam blockbusters to her credit. Just as her affair with the camera is an on-going one, so has been
her unwavering commitment to husband Aditya Pancholi. While the older woman-younger man romance is the
flavour of the season today, the Zarina-Aditya marriage in 1986 was written off by cynics even before the rites were
completed. Today, it has survived rain, hail and storm... Read on to know the musings of the perfect wife…

I
t was when she was in class eight that
Zarina Wahab sought admission in the
Film Institute of India (FTII). Soon
Zarina, hailing from a conservative
Muslim family in Vishakapatnam,
Andhra Pradesh, found herself amidst those
who shared similar dreams. After her stint at
the Pune institute, she came to Mumbai and
stayed as a paying guest at Mount Mary in I’m older
Bandra. One day, someone suggested that she to Aditya by
meet Dev Anand, who was scouting for six years.
young girls to play Zeenat Aman’s sisters People said I
in Ishq Ishq Ishq (1974). “I took along my had ‘phasaoed’
pictures to his office. But Dev saab didn’t
see a single photograph. He just said,
a good-looking
‘I know you have a photogenic face’. Directors boy and that
those days had a camera in their eyes,” she he’d soon leave
beams. The unit headed to Kathmandu for me. They said
PHOTOGRAPH: YOGEN SHAH

the shoot. “He made us newcomers also stay the marriage


in the select hotel where Zeenatji and he
were put up. He was a man of class,” she
wouldn’t last a
says adding, “My first film was with month. Today,
Navketan and so was my last, Hum it’s been 31 Sana, Sooraj, Zarina
and Aditya Pancholi
Naujawan (1985), before I got married.” years
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o With Rakesh called Zarina a ‘bhangan’ given didn’t come her way easily. “Also, I knew
Roshan in Raees her unassuming appearance. my aukat (status). I never wanted to be a
Damad
p With Amol Palekar
She insists it was an endearment top heroine. I just wanted to act. Those days
in Chitchor of sorts. “Raj saab often visited the FTII. we didn’t know what was depression or
q With Amol Palekar Once, he happened to call me ‘bhangan’. frustration,” she says. As luck would have it,
in Gharonda I wondered what he meant. He later she was one day called by veteran filmmaker
r With Mithun explained, ‘I call Waheeda (Rehman) Tarachand Barjatya for an audition. “Only
Chakraborty in
Gupchup bhangan’. I adore Waheedaji and to be three girls were to audition for the lead.
compared to her by Raj Kapoor is the finest Today even for a small role, there are 300
compliment
complim of my life,” she gushes. She girls waiting. Now I can understand the
recallls visiting Waheeda’s house once depression and frustration that young
withh filmmaker Raaj Grover. “Out of aspirants go through,” concedes the actor
sheer naiveté, I told Waheedaji, ‘I’m told who was then signed for Rajshri Productions’
I resemble you’. She politely agreed. Chitchor (1976). It was directed by Basu
Loo oking back, I feel embarrassed. Chatterjee. The film paired her with another
I was nowhere near her. I was a natural, Amol Palekar. “People still recognise
kaali kaluti (dark-skinned)!” me as the Gori tera gaon bada pyaara girl,”
Her fascination for Waheeda she smiles. “Basuda was against make-up.
remains intact even today. “I missed He’d order, ‘Make-up nikalo!’ I’d say,
a heartbeat when I saw Waheedaji ‘Dada, I’m so dark please let me apply
at the premiere of Padmaavat. some na’,” she laughs.
I requested her for a picture. Rekha Another memory she has is of being called
joined us,” she says excitedly unexpectedly by Rajshri Productions for a
showing the photograph in her film. “They gave me a costume asking me to
phone. “When I lived in Bandra, wear it quickly as the set was waiting. When
Rekha
R and I’d go for long walks. She I asked whose clothes they were, nobody was
aught me make-up,” she reveals.
ta ready to answer. Finally, someone said the

r
An actress wanted to do my
role in Sitara. But the makers
made it clear they wanted an
‘innocent looking girl’ and
she didn’t quite meet that
requirement… Even recently,
I was given a script... Later,
I got to know someone else
was doing it

actress of the film was giving them trouble.


ZARINA producer. Jayaji called up the producer and
asked him to cancel the contract. I can never
They had already shot 11 reels with her but
WAHAB’S forget her gesture,” says Zarina.
had to let her go,” she reveals. The film was HIT Her detour in Malayalam films happened
Gopaal Krishna (1979) opposite Sachin SONGS by chance. Salil Chowdhary was giving
Pilgaonkar. Rajshri Productions became her music for a Malayalam film, starring Kamal
second home as she went on to do films like ` Jab deep jale aana Haasan. He suggested Zarina’s name to the
Naiyya (1979), Sawan Ko Aane Do (1979), Movie: Chitchor makers. “On the first day, I couldn’t mouth
Jazbaat (1980) and Dard-E- Dil (1983) with a single word and started crying. I offered
` Gori tera gaon
them. Another film that’s an indispensible to return the signing moment. Kamalji came
bada pyaara
part of her repertoire is Bhimsain’s to my make-up room and urged me to try for
Movie: Chitchor
Gharonda, also with Amol Palekar. a day. He said, ‘You don’t have to dub. Just
Spotlighting a love story gone kaput, it ` Do deewane give the correct lip movement’. I managed
touched a chord in urban audiences in shaher mein to do it,” she shares. The film was the
search of the elusive home. “Gharonda won Movie: Gharonda blockbuster Madanolsavam (1978). She went
me a Filmfare nomination,” she recalls. ` Tumhe hona na ho on to do many Malayalam films including
Zarina was often compared to Jaya Movie: Gharonda Chamaram, Naayattu, Mr. Michael, Palangal,
Bhaduri given her flair for earthy and Sara Varsham, Football and Veedu through
authentic characters. “Those days, I had ` Thodi si zameen the ‘80s. “They’d wrap-up within 15 days
signed a film contract with a particular Movie: Sitara and payment would be prompt. I saved
producer. Not knowing English well, I didn’t ` Sawan ko aane do money bit by bit and bought a one-bedroom
understand the clauses. When I told Jayaji Movie: Sawan Ko Aane Do flat in Mount Mary for 83,000,” she singles
about it, she asked me to get the contract. It out the proud moment.
mentioned that for five years only a ` Yeh saaye hain Her attention being diverted to Malayalam
minimum portion of my earnings would yeh duniya hai films, she lost out on a lot of Hindi films.
come to me. The rest would go to the
Movie: Sitara Also, there were times her roles were taken
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my role in Sitara (1980). But the makers
made it clear they wanted an ‘innocent
looking girl’ and she didn’t quite meet
that requirement,” she recalls how she
had almost lost the Mithun Chakraborty
starrer. Recently, she lost out on a good
role too. “The makers said that they
had me in mind for the role. I was
given the script; I have it with me even
now. I went through it, I underlined
my dialogue… But when I didn’t hear
from them, I enquired, only to know
someone else was doing it,” she
smiles wryly. “What was not in my n
destiny, I had to lose. But I’ve never o
snatched anyone else’s role.”
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o With Dr Sriram

Z
arina has had a stellar career in Lagoo in Gharonda person. Till date, I’ve never heard him gossip
television too with shows like p Gopaal Krishna or badmouth anyone. I love that about him.
Maayka, Zaara – Pyaar Ki He helps people without letting anyone
Saugat, Virrudh, Ek Kiran Roshni know.” It upsets her when he’s defamed.
Ki and Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Aditya’s a “Some people have used him like an ATM
Hai. In the past decade, she was seen in clean-hearted card.” She deals with rumours of his link-
notable roles in films like My Name Is Khan, ups with rare detachment. “I don’t question
Rakta Charitra, Agneepath, Vishwapooram
person. I’ve him. I’m not the one to fight. Whatever he
and Dil Dhadakne Do, as also Malayalam never heard does outside is his lookout. Don’t get it
films like Adaminte Makan Abu and And him gossip or home. When he comes home, he’s a good
The Oscar Goes To. She’s looking forward to badmouth husband, a good father. That’s all that
the release of Dheeraj Pandit’s Junction matters,” says she.
Varanasi. “Sometimes, I’m called to audition anyone. He Earlier it was said that Aditya could sleep
for a particular role. After so many years of helps people only if he had curled his fingers around
work, it sounds disgusting. Earlier, I had without Zarina’s bangles. To that she laughs and says,
to work. Today I want to work. That’s the “That was in the beginning. Not anymore.
difference. Work is oxygen for me. I’m a
letting anyone How long can one romance? In fact, now
workaholic. Even if I work for 10 days a know… Some I often sleep in the other room as he keeps
month, I’m happy,” she explains. people have watching sports at night.” She appreciates
Coming to her personal life, in the ’80s, used him like the freedom he’s given her. “He never stops
Nari Hira was producing a video film for me from working. He doesn’t inquire about
Hiba Films titled Kalank Ka Tika (1986).
an ATM my remuneration. He lets me travel and
That changed Zarina’s life forever. “Adit itya card arrangges everything for me.” Even today,
(Pancholi) and I fell in love while shootting Zarinaa often takes off to Hyderabad. “There
it. Within 15 days we got married. My I enjoyy watching Telugu films and taking
mother was upset as it was an inter-castte long wwalks around the Charminar,” she says.
marriage. I told her, ‘You’re a devout Shee’s been a devoted mother to son/actor
Muslim. Don’t you believe that nothing Soorajj Pancholi and daughter Sana. She’s
happens without God’s will?’ She had no n confiddent that the cloud over Sooraj will
answer to that,” recounts Zarina. “I’m pass aaway soon and he will emerge clean
older to Aditya by six years. People said d from tthe legal ennui. “I want him as a son in
I had ‘phasaoed’ a good-looking boy and all myy lifetimes. He’s never raised his voice
that he’d leave me soon. In fact, they saaid the even oonce,” she says softly adding, “I guess,
marriage wouldn’t last a month. Today, it’s God teests his favourites,” she reflects. Right
been 31 years,” she says with pride. The two now th he small joys matter to her. “Having
have survived a roller-coaster relationsh hip dinneer with the children or taking off to Goa
– Aditya’s penchant for flying off the ha andle with the family makes me happy. And now
being a staple of gossip columns. “His my passion for playing Candy Crush has
temper has become notorious. His minu us take
en over my obsession of cleaning the
point overshadows his plus points. But at cup
pboard,” she breaks into laughter. „

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Sana Shaikh) must grow up nurturing the suggested I watch Katrina brawny machismo avatar to play a part that
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Clive hires a thug named Firangi Malla now has a better IMDB of the pilgrim town. It’s viewed from
rating than TOH(3.6).
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the rebel’s gang, win his trust and then hindsight, Vijay Krishna Dharam Pandey (Sunny Deol), who faces
backstab him. Acharya. a moral dilemma and penury owing to the
A promising plot that collaborates @catchupwithsid degradation of values. Deol is dead against
the two superstars for the first time is Watched TOH despite the videshis who visit Benares under the
let down by juvenile writing, pedestrian bad reviews. I deserve pretext of learning but engage in bhog
severe punishment.
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RAJINI ROCKS
The 2.0 phenomenon continues to grab eyeballs, what with 623.19 crores worldwide in its pocket. Industry
pundits predict that the Hindi version of the Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer itself might touch 200 crores.
With a budget of 500 crores, it needs these kinds of numbers to turn in a profit. Kedarnath, with its fresh
pairing and disaster scenario, was able to make inroads and make an above average opening. Sunny Deol starrer
Mohalla Assi and Bhaiaji Superhit sadly lacked punch.

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COLLECTION ` 1.60cr COLLECTION ` 4.25cr COLLECTION ` 139.75cr
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DIRECTOR: Chandraprakash Dwivedi DIRECTOR: Neeraj Pathak DIRECTOR: S Shankar


CAST: Sunny Deol, Ravi Kishan, Sakshi CAST: Sunny Deol, Preity Zinta, Arshad CAST: Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar,
Tanwar, Saurabh Shukla, Mukesh Tiwari, Warsi, Shreyas Talpade, Ameesha Patel, Amy Jackson, Sudhanshu Pandey,
Rajendra Gupta Jaideep Ahlawat Adil Hussain
RELEASE DATE: November 16, 2018 RELEASE DATE: November 23, 2018 RELEASE DATE: November 29, 2018
RAPID REVIEW: A film made on RAPID REVIEW: A comedy with Sunny Deol RAPID REVIEW: A follow up to Shankar’s
Dr Kashi Nath Singh’s popular Hindi in a double role superhit Robot (2010)
novel Kashi Ka Assi VIEWER’S VERDICT: VIEWER’S VERDICT:
VIEWER’S VERDICT: “The “It was funny “The special effects
film did raise some in parts.” were mind-blowing.”
relevant issues.” - Deepak Sutar, 26, - Dhiraj Shemlani, 34,
- Sagar C, 36, computer maintenance businessman
creative director

KEDARNATH
` 27.75cr
FIRST WEEKEND
COLLECTION
DIRECTOR: Abhishek Kapoor
CAST: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan, Nitish Bharadwaj
RELEASE DATE: December 7, 2018
RAPID REVIEW: A love story set against the
backdrop of Kedarnath floods
VIEWER’S VERDICT: “Sara is a star
to watch out for.”
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Shatrughan
Sinha’s

Rapid Super villain: Shakti Kapoor

fire The good bad man: Gulshan Grover

If you were given a couple the toughest laws and country. Who, according
ticket to the moon and measures possible. to you, would be most fit
back, whom would you for the PM’s post?
PHOTOGRAPH: MEETESH TANEJA

choose as your companion What’s the secret behind Amit Loiwal, Baroda
and why? the visibly white teeth of Instead of running the
Rohan Mahtani, Pune filmstars? country, running around
Generally, what appeals Abhijit Ghosh, 24 Parganas the country would be
to a married man is the Paisa pheko tamasha more desirable for movie
illegal or a woman married dekho. Just shell out the stars. However, as to who
to someone else. I’m sure big bucks and get anything amongst them could be
you’re intelligent enough done. White teeth, black considered for the PM’s
to understand and also hair, colourful life… post then I’ll suggest the
married to find an answer man of character, the
to that. The government has favourite of women, the
formulated many laws saintly Shakti Kapoor. Or
If work is worship, what in favour of women to the good ‘bad man’, the
is the religion of the protect them against man of dignity, character
unemployed? assualt from the opposite and credibility - Gulshan
Laj Khemlani, Pune gender. Of late, many Grover. These two match
Struggles, hope and women seem to misuse the present scenario
prayers. them, taking advantage of perfectly.
this law. Comment.
Should rape scenes be Preetha Rengaswamy, Chennai Before the last assembly
banned in movies? Sadly, in some cases this elections in UP, the Modi
Santosh Joshi, Sangli is true as we’ve seen in the government introduced
Why movies only, recent past. It’s certainly notebandi. What can he
they must be banned not in good taste as some do before the general
everywhere and dealt women are misusing them elections in 2019?
with an iron hand. With and making things difficult JP Singh Kaka, Mumbai
for some. We pray for a better India,
a better future under the
What’s more important in a woman’s life – If we had a ruling political leadership of better people.
a man’s heart or his wallet? party of movie stars, Instead of ‘Congress mukt
Karan Nangia, Gurgaon would they be able to do Bharat’ as declared earlier
These days the wallet works for women as well as men. a good job of running the by some people with
1st Prize
‘Cocktail eyes’, ‘Bedroom eyes’, ‘Shotgun’, ‘Lady-
killer’ – why were these epithets given to you?
Abhijit Ghosh, 24 Parganas
Well, I hope no one dislikes my eyes. You may envy
them but don’t feel jealous. Shotgun is the short form
for Shatrughan and an appropriate name given for the
characters I played in films. By the way, Shotgun and
other such expressions can be attributed to the famous
intellectual Shobha De, who was the editor of a popular
film magazine during the peak of my stardom. Shobha
De is the mother of the title Shotgun. So, rest of the
queries should be directed to her.

2nd Prize
Who in your opinion is the No.1 hero of the year?
Abhijit Ghosh, 24 Parganas
Inspite of EVMs, arrogance and non-performance and
despite the ‘suit boot ki sarkar jumlebaazi’, and non-
Social message: Badhaai Ho fulfilment of promises, it’s still our honourable Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, till mid 2019 at least.
arrogance, it shouldn’t position), a prerequisite
turn out to be Bhajapa set by lawmakers
mukt Bharat. themselves? world go around. We fall Made In India, Badhaai
Kalyani on email in love and are saved by its Ho… Your take on that?
Why do Bollywood Educational qualification safety net. R Ramakrishnan, Mulund
heroines marry cricket for politicians? Are you Excellent. They all send
players? joking? They wouldn’t be Does regret beget regret? across a social message.
Santosh Joshi, Miraj in politics if you insist Neeraj Sabharwal, Chandigarh Such exposure spreads
Aren’t they adults? Let on that. Haven’t you Not at all. Regret for a awareness and motivates
them pick, choose and learnt something from moment or two is fine and people to bring reform in
marry anyone of their the top leaders as to how gives you the inspiration to their motherland through
choice. things are managed and move on. From there you entertainment. It’s a
manipulated. No wonder, can go anywhere you wish welcome change.
Why don’t politicians politics is referred to as for a better future.
need any educational ‘dirty’. It follows no rules.
(Feature co-ordinated by
qualification even when Of late the audience has DEVESH SHARMA)
a minimum educational If the world is round how started appreciating Please note: The column doesn’t
qualification is required come we don’t fall off? content and message reflect Shatrughan Sinha’s political
to apply for a government Santosh Bhatia, Panchkula driven films like Toilet - Ek or personal views. His answers are
job (even for the lowest Because love makes the Prem Katha, Sui Dhaaga: given in jest and humour.

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