Actor Ankit Rathi who made a mark with impactful performances in Bollywood films like Fukrey, Singham 2 and 3 Storeys, is all geared up for his next release as the male lead. The film’s teaser and poster garnered great response, putting it on the must watch list in January 2021. Ankit will be seen playing the role of Salman, who is a quintessential Hyderabadi boy, who discovers himself while discovering love. Continue reading “After 3 Storeys, Ankit Rathi gears up for his next Hindi feature film Bolo Hau”
Actress Shalini Panday known for her impactful performance in Gujarati film Rachna No Dabbo is basking in glory for the feedback received for her recently released project- Dwand. Dwand is a short film released on Pocket films- a family drama where Shalini plays the role of a lower-middle-class girl who is bold and has always dreamt big and was made to believe that she is beautiful, intelligent, and different and that she deserves a worthy husband. When her marriage happens contrary to her expectations, she begins to contemplate her decisions and takes certain steps which eventually affect the entire family.Continue reading “Shalini Panday shines in the short film Dwand”
What started as a film editors journey for Jahnavi Dhanrajgir has now turned into her Bollywood debut in an upcoming Hindi Feature Film Bolo Hau- a ‘Mazedaar Love Story with Hyderabadi Tadka’, directed by her father and yesteryear actor Tarun Dhanrajgir who played the role of Mr. Darcy in the Indian remake of Pride and Prejudice which aired on Doordarshan in 1985. In Bolo Hau, Jahnavi will be seen playing the role of Rukhsar who is a young, vivacious girl of today and although born into conservative nawab family, she’s a strong person with a mind of her own. Jahnavi has been an assistant editor on superhit Bollywood films like Gunday and Kick and worked as an assistant director on Sultan. Jahnavi is not just the lead actress in Bolo Hau but also the film’s editor. Continue reading “Film Editor Jahnavi Dhanrajgir to make her acting debut in Bolo Hau”
Armaan Khera is an Indian film, TV and theatre actor who has also worked as a voice artist and has recently recently featured on a hit single known as ‘No Time’ by Vylom. He made his acting career in Mumbai with his first role as ‘Vidhaan’ in Ashutosh Gowariker’s ‘Everest’ which aired on Star Plus, globally. Most recently Armaan featured as Jassi in Bejoy Nambiar’s ‘Taish’ which is now streaming on Zee5.Continue reading “I’m Still Ready for More Work on Taish if Bejoy Sir Wants to Add Anything In…: Says Actor Armaan Khera”
Actor and Singer Armaan Khera whose latest outing, Taish is receiving rave reviews is on a career high. The actor not only has meaty role in ensemble cast film but also sung a track and written lyrics for it.Continue reading “If Bejoy Sir asks you to jump off a cliff, you jump and make it look sexy ‘: Says Actor Armaan Khera”
British song writer and singer of Indian origina, Shayan Italia has been getting noticed for his interesting work of late. Here’s an excerpt from a conversation with the talented artist.Continue reading “I Write for Myself and the Situations Around Me….: In Conversation with Singer-Song Writer Shayan Italia”
Actor Ankur Rathee who is currently geared up for his next big release, Taish excitedly recounts his experience shooting with Bejoy Nambiar. Rathee will be playing the role of a British Indian young man who discovers a secret about his fiancé amidst the chaos of their own wedding. Add to their precarious situation an emotionally tumultuous family and you get the revenge drama that is Taish.
Recalling how he bagged the role, Ankur said, “I got a call from Karan Mally and Nandini Shrikent, who recently cast me in Thappad. Bejoy liked my audition and asked to meet, but a few days prior I badly sprained my ankle playing basketball, ironically, with Jim Sarbh who had to carry me off the court! I remember limping my way into Bejoy’s office and awkwardly sitting with my crutches. He narrated the film and his enthusiasm was infectious. I felt transported.”
Ankur describes working with Bejoy Nambiar a dream come true. He said, “Bejoy gives a lot of creative liberty to his actors which is refreshing. It made us feel like it was just as much our story to tell as it was his. I remember there was one scene where Pulkit Samrat, Jim Sarbh, and I started improvising and building little moments that weren’t in the script. We just kept playing off of each other and Bejoy kept rolling. He would encourage that kind of experimentation, but also knew when to help us reel it back. His trust in us fed into our faith in him“.
Recently Ankur gave memorable performances in Thappad, Four More Shots Please, Undekhi, and Made in Heaven. The actor has worked with renowned directors like Bejoy Nambiar, Anubhav Sinha, and now Nagesh Kuknor on his next. Ankur said, “Whenever I’m mesmerized by a film I always tell myself ‘I want to work with this director’. You say that enough times and you end up with a wish list of filmmakers that have really pushed the boundaries of Indian cinema. I’m so grateful to God that as my career progresses, one by one I’m checking off directors from my wish list.”
The actor is currently busy shooting for Nagesh Kukunoor’s next and promoting Taish which is due to release on 29th October. Also in the pipeline is Rishi Deshpande’s much-awaited Marathi film, ‘Nirmal En Route’ which stars Ankur Rathee as the male lead actor.
Harshita Shekhar Gaur who’s super thrilled with the views and feedback the trailer of Mirzapur 2 is receiving, spoke about her offline bond with her on-screen brother Ali Fazal. The trailer of the much-awaited show Mirzapur season 2 is out, launched at a virtual press conference. Harshita, who plays Dimpy, Guddu Bhaiya’s (Ali Fazal) and Bablu Bhaiya’s (Vikrant Massey), sister in the crime thriller Mirzapur revealed that the on-screen brother-sister duo have actually developed a sibling bond in real life as well. Continue reading “Ali and me share a Libran connection says, Mirzapur Actress Harshita Gaur”
A trained dancer and actor, Aneesha Joshi has worked in films like Simran and Padmaavat in the past, before getting noticed in Iram Parveen Bilal‘s international film, “I’ll Meet You There” which is currently doing the film festival round. Here’s an excerpt of a conversation we had with her recently.
Tell us about your upcoming movie ‘I’ll Meet You There’ ? How was it working with Parveen Bilal?
I was lucky enough to book the role of “I’ll meet you there” through a self tape audition that I did from Mumbai! I have a fantastic agent in Los Angeles who really made sure they saw my tape!The genre of this film is a lovely coming of age drama that highlights the trials and lessons of finding the balance between one’s cultural expectations and dreams. The character of Sarah was lovely. She’s the anchor to her more courageous and brave friend Dua, who is on a mission to uncover more of her mysterious past. To prepare for the role I spoke at length with the director before rolling and kept an open dialogue with my co actors to leave moments of discovery throughout! My experience of shooting for I’ll Meet You There was wonderful. It was so inspiring to be among South Asian women in Hollywood, all representing our culture proudly and through such nuanced performances.
You have worked as an assistant makeup artist for the short film ‘100: The Tribute’! Tell us about your journey from being a make-up artist to playing a lead actor in Duane Adler’s ‘Heartbeats’?
My job as a makeup artist during 100: the tribute (directed by Raashi Desai and Siddhi Sundar) was a very fun experience. I was still studying at BU at the time and went down to New Jersey to assist! My sister was the lead actress of the film so it felt very close to home, creative, and collaborative!
You are a trained classical dancer! Is there any upcoming song cover you are working on next?
Classical dance is an art form extremely close to my heart. I have been training in various forms since the age of 4! I’m always on the hunt for fun songs to cover, when the right one inspires me I’ll be sure to shoot it!
You work with both the industries don’t you find it hectic and how do you manage to get through it?
The world is growing increasingly small these days. I have some great role models who have managed to navigate working in both India and America with so much finesse. I will always go where work takes me and remain open minded! A little sense of adventure is what makes life worth living after all!
What is your take on nepotism?
Nepotism is a hot topic in India of late. While I understand both sides of the argument, I’m a firm believer that no matter what, talent eventually prevails. A newcomer with no industry connections shouldn’t be axed from conversations if they have the talent! Unfortunately star children are under a tremendous amount of scrutiny which can also be difficult to navigate. If studios and producers are fair and partial, we might however see a wider variety of performers in leading roles.
Upcoming projects you’re working on?
I have a few exciting projects coming up that I’m unfortunately unable to comment on, hoping to get back to work on them as soon as the state of emergency is lifted, as I’m sure many of us are!