In Conversation

The many shades of Bulbul

Actor-filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar’s latest acting outing in the digital short Bulbul is already creating the right buzz. She tells Box Office India what attracted her to this unusual story How did this film come about? The long version of

Shades of Black

Actor Vijay Verma tells Suranjana Biswas about the life-altering choices he had to make in real life, much like his character in his upcoming release Monsoon Shootout What was your instinctive reaction when you were offered the role of a

Taking Aim

Filmmaker Amit Kumar, whose long-in-waiting film Monsoon Shootout is set to release next week, tells Suranjana Biswas the Indian audience is finally ready to watch his film   Monsoon Shootout was screened at Cannes in 2013. Why did it take

Write On Top

Veteran screenwriter Anjum Rajabali, jury member of Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest, tells Soumita Sengupta why writers must stand by their vision Tell us about Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest? Cinestaan has launched the biggest script contest that we have

“I let the subject lead the way”

Filmmaker Devashish Makhija has been getting rave reviews for his edgy film Ajji. He tells Box Office India why he has always explored different genres What is the response you are receiving, post-release? Since I have started working on my

“The chance to touch people’s hearts is irresistible”

Tanuja Chandra, who returned with her latest directorial Qarib Qarib Singlle after almost a decade, in conversation with Suranjana Biswas

Legacy & Luxury

When a historic landmark like Metro Cinema that has stood the test of time in the world of Hindi cinema, and a leading multiplex chain like INOX come together, something spectacular is bound to happen. Talking about this wonderful fusion,

‘‘Casting me in this film was a risk that paid off’’

Manav Kaul has been receiving rave reviews for his performance alongside Vidya Balan in the endearing movie Tumhari Sulu. Kaul, who says he is overwhelmed by the feedback he’s been receiving, tells Suranjana Biswas all about his journey with this

Fright Club

Debutant director Milind Rao talks to Bhakti Mehta about his first foray in tinsel town with The House Next Door and his love for the world of horror The critics liked it, horror buffs appreciated it but the rest of

“I have my eyes on different genres”

Abhay Chopra made his directorial debut with last week’s thriller Ittefaq. He tells Suranjana Biswas why these are good times we’re living in How does it feel to be acknowledged for your first film? I wrote this film many years

The Transformer

Meher Vij has delivered an award-winning performance in Secret Superstar. Here, she tells Suranjana Biswas how she changed from being hyper in real life to a docile wife on screen   What was the brief you were given about the

Audition Addiction

Abhishek Banerjee and Anmol Ahuja are among the youngest casting directors in the industry, receiving applause for their work in the recently released Secret Superstar. The duo talk to us about their process and journey Soumita Sengupta What was the

“I wanted to make a light-hearted period drama”

Firangi director Rajiev Dhingra on why his film is special BOI: How did you conceive the idea of Firangi? I was greatly inspired by the writings of Munshi Prem Chand. During that period, stories were very innocent and captured the

“Golmaal is one of the most secure sets, ever”

z Shreyas Talpade takes us behind the scenes of Golmaal Again!!!, the latest instalment in the much-loved Golmaal franchise. The actor talks to Bhakti Mehta about the challenges he faced while making the film, coming off a lull phase and

“I brought a little improvisation and a lot of energy to my role”

Kunal Kemmu reflects on Rohit Shetty’s hit madcap drama, Golmaal Again!!! and tells Bhakti Mehta what makes the series a smashing success What was the transition like, going from the third film to the fourth one after seven years? In

Lucky’ Boy, Again!!!

Tusshar Kapoor talks to Suranjana Biswas on how his character has evolved across the Golmaal franchise and how he got into the skin of Lucky once again   Your character Lucky has become extremely popular over the years. What was

‘‘Why not Golmaal?’’

  Powerhouse distributor and producer, Mangal Murti Films founder Sangeeta Ahir tells Bhakti Mehta about cracking the code in tinsel town with her latest film production Golmaal Again!!!  When you spend two decades in the film industry as a leading

It’s going to pay to be loyal at the movies

     Cinema experience pioneer Sanjeev Bijli has created another first for India — a cinema loyalty program to build a relationship of a lifetime with their consumers and enable customer centricity within PVR. In this conversation with Bhakti Mehta,

Anupam Kher & Rashmin Majithia talk about Ranchi Diaries

Anupam Kher turns mentor and gives a chance to debutant director Sattwik Mohanty who has made the youth-centric movie Ranchi Diaries. In this conversation with Bhakti Mehta, Kher, along with his co-producer Rashmin Majithia, talks about the film and their young team

Yunus Sajawal: I Can’t Write Comedy Thinking About Logic

  Screenwriter Yunus Sajawal slams his critics and vows to write more slapstick cinema even as his film Judwaa 2 continues to deliver box office gold for a success-starved industry The critics haven’t exactly warmed up to Judwaa 2 yet

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