“It was a challenge to base the song on a guy”

Ahmed Khan is a name to reckon with in Bollywood. With blockbusters Rangeela, Ghulam, Satya, Taal to Salaam Namaste in his kitty, theis choreographer-turned-director is once again in the news for re-choreographing Sridevi’s chartbuster, Na jaane kahaan se aayi hai

“India had no specific courses for art direction, till a certain point”

An avid film buff, Punita Grover never thought she would be associated with movies. But fate had other plans for her. After a stint in advertising, she went on to showcase her talent in art direction with films like Kaminey

“Kai Po Che helped me get rid of all my inhibitions and fears about cinema”

Hailing from a family of art directors, it was a natural progression for Sonal Sawant to join films. With several short films to her credit, it was Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che that shot her to fame Background My father

“Kai Po Che got me the recognition”

Manav Kaul came to Mumbai almost a decade ago with a dream. A versatile actor, he began writing, directing and also dabbled with theatre eventually launching Aranya, his own theatre group. First Break As an actor my first film was

“I am very choosy about the films that I do”

From studying fine arts to learning cinematography, Anay Goswamy is a very selective person when it comes to work. He doesn’t select films randomly. The script and the director’s vision must inspire him. And if these factors don’t stimulate him,

“Without Remo I wouldn’t have reached where I am today”

Hailing from a non-filmy background, Jayesh Pradhan worked hard to reach where he is today

“The challenge was learning a crazy dance in just six months”

Noorin Sha hails from a filmy background but she made it a point to find her own space in this industry. After she was rejected for Dance India Dance, Sha never once thought her dream would come true Background I

“Every performer has an actor within”

Salman Yusuff Khan is not new to the art, and everyone loves him as a dancer. Now Khan shows his fans that he can act too Two ‘Right’ Feet This is going to sound very clichéd but I’ve been dancing

“Struggling taught me never to lose hope”

Dharmesh Yelande aka Dharmesh sir, became a household name when he auditioned for Dance India Dance Season 2. When Yelande came to Mumbai, he had dreamt of being a background dancer. And then ABCD – AnyBody Can Dance happened… Background

“An editor’s work should go unnoticed”

Dipika Kalra is not a newbie to the trade although her big break in feature films came relatively recently Initial days Despite procuring a degree in editing, I struggled to find work in the industry. Back in college, I had

“Editing is not a stepping stone to direction”

Sanyukta Kaza shopped around for editing courses and tried out many before she found a foothold in the industry with Ship of Theseus Education After I graduated, I enrolled at the FTII, Pune, where I specialised in video editing. I

“An editor can define the fate of a film”

From working at a Pizza joint to editing films, Pranav Dhiwar is a self-made Bollywood professional. Before he landed Dabangg, he did a crash course in film editing and was lucky to land a job as an editor soon enough

“The need of the hour is to experiment and take risks”

For the last five years, the whole industry has been buzzing with the claim that ‘content is king’ and that experimentation with it has been a work in progress. Unfortunately, we still have not explored this enough and carved a

“Our films are slowly transcending international borders”

Are Indian art house films making their presence felt in the overseas markets?

“Indian indie films don’t have a market in India or overseas”

Bollywood’s preoccupation with star-driven films and profits has totally eclipsed independent cinema. But are Indian art house films making their presence felt in the overseas markets? In Spotlight this week, Sagorika Dasgupta finds out Manjeet Singh Film: Mumbai Cha Raja Background I

“Why the obsession with going West?”

Bollywood’s preoccupation with star-driven films and profits has totally eclipsed independent cinema. But are Indian art house films making their presence felt in the overseas markets? In Spotlight this week, Sagorika Dasgupta finds out Filmmaker: Priya Krishnaswamy Film: Gangoobai Background My

“People assume that a couple of stage shows make them actors”

Like many others, Rajeev Gupta had to forego his passion for acting to concentrate on his family business. But destiny had other plans Background I am originally from Delhi and was involved with theatre since my college days. But I

“An actor’s life lasts till the next new face is discovered”

Despite being a software engineer, Imran Hasnee knew he wanted to act. He started with television and moved to films. After Paan Singh Tomar, Hasnee has finally found his foothold in the industry Background I dabbled in amateur theatre while

“The industry has changed and at least we are paid now”

After doing theatre for 17 years, Brijendra Kala is a known face on celluloid. With film Paan Singh Tomar the actor’s histrionics have come to the fore Background I was born and raised in Mathura and I always knew I

“Working With Animation Is Like Slowing Down Time”

I grew up drawing and sketching and this led me to the National Institute of Design

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