Casting A Web
She’s always ready to try something different, whether it’s in her choice of roles or venturing into the relatively new world of web series. The talented and fearless Swara Bhaskar tells Hi! Blitz why she was drawn to a story about extra-marital affairs and the one dream role she’s still hankering for.
It’s her passion for wine that has seen Cecilia Oldne move from Sweden to Mumbai, where she’s now been based for ten years, as VP of Marketing and Global Brand Ambassador of Sula Vineyards. In an interview with Hi! Blitz, she talks about how the energy of the city drives her and the many wonders like yoga that India’s exposed her to.
They’ve both been known for their sense of style, good looks and plenty of chutzpah. Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Arora Ladak have through the years tried their hand at veejaying, films and are now enjoying the role of motherhood and ladies who lunch. In a freewheeling chat with Farhad J Dadyburjor, the glamorous sister-duo take a nostalgic trip down memory lane while talking about how their relationship has evolved over the years, what’s the most annoying habit of each other and the individual relationships they share with their brother-in-law.
Small Bites, Big Gains
Having been in the profession of suggesting healthy eating portions to the conscious eaters in the City of Joy for a decade, Hena Nafis has now launched Eat Good Food café as a destination for healthy indulgence and a haven for guilt-free eating. She insists her project is the harbinger of a huge future trend in health eateries.
Akshay Kumar: I Am A Feminist!!
While he’s undoubtedly wowed us on the big screen with his daredevilry and rakish looks, off-screen too we can’t help but be secretly charmed by Akshay Kumar. For being the couple of picture-perfectness after 15 years of marriage to Twinkle Khanna, bursting with pride whenever he talks about his kids or being vehement about his views on gender equality. In a candid interview with Farhad J Dadyburjor, the superstar talks about what makes him a feminist, about his relationship with his kids and why he doesn’t consider anyone from Bollywood a fitness icon.
Koffee At Kochi
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale has triggered offa tourism renaissance in Kerala. Already famous globally for its ayurveda charms, the biennale has ironically caught the attention of the Indian traveller many of whom are hotfooting there for the spectacular art on display. So if you are a biennale visitor what else should you soak in? Kochi junkie Priti Mahajan leads you from the fort to the backwaters.
The magical city of Krakow is one of Poland’s oldest and largest cultural strongholds that abounds with everything from history and food to some stellar museums and basilicas, discovers Raul Dias on a winter trip in and around the city that sits on the banks of the Vistula River.
Valentine's Day Tripping
Dominic Costabir dips into his tried and tested haversack of cues to help you plot the perfect romantic escapade.
Jacqueline Fernandez On Her Journey To Stardom
Diplomatic to a fault and not one to ruffle feathers, the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez has made firm inroads into Bollywood in just seven years, always laughing and flashing her 100-watts smile for the camera. But, in an interview with Farhad J Dadyburjor, the actress says that it is this very positivity that has been the most misunderstood thing about her, whilst also talking about the hardships of her journey in Bollywood as an outsider and her plans for soon opening a restaurant in Mumbai.
The Mad Extravagance
Glittering, risqué, rebellious and just plain fun, the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria unfolds like a dramatized fairytale for adults. The almost month-long carnival propels the viewer into a magical world of beautiful carnival queens, drag queens, costume parties and street parades.
In the Desi Race
Tom von Bonsdorffhas worked with Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars around the world, and currently as Managing Director of Volvo Auto India is based in Delhi. In a chat with Hi! Blitz he talks about the very first car he bought, the peculiarities that come with the Indian car market and what he loves the most about Delhi.
Preserving A Legacy
Rukmini Varma was born in 1940 into one of its most ancient royal houses. Titled Her Highness Bharani Tirunal Rukmini Bayi Tampuran, Fourth Princess of Travancore, she is the great great granddaughter of Raja Ravi Varma, a master painter, venerated to this day as the Father of Modern Art in India. Now at the age of 76, Rukmini Varma, after a hiatus of 25 long years, has finally emerged from her shell to join art promoter and gallerist Gitanjali Maini in establishing the Raja Ravi Varma Heritage Foundation.
From the small town of Bareilly to the bright lights of Bollywood, Disha Patani has fast become one of the hottest newcomers to watch for post the success of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Now starring opposite Jackie Chan, Bollywood’s newest ingénue tells Farhad J Dadyburjor about how life has changed, her fashion inspirations and a certain Tiger in her life.
Dutch to Desi
Natascha Chadha along with Marlies Bloemendaal is behind the funky co-working space in Mumbai, Ministry of New. Half-Dutch half-Indian, Natascha has been a journalist, copywriter and even acted in improv comedy. She tells Hi! Blitz about the challenges of settling into a new culture and how India has been a creative force.
Aditi in Wonderland
Six years in the industry and still awaiting her breakthrough role, things are about to massively change for the beauteous Aditi Rao Hydari as she gears up to star in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil language romantic drama Kaatru Veliyidai and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati. In a candid interview with Farhad J Dadyburjor, the actress talks about the predatory nature of the fi lm industry, how she wishes she’d had a more loving relationship with her father and the most upsetting part of the rumoured link-up with Farhan Akhtar.
Club Med Kani, Maldives
Turquoise, cyan, azure, periwinkle, pantone, ultramarine—are some of the myriad colours at the Club Med Kani, a stunning private island in Maldives. Tucked away in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the colours continue as you enter this place through the warm sun-kissed brown sand and the swaying green coconut palms that lead you to this oasis.
Ranveer Singh: Bollywood's Don Quixote
In an industry falling apart financially at the seams, you sometimes need an entity like Ranveer Singh to remind you of the joyous madness of the movies and why we watch them. He’s the Don Quixote of Hindi cinema, playing out his heart, body and mind, always delivering the unexpected, keeping the audience hooked for the next act, the constantly performing artiste of our times. In this interview with Shalini Sharma the actor talks about how a career threatening health scare liberated him from fear and judgment and empowered him with the conviction that he can do anything he wants.
The Raj in Nainital
A wee bit away from the hustle bustle of Nainital lies a heritage homestay called Abbotsford, owned by Jahnavi Prasada. A gloriously pretty retreat, it is full of tales of the colonial days of the Raj and has quickly become a haven for writers yearning for creative rejuvenation.
The Lost Garden
Deo Bagh, a luxury heritage property run by the Neemrana group near Gwalior, is not just a weekend getaway for city dwellers. Owned by Sardar Dhananjayrao Jadhav and his wife, Uma Raje, of the erstwhile princely state of Gwalior, it is a beautiful throwback to the magnificent days of yore.
Restored and refurbished from the brink of destruction, Ajay Rawla has made The Rajbari Bawali, a 350-year-old heritage mansion, a fitting getaway for all those looking for peace, serenity and luxury in the corridors of history.
the royal spa
if you’re a new age hipster, eager to imbibe and experience the wonders of india’s ancient health heritage, you could take a short drive from delhi into that magnificence called the itc grand bharat. it is the repository of india’s indigenous wellness sciences, all luxuriously packaged to revive the exhausted body and mind.
the outsider powers in
it was her successful turns as a supporting actress that not only brought her critical acclaim but also led swara bhaskar to her first solo hit, nil battey sannata. not one to hold back her opinions, she tells hi! blitz how directors undervalued her potential in the past, about getting thrown out of a film once and facing the brunt of a sexist industry.
the non conformist
she’s been tasting both commercial and critical success of late with a rollcall of films like kabali, phobia and parched, making radhika apte the girl of the moment. but the actress tells hi! blitz why she’s deciding to take a break from films and how she’s turned the notion of a married actress not getting work upside down on its head.
parineeti chopra has reinvented herself, in a slimmer, fitter avatar—with her extreme weight loss causing much buzz around her. in a candid tête-à-tête with farhad j dadyburjor, the actress talks about the fear that’s crept in when she gains a kilo or two, how her last two flops were a blessing in disguise, and the one guy in bollywood she’s besotted by.
The Raw Truth
Handloom has become the most emotive word in fashion circles. Fashion weeks are built around the theme and social media has taken to the cause with alacrity. Shalini Sharma meets the poster boy of revivalism Sanjay Garg, whose brand Raw Mango gave a whole new contemporary spin to handloom sarees. In this interview the designer warns against the dangers of glib revivalism, cautioning that the biggest victims of the handloom frenzy could ironically turn out to be the weavers themselves.
Je t'aime, Bangalore!
Masala dosa is his favourite breakfast; Hampi his favourite travel destination. Ace hairstylist Patrick Bezza tells Hi! Blitz how he fell in love with Bangalore, one rickshaw ride at a time.
While the brother is a flourishing restaurateur, the sister is a talented jewellery designer. Hi! Blitz meets Shagun and Dishi Somani and finds that the siblings are each other’s back-up squad.
Healthy & Happy
Sahibba K Anand and Ruhani Mitter are creative, enterprising and health freaks. These two pretty sisters have grown up in a household that always swears by health and fitness, games and outdoor activities, eating right and looking good naturally. They share their stories with Hi! Blitz, revealing how much their backround shaped their careers.
Dance With Me
Dance is the new healer, say Madhav and Kanhai, two brothers who are revolutionising the fitness and wellness industry with their moves and philosophy. Kipa Dance Academy is a place where creative dancing in various styles is combined with several healing techniques to ensure fitness and a healthy mind and body.
Baby on a Budget
With his team of doctors at Aveya IVF, Sahil Gupta is making IVF treatment affordable and cost effective for the masses. Hi! Blitz meets the doctor who is revolutionising painless methods of infertility treatment and working with top MNCs to encourage their women employees to freeze their eggs.