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.
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.
Top Funk Style Tips To Stand Out In The Crowd
The incorrigible but dashing Ranveer Singh is shaking up the fashion stakes for the average Indian male. The desi homme fashion scene has not been the same since he stormed into it with shocking confidence, thumbing his nose at the fashion police doing his own thing with unabashed joy. Inspired? Ranjit Rodricks shows you some funk style tips that will make you stand out in the crowd.
Twinkle Khanna: A Novel Approach
Her widely-read newspaper columns and bestselling book Mrs Funnybones have given her a new lease of life, making Twinkle Khanna a force to contend with in the literary world. The book has gone into its ninth reprint while she gears up for her second release, a collection of short stories that centre around bruised women. Armed with much wit and candour, in a freewheeling chat with Farhad J Dadyburjor she talks about dealing with the sudden success she’s found in her forties, how she’s a lot like her dad Rajesh Khanna and the private scrapbook of family letters that will be her literary legacy.
Sonakshi Sinha: I'm Every Woman
From slaying Twitter trolls to cutting a pop single, Sonakshi Sinha is making news beyond the silver screen. With two action films on the anvil that see her martial arts training put to use, the talented and always candid actress tells Farhad J Dadyburjor why she loves kicking ass (on and off screen), her schoolgirl crush on Hrithik Roshan that still continues and revelling in the power of being a woman.
Revealing family secrets: Zarine Khan
Married to producer/director Sanjay Khan and mother to Sussanne Khan, Farah Khan Ali, Simone Arora and Zayed Khan, Zarine Khan has been part of the original 'Khandan' of Bollywood. As she releases her cookbook Family Secrets, she tells Hi! Blitz about being inspired by her mother-in-laws cuisine, modelling with the likes of Persis Khambatta and how Bollywood was more scandalous in the past.
Shunali Khullar Shroff: Mom's The Word
Her debut non-fiction novel 'Battle Hymn of a Bewildered Mother' hilariously explores the challenges of parenting in the 21st century. One-time journalist, now blogger and full-time mom Shunali Khullar Shroff talks to Hi! Blitz about the role of gay marriages in parenting, how much of a hands-on dad Shravan Shroff is and the bias that exists about pretty women being taken seriously.
Manish Mundra: Script Is Real Superstar In A Film
From the critically acclaimed Ankhon Dekhi to the Sundance Film Festival-winning Umrika and the recent Cannes winner Masaan, Nigerian producer Manish Mundras firm belief in a good script has made him every indie film-makers dream come true. With a slew of releases slated under his company Drishyam Films, he tells Hi! Blitz what losing everything as a child taught him, why he got into producing films and how the real superstar in a film is the script.
Bollywood Fashion's First Lady
Whether it was the iconic blue sari in Mr India, the salwar kameezs in Chandni or her glammed-up avatar in Roop Ki Rani Choron Ka Raja, Sridevi has always been a trailblazer with her fashion looks in films. Even today she is keenly watched and admired for her sartorial choices on the red carpet. The never-aging beauty talks to Farhad J Dadyburjor about the people who have helped in her style evolution, how she stays in such fantastic shape, and her one big fashion no-no.
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.
Valentine's Day Tripping
Dominic Costabir dips into his tried and tested haversack of cues to help you plot the perfect romantic escapade.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New Yorker In Bollywood
Not only is Aseem Chhabra the most well-known Indian film critic in New York, he’s also Festival Director of the New York Indian Film Festival and recent author of Shashi Kapoor: The Householder, The Star. He tells Hi! Blitz about the time he pissed off Angelina Jolie’s publicist and the relationships that have soured post a bad review.
The Credibility Issue
He is India’s most travelled globe-trotting film critic. Rajeev Masand is the entertainment editor with CNN News 18, has a scandalously gossipy column with Open magazine, and flies around the world to interview mega Hollywood stars like Daniel Craig and Tom Cruise for his television show. Having covered international award shows like the Oscars and Golden Globes, he tells Hi! Blitz why our Bollywood award shows have zero credibility, and recounts the one time he was threatened after a bad review.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fawad Khan- The New Age Khan
Women just can’t get enough of him and after his successful turn in Kapoor & Sons, moviegoers are hungering to see more. Fawad Khan is not only the hottest pin-up boy of Bollywood, he’s also the dapper Khan that everyone is talking about. As he gears up for Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the actor chats with Farhad J Dadyburjor about whether his sex icon image overshadows his acting, how he manages to keep it together with his wife of over ten years and dealing with his stage fright.
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.
Bipasha Basu On The Man She Loves
Bipasha Basu has been living a life straight out of the movies over the last couple of months—a romantic fairytale proposal by Karan Singh Grover on New Year’s Eve in Koh Samui, a beautiful wedding that had most of Bollywood turning up, and a honeymoon in the Maldives. Celebrating her first month of married life, the Bengali beauty tells Farhad J Dadyburjor why she’s the reality check in the relationship and her short-term memory that has helped in moving on from past relationships.
Anupama Chopra: 'Critics And Actors Can Never Be Friends'
Having been a film critic for several publications, Anupama Chopra is now founder and editor of Film Companion, a platform for film lovers. Besides being a Festival Director of MAMI and mother to her two children with Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Taking time out from her busy schedule, she tells Hi! Blitz why critics and actors can never be friends and the one time she held back from being critical because she was just too emotional.
The Body Temple
She’s known for having one of the most sensual figures in the film industry and, at 41, is in the best shape she’s ever been. A strong proponent of organic, healthy eating and staying fit with yoga, Shilpa Shetty Kundra is fast becoming a role model for holistic living. She tells Farhad J Dadyburjor about how she has chosen to age gracefully, and inducting husband Raj and son Viaan into leading a more healthconscious life.
Prerna Arora Dare To Dream
The ambition was always on filmmaking. With that in mind, producer Prerna Arora of KriArj Entertainment is ready with the release of her first film Rustom that stars Akshay Kumar. She tells Hi! Blitz about making her dream come true and about being a fashionista who picks up the choicest of designer wear.
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.