Interview

Showbiz going through moment of reckoning: Supermodel Padma Lakshmi

NEW DELHI: Charges of sexual harassment is what links Hollywood biggies Ben Affleck, Brett Ratner, Charlie Sheen, Dustin Hoffman, Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Kevin Spacey these days. Indian-born supermodel Padma Lakshmi hopes things will change after several women have opened up, but says only "time will tell".

Sardar's experience helped Indian defence: Hockey skipper Manpreet

Manpreet Singh, who led India to the Hockey Asia Cup title after a decade, is all praise for former skipper Sardar Singh, saying the veteran midfielder's presence in defence in the prestigious tournament was a boost for the backline.

I was rejected as not fit for TV: Smriti Irani

Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani says producer Ekta Kapoor chose her to lead the cast of "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" even though her team had rejected her as "not fit" for television.

Tough to remain 'headstrong' in filmdom: Kangana Ranaut

NEW DELHI: Actress Kangana Ranaut, known to speak her mind despite the reactions her words elicit, says it is difficult to remain "headstrong" in Bollywood as there are always people who try to make one "feel insignificant". But she continues to fight it.

Acting in 'Hotel Mumbai' was harrowing: Dev Patel

Actor Dev Patel says acting in "Hotel Mumbai" was "harrowing experience" and an eye-opener in realising the travails of the victims of the 2008 terrorist attack on the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

Yet to find definition of being A-list: Taapsee Pannu

 Actress Taapsee Pannu, who has made her mark with films like "Pink", "Naam Shabana" and "Judwaa 2", says she is yet to crack the code of being an "A-list" in the Hindi film industry.

Media obsessed with link-up rumours: Jacqueline Fernandez

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who was romantically linked to her "A Gentleman..." co-star Sidharth Malhotra, is unfazed by link-up rumours and says media is obsessed with it.

Won't just be an administrator, says Anupam Kher

MUMBAI: Anupam Kher, the newly appointed Chairman of the Pune-based Film and Television Institute (FTII), says he will work towards sharing his experience with students rather than setting agendas as an administrator.

Lack of jobs will be major issue in next LS polls: Yashwant Sinha

By V.S. Chandrasekar and Meghna Mittal
NEW DELHI: Dissident BJP leader Yashwant Sinha remains unfazed by all the criticism he has faced for his strong critique of the economy and asserts that lack of jobs will be a major issue in the next Lok Sabha elections.

I only pray my son is not like me: Sanjay Dutt

Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt, whose life was caught in a web of drugs and legal hassles, says as a father, he does not want his son to be like him.

Over 7,000 Indian kids trafficked a year: Satyarthi hopes Modi will act

NEW DELHI: With about 7,000 children trafficked in India every year, child rights activist and Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, who set out on Monday on a Kanyakumari-Delhi "Bharat Yatra", to focus attention on the issue, hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government will bring in stringent legislation to curb the menace.

Rio Olympics was my biggest life lesson: P.V. Sindhu

Indian badminton star P.V. Sindhu, the story of whose performance will find its way to the silver screen with a biopic, says the 2016 Rio Olympics was her biggest life lesson, following which she explored her capabilities further with the help of her coach Pullela Gopichand.

Government open for dialogue with all in Kashmir, but no preconditions: Home Secretary

NEW DELHI: The government is "open for dialogue with everybody" in Jammu and Kashmir but without preconditions, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said on Wednesday

No news on Rs 2,000 note 'withdrawal', Rs 200 to be issued soon: Gangwar

NEW DELHI : With rumours of the Centre planning a withdrawal of the newly-introduced Rs 2,000 note doing the rounds, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar has said there was no news of its scrapping, adding the Rs 200 note will be in circulation soon.

I've encountered racism all my life: Nawazuddin Siddiqui

MUMBAI : Nawazuddin Siddiqui is the ebony-complexioned superstar of Bollywood whom every producer wants to sign at any cost. He is barely out of one highly-lauded role in "Mom" when hes already looking at another crowd-pleasing role as a hoodlum dancer in "Munna Michael".

Yami Gautam prefers classic fashion

Punjab News Express
MUMBAI : Actress Yami Gautam, known for her simple style, says she loves to indulge in a couple of trendy pieces every season, but its the classic pieces she never gets tired of.

Hope, I've justified the huge talent SRK is: Imtiaz Ali

Punjab News Express
MUMBAI : Director Imtiaz Ali hopes that with the upcoming film "Jab Harry Met Sejal", he has been able to justify the huge talent that his film's lead actor Shah Rukh Khan is.

I'd rather do Rs 50-lakh film than a Rs 50-cr project: Nawazuddin

Punjab News Express
NEW DELHI : Whether it's bringing alive illustrious writer Saadat Hasan Manto on screen in "Manto" or a essaying a rustic sharpshooter in his most "besharam" film "Babumoshai Bandookbaaz", actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui's new projects are about exploring the unexplored.

Kriti is a special friend: Sushant Singh Rajput

By Subhash K. Jha 
MUMBAI :  Actor Sushant Singh Rajput says that he shares a very special bond with his "Raabta" co-star Kriti Sanon as he feels that she is very transparent and hard working.

TV has given me a following I never had: Suniel Shetty

Punjab News Express
MUMBAI : He has been in the Hindi film industry for a quarter of a century and has delivered some memorable films like "Mohra", "Hu Tu Tu", "Hera Pheri" and "Dhadkan". After such a long stint, actor Suniel Shetty now feels that it is the small screen that has given him a newer audience and a following.

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