Kalpana Nair
Kalpana Nair
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Berlin International Film Festival 2017: Theatre of protest takes centrestage

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival kicked off eight days ago. It was attended by more than 20,000 professional visitors from 122 countries which included more than 3,800 journalists.


Beti Bachao: Shakti Kapoor wants Shraddha married in 3 years

We were first introduced to Shakti Kapoor’s dodginess in 2005, when India TV aired a clip from a sting operation in which Kapoor came on to an undercover reporter posing as a Bollywood aspirant


Spy review: Move over James Bond, Melissa McCarthy is here and she is fabulous

Spy is an out-and-out McCarthy experience as she curses, falls, sashays and kicks her way to glory.


The taming of Sunny Leone: Here's how Bollywood forced actress to be apologetic of her past

Sunny Leone has started parroting lines begging everyone to indulge in collective amnesia and forget about her ever having worked in the adult film industry


From Piku to Tanu Weds Manu Returns: The hype of star ratings and celebrity tweets

By the weekend actors like Dhanush, Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi and director Karan Johar had also tweeted their vociferous approval of Tanu Weds Manu Returns


If you find Radhika Apte's 'leaked' nude photos online, here's what NOT to do

As if that episode wasn’t bad enough, last week we learnt that an explicit scene from a short film by Anurag Kashyap had been leaked. Apte is the actress in the scene, which shows her lifting her clothes to reveal her nude body.


The brave new Bollywood of Deepika, Big B, Ranveer where stars talk about their frailties

Recently the long tradition of Bollywood celebrity philanthropy got dramatically more personal when Deepika Padukone came out with her battle against depression.


From Bappi da to Kumar Sanu and Altaf Raja: It's the return of kitsch in Bollywood soundtracks

Let’s hope the upcoming batch of singers take a leaf out of Bappi-da and Altaf Raja’s books, and add a little personality to their pitch-perfect voices. Maybe that way we won’t have to keep exhuming singers from a bygone era.


From bubbly actress to a debutant producer: Anushka Sharma talks about Bollywood biases

Sharma isn’t just breaking the mould by wearing the producer cap at the peak of her career. She’s among the new heroines of Bollywood who aren’t nervous about talking money and demanding more.


Dear Bollywood, stop ignoring Valentine's Day: Here are makeover tips for your love stories

Happy Valentine's Day! It's a day roundly ignored by Bollywood (unless you count this assault by the Rajshris and some other token attempts featuring red, heart-shaped balloons).


Ishqiya to Dolly ki Doli: Filmi bad girls might be doing Bollywood a good turn

To have a heroine so unapologetic about her illicit trade was a pretty big risk for writer-director Abhishek Dogra, but, like his heroine, he did it anyway. Here’s to more Dollys without dolis.


Thirty and fabulous: How Priyanka, Vidya and Kareena redefined aging

Actresses are making the decision to transform their appearance to do new kinds of roles, be it a plump sex siren, autistic woman, or falling Bollywood star.