articles by Udita Jhunjhunwala

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Vivek Gomber on being the lead in Sir, producing independent cinema, and meeting Alfonso Cuaron

"I am happy cinemas are opening and I hope people will go watch Sir, while being careful too," says Vivek Gomber about his new film's release.

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A Simple Murder review: Spirited caper that inspires fine performances from an ensemble cast

A Simple Murder on SonyLIV is a fine black comedy that depends heavily on suspension of disbelief.

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Divyenndu on his journey from Pyaar Ka Punchnama to Mirzapur: 'Artists only work for their own happiness'

"My advice to anyone coming to Mumbai, come here only if you have love, patience and respect for the craft. Don't continuously compare yourself with others. Come for the love of acting, don’t come here to ‘become someone’."

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Mum Bhai review: Angad Bedi's crime series is an amalgamation of every Indian gangster movie ever

Perhaps Mum Bhai would have been more involving if the suspense had been sustained, the screenplay not dipped in and out of past and present, and the writing committed itself to a modicum of heart.

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Aashram Chapter 2 review: Prakash Jha pads out Bobby Deol's godman act into nine meandering episodes

Prakash Jha's show on MXPlayer is wide open for a (hopefully less verbose) chapter three.

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Tillotama Shome on playing Ratna in romantic drama Sir, film's theatrical release and international recognition

The Rohena Gera directed film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018, will be in cinemas on 13 November.

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Scam 1992 actor Pratik Gandhi on playing Harshad Mehta and transitioning from regional to national fame

"When you play a character like Harshad Mehta, who is my first big character that has reached so many viewers, the audience thinks that is who I am. So my real challenge starts now. I want to create and consistently deliver characters filled with complex human emotions."

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Mira Nair on why A Suitable Boy appealed to her, how she cast each part and her upcoming work

A Suitable Boy, directed by Mira Nair and adapted for screen by Andrew Davies, is now streaming on Netflix.

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Mirzapur Season 2 review: The big bad world gets more immersive, with actors deeply entrenched in their parts

Season 2 ends with what we have come to expect when a game of thrones is afoot – some will die, some will live, and the show will go on.

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A Suitable Boy: Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Ram Kapoor on being part of the adaptation of Vikram Seth's novel

Based on Viktam Seth’s expansive 1993 novel, A Suitable Boy is set in 1951 and follows the story of Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) as she resists her mother’s quest for a life partner for her teenage daughter.

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Rooting for Roona review: Netflix documentary underscores flaws in Indian healthcare system at grassroots level

The documentary sensitively captures not only Roona’s unusual case, but also the impact and stress on a young married couple on raising the child.

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Gajraj Rao on playing a patriarch again in PariWar, and life after breakout role in Badhaai Ho

After Badhaai Ho and Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, Gajraj Rao is seen playing a patriarch yet again in Disney+ Hotstar six-part family comedy PariWar.

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PariWar review: A talented ensemble cast is wasted in this witless six-part family comedy

Gajraj Rao, Ranvir Shorey, Yashpal Sharma, Nidhi Singh, and Vijay Raaz work some punch into the lifeless material.

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Alankrita Shrivastrava, Konkona Sen Sharma discuss female desire, casting male parts in Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare

Reactions to Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare, which released on Netflix on 18 September, have run the gamut but the performances have garnered praise universally. Sen Sharma is particularly pleased about this, having bitten into a role that is unlike her those that dominate her oeuvre.

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First Gujarati short, Anita, to premiere at Venice Film Festival explores patriarchy beyond borders

Anita is the first ever Gujarati language film to play at the ongoing Venice Film Festival.

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Aashram review: Prakash Jha returns to the UP badlands in an insightful show with Bobby Deol as a scheming godman

Once you get past the excess, Aashram is a window into the wild world that straddles new-age communities and the underlying depravity.

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In a way, Class of 83 is my audition: Bobby Deol on his 'second innings' and doing meatier roles

In this interview Bobby Deol shares his thoughts on early stardom, losing focus, regaining confidence and his new innings.

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'I don’t think she saw the glass ceiling': Vidya Balan on playing Shakuntala Devi in upcoming biopic

After playing real life characters in The Dirty Picture, No One Killed Jessica and Mission Mangal, playing Shakuntala Devi presented a new set of challenges for Vidya Balan.

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Saroj Khan passes away: A masterful choreographer, who spruced up traditional dance forms with 'a dazzle of Bollywood'

“I was in a man’s job, trying to get a foothold. And I didn’t give up," Saroj Khan had said in her 2019 TEDx Talk.

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Tripti Dimri on her breakout performance in Bulbbul: It’s motivated me to do more work with honesty

Bulbbul is a breakout performance for Tripti who conveys the innocence of a child bride growing into a confident and coquettish young woman ready for vengeance against marital abuse and the hold of patriarchy.