Pavail Gulati, the male lead in Anubhav Sinha's Thappad, reveals how he played the part despite disagreeing with his character most of the time, and making a career out of playing small roles.
Kanika Dhillon on writing flawed characters, setting Netflix's Guilty amid #MeToo movement, and learning from grief
Kanika Dhillon's newly done-up apartment in Mumbai feels as fresh and meticulous as the multiple worlds the writer has transported us to over the years — from Anurag Kashyap's 2018 directorial Manmarziyan and Abhishek Kapoor's romantic drama Kedarnath, to Prakash Kovelamudi's Judgementall Hai Kya (2019) and her most recent work in Ruchi Narain's Netflix film Guilty.
Homi Adajania on Angrezi Medium, seeking adventures: Fear of unknown allows me to listen to my instincts more intently
Homi Adajania on why directing Angrezi Medium was as much a fulfilling adventure for him as scuba diving in Lakshadweep or revisiting childhood with his kids.
Why Sumukhi Suresh can't help but leave a bit (or a lot) of herself in her fiction show and stand-up special
Comic Sumukhi Suresh discusses presenting a rare female 'stalker' in her Amazon Prime Original Pushpavalli, and why she refrains from big-girl jokes now.
Somen Mishra on revitalising Dharma with new voices, stories: 'I told all struggling artists I had a foot in the door'
Somen Mishra is the Head of Creative Development (Script) at Karan Johar's Dharma Productions and the Head of Fiction at Dharmatic, the digital arm.
Neena Gupta discusses how she struggles to be politically correct because Bollywood does not always reward honesty, and her take on the Saand Ki Aankh ageism controversy.
Inside Abish Mathew's mind: Comedian reflects on early days of Indian standup, discovering his voice
Abish Mathew claims that by the virtue of being an experienced stand-up comedian, he gets the room he wants to perform in, but often ends up taking his career for granted.
As part of our #SceneStealers series, writer and filmmaker Tanuja Chandra discusses her brand of women-led cinema, two decades in the making, and why change — although on its way — has been slow to set in
Tahir Raj Bhasin's method involves drawing inspiration from real life, and blending it with a little bit of himself
Tahir Raj Bhasin speaks to Firstpost about how his Chhicchore character, Derek, led a college life that was very different from his own, and his reaction on meeting Sunil Gavaskar for his upcoming film, 83.
Jio MAMI's Smriti Kiran builds a gargantuan homegrown film festival, while chasing her love for cinema
Smriti Kiran talks about reviving MAMI four years ago when it was on the verge of winding up, and how she put together the slate for the edition this year.
Amit Trivedi on the art of finding a balance between composing for film narratives and making hit songs
In an exclusive interview with Firstpost, music composer Amit Trivedi talks about composing for film narratives, why he rises above industry diktats, and the reason behind romantic songs enjoying an instant connect.
Filmmaker Reema Kagti talks about the 'supernatural' element in her films, and why they often deal with the theme of coming to terms with loss.
Varun Grover talks about the 'existential crisis' in Sacred Games, and why the comedians today should not 'waste' their voices through pro-establishment comedy.
Sayani Gupta on being an actor sans vanity, and the importance of finding the rhythm for every character
In an interview with Firstpost, Sayani Gupta talks about how she, given her origin from a musically-inclined family, finds a "rhythm" for every character, even though her entry point is the character's spine.
Gulshan Devaiah talks about why he seeks Duryodhana in every character he plays, and how he prepared for his quirky double role in Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota.
Shefali Shah on playing different shades of an 'everywoman', and using silence as her weapon of choice
Shefali Shah explains why silence has been a leitmotif in all her performances, from Dil Dhadakne Do to Delhi Crime, and how it has helped her to scream out loud.
Writer-actor Dhruv Sehgal on his struggle to hold on to the Little Things that ground and shape his life
Dhruv Sehgal, the creator of Netflix's Little Things, says it is becoming increasingly difficult to retain his fascination for learning as he gets busier in life.
Rasika Dugal on the 'long and short' of it: How the actress moved from small projects to big roles, while getting her due
Over the last year, Rasika Dugal has received rave reviews for her performances in Manto, Lust Stories, Once Again, Hamid, Made In Heaven and Delhi Crime. Rasika confesses, however, that she struggles with choosing which project to take up next because prioritising and strategising are not her strong suits.