Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt to be First Guests on ‘Koffee With Karan’ Season 6

MUMBAI—Bollywood actresses Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone will be the first guests on the sixth season of filmmaker Karan Johar's chat show "Koffee With Karan." Johar announced on Twitter on Sept. 28 that the first episode will be about "girl power." "The first cup of 'koffee' is all about girl power! Welcome Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt on episode 1, season 6 of 'Koffee With Karan' on Star World India and Hotstar," he tweeted. The grapevine was earlier abuzz that the first episode of the season will have Alia Bhatt along with her "Brahmastra" co-actor and rumored beau Ranbir Kapoor, who was earlier in a relationship with Deepika Padukone. "Koffee With Karan" has seen a gamut of A-lister

India’s #MeToo Moment: Bollywood Backs Actress Tanushree Dutta as She Alleges Harassment by Veteran

MUMBAI—Days after actress Tanushree Dutta's sexual harassment allegations against veteran actor Nana Patekar created a whirlwind, a gamut of stars like Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Vir Das and Anurag Kashyap have spoken out strongly in support of the former beauty queen and a safer working environment for women. Tanushree Dutta had first raised the allegation against the actor in 2008. She brought the spotlight once again on her unpleasant experience of working with Nana Patekar during the shooting of "Horn 'Ok' Pleassss," in a recent interview. Patekar, 67, on Sept. 27 denied all allegations and said: "What can I do about what one says? You tell me. What does it mean by sexual harassment

Tanushree Dutta 10 Years Later: Why It’s Okay to Reveal Sexual Harassment, No Matter When

Ultimately, only a court of law can determine whether an allegation is true or false. However, it is important to stress that no one should be given a time limit to report the crime Hushed, ignored and even ridiculed, sexual assaults are as much a topic of fear for women anywhere in the world. Rarely do they burst to the surface – but it does happen from time to time. Last year’s #MeToo movement in the West became the voice of Hollywood actors and famous personalities – as well as common women from across the world – to come out with their experiences of sexual harassment. And now, with Tanushree Dutta’s allegations against Nana Patekar, Bollywood seems to be all set for its own #MeToo movem

Opinion | Bollywood’s long road to Crazy Rich Indians

The Indian film industry has had a shifting attitude towards wealth—and, in fact, some broader themes in economic development A film about two New York professors attending a wedding in Singapore is not exactly raw material for a successful opening weekend in the US—and eager anticipation in other parts of the world. The unexpected success at the box office is one thing. The initial viewer response to Crazy Rich Asians has also sparked off a lot of sociological commentary on the ways of the super-rich. Some of these issues also resonate in India. The story is as follows. Rachel Chu is an economics professor, whose boyfriend Nick Young teaches history at the same university. Rachel realizes t

First Bollywood movie screened in Saudi Arabia

Durban - Gold may be screening at local cinemas since August but it made history on Friday. The movie, which stars Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, was released in Saudi Arabia. This is a first for the Bollywood industry to have a Hindi film screened in Saudi. Kumar, who took to social media site, Twitter late yesterday could not contain his excitement as he tweeted: "The story of India's first Gold medal victory for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Happy to share, 'Gold' is the first ever Bollywood movie to release in the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia, in cinemas from today!" The movie is a historical sports drama inspired by India's first Olympic Gold medal. It shows the era of hockey

Kashmir to seek Bollywood help to shed negative image

NEW DELHI: The J&K government has decided to approaching the Bollywood and seek help in dispelling the negative notions about the State, as it makes fresh bid to revive its old connections by making picturesque locales available for the film shootings. “Serious efforts are underway to bring back the Bollywood to the Valley for filming and other related activities. The Bollywood hopefully would contribute its bit in removing the negative perception,” said Director Tourism, Kashmir, Tasaduq Jeelani. Buoyed by Bollywood star and director Manoj Bajpayee’s decision to shoot a family soap Family Man in Kashmir these days, Mr. Jeelani said the government was serious to revive the Bollywood connecti

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