Veteran Bollywood actor and Member of Parliament, Shatrughan Sinha, was interviewed by Rachel Dwyer about his recent biography, Anything But Khamosh, written by Bharathi S. Pradhan. As described in the book, Sinha was one of the earliest FTII graduates to enter the film industry without any support from an influential person. Remarkably, he was also the first student to be selected to… Read more »

Mujhe Jeene Do: Conversations With Waheeda Rehman

Widely considered to be the most enduringly beautiful and gifted actress of her time, Waheeda Rehman has captured the imagination of Indian cinema lovers for 60 years now. It was no surprise that her session at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival was hugely crowded in spite of the bad weather. Rehman was nostalgic about her early Bollywood years, saying that… Read more »

Taare Zameen Par

The Bollywood flavour at this year’s ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 was given wings today by writer, poet, lyricist, screenwriter and advertising guru Prasoon Joshi. Poet and musicologist Yatindra Mishra asked Joshi if he played with words or if words played with him. Joshi’s response was poetry in itself: ‘I walk on the path of poetry holding… Read more »

And Then One Day

Crowds had already gathered on the Rajnigandha Front Lawns half an hour before the event was due to start. This time, it wasn’t Naseeruddin Shah the actor they were waiting for, but the Naseeruddin Shah the writer. Nasreen Munni Kabir introduced the film star by saying that we are here to talk about the journey from ‘have you seen his amazing film’… Read more »

Bollywood Nation: Vamsee Juluri, Meghnad Desai, Irrfan Khan, Moderated By Rupleena Bose

Bollywood is probably our most popular export, in close competition with chicken tikka. Our jhatkas and tumkas have made it onto So You Think You Can Dance, we are inherently dramatic as a people: we are undeniably a Bollywood Nation and proud of it! And this was an out and out Bollywood session, with the eccentric Lord Meghnad Desai breaking into song repeatedly, and… Read more »