Portrait of a Young Actor

Rajat Barmecha had no producer papa and hadn’t attended a single acting class. Yet the 19-year-old, who auditioned for a bit part, landed the lead role in Udaan and found himself in front of a standing ovation at Cannes.

The New Status Symbols

The new Indian millionaire is savvier, less in thrall of big brands and more dictated by his design sensibility, his utilitarian needs, and a heady and often quirky mix of styles. He can leave you, and marketers, guessing.

What We Missed

Anupam Kher was to play the character of a Disco Killer who was hired by Pankaj Kapoor’s character to kill the two protagonists.

It Just Happened

Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro, arguably the funniest Indian film ever made, was made on a meagre budget, featured mostly unknowns, and hardly anyone involved believed in it. It became a classic, and almost all its alumni went on to highly successful careers. A celebration

She Can Do Magic

Women have traditionally been seen as nothing more than beautiful distractions on a magician’s stage. But now, they’re breaking the stereotype to create their own brand of illusions.

Stay South, Mani Sir

One of South India’s most talented directors is proving himself an utter waste in trying to appeal to a wider market, his Raavan being a glaring case in point.

The House of Dimming Halos

The higher they rise, the harder they fall. David Davidar was the superstar of Indian publishing. Now sexual harassment charges by a former colleague threaten his career, and his reputation.

The Fate of Ranbir Kapoor

A star with disarming manners, a football nut who hopes Argentina lifts the World Cup, a young man who is terrified of commitment, Ranbir Kapoor is on a sudden dramatic flight to the very top. And it is written on his face that he is the next Number One.

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