Anand Vaishnav

Ek Do Teen... Zumba

A licensed workout that originated in Miami, Zumba is essentially based on Latin and international music. The aim is to use dance and music to work out the entire body. I stepped into a Zumba session hosted by Sucheta Pal and Pallavi Sharda and was pleasantly surprised to see how well desi numbers blended into their energetic moves.
28/04/2016 11:28 AM IST

It's Sonam Season In Bollywood, And It Started Before ‘Neerja'

With <em>Neerja</em> it's safe to say that it's finally Sonam season in Bollywood. But she has been on a steady ascendant for some time now, with confident performances in <em>Raanjhanaa</em> and <em>Khoobsurat</em>, followed by a stunning music video with Hrithik Roshan and to top it all a dance step that is now a must-do at every wedding <em>sangeet</em>. Here's a throwback to all those times we fell in love with Sonam Kapoor!
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9 Bollywood Sequels To Watch Out For

Sunny Deol's recently released <em>Ghayal Once Again</em> marks the start of a busy sequel season in Bollywood. While some franchises are returning in a new avatar as reboots, there are others which are returning from hibernation and taking off from where the previous films ended. Here are nine to watch out for.
15/02/2016 8:18 AM IST
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With 'Bajirao Mastani' Ranveer Singh Has Conquered Bollywood... And He Is Here To Stay

This is Ranveer Singh's biggest moment of glory and the buzz is only growing as everybody looks towards the awards season, which is likely to be dominated by a certain Peshwa warrior in the Best Actor category. A self-confessed fan of hard-core commercial cinema, Ranveer Singh has had four eventful years in BTown, where he has steadily transitioned from being a promising face to a bankable star.
25/12/2015 8:27 AM IST
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The 6 Best Indian Films Of 2015... So Far

The year has been an interesting one so far, with many medium-budget, content-driven films working beyond the conventional urban markets. At the other end of the spectrum, superstars and studios, too, finally seemed to realise that it would take much more than a few action scenes and item songs to go past the 100 crore mark, and it looks like the remake mantra is officially on its way out. Here's a throwback to the best films of 2015 so far.
15/10/2015 8:20 AM IST

5 Stars Who Deserve A Welcome Back

They are talented, clever and far from done. Unfortunately, a mix of bad luck and weak scripts has put them out of the box-office race for some time now. But in the ever-so-unpredictable world of showbiz, where it takes one Friday to change fortunes, here's looking at five actors who deserve a solid welcome back on the box-office charts.
01/07/2015 8:20 AM IST
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Fab At 50: A Tale Of Three Khans

In a recent interview, Aamir Khan revealed that save for the last name and the fact that they were born in the same year (1965), there is actually very little common between the trio that has been ruling Bollywood for more than two decades. And that contrast, in his opinion, has been a big factor in the longevity of their success, as each of them has managed to connect with the audience in very unique ways.
08/06/2015 8:14 AM IST
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7 Most Awaited Actor-Director Collaborations Of 2015

The first half of 2015 has been a relatively quiet one with niche films overshadowing commercial potboilers. But the year is far from over and the second half is packed with big-ticket releases which also mark the return of some famous teams hoping to recreate their past magic. Here's a look at the seven most anticipated collaborations.
14/05/2015 8:26 AM IST

5 New Lessons For Bollywood In 2015

The first quarter of 2015 is already behind us and Bollywood is yet to see a blockbuster this year. But while the 200-crore-club may have to wait a little longer for a new entrant (the Khans do not have a release till the second half of the year), it's been a good year for plot-driven-movies. And like always, there are already many lessons for the trade and stars about our ever-so-unpredictable ticket-paying <em>janta</em>.
05/04/2015 8:06 AM IST
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What Saved Ayushmann From Becoming A One-Hit Wonder

Ayushmann became the talk of the town as the shrewd, smooth-talking-Punjabi-Munda aka <em>Vicky Donor</em>. He bagged all the Best Début awards that year, and emerged as the clear front-runner among the gen-next brigade. But while his counterparts Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra followed up their hit débuts with even bigger successes, Ayushmann's story took a negative turn.
18/03/2015 8:11 AM IST

6 Unlikely Bollywood Sequels That Could Trump The Originals

From the plush studios of California to the dusty sets of Chandivali, everyone is talking sequels. Of course the result of the first film always plays a big role in deciding the future of any franchise. But there are some titles which genuinely deserve another shot, regardless of their underwhelming predecessors.
19/02/2015 8:16 AM IST
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Dhanush's Bollywood Arrow Is Bang On Target

Two years after <em>Raanjhanaa</em>, Dhanush is back in <em>Shamitabh</em> with another brave and unconventional part that is far removed from his stardom down South. He today enjoys a pan-India connect that surpasses, dare I say, even that of his superstar father-in-law, Rajnikanth. He has managed to connect with the janta across the country. The looks and accent don't matter, and he has been embraced by the Mumbai film industry in the way America made Jackie Chan their own.
09/02/2015 8:24 AM IST
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Akshay Kumar: A Khiladi For All Seasons

With Neeraj Pandey's <em>Baby</em>, Akshay Kumar is garnering praise from across the board, with some sections already whispering about a possible National Award. At 47, Kumar is kicking faster than ever before and the disciplined star is at his fittest best. While entertainment remains the deciding factor in his choice of films, <em>Baby</em> signals the start of a new innings for Kumar in which the pay check does not swallow passion.
30/01/2015 8:11 AM IST