British-born Indian actor Arjun Mathur has given some very powerful performances in mainstream Indian films, as well as in critically acclaimed independent features. He also received a Best Actor nomination at the New York Indian Film Festival in 2013. He speaks to Guardian 20 about his decade-long journey in Bollywood.
Actress Shruti Haasan made her Bollywood debut back in 2009, and within a matter of a few years she has established herself as one of Indian cinema’s top actresses. Her reach now extends from acting to playback, and from Hindi films to the vernacular spheres of Tamil and Telugu. She speaks to Bulbul Sharma about how, despite coming from a film family, she decided to carve out her own path to success.
Pankhuri Awasthy, who is currently seen portraying the character of a rape victim in Star Plus’ Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka? (a Hindi adaptation of a famous Turkish serial Fatmagul ) speaks to Guardian 20 about her much-talked about relationship with Gautam Rode, opens up about her career choices and also talks about how playing roles like Razia, Draupadi and now Amala have shaped her up.
B-Town’s original He-Man and a veteran with over 50 years of experience in Indian cinema, Dharmendra speaks to Preeti Singh about the films he made, the friends he lost and the experiences he garnered, following the long and fruitful arc of his acting career.
Randal Kleiser, the internationally acclaimed director of hits like Grease and The Blue Lagoon, has made his first ever virtual-reality (VR) film, Defrost, a wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure about cryogenics, which was screened a few weeks ago at the Cannes Film Festival. Faizal Khan caught up with the director in Cannes to discuss with him the future of VR in cinema.
Actor Saqib Saleem, who rose to fame with the film Mere Dad Ki Maruti, is presently starring in the flick Dobaara. He speaks to Preeti Singh about his work, and how he remains a people’s actor.