INTERVIEWS




My mother was expecting me when Sholay released: Abhishek Bachchan

On the eve of their upcoming release All is Well, the entire cast (Rishi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Supriya Pathak, Asin Thottumkal) along with the director (Umesh Shukla of OMG fame) was in town to promote the film.

We caught up with them to talk about the film, what makes it worth a watch, Abhishek's equation with his father, 40 years of Sholay and more! Interview here >>


I want to work with Gulzaar saab again: Jimmy Sheirgill



It's hard to come by actors, who can pull off every genre with such brisk ease, you can never get enough. The abundantly gifted Jimmy Sheirgill, who's come a long way from Maachis and dished out films as assorted as A Wednesday, Yahaan, Saheb Biwi aur Gangster, says this is just the beginning. 
In a quick interview, Sheirgill talks to me about the kind of films he enjoys doing, what he thinks about the "underrated" tag, his upcoming films and more! Interview here >> 



Highway remains exceptionally special: Alia Bhatt











In conversation with Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor

The gorgeliciously charming Sidharth Malhotra and the vivacious Shraddha Kapoor were in town Thursday to promote their upcoming Ek Villain, releasing June 27. 2014. We caught up with the couple to talk about their experience shooting the film, their journey in Bollywood, upcoming films and more! Interview here >>


Kahaani & Bobby Jasoos are my most special films: Vidya Balan

A disarming smile and indubitable charisma make it hard not to take an instant liking to the 36-year old actress, as she walks in, with an unaffected ease and grace galore. From being labeled a "jinx" down South, years back, to resuscitating the woman-centric phenomenon in Hindi films to earning a National Award and a Padam Shree, Vidya Balan has aced a road less traveled.


We talk to the actress about what's different then and now, her upcoming film Bobby Jasoos (releasing July 4) and more! Interview here >>



New age Nightingale: Up-and-coming Jonita Gandhi

Attempting legendary composer Naushad ji's tune comes with a beefy responsibility but the 24-year old Jonita Gandhi lives up and how! 

The Toronto-based singer first came to limelight with her YouTube covers of hindi films songs. I stumbled across her 'suhaani raat' cover from the 1949-hit Dulaari), a few days ago. It was out of the ordinary. I wanted more. I looked her up until I discovered a whole passel of covers she'd recorded with her home band '88 Keys to Euphoria.' Interview here >> 


I never believed people would pay to watch me on screen: Saqib Saleem

He sure left a mark with his Bollywood debut Mujhse Franndship Karoge in 2011 and worked his charm yet again in Mere Dad ki Maruti last year. Not sticking to any particular genre, the 4-year old actor took a timely dive away from the mainstream and is already winning hearts in his latest, Hawaa Hawaai.

The extremely talented and charming actor talks to me about his experience working with director Amole Gupte, his short but exciting journey in Bollywood and lots more! Interview here >>



I feel vindicated: National Award-winning director Hansal Mehta


From a doughty debut in 1997 (Jayate) to being written off mid career, to winning the 2014 National Award - 'Best Director' for Shahid (which also won the 'Best Actor' award), director Hansal Mehta has toughed it out in an industry that is as rewarding as it is unsparing.

He talks to me about his daunting yet unyielding journey in filmmaking, the overwhelming response for his award-winning film, expectations from his upcoming film Citylights, his voluntary sabbatical and his steely determination to come back. Interview here >>




Emerging filmmakers: 'Leeches' director Payal Sethi

After an award-winning debut, writer-director and co-founder of FilmKaravan (which has supported projects like Superman of Malegaon, Sita Singa The Blues) Payal Sethi is all set to kick off shooting her second film, Leeches. The New-York bred filmmaker began her career under the tutelage of veteran director Mira Nair. Interview here >>


I wanted to remind Sikhs across the world 1984 is today and everyday: Harpreet Kaur

The 1984 Sikh massacre, one of the most shameful episodes in the history of democratic India, may have conveniently been forgotten by its perpetrators but it comes to haunt its victims even today. The survivors’ battle for justice continues, almost 30 years after. Very few filmmakers have dared to touch this subject, for reasons obvious. The Widow Colony (2005) and Amu (2006) are the two most notable films on the subject..

We caught up with filmmaker, activist and the woman behind the award-winning documentary The Widow Colony, Harpreet Kaur. Interview here >>




Meet casting director Mukesh Chhabra: The man behind films like Gangs of Wasseypur, Shahid, Highway

He has worked on the biggest films of 2013 and already has his hands full for the year ahead. At 32, casting director Mukesh Chhabra has worked on films as successful and assorted as Gangs of Wasseypur, Kai Po Che, Shahid, Hasee Toh Phasee, Highway. One of the most sought after names in business today, Delhi-born and bred casting director recounts what brought him here and his journey in the industry so far. 

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I covet Sonakshi's 100-crore track record: Ranvir Singh


Balcony Row caught up with the team of Lootera at the Sheraton Hotel, Saket, Delhi on July 5, 2013. Ranvir Singh, popular for his powerhouse performance in Band Baaja Baraat, was in town on July 5-6 to promote his third film, along with director Vikramaditya Motwane (of Udaan fame - his debut film). Interview here >>