Stars united 

Utkarsh Sharma’s debut film The Genius will hit the screens this Friday. Before his screen act comes under the scrutiny of critics and viewers, the young actor stole hearts for donating a sum from his first paycheque for the Kerala flood victims, earning him a place with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, A.R. Rahman, Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Sonali Bendre, Sunny Leone among others from the film fraternity who have channelled their popularity to raise funds to rebuild the state or donated quietly.
Arnab Ganguly Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Dharam & ‘Dost’, phir se

Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha — last seen in KC Bokadia’s 1998 film Zulm O Situm — will appear together on screen after 20 years in Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se.
Bharati K. Dubey Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Fear the fin

The silver screen’s fascination with the ocean’s apex predator continues with its latest offering The Meg, starring Jason Statham. Ever since Steven Spielberg’s Jaws (1975) caught the collective attention — and dread — of movie-goers, it has spawned numerous spin-offs with makers trying every trick in the book — the oh-so-predictable themes of sun, sand, bikinis, blood and gore.
Aniruddha Biswas  Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

The moustache deal 

Mission: Impossible - Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie has opened up about the backdoor negotiations between Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros regarding actor Henry Cavill’s moustache which had become a major bone of contention for the reshoots of last year’s release, Justice League.
Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Rose’s Asia shock

Rose McGowan has said she is heartbroken over a report that her fellow Harvey Weinstein victim Asia Argento paid off her own sexual assault accuser.
Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

'I'm ageing in reverse' — Sonakshi Sinha on her eight-year run and Friday film Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi

Almost exactly eight years ago, we first saw Sonakshi Sinha on the big screen opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg. By the end of this year, she’ll be shooting the third instalment of the hit franchise as Rajjo. Before that, the 31-year-old actress has stepped into another franchise — director Mudassar Aziz’s Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi, a sequel to the 2016 sleeper hit Happy Bhag Jayegi, that starred Diana Penty in the title role. t2 caught up with Sonakshi in the office of Eros Entertainment (one of the film’s producers) to chat about her new film, sharing screen space with Rekha and reuniting with Salman’s Chulbul Pandey. 
Karishma Upadhyay Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

JLO and Cabello make MTV VMAS 2018 a night to remember

The much-awaited MTV Video Music Awards 2018 lacked its annual share of drama and controversies but made up for it with some high-on-energy acts. t2 picks the standout moments from the Monday night do at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Compiled by Pramita Ghosh Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

A custom-made palette with retro influences — Payal Saluja on styling Gold 

Designing for a film is like creating a painting for costume designer Payal Saluja. For the Akshay Kumar-starrer Gold, Payal’s canvas was India of the ’40s, with a special Bengal flavour to it. “It is good to be in a zone that I had not explored much earlier,” said Payal who has lived in Calcutta, and Barrackpore when her father was posted there as part of air force. The costume designer of films like 7 Khoon Maaf, Ishqiya and Dedh Ishqiya chatted with t2 on travelling back in time with Gold. 
Saionee Chakraborty Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Freeze frame: Malaika Arora Khan, Neha Dhupia, Kangana Ranaut 

Malaika Arora Khan (in picture by Yogen Shah) will appear in a special song for Vishal Bhardwaj’s next, Pataakha. She will groove to Hello Hello, crooned by Rekha Bhardwaj and penned by Gulzar. Vishal has also composed the music for the song choreographed by Ganesh Acharya. “Malaika started the trend of these special songs, so when we came up with this track for Pataakha, she was the first one we thought of casting. When I approached her for the song, she was very  excited and immediately agreed. We are happy to have her on board and this song is tailor-made for her,” producer Ajay Kapoor said in a statement. The song will be filmed this week. Pataakha is a comedy-drama about two sisters, Badki and Chhutki.
Aug 22, 2018 00:00 IST

Big deal

Italian actress and director Asia Argento, one of the first prominent women to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and among the most vocal advocates of the #MeToo movement, settled a claim last year from a former child actor that she assaulted him when he was 17.
Aug 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Run on her own

Taapsee Pannu says she was replaced in a number of films because she has no godfather or connections in the film industry.
Aug 21, 2018 00:00 IST


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