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Ronjita Kulkarni

Ronjita Kulkarni heads the Entertainment Desk, and has been writing on movies, music, books, lifestyle, news and much more for 20 years. Click here to read her stories. You can e-mail the author at ronjitad@rediff.co.in

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Ek Ladki's Amazing Bollywood Journey

Ek Ladki's Amazing Bollywood Journey

Rediff.com18 Feb 2019

'There are enough LGBTQ people in the industry, so I don't feel like a misfit.'

When a gora produced a Bollywood movie

When a gora produced a Bollywood movie

Rediff.com25 Jan 2019

'The first time we actually got to meet a Bollywood star, it was Salman Khan.' 'We met him at his farm house.' 'For Pia, an actor is just an actor. There is no such thing as a star in her world, and that may or may not go down well with some people.'

Why did Nargis Fakhri disappear from Bollywood?

Why did Nargis Fakhri disappear from Bollywood?

Rediff.com16 Jan 2019

'I am not actively searching for a film; I leave it up to the universe.'

'From 10 kisses to 1 is progress!'

'From 10 kisses to 1 is progress!'

Rediff.com15 Jan 2019

'Kissing is not written in the script. They just find their way on the sets!' Emraan Hashmi tells Ronjita Kulkarni/Rediff.com.

Why 'Khansaab' did Zero

Why 'Khansaab' did Zero

Rediff.com14 Dec 2018

'Himanshu (Sharma, writer) and I went to Khansaab with the idea and the structure, not the complete bound story.' 'We wrote that after spending some time with him, understanding him.' 'In the same way, he was understanding me too.' 'So by the time we touched the floors, we were making the same film.'

When Chammak Challo was leaked...

When Chammak Challo was leaked...

Rediff.com23 Nov 2018

'I got a call from Shah Rukh Khan.' 'Gana leak ho gaya,' he said. 'Leak ho gaya, toh ho gaya. Nikal jayega,' I said. 'And that's what happened.' 'Chammak Challo went viral overnight!'

He creates the Bigg Boss house

He creates the Bigg Boss house

Rediff.com22 Nov 2018

'Designing the Bigg Boss sets is total dhamaal!' 'They are so happy with the way I design the sets that no questions are asked.' 'Contestants live there for three months, and so, the sets also become a character.'

'Madhuri and Aishwarya didn't crib'

'Madhuri and Aishwarya didn't crib'

Rediff.com19 Nov 2018

'Both Madhuri and Aishwarya adjusted well with each other.' 'They did not crib that one got good moves and the other did not.'

The lady behind Deepika's success

The lady behind Deepika's success

Rediff.com19 Nov 2018

'Deepika always got all the jobs she auditioned for.' 'There was really no stopping her.'

'What's wrong if your parents are still in love?'

'What's wrong if your parents are still in love?'

Rediff.com13 Nov 2018

'Why do we feel our parents are not human? That our mother is not a woman?'

Sriram Raghavan explains Andhadhun

Sriram Raghavan explains Andhadhun

Rediff.com1 Nov 2018

'The biggest success of Andhadhun is that viewers are thinking and debating about it. I didn't expect it,' Sriram Raghavan tells Ronjita Kulkarni/Rediff.com.

How Ayushmann Khurrana became Ayushmann Khurrana

How Ayushmann Khurrana became Ayushmann Khurrana

Rediff.com29 Oct 2018

With four back to back hits, the shy lad from Chandigarh is an unlikely movie star. Ayushmann Khurrana tells Ronjita Kulkarni/Rediff.com how it all came together and how he prepares to confront the toughest three months of his life.

The Shah Rukh Khan heroine who is going places

The Shah Rukh Khan heroine who is going places

Rediff.com23 Oct 2018

'If you are playing someone whom Shah Rukh loves in the film, that's enough for me!' 'I am obviously not his phone texting buddy, but I'd like to believe we are friends!'

'I don't know what a Sunday is!'

'I don't know what a Sunday is!'

Rediff.com15 Oct 2018

'If I'm in Bombay for 30 days of work, I'm working all 30 days, there's no holiday between my work.' 'Sometimes I wish for a routine in life, but maybe if the routine comes in, it would be horrible.' 'I'm so used to rushing and hurrying,' Anushka Sharma tells Ronjita Kulkarni/Rediff.com

A Night to Remember with Bryan Adams

A Night to Remember with Bryan Adams

Rediff.com15 Oct 2018

Bryan Adams sent Ronjita Kulkarni and several hundred Mumbaikars to Heaven!

'I feel I have already got the Oscar'

'I feel I have already got the Oscar'

Rediff.com4 Oct 2018

'I am a dreamer, so I always dreamt that Village Rockstars would go places.' 'But I never ever imagined this.' 'The way people are responding... they come to me, hug me, they call me, shower me with love and I feel wonderful.'

'The price you pay for being an actor'

'The price you pay for being an actor'

Rediff.com5 Sep 2018

Manoj Bajpayee confides in Rediff.com's Ronjita Kulkarni about his 'long journey filled with rejection, betrayal, misery, failures and disillusionment.'

10 Things That Make Diana Penty HAPPY

10 Things That Make Diana Penty HAPPY

Rediff.com20 Aug 2018

'One cup of tea brings me so much happiness.' 'You take that away from me and I know I'm going to have a really bad day.'

'There are so many songs where they just wear a bra!'

'There are so many songs where they just wear a bra!'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2018

'Who will cast me?'
'It's all about how many Instagram followers you have, which ramp you're walking on,' the actress who is sensational in Sacred Games tells Rediff.com's Ronjita V Kulkarni.

The lady behind the Sanju and Fanney Khan looks

The lady behind the Sanju and Fanney Khan looks

Rediff.com8 Aug 2018

'Sanjay Dutt was a very stylish person. He created his own style; he did not follow trends.' 'He wasn't a tapori, he was grand.' 'Also, whatever he wore, reflected what was going on in his life.'

'I'm not always Chitrangada, sometimes, I'm Tina'

'I'm not always Chitrangada, sometimes, I'm Tina'

Rediff.com27 Jul 2018

'And Tina, that girl inside that woman, wants to try different things.'

Will you help this child live?

Will you help this child live?

Rediff.com25 Jul 2018

Six-year-old Krishna suffers from Thalassemia Major, a severe genetic disorder that causes excessive destruction of red blood cells for which he needs blood transfusion every 21 days. As he grows older, the time-frame will reduce.

Beautiful Life Lessons from Buddy Hirani

Beautiful Life Lessons from Buddy Hirani

Rediff.com4 Jul 2018

'Buddy knows more about Raju's films because he sits in the editing room.' 'He has seen Sanju a number of times already!'

Sairat star: 'Saw the Dhadak trailer and loved it'

Sairat star: 'Saw the Dhadak trailer and loved it'

Rediff.com28 Jun 2018

'Two years since the film released, but everything is still Sairat, Sairat...'

'Sanju will touch your heart'

'Sanju will touch your heart'

Rediff.com21 Jun 2018

'Live and be joyful for what you have because one day, it will be all gone.'

'We have forgotten to be normal'

'We have forgotten to be normal'

Rediff.com25 Apr 2018

Shoojit Sircar takes Rediff.com's Ronjita Kulkarni behind the sets of October, and right inside his beautiful mind.

Will he give Bollywood its next superstars?

Will he give Bollywood its next superstars?

Rediff.com15 Mar 2018

Arun, 24, is from Kolkata. He's a bartender. Vidya, 8, studies in an English medium school. Her father is a chaiwala. Purvika, 9, has big, bright eyes. Her father works in a beer bar. All of them are united by one cause alone: To become actors and join the film industry.

Bollywood's hottest producer is just 32!

Bollywood's hottest producer is just 32!

Rediff.com9 Feb 2018

Rustom, Toilet: Ek Prem Katha, PadMan... ...Vishal Bhardwaj's next with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan, John Abraham's Parmanu, Anushka Sharma's Pari, Abhishek Kapoor's Kedarnath, Anil Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's Fanney Khan, Shahid Kapoor's Batti Gul Meter Chalu... Meet Prernaa Arora, the young lady above the title...

'Ratan Singh's situation is similar to mine'

'Ratan Singh's situation is similar to mine'

Rediff.com2 Feb 2018

'Maharawal Ratan Singh's situation in Padmaavat is very similar to Shahid's situation in Padmaavat, as an actor. I was pitted against very high odds, in a very unlikely situation and I had to somehow come out with flying colours.'

'I love to make small films, but no one gives me the chance'

'I love to make small films, but no one gives me the chance'

Rediff.com8 Oct 2017

'If I can make smaller films that are successful, why would I make big ones? The choice is Shah Rukh's: Would he like to work in smaller films?' Director Kundan Shah, who passed away on October 7, had asked in an interview first published in July 2001.

On the sets of Kundan Shah's Dil Hai Tumhaara

On the sets of Kundan Shah's Dil Hai Tumhaara

Rediff.com8 Oct 2017

Kundan Shah passed into the ages on October 7. We go on the sets of his 2002 film Dil Hai Tumhaara, and look back at the way the director made his movies.

'I have lived on the edge for too long'

'I have lived on the edge for too long'

Rediff.com13 Sep 2017

'The stereotype of an actress is that she's dumb, somebody who will sit on your lap, giggle on stupid jokes, come to the van when she's being called, receive a call at 3am and come over to your house. So when a girl comes along and challenges this, people get uncomfortable.'

'People feel I have lost my appeal because I'm not single'

'People feel I have lost my appeal because I'm not single'

Rediff.com26 Jul 2017

'Bollywood runs on the idea of age.' 'The moment you're single, even if you're 40, you're still appealing, you're still young.' 'The moment you're married, even if you're 25, it's uh huh. She's not sexy anymore.'

'Your friends and enemies change every Friday'

'Your friends and enemies change every Friday'

Rediff.com19 Jul 2017

'I used to be humiliated.' 'If I would approach an actor, he would just say hello and then turn away.' 'That's when I understood the whole game of the industry.'

'Why are you threatened by my film?'

'Why are you threatened by my film?'

Rediff.com11 Jul 2017

'People want to blacken my face for showing "leaders in a bad light".' 'People want to show loyalty to the party.' 'There's no end to it.' 'How many people should I show the film to?' 'Where do we draw the line?'

'It's been a hell of a roller coaster life'

'It's been a hell of a roller coaster life'

Rediff.com23 May 2017

'There has been a lot of ups and downs, unexpected highs and unimaginable pain, almost thinking that I'm going to die.'

'Prostitutes are doing a favour to the nation'

'Prostitutes are doing a favour to the nation'

Rediff.com3 Apr 2017

'Unfortunately, prostitution is looked down upon.' 'It should be legalised.' 'Imagine the sexual frustration in the country if it didn't exist!' Chunky Pandey tells Rediff.com's Ronjita Kulkarni how he bagged Begum Jaan and more.

'I'm the best dad you can find!'

'I'm the best dad you can find!'

Rediff.com23 Dec 2016

'I never imagined I would be a father and complete my family without getting married.' 'I'm privileged that my parents supported me, a lot of people don't have that.'

'In our country, we treat parents almost like Gods'

'In our country, we treat parents almost like Gods'

Rediff.com1 Dec 2016

'You have to be very equipped to even want to have children.' 'There are entrance exams for even MBAs ...and this is a life we're talking about.'

'Akshay has been my biggest cheerleader'

'Akshay has been my biggest cheerleader'

Rediff.com14 Nov 2016

'My grandmother taking me to the jamatkhana was like a different world.' 'Like I had a key to a door which no one else seemed to have.' 'She doesn't take me anymore because she says I'm an embarrassment!'

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