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Palak Tiwari
Palak Tiwari
While Palak Tiwari aspires to be as intuitive an actor as her star mom Shweta Tiwari, in reverence to the TV icon, the 22-year-old won’t venture into television. A year since Harrdy Sandhu’s Bijlee Bijlee went viral (as of November 2022, it has 451 million views on YouTube) and inspired celebs globally to attempt the song’s hook step, Palak has amassed over 3 million followers on Instagram. The young actor is now all set to share screenspace with Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt in her forthcoming projects. In conversation with Aza, Palak opens up on her Insta success, foray into films, and “that birthday post” from Salman Khan.
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Divya Khosla Kumar
Divya Khosla Kumar
She’s a talented actor, a successful director, an award-winning philanthropist, and a highly-followed fashion icon. She’s the co-owner of the Tennis Premier League team Delhi Binny’s Brigade. She’s upholding the legacy of the T-Series empire as Bhushan Kumar’s better half. And Divya Khosla Kumar is also a doting mother to 11-year-old Ruhaan. Close on the heels of the announcement of Yaariyan 2 – the sequel to her superhit directorial debut – Divya invited Aza into her abode to shoot our October Cover Story. Here’s a glimpse into the life of the wonder woman that she is.
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Avneet Kaur
Avneet Kaur
Since age 8, Avneet Kaur has been a constant on television. She whirled into our screens in 2010 with the reality TV show Dance India Dance (DID) Li'l Masters before participating in Dance Ke Superstars and Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (as Darsheel Safary's partner). What followed was a remarkable career as a TV actor with major roles in popular shows. While Avneet made her debut in cinema with Rani Mukerji’s Mardaani, she became a household name with her portrayal of Princess Yasmine in Aladdin - Naam Toh Suna Hoga. Today, the digital sensation has 32.6 million followers on Instagram, over 21 lakh on Facebook and 1.69 million subscribers on YouTube. Aza catches up with the actor and dancer ahead of her debut as a Bollywood lead with Kangana Ranaut's Tiku Weds Sheru.
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Ali Fazal
Ali Fazal
It’s the first Aza Man Cover Story and our muse for the Dapper Edit 2022 is Ali Fazal – Hollywood’s flavor du jour and Mirzapur’s Guddu bhaiyya! In a candid conversation with Aza, the Fukrey actor spills the beans on finally locking a date to marry long-time sweetheart, actress Richa Chadha (and the wedding is likely to happen this year!). Ali also opens up on his journey from Joy Lobo (3 Idiots) to Cousin Andrew (Death on the Nile), his love for Shakespearean dramas, upcoming projects and a lot more.
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Mithila Palkar
Mithila Palkar
As an actress, Mithila Palkar – a two-time Filmfare award winner – has dabbled in everything from theatre to Hindi, Marathi and Telugu cinema as well as short films. But she’s best remembered for her viral Marathi rendition of Anna Kendrick's Cup Song in 2016 which unexpectedly broke the internet, and as of May 2022 has a whopping 7 million views on YouTube! Mithila, who not just witnessed but majorly contributed to the OTT revolution in India with, speaks to Aza on her journey in cinema, the special bond she shares with Prajakta Koli, Dhruv Sehgal and Abhay Deol, and why Little Things will always be close to her heart.
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Prajakta Koli
Prajakta Koli
YouTube royalty, Prajakta Koli aka MostlySane has already bagged a Daytime Emmy Award and been recognized in the highly coveted Forbes 30 under 30 list, Entrepreneur India’s 35 under 35, BW Businessworld’s Most Influential Women list, and Outlook’s Women of Worth list, amongst many others. In conversation with Aza, the global content creator, social media influencer, vlogger, actor and UNDP youth climate champion talks about driving sustainable change in society, her foray into cinema, and impending journey into space!
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Sayani Gupta Story
Sayani Gupta
Damini (Four More Shots Please!), Rohini (Inside Edge)… Sayani by any other name, in any role would still captivate you as an actor. The multi-talented FTII grad – she’s trained in Bharatnatyam, Contemporary, Chhau and Kalaripayattu – has consistently made her presence felt in cinema with Margarita with a Straw (2014), Parched (2016), Fan (2016), Article 15 (2019), Posham Pa (2019) and Pagglait (2021). As Aza’s muse for The Contemporary Bride, the performing artist opens up on her upbringing in the creative space, love for the fine arts, cinema and more.
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Amyra Dastur Story
Amyra Dastur
Meet the actress who voluntarily utilized her time to serve as a frontline warrior during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Over eight years since her debut with Issaq, an adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, Amyra Dastur has effortlessly worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and English cinema as well as across OTT platforms. Besides Saif Ali Khan, Dhanush and Prabhudeva, she has shared screenspace with the legendary Jackie Chan. But there’s more to Amyra than meets the eye – she’s also an ardent animal rights crusader, child education champion and body positivity influencer. Aza celebrates Amyra in uber-luxe couture as the fearless and fabulous bride for 2022.
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Raashii Khanna
Raashii Khanna
In a span of eight short years, actor-singer Raashii Khanna has worked in four of India’s biggest film industries – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam – and with three National Award-winning directors. After sharing screen space with John Abraham, Prithviraj, Gopichand, Vijay Sethupathi, Mohanlal, Vishal and Vijay Deverakonda, she’s all set to make her digital debut in a Hindi web series opposite Shahid Kapoor. Also in the pipeline is Ajay Devgn’s maiden web outing, Rudra: The Edge of Darkness. As Aza celebrates “New Beginnings” in a free-spirited bridal shoot, Raashii shares about her journey into cinema, passion for music, respect for Indian languages and more.
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Rasika Dugal
Rasika Dugal
From her days as a struggling actor fresh out of the FTII, Rasika Dugal has successfully traversed the often attempted but seldom accomplished journey to becoming OTT royalty. As of today, she has worked in internationally acclaimed feature films, short films, web series, TV shows, podcasts and theatre. Embracing the festive spirit in Aza's choicest anarkalis, sarees and lehengas, the Mirzapur actress talks about her fascination with the process of filmmaking, obsession with detailing, affection towards mentor Naseeruddin Shah, love for Urdu literature and more.
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Sanya Malhotra
Sanya Malhotra
“Self-made” – it’s not an identifier we can attribute to many from the world of Indian cinema. But Sanya Malhotra has wrestled her way to prominence in this industry as well as on the OTT platform without the familiar or familial pillars supporting her. Five years since, she has worked with Aamir Khan, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao, Vidya Balan, and Nawazzuddin Siddiqui. And soon, the young actress will share screen-space with Shah Rukh Khan in South filmmaker Atlee's upcoming venture. As she breezes through six curated looks for AZA in one of her self-admittedly “fastest shoots ever,” Sanya confides in us about her solo movie dates, the surprise birthday message from Daniel Radcliffe, her visions of becoming “that bride in sneakers”, her collaboration with PeTA and more.
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Malavika Mohanan Cover Story
Malavika Mohanan
Not even 10 movies old, Malavika Mohanan has already had Rajinikanth and Thalapathy Vijay as her co-stars in the South. With her Bollywood debut coming up and a movie opposite Dhanush in the pipeline, her ascent is only unceasing. Wearing the best bridesmaid-worthy looks of the season, the actor talks to us about her life in the movies and her plans for the future.
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