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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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