Umesh Bhagchandani

Umesh Bhagchandani

Umesh Bhagchandani is a lifestyle and entertainment journalist from Jakarta, where he spent the better part of his life writing for Indonesia Tatler. Currently, he still writes film reviews on his blog (meshthemoviefreak) and is developing Jakarta Veg Bible along the way.

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Is Ekta Kapoor really India’s ‘Queen of Television’? How Bollywood legend Jeetendra’s daughter is creating her own entertainment legacy with ALT Balaji

Over more than 50 years in Bollywood, Jeetendra played the lead in more than 200 Hindi films; now his daughter Ekta is crushing it as a TV and film producer and the accolades, and millions, are rolling in

Over more than 50 years in Bollywood, Jeetendra played the lead in more than 200 Hindi films; now his daughter Ekta is crushing it as a TV and film producer and the accolades, and millions, are rolling in

Is Ekta Kapoor really India’s ‘Queen of Television’? How Bollywood legend Jeetendra’s daughter is creating her own entertainment legacy with ALT Balaji
25 Feb 2021 - 12:00PM
Who’s the greenest British royal? Meghan Markle practises weekday veganism, Prince Harry is fighting to save Africa’s national parks and Prince Charles says we should all eat less beef

Prince Charles may be famous for talking to his plants, but he’s becoming just as famous for eating them: here’s why so many members of the British royal family often skip meat in their diets

Prince Charles may be famous for talking to his plants, but he’s becoming just as famous for eating them: here’s why so many members of the British royal family often skip meat in their diets

Who’s the greenest British royal? Meghan Markle practises weekday veganism, Prince Harry is fighting to save Africa’s national parks and Prince Charles says we should all eat less beef
19 Feb 2021 - 3:00PM
Elon Musk got Clubhouse noticed, now it’s valued at US$1 billion: meet the exclusive iPhone app’s co-founder Rohan Seth – ex Google employee, Bruce Springsteen fan and super dad

Not only did Seth co-found the biggest breakout social app of the moment, but the tech entrepreneur is also on a mission to save children with genetic diseases around the world

Not only did Seth co-found the biggest breakout social app of the moment, but the tech entrepreneur is also on a mission to save children with genetic diseases around the world

Elon Musk got Clubhouse noticed, now it’s valued at US$1 billion: meet the exclusive iPhone app’s co-founder Rohan Seth – ex Google employee, Bruce Springsteen fan and super dad
18 Feb 2021 - 10:29AM
Who’s the transgender designer to Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor? Saisha Shinde recently came out on Instagram – 5 things to know about India’s trailblazing LGBT fashion icon

Bollywood A-listers including Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor rank among Saisha Shinde’s fans – in a country where homophobia still looms large, her recent decision to come out as trans sends a strong progressive signal

Bollywood A-listers including Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor rank among Saisha Shinde’s fans – in a country where homophobia still looms large, her recent decision to come out as trans sends a strong progressive signal

Who’s the transgender designer to Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor? Saisha Shinde recently came out  on Instagram – 5 things to know about India’s trailblazing LGBT fashion icon
12 Feb 2021 - 1:00PM
Brownface in Bollywood: Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and 3 more Indian actors who should’ve said no to darkening their skin

‘Do we not have dark-skinned actors in Bollywood?’: Indian film audiences have long criticised filmmakers for casting light-skinned actors in dark-skinned roles – but the practice persists, with Hrithik Roshan doing so in 2019’s Super 30

‘Do we not have dark-skinned actors in Bollywood?’: Indian film audiences have long criticised filmmakers for casting light-skinned actors in dark-skinned roles – but the practice persists, with Hrithik Roshan doing so in 2019’s Super 30

Brownface in Bollywood: Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and 3 more Indian actors who should’ve said no to darkening their skin
14 Jan 2021 - 11:37AM
Who is Joe Taslim, Mortal Kombat’s new Sub-Zero? The Indonesian actor starred in Netflix’s The Night Comes for Us and Star Trek Beyond – and is inspired by Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris

The Indonesian actor starred in Hollywood’s Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond – and is inspired by Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris

The Indonesian actor starred in Hollywood’s Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond – and is inspired by Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris

Who is Joe Taslim, Mortal Kombat’s new Sub-Zero? The Indonesian actor starred in Netflix’s The Night Comes for Us and Star Trek Beyond – and is inspired by Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris
12 Jan 2021 - 10:00AM
Bollywood legend Rekha’s 50 years in film: from Sawan Bhadon, to Silsila and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, the actress who took on India’s misogynistic movie industry

Driven into acting to help the family while still a teen, her life story is a Bollywood drama itself, with triumph and tragedy, secrets and scandals

Driven into acting to help the family while still a teen, her life story is a Bollywood drama itself, with triumph and tragedy, secrets and scandals

Bollywood legend Rekha’s 50 years in film: from Sawan Bhadon, to Silsila and Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, the actress who took on India’s misogynistic movie industry
10 Dec 2020 - 11:59AM
Karisma Kapoor to Shilpa Shetty: 5 super-fit Bollywood actresses over 40 giving us serious workout, yoga and diet inspiration on Instagram

IG offers some serious health and fitness tips if you follow Karisma Kapoor’s rigorous meal plans, Shilpa Shetty’s daily workouts or Malaika Arora’s yoga poses

IG offers some serious health and fitness tips if you follow Karisma Kapoor’s rigorous meal plans, Shilpa Shetty’s daily workouts or Malaika Arora’s yoga poses

Karisma Kapoor to Shilpa Shetty: 5 super-fit Bollywood actresses over 40 giving us serious workout, yoga and diet inspiration on Instagram
7 Dec 2020 - 12:03PM
Before Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai, 5 actresses reigned Bollywood in the 90s – Kajol, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon, Juhi Chawla and Karisma Kapoor

Before Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai, these 5 faces ruled India’s box office – how many do you remember?

Before Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai, these 5 faces ruled India’s box office – how many do you remember?

Before Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai, 5 actresses reigned Bollywood in the 90s – Kajol, Madhuri Dixit, Raveena Tandon, Juhi Chawla and Karisma Kapoor
3 Dec 2020 - 2:00PM
5 Bollywood celebrities you might not know could sing – from Priyanka Chopra to Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan

Priyanka Chopra released singles with Will.i.am and Pitbull, and Amitabh Bachchan can play the sitar: the Bollywood stars that are more talented than you think – and the songs that prove it

Priyanka Chopra released singles with Will.i.am and Pitbull, and Amitabh Bachchan can play the sitar: the Bollywood stars that are more talented than you think – and the songs that prove it

5 Bollywood celebrities you might not know could sing – from Priyanka Chopra to Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan
30 Nov 2020 - 1:30PM
Trans models for Calvin Klein and Playboy? 5 Asian transgender models changing the fashion landscape, from Geena Rocero to Treechada Petcharat

From Filipino-American supermodel Geena Rocero to Thai actress Treechada Petcharat, these transgender models prove that the Asian fashion industry is finally becoming more inclusive

From Filipino-American supermodel Geena Rocero to Thai actress Treechada Petcharat, these transgender models prove that the Asian fashion industry is finally becoming more inclusive

Trans models for Calvin Klein and Playboy? 5 Asian transgender models changing the fashion landscape, from Geena Rocero to Treechada Petcharat
1 Dec 2020 - 5:41PM
Anil Kapoor’s youngest son Harshvardhan is ‘dying to be on Tinder’ – 5 things to know about the rising Bollywood star playing India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra

5 things to know about the rising Bollywood star who spent five months living in a stable for a role, boasts an impressive sneaker collection and, yes, really wants to be on Tinder (again)

5 things to know about the rising Bollywood star who spent five months living in a stable for a role, boasts an impressive sneaker collection and, yes, really wants to be on Tinder (again)

Anil Kapoor’s youngest son Harshvardhan is ‘dying to be on Tinder’ – 5 things to know about the rising Bollywood star playing India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra
2 Nov 2020 - 3:25PM
How rich is Priyanka Chopra and how does she spend her wealth? Inside The Matrix 4 star’s and husband Nick Jonas’ glamorous Hollywood life

Starring in the upcoming The Matrix 4 sequel and boasting more than 57 million Instagram followers, the Bollywood beauty has gone global – so how does she enjoy the high life?

Starring in the upcoming The Matrix 4 sequel and boasting more than 57 million Instagram followers, the Bollywood beauty has gone global – so how does she enjoy the high life?

How rich is Priyanka Chopra and how does she spend her wealth? Inside The Matrix 4 star’s and husband Nick Jonas’ glamorous Hollywood life
27 Oct 2020 - 10:32AM
Shloka Mehta-Ambani is so much more than the wife of Mukesh Ambani’s son – meet the diamond heiress, philanthropist, entrepreneur and style queen who stole Akash’s heart

Despite being set to take over her family’s vast jewellery empire, the young heiress’ real passion lies in helping others, from NGOs to street children

Despite being set to take over her family’s vast jewellery empire, the young heiress’ real passion lies in helping others, from NGOs to street children

Shloka Mehta-Ambani is so much more than the wife of Mukesh Ambani’s son – meet the diamond heiress, philanthropist, entrepreneur and style queen who stole Akash’s heart
19 Oct 2020 - 5:21PM
Did Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita really give daughter-in-law Shloka Mehta the most expensive necklace in the world? How the matriarch of Asia’s richest family spends her fortune

The matriarch of Asia’s richest family co-owns the Mumbai Indians cricket team, boasts a private jet and once bought 25,000 pieces of gold-trimmed tableware worth around US$1 million

The matriarch of Asia’s richest family co-owns the Mumbai Indians cricket team, boasts a private jet and once bought 25,000 pieces of gold-trimmed tableware worth around US$1 million

Did Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita really give daughter-in-law Shloka Mehta the most expensive necklace in the world? How the matriarch of Asia’s richest family spends her fortune
21 Oct 2020 - 2:30PM
Starring in both 18 Again and Sweet Home, Lee Do-hyun is the Korean drama star to watch in 2020 – he even broke up with his girlfriend to prove it

Starring in both 18 Again and Sweet Home, Lee Do-hyun is the Korean drama star to watch in 2020 – but was dumping his girlfriend to prepare for a heartbroken character taking the whole method acting thing a bit far?

Starring in both 18 Again and Sweet Home, Lee Do-hyun is the Korean drama star to watch in 2020 – but was dumping his girlfriend to prepare for a heartbroken character taking the whole method acting thing a bit far?

Starring in both 18 Again and Sweet Home, Lee Do-hyun is the Korean drama star to watch in 2020 – he even broke up with his girlfriend to prove it
29 Sep 2020 - 12:58PM
Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda to Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav – which of these 5 Bollywood celebrity kids will follow in their famous parents’ footsteps?

Akshay Kumar’s 18-year-old son Aarav to Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter, the 23-year-old Navya Naveli Nanda – is this the next generation poised to take over Bollywood?

Akshay Kumar’s 18-year-old son Aarav to Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter, the 23-year-old Navya Naveli Nanda – is this the next generation poised to take over Bollywood?

Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda to Akshay Kumar’s son Aarav – which of these 5 Bollywood celebrity kids will follow in their famous parents’ footsteps?
23 Sep 2020 - 10:00AM
5 LGBT Disney+ shows to stream – from Marvel to High School Musical, and the Gaston and LeFou Beauty and the Beast reunion we’ve all been waiting for

Finally, the Gaston and LeFou Beauty and the Beast reunion we’ve all been waiting for – check the shows meeting Disney’s new pledge to become LGBTQ+ inclusive

Finally, the Gaston and LeFou Beauty and the Beast reunion we’ve all been waiting for – check the shows meeting Disney’s new pledge to become LGBTQ+ inclusive

5 LGBT Disney+ shows to stream – from Marvel to High School Musical, and the Gaston and LeFou Beauty and the Beast reunion we’ve all been waiting for
3 Sep 2020 - 12:00PM
How Deepika Padukone, star of Padmaavat, Chhapaak and Om Shanti Om, is battling Bollywood’s gender pay gap – and spending her fortune in style

The Padmaavat star is battling Bollywood’s gender pay gap – and spending her fortune in style

The Padmaavat star is battling Bollywood’s gender pay gap – and spending her fortune in style

How Deepika Padukone, star of Padmaavat, Chhapaak and Om Shanti Om, is battling Bollywood’s gender pay gap – and spending her fortune in style
1 Sep 2020 - 2:39PM
Not just Priyanka Chopra – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and more Indian stars who conquered Hollywood (and the world)

Meet the other Bollywood celebrities who broke into Hollywood and bagged million dollar global endorsement deals

Meet the other Bollywood celebrities who broke into Hollywood and bagged million dollar global endorsement deals

Not just Priyanka Chopra – Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and more Indian stars who conquered Hollywood (and the world)
19 Aug 2020 - 3:38PM
5 Korean films remade by Bollywood – how do Radhe, Bharat and Jazbaa compare to the originals?

India has long made remakes of Hollywood favourites – now the rising profile of Korean cinema has prompted a shift in focus, but how much is lost in translation?

India has long made remakes of Hollywood favourites – now the rising profile of Korean cinema has prompted a shift in focus, but how much is lost in translation?

5 Korean films remade by Bollywood – how do Radhe, Bharat and Jazbaa  compare to the originals?
13 Aug 2020 - 11:00AM
5 daring female directors redefining Indian cinema to the world – from Zoya Akhtar to Mira Nair

Away from the razzle-dazzle of Bollywood, these forward-thinking female directors are projecting a very different view of India through their films

Away from the razzle-dazzle of Bollywood, these forward-thinking female directors are projecting a very different view of India through their films

5 daring female directors redefining Indian cinema to the world – from Zoya Akhtar to Mira Nair
12 Aug 2020 - 10:00AM
Why Tabu is the Meryl Streep of Indian cinema – from Andhadhun to Jai Ho, Bharat and Life of Pi, 5 ways the Bollywood actress never stays still

After a 3-decade career flitting between Bollywood blockbusters and acclaimed indies, there’s really only one Hollywood actress Tabu can be compared to

After a 3-decade career flitting between Bollywood blockbusters and acclaimed indies, there’s really only one Hollywood actress Tabu can be compared to

Why Tabu is the Meryl Streep of Indian cinema – from Andhadhun to Jai Ho, Bharat and Life of Pi, 5 ways the Bollywood actress never stays still
7 Aug 2020 - 3:54PM
6 progressive Indonesian films with LGBT characters – movies like Arisan! and Berbagi Suami make a difference in an increasingly conservative society

Movies like Arisan! and Berbagi Suami prove the power of cinema to shift the conversation in an increasingly conservative society

Movies like Arisan! and Berbagi Suami prove the power of cinema to shift the conversation in an increasingly conservative society

6 progressive Indonesian films with LGBT characters – movies like Arisan! and Berbagi Suami make a difference in an increasingly conservative society
31 Jul 2020 - 11:51AM
BTS’ Jimin and Wanna One’s Lai-kuan love Bollywood film 3 Idiots – more Korean celebrities who watch Indian movies, from Got7’s Jackson Wang to Empress Ki star Baek Jin-hee

Why do BTS’ Jimin and Wanna One’s Lai-kuan love Bollywood film 3 Idiots so much? Here’s even more Korean celebrities who love Indian movies

Why do BTS’ Jimin and Wanna One’s Lai-kuan love Bollywood film 3 Idiots so much? Here’s even more Korean celebrities who love Indian movies

BTS’ Jimin and Wanna One’s Lai-kuan love Bollywood film 3 Idiots – more Korean celebrities who watch Indian movies, from Got7’s Jackson Wang to Empress Ki star Baek Jin-hee
30 Jul 2020 - 10:27AM
Suri Cruise has a US$3 million wardrobe – but does she ever see her action hero dad? 5 facts about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ designer label-loving daughter

Suri shares a close bond with her actress mother, loves designer clothes from Versace and Armani but has to abide by the rules when it comes to her education

Suri shares a close bond with her actress mother, loves designer clothes from Versace and Armani but has to abide by the rules when it comes to her education

Suri Cruise has a US$3 million wardrobe – but does she ever see her action hero dad? 5 facts about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ designer label-loving daughter
26 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM
5 pioneering Bollywood stars who have supported LGBT rights – Sonam Kapoor to Ayushmann Khurrana and former Miss India Celina Jaitly

These Bollywood celebrities have used their star power to highlight and promote LGBTQ+ rights both on and off screen

These Bollywood celebrities have used their star power to highlight and promote LGBTQ+ rights both on and off screen

5 pioneering Bollywood stars who have supported LGBT rights – Sonam Kapoor to Ayushmann Khurrana and former Miss India Celina Jaitly
15 Jul 2020 - 10:00AM
How Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput spoke up against skin lightening and colourism in Indian society

Forget Priyanka Chopra’s BLM blunder – we applaud stars like Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput who proudly spoke out against skin lightening, face whitening creams and colourism in Indian society

Forget Priyanka Chopra’s BLM blunder – we applaud stars like Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput who proudly spoke out against skin lightening, face whitening creams and colourism in Indian society

How Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma and Sushant Singh Rajput spoke up against skin lightening and colourism in Indian society
2 Jul 2020 - 10:11AM
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Joel Cohen and Francis McDormand, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter – 6 filmmakers who directed their spouse in Hollywood

These marriages were tested at home and while working together on the film set – and while some survived, others did not

These marriages were tested at home and while working together on the film set – and while some survived, others did not

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Joel Cohen and Francis McDormand, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter – 6 filmmakers who directed their spouse in Hollywood
26 Jun 2020 - 3:00PM
Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai and other leading Bollywood actresses who started out as beauty queens

Whatever you may think of them, beauty pageants have opened doors for aspiring Bollywood actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Dia Mirza and Lara Dutta

Whatever you may think of them, beauty pageants have opened doors for aspiring Bollywood actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Sushmita Sen, Dia Mirza and Lara Dutta

Priyanka Chopra, Aishwarya Rai and other leading Bollywood actresses who started out as beauty queens
24 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM