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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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

7 Aug 2020 - 3:54PM

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
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

31 Jul 2020 - 11:51AM

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
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

30 Jul 2020 - 10:27AM

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
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

26 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

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
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

15 Jul 2020 - 10:00AM

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
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

2 Jul 2020 - 10:11AM

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
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

26 Jun 2020 - 3:00PM

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
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

24 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

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
5 things to know about Madonna’s eldest son, Rocco Ritchie – from drug possession, to teen fashionista and bestie with Brooklyn Beckham

He used to perform with his mum on stage and once modelled for Adidas Originals athletic wear but now opts for a low-key lifestyle

24 Jun 2020 - 3:00AM

He used to perform with his mum on stage and once modelled for Adidas Originals athletic wear but now opts for a low-key lifestyle

5 things to know about Madonna’s eldest son, Rocco Ritchie – from drug possession, to teen fashionista and bestie with Brooklyn Beckham
How Bollywood’s Kareena Kapoor Khan, wife of Saif Ali Khan, remains relevant after 20 years

Two decades after her screen debut Kareena Kapoor Khan remains one of Indian cinema’s most in-demand actresses – what’s the secret of her success?

17 Jun 2020 - 10:00AM

Two decades after her screen debut Kareena Kapoor Khan remains one of Indian cinema’s most in-demand actresses – what’s the secret of her success?

How Bollywood’s Kareena Kapoor Khan, wife of Saif Ali Khan, remains relevant after 20 years
Finished Tiger King? 5 true crime Netflix documentaries to get you through summer lockdown – from the Ted Bundy Tapes to Don’t F**k With Cats

From the fabled Ted Bundy audio tapes to viral hit Don’t F**k With Cats – 5 true crime documentaries just as addictive and disturbing as Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin’s infamous stand-off

15 Jun 2020 - 3:00AM

From the fabled Ted Bundy audio tapes to viral hit Don’t F**k With Cats – 5 true crime documentaries just as addictive and disturbing as Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin’s infamous stand-off

Finished Tiger King? 5 true crime Netflix documentaries to get you through summer lockdown – from the Ted Bundy Tapes to Don’t F**k With Cats
5 apps that will help you find tranquillity during the coronavirus pandemic – breathe, meditate, sleep, relax

With all the negative news our brains have to process each day, it’s time to find tranquillity amid the chaos by meditating and getting enough rest

7 May 2020 - 6:04PM

With all the negative news our brains have to process each day, it’s time to find tranquillity amid the chaos by meditating and getting enough rest

5 apps that will help you find tranquillity during the coronavirus pandemic – breathe, meditate, sleep, relax
Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and 7 more celebrities who chose to become a single parent through adoption or surrogacy

Despite often facing criticism from the press and public, these A-listers all raised loving, well-mannered and happy kids on their own

29 Apr 2020 - 8:00AM

Despite often facing criticism from the press and public, these A-listers all raised loving, well-mannered and happy kids on their own

Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and 7 more celebrities who chose to become a single parent through adoption or surrogacy
What have Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke and the rest of the Game of Thrones cast done since starring in HBO’s highest-rated show?

They made their names playing GoT’s era-defining characters – but what are Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and co. up to now?

13 Apr 2020 - 6:00PM

They made their names playing GoT’s era-defining characters – but what are Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke, Maisie Williams and co. up to now?

What have Sophie Turner, Emilia Clarke and the rest of the Game of Thrones cast done since starring in HBO’s highest-rated show?
LGBT siblings – Ariana Grande, Chris Evans, Anne Hathaway and 4 other stars who are proud of their gay brothers

Ariana Grande and her brother Frankie, Chris Evans and his brother Scott, and Colin Farrell and his brother Eamon – just three celebrities who adore their LGBTQ+ siblings

17 Mar 2020 - 10:41AM

Ariana Grande and her brother Frankie, Chris Evans and his brother Scott, and Colin Farrell and his brother Eamon – just three celebrities who adore their LGBTQ+ siblings

LGBT siblings – Ariana Grande, Chris Evans, Anne Hathaway and 4 other stars who are proud of their gay brothers
Who is Maluma, Twitter and YouTube sensation, J-Lo’s co-star and sexy Calvin Klein model who went viral?

The Latin singer has performed with Shakira, Madonna and Ricky Martin, has a YouTube documentary and went viral for his hot new Calvin Klein campaign

13 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM

The Latin singer has performed with Shakira, Madonna and Ricky Martin, has a YouTube documentary and went viral for his hot new Calvin Klein campaign

Who is Maluma, Twitter and YouTube sensation, J-Lo’s co-star and sexy Calvin Klein model who went viral?
Leslie Cheung in Happy Together, plus 6 other Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance

Social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce, but there are some beautiful films that do explore same-sex relationships – and here’s the list

12 Mar 2020 - 10:00AM

Social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce, but there are some beautiful films that do explore same-sex relationships – and here’s the list

Leslie Cheung in Happy Together, plus 6 other Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance
Friends reunion special delayed – and the coronavirus pandemic is to blame for that

16 years after the 236th episode of the beloved sitcom was screened, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross will reunite, but not as early as planned

26 Mar 2020 - 5:25PM

16 years after the 236th episode of the beloved sitcom was screened, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross will reunite, but not as early as planned

Friends reunion special delayed – and the coronavirus pandemic is to blame for that
Could Pete Buttigieg become the US’s first LGBTQ+ president? 5 things to know about the openly gay Democratic candidate

At 38, the former Indiana mayor is the US’s youngest presidential candidate, and has got everyone asking: ‘Who is Pete Buttigieg?’

26 Feb 2020 - 8:03AM

At 38, the former Indiana mayor is the US’s youngest presidential candidate, and has got everyone asking: ‘Who is Pete Buttigieg?’

Could Pete Buttigieg become the US’s first LGBTQ+ president? 5 things to know about the openly gay Democratic candidate
10 top Bollywood films to look out for in 2020 – what will Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor star in this year?

The coming year will welcome Bollywood’s first big LGBTQ+ blockbuster, the start of epic superhero trilogy Brahmastra – and an Indian adaptation of Forrest Gump

17 Feb 2020 - 10:48AM

The coming year will welcome Bollywood’s first big LGBTQ+ blockbuster, the start of epic superhero trilogy Brahmastra – and an Indian adaptation of Forrest Gump

10 top Bollywood films to look out for in 2020 – what will Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Kareena Kapoor star in this year?
The Eternals: who is Chloé Zhao, the Beijing-born female director behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big movie

The Chinese-American indie filmmaker is one of four women called on to direct big budget superhero movies in 22020

10 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

The Chinese-American indie filmmaker is one of four women called on to direct big budget superhero movies in 22020

The Eternals: who is Chloé Zhao, the Beijing-born female director behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s next big movie
Oscars: Meryl Streep vs Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson vs Daniel Day-Lewis – who has won the most Academy Awards in history?

The winners, the hapless, the oldest and the youngest – Academy Award winners all-time records revealed

9 Feb 2020 - 8:00PM

The winners, the hapless, the oldest and the youngest – Academy Award winners all-time records revealed

Oscars: Meryl Streep vs Katharine Hepburn, Jack Nicholson vs Daniel Day-Lewis – who has won the most Academy Awards in history?
Meet LGBTQ+ icon Sami Outalbali, the French Netflix star of Sex Education who is everyone’s next obsession

The 20-year-old Parisian plays the openly gay Rahim in the hit Netflix series, and previously appeared in Philippe Faucon’s LGBTQ+ miniseries Fiertés

8 Feb 2020 - 7:48AM

The 20-year-old Parisian plays the openly gay Rahim in the hit Netflix series, and previously appeared in Philippe Faucon’s LGBTQ+ miniseries Fiertés

Meet LGBTQ+ icon Sami Outalbali, the French Netflix star of Sex Education who is everyone’s next obsession
How Florence Pugh went from covering songs on YouTube to starring in Little Women and playing Scarlett Johansson’s sister in Black Widow

What does Game of Thrones have to do with the British actress, who plays the youngest March sister in Little Women?

7 Feb 2020 - 7:00PM

What does Game of Thrones have to do with the British actress, who plays the youngest March sister in Little Women?

How Florence Pugh went from covering songs on YouTube to starring in Little Women and playing Scarlett Johansson’s sister in Black Widow
6 things to know about Radhika Apte, the Bollywood indie darling set to star in Apple TV+ series Shantaram

Apte was nominated for an International Emmy Award for best actress for Lust Stories, has starred in the Netflix hit Sacred Games and will be in Apple TV’s upcoming Shantaram

6 Feb 2020 - 4:00PM

Apte was nominated for an International Emmy Award for best actress for Lust Stories, has starred in the Netflix hit Sacred Games and will be in Apple TV’s upcoming Shantaram

6 things to know about Radhika Apte, the Bollywood indie darling set to star in Apple TV+ series Shantaram
Why genderqueer and LGBTQ+ fashion icon Jaden Smith is fighting for the right to self-expression for his generation

From sporting a skirt in a gorgeous fashion campaign to launching a gender-fluid clothing line, Jaden Smith insists on setting his own path

5 Feb 2020 - 7:28PM

From sporting a skirt in a gorgeous fashion campaign to launching a gender-fluid clothing line, Jaden Smith insists on setting his own path

Why genderqueer and LGBTQ+ fashion icon Jaden Smith is fighting for the right to self-expression for his generation
Marvel to Mulan: the 10 hottest films of 2020 see the return of James Bond, Black Widow, Wonder Woman – and even Tom Cruise’s Top Gun

4 superhero films, 1 futuristic fiction and a sequel to a horror hit, can you guess the rest of our top 10 most-anticipated movies?

21 Jan 2020 - 2:00PM

4 superhero films, 1 futuristic fiction and a sequel to a horror hit, can you guess the rest of our top 10 most-anticipated movies?

Marvel to Mulan: the 10 hottest films of 2020 see the return of James Bond, Black Widow, Wonder Woman – and even Tom Cruise’s Top Gun
Awkwafina – 5 things to know about the Golden Globes winner snubbed by the Oscars

She made history as the first Asian-American to win a lead actress award at the Golden Globes – but failed to even get a nomination at the coming Academy Awards

16 Jan 2020 - 12:00PM

She made history as the first Asian-American to win a lead actress award at the Golden Globes – but failed to even get a nomination at the coming Academy Awards

Awkwafina – 5 things to know about the Golden Globes winner snubbed by the Oscars
Henry Cavill, Kumail Nanjiani and 5 other actors who got ripped for superhero roles

Eating healthily and doing insane exercises helped these actors transform their bodies into physiques worthy of superheroes

13 Jan 2020 - 10:00AM

Eating healthily and doing insane exercises helped these actors transform their bodies into physiques worthy of superheroes

Henry Cavill, Kumail Nanjiani and 5 other actors who got ripped for superhero roles