Rajkummar Rao to replace Shahid Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali’s next?
Two months back we had reported that the much awaited Jab We Met reunion may not be happening. Shahid Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali, who were keen on collaborating, will not be working together anytime soon. While the fans of the duo are disappointed, let us tell you that Imtiaz Ali is looking forward to take the film ahead. However, the leading man would be someone else. If recent reports are to be believed, it is none other than Rajkummar Rao.
Earlier we had mentioned that both Imtiaz Ali and Shahid Kapoor had decided to put the film on the back burner. Despite the fact that they were looking forward to work with each other after almost a decade, plans of the film going on floor never materialized. Further, it was being said that the duo decided to put the film on hold.
But now, according to speculative reports, Shahid Kapoor has decided to completely pull out of the film as he is not interested in going ahead with it. However, it has been asserted that the relation between the actor and the director remains unaffected, despite Shahid’s decision.
On the other hand, Rajkummar Rao has stepped in for Shahid’s role. There are some reports suggesting that this Imtiaz Ali film was ideally a two-hero project which already featured Rajkummar as the parallel lead. These reports claim that Rajkummar decided to fill in the shoes of Shahid Kapoor after the latter decided to quit the project. And, now the makers are currently on a hunt to find yet another actor to essay Rao’s original role.
It is also being said that the scripting may require changes to suit Rajkummar’s personality. Speaking on Rao, his forthcoming films include Mental Hai Kya with Kangana Ranaut, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga with Sonam Kapoor and Fanne Khan with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor.
As for Shahid Kapoor, his next includes Batti Gul Meter Chalu with Shraddha Kapoor and Yami Gautam. He is also said to have signed the remake of the Telugu blockbuster Arjun Reddy.
Sonakshi Sinha roped in to feature in Hindi remake of Aapla Manus
Earlier this year, we saw the release of the Marathi film Aapla Manus that marked actor-producer Ajay Devgn’s foray into regional cinema. A little later it was reported that Ashutosh Gowariker had acquired the Hindi remake rights of the film and would be producing the film under his banner and that it would be once again directed by Satish Rajwade. Now we hear that Gowariker has roped in none other than Sonakshi Sinha to essay a role in the film.
Commenting on the same, a source close to the project says, “Yes Ashutosh Gowariker will be producing a Hindi remake of Aapla Manus and Sonakshi Sinha has been approached for the same. In fact just last week Gowariker held a special screening of the film for Sonakshi after the actress heard the script and approved the same as well.”
As for the film itself, Aapla Manus which was based on popular play called ‘Katkon Trikon’ released in February this year and was a major hit with the critics and at the box-office as well.
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Leaner physique, buzz cut! Harshvardhan Kapoor will have to do a lot of prep for the Abhinav Bindra biopic and here are the deets!
Harshvardhan Kapoor is currently busy with the promotions of Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, with the film only a week away from its release. And the actor has already started thinking about his next, the biopic on Abhinav Bindra. The makers, who were busy scripting the film until now, are now on the verge of locking it, according to recent reports. And Harshvardhan is equally excited about kick starting the venture. After all it is also his first film with papa Anil Kapoor!
For those who came in late, let us tell you that Anil Kapoor is collaborating with two of his kids on screen. He will be seen alongside daughter Sonam Kapoor in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. And with his son Harshvardhan, he will share screen space in Abhinav Bindra biopic wherein he will essay the role of his onscreen father.
While it was earlier being said that the father-son Kapoor duo were taking off to Punjab for prep, it is now that Harshvardhan Kapoor has spoken about the said prep in an elaborate manner in media reports. The Mirzya actor revealed that he needs to ace the perfection game when it comes to shooting to understand Bindra. He spoke about the fervor of a sportsman by stating that it is not just about 10s but about acing it to the extent of 10.9s. He described it as digging into the mind of an obsessive athlete.
The Kapoor lad also maintained that such people can’t have a life or relationships. They are generally isolated because they generally don’t let other people enter their space or zone. He also explained the crucial role of his father Anil Kapoor on screen since the film traces the equation of the older and younger Bindra and how their relation too goes through different phases.
On the other hand, Harshvardhan Kapoor also asserted that he needs to undergo some extensive physical change. From shedding 10 kgs to portray the role of the younger version of Abhinav Bindra to sporting buzz cut, the actor will be seen in a transformed avatar for the film. Not just that! Yet another missing element from his current off screen look will be his beard. Harsh will have to do away with his beard for his role as Abhinav.
Directed by Kannan Iyer, the Abhinav Bindra biopic [which is yet to be titled], will revolve around the life of the Olympic champion shooter. The release date of the film is yet to be announced.
Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen Bhatt to write a book on depression
Many actors have decided to come out to share the varied life experiences, whether it is good or bad, to their fans. While Deepika Padukone has spoken about his tryst with depression, Kalki Koechlin has spoken about sexual abuse. Many of the celebrities have bravely confronted the many struggles of their life and are now also uninhibited to share about it. One amongst them is also Shaheen Bhatt.
Hailing from the Bollywood Bhatt family and superstar Alia Bhatt as her sister, Shaheen Bhatt too has been in the limelight for long. She prefers to stay behind the camera and has a passion towards writing. This celebrity too, like many of her contemporaries, decided to talk about depression on social media. And now using the same experience, Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan’s elder daughter is contemplating on penning it down into a book.
Depression has become a major concern amidst today’s generation and many celebrities have been extending their support to this cause. While Deepika started her own foundation that helps depression patients, Live, Love, Laugh, now Shaheen Bhatt wants to contribute to the cause by writing a book.
Shaheen Bhatt, in a post that was shared almost two years, had confessed that she has been living in and out of depression for over a decade. The star kid not only owned up to her flaws but was also said, “I say I live with depression rather than I struggle with it because for me (and I speak only for myself here) I don't see why it has to be a struggle.” And now she has decided to help others to deal with depression.
Proud of it, her mother and actress Soni Razdan has stated that not only is her entire family including her husband and her younger daughter Alia Bhatt are supporting Shaheen in this decision but they are also very happy about it. Soni Razdan was all praises for her daughter’s courage in media reports and also added that she is a great writer.
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BREAKING: Makers of Shotgun Shaadi approach Dangal girl Fatima Sana Shaikh
Earlier this month we had reported that Parineeti Chopra had been roped in to feature alongside Sidharth Malhotra in the film Shotgun Shaadi. However, now we hear that Parineeti might just be replaced by the Dangal girl Fatima Sana Shaikh in the film. If what we hear is true then apparently the reason for this change in casting is because Parineeti Chopra has been facing issues with allocating dates to shoot the project.
Commenting on the same, a source close to the development says, “While it would be great to see Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra back on screen together after Hasee Toh Phasee, it now seems unlikely given the fact that Parineeti is pretty busy. Due to Pari’s issues with allocating dates for the film, the makers have now roped in Fatima Sana Shaikh for the role.”
Interestingly, prior to Parineeti coming on board for Shotgun Shaadi rumours were rife that the Ekta Kapoor production wanted to sign Shraddha Kapoor, hence bringing together the Ek Villain team. But now with Fatima stepping into Pari’s shoes, we guess we will have to wait a bit longer for this reunion.
As for the film, though Fatima Sana Shaikh is yet to sign the dotted line, Sidharth Malhotra has already begun prep work for the film by hiring a dialect coach to learn Bihari properly. As for their roles in Shotgun Shaadi, though Fatima’s role is still under wraps, we hear that Sidharth will be seen bulking up as he plays a a thug who abducts men and forcefully gets them married.
Shraddha Kapoor signed opposite Sushant Singh Rajput in Nitesh Tiwari's next?
Earlier this year, we had reported that Sushant Singh Rajput will be cast in the next directorial of Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari. And now, the next update on that front is that Shraddha Kapoor has been signed for the film. A few media reports have asserted that the actress is keen on doing this venture.
Just a couple of days ago, Nitesh Tiwari took to social media to make an announcement about a film. The said venture was to be produced by Sajid Nadiadwala in association with Fox Star Studios. Although further details were maintained under wraps, the post stated that the cast announcements will be made soon.
On the other hand, speculative reports have been stating that the cast has been locked for the said venture. In our earlier report it was also mentioned, that the film is set against the backdrop of college and focuses on student drama. To be more specific, it revolves around the life of engineering college students and how to embrace the success-failure of lives. Incidentally, Sushant Singh Rajput has been an engineering student in the past but dropped out of the profession to pursue his dream of acting.
As for Shraddha Kapoor, the makers are yet to make the announcement since the actress is yet to sign on the dotted line. She also has a few projects that are currently in the pipeline. While she has almost wrapped up the multi-lingual, Prabhas starrer Saaho, her next would be the Saina Nehwal biopic.
Sushant Singh Rajput, as of now, has finished Abhishek Chaubey’s Son Chiriya. He has now shifted focus to the much delayed Kedarnath which is supposed to mark the debut of Sara Ali Khan.
Hence, considering the hectic schedule of the duo, it is being said that this Nitesh Tiwari directorial may only go on floor in November. The two of them are expected to allot dates in bulk since the makers are keen on having a start-to-end shoot schedule.
REVEALED: Irrfan Khan to play Udham Singh in Shoojit Sircar's next; film will go on floor by year end
Shoojit Sircar and Irrfan Khan came together for the unconventional film Piku, also starring Deepika Padukone. The director-actor duo is now all set to return for a screen adaptation of the life of martyr Udham Singh. Amidst many legendary heroes in our history who have contributed to the Indian Independence, Udham Singh is said to have played an integral role. Now, Shoojit confessed that he has indeed found his hero in Irrfan Khan.
However, it is also a known fact that Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine tumor and is undergoing treatment in Europe. But Shoojit Sircar is very positive about the current situation. He revealed that the actor is responding well to the treatment and should be soon on the road to recovery. In fact, Shoojit has confidently asserted that they should be starting the film by the end of this year. He also added that he will be visiting Irrfan and his family next month.
As far as his research for the film is concerned, Shoojit Sircar went on to confess that he wanted to make a film on Udham Singh since the time he arrived in Mumbai. Although he ended up making some versatile films in the past, this will be Shoojit's first film on a patriotic martyr.
Speaking on how he has always idolized Udham Singh, Shoojit stated that this hero, despite his sacrifices hasn’t found his name in history. After Bhagat Singh, the work of Udham Singh was one of the major turning points in history. He mentioned that he visited Amritsar and Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab during his theatre days in 1995. That’s when he got inspired by the story of Singh who killed the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O'Dwyer. The revolutionary did so to avenge the 1919 massacre.
On the other hand, Shoojit also confirmed that Irrfan Khan fits the bill perfectly. He believes that Irrfan has the finesse and depth that is required to play Udham Singh. Adding to it is also the fact that Irrfan is aware of the history of Punjab.
As mentioned before, Shoojit is expecting to kick off the film by the end of this year.
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This beauty pageant winner will be making her big Bollywood debut with Shah Rukh Khan’s Zero
Shah Rukh Khan has over the years become a name to reckon with in the world of films. And making a debut alongside him or in a film that features Shah Rukh in the lead is a dream for many. Well, now we hear that for Sushrii Shreya Mishraa, this dream will soon become a reality. As per reports, it is learnt that Sushrii Shreya Mishraa, who was the third runner up in the 2015 Miss United Continents pageant will be seen making her Bollywood debut with the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero.
As per what we hear, Sushrii has been roped in to play the role of Abhay Deol’s girlfriend. If that wasn’t all, the stunner has already shot for the film and is apparently pretty kicked about her debut vehicle. Commenting on the same, Sushrii apart from having only words of praise for her co-star Abhay, went on to gush about the film being perfect and how Mukesh Chabbra’s casting company was the sole reason for her to bag this role.
As for the film itself, Zero that was announced a while back is being helmed by Aanand L. Rai. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, the film will see Khan playing a dwarf and is being readied to release on December 21.
NITI Aayog signs on Sushant Singh Rajput to promote Women Entrepreneurship Platform
NITI Aayog announced the signing of a Statement of Intent (SoI) with noted media personality and entrepreneur Sushant Singh Rajput, to collaborate and support NITI’s flagship initiative, the Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP). The agreement was signed in the presence of Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog by Ms Anna Roy, Adviser (Industry), NITI Aayog and Sushant Singh Rajput.
“NITI Aayog has always emphasised the importance of reaching out to the youth and inviting them to engage with the various policies of the government. Sushant Singh Rajput, through his work and as a youth icon, embodies the energetic and spirited masses shaping the country’s growth narrative today. As brand ambassador of WEP, which already includes over a 1,000 women entrepreneurs, this partnership will further drive our mission to establish a vibrant, enabling entrepreneurial ecosystem for the women of the country”, said Amitabh Kant, highlighting the importance of including young role-models in popularizing government initiatives.
Sushant Singh Rajput and Varun Mathur, through their recently launched company Innsaei Ventures, shall be setting aside a corpus of Rs. 20 crore, which shall be invested in start-ups established by women entrepreneurs.
Commenting on his association with NITI Aayog, Sushant Singh Rajput said, “I am honoured to be associated with NITI Aayog and be a part of India’s transformative journey. NITI Aayog is doing incredible work by empowering thousands of women in our country through the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and revolutionizing the cashless economy by introducing a simple digital payments app - BHIM. As a brand ambassador, it gives me an opportunity to drive the Digital India movement and support women entrepreneurs in India.”
Sushant will also be promoting NITI Aayog’s digital payments campaign which looks towards transforming India into a less-cash economy. The actor will endorse the Women Entrepreneurship Platform and encourage use of Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) application by appearing in various video, print and social media campaigns of NITI Aayog. He would also be supporting NITI Aayog in promoting the Women Transforming India Awards 2018, the theme for which is ‘Women and Entrepreneurship’ and whose nominations are currently on-going.
With a collective vision of empowering people and communities, this partnership will see NITI Aayog and Sushant Singh Rajput work together to emphasize the Government’s commitment towards building an inclusive, digitally-empowered, entrepreneurial India.
NITI Aayog’s Women Entrepreneurship Platform (WEP) was launched on March 8, 2018 on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. The initiative is aimed at building an ecosystem for women across India to realize their entrepreneurial aspirations, scale-up innovative initiatives and chalk-out sustainable, long-term strategies for their businesses. It aims to power a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem through an enabling network of industry collaborations, partnerships, mentors and peer-to-peer connect.
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SCOOP: Salman Khan’s Race 3 may not release in Pakistan
Just a few days ago, we saw the trailer of the Salman Khan starrer Race 3 release, followed by a couple of tracks from the film. While the film still remains as one of the most keenly anticipated summer releases in Bollywood, we hear that Race 3 might just have a tough time releasing across the border. In fact, reports state that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Pakistan has issued a notice temporarily banning the release of any foreign film including Indian films during the Eid holidays, essentially casting a shadow of doubt on the release of Race 3 in Pakistan this Eid.
As per the circular issued by the Pakistan Ministry, Indian and foreign films will be banned from two days before Eid to until two weeks after the holidays. This move to ban foreign and Indian films comes after local filmmakers, artists, distributors and producers complained that local films face stiff competition from Indian and Hollywood movies that release during the festive season. With this temporary ban, the Pak Ministry looks at promoting local cinema which, given the limited screen count, have been facing issues with recovering their investment.
To gain more clarity on the Pakistan release of Race 3, we contacted Ramesh Taurani, who is the producer of Race 3. However, Taurani claims to have no details on the same saying, “I am not aware of this notice in Pakistan and I cannot comment on the film’s release since Yash Raj Films is taking care of the overseas distribution of Race 3.” With doubt still foreshadowing the release of Race 3 in Pakistan, it is learnt that the said temporary ban is also applicable for the Eid-ul-Adha holidays which will fall around late August or September.
As of now, with no clarity on the release pattern of Race 3 in the overseas market, and an official update on its release still awaited, it remains unclear whether Race 3 will hit screens in Pakistan this Eid.
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REVEALED: Details of Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur’s IPL shoot
Amidst link-up rumours of Salman Khan and Iulia Vantur, now a forthcoming venture is all set to get them together. While it is a known fact that Iulia has also done playback singing in Salman’s film Race 3, now the upcoming closing ceremony of Indian Premiere League aka IPL is all set to have Iulia and Salman as a part of it.
The latest season of IPL is nearing its end and preps are on for a grand closing ceremony. Just like the opening ceremony, this one too will feature performances of some Bollywood biggies. But besides that, the TV show ‘Cricket Finals Party Toh Banti Hai’ has been planned for the same. And this one too will have Bollywood celebrities coming together. While one amongst them will be Salman Khan, Iulia Vantur too will be a part of it.
Iulia Vantur is expected to shoot for the said episode of the TV show at a studio in Lower Parel on Saturday. On the same day itself, Salman Khan too is expected to shoot a segment. As for the show, it is expected to be aired on Sunday, as a part of the final lineup for the IPL this year. If reports are to be believed, the idea of roping in Iulia was given by Salman himself.
It is not an unknown fact that Salman Khan has been helping his reportedly alleged girlfriend Iulia Vantur to establish herself in the Bollywood industry. While she ventured into Hindi music with a single, she has even lent voice for the romantic number ‘Selfish’ in Race 3. The song, that released a day ago, is penned by Salman Khan himself and it features the superstar along with is co-star Jacqueline Fernandez.
On the other hand, Salman’s co-star Jacqueline Fernandez will be a part of the performance line-up for the IPL closing ceremony with actors like Katrina Kaif grooving to music. It is expected to be hosted by Ranbir Kapoor.
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Yami Gautam to attend court proceedings to prep for her role in Batti Gul Meter Chalu
Yami Gautam has been busy prepping for her role in Uri, the Aditya Dhar film that is based on the Uri attacks of 2016. But at the same time, she has also restarted her prep for Batti Gul Meter Chalu. After much delay in the shoot, the major schedule of this Shree Narayan Singh directorial is finally said to be back on track and the actress has now started the prep.
For the uninitiated, Batti Gul Meter Chalu discusses the discrepancies of electric billing in small towns. As this is an issue that plagues many people across the country, there are various cases that are brought to court by unhappy consumers. Though these cases are against big companies, there is a lot of research that goes into becoming the prosecution for something like this.
Considering that Yami Gautam is playing a lawyer, she is hoping to catch a few court proceedings. She wishes to understand the grievances first hand, see how the prosecution addresses it and also study what certain verdicts have been.
When asked about the plan she said, "I am planning to attend one of the court sessions for sure before starting Batti Gul Meter Chalu. As of now since its summer holidays, my lawyer friend and team are figuring a vacation bench session that I can attend on the basis my schedule currently. I am looking forward to the real experience at a court."
Batti Gul Meter Chalu also stars Shahid Kapoor in the role of a lawyer. However, the film will feature Shraddha Kapoor as the leading lady. The film, which has only Bhushan Kumar as its sole producer, will release on August 31.
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Kedarnath controversy gets murkier: Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan is dragged to court over date issues
Just when we thought that the shoot of Kedarnath has resumed smoothly, the trouble has nowhere ended for the film. In a nightmare of sorts, now yet again disputes started brewing on the sets to the extent that Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan has been dragged to court over date issues.
Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor was all set to launch Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara Ali Khan with Kedarnath. According to an agreement that was signed in last September, the actress had agreed to play the female lead. Furthermore, she had even allotted a chunk of dates for shoot. But the Guy In The Sky Productions Pvt Ltd, which belongs to Abhishek Kapoor, has now dragged Sara to the court after her agent revealed that she doesn’t have enough dates.
The matter ensued when Sara Ali Khan was informed that the shoot of Kedarnath would continue throughout May until July 5. But the actress’ agent informed the film’s team that Sara wouldn’t be available in June as she is supposed to shoot another film during the same time period. This has miffed the makers of Kedarnath who are now demanding Rs. 5 crores as damages after the actress’ sudden back out from the dates allotted.
The makers of Kedarnath have been arguing in the court about whether an actor can change the dates allotted to a film and lend it for another film.
As for the film itself, it will star Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead. After the exit of KriArj from the producers list, Kedarnath is taken over by Ronnie Screwvala, who is now the sole producer of the film.
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“Sridevi’s contribution to South cinema must not be underestimated” - Nagarjuna
The death of the legendary Sridevi came as a blow to all her friends, fans and co-stars. Nagarujuna who worked with her in Telugu and Hindi films says Sridevi’s death served up a lesson to him. “I still can’t believe she is gone. Life is so unpredictable. The suddenness of Sridevi’s death has made me appreciate my loved ones more. It’s important to live every moment positively and beautifully.”
Nagarjuna who was as shocked as the rest of the nation by Sridevi’s sudden demise, says her contribution to cinema cannot be undermined. “She was equally important to Hindi and South cinema. Her contribution to cinema in the South whether it was Malayalam, Telugu or Tamil, cannot be undermined. In Telugu I can vouch for her professionalism and talent. Sridevi could do anything.”
Nag recalls how Sridevi worked with both Nag and his father. “You won’t believe this. But she played my father (the legendary Akkineni Nageswara Rao, better known as ANR)’s daughter and then his romantic interest in several films. And then she was my co-star. No matter whom she was paired with, Sridevi was completely at home. It didn’t matter to her whether her leading man was my father or me. She was equally comfortable with both,” says Nag emotionally recalling his time with her.
“Her level of professionalism was to be seen to be believed. When she did Ram Gopal Varma’s Govinda Govinda with me she was full of fun and enjoyment in front of the camera. The minute it was switched she went back into her shell. She was an astonishing artiste. I will miss her for as long as I work,” says Nag emotionally.
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Revealed: Varun Dhawan kicks off his own CLOTHING line and here are the details
Here’s another Student Of The Year who is keen on establishing his name in the apparel arena. After Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan is keen on entering the fashion line and he has already taken his first step. How? Well, the actor’s brand Dhawan & Only is already available at stores and the sales have kicked off on a good note.
Considering that Varun Dhawan is a Gen Y star, his apparel brand too represents the youthful aura. The actor has confessed in reports that he was keen on starting the brand to connect with the youth. It is being said that he has found fans amongst his own group and Kalank co-star Alia Bhatt is one of them. The actress was once spotted sporting a tee from his brand that has gained popularity on social media.
Speaking on his new venture, Varun Dhawan confessed that this brand is his brainchild. Although he maintained that he doesn’t know much about entrepreneurship, he added that he has worked from scratch for this line. As of now, the apparels are available in solid colours with each of them having slogans on it.
Elaborating on the slogans, Varun mentioned that it isn’t really his musings as such but something that can resonate with the current generation. The actor also honestly stated that he also has a team looking it and the idea is to keep it simple since that will have more connect. However, he was quick to add that the slogans are indeed his!
On the other hand, Varun Dhawan also stated that his collection is little and few. The Gen Y superstar believes that he wants to sell the clothing line on merit. If it succeeds, he will extend the brand further with more additions to the collection. He is, however, happy to see the positive his brand has been receiving by far.
The said collection of Dhawan & Only is available at FBB [Fashion Big Bazaar] outlets in metropolitan cities. Interestingly, Varun himself endorses FBB as he is the brand face of the men’s collection.
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Nushrat Bharucha to collaborate with Atif Aslam on a music video
Nushrat Bharucha is the latest B-town girl who entered the 100 crore club with her superhit film, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. With a blockbuster film, a lot of opportunities have made its way to her doorstep. Now, it has been learned that Nushrat Bharucha will collaborate with Pakistani singer Atif Aslam on a music video.
Nushrat Bharucha will be seen in a song titled 'Baarish' with Atif Aslam. It has been crooned and composed by the singer and will be picturized in Los Angeles. The actress is pumped with this collaboration as she loves Atif Aslam as an artist and is fond of his music.
Speaking about the project with production house T-Series, Nushrat added that it was a wonderful experience to collaborate with them again after Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. They have produced tons of videos, artists, singers, music composers. And now she is happy to be part of the music video and collaborating with Bhushan Kumar. She will always like to work with them at any given point in time.
Meanwhile, on the film front, Nushrat Bharucha starred alongside Kartik Aaryan, Sunny Singh and Alok Nath in her last release, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. She has been seen in several films like Pyaar Ka Punchnama, Akaash Vani, Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2, among others. Nushrat Bharucha is still going through scripts to lock in her next film.
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Shraddha Kapoor kicks off second round of training for Saina Nehwal biopic
It’s been more than a year since the ambitious Saina Nehwal biopic was announced. Shraddha Kapoor underwent extensive training for this sports film which is based on the real life Olympic champ. However, even before the film could go on floor, speculations of it being shelved started doing the rounds. Now denying the same, Shraddha Kapoor has kicked off her second round of training session to play Saina on screen.
If recent reports are to be believed, Shraddha Kapoor will be undergoing another major session of badminton training for the film. While she has already learnt a few important things about Saina's playing style including the player’s grip on the racket and the ground. And now, the round of workshops will start to help Shraddha build her stamina for the game and also her focus.
Speaking about the film, director of the film Amole Gupte revealed that Amitosh is on board to help with the dialogues. Fans of Saina Nehwal would be aware that the sports persona hails from Hisar in Haryana and her family continue to use the dialect to converse with each other. Shraddha will have to pick up the dialect and for the same she will require the help of Amitosh. Also, the latter has written the dialogues for the film, especially the ones that require the Haryanvi twist.
Amole Gupte also mentioned in recent reports that now the training will focus on achieving a certain level of sustainability. He also wants to ensure that this will help the actress avoid any kind of injuries in the future. What, according to him, has also come in handy for them is the training that Shraddha underwent for Saaho.
For the uninitiated, Shraddha Kapoor will be seen in an action packed avatar in her multi lingual film Saaho which also stars Bahubali actor Prabhas in lead role.
Besides that, Shraddha's another film Batti Gul Meter Chalu starring Shahid Kapoor and Yami Gautam was caught in a quandary. And now, that too is back on track and the shooting of the same will be wrapped up soon.
As for Saina Nehwal biopic, the untitled venture, produced by Bhushan Kumar, will go on floor in September.
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Dear Karan Johar, happy birthday! As an unstoppable fashion force, your style arsenal is above all that BLING, SASS and SPUNK – Here’s why!
Let’s just put it there – Karan Johar is a formidable fashion force! In the now-fashion riddled Bollywood, Karan Johar’s game-changing and fabulous shenanigans with all things modish, quirky and incredible are intriguing to say the least. Exhibiting a rare fluency in the sartorial understanding of what suits him the best, he has tamed the word OTT to the T. Karan Johar and his fashion stylist Nikita Jaisinghani are an amicable duo who never fail to do things differently. Men’s fashion in India is often deemed as underrated and nascent. But storming the scene with that unflinching attitude in tow, Karan Johar quite rightly turned showstopper for the snazzy fashion designer duo, Falguni and Shane Peacock at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. While he effortlessly dabbles movie production, direction, hosting of his frivolous talk show, Koffee With Karan and debatable acting skills (Bombay Velvet and Welcome to New York), he is also the father to adorable munchkins, daughter Roohi and son Yash. Additionally, he is the quintessential Mr Congeniality of tinsel town, known for those lavish parties attended by the who’s who of tinsel town! Born on 25 May 1972, Karan Johar turns 46 today – it would be quite safe to say that he seems to be defying age and how!
Karan Johar’s Instagram feeds are a lesson in living life to the fullest! A selfie-obsessed signature pout poser, Karan Johar’s fashion arsenal is a delightful mixed bag of bespoke suits (embroidered and classic), metallic bomber jackets, shimmery boots, zany shades and an overload of patterns and prints. Here’s why we cannot stop obsessing over Karan’s obsession for the sassier version of fashion and style.
Bespoke suits – Classic, contemporary and cheeky!
Karan spent an afternoon wearing a sleek suit from Gucci with spike studded Christian Louboutin shoes and nerdy frames.
Karan donned an embroidered Abu Jani – Sandeep Khosla suit with star printed boots.
Gucci suits cater to Karan’s sensibilities; Karan added a hint of subtle drama with embroidered patchwork tie featuring a spaceship, crown, snake, eye, bee and a flower.
Imbibing checks and dots, courtesy of Hugo Boss, Karan cut a striking picture in this suit.
Bling for Life – Karan Johar
Karan matched his customised butterfly motif Manish Malhotra suit with metallic boots, adding that dash of colour to his otherwise sleek look.
Karan’s astonishing pair of Christian Louboutin shoes spunks up his all-black look in a jiffy!
Metallic chevron printed Louis Vuitton shoes elevate his already dapper Gucci suit and SS Homme tie.
Karan upped his basic suit with a bling Gucci bow tie and spiked Christian Louboutin loafers.
Karan donned a Falguni and Shane Peacock shimmery suit and aced it with vintage frames and silver fox-esque hair.
Sprucing up his basic black style with a Philipp Plein metallic bomber jacket, Karan looks dapper!
Throwing a shade – Karan Johar
Karan has always showcased his love for sunnies – the quirkier the better!
Of quirky prints and patterns – Karan Johar
Karan tapped on the animal print with a D Squared 2 jacket and quirked it further with John Varvatos metallic shoes.
Plaid never looked so jazzy until Karan chose it while travelling to Berlin.
Karan loves camouflage and flaunted a patchwork one with an Off-White bag and Gucci shoes.
With an innate sense of what does and does not fit well, Karan Johar and his affair with super fashionable outfits and accessories with a bit of flair for the dramatics is what defines his persona. Happy Birthday, Karan Johar!
Dhanush confirms Velaiila Pattadhari 3 aka VIP 3
We saw Kajol return to the South industry with VIP 2 aka Velaiila Pattadhari 2 last year. And now Dhanush has confirmed its triquel, that is, VIP 3. The actor-producer, who made his debut in Bollywood with Raanjhanaa is all set to collaborate with the same director Aanand L. Rai.
Velaiilla Pattadhari 2, which featured Kajol in a grey role of sorts, did fairly well at the South box office. And owing to the same, Dhanush confirmed a third instalment at the recently held Cannes Film Festival. The actor has stated during the festival that they have been looking out for ideas for VIP 3 and that they are definitely taking the franchise ahead.
On the other hand, another film that Dhanush confirmed was one with Aanand L. Rai. However he refused to divulge any further details on it. Earlier too we had reported that the duo will be coming together. In fact, the two of them are even expected to produce a couple of films together but there have been no further details on the same.
Coming to Velaiila Pattadhari, the first instalment was directed by Velraj and featured Vivek, Saranya Ponvannan, Samuthirakani, Surbhi among others. On the other hand, the second instalment featured Kajol along with a similar star cast. As for the third part, the casting and other details are yet to be locked since the film is currently in its initial stages.
Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares to sponsor top awards at Kashish 2018
National award winning internationally acclaimed actor Anupam Kher and his acting school `Actor Prepares' will sponsor top prizes at this year's KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival. Anupam Kher has announced that cash prizes of Rs 30,000 will go to the Best Narrative Feature Film, Rs 20,000 to the Best Indian Short Film and Rs 20,000 to the Best Actor In a leading Role award. The awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of ninth edition of KASHISH 2018 on May 27, 2018 at Liberty Carnival Cinemas. The cash awards were instituted by Anupam Kher in 2013.
“Actor Prepares is happy to collaborate with KASHISH for the fifth consecutive year. Good cinema is Art, it is entertainment, it is also a medium for social change. It is important that independent filmmakers who work with limited budgets and little resources with the sole focus to make good cinema be encouraged," said International actor and Chairman of Actor Prepares, Anupam Kher.
On the work front, Anupam Kher will be seen in two international shows. One is NBC’s new medical drama New Amsterdam and other is BBC’s drama Mrs Wilson.
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CONFIRMED! Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju trailer to release on May 30
The trailer of one of the most awaited films of the year Sanju is all set to release on 30th May 2018. Rajkumar Hirani's directorial Sanju showcases the life of yesteryear actor Sanjay Dutt, portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor.
The biopic depicts the various stages of Sanjay Dutt's life, the teaser of which has already piqued the interests of the audience. Sanju showcases the highs and lows of Sanjay Dutt's life, giving an insight into the unbelievable story of the actor. The teaser has garnered immense appreciation for the apt portrayal of Sanjay Dutt's life. While Ranbir Kapoor is being showered with praises for his amazing transformation into each phase of Sanjay Dutt's life, Rajkumar Hirani is hailed for his realistic portrayal.
The movie also stars Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal in important roles.
The director released multiple posters of the film, revealing the varied looks of Ranbir from the biopic. All the posters have gained immense appreciation from the audience and critics alike for the striking resemblance to Sanjay Dutt. Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will also stars an ensemble cast in addition to Ranbir Kapoor which includes Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza amongst others.
Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios. Sanju is all set to be released on 29th June 2018.
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Sidharth Malhotra BATS for animal safety, WRITES a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Many actors and actresses like Alia Bhatt, Anushka Sharma in the past have extended their support towards animal safety and animal rights. They have often participated in initiatives related to the cause too. Now, yet another actor who has been batting for a similar cause is Sidharth Malhotra! In fact, he has written a letter to Honorable Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for animal safety.
Sidharth Malhotra, who is fond of animals and even owns a pet dog named Oscar, has decided to voice his support to animal protection and safety. Supporting the same, he has written a letter to our PM and we have now caught hold of a copy of the same. The actor has requested to increase the punishment for cruelty against animals.
“Our nation’s primary animal-welfare legislation, The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960, is woefully outdated. Currently the penalty for cruelty to animals is just Rs. 10 to Rs. 50 for a first offence and up to Rs. 100 or three months in prison for a subsequent offence – barely equivalent to a slap on the wrist,” said the excerpt from the letter.
“As a result, the newspapers are filed with reports of disturbing and egregious animal abuse in our country, including incidents in which dogs were poisoned, cows were burned with acid and cats were beaten to death. This does signification damage to our reputation as a nation that respects animals,” stated the letter.
The same was concluded with, “If those guilty of cruelty to animals received jail time and significant fines – as well as counselling and a ban on contact with animals – it would help ensure that our duty under Article 51A (g) of the Constitution of India to show animals compassion is better upheld and respected and that society at large is protected from violent behavior.”
Sidharth Malhotra is yet to receive a response to his letter but we are sure that many from his fraternity will definitely come out in support of him in this endeavor.
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Has Deepika Padukone signed a superhero ACTION film with Fox Star Studios?
We have been waiting with bated breathe for Deepika Padukone to announce a new film soon after Padmaavat and looks like the wait is over now. For the uninitiated, the leggy lass was supposed to do a gangster film based on Mumbai mafia queen Sapna Didi. Irrfan Khan was supposed to play a male lead with her but owing to his ill health, the film was postponed. Post that, her fans and industry alike were super eager for Deepika to sign a film soon. She specified that she wanted to do a light hearted love story next and now, there is a speculation again that she has signed a superhero film next with Fox Star Studios and it is set to be made on a MASSIVE scale. There is a buzz that DP has finally locked on the script after curating through many projects and she is very excited to do an out-an-out action film.
Interestingly, Deepika’s ex Ranbir too will be seen in a superhero film next. We can’t help but draw the parallels here. Looks like after historical biographies and love stories, superhero films will be a new trend in Bollywood. If of course masses lap them up. Only time will tell if filmmakers will be able to crack the formula or no!
On personal front, there is a speculation that Deepika Padukone will get married to Ranveer Singh sometime in November.
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Alia Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt come TOGETHER not for a film but for Star Plus!
Known as one of the most talented amongst the Gen Y stars, Alia Bhatt is one of the biggest icons for the current generation. With a slew of hits in her career, the actress has now extended her brand association to television. And mind you it is specially for the channel Star Plus!
Although the details of the same are under wraps, Alia Bhatt is shooting something special and specific for the channel. The channel as well as Alia expressed happiness in being associated with each other. From what these reports suggest, the brand collaboration of Alia and Star is related to the channel brand’s message of having strong female models.
Alia Bhatt is considered to be one of the strongest actresses of her generation. Considering her connect with the youth, the channel reportedly also feels that the actress is a perfect role model who balances her professional front along with her family members. The actress’ great camaraderie with her entire family is something that is said to have prompted the channel to extend this association with her.
Without divulging many details on her association with Star Plus, Alia Bhatt maintained that she is looking forward to work with the channel and how they share similar values. The actress further added that her deep roots with family come from what she sees at home and described her father Mahesh Bhatt as her biggest inspiration.
Extending his support in this endeavor of Alia Bhatt is also her father Mahesh Bhatt. Interestingly, the latter is producing one of the prime-time shows of Star Plus, Naamkaran, inspired by the story of Pooja Bhatt starrer Zakhm.
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Race 3 actress Jacqueline Fernandez set to SIZZLE at the closing ceremony of IPL 2018 (read details)
Jacqueline Fernandez has been roped in to perform for the closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League on May 27 to be held in Mumbai. The actress has also been a part of the opening ceremony of the cricketainment where she danced to her hit numbers including ‘Tan Tana Tan’ and ‘Lift Teri Bandh Hai’ from her blockbuster film Judwaa 2.
According to sources, “Jacqueline is the only actress to have been roped in for both the opening and closing act of IPL. Not only does she have several hit songs to her credit, she is also high on energy and known for her moves, that’s the reason she is sought after. Now, she will be grooving to her latest number ‘Heeriye’ from Race 3.”
There are also talks of her performing a medley to her other popular tracks. "Till date Jacqueline has 19 hits that include ‘Chittiyan Kalliyan’, ‘Jumme Ki Raat’, ‘Sooraj Dooba Hai’ and ‘Sau Tarah Ke’. Discussions are on to create a new musical piece that will weave all these songs together. A final call will be taken in a day or two about it," adds the source.
The actress will not only perform on the ground but also will also be part of the two-hour TV show Cricket Final Party Toh Banti Hai where she will be seen talking about cricket with Salman Khan promoting their upcoming movie Race 3 and also shake a leg to their song.
With Race 3 coming up, Jacqueline Fernandez will be seen recreating the Kick magic with Salman Khan. The pair garnered immense love from the audience, so much so that Sajid Nadiadwala has already cast the duo in Kick 2. Produced by Salman Khan Films and Ramesh Taurani under the banner of Tips Films, Race 3 is directed by Remo D'souza and will hit theatres on Eid 2018.
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REVEALED: John Abraham required permission from politician Arun Jaitley to shoot these scenes for Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran
It is not an unknown fact that John Abraham has fought a major battle to ensure the smooth release of Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran. But did you know that the actor also required a series of permissions to shoot on this film which is based on real life incidents.
Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran is based on the 1998 nuclear tests in India and it was definitely challenging for John Abraham to procure all the permissions. Yet he ensured that all of those were in place. In recent reports, the actor-producer spoke about this stating that he required special permission from the then Defense Minister of India Arun Jaitley to fly drones in Pokhran [Arun Jaitley currently is the Finance Minister and Minister of Corporate Affairs Minister of India] Besides that, he also required the consent of the Border Security Force. The actor, however, was glad that all of these permissions were in place when the shooting kicked off.
Besides these, John Abraham was also happy that they could incorporate some small incidents that happened for real during the nuclear tests. In recent reports, John Abraham mentioned that he had spoken to many people who were involved during the Pokhran nuclear tests like officials of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). He wanted to do so to maintain authenticity whilst shooting the film.
During the same, the actor elaborated on an incident where people in Rajasthan ran out of onions. It seems that the unit working in Pokhran had bought all the onions because onions absorb radiation. Furthermore, John went on to add in these media reports, that some of these intriguing incidents are an integral part of the film too.
Also starring Diana Penty, Boman Irani in integral roles, Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran is directed by Abhishek Sharma. After a long legal battle with KriArj, the film is finally scheduled to release on May 25.
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Salman Khan plays saviour to Katrina Kaif & Jacqueline Fernandez
If you need a godfather in the Hindi film industry, do try to contact Salman Khan. The superstar has mentored many successful (Himesh Reshammiya, Katrina Kaif, Sajid–Wajid) and unsuccessful (Indra Kumar, Daisy Shah, Zareen Khan, Sneha Ullal) careers. Now he is busy giving an added fillip and boost to the successful careers of two female stars. A bit of tadka, if you will, to their careers. These lucky ladies are Salman’s old friend Katrina Kaif and newer friend Jacqueline Fernandez.
Reliable sources tell us that the roles of the two ladies in their new films with bade dil wala Khan has been “substantially enhanced”, thanks to his “timely” intervention. First Katrina who is all set to make a comeback with Salman’s Tiger Zinda Hai after a foiled love affair (with Ranbir Kapoor) and a slew of non-starters (Phantom, Fitoor, Baar Baar Dekho, Jagga Jasoos).
Informed sources from within the Tiger team say Salman insisted that Katrina and only Katrina be signed for the film. Says the source, “There was talk of replacing Katrina in the sequel since her recent films had underperformed. But Salman put his foot down, arguing only Katrina can play the lead in the sequel as she had done the same in the first film.”
He also ensured that Katrina was given enough prominence in the script. Sources say some of the action scenes were written in especially for Katrina on Salman’s “creative intervention.” As for Jacqueline she owes Salman big-time. Not only did Salman’s Kick kick-start her journey to stardom now in Race 3 Salman ensured she was given ample space in the cluttered multi-starrer.
Says a source, “When Salman decided to do Race 3 with director Remo d‘Souza instead of the dance film he was supposed to do with the choreographer-director, he made sure that Jacqueline who was to star with Salman in the dance film was also relocated into the new project. Then when Salman got to know that Jacqueline’s role was relatively meagre in Race 3, he insisted on it being increased. Jacqueline now has a far more substantial role in Race 3 than she did when she entered the project.”
Bhai, Godfather ho toh aisa.
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Chandrachur Singh croons for Yadvi - The Dignified Princess
Chandrachur Singh has worked in many memorable films like Maachis, Tere Mere Sapne, Josh and so on. The actor was 1996 Filmfare Award winner for Best Debut for Maachis. Now, he has made his singing debut with the song, ‘Rangreeza’ in the film Yadvi-The Dignified Princess, accompanying him is the Pawani Panday, ‘Laila Main Laila’ song fame.
Chandrachur Singh is playing a character of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. One of the wealthiest and famous Maharaja of India, who was first to own an airplane in India, that also Wright Brothers model and donated Ranji Trophy for cricketers, which is still given to Cricketers till today. The Maharaja is known for many contributions in the history of India. The music of the film is composed by Anuj Garg and panned by Nasir Faraz.
The film now is set to release in Manhattan, New York and Beverly Hills, California. The film directed by New York based actress, Jyoti Singh and a script based on a real-life story/screenplay by Gauri Singh, her sister. The film will be screened at the Music Hall Theater, Beverly Hills, CA May 25 to May 31 (5 times a day for 7 days) and at the Cinema Village, Manhattan, NY, June 1 to June 7 (4 times/day for 7 days).
Yadvi-The Dignified Princess also stars Vibhu Raqhav, Rahul Godara, Nikkitasha Marwaha, Reshaa Sabharwal, Namya Saxena, Ketki Puri, Minnie Pandit, Kuvam Handa, Yadvi Handa, Aishwarya Singh, Bernadine Linus, Mariane Borgo (French actress), Dina Rosenmeir (Actress from Denmark), & Minnie Pandit. The film is produced under the banner of RVP Productions, executive producer, Sumeet Verma.
#SterliteProtests: Case filed against Kamal Haasan for visiting victims of Tuticorin police firing
In one of the most tragic incidents, a huge group of protesters rallied at Tuticorin or Thoothukudi district collectorate and the peaceful protest was against the Sterlite Copper plant. As environmentalists and residents claimed that the copper plant has been contaminating the water sources, the company has denied it. The violence, on May 22, came on the 100th day of demonstrations where the police officials opened fire which left 11 people dead and more than 50 injured. As the death toll and injured people numbers are increasing, the unrest has left the state of Tamil Nadu in shock. The film industry has condemned the open firing including superstars Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan.
In the latest development, a case has been filed under section 144 of Indian Penal Code against actor-politician Kamal Haasan after he visited the victims of the open police firing at the Government Hospital in Thoothukudi on May 23. Along with his political party (Makkal Needhi Maiam) supporters, he visited the victims and their families to show support in this tragic time.
Later, Kamal Haasan addressed the media after his hospital visit, he is hoping these people get bigger punishment. He said, “Those who ordered the police firing in Tuticorin should step down. This will be their smallest punishment. A bigger punishment awaits them. It is a political punishment that the people will definitely give them. Before that, if they have a good conscience they have to step down.”
In the current scenario, the government has suspended the Internet services for the next 5 days in Tuticorin to stop spreading rumours. The DMK will observe a statewide shut down on 25 May. This will in protest against the killing of over 11 people in the protest. The AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government will also demand to permanently shut down the Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi.
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REVEALED: Aamir Khan WANTED to play Sanjay Dutt in Sanju but could not, here’s why
Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanju will release next month and there is already a lot of buzz around the film, thanks to its controversial subject and the fact that it is about the real life story of the resident bad boy of Bollywood: Sanjay Dutt. Many close to the actor reveal that his journey and life experiences are stranger than fiction and therefore will make for a fantastic plot. None other than Ranbir, who is one of the finest actors in the industry today, will portray his character and has already STUNNED masses with his transformation into Dutt for the movie. It is common knowledge that Aamir Khan was approached to play Sunil Dutt, Sanju’s dad, but he turned it down. Aamir just came out clean about this matter and we were rather surprised when we heard about his clarification on not doing the role.
Aamir said that Rajkumar Hirani offered him a good role of the late actor politician and it had many layers as it traced a rather complicated relationship between the father and his prodigal son but the only character which totally excited him was Ranbir’s key role. After reading it, he told Hirani that if he does the movie, it would only be for the central character. The role, according to Aamir, was so well written that he was totally enamoured by it. Unfortunately, Raju Hirani could not offer Sanju’s role to Aamir because he had already signed Ranbir Kapoor for the same.
Aamir’s next movie is Thugs Of Hindostan which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in lead roles. It is an action adventure film based in pre-independence period and will showcase Aamir Khan has the ultimate Thug!
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Farhan Akhtar tweets about Petrol price hike
For the past couple of years, the multi talented artist Farhan Akhtar has often expressed his concerns over several ongoing issues in the country. The loudest one of all has been MARD that fights against gender discrimination and inequality. And now if there is something that has been bothering Farhan, it is the drastic increase in petrol prices. In fact, he took to social media to share his thoughts on it.
Amidst many celebrities, some of them even deleting their comments on the increase in petrol price, here is Farhan Akhtar who is uninhibited to call a spade, a spade. He doesn’t like to mince words and furthermore, he also educated the audience on how the price can be reduced by giving a detailed analysis of the market price of petrol.
On the work front, Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s production house Excel Entertainment is gearing up for one of the most awaited releases of the year, the Akshay Kumar starrer Gold. The film is set against the backdrop of the Indian Independence era and revolves around India's first victory at hockey in Olympics. Directed by Reema Kagti, the film is slated to release on August 15, marking the occasion of Independence Day.
On the other hand, Farhan Akhtar was supposed to feature in two films as an actor. But speculations have it that he has opted out of both of them. Farhan is yet to announce about his next directorial as he is busy performing at concerts.
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Indra Kumar to direct Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal starrer Hera Pheri 3
Hera Pheri, undoubtedly, is one of the most amazing comedy films of its time. The punch lines, the errors, the casting - all fit perfectly well. Now, the fans of the franchise can rejoice as the Hera Pheri 3 is coming to the big screen next year. Adding more to the good news, the trio of Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal will be reprising their roles in the third installment.
In April 2018, Bollywood Hungama had reported that the trio was all set to return with Hera Pheri 3 but the project was still under works. Though no confirmation was made back then, it has been learned now that the project was locked last month only after the trio gave their dates for the film. According to the latest reports, the film will be shot in a start-to-finish schedule between December 2018 and February 2019. The makers will release the film in the second half of 2019. What's more interesting is that Total Dhamaal director Indra Kumar will be helming this project.
Masti and Dhamaal fame Indra Kumar confirmed that he is indeed very excited to direct this stellar cast. Kumar took to Twitter and wrote, “This is going to be a fun project with a stellar star cast @akshaykumar @SunielVShetty @SirPareshRawal Looking forward to #HeraPheri3.”
The first film Hera Pheri was the remake of 1989 Malayalam film Ramji Rao Speaking. It was directed by Priyadarshan and released in 2000. The word of mouth really worked wonders for the film and it became a commercial success. Then, came the second installment Phir Hera Pheri, under a new director Neeraj Vora. The film released in 2006. Vora was also the screenplay writer of the first installment. He had locked in the script for the third film in 2014 and was planning to helm it as well. But, in 2017, after one year in the coma, the filmmaker - actor-writer passed away.
WOAH! Priyanka Chopra says she was THROWN out of films and here’s why
Priyanka Chopra is a global icon and an international personality of repute. She made headlines for being invited and attending Meghan Markle – Prince Harry’s royal wedding and later for visiting the refugee camps of Ronhingyas in Bangladesh. Many pictures of hers went viral in last week and all for the right reasons. Now, we prepare for the homecoming of the queen as she will be back with Salman Khan’s Bharat where she is essaying a key role. In addition to this, she has her production commitments too and her Hollywood movie, A Kid Like Jake, is all set to release. Priyanka Chopra has grown strength to strength after starring in more than 50 movies in Bollywood and being a part of a hit television series Quantico in Hollywood. But this was not an easy path for her.
She carved this road out with sheer dedication and perseverance and in a recent interaction with media she spoke about the same. She said that it was a very important step for her to enter production because it is hard for newcomers to make it big as filmmakers are not ready to invest in them and she knows it too well. She said that almost all directors she has worked are new directors. Her route is very different and it’s a personal journey. The films that she makes are important to her and she has a point of view that our entertainment has commercial value and it has a story.
She also said that when she joined films, she was already winner of a beauty pageant and still had it a little easy. She accepted that she was thrown out of the films because somebody else was recommended, who was somebody’s daughter. Therefore, she wanted to have an open house philosophy in her production house.
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REVEALED: This is what Rang De Basanti filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is making next
For everyone who has loved Rang De Basanti, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is all set for another youth oriented film. The filmmaker, after Mere Pyare Prime Minister, will now concentrate on a father-son story set against the backdrop of the changing ideologies of generations.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra revealed that his next film is a salute to the Gen Y generation. Reports have it that the filmmaker has maintained that the current batch of youth is much more accomplished than others but they deserve a better world. He believes that they have been coping with too much pressure around.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has also stated in these reports that the world has given some major problems to the youth today like anxiety, depression, panic attacks, attention deficiency etc. which didn’t exist earlier. From peer pressure to performance pressure to competition pressure, the youth has to deal with a lot more around whilst structuring their life.
The filmmaker aims to tell this story with a father-son setup as he wants to portray the comparison between two different generations. Although he adds that it isn’t going to be an easy task, he is keen on taking it up. He has even been approaching many stars to understand what the response is for the same since the final casting is yet to be locked.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has refused to divulge any details about who is in his mind for the respective roles. He said in these reports that he doesn’t have a dream cast in mind but also mentioned that he has three to four actors in mind. But he is still unsure about who will agree to the film as according to him, a lot depends on the mindset during which they will absorb the story.
On the production front, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra will be co-producing Fanne Khan along with T-Series. The film that aims at portraying issues like body shaming will star Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Rajkummar Rao.
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Masaba Mantena is all for women empowerment with her initiative!
In the past too, Masaba Mantena has often hit back when it comes to gender discrimination and trolls alike. The fashion designer too has been a victim of many social media trolls and has handled it with panache. Now, not surprisingly, she has ventured into a new initiative that supports women empowerment.
The initiative will be executed soon on her social media as a part of the Can’t Deal series. It will also see the various causes that modern women today stand up for, besides dealing with women empowerment. It will be in a video format wherein women from various walks of life will share important details of various topics that concerns women.
Sources have been quoted in reports stating that whilst Masaba herself has been a victim of body shaming and other trolls on social media, the fashion designer doesn’t want any other woman to go through the same and has asked these powerful personas to speak up and stand up for such causes.
Masaba not only confirmed her new venture but also spoke about how her latest collection too is inspired by a similar idea. She decided to conceptualize this initiative by looking at the way millennials react to the society and its issues. She aims to use social media to the fullest to expand the reach of her campaign.
If recent reports are to be believed, the celebrity friends of Masaba Gupta have already received a sneak peek into the campaign. Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Sophie Choudry among others have already appreciated her work and given a thumbs up for the latest initiative.
Former Bigg Boss contestant Mandana Karimi now joins Khatron Ke Khiladi with Rohit Shetty as the host
Mandana Karimi, of late, was in a lot of news owing to the turbulence in her married life. But now it seems that all of that have been matters of the past, as the actress is all set to resume work. Besides films, reality shows have always intrigued her! So this time around, she has decided to try something new with Khatron Ke Khiladi that will be hosted by Rohit Shetty.
Mandana Karimi will be turning contestant for the forthcoming season of Khatron Ke Khiladi. It is not surprising considering that the Iranian model-actress has always been interested in reality shows. In fact, she attained fame in India as the contestant of the controversial TV show Bigg Boss. Followed by the same, she bagged the sex comedy Kyaa Kool Hain Hum 3 alongside Tusshar Kapoor and Aftab Shivdasani.
As for the show, it is being said that the process of getting Mandana Karimi on board is still underway. It is supposed to be in the initial stages since she reportedly hasn’t signed on the dotted line as yet.
If recent reports are to be believed the team of this adventurous show will be shooting Argentina. It is expected to kick off from June onwards, once all the contestants are locked. And now, it seems that she will be pitted against other popular contestants for Khatron Ke Khiladi which are said to be former cricketer S Sreesanth, actress Shamita Shetty among others.
It seems that the decision of getting back Rohit Shetty was of the channel authorities. They were impressed with his work in the past two seasons in 2014 and 2015. And hence they wanted to retrieve the momentum.
After wrapping up work for Khatron Ke Khiladi, Rohit Shetty will resume work on the Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan film Simmba, which is also produced by Karan Johar.
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Here’s how Rishi Kapoor reacted to the trailer of his son Ranbir Kapoor’s film Sanju
Well, many films which feature Ranbir Kapoor as the leading man have been shown to Rishi Kapoor. The veteran actor, however, has never overtly praised his son’s work sticking to the fact that he has been one of the biggest critics of his son. However, we hear that the teaser of Sanju has left Kapoor senior heavily impressed.
For the uninitiated, the teaser of Sanju that released recently showcased the varied avatars sported by real life Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt in his life span. The film is expected to showcase his life until he was released from imprisonment. The said teaser of Sanju was welcomed with mixed reactions but if there was one factor that everyone agreed to was the striking resemblance.
Many accepted that Sanjay Dutt and Ranbir Kapoor had a striking similarity in the trailer and that the Kapoor lad imbibed Dutt's behavior with aplomb. Similar was the opinion of Rishi Kapoor. He was not only impressed with his son’s homework on Sanjay Dutt but he was completely blown away with it. Furthermore, the veteran actor was shown some more glimpses of the film to get his opinion. Seeing it, Rishi Kapoor seems to have had a tear or two in his eyes, according to recent reports.
These reports also suggest that when Ranbir Kapoor was told about the reaction, he too got emotional after listening to his father’s reaction on the film. It is not a new fact that Ranbir Kapoor has always respected and admired his father’s work. He also considers his opinion on films as very integral and hence owing to the same, his reaction on Sanju left Ranbir overwhelmed.
Speaking on Sanju, it is directed by Rajkumar Hirani and is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Fox Star Studios. It features an ensemble cast of Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal with Anushka Sharma in a cameo. It is slated to release on June 29.
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Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan played Sabse Smart Kaun and guess who was the WINNER?
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan have turned co-stars yet again! We are talking about their next film Kalank. The two have already kicked off the shoot for the said period drama in Mumbai but they were recently spotted together for yet another shoot! This wasn’t for another film or a brand endorsement but for a quiz show. The two Gen Y stars shot for an episode of a quiz show titled Sabse Smart Kaun hosted by popular TV actor Ravi Dubey.
Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan were pitted against each other for the game show where they were supposed to solve the quizzes along with the two families they were supporting respectively. They were given some pictorial googlies in order to test their IQ on the show. During the same, the actress emerged as a winner by solving six out of nine brain teasers whereas Varun was able to complete only three.
In fact, sources close to the actress have stated in reports that Alia proved that she is smart and that bookish knowledge doesn’t matter. For the uninitiated, Alia Bhatt was trolled immensely online for her lack of general knowledge after she gave a wrong answer to the question on Koffee With Karan about the President Of India.
On the other hand, Varun Dhawan concluded the show on a philosophical note by appreciating the concept of the show. He reportedly said that for everyone who claims that they are inherently smart, this is the perfect platform to test that claim.
Kalank, which is directed by Abhishek Varman, also stars Sonakshi Sinha, Aditya Roy Kapur, Madhuri Dixit and Sanjay Dutt in lead roles. It features Kiara Advani, Kunal Kemmu among others too essay prominent roles in the said film. It is slated to release on April 19.
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Mumbai Police SASS Daisy Shah as they promote cyber safety with her viral Race 3 dialogue, here’s how she reacts
So, Daisy Shah is a hoot! No one in their wildest dream would have thought that she would be the talking point after the Race 3 trailer released. While there was a mixed reaction over the trailer, it was Daisy Shah’s ‘Our business is our business, none of your business,’ dialogue which BROKE the internet in the most literal sense. So, what was her first reaction? She was enraged and in a fit of anger ranted on social media about the same. She wrote, “To all The people who think they are too smart. Create ur own identity 1st n 'GET A LIFE', Wait! I am sure u don't have any #patheticLosers" But let’s face it, any publicity is good publicity and Daisy seems to have learnt this real quick when her own mentor Salman Khan jumped on the bandwagon promoting the dialogue with a zangy video. Jacqueline Fernandez too did the same.
Now, the Mumbai Police’s super woke social media team has taken this viral meme into cognizance and they took to Twitter to write, “Mind your own data to make sure that no one else takes advantage of it to beat you in the #RaceOfSafety.” The Daisy meme says: My data is my data, none of your data. Well, the actress took to Twitter to congratulate the police and replied with a polite #TooGood retort. This is a classic case of make hay while sun shine and hey, we are not complaining. We are just waiting for other brands to jump on this train and well earn two minutes of fame with this viral content. Daisy has all the reason to celebrate, in our opinion.
Race 3 stars Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Anil Kapoor and Saqeeb Salim in lead roles and is directed by Remo D’souza.
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Sorry fans, Prabhas - Anushka Shetty are not a couple...
At least in the sense that the fans want them to be. The problem is not their compatibility but with Prabhas’s family. Says a well-informed source, “Prabhas’ parents and relatives would never accept Anushka Shetty or any girl whom he brings home as his chosen partner. Prabhas comes from an extremely conservative family. They won’t hear of a romantic relationship in his life.”
So is there no relationship with Anushka Shetty?
“There is a very strong friendship. But both of them have never allowed that friendship to grow into anything deeper because they know there is no future for them. Prabhas’ family won’t allow it. He will never go against his father and uncle’s will. He will have an arranged marriage,” says a friend of Prabhas’ family.
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REVEALED: Amyra Dastur plays the love interest of Rajkummar Rao in the Kangana Ranaut starrer Mental Hai Kya
It is twisty and wacky! That’s what the posters of Mental Hai Kya clearly indicated. Followed by the release of the dark yet quirky posters of Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao from the film, here is another bit of news that will leave you surprised! Amyra Dastur plays the love interest of Rajkummar.
Fans of the film Queen were happy to see the lead pair of the film return in Mental Hai Kya, albeit in a different avatar. But now, it seems amongst the many twists, one is that his romantic interest lies in Amyra. Whether it later falls on Kangana or no, is something only the makers can answer as of now.
However, what we do know is that even though Amyra is not the leading lady of the film, her character is supposed to be quite crucial in the film. Sources close to the actress said, “The story was so intriguing that she [Amyra] said yes to the film right away. All her three films have been announced back to back this year putting her into the list of busiest actors of Bollywood. Amyra slowly and steadily is carving her own path which will surely take her places.”
Speaking on Amyra, we saw the actress last seen in the Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Roy Kapur starrer Kaalakaandi earlier this year. Another film in the pipeline is Leena Yadav's Rajma Chawal where she plays the rebellious love interest of Rishi Kapoor’s on-screen son. The actress has already completed the shoot of the same.
Recently it was announced that she will be playing the love interest of Ali Fazal in the remake of Telugu super hit film Prasthanam, titled as Prasthaanam in Hindi remake alongside Sanjay Dutt.
As for Mental Hai Kya, the film produced by Ekta Kapoor in association with Shailesh R Singh. It marks the Bollywood directorial debut of Prakash Kovelamudi.
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Oh La La! Kareena Kapoor Khan confesses that she finds Virat Kohli HOT!
Kareena Kapoor Khan is going all guns blazing promoting her film Veere Di Wedding with Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Shikha Talsania. She is flaunting her amaze figure with her newly cultivated abs and all! We are in awe of her really and she is at her fiery best form and we are loving every bit of Bebo right now. Stylish and sassy to boot we can’t wait for her to come on screen once more and dazzle us with her antics! She has chosen a very female driven feministic film Veere Di Wedding which has an all women cast and producers and we are quite looking forward to it. At one of the promotional events of the film she confessed to something really naughty and we are liking it. She was asked which cricketer she finds hot and she promptly took Virat Kohli’s name. Anushka Sharma are you listening? Bebo clarified that she thinks that he is really fit and that’s why she appreciates that quality about it.
Later, she said that she prefers her Nawab over everyone and thinks he is fantastic! She later revealed that she likes Kane Williamson too and is quite enamoured by cricket as a sport. Earlier while discussing about Taimur she had said that Saif Ali Khan wants their baby boy to become a cricketer, take his paternal grandfather Mansoor Ali Pataudi’s genes. It is either cricket or acting for Taimur, we are sure! Kareena also extensively spoke about how Saif is just superb as a parent to their baby and makes up for an ideal partner.
Kareena’s Veere Di Wedding will hit the screens on June 1 and she plays the central character in the film. Sumeet Vyas will play her fiancé.
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DEADLY COMBO! Race 3 star Salman Khan and veteran actor Dharmendra will come together this Eid
Salman Khan is gearing up for Race 3 and veteran actor Dharmendra is gearing up for Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se. But what if two of them come together? The third instalment of Yamla Pagla Deewana which has been in the making for long, finally gets a date for its trailer launch. And the Race 3 audiences will get to see the same in theatres as it will feature alongside this Salman, Jacqueline Fernandez starrer.
This Eid will indeed be a celebration time for the audiences as they will get to see the sleek action thriller but with a hint of comedy! The hint of comedy is the trailer of Yamla Pagla Deewana 3. Incidentally, the film also has another Salman Khan connection. Fans of the actor will be aware that the superstar has done a cameo for this Deol venture.
It is a known fact that Salman Khan shares a great camaraderie with the Deol family. The superstar is attempting to revive Bobby Deol’s career with Race 3 and another production in the pipeline. He also has tremendous respect for the once-superstar and veteran actor Dharmendra. So owing to all the elements, the actor convinced the makers to attach the trailer of Yamla Pagla Deewana 3 along with Race 3.
Salman Khan believes that this third instalment of the comedy franchise will benefit with this as it will be able to reach a wider audience. Furthermore, the makers can kick off the promotions in this manner for the July release.
Let us also tell you that this will not be the only trailer that will be attached with the film. Another film’s trailer that will be attached would be Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor. The trailer of this Rajkumar Hirani directed Sanjay Dutt biopic will release on May 30 followed by which it will be attached to films that will release in theatres.
On the other hand, speaking about Race 3, the film will also star Anil Kapoor, Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem in lead roles and is slated to release on June 15.
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Jaya Jaitly attacks Priyanka Chopra for wearing gown at Royal Wedding, PC fans troll her back
Not too long ago, Priyanka Chopra was bombarded with questions about her presence at the much talked about Royal Wedding. Courtesy, her friendship with the bride and now Princess Meghan Markle! The actress' appearance too was under the scanner, considering that she was probably the only Bollywood celebrity to have attended the wedding. But nevertheless, the recent fashion reviews is a testament that she didn’t disappoint them except the textile queen Jaya Jaitly.
The Indian politician and Indian handicrafts curator, Jaya Jaitly, it seems expressed her disappointment over the attire of Priyanka Chopra. According to her, the actress should have showcased patriotism during the Royal Wedding by donning an Indian saree. Amidst many celebrities who promoted western culture, she slammed Priyanka for dressing up as a British aristocrat. Readers may be aware that the actress was dressed in Vivienne Westwood for the wedding and Christian Dior gown for the reception.
She took to social media to express her discontent.
On the other hand, reports have it that Jaya Jaitly also went on to make another statement on this incident. She went on to speak about the practice where actresses wear fancy gowns by designers who pay them to do so. She also concluded it by stating that the way Priyanka Chopra has the right to wear clothes the way she wants, she (Jaya) too has the right to express her opinion. According to her, the actress should have been dressed in Kanjeevaram or Benaresi saree.
Incidentally, this is not the first time that Priyanka Chopra has been embroiled in a controversy for not wearing a saree. In the past, when she interacted with our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a private meeting, she received flak for her outfit on social media. The actress dressed up in a knee length dress for the meeting and it didn’t go down well with many netizens.
However, this time around, Priyanka's fans and others came out in support of the actress and preferred to slam Jaya Jaitly back for her statements calling it unfair criticism. Many of them have further went on to talk about why women are often criticized for their clothes unlike men who can wear anything and get away with it.
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Exclusive: Tiger Zinda Hai to premiere in Innsbruck, Austria on June 5
"We are proud to present Tiger Zinda Hai to Innsbruck and its inhabitants. The premiere will take place at the Metropol cinema in Innsbruck on June 5," informed Andreas Reiter, Marketing Manager of Innsbruck Tourism Board in an exclusive conversation with Faridoon Shahryar. The song ‘Dil Diya Gallan’ from Tiger Zinda Hai was entirely shot in Innsbruck in Austria and the dangerous action sequence involving the wolves and Salman Khan was also shot here.
A Tiger Zinda Hai Bollywood Tour has been introduced for the Tourists visiting this famous Tourist city in the Alps. This Tour is on the lines of the famous Sound of Music Tour that's a special attraction in Salzburg (another important tourist attraction in Austria). "The aim of the tour is to visit all the locations where Tiger Zinda Hai was shot. Imperial Palace, Nordkette mountain, then we go to Parksmar where the Wolves scene was shot apart from the breakfast scene," Andreas said. The house that you saw where Salman and Katrina are having their breakfast in ‘Dil Diya Gallan’ is now being called as Tiger House.
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Salman Khan collaborates with Banijay Asia for TV and web content
Banijay Group, the production house which has shows like Survivor and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, has collaborated with Salman Khan’s television production house Salman Khan TV to create television and web content.
World’s largest independent content creation group, Banijay Group recently entered Indian & South East Asian market under the guidance of Deepak Dhar with an aim to produce content across genres. Banijay Asia & Salman Khan’s television production house SK TV, which was launched few years back, come together to create novel and stimulating content for TV and web. This partnership will see Banijay Asia through Deepak Dhar and SK TV providing scripted and non-scripted content across the numerous interesting genres for Indian and South East Asian markets.
Commenting on the association, Deepak Dhar, the founder and CEO of Banijay, said, “I am really looking forward for this association as creating ground-breaking content for India and South East Asia, creating challenging content has been my forte. This is an extremely substantial partnership for us to associate with SK TV. With the emerging shows, in television and digital this collaboration will build our presence in India and South East Asia.”
Salman Khan further adds, “This country is home to various talented people who don’t get a fair chance to prove themselves, we at SK TV not only aim to produce engaging content with our partners like Banijay Group but also provide a fair platform to these young and budding individuals. Honestly, the employment opportunities I can provide on the film front are limited because I am able to do only 1 or maximum 2 films each year. However, SK TV has a broader base where we will be coming up with multiple shows across various genres hence generating better employment opportunities for these hidden talents who aspire to make it big!”
Salman Khan has already been producing films under his banner Salman Khan Films. His latest co-production Race 3 releases this Eid.
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SHOCKING! Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma's debut Loveratri in title trouble
In what seems to be now an usual routine for Bollywood, another film has offended a sect over its title. The film in question is Loveratri. Readers may be aware that this film is supposed to be the launching vehicle of Salman Khan's brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. Produced under the banner of Salman Khan films, this film has now become the target of Vishnu Hindu Parishad.
From Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram Leela to now Loveratri, many Bollywood films have had to face this kind of title trouble in the past. The accusation thrown towards Loveratri is that the film's title distorts the name of a Hindu festival. And hence it is alleged that it will hurt Hindu sentiments. The Vishnu Hindu Parishad President Alok Kumar has firmly asserted in media reports that they won’t be allowing the film to be exhibited in Indian theatres.
He went on to state that the title is not acceptable as it is inspired by the auspicious Indian festival Navratri. He further expressed his concerns that this not only affects the Hindu sentiments but also distorts the name of the festival.
For the uninitiated, Navratri is an Indian festival that signifies the victory of good over evil. While some consider this as Ram's victory over the Rakshasa Ravana, some others celebrate the nine different avatars of Indian Goddess.
Interestingly, Loveratri too set against the backdrop of Navratri in Gujarat that has only added to the anger of VHP. As of now, the makers of the film are yet to comment on the matter. Last we heard that the film has completed its major schedule. Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, the film also stars debutant Warina Hussain. It is slated to release on October 5 this year which incidentally falls during the time of Navratri.
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Janhvi Kapoor tries to react on Sridevi winning National Award but gets overwhelmed (watch video)
Sridevi’s sudden demise shocked the entire industry. It has been more than two months now and we still don’t know how to react to this unfortunate event. Imagine what must be the plight of her husband Boney Kapoor and daughters Janhvi and Khushi Kapoor. Recently, Sri was presented with best actress title at the coveted National Awards posthumously for her contribution to her last movie Mom. Her husband and daughters were in the capital to receive it on her behalf. Boney was visibly emotional while he accepted the certificate from The President. Janhvi Kapoor was approached by press to share her feelings about the same. She thanked everyone for the award and also spoke how special the film Mom was for her mother. Boney tried to nudge her more to talk but she was unable to do so. She told press that she does not want to discuss the topic further.
Janhvi Kapoor said, “I think both of us (Khushi and I) would like to thank the jury for recognizing the hard work, perseverance and dedication that my mother has put into this role. It was very special to her and we are very happy that she is being appreciated for it." On work front, she will be seen in Karan Johar’s Dhadak opposite Shahid Kapoor’s kid brother Ishaan Khatter. It is an adaptation of Marathi movie Sairat and is helmed by Shashank Khaitan. Though she received a major setback after her mom’s death, she did not let it reflect it professionally. She was back on the sets in no time and continued with her shoot.
In joint press release sent by Boney Kapoor and the girls they thanked Government of India for this recognition and said, “We are overjoyed to know that the Jury has conferred the Best Actor Award to Sridevi for her performance in Mom
. It’s a very special moment for all of us. She was always a perfectionist and it showed in all the 300 plus films she did. She was not just a super actor but a Super Wife and a Super Mom. It’s time to celebrate her life and her achievements. She is not with us today but her legacy will always live on.”
MEGASTAR Mammootty to feature alongside this actress from TV show Diya Aur Baati Hum
While she essayed important roles in TV serials like Diya Aur Baati Hum and Ikkyawann, now actress Prachi Tehlan is all set to make her debut down South. And guess who will star alongside her in her first film? Malayalam megastar Mammootty! Furthermore, the film in question is a period movie titled Mamankam.
Confirming the same, Prachi Tehlan spoke to the media expressing her excitement about working with a veteran like Mammootty. She maintained that she can’t reveal much about her role or the film but stated that it is a wonderful experience. Prachi also asserted that it is the most expensive Malayalam film ever made.
As mentioned before, Mamankam is said to be based on a different time period. The film is set against the backdrop of a medieval fair of the 17th century that is celebrated every 12 years from 800 AD to 1755 AD. While this is Prachi’s first film down South, the actress has already ventured into other regional films like Punjabi.
On the other hand, megastar and national award winning actor Mammootty has worked with many Bollywood actresses like Juhi Chawla, Katrina Kaif among others and the recent one being with Huma Qureshi. The actress made her Mollywood debut with White which released in 2016.
Interestingly, Mammootty’s son Dulquer Salmaan, on the other hand, is making his Bollywood debut this year with Karwan. He will also feature alongside Sonam Kapoor in the latter’s next The Zoya Factor.
Priyanka Chopra visits Bangladesh as UNICEF ambassador, appeals fans to support Rohingya rehabilitation
Priyanka Chopra is an inspiration to us mortals and that even her detractors can’t deny this. Among other things, she also is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Recently, she went to Bangladesh to visit Rohingya refugee camps and came back with a lot of sad stories and urged masses to help rehabilitate the kids in the camps. She shared some pictures from her visit which is a mirror to the heart breaking reality which these kids face everyday. PC urges us to help make their tomorrow better and shares a heartfelt post on Instagram. She writes, “I’m in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh today for a field visit with UNICEF, to one of the largest refugee camps in the world. In the second half of 2017, the world saw horrific images of ethnic cleansing from the Rakhine State of Myanmar(Burma). This violence drove nearly 700,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh - 60% are children!”
She adds, “Many months later they are still highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will ever belong...even worse, when they will get their next meal. AND...as they finally start to settle and feel a sense of safety, monsoon season looms...threatening to destroy all that they’ve built so far. This is an entire generation of children that have no future in sight. Through their smiles I could see the vacancy in their eyes. These children are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, and they desperately need our help. The world needs to care. We need to care. These kids are our future. Pls Lend your support at www.supportunicef.org.”
On professional front, Priyanka Chopra will make a comeback in Bollywood with Salman Khan’s Bharat. She will also be performing at IIFA Awards which will be held in Bangkok next month.
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