Akshay Kumar BEATS Salman Khan in Forbes Top 100 list
Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have appeared in Forbes Top 100 list, much to the delight of their fans. While Akshay Kumar is at 76th position on the Forbes list of the World’s Highest Paid Celebrities 2018, Salman Khan bagged the 82nd. Total earnings of Akshay are close to 40.5 million dollars and Salman is at 37.7 million dollars. Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar’s total earnings from movies this year have led them to bag this coveted position.
The magazine wrote about Akshay, “One of Bollywood's leading men has transitioned to socially-conscious roles, such as Toilet Ek Prem Katha, a comedy supporting government campaigns to improve sanitation, and Pad Man, about a guy hoping to provide inexpensive sanitary pads to rural communities. He still mints millions from backend profits and endorsing some 20 brands, including Tata and Eveready." Salman Khan was called ‘Bollywood mainstay’ and his success is credited to his mass appeal and commercial movies like Tiger Zinda Hai. He also earns his share from the back end profits. Forbes wrote, “This Bollywood mainstay continues to produce and star in hits such as Tiger Zinda Hai, cashing in on backend profits. Coupled with a slew of endorsements from Suzuki motorcycles to Chlormint gum, he remains one of India's top earners.”
Akshay and Salman have surpassed the earnings of other biggies like Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan and have emerged as the undisputed earners of the industry. Salman is all set to come with Bharat which also stars Priyanka Chopra and Disha Patani in important roles. Akshay will be seen in Gold next which goes very well with his image of being a patriotic actor.
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Deepika Padukone SHOCKS the internet with her lovey-dovey birthday wish for Katrina Kaif
We know there is a lot of history which went down between Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone, courtesy – Ranbir Kapoor. On many occasions, Deepika has spoken about the time when Ranbir Kapoor was dating her and ended their relationship to be with Katrina Kaif. She made no bones about the fact that Ranbir cheated on her with Katrina and that ended up spoiling their relationship. Deepika and Katrina have never seen eye to eye since then, despite Deepika finally moving on with Ranveer Singh. Now, she has left us shocked by publicly extending olive branch to her on her birthday. She took to Instagram to wish Katrina with a sweet message. It read: ‘Happy birthday. Wishing you good health and happiness always.’ Looks like after Katrina’s break up with Ranbir, Deepika has finally come to terms with her hurtful past and has decided to let bygones be bygones and start afresh with this leggy beauty.
Despite being hurt in love, DP has always maintained very cordial relationship with Ranbir Kapoor and also did two films: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Tamasha with him. They let go of their bitterness and remained good friends. Looks like Deepika wants to be cordial with Katrina too because after all, they belong to the same fraternity. We appreciate this gesture by DP, we bet Katrina does too.
On a personal front, Deepika is in a much secure place as there are rumours of her planning to marry her long time boyfriend Ranveer Singh by the end of this year. Katrina is currently single and not very keen to mingle. She went on record on the occasion of her birthday and said that past one year has given her a lot of time to think things through and introspect.
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Rani Mukerji starrer Hichki set for a Teacher’s Day release in Russia!
Rani Mukerji starrer Hichki has won hearts of audiences and critics across the globe ever since its release. The film recently received a standing ovation at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF). Now, Hichki will be dubbed in Russian and is all set to release in the country on Teachers Day, 6th September 2018.
Rani Mukerji's stellar performance as a teacher who deals with a nervous disorder Tourette syndrome while changing lives of teenagers from an economically backward background has resonated with audiences, especially the school teachers. Hichki is a heart-warming salute to the positive and life changing impact that teachers can make in the lives of children. Given its universal theme, the film will get a relatively wide release in Russia - across 70 screens and has been titled Ya- Prepod meaning I-Teacher.
Producer Maneesh Sharma said, “Hichki has touched the hearts of audiences across age-groups, across countries. The film moved audiences at the Shanghai Film Festival where it was screened recently and we got a standing ovation there. It was an overwhelming reaction from a non-Hindi speaking market and now that the film is releasing in Russia, we expect audiences to feel the same emotions that people across the world are feeling after seeing the movie. The relevancy of the subject and the film’s intention to affect a positive social change is appealing universally and thus breaking language barriers across the globe.”
Director Siddharth P Malhotra adds, “Hichki is a universal film and the response that it is getting in the overseas territories is validating that the film’s subject is an extremely relevant one. It’s really heartening that Hichki will now release in Russia. Hichki professes the message of the fact of making your worst obstacle within you and convert it into your biggest strength by embracing it and working each day to win over it. Hichki has a beautiful message that nothing is impossible and life can be beautiful even with our inherent complications. I’m really excited to see the reaction of audiences on Russia.”
Russian audiences have had a special spot for Indian cinema for a long time. The iconic Raj Kapoor was a mega-star in Russia. With Rani Mukerji’s brilliant performance helming a positive and progressive concept film, Hichki will definitely strike a chord with Russian audiences.
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Vidya Balan all set to play NTR’s wife Basavatarakam in her first Telugu film
One can’t refute the fact that Vidya Balan is one of the most versatile actresses in Indian Cinema today. The National Award Winning actress has never shied away from going off the beaten track and picking up complex and challenging roles. Needless to say, she has effortlessly nailed them all with aplomb and has given us some memorable onscreen characters. And now, the powerhouse of talent is all set to add one more interesting character to her eclectic list.
The beautiful Vidya Balan has confirmed that she will be playing NTR’s wife – Basavatarakam, in a film based on the late actor’s life. The film on the Telugu superstar-turned-politician is one of the most awaited biopics and will also mark Vidya’s debut in Telugu film industry.
Speaking about her character in the film, an excited Vidya said, “People know Basavatarakam as NTR's wife, but she was not really a public figure. People knew of her but they didn't know her. That was interesting for me as an actor. There has not been much material in the public domain about her. That's basically the preparation I am doing...this will be my first Telugu film so it's exciting.”
Well, we are excited to see yet another stellar performance by this ballsy actress.
‘No profit sharing with Priyanka Chopra for Shonali Bose film’, confirms producer’s spokesperson
Priyanka Chopra is going all-out to re-establish her career. And we welcome her back. She is, after all, a global star and has done the country proud. However, the myths being propagated about her comeback all converge on one topic, ‘How to make her look bigger more market-friendly than Deepika Padukone’.
Firstly, the myth about her first post-comeback Bollywood film, it was claimed that Priyanka was being paid Rs 12 crores for the Salman Khan starrer Bharat. “False,” says a source from the Bharat team. “In fact, Priyanka generously offered to do the film for free. Bhai (Salman Khan) insisted on a token fee of Rs. 1 crore.”
The new utterly ludicrous myth about Priyanka Chopra’s pay for her second post-comeback film to be directed by Shonali Bose goes like this: Priyanka won’t take any upfront payment for the project but will instead share in the profits.
According to a report, “Shonali Bose’s film banks on Priyanka and Zaira Wasim, who plays her daughter in the movie. Priyanka understood that if she needed to make this venture feasible, she couldn’t command her regular fee. In such a scenario, she thought it would be better to take a share of the film’s spoils after it has done well. This is the first time a Bollywood actress will be doing this.”
However, the spokesperson for producer Siddharth Roy Kapur completely debunks this myth.
“There is no truth to the story about Priyanka Chopra sharing in the profits of the aforementioned film. In fact, we told the tabloid it’s not true. But they insisted on carrying the story anyway,” says the official spokesperson for Siddharth Roy Kapoor’s production house.
Vicky Kaushal injures his arm in Serbia while shooting for Uri
Vicky Kaushal is currently shooting for his film Uri in Serbia. The film is based on Indian army’s surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir following the attacks on Uri on September 29, 2016.
While shooting for an action sequence, the actor injured his right arm last week. Vicky returned to Mumbai for a few days over the weekend for a prior commitment. According to a source, Vicky had been training daily because the film requires him to pull off some daredevil stunts. During one such sequence, he injured his arm badly and was in unbearable pain. “The doctors said it was due to muscle inflammation and overexertion. He has been undergoing daily physiotherapy sessions. However, Vicky has resumed the shoot in Serbia despite an injury. The team has made arrangements and planned the schedule in a way to ensure that the injury isn’t aggravated,” added the source.
Uri produced by Ronnie Screwvala also features Yami Gautam, Paresh Rawal, Kirti Kulhari and Mohit Raina. The film will is directed by Aditya Dhar and is set for 2019 release.
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Rani Mukerji to hoist the India national flag in Melbourne during the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2018
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM), the largest film festival in the Southern Hemisphere, recently announced the multi-talented actor and superstar Rani Mukerji as the Chief Guest for this year. As per tradition, the Chief Guest of the festival is the one who hoists the Indian national flag at Melbourne's main public square. This year, the honour to hoist the flag will be given to the every loved and fantastically talented actress, Rani Mukerji who has also been nominated under the Best Actress category for an IFFM Award.
Rani will hoist the flag in front of thousands of Indian- Australians and people from the Subcontinent Diaspora who throng Federation square just to see the hoisting of their national flag on Saturday August 11th. Taking into consideration the weekend, every year IFFM ensures to celebrate the Indian Independence week at the iconic landmark. She will be in the company of the High Commissioner of India in Australia and The Mayor of Melbourne.
Each year, the Flag Hoisting is always the most anticipated and definitely a goose bump inducing moment and this year Rani's fans will have the privilege of not only seeing her live but also unfurling the tricolour.
Talking about the honour Rani added, “To unfurl the national flag is a matter of pride and great honour for every Indian and to be a part of such a prestigious occasion and do the honours outside your nation in a foreign land is even more special. I’m delighted, honoured, extremely humbled that they have chosen me to do the honours this year. I am really looking forward to be there at Federation Square in the company of all the Indian-Australian people.”
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Saif Ali Khan talks about Sacred Games controversy
Saif Ali Khan is winning it with his amaze portrayal of troubled yet honest police inspector in Anurag Kashyap – Vikramaditya Motwane’s Sacred Games on Netflix. Sacred Games has become the talk of the town and is amongst the most watched show on Netflix right now. Saif Ali Khan is pleasantly surprised with so much adulation coming his way for Sacred Games but at the same time, he is not very thrilled with the controversies with regard to the content. He said that actors are soft targets for people and sometimes, they are criticised to gain attention. He also said that while everyone has a right to express, filmmakers can’t make movies based on the guidelines of how not to offend someone. He then gave the example of a peaceful protest against Donald Trump in London and the only government directive rebels got was to be polite in expressing themselves.
He also then addressed the comparison between his character Sartaj Singh and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s mafia don Ganesh Gaitonde. Though playing a villain always is more glamourous than the quintessential good guy, Saif revealed that he liked that his role had many layers. Problems, insecurities and addictions are what gave his character an extra edge. There will be a second season coming up soon for his show, next year and people are already excited for the same.
On personal front, Saif just came back from a vacation to Europe with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taimur Ali Khan. Apart from Sacred Games, Saif will be seen in films like Bazaar and a revenge drama Hunter.
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Rahul Gandhi supports makers of Sacred Games over the issue of insulting former PM Rajiv Gandhi
The recently released series Sacred Games has been receiving rave reviews from the audience. However, the Netflix original show that is based on a book by the same name has also found itself in the eye of a storm. In fact certain factions have taken objection to the way former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been depicted in the series, with a legal notice against the makers being filed as well. Now reacting to the same Rahul Gandhi finally decided to break his silence on the issue while at the same time supporting the makers of the show.
Taking to Twitter the President of the Congress Party stated that freedom of expression was and is a fundamental right and the makers of the show should be given that liberty. “BJP/ RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed and controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that”, tweeted the Gandhi legacy scion. Interestingly, quick to pick up on the tweet was Anurag Kashyap, who directed the series with Vikramaditya Motwane replying to the tweet saying, “That’s a yay”.
For the uninitiated, the show Sacred Games that released a while back featuring Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in prominent roles received flack for its depiction of Rajiv Gandhi. The show that focuses on a variety of topics that have plagued the nation delved into the darker side of Rajiv Gandhi while talking about the infamous boforce scandal.
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Hrithik Roshan - Tiger Shroff face-off pushed to October; Hrithik needs to get back in shape
Flab may be fab when you are playing a gym-liberated Bihari mathematician. But when you have to face one of the fittest young actors of Bollywood, you need to get back into shape. This, Hrithik Roshan realized while putting on kilos to play mathematician Anand Kumar in the bio-pic Super 30. Having got into character, Hrithik now needs some time to shed the weight and become as fine fit and sinewy as…well, Hrithik Roshan.
The actor will take a break to get into fighting-fit shape after he completes Super 30 this month. Says a source close to the development, “Hrithik needs at least a couple of months to get back into shape for his film with Tiger. The film has been pushed to October to give him time. This film will see him get into hand-to-hand combats with Tiger.”
Says Tiger Shroff enthusiastically, “Hrithik Sir is my idol and role-model. To share the screen with him is a dream-come-true for me. I can’t wait for the film to start. We’ve a lot of fights together on screen. And I wonder how I will manage them because I am his greatest fan, and I can’t see myself confronting him physically. I will have to make myself strong from within to be able to take on my childhood idol.”
The film to be directed by Siddharth Anand (who directed Hrithik in Bang Bang) and produced by Yash Raj Films will open on October 2, 2019.
Alia Bhatt - Ranbir Kapoor's NDA pact
You won’t hear either Alia Bhatt or Ranbir Kapoor talking about their relationship, and with good reason. The couple is apparently superstitious about their newly-found affection for one another. A friend of Ranbir discloses, “He has been in several relationships that have not worked out and would like nothing more than to opt for an emotional stability missing in his life so far. Alia makes Ranbir feel better about himself than anyone he has met. He desperately wants the relationship to work out.”
Alia Bhatt too has been in a dead-end relationship with Sidharth Malhotra. Neither Ranbir nor Alia is keen to shout out from rooftops about their relationship. Apparently, Karan Johar who is close to both Ranbir and Alia has also advised the couple to “lie low” until they are sure of their relationship.
When I asked a close friend of Ranbir’s about the secrecy surrounding his new relationship the friend said, “Give them a chance to let their relationship grow. At the moment anything that Ranbir Kapoor says would sound like more publicity for his new hit film Sanju.”
Breaking! Karan Johar turns astrologer (deets inside)
Filmmaker and Dharma Productions’ head honcho Karan Johar is all set to add another feather in his cap. After direction, production, hosting shows, judging television reality shows and being a mentor to all the Bollywood newbies, he will don a cap of an astrologer and will predict your future. Yeah, we're not kidding. So, Karan has tied up with the popular restaurant Hakkasan in Bandra for this new venture on the occasion of the establishment's seventh anniversary.
So KJo has come up with the concept of 'Macartunes’ which is a cross between traditional fortune cookie and a French Macaron. Karan will fill these treats with quirky messages for the patrons. One of the fortunes reads, “Don't you want your marriage to be like your Insta story? It would erase itself every 24 hours!” These treats are complementary to everyone visiting this high-profile restaurant. This place is already a favourite amongst Bollywood celebrities and this particular special attraction from Karan will ensure more rush!
For the uninitiated, this is not the first time Karan is doling out relationship advice. He is also a Radio Jockey for Ishq FM and is a love guru on the show!
On professional front, Karan Johar is all set to release Dhadak on July 20 which is produced by him and directed by Shashank Khaitan. He is launching Janhvi Kapoor with Beyond The Clouds’ Ishaan Khatter with this movie which is an official remake of Sairat.
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Here’s the REAL REASON why Aditya Chopra agreed to bail out Pakistani star ALI ZAFAR’s Teefa In Trouble!
Ali Zafar’s debut production, Teefa In Trouble, is all set for a worldwide release through his production house, Lightingale Productions, on July 20. It’s also the first time that YRF is distributing any film from Pakistan or from any other part of the world. We had read about Aditya Chopra’s production house, Yash Raj Films (YRF) teaming up with Zafar’s production house for an exclusive international theatrical distribution of the movie last month. It’s also the first time that YRF is distributing any film from Pakistan or from any other part of the world so it left many in Bollywood taken aback at the sudden developments. Few know why Ali Zafar, approached YRF when he could have chosen any Pakistani distributor but chose YRF to come on board. Now we can tell you how the deal happened.
Says a trade insider, “It’s true that YRF and Ali go back to 2010 when he did two films for them but it wasn’t just an emotional connect. Ali wanted YRF’s distribution as they are the best among the ones in India. YRF is a big brand abroad, has the best worldwide network and infrastructure (including best theatres globally) till the grass root level so minimum collections are 8-10 per cent more than other Indian distributors. There was talk that YRF had paid him Rs. 4 crore to buy the rights but the truth is far from that. In fact, rather than paying him money, Ali is bearing the cost of release worldwide and given a Minimum Guarantee (MG is an initial sum that is paid to the producer by the distributor irrespective of how the film performs) to Adi and that’s why he finally said yes but the actor had to request Adi a lot before he agreed to distribute it worldwide. Adi is also a savvy businessman and he knows the he can make some money worldwide as cost of film is not much.”
Of course, there was an emotional connect too. “Another reason Adi agreed was because of Ali’s earlier association with YRF. Not only has Ali done two YRF films, but Adi was to launch his younger brother Danyal Zafar, too in a YRF production, which got shelved after the ban on Pakistan artistes. The newbie was to be launched alongside five other newcomers, with Danyal playing the romantic lead in the movie.”
Sevy Ali, producer-distributor for Pakistani films in India, confirms the information and adds, “I took the initiative of distributing the movie in India and asked Ali if I could distribute it in India and he said yes, why not try? I went to do my enquiries in April but as nobody was willing to give me a clear, affirmative response, I had to drop the idea. It was my idea to release in India and then because Ali knows Adi well, he must have thought to give the worldwide distribution rights to YRF as it has a better distribution network. In Pakistan, Nadeem Mandviwala is distributing the movie.”
Sevy Ali Zafar adds that the actor tried to get a visa for post-production in Mumbai in January or February but was refused so he did it in Bangkok. “Through YRF, Ali will get a great release in UK, USA, Middle East. Aditya Chopra and Ali knows the film will be a big hit in Pakistan and will rake in at least 30 crore. Overseas it may make another Rs 15 crore. The film will touch Rs. 45-50 crore and for a film made in Rs. 12-13 cr that’s a lot of profit at the box office and Ali can recover his MG.”
YRF remained unavailable for comment. Directed by Ahsan Rahim, Teefa In Trouble stars Ali Zafar and Maya Ali and will release on July 20 across Pakistan and overseas.
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BREAKING: Karan Johar ropes in Diljit Dosanjh & Kiara Advani to star in the Kareena Kapoor Khan – Akshay Kumar starrer
Finally, it looks like the Dharma Productions’ head honcho Karan Johar has finalised his second lead pair for the much awaited film starring Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar in lead roles. While Kareena has already confirmed that she is starring in the Dharma movie helmed by director Raj Mehta by the end of this year, it was later announced that Akshay Kumar has been roped in opposite her in the flick. Aside from them, the plot revolves around another couple and there were many names discussed like Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor who were prospectively discussed for the roles. But it seems that the makers have finally decided on final names. According to our sources associated with the project, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani have been roped in to play second leads. The story revolves around two couples and their journey through life.
The yet-untitled film will revolve around the story of a couple who are trying to have a baby. The couple will be reportedly played by Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Another Punjabi couple Diljit and Kiara who play an important role in helping Akshay and Kareena become parents. While they have given their nod to the film, they are yet to sign the project.
It is interesting that Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar will come together after a span of about nine years (with an exception of Bebo’s guest appearance in Gabbar Is Back) and to add to the excitement, there is a fresh pairing of Diljit and Kiara which will surely intrigue fans. While Kareena and Akshay are Dharma favourites, Kiara made a splash with Karan’s new Netflix show Lust Stories and has bagged this role after successfully impressing masses with her act in the short film on the web.
For the uninitiated, Kareena and Akshay will be playing a married couple who are trying to have a baby. Details about Kiara and Diljit’s roles are not yet out. But stay tuned and we will update you shortly on the same. Meanwhile, we are super excited about this project!
After returning from Dabangg Reloaded Tour, Salman Khan to begin shooting for Bharat
Salman Khan, who has been away from India for almost a month, has been busy performing on international stages during his Dabangg Tour Reloaded shows in the USA and Canada. The international leg of the tour began on June 22 in Atlanta and wrapped up in Toronto on July 9. Now, that the concerts are over, Salman Khan will be soon returning to India to begin shooting of Ali Abbas Zafar's next film, Bharat.
While Ali Abbas Zafar has been keeping busy finalizing the locations and has been doing reccee. Salman Khan had shot some scenes earlier this year before Race 3 promotions had begun but the film had not completely begun. With Salman Khan returning from Dabangg Reloaded Tour, he is gonna swing back to work and begin the work on his third collaboration with Ali. The actor will yet again treat the audience on the festive season of Eid next year with the release of Bharat.
Including stellar performers like Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Disha Patani, Tabu and Sunil Grover, Ali Abbas Zafar directorial boasts of an ensemble cast promising power-packed performances. The film will feature Salman Khan sporting five different looks spanning 60 years, wherein a crucial part will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger. Salman Khan will be recreating his Maine Pyaar Kiya look which has created immense excitement amongst the audience.
Bharat's release also brings back Salman Khan and director Ali Abbas Zafar for an Eid release after the 2016 Blockbuster hit, Sultan. The hit director-actor duo will be marking a hattrick with Bharat after their last outing Tiger Zinda Hai.
The film is set to have a character-driven story spanning across many periods. Bharat will be shot across locations in Abu Dhabi and Spain, besides Punjab and Delhi in India.
Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, Bharat is produced by Atul Agnihotri's Reel Life Production Pvt. Ltd and Bhushan Kumar's T-Series releasing Eid 2019.
Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika date PUSHED, Rajinikanth – Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 responsible for the DELAY?
Kangana Ranaut is having a little hard time with regard to her films performing at the box office and one hoped that her pet project Manikarnika would be her comeback as a Queen in the true sense. But there has been a consistent delay in the movie and the latest update from a source close to the development confirms that we will have to wait a little longer till we see Kangana on screen again. The makers had settled for November 29 as the date for the release but Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth’s 2.0 is now releasing on this date. The 2.0 makers announced a final release date just a couple of days ago and incidentally, this too is a movie which has been delayed since a long time. Apparently, the Manikarnika makers have decided to push their movie a little further to get a fair chance at the box office.
In all probability, the film might release next year, although there is no official confirmation on the same yet. Kangana Ranaut was in the news recently after pictures of her lavish bungalow were published a while back. She keeps sharing pictures with her nephew, sister Rangoli’s son and looks pretty involved as an aunt. Along with Manikarnika, she is also working on Mental Hai Kya with her Queen co-star Rajkummar Rao and the first stills from the movie ensure that we are in for a quirky, fun ride.
Manikarnika revolves around the life and times of the brave Queen of Jhansi – Laxmibai. It has many war sequences and also stars Sonu Sood, Atul Kulkarni and Ankita Lokhande in important roles.
SCOOP: Luv Ranjan ropes in Mohit Suri to direct a film for his banner
After the blockbuster success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety starring Kartik Aaryan, Nushrat Bharucha and Sunny Singh, filmmaker Luv Ranjan is definitely soaring high. The filmmaker has many projects in the pipeline and with some of the most celebrated actors in the country. With an array of upcoming projects, Luv Ranjan is definitely taking his production house to next level.
Now, a source has revealed that Luv Ranjan has roped in Ek Villain director Mohit Suri to helm a project for his banner. While it is unclear what film exactly Mohit will be directing and who are the actors starring in it, it is reportedly clear that the two filmmakers are teaming up for a film. The project and the cast are yet to revealed.
Meanwhile, Mohit Suri recently directed a commercial for a phone brand which starred Kriti Kharbanda and Sidharth Malhotra. Interestingly, he will reportedly reunite with Sidharth Malhotra for a project with producer Ekta Kapoor. Another interesting scoop was that Ek Villain sequel is in works which will be co-produced by Ekta and Karan Johar. Mohit Suri will reportedly direct the romance drama as well.
Luv Ranjan, on the other hand, is set for his next film which stars Ajay Devgn, Rakul Preet Singh and Tabu. He is producing another major project which once again stars Ajay Devgn alongside Sanju actor Ranbir Kapoor. Besides these two films, his third production is a quirky comedy starring everyone's favourite Rajkummar Rao. The untitled comedy flick is set in a small town in North India. They are still in the process of casting the leading lady.
Richa Chadda to learn Malayalam for Shakeela biopic; shooting to begin in August
Richa Chadha is multi-faceted and over the span of her career, we have seen that over and over again. The actress can definitely act, she can dance, she's an ace singer, she's written and directed a short film and will soon also turn writer. If one has to look at the versatility of her roles, she's been receiving fantastic reviews since she began her career in Gangs of Wasseypur.
All of these abilities and the fact that she doesn't shy away from a challenge is clearly what made her bag the role of Shakeela in the biopic which is being directed by Indrajit Lankesh. Richa, who will be seen in the titular role, will begin shooting for the film in August. While she has signed on for the film, there was some massive competition for the part of the adult film star.
From what it has been learned, Richa Chadha will be learning the Malayalam language to give the authenticity to the character. The film is said to go on floors in August and Richa is working hard for the role.
Talent clearly goes a long way and we cannot wait to see how Richa Chadha does as Shakeela.
Arjun Kapoor to MISS Janhvi Kapoor's Dhadak screening, here's why
Arjun Kapoor is not going to be a part of Janhvi Kapoor starrer Dhadak’s first cast and crew screening and he has a legit reason! Janhvi is visibly excited for her first movie release and is making sure that she leaves no stone unturned to make sure that it is promoted well. Not just for Janhvi, the movie is special for the entire Kapoor fam. At the trailer launch too they maintained a united front and were present to support Janhvi, especially since her mother is not here. At the special cast and crew screening too they are going to be present, except Arjun Kapoor who is busy with work assignments abroad.
Janhvi Kapoor revealed that both her siblings Arjun Kapoor and Anshula are busy with work and won't be there in town but she has made sure that atleast Anshula doesn't miss the first screening. Arjun will return on 18th of July and therefore will catch the film only later. At the movie’s trailer launch too he had written a beautiful note for his sister wishing her happy innings at the movies!
Janhvi too has said on many occasions that the movie is a tribute to her late mom and she hopes that she creates some place in masses’ minds with her portrayal in the movie.
Dhadak will release on July 20 and is a official remake of Marathi blockbuster Sairat. It stars Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter in lead roles and has been directed by Shashank Khetan. Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions has helmed the movie and has given the original story a Romeo - Juliet spin. Three songs of the film are already out and people are loving them! Looks like Karan has another blockbuster in his hands!
DaBangg Tour side effect: Salman Khan effectuates Katrina Kaif – Jacqueline Fernandez patch up
Salman Khan’s current concert tours in the US and Canada are proving a success in more ways than one. Not only have the concerts been getting fabulous footfalls, Salman Khan has managed a miracle of sorts by bringing about a rapprochement between his two warring lady friends, Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Apparently, Salman Khan told both the ladies to give up their mutual hostilities. “Salman sat them down one evening and even offered to lock them up in one room until they sorted out their differences, just like Jeetendra had locked up Sridevi and Jaya Prada once upon a time. But such extreme measures were not required, as Katrina and Jacqueline kissed and hugged in Salman’s presence and promised to remain cordial to one another. What’s more? They’ve kept their word and are often spotted together when not performing on stage during the current concerts tours,” says a member of Salman’s team.
That’s what we call Bhai-chara.
Despite rumours, father - daughter duo Saif Ali Khan - Sara Ali Khan not doing a film together
Writers in search of enticing copies often come up with brainwaves that have no roots in facts. The latest such idle idol fantasy is the report that filmmaker named Nitin Kakkad is planning to bring Saif Ali Khan and his daughter Sara Ali Khan together.
A source close to Saif Ali Khan’s family pooh-poohs the very idea. “Is Saif nuts to work with his daughter when she’s just starting out? The comparisons would just kill Sara’s career. It would be a very long time before Saif agrees to share frame with his daughter. Anil Kapoor has agreed to come together with his daughter Sonam Kapoor (in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga) after she has completed a decade in the movies. Perhaps, Saif too, will work with Sara after a decade, and that too if someone comes up with a worthy script.”
It’s never a good idea for established actors to share screen space with their progenies. Not too many people know this but Sanjay Leela Bhansali had offered Khamoshi: The Musical to mother-daughter Dimple Kapadia and Twinkle Khanna. Dimple suggested that Bhansali sign Twinkle and find another actress to play the mother. Bhansali fled.
Here’s how Katrina Kaif will celebrate her birthday
Katrina Kaif has much reason to celebrate, fresh off the blockbuster success of Tiger Zinda Hai, the star readies for her upcoming releases Thugs of Hindostan with Aamir Khan & Zero with Shah Rukh Khan. The superstar, whose performance was well received at the highly successful US & Canadian leg of the Dabangg tour, took the internet by storm with her performances.
Sources now reveal that, after the spectacular success of the Dabangg Tour show, Katrina Kaif will soon take a short holiday to celebrate her birthday with her family at an undisclosed location. She then resumes shooting for Aanand L Rai's Zero on 18th July.
Adds the source, "Katrina will soon take off for a well-deserved break. The star has been working around the clock for her films and simultaneously rehearsing for the Dabangg tour. She has decided to celebrate her birthday with her family this year and while the details of her trip remain unknown, the location is one of the family's favorite holiday destinations. Katrina immediately jumps back into work and resumes shooting for Zero by the 18th July.”
On the work front, Katrina Kaif has two big projects lined up. One is Vijay Krishna Acharya’s Thugs of Hindostan starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The film is set for November 2018 release. The other one is Aanand L. Rai directorial Zero starring Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in the lead. The film is set to release on December 21, 2018. The actress has already signed a dance film opposite Varun Dhawan.
SCOOP: Anil Kapoor’s next production to be directed by daughter Rhea Kapoor’s boyfriend Karan Boolani
The industry is abuzz with whispers of a second marriage in Anil Kapoor’s family. After elder daughter Sonam Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor may soon tie the knot with long-term beau Karan Boolani. But, before that, it is reliably learnt that Karan is all set to direct a film which Anil and Rhea will produce.
Says a source close to the development, “Karan Boolani will direct a film that Anil and his daughter Rhea will co-produce. The film is likely to star Sonam Kapoor.”
Rhea Kapoor has been friends with Karan Boolani for close to five years now. The couple has so far refrained from making any comments about their relationship. But sources close to Anil Kapoor confirm marriage in the near future.
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Baaghi 2 actress Disha Patani has shot for a commercial for this coffee brand and here are the deets!
After the stupendous success of the Tiger Shroff starrer Baaghi 2, Disha Patani will next be seen in the Salman Khan starrer Bharat. But before that the actress is all set for a new commercial. Amidst many actresses who bag varied endorsements, Disha too has her own share of brand products. And the latest one on that front is Nescafe.
In fact, the spokesperson of Disha Patani not only confirmed the developments but also added that the actress has already shot for the ad. On the other hand, some reports claim that Disha has joined Deepika Padukone in the same commercial. While pictures of the said commercial are yet to be out, further details on the said commercial is eagerly awaited.
On the other hand, speaking of her films, Bharat is a period drama inspired by the Korean film Ode To My Father. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film features Disha in the role of a trapeze artist. The actress has been busy prepping for the same as she will be seen doing some daredevil stunts in the film since she is also a circus artist. While she will indeed share screen space with Salman Khan, it is not yet clear if she has any scenes with the film’s leading lady Priyanka Chopra.
Bharat, produced by Atul Agnihotri and T-Series, is slated to release during Eid next year.
Also Read : WATCH: Disha Patani nails a flip during Ali Abbas Zafar’s Bharat rehearsals
WOW! This Alia Bhatt initiative helped in lighting up homes of 40 families in Karnataka
It is a known fact that, earlier this year, Alia Bhatt launched a new philanthropic initiative 'Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe’ at the Stylecracker Night Market. This initiative had fans buying handpicked favourites from the actress’ personal closet, proceedings of which were supposed to be used for charity.
On Sunday, proceeds from this first wardrobe, were used to light up homes of 40 families in Kikkeri in the Mandya district of Karnataka, through the Liter Of Light program which is run by Bengaluru based organization, AROHA. Through this program, AROHA recycles plastic bottles to provide solar lamps to economically backward communities that have limited or no access to electricity.
Speaking about the project, Alia Bhatt said, “So many families in India continue to live in darkness and Liter of Light’s eco-friendly solar lamps are an innovative and sustainable way to light up homes. They work with local communities, using locally sourced materials to assemble and install the lamps, thus empowering the community and improving the quality of life. The project in Kikkeri will benefit 200 lives and through Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe we plan to work with many such organizations, creating a brighter future for many more.”
The project was also supported by Standard Electricals, a brand of Havells India Ltd.. Mr. Abhra Banerjee, Vice President Standard Electricals at Havells India Ltd. said, “We are extremely happy to support this initiative by Alia Bhatt which delights her fans on the one hand while also making a valuable social impact on the other.”
“The support from Standard Electricals helped change so many lives for the better and we hope this inspires other companies to reach out to deserving not-for-profits locations that need financial aid to continue making a sustainable impact,” added Alia.
With Mi Wardrobe is Su Wardrobe, Alia Bhatt continues to build on her work in the space of ecology and animal welfare. She has created a platform, Coexist, which works to create awareness around ecological issues
Also Read: WATCH: Alia Bhatt can't stop making fun of Varun Dhawan on the sets of Kalank
Nandita Das to be conferred with prestigious Prabasi Odia Samman
Delhi-based think tank Odisha Forum will soon confer the prestigious Prabasi Odia Samman to 6 eminent persons on July 13. Among the 6 honourees is actor, thinker, filmmaker and activist Nandita Das, who will be conferred the award at Odisha Forum’s annual function at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New Delhi. Commenting her receipt of this award, “While I never lived in Odisha, my father has instilled in me his own passion for Odiya food, craft, arts and culture. In my childhood, I went to Odisha every single year. So while I feel like a global citizen, I still feel deeply connected to my roots in Odisha. Though I always say I’m half Odiya, half Gujarati and I’ve done films in 10 different languages - it’s nice to be pan-Indian - it also does feel special to be selected for this honour by the Odisha Forum.”
Nandita Das will be joined by Dr Swarup Ranjan Mishra, a member of parliament from Kenya who is also a reputed doctor and social worker, Dr Susmita Mohanty, a space entrepreneur and designer, Dr Pinaki Panigrahi, a doctor-scientist and pioneer in Public Health, Ms. Sharon Lowen, a noted exponent of Odissi dance and Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, an agricultural scientist.
A known talent and voice in India, Nandita Das, apart from being one of the finest actresses of our time, is also a conscientious activist who speaks her mind. Her second directorial venture, Manto, narrates a turbulent time of great change that greatly influenced author and playwright, Saadat Hasan Manto’s life. The film is a compelling portrait of a courageous writer and complex man, known for his fearless opinions. The film is deeply relevant to our times as Manto wrote about the unsavoury, difficult truths that no one dared to talk about, many of which remain part our society today.
Gold: When Akshay Kumar played a prank on everyone on the sets of the film
Based on the theme of patriotism, Gold will be releasing marking the occasion of Independence Day. Akshay Kumar, who plays the role of a passionate hockey player and has the aim to win Olympics for an Independent India, may have a serious role on screen. But his off-screen humour and pranks are equally famous! The team of the film recently revealed about a funny incident that happened on the sets of Gold.
Akshay Kumar had a fun time goofing around with his Gold co-stars. Readers may be aware that recently the song ‘Chad Gayi Hai’ hit the tube. The said number was shot in Mumbai’s Kamalistan studio. It was during the shooting of this song when Akshay pulled off one more prank. Reema Kagti, who has written and directed the sports-drama, shared an anecdote from the song’s shoot, when the majority of the crew, including Mouni, was looking for their footwear as Akshay hid all their shoes in the duct of the studio’s air-conditioner.
On the other hand, speaking about the song were the choreographers, Bosco–Caesar. The duo said, “Working with Akshay means being on your toes as he brings a lot of energy on set. His onscreen wife, Mouni, has an infectious vibe even if she is not doing much. Watching Akshay dance atop a table in this song will be a treat for the audience. The song is catchy, and its funny hook step is sure to grab eyeballs. We created a mood around the situation"
Coming to the song, 'Chad Gayi Hai' is sung by Vishal Dadlani and Sachin-Jigar. It is also composed by the latter. The lyrics are penned by Vayu. The trailer of Gold has been received well by the audience and now everyone is waiting for its release with bated breath. Apart from Akshay and Mouni, Gold has an ensemble cast of Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Vineet Singh, Sunny Kaushal and Nikita Dutta.
Gold is helmed by Reema Kagti and it has been shot across the UK and India. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar under the banner name Excel Entertainment, the film will hit the theatres on August 15.
Also Read: Akshay Kumar, Mouni Roy and others launch ‘Naino Ne Baandhi’ song from Gold
Sanjay Dutt’s daughter Trishala spills the beans on the kind of father he is
Sanjay Dutt’s daughter Trishala is a celebrity in her own right, alright! While she is stays in American, she has a pretty huge fan base across India...thanks to her famous genes. She is a trained psychologist and also a hair and makeup expert. She keeps engaging masses with her awesome sauce pictures on Instagram from her holidays. She also keeps posting updates and pictures from her family from Mumbai, ie- Sanjay Dutt, Maanyata Dutt and their twins. She indulgently calls him Papa Dukes and connects with him whenever possible.
We all know that her relationship with Sanju has been rocky especially after her mother Richa Sharma got separated from Sanjay Dutt and then eventually succumbed to cancer. After a long custody battle, it was decided that Trishala stays with her maternal family in the United States. Now, their relationship is really awesome and Sanju keeps talking to her whenever possible and also catches up with frequently. After Instagram launched a new feature, Trishala used it and posted for her fans if they want to ask her anything. Someone asked her about her dad Sanjay Dutt and enquired about her relationship with him currently. She replied, “Honestly, it feels normal. He's like any other father. When I'm with him, it feels like I'm with my dad. It doesn't feel any different than wht you probably feel when you are with your father.”
She replied to another fan's query about similar topic and revealed that Sanjay Dutt is "actually very funny" and that she admires her father's "sense of humour.
We're sure Sanjay Dutt would be very proud of his doting daughter after reading this. He will be seen next in Prasthaanam, Torbaaz, Kalank and Shamshera.
Dulquer Salmaan to receive a special pre-birthday gift from Karwaan director Akarsh Khurana
Dulquer Salmaan who is all set to mark his Bollywood debut with Karwaan, is all set to turn a year older. But even before his birthday that falls in the end of this month, the actor received a pre-birthday gift from director Akarsh Khurana. Akarsh Khurana will be gifting Dulquer the blue van that he travels in, with co-stars Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar on board, throughout in Karwaan.
While talking about the gift, Akarsh shared, “There are two reasons for gifting DQ this van. One, of course, is emotional. It was almost like an important character in the film and the two spent a lot of time together. Two, it’s been through a lot of wear and tear and is all beat up now. It needs an automobile fanatic like DQ to give it a new lease of life,” adding that the van travelled from Mumbai to Bangalore, Ooty, Kochi, in fact, all over Kerala, eventually finding its way back to Aram Nagar in Andheri.
Revealing why he chose this van in particular for the comedy-drama, Akarsh says it was for its shape and size. “It had to look like it could fit a dead body in the back. And it had to be practical to shoot in, with space for the camera and the team, along with being tough and comfy,” he said and jokingly added that he himself is a big guy.
The filmmaker recalled that once, while they were shooting, Dulquer braked suddenly and he sprawled on the focus puller who in turn fell on the camera. “Sneha Taurani, the associate director, couldn’t stop laughing,” he reminisced with a smile.
On another occasion, they were shooting within a campus in Ooty but since the roads were really steep, it was taking too long so they just drove out. “We knew production would panic because we were driving out with stars and without permission or security but we needed the shot. So, we switched off our phones and walkie-talkies and just rolled. The production guys went crazy but we got some great shots and it was a nice drive,” stated Akarsh.
Also, while talking about Dulquer's love for cars, Akarsh revealed, “He has a BMW M3, a Polo GT and a modified Triumph Bonneville in his garage, along with a BMW R1200 GS adventure tourer, a Porsche Panamera Turbo sports sedan, a Mini Cooper and an E46, BMWi8. The van will be another addition to his collection.”
Karwaan starring Irrfan and marking the debut of Dulquer Salmaan and Mithila Palkar is based on a road trip wherein three unlikely co-passengers set out on a journey from Bangalore to Ooty to Kumarakom and finally to Kochi. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala's RSVP in association with Priti Rathi Gupta of 'Ishka films', Karwaan is slated to release on August 3, 2018.
Wow! Kamal Haasan and Salman Khan to share screen space for the first time and here is what it is all about
We have seen Kamal Haasan and Shah Rukh Khan share screen space in the past. They have come together for one of the most controversial films Hey Ram that was set against the backdrop of India-Pakistan Partition. And now, the South superstar will be sharing screen space for the first time with another Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan. However, let us tell you that they are not collaborating for a film but for the TV show Dus Ka Dum.
Kamal Haasan will be a part of the reality show Dus Ka Dum, which is hosted by Salman Khan. The legendary actor will be promoting his upcoming film Vishwaroopam 2 on the show.
Interestingly, there is a connection that the two stars share when it comes to TV shows. Let us remind you that both of them are hosts of the controversial reality show Big Boss. While the Hindi version of the show is hosted by Salman Khan, Kamal Haasan hosts the Tamil version of the same show. Big Boss Tamil is in its second season and recently made news when two actress-contestants locked lips during one of the tasks on the show.
In 2013, during the release of Vishwaroopam when the controversy of banning the film was all over India, Salman had taken stand and had strongly appealed his fans to watch it. Salman also attended the special screening of the film held by Kamal Haasan. Now yet again it seems that the superstar is planning on supporting his South superstar friend with this gesture on Dus Ka Dum. Well, we must say it would be interesting to see the two of them come together on the small screen. Let’s hope that they plan another outing for a big screen too soon.
Vishwaroopam 2 also stars Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur, Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat and Waheeda Rehman. The film has been written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan. It is a bilingual shot in Tamil and Hindi, and is also dubbed in Telugu. The Hindi version of the film will be presented by Mr Rohit Shetty and Reliance Entertainment. Vishwaroop 2 is scheduled to release on August 10, 2018 worldwide in all three languages.
Confirmed! Ajay Devgn to play football coach in this sports biopic and here are the deets!
Shah Rukh Khan turned hockey coach, Akshay Kumar turned hockey player, Sushant Singh Rajput turned cricketer, now it is time for football! And this time around we have Ajay Devgn essaying the titular character of one of India's most famous hockey coaches, Syed Abdul Rahim. Confirming the same, the film was announced on social media.
The official announcement on the social media platform read, "@ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms announce a biopic on India’s legendary football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish." Speaking of the film, Amit Sharma, who is known for his Google Reunion ad and the Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha starrer Tevar, will be directing this sports biopic. Also, the film will be co-produced by Boney Kapoor.
The untitled venture will showcase the tenure of Syed Abdul Rahim, who has been a football coach and Indian team manager between 1950 and 1963. It will not only showcase achievements but also the journey the team underwent for emerging victorious at certain matches like 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Speaking of the writers Saiwyn Quadri is known for his work in biopics like Mary Kom and Neerja. As for Ritesh Shah, he has written films like Airlift and Namaste London.
Shariq Patel of ZEE studios, who are co-producing the film, expressed his happiness over collaborating with Boney Kapoor, Ajay Devgn and others for the film in recent reports. He also explained about the current situation of football in the country. Despite the craze for the sport increasing with time, Patel revealed that our team rarely finds itself on the global map and are often not invited for major tournaments across the world.
Boney Kapoor hopes that the film will change the way we look at football in India. If these reports are to be believed, Boney also believes having Ajay on board too will help them inspire many to take up football.
Coming back to the film, we are still awaiting the official announcement on the rest of the cast
Katrina Kaif is ga-ga over reuniting with Shah Rukh Khan in Zero, dishes deets on working with Aamir Khan for Thugs Of Hindostan!
Katrina Kaif is just back from Da-Bangg Reloaded tour and is eyeing for two major releases! She will be seen essaying the role of a diva in Anand L Rai’s Zero which stars Shah Rukh Khan. Her second big release is of course Yash Raj Films’ Thugs Of Hindostan which has Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. Kat couldn't help but gush about both her co-stars Shah Rukh and Aamir as she revealed her individual dynamics with them.
She said that it was great reuniting with Shah Rukh after Jab Tak Hai Jaan and it really is enriching working with him because they get each other's aesthetic as actors. She further said that he gets what she does and often appreciates her. Aside from acting, he also has a lot of respect for her photography skills! Now that's something new! After SRK, Katrina spoke about Aamir Khan and how it has helped her to collaborate with him. She said that he and her director Vijay Krishna Acharya have not compromised on anything while filming Thugs and therefore she's really looking forward for it to release. Her leaked pictures and videos from the movie have already piqued our interest and we can't wait to see Katrina charm us in the film!
Post Zero and Thugs Of Hindostan, Katrina has signed a big budget dance film with Varun Dhawan which is set to go on floors soon.
Also Read: WOW! Katrina Kaif’s SUPERHOT picture gets love from Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Kapoor
Actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha raises a new issue for protecting animals
Although we don’t hear much of his Bollywood ventures, Shatrughan Sinha is currently in news for his political career. The actor turned politician has now raised a new issue in order to contribute to the welfare of animals. Recent reports reveal that Sinha jumped into action after PETA contacted him about dissection of animals.
In fact, Shatrughan Sinha, who is also the Former Health Minister, sent a letter to the Medical Council of India President Dr. Jayshree Mehta in relation to the dissection of animals. The Minister of Parliament has urged the doctor to stop the practices and experimentation on animals for the postgraduate medical courses.
He has further extended his support to PETA by asking the Medical Council President to opt for alternative methods. While PETA has claimed that many countries abroad, in places like the U.S and Canada have been using non-animal techniques as a part of the medical courses, they have further asked India to follow the footsteps for protection of the animal species in the country.
In the letter written by Sinha, he has also requested Mehta to adopt these methods besides supporting PETA in its endeavor. If reports are to be believed, Sinha has suggested alternatives which are said to be cost efficient, computer assisted learning, clinical exercises and human patient simulation technologies amongst others. It is also being said that these technologies are used by top medical schools worldwide.
Also Read: Karan Johar shares a THROWBACK picture with Sonakshi Sinha, Shatrughan Sinha and Subhash Ghai!
Rani Mukerji starrer Hichki to be screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Rani Mukerji made a comeback into Bollywood films, post her motherhood with Hichki. And the film was one of the most unconventional works by the actress. Playing the role of a teacher suffering from Tourette syndrome, the film tackles with many issues from poverty to disabilities. The film, which garnered rave reviews in the country, is now going places and its next destination is Melbourne.
Hichki is all set to be screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne that will be held between August 10 to 22. Based on the theme of Inclusion, the festival will see the presence of many Bollywood stars not in just jury but also as guests who will be attending it in Melbourne. Furthermore, we hear that Rani is also contending during the festival as one of the nominees in the Best Actress Category for Hichki along with actresses like Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu, Deepika Padukone for Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt for Raazi, Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar and other Indian actresses.
Speaking of this special honour, filmmaker Siddharth P. Malhotra maintained that such films that have inspiring and motivating messages are very impactful. Considering that the theme is Inclusion, the filmmaker is impressed with the fact that the subject of his film is able to resonate with the theme of the festival. He also maintained about how filmmakers should opt for such heart-touching stories often that can take this theme further.
Coming back to the festival, we hear that Indian Film Festival of Melbourne will have filmmaker-producer Nikhhil Advani alongside Simi Garewal, Sue Maslin, Jill Bilcock, Andrew Anastaisos and Geoffrey Wright as a part of the jury.
Hichki, which is said to be adapted from the American film Front Of The Class, is produced under Yash Raj Films by Rani’s husband Aditya Chopra. The film released on March 23.
Is the Ajay Devgn starrer Chanakya a period film?
We all remember the Prakash Jha multi-starrer Raajneeti which was based on Mahabharata. The story very specifically revolved around the main sub plots of the epic story and interestingly Ajay Devgn was a part of it too. Now, just a day ago, it was revealed that Neeraj Pandey is making a film on political and economics strategist Chanakya starring Ajay Devgn.
Based on the much popular Chanakya Niti [Strategies of Chanakya], the film we hear will not be a period drama. Recent reports suggest that Chanakya will be adapted to the current era. The speculations here claim that the film will be set against the backdrop of a socio-political situation wherein Ajay Devgn will play a strategist.
Even though the film will not belong to the Maurya period, it seems that the protagonist essayed by Ajay will make use of the Chanakya Niti in the film for varied decisions. Not too long ago, there many reports that created buzz stating that Akshay Kumar will play a similar role in D. Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s film.
Speaking of this Neeraj Pandey project, the film which will revolve around contemporary socio-political situation is expected to go on floor by the end of this year. If reports are to be believed, the makers are keen on releasing the film by mid-next year.
Earlier, Ajay had expressed his happiness of playing such a unique role saying, “I am truly looking forward to playing Chanakya. I’ve followed Neeraj Pandey’s work closely and I know Neeraj will tell this story with the clarity and passion with which it needs to be told.”
For the uninitiated, Chanakya was the advisor and guide of Chandragupta Maurya during 300 BC and played a major role in building up the Maurya Empire in India. Known as one of the most intelligent strategists, his theories are applied worldwide even today.
Raja Krishna Menon to produce a film featuring Bhavesh Joshi actor Priyanshu Painyuli
Raja Krishna Menon, who is super excited about starting his next with Shahid Kapoor, is all set to turn into production. He will be producing the film that will be directed by his former associate Uday Singh. The film is also expected to star Priyanshu Painyuli who last featured in Bhavesh Joshi Superhero.
Priyanshu Painyuli, who is happy about receiving this opportunity to work with Raja and Uday, spoke about this untitled film in recent reports. He revealed that Uday had approached him with the story of this film that revolves around three IITians. Elaborating on the same, he also talked about his character Kapil, who is one of the IIT to get into start-up with three of his friends. He mentioned that his role faces a conflict when he is caught between his values and ideologies and a condition that he is asked to fulfill by the investors.
Furthermore, Priyanshu was also all praises for director Uday Singh. He reportedly believes that Uday, who is himself an IIT student and also has worked with companies like Microsoft years ago, has ample knowledge that is visible in his story telling. On the other hand, Priyanshu expressed his fan moment when he realized that he can work with Raja Krishna Menon. In fact, he also added that he finds certain connect with the filmmaker-producer since they both hail from Bangalore and also went to the same college and also love the same musician, Raghu Dixit.
Coming back to his character, Priyanshu Painyuli mentioned in these reports about how his prep would go about the film. He stated that the production team is working on having CEOs from varied start-up coming on board for the prep. It seems that the said team will be taking the help of these CEOs to guide Kapil and other actors to guide them through their roles in the film.
Sanju: Namrata Dutt UNHAPPY with Paresh Rawal and Manisha Koirala playing Sunil and Nargis Dutt?
Ranbir Kapoor's Sanju opened to some rave reviews by both masses and classes. Everyone has lapped up his portrayal of the controversial actor, Sanjay Dutt and once again he proved that he is the finest actor of our generation. Now after all the praise, Namrata Dutt came out in open about the movie, her brother and all the characters in the film which are so closely entwined with her life. We all know that it was not just Sanju who faced all the trials and tribulations first because of his drug phase and later after he got embroiled in the 1993 Bombay blast case.
Namrata said that she did not judge the characters because it is too personal. Having said that she enjoyed the movie and found it entertaining. She also praised Ranbir for his epic portrayal. When questioned about Paresh Rawal's role in the movie, she said that since she is Sunil Dutt's daughter and hence it was difficult for her to connect with Paresh playing her father. She felt the same for Manisha Koirala playing Nargis. Namrata honestly confessed that she is not mere audience but someone who is closely seen her family struggle through hardships because of her brother's poor decisions and wrong choices.
Sanju broke all records at the box office and has become one of the most successful films of this year. Ranbir will be seen next in Ayan Mukherji's Bramhastra and Yash Raj Films’ Shamshera. He also has signed a movie with Ajay Devgn which will be a Luv Ranjan directorial. He is currently in Bulgaria shooting for Bramhastra with girlfriend Alia Bhatt.
Yay! Saif Ali Khan and Sara Ali Khan sign a film together?
This surely looks like a casting coup of the decade! There is a buzz in the grapevine that Saif Ali Khan has signed a new film with his darling daughter Sara Ali Khan and no prizes for guessing that they will be playing father-daughter in the movie as well. The film in question is set to be directed by Nitin Kakkar, who made the critically acclaimed Filmistan. The movie will give an insight into the modern day relationship between a father and daughter and is a slice of life take on the whole equation. The film is set to have a light, comical tone and will also give insights and a message for masses too. Now, this sure is pretty interesting on paper but we are curious to know how it gets implemented on screen.
There is no official confirmation on the project but we are sure that both Saif and Sara will not let go of this golden opportunity. Sources claim that both have read and loved the script and have also given a nod to the project. We hope that the makers announce the movie pretty soon. Sara already has two films in her kitty: Simmba with Rohit Shetty and of course the controversial Kedarnath with Sushant Singh Rajput. This will be her third film. Currently, she is juggling between Simmba and Kedarnath and her step mom has made things a bit easier for her by lending her makeup artiste and hair stylist of many years. Now this surely means that both Saif and Kareena Kapoor Khan are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that Sara has a smooth sailing in the industry.
On professional front, Saif’s Sacred Games has released on Netflix and it is winning him rave reviews. He will soon be back with the decoy season.
Zero: Shah Rukh Khan is super IMPRESSED with fan made teaser, praises the makers (Watch video)
Shah Rukh Khan recently completed 26 years in the film industry and life has finally come a full circle for him. He also has finished filming for Aanand L Rai’s Zero and is now gearing up to impress us with his superb dwarf act in the film. On the occasion of marking this landmark moment, fan made a teaser of Zero in an animated version impressed the superstar. He shared the teaser on his Twitter timeline with a heartwarming message for the creator of this video. Surely, he must have felt awesome after getting validation from the actor himself! The teaser features SRK and Salman Khan bonding with each other.
A while ago, Aanand L Rai too shared an illustration of Shah Rukh Khan as his character in Zero and wrote a beautiful, sentimental message thanking his contribution after the team finished filming it. He wrote, “I really don’t know whether it’s this fantastic person or the magical actor in him who brings smile on my face and happiness on the sets. Love you Khan Saab @iamsrk. Have enjoyed every moment of filming #zero !!!!” Post wrapping up the film, Khan went for a long vacay across Europe with his entire family including wifey Gauri and kids Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. They went to Barcelona, Naples, among other exotic places. Now, Shah Rukh is back to the grind and will be busy with post-production work of the movie.
After Zero, he has signed Salute in which he will portray the real-life inspiring character of astronaut Rakesh Sharma.
Check out Zero's fan-made teaser for now and tell us what you feel.
REVEALED: This Bollywood actor plays villain in Mohanlal’s next film
We last saw Vivek Oberoi playing the role of a powerful antagonist in the superhero drama Krrish 3 featuring Hrithik Roshan in a double role. The actor will once again return as a villain in an Indian film, albeit a Malayalam one. Vivek is all set to make his Malayalam debut with Lucifer that is directed by famous actor Prithviraj Sukumaran.
Vivek Oberoi is apparently essaying the negative role and Antony Perumbavoor made the announcement of the same on his social media platform wherein he also expressed his happiness of collaborating with the Bollywood actor. Besides him, the film will feature Mohanlal in the lead role. Lucifer will see Vivek Oberoi and Mohanlal reunite on the big screen together after the duo came together for Vivek’s Bollywood debut Company, directed by Ram Gopal Varma in 2002.
On the other hand, as mentioned before, the film will see Prithviraj Sukumaran, who was last seen in My Story, making his directorial debut. The film is expected to star Manju Warrier as the leading lady along with Saniya Iyyappan who is expected to essay the character of Mohanlal’s daughter.
Recently, the makers of Lucifer decided to give the audience a glimpse of the film by releasing a poster. Although no face features in this said poster, it has a person sitting in white mundu and the tagline used too looks quite intense. The poster says, ‘Blood, Brotherhood, Betrayal’ but not much has been revealed about this film.
Along with the poster, the makers have also announced that the film is expected to go on floor on July 16, If reports are to be believed, the film will be shot extensively in Kuttikanam in Kerala and also a major schedule is said to be held in Mumbai. Lucifer is said to be scripted by Murali Gopi and the release date for the film is yet to be announced.
Rajnikanth’s wife Latha embroiled in CHEATING case, charges pressed against her for fraud
In a shocking turn of events, Rajinikanth’s wife Latha is involved in a cheating case and there are charges pressed against her for non-payment of dues. This is with regard to failure to pay dues to an advertising company. The amount is as high as Rs. 6 crores which Latha Rajinikanth has to pay. Supreme Court has taken the matter in its hands and has ordered for a trial. There will be a probe in this matter by the Apex Court and then charge sheet against Latha will be filed. What happened was that a company called Ad Bureau lent Rs 10 crores to Soundarya Rajinikanth to make Kochadaiyaan. According to the court’s orders, there was undertaking signed in Latha’s name that if Soundarya fails to pay her dues, then she would have too. Hence, the charges are pressed against her now. Latha’s counsel has disputed this and therefore the matter is in court.
On professional front, Rajinikath’s much awaited film 2.0 got a release date after a lot of delay. His producer Shankar took to Twitter to announce the same. The movie which has a whopping budget of over Rs. 600 crores was getting delayed because the VFX team was taking forever to come up with a final print. But just as the post production work was increasing, the makers finally came up with a date and the magnum opus which also stars Akshay Kumar in lead role will release on November 29, 2018.
Let’s hope that this legal matter with regard to Kochadaiyaan gets sorted for Rajinikanth and Latha as soon as possible.
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Neil Nitin Mukesh REVEALS details about the thriller directed by brother Naman
Neil Nitin Mukesh who recently announced his impending fatherhood is also taking a step forward in the entertainment business. He will be joining the bandwagon of actor-turned-producers with his maiden production company titled ‘NNM Films’. The outfit will specialize not only in film production but will also dabble in endorsements, events, advertisements, commercials and design.
Shedding light on the foray Neil Nitin Mukesh who apart from being an actor is also a singer says, “In the business of entertainment there are no creative boundaries. I have created an identity for myself as an actor but I’m also known as a musician, director and writer which are all aspects of the creative process and now with production it all comes to a full circle for me . Film-making entails multiple layers and facets which is very appealing to me since I’ve always believed in not being typecast. I feel there are so many brilliant stories to be brought to the big screens and it would be fair to give an equal opportunity to deserving talent through this venture. Our long-term vision is to cater to diversity through cutting-edge content.”
Neil has collaborated with long-time associate Madan Paliwal of MIRAJ for the maiden project that will be co-produced under the NNM Films banner.
Speaking about the association Neil Nitin Mukesh states, “Mr. Paliwal who has been like a father figure to me has been gracious enough to lend me impeccable support. I am currently on the board of directors of MIRAJ spearheading the creative team of the entire entertainment division of the firm. Over the past 3 years I have directed and executed a couple of commercials for them so that I could absorb the aesthetics of the business.
Interestingly the untitled maiden project will also mark the debut of Neil’s younger brother, Naman Nitin Mukesh as a director. While Neil worked with Yash Raj Films as an assistant director prior to his foray in mainstream cinema, Naman has trained with Abbas Mastan, Bejoy Nambiar, Eros for over 6 years.
Adding on further Neil Nitin Mukesh states, “Naman and I have been working on the script of the maiden project since the past 2 years and the whole venture is as valued to him as it is to me. I couldn’t have asked for a better collaborator than my best friend and my brother. I have always wanted to launch my brother and I’m positive that he will do full justice to his calling.”
Upholding the Mukesh family’s three generation cinematic lineage, the logo of the production house has a celestial significance apart from Nitin Mukesh lending his voice for the background score. From Lord Hanuman to Lord Shiva to Tirupati Balaji to Lord Ganpati, an essence of divinity resides within the logo. NNM Films will commence shooting for their multi-starrer maiden project by September. While it’s being speculated that Neil will be acting in the maiden project, he is not sure whether he will act in every film produced by his production house.
Elaborating further Neil who has been shooting uninterruptedly for Saaho, Firrkie and Sai Srinivas Bellamkonda’s untitled film over the past one-year states, “We have finalized the script of the maiden project that falls under the thriller-drama genre and have already signed on a few actors. Currently we are in the process of finding the right candidate to essay the leading lady. The technical team has started the ground work of venue recee and production and the film will most likely be shot in India.”
On the acting front, Neil Nitin Mukesh will be seen as the baddie in the forthcoming multi-lingual Saaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead.
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SANJU: Tabu REVEALS details of her cameo in this Ranbir Kapoor starrer
Sanju, that talks about the wild child of Bollywood, Sanjay Dutt and his emotional tribulations has triumphed at the box office. Considering its brush with reality, the film also recreated many such true events that happened in Dutt’s life. One amongst them was when Sanjay Dutt received an award from Tabu. The same was remade for the Rajkumar Hirani directorial, albeit with Ranbir Kapoor.
Speaking about the same in recent reports, Tabu revealed about how Rajkumar approached her to do that one small scene where she presented the award to Sanjay Dutt in 2004 for his performance in Munna Bhai MBBS. For the uninitiated, this comic caper turned out to be one of the cults in Bollywood featuring this actor. Talking about the same, Tabu stated about how Hirani contacted her one day to remind her about the day she presented the award. He also requested her to do the scene for Sanju again.
Elaborating on the experience, Tabu described it to be surreal when she walked to the sets wearing a similar outfit [that was recreated] and the same hair style. The actress maintained about how the team of Sanju worked on remaking the entire moment even by observing the minutest of details including make-up. She reportedly had walked into the sets of Sanju, right from the sets of Golmaal Again which she was shooting at that time.
She also mentioned that Rajkumar Hirani had also shown her the clipping of the award ceremony where she had presented the award to Sanjay Dutt to rekindle her memory. Calling it a déjà vu, Tabu termed it as her The Truman Show  moment. She also maintained that it was fun to have to do the scene with Ranbir Kapoor.
Furthermore, Tabu also has expressed her desire to act in meatier roles when it comes to Rajkumar Hirani films.
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Priyanka Chopra, Anushka Sharma, Bhumi Pednekar and other actresses applaud SC Verdict on Nirbhaya Rape case
The events that unfolded on the night of December 16, 2012 left the entire nation in shock as a well-educated 23 year old girl fell prey to six rapists. She was beaten, raped and even tortured in a private bus. The brutality of the incident that were reported later not only made the nation tremble but India as a country joined hands to bring justice for Jyoti Singh Pandey, aka Nirbhaya. Now six years, after the case, the Supreme Court has passed a landmark judgement to hang the rapists and here’s how Bollywood extended its support.
After a long battle, Nirbhaya aka Jyoti Singh’s death created a furore followed by activists constantly pressurizing the government to take severe action against rapists including death penalty. Although the actual sentence for rape is a seven year imprisonment, the Supreme Court decided to deviate from it owing to the heinous and brutal ways Jyoti was tortured during the rape in 2012, followed by which the Supreme Court sentenced them to death by hanging.
Two days ago, the Supreme Court passed yet another judgement for all the rapists except the one juvenile who was involved in the case and the one who died in 2013 [possibly committed suicide] wherein it quashed the plea for reducing the sentence to lifetime imprisonment. Coming out in support of the verdict, many Bollywood actresses took to Twitter to support the court in this landmark judgement:
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After Dilbar, Nora Fatehi to groove on a quirky number with Rajkummar Rao in Stree!
Actress and dancing sensation Nora Fatehi is one of the most trending names on social media platforms for her dance videos. Her current video ‘Dilbar’ from John Abraham starrer Satyameva Jayate has been rocking the charts since it released. The song is not only topping the charts but Nora is also being praised for her sensuous dance moves. The self learnt dancer is a force to reckon with especially with those moves.
After ‘Dilbar’, Nora Fatehi is now all set to sizzle on screen with her next special song from the upcoming film Stree. It's a horror comedy flick starring Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi. Nora was recently in Bhopal to shoot the song which also features the lead actor of the film, Rajkummar in it. The duo has already shot for it and the song is said to be rather quirky with regards to their attire. Rajkummar, who himself is a good dancer, will be seeing matching steps with Nora. The song is a fun number which comes at an important intersection of the film.
Does this mean there is one more viral video in the making for Nora? Time to wait and watch as Nora gears up to sizzle with Rajkummar Rao. Stree is set to release on August 31, 2018.
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Farhan Akhtar to reunite with Dil Dhadakne Do co-star Priyanka Chopra in Shonali Bose's The Sky Is Pink
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Priyanka Chopra has begun prep for her next film is The Sky Is Pink which will be helmed by Margarita with a Straw director Shonali Bose. The earlier reports had suggested that Priyanka's Dostana co-star Abhishek Bachchan was roped in for the role. Now, it has been learned that the actor is out of the project. The film has now gone to Priyanka Chopra's Dil Dhadakne Do co-star Farhan Akhtar.
If the latest reports are to be believed, Farhan Akhtar will be paired opposite Priyanka Chopra in Shonali Bose’s next venture, The Sky Is Pink. This will be their second project after Dil Dhadakne Do in which Farhan was Priyanka's love interest. Dangal and Secret Superstar fame Zaira Wasim will be sharing a screen space with them, who is reportedly playing the role of their daughter in the story. While Priyanka and Zaira have begun prep for the film, the lead actor in Shonali Bose's next is yet to be officially announced. It will be amazing to see Farhan and Priyanka come together again in this interesting film as Zaira's parents. The film will reportedly go on floor in the month of August.
The Sky Is Pink is a story about a young girl named Aisha Chaudhary who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 13. She became a motivational speaker after her diagnosis. She even came out with a book, My Little Epiphanies. With a positive attitude, she spoke at prestigious events like TEDx, INK conferences. However, Aisha Chaudhary breathed her last at the age of 18 on 24 January 2015.
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Revealed: Kareena Kapoor Khan to give her stylist to Sara Ali Khan and this is the REASON!
Kareena Kapoor Khan and many such Bollywood actresses have their own stylists and are often comfortable working with them for almost all their films and public appearances. Such is the relation of Kareena Kapoor Khan and her special stylist Pompy. In fact, if you check out the Instagram of Pompy you will find several pictures of the stylist and his muse, Kareena from their varied outings. And keeping all of these into consideration, the actress still decided to go ahead and ask Pompy to help Sara Ali Khan in Simmba.
When Saif Ali Khan decided to get married to Kareena Kapoor Khan, there were various speculative theories about the kind of relation the actress shares with Saif’s kids with Amrita Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Ibrahim Khan. However, the Kapoor lady shunned all the rumours by posting pictures with both the kids. Furthermore, she has also often spoken about the friendly relation she shares with her husband’s children Ibrahim and Sara.
In fact, in the past too, there have been reports that Kareena Kapoor Khan is taking keen interest in the grooming of Sara Ali Khan for her Bollywood ventures. Besides all that help, Kareena has now taken it a step further by lending her stylist Pompy to Sara Ali Khan. If recent reports are to be believed, Kareena wasn’t happy with the way Sara was styled in her debut film Kedarnath, which features her opposite Sushant Singh Rajput.
On the other hand, reports claim that Kareena Kapoor Khan didn’t want the same to happen to Sara for her next film Simmba. The film features her opposite Ranveeer Singh and will release in close succession after Kedarnath. Hence, for Simmba, which is also Kareena’s bestie Karan Johar’s production, the actress has decided that her stylist Pompy will style Sara Ali Khan.
In fact, certain reports also claim that the climax sequence of Kedarnath too will feature Sara in a distinct look owing to the same.
Krushna Abhishek openly calls Kapil Sharma his RIVAL, but prays for his good health
Kapil Sharma's ill health and subsequent fall from stardom is still a talk of the town. In a shocking turn of events, Kapil went from being the King of Comedy to a person battling issues on personal and professional front which led to his big fall from the popularity charts. Presently, he is recuperating and promises to be back with a bang soon. While he is piecing his life together, his professional rival Krushna Abhishek speaks about him in media. The two have never shied away from the fact that they are rivals and continue to maintain their stand. Despite this, Krushna claims that not all love is lost between them and that he prays for his good health genuinely.
Krushna claims that because of their professional rivalry, they could not work or perform together but he did message him after a span of five years upon learning about his ill health. He says that since Kapil is a legendary comedian who brought a lot of other comedians from the fraternity at the forefront, he deserves good health, peace and success. He further says that an olive branch was extended from his side as he offered Kapil that they could shows together. But despite all the talk of apparent bonhomie he maintains that he never was Kapil's friend and just a professional rival.
Apart from this, Krushna is also in the news for his very public fight with uncle Govinda and his wife Sunita. Krushna’s wife Kashmera too has been embroiled in this family fight.
Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt & Brahmastra team leave for Bulgaria
It’s a 10-day Bulgarian shooting for Bollywood’s most recent ‘together’ couple. Ranbir Kapoor, euphoric after the spectacular success of Sanju, will now fly down to Bulgaria for the shooting of his best friend Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra.
Ranbir will be joined by special friend Alia Bhatt as well as Amitabh Bachchan, Karan Johar and Nagarjuna. Interestingly, the Bachchans are holidaying in Europe while Ranbir was in Paris to bring in his mother Neetu Singh’s 60th birthday. They, now head to Bulgaria, where Ayan is scheduled to shoot high-octane action scenes with Mr Bachchan, Ranbir and Nagarjuna.
A source close to the project reveals, “Karan Johar will spare no expenses to ensure Brahmastra is India’s first truly international-caliber superhero film. After the Bulgarian stint, the film will be shot in London and then in Mumbai.”
SANJU: Rajkumar Hirani and Vicky Kaushal to attend special screening of Ranbir Kapoor starrer at La Trobe University
When it comes to the popularity of the Sanjay Dutt biopic, Sanju, it is a known fact that the film is going places. After wooing hearts at the box office, the Ranbir Kapoor starrer is all set receive an honour. The film has been selected by the prestigious La Trobe University in Australia for a special screening.
If recent reports are to be believed, the screening will be attended by Rajkumar Hirani and Vicky Kaushal. While Ranbir Kapoor is busy with his other work commitments, Vicky who played the role of Kamlesh Kapasi is expected to join Hirani in Melbourne.
The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne is a celebration of Indian cinema in the land down under. This year the festival will be taking place from 10th - 22nd August 2018, under the unifying theme of inclusion. This year, the festival is delighted and proud to present Rajkumar Hirani as the key guest who will celebrate Indian Cinema along with the diaspora at IFFM. The director who’s currently riding on a huge success wave after his film Sanju has gone on to becoming the highest grosser of 2018.
Rajkumar Hirani will be screening the film Sanju for university students from LaTrobe. Australia's 3rd best university where a huge mix of kids from all races and countries study. He will introduce the film, talk about Sanjay Dutt and show them a very different sort of biopic something they aren’t familiar with. For many, this will be their first Bollywood film ever.
Speaking on the opportunity in recent reports, Hirani expressed that this one would be a litmus test of sorts for the makers. The director went on to explain that whilst Sanjay always had a fan following in India, this film will be presented to audiences who have rarely been exposed to Indian cinema. On talking about the screening he said, "It’s always an enriching experience when people of different diaspora watch our films. I look forward to the special screening of Sanju for the students at La Trobe. It would be an interesting experience to see the reactions of those who are almost alien to Hindi films and the life of Sanjay Dutt."
The screening of Sanju is expected to be held on August 12. On the other hand, Rajkumar Hirani has revealed that he will start the screening by introducing the students to Sanjay Dutt and his journey in Bollywood, albeit briefly. Besides that Hirani is also expected to deliver a talk during this special screening event. He is expected to speak on what prompted him to make this biopic on Sanjay Dutt etc.
Apart from this, we also hear that Rajkumar Hirani and Vicky Kaushal have received an invitation to attend the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. The festival sees many Bollywood stars attending the same every year. It is also being said that the director-actor duo received this invitation owing to their choice of cinema which is apparently in resonance with the theme this year, that is, Inclusion.