REVEALED: The trailer of Alia Bhatt starrer Raazi will be attached with this Varun Dhawan film
Going the non-commercial way yet again, Alia Bhatt grabbed attention when she signed Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi. Based on the novel ‘Calling Sehmat’, the film will feature her as a Kashmiri spy. With glimpses from the sets of the film doing the rounds on the internet, the film garnered lots of curiousity. Now the makers are all set to bring its trailer to the big screen. And yet again we will see Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan coming together with this!
Yes, the trailer of Raazi will be attached to the Varun Dhawan starrer October that releases on April 13. Interestingly, this Shoojit Sircar directorial too features Varun in an unconventional role. This time around, the ‘students of the year’ are experimenting with fresh pairings. While Varun Dhawan is paired with model-turned-actress Banita Sandhu, Alia Bhatt is paired alongside Vicky Kaushal.
October is called an unconventional love story where Varun supports and stands by his ladylove when she falls extremely ill. On the other hand, Raazi features a strong protagonist in Alia who decides to help India during the times of War. It is the journey of a spy who marries a Pakistani officer and sneaks in their secrets to the Indian government.
With two different genres coming together, we must say it will be an interesting watch to see the Dulhania pair in such diverse roles on the big screen. So all the Alia and Varun fans can now rejoice since they will get to their favourite Jodi coming together yet again next month!
Raazi, also starring Alia’s real life mother Soni Razdan, will release on May 11.
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BREAKING: Kriti Sanon signed for Housefull 4; opts out of Mohit Suri’s film
By now we all know that Akshay Kumar will soon start shooting for the fourth instalment in the Housefull franchise. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been numerous revelations about the cast of the film. Well, after the announcement of Bobby Deol joining the cast, we now hear that Kriti Sanon is all set to join the Housefull 4 team as well.
As per reports, Kriti Sanon who was last seen in Bareilly Ki Barfi that hit screens in 2017 will join Jacqueline Fernandez, Kiara Advani, Parineeti Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol. If that wasn’t all, it is also being said that Kriti will feature opposite Akshay Kumar in the film. However, details of her character are being kept under wraps.
On the other hand, Kriti Sanon, who had earlier been roped in to feature in Mohit Suri’s next venture after Half Girlfriend, has apparently opted out of the project. While the yet untitled film that was helmed by Suri was said to be a romantic thriller with Kriti and Aditya Roy Kapur in the lead, the actress has walked out of the same to accommodate her dates for Housefull 4.
Interestingly, while Kriti’s exit from Suri’s venture will certainly send the filmmaker back on the hunt for a new leading lady, we for one can’t wait for the fourth instalment of the multi-starrer franchise Housefull.
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I&B Ministry to clamp down on gutka-endorsing actors
James Bond plays it so cool; he must think we are nation of fools. Pierce Brosnan claims he had no idea about the deleterious side effects of gutka and paan masala when he endorsed one of those products. Really? It’s like having dinner with Osama bin Laden and saying you never knew he had a connection with the destruction of the World Trade Centre. It’s time celebrities made comprehensive inquiries before endorsing a product. When destiny bestows such abnormal levels of stardom on you, you need to be more careful of what you do with it.
Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Manoj Bajpayee and Rajneesh Duggal are seen endorsing pan masala and gutka in ads screened on various digital and non-digital outlets. Sources from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry say the Ministry intends to clamp down very heavily on celebrities endorsing alcohol and nicotine products.
“Censor certification of carcinogenic products like cigarettes, alcohol and paan masala is forbidden by law. Endorsing such products will also be banned soon,” says an I & B source.
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REVEALED: Shriya Saran ties knot with boyfriend Andrei Koscheev and here are the details
Drishyam actress Shriya Saran has been in the news since last month owing to reports of her impending marriage. For the past couple of years, she is rumoured to be dating tennis player and hotelier Andrei Koscheev. However, in February, reports of her impending nuptials with the sports star started surfacing. While they claimed that the actress was supposed to tie the knot in a lavish ceremony in Udaipur, now we hear that a small marriage ceremony has already taken place in Mumbai.
If recent reports are to be believed, Shriya Saran tied the knot with Andrei Koscheev in a hush-hush manner. It was held at her Lokhandwala residence in suburban Mumbai on March 12. It was said to be a private affair with only family and close friends in attendance. The only celebrity who made his presence felt was Manoj Bajpayee. The actor came along with his wife Shabana as he is Shriya’s neighbour.
Speaking on the marriage, the details are still being awaited. However, reportedly, it has been learnt that Shriya was seen in a radiant pink outfit. Reports also claim that the wedding took place in Hindu style with the couple exchanging vows in a traditional manner. Furthermore, we also hear that a pre-wedding party was planned on March 11.
A month ago, reports claimed that Shriya Saran and Andrei Koscheev will have a big fat Indian wedding in Jaipur. Well, it is being said that this three day ceremony is still on the cards. However, the details of the same are yet to be announced. On the other hand, when the media questioned Shriya Saran on her impending wedding, she had rubbished the rumours.
Shriya Saran, who is quite a popular name down South, has done Bollywood films like Awarapan and her last being Drishyam in 2015. The actress is expected to star in Prakash Raj’s Bollywood directorial debut Tadka which also features Nana Patekar, Ali Fazal and Taapsee Pannu. As for Andrei Koscheev, he is a national level tennis player who also owns a chain of restaurants in Moscow.
Salman Khan roped in to endorse Appy Fizz
Parle Agro, the largest Indian beverage company, announced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the new face of its brand Appy Fizz as it aims to fuel levels of growth far higher than category averages. With the on-set of summer across India, Salman will feature in the new #FeelTheFizz campaign for Appy Fizz, India’s first sparkling fruit juice drink.
Salman’s stylish, macho and magnetic attitude is a seamless fit for Appy Fizz’s bold and edgy persona and shall help drive far reaching impact and recall for the brand. Since its launch in 2005, the Rs. 650 crore brand has been a market leader in the category of fruit + fizz drinks. Associating with Salman Khan is a part of Appy Fizz’s strategic large scale marketing investments, aiming to further strengthen the brand’ss connect with its consumers. The brand’s recent association with Bigg Boss season 11 met with huge success, when Parle Agro unveiled a special edition Appy Fizz PET bottle along with the show, giving fans an exclusive chance to meet their hero.
Speaking about this collaboration, Salman Khan said, “I am delighted to come on board as the brand ambassador for Appy Fizz. With the exciting new campaign, I am positive the fans and the brand’s consumers will Feel the Fizz!”
Commenting on the announcement, Nadia Chauhan, Joint MD and CMO, Parle Agro said, “Appy Fizz has established a strong foothold in the market over the years and with this collaboration, we want to further build the brand through aggressive marketing initiatives. Salman Khan’s magnetic personality seamlessly reflects the brand’s identity, and with his popularity along with the power of Appy Fizz, we aim to make this brand a household name.”
Salman Khan is the newest addition to the existing list of A-listers as the face of a Parle Agro brand with Alia Bhatt as the brand ambassador for Frooti and its variants and Tollywood superstar Allu Arjun for Frooti in South India.
The Bollywood superstar will feature in an exciting new Appy Fizz TVC supported by a multi-media campaign which will be rolled out this summer.
REVEALED: The real reason why Vidhu Vinod Chopra is in Kashmir
Do you remember how the Hrithik Roshan, Sanjay Dutt starrer Mission Kashmir portrayed the situation in Kashmir? Now almost two decades later, producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra is set to embark upon a journey that takes him to his hometown yet again. This time around too it is for a film and it will be about the evacuation of Kashmiri Pandits in the year 1990.
Titled Love And Letters, the film concentrates on the era where there was a rise in militancy in the state. In fact, close sources have reportedly been claiming that the team of the film has already started shooting for it. According to recent reports, they are currently shooting in Wazir House located in Shivpora. From what we hear, the filmmaker has also received all the necessary permissions to shoot in the state.
If these reports are to be believed, the cast is considered to be comprising of new faces. However, several local stars like Zameer Ashai, Shahid Gulfam and Imran are expected to be a part of it. It is also being said that the actor who plays the leading man is from Bhopal whereas the leading lady is from Jammu. She, reportedly, belongs to the Bhaderwah area of the same.
The team even visited the infamous location of Wandhama near Ganderbal. It was marked in the history of Kashmir after 23 Kashmiri Pandits, four children, nine women and 10 men were massacred in 1998.
Besides a major schedule in Mumbai, the team of Love And Letters will be shooting in Jagti in Jammu. It is one of the biggest migrant camps for Kashmiri Pandits. After this, the second schedule of the film is expected to roll in May. The film is written by Vinod and another Kashmiri writer.
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BREAKING: Irrfan Khan REVEALS details about his rare disease
Irrfan Khan had just started a dream run in the industry as he is getting both box office success and critical acclaim with movies like Hindi Medium, Piku, among others. Vishal Bhardwaj had just announced a gangster film with him starring Deepika Padukone in the lead role and Hindi Medium 2 was going to go on the floors soon, at this juncture a heart-breaking news started doing the rounds that the talented actor had contracted a rare disease. Many jumped to conclusions that he has brain cancer and claimed that it was fatal. After much speculation over the actor’s health and requests from his family to media to take things slowly, he was finally issued an official statement to clear things out, for once and for all. So, the actor has NeuroEndocrine Tumour and has gone out of the country to treat it. Here is his statement.
“Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect”.
- Margaret Mitchell
The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research ;-) To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.
We wish the actor a speedy recovery. We are waiting for him to light up our screens with his effervescent performance
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Ramesh Taurani shuts down rumours about Narendra Jha not completing the shoot of Race 3
Just two days ago, the news of the untimely demise of Narendra Jha spread like wild fire. The 55 year old star was a part of some popular forthcoming films. Amongst them was the Salman Khan starrer Race 3. His sudden death, however, had fueled up rumours that he has left the project incomplete. Irked with the treatment he is being received, Ramesh Taurani decided to shut down all the fake rumours by clarifying on the same.
Producer Ramesh Taurani of Race 3 asserted that Narendra Jha has finished off all his schedules. He requested the media to refrain from spreading rumours without any confirmation. Besides expressing his deepest condolences to Jha’s family, Taurani maintained that barely a couple of cuts remain when it comes to Jha’s role in the film. However, he also assured that it is quite manageable.
On the other hand, a miffed Ramesh Taurani also expressed his disappointment over the fake news doing the rounds. He requested everyone to stop spreading stories about a nice actor and also a wonderful person.
Speaking on Race 3, the team is currently a major schedule of the film in Abu Dhabi. The climax sequence too is underway. As for the actors, besides Salman Khan, it also stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Anil Kapoor. Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah too play prominent roles.
Directed by Remo D’Souza, Race 3 is expected to hit the theatres during Eid. While this will be the second last film of Narendra Jha, he will be seen in the multi-lingual Saaho starring Prabhas.
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Is Alia Bhatt dating Ranbir Kapoor? The Brahmastra actress has a million dollar answer
Alia Bhatt just turned 25. Landmark year for the next superstar of Bollywood. The Bhatt girl had a working birthday with the entire Bramhastra team in attendance in Bulgaria. What's more? Neetu Kapoor joined in for the birthday celebration, adding fuel to the already existing fire that Alia is dating her costar and the most eligible bachelor in the B-town, Ranbir Kapoor. Well, Neetu shared a series of pics on her social media handle of Alia and the party thrown by Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir. Her fondness for the Raazi star has set grapevine abuzz with rumours. Recently, Alia addressed these rumours as she spoke to a daily on the occasion of her birthday.
Apart from Ranbir Kapoor, there were talks of Alia Bhatt dating a businessman too. Speaking about the same, she said that even she gets really confused when she reads such reports. But she strongly believes that 'silence is golden'.
Well, she surely has given a diplomatic answer which will shut up the paps for a bit but then, it is equally true that Alia has had a huge crush on Ranbir since a while now and has openly admitted to it too, couple of times. Dating or no, they sure make an adorable couple.
Professionally, Alia is gearing up for her three big releases: Raazi, Bramhastra and Gully Boy. This year definitely looks up for her. We wish her all the best…may she shine on screen like always and give us amazing films year after year.
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Karishma Tanna gets slapped with a legal notice
While we haven’t seen Karishma Tanna much on the film or television front, the actress’ name has now cropped up in a legal controversy. Karishma has been slapped with a legal notice by Delhi based event manager Manas Katyal. The actress’ last moment change over a performance has irked these organizers.
According to Katyal’s legal notice, Karishma Tanna was supposed to perform at a wedding reception held in Haldwani, Uttarakhand. The event was held on February 16. However, the actress decided to change her mind at the last moment. She did a no show at the event along with her manager Payal Rai and stylist Seema Samar Ahmed giving it a miss. An upset Manas claimed that he had to incur a loss of Rs. 10 lakhs owing to this.
In his accusations, he also asserted that he had flown down Karishma Tanna and her team to Delhi. Arrangements were also made to take the actress and her team to Haldwani by car. However, her last minute change of heart irked Katyal and his team. He accused the actress of threatening their driver with a false case of harassment. She allegedly threatened him about filing a false case against him if he didn’t turn the car and drive back to Delhi.
On the other hand, Karishma Tanna has denied all these allegations. In fact, she has decided to respond this legal notice with another accusation of the organizers duping her. Clarifying on the case, Karishma maintained that she was told that the show in Moradabad. But when they reached there, they had found out that the event was actually in Haldwani.
Furthermore, Karishma also spoke about her health issues that have been a hindrance to her travel. She had reportedly informed Katyal and his team much before that she is suffering from a back problem. Her health, due to the same, doesn’t permit too much of long distance travels. So this is one of the reasons why the actress tried to lessen her travel time. On the other hand, it is a true fact that there is quite a bit of distance between Moradabad and Haldwani. Hence, the actress claims that she decided to have change of plans.
Speaking on the same, Karishma’s lawyer Tushar Gujjar said that they have already responded to Katyal’s allegations. He also assured that they have kick started the legal proceedings further on the case.
As for Karishma Tanna, she has refused to succumb to Katyal’s claims for compensation. In fact, the actress wants the event manager to compensate her for mental harassment.
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Arjun Kapoor - Ranveer Singh ‘Roasted’ again, Karan Johar blames himself
The legal trouble that Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh had faced over the AIB Roast case dating back to 2013 refuses to go away. With courts refusing to provide the two actors with interim relief, it looks like a long legal battle ahead for them.
Sources close to Karan Johar say he holds himself culpable for Arjun and Ranveer’s troubles over a show where the two actors had innuendo-filled fun with Johar on a live stage.
Says a source close to Karan, “Little did Karan know it would backfire so badly. Karan has been heard telling close friends that he feels responsible for whatever happened and is determined to extend all legal help to extricate them from the situation. Both Ranveer and Arjun are part of Karan’s extended family. He is determined to get them out of this situation.”
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SHOCKING! Zero actress Katrina Kaif reveals when she was called ‘zero’ in dancing
It is a known fact that most of the dance numbers featuring Katrina Kaif have turned out to be chartbusters. Whether it was ‘Kamli’ or ‘Chikni Chameli’, the actress has always set the screen ablaze. Recently talking about her life, and her dancing Katrina’s response left everyone surprised but she also explained why. In fact, the Zero actress revealed that there was a time when people said she was believe it or not, ‘zero’ in dancing.
Speaking on the same, Katrina Kaif said, “In the beginning of my career while shooting for a film with superstar Venkatesh in Telugu, Raju Sundaram was choreographing me. He looked quite irritated with my dancing but didn’t say anything. Later, while working on Wanted, I overheard him telling Salman Khan on set, that as dancer, Katrina Kaif is Zero! I was shocked.”
However, not the one to give up easily, Katrina Kaif was determined to tackle it. She had decided that she will not let it come in the way of achieving her dreams of stardom. Kaif added, “After my first Telugu film, I trained with Kathak Guru, Veeru Krishnan from 7 am to 1 PM almost every day. And choreographers Bosco-Ceaser gave me confidence to perform to my best in the film Race. I think this is what a good teacher does - gives a person confidence that he/she can do it. That’s how I overcame my challenge of being a ‘zero’ dancer.”
Back on the work front, Katrina Kaif has a slew of films in the pipeline. It includes the Aamir Khan starrer Thugs Of Hindostan and the Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero.
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REVEALED: Salman Khan pens lyrics for Race 3
After crooning to the romantic track ‘Hangover’, Salman Khan will now take up a new role in the music arena. He is all set to pen the lyrics for a romantic track for Race 3. The actor apparently came to the rescue when the team of the film was on a lookout for a perfect song to suit the mood.
It is a known fact that the team of Race 3 is currently shooting for the film in Abu Dhabi. The makers were keen on shooting a romantic track in the picturesque locals of this UAE city. So, when the team started scouting for the same, Salman revealed to them that he had already written one. Sources close to the team state that they loved it when Salman read out the lyrics he had penned. Thrilled about the same, the makers decided to retain it as a part of the film.
Speaking on the same, Ramesh Taurani described it as a lovely romantic track. He also asserted that it was exactly like what they were looking for. Furthermore, he also expressed his excitement about having Salman Khan’s name appear on the credit as a lyricist for the first time.
As for the song, it will be choreographed by the film’s director Remo D’Souza. The music will be composed by Vishal Mishra. The film has Salman Khan paired opposite Jacqueline Fernandez after their last blockbuster Kick.
On the other hand, there are rumours that the film will also feature the Dabangg heroine Sonakshi Sinha. She will apparently star in a small dance-song cameo for the same. Besides them, the film also stars Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah.
Interesting this will be the first time Salman Khan will star in the Race franchise. This UAE schedule is expected to finish by month-end. Later, the team will shift to Mumbai to wrap up the rest of the portions.
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Shahid Kapoor to seek Manoj Kumar’s blessings for Woh Kaun Thi
Now that the producers KriArj Entertainment have decided to remake Raj Khosla’s 1964 supernatural classic Woh Kaun Thi, the casting process has begun in right earnest. One hears that Shahid Kapoor who is already playing the lead in the same producer’s under-production film Batti Gul Meter Chalu has been pencilled in to play the role that Manoj Kumar essayed in the original.
However, before Shahid gives his nod, he will apparently meet the legendary actor Manoj Kumar. A source close to the project reveals, “Shahid feels it is only proper to touch base with the original cast and crew. But not many of the people associated with the original are still alive. Director Raj Khosla and music director Madan Mohan are no longer with us. Sadhana who played the ethereal spirit in white is also no more. That leaves us with Manoj Kumar. Shahid will meet the veteran actor, as this version of Woh Kaun Thi is meant to be a tribute to the original.”
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Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Studios gets into TROUBLE with the BMC
The iconic Yash Raj Studios in Andheri, Mumbai, has invited the ire of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for making several illegal altercations to its building located at Veera Desai Road, Andheri West. According to the reports, the management of the studio owned by Aditya Chopra have constructed illegal basement and made several changes without taking permission from the law enforcement body. These additions and changes made to the original construction can cause mishaps like fire, according to the officials. According to a notice served by the BMC to YRF, buildings one and two have violated rules under section 53 (1) of MRTP act as unauthorised partitions have been made of glass and plywood from ground to fourth floor including the service floor. The main problem seems to be the basement of the building which is being used as the storage.
BMC has instructed the studio management to demolish all these constructions, else face the wrath of the department. If the management fails to carry out BMC’s orders, they will demolish the constructions on its own – says the notice served to the YRF owner. BMC swung into action after receiving many complaints from residents and are now cautious after the Kamala Mills Compound Fire a few months ago.
Aditya Chopra and YRF’s spokesperson have not commented on this issue. Meanwhile, YRF is gearing for the release of Hichki which is a comeback vehicle for Rani Mukerji. Hichki is set to release on March 23 and will portray Rani as a teacher with Tourette syndrome.
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After Tiger Zinda Hai, Salman Khan to team up once again with Tom Struthers for Race 3
Salman Khan, who is currently busy shooting for his upcoming next Race 3, has teamed up yet again with Hollywood action co-ordinator Tom Struthers for the film. Tom Struthers, who had earlier worked with Salman Khan on Tiger Zinda Hai, has been roped in to choreograph the stunt sequences for the action-packed climax of Race 3.
Salman Khan’s last release Tiger Zinda Hai saw the actor performing high octane scenes which garnered humongous love and appreciation. It is known fact that when Salman likes someone’s work, he wants to work with them again whether it’s his heroines, directors, or even technicians.
This time, Salman Khan has reunited with Tom Struthers for Race 3. The entire team is currently camping in Abu Dhabi and will shoot the high-octane scenes over the next month-and-a-half.
Tom Struthers, who has worked on several films with Christopher Nolan like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, along with Indian fight master Anal Arasu, is currently planning the film’s climax. Remo has been working in consultation with both of them. The trio (Remo, Tom and Anal) has been discussing ideas and putting the choreography for the action scenes in place for the last three months. They even reached Abu Dhabi much before others to make sure everything is in place and there’s no delay. This will be the team’s last schedule after which the film will enter the post-production stage.
Race 3 consists of an ensemble star cast including Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah.
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.
Also Read : WATCH: Salman Khan shares the logo of Race 3 in style
Sidharth Malhotra grabs title role in Captain Vikram Batra biopic
Sidharth Malhotra is all set to start work on his next movie after Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary, The movie is a biopic on Captain Vikram Batra who is a Kargil hero and a winner of Param Vir Chakra. Sid will be seen essaying a double role of Vikram and his twin Vishal. The movie will be set in Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, and Dehradun. The Kargil hero’s brother and girlfriend Dimple Cheema have joined hands with the makers of the film and have given them all the necessary information about Vikram to portray him accurately.
A source close to the movie told a daily that Sidharth has been in touch with Vikram’s twin brother, Vishal, who is on board to offer inputs to the story. His girlfriend Dimple has also helped the team with the research as, besides Vikram’s valour, the film will also explore their love story. The team is aiming to wrap up the film by the year-end. Sid is training in horse-riding and shooting.
For the uninitiated, Vikram was born in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. At the time of Kargil War, this unit received orders to move to Kargil. Eighteen days after this, on June 19, 1999, he was ordered to recapture Point 5140 in his first major battle. He defeated the enemy and gave out a triumphant war cry, “Yeh dil maange more.” While leaving from the base, his colleague lost his legs in an explosion. He went back just to save him that’s when he was hit by enemy’s bullet in his chest. He was martyred on the spot.
He was Param Vir Chakra, India's highest and most prestigious award for valour, for his actions during the war.
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WATCH: Salman Khan shares the logo of Race 3 in style
Salman Khan is really having a good time working on Race 3. After the release of Tiger Zinda Hai, the actor dived into the shoot for Race 3. They are currently on their last schedule and it is being shot in Abu Dhabi. Today, Salman and the team had special surprise for the fans.
Sharing the logo, Salman Khan surprised all the fans with the video. The motion picture features the logo action franchise, preceding which the words 'On your marks, Get set, Ready, Go!' feature setting off the thrill. He simply captioned it, "3 months to go ... #Race3 #Race3ThisEid @skfilmsOfficial @tips @rameshtaurani @remodsouza @jacquelinef143 @iambobbydeol @anilskapoor @saqibsaleem @shahdaisy."
Race 3 will be taking the action and thrill a notch higher in the third franchise. The logo too is edgier and promises an action bonanza this Eid.
This film brings back the super hit jodi of 2014's Kick as Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez are seen sharing screen space for the second time. There has been immense anticipation amongst the audience to witness the duo on screen again.
Race 3 is one of the most awaited movies of 2018 because the audience will be able to watch Salman Khan in action once again. Apart from Salman, Jacqueline Fernandez and now Anil Kapoor have joined the team. The film also stars Bobby Deol, Saqib Saleem, and Daisy Shah.
Directed by Remo D’souza and produced by Salman Khan Films and Tips, Race 3 is slated to release on Eid 2018.
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REVEALED: When Ajay Devgn's prank sent a woman to the hospital
Ajay Devgn is a busy actor promoting his upcoming film Raid. The actor has always seemed to be a private person but everyone in the industry knows he is one of the biggest pranksters. As the actor continues to give interesting interviews during the promotion of Raid, he recently opened up about how his pranks have gone horribly wrong.
Speaking to a leading daily recently, Ajay Devgn revealed about the time when one of his pranks went horribly wrong. Many years ago, he was working with one of the actors who was a newly married man at the time. The woman he married was not from the industry. They were at the outdoor shoot where she used to come to meet her husband in the mornings. As they would shoot at night, Ajay and others would just keep feeding her with rumours that her husband was having an affair. That, her husband would just vanish away somewhere and there were no night shoots.
Ajay Devgn further said that he would tell the actor's wife that he would return to his room at 10.30 pm. But, she knew about Ajay's prankster side and she had said that she trusted her husband. This prank went on for 8 days. On the ninth day, they all learned that the woman was taken to hospital as she had taken pills. It turned out that she was fighting with her husband and checking up on him about his whereabouts. Talk about pranks gone wrong.
Meanwhile, Ajay Devgn will be seen in Raid with Ileana D’cruz. The actor is essaying the role of a tough Income Tax Officer from Uttar Pradesh. The film’s story will be based on a real-life incident revolving around the most popular Income Tax raids in the country.
Presented by Gulshan Kumar, Raid will be a T-Series and Panorama Studios production, produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak. Raid is slated to release on March 16, 2018.
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Neeraj Pandey to remake Tamil hit Vikram Vedha! Guess who will bag the lead roles?
Neeraj Pandey who is one of the most prolific directors in the industry today is now working on the remaking a Tamil hit Vikram Vedha which starred R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles. This is really interesting that he will be helming the movie as thriller seems to be his bastion. Neeraj’s last release Aiyaary starring Manoj Bajpayee and Sidharth Malhotra in lead roles did not do well at the box office but undeterred, Pandey is set to embark on this ambitious project. We sure are piqued to know who would bag the lead titular roles in the movie. Though Pandey has not revealed names to a leading daily, we know for sure that he would consider a couple of A-listers for this project. According to a leading daily, Neeraj is collaborating with the original producer, S Sashikanth, and Reliance Entertainment on the venture. He is the creative producer and the writer of the movie and the original writer-director duo Pushkar and Gayatri have been retained to direct the film.
The film seamlessly blends the folk tale of Vikram-Vetal into reality making it a noire gangster film and the makers assert that Pandey will adapt the film to suit the Pan Indian masses and it will be treated that way to blend mythology and reality in a poetic fashion. Now, what’s more exciting is that there will be a twist after every 20 to 30 minutes keeping the masses hooked on till the end.
Shibasish Sarkar, COO Reliance Entertainment said, “Vikram Vedha is one of the best films to be made in recent times. This incredible collaboration is also a coming together of a dream creative team that would do true justice to a film like that.”
Neeraj Pandey, producer of the film added “Vikram Vedha is a unique film and this story has to be retold to the Hindi audience world over. We have all grown up on the Vikram Betaal mythology, but this out of the box contemporary treatment makes it a must see movie”.
Anil D. Ambani led Reliance Entertainment and its partners Plan C studios spearheaded by Neeraj Pandey and Y Not Studios headed by S. Sashikanth are coming together to remake 2017’s Tamil blockbuster Vikram Vedha in Hindi. The producers will retain the original director duo Pushkar and Gayatri for its Hindi remake. Renowned writer, producer, director Neeraj Pandey will step in as the writer and creative producer for this magnum opus. This also marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between some of the most commercially successful, dynamic and creative minds in the country–Reliance Entertainment, Plan C Studios and Y Not Studios.
S. Sashikanth of Y Not Studios said “After our two successful co-productions in Hindi, Saala Khadoos and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan with Rajkumar Hirani and Anand L. Rai respectively, we are super excited to join hands with Anil D. Ambani led Reliance Entertainment and its partners Plan C studios spearheaded by the dynamic Neeraj Pandey for our third production. With this great team, we are looking forward to a blockbuster Hindi version of Vikram Vedha”.
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After doctors rushed to Jodhpur, Aamir Khan gives an update on Amitabh Bachchan's health
Amitabh Bachchan is currently shooting Yash Raj Films’ highly awaited film, Thugs of Hindostan. The cast and crew are in Jodhpur shooting some of the crucial scenes. Two days ago, it was reported that the megastar fell ill on the sets of the shoot. A team of doctors was rushed to Jodhpur to check on his health. He was advised a day’s rest and he returned to the shoot after rest.
“I am getting my team of Doctors in tomorrow morning to fiddle around with my body and set me up again .. i will rest and keep informed in process,” Big B wrote on his blog early morning on Wednesday. The actor resumed shoot after taking few hours of rest. The same day, Amitabh Bachchan once again shared an update on his health with a poetic post in Hindi. He said that he was unwell and doctors were called. But, he is doing fine now.
Amitabh Bachchan's Thugs of Hindostan co-star Aamir Khan had a media interaction on Wednesday on the occasion of his 53rd birthday. During the interaction, Aamir gave an update on the health saying he had shoulder and back problem but he was doing well. “I shot with him last night. He has problem in the back and shoulder as he has a lot of action sequences in the film. After a long time audience will get to see him doing action. So definitely it is a challenging film for him. But he is coping up well. There are times when you have physical problems. He has an injury on the shoulder and back. The day before yesterday he had a lot of problem but he is better now,” Aamir said.
The Yash Raj Films production is being helmed by Dhoom 3 director Vijay Krishna Acharya. Thugs of Hindostan also stars Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif. It will release during Diwali 2018.
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Akshay Kumar walks away with Rs. 40 crores for Pad Man
It has been months since the release of the much talked about Akshay Kumar starrer Pad Man and the film which was directed by R. Balki performed pretty well at the box office. Now months later we hear that Akshay Kumar is certainly a happy man, especially since the actor earned a whopping Rs. 40 cr. from the film. If what we hear is true then, apparently Akshay forwent his usual remuneration for Pad Man and opted instead to take the digital and satellite rights of the film which according to reports have fetched him approx. Rs. 40 cr.
Interestingly, while on one hand Akshay has made a neat sum with the success of Pad Man, the film’s producers KriArj Entertainment and Sony Pictures have wound up making a considerably lower sum as a profit. In fact, given the fact that the film earned Rs. 81.1 cr at the domestic box office and USD 3.97 million [Rs. 25.52 cr] in the overseas markets the co-producers of the film stand to make approximately Rs. 48.50 cr from box office revenue. However, negating the estimated Cost of Production of Rs. 40 cr, leaves both KriArj and Sony with a profit of just Rs. 8-10 cr that will be shared between the two.
An increasing number of A-list actors are opting for the satellite and digital rights of their films in lieu of a fixed remuneration.
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Vidya Balan to turn producer, will produce Indira Gandhi web series
It’s not Vidya Balan’s husband Sidharth Roy Kapur who will produce the Indira Gandhi bio-pic based on journalist-author Sagarika Ghose’s biography Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister.
Vidya Balan herself will produce films now under the banner Vidya Balan Films, quite separate from her husband’s SRK Productions. Says a source, “Vidya now feels the need to generate content that she would like to be part of. Not that she will star in everything she will produce. But Vidya will most certainly like to do bio-pics on personalities she admires such as Indira Gandhi and Lata Mangeshkar.”
Some years ago, Vidya was pencilled in to do a bio-pic on the legendary Carnatic singer M S Subbalaxmi and more recently she had agreed to be part of a bio-pic on author Kamala Das. Both projects fell apart, prompting Vidya to take matters into her own hands. Says the source, “The Indira Gandhi bio-pic will require loads of research on Vidya’s part and her entire dedication for the next few years. Vidya is doesn’t intend to make it as feature film but as a web series, as the vast stretches of plot and incidents in Mrs Gandhi’s life cannot be rendered in two hours.”
Incidentally Vidya Balan is not the first actor to aspire to play India Gandhi. Ten years ago Manisha Koirala was all set to play Mrs Gandhi in a bio-pic to be directed by N Chandra. It never happened.
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Inspired by son Varun Dhawan, David Dhawan to make a serious film
For the first time in his entire career as a filmmaker, David Dhawan has now decided to go serious. In what could possibly be a radical career turn-around, David now plans to do a serious (read: non-comedy) film with his son in the lead.
This decision came after seeing his son Varun Dhawan’s work in Shoojit Sircar’s October. Says David admiringly, “I can’t believe the work that my son is doing. When I look at the work he’s doing I forget everything I’ve done so far. Varun is not afraid of failure. He doesn’t follow any formula, nor adhere to any set pattern. I need to also move away from the set formula, find an adventurous route. He tells me it’s very liberating. I must try it.”
David Dhawan promises to get together with Varun to do something “entirely unexpected, even shocking”. Says the prolific director, “If Varun can fall so comfortably into my formula in Judwa 2, I can just as easily move away from the formula to create something completely unexpected with Varun.”
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Raid director Raj Kumar Gupta reveals his next project
Raj Kumar Gupta, who is gearing up for the release of Ajay Devgn starrer Raid, is all set to make another project made based on true stories. From films Aamir to No One Killed Jessica to Raid, the filmmaker has always made sure to bring true stories to the big screen. It has now been reported filmmaker Raj Kumar Gupta’s next thriller will be based on the secret mission which was carried by Intelligence Bureau and the police between the years 2012- 2014.
The film has the tagline, "How India’s most wanted terrorist was caught without firing a single bullet." The film will unfold the stories of the unsung heroes who made the secret mission successful. It will be shot in north India. Adding to that, the filmmaker will keep the names of the police officers, intelligence officers and the terrorists, a secret. He has written the script in the last two years after meeting up several politicians and people who were involved in the mission. One of the stories of how a terrorist was captured really inspired Raj Kumar Gupta to make the script. As of now, the filmmaker is yet to finalize the cast for the film.
Meanwhile, Raj Kumar Gupta's directorial Raid, starring Ajay Devgn and Ileana D'cruz, is set for March 16 release. The film’s story will be based on a real-life incident revolving around the most popular Income Tax raids in the country.
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Ajay Devgn SHELVES Battle of Saragarhi film, thanks to Karan Johar?
Ajay Devgn is all set to impress us with his intense performance in Raid. He plays an intense income tax officer who is determined to expose individuals usurping wealth by defaulting on income tax. In an interview with a daily, he revealed that this film is actually inspired his on screen character Amay Patnaik from one such honest officer whose name he is unwilling to divulge his identity. While revealing how he prepped for the role, he said that he didn’t really spend a lot of time with him but heard a few more stories of IT raids from him and other officers. Some were funny and some scary and he marvelled at how casually he narrated the incident though he does not think that he’d have been as nonchalant then.
On a professional front he is on a roll as he is producing his wife Kajol’s movie Eela and will reunite with his old friend and colleague Tabu for Luv Ranjan’s romcom, which also features Rakul Preet Singh. Simultaneously he is also working on Singham 3 and Golmaal sequel. Amidst this, he was asked if he is still keen on making a movie based on Battle of Saragarhi as Akshay Kumar and Karan Johar have already joined hands for Kesari which talks about the same issue. He told the daily, that’s on standby for now as two other films are being made on the same subject. There’s no point in making a third one right now.
Looks like in all probability, he has shelved the project.
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Karan Johar to celebrate mother Hiroo Johar's 75th Birthday in a big way
Just a few days ago, we had reported that Karan Johar won’t be able to join the team of Brahmastra in Bulgaria. There were plans of celebrating Alia Bhatt’s birthday on the sets along with the entire team. However, Karan will be giving it a miss since he is busy planning another birthday. The filmmaker is super excited about his mother Hiroo Johar’s birthday and has some big plans.
The filmmaker’s mother Hiroo Johar is turning 75 this Sunday and Karan Johar is planning a lavish bash for her. He has sent out customized invites for all his close ones with some interesting goodies as accompaniments. It includes a bottle of champagne, cake and chocolates each for the Brunch what he is planning. He is planning to hold the bash at a 5 star on Sunday.
In fact, he will even be decorating the venue as well as their residence with different kinds of flowers on the said day. Reason? His mother Hiroo Johar is fond of flowers. A source close to the filmmaker added, “Even the invite was accompanied by a bunch of her favourite white roses.”
The source further added, “The menu at the party will comprise the best of Chinese and Indian cuisine. Karan is also planning a surprise for the cake-cutting ceremony besides shopping for presents.”
The guest list is going to compromise of a lot of people like Waheeda Rehman, Neetu Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Rima Jain, Gauri Khan, Jaya Bachchan with daughter Shweta, Varun Dhawan’s mother, Karuna, Shobha and Ekta Kapoor, socialite Natasha Poonawala, and many more.
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Shah Rukh Khan and other Bollywood stars to party with international band One Republic
With many international music bands finding India as one of their biggest potential markets for their gigs, yet another band is all set to perform here. American pop band OneRepublic is all set to fly down to India next month for a fun concert. After Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, now OneRepublic too is looking forward to interact with their Indian fans.
If recent reports are to be believed an itinerary is in the making for their arrival. From what we hear, the concert will be held on April 21. However, the band is expected to arrive in Mumbai three days prior in order to explore. Some sightseeing activities are being planned for these extra days of their stay.
Reports have it that they are interested in visiting some historical sites to get further insights on the Indian culture. Besides that, exploring Mumbai is also said to be a part of their agenda. From attending a movie shoot to eating desi food in Bandra to going shopping in Colaba, some of these activities are already a part of the itinerary. But that is not all! How could their trip be complete without having a fun filled bash with Bollywood celebrities!
If rumours are to be believed, the concert organizers are planning to host a bash in honour of OneRepublic. It is expected to be held about two days prior to the concert. It will be attended by some high-profile celebrities and some prominent stars from the Bollywood industry. Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and many such names are already a part of the guest-list for the bash.
An excited Ryan Tedder, the founder of OneRepublic reportedly spoke to the media about visiting India. He expressed his happiness over performing for his Indian fans. He also confessed that he always wanted to visit the country for years. He is super thrilled to explore the beauty of India and its picturesque locations.
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REVEALED: Nikkhil Advani gets Saif Ali Khan starrer Operation Batla House on track with all permissions
Saif Ali Khan starrer Operation Batla House that was announced almost a year ago has not been in news for quite some time. While Nikkhil Advani who will be producing the film was busy with other commitments, so was Saif. However, now the two of them are ready to kick start the film with all permissions in place.
If recent reports are to be believed, Nikkhil Advani has been working on receiving permissions for the film. For the uninitiated, Operation Batla House is inspired by the 2008 real life encounter. It happened between police officials and two suspected terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen group in Jamia Nagar, Delhi. The operation was led by Inspector and encounter specialist Sanjeev Kumar Yadav. However, the aftermath raised questions if it was a fake encounter or real. But later, with ample evidence, the court ruled out the possibility of the fake encounter in this matter.
Considering the sensitivity of the matter, the team of Nikkhil Advani had earlier mentioned that they wouldn’t want to explore the topic in a way that creates trouble. Hence in order for the same, Nikkhil strived to get all the necessary permissions of the film. Reportedly, the filmmaker has asserted that he has a no-objection certificate from all the concerned parties. Hence, he would soon be moving ahead with the process of the film.
Saif Ali Khan is expected to play the leading role of Mohan Chand Sharma in Operation Batla House. There are also rumours that Sonakshi Sinha too is expected to play the female lead in this action drama. Recent reports state that Operation Batla House is expected to go on floor in September.
As for Saif Ali Khan, the actor is expected to feature next in the corporate drama Baazaar. It revolves around the business of Indian stock exchange market. It also marks the debut of Vinod Mehra’s son Rohan Mehra and co-stars Radhika Apte and Chitrangda Singh.
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AIB Roast Row: Bombay HC refuses interim relief to Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh
The comedy group AIB organized a massive event called the AIB Roast/AIB knockout inspired by Comedy Central roast from the US. In the show, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor were the actors who were roasted by a bunch of comedians and roastmaster Karan Johar. The 2014 show had gone viral on YouTube in January 2015.
Post the Youtube video went viral, a complaint was filed by Santosh Daundkar in February 2015 in Mumbai and another one was filed with the Pune police. With the 12 other celebrities and the duo, the complaint claimed that the show was obscene and used abusive language on a public platform.
After receiving the summons from Pune police, the actors filed petitions in February 2018 before the court. This was to seek interim relief so that neither Mumbai nor Pune police can take any coercive action against them. The petition filed by the actor stated that the event was not meant to hurt anyone’s sentiments. It further claimed that the FIRs filed against them was in violation of the spirit of freedom of speech.
The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday March 13, 2018, refused to grant interim relief to Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in the AIB Roast row. The actors were booked over obscenity and use of abusive language for the AIB Knockout show that place in 2014. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor's lawyers were directed by a division bench of justices R M Savant and Sarang Kotwal to serve a copy of the petition to Santosh Daundkar, the complainant. The Bombay High Court has refused to grant interim relief till then. Now, the next hearing will take place on April 3, 2018.
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Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees co-star Narendra Jha passes away
Raees star Narendra Jha passed away at his Wada farmhouse early morning on Wednesday. He was 55 and succumbed to a cardiac arrest. According to media reports, this was his third attack. The year 2018 is proving really sad for the showbiz industry as last month marked the sudden demise of India’s first and last female superstar Sridevi. Jha’s most memorable roles include Dr Hilal Meer in Vishal Bharadwaj's Haider, Musa Bhai 'Mumbai Don' in Rahul Dholakia's Raees with Shah Rukh Khan, Raj Bansal - the main antagonist in Ghayal Once Again along Sunny Deol. He was a versatile actor par excellence and it is really sad that he is no more amongst us.
Originally from Bihar, he took a diploma from SRCC and embarked on an acting career in 1992. He has completed post-graduation in history from the reputed JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) in Delhi. He did almost 20 soaps and got a break in movies in 2002 released Funtoosh. He has also been a model.
RJ Alok broke the news and tweeted, “Sad News: one of the Finest Actors Narendra Jha Is No More..He Was A Lovely Human. God Bless His Soul. Its Unbelievable He Died Of Heart Attack At His Farm House in Wada , but it was his 3rd Heart attack . :( SAd DAY ... very SAd Day ! RIP JHA Saahab !! #Race3". Sonu Sood also took to Twitter to express is regret and wrote, “Awww. That’s so sad. He was a lovely human being. May his soul rest in peace.”
Aamir Khan makes Instagram debut on his 53rd birthday
Superstar Aamir Khan, who is currently in Jodhpur shooting for his film Thugs of Hindostan, has a special gift for his fans on his 53rd birthday. The actor has finally entered the world of Instagram on this special day.
Aamir Khan, who currently enjoys a massive following on Facebook and Twitter, joined Instagram on Tuesday. Aamir is expanding his digital presence and what better day to join the photo-sharing app than his 53rd birthday. Without any posts, Aamir has garnered over 238k followers in just a few hours. Aamir Khan has over 23 million followers on Twitter whereas he has 15 million likes on his Facebook page. Such is the unprecedented appeal of Aamir.
Ever since making his debut with Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, the actor has donned several hats including that of a director and producer. Some of his amazing work includes Andaz Apna Apna, Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke, Rangeela, Raja Hindustani, Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Dil Chahta Hai, 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal.
Meanwhile, Aamir Khan is busy shooting for Thugs of Hindostan at Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. The film also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film is slated for Diwali 2018 release.
Amitabh Bachchan to resume shoot of Thugs of Hindostan today
A day ago, Amitabh Bachchan had taken to his blog to speak about his ill health on the sets of Thugs Of Hindostan. Not surprisingly, the post created furor amongst media and fans as his well-wishers started expressing concern over his health. However, now the team has reportedly assured that Amitabh is on the recover stage and he will resume the shoot today itself.
Amitabh Bachchan, earlier, had taken to his blog to speak about how his health was severely affected when he was shooting. Although he didn’t divulge many details about it, we hear that the heavy outfits were the reason.
The megastar was wrapping up a major schedule of Thugs Of Hindostan in Rajasthan. The film is a period drama and hence Amitabh Bachchan is expected to wear some heavy costumes. Furthermore, this film also boasts of some high-octane action stunts. Whilst performing the same, Amitabh suffered back and neck pains.
Yet, Amitabh Bachchan did not complain of it during the shoots. On Monday night, the megastar shot for the heavily action filled climax sequence. The shooting continued till wee hours. Despite the discomfort, Amitabh remained silent about his pains and finished the entire shoot.
However, this resulted in the pain being aggravated and as blogpost mentions, doctors flew down to Rajasthan for his treatment. Furthermore, now Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje also extended her support. She has instructed her team and the Jodhpur officials to provide any kind of medical assistance and aid the actor needs.
On the other hand, reports have it that the production house has asserted that it is not a major health scare. The Thugs Of Hindostan team has been apparently told that Amitabh Bachchan will be resuming today, that is on March 14.
Jaya Bachchan too has assured the fans when she spoke to the media at the Parliament House in Delhi recently. She said, “Amitji is fine. He has pain in the back and neck. The costumes are very heavy, so there’s some pain. Otherwise, he is fine,” said Jaya.
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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan reunites with director Rohan Sippy after 15 years for a thriller
They came together exactly 15 years ago in a film called Kuch Na Kaho. And now the film’s director Rohan Sippy and leading lady Aishwarya Rai Bachchan are all set to reunite for a film where Aishwarya will play the hero. Says a source close to the development, “The thriller will be centred around Aishwarya’s character. It will also have a younger romantic lead, two popular stars, alongside Aishwarya. But she will play the main protagonist.”
The romantic thriller to be jointly co-produced by Siddharth Anand and KriArj Entertainment goes on the floor later this year. It will be shot in Australia and Mumbai. Says a source close to Aishwarya, “Aishwarya is very excited about this project. She and Rohan go back a long way. Rohan Sippy is one of Abhishek’s closest friends. After she did Rohan’s Kuch Na Kaho opposite Abhishek, Aishwarya was supposed to star in Rohan Sippy’s Bluff Master with Abhishek. But she had to be replaced by Priyanka Chopra at the last minute. To be coming together with Rohan after so many years is fantastic. Aishwarya will be going in for a completely new look in this film.”
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Sorry, no Sonakshi Sinha in Housefull 4
It could be the case of the marketing team on overdrive. But producer Sajid Nadiadwala wonders where the talk of Sonakshi Sinha being part of Housefull 4 started. “I haven’t even met her, let alone offer her a role,” says Nadiadwala incredulously.
This faux-casting brings into the limelight the whole culture of throwing names into the casting net for no rhyme or reason. Many big projects have random actors’ names being unnecessarily attached by their marketing teams.
At the moment Sonakshi Sinha with a string of duds behind her might feel the need to be associated with a big project like Housefull 4. But here is the thing: it will star exactly the actors from the three early Housefull films, no more no less. Says Nadiadwala,“Yes, that’s right we intend to bring back the entire cast from the earlier Housefull films. Of course Jiah Khan is no longer with us. God bless her soul. But all the rest are on.”
The idea for Housefull 4 came to Nadiadwala in a flash. “I just thought we’ve seen so many serious intense romantic films on the theme of reincarnation, you know Madhumati, Karz etc…Why not a funny take on punar-janam? That was my idea. I shared it with my story writers. I thought they would take at least a year or two to crack it. But they came up with a terrific plot within no time. So yeah, here we are all set to do a rip-roaring take on reincarnation.”
This time Sajid Nadiadwala has brought back Sajid Khan to direct. The two had a fall-out after the first two Housefull films and third segment of the franchise was directed by Sajid-Farhad.
Nadiadwala believes in letting bygones be bygones. “We are looking ahead at making the most expensive comedy ever to come from our production house. Housefull 4 will be set in two time zones. One will be in the current times. The other will be set in Baahubali era where all the characters will get into costumes.”
That’s a cool thought to hold on to until Diwali 2019 when the film will release.
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WOAH! Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan have assets amounting to Rs. 1000 crores
Jaya Bachchan who is running for the MP for Rajya Sabha from the Samajwadi Party has declared her assets to be Rs. 493 crores in her affidavit to Election Commision. For the uninitiated, Jaya as been a three time MP of the Rajya Sabha and this is the fourth time that she submitted her affidavit. According to reports, the Bachchan couple’s joint assests have doubled since 2012 when she last declared her assests. With total assets worth Rs. 1000 crores, Jaya is the richest MP in the country today.
In the list, it is clearly mentioned that the couple have immovable assets worth Rs. 460 crores and movable assets worth Rs. 540 crores. Among their top assets, the couple owns property worth Rs 7 crore, a Rs. 5.7-crore three-acre plot in Daulatpur area of Barabanki district and Jaya has a Rs. 2.2-crore agricultural land measuring 1.22 hectare in Kakori area of Lucknow, listed in her name. Outside of this, they also have residential properties at Brignogan Plages in France and also in Bhopal, Noida, Delhi, Pune and Mumbai, and in Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad in India.
Whoa, now this list is really exhausting as Jaya-Amitabh have also listed their wealth in terms of jewellery and watches worth crores.
The Bachchans have been trending, thanks to the affidavit but other than this Amitabh has had another health scare while shooting recently.
Amitabh is currently shooting for Thugs of Hindostan with Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif.
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Amitabh Bachchan’s Thugs of Hindostan leaked photo is FAKE; here’s the truth behind it
Amitabh Bachchan has been keeping busy with the shooting of YRF's highly awaited film, Thugs of Hindostan. The cast and crew are currently shooting some sequences at Mehrangarh Fort. While continuing to work at the age 75 years, doctors were rushed to Jodhpur after Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday. Now, all has been taken care of off and the veteran actor has resumed shooting.
Meanwhile, a new look of Amitabh Bachchan has allegedly leaked on the social media that is going viral. In the leaked photograph, the megastar is looking older than his age. A turban-clad man is gazing at the lens with the wrinkled face, white beard and pair of round glasses just like Harry Potter. Many media reports have claimed that this is the megastar’s alleged look from the upcoming film. But, it is absolutely false.
Here’s the truth behind the reports claiming Amitabh Bachchan’s look from Thugs of Hindostan. Interestingly, it is a portrait of an Afghan refugee Shabuz who was 68 years of age at the time. The stunning portrait was captured by renowned photographer Steve McCurry. The photographer had shared this image on his Instagram account on January 27, 2017. “I made this portrait of Shabuz, age 68, an Afghan refugee in Pakistan. Many Afghans use only one name,” McCurry captioned the image.
Renowned photographer Steve McCurry has always captured some of the most beautiful portraits around the world. His picture went viral when he clicked the iconic photograph of the "Afghan Girl" in 1984. It was then printed in the National Geographic magazine.
Just a day ago, Amitabh Bachchan fell ill on the sets of the shoot. A team of doctors was rushed to the megastar to check on his health. He was advised a day's rest and he returned to the shoot after rest. "I am getting my team of Doctors in tomorrow morning to fiddle around with my body and set me up again .. i will rest and keep informed in process," Big B wrote on his blog early morning.
The Yash Raj Films production is being helmed by Dhoom 3 director Vijay Krishna Acharya. Thugs of Hindostan also stars Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Katrina Kaif. It will release during Diwali 2018.
Besides this film, Amitabh Bachchan will also be seen in 102 Not Out which also stars veteran actor, Rishi Kapoor.
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Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon all set for Ashutosh Gowariker’s 18th century battle film - Panipat
Historical dramas have always fascinated Indian Cinema lovers, and no one does historicals like director Ashutosh Gowariker. Known for his penchant for picking up interesting chapters of history and bringing them to life on the silver screen, Ashutosh is now all set to recreate one of the most noteworthy battles of the 18th century – the Third Battle of Panipat in his upcoming film Panipat. Interestingly the film will star Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon.
The Third Battle of Panipat is one of the most epic battles in the history of India that took place on January 14, 1761 at Panipat. The battle was fought between the northern expeditionary force of the Maratha Empire and invading forces of the King of Afghanistan, Ahmad Shah Abdali, supported by two Indian allies—the Rohilla Afghans of the Doab, and Shuja-ud-Daula, the Nawab of Awadh. For the film Ashutosh has cast Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon for his ambitious project which is going to be high on action and is currently in the process of finalising the rest of the cast and crew. Panipat will be produced by Sunita Gowariker, under their home banner AGPPL in association with Rohit Shelatkar’s production company Vision World.
Speaking about his association with Rohit Shelatkar, Ashutosh said, “I am very excited to be working with Rohit Shelatkar and his company Vision World! As his company name suggests, Rohit truly has a vision for cinema. He has an interest in movies that matches mine, especially in the Historical genre. Both of us share a high level of excitement and intrigue for this particular story of Panipat (the third battle). I am looking forward to this association and journey with him.”
Reciprocating the excitement of working with Ashutosh and AGPPL, Rohit Shelatkar said, “I feel very fortunate to be working with AGPPL on my first production project. My company Vision World and I have found the best partners in Ashutosh and Sunita Gowariker. The Third Battle of Panipat has been very close to my heart, and I have also been reading on the subject for the past 10 years. We decided to come together to make a film on this very important historical event, which still remains an unparalleled attempt of bravery, passion and patriotism in history. Ashutosh has a tremendous track record with movies such as Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar and Swades, all of which have been my personal favourites. We are very confident that Ashutosh will represent the passion we share for this subject in the best cinematic form.”
Sunita Gowariker is thrilled about this grand project; she said, “AGPPL and Vision World come together for the first time to bring to the screen the third battle of Panipat. Partnering with Rohit is a pleasure as we share the same dream and idea to bring the valour of the Maratha warriors to audiences. The synergy of both the companies will work towards producing great work.”
Talking about his actors, Ashutosh further added, “I have shared screen space with Sanjay in Naam, which was a memorable co-acting experience and now it will be great to direct such a versatile and immensely talented actor as him. What impresses me most about Arjun, apart from his fine performances - is his dynamism. He has played double roles twice, and he has portrayed an action hero as well as a lover boy. I needed someone really beautiful as well as a good performer, and Kriti is both. The eclectic combination of these three is a first for me, and I look forward to this exciting journey with them called Panipat”.
History has always been Ashutosh Gowariker’s forte, and we can’t wait for him to give us the cinematic experience of witnessing the 18th-century era and the majestic battlefield on the big screen. The film is poised to release on December 6, 2019.
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Pooja Hegde signs a film with Bahubali star Prabhas
After Shraddha Kapoor, yet another Bollywood actress will feature opposite Prabhas. The actress in question is none other than Pooja Hegde. If you remember, she made her Bollywood debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Mohenjo-Daro.
Post this; Pooja Hegde turned her attention towards South. She recently featured opposite Allu Arjun in Duvvada Jagannadhan [DJ]. And now, she is all set to feature in a Prabhas film. The actress apparently gained fame down South and finally amidst several offers, she chose this one. In fact, this one is said to be a multi-lingual just like his film with Shraddha. The yet to be titled film will release in Hindi and Telugu.
Starring Prabhas in the lead, it will be directed by Radha Krishna Kumar under the banner UV Creations, the film is scheduled to go on floors around June end or July this year. Pooja will be seen romancing Prabhas in this one of a kind love story, to be released in 2019. The bilingual film is to be shot at exotic locations abroad.
Confirming this news, a source close to the actress says, “Pooja is overwhelmed and humbled with the love she's receiving with every passing week from not just audiences but from the film industry as well. She's on a signing spree and has already signed with the best actors Tollywood has to offer, right from the nations favourite Prabhas to Mahesh Babu and Jr. NTR."
Just before this, the actress confirmed the films in her kitty, including one with superstar Mahesh Babu directed by Vamsi Pidapally and one with the very popular Jr NTR in Trivikram’s next.
Considering his packed South schedule, we doubt if the actress will be able to squeeze in any Hindi film commitments in the forthcoming year. It is yet to be seen which film the actress signs after debuting with the superstar Hrithik Roshan. As of now we can get to see Pooja in a couple of endorsement commercials.
Ranveer Singh is overwhelmed by this heart-touching gesture of Dharavi residents
It is a known fact that even before the release of Padmaavat, Ranveer Singh dived into work this year immediately starting with Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. After a long prep, the Gen Y superstar started shooting for the film at Dharavi slums. And guess what? While the actor continued with his schedule, what he didn’t expect was the way the locals showered their love on him.
Ranveer Singh was more than overwhelmed when he saw the locals going out of their way to make him feel comfortable on the sets of Gully Boy. It is a known fact that the film is based on real life street rappers Divine and Naezy. Both are born and brought up in that area.
Besides the immense fan following that Ranveer enjoys, the locals also did this as a sweet token of appreciation. Reports have it that the Dharavi residents are thrilled about Zoya making a film on one of their residents. Hence they continue to shower love upon the team of Gully Boy as well as Ranveer Singh.
The Dharavi slum residents are super happy about the way Ranveer Singh has been dedicating time to show the struggles, the aspirations and the ambitions of Divine and Naezy. The actor has been shooting continuously for approximately 12 hours every day. While Singh is engrossed in this grueling schedule, the locals decided to help the star by providing him home-cooked meals.
If recent reports are to be believed, Ranveer Singh is being served with home-cooked delicacies and juices by Dharavi residents. Furthermore, there are even people who come and chat with the actor to entertain him during shot breaks. On the other hand, Ranveer too is said to be quite touched by their gesture. He, in the past, has maintained that he wishes to do complete justice to the stories of Divine and Naezy through this film.
Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt are paired together for the first time in Gully Boy. Rumours also have it that Ranveer will be seen rapping for the film too.
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Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan's daughter Suhana Khan bags her first magazine photoshoot
The star kids of the tinsel town have suddenly become social media stars. The year 2017 saw the rise of their stardom on the Internet and it is only growing. Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan’s daughter Suhana Khan is effortlessly tagged as graceful and a stunner. She is very popular on social media and definitely paparazzi favourite.
Time and again, Shah Rukh Khan has said that Suhana Khan is more inclined towards acting in comparison to his other kids. At Hello! Hall of Fame Awards 2018, Gauri Khan confirmed that Suhana Khan has bagged her first magazine shoot. Gauri said, "Suhana will be shooting for a magazine, I don't want to reveal the name, and that's the most exciting thing I am looking forward to."
Earlier, Shah Rukh Khan said that Suhana has been doing plays in her school and is very theatre oriented. He can see the zeal in her as she is a fan of cinema. He said that she wants to be an actor in her own way and not learn acting from me.
While Suhana Khan is years away from taking a decision to star in films, she is sure looks be ready for Bollywood.
DID YOU KNOW! Not Kangana Ranaut but Kareena Kapoor Khan was the first choice for Mental Hai Kya?
Do you remember the time when media was abuzz with reports of Kareena Kapoor Khan and Emraan Hashmi coming together? It was for an Ekta Kapoor film titled Badtameez Dil. The same project has been revived. And now it is called Mental Hai Kya. It now stars the Queen couple Kangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao.
Confused? Well, so were we when we read reports stating that not Kangana Ranaut but Kareena Kapoor Khan was the original choice for Mental Hai Kya. Kareena was offered the film almost five years ago, in 2013, when it was titled Badtameez Dil. The film was heavy on dark humour and was considered to be quite bold by the actress. Hence, Mrs. Khan decided to walk out of the film. Kareena also thought that there was too much of nudity and bold scenes in the film.
For the past few days, makers of Mental Hai Kya have been generating curiosity by sharing many posters of the film. In fact, one of them features Kangana in a bare-it-all avatar as she is sitting cross-legged covering her front body with her legs. The only thing that the actress is seen wearing is fish-net stockings.
If the recent reports are to be believed, Mental Hai Kya has a modified script compared to Badtameez Dil. However, this time around, the makers decided to make it bolder and wackier. The recently released posters that say ‘Sanity Is Overrated’ is a proof of it.
On the other hand, keeping in mind the current much bolder theme, the makers also believe that Kangana Ranaut has turned out to be a perfect choice for the same. They think that her care-a-damn attitude helps the film and her character in it.
Mental Hai Kya also features Rajkummar Rao and is directed by Prakash Kovelamudi. Written by Kanika Dhillon, the film will be extensively shot in London.
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BREAKING: Amitabh Bachchan falls ill on sets of Thugs of Hindostan; team of doctors rushed to Jodhpur
Veteran actor and megastar Amitabh Bachchan has apparently fallen ill on sets of his currently underproduction venture Thugs of Hindostan. In fact, reports state that Amitabh Bachchan who was in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, shooting for the film that also stars Aamir Khan, had taken ill due to the changing weather conditions and a team of doctors has since been rushed to Rajasthan to tend to the veteran actor.
Amitabh Bachchan, who is pretty active online, took to his personal blog sharing a rather cryptic message about his ill health. Sharing a post late last night, the megastar added, “I am getting my team of doctors in tomorrow morning to fiddle around with my body and set me up again .. I will rest and keep informed in process.”
Earlier today morning a team of doctors were flown to Ajit Bhawan via a chartered flight where they will tend to the actor’s health. While a current update on the megastar’s health is awaited, the film in question, Thugs of Hindostan will mark the first time collaboration between Aamir Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.
Directed by Dhoom 3 director Vijay Krishna Acharya, Thugs of Hindostan also features Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the project is slated to hit screens later this year.
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WHOA! Alia Bhatt to spend her 25th birthday with Ranbir Kapoor and these are her plans
It is a known fact that Alia Bhatt is currently shooting for Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor in Bulgaria. It seems that the busy schedule won’t be giving Alia any free time for her to spend her birthday. If reports are to be believed, the actress will be having a working 25th birthday. However, a celebration on the sets of the film is definitely on the cards.
After much delay, Brahmastra finally went on floor last month with the actors diving deep into shooting. The picturesque location of Bulgaria is being used as the backdrop for this superhero drama. Amidst their hectic schedule, now Alia Bhatt may not be flying down home for her birthday. Furthermore, we hear that the tiresome 10 hour travel is also acting as a spoiled sport in this case.
If recent reports are to be believed, Alia Bhatt cannot take too much time off shoot. The film shooting is at its peak and the actress will be unable to dedicate almost 20 hours of travel plus a day off for her birthday. Hence she has decided to stay in the venue too. However, she will be accompanied by her friend Ayan Mukerji and ‘good friend’ Ranbir Kapoor during her special day. Rumours have it that the duo has some interesting plans ahead for the day.
On the other hand, we hear that the actress will definitely miss her family and home. Initially rumours were floating about Mahesh Bhatt, Soni Razdan and Shaheen Bhatt planning to fly down to Bulgaria for Alia’s 25th birthday. However, Soni reportedly asserted that none of them have any plans to go to Bulgaria.
Also, Karan Johar, who is Alia’s father figure and mentor, won’t be able to join the sets of his production Brahmastra either. The filmmaker is quite busy with the preps of his mother Hiroo Johar’s birthday who is turning 75.
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YRF shoots down reports of Aditya Chopra directing Ranveer Singh
Earlier today reports surfaced claiming, Yash Raj Films head honcho and director par excellence Aditya Chopra would soon be directing none other than Ranveer Singh. While there were no details about the said project reports also claimed that the said role would be “absolutely positive” and that the project in question would go on floors later this year. However, now responding to the rumours Yash Raj Films spokesperson has since shot down the rumours categorically stating that Aditya Chopra will not be directing Ranveer Singh.
“Yash Raj Films would like to categorically dismiss rumours suggesting Aditya Chopra is directing his next with Ranveer Singh. As of today, Aditya Chopra has not finalised anything about his next directorial. He is immersed in all his productions for at least one more year before he begins thinking/planning his next”, read the statement release by Yash Raj Films.
On the other hand, sources claim that Ranveer Singh and Aditya Chopra recently met to discuss their forthcoming project at great length. In fact, the reports also claim that the rumoured film will feature a contemporary theme with Ranveer playing a sweet lovable family guy.
Whatever be the case, only time will tell whether a film with Ranveer Singh top lining the cast and Aditya Chopra behind the camera is really on the anvil or not.
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Delhi High Court refuses PIL for probe into death of Sridevi
The nation lost another gem in Sridevi when she passed away due to accidental drowning on February 24. While the family, industry, and nation are mourning the loss of the beloved, some found her untimely death suspicious. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed to investigate the sudden demise of the late actress.
The Delhi High Court refused to entertain a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for a probe into the death of Sridevi stating that the authorities in India and Dubai had properly looked into the tragic incident. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar dismissed the petition on March 9.
Uttar Pradesh native Sunil Singh moved the plea claiming that he made some inquiries from the hotel staff and others and those were contrary to what was reported. This was a reason for him to file the petition.
The legendary Sridevi was the first female superstar of the Indian film industry. She ruled box office and was a superstar in not just Hindi film industry but in south as well. She began acting since the age of 4. The late actress became a household name during the 80s. She starred in several iconic films including Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Lamhe, Mr India, Judaai, Laadla to name a few. Her second innings surely got her great accolades as well. She made her comeback with English Vinglish. She was last seen in 2017 film Mom. Technically, her last appearance will be in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero in December 2018.
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REVEALED: Bobby Deol joins the cast of Housefull 4
Bobby Deol seems to be on a film signing spree post his comeback. The actor returned to films after a self-imposed four year sabbatical with Poshter Boyz. Post that, he has now signed his third film and this time around it is with Akshay Kumar. Yes, Bobby will play the third leading man along with Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh in Housefull 4.
The comedy franchise which makes a return next year with Sajid Khan as a director is based on reincarnation. And now, Housefull 4 will feature Bobby Deol in a comedy avatar. This is the actor’s second comic caper after Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se. The latter features him alongside real life brother and father, Sunny Deol and Dharmendra.
A source close to the development said, “Housefull 4 revolves around the theme of reincarnation and is a laugh riot. After the success of the first three Housefull films, the makers are keen to take the film to the next level and believe Bobby fits in perfectly.”
Speaking on signing Housefull 4, Bobby Deol said, “I am really looking forward to collaborating with both the Sajids. I’ve always wanted to work with Sajid Nadiadwala and finally it’s happening. Akshay and I share a great rapport and it will be fun working with him again. Housefull 4 is a big franchise and I can’t wait for the film to start.”
Interestingly this will be Bobby and Akshay’s fifth film after Ajnabee, Dosti: Friends Forever, Ab Tumhare Hawale Waton Saathiyo and Thank You. On the other hand, while Nadiadwala has produced films with Sunny Deol and Dharmendra in the past, this is the first time he will be producing a Bobby film.
This is, in fact, the second big franchise Bobby is being associated with. Bobby Deol is also playing an integral part in the Salman Khan starrer Race 3. The film, which will have Salman as the lead for the first time instead of Saif Ali Khan, also has Jacqueline Fernandez as the leading lady. Besides the trio, the film stars Saqib Saleem and Daisy Shah. It is slated to release during Eid this year.
On the other hand, coming back to Housefull 4, the film is expected to hit the theatres during Diwali 2019. However, details of when the film will go on floor are yet to be revealed.
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Esha Deol to play Chef in Cakewalk
Dhoom girl, Esha Deol makes her comeback in Hindi short, to be directed by Hema Malini’s biographer turned director Ram Kamal Mukherjee. Bollywood actress Esha Deol will make her comeback in Hindi short feature film Cakewalk, to be directed by Ram Kamal Mukherjee. She will be playing the role of a Chef in the film, depicting the professional and personal journey of a woman in our society. “The idea of making a film came into Ram Kamal’s mind while he was interviewing me for his book on my mother,” says Esha.
The Dhoom girl had consciously taken a break from films after marriage and motherhood. Last October she and Bharat Takhtani had a baby girl Radhya, and since then she has been enjoying her motherhood. “I always wanted to tell a story, it was just a matter of time,” says Ram Kamal. “It was actually Esha who inspired me to direct the film,” he added. The story and screenplay has been penned by Ram Kamal. The film will be co-directed by Abhra Chakraborty, who assisted National Award winning Bengali director Bappaditya Bandhopadhya in Elar Chaar Adhyay.
Speaking about his corroboration with Ram Kamal, co-director Abhra says, “I have heard about dada (Ram Kamal) from Bappada. After Bappada’s sudden demise when I suddenly got a call from him to collaborate on a Hindi film, I immediately agreed,” says Abhra. He feels that it Esha will be seen in a complete new avatar, and that would be refreshing. The music has been composed by Shailendra Sayanti. The film will be shot extensively in Kolkata by end of March.
“I think the idea came to Ram Kamal’s mind after he interacted with a couple of working women from various walks of life. He has beautifully woven those incidents in his narrative,” says Esha. Why did they decide to make a short film and not a full length feature film? “I think this is the right time to make short films. And honestly my priority is my daughter Radhya now. I have requested my husband to take a break for few days and just be with Radhya while I wrap up the shoot in one schedule. And I am lucky to have someone like Bharat,” says Esha.
Ram Kamal feels that in today’s time making a short feature is a much wiser decision. He elaborates, “We are a part of digital revolution. Recently Shah Rukh Khan mentioned that eventually films will get shorter and the medium will change from celluloid to smarter devices. That clearly indicates the future of cinema. We won’t be surprised to see Shah Rukh, Aamir Khan and even Amitabh Bachchan working in a web series or a short film in a couple of years.” Former editor of Stardust film magazine, Ram Kamal worked with Pritish Nandy and Rangita Nandy in almost 12 films. Later he co-produced TV series ‘Bin Kuch Kahe’ with filmmaker Rajshree Ojha. Last year he released his authorized biography Hema Malini: Beyond The Dreamgirl with Harper Collins.
Produced by Dinesh Gupta, Shailendra Kumar and Aritra Das, under the banner of Assorted Motion Pictures and S S One Entertainments, the film will also introduce model turned television actor Tarun Malhotra as the male lead. “I met Tarun during my Stardust days, and since then I have seen his growth as a talent. He has worked with filmmakers like Pradeep Sarkar and Gaurie Shinde in commercials and played antagonist in Jaanbaz Sindabad in Zee TV. I wanted someone who can look young and matured at the same time,” reveals Ram Kamal.
SHOCKING! Aditya Narayan arrested for rash driving and injuring two
While he was recently caught in a controversy after getting into a brawl with the staff of an airline, now Aditya Narayan seems to have found himself on the other side of the bars. Aditya Narayan recently got arrested on charges of rash driving after his car rammed into an auto rickshaw on Monday afternoon. The singer-anchor however has been granted bail after onlookers claimed that he rushed the victims to the hospital.
On Monday, Aditya Narayan, who was driving a Mercedes sedan on the back road of Lokhandwala, rammed into a rickshaw. The 64 year old rickshaw driver Rajkumar Baburao Palekar and female passenger Surekha Ankush Shivekar who is about 32 years old sustained injuries. Besides them, Aditya too sustained minor injuries. According to reports, however, onlookers during the accident claim that Narayan jumped into action immediately and rushed the victims to the hospital.
As of now, an FIR has been lodged against Aditya Narayan for rash driving under sections 279, 378 and MV act at the Versova Police Station. If reports are to be believed, the victims too are said to have suffered many injuries. While Palekar is unconscious and is supposed to have suffered serious wounds, Surekha is out of danger but has apparently fractured her hand in the accident.
On the other hand, Aditya Narayan was granted bail for helping the victims reach the hospital. He is out of jail after he was asked to pay Rs. 10,000 as fine over the incident.
Speaking on the same, Paramjit Singh Dahiya from DCP Zone 9 confirmed about the arrest of Aditya and maintained that investigations are on. Reports also have it that police officials did enquire on the matter at Andheri where locals asserted that the man who was driving got out of the car to help the victims. And also that he had drove them to the hospital.
Further details on the matter are still awaited.
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Sonam Kapoor, Dulquer Salmaan starrer Zoya Factor to release on April 5, 2019
Fox Star Studios and Adlabs Films latest collaboration Zoya Factor, which will see a fresh pairing of Sonam Kapoor and Salmaan Dulquer will release on April 5, 2019. The film is an adaptation of the hugely popular novel called The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan. Sonam Kapoor will be essaying the character of the title role of Zoya. Salman Dulquer, a heartthrob of the Malayalam industry known for his successful films like O Kaadhal Kanmani, Bangalore Days and Kammatipaadam will essay the role of Nikhil. Zoya Factor tells the tale of a Rajput girl, Zoya Solanki, who meets the Indian Cricket team through her job as an executive in an advertising agency and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team in the 2010 Cricket World Cup. Zoya Solanki who was born at the moment when India lifted the 1983 World Cup. This rom-com will be helmed by Abhishek Sharma who has directed successful films like Tere Bin Laden.
Rucha Pathak, Chief Creative Officer, Fox Star Studios, "We are very excited to collaborate with Adlabs Films for Zoya Factor, a rom-com which is adapted from Anuja Chauhan’s best seller and we are sure the film would equally excite the audience. It’s a hat-trick for us at Fox Star Studios with Sonam Kapoor, in the past we had blockbuster films like PRDP and National Award winning film Neerja, with Zoya Factor we are equally more excited to have South Super star Salmaan Dulquer alongside Sonam and a fresh new pair in Bollywood."
Talking about the project Pooja Shetty Deora, MD, Adlabs, adds, “The Zoya Factor is a book we have loved and lived with for a long time. Aarti and I have worked with Abhishek Sharma for many years and we are excited and confident about the output. We are blessed to have Sonam Dulquer and Shankar Ehsaan and Loy as part of the core team. Rucha Pathak and her team are the perfect anchor for a film like this.”
“Cricket woven into a rom-com and touching on superstition and luck, it’s an amazing book for a screen adaptation. The book has many layers, characters and tracks. Sonam is our Zoya Singh Solanki, an advertising agency executive. She was the first person that came to my mind as she’s as bubbly as Zoya and after seeing Neerja and Dulquer will play Nikhil Khoda, the captain of the Indian Cricket Team in the film. It’s always great to work with Adlabs Films”, says Abhishek Sharma, who will be directing the venture.
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