Here’s what Rani Mukerji has to say about Mardaani 2
Rani Mukerji was loved by the audiences and critics alike for her role as Shivani Shivaji Roy in Mardaani. Ever since the movie has released, she is being asked to do a sequel and Yash Raj Films announced the second instalment a while ago naming it Mardaani 2. The plot will be loosely based around the first one where Shivani Shivaji Roy, now Superintendent of Police, will fight against a 21-year-old antagonist who lacks empathy.
In the first part, Rani fought a villain in his 20s against human trafficking and it was one of her best performances. The movie left a mark and it still is one of her most talked about films. There were reports of the first schedule for Mardaani 2 beginning on 18th March; however, no official confirmation has been made. Rani confirmed starring in the film a while ago and said that this role will always be special to her and that she can’t wait to start shooting for the film.
Well, we’re excited for Mardaani 2 as well! Last seen in Hitchki, Rani played the character of an aspiring teacher who suffered from Tourette’s syndrome. It has always been a pleasure to watch her on screen but both Mardaani and Hitchki were heart-warming films with unusual scripts and amazingly well cast. How thrilled are you to watch Rani back on screen as Shivani Shivaji Roy? Do let us know!
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Abhishek Bachchan posts a soul stirring message as Amitabh Bachchan completes 50 YEARS in the industry today
Amitabh Bachchan, needless to say, is a legend and has blessed us with his fine performances for the last 50 years. From Saat Hindustani that released in 1969 till Thugs Of Hindostan in 2018, Mr. Bachchan has kept us entertained and given us back-to-back blockbusters. He is a perfect example of young at heart because the man can practically do every genre effortlessly! How can we even forget those groovy numbers like Jumma Chumma and Shaava Shaava, and iconic roles like Shahenshah, Auro and Deepak Sehgal!
Abhishek Bachchan took to Instagram to congratulate and celebrate his Pa on completing half a century in Bollywood. He is seen wearing a sweatshirt that says ‘icon’ and has a picture of Amitabh Bachchan. He captioned it, “ICON!
To me, he's so much more. My father, best friend, guide, best critic, greatest support, idol..... HERO!
50 years today he started his journey in films. Even today, his passion and love for his craft and work is the same as I'm sure it was on the first day.
Dearest Pa, today we celebrate you, your talent, your passion, your brilliance and your immense influence.
Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next 50 years.
The coolest thing he taught me today....
As I went, in the morning to wish him for completing 50 years of being an actor and to tell him that I was leaving for work- I asked him where he was all ready to go to? He said..... To work! ????”
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ICON! To me, he's so much more. My father, best friend, guide, best critic, greatest support, idol..... HERO! 50 years today he started his journey in films. Even today, his passion and love for his craft and work is the same as I'm sure it was on the first day. Dearest Pa, today we celebrate you, your talent, your passion, your brilliance and your immense influence. Can't wait to see what you have in store for the next 50 years. The coolest thing he taught me today.... As I went, in the morning to wish him for completing 50 years of being an actor and to tell him that I was leaving for work- I asked him where he was all ready to go to? He said..... To work! ???? . . . . #50yrsofBigB #amitabhbachchan #BigB
Amitabh Bachchan will next be seen in Sujoy Ghosh’s thriller Badla with Taapsee Pannu and is also shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. Congratulations on completing 50 years in Bollywood, Big B! You truly are a treasure and a treat to watch on screen.
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Sunny Deol not signed yet for Aankhen 2
Prolific filmmaker Anees Bazmee wonders where all the stories of Sunny Deol playing the main antagonist in Aankhen 2 come from. “So far we’ve only finalized Amitabh Bachchan Saab. Like every filmmaker-fan I’ve wanted to work with him for the longest time. I’ve waited long for him to say yes to my offer. When he agreed to do Aankhen 2, I was over the moon. So far it’s only Bachchan Saab in Aankhen 2.”
So what about the stories doing the rounds of Sunny Deol in the cast? Explains Anees, “After Bachchan Saab we’ve approached several actors. Sunny Deol, I have known for many years. And I’ve gone to him with a very powerful role in Aankhen 2. But he hasn’t said accepted the offer as yet.”
Anees says most of the characters in Aankhen 2 will be different from the first film. “Except for Bachchan Saab, all the others characters in Aankhen 2 will be new and fresh. Only Bachchan Sab will play the same role in Aankhen 2 that he did in Aankhen.”
After Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar gets swine flu, misses Gully Boy
Scarcely has Shabana Azmi snapped out old her swine flu attack than her husband Javed Akhtar has been diagnosed with the same ailment. And Shabana who, like her husband, maintains a sense of humour through adversity, can’t stop smiling over the irony of having to deal with a swine-flu spouse on Valentine’s Day.
“Luckily, he doesn’t need to be hospitalized. His preventive medication had started when I was diagnosed with swine flu. So it’s a milder attack. We are taking care of it at home,” says Shabana.
Not so luckily Javed Saab’s daughter Zoya Akhtar’s film Gully Boy’s release coincided with his health issue. So the proud father hasn’t been able to see the film that everyone is talking about. “But he’s reading and hearing great things. And feeling very happy and proud,” says Shabana.
CHHAPAAK: Deepika Padukone busy in pre-production process with Meghna Gulzar, to start shooting soon
Chhapaak, a biopic based on the inspirational story of acid attak survivor Laxmi Agarwal, is soon going on the floors. Meghna Gulzar and Deepika Padukone are fully pumped up to roll the film. After a lot of prep, the actress will finally start to shoot. She is also co-producing the movie and hence is deeply involved in the project from scratch. Currently, they are busy with the look tests for the key characters. DP and Meghna have roped in Vikrant Massey to play the male lead opposite Deepika and we are very excited to see them together on screen.
Deepika had waited for a long time after Padmaavat until she finally signed Chhapaak. She was roped in for a gangster drama with Irrfan Khan but Vishal Bhardwaj, who was helming the project, put the movie on a back burner because of Khan’s ill health. Deepika then gave her nod to this film. Currently, biopics are working big time in Bollywood and it would be further interesting and inspiring to see Laxmi’s story being made. Films with strong female characters are always a winner. The success of movies like Neerja, Raazi, Kahaani are a testament to the same.
Deepika Padukone is currently enjoying marital bliss with Ranveer Singh and was seen indulging in some PDA with hubby at the Gully Boy screening.
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Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal to MARRY this year?
Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been dating for a while now. In the latest episode of Koffee With Karan, he admitted to having a serious relationship and also revealed that he was going to marry Natasha soon.
Grapevine suggests that both Varun - Natasha are not in a big hurry to get married but their parents have urged them to do so. The couple will reportedly tie knot in next few months. Though there is no definitive date which is out yet, it is believed that they will get married in the first half of this year. Now, that one is a biggie.
Varun Dhawan had always advocated marriage and had claimed that he wants to become a dad soon too. He had said that he looks at Shahid Kapoor and is inspired to start a family. We wish him all the best!
Varun has been very busy with his work currently. He wrapped up Kalank with Alia Bhatt and is currently in London shooting for Street Dancer with Shraddha Kapoor. He wrapped up Punjab schedule before heading there. He has consistently proved his worth at the box office and there is no looking back for him now.
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’83: Ranveer Singh is all SET with his prep for the Kapil Dev biopic, reveals coach
Ranveer Singh is on a roll and how! He has given a smashing performance in Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy and now he is prepping for the ambitious Kapil Dev biopic. Ranveer has already impressed us with his huge range of on screen roles so far and now, ’83 will add another feather in his cap. Ranveer is already spending almost two hours every day to get his batting and bowling right and his coach, Balvinder Singh Sandhu, member of India’s 1983 winning cricket team, has all the awesome things to say about him. He calls Ranveer a natural and says that his bowling and batting technique is bang on but right now they are working on making him more like Kapil and less like himself. Kabir Khan shoots from March onwards and Ranveer will have a session with Kail Dev himself. The entire team will have a bonding session in Dharamshala. From May 15 onwards, they will start shooting in London and Scotland.
Ranveer was seen last at the Gully Boy screening where he was beaming for the shutterbugs with his new wife. They looked genuinely happy together. Deepika could not stop but grin ear to ear after watching his performance in the movie.
After ’83, he has Takht which is helmed by Karan Johar and stars Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Janhvi Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Bhumi Pednekar in lead roles.
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CONFIRMED! South actor Arya and Dilip Kumar’s niece Sayyeshaa announce their wedding on social media
The Valentine’s Day just turned even more special for Arya and Sayyeshaa Sehgal who decided to make it official on the day we celebrate love. While reports of the two of them tying the knot has been doing the rounds for quite some time now, the two actors took the special occasion of Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to announce their wedding that will be held next month in March.
Arya, who has had a long career in South industry, met Sayyeshaa during the shoot of one of their films. On the other hand, Sayyeshaa belongs to the family of the legendary Bollywood star Dilip Kumar and is the niece of his wife Saira Banu. The actress even made her Hindi debut opposite superstar Ajay Devgn in Shivaay which released in 2016. The two actors recently took to Twitter to put an end to the ongoing rumours by making an official announcement of their wedding and an invite note.
The note read, “With the blessings of our parents and family, we are delighted to share with you the most beautiful day of our lives. We are getting married this March! We seek your love and blessings in our new journey of happiness and togetherness.” The two actors also posted this on Twitter with the caption wishing all their followers, ‘Happy Valentine’s Day.’
This post was followed by a series of congratulatory messages coming in from all quarters, especially the South film fraternity. Rang De Basanti actor Sidharth to superstar Suriya Sivakumar to Rana Daggubati, many celebrities have taken to Twitter to share their best wishes.
Sunny Leone cancels Valentine’s Day performance in Kerala; event organizers to clarify on the matter
Sunny Leone, who has been doing performances besides taking care of her perfume and cosmetics venture, is reportedly said to have canceled a Valentine's Day special show in Kerala at the last moment. As per current reports, the actress was supposed to perform in Kochi but backed out because the organizers failed to abide by their commitment. The actress was apparently promised a sum that they couldn’t deliver and the actress refused to perform.
These reports suggest that Sunny Leone was expected to perform at Adulx Convention located in Angamaly, Kochi with Zion Creations as the organizers. However, the actress backed out and a spokesperson has been quoted in reports stating that the promoter failed to keep up with his side of commitment because of which Sunny had to take this step. Sunny also went on tweet about the incident on her official handle wherein she called out the promoters for not failing to deliver what they promised.
On the other hand, the promoters have presented a different version wherein they have asserted that out of the remuneration of Rs. 75 lakhs that she charged for the performance, they have already paid Rs. 70 lakhs. However, it was because of the remaining Rs. 5 lakhs that she refused to perform and didn’t come for the event. Furthermore, they have also gone on to assert that the event has not been cancelled and that it will be happening in April. They have also mentioned in their reported statement that they will be holding a press conference soon to speak on the matter.
Interestingly, Sunny Leone is currently doing a few South films including a song with Malayalam superstar Mammootty in Madhura Raja. The actress will be making her full-fledged debut in the industry with the multi-lingual Veeramadevi.
Tahir Raj Bhasin joins the cast of ’83 as Sunil Gavaskar
Tahir Raj Bhasin will next be seen in Ranveer Singh starrer ’83 based on the World Cup that the Indian cricket team won back in 1983. The makers of the film are revealing the roles of the star cast one at a time and it is only getting the anticipation high. Today, the team announced that Tahir Raj Bhasin will be seen portraying the character of Sunil Gavaskar in the film. Tahir has earlier played the role of an antagonist in Mardaani and Force 2 while he played a pivotal role in Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Manto.
Talking about the toughest casting after Ranveer Singh who's playing skipper Kapil Dev director Kabir Khan talks about the casting of Tahir, "The casting of Sunil Gavaskar was important since he was one of the superstars of the team. I needed an actor with a certain gravitas to portray the Little Master. Tahir had the persona for that," said Khan. Talking further about his role, Tahir said, "For now, I'm focusing on striking the ball with half the panache that Gavaskar did. I look forward to meeting him once we're settled in the training regime. We train three days a week, focusing on our stance and batting technique." The reel team was to head for a training camp along with some members of the real team including Kapil Dev, the then captain. Ranveer has already started training in an effort to perfect his technique and playing stance. With Bollywood keen on making biopics one after the other, ‘83 surely is one of those we’re looking forward to. Tahir took to Twitter to announce that he will be a part of the cast of this Kabir Khan’s directorial. Take a look.
Actors like Sunny Kaushal, Sahil Khattar, Ammy Virk, and Pankaj Tripathi have been roped in to play pivotal characters among the others. This is the first time that Kabir Khan will be working with Ranveer Singh and we are sure that this film is going to be a blockbuster.
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Manikarnika Row - Zoya Akhtar REACTS to the accusations thrown by Kangana Ranaut about Bollywood not supporting her for Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi
While there have been many who have been raving about the performance of Kangana Ranaut in Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, Kangana Ranaut remains to be upset with some Bollywood celebs. The actress expressed her disappointment with actors like Alia Bhatt and Aamir Khan who have stayed silent and not appreciated her performance in the film Manikarnika. If that wasn’t all, she also called out Alia by terming her spineless and a puppet. Now reacting to the controversy, was none other than Alia's Gully Boy director Zoya Akhtar.
In recent reports, Zoya Akhtar has maintained that she doesn’t understand the accusations directed by Kangana Ranaut towards Bollywood. Well, the filmmaker spoke about this Manikarnika row during her recent promotional schedule of Gully Boy on radio. She recently featured as the celebrity guest on the ongoing show What Women Want that is hosted on the radio by Kareena Kapoor Khan. During the same, the filmmaker stated that everyone in Bollywood has always appreciated Kangana for her powerful performances so she fails to understand what the accusations are all about.
Earlier, when Kangana Ranaut continued to lash out at Alia Bhatt and the nepotistic nature of Bollywood, Alia had continued to maintain her stand that she admires and respects the choices made by Kangana Ranaut about her films. She also asserted that she will sort out the issues that Kangana has towards her personally without making it a media spectacle.
Despite the stupendous success of Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, the film found itself in the midst of a controversy when director Krish accused Kangana of taking over the project and some actors from the film too accused Kangana of chopping out their roles brutally from the film. On the other hand, the film continued to make a mark in Bollywood with audiences raving about Kangana’s performance. Post, Kangana decided to slam Bollywood for not coming out in support of her and continued to accuse it for its nepotistic nature.
Kangana Ranaut to make a BIOPIC on herself, will feature Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan’s characters (inside deets out)
Kangana Ranaut is all set to direct a movie based on her own life. Yes, that’s right the movie is a biopic on the actress and her journey so far. The scripting process has already started and it is KV Vijayendra Prasad of Baahubali fame who is overseeing it. Kangana said that it was Prasad who suggested that she actually get down to write her own story which is an inspiration to millions of young girls and boys who are trying their luck in Bollywood without a Godfather.
Kangana will direct this film and she claimed that it will have many funny moments and no characters will be white or black. In fact, they will have many grey shades. In fact, Kangana Ranaut has spoken a lot about many big, influential people in the business and have criticized them from time to time. Her controversies with Hrithik Roshan, Aditya Pancholi, Karan Johar, Sonu Sood, Krish have made headlines and these personalities will be seen in the biopic too.
This sure will garner a lot of publicity and it won’t be surprising if this film gets mired in one more controversy. Kangana will be seen next in Panga and Mental Hai Kya. Only after these films will she start working on her biopic. She has asserted that the movie is not be a propaganda film.
Kangana’s last film Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi did a decent business at the box office.
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Shabana Azmi down with swine flu
A routine check-up for cough and cold has landed Shabana Azmi in hospital with a severe bout of swine flu. She is recuperating fast. But using the time in productive pursuits. “Rarely do I get a chance to lie back and introspect. This is an enforced break for me, and one that was long due,” says Shabana Azmi who has been travelling widely in connection with celebrations for the centenary of her father the great Kaifi Azmi.
Shabana says she is constantly surprised by how much the young people know about Abba (Father)’s work. “It’s almost like a renaissance to hear the young recite his poems. To use his lines whenever they make are needed. So yes, I’ve been working hard to meet deadlines for various events in Abbba’s memory.”
Shabana says she doesn’t know where she acquired the swine flu. “I have not been in contact with any swine whatsoever. But I am in hospital recovering fast.”
Gully Boy: Censor Board CUTS out 3 abusive words after a KISSING scene from the Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt starrer
Ranveer Singh – Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy hits theatres today and there is great buzz going around the movie. The star cast, songs and the core subject of the film is what will drive the audience to theatres. The Zoya Akhtar directorial was showcased at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival too. While the movie releases today, the censor board has already made certain alterations in the film for viewing in India. While we have already reported that the makers toned down a kiss between the lead actors, they also have beeped out swear words from the flick as they considered the scenes to be very profane. They have precisely asked to cut out three swear words before granting the movie U/A certificate.
Gully Boy revolves around Ranveer Singh’s character from the slums of Mumbai who makes it big in the rap scene. The movie is a based on real life rappers who channelized their angst through music. The movie script has been developed by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti and is being appreciated for the in depth projection of lives of independent artistes.
Gully Boy is Ranveer and Alia’s first feature collaboration which makes it even more special! They will be seen next in Takht where they wont romance each other but will surely share a screen space with each other. Stay tuned to Bollywood Hungama for more updates on Gully Boy.
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Good News: Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar’s CRUCIAL Delhi schedule details leaked!
Kareena Kapoor Khan and Akshay Kumar are all set to feature in a full fledged movie, Good News, after Kambakkht Ishq which came out in 2007 and their fans can’t contain excitement! Oh yes! If you don’t know already, the movie is produced by Dharma Productions and is directorial debut of Raj Mehta. It revolves around a married couple played by Akshay and Bebo who are trying to have a baby through IVF after about seven years of their marriage. Major portions of the movie are shot in Mumbai but since the premise is that they are Delhi based, they will shoot a dance video in the capital. Ganesh Acharya has been roped in for the same. It is five day schedule and the couple will dance on the streets and studios. This schedule only features Kareena and Akshay. Aside from them, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani are playing second leads. They are a Punjabi couple who help out the leads. They have already shooting for their part individually, and all four actors had a shoot together too in Mumbai.
Kareena has not only reunited with Akki but also her Udta Punjab co star Diljit Dosanjh. So, it will be exciting to see them share a frame in this slice of life movie.
After Good News, Kareena will be seen in Karan Johar’s Takht. Which is his directorial and a well mounted period drama featuring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar and Janhvi Kapoor in lead roles. Akshay has just completed another Dharma movie, Kesari and the first rushes of the movie are pretty impressive.
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Katrina Kaif will groove with Salman Khan to re-create O O Jaane Jaana (ALL details revealed)
Salman Khan’s protégé Sooraj Pancholi and Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif are all set to dazzle together in Time To Dance directed by Stanley Fernandez. It was revealed last year that Salman Khan is set to re-create his very iconic dance number, O O Jaane Jaana, for the film. Now, it has come out that not just Salman, even Katrina will join him for this special track. While one track will have Sooraj Pancholi exclusively, there will be a separate number shot with just Salman and Katrina grooving. Now, that is a treat for sore eyes! Since Salman and Katrina are known for their sizzling chemistry and have given us superhit songs like Dil Diyan Gallan, Swag Se Swagat, Saiyaara, Lapaata, among others…it would be amazing to see them dazzle on screen for this ever green hit.
Their song will shot on well mounted sets in Film City, Mumbai in March. Though the song will be recreated by Shivai Vyas, the makers have retained the voice of original singer: Kamaal Khan. Time To Dance is produced by Bhushan Kumar and Remo D’souza and it traces the journey of Sooraj and Isabelle’s characters as dancers. There will be a lot of freestyle, ballroom and street dancing in the film. A major schedule of the movie will be shot in London.
Isabelle is being launched in Bollywood with this flick and Katrina does not want to leave any stone unturned to make sure that her film is received well.
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WOW! Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu becomes the first Indian celeb to have his Madame Tussauds wax statue migrated for a day
Mahesh Babu fans were thrilled to know that their favourite idol was all set to get a wax statue in the Celebrity section of the prestigious wax statue museum Madame Tussauds. The good news was shared on social media by none other than his actress-wife Namrata Shirodkar. And now reports have it that Mahesh Babu has become the first Indian celebrity whose statue has been migrated to India for a day and there is also a special reason attached to it.
The life-size statue wax statue is expected to be flown to his hometown in Andhra Pradesh for a day. The statue will be kept at his theatre, AMB Cinemas, in Hyderabad, which incidentally is owned by the actor-producer himself.
A source confirmed the developments saying, “Owing to Mahesh's mass appeal and humongous fandom, Madame Tussauds team has decided to fly down the actor's wax statue just for a day to Hyderabad. This is happening for the first time that any Indian actor’s wax statue is being brought to India. The statue will later be sent to Madame Tussauds museum in Malaysia.”
“Mahesh Babu not only has a fan base in India but he has got a huge fan base internationally too,” added the source.
For his last outing Bharat Ane Nenu, Mahesh Babu not only garnered immense appreciation from critics and audience but also broke major records at the box office. Mahesh Babu will be seen in much leaner and stronger look in Maharshi which also stars Pooja Hegde as his leading lady. The film is also said to feature Sonal Chauhan, Jagapathi Babu amongst others. Directed by Vamshi Paidipally, it is expected to hit the big screens in April 2019.
Vidya Balan starrer NTR Kathanayakudu gets a release date and fans are thrilled to meet the characters once again on screen!
Last month saw the release of the first part of the Krish film, NTR Mahanayakudu which wasn’t well received at the box office. While we all were aware that the biopic on legendary actor-politician NTR was a two part film series, audiences were waiting for the release date of the second part – NTR Kathanayakudu which was said to be completed simultaneously with the first! And now they would be happy to hear that the release date has been locked and the film will release indeed in February.
The second part of the NTR Biopic, that is NTR Kathanayakudu, starring Balayya aka Nandamuri Balakrishna and Vidya Balan, will be releasing on February 22. The details were confirmed on social media by the official Twitter handle of NBK Films.
Readers would be aware that the earlier film, NTR Mahanayakudu focused on the dream of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao of becoming an actor and his journey as he became a superstar. The film featured actors like Rakul Preet Singh as Sridevi and Vidya Balan as his wife Basavatarakam. On the other hand, NTR Kathanayakudu will be exploring his life as a politician and as one of the most respected Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The film will also feature Rana Daggubati as the young Chandrababu Naidu, who is also NTR’s son-in-law.
Both the films have been extensively shot in real locations including NTR’s residence. Interestingly, the NTR trailer released that released last year featured scenes from both the parts of the film series - NTR Mahanayakudu as well as NTR Kathanayakudu.
John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Kriti Kharbanda to kick off Pagalpanti in London (details out)
Pagalpanti is all set to roll and we are damn excited for the same. The film is helmed by Anees Bazmee and will be shot in London. The main leads are John Abraham, Ileana D'cruz, Arshad Warsi, Pulkit Samrat, Kriti Kharbanda, among others. The last comic caper was Mubarakan starring Arjun Kapoor, Athiya Shetty and Ileena D’cruz. Now, he is returning with Pagalpanti which is set entirely in London. His shooting schedule includes a night schedule in Carlton Gardens. The plot is a little spooky where the leads are scared of ghosts. The movie is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Kumar Mangat and Abhishek Pathak.
Anees had fixed on the locations of the film when he went there for shooting Mubarakan. A source close to the film gave information about its release. They said, “Since they are starting the movie in the first half of 2019, the makers are looking out for a date during the end of the year. They have decided to lock the date as December 6, 2019.” The actors are set to arrive on February 15 for rehearsals.
John Abraham will play a common man and has some really quirky lines in the movie. All characters are quirky and have interesting back stories.
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Race 3 actor Freddy Daruwala blessed with a baby boy
Freddy Daruwala, who gained fame with his villainous role in the Akshay Kumar starrer Holiday – A Soldier Is Never Off Duty, has newly entered fatherhood. The Race 3 actor recently announced the arrival of a baby boy in an official statement.
Freddy Daruwala, who has done films like Commando 2, Force 2 amongst others, expressed his excitement of having his first child in an official statement. He also assured everyone that his wife and baby are healthy and that they are thrilled about the news. He mentioned that he is now excitedly looking forward for this new journey. If reports are to be believed, the baby was born on February 3.
Freddy Daruwala tied the knot with Crystal Variava, who is a doctor by profession, six years ago. The actor has always maintained privacy when it comes to his personal life. He has stated in interviews in the past that he would like his family to lead a normal life and that he wants to make sure that they stay away from the public eye and attention.
A team of professionals from Germany to fly down to train Saif Ali Khan for the action sequences in Taanaji
Saif Ali Khan will be seen starring in two action dramas in 2019, one of them being Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior. According to the sources, he has completed his first shooting schedule for the film in Mumbai and is all set to kick-start the second one. The second schedule will have a lot of high intense action scenes and hence, a special team from Germany has been hired to train Saif for the role. Saif will also be seen starring in Navdeep Singh’s next.
Coming back to the professionals hired, the team has already worked on a lot of international projects which is one of the major reasons behind flying them down to train him for the high-octane actions sequences. This is, however, the first time that they will be training a Bollywood actor and Saif is exhilarated to commence the training.
Saif is currently shooting for the second season of his Netflix web-series, Sacred Games. The actor has received a lot of appreciation for his role in the series and the audiences are really looking forward for the next season. However, the second schedule of Taanaji is likely to start off in the last week of February while Saif will start training sometime in the next week. Not to mention the obvious, but Saif is very excited about the project and loved the experience of shooting this movie and the way it has shaped up. We’re really looking forward to see Saif perform some kick-ass stunts! Do tell us what you think.
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Bhumi Pednekar's private collection from her movies will leave you stunned!
Bhumi Pednekar has a sweet secret. She collects some really special things from every film that she does. The reason: Bhumi gives so much into the making of the film and her character that it isn’t easy for her to detach completely. She would like to cherish the memories forever.
“All the films I have done so far require a certain amount of dedication, time give and involvement with my character and in that process, I tend to become extremely emotionally attached to the parts I play and so I bring back one or two things which have been very special to my character and I just bring them back home,” Bhumi reveals.
Spilling her secret out, she says, “From Sonchiriya I brought back a saree, from Toilet: Ek Prem Katha I have the lota, from Dum Laga Ke Haisha I have this pink night suit that I had worn and it is quite an iconic scene, from Lust Stories I just have the jewellery she wore because I didn’t have much and from Shubh Mangal Saavdhan I have a few clothes. But apart from that I have the clapboards from all my films and they are a part of décor of my room.”
Speaking about the things she has taken from the sets of Sonchiriya, Bhumi says, “It feels really good when I wake up every morning and I see these films and it’s an instant connect. Sonchiriya is a very special film because I lived with the character for 8 months before we started shooting for the film and for about 3 months till we were done. It was very difficult for me to emotionally disconnect myself from her. I truly feel she has made me feel newer emotions in life. She has made me a nicer, humbler person, so I think disconnecting myself from the character I play in Sonchiriya has definitely been the toughest. That’s why I have kept the saree and the clapboard.”
Sonchiriya is set to hit the screens on 1st march and has Sushant Singh Rajput starring as the lead along with Bhumi.
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Government provides relief to Bollywood with new amendments in Piracy Law
We all remember the time when back-to-back Bollywood releases were leaked on the internet. Not surprisingly, this resulted in many Bollywood producers incurring heavy losses. After a recent meeting of Bollywood celebs with our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it seems that the government has reportedly decided to make amendments in the existing law for piracy.
If current reports are to be believed, the law for piracy will undergo some alterations and modifications for implementing stricter punishments for the crime. We all know that the film industry had met up with the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in Delhi to discuss about the Indian entertainment industry and its developments.
As of now, these reports state that a new bill has been passed to modify the Cinematography Act 1952 wherein special penal provisions have been added. These provisions are to prevent camcording and also any kind of duplication of films. Furthermore, the punishment has been extended upto three years of imprisonment and a fine that has been increased up to Rs. 10 lakhs.
Also, in the amendment, it has been stated that any film or portions of the copy that has been transmitted for any purpose without the approval of the copyright owner will come under the offence and will be punishable according to the new amendment.
Reports have it that the Cabinet Ministry had approved this proposal suggested by Ministry of Information and Broadcast last week. The said bill was made with the intention of focusing varied aspects of development including job opportunities and revenues. Besides that, the Intellectual Property Rights too will be the prime area of focus for the bill and it has provided an assurance in the recently released official statement that the intention is to make the industry piracy free.
Super 30: Anurag Kashyap will NOT replace Vikas Bahl, no director name in the credit roll
Hritihk Roshan’s Super 30 was one of the most awaited films until it got embroiled in a controversy because of its director Vikas Bahl. Bahl got named in the Me Too movement and the survivor was backed by his once partners Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap. She did not go forth with the legal procedure and hence there was no legal action taken against Bahl. But, Kashyap and Motwane dissolved Phantom production house. Vikas’s ongoing film with Roshan, Super 30 was taken over by Kashyap. Having said this, the makers have claimed that though Kashyap is seeing through the post production work and editing his name will not be in the credit list as the director because he has not replaced Bahl per say.
Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO of Reliance Entertainment made it official that Vikas is no longer associated with the film but the in house teams are looking at finishing the film on time. Additionally, he said that if Vikas Bahl gets a court order clearing his name he could have his name back in the credit list. Sarkar also rubbished rumours of them paying Bahl a severance fee for chucking his name out from the film. He also denied Hrithik’s alleged involvement in this.
Having said this, Hrithik Roshan had publicly lambasted Vikas after his name cropped up in Me Too movement and had refused to work with him on account of his zero tolerance policy against sexual harassment of any kind. He had written, “It is impossible for me to work with any person if he/she is guilty of such grave misconduct. I am away and have access to only sporadic information. I have requested the producers of Super 30 to take stock of the apparent facts and take a harsh stand if need be. This is not to be hushed or brushed under the carpet. All proven offenders must be punished and all exploited people must be empowered and given strength to speak up.”
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Manoj Joshi to become the Amit Shah for Vivek Oberoi’s Narendra Modi
Vivek Anand Oberoi will be making a comeback on the silver screen with a biopic on India’s PM Narendra Modi. The movie will be directed by Omung Kumar and the makers have already announced the star cast. However, it was recently announced that the veteran actor, Manoj Joshi will be seen portraying the role of Amit Shah in the film. The cast has recently started shooting for the first schedule in Ahmedabad. This is the first time that Manoj will be playing the role of a living person and is super thrilled.
Sharing his experience Mr. Manoj Joshi said, "I am glad that I have got an opportunity to play the role of Mr Amit Shah in the film. When Sandeep Ssingh called me to offer this role, I did not think for a second and said yes. This is going to be one of the interesting characters that I will play."
He recently started shooting in Mumbai and says that he has been watching Amit Shah’s speeches to get an insight on his character. Manoj went on to talk about his role and said that they will be using prosthetics when absolutely necessary to get the look right, he will also be seen donning different hairstyles for the role. The actor also described him as a good organiser and happens to be one of the most pivotal characters in the film. Amit Shah is a member of the parliament and also the president of Bhartiya Janta Party. In case it wasn’t obvious, he is a very close associate of the PM.
Producer Sandip Ssingh shares, "This was one of the important roles in the film and I feel nobody better than Manoj Joshi could have done it. He is one of the finest actors and when I called him for the role, he immediately agreed. He is a very passionate actor and he is working really hard for his character. It is a great experience working with him and I hope the audience will like his work as well."
The star cast also includes Zarina Wahab, Barkha Bisht Sengupta, Prashant Narayanan, Akshat R Saluja, Anjan Shrivastav, Rajendra Gupta and Yatin Karyekar among the others. The makers unveiled the first look and poster of the film in January in 23 languages making a splash on the internet. PM Narendra Modi the biopic will traverse the journey of Narendra Damodardas Modi from his humble beginnings to his years as Chief Minister onto his landmark win at the 2014 election and finally being nominated as the Prime Minister of India.
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SOORYAVANSHI: Akshay Kumar KICK-STARTS the shoot with Rohit Shetty (deets inside)
Akshay Kumar and Rohit Shetty together is a winning combination! They are soon coming together for Rohit’s cop drama Sooryavanshi and we are too excited to see how this one pans out. The movie will connect dots with Singham and Simmba and this will mean coming together to three big stars: Ajay Devgn, Ranveer Singh and Akshay Kumar. Reports suggest that Akshay and Rohit have already shot for a teaser in Mumbai’s Yash Raj Studio! So, it is believed that Rohit who is developing the script in Goa came down to Mumbai just to shoot for a bit with Akshay. They began filming early in the morning and were done in a couple of hours. Post which Rohit went back to Goa to continue with his scripting work.
Looks like the movie has already gone on floors and the teaser shot is ready too. Pretty soon, Akshay and Rohit are set to finish the film. It will be interesting to see extended cameos of Ajay Devgn and Ranveer Singh in the film.
Apart from Sooryavanshi, Akshay has Karan Johar’s Kesari coming up which is a period drama showcasing him as a Sikh soldier. He is also shooting for Good News under the same banner with Kareena Kapoor Khan, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani.
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Bharat: Salman Khan – Katrina Kaif’s film’s LEAKED climax details will shock you
Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif are all set to impress us with their act together in Bharat. They will be playing star crossed lovers in the period film which is a remake of a Korean film, An Ode To My Father. Salman and Katrina have been sporting different looks and have been shooting across the world for this ambitious flick directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The movie also has Disha Patani, Tabu, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff in important roles. According to reports, only last few days of shoot is remaining and the actors are set to film a very important climax scene.
According to sources, the leads are required to DESTROY Rs 10 crore set erected for the shoot in Mumbai Film City as a part of the climax. The two will also shoot for a day long scene with Jackie Shroff, Tabu, Sunil Grover where it will be shown that the actors are reuniting. Furthermore, Salman and Katrina are set to have a wedding song and not just this, Disha and Salman too will have a separate song in the film.
These details are exciting enough for anyone to grab tickets for Bharat releasing this Eid. Not just this, the makers are planning to release the film in multiple languages including Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu to cash in on the South audience.
Salman Khan is currently working hard in the gym to look his best for the critical climax. Apart from Bharat, he has Dabangg 3 in his kitty. His last film Race 3 did not impress masses so it is important for him to deliver a hit with Bharat.
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Zoya Akhtar labels rappers Naezy and Divine 'hardcore feminists', receives flak for her statements
Zoya Akhtar, the maker of the movies like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do, is coming back with yet another interesting story of underground scene of hip hop especially rapping. The film, Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, is inspired by the lives of rappers Divine and Naezy who started from underground scene and made rap culture pretty mainstream. While the film premiered at Berlinale 2019 and the promotions are on, the filmmaker is receiving flak for her recent statement.
Zoya Akhtar recently spoke about rappers Naezy and Divine and labelled them as 'hardcore feminists'. While it was very much a compliment, the next statement about them did not go down well with the fans. The filmmaker said that they are hardcore feminists but she thinks they might even know the world. She added that it’s the way they talk about women and also the way they don't talk about them. She feels that their work does not have any cynicism and they are about to bring a lot of change.
Naezy tweeted the article with the caption that read, "We are hardcore feminists and we don’t know the word. Okay". Now, this definitely raised questions whether the rapper was offended by the statement. He followed his tweet by saying, "I think what she meant is that we don't label it as feminists or feminism but it shows in our words and actions. She knows us very well, I think we’re good."
But, it seems like the netizens were not too happy about her statement and the filmmaker received a lot of flak.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Zoya Akhtar returned from Berlin earlier this week after the world premiere of Gully Boy. It is a story about an aspiring rapper and the underground hip hop community. Based on the lives of Naezy and Divine, the actor is essaying the role of a street rapper. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, the film is set to release on February 14, 2019.
Sharman Joshi to star in Army based drama Fauji Calling directed by Aaryaan Saxena
Director Aaryaan Saxena, whose earlier short film Mukti, based on smoking starring Jameel Khan and Kishwer Merchant got officially selected in Cannes Film Festival 2018 is gearing up for his feature debut Fauji Calling. Talking about the film, writer-director Aaryaan Saxena says, “Till now in our films, people have seen war but my film Fauji Calling will showcase about the family who lost the soldier. What kind of challenges they face, what all battles they fight is what my film is all about. It will show how the family moves on in life despite being emotional and broken.”
Aaryaan Saxena, who has earlier been a screenwriter of films like Mickey Virus, Desi Kattey feels that he was unable to express his vision fully as a writer. He reveals, “I feel, writers won’t get enough respect in the industry except for one or two. Writer of the film is the most important part just like a mother in life. Later, I decided to direct my own script and this is how Fauji Calling came into the picture.”
On working with Sharman Joshi, he shares, “When I narrated him the script for around 4 hours, he got really excited. He has never played something like this ever before. It is a rare and pivotal character in the film. Sharman is a very intelligent and passionate actor.”
Elated Sharman Joshi says, “Fauji Calling is a film, I am really excited about. It’s a celebration or the acknowledgement of what the soldier contributes to our country and in effect, what would a soldier would expect from the society towards him and his family. This is the script that I am really looking forward to work on and I am glad that we are now very close to start working on it.”
Actor Ranjha Vikram Singh says, “I chose to do Fauji Calling because during my school days, whenever anyone used to ask that what I want to become in life, I used to say I want to join Indian Army and be a soldier. I grew up watching Sylvester Stallon movies. When Aaryaan narrated me his fantastic script, I felt emotional. Indian Army is according to me the best foot soldiers in the world. They are strong and very daring. God is kind that I got this kind of role in my career.”
Besides Sharman Joshi and Ranjha Vikram Singh, Fauji Calling also had Bidita Bag, Mugdha Godse, and Zarina Wahab as central characters. The film is been produced by Ovez productions, Causeway Media Network Pvt. Ltd and Running Horses Studios Pvt Ltd.
TOTAL DHAMAAL: Here’s what the auto start helicopter runs on in the Ajay Devgn starrer
A while back the trailer of the film Total Dhamaal released, causing quite a stir. Starring an ensemble cast comprising of Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Arshad Warsi, Riteish Deshmukh, and Javed Jaffery amongst other, the film promises to be an out and out rib tickler. While the trailer has obviously perked our interest in the film, we managed to get some details about one of the gags in Total Dhamaal.
Remember the ‘auto start helicopter’ sequence in Total Dhamaal, well we hear that if the hilarious way in which the helicopter starts wasn’t enough to tickle your funny bone, then the fuel on which it run certainly will. Apparently, continuing with the gag, after the helicopter start, the cast are informed that the flying machine apart from being a converted from an auto-rickshaw run on kerosene. Commenting on the same a source close to the film says, “The gags in Total Dhamaal are plenty and yes what is in the trailer is just a glimpse of what to expect. Now knowing this, the auto start helicopter sequence is also much longer than depicted. In fact, that scene continues to a point where Johnny Lever’s character informs the rest of the cast that it runs on kerosene which in turn leads to some more comic situations.”
Though hearing it now might not elicit the laughter, we can’t help but imagine how it plays out on screen. But whatever be the case, we for sure are pretty kicked about Total Dhamaal. As for the film, Total Dhamaal is the third instalment in the Dhamaal franchise. Directed by Indra Kumar the film is slated to release on February 22.
WHAT! Bigg Boss 11 finalist Vikas Gupta gets disqualified from Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 and DRUGS is the reason!
After becoming a contestant in Bigg Boss 11, Vikas Gupta gained immense attention for being the mastermind on the show. Followed by that, he decided to continue his stint with reality shows by being a part of Khatron Ke Khiladi 9, which is the Indian version of the popular The Fear Factor. The latest season, which features personalities like Shamita Shetty, Punit Pathak and Bharti Singh, recently witnessed the elimination of Gupta after a shocking revelation that he takes pain killers.
Readers may be aware that taking such kind of medicinal drugs is not allowed whilst being a part of the show. Vikas Gupta himself has reportedly confessed to taking pain killers for one of his injuries in the midst of shooting Khatron Ke Khiladi 9. The news came to light after a video of a precap started doing the rounds wherein we say an angry Rohit Shetty calling out Vikas Gupta for putting his own life under risk and for putting the show’s reputation in jeopardy.
It seems that even though Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 was shot last year, the video of Vikas getting sort of disqualified from the show started doing the rounds recently. In fact, Vikas has spoken in media reports recently wherein he has confessed that he was taking pain killer injections for an injury he suffered many years ago. One of the stunts during the show seems to have reportedly aggravated the injury and it was the reason why he had to resort to pain killers.
In the same breath, Vikas also agreed that it was unfair of him to have hidden the truth from the show hosts and contestants. Rohit, in the said video, had also expressed his concerns, over these injections increasing heart rate which could have proved dangerous for Gupta, especially while performing stunts. Gupta agreed to the fact that he shouldn’t have put his life in line for the show adding that he wasn’t aware of this kind of risk. He also believes that he was rightfully disqualified.
Abhimanyu Dassani and Radhika Madan's Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota to release on March 21, 2019
RSVP's Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is all set to hit the theatres on 21st March 2019. The film which marks the debut of Abhimanyu Dasani and will be the second film of Radhika Madan. The action thriller Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota won the top award at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The makers took to their social media handle and announced the release date," Yeh mard ka ek hi formula hai - paani toh peete hi rehna chahiye! Aa raha hai 21st March ko cinemas mein. #MardKoDardNahiHota @Abhimannyu_D @radhikamadan01 @Vasan_Bala @JimitTrivedi06 @gulshandevaiah @manjrekarmahesh @RonnieScrewvala @ZeeMusicCompany"
Earlier, the makers had released the trailer which opens with a young guy talking about how his dream in life is different from everyone else's. While everyone else wants to be a pilot, a doctor, the Prime Minister or something along these lines, he wants to fight and stop all the chain snatchers in his city. Just then, a bulb drops on his head and he starts to bleed. It is then revealed that he suffers from a rare disease called congenital insensitivity to pain, which means he literally can feel no pain. The film revolves around a man with congenital insensitivity to pain, hence the title. Its English title is The Man Who Feels No Pain.
Produced by Ronnie Screwvala under the banner of RSVP, Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota is written and directed by Vasan Bala and stars Abhimanyu Dassani, Radhika Madan, Gulshan Devaiah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Jimit Trivedi.
SCOOP! Has Reliance Entertainment signed a Rs. 500 cr. deal with Rohit Shetty?
Back in 2016 we had reported that Reliance Entertainment had entered into a five year deal with Rohit Shetty. Under this agreement, Shetty would be producing films in partnership with Reliance. Now we hear that the said deal between Reliance and Rohit Shetty is estimated at a whopping Rs. 500 cr.
Commenting on the same Shibasish Sarkar, Group CEO Reliance Entertainment says, “Yes, Reliance and Rohit have entered into a joint venture partnership, and this happened in 2016. As per this deal, Shetty will be driving the business and develop movies with backing, assistance and funding by Reliance. However, Reliance will not be in the forefront of the development process. Both partners will have equal rights and obligations in this joint venture.” When prodded for details about the valuation of the deal he added, “A deal like this cannot be valued. You have to understand that Reliance Entertainment and Rohit Shetty have a 50-50 sharing deal, and it is the same with other filmmakers as well. For instance Reliance has deals with Phantom Films, Imtiaz Ali, Neeraj Pandey’s Plan C Studios and a South studio as well.”
Interestingly, while detailing the deal with Shetty, Shibasish also pointed out that while Reliance will back the projects, the said filmmakers will exclusively work within their own production banners. “The other point of this deal is that, each of these filmmakers will work exclusively within their own banner, either directing the ventures themselves or roping in other directors, like Rohit collaborating with Farah Khan for their films. But under no condition will they work with another banner”, added the source.
Concluding the informative conversation Shibasish added, “Once these projects are ready, Reliance Entertainment will take a final call whether the project will be released by them, or should it be sold to an outside production company or banner to be released. With this the deal will be a profitable venture to all who are participants”.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Farhan Akhtar starrer is NOT a bio-pic
After Bhaag Milkha Bhaag the prolific Rakeysh Mehra is all set to direct another sports film with Farhan Akhtar, though this time it’s not a bio-pic. Reveals Rakeysh, “It is a fictional love story, my first contemporary love story scripted by Anjum Rajabali.”
While Farhan plays the male lead, the search for the female lead is on. The female lead could be a newcomer or an established actress. “I would never sign any actor, male or female, for the star value that it will bring to the project. It’s always the character first, actor later,” says Rakeysh who is all set to release his new directorial venture Mere Pyare Prime Minister on 8 March.
Rakeysh describes it as a love letter to India’s downtrodden. “Do you know, a majority of the rape incidents happen in rural India while women go out in the open to defecate. If we could make in-house toilets available to women in the heartland of India think how steeply crimes against women would fall.”
The filmmaker whose Rang De Basanti and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag would be counted among the most influential Hindi films of contemporary India hopes to continue making films that break the glass ceiling.
“To me every film that I make must have something to say that is relevant to our society. I cannot make mere entertainers. At least, not the ones that do not speak to the audience,” says Rakeysh.
SANSKAARI Censor Board is at it again; cuts 13 seconds of Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt’s passionate KISS from Gully Boy
In August 2017, Pahlaj Nihalani stepped down as the chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and this development made a lot of moviegoers and industry people happy. Ever since he had assumed this post in early 2015, he had targeted plenty of films and forced the makers to chop off certain not-so-risqué scenes and even not-so-objectionable words. He received a lot of criticism when he reduced 22 seconds from the kissing scene in the James Bond film, Spectre . It earned him the title of Mr Sanskaari, giving rise to a lot of memes and jokes.
So, when he stepped down, many expected the CBFC to be no longer ‘sanskaari’. Moreover, Prasoon Joshi replaced Pahlaj Nihalani, who was seen as far more liberal than his predecessor. However, things didn’t change much. A lot of bizarre decisions continued to be implemented. The CBFC became a butt of jokes when they decided to rename the controversial Padmavati as Padmaavat. It made no effect on the protestors. Last month, moviegoers and also producer Emraan Hashmi were astonished when the Board renamed Cheat India as Why Cheat India!
Meanwhile, the cuss words continued to be muted, even in adult films. And of course, the intimate scenes faced censoring. The latest casualty of the censor scissors is Gully Boy. It stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the leading roles and their chemistry has been appreciated, as evident in the promos. But their fans would be disappointed to know that a passionate kissing scene between them has been diluted. As per the cut list details, their smooching shot, lasting for 13 seconds, has been reduced. And moreover, it has been replaced by a wider shot.
Some more cuts have also been implemented. Royal Stag has been mentioned in the ‘Brand Partners’ list but the name of this popular whiskey brand has been removed! We have seen in the past how names of liquor brands have been blurred from the bottles but removing the name of a brand partner, simply because it’s an alcoholic beverage, is probably a first!
Gully Boy also has some abusive words like ‘G***u’, ‘h********e’, ‘h*********i’, ‘f*****g’ and they have been replaced with milder terms. And of course, anti-smoking static warning message has been inserted in all smoking scenes.
Gully Boy is directed by Zoya Akhtar and is all set to release on Valentine’s Day, that is, Thursday February 14. The film, loosely based on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy, got the Censor certificate on February 8. The duration of the film is 155 minutes.
Shah Rukh Khan to team up for Inspector Ghalib with Madhur Bhandarkar?
Shah Rukh Khan is still smarting from his Zero failure and has pulled himself out from Rakesh Sharma’s biopic Saare Jahan Se Acha. Moving on, he is reading lots of scripts currently and is taking his time to deliberate on what project to do next. According to recent reports, one of the scripts he is reading currently is Madhur Bhandarkar’s Inspector Ghalib. The film has been announced a few months ago and it revolves around a sand mafia in Uttar Pradesh and an inspector who helps nab them. Interestingly, SRK has played a bootlegging mafia king in Raees.
It is touted that SRK has shown interest in the movie and there is a lot of back and forth that is happening over the project. There were reports that Sushant Singh Rajput was once considered for the project.
Shah Rukh Khan has been chasing box office success for a while now. It is extremely important for him to deliver on the same and therefore he is seen to be very careful with what movies he wants to do from now on. With movies like Fan and Zero he took a chance by playing unconventional roles but now it is said that he wants to stick to the routine ones.
Madhur too has not had any luck at the BO with his last few films being a string of flops. Shah Rukh Khan and Madhur seem to have a common ground here. Stay tuned to find out more about the film.
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CONFIRMED! Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor to start shooting BAAGHI 3 from May
Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor are all set to impress us once again as they have teamed up for Baaghi 3! The two kicked off the franchise together in 2015. The sequel starred Disha Patani opposite Tiger but Shraddha has returned for the third part, much to the excitement of their fans.
Reports suggest that she will start working on the Baaghi 3 from May end onwards and till then she is slated to complete three of her films: Saaho, Street Dancer and Chhichhore before she starts with Baaghi. Shraddha is slated to play a spirited girl, just like in the first part and will also have solo action sequences. Her characterization is similar to that in Baaghi so we are keen to know what variation do the makers bring in the script. Looks like this is a happy reunion for the actors! The first two parts of the franchise were a hit and there is a lot of hope placed on the third part too.
Shraddha Kapoor feels ecstatic and shares, “I’m super excited to be back with the Baaghi family. I had such a memorable time being a part of Baaghi and this is my third film with Sajid sir, second with Tiger and first with Ahmed sir. The script is amazing and I’m excited to be a part of this movie.”
After all the speculation the producer Sajid Nadiadwala shares his excitement, “The entire team of Baaghi is very happy to have Shraddha Kapoor back. Tiger and Shraddha’s pair was extremely loved in Baaghi and I am sure that fans of the franchise will be as excited as we are to have them together.”
Produced by Sajid Nadiadwala under the banner of Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Baaghi 3 is co-produced by Fox Star Studios and directed by Ahmed Khan. Starring Tiger Shroff, Baaghi 3 is slated to release on 6th March 2020.
Shraddha Kapoor is currently in London for her 40 days schedule with Varun for Street Dancer. Incidentally, she has reunited with him after ABCD 2 for the Remo D’souza film! They will have a lot of dance sequences in this schedule with dancing sensation Nora Fatehi and the two leads had already prepped for the movie in Mumbai. Though not a sequel to ABCD 2, the film is about lives of Street Dancers.
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Ajay Devgn CONFIRMS Luv Ranjan’s film with Ranbir Kapoor, reveals key details
Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn are all set to make a smashing comeback together after Raajneeti and they have chosen a very unconventional director for the same. Both are perceived as ‘serious’ actors so it was exciting that they signed Luv Ranjan’s next. While the film was announced last year itself, there were rumours doing rounds that the project was not happening. Ajay has spoken about these reports and has DENIED any possibility of the film getting shelved. He claimed that the movie is in scripting stage currently and it will go on floors next year as planned.
Ajay is currently promoting Total Dhamaal which has an ensemble cast and will be seen in Tanaaji: The Unsung Hero as a valiant Maratha warrior. His first look from the film has garnered huge response from the masses. He also has a sports biopic in his kitty and is set to make an extended guest appearance in SS Rajamouli’s RRR which stars South superstars Ram Charan Teja and Junior NTR in lead roles.
Ranbir Kapoor is currently shooting for Shamshera with Vaani Kapoor after wrapping up Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. He has had a great year with Sanju making great numbers at box office and now, he is looking forward for another fulfilling year.
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Amol Palekar gets rudely cut off at an art event and the reason is he criticized Ministry Of Culture
Veteran actor Amol Palekar recently attended the Cultural event wherein he was invited to speak about the renowned artist Prabhakar Barwe and his art forms. During the cultural event that was held at National Gallery Of Modern Arts in Mumbai, the actor turned filmmaker used this opportunity to speak about censorship in art forms and why it was the last art based event organized by the advisory committee of local artists.
In the event, however, during the speech given by Amol Palekar, he was constantly interrupted by NGMA authorities owing to the fact that he criticized their idea of scrapping the advisory committee and having Delhi government officials approve the art that will be exhibited in the Mumbai and Bengaluru centers from hereon. The actor came down heavily on these authorities for imposing unnecessary censorship and curbing freedom of art.
While he stated what he had learnt about the advisory committees in Mumbai and Bengaluru being abolished, he took a stand against the decision by calling out to them terming this event as the last one planned by the committee and not by some bureaucrat or government official with the aim of moral policing and proliferating certain ideological art forms.
From NGMA Suhas Balukar to Jesal Thacker many tried to interrupt Palekar’s speech against the decision of their association further asserting that the veteran actor shouldn’t deviate from his speech on Barwe and his works. However, Palekar, time and again ignored it as he further went on to speak up on how disturbed he was after hearing the news about the abolishment and how freedom in general is receding day by day. In his speech, the veteran actor also asserted that he was just trying to verify the news that, according to him, was hearsay.
The video of authorities interrupting Palekar during his speech has gone viral on Twitter and other social media platforms with fans expressing their anger and disappointment towards the disrespect shown towards the veteran by NGMA.
On the other hand, director of NGMA, Anita Rupavataram has assured that a new committee is being constituted soon and hence, she believes that the allegations directed towards NGMA are baseless.
After Miyaan Kal Aana, Nawazuddin Siddiqui backs a biopic on folk singer Teejan Bai
In the era of biopics, Bollywood gets one more biopic in its kitty. And, this time it's from the versatile actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The actor, who had earlier produced brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui’s short film Miyaan Kal Aana (Mister Come Tomorrow) is back with yet another content-driven venture which will be based on the life of folk artiste Teejan Bai.
Nawazuddin has been a huge admirer of Teejan Bai since his theatre days and also been privileged to perform her live. The veteran artiste performs Pandvani, a traditional performing art form involving narration of tales from the Mahabharata. Although, the initial idea of making a film on her was of Nawazuddin’s wife Aaliya.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui is one of the producers in Magic If Films with his wife Aaliya and brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui. The biopic will be jointly produced by them.
On the film front, Nawazuddin has recently given a blockbuster film Thackarey and looking forward the release of his next two ventures, Motichoor Chaknachoor opposite Athiya Shetty and Photograph alongside Sanya Malhotra.
The actor-producer will also be wrapping up the shoot of Sacred Games 2 and director Honey Trehan’s directorial debut Raat Akeli Hai with Radhika Apte. Post that, he will begin shooting for his brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui’s feature debut Bole Chudiyan under the banner of Woodpecker Movies.
Boney Kapoor to produce a remake of Egyptian movie
Boney Kapoor has gotten back to films and is producing not only in Hindi cinema but down South as well. The producer will be producing the South remake of Hindi movie Pink. Now, it seems like he is adapting another film. Boney Kapoor will be producing a remake of Egyptian movie Hepta - The Last Lecture in Hindi and several other languages. The film will be produced by Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects and co-produced by Fresh Lime Films.
Based on Mohamed Sadek’s best-selling book, Hepta directed by Hadi El Bagoury revolves around the seven stages of love and was one of the highest-grossing romantic films in the history of Egyptian cinema.
“India and Egypt have been strongly influencing each other’s culture, arts and architecture since ancient times. It is a pleasure to cooperate with Egyptian cinema. I strongly believe that this is only the beginning and we shall soon be seeing films from Egypt and India being remade in their respective languages.”, said Kapoor
Boney Kapoor is also remaking Hindi Film Pink in Tamil titled AK 59 with south superstar Ajith which is currently being shot. Boney Kapoor, meanwhile, will be collaborating with Thala Ajith Kumar on two films. He is producing the South remake of Pink which will have Vidya Balan's cameo.
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Bhushan Kumar along with Mahaveer Jain, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba get singer/rapper Badshah to debut as an actor
The singer-rapper features in debutant director Shilpi Dasgupta’s slice-of-life entertainer which is fronted by Sonakshi Sinha. After delivering several chart-toppers in recent years, Badshah is ready to explore a new territory. The rapper-composer finally debuts as an actor in Bhushan Kumar, Mahaveer Jain, Mrighdeep Singh Lamba produced ‘yet-untitled’ project helmed by debut director Shilpi Dasgupta.
The cast has already started shoot in Punjab Jan 25 onwards while Badshah joins the gang today. Badshah will be playing a character close to his real self—a famous singer who is out-and-out a Punjabi munda. Admitting to being nervous yet excited, the rapper said, “I am extremely nervous however I have taken the leap. This year I have undertaken many firsts, with my debut as a producer and now as an actor. Bhushanji and Mrigh both kept convincing me on how perfect the role is for me. It’s a film which is so unique and different, whenever I think of it, brings a smile to my face. The added advantage is working with a super talented bunch and also my buddy Sonakshi who is very dear friend and the others like Varun Sharma.”
He adds, "The character is basically who I am in real life – a singer-rapper from Punjab who is happy go lucky, likes humour. All this and after lots of convincing I gave in and have agreed to do the role. The team has started shooting for the film in Punjab, I will join them today.” Producer Bhushan Kumar reiterated his confidence in his choice of actor, saying, that he has worked with him on several projects in the past and knows his traits well. “When I read the script and the character sketch, the only person who came to my mind was Badshah. Just like his screen persona, he is a jovial and funny Punjabi guy. It took a while to persuade him to take up the role, but I am glad he finally came on board.”
The film brings together several talented performers and is slated to release on 2nd August. Leading the pack of this ensemble cast is Sonakshi Sinha along with Varun Sharma, Annu Kapoor, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Nadira Babbar among the others.
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Singham star Ajay Devgn expresses SHOCK over some names that came out during the Me Too movement
Known for his films where we see the Singham aka Ajay Devgn stand against what is wrong, the Bollywood star has also maintained a similar stand in real life. The actor was recently quizzed about the ongoing Me Too movement that continues to spark outrage in the industry. What started off last year with a revelation made by Tanushree Dutta who went on to accuse one of the most prominent and respected star Nana Patekar of sexual harassment has now blown up into a full-fledged campaign with names of many celebrities being associated in such cases. Expressing his reaction over the outrage, Total Dhamaal actor Ajay Devgn stated that he is in shock after hearing some names that were a part of the controversy.
In recent media reports, Ajay Devgn, who is the midst of the promotions of his next comedy Total Dhamaal, was quizzed about his reaction to the ongoing Me Too movement. The actor, whilst, maintaining his stand, expressed his shock over hearing the names of some celebrities in this controversy. While the actor did honestly agree that there are some in industry who can be like that, he assured that everyone is not the same. He also maintained that he can’t be judgmental about anyone since he believes that one is not guilty until proven.
On the other hand, Ajay Devgn also spoke about the welcome change that is being brought forth by the younger generation. He believes that the new generation is quite confident and brave enough to stand up against such acts and that they wouldn’t accept any bullshit that people direct towards them. He also applauded the media and its work which, according to him, is an important way of maintaining transparency in the industry.
The Singham actor also went on to assert that the industry veterans and others cannot misuse their power or position anymore because now the platform has become even and same for everyone. According him, no one can consider themselves as a bigger or smaller celebrity anymore which is a good thing that has happened in recent times.
Coming to his next Total Dhamaal, the film also stars Madhuri Dixit, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Riteish Deshmukh, Esha Gupta amongst others and it is slated to release on February 22.
Bollywood’s famous villain, Mahesh Anand, found dead at his Andheri home
Bollywood has seen some uncertain deaths in the recent times and the famous Bollywood villain, Mahesh Anand is one of them. The 57 year-old actor was found dead in his Andheri apartment. Mahesh apparently lived alone in the house while his wife lived in Moscow.
The police found his body on Saturday in a decomposed state and he was said to have drinking problems. The police have sent his body to Cooper Hospital for post-mortem. They have not ruled out the possibility of suicide even though there have been no signs of a suicide note.
The officials have said that the cause of death can only be identified after the post-mortem takes place. Mahesh was last seen in Govinda starrer Rangeela Raja that released last month and has been a part of some major 90’s hits including Shahenshah and Coolie No. 1.
We send out our deepest condolences to the family and friends.
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Did this actor commit suicide? Mahesh Anand pleaded with Pahlaj Nihalani to be added on to Govinda film
So jobless and financially desperate was actor Mahesh Anand, found dead in his Mumbai apartment on Saturday, that he was willing to take on any acting offer that came his way. Filmmaker Pahlaj Nihalani was the last to offer Mahesh Anand a role.
Nihalani clarifies, “I didn’t offer him Rangeela Raja. He insisted on being in the film when it was almost completed. I suddenly got a call from Mahesh. I had worked with him in some films in the past like Aag Ka Gola and Andaz. I always liked Mahesh. He was straightforward in his dealings, friendly and courageous. In his heydays his physique was the envy of many heroes. The minute he would take off his shirt for a fight some heroes would get insecure.”
Is this why Mahesh stopped getting work? “Perhaps. It is a fact that he was without work. He had stopped getting work for more than ten years. I do not know his financial condition. But it must have been distressful. Though married 2-3 times and though he has a son, Mahesh lived all alone. He had an impressive dog for a companion whom he was very proud of. He would take the dog everywhere with him. He treated the canine like a tiger. Mahesh was all macho and tough, muscled and sinewy long before the gym culture hit the entertainment industry,” says Nihalani.
Nihalani recalls Mahesh’s desperate call for work. “He said he wanted to be part of Rangeela Raja. I told him only the climax of the film remained to be shot. He asked to be fitted into the climax. I sensed his need and I made a role for him at that last moment of shooting. The problem is, Mahesh didn’t look for work hard enough. He lived in his own world. Here, you have to be pushy when you need work.”
Nihalani hints at a drinking problem and an illness. “He did like his drinks. But I don’t know if he had a drinking problem. He also had a kidney problem. But his main problem was the lack of work opportunities.”
Sushant Singh, General Secretary of the Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA) reveals that Mahesh Anand had suicidal tendencies. “Our Executive Committee member Nupur Alankar talked him out of a suicidal bout last year; she was in touch with him even after that. It’s a freelancer’s responsibility to be prepared for the day opportunities start drying up. I don’t think Mahesh Anand ever approached anyone for financial help, he had become a recluse and it’s only now that we are discovering about various issues he was facing.”
Pritish Nandy denies Anurag Kashyap’s allegation of extortion
The impromptu titular war between media guru Pritish Nandy and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap took a nasty turn when Kashyap in a rather unbecoming tweet accused Nandy of extortion by asking for Rs 1 crore to part ways with the title Womaniya which Nandy’s company has registered as its own.
Dripping sarcasm Kashyap wrote, “So we have decided to not pay the extortion sum of 1 crore to @PritishNandy. He can sit on the title and warm it and hope for it to hatch into something worthwhile for his company for once.”
Reacting sharply to the Kashyap’s nasty insinuation and denying the extortion allegation Pritish Nandy says, “Anurag Kashyap and I have not met nor spoken in over 20 years. Yes, we at Pritish Nandy Communications own the title Womaniya which we are using in a film. There is no question of selling or giving it away. I cannot ask for anything from a person I do not know and have not met except once twenty years ago.”
WOW! Aamir Khan, Madhuri Dixit starrer Dil gets a sequel called Dil Again; Indra Kumar CONFIRMS! (Deets inside)
Well, Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit starrer Dil continues to be recalled as one of the cult 90s romantic film that definitely left us wanting for more. While it is yet to be seen if this popular onscreen couple will make a comeback soon, Indra Kumar, just made an announcement that the film that wooed its way into our hearts will return, albeit with a sequel. During the Total Dhamaal promotions, Indra Kumar, who recently got back the Tezaab and Beta jodi Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, has confirmed that he indeed plans to make a sequel to Dil, Dil Again.
Confirming the development Indra Kumar stated to the media that he has been planning on taking the Dil franchise forward for quite some time now. After looking into several scripts for a while now, the filmmaker has finally found one which he is keen on making as Dil Again. However, the said film is currently in its initial stages. Every important aspect including the leading actors is yet to be finalized. Going by what the filmmaker has said it seems that the film will be based on the contemporary generation. It is also yet to be revealed as to when Dil Again will go on floors.
Readers may be aware that Dil, which was popular for its songs and the onscreen chemistry of Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit, had a very youthful vibe to it. We wonder if the sequel will retain those youthful feel in the film! On the other hand, coming to Total Dhamaal, the film is the third instalment in the Dhamaal franchise and retains regulars like Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey and Riteish Deshmukh. Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor are the latest one to join the cast in this comedy film.
The Alia Bhatt – Kangana Ranaut row intensifies: The Raazi actress gives a RESPONSE to the Manikarnika actress’s blame that she is Karan Johar's puppet
Well, it seems that even though her latest film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi seem to have made a positive impact on the box office, Kangana Ranaut cannot stop herself from calling out to co-actors from the fraternity, especially the ones who are quite close to Karan Johar. Well, we all can recollect the nepotism debate that she sparked during the release of Rangoon with Karan. And now yet again, she seems to have been accusing Alia Bhatt, who was launched by Johar, for being a puppet in his hands. Puzzled by the allegations directed towards her, Alia Bhatt reacted to Ranaut's comments recently.
Reacting to Kangana’s comments that left Alia in shock the Raazi actress maintained in news reports that she has no idea what she has done to upset Kangana to this level. She also added that she doesn’t want to clarify anything to the media and would rather confront Ranaut personally on the matter. In the same breath, the Bhatt actress also added that she indeed admires Kangana as an actress and performer and appreciated her film choices. She also mentioned that she applauds Kangana's outspoken nature too.
For the uninitiated, Kangana Ranaut has been expressing her disappointment over not receiving support from a Gen Y icon like Alia Bhatt for her film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi. The actress feels that Bollywood is staying silent over the success of her film and that someone who has been an idol for the youth like Alia should be coming out in support of the film since it revolves around the topic of women empowerment. She also added that this has to do with the fact that Alia Bhatt is the 'student' of Karan Johar and went on to call her as a puppet in his hands. She reportedly also asked Alia to grow a spine to speak up about relevant issues.
Arunachal Pradesh CM, Pema Khandu, praises Kangana Ranaut on social media
Kangana Ranaut has been the talk-of-the-town for various reasons, mostly controversies. The Manikarnika actress is being praised for her performance in the film as well as her outspoken nature. She has recently called out the whole of Bollywood for ganging up against her and how she is going to be after them from now on. While her movie has fared well at the box office so far, Kangana is being appreciated by a few of the celebrities and A-listers. After Anupam Kher it is now the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, who took to Twitter to appreciate one of her statements.
In one of her interviews, Kangana spoke about how it is high time that the famous people opened up about the problems the commoners face and not just when it is convenient for them. She correctly pointed out how as an artiste, they should be able to voice their opinions without fearing the consequences. She wants the successful ones to take responsibility of their stardom. Pema Khandu shared one such video and lauded her for her honesty.
Take a look at the video.
Manikarnika: Queen Of Jhansi has almost made 85 crores at the box office and still continues to roar among the audiences. Tell us about your opinions on Kangana’s statement.
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Ranveer Singh will NOT ROMANCE Alia Bhatt in TAKHT
Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt are currently busy promoting Gully Boy within and outside the country. They were currently at the Berlin Film Festival and were interviewed by a host of media persons. In one such interaction, Ranveer let it slip that he and Alia are not cast opposite to each other in Takht and that fans will be surprised. Now, that was a major spoiler because audiences were not supposed to know that early on.
Ranveer, as excited he was, could not contain this information and therefore let it out! The spirited actor is set to play Dara Shukoh and Vicky Kaushal will play Aurangzeb in the film. Looks like, he will be seen in a totally reverse role after Padmaavat as it is Aurangzeb who has grey shades!
It is yet unclear what roles Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Janhvi Kapoor, Bhumi Pednekar and Anil Kapoor will play. It is touted that makers will reveal that soon. But after Gully Boy where Ranveer and Alia play a couple, it would be refreshing to see them in a totally different role.
Other than this, Ranveer is prepping for ’83 and will start shooting for the same soon. He will train under Kapil Dev himself for his biopic. After this flick, he gets to work on Takht. We reckon Karan Johar’s magnum opus requires a lot of prep too. On personal front, he is enjoying marital bliss with Deepika Padukone.
Alia Bhatt, on the other hand, has just wrapped up Kalank, is working on Brahmastra and is in talks with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for her next.
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