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Baahubali actor Prabhas RESPONDS to rumours about his marriage with co-star Anushka Shetty

They gave one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema with the Baahubali series. Prabhas and Anushka Shetty, who shared a sizzling chemistry, in the period drama ended up making fans wish for their real life marriage. In fact, their onscreen romance fueled up rumours of an off screen romance that may result in marriage. With the constant buzz, the two Bahubali actors had to take to media to respond to it.

For the past few days, media reports have been claiming varied details about an alleged impending marriage of Anushka Shetty and Prabhas. However, the two have never spoken about their ‘relationship’ in public. But fans have been thrilled even with the thought of their marriage. However, Anushka and Prabhas have clearly maintained that there are no such plans.

Anushka Shetty, during a recent media interaction, put an end to all the rumours. While she mentioned that Prabhas is a good friend of hers, she also clearly stated that they are not getting married. She also added that she is no hurry to settle down. On the other hand, Prabhas too decided to react on the matter. He too maintained a similar stand but also believed that it is a private matter and expressed that he doesn’t wish to reveal anything further. However, he also asserted to the media that he will definitely inform them if he plans to get engaged.

While this would have disappointed the Prabhas - Anushka fans, it has definitely shut the rumour mills. On the work front, Prabhas is all set to feature in a Bollywood film. The actor is busy with the trilingual Saaho. It will feature him opposite Shraddha Kapoor and it also stars Neil Nitin Mukesh as the main antagonist. Directed by Sujeeth, the film also has Jackie Shroff, Mandira Bedi, Mahesh Manjrekar and Chunky Pandey in prominent roles.

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Armaan Kohli assault case: Neeru Randhawa wants to move on; will get Kohli’s tattoo removed

Last week, the Bombay High Court, which held the hearing of the Armaan Kohli assault case, ordered the actor to submit a letter expressing remorse and apology. Armaan was arrested on June 3 from Lonavala on the charges of assault against his girlfriend Neeru Randhawa. Followed by the same, when Kohli and family approached the court to quash the FIR, the HC ordered the actor to submit the said letter and also give an assurance that his behavior against women won’t be repeated again. Now that the case was concluded, Kohli’s former girlfriend has expressed in reports that she wants to move on and also about further proceedings on the case.

Armaan Kohli assault case Neeru Randhawa wants to move on; will get Kohli’s tattoo removed

According to Neeru Randhawa, the first thing she wants to do is to remove the tattoo. She had apparently got Armaan’s name inked. However, she described about how all of these have been traumatic and that she doesn’t want any reminiscent of all of this. So she has decided to get her tattoo removed.

Speaking on the Rs. 1 crore she received as a part of the case settlement, Neeru clarified that the case was never about money. She wanted Armaan Kohli to pay for the way he wronged her. However, she opted for the settlement after seeing the old parents of the actor. Randhawa went on remember the time when she was Armaan’s father [who is also a renowned Bollywood producer] who was 90 years old, arrive at the court. She mentioned that she couldn’t bear the thought that if Armaan went to jail, there will be no one to take care of the family. And in these reports, Neeru went on to assert that it was this thought that compelled her to take this settlement.

However, Neeru Randhawa also went on to encourage other women to speak up against such harassments and assaults. Besides that, she also thanked the court, the media and everyone who supported her in this battle. Furthermore, she maintained about how her parents continued to motivate her and were in complete support of her decisions.

The compensation of Rs. 1 crore that she has received is also a part of the loss of work that she has had in the past three years when she was in a relationship. Now, the fashion stylist wants to make up for the lost time in her career and is looking out for work in Mumbai. She has now shifted to a new flat in the city and has assured to the media that they will hear a lot more about her work soon.

Also Read: Armaan Kohli assault case: Court seeks a remorse letter from accused after the two parties arrive at a settlement

Kareena Kapoor Khan to PERFORM at a beauty pageant; takes a break from her family vacation

Just a few days ago, pictures of Kareena Kapoor Khan along with Saif Ali Khan and their son Taimur went viral. The trio has taken off for a trip to Europe, with a long stop-over at their favourite destination in London. Now reports have it that the actress will be returning to Mumbai alone, albeit for a small work commitment. While her recent trip too comprised of partial work commitments, this time around the actress is returning to perform on stage for Miss India.

Kareena Kapoor Khan to PERFORM at a beauty pageant; takes a break from her family vacation

If recent reports are to be believed, Kareena Kapoor Khan is all set to put up a glamorous act on her chartbusters at the forthcoming beauty pageant show, Miss India. The event is expected to be held tomorrow and the actress has returned to the city today, on June 18. The actress has, reportedly, allotted only two days of rehearsals and she will be practicing for the performance with the in house choreographer.

Keeping the time constraint in mind, Kareena has very little time in hand. Yet the actress has allotted 12 hours continuously for practice and will be rehearsing for the six hours tomorrow too before the act. These reports also suggest that she will be performing on some of her popular chartbusters like ‘Mera Naam Mary Hai’ [Brothers], ‘Bhaage Re Mann’ [Chameli], ‘Mauja Hi Mauja’ [Jab We Met] among others. Her gig will also include the latest hit ‘Tareefan’ from Veere Di Wedding.

Interestingly, this will be Kareena Kapoor’s performance on stage after two years. As for her trip, Kareena is expected to return to London on Wednesday. Until then, it is being said that her doting actor-hubby Saif Ali Khan is in charge of taking care of their tot Taimur Ali Khan.

On the work front, whilst there are many speculations about the next Bollywood film Kareena Kapoor Khan will be doing, the actress is yet to speak about it. Whereas, Saif Ali Khan will make his digital debut with the Netflix show Sacred Games. He will also be seen in films like Baazaar and the Navdeep Singh directed period drama.

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Sanskari no more: CBFC gives all-clear to Race 3, Britain censor snips

While the Salman starrer Race 3 has been cleared with no cuts by the Indian censor board the British censor board has not only granted the film a ‘12A’ certification (meaning children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult) it has also asked 1 minute and 20 seconds of the 2 hours 29 minute film to be edited out for its strong violence.

A source from the Indian censor board finds the discrepancy between the Indian and British censor’s perception to be disconcerting. “Are we to presume that the Indian censor board is more liberal than its British counterpart? To be honest we did have reservations about certain shots being suitable for a ‘UA’ certification. But there is a standing instruction from above (meaning the I &B ministry) that nothing should be cut from any film unless absolutely necessary. We are looking at an era of unstoppable liberalism in the censor board. This is to countermand the sanskari era of Pahlaj Nihalani.”

While current chairperson of the CBFC Prasoon Joshi refrained from comment, former censor chief Pahlaj Nihalani did comment, “If you are a filmmaker with strong sexual or violent content now is the time to quickly go to the censor board. I hear nothing gets stopped. Sanskari censorship replaced by sab-chalta-hai censorship. Welcome to the new liberal world.”

Also Read: Whoa! Aamir Khan’s prediction for Race 3 box office success comes true for Salman Khan

Kartik Aaryan drops out of IIFA performance owing to injury

After the stupendous success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety, Kartik Aaryan seems to be making news all over. The actor, who was set to put on a grand act on stage, has bowed out of his performance at IIFA 2018. It is due to his ligament injury that he suffered three months ago has resurfaced. It has been reported that the doctors have advised to stay away from strenuous activities.

Kartik Aaryan drops out of IIFA performance owing to injury

If recent reports are to be believed, the ligament injury that Kartik Aaryan suffered in April has resurfaced. These reports have it that the pain resurfaced almost two weeks ago because of which he has been advised to cool it down when it comes to activities like dancing. Sources have been quoted in reports claiming that the reason behind this old injury causing trouble is exertion.

It is being said that soon after the injury; Kartik Aaryan had resumed his football practices. This further intensified the situation. Owing to the same, doctors have reportedly advised the actor to take it slow and to refrain from any such strenuous physical activity.

However, these reports have also asserted that Kartik Aaryan will indeed be a part of IIFA 2018. The actor was supposed to dance and also host a segment during the award ceremony. So it seems that even though he wouldn’t be able to dance, he will be indeed hosting a part of the event along with VJ turned actor Ayushmann Khurrana.

As for the injury, it has been learnt that Kartik Aaryan will consult a few orthopedists once he returns from Bangkok. The actor is expected to fly to the city on June 20 for the function.

Readers may be aware that the IIFA ceremony this year will be held in the Thailand capital and many actors are currently in the midst of prepping for the same. While certain actors from the film fraternity will be missing out on the event due to work commitments, other actors like Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Kriti Sanon are expected to set the stage on fire.

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Mahesh Babu’s wife Namrata shoots down reports of the superstar’s Bollywood debut

Reports that Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu will be making his Bollywood debut soon have been completely shot down by the actor’s wife Namrata.

Says Namrata, “These reports are completely false. Mahesh Babu is not looking at a Bollywood break. While returning from his two-month vacation from Europe, Mahesh did stop by in Mumbai while the rest of the family proceeded to Hyderabad. But Mahesh Babu was not in Mumbai to meet any Bollywood producer. He was there for a look test with hairstylist Hakim Aalim for his next Telugu film to be directed by Vamshi Paidipally.”

Mahesh Babu’s wife Namrata shoots down reports of the superstar’s Bollywood debut

As far as doing a Hindi film is concerned Mahesh Babu is open to the idea. But there is no burning ambition to make that move.

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Sujoy Ghosh REVEALS how he brought together a team of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu for his next

Seems like Red Chillies Entertainment is intrigued by thrillers. Just a couple of days ago we reported that after Ittefaq, Shah Rukh Khan is keen on producing another suspense thriller starring Amitabh Bachchan. We are talking about the next Sujoy Ghosh directorial which is a remake of the Spanish thriller The Invisible Guest and also stars Taapsee Pannu. The film has been tentatively titled Badla.

Sujoy Ghosh REVEALS how he brought together a team of Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu for his next

Confirming the same, Sujoy Ghosh has expressed his excitement on the recent developments in media reports. Sujoy has reportedly revealed that he has been keen on working with Taapsee Pannu for a while and this according to him was a perfect project. On the other hand, he described working with Amitabh Bachchan as a director's delight in these reports. Readers may be aware that Sujoy and Amitabh have collaborated in the past for a few films including Aladin and Te3n (Sujoy was the producer).

Elaborating on the collaboration, Sujoy believes that the same happened quite effortlessly. While Amitabh immediately came on board after the filmmaker pitched the film, it was no different for Taapsee Pannu either.  Shah Rukh Khan too, according to these reports, loved the material presented to him. Interestingly, this will be the first time Shah Rukh Khan is producing a Sujoy Ghosh film.

The Spanish film The Invisible Guest is also being remade in Korean and Italian languages. The film has already gone on floor in Glasgow last week and will be extensively shot against the backdrop of the Scottish landscape. The film will feature Taapsee Pannu in the role of a businesswoman. At the same time, her character will have an element of mystery to her. On the other hand, Amitabh Bachchan is apparently essaying the role of an investigative officer.

Also Read: Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla to bring together Amitabh Bachchan & Taapsee Pannu? Mr Bachchan & producer confirm

Revealed: Sanjay Dutt kicks off SHOOT for Kalank with Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur

Kalank has become one of the most talked about films, courtesy it's ensemble cast. After the film went on floor with Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, other stars like Madhuri Dixit soon joined the schedule. Now the last one to join the said schedule of the period drama is Sanjay Dutt. If media reports are to be believed, Sanjay Dutt will be shooting with Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur.

Revealed: Sanjay Dutt kicks off SHOOT for Kalank with Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur

It seems that whilst Sanjay Dutt is completing the schedule with them, Madhuri Dixit had earlier completed a schedule with the other couple in the film, Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt. However, it is yet to be seen as to when will the Khalnayak couple Sanjay and Madhuri will share screen space. It is one of the most awaited moments since the two are sharing screen space after 25 years.

On the other hand, it seems that the rest of the cast of Kalank is busy with other commitments. Varun Dhawan, who recently shot with Aditya Roy Kapur and Kriti Sanon for a song in Kalank, is busy completing his other film with Anushka Sharma. We are talking about Sui Dhaaga which is slated for release this year.

As for Alia Bhatt, she too is busy with the shoot of her much talked about superhero film Brahmastra. She was recently spotted on the sets of the film with co-stars Ranbir Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan. Considering the hectic schedule of all the cast members, sources have been stated in reports that the makers are keen on wrapping up the schedule as soon as possible.

Also, Sonakshi Sinha too will be jetting off for her Dabangg Tour soon. It seems that the actress will soon wrap up Kalank schedule for the tour as she will be performing across US and Canada. Accompanying her would also be her Dabangg co-star Salman Khan and other actresses.

On the other hand, Sanjay Dutt too is juggling between schedules. Readers may be aware that the actor has kicked off another film, with popular co-actor Manisha Koirala, Ali Fazal and Amyra Dastur. Titled Prasthaanam, the film is a remake of the Telugu blockbuster by the same name.

Speaking about Kalank, it is a period drama directed by Abhishek Varman.

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CONFIRMED! Tiger Shroff's Rambo to release on October 2, 2020

Tiger Shroff's much awaited project, Rambo, finally gets a date and we are excited to see the Baaghi 2 star in his most loved action hero avatar. The movie is now set to release on October 2, 2020 after a lot of delay and according to our well placed industry sources, it will go on floors after Tiger completes his film with Hrithik Roshan which also stars Vaani Kapoor as the lead. Rambo was announced about two years ago and the poster for the same was released last year.

CONFIRMED! Tiger Shroff's Rambo to release on October 2, 2020

The first look of Tiger Shroff generated a lot of interest amongst the masses because he was showcased as iconic lead character from Sylvester Stallone's original film. Later, the hype around it died as there was no progress from the makers’ end. There were rumours that the movie might have been stalled but our sources close to the film had reported that the Siddharth Anand directorial was just delayed because of Tiger's and the filmmaker's hectic work schedule. Now, as the movie gets a release date, we can be assured of some top notch action scenes and the lead hero's super duper form in the film. For the uninitiated, Rambo is based on the David Morrell novel ‘First Blood’. In the original movie, Sylvester Stallone played John Rambo, a troubled Vietnam War veteran. As a war survivor, the character is skilled in many aspects of survival, weaponry, hand-to-hand combat and guerrilla warfare. Tiger fits the bill of Rambo perfectly and hence the movie is awaited by his fans.

Tiger Shroff is currently shooting for Student Of The Year 2 in Dehradun. The movie is produced by Dharma Productions and directed by Punit Malhotra.

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INSIDE PICS: Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma share pictures and videos from last schedule of Sui Dhaaga

Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are working on the last schedule of their much publicised film, Sui Dhaaga and well, they just got the entire set to celebrate on the occasion that their film will be complete finally. Varun and Anushka’s character names are Mauji and Mamta respectively. They play the handloom weavers from Madhya Pradesh and the film gives out a strong message to save the indigenous industries. Varun said recently that his character is inspired by Suppandi, the iconic cartoon character. The film is directed by Sharad Katariya and will be produced by Maneesh Sharma under the banner of Aditya Chopra’s Yash Raj Films. Anushka and Varun are seen in a never before seen avatar and their de-glam look is getting a lot of response from masses.

INSIDE PICS: Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma share pictures and videos from last schedule of Sui Dhaaga

Varun Dhawan shared some pics from set and wrote, “@anushkasharma baffles me with her intelligence and her captions. Made in. Last sched. We are working very hard.” The star cast cut cakes with the entire unit. The movie is touted to be high on content and will drive an important lesson home. It will have a rustic appeal which is Sharad Katariya’s style and we are looking forward to Anushka and Varun’s superb performances.

INSIDE PICS: Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma share pictures and videos from last schedule of Sui Dhaaga

Sui Dhaaga will come out in September 28, 2018.

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EXCLUSIVE: Azure Entertainment acquires rights for remake of Chinese blockbuster Bad Genius

Bad Genius, one of the top grossing film in China of 2017, is a hot property in the international movie market. The makers have been in discussion with many countries for the same. They initially closed  a deal for a Hollywood remake and recently India became the second country to get the official remake rights of the film. Bad Genius has been acquired by Azure Entertainment which also has many other significant films in the pipeline this year.

EXCLUSIVE: Azure Entertainment acquires rights for remake of Chinese blockbuster Bad Genius

Azure Entertainment has earned two of the top grossing films in China in 2017 and 2018 - Spanish film Cotratiempo (The Invisible Guest), which grossed close to USD 30 mn in China and Thai film Bad Genius which grossed more than USD 40 mn in China. Bad Genius is also the all time top grossing film of Thailand ever.

After this exciting news, we wonder who the makers would lock in to play the leads of this blockbuster. It is a season of remakes in Bollywood as American hit love story Fault In Your Stars too has gone on the floors and Sushant Singh Rajput will play male lead.

SCOOP: Yash Raj Films ropes in Indra Kumar for a ‘clean comedy’, here’s who will star in it

Yash Raj Films has been associated with making movies for a certain kind of audience which mostly belongs to the mainstream, urbane category. The production house has now signed Indra Kumar whose brand of filmmaking is diagonally opposite to that of Yash Raj. The filmmaker associated with movies like Masti, Grand Masti among other adult comedies has been signed by Aditya Chopra’s production house to make a clean comedy. It is an interesting experiment for sure. Though Indra has created ‘naughty’ comedies, he also made the blockbusters like Beta, Ishq and also Dhamaal which catered to the family audiences.

SCOOP: Yash Raj Films ropes in Indra Kumar for a ‘clean comedy’, here’s who will star in it

According to sources, the movie will have actors from YRF’s Talent agency and the makers will go for the younger ones to suit the flavour and genre of the movie. Sets for the film will be mounted next year and the movie will go on the floors then. The official announcement of the star cast and the film is awaited.

Yash Raj Films has some interesting line up of films ahead. They have announced Shamshera starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in prominent roles. YRF’s Thugs Of Hindostan is one of the most awaited films as it stars Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles. Apart from that, they also have Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff’s untitled next. Movie lovers are in for a treat for sure.

EXCLUSIVE: Esha Gupta joins Total Dhamaal; film to release in 3D

Filmmaker Indra Kumar is all set to bring his Dhamaal franchise back with the third installment this year. The cast of Total Dhamaal included Ajay Devgn, Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi and others. As the filmmaker promises to bring back the laughter riot with the ensemble cast, the makers have added another actress to the troupe.

EXCLUSIVE: Esha Gupta joins Total Dhamaal; film to release in 3D

The sultry siren Esha Gupta will be joining the cast of Total Dhamaal. While the makers are yet to announce the news, the actress has bagged this multi-starrer project which is set for this year's release. The details about her role are yet to be revealed. Besides her casting, adding more excitement to the film, we hear that Total Dhamaal will release in 3D. The viewing experience for the fans will be quite different for the Dhamaal franchise fans as this film will be available in 3D as well. With Padmaavat and Race 3 in 3D, Indra Kumar is planning to give the audience a completely different experience with Total Dhamaal.

One of the many reasons the fans are excited for Total Dhamaal is because it marks the reunion of Madhuri Dixit and Anil Kapoor after 17 years. Cinegoers will get to witness the magic of Beta couple in this year. It will hit the theatres on December 7, 2018.

Meanwhile, Esha Gupta will be next seen in another multi-starrer, Paltan which is being helmed by JP Dutta. The film, which stars Arjun Rampal, Siddhanth Kapoor, Harshavardhan Rane, Sonal Chauhan among others, is set to release later this year.

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BREAKING: Yash Raj Films ropes in Akshay Kumar for a big budget period drama

Akshay Kumar is a busy actor who has an array of projects lined up. The actor, who was last seen in Pad Man earlier this year, will be seen in the upcoming film Gold which is helmed by Reema Kagti and set for Independence Day release. Besides, the actor also has Kesari and Housefull 4 lined up for 2019. With three films back to back, Akshay Kumar has been roped in for another massive film by Yash Raj Films.

BREAKING: Yash Raj Films ropes in Akshay Kumar for a big budget period drama

From what it has been learned, Yash Raj Films has signed Akshay Kumar for their next massive venture which will be a period drama. The film will be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi. Interestingly, Dr. Dwivedi essayed the role of Chanakya in the show with the same in the year 1991 which was also directed by him. YRF is now in the process of locking the rest of cast members including another A-lister who will essay the character of Chandragupta Maurya. The source further revealed the film is in pre-production as it will be a grand film. It will reportedly go on floors early February 2019 with huge sets mounted for the film. The makers are eyeing an early 2020 release.

While we wait for the official announcement from YRF, Akshay Kumar is clearly on a roll with another period drama as his next Kesari, with Dharma Productions, is also a period drama.

This will be the return of Akshay Kumar with YRF after 10 years. He was first seen in an extended cameo in 1997 film, Dil Toh Pagal Hai. Post that, he starred in Tashan which was helmed by Vijay Krishna Acharya.

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SCOOP: Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ahwami Manjrekar to debut with Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3

Salman Khan is known to introduce fresh faces through his movies and has launched many actors like Sonakshi Sinha, Daisy Shah, Sooraj Pancholi, Athiya Shetty, among others. This time around with Dabangg 3, he is set to launch yet another newbie. Her name is Ashwami Manjrekar and she is famous Hindi/Marathi actor and producer Mahesh Manjrekar’s eldest daughter. It is touted that she will make her screen debut with Salman’s Dabangg 3. Sonakshi will essay role of his wife Rajjo.

SCOOP Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Ahwami Manjrekar to debut with Salman Khan’s Dabangg 3

Well, Mahesh Majrekar is Salman Khan’s friend and is seen in many of his films. Their chemistry in Wanted, where the veteran actor played a corrupt cop was much appreciated! He even made an appearance in Dabangg as Sonakshi’s dad and his scenes with Salman were again lapped up by masses. He played Salman’s goofy father in Ready.

Co-incidentally, Ready was his last film as an actor and he turned his attention to making films after the same. So, it is special if Ashwami debuts with Dabangg 3! Bollywood Hungama exclusively spoke to Arbaaz Khan recently and he confirmed that the look tests for the film have already been done and there is progress on the project. He was unwilling to reveal any more details about the film and chose to remain tight lipped but very soon, an announcement will be made and we are waiting for the same.

Salman Khan’s Race 3 has just released and it has garnered massive numbers, earning Rs 29.17 crores on its first day. The film is the highest Day 1 grosser of 2018 till now.

Also Read: EXCLUSIVE: Arbaaz Khan confirms the look tests for Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 have begun

EXCLUSIVE: Neil Nitin Mukesh turns producer; brother Naman Nitin Mukesh to direct

The Johnny Gaddaar actor Neil Nitin Mukesh, who was last seen in Golmaal Again, decided to take yet another step in Bollywood in 2015 by turning producer. Like his contemporaries, Neil Nitin Mukesh decided to venture into the production business. Just earlier this year in January, he started the year on the high note by announcing his production house NMM Films. He also stated that they will be rolling out with their first project soon.

EXCLUSIVE Neil Nitin Mukesh turns producer; brother Naman Nitin Mukesh to direct

While the actor-turned-producer is yet to announce his project, we have some deets on his upcoming venture. According to a source, Neil Nitin Mukesh will be producing his first film under his production banner. What's more is that his brother Naman Nitin Mukesh will be directing the film. They are still in the process of casting the leading lady for the film. This will be Neil’s first film as a producer.

In 2015, Neil Nitin Mukesh mentioned he started the production company but he has also collaborated with Madan Pahliwal of Miraj Group for the same. Stating that they will not be mere financers, Neil added that they will be a part of the entire process, from the initial preparation stage till the film releases. The earlier reports had also revealed that their first film will be a thriller dark comedy.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Neil Nitin Mukesh will be next seen in Prabhas – Shraddha Kapoor starrer Saaho. Besides this, he will also be seen in Firrkie with Karan Singh Grover and Jackie Shroff.

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EXCLUSIVE: Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to team up for THIS film!

Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have come together once again, but wait, it is not what you think! Well, SRK and Amitabh are collaborating on a project, titled Badla and this has really piqued our interest! According to our well-placed sources in the industry, Shah Rukh’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment is on board to produce the film and we can’t wait to get more deets about this ambitious project. Amitabh is an evergreen actor who has been inspiring generations with his acting chops and magnetic on and off-screen persona! Though 75, he is up and about in life at all times and never shies away from putting in hard work while working with the younger stars.

EXCLUSIVE Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan to team up for THIS film!

He would be seen next in Thugs Of Hindostan with Aamir Khan and is currently shooting for Alia Bhatt – Ranbir Kapoor’s Bramhastra. Amitabh Bachchan is having a lot of fun on sets and keeps posting anecdotes from his interactions with both Ranbir and Alia. He even went on to Twitter to post pictures from their prep sessions and said that the only reason he can’t put out more pictures is because he is not allowed to leak their look as of now. It is interesting how Amitabh Bachchan is always experimenting especially after there is nothing for him to prove. He was last seen as Rishi Kapoor’s father in 102 Not Out, a quirky comedy with a heart-warming story. Bramhastra is a fantasy fiction film while Thugs Of Hindostan falls in the period drama category.

Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan’s association dates back to many years back and they have rocked as on-screen father-son duo and now we will see them collaborate on a completely different level!

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SCOOP: Ranveer Singh to play a musician in Maneesh Sharma's next?

Ranveer Singh is clearly a hot favourite amongst the filmmakers. After starting 2018 on a high note with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, the actor has an array of projects lined up for 2018 and 2019. With an out and out entertainer Simmba this year, Ranveer Singh has two films next year. Now, we hear that Ranveer Singh has been roped in for Maneesh Sharma's next.

SCOOP: Ranveer Singh to play a musician in Maneesh Sharma's next?

A source revealed that Ranveer Singh will reunite with his debut film Band Baaja Baaraat’s director Maneesh Sharma. As the actor- director duo is ready to reunite for the film, Ranveer will reportedly play the role of a musician. While the details on the film are yet to be revealed, it is also heard that Yash Raj Films might produce the upcoming project. Ranveer will begin work on the same after he is done shooting Simmba and Kabir Khan's '83.

Meanwhile, Maneesh Sharma is busy with the shooting of Sui Dhaaga - Made In India which stars Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma. He is producing the film with Yash Raj Films which is set to release on September 28, 2018.

Ranveer Singh, on the other hand, has many projects in the pipeline. The actor is currently shooting for Rohit Shetty's film, Simmba in Hyderabad. The film stars Sara Ali Khan in the lead and will release on December 28, 2018. Post that, he will be seen as a street rapper in Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, with Alia Bhatt. It is set for Valentine's Day 2019 release. He will soon begin prep for '83 which is helmed by Kabir Khan. The film is a biopic on Indian Cricket Team winning the World Cup in 1983. Ranveer is set to star as former Indian Captain, Kapil Dev.

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Sonam Kapoor - Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor to go on floors in August

The year 2018 and 2019 will see fresh pairings on the big screen. The production houses Fox Star Studios and Adlabs Films are coming to together for the film adaptation of The Zoya Factor, which will see a fresh pairing of Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan. The film, which is an adaptation of the hugely popular novel called The Zoya Factor by Anuja Chauhan, will release on April 5, 2019. It will be helmed by Parmanu - The Story Of Pokhran director, Abhishek Sharma.

Sonam Kapoor - Dulquer Salmaan starrer The Zoya Factor to go on floors in August

The Zoya Factor starring Sonam Kapoor and Malayalam superstar Dulquer Salmaan will go on floors in August, this year. The director is currently working on reading sessions and reccee for the film. He has promised to keep the essence of the story but they also know they will have to take some liberties since it is a 500 page book. Dulquer, who will be seen as a cricketer Nikhil Khoda, will begin training under a coach before the film begins. The filmmaker revealed to a leading daily that they haven't changed the basic plot and characters. They brought on board the author Anuja Chauhan for additional dialogues so that they don't lose out on the essence of the story. As the cricket part in the book is limited, they have rewritten those parts and plan to present it in a grand way.

Sonam Kapoor will be essaying the character of the title role of Zoya. Dulquer Salmaan, 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 Khoda. The 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.

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Rajkummar Rao and Luv Ranjan collaborate on a comedy film

The year 2017 clearly was Rajkummar Rao’s year and 2018 is just as good as the last one. The actor, who starred in several films, won accolades for each performance in Newton and Bareilly Ki Barfi. With Omerta and three other films this year, the actor is just basking in all the glory. After signing Dinesh Vijan's comedy flick Made In China, now it has been learned that Rajkummar Rao is teaming up with Luv Ranjan for a comedy film.

Rajkummar Rao and Luv Ranjan collaborate on a comedy film

According to a report in a daily, Rajkummar Rao has come on board to star in Luv Ranjan's yet untitled comedy flick which will roll out early next year. Rajkummar loved the story and came on board immediately. It is set in a small town in North India. They are still in the process of casting the leading lady. After they lock in the lead cast and director, Luv Ranjan will begin prep and reccee for the film.

Meanwhile, Rajkummar Rao is busy with the shooting of Prakash Kovelamudi’s Mental Hai Kya with Kangana Ranaut in London. He has three films this year- Fanne Khan, Stree and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. Rajkummar is also set to reunite with his girlfriend Patralekhaa on Hansal Mehta's next film, Swagat Hai.

Luv Ranjan, on the other hand, is soaring high on the success of Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety. His next film will star Ajay Devgn and Tabu and another film with Ajay and Ranbir Kapoor.

Also Read: Rajkummar Rao to play the lead in Dinesh Vijan’s Made In China

Deepika Padukone is not allowed to move into her apartment, details inside

Deepika Padukone’s building Beaumonde in Prabhadevi caught fire on Wednesday and it started off as a level two fire but graduated to level three, putting the entire fire department in a tizzy. Luckily, it was doused by the fire brigades and machinery provided by the department and no one was harmed in the accident. About 95 residents were in the building at that time. Fire broke out on Wednesday afternoon and Deepika was shooting for an ad commercial at that time. Luckily, she was completely unharmed and her home too is safe but some rehabilitation work is currently on in the building and hence the actress will not be able to move in for next fifteen days in her apartment.

Deepika Padukone is not allowed to move into her apartment, details inside

She tweeted about this calamity and marked herself safe on Twitter for her fans by writing, “I am safe.Thank You everyone.Let us pray for our firefighters who are at site risking their lives.” She later said that she was over the moon with the way the fire department handled the situation and was lauding their efforts taken to save people and their homes both. Fire officer P Rahangdale said that after their fire tenders were withdrawn from the spot, they had no role to play. Now, BEST has to restore electricity and decide along with the housing society when its residents can start living in their flats. The department now is investigating the cause of fire and the place where the fire first broke.

Deepika Padukone has not officially signed any new movie after Padmaavat except for a gangster biopic which was postponed by director Vishal Bhardwaj due to her co-star Irrfan Khan’s ill health.

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Irrfan Khan - Dulquer Salmaan's Karwaan trailer to be attached to Ranbir Kapoor's Sanju

Cinegoers will be up for a double treat this month end as the trailer of Ronnie Screwvala's upcoming next Karwaan starring Irrfan Khan will be attached to Ranbir Kapoor starrer Sanju in theaters. Starring Irrfan, Karwaan marks the Bollywood debut of internet sensation Mithila Palkar and Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan. The film has been shot in the beautiful locales of Kerala.

Irrfan Khan - Dulquer Salmaan's Karwaan trailer to be attached to Ranbir Kapoor's Sanju

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, Karwaan follows Dulquer Salmaan’s character Avinash who is forced to take a trip from Bangalore to Kochi. His friend, Shaukat, played by Irrfan Khan, accompanies him. While Avinash is reserved, Shaukat is a tad old school with a funny take on life. Enroute they pick up Mithila, a spunky teenager, and the road trip becomes even more enlightening.

Directed by Akarsh Khurana, Karwaan revolves around three oddballs from different walks of life who are thrown together on a somewhat bizarre journey which helps them find normalcy in their lives.

Produced by Ronnie Screwvala's creative production house RSVP in association with Ishka films, Karwaan is directed by Akarsh Khurana and is slated to release on 3rd August 2018.

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Alia Bhatt to play a singer in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's next

Alia Bhatt has been in the film industry for all of six years but already has delivered some of the most brilliant performances. From her debut in Student Of The Year to Highway, Udta Punjab to Dear Zindagi, there is no stopping this girl from taking risks with her roles and breaking stereotypes. While doing commercial cinema, she has done offbeat roles which has won her accolades from critics and the audience. After scoring a 100 crore club with Raazi, Alia Bhatt is going to collaborate on something very special with filmmaker Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari.

Alia Bhatt to play a singer in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's next

During the promotions of Raazi, Alia Bhatt had confirmed that she had met Bareilly Ki Barfi director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and they are set to collaborate on a film. Without saying much about the project, she is looking forward to work with the filmmaker. Now, it has been learned that Alia will be crooning in the yet untitled film. The film will follow the journey of Alia's character who goes on a journey to make her dreams come true of becoming a singer. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's upcoming family drama is written by her in collaboration with her filmmaker husband Nitesh Tiwari and screenwriter Nikhil Mehrotra.

This won't be the first time Alia Bhatt has crooned for a film. She sang versions of 'Samjhavan' from Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania, 'Ek Kudi' from Udta Punjab and 'Humsafar' from Badrinath Ki Dulhania.

On the work front, Alia Bhatt is super busy with the back to back shooting of two films- Ayan Mukerji's Brahmastra and Abhishek Varman's Kalank. Both the films are scheduled for 2019 release.

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Vaani Kapoor suffers hamstring injury, won’t be performing at IIFA Awards 2018

Vaani Kapoor was gearing up for a power-packed performance at IIFA this year but it looks like a freak hamstring injury is going to keep her out of action for at least 2 weeks.

“Vaani had an extremely outlandish performance planned for IIFA. As we have seen, she is an outstanding dancer and she had started regular rehearsals to put up a stellar performance. However, she has suffered a freak hamstring injury and she has been advised to take it easy for at least 2 weeks to prevent a bigger injury,” says a source close to the development.

Vaani Kapoor suffers hamstring injury, won’t be performing at IIFA Awards 2018

“Vaani feels terrible that she won’t be able to perform at IIFA, this is a big blow but she has to rest it out and not take unnecessary risks that aggravate the injury any further,” the source adds.

On the work front, Vaani Kapoor is set to sizzle like never before in Karan Malhotra’s mega action adventure Shamshera starring Ranbir Kapoor. Vaani will play the character of the most desirable and sought after travelling performer from heartland India, a seductive temptress wooed by men who wear hearts on their sleeves for her. Shamshera is set to go on floors end of this year and shooting will wrap by mid-2019.

Vaani Kapoor has bagged another Yash Raj Films project starring alongside Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in lead roles.

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Where has Dibakar Banerjee been for 3 years?

The exceptionally skilled filmmaker Dibakar Banerjee went into a self-imposed shell after his  much-anticipated period-detective drama Detective Byomkesh Bakshy was a box office  failure.

Now, Dibakar is back with a double bang. A  segment in the 4-tiered fascinating study of love, lust and longing in Lust Stories on Netflix, and  the feature film Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar featuring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor which is almost ready but won’t release until March 2019.

Speaking of his absence from the public eye the director of such path-breaking films as Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye, Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Shanghai explains, “It was a voluntary withdrawal. I went through long period of churning and introspection. Also, my second daughter was born. I wanted to be there  constantly with her as she turned 1, 2 and 3. So it’s been a rewarding time for me.”

He feels Lust Stories and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar are like a new beginning for him. “No two films of mine are similar. I make sure of that. So it’s like putting extra pressure on myself each time. When I started making Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, everything from the cast to the plot to the  locations were completely new to me.”

Doing a segment of Lust Stories did give Dibakar a sense of déjà vu. He had earlier done an omnibus with the same producer (Ashi Dua) and the same co-directors Anurrag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar. But the theme and presentation are completely different this time  “This time we were exploring a new theme, a new world of emotions. I also got to work with the wonderful Manisha Koirala for the first time.”

As for Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, Dibakar describes it as a heist drama in the Bonnie & Clyde space but with a desi contemporary urban tadka. He can’t wait to put it out. “We would have released the film this year. But, then it got delayed by a month. Because of this we lost our release date. Now, there are too many big films coming up for the rest of the year. So we have to wait for 2019.”

Hopefully, it would be worth the wait. Dibakar isn’t holding his breath, though. “One makes the  film one wants to. What happens to it thereafter  is strictly not in the director’s hand,” Dibakar  philosophizes.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif in legal mess, get SUED for breach of contract

Looks like legal trouble will never end for Salman Khan. Unfortunately, he is in the news for the same yet again and there are prominent names from the industry including Katrina Kaif as well on the list. Vibrant Media Group has sued Salman, Katrina and Sonakshi Sinha for the breach of more than million dollars for not performing as planned at an event in the United States nor did they return the dues pre-paid to them by the company. Celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema was the name of the event which was supposed to happen in September 2013 but it was cancelled because Salman was being tried for the Blackbuck Case and was not allowed to go out of India. According to Vibrant Media Group, Salman and the artistes associated with him did not perform as planned but did not even return the advance paid to them hence are being sued for the breach of contract.

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif in legal mess, get SUED for breach of contract

The lawsuit filed by the company states that they were willing to re-schedule or change dates according to Salman’s convenience but later refused. The lawsuit has been filed after the company made several calls to Salman, his agents, and other artists, for the return of the funds and they went unanswered, states the company suit. According to the complaint, the group had paid more than USD 200,000 to Salman Khan, USD 40,000 to Katrina Kaif and USD 36,000 to Sonakshi Sinha and none of these funds have been returned. Now, we are awaiting Salman’s lawyer to counter this suit and settle the case.

Salman Khan’s Race 3 has released yesterday as a treat to his fans on Eid and has got mixed reactions. Stay tuned to know more about the case and Salman.

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Sohail Khan rubbishes reports of directing Kapil Sharma

A morning-time report on Wednesday, June 13, in a leading newspaper claiming Kapil Sharma will make his comeback in a film directed by Sohail Khan has been vehemently denied by Sohail. Responding to this writer, Sohail Khan says, “I know of no such project.”

Sohail Khan rubbishes reports of directing Kapil Sharma

A source very close to Kapil adds, “Those who  don’t know Kapil well would presume he’s planting these stories to stay in the news. The truth is, Kapil is not doing another feature film for a very long time. He is rightly convinced that one  of the reasons his career reached a dead-end so suddenly was because he was sailing in two boats, trying to keep up with the impossible  schedules for his television show while shooting for a feature film. He fell flat on his face.”

The source close to Kapil Sharma says the comic virtuoso’s full attention would now be on recreating the magic of The Kapil Sharma Show  all over again. “He is working on it. New and familiar talent is being accumulated. We will hear an announcement soon,” says the source.

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Saif Ali Khan – Interpol controversy: The notice from the Bulgarian authorities question the missing 10,000 Euros that were to be paid to the company?

Just a week ago, we had reported that Saif Ali Khan got trapped in another hunting case, this time in Romania. The Interpol authorities sent a notice to the actor in regard to the 2013 wild boar hunting case after an agent organizing the Big Hunting Game came under scrutiny. Furthermore, recent reports claim that out of the 24,000 Euros that the actor was supposed to pay the Bulgarian company which was to look after his expedition, he has reportedly only paid 14,000 Euros.

Saif Ali Khan – Interpol controversy The notice from the Bulgarian authorities question the missing 10,000 Euros that were to be paid to the company

It is the missing 10,000 Euros that has further intensified the situation for Saif Ali Khan and the ones who were along with him for the Big Hunting Game. Reports suggest that the actor’s team has allegedly paid 14,000 Euros in cash along with an amount for the hunting trophy [that is the taxidermy of the hunted animal]. However, after the Saif returned to the city, when the company apparently contacted the actor’s team regarding the pending 10,000 Euros, they were told that it was paid to a certain Georgi Petev.

As for Georgi Petev, he, according to reports, accompanied Saif and his gang during the hunting game in Bulgaria, along with one of the officials of the Bulgarian company that they were associated with. However, as per reports, after the team had stated to the company that they have transferred the pending 10,000 Euros to Petev, the company set out in search of Georgi, who is missing. In fact, the Bulgarian officials took legal recourse and registered a complaint to find Petev in 2014.

Currently, Saif Ali Khan has received an Interpol notice regarding the case. Reports have it that the notice is in questionnaire format which is said to be a set of 15 questions that needs to be filled by him and send it to the Bulgarian authorities. Mumbai police officials, who recently questioned Saif on behalf of the authorities in India, have stated in media reports that they are yet to receive a statement from the actor.

Saif Ali Khan supposedly went on a hunting expedition way back in 2013 [somewhere between November and December] along with a team of three other members. He had arranged for the same online and was to hunt down wild bears in Carpathian Mountains in Sfantu Gheorghe in Romania.

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Armaan Kohli assault case: Court seeks a remorse letter from accused after the two parties arrive at a settlement

Armaan Kohli, who was arrested earlier this week from Lonavala, after his girlfriend filed charges of assault against him, may not be sentenced. According to recent reports, the actor and his stylist girlfriend Neeru Randhawa have decided to arrive at an out-of-court settlement regarding the matter. On the other hand, Armaan Kohli sought the quashing of FIR against film filed by Neeru after he allegedly assaulted her last week.

Armaan Kohli assault case Court seeks a remorse letter from accused after the two parties arrive at a settlement

In the plea filed by Armaan Kohli, he has not only clarified that they have arrived at a settlement regarding the matter but also that his girlfriend too has agreed to quash the FIR. Furthermore he has asserted that he also paid the monetary compensation to the victim. However, the bench headed by Justices R M Savant and Revati Mohite Dere weren’t convinced with only the settlement.

They reasoned that keeping in mind the crime and its repercussions on the society, only a compensation doesn’t seem enough. The bench has ordered Armaan Kohli to submit a letter expressing remorse and regret over his actions. They have also demanded an assurance from the actor that this will not be repeated in the future.

Reports have it that the lawyer of Armaan Kohli, Satish Maneshide had argued that Armaan has just pushed her from the stairs because she sustained injuries. On the other hand, Neeru refuted the claims of falling from the stairs. Keeping her statement into consideration, the court also pointed out to Armaan that this is not his first case on the charges of assault. The filmmaker-father of Armaan Kohli, Rajkumar Kohli and Neeru Randhawa’s father were present at the court when they directed the actor to write a letter of apology and remorse.

Readers may be aware that Neeru Randhawa was admitted in Kokilaben hospital last week post the major assault and suffered 15 stitches. While the accused, Armaan Kohli was missing for a while, he was arrested by the Mumbai Police earlier this week on the charges of section 323 [Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt], 504 [Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace], 506 [Punishment for criminal intimidation] and also other relevant sections of the IPC [Indian Penal Code].

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KriArj sorts all disputes with Bhushan Kumar, to make content driven films together

The on-going dispute between Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Prernaa Arora's KriArj Entertainment regarding the production and release of several un-released film projects seems to be headed to an amicable resolution. People close to these companies have confirmed that the parties are close to executing a settlement deed and will file the same before the various courts where proceedings are pending between them.

Bhushan Kumar's T-Series and Prernaa Arora's KriArj Entertainment bury the hatchet, agree to withdraw respective suits

Third party liens created by KriArj was one of the primary issues that was argued before the Delhi High Court last month in a suit filed by T-Series against KriArj. Apparently KriArj did not have any right to mortgage, lien or create any third party rights in any of the films as per the arrangements between KriArj & T-Series. It is however learnt that parties have now agreed under the settlement KriArj at its own will deal with/repay all such third party claimants from which it had taken funds for the films.

More significantly, both parties seem to have agreed to withdraw their respective suits and actions against each other in light of this settlement. We got in touch with Bhushan Kumar and Prernaa Arora, both of whom have confirmed the settlement but refused to divulge further details.

This settlement will indeed come as a welcome relief to Prernaa Arora who has been caught up in several legal proceedings for multiple projects and have resultantly fallen out of favour in the film industry. It is further learnt that the award winning production team of critically acclaimed films like Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, Rustom and Pad Man is also doing two new films with T-Series one being a thriller and another a romantic film. A formal announcement is expected soon.

It is expected that this settlement would act as a catalyst to bring Prernaa Arora back on her feet and regain some lost ground in the otherwise unforgiving industry. Prernaa Arora indeed has proven her mettle with Toilet - Ek Prem Katha, Rustom and Pad Man and she definitely has a nag for putting together a hit formula. This seems to be one of the reasons for Bhushan Kumar to restart his association with Prernaa Arora.

Watch this space for more info.

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No script yet for Rajamouli’s next

Rumours that S S Rajamouli’s next project featuring Ram Charan Teja and NTR Junior has found a plot is nothing but a rumour. A source very close to the project says, “Vijayendra Prasad who is writing the Rajamouli’s next film has three plots in mind. Prasad and his son Rajamouli are yet to decide which of these three stories will be taken forward to finally be the THE ONE to be selected.”

No script yet for Rajamouli’s next

Apparently, Rajamouli likes all the three plot ideas put forward by his father. Says a source, “This time Rajmouli and his screenwriter-dad want to surprise their audience by doing something totally unexpected. So all we can tell you at the moment is that all the three stories being considered are contemporary. None of them is a costume drama. And none of them is about reincarnation because Rajamouli has had his fill of rebirth in Magadheera and Baahubali.”

Jhund will begin shooting in August, Amitabh Bachchan to meet Vijay Barse

With Bhushan Kumar and his company T-Series stepping in to bail out the beleaguered project Jhund, the bio-pic on Vijay Barse, a retired teacher in Nagpur who took it upon himself to teach slum kids the game of football, is all set to roll in August.

Jhund will begin shooting in August, Amitabh Bachchan to meet Vijay Barse

A highly motivational story that Amitabh Bachchan was most excited about, the film got into a budget crisis with the producers and Mr Bachchan reluctantly announced his exit from the project. Now with Bhushan Kumar stepping in, the project is back on the track. The shooting, say sources, begins in August right after the monsoon as it involves a lot of outdoor on-the-field filming.

But first off, the director will take Amitabh Bachchan to meet his real-life inspiration Vijay Barse in Nagpur. Says a source, “Mr Bachchan has expressed a wish to meet Vijay Barse. Since the bio-pic will be made with Vijay Barse’s consent and approval, a meeting between the reel and the real is seen to be imperative.”

Interestingly ‘Vijay’ the name of the character Mr Bachchan will play in Jhund is the name given to Mr Bachchan in his most famous roles in Zanjeer, Deeewar, Trishul, Sholay, etc.

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Rajkummar Rao to play the lead in Dinesh Vijan’s Made In China

It seems that Rajkummar Rao is in love with the comedy genre! Although he has been experimenting with this genre in films Bareilly KI Barfi, Stree among others, now he is all set to feature in another quirky film. The film in question is Made In China, which will be produced under the banner of Dinesh Vijan, Maddock Films.

Rajkummar Rao to play the lead in Dinesh Vijan’s Made In China

Made in China will be directed by filmmaker Mikhil Musale, whose 2016 thriller-drama Wrong Side Raju bagged the National Award for Best Feature Film In Gujarati. He will be making his Bollywood debut with this film that will be shot in Ahmedabad and across China. This film is said to be a hilarious take on a struggling Gujarati businessman and the bizarre journey he undertakes to become a successful entrepreneur.

Speaking on Made In China, Dinesh Vijan confirmed the news, saying, “It was incredible to experience the overwhelming response of the Chinese audience to Hindi Medium. I had the privilege of being there during its release in China and more than the excitement of the film’s impending box-office success, I was bowled over by the love that the film received. The realization that we have such similar culture and that films can be made keeping both markets in mind is an exciting prospect for me. When I discussed the idea of Made In China with my associates there, they seemed as excited as I was which lead to us creating the film.”

Interestingly Dinesh Vijan and Rajkummar Rao came together recently for another comedy Stree starring Shraddha Kapoor. A source close to the production house said, “Dinesh was totally impressed by Rajkummar’s performance in Stree and approached him for Made In China.”

Talking about his leading man, Dinesh raves, “Raj is a versatile and highly credible actor. He has done a fabulous job in Stree. When he was working on that film, we narrated this concept to him and let’s just say he refused to let it go!”

The source added, while the hunt for the female lead is on, the film is expected to roll this September. The release date hasn’t been decided yet but is expected to release early next year. The official Instagram page of Maddock Films announced the news by posting this video:

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Gold vs Satyameva Jayate: John Abraham opens up about clash with Akshay Kumar on this Independence Day

John Abraham is soaring high as his film Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran is resonating with the audience and has crossed the Rs. 50 crore mark at the box office. Now, moving onto his next project, John Abraham has already completed Satyameva Jayate which is set for Independence Day release. He has also begun working on Romeo Akbar Walter. Interestingly, the Independence Day won't be just one film release day. Akshay Kumar is also starring a biopic titled Gold which will clash with John's next film.

Gold vs Satyameva Jayate John Abraham opens up about clash with Akshay Kumar on this Independence Day

Akshay Kumar and John Abraham have worked in several films together including Desi Boyz, Housefull 2 and Garam Masala. Over the years, they have maintained a pretty strong bond. Speaking at the success party of Parmanu - The Story Of Pokhran, he was asked how he feels about the box office clash with his friend Akshay. "Akshay is an actor in Gold and I am an actor in Satyameva Jayate. That's a producer's decision. It is about Excel Entertainment and T-Series, so I have no say in that at all. As far as competing with Akshay is concerned, I want to make it clear that he is my senior in the industry. I love him and I have always wished the best for him and I am sure he will also want the best for me," John said.

As Parmanu is doing well and has resonated with the audience,   John Abraham and director Abhishek Sharma were asked if they are expecting a National Award. John said, "We hope we make it to the National Awards. I think it will be well deserved on the part of our director, Abhishek Sharma. It's a good, commercial, entertaining and content-driven film but it's too early to talk about our chances of winning a National Award. We are not over-confident people. We think we will deserve whatever the jury will decide for our film but at the same time I think people loved the film and that is important for us."

Speaking about starring in over 45 films and completing 15 years in the film industry and how things have changed in the years, John Abraham said, "See it's cyclical. If your one film does good, then people laud you for it and you get a bouquet of flowers for it and if your film doesn't do well, then you also get brickbats for it. So I think I have become an old horse in this industry. Now I understand what works for the film and what runs in the mind of people."

John Abraham is starring in Satyameva Jayate which stars Manoj Bajpayee and is helmed by Milap Zaveri. Akshay Kumar starrer Gold is a biopic on Indian Hockey Team winning a gold medal at Olympics post Independence. Both the films are scheduled to release on August 15, 2018.

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SAAHO: Bahubali actor Prabhas shot relentlessly for 20 days in Abu-Dhabi for an action sequence

Prabhas dedicated five years to essay the role of the father-son duo in Baahubali! After the stupendous success of the two-part period drama, the actor is now gearing up for another big budget film, Saaho. Based in the contemporary generation, the tri-lingual film has been shot on varied locations. One amongst them is Abu Dhabi where, Prabhas shot the entire action sequence for 20 days straight,

Bahubali actor Prabhas shot relentlessly for 20 days in Abu-Dhabi for an action sequence

Sources close to the development commented on the same saying, “Saaho, set to release shortly, has already caught the attention of all his fans. This action sequence schedule alone has a budget of Rs. 90 crores, making it the highest ever budget spent for a single schedule of an Indian film.”

Renowned Hollywood stunt coordinator, Kenny Bates is working for Saaho with Prabhas’ team and he wanted to shoot everything live. The source went on to add, “Almost 90% of whatever that the makers are going to show on screen is real. Kenny Bates wanted to show the real cars. He wanted the real cars to fly. Therefore the action sequence involved a number of vehicles and the scene will showcase Prabhas crashing nearly 37 cars and 5 trucks.” Whoa! That does sound quite intriguing.

Besides Abu Dhabi, Saaho is also expected to be shot at other multiple locations abroad including Romania.

Speaking on Saaho, the film marks the South debut of Shraddha Kapoor. The actress plays Prabhas’ love interest. Besides her, Neil Nitin Mukesh is expected to essay the role of the main antagonist. Other Bollywood stars like Mandira Bedi, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Panday, and Mahesh Manjrekar among others are said to essay prominent roles in the film.

Directed by South filmmaker Sujeeth, the official announcement of the film’s release date is yet to be made. The film will be releasing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages.

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Arjun Kapoor’s busy schedule keeps him away from family

Arjun Kapoor, after completing his Namaste England shoot, ensured that he got to spend some time with his father and sisters – Anshula, Janhvi, Khushi Kapoor. He also ensured that he celebrated Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s birthday as she was in London for the same. Now, as the family continues to enjoy their vacation, Arjun has no time to spend some more time with his dear family. He had to back in Mumbai to rehearse for IIFA and also to shoot for a brand.

Arjun Kapoor’s busy schedule keeps him away from family

A source close to Arjun said, “Arjun has plunged into IIFA rehearsals ahead of his act at the star studded weekend. He has been planning an outstandingly entertaining act and is giving his best to it. He is also going to shoot for a big brand that he has signed recently. Between his rehearsals and this shoot, Arjun is also completing work on his on-going films with preps and meetings. While he took a two day break to be with his family in London, being forced to return early Arjun is completely back at work now.”

Arjun Kapoor will be seen in back to back four much awaited films - Namaste England, Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, India's Most Wanted and Panipat. Besides this Arjun Kapoor is also set to perform at the upcoming IIFA awards this year.

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Janhvi Kapoor to enjoy a family getaway with sisters Anshula Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor and father Boney Kapoor in London

Janhvi Kapoor found herself in the limelight just recently with the release of the trailer of her debut film, Dhadak. The young actress, who suffered one of the biggest personal losses earlier this year with the sudden passing of her mom Sridevi, has been taking things in her stride as and when they come. Now, we hear that Janhvi has taken off to London to enjoy a family getaway with sisters Khushi Kapoor and Anushla Kapoor as well as father Boney Kapoor.

Janhvi Kapoor to enjoy a family getaway with sisters Anshula Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor and father Boney Kapoor in London

Interestingly, though Arjun Kapoor who was already in London shooting for his next venture Namaste England, had to miss the holiday due to prior commitments. However, Arjun did manage to spend some quality time with the rest of the family before jetting off back to Mumbai. As per reports, Boney Kapoor was the first to head to London followed by Anshula and later by Janhvi and Khushi who had to first attend the trailer launch of Dhadak. Apparently, the family will spend the next week or so in London bonding and enjoying the sweeter joys of life.

On the film front, Janhvi Kapoor’s debut vehicle Dhadak is slated to release on July 20. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, the film which is an adaptation of the Marathi film Sairat also stars Ishaan Khattar. The film is co-produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and Zee Studios.

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A R Rahman approves Chennai based writer to develop his biography

Indian musical genius A R Rahman has come a long way since developing advertisement jingles. Today regarded as one of the foremost music composers globally, Rahman despite his popularity, remains rather reclusive. Now changing things will be an authorized biography of Rahman that will be written by Chennai based writer Krishna Trilok.

A R Rahman approves Chennai based writer to develop his biography

Titled, Notes of a Dream: The Authorized Biography of A R Rahman Trilok's book will traverse the musical maestro's life from his beginning in the world of advertising to Rahman's ultimate achievements. Scheduled to hit stands in August, the book will feature a foreword by the Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle that touches upon the qualities that make Rahman the phenomenon he is.

If that wasn’t enough, the publishers of the book have also revealed that it will feature interviews with A R Rahman as well as anecdotes from key people in the musician's life.

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Shilpa Shetty Kundra fights AGAINST ragging and kicks off this new initiative

Shilpa Shetty Kundra might not have been seen on the big screen since her last cinematic outing years ago. But the actress turned entrepreneur certainly knows how to stay in the news. Be it her holidays soaking in the sun, or her weekly binge sessions on social media Shilpa has garnered a massive following. Now we hear that Shilpa is all set on joining the fight against ragging.

Shilpa Shetty Kundra fights AGAINST ragging and kicks off this new initiative

In fact, Shilpa Shetty Kundra will soon shoot for an anti-ragging initiative by the University Grant Commission and the National Film Development Co-operation. The series of videos will air on television and also play across schools, colleges and other government organizations at the start of the institutions' new academic year.

Shilpa has earlier been associated with other social initiatives including Swachha Sarvekshan, a 2017 campaign under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan that addressed the cause of littering on streets and other public places.

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EXCLUSIVE: Arbaaz Khan confirms the look tests for Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 have begun

Salman Khan has an array of projects in the pipeline. The actor is currently promoting his upcoming film Race 3. He is simultaneously shooting his reality show Dus Ka Dum which made its return to TV screens with its third season on June 4. With these two projects, Salman Khan also has two movies in 2019 - Bharat and Dabangg 3. Though Salman Khan has already shot some portions of Bharat, he is yet to begin shooting for Dabangg 3. While it is yet to go on floors, we have exclusive details that the look tests for the film have begun.

EXCLUSIVE Arbaaz Khan confirms the look tests for Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 have begun

Producer and actor Arbaaz Khan recently confirmed to Bollywood Hungama that the look tests for certain characters for Salman Khan starrer Dabangg 3 have begun but he does not want to disclose anything as of yet. "Yes, we have. I don't want to disclose much about it. We are in the process of casting for some main characters. It's not the right time to disclose. We want the announcement to be a proper thing. We will be making a formal announcement whenever we are ready. Not now. The look tests are going on for a couple of people. We may have shortlisted somebody and we are trying to finalize whether it is that person or not. It may take a while," Arbaaz said.

Arbaaz Khan, who is also the producer of the film, said that they have locked the story but will make a proper announcement when the time is right. "With any big film, there are characters that need to be finalized whether it is your negative character, your lead actor or your leading lady or whatever. That process is going to happen and it will start soon. To disclose who it is, it is not the time as we are still in the process of finalizing. The story has been locked," Arbaaz added.

Dabangg 3, which will be helmed by Prabhu Dheva, will reportedly go on floors by the end of the year.

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SANJU: Sanjay Dutt won’t be attending any special screenings of his biopic; he will watch it only after its release

The trailer of Sanju has left many surprised! While it was known to all that Sanjay Dutt has had a controversial life, very few were aware of what exactly the actor had gone through. Rajkumar Hirani finally decided to tell his version of the Sanju story in the forthcoming film starring Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt. But not before he decided to take the permission of his good friend and actor. On the other hand, Sanjay has reportedly decided not to watch the film in a special screening but to catch it as an audience.

SANJU: Sanjay Dutt won’t be attending any special screenings of his biopic; he will watch it only after its release

Sanjay Dutt has extended his support for Sanju since its inception. And it has been mentioned several times in the past that Rajkumar Hirani decided to make this film based on the 200 hour recording he had with the actor on the film. The film is a compilation of many incidents from Sanjay’s life and it is bound to make him nostalgic. Reports have it that he wants to relive his life as an audience member and hence he has decided to watch it after the film officially releases worldwide.

Also, reports have it that even though Sanjay Dutt is keen on watching all of it about his life on screen, it is his memories with his parents that he is eagerly looking forward to see.

It is being said that Sanjay Dutt has trusted Rajkumar Hirani with his story from the start and has had complete faith in his vision. In fact, reports have gone to claim that Sanjay never kept a track of the film. On the other hand, Hirani has asserted that this version of Sanju is completely uncensored.

Besides Ranbir Kapoor, Sanju stars Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Dia Mirza in the role of Sunil Dutt, Nargis Dutt and Maanayata Dutt respectively. Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karishma Tanna too are expected to play integral roles in this film.

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Loveratri: This Gujarati folk song was revived and it was shot on the streets of London

That the Salman Khan production Loveratri is set against the backdrop of Navrati is a fact known to all. Heavily inspired by the Gujarati culture, the film will feature various elements that are specific to the state. So, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Garba will be an integral part of the film. And now to retain the Gujarati flavor, the makers have gone a step ahead and recreated a folk song from the language ‘He Ranglo’, for the Aayush Sharma debut.

Loveratri: This Gujarati folk song was revived and it was shot on the streets of London

Salman Khan is keen on being involved in Loveratri, which is quite special to him because it marks the debut of his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma. So the superstar is keen on supervising every aspect of it. Considering the importance of Gujarat in Loveratri, he and the team are striving to maintain the authenticity of the culture. And how could that be complete without Garba? Hence they decided to remix ‘He Ranglo’, a popular song used in Garba often.

Composed by Lijo George and DJ Chetas, the recreated version is choreographed by Vaibhavi Merchant. The idea to recreate the song came from director Abhiraj Minawala and Salman Khan. “We required a song that had a strong connect to Gujarati culture. And since we’ve mostly seen everything related to the state in a caricaturish way in films, we wanted to highlight its strong points. Our music supervisor got in touch with Chetas and Lijo and they came up with a song in just half an hour,” said Abhiraj.

The filmmaker further revealed that the film’s entire cast is seen dancing to the song that showcases the power of love and Garba. “It was shot in the streets of London and my brief to Vaibhavi was to recreate Gujarat there. We needed to make sure we respect the original song but at the same time, we have brought in a certain freshness by picturizing it with new faces and keeping this version young and light on the ears,” he concluded. In fact, we can see a glimpse of this song as well as get a sneak peek into its remixed version in the recently released teaser of Loveratri.

As for Loveratri, the teaser of the film will be releasing today and it will be attached with the trailer of Race 3 that releases this week in theatres. The film marks the Bollywood debut of model Warina Hussain.

Also Read: Loveratri actors Aayush and Warina shoot their first song in Gujarat with Vaibhavi Merchant

Mumbai police beef up security for Salman Khan after Haryana police’s alert

Earlier this year, Salman Khan made headlines with the 1998 blackbuck poaching case verdict being announced. But fallout of the case was the threats Salman Khan received from gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who stated that he would kill the actor or reward anyone who would do so. Following this the security around Khan had been beefed up to ensure the actor’s safety. But now, the Haryana police issued a fresh alert for Salman’s safety despite the arrest of Bishnoi’s associate Sampat Nehra.

Mumbai police beef up security for Salman Khan after Haryana police’s alert

In fact, reports state that while Nehra has been arrested, the Haryana police issued the alert after realizing that Nehra’s allies’ viz. Raju, Akshay and Ankit, three sharp shooters are still at large. Following this alert, the Mumbai police in turn decided to beef up Salman Khan’s security to avoid any unwanted incident.

Back on the film front, Salman Khan is gearing up for his soon to release film Race 3. Directed by Remo D'Souza also starring Anil Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Daisy Shah, Bobby Deol and Saqib Saleem, the film is slated to release on Friday June 15. Post this, Salman will then be seen in the Ali Abbas Zafar directed film Bharat, in which he will share screen space with Priyanka Chopra.

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Amitabh Bachchan PLEDGES money to Indian Army Martyr's widows and Farmers of India

Amitabh Bachchan, who is known to be at the forefront of admirable causes and charitable initiatives, has decided to pledge for yet another social cause. He has reportedly pledged a considerable sum towards the welfare of Indian Army martyrs' widows and the upliftment of farmers in our country.

Amitabh Bachchan PLEDGES money to Indian Army Martyr's widows and Farmers of India

Most of the social initiatives promoted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan, have actually witnessed successes in their respective practices. Some of his earlier campaigns include spreading awareness about ailments like Polio, Tuberculosis and the much talked about cleanliness drive, Swach Bharat Abhiyaan.

A close source to the star said that Amitabh Bachchan has set aside a sum of Rs. 2 crores (Rs. 1cr for the Martyrs families and Rs. 1 cr for the farmers repayment of loans) that will go towards the betterment and care of Indian army widows and their families, and towards uplifting our struggling farmers in India. We hear that he has even in his personal capacity set up a team to list and locate authentic organizations that will ensure the money flows to the right people.

The source also maintained that this initiative led by India’s superstar should hopefully provoke others into action as well, as many reports often portray the pitiful conditions faced by the families of our Jawans who bravely give their life for the country, and our farmers’ current tragic situation. They are the two components that have made India proud and should not be neglected.

It may be noted that in the past too Amitabh Bachchan has contributed towards repayment of farmer loans in Andhra Pradesh and in Vidarbha, thereby saving several farmers from taking extreme steps. The source concluded by saying, “He has been known to shy away from any such news announcements and its publicity, personally.”

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When Jacqueline Fernandez navigated Mumbai alone at 3 AM without knowing Hindi

It is a known fact that there have been many actresses in the recent past who entered the Bollywood industry without being well versed with the language. Popular actresses like Katrina Kaif to Jacqueline Fernandez, these actresses have received their education only in English and initially struggled with Hindi as they made their name in the industry. While Katrina Kaif continues to face a tad bit of trouble with the language, Jacqueline has slowly picked up the knack for it and currently even dubs for herself in films.

When Jacqueline Fernandez navigated Mumbai alone at 3 AM without knowing Hindi

But did you know when Jacqueline Fernandez landed in India for the first time; language was one of her biggest fears? In an interview to the magazine The Juice by Jabong, Jacqueline had confessed last year about how travel had made fearless. During the same, she revealed that when she had first visited India she didn’t know Hindi at all and it was an experience that changed her.

Jacqueline Fernandez had first visited the country for a fashion show after she had switched to modelling from journalism. The actress reminisced about her first cab ride when she landed in Mumbai. She said in the interview, “The first time I came to India was to walk for a fashion week in Mumbai. I didn’t know anyone in the city. I landed at around 3 am at the airport. There were, like, a million autos in my face, vying for attention and here I was a foreign chick who can’t speak Hindi and I had to go to a guesthouse in Colaba.” [which is almost 25 kms away from the airport]

Talking further about how she reached her destination, Jacqueline added, “I got into a cab, hoping to reach safely. For a first-timer it can be really daunting. I can’t believe I did that.” Well, despite not knowing the language, the actress managed to make the driver understand about the destination she was supposed to reach. Indeed, it was a scary decision to make but she did reach safely!

On the work front, Jacqueline Fernandez, was last seen in Judwaa 2, and is currently gearing up for the release of her next venture Race 3 that features her sharing screen space with Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Daisy Shah, Bobby Deol and Saqib Saleem. Post the release of Race 3 on June 15, Jackie will also be seen in Drive this year.

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Quantico Controversy: Dubai Chef Atul Kochhar gets FIRED after SLAMMING Priyanka Chopra in his anti-Islam tweet

Priyanka Chopra created furor amongst Indians owing to her recent episode in Quantico. The actress faced a barrage of tweets calling her anti-Hindu and anti-nationalist. One amongst them was Atul Kochhar. The popular chef who lashed out on the actress on social media, however, had to face heavy repercussions. The plush five-star where Atul worked as a chef decided to fire him over his tweet.

Quantico Controversy: Dubai Chef Atul Kochhar gets FIRED after SLAMMING Priyanka Chopra in his anti-Islam tweet

On Sunday, Kochhar had taken to Twitter saying, "It's sad to see that you (Priyanka) have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You." His tweet, which has now been deleted, sparked a major outrage on the platform. Followed by the same, he was ousted from his job at the Rang Mahal restaurant in J W Marriott in Dubai. Atul later apologized for his comments.

Bill Kefer, the general manager of Marriott has confirmed about their decision in recent reports stating that they have terminated the contract with Kochhar. He reaffirmed that they are no longer associated with the Chef. At the same, the hotel statement that has been doing the rounds, also has asserted to the clients that the quality of Rang Mahal restaurant, despite the absence of Kochhar, will be retained.

On the other hand, Atul Kochhar has accepted the decision but has gone ahead and apologized on the platform. He said, "There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday.  I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many." Followed by that, there was another tweet which he posted where he spoke about uniting cultures through food.

Besides that, Atul also expressed immense hurt in recent reports after the hotel decided to disassociate with him. However, he quickly added that he understands the position he put the hotel in, owing to his comments on social media.

As for the controversy, by now, readers would be aware that the uproar was to do with one of the episodes of Quantico. The series, in which Priyanka Chopra essays the role of an FBI agent, featured a Hindu terrorist group. This did not go down well with the Hindu audience and it further ended in an outrage with netizens lashing out at the actress, calling her anti-Hindu.

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Akshaye Khanna has not exited Section 375; will start shooting for it soon

Earlier this year we had announced that Akshaye Khanna will be featuring in Section 375 – Marzi Ya Zabardasti. However, now it seems that the actor's attempt at his second innings in Bollywood may have just faced a setback. Recent reports have suggested that Akshaye may have been ousted from the film after his fallout with the makers.

Akshaye Khanna out of Section 375

If these reports are to be believed, the reason behind the said friction is said to be the remuneration of Akshaye Khanna. The actor, reportedly, was signed for a particular amount but later he allegedly asked for twice the amount as remuneration. These reports have went on to claim that the makers are planning on filing a lawsuit against the actor on the grounds of breach of contract. It seems that Akshaye Khanna has allotted the dates of Section 375 – Marzi Ya Jabardasti to another film The Accidental Prime Minister.

However, the spokesperson has rubbished all these reports. In fact, it has been firmly asserted that Akshaye Khanna is a part of the film. The spokesperson has also added that the actor will start shooting for the film. It is also being said that producer Kumar Mangat too have refuted these claims and is more than happy to be working with Akshaye in the film.

Earlier it was reported that Akshaye Khanna essays the role of a lawyer in the film. Also starring Richa Chadha who plays the leading lady of Section 375 – Marzi Ya Jabardasti, the film is expected to go on floors soon. However the dates are currently being kept under wraps. Directed by Rahasya maker Manish Gupta, the film revolves around the concept of consensual sex and accusations of rape, proving how men and women often misuse laws that are meant for protection.

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Deepika Padukone champions the cause for mental health after Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain’s suicide

Deepika Padukone has always championed for mental health since she opened up about her own struggle in 2015. She took to Insta through her Live Love Laugh Foundation and said that it was depression which took lives of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Her post read, "Every 40 seconds, a person dies by suicide (WHO)...Last week, the world lost two of it's shining stars [Spade and Bourdain] to the growing epidemic that is depression. They did not take their own lives. DEPRESSION did. Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain were pioneers in their respective fields...To the outside world, they seemed 'happy'. They seemingly "had to all"...Just like other illnesses, depression does not discriminate.”

Deepika Padukone champions the cause for mental health after Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain’s suicide

She added, “Depression today is a growing epidemic...Asking someone to just "snap out of it" is the equivalent of telling someone with a broken leg to continue walking.” Well, we believe what she said is hundred per cent true and therefore support the initiative whole heartedly. Deepika has struggled with depression in past and has never shied away from admitting to it, thus breaking the stigma.

Deepika Padukone was in the news after her building in Prabhadevi, Mumbai caught fire. Luckily there were no casualties and around 95 people were rescued from the spot.

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Sanjay Dutt is impressed by Ranbir Kapoor after watching Sanju trailer

Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju is definitely one of the highly anticipated films of the year starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead. The film, helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, will tell the tale of the bad boy of Bollywood who went through craziest phases in his life in front of the limelight. From being a star kid to big Bollywood debut, from drug addiction to assault rifle possession, marriages and several affairs to the dark side of Bollywood, everything will be showcased in the upcoming film. The full-fledged trailer released on May 30 which presents a dramatic and enigmatic saga of Sanjay Dutt.

Sanjay Dutt is impressed by Ranbir Kapoor after watching Sanju trailer

The trailer, posters, and teaser of Sanju have garnered immense attraction from the audience due to the uncanny resemblance between Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt. As Ranbir plays all the phases of Sanjay in the film, the veteran actor recently opened up about how impressed he is with Ranbir's performance. Speaking to a leading tabloid, he said that he had no advice for Ranbir but the actor had done a fantastic job in the film. Sanjay said that the film is really great from whatever he had seen on the sets of the film. He is looking forward to watching the film and has wished Ranbir best of luck for it.

Written and directed by Rajkumar Hirani, the film will also star an ensemble cast in addition to Ranbir Kapoor which includes Paresh Rawal, Anushka Sharma, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Sonam Kapoor and Dia Mirza amongst others. Produced by Vinod Chopra Films and Rajkumar Hirani Films in association with Fox Star Studios, Sanju is all set to be released on June 29, 2018.

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Salman Khan to give voice-over for Aayush Sharma’s Loveratri

Salman Khan Films is all set to deliver dual treats this year, with two festive releases. While Salman Khan starrer Race 3 will be releasing on the auspicious occasion of Eid, his next production under the banner of Salman Khan films, Loveratri will release in theatres in time for Navratri.

Salman Khan to give voice-over for Aayush Sharma’s Loveratri

The teaser of Loveratri which will give us an insight into the storyline of the film will have superstar Salman’s voice-over introducing the plot, narrating the love story. Salman has lent his voice for the teaser of the film which stars debutants Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain in lead roles.

His iconic baritone will be seen setting the pace for the love story that unfolds over the festivities of Navratri. Leaving no stone unturned for every project, Salman has ensured to give the teaser his unparalleled touch.  Loveratri revolves around the love story between Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain.

To get into the skin of their character, Aayush and Warina indulged in hardcore practice sessions for Garba. Shot in London and outskirts of Gujarat, the film is directed by Abhiraj Minawala who will also be making his directorial debut with the film.'Loveratri' is written by Naren Bhatt who is based out of Mumbai and was born in Bhavnagar.

Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, Loveratri is produced by Salman Khan under the banner of Salman Khan Films is slated to release on 5th October, 2018.

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