No Private security for Taimur Ali Khan, but boarding school will happen
Reports of a personal security arrangement for Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan’s youngest born are dismissed by someone very close to the couple as ‘unlikely’. “I don’t think Saif and Kareena want Taimur Ali Khan to grow up in an unnatural environment with security guards hovering around him. At the same time they’re worried about his safety and normal upbringing,” says the source close to the two families.
Keeping in mind the logistics of a healthy, normal childhood Taimur will be given a normal yet safe environment with full freedom to play and be with friends. However he will be whisked off to a boarding school sooner than later.
“Both of Saif’s older children Sara and Ebrahim went to boarding school in England, though after they reached their teens. But they didn’t have to face active paparazzi. Taimur may be packed off long before the age when Sara and Ebrahim were,” says the source.
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Shahid Kapoor starrer Arjun Reddy remake to go on floor in September
Shahid Kapoor is one busy man. The actor is currently promoting Batti Gul Meter Chalu and prepping for his next, Arjun Reddy remake. The film reportedly got delayed but the reasons were unknown. Shahid recently clarified during Batti Gul Meter Chalu promotions that the film will go on floor by the end of September.
During the promotions, Shahid revealed that he is growing his beard for his character. They were thinking to begin the film this month but the director wants his beard to grow more. So, they will begin the film by September end. The original film Arjun Reddy, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, was a blockbuster.
Talking about the film and his role, Shahid Kapoor said that he loved the emotional arc of the character. He absolutely loved South actor Vijay's work in it and found him fantastic. He was drawn towards the honest, raw and real representation of the character which was brought on screen by the director. He was very surprised when he watched the original film. He thinks of this film as a great opportunity.
Sandeep Vanga, who directed the Telugu film Arjun Reddy, will also be directing its Hindi remake. Produced by Ashwin Varde and Murad Khetani, the film is expected to feature Student Of The Year 2 actress Tara Sutaria as the female lead. The original starred Vijay Devarakonda and Shalini Pandey in lead roles.
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Sunny Deol and Rajkumar Santoshi to reunite after 16 years for a period drama
Sunny Deol is ready to tickle your funny bone with Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se. The actor, who has been busy with his films and also his son Karan Deol's launch, has an interesting upcoming project with director Rajkumar Santoshi. The duo, who has given blockbusters like Damini, Ghayal and Ghatak, is all set to reunite for a period drama.
Rajkumar Santoshi has been keen on making a period drama on the Sikh warrior Fateh Singh. Now, the filmmaker is making the Fateh Singh story with Sunny Deol in the leading role. Sunny Deol and Santoshi had been in touch for these past few years and reportedly worked on the script. Now, the final script has been locked and Sunny has agreed to star in it.
The film will be produced by Tony D’Souza and Vishal Rana under their banner Echelon Productions along with Sajid Qureshi. It is expected to go on floor by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Sunny Deol is returning with the third installment of the Yamla Pagla Deewana franchise. The film stars the legendary Dharmendra, Bobby Deol and Kriti Kharbanda. Directed by Navaniat Singh, Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se is set to release on August 31, 2018.
BREAKING: Priyanka Chopra in Hrithik Roshan starrer Krrish 4
While rumours continue to float regarding the dates of Priyanka Chopra's marriage to Nick Jonas, here comes a news about one more film that PC will be working on. Priyanka has apparently given agreed to star with Hrithik Roshan in Rakesh Roshan’s blockbuster superhero franchise Krrish 4.
A source very close to the Roshan family reveals, “Priyanka has definitely given the green signal for the next installment of Krrish. She has been a part of the first two Krrish films. When Rakeshji sounded her out about the fourth Krrish film, she happily agreed”, said a source.
Continuing further about Roshan’s initial apprehension to rope in Priyanka Chopra, the source added, “Since she’s such a big global star now, Rakeshji thought she may not want to be part of a desi franchise where she doesn’t play the main character. But, Priyanka’s association with the Roshans goes back a long way. She has always been a loyal big-hearted girl. At a time when Sunny Deol was down and out, she agreed to play his leading lady because she had made her debut with him. When a down-and-out producer KC Bokadia wanted to complete a project with Govinda and Priyanka, she agreed knowing it would embarrass her career. Loyalty is big for Priyanka,” says the source.
Priyanka Chopra is expected to begin work on Krrish 4 in mid-2019. With two other project—one in India and the other in Hollywood—already in her kitty, what happens to the rumours about her marriage to fiancé Nick Jonas.
Kangana Ranaut to play a Kabbadi player in Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga (read ALL details inside)
Kangana Ranaut has signed her next film after Manikarnika and by the looks of it, the movie seems to be gritty, intense and at the same time moving and beautiful. Well, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Fox Star Hindi have collaborated with Kangana Ranaut for a film called Panga. The makers announced the film in a very innovative way. The video started with a family montage of Kangana, Ashwiny and Punjabi star Jassie Gill and them describing how their people inspire them in life. Kangana plays a national level kabbadi player and Jassie is her husband in the movie. Ashwiny’s films Nil Battey Sannata and Bareily Ki Barfi were loved by a mass for its unique story and presentation which matched the sensibilities of new age audience but was still rooted. We are waiting for the same magic on screen with Panga.
Ashwiny took to Insta to post, “My existing reality is a reflection of my dear ones’ belief in me. From the team backed by its families. Presenting #PANGA with @team_kangana_ranaut @jassie.gill @Neena_gupta. Produced by @foxstarhindi | In Cinemas | 2019.”
Talking about the film, Kangana added, “When Ashwiny narrated the story of Panga, I was completely moved. My family has been my pillar of strength and have always stood by me in thick and thin. I could really relate to the emotions of the film. Plus, Ashwiny is known for her slice-of-life films and I loved her recent work Bareilly Ki Barfi. Panga is doubly special for me as for the first time, I will play the role of a National-level Kabbadi player. That’s going to be challenging for sure! I am looking forward to some exciting times with Ashwiny and the Fox Star team".
Continuing Jassie Gill, who is playing Kangana's husband in the film, says, "I loved the script especially the inspiring family angle. The film is a rollercoaster of emotions but to me the real Indian family feeling was the most heart-warming part of the subject. And I also come from a very close knit family and hence, can identify with the story."
Later explaining her concept for making Panga Aishwiny explains, "I wanted to keep evolving with stories that talk about the relationships in a new age Indian family. Fox Star Studios is exactly in the same space of storytelling and I am filled with gratitude to work with them to see our vision unfold and create characters and stories that would be relatable to all and still be unique."
Rucha Pathak, Chief Creative Office, Fox Star Studios adds, "About a year ago we had approached Ashwiny with an initial draft of a script that we believed would resonate with her. The idea was that almost all great achievers in any field credit their success to their family which is what resonated with Ashwiny as she developed the script further with Nikhil Mehrotra. Kangana herself did not hesitate for a second when we narrated the script to her and we’re delighted to have her and Jassie Gill and Neena Gupta join the Fox Star Studios family on this journey!"
Taking the family concept ahead the makers decided to announce the title with the favourite family pictures of the primary cast and director. Surprised by the unusual idea everyone enthusiastically shared the pictures that came together to announce the film in a one of a kind unique way. As for the cast apart from Kangana and Jassie, veteran actress Neena Gupta too plays an important role in the film. By the looks of it, the movie has a slice of life story telling backed with strong content. We can’t wait to see the first rushes of this film.
SCOOP: Cast member confirms reshooting for Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika
Amidst vehement denials from the producers and the writer Vijayendra Prasad, an actor from the cast of Krrish's Manikarnika – The Queen Of Jhansi confirms that the ambitious Rani of Jhansi biopic is indeed been reshot.
Says the actor, "What we have shot so far is indeed very impressive. We are happy but there are some continuity lapses in the narration so more than re-shooting it is extra shooting. Also, some of the action scenes haven't come out as well as expected. So they are doing them again."
The reshooting, informs the actor, will take place at N.D. Studios in Karjat from the 27th of this month it will go on for 10 days.
Given the situation, one wonders if the film can be released on January 25 as per schedule.
Gadar director Anil Sharma’s scion Utkarsh Sharma takes on the nepotism debate
Whether Kangana Ranaut likes it or not, Bollywood and the Hindi movie-going audience is all set to introduce another actor from a film family this week in Anil Sharma’s Genius. 24-year old Utkarsh Sharma is veteran producer-director Anil Sharma’s son. Sorted and sensible, the young wannabe star minces no words in defending his debut. “I really wanted to make my debut with a film outside my home production since the debate on nepotism rages on. But when this opportunity came my way, it was too tempting to resist just because some people would throw the ‘N’ bomb at my father and me.”
The proud son has seen all of his father’s films. “Even those that were made before I was born. My favourite film directed by my dad is Hukumat. He is identified with rugged action films starring Dharmendraji and Sunny Deolji. But I was surprised know he started his career with a sensitive film like Shradhanjali.”
Utkarsh is okay with being accused of falling into the nepotism debate as long as his debut as a leading man is accepted by the audience. “I play a RAW agent. My character’s life story stretched from age 17 to 24. And it is one of the most interesting characters I’ve come across for an actor my age,” Utkarsh says with sincerity.
Interestingly the role was written for a much older actor. “Yes, it was going to be played by an established actor, around 40 years old. Then it was changed and offered to me. I immediately accepted it.”
Not that it was a cakewalk on the sets of Genius for young Utkarsh. “It wasn’t as though I was given special treatment on the sets. In fact, I had to work doubly hard since it was my father’s film. But the hard work has all been worth it. I am happy I’m making my debut with Genius, and not any other film.”
To be pitched against a seasoned scene-stealer like Nawazuddin Siddiqui in his very first film couldn’t be easy for a newcomer. But Utkarsh was fine with the challenge. “The whole idea of being in front of the camera is to work with people who can bring out the best in you. And Nawaz Sir and Mithun Sir (Chakraborty) with their experience wisdom and skills as an actor have already added some vibrant strokes to my performing abilities. I couldn’t have asked for better co-stars,” says Utkarsh who had Sunny Deol as his co-star in his first film.
“That was so long ago. Yes, everyone knows I played Sunny Deol and Ameesha Patel’s son in my father’s biggest hit Gadar. It was Amisha, on whom I had a crush, who suggested I play the role. My father couldn’t find another child who was the right fit. So I got the role by default. It wasn’t easy, believe me. I had to jump over trains and perform some very difficult action scenes. I guess I learned acting wasn’t easy when I was a child,” laughs the debutant just days away from his debut as a leading man.
Namaste England producer Vipul Shah diagnosed with dengue
Filmmaker Vipul Shah was admitted to a hospital recently after being diagnosed with dengue and typhoid. His wife, veteran actress Shefali Shah spoke to media and confirmed that Vipul had contracted typhoid and dengue and therefore was admitted to a hospital in the city but he was discharged yesterday and has been recovering since. She did not speak further but assured that his condition is slowly getting better.
Vipul is neck deep into the post production work of Namaste England starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in the lead roles. The movie is slated to release on October 19 and therefore Vipul has been given permission to work on the same for a couple of hours every day. He has been advised rest otherwise.
Vipul Shah was hospitalised for around a week. He was diagnosed with the disease on August 14 and was being treated for the same. We hope for his super speedy recovery.
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Rani Mukerji starrer Hichki to release in Kazakhstan
Rani Mukerji won hearts as well as box office glory with her convincing and spirited performance as a teacher who deals with Tourette Syndrome in Hichki earlier this year. Since then, the film has been winning laurels across the globe as well. The film received a standing ovation at the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) and at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM). Rani also won the Best Actress award for her outstanding performance at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
The film is set to release in Russia and now in Kazakhstan. Known for some interest in Hindi films, Hichki will get a Russian voiceover release here, as it is one of Kazakhstan’s official languages.
Rani Mukerji said, “It’s truly amazing that films can cross over to different cultures and languages because of its universal story. Hichki is a reflection of society, a reflection of how we all have weaknesses and we need to overcome them to make the world a better place. It talks about every person’s determination, focus and positive spirit to win over obstacles. I’m happy that Hichki’s core message is resonating with audiences across the globe. I am proud of the film, and grateful that people are enjoying it.”
Hichki will be screened across 15 screens here, which makes it the biggest release for a Hindi feature film in this nation since 2015. The film will release on September 20 in Kazakhstan.
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Thugs of Hindostan being edited inside a theatre for big screen experience
Yash Raj Films’ Thugs of Hindostan promises to be a larger than life, never seen before visual and cinematic experience that will make India proud. Having pulled off an incredible casting coup by bringing together two of the biggest legends of Indian cinema - Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan on screen for the first time, the team is being made with a no holds barred approach to deliver a sensational visual experience of global standards. To capture the bigness of scale that audiences will be privy to when the film releases this Diwali, YRF has bent editing rules by editing Thugs of Hindostan in its preview theatre!
“Aamir, Adi and director Viktor want to give Indian audiences the biggest visual spectacle of all time and they are going the distance to ensure they deliver a jaw-dropping big screen experience. They are editing the film in the massive preview theatre of YRF so that they can gauge how the footage is looking on the big screen. It is an extremely novel but also a very logical move on the part of YRF. They will lock the edit of the film on the big screen and not on the small monitors where films are generally edited and seen,” says a production source.
Thugs of Hindostan is the most anticipated release of this year and is being dubbed as the biggest film produced by Bollywood ever. It also stars Katrina Kaif, who is set to look her gorgeous best and Fatima Sana Shaikh (of Dangal fame) in an extremely strong role.
Director Vijay Krishna Acharya confirmed the story saying, “It is true we have changed the mechanics of film editing and are working out of the preview theatre to ensure we cut a film that’s truly larger-than-life and has a huge immersive viewing experience.”
Thugs of Hindostan is a fantasy action-adventure with the word visual extravaganza stamped all over it. The film is set to release worldwide, this Diwali.
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Sui Dhaaga: Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma to celebrate homegrown entrepreneurs
Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma, who essay the characters of Mamta and Mauji in Sui Dhaaga – Made In India, play homegrown craftsmen and small scale entrepreneurs chasing a dream for better life, wanting to take pride in their creations. A film that brings together National Award winning producer-director combo of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya, it is a special salute to the inherent entrepreneurial spirit that the youth of India and our local artisans have.
Maneesh Sharma says, “Our film is a celebration of entrepreneurship. The youth of the country is looking to stand tall on their own feet by using their talents. They are restless, disruptive and have a zing of entrepreneurship in them. Sui Dhaaga – Made in India champions that spirit. India is one of the youngest countries in the world and we have outstanding stories of success that will touch the hearts of everyone. Through our marketing campaign, we want to celebrate this young India that’s bursting with ideas and incredible talent.”
To the same, Varun added, “We want to meet as many young entrepreneurs who are making a huge difference to the society they live in. We want to bring out their success stories so that they can be an inspiration for others.”
On the other hand, Anushka said, “We would like to meet these young entrepreneurs from across the country and celebrate the spirit of excellence in entrepreneurship.”
A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Varun and Anushka starrer Sui Dhaaga - Made in India is a heart-warming story that celebrates the spirit of self-reliance. The film’s plot is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy and takes a leaf out of the hugely acclaimed Make In India campaign. While Varun plays the role of a tailor, Anushka plays an embroiderer in the film. It is slated to release on September 28.
LEAKED: Shah Rukh Khan spotted at Dubai airport with Aryan and Suhana Khan
Shah Rukh Khan is a total family man and never does he let his work get in a way of his family commitments. SRK just came back from a European vacay with his family and now he was spotted with his older kids Aryan and Suhana Khan at Dubai airport. Now, it is not clear as to why was King Khan going to Dubai with his kids. In fact only recently they travelled across Spain, Barcelona and other exotic places. Post that, proud papa Shah Rukh Khan unveiled Suhana’s debut Vogue magazine cover and well, kick-started her journey in the tinsel town. Suhana who is completing her degree course in theatre and acting, will make her debut soon but it is not yet formally announced. We are waiting with bated breath for the same. Meanwhile check out at the pictures of SRK and his kids taken at the airport.
On the professional front, Shah Rukh Khan is set to come out with his most awaited movie till date, Zero. The film has already been shot and Shah Rukh has been deeply involved in its making, production and post production. The film also stars Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in important roles. Post Zero, he would be seen in Rakesh Sharma’s biopic Salute.
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REVEALED: Make-up secrets behind the looks of Ranveer Singh in Padmaavat and Rishi Kapoor in Mulk
This year has been a great one for National Award-winning make-up, hair and prosthetic designer Preetisheel Singh. She started the year with the blockbuster success of Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat, where she created the looks for Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The film received rave reviews, and the media went ga-ga especially over Ranveer's look of the evil ruler Alauddin Khilji.
And just as the dust had settled over this controversial epic drama, came the touching and endearing looks of Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor, which Preetisheel curated for Umesh Shukla's runaway hit 102 Not Out.
But it was this month that the makeover wiz had her hattrick clincher with Anubhav Sinha's Mulk; a gripping take on Muslim patriotism in a Hindu-majority India. The film has not only made an indelible mark at the box-office, but has managed to effectively send out a fabulous and strong message of equality and brotherhood.
"This year has truly been a rollercoaster ride for me. Not only am I proud of having designed memorable looks for such lovely films, but am elated that our filmmakers are finally giving a lot of credence to make-up and prosthetic work in Bollywood," beams Preetisheel, adding, "This is just the beginning."
True that! Its undoubtedly a great time for the profession! And the talented lady's career is going ahead full steam with new projects too. Preetisheel's repertoire includes movies such as Housefull 3, Mom, the Tamil film 24, Brothers, Rangoon, Parched, Shivaay, Talwar, House Next Door, Haider, Ghayal Once Again, Finding Fanny, Hawaizaada as well as the pre-Mughal historical epic Nanak Shah Fakir, for which she won the 'National Film Award for Best Makeup'.
Coming up next are more innovative looks she is designing for films like the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Thackeray, Atharvaa-starrer Boomerang, Ayushmann Khurrana-starrer Andhadhun and John Abraham-starrer Romeo Akbar Walter (RAW), in which the actor is reported to sport 18 different looks.
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Sooraj Pancholi finds his leading lady in Rhea Chakraborthy for this film
Sooraj Pancholi, who recently wrapped up the dance film, Time To Dance, alongside Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif, seem to have moved on to his third film. The actor, who is expected to play the role of an army officer in his next, has now found a leading lady for the said film and it is none other than Rhea Chakraborthy.
Rhea Chakraborthy, who was seen in films like Half Girlfriend and BankChor last year, will be returning to Bollywood films with this one. The untitled next is said to be a travelogue of sorts which features the journey of an army officer who travels from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. It is yet to be seen what kind of character Rhea will be essaying in the film. The details of the same are currently under wraps and the makers are yet to make an official announcement on the same.
Produced by Murad Khetani, the film is expected to go on floor in October and the makers are keen on kicking off the film from Kashmir. On the other hand, Sooraj Pancholi is expected to undergo intense training to essay the character of a soldier.
Sooraj Pancholi, who made his debut with Hero in 2015, will be returning to the big screen with his second film Time To Dance next year. The actor will be essaying the role of a street dancer along with Isabelle Kaif, Waluscha D Souza, Saqib Saleem amongst others. The film will be produced by choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D’Souza.
On the other hand, the third of Sooraj Pancholi on the army officer will be directed by National award winner Irfan Kamal. The actor will be sporting a mean, ripped physique for the film.
Kerala Floods: Hrithik Roshan lends his support to victims and pleads everyone to help on social media
The Kerala floods have taken over the Bollywood actors by a storm. Many Indian actors have pledged their support in the form of donations and some of them have urged fans to help the victims by providing help in whatever way possible. One amongst them is Hrithik Roshan who has lent his support to the flood victims in Kerala by pleading everyone on social media to extend their help.
While the state of Kerala has received the worst floods in the century, God's own country is currently in a state of disruption and many non-profitable organizations have been running around the clock to lend their helping hand to the victims.
Extending his support to the flood victims in Kerala, Hrithik Roshan made a generous donation and pleaded the netizens via his social media post. The actor said, "The situation in Kerala is critical. Help is required. Please let’s come forward and do whatever we can. Our friends in Kerela need us right now. I have contributed a sum and I request you all to do whatever you can. God bless #KerelaFloodRelief".
The actor has used the platform of social media to voice his support to the Kerala flood victims and is using the medium to create awareness for his fans and followers to follow.
On the work front, Hrithik Roshan is currently gearing up for the release of his upcoming next Super 30. The film will feature him in a role inspired by real life mathematician Anand Kumar and is directed by Vikas Bahl. It also stars TV actors Mrunal Thakur and Nandish Sandhu. The actor will also be featuring in YRF’s untitled next, directed by Siddharth Anand. He will star alongside Tiger Shroff and Vaani Kapoor in the said film. Also, he will be starting work on his much loved superhero franchise Krrish, once he wraps up his other commitments.
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Malaika Arora to feature in an ITEM number in the Vishal Bhardwaj film Pataakha
Just a few days ago, the Vishal Bhardwaj film on sibling rivalry, Pataakha featuring Sanya Malhotra and TV actress Radhika Madan in the lead hit the tube. Now we hear that a special tadka is being added to the film with an item number by none other than our famous B-town Munni, Malaika Arora.
Malaika Arora, who has danced to many special songs in Bollywood films in the past, was last seen in one such appearance in Dolly Ki Doli for the song ‘Fashion Mujhpe Khatam’. The dancer and reality show judge will now appear again in Pataakha for the peppy track ‘Hello Hello’. Sung by Rekha Bhardwaj and written by Gulzar, the song will be choreographed by Ganesh Acharya.
We hear that the makers are keen on recreating the impact that songs like ‘Beedi Jalaile’ and ‘Namak Ishq Tha’ from Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Omkara did, years ago. If reports are to be believed, the prep for the song has kicked off in full swing and the rehearsals are said to have begun in Mira Road. A source close to the film reportedly stated that Malaika was chosen because of the earthy sensuality she has that is need in the song and the number will be a desi one like her other chartbusters.
Pataakha also stars Sunil Grover, Vijay Raaz, Saanand Verma amongst others and is set against the backdrop of a small town in Rajasthan. The trailer reveals that Radhika and Sanya play warring sisters who often get into fights with each other including physical fists and wrestling. The two eventually feel relieved about staying away from each other when they decide to get married to their respective love of their lives. But fate has a different plan. The two are in for a shock when they realize that they are married into the same family.
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Karan Johar's Koffee With Karan to kick start with Suhana Khan - Shah Rukh Khan
The next season of Karan Johar's very popular talk show, Koffee With Karan will in all likelihood kick off with a bang. According to sources very close to the Koffee team, Karan intends to kick off the new season with a special episode presenting Shah Rukh Khan's daughter Suhana Khan.
Says the source "Karan's closeness to Shah Rukh's family is no secret. Shah Rukh and Gauri's three children are like Karan's own children. Now that Suhana's Bollywood debut is decided, she will be formally introduced to the public with a special episode of Koffee With Karan".
All we can say to this is, the Khan Princess couldn't hope for a better introduction. Incidentally, it has not yet been decided whether Suhana will be appearing on Karan's show with her father or mother.
Kangana Ranaut takes up responsibility to complete patchwork on Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi
Undisputedly, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is one of Kangana Ranaut’s most ambitious projects. The actress has gone to extensive lengths in the past to not just promote the film but also prep for it. And now we hear that in order to keep up with the dates, the actress has taken charge since the director of the film; Krish is keeping busy with his next, the NTR biopic.
Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, which has completed its shoot schedule, is currently in the post production stage. From VFX to a few patchworks, the film is yet to receive its finishing touches which are generally taken up by the director. However, in this case, he is busy with another project. The NTR Biopic, featuring Nandamuri Balakrishna and Vidya Balan in lead roles, has already gone on floor. The South film, directed by Krish who also directed Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, is expected to be filmed in a massive scale. Owing to the same, the filmmaker has to dedicate extensive amount of his time for the NTR film.
On the other hand, Kangana Ranaut has decided to take over the responsibility from Krish because of his hectic schedule. If reports are to be believed, the actress is in constant touch with the filmmaker almost each day to discuss about the filming. Also, Baahubali writer Vijayendra Prasad who has written the story and screenplay and Prasoon Joshi who has written the dialogues and lyrics are lending a helping hand to the actress for the film.
One of the producers of the film, Kamal Jain has stated in reports that they are indeed striving to keep up with the date January 25, 2019. As for the pending work, he asserted that only some post-edit patchwork is remaining that will be completed soon. He also assured that the VFX is currently on in full swing.
Also starring Sonu Sood, Danny Denzongpa amongst others, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is also expected to mark the Bollywood debut of Ankita Lokhande.
What? Kareena Kapoor Khan to kick off her own label at Lakme Fashion Week
It is good news for fashion lovers as yet another actress enters the arena of fashion labels. Kareena Kapoor Khan, who is considered to be a diva owing to her sense of style, is all set to turn her name into a renowned brand. She will now launch her own fashion label at the forthcoming Lakme Fashion Week in the next few weeks.
Kareena Kapoor Khan has already kicked off the prep for her collection. If reports are to be believed, she will be having a final round of meeting with the designers to curate her line. Also, it is being said that the actress will join hands with an e-commerce site for her fashion range. The actress is reportedly personally looking into the collection that she will be putting together.
Further reports suggest that the actress will be launching the range during the Monisha Jaising fashion show in which she will be the showstopper. She is expected to make an announcement during the same. There are also reports claiming that after the fashion line, Kareena is also keen on taking her brand ahead by launching the accessories and makeup range too. The range launched by Kareena Kapoor Khan is expected to feature party and casual wear.
On the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan is all set to feature in Good News opposite Akshay Kumar alongside Diljit Dosanjh, Kiara Advani amongst others. Besides this, her next film is also a Karan Johar production like the previous one. Titled Takht, the film traces the Mughal era and also stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.
Hema Malini takes an auto after Atalji’s cremation
Unable to find her car in the melee of mourners after the late and great Atal Bihari Vajpayee's last rites, actress and BJP member Hema Malini simply hopped on to a passing autorickshaw.
And she never felt more safe. “Rarely, do I get a chance to be on my own. I am always surrounded by people and coming out on the roads on my own is a luxury that I can ill-afford. I was warned against travelling without my security arrangement. But after I paid my last respects to Atalji, it was impossible to locate my car in the surge of people. When I saw an autorickshaw, I simply stopped it and climbed on with a female companion who was with me.”
Hemaji says the auto ride was liberating. “The auto driver took me all around the Connaught Place and other areas in Delhi before dropping me to my hotel. He was a very courteous and discreet drive. Of course, he knew who I was. But, he didn’t ask me anything even once. He just drove on quietly. Delhi is reputed to be unsafe for women. But, I felt completely safe in a vehicle I’ve seldom used being driven by a man I had never seen.”
Hemaji feels she should do this more often. “How can we experience the real India unless we get out of our cocoons and private cars? Was this the first time I had been in an autorickshaw? Of course not! Recently I needed to be dropped to the ISKCON temple in Mumbai and I my driver was not around. I told my assistant to call an autorickshaw. ‘Aap auto se jayenge?’ he was incredulous. But I insisted. And even without my security guards, I enjoyed the ride completely.”
The legendary Dream Girl advises such unescorted travel to all politicians. “Just go out there and explore the city, meet the people. It is a very revealing experience.”
The Ranveer Singh - Deepika Padukone wedding date still not confirmed, say close friends
Is it November 18 or 20? It could be either or neither. Close friends insist the Wedding dates of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone being given out in the media have not come to them. “The media seems to have information that we don’t. We’ve received no intimation of the wedding date, destination, let alone instructions about not carrying cell phones,” says a young actor who is close to both Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone.
However, friends confirm the wedding will happen. “Towards the end of the year, the wedding will happen. The couple is very sure of one another. If Ranveer had his way, the wedding would’ve happened long back. Deepika wanted to take the plunge at the right time when all work commitments were cleared.”
Shahid Kapoor congratulates Priyanka Chopra on her engagement with Nick Jonas
Priyanka Chopra is enjoying this blissful time in her life ever since her engagement to American singer-actor Nick Jonas. The actress had a traditional roka ceremony this past weekend and Nick was in India with his parents for the same. It was followed by an engagement bash which saw some of PeeCee's close friends including Alia Bhatt and Arpita Khan Sharma and her sister Parineeti Chopra. While the world is congratulating Priyanka and Nick on their engagement, PeeCee's former co-star Shahid Kapoor has also sent his wishes to her.
Shahid Kapoor, who is currently promoting Batti Gul Meter Chalu, was asked the engagement recently. Answering to the media questions, he said, “Many, many congratulations to Priyanka and Nick. Marriage is a beautiful thing, I can say that from my experience and I wish her all the best."
Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starred in a couple of movies together including Kaminey and Teri Meri Kahaani. They were even rumoured to be in a relationship for sometime before calling it quits. Though they never admitted being in relationship, Karan Johar kept dropping hints about them being together when they came on Koffee With Karan together. In the next season, when Karan had asked how his relationship with Priyanka was after the break up, he admitted that they were cordial if at all they crossed paths at an event or party.
The social media was filled with wishes for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas on their engagement. Nick's brothers Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas and to be sister in laws Danielle Jonas and Sophie Turner welcomed Priyanka Chopra to their family. B-town celebrities including Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Arjun Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor among others expressed their happiness of PeeCee's engagement.
Shah Rukh Khan's Meer Foundation contributes towards Kerala relief fund
Actor Shah Rukh Khan's welfare organisation Meer Foundation which has been actively participating to help and support the needy has taken yet another honourable step. Meer Foundation has made a donation to the Government of Kerala’s Chief Minister Distress Relief Fund. The foundation has made a donation of Rs. 21 lakhs to the relief organisation working towards the welfare of victims of Kerala floods.
Meer Foundation which has been named after the actor’s father has been working actively with acid attack victims as well as cancer patients. The foundation is now extending its support towards the flood victims.
Kerala has been affected with the worst floods of this century. A number of people have lost their lives and property has been destructed all across Kerala. The affected people are in dire need of clothing and food supply.
Khan's Meer Foundation is making a small effort to reach out to the people of Gods own country.
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Farhan Akhtar calls out to Education Ministry of West Bengal
It is a known fact that Farhan Akhtar played the role of popular athlete Milkha Singh in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. While the film went on to become a milestone in the acting career of Farhan Akhtar, the film has now created a small issue in the textbooks of West Bengal.
Farhan Akhtar is known to speak his heart uninhibitedly and he did the same on social media recently. The multi-talented artist decided to point out a major error in the textbooks that was quite misleading for the students in the West Bengal state. The actor-filmmaker decided to bring it forth to the attention of the Education ministry.
It seems that the identity of Milkha Singh was misrepresented in the textbooks of West Bengal. Calling out to the education ministry over the mistake, Farhan Akhtar reposted the picture that was shared by someone on Twitter. The said textbook featured the image of Farhan from the film Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, instead of the real life athlete himself and the actor decided to point out the error.
Farhan Akhtar shared it saying, “To the Minister of School Education, West Bengal. There is a glaring error with the image used in one of the school text books to depict Milkha Singh-ji. Could you please request the publisher to recall and replace this book? Sincerely. @derekobrienmp.”
On the work front, Farhan Akhtar will next be seen with Priyanka Chopra in The Sky Is Pink and it also stars Zaira Wasim. The film is based on the life of motivational speaker Aisha Chaudhary. She was a pulmonary fibrosis patient and she passed away in 2015.
Also Read: Here’s how Farhan Akhtar revisited the history of his ancestors
SCOOP: Sonakshi Sinha to do item number in Total Dhamaal
Earlier this year, the first look of the film Total Dhamaal was released featuring Anil Kapoor,Madhuri Dixit, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi and others. Well, now we hear that Sonakshi Sinha who has undergone a transformation of sorts for her next venture Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi will also be seen in the film. As per sources, it is learnt that Sonakshi Sinha will be seen doing an item number in the film.
Talking about the same, a source close to the film says, “Yes Sonakshi has been roped in to do a special number in Total Dhamaal. Given her recent transformation and her new avatar, it will certainly be good to see Sonakshi in the said track.” Prod the source for more details and they reveal, “As of now not much of the special track is known, the makers of Total Dhamaal are keeping everything under wraps till it is finalized. But Sonakshi is expected to commence shooting for the special track later this month in Mumbai.”
As for the film, Total Dhamaal that is being directed by Indra Kumar will also feature Ajay Dvgn, Boman Irani and Arshad Warsi in addition to Anil Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit. Set to be the third instalment in the Dhamaal franchise, the film is being readied for release on December 7, 2018.
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Kangana Ranaut faces allegations from real estate broker over non-payment of brokerage
Kangana Ranaut, who is gearing up for her next film Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, is now facing allegations from a real estate broker over non-payment issues. Prakkash G Rohira of Karma Realtors has reportedly filed charges against the actress at Khar Police Station over the pending payment for the brokerage of a bungalow at Pali Hill.
Reports have it that Prakkash G Rohira was the real estate broker for the bungalow he had helped Kangana Ranaut purchase in 2017 in the plush Pali Hill locality. The said house is a sprawling 3,075 sq.ft. worth Rs. 20.07 crores and the actress also owns 565 sq.ft of parking space. After the deal, the agent has alleged the actress, her sister Rangoli Chandel and the rest of the staff haven’t completed his payment. He apparently approached the Khar police station in July wherein he filed a confidential complaint.
Speaking of the allegations, Kangana Ranaut denied the same in a recent statement. "I paid the agency who did the bungalow deal for me one percent brokerage which adds to 22 lakhs. Their dues have been paid many months ago.The said person is one of the brokers who offered this deal to me. My finance team never dealt with him directly but now he is harassing us for Rs. 22 lakhs more he is claiming 2 percent of the transaction made from my end which was never promised to him before or after the deal so this doesn't make sense and we have made it clear to the cops as well, as we have all the evidence,” said the statement.
On the other hand, Rangoli Chandel too has apparently stated in reports that they have already submitted a statement regarding the matter in Khar police station. However, the Khar Police Station authorities in reports have maintained that they haven’t received any statement from the actor’s side.
As for Rohira, he continues to maintain his stand on the case. He also claimed that he is aware that they would deny all the allegations and blame the case on him but he eventually concluded by maintaining that the evidences would speak for itself. He also mentioned that he never wanted to take this to the media considering that he is a much smaller person as compared to the actor.
Huma Qureshi to feature in Netflix original directed by Deepa Mehta
Today with video on demand streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime becoming big in India, there have been a plethora of Bollywood celebrities migrating from films to web series. Well, now we hear that another celebrity who will make this transition is none other than Huma Qureshi. As per reports, Huma has been finalized to feature in a Netflix original that will be directed by Deepa Mehta.
Though details of the said original are being kept under wraps a source close to the streaming giant says, “Of late a lot of web series have been doing well. In fact, the short format series seems to be the go to flavour for the audience, and this has not gone unnoticed by the industry. Which is why, there has been a rise in number of Bollywood names featuring in the short format or web series domain. Even Huma now has joined the bandwagon with a Netflix original.” Further talking about the production aspect of the show, the source adds, “Though the story and plot of the same are not being revealed, it will be directed by Deepa Mehta and is expected to roll by the end of this year.”
Back on the work front, Huma Qureshi who was last seen in the film Dobaara: See Your Evil is yet to announce her next Bollywood outing.
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SCOOP! Sidharth Malhotra and Janhvi Kapoor to star in Dostana 2
Earlier this month, we had reported that the sequel to the 2008 release Dostana was finally on track. In fact reports claimed that though Karan Johar was keen on developing a second film in the Dostana series, the lack of a good script had kept the project on the back burner. However, now we hear that a script for the same has been locked and Karan has also gone ahead and roped in two members of the cast in the form of Sidharth Malhotra and Janhvi Kapoor coming on board for the film.
“Karan Johar always wanted to make Dostana 2, especially after the first film worked so well. Now finally he has a script for the film, which of course will speed up production. As for the cast, Karan has finalized both Sidharth Malhotra and Janhvi Kapoor, and is currently looking out for the third lead role that will again be a male lead,” says a source close to the development. Further talking about the details of Dostana 2, the source continues to add, “Like the first film this one too will be directed by Tarun Mansukhani. The only difference will be the story and cast that will change. But as of now with the hunt still on, the film is still a long way off from going on floor.”
For the uninitiated, Dostana was released back in 2008. Starring John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra, the Tarun Mansukhani directed film revolved around two Casanovas, who pretend to be gay, reside as tenants with a girl and both of them get smitten by her. However, things are turned upside down when she reveals that she is in love with her boss.
Sui Dhaaga star Varun Dhawan stitches up a special birthday present for his father David Dhawan
Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma are all set to teach us the concept of Made In India products in a unique way in their forthcoming YRF venture Sui Dhaaga. Readers may be aware that Varun plays the role of a weaver in the film and we got a glimpse of the same in the recently released trailer. Now, we hear that the Gen Y star has put his ‘Sui Dhaaga’ skills to good use for his filmmaker-father David Dhawan’s 68th birthday.
In order to play the character of Mauji in Sui Dhaaga, Varun Dhawan has trained rigorously in the intricate processes of cutting and stitching fabrics for his role. Apparently, the actor wanted to surprise his father with his skills. Which is why, he decided to give his father David Dhawan a very special birthday present. Varun has sewn a shirt for his father’s birthday and has gifted it to him. It is being said that David was thrilled to receive this beautiful gift from his younger son.
In fact, Varun Dhawan even chose a colourful, summery fabric on which he decided to put his sewing skills to test. Speaking about the same, the Dhawan boy added, “I am not quite as good as trained tailors, but I have picked up some tailoring while making Sui Dhaaga. My dad thinks I am still a Kaccha Dhaaga (raw and young), but this will prove to him that I am not so raw anymore!” Wasn’t it really sweet of Varun to take out time and effort to make this special shirt for his father and give him a pleasant surprise?
But that was not all! To make David’s birthday even more special, Varun and his elder brother Rohit, also gifted their parents a customised staycation at a posh 5 star hotel in Mumbai. The brothers ensured that David had the best time. They also hosted a private dinner for David and Karuna and celebrated with their immediate family. Here's a glimpse of how stitched this shirt for his father.
John Abraham kicks off the third schedule in Gulmarg, Kashmir
While Kashmir has become one of the favourite destinations for Bollywood actors to explore, now yet another actor has taken off to the ‘Heaven on Earth’ region in India. It is none other than John Abraham. It is for his upcoming espionage thriller Romeo Akbar Walter, RAW, that will feature him in the role of a spy.
While we had earlier reported that John Abraham will be taking off to Kashmir for the film, it has now been confirmed that the actor is already in Gulmarg shooting for Romeo Akbar Walter. It is a known fact that John is sporting a different hairdo for his varied avatars in the film. It seems that the actor was spotted in some locations of Gulmarg when he was filming RAW.
On the other hand, John himself spoke about shooting in Kashmir in recent reports. Whilst talking about not celebrating the success bash of Satyameva Jayate owing to the flood tragedy in Kerala, the actor confirmed the details. He said, “Everyone is asking me when are we celebrating but, for me it’s business as usual as I’m shooting in Gulmarg for my next film.” A 65 member team is said to be a part of this outdoor schedule.
If reports are to be believed, the team of Romeo Akbar Walter landed in Kashmir on August 16 to start the schedule in Gulmarg and Srinagar. The said schedule is said to be for 10 days and locations like Dal Lake and others too will be a part of the film. Recent reports have it that the team is looking at shooting some high octane action sequences.
In fact, it is also being said tight security is being planned during the shoot. The Jammu and Kashmir police officials are also said to be providing complete security to actors John Abraham and Jackie Shroff during the filming of the same. Also, it has been learnt that the actor producer has also received a special invitation for a dinner with the State police in Srinagar.
While the leading lady of the film Mouni Roy is not expected to be a part of this schedule, Jackie Shroff will be an integral part of it. He will be seen in the role of the RAW chief in the film.
Also Read: Here’s why John Abraham won’t celebrate the success of Satyameva Jayate
Loveratri: Salman Khan’s brother-in-law Aayush Sharma to launch the next song in Kolkata
While the film brings forth the culture of Gujarat, it seems that Loveratri is now going to explore the Bengali connect. One of the songs from the film is now all set to be launched in Kolkata. The lead actors of the film, Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain are going to launch the next song in the 'City of Joy- Kolkata' on August 22.
The duo had launched the first song ‘Chogada’ via Instagram live from Vadodara. The actors were also seen interacting with fans to know their immediate reaction to it. The duo had also maintained that they had fun as they enjoyed a whole hearted meal of authentic Gujarati breakfast.
A source close to the development claimed, “Looking at the love the team is receiving from the fans for the song, it is going to be the anthem this Navratri festival.” The lead actors were seen performing hardcore garba folk dance for which they prepped and learnt for about 3 to 4 months.
A couple of days back Loveratri trailer was launched across 9 cities. Salman Khan, Aayush Sahrma, Warina Hussain, Arpita Khan, Abhiraj Minawalla along with the team were seen at the launch. The trailer showcased the love story of these two youngsters set against the backdrop of the Navratri festival explicitly.
Loveratri features debutants Aayush Sharma in the role of a sweet Gujarti chhokra and Warina as his love interest. For the uninitiated, Aayush Sharma is the brother-in-law of Salman Khan who is married to the latter’s sister Arpita Khan.
The romantic story has been extensively shot in London and the outskirts of Gujarat. Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, who will also be making his directorial debut with the film, the romantic drama will mark the fifth venture of Salman Khan Films. Written by Naren Bhatt who is based out of Mumbai and was born in Bhavnagar, Loveratri is slated to release on 5th October, 2018.
Also Read: Loveratri: Salman Khan reveals how he met Aayush Sharma for first time as Arpita Khan’s partner, launching new actors and problems newcomers face
Womaniya: Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar to kick off the Anurag Kashyap film in Uttar Pradesh
Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar will be coming together for the first time together on screen and that too for a female oriented film. The two actresses, known for their acting prowess, are all set to prove their mettle as professional shooters in this Anurag Kashyap production Womaniya, inspired from real life characters. The film set in the northern India belt will now go on floor in Uttar Pradesh.
For the uninitiated, Womaniya, was initially reportedly announced with Taapsee Pannu and Kriti Sanon as the lead. However, the latter apparently decided to quit the project owing to other work commitments and she was later said to have been replaced by Bhumi Pednekar. Interestingly, Bhumi is supposedly playing the role of dacoit in her next, Son Chiriya which stars her opposite Sushant Singh Rajput.
As of now, considering that both of them are busy with commitments, Womaniya is expected to go on floor in the beginning of next year in Uttar Pradesh. If reports are to be believed, the team will kick off the film somewhere in January. Also, it is being said that the reason why it has been scheduled in January, is because of the winter climate in the region. According to these reports, it forms an integral part of the script of the film.
On the other hand, Taapsee Pannu and Bhumi Pednekar too are expected to undergo extensive prep. Not only will they be taking up shooting lessons to essay the role with conviction but they will also be sharpening their linguistic skills. Apparently, the two of them are quite keen on learning local dialect to play their respective characters.
Directed by debutant Tushar Hiranandani, the film explores the journey of the daughter-in-laws of the Tomar family who went on to become professional shooters at the age of 86 and 81. Chandro Tomar and her sister-in-law Prakashi Tomar from Johri Village followed their passion for shooting after 50 years of age.
Heard This! Iulia Vantur to make her Bollywood debut opposite Randeep Hooda
Remember Salman Khan’s rumoured girlfriend Iulia Vantur? Yes, the same Romanian TV actor and presenter who sang a track in the Salman starrer Race 3. Well, after making her singing debut in Bollywood with the track ‘Selfish’, we now hear that Vantur is all set on making her acting debut as well. If that wasn't all, we also hear that Randeep Hooda will be seen sharing screen space with Vantur in the said film.
If what we hear is to be believed, then apparently Iulia is set to make her acting debut in Bollywood in a yet untitled film that will be directed by Prem Soni. Commenting on the same, a source close to the venture says, “The idea of Iulia making her Bollywood debut has been on the cards for a while now, but the perfect script was nowhere near. Now that the makers have zeroed down on one, we will see things moving faster.” Quiz the source further on details and he adds, “The film is yet to be titled, but it will see Randeep Hooda and Lulia Vantur together on screen, and will be directed by Prem Soni.”
Later talking about the schedule of the said venture, the source goes on to add, “It is still unclear whether Salman Khan’s production banner Salman Khan Films will come on board for the venture. But they are looking to commence work on the project in Goa soon.”
Also Read: Here’s how Salman Khan’s Dabangg co-star Sonakshi Sinha celebrated Iulia Vantur’s birthday
BREAKING: Himesh Reshammiya to feature in a double role in his next?
From Salman Khan to Shah Rukh Khan to Aamir Khan to Varun Dhawan, many actors have attempted the double role genre. In fact, Salman and Varun have been the leads of films titled Judwaa [twins] and its reboot Judwaa 2 respectively. Now it seems that the musician turned actor, Himesh Reshammiya is keen on doing something similar for his next. Although he doesn’t feature in Bollywood films too often, it seems that he has now locked a script for his next.
Himesh Reshammiya has by far acted in approximately 8 commercial feature films. His repertoire includes films like Aap Ka Surroor that was his acting debut. A sequel of it titled Teraa Suroor released in 2016. Karzzz, a remake of the 1980 Rishi Kapoor, Tina Munim starrer Karz, Radio, Kajraare, Damadamm!, The Xpose were some films in which he played the lead role. He also played the supporting role in the Akshay Kumar, Asin starrer Khiladi 786.
Speaking of his next, it is yet to be seen if it will be a remake of any film or whether a sequel to one of his earlier films. On the other hand, now yet again Himesh will be seen in a novel avatar since he is playing a double role for the first time. However, no further details on the film, like the director etc. have been finalized as yet. We hear that even the leading lady is yet to be locked.
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Here’s why John Abraham won’t celebrate the success of Satyameva Jayate
Not too long ago, John Abraham had urged people following him on Twitter to make donations to the flood affected areas of Kerala. Now owing to the same, the actor-producer, who has been super thrilled about the success of his latest release Satyameva Jayate, has decided to do away with the success bash of the film.
A source close to John Abraham said, “John Abraham's latest release Satyameva Jayate is having a great run at the box office. The film is been appreciated by the critics and the audiences. It also records the highest opening for John. The film is also the highest opener for an 'A' rated action film. This surely calls for a celebration. But, the actor has decided against celebrating owing to the unforeseen floods in Kerala.”
Confirming about the same, John Abraham said, "I am overwhelmed by all the adulation from the paisa paying public as well as the industry at large. Everyone is asking me when are we celebrating but, for me it’s business as usual as I’m shooting in Gulmarg for my next film. In any case, I am devastated by the unprecedented situation in Kerala. I have family there and although they are safe so many others are still suffering."
For the uninitiated, John Abraham’s father hails from Kerala. The actor has many times spoken about his South Indian roots and has now also decided to help the flood victims in his own way.
Speaking about his films, his recent release, Satyameva Jayate was directed by Milap Milan Zaveri and produced by TSeries and Emmay Entertainment. His forthcoming films include Romeo Akbar Walter, aka RAW, which he is currently shooting in Gulmarg, Kashmir. Inspired by real life incidents, the film features him in the role of a spy with Mouni Roy playing the leading lady.
Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30 release pushed ahead?
A while back, we had reported that the makers of the Nawazuddin Siddiqui starrer Thackeray that is based on the life of prominent political figure Balasaheb Thackeray, had approached the makers of the Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30 requesting the release of the latter to be pushed. However, the makers of Thackeray, Rauters Entertainment, denied the same saying that they had not approached Phantom Films and Sajid Nadiadwala, who are producing Super 30, in this regard. But now we hear that the release of Super 30 that was set to hit screen on January 25 next year will in all likelihood be pushed.
Commenting on the same, a source close to the development says, “January 25 has suddenly become a very crowded date. With Super 30, Thackeray and now Cheat India and Manikarnika releasing together, all four films will be affected drastically at the box office. Keeping this in mind, the makers of Super 30 have decided on pushing the release of the Hrithik Roshan starrer to help maximise the reach and eventual business prospects of the film.” When prodded further about details of the new date, the source continues, “Right now talks are still on, once done a new date will be fixed and announced as well. But as of now, Super 30 will not clash at the box office with Thackeray.”
While avoiding a clash at the box office is certainly a sane decision, it remains to be seen which date the makers of Super 30 settle upon. But as we wait for the announcement, January 25 will see the release of not just the Balasaheb Thackeray film but also the Emraan Hashmi starrer Cheat India and the Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika.
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BREAKING: Simmba will be the debut film of Sara Ali Khan; Kedarnath to get postponed
PAfter the much talked about controversy that followed when Sara Ali Khan decided to sign two films, Simmba and Kedarnath, it was later finalized that the Sushant Singh Rajput starrer Kedarnath would release a little lesser than a month before the Ranveer Singh starrer. However, it seems that now there has been a change of plan. The Rohit Shetty directorial, Simmba will be releasing in December, whereas, the Abhishek Kapoor directorial will be pushed further.
The reasons, however, are very different this time. Sources close to the project informed us that the makers of Kedarnath want to avoid a clash with the South mega budget sci-fi film 2.0 starring Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar in lead roles. 2.0 will be releasing in the same week as Kedarnath, that is on November 29 and the latter will be hitting the big screen on November 30. Furthermore, the source also added that from November to December, there are only big releases coming in.
Readers may be aware that the Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan starrer Thugs Of Hindostan, Ajay Devgn starrer Total Dhamaal, Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero are some of the films that will be releasing during the end of the year besides 2.0 and Simmba. Keeping in mind, the tight schedule the makers are said to be not left with choice except may be delaying the release of Kedarnath until next year.
When Kedarnath was announced, the film was supposed to release somewhere in September – October this year. However, post the controversy of Abhishek Kapoor and Prernaa Arora of KriArj Entertainment, the film was entirely taken over by Ronnie Screwvala who is currently co-producing it with Abhishek. Hence, one of the schedules of the film got delayed. Also, Sara Ali Khan had to simultaneously shoot for both, Kedarnath and Simmba to keep up with the changed schedule. Despite all the efforts by the team, now we hear that the film is getting eventually postponed.
On the other hand, speaking of Simmba, the Rohit Shetty film, that is remake of the Telugu film Temper, will be retaining its release date of December 28. Thus, Simmba will be marking the debut of Sara Ali Khan instead of Kedarnath.
Whoa! This Majid Majidi heroine Malavika Mohanan to debut opposite megastar Rajinikanth
Not too long ago we had reported that Rajinikanth has already started prepping for the Kartik Subbaraj directorial. Even before his previous film Kaala got released, the megastar had flown to Darjeeling to shoot for the film. Post that there was news of Nawazuddin Siddiqui joining the star cast and now yet another addition on that front is that Malavika Mohanan of Majid Majidi film Beyond The Clouds fame will essay the leading lady.
Malavika Mohanan, who played the female lead as Ishaan Khatter’s sister in Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds, will be playing the love interest of Rajinikanth. The actress will be making her Tamil debut with this film and is currently said to be flying to Chennai to kick off the project. Interestingly, the film will also mark the foray of Nawazuddin Siddiqui into South films.
Reports have it that Malavika will be seen in a glamorous avatar unlike her previous film where she had gone completely deglam. For the uninitiated, Malavika Mohanan is the daughter of cinematographer K.U. Mohanan.
Karthik Subbaraj, who has directed Jigarthanda previously, will be directing this light hearted drama. It will also feature Vijay Sethupathi in a prominent role. Earlier, Simran Bagga too was said to be a part of the film. However, there has been no further update on the same. If reports are to be believed, it is said to be one of the most expensive films made in Tamil cinema.
Furthermore, it is also being said that the Tamil film will be dubbed in Hindi. As for the shooting, as mentioned before, Rajinikanth had kicked off the Darjeeling schedule which has now come to an end. However, the filming schedule will continue next month, in mid-September. Starting from Dehradun, the film is said to be travel to Coonoor, Chennai etc. which are a part of the second schedule. Also, it is being said that a special song is planning to be filmed in Europe which will be picturized on Rajinikanth and Malavika Mohanan.
Also Read: WHOA! Nawazuddin Siddiqui to come TOGETHER with Rajinikanth in this South film
Coincidence much! Madhuri Dixit and hubby Sriram Nene’s debut Marathi production 15th August completes shoot on the same date
Madhuri Dixit, who made her debut in Marathi cinema this year, also ventured into production along with her hubby Sriram Nene. Titled 15th August, the film went on floor earlier this year and now we hear that the team has wrapped up the shoot. Madhuri, in fact, announced the completion of the film on social media.
On August 15, Madhuri Dixit took to her Twitter handle, to announce the wrap up of her debut production that is also titled 15th August. She posted a video saying, “Proud to announce that my first Marathi production, #15thAugust is complete! Can't wait for y'all to see it. Coming soon... #15thAugustFilm #RNMMovingpictures.”
We hear that her doctor hubby Sriram Nene has been keenly supervising the film. It stars Mrunmayee Deshpande and Adinath Kotharee in lead roles. It is directed by Swapnaneel Jayakar and it has been extensively shot in Mumbai. The film is written by Yogesh Vinayak Joshi, who has also written the critically acclaimed drama Mumbai Meri Jaan.
On the other hand, Madhuri Dixit made her debut in May this year with Bucket List. She will also be returning to Bollywood with the Karan Johar production Kalank, where she replaced Sridevi. The film is a period multi-starrer also featuring Sanjay Dutt, Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. The film, directed by Abhishek Varma, is slated to release on April 19, 2019.
She will also be seen in Total Dhamaal with her favourite co-star from the 90s Anil Kapoor and the film will also feature Ajay Devgn in the lead role.
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After meeting Rani Mukerji, Minister Daniel Andrews starts a 5 Million Dollar grant for Bollywood
By now. readers would be aware that the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne was a star-studded event with many Bollywood celebrities gracing the same. Rani Mukerji was one amongst them who was presented with the honour of hoisting the Indian National Flag at Melbourne Federation Square last week. She hoisted it alongside the Premier of Victoria, similar to the chief minister, Daniel Andrews.
A source close to the development described about the flag hoisting evening adding, “Being the charmer that Rani is, she charmed the premier too with her speech and also sang for him. The actress broke into a funny version of ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ and audiences loved it.
“The premier was so taken by Rani's superstardom also had a conversation with her about Bollywood and the workings of it. Considering that Rani's life partner, Aditya Chopra, is a man who has made extremely successful films and runs one of India’s biggest production houses, they also spoke about the workings of Bollywood. Rani definitely seemed to have floored the premier who announced that he will be starting a 5 million dollar grant to help Bollywood movies be shot in Australia. The premier announced on his website and social media that he will be putting in the money to boost the economy and bring in investment from the Indian Film Industry,” added the source.
Taking on Twitter, here’s what Daniel Andrews had to say about fostering the growth of Bollywood in Australia:
Besides Rani Mukerji, Indian Film Festival of Melbourne also had celebrities like Vicky Kaushal, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani, South actress Keerthy Suresh, Malaika Arora Khan who made their presence felt.
WHOA! Tiger Shroff will feature in yet another music video and this time with Armaan Malik
From ‘Zindagi Aa Raha Hoon Main’ to ‘Chal Wahan Jaate Hain’ to ‘Befikra’, Tiger Shroff has featured in three music videos by far. Now he is all set for a fourth music video titled ‘Ready To Move’. And reports also have it that this will mark his third collaboration with the music composer Amaal Malik after ‘Zindagi’ and ‘Chal Wahan’. On the other hand, Armaan Malik who crooned for Tiger’s Baaghi romantic number ‘Sab Tera’ will be singing this peppy track.
‘Ready To Move’, we hear, will be an out and out party number with electronic beats. Not surprisingly, we will see Tiger Shroff flaunting his dance moves and this time in Bollywood and hip-hop style. It is a known fact that the actor has been known for his dancing skills since his debut and hence, it will be an integral component of this music video. The lyrics are considered to be youthful yet rebellious and are penned by Kunaal Vermaa.
As for the shoot, it is being said that the makers have already started filming the song in Mumbai. Reportedly, the shoot for the music video was kept hush-hush. Reports have it that the song talks about celebrating life and no matter what happens, it advises to keep up the zest to move forward. Produced by T-Series, the music video is expected to release by the end of this month. The song will feature as a solo number of Tiger Shroff without any leading lady.
On the film front, Tiger Shroff will next be seen in Student Of The Year 2, starring debutants Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria. The actor will also feature in a YRF film alongside his idol Hrithik Roshan and actress Vaani Kapoor. He also has the Siddharth Anand directorial Rambo remake series and Baaghi 3 in the pipeline.
Priyanka Chopra: What exactly is she up to?
Is Priyanka Chopra getting engaged on Saturday? No one from her film fraternity in Mumbai seems to have been invited. A colleague and close from the actress says she has no idea of the big event. “I am only reading about it. I haven’t been invited. I don’t think anybody has. I heard Nick Jonas has landed in Mumbai with his family.”
But Ms. Chopra is tight-lipped. After being seen with Mr. Jonas everywhere from America to India to Brazil, Priyanka Chopra says her relationship – status is her own business. Fair enough. But her career, fortunately or unfortunately, is everyone’s business, especially those who invest in her films. Salman Khan, for example is a producer on Bharat, and he has every right to be pissed off with Priyanka after she slipped out of her commitment using the excuse of a marriage.
Of course, there is no marriage at the moment. Then, why would she do this to Salman Khan, or any other producer-actor desirous of working with her? Strangely, Priyanka and Salman were in Delhi together last week, giving different versions of the same story about her controversial exit from Bharat. Salman poured sheathed spleen on Priyanka’s unprofessional behaviour.
But, Priyanka Chopra remained undaunted. She announced to the Delhi press that she would only do leading lady roles, nothing less. So, was she implying that she opted out of Bharat because it was not a lead role? Priyanka also said she will only do lead roles in Hollywood. However, her most recent Hollywood release, A Kid Like Jake featured her in a strictly supporting role while the lead and second-lead were played by Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer. Priyanka was actually the third-lead in this film.
So, is Priyanka confused about her career? Is she going through a churning where her professional and personal interests on one hand and her cultural otherness as compared with Hollywood biggies on the other hand? Are her priorities on a collision course?
Priyanka needs to sort out her professional priorities. With her career-defining television series Quantico in America closing down there is little to hold her in Hollywood. In that case, is it advisable for her to burn her bridges in Bollywood?
How Jacqueline Fernandez lost Bharat to Katrina Kaif…
The rivalry between Katrina Kaif and Jacqueline Fernandez has never been a secret. And now it has come to light that Ms. Fernandez coveted the role that finally went to Katrina in Bharat.
Spilling the beans with a chuckle, a close friend says, “The minute Jacqueline heard about Priyanka Chopra’s ouster from Bharat, she got into action. Jacqueline sent Salman and the director Ali Abbas Zafar feelers through mutual friends. When that didn’t work, she directly approached Salman with her very generous offer to step into the void.”
Then what happened?
“Nothing,” says the source. “I think Salman Khan ignored Jacqueline’s request. It was too soon after the unexpected debacle of Race 3. I think he needed a break from that pairing. And besides, Salman’s first choice for Bharat was Katrina Kaif. It was only on Priyanka’s insistence that he changed his plans. Now when Priyanka was out, why would he go to anyone else?”
One wonders if Katrina knows of Jacqueline’s attempts to muscle into her territory. It would be one more nail in the coffin of their already-troubled relationship.
Shah Rukh Khan pens an emotional tribute in the honour of late former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was Prime Minister of India three times, has passed away on August 16. The announcement of the passing away of the former PM and BJP patriarch was made by All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS. The politician was 93-years-old and was being treated at the AIIMS since June this year. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of beloved politicians of his time and finest orator and nation mourns this great loss. As B-town offered condolences yesterday, Shah Rukh Khan penned a heartfelt post in the honour of the late politician.
Shah Rukh Khan took to his Instagram to talk about how his father would take him for Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s speeches. “My father use to take me for every speech that Mr. Vajpayee made in Delhi when I was growing up. Years on I had the opportunity to meet him and spend lots of time discussing poetry, films, politics and our ailing knees. I also had the privilege of enacting one of his poems for screen. He was fondly addressed as ‘Baapji’ at home. Today the country has lost a Father Figure and a great leader,” he wrote.
With the former PM's passing away, SRK feels he has lost a part of his childhood. “Personally I have lost a part of my childhood and growing up memories of learning smiling and of course poetry. I consider myself the luckiest to have had his influence on my life during my formative years. May his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Will miss your smiling face Baapji,” SRK added.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee's last rites will take place today on August 17 at 4pm in New Delhi.
Here's why Anushka Sharma is flying to London in the midst of Sui Dhaaga promotions
Anushka Sharma seems to have a hectic work schedule till the end of this year. The actress is gearing up for the release of her next film, Sui Dhaaga, which will see her being paired with Varun Dhawan for the first time. After the trailer launch, the actors are currently busy with promotions. In the midst of the same, Anushka now will have to make time to fly to London to complete a brand commitment for a ladies bag product and also promote the film when she is in the city.
A source close to the actress said, “Anushka Sharma has a massively hectic work schedule till Zero releases. She also has to finish multiple brand shoots and endorsement commitments. So it’s going to be quite a big juggle for her to make time. Post the trailer launch of Sui Dhaaga that saw her swamped with outstanding reviews, Anushka will be heading back to London to shoot for a big ticket commercial for a bag brand. This is a new addition to her kitty of 16 brands! Once she completes shooting for this commercial, she will return to India immediately to resume promotions for Sui Dhaaga. She has to balance her film and other work commitments till December end.”
Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan starrer Sui Dhaaga – Made In India is a film that promotes the hard work and sincerity of weavers and embroiderers in the country. The film, directed by Sharat Katariya and produced by Maneesh Sharma, is slated to release on September 28, right before Gandhi Jayanti which is on October 2.
Speaking of her other film commitments, Anushka Sharma, as mentioned before, will next be seen in Zero which features Katrina Kaif and Shah Rukh Khan. The film, directed by Aanand L. Rai, is slated to release on December 21.
Loveratri debutantes Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain fined for riding bike without helmets
Salman Khan's brother-in-law and debutante Aayush Sharma and newbie Warina Hussain have begun the promotions of their upcoming film, Loveratri. The actors reached Vadodara for the launch of their first song, 'Chogada'. While promoting the song, they decided to go on bike rides on the streets of Vadodara. But, the actors have run into trouble as they fined for riding a bike without helmets.
Warina Hussain and Aayush Sharma were photographed while riding the bike. The cops reportedly arrived at their hotel in the evening and were given a challan for Rs 100 each. According to the report in a daily, the cops issued a memo to the actors at their hotel where they were staying. As they are actors and have a responsibility and follow the laws just like other people.
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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Jayalalitha biopic CONFIRMED for 2019 and here are the details
From an actress to a politician to being the AMMA for Tamil Nadu, the journey of Jayalalitha will now be adapted to the big screen. With biopics being the flavor of the season, this doesn’t come as a surprise. Interestingly, Vibri Media who are one of the co-producers of the NTR biopic, will also be producing this Jayalalitha biopic too.
On the other hand, it is being said that filmmaker Vijay will be directing the biopic. If reports are to be believed he has already started work on the same and has dived into the pre-production work of the film. Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Brinda Prasad of Vibri Media too have been supervising the project. If that is not all, the film will be a multi-lingual that is expected to release in Tamil, Hindi and Telugu.
Speaking of the casting, no names have been revealed as yet. However, it is being said that many names from the Bollywood and South industry will be a part of this grand film. Fans of Jayalalitha and South cinema have already taken to social media to put in their suggestions. From the current Filmfare Award winner Nayanthara to Trisha Krishnan, many names have been doing the rounds. Also considering the way Mahanati has rocked the box office, Keerthy Suresh is another actress that people are keen on seeing as Jayalalitha.
Also, the Bollywood actress’ name which is doing the rounds is Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. And there is more reason than it being just an audience suggestion. When Jayalalitha visited the chat show hosted by Simi Grewal in Rendezvous with Simi Garewal, the actress turned politician was asked whom would she like to see playing herself. The politician had then replied Aishwarya Rai. The said video has resurfaced on the internet after the news of the biopic went viral. Here’s the glimpse:
The makers are keen on launching the first look of the Jayalalitha biopic in 2019 on the occasion of her birth anniversary on February 24, 2019. The actress turned politician passed away on December 5, 2016.
Also Read : NTR: Rakul Preet Singh CONFIRMED to play Sridevi in this biopic
Sharad Kelkar joins the ensemble cast of Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon starrer Housefull 4
Not too long ago, we had reported that Housefull 4 has gone on floor in London. The film featuring franchise regulars Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh along with Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon, Kriti Kharbanda and Pooja Hegde, now has a new addition to the cast. And it is none other TV - Bollywood actor Sharad Kelkar.
A source close to the development confirmed the news and added, “Sharad Kelkar will be seen in a pivotal role in Housefull 4 and it will be his first out-and-out comic outing. The actor has earlier made his mark with intense characters in films like Goliyon Ki Raasleela - Ram-Leela and Bhoomi. He also gave a voiceover in the blockbuster period drama Baahubali in Bollywood.
Confirming about his presence in Housefull 4, Sharad Kelkar said, “I always try to do different things, be it in terms of my accent or looks. I don’t want to repeat myself. While I’ve mostly played intense characters, it’s good to do a light-hearted film.”
Interestingly, it marks Sharad's second collaboration with producer Sajid Nadiadwala and Riteish Deshmukh after the Marathi film Lai Bhaari. He will be also be working with his Guest Iin London co-actor Kriti Kharbanda and Mohenjo Daro co-star Pooja Hegde.
Speaking about it, he added, “It’s amazing to reunite with them. I am very fond of Riteish. We have worked together earlier and we also play for the same cricket team. It will be great fun.”
Sajid Khan, who has directed Housefull 1 and 2, returns to the comedy franchise with this fourth instalment. If reports are to be believed, the film is based on the concept of reincarnation this time. In fact, a major schedule will also be completed in Rajasthan where the team is said to be filming in some grand and picturesque locations. The film is expected to release during Diwali in 2019.
KERALA FLOODS: Rana Daggubati, John Abraham, Nayanthara, Dulquer Salmaan and many others pledge donation and urge everyone to help victims
Everyone who is in touch with the news in the nation will be aware that the situation in Kerala has massively worsened over the past few days. Floods have resulted in casualities of about 80 and over 14 districts in the state have been badly hit by the calamity. The unexpected and unforeseen incident has left many homeless and over 26,000 hectres of crops have been damaged.
From food to water, the citizens of Kerala are in desperate need of help and the government decided to provide as much as help as possible. They have even gone ahead and requested help from other parts of the country for donations to make the situation better.
If weather reports are to be believed, the chances of situations worsening in Kerala are high and many parts of the state are already submerged in water currently.
Owing to the conditions that have left many bereaved and helpless, the celebrities down South have not only pledged donation to the relief fund but are also asking fans to make donations. They are also sharing helpline numbers etc. that people will need currently. Here are a few tweets from many like Rana Daggubati, John Abraham, Nayanthara, Allu Arjun, Vivek Anand Oberoi amongst others:
Besides them, celebrities like South superstar Suriya and his brother Karthi have also donated money. While the former donated approximately Rs. 10 lakhs for the victims, his brother Karthi has lent Rs. 10 lakhs. On the other hand, Mollywood superstar Mammootty and Dulquer Salmaan too are said to have given Rs. 25 lakhs as donation.
Kunal Kohli REVEALS the title of his next film about Ramayana – Ramyug
It seems that the epic tales of Indian mythology have attracted attention of filmmakers and producers. After Aamir Khan expressed his desire to take forward the twisted tale of Mahabharata, Kunal Kohli announced about his venture on Ramayana. While he is known for his romantic films, the filmmaker decided to experiment with this epic period drama for the first time. It has been titled Ramyug.
The Hum Tum filmmaker took to Twitter to announce about Ramyug wherein he shared a glimpse of the film’s poster. Even though the filmmaker has announced the title, the casting and other details are yet to be revealed. Considering that it is one of his most ambitious, Kunal is keen on helming the film in a much grander scale.
On the other hand, Kunal, who has already made his acting debut in the digital film Phir Se…, also had maintained in the past reports that he wouldn’t be acting in Ramyug. Kunal had also revealed that he will not only be directing the film but also producing it. On the casting front, the filmmaker wants to explore some new faces for the story.
He had earlier also asserted that Ramayana will retain its authentic and traditional essence without making use of the trend of adapting it into contemporary forms.
Ramyug is expected to go on floor this year. Although further details on the logistics etc. are yet to be made by Kohli, we hear that the director-producer is keen on releasing the film in 2019.