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Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi starrer Tamil action thriller Master to get a digital release

Amazon Prime Video today announced the exclusive digital premiere of the eagerly-awaited Tamil action thriller, Master for the 29th of January. Master stars Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi along with Malavika Mohanan, Andrea Jeremiah, Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Arjun Das in pivotal roles.   The film is written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, produced by Xavier Britto, and features Anirudh Ravichander's chart-buster music. The action-packed thriller Master promises a clash between the two superstars, Thalapathy Vijay’s & Vijay Sethupathi’s characters, keeping the audiences on the edge of their seats. Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories can catch the digital premiere of Master on Amazon Prime Video starting January 29, 2020.

Thalapathy Vijay and Vijay Sethupathi starrer Tamil action thriller Master to get a digital release

“We are delighted to announce the digital premiere of Master on Amazon Prime Video,” said Vijay Subramaniam, Director and Head, Content, Amazon Prime Video, India. “Master is one of the most anticipated Tamil movies of the year and we are glad to have the opportunity to bring the movie to Prime members in India and across 240 countries and territories this month. With this digital premiere we are happy to provide customers with the choice of enjoying the latest Tamil blockbuster movie from the safety and comfort of their homes, not just in India but across the globe.”

Speaking about his character in the film, Thalapathy Vijay said, “In the film, I am essaying the character of an alcoholic college professor named John Durairaj, who is transferred to a juvenile school, that’s where he meets his archnemesis – Bhavani, played by Vijay Sethupathi who has been using the children of the school in question for his own personal profit. I am certain that the interesting duel between John and Bhavani will take the audiences on a roller-coaster ride of action, and drama. I am glad that the fans can enjoy the film on Amazon Prime Video in India and across the world.”

Sharing his excitement for the film’s digital premiere, writer & director Lokesh Kanagaraj said, “Master film has brought two very strong actors face to face in the film, that serves as great entertainment hook for people to come and watch the film in theatres. However, with the film's global digital release on Amazon Prime Video, we are hoping to reach a wider audience that’s been at home, and reach regions that otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. It is extremely fulfilling as a filmmaker to have the film's global digital release on Amazon Prime Video – audiences from across the world can enjoy the movie starting the 29th of January.”

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Khushi Kapoor is off to acting school in New York; to be launched in Bollywood in 2022

Late actress Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor’s youngest born Khushi Kapoor is off to the Lee Starsberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York for one semester’s course.

Khushi Kapoor is off to acting school in New York; to be launched in Bollywood in 2022

Sources say Khushi Kapoor will be launched in Hindi cinema only after she returns from her acting course in the US.

“Khushi Kapoor will be launched in 2022. Boney has already got offers from several major producers including Karan Johar to launch Khushi. But, he’s in no hurry. And neither is Khushi. The entire family feels an acting course is the right thing to do. Sridevi always wanted her daughters to attend a good acting school, since she never got any formal training,” says the source.

Late actress Sridevi and film producer Boney Kapoor’s youngest born Khushi Kapoor is off to the Lee Starsberg Theatre & Film Institute in New York for one semester’s course.

Sources say Khushi Kapoor will be launched in Hindi cinema only after she returns from her acting course in the US.

“Khushi Kapoor will be launched in 2022. Boney has already got offers from several major producers including Karan Johar to launch Khushi. But, he’s in no hurry. And neither is Khushi. The entire family feels an acting course is the right thing to do. Sridevi always wanted her daughters to attend a good acting school, since she never got any formal training,” says the source.

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SCOOP: The Inside story of the Coolie No. 1 Battle between Rumi Jaffrey and Farhad Samji

Rumi Jaffrey, the original writer of Coolie No. 1 is apparently furious with the changes made in the screenplay of the remake. A source from the crew informed Bollywood Hungama that Rumi was completely not in favour of the changes made by additional dialogue writer Farhad Samji.

SCOOP The Inside story of the Coolie No. 1 Battle between Rumi Jaffrey and Farhad Samji

Says the source, “Rumi and David go back a long long way. In fact, David’s sons Rohit and Varun Dhawan call him ‘Uncle’ and Rumi has cuddled them both in his lap when they were kids. Rumi has written a majority of David’s hits. When David asked Rumi to write the remake of their 1995 hit Coolie No. 1, Rumi was totally against the idea. He felt what worked in 1995 won’t work now. But David was adamant. He told Rumi not to worry and do it for Varun’s sake.”

Apparently the problems started when Farhad Samji was brought in to do the dialogues. Adds the source, “Rumi was told Farhad was in touch with today’s generation. He would bring in the contemporary feel. But as the film progressed there were many changes that Rumi was horrified about. The biggest of them being the change in Kader Khan’s character. Kader Saab’s Hoshiyar Chand was a highlight in the original Coolie No. 1. When Rumi was told Hoshiyar Chand was now Jeffrey Rozario (played by Paresh Rawal) he was horrified. He asked David why the Hindu character in the original was converted into a Christian and if he was a Catholic now, why was the Pundit, played by Javed Jaffrey coming to Rozario with a rishta for his daughter?”

Apparently it made no sense to Rumi. But David was supremely confident in letting his son Rohit Dhawan and Farhad Samji “modernize” Coolie No. 1.

“Nothing made sense to Rumi anymore. Rumi wanted the song ‘Mirchi Lagi Toh’ - which has a deep Mumbaiyya flavor - to be shot on the streets of Mumbai the way it was shot with Govinda and Karisma Kapoor. David with the advice of his sons and Farhad Samji, preferred to shoot the new version of the ‘Mirchi’ song in a studio,” informs the source.

Bollywood Hungama tried to speak with Rumi Jaffrey for his version of the story. But he refused to speak. “My association with David Dhawan goes back to Shola Aur Shabnam in 1993. We practically grew up together in the film industry. Rohit and Varun are like my own sons”

Also Read: How much would have Coolie No. 1 earned at the box office? Trade gives its verdict

Vidyut Jammwal starrer Sanak is a remake of Denzel Washington's John Q

Actor Vidyut Jammwal and filmmaker Vipul Shah are once again coming together for the action-packed film. This time, it is titled Sanak and the first posters were unveiled on Republic Day 2021. The teaser poster released by the makers looks intriguing, showing an isolated hospital bed with bloodstains all over it and a gun, mysterious in all its ways. As it turns out, it is a remake of a Hollywood flick.

Vidyut Jammwal starrer Sanak is a remake of Denzel Washington's John Q

According to the reports, Sanak is an official Hindi remake of the 2002 Denzel Washington film, John Q. The film has gone on the floor in Mumbai and the makers plan to wrap up the film by March 2021. The film promises to be an action-thriller.

John Q, directed by Nick Cassavetes, is a story of John Q Archibald who lives with his wife Denise and 9-year-old son Michael. When Michael needs an emergency heart transplant which can't be afforded due to their financial issues, John vows to do anything to keep his son alive. He takes a hospital emergency room hostage when he finds out that his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant.

Starring Vidyut Jammwal, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Neha Dhupia, and Bengali actress Rukmini Maitra who is making her Bollywood debut feature in pivotal roles. Presented by Zee Studios in association with Sunshine Pictures, Sanak is a Vipul Amrutlal Shah production, directed by Kanishk Verma.

ALSO READ: Vidyut Jammwal gears up for action packed Sanak in new posters

Jacqueline Fernandez to star alongside Cara Delevingne, Eva Longoria, Marcia Gay Harden and others in Women’s Stories

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez is heading to the West. The Sri-Lankan beauty has been the leading lady in many Bollywood films. Now, she is setting her eyes on Hollywood. She will star alongside Cara Delevingne, Eva Longoria, Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Varela, Margherita Bua among others in the upcoming anthology feature, Women's Stories. The actress will be part of the film called Sharing A Ride which will be directed by Leena Yadav. It will feature Jacqueline Fernandez and transgender model Anjali Lama.

Jacqueline Fernandez to star alongside Cara Delevingne, Eva Longoria, Marcia Gay Harden and others in Women’s Stories

Divided into four segments - the first one is titled Unspoken and will be directed by Maria Sole Tognazzi. It stars Italian actress Margherita Buy who is the seven-time David di Donatello award-winner. The second one will be called Lagonegro and directed by Lucia Puenzo. It features Eva Longoria. The third segment is titled Elbows Deep and will be directed by Twilight filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke. It stars model and actress Delevingne, Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden, and Jasmine Luv.

According to Deadline, "The film will be comprised of six segments directed by female directors from different parts of the world, shot in Italy, India and the U.S. They will range in genre from drama to comedy, docu-drama to animation. Cast will be all female."

Andrea Iervolino, President and founder of Iervolino Entertainment, said in a statement to Deadline, “It gives me tremendous pride to collaborate with such an astounding ensemble and to help deliver a message larger than the film itself. It’s important for us that this be done on a global scale, which is why we’re shooting, very carefully and safely, in Italy, India, and the US.”

Iervolino Entertainment and non-profit production company We Do It Together are producing along with Chiara Tilesi, Andrea Iervolino, Lucas Akoskin, and Monika Bacardi. Carol Polakoff serves as Executive Producer.

ALSO READ: Jacqueline Fernandez expresses her happiness on working with Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar

Indian Women Rising picks Student Academy Award winner and Oscar contender Bittu as it's inaugural project

Trio Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana recently announced their endeavour - a cinema collective named Indian Women Rising in an effort to promote and accentuate Indian female content creators across the globe. As their first project, the initiative has chosen to support the internationally acclaimed short film Bittu where the collective will put its muscle to aid the film's campaign at the Oscars run.

Indian Women Rising picks Student Academy Award winner and Oscar contender Bittu as it's inaugural project (2)

Directed by Karishma Dev Dube, a past Dean’s fellow from NYU, the unreleased Bittu has bagged the honour of the 47th 'Student Academy Award' and is now set to run the race for the Oscar for Short Film Category.

Inspired by the infamous school poisoning of 2013, Bittu explores the close friendship between two school girls on this seemingly normal day at school. Set in the picturesque locations against the backdrop of Himalayas, Bittu follows the story of an eight-year-old who must take matters into her own hands when her community fails to protect its most vulnerable.

Backing the film as its first project under the initiative of Indian Women Rising, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana have pledged to empower this story presented by a strong team of women comprising of Karishma Dev Dube as the director, Shreya Dev Dube as the cinematographer and Mary Evangelista as the producer.

Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective is determined to discover, nurture and shine spotlight on Indian female talent in cinema across the globe, pushing the film's journey to expand its scope of marketing, sales and distribution.

Talking about the selection of Bittu, Indian Women Rising in a joint statement shared, Bittu is a simple yet an incredibly impactful story. We resonated with the story presented by female creators, with Karishma Dev Dube, Shreya Dube and Mary Evangelista coming together as a team. With 'Indian Women Rising', our is aim to be able to provide the necessary thrust to potential stories in order to achieve higher goals, Bittu seemed the ideal choice for our first project with its refined story and immaculate presentation and we plan to shine spotlight at the film as it joins the run for Oscars in Best Live Action Short category."

Director Karishma Dev Dube shares, "Bittu stems from certain aspects of my life in boarding school in Dehradun- my most formative friendships in and sometimes my difficult relationship with authority. At its core however, the film is a re-imagination of the infamous 2013 school poisoning in Bihar, through the eyes of Bittu, a fierce and brilliantly foul-mouthed eight year old girl. The film is less about why and how the poisoning happened, instead it attempts to bring to life an otherwise forgotten community in the foothills of the Himalayas. We’ve had an incredible journey with Bittu, we were honored with the Student Academy Award last year and continue to explore new worlds with our proud partnership with IWR- an initiative much needed in India."

Presented by Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective, Bittu is a short film that won the Student's Oscar (Silver medal). The film screened at several prestigious film festivals including the BFI London Film Festival, Telluride, Palm Springs Shortfest & Dharmshala Film Festival to name just a few.

At Hollyshorts Film Festival, the director Karishma Dev Dube won the best director award.

Now backed by the trio at IWR, Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Bittu is competing for the Best Live Action Short Film award at the 2021 Oscars.

“Unethical,” says producer Boney Kapoor reacting to Rajamouli’s release date of RRR

At a time when the movie-theatre business is struggling for survival it comes as shock to know that S S Rajamouli has chosen October 13, 2021 as his release date for RRR. This is the same date that Boney Kapoor had announced for his production Maidaan six months ago.

“Unethical,” says producer Boney Kapoor reacting to Rajamouli’s release date of RRR

Even more shockingly, both the films feature Ajay Devgn in the cast. Apparently, Ajay told Rajamouli to speak to Boney before announcing the RRR release date.

An informed source tells me, “Ajay is aware that his prestigious bio-pic Maidaan on football legend Syed Abdul Rahim was due in the Dussehra week this year. He very specifically told Rajamouli to speak to Boney Kapoor before announcing his release date. But Rajamouli went ahead without consulting Boney.”

And now Boney is very very upset.

“Of course I am upset! This is most unethical. I announced my release date for Maidaan six months ago. At a time when we should all be coming together to save the movie industry, he (Rajamouli) has gone and done this,” says Boney angrily.

Would this clash of two big Devgn starrers be avoided? Post the Covid crisis the last thing we need is a box office battle on one Friday when there are so many barren Fridays staring in the film industry’s anxious face.

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Amol Parashar to essay the role of Bhagat Singh in Vicky Kaushal starrer Sardar Udham Singh

Shoojit Sircar's upcoming film titled Sardar Udham Singh is one among the highly anticipated films of Bollywood. With Vicky Kaushal in the lead, the film narrates the story of a revolutionary freedom fighter who assassinated British officer Michael O'Dwyer in London to avenge the 1919 Jallianwalala Bagh massacre .

Amol Parashar to essay the role of Bhagat Singh in Vicky Kaushal starrer Sardar Udham Singh

While not much is known about the remaining cast of the film, it has been revealed that actor Amol Parashar who is popular for his act in the TVF show Tripling will be seen playing the role of legendary Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Previously, Amol has been seen in films like Rocket Singh:Salesman of the Year and Dolly Kitty Aur Woh.

Reportedly, Shoojit wants to show Bhagat Singh in a more realistic manner- as a sharp and intelligent young man who has a lightness to him at the same time. For the role, Amol had multiple conversations with the director and also read a lot of literature on the great freedom fighter including the ones written by Bhagat Singh himself.

ALSO READ: Amol Parashar on Hrithik Roshan’s reaction, “It feels good to see someone taking out 2 seconds of their life to acknowledge you and your work”

Vipul Shah makes his digital debut with a medical thriller titled Human; Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari to star

Filmmaker Vipul Amrutlal Shah has ventured into the web space with a new medical thriller show titled Human. He says the show is not about Covid but highlights medical trials that have taken place across the world for decades now. The show stars Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari and is directed by Shah and Mozez Singh.

Vipul Shah makes his digital debut with a medical thriller titled Human; Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari to star

"This project was in the works for almost three and a half years now, and back then we didn't know about the virus and the vaccine. It took us a long to write because we have tried to simplify the process of human trials of vaccines in a way that the audience understands. Today, everyone is aware of what drug trials mean," said Shah.

One wonders if the show is set against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent journey of finding the vaccine and Vipul clarifies that it’s not set in today’s time. “It’s not about coronavirus, but about medical trials that take place across the world for decades now. This touches a topic that’s very big for humanity and the problems with drug trial is not a recent phenomenon. It’s a very important subject for the society,” he avers.

Having come from a theatre background, Vipul made his debut as a director in 2002 with the thriller, Aankhen featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushmita Sen, and Paresh Rawal. Since then, he has made family dramas and romcoms. And with Human, he gets back to the thriller space.

The filmmaker said that the show touches on a topic that's big for humanity and the problems with drug trials are not a recent phenomenon. "It’s my dream project,” he beams, and adds, I used to do this kind of stuff in theatre, and with Human, I am connected back to the roots. It's a first for me on the webspace and it's completely opposite of what I have in 20 years of my Hindi film career," the filmmaker said.

"It's an interesting combo to play these author-backed roles. It's a new space for both Shefali and Kirti, and you haven't seen them do something like this before," said Shah, about the characters in the series.

He adds that the show has helped him to connect with his roots all over again. The show went on the floors in Mumbai on January 21, and the filmmaker is gearing up to call it a wrap within a month. Mozez Singh, who is one of the many writers on board the show, is also co-directing Human with Vipul, and production is done by Sunshine. It’s gearing up for a digital premiere this summer.

ALSO READ: Shefali Shah reveals on being typecast in the industry after playing Akshay Kumar’s mother when she was 28-30 years old in Waqt

Vidyut Jammwal and Rukmini Maitra to star in action-thriller Sanak 

Actor Vidyut Jammwal will next be seen in the action thriller titled Sanak opposite popular Bengali actress Rukmini Maitra. Directed by Kanishk Varma, the film is produced by Vipul Amritlal Shah and Zee Studios.

Vidyut Jammwal-Rukmini Maitra to star in action-thriller Sanak 

Announcing the film, the makers also shared the first look poster of the film. The poster sees a blood covered hospital bed and with a gun lying over it placed in a dimly lit room. The title of the film reads- Sanak- Hope under siege

Sharing the first look poster, Vidyut wrote, "Brace yourself, something big is coming tomorrow!"


This film will mark Vidyut Jammwal and Vipul Shah's fifth collaboration. Reportedly, Sanak will go on floors later this year and will be shot on a big scale at some exotic locations. Meanwhile, Vidyut will wrap the shooting of Khuda Haafiz sequel before getting started with Sanak.

ALSO READ: Is Vidyut Jammwal not interested in promoting The Power? Producer Vijay Galani BREAKS silence

Price re-negotiation for Yash’s KGF 2; Excel Entertainment acquires Hindi rights for a bomb

In 2018 when Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar of Excel Entertainment bought the Hindi rights of the Kannada hit KGF (Kolar Gold Fields) little did they know that the film will turn out to be a virtual gold field.

Price re-negotiation for Yash’s KGF 2; Excel Entertainment acquires Hindi rights for a bomb

Sources say, the film made more than what the producers invested into this supposedly regional film. At that time Excel had paid a pittance for the Hindi rights. That is not the so with the sequel which is ready for release. According to sources the Hindi rights of KGF 2 have been sold to Excel for a whopping sum.

According to a source very close to the project, “When KGF was made we were not even thinking of a Hindi version. It was done at the last minute and sold to Excel for peanuts. Now things are very different. The investment for the sequel is at least 7 times more than the original. Of course Excel has had to pay a lot more this time. Isn’t that fair?”

Yup.

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How Lal Krishna Advani helped a struggling Vidhu Vinod Chopra in late 70s is sure to MELT your heart!

The veteran director-producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra, as we all know, has created a niche for himself and earned accolades like no other. He has vowed everyone in the film world from his first venture itself. The first student film that he made as a student of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Murder At Monkey Hill, went on to win the Best Short Experimental Film at the 24th National Film Awards in 1976. This victory is common knowledge but many are not aware of the hilarious episode that occurred when Vidhu Vinod Chopra went to collect his prize on stage. It also led to the beginning of his glorious friendship with senior politician, Lal Krishna Advani. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has narrated this incident in the book ‘Unscripted’ penned by Abhijat Joshi, which has been released today.

How Lal Krishna Advani helped a struggling Vidhu Vinod Chopra in late 70s is sure to MELT your heart!

In this book, the filmmaker narrates that he was told that he'd receive prize money of Rs. 4000 when he'll collect his National Award. When his name was called, he went on the stage and was greeted by the then President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and L K Advani, the then Minister for Information and Broadcasting. The president gave him a gold medallion and a brown envelope. Vidhu, obviously, expected that the latter will have bank notes amounting to Rs. 4000. Instead, it consisted of a postal bond which can be encashed in seven years.

Any other person would have got off the stage first and then tried to seek redress. But Vidhu Vinod Chopra being the way that he is, he decided to confront Mr Advani directly at that very moment. He asked why he isn't being given the cash that he was promised. Advani, at first, tried to explain that this bond will get him money later in life but when he realized that Vidhu wants cash immediately, he told him to meet him tomorrow.

Vidhu however argued that if he gets off the stage, he doesn't know if he'll be able to meet the minister the next day. Meanwhile, President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy too got involved. Vidhu explained the situation to him. An irritated Lal Krishna Advani once again assured him that he'll give him the money the next day. When Vidhi was still not convinced, the President then convinced Vidhu and told him that Mr Advani won't back off.

The next day, as asked by Lal Krishna Advani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra met him at Shastri Bhawan. Advani was furious and scolded him for his misbehaviour. He also said that he wants to complain about him to his father. Vidhu gave his father's phone number to him and also asked him whether he had his breakfast. When Advani nodded, Vidhu said that he hasn't because he doesn't have the money. He also said that he had borrowed Rs. 1200 from his friends, hoping that with the Rs. 4000 that he'd get at the National Awards ceremony, he'd be able to return the loaned amount.

At this, Lal Krishna Advani’s heart melted. He immediately ordered eggs and paratha for the filmmaker and also gave him Rs. 4000 on the spot. And that’s not all. Lal Krishna Advani helped him even in future. Knowing that Vidhu Vinod Chopra is not financially well off, he made him a member of the FTII Governing Council, though he was just a student of the institute. As part of this council, he used to be paid Rs. 880 for the airfare for attending the meetings. Vidhu, however, used to travel by train in the third-class compartment and save the rest of the money for himself.

Then just days before the 51st Academy Awards on April 9, 1979, Vidhu Vinod Chopra learnt that his short documentary An Encounter With Faces has secured a nomination. The filmmaker didn’t have money to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles and moreover, didn’t even hold a passport. With no other option, he approached Lal Krishna Advani. As expected, the benevolent minister got a passport arranged for him in just two hours, without police verification. He also gave him an economy-class Air India ticket and $60 for three days' stay, courtesy the Government of India.

Their association continued and it exists even today. Last year, during a special screening of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s directorial film, Shikara (2020), one of the guests was none other than Lal Krishna Advani. He was one of the first people to see the film and loved it so much that he couldn’t control his tears. A video of Vidhu Vinod Chopra greeting an emotional L K Advani was even released by the film’s team on social media.

Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike to re-release in cinemas on Republic Day

On the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day tomorrow, the Hindi film Uri: The Surgical Strike starring Vicky Kaushal in the lead will be re-released in theatres. The film directed by Aditya Dhar was first released in January, 2019.

Vicky Kaushal starrer Uri: The Surgical Strike to re-release in cinemas on Republic Day

Uri is a dramatized account of the retaliation to the 2016 Uri attack following Vicky's character Major Vihaan Singh Shergill of the Indian Army who plays the leading role in the events. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, the film stars Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Yami Gauatm, Mohit Raina and Kirti Kulhari. The film also won four National Awards including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Audiography and Best Background score.

Theatres across India were allowed to re-open in mid-October last year with 50% capacity. While Bollywood is yet to release their major films in theatres, the exhibitors and theatre owners are trying to get people back to the cinema halls. Richa Chadha's Madam Chief Minister was the latest film to hit the theaters on January 22.

ALSO READ: Indian Army Day 2021: Vicky Kaushal salutes the brave men of the army as he recalls being at an altitude of 16000 ft in Tawang

The Kapil Sharma Show to go off-air in February? Here’s what we know

The Kapil Sharma Show is one of the most-watched shows with the celebrities coming in and a new set of stints prepared for episodes freshly. The show first aired in 2018 and even though there have been a few changes in the star cast of the show, host Kapil Sharma, Sumona Chakravarti, Kiku Sharda, and a few others have been constants. Knowing that the lockdown had a massive impact on most of the businesses, it looks like The Kapil Sharma Show has also taken a hit.

The Kapil Sharma Show to go off-air in February Here’s what we know

There are reports of The Kapil Sharma Show going off-air mid-February because of the lack of promotions of films and live audiences. The makers have decided to pull the plug on the show and are hoping to bounce back once things are normal. Quashing all the rumours of a revamp, the makers are skeptical of the future of the show for now. With multiple celebrities gracing the show, the show will be truly missed by the viewers.

The show currently stars Kiku Sharda, Bharti Singh, Krushna Abhishek among others and with Kapil Sharma’s wife Ginni expecting her second baby, it’s fitting that he takes a break from work.

Also Read: Kapil Sharma reveals why he ran away during his marriage ceremony

BLACKPINK's Rosé to debut her solo track during the group's online concert The Show 

Popular K-pop female group BLACKPINK will kick off their New Year with the much anticipated online concert, The Show. The members - Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa  - are set to give some thrilling performances. As the fans, called BLINKS, are eagerly awaiting the big day, there's more surprise in store for them.

BLACKPINK's Rosé to debut her solo track during the group's online concert The Show 

On January 25, YG Entertainment, the parent company of the group, officially made some revelations for her solo track that will be unveiled during The Show. “Rosé completed all filming for her solo album title track’s music video in mid-January. As the production budget for the video was unprecedented, the music video is a large-scale production, and we are currently doing our utmost in the final stages to ensure a high-quality release,” the statement read, via Soompi.

The company also stated that they will also announce the details of the solo debut album of Rosé soon. While details of the song are kept under wraps, the singer herself wanted to showcase her new track to the fans and requested the company for the same. Teasing about the track, the agency said that it is a sweet track capturing her soulful vocals.

BLACKPINK’s online concert The Show will be streamed live on January 31 at 2pm KST.

 

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After much anticipation, BLACKPINK released their highly awaited debut album titled 'The Album' on October 2 along with the music video for the lead track 'Lovesick Girls'.  The album debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200.

The group also debuted its documentary on October 14, 2020. Proving that music knows no borders or language barriers, BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY offered a personal look at the four members from their years as trainees to their current global success as the most popular K-pop girl group of all time.

ALSO READ: BTS, EXO and BLACKPINK are most mentioned K-pop artists on Twitter India in 2020

THEATRICAL release of Tuesdays And Fridays release confirmed for February 19; D Company might also arrive on the same day

The blockbuster box office performance of the Tamil flick, Master, starring Vijay, has proved it once and for all that audiences are more than willing to come to cinemas for big, exciting films. Yet, the producers of bigger Bollywood films are still maintaining the wait-and-watch policy and hoping for the situation to improve even more. As a result, the upcoming month of February is also expected to be devoid of not just biggies but also mid-sized films.

THEATRICAL release of Tuesdays And Fridays release confirmed for February 19; D Company might also arrive on the same day

As per trade, as of now, a handful of films have been scheduled for release in the second month of 2021. A source reveals, “January 29 will see the release of Warner Bros’ psychological thriller The Little Things, starring Denzel Washington, Rami Malek and Jared Leto. Then, on February 5, Vineet Kumar Singh’s realistic drama Aadhar would release. The same day, the exciting Hollywood flick Monster Hunter, by Sony Pictures, would also hit the big screen. It’ll have a wide release in original English and dubbed versions.”

The source then adds, “Warner Bros is then releasing Tom And Jerry on February 19. The same day, two more films are going to be released. T-Series and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s production Tuesdays And Fridays would arrive in cinemas. Lastly, Ram Gopal Varma’s gangster drama D Company is also planning to clash at the box office on February 19 with these two films.”

Tuesdays And Fridays, directed by Taranveer Singh, marks the debut of Poonam Dhillon’s son Anmol Dhillon and former Miss India international (2014), Jhataleka Malhotra. Zoa Morani, Reem Sheikh, Ibraheem Choudhry, Niki Walia, Parmeet Sethi and others are also a part of this film, which is reported to be a love story with a dose of action. It was majorly shot in Mumbai and London in 2018.

On the other hand, D Company is directed by Ram Gopal Varma that traces the rise of underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim. It is expected to be a multi-series project. The poster and trailer of this actioner were released yesterday, that is, on January 23.

The trade source signs off by saying, “A few more small films might also release, especially on February 12 or February 26. Both these slots are unoccupied as of now.”

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Kabir Singh producer Murad Khetani beats Karan Johar; pays approx. 6 crores for Master rights

Ever since the success of Kabir Singh, producer Murad Khetani has been on the lookout to buy some great original scripts. After Namak Halal, Khetani has now officially bagged the remake rights of the recent blockbuster Master. The Vijay and Vijay Setupathi starrer gatecrashed box office records and despite a 50% occupancy restriction, managed to rake in huge moolah at the box office.

Kabir Singh producer Murad Khetani beats Karan Johar; pays approx. 6 crores for Master rights

Interestingly, we hear that several producers had lined up to bag the remake rights to the original. A source tells us, "Karan Johar was also trying to get the rights to make Master in Hindi. He was trying really hard but when Murad got a hang of it, he quietly raised his price and bagged the deal."

The same source shares that a whopping amount was quoted from Cine 1 Studios. "Murad is keen on making several remakes in the next few years. There's Thadam, then there's Namak Halal and now, Master. He paid over Rs. 6 crore just for the rights. He had earlier paid around Rs. 4-5 crore for Arjun Reddy's official rights, but the moment he heard KJo is also at the other end, he raised his amount and got it. The team is now putting it all together and reworking the script for the Hindi audience. Casting will happen only once the scripting is done."

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IT’S OFFICIAL! Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal are now man and wife

Actor Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal were to tie the knot today at Alibaug. The couple’s idea of a sunset wedding took place at The Mansion House with their closest friends and family members in attendance. The couple had planned the Republic Day’s long weekend for the festivities to take place and the details were revealed close to a week prior. Even though there wasn’t an official announcement from their end, the news spread like wildfire.

IT’S OFFICIAL! Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal are now man and wife

 

As the day comes to an end, Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been pronounced as man and wife. The couple got married according to the Hindu rituals and the news has been confirmed by sources. As per reports, the nuptials were supposed to begin at 4pm but it was delayed till 6pm since the Haldi ceremony had begun late. The actor arrived on a quad bike on the songs 'Hiriye Sehra Baandh Ke', 'Zingaat' among others. The cameras are not allowed inside but the couple has finally tied the knot at the Mansion House in Alibaug.

Although the pictures are awaited, the fans are ecstatic for the heartthrob and his wife. With Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, Kunal Kohli, and more in attendance, there are a few surprise guests expected to attend the ceremony.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

ALSO READ:  Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal wedding includes a quad bike entry, COVID-19 tests and phone stickers

BTS to release 'BE (Essential Edition)' on February 19, 2021

Global popstars BTS will release 'BE (Essential Edition)', the new edition of their latest album on February 19, 2021. Through this new release, the septet hopes to show the deepest of appreciation to all fans who have stood by BTS in the making of history.

BTS to release 'BE (Essential Edition)' on February 19

The announcement was made on Sunday, January 24 (Jan 25, 12 am KST) via Weverse, social media platform. "BTS’ new album “BE (Essential Edition)” will be released on Friday, February 19, with pre-orders starting on Monday, January 25," the statement read.

"During 2020, BTS was able to experience the heartfelt and enduring care and affection of fans and the world, even as we all faced a year of a new normality," it further said. "No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a nomination for the 2021 Grammy Awards---at every milestone were the resonance and passion of the fans of BTS for the thoughts, feelings and inner reflections contained in their music."

The statement further read, "With 'BE (Essential Edition)', we hope to show the deepest of appreciation to all fans who have stood by BTS in the making of history. We hope that BTS together with all fans will continue on their remarkable journey in 2021. We ask for your continued love and interest for 'BE (Essential Edition)'."

The album contains eight original tracks - 'Life Goes On', 'Fly To My Room', 'Blue & Grey', 'Skit', 'Telepathy', 'Dis-ease', 'Stay' and 'Dynamite'. In this special edition, several components will be different from the previous record. BTS plans to release surprise gifts for the fans which will be unveiled one by one ahead of the release of the album on February 19, 2021.

'BE (Deluxe Edition)' released on November 20, 2020, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 2020 with their title track 'Life Goes On' earning No. 1 spot on Hot 100 on Billboard charts. They earned their third No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart (following 'Dynamite' and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's 'Savage Love - Laxed – Siren Beat') and first with a Korean song. The title track became the first Korean song to ever top the chart. With record-breaking track 'Dynamite', BTS earned their first group nomination at Grammys 2021 in the major category.

In 'BE', BTS opens themselves up to express their mixed feelings about this situation—fear and anxiety mingled with the determination to overcome all this. The album contains the band’s emotions and ruminations they had throughout this year, and the story of “us” continuing the existential journey. That is also the reasoning behind the album’s title, BE, which stands for “to be” or “existence” and does not abide by any form.

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Sonakshi Sinha buys 4BHK apartment in Bandra, says she was just 'fulfilling a dream'

Actor Sonakshi Sinha is kicking off the year on a huge note as she has purchased a 4BHK home in Mumbai's Bandra. This has been a lifelong dream for her to buy a house with her hard-earned money.

Sonakshi Sinha buys 4BHK apartment in Bandra, says this was just 'fulfilling a dream'

Speaking to Design Essentia Magazine, the actress revealed, "Ever since I started working it was my dream to buy my own house with my hard-earned money before I turned thirty. I may have crossed that deadline by a couple of years but it has finally happened."

"I enjoy living at home with my family and have no plans of moving out anytime soon. This house was me just fulfilling a dream, and a great investment," she added.

Sonakshi Sinha, in November last year, renovated her personal floor at Ramayana. The interior designer and art director Rupin Suchak helped her design her personal space. He said, “The foundation of the space is minimalistic and clean. Airy palettes through rich textures and geometric shapes, where every piece of furniture is a statement piece. Sonakshi’s artistic instincts have been carefully extended as an element of design in the entire space. It’s a beautiful, super cosy space with an accommodating vibe.”

Sharing some snippets from the magazine, Ruchin gave a glimpse of her new apartment.

 

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On the work front, Sonakshi Sinha will next be seen in Bhuj: The Pride Of India with Ajay Devgn and Sanjay Dutt.

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Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal wedding includes a quad bike entry, COVID-19 tests and phone stickers

Actor Varun Dhawan and his longtime girlfriend Natasha Dalal are ready to tie the knot on January 24 in Alibaug. The couple and their families arrived in Alibaug on Friday, January 22. The wedding mahurat is set for post 4pm today.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal wedding includes a quad bike entry, COVID-19 tests and phone stickers

According to a daily, the couple kept it strict policy for guests to take COVID-19 tests. While there is no phones allowed policy, phone stickers are put on the staff members phones and if removed, the security will be allerted.

Varun Dhawan is expected to make a quad bike entry in true blue Bollywood hero style.

According to the reports, their wedding will have COVID-19 restricted list. The wedding will have 40 members from both the families in Alibaug. They will stay in a resort from January 22 to 26 and plan to return to Mumbai post that. The wedding will take place at Mansion House on January 24 followed by reception on January 26.

Also Read: Inside Details of Varun Dhawan – Natasha Dalal’s wedding REVEALED by a guest

Janhvi Kapoor’s shoot in Patiala halted by protestors, slogans like ‘Janhvi Kapoor go back’ were chanted

Janhvi Kapoor has currently been shooting for Good Luck Jerry in Patiala. The actress came across a group of agitated group of protesting farmers. The actress and her entire unit faced a lot of difficulty during their shooting schedule while the shoot on Bhupindra Road. A group of farmers protested outside the shoot location and started chanting slogans like ‘Janhvi Kapoor go back’.

Janhvi Kapoor’s shoot in Patiala halted by protestors, slogans like ‘Janhvi Kapoor go back’ were chanted

When the protests got a little too aggressive, the team had no option but to wrap up the shoot earlier than expected. The protests even sat on dharna outside Janhvi Kapoor’s hotel and the police had to intervene to avoid any casualties. Even though there were no police complaints a police party reached once they were informed of the dharna. Good Luck Jerry is the remake of a south film Kolamavu Kokila where Janhvi will be seen playing the role of a simple girl.

Along with Janhvi Kapoor’s Good Luck Jerry, as per the reports, two more films are to be shot in Patiala.

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Inside Details of Varun Dhawan – Natasha Dalal’s wedding REVEALED by a guest

In spite of the rather eclectic and a severely selective guest list, guests at Varun Dhawan’s wedding are having a ball. I spoke to one of them who didn’t want to be quoted. That guest shared some details from the venue. “We have been requested not to reach out to the media. However, I can’t say no to you. It’s all going smoothly. The planning is almost perfect. Not too many guests and personal attention from the family to all. I can see Varun’s friends and I can also see people whom I don’t recognize. They must be from the bride’s side.

Inside Details of Varun Dhawan – Natasha Dalal’s wedding REVEALED by a guest

The invitee gives full credit to Varun’s family specially his elder brother. “Rohit is looking after everyone so well. His dad has been given an absolutely stress-free schedule. He (David Dhawan) doesn’t have anything to worry about. He just has to relax and enjoy his younger son’s wedding”.

As for the groom, the invitee says that he’s super-excited. “Varun toh aise bhi har cheez main excited ho jata hai. Abhi toh jaise uski lottery lag gayi hai. Even by his excitable standards, I’ve never seen Varun so happy. He’s running around like a child, more like the bridgeroom’s kid brother than the bridegroom.”

When asked to name the star invitees the guest politely refused. “We’ve been requested not to talk about the names of the guests. Some of the guests are a surprise.” Like director Kunal Kohli? “Yeah. But it turns out he is Varun’s cousin. He is Varun’s maternal aunt’s son.”

Also Read: A sneak peek at Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s wedding décor

Varun Dhawan's car meets with a minor accident on the way to Alibaug, no one suffered injuries

After years of courtship, actor Varun Dhawan and his longtime girlfriend Natasha Dalal are ready to tie the knot on January 24 in Alibaug. The couple and their families arrived in Alibaug on Friday, January 22. Varun left for Alibaug yesterday and was seen at the wedding venue, this afternoon.

Varun Dhawan's car meets with a minor accident on the way to Alibaug, no one suffered injurises

According to the reports, Varun Dhawan's car met with a minor accident while he was on his way to Alibaug. No one suffered injuries and no major damage happened. The actor spent Friday night at another property where his Bachelor Party was hosted. On Saturday morning, he arrived at the wedding venue in order to kickstart wedding festivities.

Many family members have already arrived and additional security has been arranged at the venue. CCTVs, no phones amongst other things have been arranged in order to make the wedding as private as possible.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been in a relationship since before he made his debut in Student Of The Year.

ALSO READ: Varun Dhawan strikes a pose with his groomsmen ahead of his wedding with Natasha Dalal

Legendary talk show titan Larry King passes away at 87 

Veteran TV anchor and radio host Larry King known for some of the most iconic interviews has passed away at the age of 87. The news was confirmed by his team in a statement.

Legendary talk show titan Larry King passesa away at 87 

King's company, Ora Media, shared the news on social media and revealed that he passed away on January 23 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The cause of his death was not revealed.

"For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry's many thousands of interviews, awards and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster," the statement read. "Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows' titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience."

"Funeral arrangement and a memorial service will be announced later in coordination with the King family, who ask for their privacy at this time," it further read.

Larry King was the winner of the Peabody Award and Radio Hall of Fame. He hosted Larry King Live on CNN for 15 years and continued to host interviews for many more years to come. From radio days to Larry King Live, his interviews were known to be iconic. He was survived by three children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

We send our condolence to his family and friends.

Deepika Padukone signs with international agency ICM, home to Regina King, Olivia Colman

Deepika Padukone is undoubtedly one of the top actresses in Bollywood. She forayed into Hollywood with her debut with xXx: Return Of Xander Cage starring alongside Vin Diesel. While she is looking for more international projects, she has signed with an ICM agency for representation.

Deepika Padukone signs with international agency ICM, home to Regina King, Olivia Colman

ICM Partners is one of the world’s leading talent agencies, dedicated to the representation of artists, content creators, broadcasters, authors, journalists, and artisans. It is home to many Emmy and Academy award-winning stars. It includes Regina King, Olivia Colman, Eugene Levy among many more.

Meanwhile, Deepika Padukone has an array of the lineup. She will star in Pathan with Shah Rukh Khan and John Abraham, Nag-Ashwin's Pan-India film with Prabhas, along with Mahabharata, The Intern official remake, Shakun Batra's untitled next with Siddhant Chaturvedi and Ananya Panday, and the recently announced film Fighter with Hrithik Roshan.

ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone shares memories associated to her favourite childhood show Small Wonder

Mahesh Bhatt surrenders from his Creative Consultant position from Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films

Mahesh Bhatt, who happened to be a creative consultant for brother Mukesh Bhatt’s production house, Vishesh Films, has resigned from his position recently. There were reports that the two brothers have had a massive fight leading to this decision from Mahesh Bhatt’s end. Mahesh Bhatt had recently returned to direction with Alia Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, and Aditya Roy Kapur starrer Sadak 2.

Mahesh Bhatt surrenders from his Creative Consultant position from Mukesh Bhatt’s Vishesh Films

In an interview, Mukesh Bhatt confirmed that Mahesh Bhatt will no longer be a part of the firm and has denied all the reports of them being involved in a fight. Mukesh’s kids, Sakshi and Vishesh will be carrying the Vishesh Films’ legacy forward and he will provide them with advice as and when necessary. Mukesh also clarified that Mahesh just does not want to continue to the role and if he needs help from the latter, he will definitely ask him for it.

Films like the Murder franchise, Aashiqui, Sadak, and more have been made under the Vishesh Films’ banner.

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Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal Wedding: Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan open doors of sprawling Alibaug property for Dhawans

After years of courtship, actor Varun Dhawan and his longtime girlfriend Natasha Dalal are ready to tie the knot on January 24 in Alibaug. The couple and their families arrived in Alibaug on Friday, January 22. The couple was supposed to get married in 2020 but due to the pandemic, their plans were delayed.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal Wedding Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan open doors of sprawling Alibaug property for Dhawans

According to a daily, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan have opened the doors of their sprawling property in Alibaug. Apparently, when they were made aware that Varun is getting married and would be going staying at a resort, they decided to help Dhawan family by letting their guests stay at their property. The house has been designed Gauri. SRK and Gauri and their family often visit the place.

According to the reports, their wedding will have COVID-19 restricted list. The wedding will have 40 members from both the families in Alibaug. They will stay in a resort from January 22 to 26 and plan to return to Mumbai post that. While there are lots of lists floating around of the celebrities attending the wedding, the guest list is pretty small. The wedding will take place at Mansion House on January 24 followed by reception on January 26.

Many family members have already arrived and additional security has been arranged at the venue. CCTVs, no phones amongst other things have been arranged in order to make the wedding as private as possible.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been in relationship since before he made his debut in Student Of The Year.

Also Read: Dulha Varun Dhawan arrives at the wedding venue in Alibaug dressed in a classic white t-shirt and denims

South star Pragya Jaiswal plays Salman Khan's love interest in Antim - The Final Truth

Actor Salman Khan is currently busy with the shooting of Antim - The Final Truth. He stars alongside Aayush Sharma as the film is being directed by Mahesh Manjrekar. While the leading ladies are yet to be announced, it's been reported that South star Pragya Jaiswal is starring opposite Salman Khan.

South star Pragya Jaiswal plays Salman Khan's love interest in Antim - The Final Truth

According to a tabloid, Pragya Jaiswal has been shooting for the film and was even present during Mahabaleshwar schedule. She plays the actor's lady love and has even shot a romantic song.

Pragya Jaiswal primarily works in South movies. She starred in Kanche directed by Krish for which she was awarded the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South.

Antim - The Final Truth is an adaptation of the Marathi crime drama Mulshi Pattern which was released in 2018 and received a lot of appreciation for its intense storyline. The film is being produced by Salman Khan Films.

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SCOOP: Kartik Aaryan on the look out for a quick 30-day film as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 & Dostana shoot delayed!

In December, Kartik Aaryan created a world record as he wrapped up shooting for the Ram Madhvani directorial, Dhamaka in a span of just 11-days. Bollywood Hungama then revealed that the film will premiere direct-to-digital on Netflix. We have now discovered that Kartik Aaryan is now on the look out to squeeze a quick film in between his jam-packed schedule that starts from March.

SCOOP Kartik Aaryan on the look out for a quick 30-day film as Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 & Dostana shoot delayed!

“Kartik was supposed to be shooting for Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 from end of January till March, however, it has now been delayed to accommodate the dates of Tabu, who played the leading lady in the film. It has now resulted in ample free time in hand for Kartik and hence, he is on the lookout for a quick light hearted film, that can be shot in between February and April within 30 to 40 days,” a source told us.

That’s not all, there looms an uncertainty about the schedule of his Dostana sequel as well. “They were to shoot in the UK, however, with the new strain of COVID-19, no one is sure as to when the Dostana shoot will resume. For continuity purposes, it’s essential to film in the UK, however, the makers are constantly working towards finding an alternative to wrap up the schedule. The initial plan was to shoot for Dostana in April, however, even that seems to be a little dicey now, given the on-ground scenario in the UK,” the source further added.

The actor has been reading ample of scripts, meeting several writers, directors and producers to get a film in between for the cinema halls, and given his popularity, we are sure, he would lock his next film very soon, without much of an issue, considering that lot of gen-next directors are eager to collaborate with Kartik.

Also Read: Kartik Aaryan and Janhvi Kapoor starrer Dostana 2’s UK schedule deferred due to lockdown

Akshay Kumar picks THIS national holiday as the release date of Bachchan Pandey

Akshay Kumar is all set to be seen in a never-seen-before avatar in Bachchan Pandey. Breaking stereotypes, Akshay was also seen playing the role of a transgender in Laxmii. The star cast is currently shooting in Jaisalmer and a few stills have been shared by the celebs. Starring Kriti Sanon opposite him, Akshay Kumar will be reuniting with his Housefull 4 costar once again.

Akshay Kumar picks THIS national holiday as the release date of Bachchan Pandey

Directed by Farhad Samji and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala’s Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment, Bachchan Pandey will show Akshay Kumar in an entirely new light. The actor has now announced the release date of this film as January 26, 2022. With movies like Bell Bottom and Raksha Bandhan coming up soon, Bachchan Pandey has been one of the most-looked-forward-to films.

Sporting a rugged look with a cataract eye for the first time in his career, Akshay Kumar is all set to woo his fans once again.

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REVEALED: All you want to know about Anil Kapoor, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Fatima Sana Shaikh’s mystery project

For a couple of weeks, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Anil Kapoor and others have been posting pictures and videos from the sets of their film in Rajasthan. Fatima, in fact, even uploaded snaps from her Rajasthani-style birthday celebrations in the desert state. Surprisingly, the actors consciously avoid mentioned about the name of the film that these actors are shooting for or who is directing it. “Usually, if the makers want to keep a film under wraps, they would not allow actors to leak anything about the film on social media. But here we see actors posting stories and photos every now and then. Yet, the makers or actors refuse to divulge even the film’s name. This is rare,” observes a trade expert.

REVEALED All you want to know about Anil Kapoor, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Fatima Sana Shaikh’s mystery project

However, Bollywood Hungama has managed to dig out details about this hush-hush venture. A source reveals, “The name of the film is Thar. It stars Anil Kapoor, son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanjay Dadhich. It’s a Netflix venture and is directed by Raj Singh Chaudhary.” He is remembered for playing the lead part in Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 flick Gulaal, which incidentally, was also set in Rajasthan. Raj Singh Chaudhary was also the co-writer of Gulaal and that of Anurag’s 2007 film No Smoking.

The film’s shooting has taken place in Rajasthan’s Narlai, Rajsamand, Roop Nagar and Ghanerao. The unit of the film stayed in the five-star property, the Rawla Narlai Luxury Heritage Hotel and as per local sources, the cast and crew was stationed here from December 24 to January 17. The presence of Anil Kapoor in this sleepy town led to a lot of excitement. A lot of locals assembled to catch a glimpse of the veteran actor and many pictures and videos of him came out on the internet. As per local reports, the shoot of Thar is also expected to be done in Pushkar, Nagaur, Kishangarh and Udaipur.

This is the second time that Anil Kapoor and his son Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor will be sharing screen space. Both were seen briefly in the 2020 Christmas thriller, AK vs AK, which was also released on Netflix. The father-son duo will also act together, for the third time, after AK vs AK and Thar, in the Abhinav Bindra biopic.

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REVEALED: Post marriage plans of Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal

After the wedding on 24 January, Natasha Dalal will move into Varun’s home which is a stone’s throw away from where Varun’s parents, David and Lali Dhawan, stay.

REVEALED Post marriage plans of Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal

A close friend reveals, “This was the plan all along. When a few years ago Varun tore himself away from the family cocoon and built his own nest close-by, the idea was to remain close to his family while providing enough space for his marriage to breathe easily.”

The friend also adds that Varun’s significant other Natasha in any case spends a lot of time in Varun’s apartment. “In fact she has done up the whole place according to her own taste. So it’s like her own place. Moving into the new place would be the most natural thing for her.”

At the same time, Varun has also been spending much of his free time at his parents’ place. Maybe that will change now.

Also Read: Varun Dhawan - Natasha Dalal Wedding: From additional CCTVs to no cell phones, couple safeguard their privacy

MONSTA X to release their Japanese single 'Wanted' on March 10 

MONSTA X is making a comeback soon! In November 2020, the popular Korean pop group released their highly anticipated third full-length album 'Fatal Love' along with the title track 'Love Killa'. Receiving accolades and ending the year with multiple award-wins, the group - composed of six members namely Shownu, Minhyuk, Kihyun, Hyungwon, Joohoney, and I.M. - is set to start the year on a big note.

MONSTA X to release their Japanese single 'Wanted' on March 10 

According to reports in Korean media, MONSTA X will be releasing their Japanese single 'Wanted' on March 10. The fans, MonBebe, are quite excited to kick off the year on a musical note. MONSTA X last released their second Japanese album 'Phenomenon' on August 21, 2019, which included Japanese versions of Korean title tracks, 'Alligator' and 'Shoot Out'.

Meanwhile, MONSTA X recently was announced as the brand ambassador of Urban Decay cosmetics, via a photoshoot with Beauty+ Magazine.

Earlier this week, it was also reported that member I.M will be releasing his first solo track in February 2021. The fans have a lot to look forward to this year as the band continues to explore music in different ways.

In 2020, MONSTA X had two album releases - 'Fantasia' and 'Fatal Love' and both were very well received.

ALSO READ: MONSTA X makes fiery comeback with ‘Love Killa’ from ‘Fatal Love’ album

Varun Dhawan - Natasha Dalal Wedding: From additional CCTVs to no cell phones, couple safeguard their privacy

The wedding festivities of Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan and his girlfriend Natasha Dalal have started at the Mansion House in Alibaug. The two families have booked the entire resort for the three day festivities with the grand wedding on Sunday. However the family has been very discreet about the wedding and have kept their mouth shut about the same.

Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal wedding: From additional CCTVs to no cell phone policy, couple safeguard their privacy ahead of the big day

On Friday, the couple reportedly had an intimate mehendi ceremony in the presence of close family members. Popular mehendi artist Veena Nagda was also seen at the venue on Friday evening. On Saturday, there will be a sangeet ceremony followed by the wedding ceremony on Sunday.

Owing to the popularity of the couple and the presence of paparazzi outside the venue to capture moments from the big day, the Dalal's and Dhawan's have increased security in order to safeguard the couple's privacy on their big day.

Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal wedding: From additional CCTVs to no cell phone policy, couple safeguard their privacy ahead of the big day

Around the venue, a tight security cover has been spotted with a number of guards surrounding the venue. Additional CCTV cameras have also been installed in the venue to ensure that things go smoothly. Flex boards have been put up around the venue to ensure that no outsider can peek into the venue or have access to it.

Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal wedding: From additional CCTVs to no cell phone policy, couple safeguard their privacy ahead of the big day

Apart from that, reports state that the family members have instructed the staff at The Mansion House as well as the guests to not use their cell phones.

According to the reports, their wedding will have a COVID-19 restricted list. The wedding will have 40 members from both families in Alibaug. They will stay in a resort from January 22 to 26 and plan to return to Mumbai post that. While there are lots of lists floating around of the celebrities attending the wedding, the guest list includes close family and friends only.

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Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana come together to launch Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective

As an endeavour to support and empower Indian female talent in cinema, Ekta Kapoor, Joint Managing Director & Creative Director, Balaji Telefilms Ltd., Balaji Motion Pictures and Alt Balaji, Guneet Monga, Founder & CEO, Sikhya Entertainment and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, Writer & Film-maker have come together to lay the foundation of Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective.

Ekta Kapoor, Guneet Monga and Tahira Kashyap Khurrana come together to launch Indian Women Rising, a cinema collective

In India, a lot has been discussed about representation of women on screen. While this situation is far from ideal, the focus on women behind the camera has been even more limited.

Speaking about the origin of this cinema collective, Guneet Monga shares, “Less than 5% of the total directors in India are female. It’s time we change these stats and double down on each other. I strongly believe that India is a gold mine of talent and with this collective we wish to shine the spotlight on many amazing women that can benefit from our humble support. The intent is to use our collective resources to amplify independent women creators.”

Tahira Kashyap Khurrana adds, “There is a limited amount of work represented about women and the scope reduces further when it’s by the women. We, as a cinema collective, are trying to address this in the scope of films. Since there is representation of limited material when it concerns women and their stories, we easily get stereotyped. Either we have revolutionaries on one end of the spectrum or tragedy stricken damsels on the other extreme end. I mean we can be all of that but there is so much more to us. Our bandwidth is broader than the general assumption which perhaps will surface if we have more women working not just in front of the camera but behind as well. This collective intends to disrupt the boxed notions about women.”

Ekta Kapoor shares, “When Guneet and Tahira told me about the idea of launching this collective, it was an instant yes from me. It is always exciting to collaborate with likeminded individuals. I have always believed that women create wonders when given the right opportunity and the support. Through IWR, our vision is to do that and empower independent women filmmakers and creators and give them a platform to showcase their talent. We are hopeful that our collective will encourage more female directors to come forward with their work and lead the way in our industry.”

The collective aim at discovering Indian female talent in cinema and amplify their work with marketing, sales and distribution push irrespective of geographical locations. Any filmmaker in or outside of India can apply at the collective. In its first phase, the collective will actively seek finished films only-whether a short, a documentary or a feature film.

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Road in South Delhi to be named after late actor Sushant Singh Rajput

Months after actor Sushant Singh Rajput's unfortunate demise, a stretch of road in Andrews Ganj in South Delhi will soon be named after him. Reportedly, the area's civic body has cleared a proposal for the same.

Road in South Delhi to be named after late actor Sushant Singh Rajput

SDMC's Congress councillor Abhishek Dutt in September 2020 had extended the proposal to name the road after the actor. A senior official reportedly said that the proposal was cleared on Thursday by the SDMC House in its meeting. Thursday, January 21, was also Sushant's 35th birth anniversary.

In the proposal by Mr Dutt, he said that a large number of people living in the area close to Road No 8 hail from Bihar and he claimed that they have been demanding to name the stretch from Andrews Ganj to Indira Camp as Sushant Singh Rajput Marg.

Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14, 2020. He was found hanging in his apartment in Mumbai. The CBI is currently investigating the cause behind his death.

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No member from the Bachchan family invited for Varun Dhawan's wedding; Govinda also dropped

As the wedding procession heads towards Varun Dhawan’s wedding in Alibaug the guest list gets curiouser by the hour. It now comes to light that Pahlaj Nihalani and Govinda are not the only two old and dear associates of David to be left out the guest list. Even Boney Kapoor, whose children are close friends of Varun, is not invited.

No member from the Bachchan family invited for Varun Dhawan's wedding; Govinda also dropped

A source informs, “Boney’s son Arjun Kapoor is invited. Boney is not. No one from Anil Kapoor’s family is invited either. On the other hand dress designer Manish Malhotra who is related to Varun’s mother is invited, and so are Karan Johar and Shashank Khaitan. No member from the Bachchan family is invited for the wedding.”

A leading producer who has known the Dhawan closely for years, “This wedding is an encore of the Abhishek-Aishwarya wedding. It’s going to leave a lot of David’s friends permanently pissed off.”

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Neeraj Pandey announces Special Ops Universe; Kay Kay Menon returns as Himmat Singh in Special Ops 1.5

Following the resounding success of espionage thriller Special Ops, Hotstar Specials is set to ring in a new form of storytelling with the launch of Special Ops Universe, created and conceptualized by film-maker Neeraj Pandey and Friday Storytellers. For the first time in India, multiple characters, stories and seasons will co-exist within a universe in a multi-series format; giving audiences a new way to enjoy thriller and action series. Loved by millions for his portrayal of Himmat Singh, Kay Kay Menon, now returns to tell his backstory in Special Ops season 1.5: The Himmat Story - a new series that forms a pivotal part of the universe.

Neeraj Pandey announces Special Ops Universe; Kay Kay Menon returns as Himmat Singh in Special Ops 1.5

Special Ops season 1.5: The Himmat Story goes back in time to 2001 and explores the formative years of Himmat Singh as a RAW agent and how he uses his wits and intelligence for a different operation. While the show is slated to launch later this year, the makers have released an intriguing first look. Much like Special Ops, this series will also be shot across multiple international locations and promises to scale up the action and drama.

Sunil Rayan, President & Head, Disney+ Hotstar said, “Within weeks of its launch, Special Ops emerged as one of the biggest shows of 2020! We’re excited to venture in this nonlinear format of storytelling that brings alive an entire universe; where stories and different characters can simultaneously co-exist. The scale at which this is being conceived is enormous and speaks of our passion for creating world-class entertainment for our audiences. We will continue to innovate and bring fresh, distinctive content for people to enjoy; and we’re thrilled to partner with Neeraj Pandey to bring alive this ambitious new format, that has never been done in India before”

Director Neeraj Pandey says, “Special Ops was conceptualized as a universe which will go beyond the regular narratives of linear seasons and conventional storytelling; and the ensemble of cast and characters does lend itself extremely well. The response by the audiences demanded that we embark on the journey. We are starting off with a unique Special Ops 1.5; which is neither a prequel nor a sequel and with this the audience will be witnessing the backstory of the main protagonist Himmat Singh! The series will start with Himmat Singh being assigned to another case, but the deflection point is the same parliament attack that started the series of events. It will be narrated across 3 episodes approximately an hour long each.”

Actor Kay Kay Menon added, “If you thought that you had seen the best of Himmat Singh, you need to wait for Special Ops 1.5 - it is a terrific redemption story! While it’s not a prequel to Special Ops, there is some interesting history about the character that will unfold. As an actor I strive to do different things and being part of a new universe is very exciting.”

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Applause Entertainment and Drishyam Films' Iftikhar, based on Ashok Chakra awardee Major Mohit Sharma, to begin filming in September

After creating super successful digital series’ like Scam 1992 and Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, Applause Entertainment is all set to foray into the movie business. One of the most exciting films in Applause’s initial slate is Iftikhar, a co-production with Drishyam Films.

Applause Entertainment and Drishyam Films' Iftikhar, based on Ashok Chakra awardee Major Mohit Sharma, to begin filming in September

The film is based on the life of one of India’s most decorated military officers, Major Mohit Sharma. The Para Special Forces Officer, who was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra in 2009, infiltrated Hizbul Mujahideen under the alias of Iftikhar Bhatt.

The film is an adaptation of the first chapter of Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh’s book, India’s Most Fearless 2 : More Military Stories of Unimaginable Courage and Sacrifice, published by Penguin Random House India.

Talking about the project, Sameer Nair, CEO, Applause Entertainment, says, “This is our second outing with Shiv and Rahul after Avrodh last year. We were amazed by the bravado that Major Mohit Sharma displayed in Shopian, and immediately knew that this is a story that needs to be told to, and known by, every Indian. We had acquired the rights to this story last year and look forward to partnering with Drishyam Films in presenting this incredible tale of unflinching courage and strength to the world."

Manish Mundra, founder-producer of Drishyam Films, says, “When we came across the chapter of Major Mohit Sharma, it intrigued us. I believe it's our duty as filmmakers to identify such heroes, whose lives will not just inspire the current youth but also tell them about the sacrifices made by our special forces. We're delighted to team with Applause Entertainment to share stories of these bravehearts with the whole world. Drishyam Films is proud to be a part of this film. This is a new beginning for us, and we hope it will be a step forward towards showcasing India's glory at the global stage.”

Writer Shiv Aroor says, “When we set out to tell the tale of Major Mohit Sharma, it was with astonishment that so few had even heard of such an incredible hero. We are thrilled that the story we told will now reach many millions more through film.”

Writer Rahul Singh says, “The story of Major Mohit Sharma is very close to our hearts. It has been our privilege to see his life through the eyes of his army comrades and his family. We cannot think of better hands in which to entrust this great story.”

Iftikhar will be produced by Applause Entertainment in collaboration with Drishyam films. The production is all set to begin September 2021. The film is slated for an Independence Day 2022 release.

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi starrer by Sriram Raghavan will be a 90-minute film with NO interval

Only recently, it was announced that Katrina Kaif will next be seen in Sriram Raghavan’s film and will be cast alongside the South superstar, Vijay Sethupathi. The duo will be sharing the screen space for the first time and with Andhadhun director Sriram Raghavan helming the film, it is bound to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats. As per the reports, the film will go on floors in April this year and will be shot majorly at real locations in Pune.

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi starrer by Sriram Raghavan will be a 90-minute film with NO interval

Even though the title of the film is yet to be locked up on, Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi’s fresh pairing has already raised their fans’ expectations. Sriram Raghavan is known to bring something new to the table every time he directs a film and this time, he is planning to make a fast-paced film with no interval. As per the sources, the film will have no room for an interval and will be a straight 90-minutes-long film. The shooting schedule will be of 30 days and some portions will be shot in Mumbai as well.

To avoid being outside a lot during the COVID-19 times, most of the editing work of the film will be done in the script itself. Sriram Raghavan is sure of the shots that he wants from the lead pair and will avoid keeping excess stock footage unlike other directors.

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SCOOP: Imran Khan's roaring affair with Lekha Washington the reason behind his split with Avantika Malik?

Imran Khan and Avantika Malik shocked everyone when they announced the news of their separation in public. It has been almost a year to the news and both sides have maintained a stoic silence on the issue. While many reports claimed that Imran's failing career was the reason behind consequent fights between the couple, we hear the real story is something else after all.

SCOOP: Imran Khan's roaring affair with Lekha Washington the reason behind his split with Avantika Malik?

Like all other failed relationships in Bollywood, the biggest crack in their marriage was caused by a third wheel. Who? Lekha Washington. An onlooker tells us, "Imran and Lekha have been seeing each other for some time. Lekha's husband Pablo Chatterji and Imran were close buddies but a roaring affair between the two started without anyone's knowledge. In fact, after Avantika moved out of the bungalow, Imran has started introducing Lekha to his circle as well. This has also brought Lekha's marriage on the brink of a breakdown. Both the families are completely scattered at this point."

The grapevine is that Imran has also apparently rented or bought a place near his own house, to meet his new ladylove. A neighbour shares, "Lekha can be spotted going in and out of the building in the wee hours. It is very close to his own house at Pali Hill, Bandra. Imran is waiting for the divorce to come through to announce this new relationship." Well, for everyone who were in shock with the news of Imran and Avantika's separation, we wonder how they will react to this news now!

GOT7's Jackson Wang's Team Wang label to work on global business with Sublime Artist Agency 

Popular K-pop group GOT7 members are moving on in their careers. The group, which was under JYP Entertainment, ended its contract with the company on January 19 after seven years under the label. Though the musicians want to continue as a group, they will first explore individual opportunities in different agencies. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that singer Youngjae has joined Sublime Artist Agency which is home to popular celebrities including musician Rain and Oscar-winning film Parasite actor, Song Kang Ho. Now, Jackson Wang's Team Wang label will work on global business with the same agency.

GOT7's Jackson Wang's Team Wang label to work on global business with Sublime Artist Agency 

Jackson Wang took to his social media to confirm the news on January 22, 2021, and said, "I always hope I can make you all proud. I'm so blessed for having you all. Supporting & giving confidence to a kid like me when I had none since day 1. Will try our best to create unique and special things.2021. Different identities in different fields.
LET’S MAKE HISTORY."

The official announcement from Sublime Artist Agency confirmed that they will together with Team Wang on global business, including Korea and China, which is personally run and established by Jackson himself. The statement of Team Wang read, "TEAM WANG and SUBLIME ARTIST AGENCY, one of our major business partners, will engage in extensive global collaboration in 2021. TEAM WANG and SUBLIME ARTIST AGENCY are collaborating across varying business functions and conducting business in the music industry, production, and managing various artists. Both companies will continue to develop businesses together."

 

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GOT7 members Youngjae and Jackson Wang will be in the same company. The other members are yet to confirm their new agencies.

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Why is David Dhawan having sleepless nights over Varun Dhawan’s wedding?

Being in David Dhawan’s shoes is not a good place to be in right now. The poor father of the star-bridegroom Varun Dhawan is going crazy figuring out whom to invite and whom to strike off the very exclusive guest list.

Why is David Dhawan having sleepless nights over Varun Dhawan’s wedding

A very close friend of the Dhawan family confides that David is a very troubled man, “He is having sleepless nights ever since the family decided to invite selected guests. But select whom? David has been a part of the film industry for 45 years. He has formed innumerable professional and personal relationships. The thought of inviting some and dropping most of his long-standing associates from the guest list is killing him.”

The friend says, friends of the family are not making it any easier for the Dhawans to prepare a final guest list. “There are David’s friends, Varun’s friends, Varun’s brother Rohit’s friends and Natasha’s friends. They’re calling up to inform that that they haven’t received the invitation yet. Every time such a call comes, David quickly puts the caller’s name on the list. Then he realizes that there are others who must get priority and then some more names are dropped.”

Says the friend, “David is going crazy trying to prepare a final guest list. I feel Varun and Natasha should have gone off to an unknown destination with their immediate families, like Aditya Chopra and Rani Mukerji. Kissi ko nahin bulana manzoor hai lekin kuch ko bulana aur baqi ko nahin bulana kataiyee manzoor nahin (not inviting anyone is okay, calling a selected few not okay).”

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After the massive fight on the sets of Shah Rukh Khan's Pathan, security tightened at Yash Raj Studios; Aditya Chopra orders probe

The scuffle on the sets of Siddharth Anand’s Pathan has cautioned Yash Raj Studios where the incident took place, against untoward incidents. A very close friend of Aditya Chopra, who owns Yash Raj, tells me the head honcho has taken very serious note of the incident.

After the massive fight on the sets of Shah Rukh Khan's Pathan, security tightened at Yash Raj Studios; Aditya Chopra orders probe

“Though the Pathan unit is trying to pass off the incident as a heated argument, there was no doubt about the exchange of physical blows. This is something that has never happened at Yash Raj before, and that too on the sets of a Shah Rukh Khan starrer, is a very sad comment on the decline of discipline in the workplace. Adi isn’t taking it lightly. He has ordered a probe into the incident,” says the source.

Shah Rukh Khan is said to be specially worried about the women on the set. “We can’t have the men brawling on a set. This isn’t a beer bar,” the producer’s friend said to me.

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Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal's wedding reportedly to have COVID-19 restricted list; reception to be held on January 26

After years of courtship, actor Varun Dhawan and his longtime girlfriend Natasha Dalal are ready to tie the knot on January 24 in Alibaug. The couple was set to get married in 2020 but due to the pandemic, their plans were delayed.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal's wedding reportedly to have COVID-19 restricted list; reception to be held on January 26

According to the reports, their wedding will have a COVID-19 restricted list. The wedding will have 40 members from both families in Alibaug. They will stay in a resort from January 22 to 26 and plan to return to Mumbai post that. While there are lots of lists floating around of the celebrities attending the wedding, the guest list is pretty small.

The wedding will take place at Mansion House on January 24 followed by a reception on January 26.

As far as the wedding is concerned,  majority of the festivities are set to take place in Alibaug. Arjun Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor are scheduled to perform during the sangeet ceremony. Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif are expected to attend the ceremony.

Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal have been in a relationship since before he made his debut in Student Of The Year.

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SCOOP: Tiger Shroff’s Heropanti 2 shoot delayed due to Covid; final touches being given to the script

Tiger Shroff was all set to start shooting for the sequel of his debut film, Heropanti from the month of December and there was a talk all across about how the makers were planning to shoot the film in over 9 countries. The film was to feature Tara Sutaria as the female lead alongside Tiger. However, Bollywood Hungama has now learnt that the shooting of the action thriller has been delayed.

SCOOP Tiger Shroff’s Heropanti 2 shoot delayed due to Covid; final touches being given to the script

“The film was to be shot across the globe, however owing to the new variant of Coronavirus; the makers could not even complete their recce of shooting spots. It’s all a wait and watch scenario for the film right now and the makers will churn out a new schedule once the global scenario of Covid 19 is under control,” a source close to the development told Bollywood Hungama.

The new mutant of Covid 19 is not the only reason for delay. “The script of the film also took longer than expected, and the writing department is, giving it finishing touches. In the meanwhile, producer Sajid Nadiadwala has commenced work on Bachchan Pandey, which is more of a test shoot for him under the experience of Akshay Kumar and he will implement a similar shooting strategy on Heropanti 2 as well,” the source further shared. The movie is directed by Ahmed Khan, who is at present working on the action scenes of the film with the plan to present Tiger Shroff in a never seen before larger-than-life avatar.

“Hopefully, we should get rolling before March. We all are waiting for the situation to be a little better as travelling to places like the UK, and the US is a little risky in times like these. There is also a possibility of change in some of the already decided shooting spots. A new schedule will be churned out soon, as the idea is to complete the film with the unit in one go at multiple locations,” a source associated with the film said.

The movie will mark the fifth collaboration of Tiger Shroff with mentor Sajid Nadiadwala after Heropanti, Baaghi, Baaghi 2 and Baaghi 3.

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Akshay Kumar - Alia Bhatt - Deols - Shahid Kapoor to clash on Diwali 2021 with their movies Rakshabandhan, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Apne 2 and Jersey

The Covid-19 pandemic sent a lot of releases direct to OTT with cinemas being shut for an extended period. However, another fall out of the pandemic lockdown was the stalling of shoots, but with things slowly returning to normal shooting has resumed. Now, we hear that with multiple films being shot, 2021 will be an interesting year with releases. In fact, come Diwali the audience will see a four way clash at the box office with Akshay Kumar, Alia Bhatt, the Deols and Shahid Kapoor going head to head with their respective releases Rakshabandhan, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Apne 2 and Jersey.

Akshay Kumar - Alia Bhatt - Deols - Shahid Kapoor to clash on Diwali 2021 with their movies Rakshabandhan, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Apne 2 and Jersey

As per trade sources Bollywood Hungama has learnt that Diwali 2021 will see a massive box office clash. Commenting on the same a source says, “Every producer wants to maximize profits from their film, and what better way than to ensure a festive release? Now Diwali is a big festival that has over the years seen massive collections at the ticket window, so it is obvious that filmmakers and producers will be making a bee line to release their films on this date.” Ask the source for details on the clash and he continues, “Yes Diwali 2021 will be a firecracker! We have Akshay Kumar who announced his release Rakshabandhan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi being readied for release on the same day as well and the Deols returning with Apne 2. Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey which is a remake of the Telugu sports drama that featured Nani is also slated for a Diwali release.”

“The Akshay Kumar starrer Rakshabandhan and the Deols’ Apne 2 both are family dramas that will appeal to the masses, on the other hand the Alia Bhatt starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime film based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. But knowing SLB, he will tailor the film to suit the Indian family audience. As for the Shahid Kapoor film, Jersey is a sports drama that features cricket at its core, now we all know that this sport is almost a religion in India, so it will be the audience who benefit the most with this clash”, says the source.

Though the clash will be rather interesting, it remains to be seen which of the four films will take a lion’s share of the screens available or be deferred to a later date. “Given the fact that the pandemic is far from over, it remains to be seen whether by Diwali theatres will resume full occupancy. Besides this there will also be a scuffle among the four films to get a larger screen count and maximize viewership”, adds the source.

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Parineeti Chopra and Anil Kapoor’s roles in Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal revealed

On January 1, the makers of Ranbir Kapoor's upcoming film Animal unveiled an audio teaser and title of the film. The film directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga of Kabir Singh fame will also see Parineeti Chopra, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol in pivotal roles.

Parineeti Chopra and Anil Kapoor’s roles in Ranbir Kapoor starrer Animal revealed

According to reports, Animal is a gangster drama but is made in a space that has never been done before. The film deals with the turbulent relationships between all the characters and how eventually the lead protagonist becomes an animal in nature.

Reports further state that Parineeti Chopra plays Ranbir Kapoor's wife in the film while Anil Kapoor plays the role of the father who is an emperor in his line of business. Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that Bobby Deol will be seen donning the antagonist’s hat once again after Race 3 and Aashram.

The film will be produced by Bhushan Kumar, Murad Khetani and Vanga. The film will most most likely go on floor in June this year.

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Uttar Pradesh cops seek Mumbai Police Chief’s assistance in Tandav case; makers granted transit anticipatory bail

Amazon Prime Video and the makers of Tandav are in the headlines since an FIR was filed for hurting religious sentiments. After the series premiered last week on Friday,  January 15, an FIR was filed under IPC Sections 153A (promoting enmity between groups), 295 (defiling place of worship with intent to insult religion), 505 (statement conducing public mischief), 469 (forgery on the purpose of harming reputation) and a section for misuse of the digital platform. The FIR was filed at Hazratganj police station.

Uttar Pradesh cops seek Mumbai Police Chief’s assistance in Tandav case; makers granted transit anticipatory bail

As per the latest reports, a senior official said that a four-member team reached Mumbai on Tuesday, January 19, and first visited Andheri Police Station. Headed by Inspector Anil Kumar Singh, they then went to visit the Deputy Commissioner of Police’s (DCP) office in order to seek assistance.

On January 21, the team plans to record the statements of the people mentioned in the FIR including Aparna Purohit, an official of Amazon Prime Video, Ali Abbas Zafar, director and co-producer, Himanshu Krishna Mehra, the producer, Gaurav Solanki, the writer among others.

However, Bombay High Court’s Justice PD Nail granted three weeks’ transit anticipatory bail to Ali Abbas Zafar, Gaurav Solanki, Himanshu Mehra, and Aparna Purohit. The order enables the said people to apply for pre-arrest bail before the court.

ALSO READ: Tandav controversy: Makers decide to implement changes to the web series after row over ‘hurting sentiments’