Shahid Kapoor is currently a busy man with many back-to-back projects in the pipeline. Adding to that is also the fact that the actor is prepping to welcome his second child with his wife Mira Rajput. And now, the Kapoor boy has bought a plush duplex flat in Worli at Three Sixty West Towers, which boasts of plush sea-facing view in Mumbai.
The new flat of Shahid Kapoor is located on the 42nd-43rd floors of Towers B of Three Sixty West and the total area adds up to 8625 sq. ft. Besides this, he also owns a six car parking spot. If reports are to be believed, the flat has been registered on July 12 under the name of Shahid Pankaj Kapoor and his wife Mira Shahid Kapoor.
Besides this, let us tell you that there are many other Bollywood stars who own plush properties in the same towers. Akshay Kumar and Abhishek Bachchan are two other Bollywood stars who own expensive and luxurious flats at Three Sixty West. Both the stars reportedly purchased their properties at Rs. 27.94 crores and Rs. 41.14 crores respectively.
The said plush locality is supposed to be managed by the prestigious Ritz Carlton whose hotel will form the second tower in the same locality. Besides the promise of privacy, each apartment promises a distinct view of the sea at Worli.
On the work front, Shahid Kapoor will next be seen in Shree Narayan Singh’s Batti Gul Meter Chalu, co-starring Shraddha Kapoor, Yami Gautam. He will also be playing the lead in Sandeep Vanga’s Arjun Reddy remake, which is expected to feature Tara Sutaria. On the other hand, the actor will also start prep for Raja Krishna Menon’s film in which he plays the role of a boxer as well as Shree Narayan Singh’s next which is a thriller.
Today Karan Johar isn’t just regarded as one of the leading producers but also as one of the most successful directors of recent times. Now we hear that the maverick filmmaker has locked on his next directorial venture that will star, wait for it, Ranveer Singh!
Commenting on the same, a source close to the project adds, “Yes, Karan sir has finally zeroed on a script that he will direct, which will see him return behind the camera after the last big screen outing in 2016 with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. In fact, he is looking to go on floors with the project in the start 2019 itself.” Further when prodded for details on the story and cast, the source went on to add, “The film will be a two hero film and Karan has already locked Ranveer Singh to play one of the leads. Currently the casting for the second lead is on and once done, the rest of the details will also fall into place.”
Given both Karan Johar and Ranveer Singh’s past big screen outings, it will surely be interesting to see Ranveer Singh on the big screen being directed by Karan Johar.
Sooraj Pancholi and Katrina Kaif’s sister Isabelle Kaif will be coming together for the first time for the latter’s Bollywood debut Time To Dance. The film is a dance drama as the title suggests and will feature many intriguing songs in the album. Now reports have it that there will be as many as eight tracks in the film’s album.
Directed by Stanley D’Costa and produced by choreographer turned filmmaker Remo D’Souza, Time To Dance will explore many dance forms. From street style to Latin – ballroom dancing, the film will not just feature different styles of dancing but also music. Keeping in mind the musical backdrop, the songs, we hear, will also be picturized in an elaborate manner.
It is a known fact that Time To Dance went on floor in London last month. Sooraj Pancholi and Isabelle Kaif underwent rigorous training session before they kicked off the film’s schedule. While they are neck deep into filming the scenes, it is being said that producer Remo too has flown down to the Queen’s city for the song sequences. It seems that D’Souza will be choreographing all the tracks of the film.
On the other hand, Sooraj Pancholi too spoke to the media and in recent reports asserted that they have already completed the shooting of three songs. Furthermore, elaborating on it Sooraj stated that one of them is a romantic number between him and Isabelle. Also, he added that the other two songs are complete dance numbers. Amidst all these, the Hero actor also mentioned that the tracks in the film’s albums have been created with the intention of exploring different styles of dances.
Besides the two of them, Time To Dance also stars Waluscha De Sousa who also plays the role of a dancer along with Sooraj and Isabelle. It is also being said that Waluscha and Isabelle may play sisters in the film. The film will also feature Saqib Saleem in a cameo as he will be seen essaying the character of a lawyer.
Earlier today we reported that the Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi is all set for a collision course with the Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30 at the box office next year on January 25. Well, apart from these two films, the Emraan Hashmi film Cheat India is also slated to hit screens on the same day. But now we hear that the makers of Thackeray have also zeroed in on January 23 as the perfect release date for their Bal Thackeray biopic. Interestingly, while a clash would obviously affect all the films, the makers of Thackeray have apparently approached the makers of both Cheat India and Super 30 to defer the release of their films.
Commenting on the same a source says, “The Bal Thackeray film will be big, and the makers are looking to release it across the most amount of screens as possible. In this interest, the makers of Thackeray have approached the makers of Cheat India and Super 30 to differ the release of the their films to ensure a clear run for Thackeray.” When prodded further whether there has been any response from the makers of the other two films the source goes on to add, “As of now there has been no revert but there still is a long time till the release.”
However, when contacted a spokesperson from Sanjay Raut’s production company that is bankrolling Thackeray denied the development. Talking about it, the spokesperson from Raut'ers Entertainment' said, “As of now there has been no such development, but yes we have finalized on January 23, 2019 as the release date for the film. Now since there are other releases as well it is up to the makers of those respective films whether they want to shift the release or not.”
While it still remains too early to say whether any of the makers will defer the release of their films, come January 23, it will be interesting to see four varied releases hit screens.
We haven’t seen Imran Khan on the big screen since the 2015 Kangana Ranaut starrer Katti Batti. While the actor has become a family man, spending time with his wife Avantika and daughter Imara, it seems that he has been contemplating about switching to direction. In fact, there are reports claiming that the Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na actor has confessed about his love to stay behind the camera.
And now the latest update on that front is that Imran Khan has indeed taken up direction and has even finished his first project. If these reports are to be believed, Imran recently directed his first ad film for Dharma 2.0. For the uninitiated, let us tell you that Dharma 2.0 is the production wing that looks into ad films.
Though what product the ad commercial is for and other details are yet to be revealed. Reports also have it that this is just a stepping stone for the actor as he is already looking at scripts he can direct. It is also being said that Imran Khan is already in process of planning his first film as a director. However, there has been no official confirmation on these details by far.
Speaking of Imran Khan, the actor made his debut with Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na opposite Genelia D’Souza. The actor went on to star in films like I Hate Luv Storys, Break Ke Baad, Delhi Belly, Mere Brother Ki Dulhan amongst others. After Gori Tere Pyaar Mein in 2013, he returned to the big screen after two years with Katti Batti and since then is yet to announce his next Bollywood project as an actor.
The fact that Yamla Pagla Deewana - Phir Se has some interesting cameos to look forward to is something that is known to all. We already got a glimpse of Salman Khan in the trailer. The list also includes Rekha, Shatrughan Sinha and the latter’s actress-daughter Sonakshi Sinha. While we have reported all these details, did you know that Shatrughan Sinha will not just be a part of a song but will actually have a role to play?
Well, recent reports assert that Shatrughan Sinha will be sharing screen space with his good friend Dharmendra not just in a song but also in scenes. In fact, it is being said that the veteran actor turned politician will essay the character of a judge in Yamla Pagla Deewana -Phir Se. Whereas, Dharmendra is said to play the role of a lawyer in the film.
Although we are unaware of the reason for the extended screen time, we must say it will be interesting to see the two actors reuniting on screen after over two decades. Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha have acted together in a handful of films including Dost, Blackmail, Teesri Aankh amongst others and their last screen appearance together was in 1989.
What has also piqued interest is the fact that Shatrughan Sinha will be seen sharing screen space with his daughter Sonakshi Sinha. While the two were supposed to a couple of scenes together in the actress’ 2016 release Akira that failed to happen. And now, finally we will get to see the Sinha father-daughter duo shaking a leg together.
Amidst the many intriguing elements that are quite different from the two franchises of Yamla Pagla Deewana, let us tell you that this one will also have an interesting twist to some old Bollywood chartbusters. Popular songs like ‘Oh Mere Sona Re’ and ‘Rafta Rafta’ have been remade for the film.
Starring Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol and Kriti Kharbanda as Bobby’s love interest, Yamla Pagla Deewana – Phir Se is directed by Navaniat Singh. The film is slated to release on August 31.
Earlier this month, we had reported that the Batti Gul Meter Chalu duo, Shahid Kapoor and filmmaker Shree Narayan Singh are all set to come together. Now, yet another update on that front is that the Jhamu Sughand banner, which hasn't seen the light of the day after the demise of Jhamu in 2008, will now return to Bollywood with this film.
Let us tell you that the late producer Jhamu Sughand had been a part of some of the most iconic films during the late 90s and early 2000s. The producer has been a part of cult Bollywood films like Bombay, Rangeela, Chachi 420, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Earth [starring Aamir Khan and Nandita Das] amongst others. Now, his banner is all set be revived with this Shree Narayan Singh directorial which is a thriller.
Shree Narayan Singh, who is known for social dramas like Toilet-Ek Prem Katha and the forthcoming Batti Gul Meter Chalu, will be exploring a new territory with his next. On the other hand, Shahid Kapoor plays a lawyer in Batti Gul Meter Chalu but the details of his role in this thriller are currently under wraps. The film is written by Siddharth and Garima.
In the past reports, it was being said that the film will be set against the backdrop of Uttar Pradesh and Singh had also mentioned about how it is a subject that hasn’t been explored much in the past. The rest of the cast including the leading lady is yet to be announced.
On the other hand, the untitled venture is expected to go on floor somewhere in 2019 only. The reason being, Shahid Kapoor is packed with films as of now. The actor’s next with Singh, Batti Gul Meter Chalu will be releasing in September this year. Amidst that, he has now kicked off his next film Arjun Reddy remake with Sandeep Vanga. After that, the Kapoor boy will focus his energy on Raja Krishna Menon’s next in which he plays a boxer. Owing to the same, Shree Narayan’s next has been scheduled to start next year.
The fact that we don’t see Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan sharing screen space on the big screen may be a tad bit disappointing for the fans. But the royal couple has another intriguing deal up their sleeve, according to recent reports. And it is said to be for endorsing royal fashion or rather fashion inspired by Indian royalty.
Recent reports suggest that Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan will be coming together to endorse ethnic wear for a designer brand. These outfits will be inspired from the royal lineage or rather the royal Indian gharanas and will offer a wide range of traditional wears. Although further details on the brand and deal are kept under wraps, reports state that the idea has piqued the interest of the royal couple.
If these reports are to be believed, the wide range was initially supposed to be designed for men’s clothing and the collection was apparently titled The House of Pataudis. However, later, it was reportedly expanded into women’s clothing line as well. As for approaching Saif and Kareena, it is not only true that Saif is the Nawab of Pataudi but yet another fact about the power couple is that they are known for their sense of style and glamour. Hence, we hear that they were the obvious choice to endorse the brand.
Furthermore, sources in these reports have also been quoted stating that the designs will tap the unexplored territories of Indian royalty and will make use of fabrics from varied regions, ranging from Punjab to Rajasthan to even South India. As for the collection, we hear that it will release in the market only in the second half of the year.
Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan have by far not made any announcement on this front. However, Saif has commented in recent reports stating that everyone will get to know about all the details in good time and only once everything is confirmed.
Soon to be dad Shahid Kapoor is certainly a busy man. With multiple projects in the pipeline and his second baby on the way, we must say that Shahid is certainly doing a stellar job managing it all. Shahid who is currently working on Batti Gul Meter Chalu has apparently signed a three film deal with Zee Studios.
Sources say that Shahid Kapoor and Zee Studios have locked a three film deal that will be spread out across 5 years. Though details of which three films exactly Shahid will be part of are unavailable, a source close to the developments says, “Shahid and Zee have been in conversation for the same and will be locking the deal in the coming days. Once done, an official announcement of the same will be made.” However, on the other hand, Zee Studios has denied the development.
While the authenticity of the said three film deal is still subject to change, Shahid on the other hand already has his hands full. Last seen in the Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial Padmaavat, Shahid Kapoor will next be seen in Batti Gul Meter Chalu, Arjun Reddy remake, Raja Krishna Menon’s next and Shree Narayan Singh’s next.
Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon are all set to come together for the comic caper Arjun Patiala. While the film’s shoot was wrapped up recently, we hear that the release of the same has been pushed further. Although the announcement on the new release date is yet to be made, it seems that the release schedule of the film in all probability will undergo a change.
A source close to the film confirmed the development stating that the film may be delayed and an announcement about the new release is expected to be made by sometime next month. On the other hand, further details on the reason for the delay etc. haven’t been divulged as yet. It is also being said that Arjun Patiala, which was expected to release in September, may only be pushed by a month and may release in October. However, there has been no confirmation on these details.
Besides Diljit Dosanjh and Kriti Sanon, the film will also see the latter reuniting with her Dilwale co-star Varun Sharma. The film will see her essaying the role of a news-hungry TV reporter. On the other hand, it will see Diljit and Varun Sharma in the role of cops. Besides the fun trio, the film also has Sunny Leone in an interesting cameo.
While she will add some peppiness to the music album of Arjun Patiala, let us tell you that Sunny Leone also plays an interesting role in this film set against the backdrop of Punjab. The actress essays the character of a small-town beauty parlour owner in the film.
Produced by Dinesh Vijan and directed by Abhishek Chaubey, the film has been shot in varied locations across North India.
Earlier, we had mentioned that Disha Patani is kicking off the training for Bharat. The actress, even though will not be seen as the leading lady, has an integral role in the film. We had also maintained that she will be playing a trapeze artist in the film. Keeping that in mind, she will be seen performing many stunts in the film and whilst training for it, Disha suffered a major injury.
Recent reports suggest that Disha Patani, who was taking gymnastic lessons to perform the stunts of the film, sprained her knees. During one of the practice sessions, the actress injured herself and will now be undergoing physiotherapy. She has also been advised by her doctors to stay away from excessive physical activity. However, there have been no further details of whether the actress will be continuing shooting for the film despite her injury.
Speaking of her role, it was earlier being said that Disha is expected to showcase some of her daredevilry as a part of the role. The actress is said to play a character, who is a part of the circus troupe, and hence will be seen doing some mind-blowing stunts like playing with fire etc. Some of her high octane stunts may also require pyrotechnics.
It was also being said that international trainers from abroad were invited to India to help Disha Patani train for her role in Bharat. While she will be sharing screen space with Salman Khan for the first time in this Ali Abbas Zafar directorial, it is yet to be seen if she will have scenes with the leading lady of the film Priyanka Chopra.
Bharat, which is the remake of the Korean drama Ode To My Father, is expected to kick off with a massive circus sequence in the next few days. It is being said that the actress is hoping to recover by then to attend the mahurat shot with Salman Khan. The film is slated to release during Eid next year.
The long time feud story of Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan will now be revived, albeit in a professional kind of clash. The much ambitious project of Kangana Ranaut, Manikarnika – The Queen of Jhansi, based on the historical tale of Rani Laxmibai will release only next year. Also, the film will be releasing during the Republic Day weekend of January, which will also see the release of Super 30.
Confirming the date of the same, the spokesperson of Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi has released a statement saying, "Zee Studios & producer Kamal Jain proudly announce release date of the most-anticipated magnum opus, #Manikarnika -The Queen of Jhansi. Mark your calendar as this extraordinary tale of strength & valour that inspired Indians across generations comes alive on silver screen on January 25, 2019."
The release date of Manikarnika has finally been locked after the film faced several setbacks. While the film was slated to release way earlier, it faced delays owing to its grandeur and historical backdrop. The film was expected to hit the big screens somewhere in April, followed by which it was pushed to August since it was incomplete then. After that, the makers were keen on an Independence Day release which is already occupied by another biggie, Gold starring Akshay Kumar. And now keeping everything in mind, the makers of Manikarnika have decided to retain the January release date. Recent reports also suggest that the makers are planning on releasing a teaser in the next few days.
On the other hand, the makers of Super 30 which includes Phantom, Sajid Nadiadwala and Reliance had announced that they would release the film on January 25 much earlier.
Speaking of Super 30, the film will feature Hrithik Roshan as the protagonist in a biopic for the first time. It is based on the life of mathematician Anand Kumar, who coaches underprivileged yet talented kids for IIT entrance exams, by selecting 30 most talented students from the batch every year. Super 30 also stars Mrunal Thakur, Nandish Sandhu amongst others in prominent roles too.
The handsome actor Amit Sadh is undoubtedly one of the most exceptional actors in the Bollywood industry. His versatility in choosing roles to choosing unusual hobbies has always been the talk of the town. It's no hidden fact that Amit is an adventure lover and more over a passionate rider. Be it participating in the road safety programs or training hard to clear the levels at the prestigious California Superbike School, Amit has time & again proven his love for riding.
The actor has now gone an extra mile ahead and has joined hands with a popular superbike team called as Speed Angels, thereby becoming first Bollywood celebrity ever to join a racing team. The Delhi based team Speed Angels comprises of four enthusiastic bikers and were the first superbike racing team to participate in the 19th JK Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship.
Confirming his association, Amit Sadh says, "I am grateful to be associated with Speed Angels team. Shakti Raj Singh is like a mentor and a brother to me who has been guiding to follow my dreams. I am very excited to be on track to compete with some amazing riders.”
Arshad Warsi can breathe easy. There is no move afoot to bring in Ranbir Kapoor as Sanjay Dutt’s buddy-sidekick in Rajkumar Hirani’s Munnabhai series. A source close to the series says, “It will always be Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi as Munnabhai and Circuit. Some writer somewhere got excited about seeing Hirani and Ranbir work together again after Sanju and decided on their behalf that they’re doing Munnabhai together. But the truth is, there is no script for the next Munnabhai film yet. Writer Abhijat Joshi has been asked to work on the next Munnabhai film. But he’s yet to crack a subject.”
The source also reveals that since the next Munnabhai film will take time, Hirani and Ranbir Kapoor may collaborate for another film. “But not Munnabhai. That will be with Dutt and Warsi only,” affirms the source.
Not too many know that initially producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had approached Shah Rukh Khan and Vivek Oberoi to play Munnabhai and Circuit in the Munnabhai series. Once Sanjay Dutt and Arshad Warsi were on board for the two roles there was no looking back.
Ranveer Singh is an inspiring success story and a massive youth icon. One who has grown in a competitive industry riding on merit and extreme hard-work and passion, Ranveer is the perfect representation of youth aspirations and resonates the language of the youth – edgy, envelope pushing zeal. Which is why, the superstar has been roped in to join world renowned spiritual guru Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev for an insightful conversation at IIM Bangalore Alumni Association's Annual Leadership Conclave www.iimbue.com to discuss the future of mankind.
It is the most awaited event in town and the global alumni community of India’s premier management institute, IIM Bangalore is delighted to host Ranveer Singh and Sadhguru’s discussion session on Saturday, July 21. Ranveer will be quizzing the spiritual guru on the subject ‘Sensing The Future’.
“Ranveer Singh will be the host of the session and will be prodding Sadhguru to unlock his wisdom and knowledge to the youth and try and gauge into our future. It will be a lively, engaging conversation given Ranveer’s personality and charm and Sadhguru’s wisdom. Ranveer will ask Sadhguru to tell us how mankind’s existence will shape up given we live in an era of scientific generation. Ranveer will ask Sadhguru regarding how high tech technologies and scientific breakthroughs will impact society and social structures and countries and generations. Sadhguru will try to decode what lies ahead and tell us how future is being impacted by our present,” says a source from the organising committee.
While certainly this wass one of the most awaited conversations with the shapers of the next generation Ranveer and Sadhguru ended the session in true celebrity style with a dance off.
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After the Sanjay Dutt biography, if there is another one on a Bollywood film star that has been grabbing headlines then it is about Priyanka Chopra. The book in questioned is Priyanka Chopra: The Incredible Story of a Global Bollywood Star by Aseem Chhabra. Yet another story that left us quite surprised can be traced back to the times when Priyanka found her stepping stone to success – when she bagged the title of Miss World in 2000.
It was a known fact that, Priyanka Chopra, who hailed from Bareilly [a small town in India], was an unconventional beauty when she won the title of Miss World. Along with her, two other Indians bagged the prestigious titles that year, who were Lara Dutta who became Miss Universe and Dia Mirza who became Miss Asia-Pacific. But before winning those titles worldwide, the trio also won the respective titles as Miss India during the beauty pageant that happens in the country every year.
With some prominent members from the entertainment and sports industry comprising of the judging panel, Femina Miss India is considered to be one of the most respected beauty pageants in the country. Pradeep Guha, who was one of the mentors for contestants that year, has spoken about the contest in 2000 in the said book. He revealed that one of the jury members considered that Priyanka Chopra was dark.
The excerpt from the book read, "Not everybody in the jury was initially in favour of her. One person mentioned she's too dark," he recalls, without naming the jury member. She kind of always improved on herself day on day, day on day. I knew that she would give in 200 per cent if she gets in." Guha said. Although he was quite impressed with the actress, he often wondered why she wasn’t the obvious choice despite the fact that she only went on to become better as the contest progressed.
"I think she needed a little more confidence. I think she wasn't quite sure initially whether this was the thing she wanted to do. She came in a bit tentatively. By the time the contest started she seemed a lot more collected and definitely more confident of herself."
Part of the reason Priyanka felt unsure was because she was an outsider, as compared to some of the other contestants, including Lara who was already a professional model, maintained Guha.
Currently, Priyanka Chopra is considered to be a global star and is in news for dating American singer-songwriter Nick Jonas. The actress recently wrapped up the final season of her much popular American FBI drama ‘Quantico’. On the Bollywood front, she will be reuniting with superstar Salman Khan after a decade in Bharat.
Bhumi Pednekar is known for girl-next-door roles. Whether it was her debut film Dum Laga Ke Haisha or the ones that followed, the actress resonated with the audience as a small-town girl. Her character in Lust Stories soon became a talking point for her different avatar and also for her experimentation.
For the uninitiated, Bhumi Pednekar plays the unconventional role of a housemaid in the film that was a part of the Lust Stories anthology. The actress’ lovemaking scene with Neil Bhooplam has also garnered attention for her breaking away from her girl-next-door image. Speaking on the same to a leading daily, Bhumi Pednekar confessed that it was initially quite unnerving for her to do the scene for the first time.
She stated in these reports that probably why people were quite taken aback because she is doing such a kind of role for the first time. She also reasoned about the need for the scene mentioning about how class divide played an important role in the story and also a woman’s feelings. Keeping all of it in mind, Zoya found it integral. Bhumi was also pleasantly surprised that the story became a talk of the town and how it was beautiful that people didn’t constantly focus only on that particular love making scene.
Besides that, Bhumi also heaped praises on Zoya Akhtar for shooting the scene quite aesthetically. The actress also spoke about how despite the fact that she watched the film with her mother, the scene didn’t make her or her mother uncomfortable.
On the other hand, Bhumi Pednekar is also quite excited about her next film Son Chiriya. The actress will be sharing screen space with Sushant Singh Rajput and they are supposed to play dacoits in this Abhishek Chaubey directorial. The actress went on to explain that it has been one of the toughest roles she has played in her career and that she hopes it is the fourth hit film of her career!
Mahesh Bhatt gave Mallika Sherawat one of the biggest hits of her career with Murder. The actress, who shot to fame with this romantic thriller, continues to share a great bond with the filmmaker whom she considers as one of her mentors. However, when the actress went on to recall her past incidents on how she faced sexual harassment and casting couch incidents in Bollywood, it left Bhatt shell shocked as she never confessed or revealed these details to him despite the great camaraderie they shared.
In recent media reports, Mahesh Bhatt has expressed his shock when he came across the incidents that were revealed by Mallika. He also expressed disappointment over the fact that if he was aware of these incidents, he would have definitely stood up for her, even if it means fighting it out within the fraternity. Continuing to heap praises at his Murder actress, Mahesh stated that she was a strong girl and also expressed his anger over such people who made her a victim of their imaginary power.
Reports also have it that Mahesh Bhatt found it unbelievable that Mallika didn’t share such an important detail with him considering that she often shares a lot of details with the filmmaker due to their rapport. He also reportedly felt upset that he never realized what she was fighting with.
On the other hand, Mahesh Bhatt also reminisced about the time he met Mallika Sherawat for the first time. Mallika met the Bhatts for Murder which featured her as the leading lady. He feels that the actress had the ire in her as she wanted to be the most good-looking and talented actress. The filmmaker stated that in a place like Bollywood, where relations are often tentative, Mallika has stayed in touch in with him. He appreciates her for doing so despite travelling to places from U.S to Paris. Besides all these, Mahesh has also wished her all the luck in reports and also is quite happy about her going to places.
You would think that the threats and bullying for his new film Mulk would daunt Anubhav Sinha who has made romantic films all his life. Suddenly the romantic is facing the flak. “Just because Mulk addresses some uncomfortable home-truths trolls are having a field day. They accuse the film of being funded by Dawood, That’s the easiest way to malign any Hindi film. I am not getting affected by such nonsense.”
But Anubhav is not the least intimidated. “I come from Varanasi. Abuses, profanities and threats don’t bother me. I am 6-foot guy. I can take care of myself. But my friends are worried. The minute the trailer of Mulk came out I started getting concerned calls from friends from abroad and in India. Many of these concerned callers were Muslims. ‘Look after yourself,’ they said. That worried me.”
Anubhav wonders what he has done that should be cause for concern. “The isolation of the Indian Muslim due to some terror acts is an issue that should bother all of us. I grew up in Varanasi where there would be a communal riot every other week. Then I moved to Aligarh where the Muslims made me feel completely at home. They never made me feel different from them. So when did this business of ‘them’ and ‘us’ start?”
Anubhav has steered away from politics all his life. “I’ve never made a film about politics. Mulk is my first political film because this is a subject that I had to address. Although it’s a political film there is not a single politician in my film. My point is, who precipitates this awful violence against an 80-year old man who is not guilty of the crime he is accused of? Even if he was, would we do this to an old man in normal times?”
Though volatile in theme, Mulk got the actors Anubhav wanted. “I went to Rishi Kpaoor with much dread wondering if not him, then who? But he heard my narration and immediately agreed to be in the film. Rajat Kapoor was one of the last actors to come on board. When he heard what the film was about he agreed to do any part I wanted him to.”
Mulk has just been cleared by the censor board with a ‘UA’ certificate. Anubhav is delighted. “After the film was passed with only a few minor cuts I sent a thankyou message to all the members of the censor board. I don’t think too many filmmakers do that. I went to the censor board thinking there would be trouble, considering the theme. I even thought of consulting Anurag Kashyap who has faced censor troubles repeatedly. Finally though, I had no trouble with the censor board at all. I want to thank them for getting the point. Mulk is a film that needed to be made. We can no longer sweep the isolation of the Indian Muslim community under the carpet.”
Anubhav says he wants to reclaim that part of Hindutva which has been hijacked by fringe elements. “I greet my friends with a ‘Jai SriRam’ and they look at me as if to say, ‘Et tu, Brute?’ But I want the fringe groups to know, ‘You don’t represent me’. Jai Sri Ram doesn’t belong to you.”
Bollywood star and the country’s leading fashion icon belting out hits with rhythmic consistency in the last 11 years with her movies, actress Sonam Kapoor Ahuja has been roped in to endorse Vega - one of the biggest beauty accessory and appliances brand in India. Vega has one of the largest ranges of ‘head to toe’ Beauty accessories.
As part of the brand association, Sonam K Ahuja will feature in the latest TV campaign coming in August 2018 for their Hair Styling appliances portfolio. Talking about the same Mr Sandeep Jain – Director, Vega Industries Pvt. Ltd said, “This is the second campaign from Vega and we all are really excited about how it’s going. We all are extremely happy with Sonam K Ahuja’s association with VEGA. Her fashion and style complement the personality of the brand and the campaign perfectly. Watching Sonam bring it alive on-screen is something magical. The photographers, the directors, everyone is on board with the attitude of the campaign and all of us here are truly elated to see the magic come alive. Catch the Hair Straighteners Hair Dryers and Hair curlers with Be Vega campaign, coming soon to various platforms. Be ready. Be Vega.”
Speaking about her association with the brand, Sonam said, “I love fashion and style; I feel that I can express myself best through my style and any brand that resonates with my attitude I proudly flaunt it. When it comes to looking great, well-styled hair is probably the most important aspect. You can't go wrong with your hairdo! Vega hair styling products have a solution for all my hair styling needs, whether I like to keep it simple or experiment, VEGA has everything l need. This is my first campaign with Vega and it’s been a great experience so far. We all know how much I love styling my hair. And so does Vega! They have the widest range of hair styling products, I mean, everything to help me style my hair, the way I want it. And that’s what I love about the brand.”
While they originally introduced us to the sleek action thriller franchise Race, this time around it was taken over by Remo D’Souza. But besides this, the director duo Abbas-Mustan has time and again explored the suspense and thriller genre in Bollywood. Now taking it a step ahead, they want to adapt one of the most successful Korean survival dramas The Tunnel [Teo-neol].
The film that released in 2016 will now have a Hindi remake but the details of casting are yet to be finalized. The original, starring Ha Jung-woo, features a man who is on his way to celebrate his daughter’s birthday. He has to pass through a tunnel amidst the mountains to reach his destination and when he does, the tunnel suddenly collapses. When he gains consciousness, he realizes that he is stranded in his car with only his phone, two bottles of water and a birthday cake to his rescue. How he struggles to find his way out is what the film revolves around.
Even though we aren’t aware of the details of the cast, recent reports claim that Abbas – Mustan are planning to get A-list and well-known actors on board. The film also has another important character in the form of Dae-kyung [played by Oh Dal-Su] who is the head of the rescue team who are struggling to get a stranded Lee Jung-Soo [Ha Jung-Woo] out of the tunnel.
The Tunnel is expected to be adapted as per Indian sensibilities and is said to go on floor by the end of this year, somewhere in December. An official announcement is expected once the main cast, the shooting dates are locked for the remake.
The Abbas-Mustan duo last came together for Machine in 2017 which was the launch vehicle of Abbas’ son Mustafar Burmawala. The film featured Kiara Advani as his love interest.
Damaged, the first original show by Hungama, India’s largest digital entertainment company, has garnered over 20 million views in 30 days since its launch on 6th June 2018. A psychological crime drama, Damaged is India’s first ground-breaking show about a female serial killer. Available on Hungama Play, Hungama’s video-on-demand platform, the show was distributed across multiple platforms, reaching an audience of over 50 million. Hungama’s association with Xiaomi enabled consumers to watch the show through Hungama Play on Mi Video and Mi TV. This is in addition to the viewers having the option to catch the show via Hungama Play on Vodafone Play, Idea Movies & TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick and other Android TVs.
Having won over the domestic audience, the show has now been launched in 13 additional countries. This includes Malaysia, Maldives, Fiji, Australia, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates. Viewers across these territories will be able to watch the show with subtitles on Hungama Play.
Speaking about the show’s success, Neeraj Roy, Managing Director and CEO, Hungama Digital Media said, “The stellar performance of our first original show is a testament to the power of storytelling and the influence a great narrative can have on the audience. Our robust distribution strategy helped us have multiple consumer touchpoints and gave us access to a large set of consumer communities including international markets. We plan to explore a similar strategy for our upcoming original due to launch in the next 10 days.”
Damaged stars, Amruta Khanvilkar as the seductress, Lovina – a promiscuous, brutal and remorseless serial killer, and Amit Sial as Abhay – a ruthless, angry and trigger–happy cop. Starting off as an intriguing cat and mouse game between Lovina and Abhay, the show also provides interesting insights into human behaviour, with both the leads essaying roles that are grey and unconventional. The show is directed by Aarambhh Mohan Singh and produced by Ekant Babani owned Alligator Media Productions. Damaged also stars Shruti Ulfat, Anil Mange, Dhruvaditya Bhagwanai, Amit Gaur, Rohan Shah and Shreyes Lowlekar, among others.
The Sanjay Dutt biopic aka Sanju starring Ranbir Kapoor is on everybody’s minds right now! The film, whilst receiving rave response at the box office, also received flak for whitewashing the image of Sanjay Dutt. Amongst all these, Ram Gopal Varma has now gone ahead and announced another biopic on Sanjay Dutt that will revolve around the TADA aspect of his life.
Like Sanju says, Sanjay Dutt’s life can be described as many lives in one but if there is something that has overpowered the other aspects in a major way is his brush with law, to be more specific TADA [Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act]. The actor was arrested after the much disastrous 1993 Bombay Blasts because he possessed illegal weapons that were a part of the consignment that was used to destroy the financial capital of India.
While there were many theories, later on, it was being said that Sanjay Dutt had called for the weapon from the then underworld gangster Abu Salem [who was supposed to one of the conspirators behind the blasts] and another accused Riyaz Siddiqui for his family protection. The actor had confessed that he had received several threatening calls because of which he decided to call for these weapons for the protection of his sisters Namrata and Priya Dutt.
The TADA case that stretched for over a decade will be focus point in RGV’s tell-all-tale about Sanjay Dutt. The actor was arrested in 1993 after the weapons were found with him as per TADA, followed by which he was finally granted bail in 1995. Followed by his 18 months of imprisonment sentence, Sanjay Dutt has been in and out of prison over the case many times with him eventually being granted bail. However, it was in March 2013, when the Supreme Court upheld the TADA rules and eventually sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment but of course after keeping into consideration the fact that he has already served the 18 months.
Sanjay Dutt was subsequently released from prison in February 2016 for his good behavior from Yerawada Jail.
Details of who will play Sanjay Dutt in this biopic and the rest of the cast are yet to be revealed. Ram Gopal Varma has, in the past, worked with Sanju in two films – Daud  and Department 
Ishaan Khatter has made his big-ticket Bollywood introduction with Janhvi Kapoor in Shashank Khaitan's Dhadak. The stage is all set and Karan Johar has left no stone unturned to make sure that Janhvi and Ishaan get a dream debut that they have always dreamt of. While Janhvi is totally raw, this is Ishaan’s second film after Majid Majidi’s Beyond The Clouds. The early reviews of the movie suggest that he is confident and sure of his craft. In an interview with a leading publication, he expressed how he is extremely emotional about his mom and brother Shahid Kapoor and how he considers him a support in life.
For the uninitiated, Shahid is technically Ishaan's half-brother but the two have been thick as thieves since childhood. Even as a kid, Ishaan would hang around with Shahid on his sets and always looked upto him in every sense. He confessed that there is no concept of sibling rivalry between them because he is proud to be Shahid Kapoor's brother; after all, they are the same flesh and blood. He also called Shasha his primary male influence in life and recounted the time when he was down with typhoid on the sets of Udta Punjab where he was AD and Shahid was a lead actor. Ishaan said that his brother made sure that he took care of him for two days despite shooting simultaneously.
Not just Shahid, but even his baby girl - Misha dotes on her chachu, Ishaan. The Dhadak star revealed that Misha called out his name while watching the 'Zingaat' song from the film! Now, that's really cute!
Govinda’s comeback film Rangeela Raja just became more intriguing. It is already known that Govinda plays a double role. One of the characters is based on the fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya. It now comes to light that Govinda’s other character in Rangeela Raja is based on Baba Ramdev. In fact, the film’s helmer Pahlaj Nihalani has shot a song where apparently Baba Ramdev’s well-publicized interaction with Shilpa Shetty has been replicated.
Pahlaj Nihalani, usually so outspoken, is reluctant to call a spade a spade. Or a Baba a Baba.
“Bhai, abhi Sanju Baba ka zamana hai. Doosre Baba ka zikr kyon Karen? (It is the time for Sanju Baba why speak of another Baba?) But if you look at the pictures of the song you will know whom Govinda and newcomer Anupama Agnihotri are playing in that song. The rest I leave to your imagination,” says Nihalani.
Out of the many plush residences that the Kapoor family owns, one of them has now got into a legal dispute. The one in question is a plush apartment in Trump Towers in Pune's Kalyan Nagar owned by Ranbir Kapoor. The tenant, who was staying at this residence until October 2017, has sued the actor for not abiding by the agreement.
According to the complaint filed by the tenant Sheetal Suryawanshi, she and her family were asked to leave the residence even before they could complete the lock-in period as per the agreement. Reportedly, the tenant had signed a contract with the actor's team for 6,094 sq.ft. house with a lock-in period of 24 months. However, these reports have claimed that the tenant alleged that she received a notice 11 months after they shifted, in August, where in she was asked to empty the apartment in a span of one month.
The complainant has apparently also expressed the trauma she underwent owing to the same because the sudden notice had left her family in a lurch. In these reports, the tenant has also described her contract with Ranbir Kapoor for the residence wherein it has been allegedly clarified that the deal was sealed after Suryawanshi agreed to pay a sum of Rs. 4 lakhs per month in the first one year and Rs. 4.20 lakhs in the next year as per the said 24 month lock-in period contract. Upset with the way she was asked to leave the premises in 11 months itself, the tenant has sued Ranbir for Rs. 50.40 lakhs as per recent reports. Furthermore, she has also claimed Rs. 1.04 lakhs for the inconvenience and hardships suffered by her family, state these reports.
On the other hand, Ranbir Kapoor is said to have filed his response in court denying all allegations. According to Ranbir's response, the tenant vacated the house out of their own free will. Furthermore, it also states that the lock-in period for the apartment was only a year, that is 12 months. However, the agreement reportedly also had a clause that if tenant terminates the contract before completing the span of one year, she will have to pay the rent of the remaining months too. The reports also allege that Ranbir's response also includes that the tenant failed to make the payment of three months of her tenure, which was deducted from her deposit of Rs. 24 lakhs that she paid whilst signing the leave and license agreement with Ranbir Kapoor.
Amitabh Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan Nanda's ad for a jewellery brand came out recently and we got to see the real life father-daughter Jodi for the first time on screen. Masses were all praises for Shweta's screen debut but looks like not everyone was impressed! According to reports, the Bank Union has taken an objection against the brand for showing them in a disgusting and derogatory light purely for commercial purposes. They claimed that this ad will create distrust in public against the banking institution and therefore an action must be taken against the same.
The jewelry brand tried to do damage control by writing a letter to the bank union claiming that the content of the ad is purely fictional and they will add that disclaimer soon. They wrote,“We understand that your esteemed association feels that the bankers have been portrayed in bad light. We state it on record that it is a pure fiction and at no point we have intended to generalise the bank officers at large.” They further wrote, “Please accept our unconditional disclaimer for the same. We shall within three working days from today add characters and situations depicted are fictional. The brand does not intend to disrespect or malign any person or community before the advertisement.”
On the professional front, Amitabh is shooting for Badla with Taapsee Pannu. Before this, he was busy shooting for Ayan Mukerji's Bramhastra with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. He also has an important role in Aamir Khan's Thugs Of Hindostan. With some interesting line up of films, he sure knows how to keep his fans excited and happy all the time!
Rakul Preet Singh, who has featured in Bollywood films like Yaariyan and Aiyaary, is all set to act with Bollywood superstar Ajay Devgn in Luv Ranjan’s next production. If that was not all, now reports have it that she will reunite with superstar Mahesh Babu for another film outing.
Mahesh Babu and Rakul Preet Singh came together this year for the AR Murugadoss film Spyder. Though the film failed to meet expectations, it seems that their chemistry has wooed hearts of filmmakers. Mahesh Babu is expected to join hands with his 1-Nenokkadine director Sukumar for his next venture. While that one was a psychological thriller, this one is reportedly said to be an action entertainer.
Furthermore, reports have it that Sukumar has already had a script narrating session with Mahesh Babu and the Tollywood superstar is intrigued by it. In fact, if these reports are to be believed, he also given his nod to do the film. On the other hand, it is yet to be seen if Rakul Preet Singh will be a part of it too. An official announcement is eagerly awaited on this aspect.
On the other hand, it is being said that Mythri Movie Makers will be producing this untitled venture. For the uninitiated, Sukumar last directed the award winning blockbuster Rangasthalam.
R Madhavan, who recently won praises and awards for his strong role in the Vijay Sethupati starrer Vikram Vedha, is all set for a unique journey in his next South venture. While he was expected to play a NASA astronaut in the Bollywood film Chanda Mama Door Ke, the status of the film is currently undecided. However, even though his fans won’t possibly see him as an astronaut any time soon, they will get to see him as an ISRO scientist.
Moreover, the story portrayed by R Madhavan will also be inspired by real life. The actor will apparently be playing a character inspired by the real life ISRO scientist Nambi Narayanan. The senior official, who was in charge of the cryogenics division, was accused of espionage way back in 1994 and was even arrested under the charge. However, the CBI dismissed the charges two years later, followed by the Supreme Court not declaring him guilty eventually in 1998.
Some of his major achievements in his career include introducing liquid fuel rocket technology in India in the early 70s. Inspired by his life, the film will be directed by actor-filmmaker Ananth Mahadevan. The director, who has helmed films like Aksar 2 in the past, has previously stated in media reports that R Madhavan is probably the only one who could justice to the role of Nambi Narayanan.
On the other hand, some reports have also been claiming that Madhavan will be sporting more than one look in the film. The untitled venture will feature three major phases of Nambi Narayanan’s life. The details of the same are kept under wraps but we hear that Madhavan will sport three different looks representing these phases.
Reports have it that the said film will go on floor later this year.
While he is known for varied unconventional roles in Hindi films, having him in a South film would be an intriguing one, wouldn’t it? Nawazuddin Siddiqui, who is known as Manjhi – The Mountain Man and Raman Raghav – the serial killer, will now feature alongside Sivaji – The Boss Rajinikanth! The Kaala actor who has dived into his next project in Dehradun, which is directed by Karthik Subbaraj, will feature in Siddiqui.
Although the details of his role are kept under wraps, it will be intriguing to see the megastar Rajinikanth and Nawazuddin Siddiqui share screen space. Interestingly, it is also said to be the first the duo will share screen space. Expected to be one of the most awaited and biggest films of the year, it is also said to feature Simran Bagga in lead role. Whereas, it was earlier revealed that Vikram Vedha award winner Vijay Sethupati will be the main antagonist in this action film.
Making the official announcement on social media, Sun Pictures shared this message along with a picture announcing the good news. They shared that Simran and Nawazuddin are coming together for the first time to share screen space with superstar Rajini. Here’s a glimpse of the tweet:
— Sun Pictures (@sunpictures) July 18, 2018
Speaking of the film, the Kartik Subbaraj film has already completed its first schedule in Dehradun along with Rajinikanth. The makers are also expected to shoot in Madurai. If reports are to be believed, the makers are keen on wrapping up the filming of the untitled project by the end of this year. The details of the release date are yet to be announced.
Besides these four actors, the film is also said to star a few personas from South like Bobby Simha, Sanath Reddy, Munishkanth, Megha Akash amongst others.