A couple of months back, a heart touching story of a young girl named Jyoti made headlines when she travelled a staggering 1200 kilometers from Delhi to her hometown in Bihar on a cycle with her father. Soon after this story came to light, the father- daughter duo was inundated by well-wishers and other citizens commending Jyoti’s resolve. In May, filmmaker Vinod Kapri, signed a contract with Jyoti’s father Mohan Paswan acquiring the rights to develop a film, web series or documentary on Jyoti’s story under the banner of Bhagirathi Films. However, a month a later Kapri finds himself in a dilemma with another production house, Shine Krishna announcing a project on the same story that will see Sanjay Mishra playing the role of Mohan Paswan.

Reacting to this news, Kapri took to social networking sites sharing video footage of Jyoti’s father signing the contract and stating that he had sold the rights of their story to Kapri. Talking to Vinod Kapri about the issue, the filmmaker tells us, “In May I had visited Mohan Paswan, and there we struck a deal for the rights of his story. Following this, a contract was signed, and an initial amount was also paid to Mohan, with an understanding that the remaining sum would be paid when the project went on floors. However, now I learn that another production house, Shine Krishna is producing a film on the same story with Sanjay Mishra.” When asked whether he spoke to Mohan Paswan about this new venture, Kapri continues, “I spoke to Mohan about this, and he claimed that he was unaware and that I was his only point of contact with the industry.”

Prod Kapri further about his course of action in the future, and he adds, “We will be sending a legal notice to Shine Krishna regarding the same. As for Mohan Paswan, my legal counsel will advise me whether we should send a legal notice to him as well. Especially since I was the first to acquire the rights to his story and we have documented evidence of the contract between Mohan and us.”

Posted: July 3, 2020, 2:14 pm

Actor Sushant Singh Rajput's untimely death has put the spotlight on existing nepotism in the film industry and how outsiders get fewer changes against the star kids. While many star kids are facing the wrath of angry netizens after Sushant's death, politician Raj Thackeray's party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena has appealed to the artists to inform them if they face nepotism in the film industry.

After Sushant Singh Rajput's death, MNS asks artists to inform them if facing nepotism in film industry

India TV reported that MNS Vice-President Vageesh Saraswat appealed to the artists to report them if any sort of indifference occurs. "Mumbai Police is investigating in the right direction. The police should question everyone on nepotism. It can be Bhansali or anyone else," he said.

"If anyone is being harassed in the film industry, if any gang is not letting an artist work, the artist should approach MNS. Raj Thackeray's party will teach anyone practicing nepotism a tough lesson," he added.

Sushant Singh Rajput passed away on June 14 due to suicide. His last rites were performed on June 15.

ALSO READ: Mukesh Chhabra says Sushant Singh Rajput kept his promise to star in Dil Bechara

Posted: July 3, 2020, 10:13 am

Actor Shekhar Suman recently visited late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's family at their house in Patna, Bihar. The actor said that Sushant's father KK Singh is in a state of shock and his grief is made worse by the constant talk about his son's death.

Shekhar Suman says the constant talk about Sushant Singh Rajput’s death is causing harm to the late actor’s father

Talking about his visit to Sushant's house to a daily, Suman said that the late actor's father is in a state of shock and is not speaking anything. Shekhar said that he just sat there for about five minutes and shared his grief through silence. Sushant's aunt said that the repeated talk around the death has caused more grief and harm to him.

Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14 in his apartment in Mumbai. The Mumbai Police are currently investigating the death. Meanwhile, fans of the actor have been demanding a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) enquiry. Shekhar Suman too has been vocal in the demand for an enquiry by the CBI.

In a series of tweets, Shekhar Suman has said that he will fight for justice in Sushant's case. He said that he is not a 'twitter warrior' and that he is doing his best to take this up with the Home Minister of our country to speed up the process.

ALSO READ: Shekhar Suman says Sushant Singh Rajput changed his SIM card 50 times a month; demands CBI enquiry 

Posted: July 3, 2020, 8:11 am

Earlier this week, Alia Bhatt made an announcement that her film Sadak 2 starring Pooja Bhatt, Sanjay Dutt, and Aditya Roy Kapur and directed by Mahesh Bhatt will premiere on Disney + Hotstar. Amid lockdown and theatres being shut, the film will straight away head to OTT. The actress also released the first poster of the film featuring Mount Kailash.

Alia Bhatt and Mahesh Bhatt’s Sadak 2 lands in legal trouble for hurting Hindu sentiments

Now, the film’s poster has led them in a legal soup. The reports reveal that a complaint was filed before the court on July 2 against Alia Bhatt, Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt for hurting Hindu sentiments for the use of Kailash Mansarovar on the poster. The complaint was lodged by a resident of Sikandarpur in Uttar Pradesh, Acharya Chandra Kishore Parashar, through his advocate Sonu Kumar.

The complaint has been filed under lodged under IPC sections 295A (deliberately outraging religious feelings) and 120B (criminal conspiracy), Chief Judicial Magistrate, Mukesh Kumar has fixed July 8, 2020 as the hearing date in the case.

While sharing the poster of Sadak 2, Alia who was very excited, said, “This movie is a homecoming in true sense. It’s the continuation of the first film.” She also revealed that Kailash Parvat plays a significant role in the film.

In the poster, as there are no characters shown she narrated a quote of her father Mahesh Bhatt revealing the reason behind it. She read out, “Mount Kailash - the ageless mountain has the footprints of gods and sages. It the abode of the god of all gods - Lord Shiva. Do we really need anything else or actors in that sacred space? Since the beginning of time, humanity found its shelter in Kailash. This is the place where all search ends. Sadak 2 is the road to love.”

ALSO READ: Alia Bhatt thanks The Academy for inviting her as a member; says Indian cinema is finding a well deserved platform

Posted: July 3, 2020, 6:21 am

Since theatres are reopening in many parts of the world, they are trying to get back to their new normal by re-releasing some of the iconic films. Japan opened its theatres in May followed by Tokyo recently. They have been screening Hollywood classics Ben Hur, Bonnie and Clyde, and The Towering Inferno in order to test the waters. As per the latest reports, Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff starrer War will be the first Indian film to release in Japan post Covid-19 lockdown.

Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff starrer War to be the first Indian film to release in Japan post Covid-19 lockdown?

If reports are anything to go by, War may hit the screens soon. They have a huge fanbase in Japan and this release will also help in reviving the theatres too. While it is yet to be confirmed, the film will reportedly release on July 17.

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, and Vaani Kapoor, the film follows an Indian soldier assigned to eliminate his former mentor who has gone rogue. The film was produced by Yash Raj Films and directed by Siddharth Anand. It was one of the biggest blockbusters of 2019.

ALSO READ: Hrithik Roshan has been brushing up his piano skills during lockdown; may play for Krrish 4

Posted: July 3, 2020, 5:43 am

The season of comebacks in the K-pop music industry is heating up. South Korean group EXO's member Kai is also set to make his solo debut in the later half of 2020.

EXO member Kai to make his solo debut in 2020

The news was confirmed by SM Entertainment, the parent company of EXO, that Kai is indeed working on his solo debut. They also said that once everything is finalized, they will announce the date of the release.

Kai becomes the fifth member of EXO to release his solo work. Earlier this year, the group's leader Suho (Self Portrait) and Baekhyun (Delight) dropped their individual albums. The other members who have worked on their solo albums are Chen (April and a Flower, Dear my dear) and Lay (Lay 02 Sheep, Namanana).

Meanwhile, EXO's sub-unit EXO-SC featuring Chanyeol and Sehun are set to make their comeback in July with '1 Billion Views'. The duo made their debut with 'What a Life' in July 2019.

As a group, EXO made their comeback last year with 'Obsession' as their title song.

ALSO READ: EXO’s Baekhyun sells over 1 million copies of Delight becoming first soloist in 19 Years to achieve this milestone

Posted: July 3, 2020, 5:17 am

Popular choreographer Saroj Khan has passed away. The 71-year-old, who was recently admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital for breathing issues, suffered cardiac arrest and breathed her last at 1.52 am early on July 3, 2020. Her burial ceremony will take place on July 4 in Mumbai.

Choreographer Saroj Khan passes away due to cardiac arrest

Saroj Khan is survived by her husband B. Sohanlal, son Hamid Khan and daughters Hina Khan and Sukyna Khan.

With a career span of over forty years, Saroj Khan choreographed more than 2000 songs. She was a three-time National Award winner for the songs – ‘Dola Re Dola’ from Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas, ‘Ek Do Teen’ from Tezaab and ‘Ye Ishq Haaye’ from Jab We Met.

Saroj Khan last choreographed for ‘Tabaah Hogaye’, featuring Madhuri Dixit in 2019 film, Kalank.

ALSO READ: Choreographer Saroj Khan hospitalised after breathing issue, tests negative for Covid-19

Posted: July 3, 2020, 3:07 am

Avneet Kaur and Siddharth Nigam starrer Aladdin – Naam Toh Suna Hoga is quite a hit among the audiences, especially the kids. With elaborate action scenes and punchlines, the show made its place in people’s hearts pretty quickly. Avneet and Siddharth’s onscreen chemistry was also loved by their fans, but, Avneet Kaur recently announced that she has quit the show. The actress cited the pandemic as the reason for her exit.

Avneet Kaur bids adieu to Alladin – Naam Toh Suna Hoga; Ashi Singh to be the new Yasmine

Taking to her Instagram, Avneet wrote a farewell note to the show. It reads, “Bidding adieu to a part of my life. Yasmine is extremely close to my heart, a character which started with a warrior princess much against the fairy tale. I learnt so much portraying Yasmine, from horse ridding to doing my own stunts. I got to be a princess in literal sense. Thank you to each and everyone for making this journey super special with all of your love and support.❤️ #yasmine #goodbyesarehard #avneetians”.

The makers have now found their new Yasmine in Ashi Singh. Ashi Singh says she ever wanted to replace anyone since there’s already a benchmark set by the original actor. But, the three-months break seemed to have worked in Ashi’s favour since the audience will take time to reconnect with the shows all over again.

Posted: July 2, 2020, 1:37 pm

Season two of Kasautii Zindagii Kay has been one of the most-watched shows of the channel Star Plus. With Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan as leads in the show, the audiences have loved their journey so far to bits. The show has also seen a handful of replacements with the latest one being Karan Patel as Mr. Bajaj and Tasheen Khan as Anurag and Prerna’s daughter. They have recently started shooting for the show after 3 months and are clearly elated to be back.

Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan announce Kaautii Zindagii Kay to air on July 13

Star Plus took to its Instagram channel to announce that Kasautii Zindagii Kay will be back on July 13 with new twists and turns. Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan are seen announcing the same in two separate videos. Calling it a new beginning, the show will air on its previous 8 PM prime time slot and the fans can’t wait to see what they have in store for them.

Take a look at their videos.

The fresh episodes will adhere to social distancing on screen and the makers are making sure that no actors come in physical contact with each other in the frame. The crew has also been provided with hazmat suits for maximum security.

Also Read: Parth Samthaan resumes shoot after 3 months for Kasautii Zindagii Kay

Posted: July 2, 2020, 12:54 pm

After recently announcing the Indian adaptation of Finnish drama Black Widows, ZEE5 will soon present multi-awarded international Hungarian Film Liza, the Fox-Fairy which will be titled Aafat-e-Ishq, with talented actress Neha Sharma in the lead.

Neha Sharma to play the lead in Zee5's upcoming film Aafat-E-Ishq based on a Hungarian film

A strong narrative, the movie has amusing characters and mysterious events that will set the tone with a big reveal at the end. Directed by Indrajit Nattoji and produced by Zee Studios, the ZEE5 Original film will feature a stellar ensemble cast - Ila Arun, Namit Das, Gautam Rode, Pravessh Rana along with Neha Sharma.

Aafat-e-Ishq is the story of a woman’s quest for true love, who finds herself as a prime suspect following a series of multiple deaths while an ancient curse looms large, threatening to destroy everything and everyone around her. In this sharply observed tale, the supernatural aspect will add a texture to it.

“Post the announcement of Black Widows adaptation by ZEE5, there has been a lot of buzz in the media and fans alike. And now we are back with ‘Aafat-e-Ishq’, based on the highly awarded Hungarian film Liza-The Fox-Fairy, coming soon on the platform. This is an interesting concept, dark humour with a pinch of supernatural, which will be exciting for the audience as well. We have an exciting cast too, featuring in a concept that is quite different from what we have done so far," says Aparna Acharekar, Programming Head, ZEE5 India.

Aafat-e-Ishq is a fresh dark comedy with a hint of supernatural to it which acts as a catalyst throughout the film. I loved the Hungarian version and while I have tried to take as much influence from it, I am still looking at making it my own. I am extremely thrilled about this ZEE5 Original and I am looking forward to my fans reaction to see me in this character. The film has all the elements of fun, love, lust, horror which makes it an intrigue upcoming watch to looking out for. Look forward to working with all my co-stars from Namit Das, Gautam Rode to Pravessh Rana and Ila Arun Ji,” Neha Sharma on the release of the film.

Speaking on the film, Ashima Avasthi, VP & Head, Zee Studios Originals commented, “The film takes the audiences on a complete emotional roller-coaster ride of love, lust, intrigue and mystery with a little bit of supernatural that will keep you at the edge of your seat. We, at Zee Studios Originals, have been working on bringing new and exciting, untold stories to the audiences as a part of our diverse portfolio of original content. We’re excited to partner with ZEE5 to bring this black comedy to our audiences soon”.

The original film Liza, the Fox-Fairy is a multi-awarded international Hungarian Film which was a huge success at the box-office. It has won awards at numerous film festivals from Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor (Female) to Best Visual Effects and Best Soundtrack.

Posted: July 2, 2020, 11:53 am

Naagin 4 is one of the most highly anticipated shows of Indian television. Currently shooting for the finale of the fourth season, Naagin 4 stars Nia Sharma, Vijayendra Kumeria with Rashami Desai recently joining the team. After a long break of three months, the team has finally reunited on the sets to shoot for the finale and the producers along with the channel have made sure to provide protective gear to the crew.

Naagin 4 Nia Sharma poses on the set with ‘Naagin’, Vijayendra Kumeria turns photographer

While there were reunions on the sets without hugs and handshakes, the actors are still happy to be back to work. According to Ekta Kapoor, the finale of Naagin 4 will be kick-ass and then the makers will move on to Naagin 5 with an entirely new cast. Enjoying the last days on set, Nia Sharma posted a couple of pictures on her Instagram stories where she’s kissing a ‘naagin’ while Vijayendra Kumeria turns photographer for her.

Take a look at it.

Naagin 4 Nia Sharma poses on the set with ‘Naagin’, Vijayendra Kumeria turns photographer

Naagin 4 Nia Sharma poses on the set with ‘Naagin’, Vijayendra Kumeria turns photographer

The shows of Colors TV will air fresh episodes from July 6 according to a statement put out by the channel.

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 11:36 am

Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14 and the police is still investigating the reason behind this sudden decision. It was reported that Sushant Singh Rajput suffered from depression for the last six months and had stopped taking his medication. However, it is still unclear as to what was the actual trigger behind this step. Since there was no suicide note found at the scene, the police are required to investigate the matter thoroughly and have already started questioning his close friends and family from the industry along with his colleagues.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali to be questioned by Mumbai police regarding Sushant Singh Rajput’s death

If the reports are to be believed, then director Sanjay Leela Bhansali will be called for questioning by the police in a couple of days. As reported earlier, Sanjay Leela Bhansali had offered four films to Sushant including Goliyon Ki Raasleela – Ram Leela. The two were quite fond of each other and Sushant was even offered to play the lead role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s television show, Saraswatichandra, opposite Jennifer Winget. However, the dates were an issue and hence things couldn’t materialize. The netizens are blaming Yash Raj Films for keeping Sushant occupied and not letting him work to his full potential.

The police are planning to call Sanjay Leela Bhansali in a few days for questioning. So far, Rhea Chakraborty, Sushant Singh Rajput’s family, Shanoo Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Shekhar Kapur, Mukesh Chhabra, and Sanjana Sanghi have been questioned by the police.

Also Read: VIDEO: When Sushant Singh Rajput stopped by to hear and appreciate a local talent singing

Posted: July 2, 2020, 9:55 am

Netflix has renewed the critically-acclaimed coming-of-age comedy series Never Have I Ever for a second season. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan will reprise her lead role as high school student Devi Vishwakumar.

Mindy Kaling's Netflix series Never Have I Ever gets renewed for second season

Never Have I Ever is a new coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars newcomer, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations.

The series is co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher. Fisher serves as writer, executive producer, and showrunner. The Universal Television project is also executive produced by 3 Arts Entertainment's Howard Klein and David Miner.

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Poorna Jagannathan, Richa Moorjani, Jaren Lewison, Darren Barnet, Lee Rodriguez, and Ramona Young will be reprising their roles.

Never Have I Ever is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with 3 Arts Entertainment, Original Langster, and Kaling International.

ALSO READ: Never Have I Ever cast shares the cutest bond and here are some behind the scenes photos to prove it

Posted: July 2, 2020, 8:16 am

Actor Manoj Bajpayee is one of the most celebrated actors in the country. His versatility is often spoken of, his long line of tremendous work has often been an inspiration for many. Coming from the background of theatre, the actor didn't get a great start in the business but struggled his way to the top.

Manoj Bajpayee contemplated suicide after being rejected thrice from National School Of Drama

In Humans Of Bombay post, the actor revealed his struggles from the National School Of Drama to becoming an actor and bagging Bandit Queen. He said, "I'm a farmer's son; I grew up in a village in Bihar with 5 siblings–we went to a hut school. We led a simple life, but whenever we went to the city, we'd go to the theatre. I was a Bachchan fan & wanted to be like him. At 9, I knew acting was my destiny. But I couldn't afford to dream and continued my studies."

He added, "Still, my mind refused to focus on anything else, so at 17, I left for DU. There, I did theatre but my family had no idea. Finally, I wrote a letter to dad - he wasn't angry and even sent me Rs 200 to cover my fees! People back home called me 'good for nothing' but I turned a blind eye."

The actor said that he contemplated suicide after being rejected thrice from the National School Of Drama. "I was an outsider, trying to fit in. So, I taught myself English and Hindi - Bhojpuri was a big part of how I spoke. I then applied to NSD but was rejected thrice. I was close to commit suicide, so my friends would sleep next to me and not leave me alone. They kept me going until I was accepted," the actor said.

"Initially, it was tough–I rented a chawl with 5 friends & looked for work, but got no roles. Once, an AD tore my photo & I've lost 3 projects in a day. I was even told to 'get out' after my 1st shot. I didn't fit the ideal 'hero' face–so they thought I'd never make it to the big screen. All the while, I struggled to make rent & at times even a vada pav was costly," he said.

"But the hunger in my stomach couldn't dissuade my hunger to succeed. After 4 years of struggle, I got a role in Mahesh Bhatt's TV series. I got Rs 1500 per episode–my first steady income. My work was noticed & I was offered my first Bollywood film & soon, I got my big break with 'Satya'," he added.

Satya was a game-changing movie for him that bagged him National Award. "That's when the awards rolled in. I bought my first house & knew…I was here to stay. 67 films later, here I am. That's the thing about dreams–when it comes to turning them into reality, the hardships don't matter. What matters is the belief of that 9-year-old Bihari boy & nothing else", he concluded.

 

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“I’m a farmer’s son; I grew up in a village in Bihar with 5 siblings–we went to a hut school. We led a simple life, but whenever we went to the city, we’d go to the theatre. I was a Bachchan fan & wanted to be like him. At 9, I knew acting was my destiny. But I couldn’t afford to dream & continued my studies. Still, my mind refused to focus on anything else, so at 17, I left for DU. There, I did theatre but my family had no idea. Finally, I wrote a letter to dad–he wasn’t angry & even sent me Rs.200 to cover my fees! People back home called me ‘good for nothing’ but I turned a blind eye. I was an outsider, trying to fit in. So, I taught myself English & Hindi–Bhojpuri was a big part of how I spoke. I then applied to NSD, but was rejected thrice. I was close to committing suicide, so my friends would sleep next to me & not leave me alone. They kept me going until I was accepted. That year, I was at a chai shop when Tigmanshu came looking for me on his khatara scooter–Shekhar Kapur wanted to cast me in Bandit Queen! So I felt I was ready & moved to Mumbai. Initially, it was tough–I rented a chawl with 5 friends & looked for work, but got no roles. Once, an AD tore my photo & I’ve lost 3 projects in a day. I was even told to ‘get out’ after my 1st shot. I didn’t fit the ideal ‘hero’ face–so they thought I’d never make it to the big screen. All the while, I struggled to make rent & at times even a vada pav was costly. But the hunger in my stomach couldn’t dissuade my hunger to succeed. After 4 years of struggle, I got a role in Mahesh Bhatt’s TV series. I got Rs.1500 per episode–my first steady income. My work was noticed & I was offered my first Bollywood film & soon, I got my big break with ‘Satya’. That’s when the awards rolled in. I bought my first house & knew…I was here to stay. 67 films later, here I am. That’s the thing about dreams–when it comes to turning them into reality, the hardships don’t matter. What matters is the belief of that 9-year-old Bihari boy & nothing else.” -- HOB with @sonylivindia brings to you the story of Manoj Bajpayee, whose life has come full circle. To watch his award winning performance in Bhonsle, click on the link in bio!

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 8:03 am

The country went into lockdown starting March 25 owing to the increasing cases of coronavirus. Starting June 1, the government has started unlocking in a phase wise manner. By now, domestic travel, offices, markets, shopping complexes have been permitted to operate except for in containment zones. 

Multiplex Association reacts to theatres not reopening in Unlock 2.0

However, there has been no respite for theatres and the Multiplex Association of India has reacted to the same. The theatres were shut down a week before the nationwide lockdown was announced. In their press release, they expressed how demotivating and disheartening the decision is. “Cinemas and Multiplexes can become an example of how social distancing guidelines and crowd control can be best exercised in a safe and planned manner. As compared to the unorganised retail and shops that have been opened up, multiplexes and cinema are part of the organised sector, playing hosts to ‘revenue paying’ customers only and hence, in a better position to limit crowds unlike marketplaces and deploy all the mechanisms and guidelines for crowd control and social distancing,” the release read. 

“The multiplex industry in India employs more than 200,000 people directly. We are the backbone of the Indian Film Industry accounting nearly 60% of revenues of film business. The livelihoods of more than a million people – right from the spot boys to makeup artists, musicians, designers, technicians and engineers to cinema employees to directors and actors – hinges on the survival of Indian cinema. The lockdown has literally brought the entire industry to a standstill with losses mounting every passing day. An early decision to allow cinemas to open up will only help the mobilization of resources in the film industry’s ecosystem and would lead to gradual resurrection. In fact even after opening up, we anticipate atleast 3-6 months before things return anywhere close to normal. On one hand where programming of new content will take some time to kick in; movie buffs on the other hand are expected to take a cautious approach before returning to cinemas. These are real challenges that the industry will have to overcome and we believe together, with the support of the government, we will be able to overcome them,” it further read. 

They also cited how major countries across the world have opened up cinemas to the public with the implementation of safety protocols. “MAI is of the firm belief that, there must be a start and the unlocking of cinemas in non-containment zones across India should be done post haste – there must be a beginning and an opportunity must be given to us, just like some of the other sectors,” they said. 

Posted: July 2, 2020, 7:31 am

After the announcement of Iti, Mandiraa Entertainment and Vivek Anand Oberoi’s Oberoi Mega Entertainment come together again for their second film, Rosie-The Saffron Chapter which is set to become India’s first horror-thriller based on true events. This film will also be helmed by Vishal Mishra, who is known for Coffee With D and more recently, Iti.

After Iti, Mandiraa and Vivek Anand Oberoi announce their second film, Rosie- The Saffron Chapter

Based on true events that took place in Gurgaon, Rosie is planned as a horror-thriller franchise. The first part, Saffron Chapter is based in the Saffron BPO, considered as one of the most haunted places in Gurgaon. The story revolves around a girl called Rosie who was an employee in this BPO.

Rosie

In the light of recent events and discussions around nepotism, the makers have also decided to launch a nation-wide hunt for a new face, that will star in a prominent role in the film. The details would be made available soon on official movie handles, @RosieIsComing along with the announcement of the lead cast.

Vivek Anand Oberoi, producer says, “With my new venture, I want to support the concept-driven films that I believe can change the movie landscape in their respective genres. And not just the film, but also make way for new talent. With Rosie, I hope to achieve both. It’s a franchise and with every sequel, we hope to introduce someone new in the industry.”

Prerna V Arora says, “I’m thoroughly excited with the concept of Rosie, and we want to develop this as our in-house franchise brand. We want to tell different and novel stories, especially based on true incidents. An idea or the talent can come from anywhere, and we want to be able to facilitate them through such films and such initiatives.“

Vishal Mishra, writer - director says, “In a country full of strange supernatural events, we have rarely seen any horror-thriller films based on true events. With Rosie, I hope to break those grounds without falling prey to any horror film cliches. I’m excited that this project, like Iti is backed by Vivek Anand Oberoi and Prerna V Arora, who share my vision on both films. Being an outsider myself, I can relate to the struggles or challenges that are posed in this industry. I’ve been lucky to get so much acceptance and support here, and I want to pass it onto those who are trying to make it here.”

Kussum, producer says, “Our intent will always be to pick the best stories & back the right content. The story of Rosie instantly connected with us & gave us the impetus to bring it to our audiences. We are very excited to go on floors with this one.”

Girish Johar, producer says, “Vishal always comes up with very novel ideas and unique concepts. Rosie, especially, is a hair-raising story. This is an in-house branded franchise, which we want to develop and explore. The minute I heard the story, along with producers Kussum & Reshabh, I was sure to back this up. This film is expected to redefine the horror genre in India and leave you wanting for more.”

The film is expected to go on floors by September 2020 and release shortly after. Rosie: The Saffron Chapter is presented by Mandiraa Entertainment and Oberoi Mega Entertainment, and produced by Vivek Anand Oberoi, Girish Johar, Kussum Arora, Reshabh D. Saraf, Keyur Pandya and Sanjeet S. Yerms.

ALSO READ: Vivek Oberoi turns producer with a whodunnit thriller 

Posted: July 2, 2020, 7:11 am

After sending 20,000+ kits sent out to over 50 hospitals across the country, Bollywood celebrities Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Dia Mirza, Sonakshi Sinha, Vir Das, Richa Chadha, amongst others, concluded their initiative. Inspired by Manish Mundra, the PPE drive was spearheaded by Atul Kasbekar and was done in partnership with Tring India to protect the frontline workers who are fighting the war against COVID 19.

Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Dia Mirza conclude their initiative of sending out 20000+ PPE kits to health workers

In a video, Vidya, Sonakshi, Ali, Dia cricketer Harbhajan Singh, commentator Harsha Bhogle representing their colleagues sent a powerful thank you message to the doctors who are on the frontline ensuring the rest of the country are safe in the confines of their homes. From KEM Hospital and Cama in Mumbai, the initiative has reached other cities like Hyderabad, Ratnagiri, Lucknow, Pune, Indore, Punjab and Delhi. Dedicating the video to the doctors and other officials at the frontline, the actors in a powerful message heralded them as the real time heroes.

Inspired by the amazing work by @ManMundra I started a PPE drive wt @TringIndia to support our frontline health workers

We’re wrapping up the activity today on #InternationalDoctorsDay
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20,000+ kits sent out to over 50+ hospitals/ india

Thx to all donors for ur support pic.twitter.com/RpBqZxheuM

— atul kasbekar (@atulkasbekar) July 1, 2020

Kasbekar says, “While all of us are safe at home under lockdown, it’s important that we celebrate them today and value them for the incredible and strenuous work they are putting in for over 100 days now. Our entire perception of heroism has altered in these times. When we started off the initiative, it was the need of the hour. While the Government officials are doing their best, it is also the duty of the citizens to step up in whatever ways they can. A bunch of us came together and Manish (Mundra) has been a big help through the process guiding us to those in need.”

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 6:47 am

Actors Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza, on the occasion of National Doctor’s Day, pledged to donate their organs. The couple made the announcement via Instagram.

Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’souza pledge to donate organs on Doctor’s Day

“Aaj 1st July ko hum yeh kehna chahte hain aur aapko yeh batana chaahte hain ki hum dono ne ek pledge liya hai (Today, on July 1 we want to tell you about something that we have pledged), we have decided to donate our organs,” said Riteish Deshmukh.

“Yes, we have pledged to donate our organs and for us there’s no better gift than the gift of life,” Genelia said in the video.

The couple further urged everyone to do so. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan lauded their decision to donate organs. “It feels so good when I see young actors like dynamic @Riteishd & beautiful @geneliad endorsing #organdonation. I’m sure their involvement will reap rich dividends in sensitising the public towards this noble cause. @IMAIndiaOrg @FOGSIHQ @MoHFW_INDIA,” tweeted Harsh Vardhan.

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 6:27 am

Stop this mob-lynching at once! Just because Karan Johar is going through some rough times in the social media it doesn’t follow that the industry is turning its back on him. This is the impression that’s being created by self-motivated elements who derive great joy and pleasure in trying to bring Karan down.

Karan Johar out of Sooryavanshi

So coming to the tweet, the worst kind of instant journalism being practised, that said Karan Johar’s had been eased out as a producer by Reliance Entertainment’s Rohit Shetty and Akshay Kumar on Sooryavanshi, the information is to put it simply, plain junk.

Says Shibasish Sarkar, CEO Reliance Entertainment, “It’s completely wrong information. Someone tweeted it yesterday. And that tweet spread like there was no tomorrow. We’ve clarified the matter a multiple number of times yesterday.”

While Akshay Kumar chose not to comment on the “non-issue” a source close to Akshay says, “To suggest that Karan Johar would be dropped from a project and his investments returned is plainly juvenile. Are we in kindergarten to behave this way?”

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 6:27 am

Rashami Desai has been winning hearts all over with her performance in Bigg Boss 13 and Naagin 4. While the actress is currently shooting for the finale of Naagin 4, she recently announced her latest collaboration with Adhvik Mahajan on her Instagram titled ‘Tamas’. Looking gorgeous as ever, Rashami Desai’s traditional look has become a hit among the fans.

Rashami Desai announces her collaboration with Adhvik Mahajan, leaves the fans in frenzy with the mystery

Rashami Desai has dropped the first look of 'Tamas' releasing on 7th July 2020 on her social media. She has maintained the mystery and hasn't said much about it and fans are on their toes, guessing if it's a movie, a music video or a web series. But to see the chemistry between Rashami Desai and Adhvik Mahajan for the first time on screen has got us hooked already.

Take a look at her post.

What do you think ‘Tamas’ is all about? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 6:06 am

Sources say Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi will compete with Salman Khan’s Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai this Diwali. Even though the Maharashtra government has extended the lockdown by a month, Salman Khan who been quarantined with his family and friends on his farm in the outskirts of Mumbai, is likely to return to the city in the next few days.

Salman Khan starrer Radhe Your Most Wanted Bhai being readied for release with Sooryavanshi this Diwali

Sources say he needs to supervise the post-production work of his forthcoming film Radhe: Your Most Bhai. The film is apparently being readied for a Diwali release. Confirms the film’s director Prabhu Dheva, “The shooting is almost complete. We just have a bit of shooting left. This we will take care of after the lockdown is called off in Mumbai. So yeah, in the meanwhile the post-production work will be on.”

When asked if Radhe will release for Diwali, Prabhu Dheva said, “I won’t be able to comment on that. It’s up to Salman and Arbaaz.”

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 5:55 am

The showbiz has come to standstill due to coronavirus pandemic. Productions have been halted. But, as many are getting back to their work life, Marvel Studios seems to be ready to resume work starting with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu.

Marvel's Shang-Chi starring Simu Liu to resume production in Australia by the end of July

As per Deadline, Marvel will kick-off their production at the end of July in Australia after the production was halted back in March 2020. The studio is being careful about the safety measures in order to keep the cast and crew safe.

hang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a powerful martial artist. Tony Leung as Mandarin. Awkwafina and Ronny Chieng's roles are kept secret. Destin Daniel Cretton is directing the Marvel project with the screenplay from David Callaham. Produced by Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz, the film scheduled to be released on May 7, 2021.

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 4:59 am

Akshay Kumar is all geared up to begin work on his next film Bellbottom. And now the leading lady opposite him has been signed for the film. News is that actress Vaani Kapoor has been signed as Akshay Kumar’s leading lady in Bellbottom. She was last seen in the biggest blockbuster of 2019, War, along with Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff. Even though her role was a small one, Vaani’s role was the catalyst in the plot. As for Bellbottom, Vaani Kapoor will be seen playing the role of Akshay Kumar’s wife which will be a pivotal one.

Vaani Kapoor signed opposite Akshay Kumar for Bellbottom

The film is set in the 80s and it looks like the team is ready to kick-start the project. Vaani took to her Instagram to share a couple of pictures with Akshay Kumar as they looked absolutely dapper together. The caption reads, “Super Super Thrilled & Excited for this one !! Teaming up with the one & only @akshaykumar Sir Can't wait !!! #Bellbottom Let's get this started ❤️”

Producer Jackky Bhagnani says that the script made him choose a fresh pairing. “Vaani is an intelligent and effective actor and I have loved all her performances. The female lead in Bellbottom has to be in sync with Akshay Sir's screen persona. The role is meaty and I am confident that Vaani will ace this one.”

Sharing her excitement for the film, Vaani says, "I am excited to share the screen space with Akshay Sir. It is definitely a script I instantly clicked with and knew I wanted to be part of. I am also thrilled to partner with Pooja Entertainment who have already made me feel at home at this initial stage of our film. I’m eagerly waiting to start shooting Bellbottom."

Director Ranjit says, “Vaani’s character in the film is extremely intriguing. She has a certain flair and we’re all very excited to have her on board!”

Take a look at Vaani's post.

Bellbottom is directed by Ranjit M Tiwari and the plot will revolve around one of India’s forgotten heroes. Pooja Entertainment presents in association with Emmay Entertainment Bellbottom. Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikhil Advani. Bellbottom to release on April 2, 2021.

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 4:41 am

After starring in Malang earlier this year, it was reported that Aditya Roy Kapur and Mohit Suri will team up for Ek Villain 2. The film stars John Abraham, Disha Patani, and Tara Sutaria in the lead roles. Since the film and TV productions have come to a standstill amid coronavirus pandemic, the shoot hasn't begun yet. But now, it's been learnt that Aditya will no more be part of the project.

Aditya Roy Kapur walks out of Mohit Suri's Ek Villain 2

Aditya Roy Kapur and Mohit Suri had creative differences and also cited date issues. There were discussions as well but Mohit eventually had to make a call and decided to replace Aditya. As per sources, John Abraham's role could have also been the reason for him to feel insecure. Mohit Suri is now on a lookout for the replacement in order to take his project forward.

Ek Villain 2 was supposed to go on the floor later this year and hit the screens on January 8, 2021. But, due to the lockdown, it may get postponed.

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Posted: July 2, 2020, 4:09 am

Akanksha Puri, who is seen playing a pivotal role in Vighnaharta Ganesh, has resumed shooting and has moved in to live on the sets temporarily. With the Coronavirus outbreak still being a massive threat, she feels that it’s the best decision for now. The channels have been permitted to resume shooting with a limited crew and timely sanitization of the set. Akanksha did not want to risk travelling back and forth and hence decided to shift for a few days.

Akanksha Puri lives on the sets of Vighnaharta Ganesh in Amban

The shoot takes place in Amgaon and Akanksha says its peaceful and safe out here. The staff is taking care of everything and they make sure to wear their PPE kits whenever they enter her room. With a crew of only 40 people present on the set Akanksha got a bunch of chocolates for everyone present and started the first day of work with sweets. She further said that staying back on the sets is safer than travelling from her residence in Malad. Her room has been specially renovated with a gym attached to it and she feels like she’s back home after three months. Even though she’s super excited, she says adjusting to heavy clothes and jewelry after such a long break may take a couple of days.

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Posted: July 1, 2020, 1:57 pm

The television industry came to a standstill on March 19 for the first time in years due to the infamous Coronavirus outbreak. The actors have missed being on sets and needless to say, the channels and production houses have faced monetary losses during this break. Now, the industry has steadily, albeit slowly, started functioning and the shoots have resumed for a few days. Most of the shows are currently working on collecting a bank of episodes for the smooth telecast.

Choti Sarrdaarni, Naagin 4 and other Colors TV shows to air from July 6

In a statement from the channel, Colors TV announced that the new episodes of shows like Choti Sarrdaarni, Naagin 4, and others will telecast from July 6. The fans have been eagerly waiting for new episodes and it looks like the wait is almost over. The guidelines are being followed thoroughly by the channel and the crew is required to wear protective gear at all times. Take a look at the announcement posted by the channel.

 

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Woohoo! @colorstv will air new episodes of your favourite shows starting 6th July.

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How excited are you to watch new episodes of your favourite shows? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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Posted: July 1, 2020, 11:44 am

The Ministry of Information Technology of the Government of India, invoking its power under section 69A of the Information Technology Act read with the relevant provisions of the Information Technology (Procedure and Safeguards for Blocking of Access of Information by Public) Rules 2009 and in view of the emergent nature of threats has decided to block 59 apps since in view of information available they are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

FWICE appeals celebrities to distance from promoting Chinese products and brands

On behalf of scores or artists, workers and technicians of the entire media and entertainment industry , FWICE appealed to all the concerned actors, actresses and technicians to distance themselves from promoting Chinese brands through their advertisement projects. FWICE in their press release wrote, "We therefore request all not to endorse any Chinese brand in the wake of the ongoing tension between the two countries. It is an issue of a serious concern and we should all give utter priority to the safety and security of our Nation. For us theNation comes First”. Hence, we appeal all to kindly refrain from promoting any Chinese products or related brands."

With rising tension between India and China, social media users have been trending #boycottChineseproducts, urging people to go local and not purchase Chinese products.

Posted: July 1, 2020, 11:30 am

The doctors have been working relentlessly to treat COVID-19 patients while managing patients suffering from other fatal diseases simultaneously. Some of them are required to stay back in the hospital for days at a stretch and are required to stay without food and water for 6-8 hours while they wear the PPE kits. Salman Khan is known for being one of the most generous celebrities in the industry and has made multiple efforts to help as many people as he can.

Doctor’s Day Salman Khan thanks the frontliners for their dedication and sacrifices

He has been actively helping people and managing things around with his team while he’s in Panvel. The actor is known for his charity and social work. On National Doctor’s Day, Salman Khan took to his Twitter to thank them for their efforts during the pandemic and otherwise. Salman Khan tweeted, “Aaj #DoctorsDay hai, meri taraf se saare doctors ko dil se shukriya. Aapke dedication, or aapke sacrifices k liye! Thank you for being the strongest pillars of our country in this pandemic!”

Take a look at it.

Aaj #DoctorsDay hai, meri taraf se saare doctors ko dil se shukriya. Aapke dedication, or aapke sacrifices k liye! Thank you for being the strongest pillars of our country in this pandemic!

— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) July 1, 2020

Salman Khan will next be seen in Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai and Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali.

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Posted: July 1, 2020, 9:53 am

The Coronavirus outbreak has led us into the fourth month of complete lockdown and yet, the numbers are spiking with each passing day. Staff members of some Bollywood celebrities have also tested positive including Boney Kapoor. Only yesterday, Aamir Khan announced that his staff had tested positive for the virus, too.

Aamir Khan’s mother tests negative for Coronavirus

 

The actor announced that all of them have quarantined themselves and the staff member is taken to a facility by the BMC. Aamir expressed his gratitude towards the BMC for their prompt action and cooperation. While the rest of his family tested negative for COVID-19, Aamir Khan awaited the test results of his mother. Now, the results of his mother’s test have come in and the actor heaved a huge sigh of relief as it was negative. In a statement, Aamir Khan wrote, “Hello everyone, I am most relieved to inform everyone that Ammi is Covid 19 negative. Thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes ???? Love. Aamir”.

The actor, on the work front, will next be seen in Laal Singh Chaddha which is the official remake of Tom Hanks starrer Forrest Gump.

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Posted: July 1, 2020, 8:46 am

Actor Shekhar Suman recently visited late actor Sushant Singh Rajput's family in Patna. The actor even spoke to the press , a day after visiting the family. Addressing the press, Shekhar Suman said that there is more than what meets the eye in the suicide of the Bollywood star.

Shekhar Suman says Sushant Singh Rajput changed his SIM card 50 times a month; demands CBI enquiry 

Suman, who recently launched a campaign ‘Justice For Sushant Forum’, was addressing a press conference at the residence of RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. “I strongly believe that Sushant’s death is not an open and shut case of suicide,” he said. He also said that he has been following the investigation closely and pointed out at  “missing links” like absence of a suicide note and facts like misplacement of a duplicate key to the house, and change of SIM card by the actor “50 times in a month”.

Talking about the nepotism allegations coming up, Suman said, “Besides Shah Rukh Khan and I, Sushant was the only one to have started off as a TV actor and achieved success on the big screen thereafter. A self-respecting man who did not believe in massaging egos of big shots, he must have become an eyesore for many.” He, however, refused to name anyone who might have caused trouble and said, "it would be wrong to do so unless I was armed with evidence. And this is precisely the reason I am pressing the demand for a CBI inquiry”.

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Posted: July 1, 2020, 8:43 am