Ranveer Singh is easily one of the most bankable stars in the industry right now. The actor has given two major hits in 2018 with Padmaavat and Simmba. Starting the year 2019 with Gully Boy, the actor had yet another blockbuster. With that being said, Ranveer Singh will receive the Dubai star soon alongside Shah Rukh Khan, cricketer Virat Kohli among others.
Just like Hollywood's Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, Dubai will have its own Walk of Fame. They plan to kick off the Walk Of Fame with 400 stars in October 2019 in Downtown Dubai along the sidewalk of Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. They plan to have 10,000 stars by the time it is complete.
Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab was the first recipient of the Dubai star. Shah Rukh Khan will be the second recipient of a Dubai Star. After SRK, Ranveer Singh will also be receiving his star. Besides them, cricketers MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli will be honoured as well.
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Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra are set to impress us with their crackling chemistry in Jabariya Jodi. The trailer has been getting rave response and well, the couple is not leaving any stone unturned to make sure that the movie is promoted well on all platforms.
They recently came on The Kapil Sharma Show for the same and entertained the masses with some interesting anecdotes.
Sidharth admitted that he flunked ninth grade. He said, “Yes, my attention was diverted by girls. But this (the failure) turned out to be a positive thing in my life as I was eventually moved to a co-ed school where I learned better. And I passed my 10th and 11th grade with good grades.”
Later, they were asked who they want to kidnap in Bollywood as their movie is based on kidnapping grooms for marriage. Parineeti said, "Saif Ali Khan. I have even told Kareena Kapoor how much I admire Saif.” Sid claimed that he would abduct Kareena's son, Taimur.
Akshay Kumar, on Thursday, launched the trailer of the much-awaited space film Mission Mangal with his team Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi. During the trailer launch, the actor was questioned about the controversy that happened between Kangana Ranaut and PTI journalist Justin Rao.
Speaking to the media during the trailer launch, Akshay Kumar said, “Humein aapki bahut zarurat hai (We all need you). The relation between media and an actor is very deep; like husband and wife. There will always be some nok-jhonk [tussle]. I just hope that it gets resolved because we need you [media] a lot. It is only through you that whatever I have to say reaches the people and vice versa. I hope this misunderstanding gets solved. I am not too clued in into this matter because I was in London. It is unfortunate, but I hope everything gets solved.”
— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) July 18, 2019
A few days ago during JudgeMentall Hai Kya song launch, Kangana Ranaut ended up in a feud with PTI journalist for bashing Manikarnika. When the journalist introduced himself during Q&A, she said, “You were bashing Manikarnika. Have I done anything wrong by making a film on nationalism? You called me a jingoistic woman who is making a film on nationalism.”
To which the journalist replied, “You cannot intimidate a journalist because you are in a power position."
Coming back to Mission Mangal, backed by R. Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, presented by Fox Star Studios, produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal releases this Independence Day!
Akshay Kumar, on Thursday, launched the trailer of India's very own space mission film Mission Mangal with his team of space scientists including Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Nithya Menen, and Sharman Joshi. While the multistarrer is set to release on Independence Day, the film will be facing off with two films - John Abraham's Batla House and Prabhas starrer Saaho.
Speaking about the same at the trailer launch event, Akshay Kumar talked about why in future it will become a major problem with many films clashing at the box office. The actor said, "In a year, more than 180 Hindi films release and then there are about 30 to 40 Hollywood films as well so there would be a lot of congestion. In the future, there will be more problems as maybe at that time four to five films may clash at the same time. There is no element of surprise in this and we should not blame anybody or blame each other and just go along with it."
Mission Mangal is an incredible true story based on a Mars mission accomplished by a team of scientists at India’s Space Research Organization (ISRO). While we know who is playing which character, we are waiting to watch the trailer to see how this team comes together to achieve a seemingly impossible task of reaching Mars in India’s maiden attempt, making it the only country in the world to set this record.
When asked why he encourages more patriotic films, Akshay said, "If such a great script comes to me, how can I not be a part of it? There is such a great cast. Bringing five female actors together was such a difficult task. I had to do the film."
Mission Mangal is based on a true story. This is director Jagan's first film. I have known him for a very long time. He used to assist AR Murugadoss and R Balki too. He is the guy who brought the story to me and told me all about ISRO. I don't know if our film will be a hit or not, but as I have told all my colleagues, we will always be very proud of the film. I have done around 150 films, but this is the film I am most proud of," says Akshay Kumar.
Backed by R Balki and Akshay Kumar, directed by Jagan Shakti, presented by Fox Star Studios, Produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, Mission Mangal releases this Independence Day!
— Bollywood Hungama (@Bollyhungama) July 18, 2019
Arjun Rampal is over the moon. Proud father of two lovely daughters, he now has son. Arjun’s partner Gabriella Demetriades gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Thursday morning at a hospital in Mumbai.
Arjun couldn’t contain his excitement. “How do I feel? Exhausted and exhilarated. I haven’t got much sleep. I’ve been here in the hospital, as tense and nervous as I was when my daughters were born; it feels amazing to be a father again. We were equally excited about a boy or a girl. But now that it’s baby boy I am happy to welcome him into our family.”
Apparently Arjun’s two daughters Mahikaa and Myra were with their father to welcome their baby brother. Says Arjun, “Mahikaa and Myra were with us when our boy was born. It feels like a complete family. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Arjun divorced his wife of 20 years Mehr Jessia in 2018 announcing the painful separation with the following joint statement: “After a 20-year-long beautiful journey filled with love and beautiful memories, we would like to share, that all journeys have different paths. We feel that it is time for us to move on to different destinations henceforth."
Soon after he plunged into a relationship with Gabriella.
One of the biggest blockbusters of the year, Saaho which kick-started shooting in 2017 marking the return of Prabhas on the big screen after SS Rajamouli's Baahubali franchise. What is more interesting is that the film which has international stuntmen namely, Kenny Bates already- later, the makers roped in Rush Hour 3 fame Peng Zhang to choreograph the climax of Prabhas' Saaho which was shot in Abu Dhabi.
Earlier, the director Sujeeth had said that the shooting has taken even longer than expected because of the action which demanded almost two years of prep. The makers have shot an eight-minute-long action-packed climax, recreating a desert in Abu Dhabi. “A set resembling a ruined place was erected on a 10-acre land and special black soil was strewn over it to give it an authentic desert look. A team of 100 fighters from across the globe were hired for a larger-than-life action sequence involving Prabhas and the baddies. It cost Rs 70 crore and was choreographed by the internationally-acclaimed action director Peng Zhang of Hollywood biggies like The Last Samurai, Hellboy II: The Golden Army and Rush Hour 3,” revealed a source close to the development.
Last month, leading lady Shraddha Kapoor had flown to Austria to film a lavishly mounted romantic track and some scenes. In the same schedule, the team had also shot a dance number composed by Badshah with Jacqueline Fernandez in a special turn. After that, the team had reunited in Hyderabad for some patchwork with Prabhas. The multilingual, presented by Bhushan Kumar in Hindi, was finally wrapped up on July 15 in the Telangana capital.
Saaho is one of the most anticipated films, starring Prabhas. Paired with Shraddha Kapoor, the movie is being shot in three languages, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, simultaneously. The movie also has a superlative ensemble cast of Jackie Shroff, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mandira Bedi, Chunky Panday, Mahesh Manjrekar, Arun Vijay, Murali Sharma, amongst others. Saaho is a high octane action thriller which is presented by T-Series, produced by UV Creations and directed by Sujeeth and is set to hit the theatres on August 15, 2019.
We all know how addicted Ranveer Singh is to sweets, especially Nutella! Well, as he is shooting for one of the most challenging films of his career so far, he is looking visibly fit as the Haryana Hurricane – Kapil Dev for ’83. There is a bunch of experts monitoring Ranveer’s diet and exercise for the movie.
It was revealed that because Ranveer is so fond of his Nutella, a healthy variant has been developed specially for him by his diet expert Anmol Singhal. It consists of avocado mousse which is rich in protein and dark chocolate chips to suit Ranveer’s palate.
In addition to this, Singh has been eating a healthy diet of jalapeno and crisp bacon omelette that comprises rolled oats, eggs, topped with mixed nuts and fresh berries.
’83 directed by Kabir Khan is slated to release next year. The film has a huge star cast headlined by Ranveer. It includes Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Harrdy Sandhu, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil, Adinath Kothare, Dhairya Karwa, and Pankaj Tripathi.
Varun Dhawan has been rehearsing for six hours a day at an Andheri studio for Street Dancer 3D and well, he has unfortunately hurt his right knee while doing so. The actors are geared up for a climax of the film which is supposed to be a hugely mounted affair with top notch experts in the field of dance featuring in it.
Now, reports claim that Varun was practicing some Bhangra moves and he hurt his knee but he continued to practice despite the pain, being the professional that he is.
Varun was doing some Bhangra moves along with some Urban Pop and Hip Hop. He was rehearsing with Rahul Shetty, Dharmesh and Tashan from United Kingdom when he twisted his knee was hurt himself.
As the name suggests, Street Dancer 3D will feature many high octane dance stunts and moves. The movie will mark the Bollywood acting debut of popular dancer Shakti Mohan. The film is expected to release on January 24, 2020.
Sanjay Dutt has entered a new foray with production of Marathi film, Baba. He had announced the project few weeks ago dedicating the same to his dad, veteran actor Sunil Dutt. He was present at the trailer launch event of the movie where he spoke about the much awaited sequel of the famous Munnabhai series.
He was asked about its development to which he replied, “I pray to God it happens soon but this should be asked from Mr Raju Hirani (Rajkumar Hirani) director of Munna Bhai... series. I think he would be in a better position to answer this question. I am eagerly waiting to start shooting.”
It is rumoured that Rajkumar Hirani has been holding on this project till his name gets cleared from the Me Too case.
Sanjay Dutt will next be seen in Shamshera with Ranbir Kapoor and Panipat with Arjun Kapoor.
With a lot of lives on the line, Assam floods have taken a toll on the state as it is one of the biggest floods that they have witnessed in over 15 years. A lot of people are doing their bit by donating money and food for the people stuck in the floods. Along with the infrastructure, almost 90% of the Kaziranga National Park has been submerged in water and there are desperate measures being taken to save both humans and animals. Sarbananda Sonowal, The CM of the state has urged people to donate by however means they are able to in an attempt to bring the state back on its feet.
Actor Akshay Kumar has taken the initiative of donating Rs. 1 crore each to the CM relief fund and Kaziranga Park rescue. The actor has never shied away from being a generous soul and has always tried to help the country whenever he can. He took to his Twitter to announce this generous donation by tweeting, “Absolutely heartbreaking to know about the devastation by floods in Assam.All affected, humans or animals,deserve support in this hour of crisis.I’d like to donate 1cr each to the CM Relief Fund & for Kaziranga Park rescue.Appealing to all to contribute @CMOfficeAssam @kaziranga_”
Absolutely heartbreaking to know about the devastation by floods in Assam.All affected, humans or animals,deserve support in this hour of crisis.I’d like to donate 1cr each to the CM Relief Fund & for Kaziranga Park rescue.Appealing to all to contribute @CMOfficeAssam @kaziranga_
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 17, 2019
On the work front, Akshay Kumar is currently shooting for Sooryavanshi, a cop film being directed by Rohit Shetty.
Kareena Kapoor Khan has been keeping busy with her work schedule. The actress is juggling work between films and television. In May this year, Kareena made her Television debut as the judge on the reality show Dance India Dance. The show has rapper Raftaar and choreographer Bosco Martis as the co-judges. While the actress is busy shooting in London for Angrezi Medium, she has been flying back and forth to shoot for the episodes of the show.
But, it seems like she might miss one of the upcoming episodes. Two weeks ago, Bebo's sister Karisma Kapoor came as the guest judge on the show to fill in for her. Now, it seems like Kareena's BFF Malaika Arora will reportedly be taking her place in one of the episodes. Kareena flew back last week to shoot for the upcoming episode which had Arjun Patiala actors Kriti Sanon and Diljit Dosanjh as the guests. The episode will air in this weekend.
If Malaika Arora fills in for Kareena, it won't be the first time she will act as the judge. She has done shows like Nach Baliye, Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa and India's Got Talent
On the work front, Kareena Kapoor Khan has three films in the pipeline – Dharma Productions’ Good News, Dinesh Vijan’s Angrezi Medium and Karan Johar’s Takht.
Arbaaz Khan has been associated with Sridevi Bungalow which has been mired in many controversies. On asked about the same he said that almost 80 per cent of the movie was finished before he was approached and hence he had no role in the story.
He admitted that he had voiced his concern to them as he didn't want to be associated with a project that may take undue advantage of something so unfortunate. But they guaranteed him that they weren't doing anything wrong. They even told him that they had registered the title before the demise of Sridevi.
In addition to this, the makers sent him the press clippings and interviews of the cast where they had clarified their stand.
Arbaaz Khan recently revealed that Dabangg 3 shoot will be finished hopefully by September. As of now, the shoot is 60 per cent complete. The makers are all set to release the film on December 20, as announced by them earlier.
With the promotions of Khandaani Shafakhana on her plate which is to be released on 2nd August and juggling between the shoots of Dabangg 3 and Bhuj: The Pride Of India, we can safely call Sonakshi Sinha as one of the busiest actresses of Bollywood. Around two days back, Sonakshi was shooting for the third installment of Dabangg in Phaltan, Maharashtra, where she received a very warm welcome. She is also starring in Mission Mangal which has huge ensemble cast including, Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sharman Joshi and more. The trailer of Mission Mangal will be launched on 18 July and the film is slated to release on Independence Day.
Currently, Sonakshi is shooting for Bhuj in Hyderabad, but she wanted to be a part of this trailer launch and see the reaction of this trailer with the whole team of Mission Mangal. Hence, Sonakshi requested Abhishek Dudhaiya for some time off, so that she can attend the trailer launch and fly back the same day to resume the shoot. Now, that's what we call dedication! Here's what a source close to Sonakshi said,
“Sonakshi requested Abhishek (the director of Bhuj) to give her a day off because she was keen on being a part of this event. She has been travelling back and forth between shooting schedules of Dabangg 3, Bhuj- The Pride of India and Khandaani Shafakhana promotions, but she’s glad to be able to attend the trailer launch of Mission Mangal. This film is very close to Sonakshi’s heart and she wanted to witness the reactions, and hopes that this film will be a milestone for our industry.”
The teaser of Mission Mangal received a great response, and all eyes are on the trailer now, which will drop on the 18th of July.
Ever since Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh tied the knot in November 2018, the fans have been eagerly waiting for their first joint interview. And guess what? It might happen soon. The actors will reportedly be the first guests on the comeback chat show of veteran actress and host Simi Garewal. As per reports, the actress will be returning with her iconic celeb chat show, Rendezvous with Simi Garewal.
15 years later, Simi Garewal wants to make a comeback in a grand way with big celebrities on the couch. She said recently she has never revealed names until she has filmed the episodes. But, she said that Deepika Padukone and Ranveer have promised their first interview together for her show.
Simi Garewal said that there won't be any change in format and she would not include gossip and games. She said that people resort to such games because they cannot make a conversation. The actress said that Rendezvous was always getting to know the person.
Rendezvous With Simi Garewal saw actors, politicians and everyone else gracing the show. The celebrities included Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan and Shweta Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Amrita Singh, Rekha, Aishwarya Rai, Rekha, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and the late Jayalalithaa.
Bhumi Pednekar’s mom and sister travels to Lucknow to celebrate her birthday post Pati Patni Aur Woh shoot. Bhumi Pednekar is turning 30 and its looks like she is going to have an intensely hectic working birthday tomorrow. The acclaimed actress returned to the sets of Pati Patni Aur Woh for a month-long intense shoot that starts on her birthday.
“Bhumi always celebrates her birthday with her family and friends. It’s an annual ritual for her to throw a party and give her near and dear ones a great time! Bhumi is turning 30 and the celebrations were going to be incredibly special. However, this is not going to be possible anymore. There is an extremely important sequence that needs to be filmed and the shoots fell on her birthday! Bhumi had to return to Lucknow to join her co-stars Kartik, who plays her husband in the film, and Ananya. Bhumi will have a month-long, non-stop shooting schedule in the city,” reveals an informer.
The source adds, “However, Bhumi’s family is ensuring that she has a mini celebration just with them in Lucknow. Her mom and sister are traveling to the city and they have a family dinner planned post Bhumi wraps her shoot tomorrow. She has a hectic shooting schedule tomorrow and it will be great for Bhumi to let her hair down with family. It will be a quiet, intimate dinner and the family wants to spend the evening with each other because they won’t be able to see Bhumi for an entire month.”
Kalki Koechlin has been playing some amazing roles in the past and has always made it a point to choose roles that are unconventional and out of the box. Last seen in Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s Made In Heaven, Kalki proved yet again that she is one of the most versatile actors in today’s age. She will next be seen in Sacred Games 2 and her fans are quite excited to see what role she will be playing in the much-talked-about and much awaited series.
For her next project, Kalki Koechlin will be seen in a web series titled Bhram and will be playing the role of a novelist who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The condition for her character occurs after an incident and Kalki has recently joined the team for the shoot. Most of it will be shot in Shimla while the rest will be shot in Mumbai. The actress has always impressed the audiences and the critics with her acting abilities and with so many underlying shades in her character, the makers are thrilled to have Kalki on board.
Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are all set to star in Yash Raj Films’ action-packed film, War. The movie’s title has recently been revealed and the hype for this film has been high ever since its announcement considering that it will star two of the biggest action superstars of the industry. leaving no stone unturned to make it the biggest action film of the year, director Siddharth Anand roped in the famous Hollywood action director, Paul Jennings, who is the man behind the action sequences in films like Dark Knight, Jack Reacher, San Andreas, and even Game of Thrones.
According to sources, both Hrithik and Tiger have been practising for this chase since the last year and the shoot lasted for a couple of days amidst the ice clad Arctic Circle. However, Paul was only the director for this segment of the film. The team went ahead and approved the recce 6 months before the shoot and it took place last year. It is clear that the makers want to give their audiences the time of their lives, filled with adrenaline through these action-packed sequences. War happens to be the first film in the world to have shot an action sequence in the Arctic and even though it was risky, the visual aspect of it made the team go for it.
Slated to release on October 2, War is directed by Siddharth Anand and also stars Anupriya Goenka and Vaani Kapoor in pivotal roles.
Rishi Kapoor has been in New York since last nine months and has one and a half more month to go. He has been undergoing a treatment for cancer which is both long and painful. Through this all, he has been looking chirpy and composed in all his photos with wife Neetu Kapoor who has been a pillar of strength to him.
He spoke recently about all this and of course his plans after coming back to Mumbai. He revealed that he has been feeling homesick and he can’t wait to get back and resume work. In fact in will do dubbing work for a project while in New York. His film, Jhootha Kahin Ka, is set to release this Friday!
He said that he will listen to narration of a movie soon. He also revealed that he would get back to Mumbai by September, hopefully, and then start working by the end of the month.
On asked if he is upset with makers of Jhootha Kahin Ka for releasing the movie this Friday, he said that it was a false news and that he agrees with Kangana Ranaut about her statement that there is a section of media which reports false news and credibility of other journalists is questioned.
Having that said that, he made it clear that he does not agree with everything that Kangana says.
Karan Johar's Dharma Productions has an array of films lined up which big stars like Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor Khan leading the way. With that being said, it seems like the filmmaker is planning to bring back the Dhadak pair Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter with a romantic thriller.
If the reports are to be believed, Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter will be once again starring in Dharma Productions' romantic thriller and this time will be a different kind of love story. The film will be reportedly helmed by Wazir director Bejoy Nambiar. Ishaan, who has already locked Ali Abbas Zafar's Kaali Peeli with Ananya Panday, will be shooting the Dharma film next year.
Interestingly, this is the only film Ishaan Khatter has signed after Ali Abbas Zafar project. While Janhvi Kapoor went onto sign three films post Dhadak, the actor has been waiting to right film to come his way.
Janhvi Kapoor, on the work front, is currently shooting for Dinesh Vijan's RoohiAfza with Rajkummar Rao. The actress will also be starring in Gunjan Saxena biopic which is tentatively titled Kargil Girl. She will also be seen in Takht.
Hrithik Roshan, who has been making right kind of noise with his movie Super 30, has partnered with Little Singham which is a venture by Discovery Kids, Reliance Animation and Rohit Shetty Picturez. Hrithik will be seen as a role model to all the kids to study and grow in their lives.
Hrithik will be a mentor to them in the episode of Little Singham. Hrithik wants to impart the values of bravery and nationalism through this episode and not to mention importance of education and how it is not to be taken lightly.
Meanwhile, Super 30 is doing a great business and masses are liking the fact that it is high on content. Strong word of mouth publicity propelled its business over the weekend.
Arbaaz Khan recently revealed that Dabangg 3 shoot will be finished hopefully by September. As of now, the shoot is 60 per cent complete. The makers are all set to release the film on December 20, as announced by them earlier.
Salman will be seen as a youngster before joining the police force and then the makers will cut to his present life. Added attraction of the movie is that South actor Sudeep will be seen as the villain and there are many top notch action scenes between him and Salman which has got the masses excited already.
The movie features Sonakshi Sinha playing Rajjo, Chulbul Pandey’s wife and it also has a track where the makers are introducing Saiee Manjrekar, Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter, as Salman’s romantic flame of younger days.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is the latest celebrity to criticize the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the boundary rule due to which New Zealand lost to England in super over during the World Cup 2019 finals. At Lord's on Sunday, the match was tied and went for a super over during which England took home the trophy. With super over also ending in a tie, the winner was decided by who scored the most boundaries.
This was heavily criticized by netizens including Amitabh Bachchan who took a sly dig at ICC. He took to Twitter and wrote in Hindi, "You have Rs 2,000, I have Rs 2,000. You have one note of 2,000; I have four notes of 500. Who is richer? ICC: The one who has four notes of 500 is richer."
T 3227 - आपके पास 2000 रूपये, मेरे पास भी 2000 रुपये,
आपके पास 2000 का एक नोट, मेरे पास 500 के 4 ...
कौन ज्यादा अमीर???
ICC - जिसके पास 500 के 4 नोट वो ज्यादा रईस.. #Iccrules????????????????
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 15, 2019
It wasn't just Amitabh Bachchan. Even many cricketers were upset over the ICC rule including former cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Brett Lee, Yuvraj Singh.
On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan will be next starring in Brahmastra, Chiranjeevi film, Gulabo Sitabo and Chehre.
Filmmakers Subhash Ghai, Karan Johar and producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor will be part of the steering committee of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "For the steering committee, Subhash Ghai, Karan Johar, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Feroz Abbas Khan, have already confirmed their names to be part of the steering committee which will design the IFFI's golden jubilee edition because it has to be a professional show. As it is the golden jubilee year of the prestigious film event, the festival will be held in Goa from November 20 to November 28.
Commenting on this, Subhash Ghai said "It’s the golden jubilee of IFFI and this special film festival deserves to be celebrated with more substance joy and pride. I would be happy to contribute along with my colleagues in the steering committee of IFFI 2019."
The film festival will celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary."We will also have a business exhibition at the event because it is a good time to showcase latest film technologies and an exhibition of Gandhi 'Gandhi150'," the Minister added. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President John Bailey will also be a part of the festival. Ahead of the IFFI 2019,
private theatres in Goa are being hired to screen popular films as part of the festival. "In the past, people did not get tickets to watch popular films, so we are enrolling private theatres to screen those films," Javadekar added.
The IFFI is being organised in Goa jointly by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the state-run Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).
There have been many reports about the Prabhas, Shraddha Kapoor starrer Saaho and its release date. Earlier there were reports that the film will not be able to maintain its release date of August 15. While the makers rubbished the same, they decided to put an end to it and even released the teaser of the film. The latter received a great response but the rumours about the delay in the release of Saaho have surfaced yet again!
The Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor film was expected to have a perfect weekend with August 15 as the release date but it seems that Saaho is facing some post production issues. Going by the high octane teaser, it is needless to say that the film will have extensive effects when it comes to stunts. It seems that the makers will need some more time to complete this work on the film and hence, they may have to push the release two weeks further. If reports and sources are to be believed, the film will release on August 30.
While the official announcement about the same is yet to be made, it is also being said that the trailer release date of the film too is yet to be finalized.
On the other hand, if Saaho was to release on August 15, there were two other Bollywood releases scheduled on the same day. One is Akshay Kumar starrer Mission Mangal and the other is John Abraham starrer Batla House!
Coming to Saaho, the film will release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The Sujeeth directorial will also star Neil Nitin Mukesh, Jackie Shroff, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi amongst others.
Tulsi Kumar has had a blockbuster month after garnering 100 million+ views on her songs ‘Main Tera Ban Jaunga’ from Kabir Singh and ‘Sheher Ki Ladki’ from Khandani Shafakhana. She opened up to Bollywood Hungama about this incredible success she has garnered and also gave an insight into her future plans.
Tulsi said that she feels blessed that people have been liking her vocals and highlighted the fact that most compliments that she has been getting are that she is sounding different in every song. Speaking about ‘Main Tera Ban Jaunga’ from Kabir Singh, she said, “Kabir Singh’s whole album is fresh and ‘Main Tera Ban Jaunga’ has been consistently topping the charts since its release. It has become close to 75 million views now.”
About ‘Sheher Ki Ladki’ she said, “The song has come together really well in its entirety with Badshah and Tanishk Bagchi along with me. I have been getting so many praises for the same as it has been playing constantly in pubs and has a very nice, peppy feel to it.”
She also added that the greatest compliment she has received is that she is sounding different in both the songs ‘Main Tera Ban Jaunga’ and ‘Sheher Ki Ladki’.
When asked if she prepared in any specific way for the same, Tulsi Kumar said, “Not really. I made sure to keep in the mind the vibe of the song.” She said that she felt the song and made sure that expressions really came through with her vocals.
Not just this, her latest dance number O Saki Saki has everyone swaying to its beats.
Looking forward, she will be singing for Shraddha Kapoor once more after Aashiqui 2 in Saaho and is pumped up about the same. She said that the song belongs to the future pop genre and she has done vocals for it in Hindi-Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam.
After impressing one and all with his incredible performance in the critically acclaimed Tumbbad, which was also produced by him, actor Sohum Shah is gearing up for an interesting short film titled – Gulabi Lens. While the actor, whose last film Tumbbad was hailed from all quarters, is tight-lipped about his recent project, it is learnt that Sohum will be seen romancing Anushka Ranjan in the film.
This is the first time Sohum will be seen alongside Anushka and it will certainly be interesting to see this fresh new pairing onscreen. Gulabi Lens will be helmed by Saurabh Gupta. Apart from this, the versatile actor has also recently finished shooting for Pawan Kriplani and Abhishek Chaubey’s untitled short film alongside Kriti Kulhari.
What’s truly interesting and commendable about Sohum Shah is the fact that the actor is always willing to experiment, and despite huge critical acclaim and widespread appreciation, Sohum has no qualms about doing short films or anything else that has good content.
Leading fitness brand Reebok takes a giant leap forward with the announcement of renowned Bollywood actor and fitness enthusiast, Varun Dhawan, as their new brand ambassador in India. This association becomes noteworthy as it coincides with the launch of Reebok’s new Sole Fury campaign with Varun Dhawan.
The brand recently brought in Katrina Kaif as the brand ambassador, and now with Varun Dhawan joining the Reebok family, the brand continues to be on the front foot. Varun, who diligently follows a disciplinary fitness regime regardless of his tight schedule, personifies the brand ethos and will ignite a spark of energy amongst the youth. With his enviable physique, Varun is known for his fitness goals and hence, is a perfect representation for Reebok.
-We’ve only just begun! Thrilled to be a part of my favorite fitness brand @reebokindia ! Iv been a big fan of @Reebok since they are associated with the #ufc
Gear up to #SportTheUnexpected #ReebokXVarunDhawan pic.twitter.com/moWOUWzayd
— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 16, 2019
In collaboration with Varun, Reebok also launches its biggest campaign on Sole Fury, a dynamic new silhouette that is equal parts sport and style. The campaign featuring Varun Dhawan disrupts conventionality and celebrates those who dare to #SplitFrom the ordinary. It ventures beyond the expected into a world where unorthodox is the norm, highlighting a uniquely Reebok attitude towards style and distinctive Reebok performance innovation. The Sole Fury campaign captures the essence of Reebok’s iconic vintage styles and projects them into a contemporary space, creating a true intersection of daring performance tech and legendary styles.
Confident. Defiant. Unique.
Nothing better that describes our new brand ambassador @Varun_dvn!
Inspiring everyone to push boundaries and embrace the change, he is the true definition of #SplitFromThePack.
We couldn't be more excited about this! #ReebokXVarunDhawan pic.twitter.com/mUyOF2Z5vu
— Reebok India (@reebokindia) July 16, 2019
Sharing his excitement on associating with Reebok, Varun Dhawan commented, “It feels truly amazing to associate with a brand like Reebok, which feels so much like me. Reebok gives me a platform to endorse our shared beliefs in fitness and performance, that enables one to push boundaries, and most importantly be yourself. I also admire Reebok’s products that are a perfect balance of style and innovation, and I look forward to a thrilling journey with the brand.”
Commenting on the association, Mr. Sunil Gupta, Brand Director, Reebok India said, “We are proud to join hands with Varun Dhawan as the new brand ambassador of Reebok. Varun embodies the brand’s belief that by pushing ourselves to the brink and testing our limitations, we have the power to transform ourselves, not only physically but mentally. Being a fitness enthusiast, Varun complements the brand brilliantly. With his dedication and enthusiasm, we are confident that he will continue to inspire the youth and revolutionize the fitness industry together with Reebok.”
Reebok is enthused about the collaboration with Varun Dhawan and the exciting initiatives that are in the pipeline.
Netflix, on July 16, announced five new original series across a variety of genres including young adult, drama, thriller, horror, and comedy. With deadly zombies, scary gangsters and daring friends, these incredibly diverse Indian stories are for mainstream audiences in India and around the world. Bela Bajaria, VP, International Originals, Netflix, said, “India is home to some of the world’s greatest stories. It's been thrilling to watch these amazing storytellers embrace the artistic freedom possible at Netflix to create entertaining stories. Audiences everywhere will love these five inventive series set in stories of horror, drama, and comedy.”
Continuing Netflix’s investment in Indian content and long-term commitment to the Indian creative community, the five series will be developed in collaboration with leading Indian studios from Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment and Anushka Sharma and Karnesh Sharma’s Clean Slate Films to Mutant Films.
Presenting the Netflix slate of upcoming series over the next year:
In contemporary urban India, five women, across generations, wrestle with desire, ethics, personal crises and vulnerabilities to own their ambition. As glass ceilings are shattered and hearts are broken, difficult choices have to be made. And as each woman strives to find her own truth, they find in each other an unexpected understanding and the sliver of a bond. Bombay Begums is created, written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and executive produced by Chernin Entertainment and EndemolShine India.
Speaking about the development, Alankrita Shrivastava said, “Collaborating with Netflix has been extremely exciting and fulfilling because they see the urgency and value of women telling their own stories, through the female gaze. Bombay Begums is an attempt to tell a story about the lives of urban Indian women, as honestly as I can. I hope that women (and maybe some men!) can connect to this story, no matter what their background, because maybe we're all trying to find ourselves and our place in this world.”
Following a deep personal tragedy, the docile, 47-year-old wife-and-mother, Sheel, finds herself accidentally sucked into a rabbit hole of violence and power. Ensuing entanglement with white collar crime and politics that forever changed her and the world she inhabits. Mai has Anushka Sharma & Karnesh Sharma's Clean Slate Films as the executive producers and is written by Atul Mongia along with Tamal Sen, Amita Vyas, with Sudip Sharma as a creative producer.
Talking about the show, Anushka Sharma said, “This is my second collaboration with Netflix after Bulbul and we are again looking to disrupt the kind of content audiences are consuming. We at Clean Slate Films have been dedicated to making clutter-breaking, powerful stories since our first production and we are looking forward to push the content envelope. The creative freedom to be able to translate these stories to screens that reach a global audience is exciting for us, which is why Netflix is such an important partner. Mai is an exciting work of fiction that tells the story of a middle-class Indian woman who leads a double-life of a don. At a time when audiences globally are appreciating differential content, Mai will hopefully intrigue them and entertain them thoroughly.”
A remote village becomes the theatre of a breathless battle when a two-century-old Betaal, a British Indian Army officer, and his battalion of zombie redcoats are unleashed. With Indian police pitted against the undead army, hapless villagers are trapped in a horrific, edge-of-your-seat conflict. Betaal is Red Chillies Entertainment’s second Netflix series, in collaboration with Ghoul’s Patrick Graham as the writer/director and showrunner, along with Nikhil Mahajan as the director and Suhani Kanwar as a writer. It will be executive produced by Blumhouse, known to design some of the best horror content and Ivanhoe
Elaborating on the development Patrick Graham said, “Indian legend is filled with tales that thrill, chill and bring the audience to the edge of their seat. It’s a pleasure working with Netflix again on Betaal and to be able to tap the narrative goldmine of Indian stories for a series that brings to life universal conflicts in the engaging and immersive zombie horror genre.”
Mumbai’s rising standup comic, Beanie, struggles to balance a career in comedy with pleasing a yuppie day-job boss, peculiar BFF, persistent parents, and proposal-popping boyfriend. Messy is her quest to find her own voice and get her life together in the midst of all the mayhem. American actor and director, Ravi Patel stars in the series which he has created and co-written with Neel Shah. The series is co-produced by The District's David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer and Mutant Films' Seher Aly Latif & Shivani Saran.
Speaking about the series Ravi Patel said, “I’m excited to work on a story of a strong female lead and voice as we go on this journey with Messy. This is a story about a girl finding herself and her place in the world while living in a big city, and we’re hoping to create a relatable and authentic story that has a universal resonance. The character is not unlike the average urban Indian woman, grappling with various social pressures while nurturing her sense of humour throughout. With Netflix, we have a partner and platform which supports absolute artistic freedom, and can help package this in an engaging manner while taking the story to women the world over.”
This scripted series based on real-life moments from Masaba Gupta’s life follows her unique background, the diverse worlds she straddles across fashion and family, and her foray back into the dating world. Masaba’s life is a glorious mess, and she’s not afraid to show that to the world. An inspirational, joyous celebration of her life, this fun series will be packed with tongue-in-cheek humor, enacted by the mother-daughter duo, Masaba and Neena Gupta themselves. The genre-bending series is created and produced by Ashvini Yardi’s Viniyard Films and will be directed by Sonam Nair.
Expressing her excitement, Masaba Gupta said, “I’m a huge fan of Netflix and the kind of diverse content it houses. So when the makers approached me with the idea of a show inspired by my life, I was thrilled. It’s been a rollercoaster, honestly, and I feel that the moments I’ve experienced are both unique to my journey and relatable to people the world over. This series will be an amalgamation of my experiences, personally and professionally. I can’t wait for the audience to watch it.”
The collections tell their own story. And a pretty spectacular one at that. The box office collections of Hrithik Roshan starrer Super 30 show an unprecedented growth, growing by almost 55 - 60 percent in some places on Day 2 and even more on Day 3.
Anand Kumar on whose life this moving and inspiring film is made can barely contain his excitement. “Nothing has come to me easily in life. If I had to struggle to educate the children whom a section of society thought to be fit only for lowly work and jobs, then I also had to struggle to see the film on my struggle being made and completed. As you know, Anurag Basu was to originally direct the film. We spent nearly two years meeting and collaborating. But that didn’t work out. Now that it’s finally happened I am happy beyond words.”
Anand has words of praise for the writer and director. “The scriptwriter Sanjiv Dutta and director Vikas Bahl worked relentlessly to give shape to my life on screen.”
Anand intends to celebrate the success of his bio-pic with close friends and family. “Unfortunately I don’t have too many friends. In Bihar, the joy of seeing someone else succeed is almost unknown. Here if you achieve success in realizing your dream they try to pull you down. I suspect the film’s success will give rise to renewed debate on how facts have been distorted to make me look good in the story. But I know the truth about what I’ve gone through in life.”
Bollywood Hungama, a few days ago, exclusively revealed that R Madhavan will be making a comeback with a Hindi film which will star Khushali Kumar opposite him. Now, it has been confirmed that they will be coming together in a film titled Dahi Cheeni.
The young & gorgeous talent Khushali Kumar will showcase her acting prowess in her debut film titled Dahi Cheeni, a quirky take on slice-of-life human drama. Khushali auditioned for her role and eventually bagged her debut film on her acting merit. Directed by debutant filmmaker Ashwin Neal Mani, Dahi Cheeni is scheduled to go on floors in August this year.
Speaking about her first film, Khushali said, "Like any other artist I’m very excited for my first film. I've worked really very hard for this prep, right from auditions to the prep, it's been a journey. I'm so kicked to start the first schedule very soon. And it’s scary to stand next to Maddy but I have made up my mind and am ready to go at it full throttle”.
The film will be directed by debutant director Ashwin Neal Mani. Speaking about the film, he says, “It is my debut film so I was a bit finicky about each and every detail and the actors were my biggest concern. Then I met Khushali and in due time she proved to me that no one else could do a better job. I saw her living the character that I essayed and today after 8 months I am overjoyed to say that she is the perfect leading lady for the film.”