Two of the iconic actors of Indian cinema, Sridevi and Shashi Kapoor, passed away within a span of few months. While Shashi Kapoor passed away in December 2017, Sridevi passed away in the month of February 2018. Now, the veteran actors will receive tributes at the New York Indian Film Festival which will unfold from May 7 to May 12.
Shashi Kapoor, who had starred in several Merchant-Ivory films such as The Householder, will be paid tribute via two of his film screenings- Shakespeare Wallah and Heat and Dust. In case of Sridevi, her 2012 superhit film English Vinglish will be screened. She will be honoured at the screening.
Veteran actor Shashi Kapoor breathed his last on December 4, 2017. The actor, who was unwell for a while, passed away owing to his age. Talking about his personal front, he was married to actress Jennifer Kendal who passed away in 1984. He was survived by three children Karan Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor and Sanjana Kapoor. Known for his performance in films like Deewar, Kabhi Kabhie, Namak Halal, Jab Jab Phool Khile, Kalyug among others, Shashi Kapoor received the honour of Padma Bhushan in the year 2011.
The nation lost another gem in Sridevi when she passed away due to accidental drowning on February 24. The late actress' family, film industry, and nation are mourning the loss of the beloved first female superstar of the Indian film industry. She starred in several iconic films including Chandni, Chaalbaaz, Lamhe, Mr India, Judaai, Laadla to name a few. Her second innings surely got her great accolades as well. She made her comeback with English Vinglish. She was last seen in 2017 film Mom. Technically, her last appearance will be in Shah Rukh Khan starrer Zero in December 2018.
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover who came together in the film Alone in 2015 may not have done a film together post that. But the couple has definitely been making many appearances together on the small screen. While their Instagram feeds is filled with their love pictures, the two have endorsed and even made special appearances together.
Last seen in a condom commercial, now, Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover are all set to feature in the reality show Entertainment Ki Raat – The Extension. We hear that this show will be launched during the cricket match IPL. If recent reports are to be believed, this show is an extension of sorts from Entertainment Ki Raat that was aired on Colors channel. However, a title is yet to be finalized for the same.
Interestingly, Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover will be sharing screen space after two years since they last appeared on Kapil Sharma’s comedy show. The two had attended a special episode as a newly married couple after they tied the knot in 2016. Now, two years later, they are all set to do another fun reality show but with a twist.
Yes, for Entertainment Ki Raat, Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover will do some role reversal. The two will be a part of this segment wherein Bipasha will be seen as Karan and vice versa. Well we are sure the audience is eager to know how the two perform each other’s roles.
But this is just one segment on the show! There will also be another one where they will be pitted against each other. It is called ‘Drop the Mic’ where the two of them will be seen flaunting their singing skills.
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover are already said to have shot the episode today. However, it will only be aired in April.
Besides the fact that she has remained an iconic actress, Hema Malini continues to retain yet another form of art that she is famous for. We are talking about dance. Hema Malini is a trained classical dancer and even started her own ballet group. In fact, she has also performed for some prestigious shows in India and abroad. Now taking it ahead is her daughter Esha Deol.
Esha Deol and Aahana Deol both have consistently performed with their mother at several dance shows. Both of Hema’s daughters have imbibed the art forms in their own manner. Esha is quite skilled in Odissi dance form. And now, she is all set to perform her mother Hema Malini’s popular dance Sita. Hema Malini, who has collaborated with Ramayana since the 80s, has played Sita for over two decades.
Now taking the legacy ahead, Esha Deol will perform as Ramayana’s Sita with the ballet group. Describing the feeling as excited and nervous, Esha is excited about taking up dance again. The newly turned mother was on a break to spend some time with her daughter Radhya. But now she is all set to return to work. Speaking on the role, Esha stated that she feels that Sita has always been a powerful figure in her life.
On the other hand, Hema Malini has been beaming with pride as she expressed her happiness over Esha playing Sita. The former actress turned politician also believes that this is the right time for her daughter to play this role. One of the reasons for it is because she has turned a mother recently. According to Hema, a certain kind of maturity is required to play the characters in Hindu mythology. Hema believes that Esha now has developed those qualities with the arrival of her baby.
The ballet in question will premiere on the auspicious occasion of Ram Navmi which is on March 24.
It has been a while since we heard about Mahaakshay Chakraborthy, son of veteran actor Mithun Chakraborthy. However, now Mimoh has yet again resurfaced in reports as he is all set to tie the knot. The Haunted actor apparently had a puja-cum-roka ceremony recently amidst the presence of family and closed ones.
Mimoh will be tying the knot with a girl from a business family who has no ties with Bollywood. The recent roka function was held at the Chakraborthy house in Madh Island in Mumbai approximately a week ago. The match is said to be an arranged one and the family is currently in the process of finalizing the wedding date.
As for the recent ceremony, besides roka, a puja too was performed for the well-being and happiness of the to-be-married couple. Even though it was a private affair, it saw many family members attending to extend their well-wishes to the couple. If reports are to be believed, Mimoh’s grandparents too were a part of the ceremony.
According to reports, an engagement too will be planned soon. However, the details of it all are yet to be announced. The family has apparently been maintaining the good news under wraps as they are on a lookout for an auspicious occasion to make the announcement.
For the uninitiated Mahaakshay Chakraborthy, son of Mithun and Yogita Bali, made his Bollywood debut with the film titled Jimmy. While he continued his acting stint with films like Loot and Enemmy, Mimoh also made his debut in Bengali cinema. As of now, on the career front, he is prepping for the TV show Gama. Produced by Salman Khan, it features Sohail Khan in the lead along with TV actor Mohammad Nazim playing an integral role in this period wrestler biopic series.
We have heard of many cases where fans have gone to various lengths to showcase their fandom for a celebrity. In case of Salman Khan, we have seen the same a little too often. This time around a Pakistani fan went a step ahead and decided to even go against a national ban to fulfill his dream of watching Tiger Zinda Hai.
This Salman Khan fan or rather a devotee from Pakistan, who prefers to be anonymous, had booked an entire theatre on March 17 to hold a special screening of Tiger Zinda Hai. While he prefers to be unnamed owing to his safety, we hear that this fan went to the extent of buying the digital rights of the film. Held in the outskirts of Lahore, the film screening is said to have been attended by his family, friends and some co-fans of Salman Khan.
If reports are to be believed, an attendee was all praises for the film. He asserted that Tiger Zinda Hai speaks of a renewed brotherhood between India and Pakistan. While he did confirm that the ban persists in the country, he added that he believed that the film only discusses about brotherhood between the two countries.
For the uninitiated, Tiger Zinda Hai was banned in Pakistan by its censor board. They believed that the film portrayed the Pakistani government and its military officials in a bad light. On the other hand, the attendee reportedly described about how much they enjoyed the film. He apparently also revealed that the fans along with him were hooting and shouting during the Salman scenes. In fact, we hear that the fan took the efforts to holding up this screening by using USB in a digital projector. He also reportedly confirmed that the fan had to pay a hefty price to purchase the digital rights of Tiger Zinda Hai.
According to what attendee stated in reports, the special screening was supposed to be a strictly private affair. Initially, they only had planned to hold the same within the house of the fan who bought the rights. However, the number of people expressing their wish to see the film increased by leaps and bounds. Hence they decided that only a theatre would be able to hold that many fans.
On the other hand, Salman Khan is yet to speak up on the craze he enjoys in Pakistan. However, his writer father Salim Khan expressed his excitement over the kind of stardom his son enjoys. He described this as a wonderful gesture adding that the countries should screen each other’s work. He, however, also agreed to the fact that it will happen only when the situation between them will improve.
Irrfan Khan who is currently battling the rare NeuroEndocrine Tumour ailment took to instagram to post a picture of himself, which essentially is a silhouette of his head and shared a cryptic poem with it. He has been using the social media to connect with his fans recently and assuring them that he would emerge a winner after surviving this disease. We are getting to see a very reflective side of the actor since he announced that he is suffering from a rare disease. There was a lot of conjecture about the nature of his illness and there were false media reports claiming that he has brain cancer which he refuted later by coming out in open about his disease.
Recently, he posted a picture of himself on Insta and wrote a heartbreakingly beautiful poem with it by Rainer Maria Rilke. It read:
Rainer Maria Rilke.
“God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are the words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Now, this perfectly sums up his predicament, doesn’t it? As reported by us, Irrfan is taking treatment for his disease in London and very soon we expect him to bounce back and start impressing us with his brilliant work all over again.
God speaks to each of us as he makes us, then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear: You, sent out beyond your recall, go to the limits of your longing. Embody me. Flare up like a flame and make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Don’t let yourself lose me. Nearby is the country they call life. You will know it by its seriousness. Give me your hand #rainermariarilke
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Before declaring that he is suffering from Neuro Endocrine Tumour, he had Hindi Medium 2 and Vishal Bhardwaj’s gangster drama Sapna Didi in the pipeline.
Jacqueline Fernandez’s Ek Do Teen (reprised version) dropped yesterday and has become a talking point since then. Before the release of the song, Jacqueline Fernandez rushed to Madhuri Dixit to seek her “blessings” and Baaghi 2 director Ahmed Khan paid the legendary choreographer Saroj Khan a visit before filming the reprised version of Khan’s iconic Madhuri Dixit song.
“It was only the proper thing to do. I consider Sarojji my guru. When we were thinking of which number to use for Jacqueline Fernandez’s dance number, many songs like Saat sumundar paar (Vishwaatma) and Aao na gale lagao na (Mere Jeevan Saathi) came up for consideration. When we decided to add an item song at the last minute, we were sure of two things. That there was space for it in the plot. And that we wanted only Jacqueline to do it.”
Jacky, says Ahmed, was over the moon when she was offered this dance number. “When she heard it was Ek Do Teen she freaked out. It is everybody’s favourite. When we think of an item song, we think of Ek do teen as the baap of all them all. I quickly paid Sarojji a visit. But we did not invite her to do the choreography for the new version of Ek Do Teen for two reasons. One, because we wanted a new treatment to the song. And two, because Sarojji is now getting old and is also likely to run out of patience on the sets.”
Ahmed Khan says he instead invited Ganesh Aacharya to do the dance steps. “It is an entirely new interpretation of the iconic song, not meant to challenge the original. Rather, ours is a homage to the original. We made sure that Jacqueline’s costume was a close replica of Madhuri’s costume. We have incorporated Madhuri’s signature step—the palm and fingers perpendicular to the forehead accompanied by a trot backwards—into our version. But the rest of the steps are by Ganesh.”
One change from the original that may not go down well with the architects of the original is the voice. Alka Yagnik’s vocals in the original song have been replaced by Shreya Ghosal.
Explains Ahmed Khan, “Alkaji was the heroine’s voice in the 1990s and 2000s. Shreya Ghosal is the heroine’s voice today. We wanted Jacqueline to have the heroine’s voice. We didn’t want our Ek Do Teen to be treated as an item song.”
Ahmed hopes to show the new version of the song to Saroj Khan, Madhuri Dixit and the Tezaab director N Chandra. “We need their blessings. Our song is possible only because of them,” says Ahmed emotionally.
If well-informed sources are to be believed, Sunil Grover did show “a keen interest” in being part of his friend-turned-rival Kapil Sharma’s new show Family Time With Kapil Sharma.
Sources say, “But Grover had a peculiar pre-condition. He wanted the show’s title to be changed. Nothing radical…or, so Grover claimed. He just wanted his name to be added to the title of the show. So instead of Family Time With Kapil Sharma it would’ve been Family Time With Kapil & Sunil”.
The idea was “politely but firmly” turned down by both the show’s producers and the Channel Sony Entertainment. “Firstly, because the show was planned as a comeback vehicle for Kapil.. It was Kapil who made Comedy Nights With Kapil and The Kapil Sharma Show a success. Of course all the other comedians/entertainers in his team, including Sunil Grover, added to the Show’s entertainment value. But for Grover to think he could share the marquee 50: 50 with Kapil was ridiculous to the point of being laughable. All of Sunil’s efforts so far to project himself as a solo entertainer have been disastrous.”
This source also corroborates Kapil Sharma’s claim that he made repeated attempts to get Grover on board after the alleged midair fight.
Says a very close friend of Kapil, “The midair fight has been completely misrepresented in the press and media. Whatever happened during the flight was sorted out before the plane landed in India. Kapil and Sunil had hugged and wept over the incident. To his shock, Kapil woke up on the day after he landed, to widespread reports of his drunken misbehavior on the flight. The betrayal of trust shattered Kapil. But still he reached out repeatedly to Grover, called him innumerable times,drove down to Grover’s house on a number of occasions to personally invite him to return to their show. Grover wouldn’t relent. Apparently, he wanted to use this highly exaggerated ‘rift’ with Kapil as a basis to set himself up as a solo stand-up performer on a par with Kapil. So this conflict is all about division of power between Kapil Sharma and a colleague who wants equal billing.”
Sunil Grover remained unavailable for comment.
“There’s no escaping these monstrous invaders, I tell you,” jokes filmmaker Sudhir Mishra who’s Daas Dev which was due on March 23 has made a hasty escape to a safer week in April. But Yash Raj Films doesn’t mind taking on Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to the 2013 alien monsters versus earthly robots sci-fi spectacle directed by the redoubtable Guillermo de Toro who has since then, moved on to the Oscar-winning Shape Of Water.
Apparently, audiences are still stuck on the Pacific Rim formula. The sequel directed by Steven S DeKnight, is being released in four languages in India: English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu as compared to the uni-tongue Hindi release Hichki which must rely on word of mouth….No, not in the conventional way but in the way the protagonist’s speech impediment is perceived by the audience.
Hichki is about the value attached to the spoken word, as its lead Rani Mukerji has a problem controlling her spoken word.
Also there is an issue of mass not accepting women centric films wholeheartedly. Sheroes, for all our talk of women empowerment, are not widely favoured at the boxoffice. When was the last time a film with a female hero in the lead did really do well? Even Wonder Woman was not as a major a hit in India, compared internationally.
Rani’s last film Mardaani featured her as the Shero. It did average business.
Alia Bhatt just ringed in her 25th birthday in Bulgaria on the sets of Ayan Mukherji’s Bramhastra. The latest news from the sets is that the talented actress has suffered a shoulder injury, thanks to all the heavy duty action scenes and is advised a complete bed rest for two weeks by the experts. Her arm is currently in a sling and she is unable to shoot for her scenes. The film shoot is therefore stalled until she gets better. Now, that’s a bummer for Alia, co-star Ranbir Kapoor and the makers of Bramhastra! Alia has been learning horse riding among many other things for the film, which is the first of a trilogy. It is quite plausible that she must have over exerted herself which resulted in an injury.
A source from the set said that Alia was filming an action sequence on Saturday. The schedule was tough and challenging. The shoot set the makers back by a couple of days but they are ensuring that getting Alia back on her feet is their priority. The actress has been advised minimal hand movement and therefore wont be able to resume filming for her action sequences until she is completely alright. This might take a couples of weeks and more. Now, this is really a challenging position for any artiste to be but given her body of work at this young age, Alia will be able to overcome it. We are damn sure.
As for her upcoming films, Alia will be seen opposite Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy but before that we would see her in Raazi with Vicky Kaushal. She would be playing a Pakistani spy in the flick.
It’s confirmed! Sara Ali Khan has bagged the role of the female lead in Rohit Shetty’s Simmba and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Well, we had reported earlier that there was a conjecture surrounding this and that Sara was being considered to romance Ranveer in Rohit Shetty’s Hindi remake of Telugu film Temper. Now, the news is confirmed and we will see this leggy lass in this much publicised project opposite none other than the current numero uno of Bollywood, Ranveer Singh. Looks like Sara finally will get a big budget Bollywood debut her parents had dreamt for her.
Unless you were living under a rock, you would know that Sara was to debut with Abhishek Kapoor’s Kedarnath opposite Sushant Singh Rajput but the shooting of the film unexpectedly stalled. Now, we will see her in the masala entertainer with Ranveer instead. Looks like, all turned out well for this Pataudi princess.
Sara will be seen opposite Ranveer, who plays the role of a notorious cop, Sangram Bhalerao. Buzz is that her role has been altered and made meatier compared to its South version. The film, which brings together the fresh pairing of Ranveer and Sara, also marks the debut collaboration between Rohit Shetty and Karan Johar.
Reliance Entertainment presents Rohit Shetty Picturez and Dharma Productions’ Simmba, which is slated to release worldwide on December 28, 2018.
She may not be keen on returning to films but the love that Shilpa Shetty Kundra has for dance continues. The former actress turned entrepreneur never lets go off an opportunity when it comes to dancing. And now we hear that Shilpa has shifted her attention to belly dancing.
It is a known fact that Shilpa Shetty has been one of the best dance performers during her times. The actress decided to showcase the same on an ongoing reality show. The actress has always been judges of some intriguing dance reality shows. She currently shares the judging panel of Super Dancer, a kids dance reality show, with Anurag Basu and Geeta Kapoor. During the same, we will see the actress shaking a leg to some popular Bollywood chartbusters.
These chartbusters won’t be the hits that Shilpa Shetty Kundra is known for. In fact they belong to the recent list of chartbusters. Furthermore, what adds to the excitement is to see Shilpa perform belly dancing for the first time. If reports are to be believed the actress is set to give a scorching performance on tracks like ‘Swag Se Swagat’ from Tiger Zinda Hai and ‘Laila Mein Laila’ from Raees.
While Shilpa Shetty is a trained classical dancer, she is currently being tutored by a special professional trainer. The actress is putting up this act together for the finale of the season 2 of Super Dancer.
A source close to the actress said, “Shilpa feels that the kids level of performances are outstanding and she wants to definitely match the barometer they have set for the show. She has been rehearsing for over a week, for over two hours at a stretch.”
If the sources are to be believed, Shilpa Shetty is picking the moves up like a pro. However , she wants to put in the extra effort to encourage the kids on the show.
Speaking about it, Shilpa too added, "I've always enjoyed performing and love learning new forms of dance. This season the kids have really set a benchmark and have been outstanding. Hoping this performance will somewhere match their level and do justice to all the great performances we've seen this season.”
After collaborating for Deewangee in 2002, Ajay Devgn and Anees Bazmee are all set to come together in 2018. The two will be joining hands for a film titled Saade Saati [seven and a half]. The cherry on the cake would be Anil Kapoor who too would be an integral part of the film.
Interestingly, Anil Kapoor and Anees Bazme just collaborated last year for the comic caper Mubarakan. In the past, they have come together for the comedy franchise Welcome which features Anil in the role of Majnu. It seems that for this film the two actors have already given a nod. As for Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor, they have acted together in films like Tezz and Lajja. However, in the latter the two were not seen sharing screen space. Lajja featured multiple storylines and Anil and Ajay were a part of two different plots.
On the other hand, Ajay and Anil are coming together for another film that is slated to release this year. We are talking about Total Dhamaal. And now, with Saade Saati, the two are all set to do back-to-back films.
Speaking on Saade Saati, the film revolves around the Hindu belief that the bad luck caused due to the influence of Shani aka Saturn lasts for seven and a half years. As for the leading lady, the details are yet to be revealed.
On the other work front, Ajay Devgn recently had a release with Raid hitting the theatres last week. Besides Total Dhamaal, the actor has also been signed for an urban rom-com to be directed by Luv Ranjan.
In case of Anil Kapoor, the actor too is busy with many projects in pipeline. Anil and his daughter have been busy with Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga for the past few months. Along with this film, he has also been working on the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer Fanne Khan. Amidst all of these, the busy man also has kick-started Total Dhamaal and Race 3.
Considering the jam-packed schedule of these actors, we hear that Saade Saati will go on floor only in November. On the other hand, Ajay Devgn and Anil Kapoor’s other film Total Dhamaal is slated for a release in December.
While she took a break from Bollywood for quite some time now, Parineeti Chopra surprised everyone with her revamped avatar. Since then, she has been on a film signing spree. Starting with Meri Pyaari Bindu in 2017, now Parineeti has over three projects in the pipeline. One amongst them is Namastey England.
Fans would be aware that the actress has already started shooting for the film. We have been getting sneak-peeks of the same on social media. However, what we aren’t aware of is the jam packed schedule of the actress where she dedicates more than 10 hours a day. We recently heard that Parineeti Chopra has been shooting 15-hour schedules of Namastey England in Punjab. She was wrapping a song sequence that required her to shoot for these hours and then spend 2 to 3 hours again to rehearse for the next day’s shoot.
The actress finally got a break day on Friday, March 16 and when most actors would just take a day off, Parineeti flew back to Delhi to shoot the campaign. “Parineeti has bagged an extremely big endorsement that required her to make time and shoot the campaign immediately which was targeted at summer. She understood the requirement of the brand and ensured that she finishes her commitment for the campaign to break on time. In doing so, she went sleepless but the brand is extremely happy and grateful to Pari for ensuring that their summer campaign breaks on time,” a source close to the actress revealed.
“Pari is exhausted after the song shoot but when you see the ad one will notice the energy and freshness she brings on. One will not be able to notice that she hasn’t slept or rested for over a day,” the source added.
Parineeti Chopra has interesting projects in the pipeline this year. She will be teaming up with Arjun Kapoor for two films - Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Namastey England. Then she will be seen opposite Akshay Kumar in Kesari.
The year 2018 has started on a bad note with sudden death of Sridevi last month and then, we got the sad news of veteran actor Narendra Jha passing away last week. Now, there is one more heartbreaking news from Bollywood which really made us sad. Salman Khan’s co-star, Pooja Dadwal, from his old film Veergati is gravely ill and suffering from tuberculosis at a city hospital. Unfortunately, she is penniless and abandoned by her family. She has no way to pay bills and hence is pleading to Bollywood’s Bhai Salman Khan to help her out. She spoke to a Hindi daily and confirmed the news.
Pooja said that she learned 6 months ago that she had TB. She tried to contact Salman Khan for help, but nothing has been done so far. She has sent him a video message and hopes that he sees it and attends to her. Her condition is critical and she has been admitted in Shivri hospital. Prior to this, she had been doing casino management in Goa for the last several years. She even confessed that she has no money and dependent on others for even a cup of tea. Her family (husband and in laws) abandoned her after learning about her grave condition six months ago.
We hope Salman listens to this poor woman’s plea and helps her out. His fans too have reached out to him on Twitter urging him to make a donation to Pooja. Salman is known for his charity work and philanthropy. Let’s hope that he reaches out to his co-star in time!
Just a month ago, reports of Bollywood veteran Jeetendra being accused of sexual assault spread like wild fire. The Kapoor family patriarch was alleged of physically assaulting his cousin in a hotel followed by which the Himachal High Court kicked off the procedure against the actor. Now, reports have it that the High court has stalled its proceedings.
Reportedly, the Himachal High Court has put a stay on the proceedings of the Jeetendra sexual assault case. Speaking on the case, the victim lodged a complaint one month ago about Jeetendra alleged assaulting her approximately 47 years ago. The FIR was filed under section 354 of IPC after which the Himachal Pradesh police officials investigated the case.
The victim alleged that Jeetendra forced himself upon her in a hotel when he was 28 and she was 19. However, she didn’t register the complaint then since she didn’t want to involve her parents when they were alive.
On the other hand, the counsel of Jeetendra claimed this to be a fabricated allegation on the veteran actor. The counsel response also explained the Limitation Act 1963 according to which genuine complaints are supposed to be registered within three years of the act for appropriate investigation to be carried out. It also stated that this complaint was filed with the intention of maligning and defaming the star with a hidden personal agenda.
As for the recent developments, a hearing on the case has been scheduled for May 23. Until then, the proceedings will not be taken further.
It is a known fact that Karan Johar is providing the launch-pad for daughter of Sridevi, Janhvi Kapoor. But besides that, the filmmaker also had plans of fulfilling his dream of working with Sridevi. The superstar was supposed to feature in Karan’s much talked about production, the multi-starrer Shiddat. However, her sudden demise left the entire industry in shock. Makers of her impending projects were in search of someone who could replace the actress. One amongst them was Karan Johar.
While it is difficult to fill in the shoes of Sridevi, Karan Johar has found someone who will essay the same role as the superstar in Shiddat. We are talking about Madhuri Dixit. The two actresses namely Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi were known for their stardom in the 90s. Interestingly, Karan Johar hasn’t produced films with either of these actresses. However, Madhuri Dixit was seen in a special song titled ‘Ghagra’ in Karan Johar’s production Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Madhuri Dixit will apparently essay the role of Sridevi in Shiddat and it was confirmed by the latter’s daughter Janhvi Kapoor. The film is to be directed by Abhishek Varman who last directed 2 States. “Abhishek Varman’s next film was very close to mom’s heart ....Dad, Khushi and I are thankful to Madhuriji for now being a part of this beautiful film....” posted the newbie on Instagram.
Shiddat is expected to star Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt along with another leading pair from Bollywood. Earlier reports of Aditya Roy Kapur and Sonakshi Sinha starring in the film started doing the rounds. However, the makers continue to maintain a staunch silence on the casting details.
However the makers of the film deny that Abhishek Varman's next is titled 'Shiddat'. Producer Karan Johar took to social media to clarify on the same. He tweeted, "Yes...we are honoured and humbled to have @MadhuriDixit on board for @abhivarman ‘s next! NO the film is NOT titled SHIDHAT! Yes the film will Commence shoot in mid April! The films final cast and credits will be announced soon!"
As for the debut of Janhvi Kapoor, the actress will feature in Dhadak opposite Ishaan Khattar. To be directed by Shashank Khaitan, the film is a Hindi remake of the Marathi blockbuster Sairat.
Amidst a host of B-town stars, Amitabh Bachchan is one of the few who likes to be in trend with the generation. The megastar also knows how to speak his heart out and uses his blog to effectively communicate with his fans. We have rarely seen the veteran actor losing his patience or getting miffed with matters. However, he was recently visibly upset when he took to his blog to speak about copyright law.
Amitabh Bachchan took to the blog for his March 16 and 17 update where he angrily posted about copyright law and its stipulations. The megastar vehemently opposed the stipulation that the copyright for original work given to the natural heirs of an artist expires after 60 years of the death of the said artist. He said, “Inheritors that come as natural heirs be natural right holders of creative copyright .. right .. but after 60 years its natural inheritors, after the passing, the heirs become the public at large .. ehh ..?” he posted.
Furthermore, Amitabh Bachchan clearly asserted his disagreement over this law stipulation. Not just that, he expressed his displeasure over this by stating his own example about the expiry of his father Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s work. “I believe it initiated in 1957 or so .. and am angered by its audacity ! so what gets left as natural heir by Father Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, after his passing passed 60 years, belongs no longer to his domain or possessive copyright as willed .. but becomes for the entire Universe to tread, scratch, mutilate, use in commercial consideration on their own creative discretion .. ???”
Not giving up, Amitabh Bachchan also firmly maintained that he will fight for it. “my inheritance be mine .. not another’s after the passing of its stipulated time in years .. 60 .. i am genetically my Father’s son .. he be willed to me of all that be in asset of his .. his writings be his .. his heir be me .. his writings be mine .. MINE ! i shall not and will not allow its dilution to general public ..”
The excerpts from his blog indicated the kind of anger he has over this law as he continued to raise questions. He concluded the same, stating, “I fight for it ..”
We all know that Katrina Kaif has a jam-packed schedule! It is quite evident from her constant social media posts as the actress tries to give sneak peek into her routine life. While earlier it was all about Thugs Of Hindostan, now she has dived into Aanand L. Rai’s Zero. Besides this, she also has a performance tour in the pipeline. But expect the actress to take out some quality time for some social work and she is more than happy to do so! The proof for it is the fact that Katrina Kaif is planning a visit to the Mountain View School in Tamil Nadu.
This visit is not for shooting or research purposes but a genuine step for a social cause. Katrina Kaif, who is currently busy with Zero, has taken a break from her schedule for this. The actress is juggling between the shoot and dance rehearsals for her Dabangg Tour in Pune. Amidst all this, Katrina will take off to Tamil Nadu to support this Relief Project India initiative.
As a part of the initiative, Katrina Kaif, who is working around the clock, will take some time off to visit the students of Mountain View School. Located in the Dindigul region of Tamil Nadu, this school was opened in 2015 as part of Relief Project India. The aim is to provide English-medium education to underprivileged students.
In fact, Katrina's mother Suzanne Turquotte has long been associated with the school. Suzanne has been teaching there for quite some time now. And this time around, Katrina will take a day off to join her mother. She has even planned a day full of activities with the students there.
A source close to the actress commented on it saying, "Katrina has a choc-o-bloc schedule. But despite it, she will take a day off to fly to Tamil Nadu and meet the students of Mountain View School."
Irrfan Khan took to social media to finally reveal the nature of his rare disease last week. Once and for all, it has shut all speculations as the talented actor revealed that he has NeuroEndocrine Tumour and he has flown out of India to get it treated. His heartbreaking statement read, “The unexpected makes us grow, which is what the past few days have been about. Learning that I have been diagnosed with NeuroEndocrine Tumour as of now has admittedly been difficult, but the love and strength of those around me and that I found within me has brought me to a place of hope. The journey of this is taking me out of the country, and I request everyone to continue sending their wishes. As for the rumours that were floated NEURO is not always about the brain and googling is the easiest way to do research ;-) To those who waited for my words, I hope to be back with more stories to tell.”
While we wait for his recovery, his filmmaker friend Vishal Bhardwaj took to Facebook to reveal his plans for the upcoming movie starring Irrfan Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles.
He said, “Irrfan is a warrior and we know he will conquer this battle. Therefore Deepika (Padukone), Prernaa Arora (KriArj) and I have decided to reschedule our film and start with renewed energy and celebration when our warrior returns as a winner.” Now, looks like the movie will be made finally after Khan recuperates from his disease. We will wait for this bated breath. After all, he is one of the most gifted actors we have in the industry today and there is NO one who can fill in his shoes. We are glad that he is NOT replaced.
Vishal’s movie is based on a Mumbai Mafia Queen who went by the name Sapna Didi. Full of vengeance, she scaled great heights to defeat Dawood Ibrahim who was responsible for killing her husband.
Not the US, as reported by speculative sections of the media. It is London that Irrfan Khan has proceeded to for the treatment of his health condition. Apparently, an Indian doctor in London who has researched extensively on the neuroendocrine tumour will be looking into Irrfan's complete treatment.
Says a friend of the actor, “This doctor has closely examined Irrfan’s case and has reassured Irrfan and his family that there is no immediately danger to his life, and that his condition is completely curable. Irrfan and his wife have agreed to let this Indian doctor take charge of Irrfan’s treatment.”
There were earlier plans of going for treatment to the US. But now with a more comprehensive and dependable line of recuperation obtainable in London, Irrfan will be in London for the next few months.
We hope he returns fully cured and all set for the second innings of his remarkable career.
Kangana Ranaut, one of Hindi cinema's upfront actors, has time and again spoken about her relationships in public. From Adhyayan Suman to Aditya Pancholi to Hrithik Roshan, all her alleged relationships have been the talk of the nation. Ever since her public spat with her Krrish 3 co-star Hrithik Roshan, the actress has openly admitted being in the relationship while the actor has denied all the allegations.
Once again, Kangana Ranaut spoke about her alleged relationship with actor Hrithik Roshan. She at the guest at News 18’s Rising India Summit closing night in New Delhi where she opened about everything from being in psycho love to having many affairs to sex to being dumped all the time. "I've had so many affairs. And after every breakup, I feel like this is the end of my life. This has happened whether I'm 16 or 31. For me, love is not just physical, it's spiritual and platonic. It's an amazing experience you feel in every cell of your body, as if it's is awakened, even if the person is not around. My boyfriends have asked me 'how do you know everything about my life. It's black magic. It's telepathic.' It's how I love. And if my love is psycho, then it's fine. I'll find someone else. I am fine being called a witch," said the actress.
Interestingly, Kangana Ranaut even admitted that she has never had the privilege to dump any of the guys she has previously dated. "I've never gotten the chance or had the privilege to dump anyone. I was always the one who got dumped. If I told you some of the names, you'd be shocked that even this loser has dumped me. They come back but then I can't take them back because by then I've moved on to another loser," she revealed.
Meanwhile, Kangana Ranaut is shooting for Manikarnika- The Queen of Jhansi will tell the story about the glorious life of warrior queen Rani Lakshmibai. Directed by Krish, the film also stars Ankita Lokhande and is slated for April 2018 release as of now.
Varun Dhawan has truly come a long way since his debut in the film industry. He is currently riding high on the rave reviews garnered for his October trailer released recently and is busy shooting for Sui Dhaaga with Anushka Sharma in Chanderi. While the actor has already got his hands full with amazing films in his kitty, here’s adding one more feather in his cap! So, we reported how T-Series and Remo D’souza have teamed up to make a BIGGEST dance film ever made. Now, there is full disclosure on the cast of this magnum opus.
According to the official handle of the production house, Varun Dhawan and Katrina Kaif have been finalised for the role and this prospect of these two pairing together is making us excited for the film, already. T-Series tweeted, “Bhushan Kumar’s @TSeries & @remodsouza team up for India’s biggest dance film starring @Varun_dvn and #KatrinaKaif. The film also stars @PDdancing @TheRaghav_Juyal , @did_dharmesh and @punitjpathak . The film is slated to release on Nov 8, 2019.”
We have seen Kat setting dance floor on fire too many times and how great it would be to see her match her steps with Varun who is a FABULOUS dancer himself? We have already seen his moves in ABCD 2 helmed by Remo and we are in for this treat again. Varun-Remo have proven to be a DHAMAKEDAAR combo and now, Katrina will be a cherry on the top. Aren’t you excited too? We sure are.
Says Bhushan Kumar, “Dance and music go together. As a brand synonymous with music, it seemed natural to produce India’s biggest dance film. Having a committed director like Remo who is passionate about and master of several dance forms is a blessing.”
Remo D’Souza says, “Isn't it just appropriate that a film about music and dance is produced by the man heading the biggest music company in Bollywood? And I get to direct — Varun, one of the best dancers today, and Katrina, who has shown us she can shake a mean leg.”
Bhushan Kumar adds, “Varun is a natural-born entertainer. The audience loves his antics on screen, especially his dance moves. Katrina has talent and the ability to work hard — she also has a unique mesmerising quality.” Says Varun, “Working with Remo again for India’s biggest dance film is huge. I performed once in New York with Katrina and it was electric. She’s gonna bring her A game so I need to get back into shape. Bhushan is not only a strong producer who has over a period of time built a great marketing and distribution machinery, he also contributes a lot creatively specially in music department.”
Katrina says, “I am super excited to be joining Remo’s vision to make India’s ultimate dance film. Varun’s passion is so wonderful; he works tirelessly to create magic. And, Bhushan Kumar with his understanding of market dynamics, as a producer will ensure it is the most talked-about film of 2019. I can’t wait to start this journey.”
Just a couple of days ago it was reported that Shahid Kapoor who is currently shooting for Batti Gul Meter Chalu had been roped in to feature in yet another KriArj film. In fact, reports claimed that Kapoor had been roped in to feature as the lead in the remake of the film Woh Kaun Thi. However, now we hear that one of the founders of KriArj Entertainment, Arjun N Kapoor is planning on launching his Bollywood acting career with the film.
Though as of now no official confirmation on the same is available, sources close to the production house claim that Kapoor will in fact feature in the film. “Arjun N Kapoor is looking to launch his Bollywood career and what better way than with the remake of Woh Kaun Thi? The rights of the film have already been acquired and the lead actress of the film has already been finalized”, revealed the source. Further talking about the project the source added, “As for Arjun’s role in the remake of Woh Kaun Thi, he will be seen opposite Yami Gautam.”
For now, with no official confirmation on the same, all that we can do is await an official announcement. As for the original film, Woh Kaun Thi featured Sadhana, Manoj Kumar and Prem Chopra.
Earlier this month, we had reported that musical maestro A R Rahman had been roped in to develop the music for the Hindi remake of The Fault in Our Stars. Well, now we hear that the makers of the film have finally zeroed down on the lead actress of the film. If what we hear is true then, Sanjana Sanghi, who made her debut as Nargis Fakhri’s younger sister in Imtiaz Ali’s Rockstar will be seen opposite Sushant Singh Rajput.
While an official announcement on the same is awaited, a source close to the developments has confirmed the same saying, “Yes Sanjana who made her debut in Rockstar has been finalized for the role of Hazel Grace Lancaster from the original that was played by Shailene Woodley while Sushant Singh Rajput has been finalized for the male lead in the film”.
Back on the film front, Sanjana was last seen in the film Fukrey Returns as Katty, while Sushant Singh Rajput was seen in the less than memorable film Raabta. As for the film, The Fault in our Stars that released in 2014 revolves around Hazel a 16-year-old cancer patient, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she meets and falls in love with another cancer patient.
Irrfan Khan took his fans by a surprise when he tweeted about suffering from an illness a few days ago. Followed by that, there were many speculations about the ailment Irrfan was suffering from. While some of his well-wishers requested the media to stop spreading these rumours, others patiently waited until the actor took to social media yet again as promised.
A day ago, Irrfan Khan keeping up with his promise, returned to post about his illness on social media. The actor revealed that he is suffering from NeuroEndocrine Tumour and assured his fans that he is currently undergoing treatment for the same. With the announcement, several of Irrfan’s Bollywood colleagues took to Twitter to express their concerns and pray for his well-being. From Akshay Kumar to Arjun Rampal to Madhur Bhandarkar, many celebs have come together to extend their well-wishes to the star. Here are a few tweets we came across:
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) March 16, 2018
It's no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are "heal"
I hope each day brings you renewed strength and much closer to recovery. God bless and take care.
Lots of love https://t.co/WyFb8aibIV
— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) March 17, 2018
It's no coincidence that four of the six letters in health are "heal"
I hope each day brings you renewed strength and much closer to recovery. God bless and take care.
Lots of love https://t.co/WyFb8aibIV
— Shankar Mahadevan (@Shankar_Live) March 17, 2018
— Maniesh Paul (@ManishPaul03) March 17, 2018
— Neha Dhupia (@NehaDhupia) March 17, 2018
— Zareen Khan (@zareen_khan) March 16, 2018
— Zareen Khan (@zareen_khan) March 16, 2018
Get well real soon @irrfank .the movies ur colleagues n ur fans await u.... dost jaldi se theek hon and enthrall us wt some more of ur magical performances.
— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) March 16, 2018
Strength and Blessings to you????
— Elli AvrRam (@ElliAvrRam) March 16, 2018
Prayers for you Irrfan. You are precious.
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 16, 2018
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) March 16, 2018
The last time Shahid Kapoor and Imtiaz Ali came together, it was laughter riot filled with romance and tears of joy! We are talking about Jab We Met. The film gave us the most memorable character with Geet played by Kareena Kapoor Khan. So when Shahid and Imtiaz announced their reunion, may be somewhere we expected that there would be a Kareena too. Alas! For all those who expected to see the Jab We Met pair yet again, here is a sad news. The duo has decided to opt for a new face as the leading lady.
Yes, recent rumours suggest that the Shahid Kapoor starrer will have a completely new face. However, the details of the same are being kept under wraps. In fact, not much has been spoken about this film either. Shahid spoke about the film last year during the Zee Cine Awards wherein he confirmed about working with Imtiaz.
Not divulging too many details, he had then said to the media that this subject is very different from their previous collaboration [Jab We Met]. He also added that he will be starting work on it post Batti Gul Meter Chalu.
Speaking on the untitled film, it is expected to be a rom-com that will kick off next month. It is said to be shot extensively in Mumbai and abroad.
Going the non-commercial way yet again, Alia Bhatt grabbed attention when she signed Meghna Gulzar’s Raazi. Based on the novel ‘Calling Sehmat’, the film will feature her as a Kashmiri spy. With glimpses from the sets of the film doing the rounds on the internet, the film garnered lots of curiousity. Now the makers are all set to bring its trailer to the big screen. And yet again we will see Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan coming together with this!
Yes, the trailer of Raazi will be attached to the Varun Dhawan starrer October that releases on April 13. Interestingly, this Shoojit Sircar directorial too features Varun in an unconventional role. This time around, the ‘students of the year’ are experimenting with fresh pairings. While Varun Dhawan is paired with model-turned-actress Banita Sandhu, Alia Bhatt is paired alongside Vicky Kaushal.
October is called an unconventional love story where Varun supports and stands by his ladylove when she falls extremely ill. On the other hand, Raazi features a strong protagonist in Alia who decides to help India during the times of War. It is the journey of a spy who marries a Pakistani officer and sneaks in their secrets to the Indian government.
With two different genres coming together, we must say it will be an interesting watch to see the Dulhania pair in such diverse roles on the big screen. So all the Alia and Varun fans can now rejoice since they will get to their favourite Jodi coming together yet again next month!
Raazi, also starring Alia’s real life mother Soni Razdan, will release on May 11.
By now we all know that Akshay Kumar will soon start shooting for the fourth instalment in the Housefull franchise. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been numerous revelations about the cast of the film. Well, after the announcement of Bobby Deol joining the cast, we now hear that Kriti Sanon is all set to join the Housefull 4 team as well.
As per reports, Kriti Sanon who was last seen in Bareilly Ki Barfi that hit screens in 2017 will join Jacqueline Fernandez, Kiara Advani, Parineeti Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan and Bobby Deol. If that wasn’t all, it is also being said that Kriti will feature opposite Akshay Kumar in the film. However, details of her character are being kept under wraps.
On the other hand, Kriti Sanon, who had earlier been roped in to feature in Mohit Suri’s next venture after Half Girlfriend, has apparently opted out of the project. While the yet untitled film that was helmed by Suri was said to be a romantic thriller with Kriti and Aditya Roy Kapur in the lead, the actress has walked out of the same to accommodate her dates for Housefull 4.
Interestingly, while Kriti’s exit from Suri’s venture will certainly send the filmmaker back on the hunt for a new leading lady, we for one can’t wait for the fourth instalment of the multi-starrer franchise Housefull.
James Bond plays it so cool; he must think we are nation of fools. Pierce Brosnan claims he had no idea about the deleterious side effects of gutka and paan masala when he endorsed one of those products. Really? It’s like having dinner with Osama bin Laden and saying you never knew he had a connection with the destruction of the World Trade Centre. It’s time celebrities made comprehensive inquiries before endorsing a product. When destiny bestows such abnormal levels of stardom on you, you need to be more careful of what you do with it.
Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Manoj Bajpayee and Rajneesh Duggal are seen endorsing pan masala and gutka in ads screened on various digital and non-digital outlets. Sources from the Information & Broadcasting Ministry say the Ministry intends to clamp down very heavily on celebrities endorsing alcohol and nicotine products.
“Censor certification of carcinogenic products like cigarettes, alcohol and paan masala is forbidden by law. Endorsing such products will also be banned soon,” says an I & B source.