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Shahid Kapoor starrer Jersey set to release in theatres on Diwali, November 5, 2021

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After wrapping up the shooting during the pandemic, now the makers are set to bring the film in theatres on Diwali, 5th November 2021! Jersey starring Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapoor, is directed by Gowtham Tinnanuri and has music by Sachet and Parmpara, it’s a remake of the critically acclaimed and commercially successful Telugu film Jersey. Shahid Kapoor took to social media and excitedly shared “JERSEY releasing in theatres this DIWALI 5th November 2021. The triumph of the human spirit. A journey I am so very proud of. This ones for the TEAM ....” Says producer Aman Gill, “Diwali is the biggest family festival of the year, and is the perfect time to bring ‘Jersey,’ a family sports drama to audiences, a time when all families can come together to celebrate this journey.” Jersey is presented by Allu Aravind, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri and produced by Aman Gill, Dil Raju & S.Naga Vamsi, releasing on Diwali November 5, 2021. ALSO READ: Team Jersey wraps the shoot a..
                 

Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions to reveal title and first look of Vijay Deverakonda – Ananya Panday starrer tomorrow

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Earlier today the official Twitter handle of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, tweeted that they would be making an announcement tomorrow. “Bringing together cinema beyond languages to entertain all! #StayTuned, something BIG dropping tomorrow @ 10.08 am!” As per the statement it is learnt that the production house will be revealing the title and first look of the Vijay Deverakonda – Ananya Pandey starrer tomorrow. Directed by Puri Jagannadh, the film will see Dharma Production obliterating the linguistic barrier. Though details of what exactly the film is about is currently being kept under wraps, buzz is that the production house will reveal the details soon. However, given the fact that the cast of the film were recently in Thailand training in mixed martial arts, expectations are that the film will be an actioner. As for the yet untitled film, Ramya Krishnan, Ronit Roy, Vishu Reddy, Aali and Getup Srinu are also said to be part of the cast in addition to Vijay and Ananya. Presente..
                 

Salman Khan exempted from appearing in court regarding the blackbuck poaching case

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Salman Khan had been accused of hunting for blackbucks during the shoot of Hum Saath Saath Hain, back in 1998. While the other actors have been acquitted, there has been a petition challenging Salman Khan’s trial court order of imprisonment of 5 years. The actor had received acquittal from the case, but it looks like things have not ended entirely. Salman Khan was asked to appear before the court on Saturday, January 16 for a hearing, but his lawyer has sought exemption from the hearing knowing full-well the current condition of the pandemic. While the court has exempted him again, Salman Khan is expected to appear before the court on February 6 with regards to the matter. The Sessions Judge Devendra Kachhwaha has given him an exemption for the second time. He was also expected to be present at the hearing on December 1, 2020. Citing the pandemic as the reason for his absence, this will mark the 17th hearing that he has missed out on since the case was transferred to the sessions cour..
                 

Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor and others to set the stage ablaze with their performances for Varun Dhawan-Natasha Dalal’s Sangeet night

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With the recent news of Varun Dhawan tying the knot with his long-time girlfriend Natasha Dalal doing rounds, the couple has decided to have a sunset wedding with the festivities continuing for 5 days. All set to marry each other on January 24, the functions are to begin on January 22 in Alibaug. The first function being Sangeet night, the fellow celebrities are expected to make Varun Dhawan’s night even better. With special performances coming from Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor, and Janhvi Kapoor will be entertaining the guests with their dance moves. Apart from these three, Sara Ali Khan, Malaika Arora, Shashank Khaitan, Khushi Kapoor, Jackky Baghnani, Manish Malhotra, Karan Johar, Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Rhea Kapoor, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, and Kiara Advani will also be a part of the celebration. Karan Johar is known to be the life of parties with his killer dance style and has already been in the limelight for his performances at Sonam Kapoor Ahuja’s wedding function and Karisma Kap..
                 

John Abraham-Emraan Hashmi starrer Mumbai Saga sold to Amazon Prime for a whopping Rs. 65 crores

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John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi’s Mumbai Saga has been quite the topic of discussion since its announcement. The film also stars Prateik Babbar, Ronit Roy, Sunil Shetty, Gulshan Grover, and Jackie Shroff in pivotal roles with Emraan Hashmi playing the role of a cop and John Abraham playing the role of a gangster, the film has piqued the curiosity among the audiences. However, the makers have decided to release the film digitally. John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi starrer crime thriller Mumbai Saga has opted for the digital route. Considering its versatile star cast and Sanjay Gupta’s direction, the film has been sold to Amazon Prime video for Rs. 65 crores. With the digital rights and the music rights being sold, T-Series has recovered the losses and made a decent profit with the deal. The trailer is apparently ready and the makers will soon make an announcement about the same. Along with Mumbai Saga, three other films, Kartik Aaryan’s Dhamaka, Sanya Malhotra’s Pagglait, and Parineeti Cho..
                 

EXCLUSIVE: Sooryavanshi and '83's release date announcement is expected before the end of January!

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The theatres have resumed operations from November 2020 in most parts of the country. Yet, the filmmakers of the big, tent pole films didn’t straightaway go for a release. They preferred to wait to gauge and understand whether the audiences are ready to come to cinemas or still fear that they’ll catch the virus. This waiting period however has stretched to two months. Except Madam Chief Minister on January 22 and Aadhaar on February 5, no other Hindi film is scheduled for release in cinemas in the near future. Both are small-budget films and the exhibitors are constantly demanding that the big films should release ASAP to revive the cinema business. The scenario in the South, meanwhile, is completely opposite. They started releasing their small and mid-sized films in 2020 itself. On January 13, Thalapathy Vijay’s much awaited Master arrived in cinemas on January 13. Its box office performance is extraordinary. Looking at the collections, one might feel that there’s no pandemic going o..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan and Boman Irani to star in Sooraj Barjatya’s next based on friendship

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Sooraj Barjatya is known to make movies that re bound to hit the right chord among its audience. Only recently it was announced that Sooraj Barjatya will be making a grand film with Salman Khan in the lead, knowing he’s one of the director’s favourites, the fans are super excited to be seeing the director-actor duo reunite after Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. Before Sooraj Barjatya moves on to his upcoming project with Salman Khan, he will be directing Amitabh Bachchan and Boman Irani in a film based on friendship. While he has explored love and extended families in his previous projects, this film is being said to be unlike any of his other directorial so far. Marking the first project of Sooraj Barjatya and Amitabh Bachchan’s collaboration, the film is being said to be a heartfelt tale of friendship between two older men. After this, he will move on to direct Salman Khan for the fifth time and it is being said to be a mature story revolving around a married couple and nuclear family. Also Re..
                 

INSIDE DETAILS: Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal will have a sunset wedding; Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in guest list

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Earlier today, it was reported that Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal will be tying the knot in Alibaug on January 24. The couple has been together for a few years and while initially, Varun managed to keep it all under wraps, he admitted that he was indeed in love with the famous fashion designer and the couple will now be getting married in a limited-crowd wedding in Alibaug. With the big day being less than 10 days away, here’s all you need to know about Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal’s 5-days-long wedding celebration in Alibaug. The wedding functions are reported to begin on January 22 and will end with a grand reception in Mumbai for the Bollywood celebrities on January 26. Being a fashion designer herself, Natasha will be designing her own wedding attire while Kunal Rawal has taken the responsibility of getting our Dulha Varun dressed for the D-Day. The first function being the Sangeet night, the event is expected to be star-studded with some of the best performances by our B-Towni..
                 

Saif Ali Khan's Tandav rakes up JNU issue

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Tandav, the eagerly awaited web-series on Amazon Prime, has dared to venture into dangerous territory. The violence on the Jawaharwal Nehru University in 2019 has been raked up, with actor Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub playing Kanhaiya incarnate goading his fellow-students into an uprising against political tyranny. Clearly taking the students' side, the series shows the cops brutally thrashing the students, male and female alike, and a leery policeman asking a girl student which of the three male students accompanying her is her boyfriend. There is also a farmers' rally right at the start of the series where again the police is shown going on a rampage after getting calls from mysterious political forces. While one admires the writers of the series venturing into forbidden territory (religion and politics are considered taboo on OTT), one also wonders what affect this naked display of political outspokenness would have on the series. ALSO READ: AR Rahman adapts his iconic song ‘Dhakka Laga ..
                 

Alia Bhatt resumes shooting for Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, film to release in Diwali

2 days ago  
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The shooting of Sanjay Leela Bhansali (SLB)’s Gangubai Kathiawadi is almost complete. The final spell of shooting begins on a newly-erected set at Film City. Says a source close to the project, “So far, for the last two months, SLB and Alia were shooting night-long every night. Their body clock was under severe shock. Now with shootings shifted to day-time Alia is now adjusting to the normal routine.” Gangubai Kathiawadi is all set for a Diwali release, God and Covid19 willing. “SLB was keen to release the film only in movie theatres, no matter how long they have to wait. With the new Tamil starrer Master doing well in the South for Pongal, hopes are now high in the North for a similar revival in theatre fortunes. SLB is looking at a Diwali release. If all goes well, Gangubai Kathiawadi would get a massive 2000-print release across India,” informs a source in the know. Alia Bhatt’s career is expected to touch a new-high after the release of this film. Her makeover as a foul-mouthed Ma..
                 

EXCLUSIVE: Akshay Kumar's Bell Bottom postponed; Will now release in June 2021

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In August, Akshay Kumar became the first A-List superstar to commence shooting for a feature film as he air-dashed to the UK for a start-to-finish schedule of the spy thriller, Bell Bottom. Within a matter of 35 days, he wrapped up shooting for the film and announced that it would release “in theatres” on April 2, 2021 i.e., the Good Friday weekend. However, Bollywood Hungama has exclusively learnt that the much-awaited film has been officially postponed from it’s already announced date. “The makers have decided to now delay the film by two months and bring it in June. The primary reason for the delay has got to do with the fact that Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi is looking to release in the one-month window of March 15 to April 15. It would be stupid to bring two Akshay Kumar films in a span of 30 days on the big screen, particularly in between this pandemic,” said a source close to the development. Bell Bottom is currently in the post production stage and the final edit is expected to..
                 

Lady Gaga to sing National Anthem for Joe Biden's inauguration day on January 20, Jennifer Lopez set to perform

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The inauguration ceremony of the United States' President-elect and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take place on January 20, 2021. Lady Gaga is set to perform the National Anthem whereas Jennifer Lopez is set to be the musical guest at the 59th Inaugural Swearing-In ceremony. “We are thrilled to announce an inspired group of dynamic participants for the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies. They represent one clear picture of the grand diversity of our great nation and will help honor and celebrate the time-honored traditions of the presidential inauguration as President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris take the oath of office on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. They are also committed to the President-elect and the Vice-President-elect’s steadfast vision of a new chapter in our American story in which we are an America united in overcoming the deep divisions and challenges facing our people, unifying the country, and restoring the soul of our nation,” said t..
                 

Armie Hammer exits Shotgun Wedding starring Jennifer Lopez amid the social media controversy over alleged private messages 

3 days ago  
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Back in October 2018, it was announced that Actors Jennifer Lopez and Armie Hammer are coming together to star in an upcoming action-comedy titled, Shotgun Wedding. The film will be helmed by Jason Moore and the screenplay will be by Mark Hammer and Liz Meriwether. Now, amid the social media controversy over alleged private messages, Armie has exited the project and will be recast. A spokesperson from the production told Entertainment Weekly, "Given the imminent start date of Shotgun Wedding, Armie has requested to step away from the film and we support him in his decision." In a statement recently, Armie addressed the allegations of allegedly sending disturbing messages to several women on Instagram. The women had claimed they were in sexual relationships. He said, "I'm not responding to these bulls--- claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lio..
                 

Janhvi Kapoor starrer Good Luck Jerry faces shooting disruption amid farmers' protest

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Actor Janhvi Kapoor kicked off the shooting of Good Luck Jerry earlier this week in Punjab. The actress had shared the first look from the shooting schedule. But, the shooting faced disruption when a group a protesters barged onto the set on January 11 demanding the actress to make a public statement on the ongoing Farmers' Protests. A local police officer said that the protesters told the crew that the Bollywood celebrities have not made any statements on the protests or shown support to the farmers. When assured that Janhvi will make a statement, they went back. The shooting continued after Janhvi took to Instagram to show her support. "Farmers are at the heart of our country. I recognise and value the role that they play in feeding our nation. I hope a resolution is reached soon that benefits the farmers," she wrote. Thousands of farmers have been protesting outside Delhi on the highways for over two months to oppose three central laws. Punjab industry singers and actors have shown..
                 

Joe Jonas returns to acting with big-budget war drama Devotion, to play the role of fighter pilot

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Jonas Brothers and DNCE pop sensation Joe Jonas is returning to acting. After starring in the Disney series Jonas with his brothers followed by the Camp Rock franchise, the 30-year-old worked on his music before finding the right project to return to acting. He will star in the big-budget war movie Devotion and will essay the role of a play fighter pilot Marty Goode. The shooting will commence next month in Georgia. According to Deadline, "The aerial epic will chart the true story of U.S. Navy fighter pilots, Jesse Brown and Tom Hudner, two young men from different worlds. Initiated together into the VF-32 squadron, they are pushed to their limits flying a new design of fighter jet. But their friendship is tested when one of them is shot down behind enemy lines." Christina Jackson will be the female lead. Thomas Sadoski, Jonathan Majors, and Glen Powell will be leading the project. Sadoski to play squadron leader Dick Cevoli and Jackson will be Daisy Brown. J.D. Dillard is set to dire..
                 

Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli make an earnest request to paparazzi to not click their daughter’s picture

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India’s power couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli became parents on Monday. The duo has made a strong appeal to paparazzi in Mumbai to not click their daughter’s picture as they want to protect her privacy. The couple have sent a note to the paparazzi fraternity in Mumbai. Anushka and Virat said, “Hi, Thank you for all the love that you have given us for all these years. We are happy to celebrate this momentous occasion with you. As parents, we have a simple request to make to you. We want to protect the privacy of our child and we need your help and support.” The couple added, “While, we will always ensure that you get all the content you need featuring us, we would request you to kindly not take or carry any content that has our child. We know that you will understand where we are coming from and we thank you for the same.” While the couple had mentioned that they were going to keep their child away from social media, the question arises if they are willing to strike an exclusive ..
                 

Alia Bhatt and Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi gets a new set for the day shoot schedule

4 days ago  
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Back in December 2019, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Gangubai Kathiawadi went on the floor. The first look of Alia Bhatt created a lot of buzz but soon the shooting came to a halt in March after the coronavirus pandemic. After more than six months, Alia resumed shooting in October 2020. The shooting happened during nights at the Film City. Now, a new set has been erected for the day shoot schedule. According to a daily, the upcoming stint, for which the new set has been designed at Joker Maidan in Film City, will focus on the 1960s era when those living in close vicinity of Kamathipura wanted the red belt area to be evacuated. Alia’s character Gangubai will be giving speeches and holding marches. She was supposed to shoot scenes last week. Due to unexpected rains, the shoot was delayed. Titled Gangubai Kathiawadi, Gangubai, remembered as The Madam of Kamathipura in the pages of history, was pushed into prostitution at an early age, and later became an extremely influential pimp with numerou..
                 

ZeePlex's The Power is all set to release its next melodious track Oh Saiyaan sung by Arijit Singh

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The Power, a ZeePlex original, featuring Vidyut Jammwal and Shruti Haasan is all set to stream from January 14, 2020. While the trailer of the film has been received very well, the first song from the movie, 'Oh Saiyaan' is out now and its creating waves already. The film is a tale of love, betrayal and vengeance, and this track does complete justice in bringing out those flavors. Composed by the iconic duo of Salim-Sulaiman, the lyrics are from Kumaar while Arijit Singh and Raj Pandit have lent their voices to this soulful track. The song is shot beautifully. Vidyut and Shruti make a perfect pair together. Talking about the song, Arijit says, ‘'I try to bring about a sense of uniqueness to every song I sing, and this one is no exception. I have put my heart and soul into this one as well. Its a one of a kind song as we have added a different tone so that its in sync with the movie's setting.’’ The Power narrates the story of what happens when two people who love each other immensely ..
                 

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s new-born baby girl’s pictures are fake

5 days ago  
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Yesterday, Virat Kohli took to his social media to announce that they have been blessed with a baby girl and in no time, there were various pictures going viral of the new-born baby girl. However, the pictures have deemed to be fake. While the couple had already announced that they will be keeping their kid away from the limelight, there was a picture that was doing rounds on social media. Virat had requested people to respect their privacy and had written in his statement, “We are thrilled to share with you that we have been blessed with a baby girl this afternoon. We thank you all for your love, prayers and good wishes. Anushka and the baby are both healthy and we are feeling beyond blessed to start this new chapter of our lives. We hope that you can respect our privacy at this time. Love, Virat.” However, the picture of a woman looking like Anushka Sharma holding a new-born went viral and it turned out to be a commonly used stock image from an article back in 2009. Take a look at t..
                 

FWICE bans Ram Gopal Varma for failing to pay Rs 1.25 crore in salaries to workers

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The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) recently decided that none of their 32 unions will ever work with director Ram Gopal Varma in the future. The director has been accused of not paying around Rs 1.25 crore to artistes, technicians and workers related to the film industry. According to BN Tiwari, president of FWICE, Ashok Dubey, general secretary, and Gangeshwar Lal Srivastav (Sanju), treasurer, Ram Gopal Varma had already received a legal notice. However, Ram Gopal Varma did not respond to the notice, nor did he clear the dues. Ramu had received a letter from FWICE on September 17, 2020, which gave details of the technicians and their pending payments, which needed to be cleared by RGV. Even prior to this notice the FWICE had written several letters to RGV asking him to clear the dues, however, RGV refused to accept delivery of the letters. The FWICE also recently found out that Ram Gopal Varma was shooting in Goa for one of his projects, amid the novel coronavirus..
                 

Amid sedition case, Bombay High Court extends interim relief to Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel till January 25

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The Bombay High Court on Monday, January 11, extended interim relief to Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel in connection with a sedition charge till January 25. A case was registered against the sisters at Bandra Police Station on October 17 last year for allegedly posting derogatory tweets against Muslims on Twitter. According to ANI News, “The high court was hearing the petition filed by actor Ranaut seeking to quash FIR filed against her in Bandra Police station. The court has adjourned the hearing till January 25, giving relief to sisters - Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel from any coercive action against them by police. The court has further asked the complainant to file a response to Kangana Ranaut’s plea to quash the FIR. On Friday, January 8, both Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel arrived in Mumbai in order to record their statements before Bandra Police. They were previously summoned on November 23-24, 2020. Also Read: Kangana Ranaut reacts to charges of merging..
                 

Sex In The City revival set at HBO Max with Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis; Kim Cattrall won't be reprising her role

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The popular series Sex In The City is being revived at HBO Max! After multiple seasons and two movies, the gang is coming back for yet another adventure. It will be called And Just Like That. The original stars of the show Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis are returning onscreen and as executive producers sans Kim Cattrall. On Sunday, Parker, Nixon, and Davis took their respective social media accounts to share the teaser of the upcoming series. "I couldn't help but wonder... where are they now? X, SJ," Sarah Jessica Parker captioned the post.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by SJP (@sarahjessicaparker) "The new Max Original series is based on the book, Sex and the City, by Candice Bushnell and the original TV series created by Darren Star. The series will follow Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte as they navigate the journey from the complicated reality of life and friendship in their 30s to the even more c..
                 

Sonu Sood marks his music single debut with Sunanda Sharma's upcoming track Pagal Nahi Hona; actor to feature as an army officer

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Sunanda Sharma, who has belted out multiple chartbusters, is all set for the release of her upcoming music single titled 'Pagal Nahi Hona'. It marks the music video debut of Sonu Sood. The actor-philanthropist will be featuring in the video along with the singer. The song still that was unveiled today features him in the avatar of an army officer where he is seen hugging his lady love. The track is a romantic ballad sung by her and composed by Avvy Sra with lyrics penned by Jaani. The song produced under the label of Mad 4 Music marks her sixth collaboration with the lyricist after 'Jaani Tera Na', 'Morni', 'Sandal', 'Duji Vaar Pyar' and 'Mummy Nu Pasand'. Talking about the latest track, Sharma says, “Pagal Nahi Hona is very close to my heart. It is sure to tug at everyone's heartstrings. It is always great jamming with creative minds and I am happy to be collaborating with Jaani and Avvy on this track. Sonu sir who has become the nation’s hero is the perfect fit for the song and we a..
                 

Hansal Mehta forgives phone stalker

6 days ago  
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After spending an entire night enduring crank calls from an unknown offender, Hansal Mehta who tweeted to the Maharashtra police for help, says the matter is sorted out. “The ordeal is over. I filed a police complaint after tweeting to the Maharashtra government. Within no time they tracked down the caller. But the person who owned the phone was not using it to make those crank calls. It was his younger brother, a boy of 14-15 having his fun by repeat-dialling a random number. What action can be taken against someone so young?” Hansal says the scary part was not just call. “It was the fact that he was calling my wife’s number repeatedly. We could’ve just switched off the phone. But that is never the solution. How do we know the person making repeated crank calls is not a stalker? We need to confront such harassment headlong and not push it out of our attention.” Also Read: Hansal Mehta opens up about working on Kangana Ranaut starrer Simran; calls it a ‘painful experience’..
                 

Revealed: Here's how Kartik Aaryan got the title role in Dhamaka

6 days ago  
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A few days back Kartik Aaryan revealed his character’s look in his upcoming film Dhamaka. The image which was shared on social media went viral with Kartik’s fans liking and sharing the post. Interestingly though, Kartik was not really the first choice for the lead protagonist of the film. In fact, we hear that the film was initially offered to Taapsee Pannu and later to Kriti Sanon. However, with both actresses opting out, the venture underwent a re-write and landed in Kartik’s lap. "Originally Dhamaka was to be a female centric film with the lead female role playing the central protagonist. Keeping the concept in mind the venture was offered to Taapsee Pannu, but the actress turned down the project”, says a source in the know. Following Taapsee’s exit from Dhamaka, the film which was initially being directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Azure Entertainment, was then offered to Kriti Sanon. On her part, Sanon was pretty kicked about playing a journalist, however she later abando..
                 

IT’S OFFICIAL! Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone to star in Siddharth Anand's Fighter, film to release on September 30, 2022

7 days ago  
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Filmmaker Siddharth Anand and Hrithik Roshan's collaboration in the past with films like Bang Bang and War have proven to be a hit. Bollywood Hungama had earlier reported that the duo is all set for a hat-trick with their next titled Fighter. Today, on Hrithik Roshan's birthday, the makers have made an official announcement of the film. Joining the team will be none other than Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone. This is the first time that Deepika and Hrithik will be sharing the screen space. Taking to Twitter on his birthday, Hrithik Roshan shared the announcement video along with the release date, September 30, 2022. "Presenting a glimpse of the MARFLIX vision as #Fighter! Looking forward to my first flight alongside the exceptional @deepikapadukone. All buckled up for this #SiddharthAnand joyride." The motion poster has Hrithik’s voiceover saying, “Duniya mein mil jayenge aashiq kai, Par watan se haseen sanam nahin hota. Heeron mein simat kar, sone se lipat kar marte hain kai, par t..
                 

SCOOP: Amitabh Bachchan’s next with Sooraj Barjatya to roll in February 2021

8 days ago  
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Very few filmmakers can attract audiences simply through their name. Sooraj Barjatya is definitely one of the rare ones in this regard. His films like Maine Pyar Kiya (1989), Hum Aapke Hain Koun (1994), Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999) and Vivah (2006) were not just box office successes but also work big time on television. His last directorial, Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) got mixed response but was a hit at the box office and on satellite. Hence, the excitement is tremendous not just among the industry insiders but also among fans as the veteran filmmaker is reported to be all set to begin his next film, starring Amitabh Bachchan in the lead. A source reveals that the mega star is looking forward to shooting the film excitedly. The source says, “This is the first time that Amitabh Bachchan is teaming up with Sooraj Barjatya. When Sooraj ji came to narrate Mr Bachchan the script, the latter was in for a surprise. Sooraj ji has a very entertaining and dramatic style of narrating the film. H..
                 

SCOOP: Is fall out with Vijay Sethupathi the reason why Aamir Khan WALKED OUT of Vikram Vedha remake?

8 days ago  
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Very recently, it was revealed that Tamil superstar; Vijay Sethupathi is no longer a part of Aamir Khan’s much awaited social drama, Laal Singh Chaddha, which is the official remake of Forrest Gump. While officials communicated indirectly that the two seasoned actors parted ways mutually owing to the date conflict of Vijay Sethupathi vis-à-vis the shooting schedule of Laal Singh Chaddha, sources informed that a lot happened behind the scenes, before parting ways. Buzz is, Aamir was apparently upset with Vijay for not maintaining his body well, and putting on some extra kilos, which acted against his character in the film. Aamir being a thorough professional felt that the heavier version of Vijay wouldn’t fit the bill and decided to undergo a change of cast. Just days later, it was revealed that Aamir Khan would no longer be doing the official remake of Vikram Vedha, in which he was to play Vedha, a character played by Vijay Sethupathi in the Tamil version. While the speculations sugge..
                 

BTS' album 'Map of the Soul: 7' tops physical album sales; 'Dynamite' becomes top-selling digital song of 2020 in the U.S

9 days ago  
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One can't deny that the year 2020 was the biggest year yet for South Korean group BTS. The global popstars not only had chart-topping albums but also were soaring high with multiple No. 1 songs on Billboard Hot 100 chart. Now, as per MRC Data that revealed the top records of 2020, BTS' was the best selling group and the second-most popular artist overall in the US in 2020 with over 1.5 million pure album sales. BTS' album 'Map of the Soul: 7' was the second-best-selling album of the year, with over 674,009 copies sold. According to the data received, the album, that released on February 21, 2020, was also the US' top-selling physical album with 646,000 CDS sold. .@BTS_twt was the best-selling group & second best selling artist overall in the US in 2020, with over 1.5 million pure album sales. 'Map of the Soul: 7' made up 674,009 pure sales & was the 2nd best-selling album in the country this year. via MRC Data/Nielsen #BTS #방탄소년단 pic.twitter.com/4SjEu1Bupo — K-Charts & Tr..
                 

EXCLUSIVE: Varun Dhawan to shoot a song with Salman Khan for Antim

9 days ago  
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Salman Khan and Varun Dhawan have always shared a great camaraderie on and off-screen. Salman previously did a cameo for David Dhawan when Varun stepped in for the remake of Judwaa. Now Salman, who is busy shooting for Mahesh Manjrekar's Antim, will have Varun as a company for a song. A source tells us, "The team wanted a dance number and needed a top actor to come and join Salman for the track. Salman immediately rang up Varun who immediately gave his dates to shoot the song. It's a full-on desi chartbuster that will have Varun and Salman's bhaichaara elevating it. Aayush Sharma, who is also part of the project, might not be part of the song. The song will be shot this month itself. This will be the first song Varun and Salman will be seen together in. They have already started rehearsing for the same." Antim, which also stars Mahima Makwana opposite Aayush Sharma, is the official remake of the Marathi film Mulshi Pattern and is being currently shot. After this, Salman will move to t..
                 

Sushant Singh Rajput’s face revealed he was sober, innocent, says Bombay High Court

9 days ago  
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The Bombay High Court, on Thursday, January 7, reserved its order on a plea which was filed by late actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters Priyanka Singh and Meetu Singh who are seeking quashing the FIR that has been filed against them by Rhea Chakraborty. On September 7, Rhea Chakraborty had registered an FIR with Mumbai Police against Sushant Singh Rajput’s sisters for procuring medicines for the late actor, illegally. The sisters had approached the court last year to quash the FIR. In the court, their lawyer Vikas Singh argued that the medicines were prescribed through telemedicine, under the guidelines of ICMR. He further said that the FIR is a counter case and is a part of the CBI investigation. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, who appeared for the CBI, supported the sisters’ claim that the FIR needs to be quashed. Rhea Chakraborty’s lawyer Satish Maneshinde and Devdatt Kamat, who appeared for Mumbai Police, opposed the claims. According to India Today, Maneshinde argued, "..
                 

No truth to Ranbir Kapoor's price hike

9 days ago  
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Reports that Ranbir Kapoor will charge extra for ever additional days of shooting has many top-notch producers in the film industry falling off their chairs with laughter. What is so funny? You may well ask. The joke if you must know is the steep remuneration that was so far paid to A-list stars. “No producer can afford to pay them what they charge right now, so where is the question of extra fees? A lot of films are shot beyond the dates allotted. Ranbir’s Brahmastra is one of them. Does that mean he is going to ask his producer Karan Johar for extra money? Ranbir and Karan don’t ever discuss Ranbir’s fees.” This knowledgeable source also informs that Ranbir’s girlfriend Alia Bhatt is also sailing in the same boat. “Alia has shot for many more days than she had allotted to Gangubai Kathiawadi. Is she going to ask Bhansali for extra money? At time when the world and cinema industry are struggling through the worst crisis who talks about being paid extra?” Also Read: Deepika Padukone &..
                 

SCOOP: Jagan Shakti gets Rs 4 crore to direct Akshay Kumar in Mission Lion; Filming begins in second half of 2021

9 days ago  
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Jagan Shakti made his directorial debut in Bollywood with Mission Mangal and it proved to be the biggest hit of Akshay Kumar’s career back then, earning around Rs 200 crore at the box-office in India. The film also put Jagan in the list of directors to look out for, given his conviction and detailing about the mission mars. Bollywood Hungama then revealed that Akshay Kumar is collaborating with Jagan again on a sci-fi film and soon after, we also confirmed that the film is titled Mission Lion. The film will be produced by Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom producers, Vashu and Jackky Bhagnani, and is gearing up to go on floors in the second half of 2021. We have now learnt details about the direction fees of Jagan Shakti. “After the success of Mission Mangal, a lot of producers wanted to work with Jagan, however he was committed to make a film with Akshay again. He however underwent a surgery last year, which delayed his film. Akshay had okayed Mission Lion long back under his home production..
                 

Actress Shilpa Shirodkar gets vaccinated against COVID-19 in UAE; calls it the new normal

10 days ago  
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Shilpa Shirodkar has become the first Bollywood actress to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Several countries have started phase one of vaccination drives. The actress who resides in Dubai took to her social media handle to inform the same after getting vaccinated. Shirodkar shared a selfie baring her arm where she was injected and wrote. "Vaccinated and safe !! The new normal .. here i come 2021. Thank you UAE".   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Shilpa Shirodkar (@shilpashirodkar73) Talking to an entertainment portal, Shirodkar said that her next dose will be in 21 days and that she will soon have a document which says COVID-19 vaccine taken. The UAE has inoculated 8% of its population with the coronavirus vaccines and plans on covering half the population in the first quarter. The UAE has approved Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE Covid-19 vaccine and the one by Sinopharm unit China National Biotec Group. ALSO READ: Shilpa Shirodka..
                 

Kapil Sharma summoned by Crime Branch to record statement in car forgery case

10 days ago  
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Comedian Kapil Sharma has been summoned by the Crime Branch of the Mumbai police in connection with car designer Dilip Chhabria's alleged cheating and forgery case. The comedian has been called in to record his statement. Chhabria is already under the custody of the Mumbai Police. According to reports, Kapil Sharma will be recording his statement as a witness in the case. He had earlier lodged a complaint against Chhabria. Dilip Chhabria, who is the owner of car modification studio DC, was booked under section 420, 465, 467, 468, 471, 120(B), and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Reportedly, the Police found that nearly 90 DC Avanti vehicles manufactured by Dilip Chhabria Designs Pvt Ltd. were used for financing in an illegal manner. Meanwhile, Kapil Sharma recently announced his upcoming web series with Netflix. ALSO READ: Kapil Sharma announces Netflix debut, says ‘it’s a project close to my heart’..
                 

Saif Ali Khan to start the next schedule of Bhoot Police tomorrow; he will also be promoting Tandav simultaneously

10 days ago  
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Saif Ali Khan resumed work in October when he flew to Dharamshala for the first schedule of Bhoot Police, a horror-comedy in which he plays a ghostbuster. After wrapping up the Dharamshala schedule where he was joined by Kareena Kapoor Khan and Taimur Ali Khan, he kick-started the second schedule of the film in Mumbai in December. And now, the actor is all set to start the upcoming schedule of the film. And what we have learnt is that the shoot is going to take place in an outdoor location. Saif has also been promoting his upcoming web series, Tandav, created by Ali Abbas Zafar. Needless to say, he is all set to balance both with aplomb. The trailer of the political thriller that released a couple of days back sees Saif playing the son of the Prime Minister of India who dies under mysterious circumstances. As he plans to take his dead father’s legacy ahead, he becomes a part of a dark and abysmal world of politics. He has been already been receiving rave reviews for his performance an..
                 

Pooja Bhatt questions women safety after gruesome Badaun gangrape case

10 days ago  
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In the last year, many rape cases have made headlines especially the incidents that have taken place in Uttar Pradesh. In the recent news, an incident occurred where a 50-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped and murder in the Badaun district of UP. Expressing concern over women's safety in this country and growing cases of rape, actress Pooja Bhatt took to Twitter to ask, "When will this violence against women end? This is sickening to say the least. Is there no place in our country, especially in UP, where a woman is safe?" When will this violence against women end? This is sickening to say the least. Is there no place in our country,especially in UP, where a woman is safe? https://t.co/iS995UfBHA — Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) January 6, 2021 In a separate tweet, she followed up by saying, "We seem to care as little about humans-women in particular as we do about animals. The laws against all forms of violence need to become more stringent. All this suppressed anger and frustratio..
                 

Salman Khan’s surprise presence in Kaagaz

11 days ago  
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Salman Khan, who is on board in Satish Kaushik’s Kaagaz as a “presenter” was so bowled over by the film’s theme that he insisted on being featured in the film as a voiceover reciting poetry on how Kaagaz (paper) governs our lives. Says Satish fondly, “We wanted him in our film even if it was just his voice. His fans would love our film much more. We got Salman to do a voiceover in the beginning and at the end. He brackets the drama very nicely.” This is the first time Salman has lent his voice to any film. The record number of voiceovers has been done by Amitabh Bachchan. He has done a record number of commentaries and voiceovers for cinema as varied as Shakti Samanta’s Balika Badhu, Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani, Vinod Chopra’s Parineeta, Rakesh Roshan’s Krissh 3, Luc Jacquet’s March Of The Penguins, Ashutosh Gowariker’s Jodha Akbar, and Srijit Mukherjee’s Begum Jaan. His first -ever voice -over was in Mrinal Sen’s film Bhuvan Shome , then several followed. The most rewarding voice-overs hav..
                 

Thugs of Hindostan actor Saqib Ayub on board for Vijay Sethupathi-Shahid Kapoor's web series

11 days ago  
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Actor Saqib Ayub was last seen in film Thugs of Hindostan and web series like She on Netflix and Hotstar's Hundred and currently seen in MX Player’s ongoing web series ‘The Missing Stone’. Now he gets roped in for Vijay Sethupathi-Shahid Kapoor's web series directed by Raj and DK of Stree fame. According to the sources, Saqib Ayub will be seen in a very pivotal role and will start shooting from January. The web series is an action-oriented story. Touted to be a thriller drama, the shooting of this web series is also said take place in Goa where several beach sequences will also be filmed. The makers are yet to make a formal announcement of the same but like we earlier told you, the web series also features Vijay Sethupathi in an integral role. An action thriller, the project goes on floors next month. The OTT project will be shot across Mumbai and Goa, starting January and will be an eight or ten part episodic series that will be wrapped up around March/April. Saqib has been receiving..
                 

GOT7's Yugyeom reportedly in talks with Jay Park's label AOMG after his contract ends with JYP Entertainment 

11 days ago  
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South Korean popular male group GOT7's member Yugyeom seems to be moving on from his label, JYP Entertainment. As per reports, the 23-year-old musician is in talks to sign an exclusive contract with AOMG, South Korean Hip-Hop and R&B record label founded in 2013 by singer, songwriter, and rapper Jay Park who is a JYPE alum. On January 6, SPO TV News reportedly that Yugyeom plans to move on from JYP Entertainment after his contract ends later this month. He was in talks with several companies before opting for AOMG. After the news was out, JYP Entertainment released a statement to Newsen stating, “We are still discussing various possibilities regarding GOT7’s contracts, and we will inform you when we are ready.” In December 2020, vocalist and actor Jinyoung was also reported to have held meetings with BH Entertainment to sign an exclusive contract to take his acting career further. At the time, the agency had reported that they are still in discussions with the members as their con..
                 

Taapsee Pannu to film final schedule of Rashmi Rocket in Gujarat

11 days ago  
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Rashmi Rocket, starring Taapsee Pannu began shooting in Pune earlier in November 2020. The actress has been training nonstop for the role of a sprinter. While the training has been exhausting, the actress has learnt a lot through the process.  Now, the final schedule of the film will begin in Gujarat. The original plan was to shoot in Rann Of Kutch but pandemic played a spoilsport. After the lockdown last year, the makers reworked the schedule and kicked off the shooting in Pune while waiting for permission to shoot in Gujarat. The team will now head to the location next week for the 14-day schedule. Rashmi Rocket is written by Nanda Periyasamy, Aniruddha Guha, and Kanika Dhillon. The film is being helmed by Akash Khurana who directed Karwaan. Bankrolled by Ronnie Screwvala along with Neha Anand and Pranjal Khandhdiya, the film is eyeing a 2021 release. ALSO READ: “Whether you are married or not, consent is paramount”- says Taapsee Pannu after watching Hotstar’s Criminal Justice: Behi..
                 

Jitendra Kumar and Arushi Sharma to star in a sports-based Netflix original film

12 days ago  
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Actor Jitendra Kumar who is a popular face in the digital world will next be seen leading a Netflix original film. Reportedly, the actor who made his Bollywood debut with Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan last year has been roped in for a sports-based film for the streaming giant in association with his colleagues from The Viral Fever(TVF). Reportedly, the film has been titled Jadoogar and will see Jitendra play the role of a football player. The film will see Arushi Sharma as the female lead while Javed Jaffrey is said to be playing a sports coach. Arushi, too, made her Bollywood debut in 2020 with Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal. Sameer Saxena who has directed popular TVF shows like Permanent Roommates, Yeh Meri Family and TVF Tripling will be directing the film. The film has been written by his regular collaborator Biswapati Sarkar, who was also an integral part of the TVF team. Saxena and Sarkar had walked out of TVF last August and this will be their first project together since. Saxena and ..
                 

Aniruddh Dave to enter Shakti: Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki as a transgender

12 days ago  
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Aniruddh Dave will be seen in Akshay Kumar starrer BellBottom and had recently returned to India after wrapping the film. While the actor is thrilled to be a part of the project, he will soon be seen in the show Shakti: Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki and will be playing the role of a transgender. The actor informed a daily that he has already started shooting for his part and that he will not be dressed like transgenders are usually portrayed on-screen. Aniruddh also said that the way transgenders are viewed in our society has changed after Shakti: Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki became a hit show. The show has had quite an unusual plot and was loved by the audience since day one. When Aniruddh was narrated the role, he said that there was no question of saying a ‘no’. Revealing further about his role, he said that his role is based on Ardhnarishwar and he will not be seen sporting a heavy saree with a big bindi and kholed eyes. Having played both positive and negative roles in his career, Aniruddh said t..
                 

Emma Stone is pregnant, expecting her first child with husband Dave McCary

12 days ago  
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Emma Stone is pregnant! After tying the knot with her boyfriend Dave McCary last year, the ultra-private Hollywood star is expecting her first child with her husband. In photos obtained by tabloid DailyMail, the actress is seen taking a stroll in Los Angeles in an all-black outfit while flaunting her baby bump. The 32-year-old starlet wore a mask and held a reusable water bottle as she was accompanied by a friend. Emma Stone was spotted on a walk in LA ???????? pic.twitter.com/Xqh2waC0Vf — best of emma stone (@badpostestone) January 4, 2021 The couple announced their engagement in December 2019, two years after dating. The two of them reportedly tied the knot in 2020 though none of the parties have confirmed it yet.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by @davemccary In December 2020, Emma Stone exited the project Babylon which is being helmed by La La Land director Damien Chazelle. It seems like a scheduling conflict due to wh..
                 

Nehha Pendse replaces Saumya Tandon on Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain

12 days ago  
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After Soumya Tandon quit Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain back in August 2020, the audience was left disheartened as she had portrayed the role of Anita Bhabhi’ for over 5 years. The actress had also revealed that she designed her own sarees for the show. But wanting to grow as an actor, Saumya thanked the makers of the show and parted on a good note. Soon after her exit, Nehha Pendse was rumoured to step into her shoes on Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain, however, the actress had denied the reports back then. Now, it looks like she will be replacing Saumya Tandon on the show after all. She was also a part of Bigg Boss 12 but could not make it to the finale, however, she has a fan following in tow that are rooting for her return on television. Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hain also stars Shubhangi Atre, Aasif Sheikh, and Rohitash Gaud in lead roles. The show has been one of the most entertaining ones and has managed to become one of the most-watched family sitcoms over the years. Also Read: Bhabhiji Ghar Par Hai co..
                 

SCOOP: Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions in talks with Adani Group to sell 30% stake?

12 days ago  
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2020 turned out to be a roller-coaster ride for Karan Johar as he was targeted by trolls after the untimely demise of Sushant Singh Rajput. But on the positive side, this is also the year when he took some significant decisions for his company, Dharma Productions. The esteemed company announced that it is joining hands with Cornerstone talent management agency and that the new company will be called Dharma Cornerstone Agency (DCA). A few days later, it was reported that Dharma had signed a five-film deal with Lyca Productions that has produced Tamil biggies like 2.0 (2018). And now the latest buzz going around in the industry is that Karan Johar has also got into an association with Gautam Adani’s Adani group. A source says, “The Adani Group has diversified into various businesses like energy, resources, logistics, agribusiness, real estate, financial services, defence, etc. It is now looking forward to making a mark in the entertainment industry. And the management has decided to tie..
                 

"No its fake news… I am not making Kandahar" - Sriram Raghavan

13 days ago  
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An over-enthusiastic entertainment portal caused a flutter on the internet with the “news” that Sriram Raghavan is making a web-series based on the December 1999 hijacking of an Indian Airlines airbus to Kandahar. However when I contacted Sriram he refuted the report point-blank calling it fake news. “No I am not making a series on the Kandahar incident. The production house that produced my film Adhadhun is doing the Kandahar series. But I am not involved with it.” As reported by me earlier Sriram is working on his bio-pic on Paramvir Chakra winner Arun Khetarpal. Sriram says they were supposed to shoot in September 2020. “Preparation was to start in April. But then we all know what happened. Ekkis has been pushed forward to this year. I need a specific weather in September-October to shoot in battle locations. So even if Covid recedes we will have to wait until September 2021.” Sriram says Varun is very excited about playing Arun Khetarpal. “I told him he must get in shape for the r..
                 

Ayushmann Khurrana returns to Mumbai to sign a BIG project

13 days ago  
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Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana is back in Mumbai after six months and rumour has it that he is in town to sign and start a BIG project that rolls soon. Ayushmann, who was in his hometown Chandigarh since end of June, has maintained that he has discovered some outstanding projects during the pandemic and that he can’t wait to announce them. Looks like, a big announcement is coming our way from Ayushmann, who is now fondly called the poster boy of content cinema in India. A trade source reveals, “It is a big project that will stand out because of its insanely good story-telling. As we now know about Ayushmann, this project will also have a very strong script and he was completely bowled over by it. It will see him collaborating with one of the best film-makers in Indian cinema today. Things are being kept under wraps but we expect an announcement soon because Ayushmann has personally flown down for this.” Ayushmann has let the cat out of the bag as he says, “I will have three release..
                 

Andhadhun director Sriram Raghavan to make web series on Kandahar hijacking

13 days ago  
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Andhadhun director Sriram Raghavan was supposed to shoot for Ekkis with Varun Dhawan in 2020. However, the film could not go on floors because of the pandemic. The film which is based on the life of Second Lieutenant Arun Kheterpal will now go on floors only in September as it needs certain weather to shoot in battle locations. With the shoot of Ekkis delayed, Raghavan has taken up another project. According to reports, Sriram Raghavan is working on a web-series based on the Kandahar hijacking by Pakistani terrorist group Harkat-ul-Mujahideen in 1999. The series will narrate the hijacking of the Indian Airlines Flight AC-814 that forced India to release three Islamist terrorists in return of the safety of 176 passengers and crew of the flight. The series will mark the filmmaker’s debut on digital. Raghavan and his team are currently doing research for the film and are talking to passengers and crew members who were on the flight. Reports state that the project will go on floors next y..
                 

Madam Chief Minister: Richa Chadha unveils her look as an 'untouchable, unstoppable force' in this political drama

13 days ago  
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The makers of Richa Chadha starrer Madam Chief Minister unveiled the teaser poster of the anecdotal political drama directed by Subhash Kapoor. With the fierce actress playing the protagonist in the film set in UP, the film is about a woman who choose to debunk the men and society, that tried to shackle, demean and defeat her. Richa Chadha took to her Twitter handle to unveil the teaser poster and wrote, "Glad to present to you all, my new movie #MadamChiefMinister, a political drama about an 'untouchable' who hustles and makes it big in life! Out in cinemas on 22nd January! Stay tuned!" Glad to present to you all, my new movie #MadamChiefMinister, a political drama about an 'untouchable' who hustles and makes it big in life! Out in cinemas on 22nd January! Stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/7dXDY1KRIX — TheRichaChadha (@RichaChadha) January 4, 2021 Madam Chief Minister also features Saurabh Shukla, Manav Kaul, Akshay Oberoi and Shubhrajyoti in pivotal roles. A Kangra Talkies production, w..
                 

OMG! Akshay Kumar's estimated earnings over the past 6 years is nearly Rs. 1,744 crores

13 days ago  
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Akshay Kumar has over the years proved that he is one of the most bankable stars in Bollywood. With each of the actor’s films making it big at the domestic and overseas box office, Akshay has emerged as a leader in terms of revenue generated from films. Now, with 2020 coming to a close we at Bollywood Hungama decided to take a look at Kumar’s earnings over the past six years as revealed by American business magazine Forbes. Starting with the year 2020, Akshay Kumar managed to rake in a staggering USD 48.5 million [Rs. 356.57 cr.] which despite the Covid-19 pandemic was rather good. Interestingly, Kumar’s business model for films includes his remuneration and sometimes a percentage of the film’s profits in the capacity of the actor and/or the producer. This method ensures that the actor ends up with a meaty chunk of revenue. Though 2020 was rather profitable for Akshay Kumar, it was 2019 which was one of the actor’s best years. With 5 films viz. Kesari, Blank (special appearance), Miss..
                 

PICTURES: Here’s the reason why Prachi Desai was spotted in a wheelchair at the airport

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Starting her journey on television, Prachi Desai has surely come a long way from her initial days in the industry. The actress has starred in multiple films and has been lauded for her performances as well. Earlier today, Prachi was snapped at the Mumbai airport leaving for Jaisalmer in a wheelchair sparking rumours that she recently injured herself. Well, Bollywood Hungama has learnt that Prachi indeed did hurt herself, and required to use a wheelchair. Apparently, the actress suffered a sprain on her left ankle, but despite that, she reported for her scheduled shoot that involved her doing some stunts. With her ankle already sprained, matters were aggravated with her stunt sequence and required medical attention. Currently, Prachi Desai is filming for the ZEE5 original Silence that also features Manoj Bajpayee. Besides this, the actress has reportedly signed a few more projects that will be announced at a later date. Take a look at her pictures from the airport.   Also Read:..
                 

From a thriller to a period film, Vanessa Walia is all set to announce a slew of projects

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In 2019, Vanessa Walia forayed into film production the John Abraham starrer spy thriller, Romeo Akbar Walter. The film was backed by her production company, VA Film Company. Looking forward to create a brand of cinema that covers multiple interesting genres, the producer had been working throughout the lockdown. While many looked at the period as an opportunity to slow down, Vanessa made rather productive use of it. Along with her, she had been working on creating content that she believes in and and which strikes a chord with the audience. And now, she is looking forward to announce a slew of some exciting projects in the coming weeks such as a murder thriller, a biopic and a historical saga. Talking about it, Vanessa says, “I spent my lockdown in a creative way. My team and I have worked on some interesting projects. We have created some for the big screen releases and a few will be released digitally. I hope that we can bring something new and fresh for the audience. This is an ex..
                 

Yes, Varun Dhawan is really getting married on 24 January and this is what David Dhawan has decided

2 days ago  
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I was wondering; were they again jumping the gun? Reports stated that Varun Dhawan will wed his girlfriend Natasha Dalal on 24 January. Turns out, the rumour is this time entirely true. A close friend and associate of David Dhawan told me, “I’ve had journalists calling up asking about it for days, and I told them it’s just a rumour. But I can’t lie to you. Yes, Varun is indeed getting married on 24th at Alibaug. Ab kitni din intezaar karega (how long will he wait?) Covid is not going away anywhere. They had decided they’d get married after the release of Coolie No. 1. Log shadiyan dhoom dham se mana rahen hain (people are getting married with all pomp and splendour). But Varun and Natasha cannot afford to do that. If they invite one guest more than 50 they are in trouble.” So here is what David Dhawan has decided. “No friends at all. Kyunki agar ek ko bulao toh doosra bura maan jayega. So it will be just be the family at the wedding. I could see David’s awkwardness. So I quickly told ..
                 

“I was a little conscious about going out for shoots in this kind of environment,” reveals Mamta Luthra after bagging Qurbaan Hua

2 days ago  
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Zee TV’s popular fiction drama, Qurbaan Hua, has been consistently entertaining its audience with interesting twists in the lives of Neel (Rajveer Singh) and Chahat (Pratibha Ranta). The viewers have been raving about the scintillating chemistry between Pratibha Ranta and Rajveer Singh and all the fresh new turns in the storyline. However, looks like the audience is in for some high-end drama with the entry of veteran actress Mamta Luthra. Mamta Luthra, who has been a part of the television industry from more than a decade now, is coming back on Zee TV after 6 years (she was last seen on the channel in Sapne Suhane Ladakpan Ke). In Qurbaan Hua, she will be seen playing the role of Zubeida who is Chahat’s grandmother and has been living in Dubai. A devout Muslim, Zubeida is very rigid with regards to her beliefs and values, but she also loves Chahat more than anything in this world. Hence, she is ready to accept Neel as his husband, but the condition that she applies in front of him, w..
                 

Rajeev Masand quits journalism; joins Dharma Cornerstone Agency as COO

2 days ago  
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2020 has been a decisive year for Karan Johar as he diversified into newer pastures. Dharmatic Entertainment, the new sector of his company Dharma Productions focusing on digital content, released a web film, Guilty, and a web series, Fabulous Lives Of Bollywood Wives. Then towards the end of the year, it was revealed that he has started a talent management agency in association with Bunty Sajdeh, called Dharma Cornerstone Agency (DCA). Meanwhile, he also reportedly signed a five-film deal with South’s Lyca Productions and is in advanced talks to sell 30% stake of Dharma to Adani Group. And now if reports are to be believed, then Karan Johar has hired a popular personality for Dharma Cornerstone Agency. A source reveals, “Journalist Rajeev Masand is all set to join DCA next week. He’ll be working as the COO of the company. Karan and other top authorities at Dharma believe that he’ll be the right person for the job and help them in scouting fresh talent and managing them.” Does that me..
                 

Author of Didda claims Kangana Ranaut's Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda is violation of copyright laws and illegal

2 days ago  
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A day ago, actress Kangana Ranaut announced she will star in the second installment of the Manikarnika franchise, titled Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda. Hours after the movie was announced, the author of Didda's biography has accused Kangana of blatantly violating his sole rights. Speaking to a daily, Ashish Koul said that it is illegal and an absolute violation of the IPR and the copyright laws of the same country that Kangana swears by. He said that he finds this so brazen and hideous and that he is still inclined to believe that she has been misguided. He said that he is deeply aghast by Kangana Ranaut who is knowledgeable, aware, and apparently a nationalist and a voice for causes who has apparently belittle the image of Didda. Kangana Ranaut and producer Kamal Jain will join hands to bring back the franchise, after 2019's Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. The actress had a meeting with Jain last week and locked their new script.  Didda was the Queen of Kashmir who defea..
                 

Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone’s Fighter to be mounted on Rs. 250 crore budget

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Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and director Siddharth Anand put all rumours to rest when they announced their collaboration on Hrithik’s birthday on January 10, 2021. Titled Fighter, the announcement was made along with the motion poster that had Hrithik’s voiceover saying, “Duniya mein mil jayenge aashiq kai, Par watan se haseen sanam nahin hota. Heeron mein simat kar, sone se lipat kar marte hain kai, par tirange se khoobsurat qafan nahin hota.” Hrithik Roshan and Siddharth Anand are reuniting after Bang Bang and War. According to a tabloid, the film will be mounted on a massive scale and one can expect action sequences like real fight scenes, chase sequences with a story focusing on nationalism, romance, and much more. Apart from that, it is allegedly going to be the costliest film in Bollywood with a budget of Rs. 250 crores. It will be quite exciting to see superhit duo Hrithik Roshan and Siddharth Anand come back together for this high octane action film. Fighter is set for S..
                 

Kangana Ranaut to star in Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda

3 days ago  
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Actress Kangana Ranaut will star in the second installment of the Manikarnika franchise, titled Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda. Sources close to the development revealed that the new film will be bigger and mounted on an international scale, adding that the team intends to make a world-class franchise of real-life women heroes. The idea is to bring forgotten woman heroes who have constructed the true identity of Bharat, the sources added. Kangana and producer Kamal Jain will join hands to bring back the franchise, after 2019's Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi. The actress had a meeting with Jain last week and locked their new script. Didda was the Queen of Kashmir who defeated Mehmood Ghaznavi twice in battle. Her one leg was polio-stricken but she was one of the greatest warriors. Kangana plans to complete her ongoing commitments first and then start shooting for the new film in January 2022. ALSO READ: EXCLUSIVE: Neetu Chandra reveals she was replaced by Kangana Ranaut in ..
                 

Divyenndu Sharma and Gajraj Rao to star in a satirical comedy titled Thai Massage produced by Imtiaz Ali

4 days ago  
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Filmmaker Imtiaz Ali will next produce a satirical comedy with actors Divyenndu Sharma and Gajraj Rao in the lead. The film which has been titled Thai Massage will be directed by Mangesh Hadawale who had earlier directed Malaal. According to reports, Gajraj Rao will be the main protagonist and a bunch of other actors will also be getting on board. Rao, who is known for his impeccable comic timing has always entertained the audience with films like Badhaai Ho, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan and Lootcase. Meanwhile Divyenndu is currently riding high on the success of Mirzapur season 2 which was released in October last year. Director Mangesh Hadawale is also known for films like Tingya and Tapaal (Marathi), short film Chalo Jeetey Hai and the 2019 released film Malaal. Malaal had marked the debut of Sharmin Sehgal and Meezan Jaffrey. As for filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, he had turned producer with the film Laila Majnu. Later, he also produced the web series titled She. ALSO READ: Gajraj Rao, Ranvir Shor..
                 

Tiger Shroff debuts on YouTube with his second single titled 'Casanova'

4 days ago  
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Not so long ago, Tiger Shroff had released his debut single, 'Unbelievable', which became a massive hit. The song even went on to be included in Billboard charts. From performing action scenes flawlessly to dancing like there are no bones in his body to his acting he has mastered it all and now adds a new ammo. Tiger is now back with not just his new song, 'Casanova' but will mark debut in the Google-owned video platform - YouTube through his partnership with new-age media company Qyuki Digital Media. Tiger's YouTube channel is all set to showcase his creative calibre. From his energetic & distinct dance style and crystalline vocals, Tiger's diverse talents will continue to be a treat for his fans. Tiger took to his social media and shared, “So excited to present our next single to you all! Hope you guys like it ❤️ #Casanova is OUT NOW exclusively on my YouTube Channel! #ACasanova @punitdmalhotra @iamavitesh @santha_dop @paresshss @akanksharmaa @trakformaz @shakworld @myqyuki” &..
                 

Zanjeer copyright case to be probed by Crime Intelligence Unit of Mumbai Police

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Zanjeer copyright case will now be probed by the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of Mumbai Police. On Tuesday, January 12, they conducted raids at Box Cinema offices at Chincholi Bunder area of Malad where they seized the server owned by the company along with various documents. As per reports, the owner of the company has received anticipatory bail from Mumbai court. Renowned filmmaker Prakash Mehra, who passed away in 2009, has made Zanjeer along with Amitabh Bachchan and Pran. His son, Puneet Prakash Mehra, had filed a case at Mumbai's Juhu Police Station alleging copyright violation. The complaint stated that the Mehra family was the sole holder of the copyright of the film. According to India Today, "Mehra alleged that without any permission from the family, Zanjeer was shown on Box Cinema channel on March 12, 2020. Mehra had registered the case on October 7, 2020, with the Juhu Police Station, and the investigating officer had arrested two people in connection with the case, 42-ye..
                 

Mumbai civic body says Sonu Sood is a habitual offender for carrying out unauthorised construction work

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Sonu Sood is being called habitual offender for carrying out unauthorised construction work at a residential building in Juhu despite demolition initiated twice previously, according to Mumbai civic body on Tuesday, January 12, when they filed their affidavit in the Bombay High Court. Sonu Sood challenged a notice against him filed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in October last year. The civil court passed an order in December 2020 to dismiss his suit against the notice. The Mumbai civic body filed an affidavit in response to Sood's challenge. BMC had alleged in its notice that Sonu Sood had carried out structural changes in the six-storey building Shakti Sagar and was converting it into a commercial hotel. "The appellant is a habitual offender and wants to enjoy the commercial proceeds of the unauthorised work and therefore once again started reconstructing the demolished portion in order to make it operational as a hotel albeit illegally and without permission from ..
                 

Ali Abbas Zafar says he has already developed a script for Tandav season 2

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Ali Abbas Zafar is currently looking forward to the release of his debut web series titled Tandav on Amazon Prime Video. Ali who has given many hit films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Sultan, and Bharat is venturing into long form storytelling for the first time. While the first season is yet a couple of days away from the release, the filmmaker is already working on the second season of the show. The series featuring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover is a tale of power and greed in the world of politics. Talking to a tabloid, Zafar said that the pandemic has been a boon for writers as they usually do not get enough time to spend on themselves. During the lockdown, Ali sat in his Dehradun home for five months and just kept writing. He expects to get the second season on floors at the earliest. Ali further said that Saif was his first choice for the character of Samar Pratap Singh who is borderline grey yet vulnerable. With actors like Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra and Gauaha..
                 

Nick Jonas in talks to star as Frankie Valli in the streaming version of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys

5 days ago  
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Actor and singer Nick Jonas is going the musical way for his next acting project! The 28-year-old popstar is in talks to star as Frankie Valli in the streaming version of Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys. According to Deadline, "The event will be produced by Bohemian Rhapsody‘s Graham King and the original Broadway producers the Dodgers, with Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio." The report further revealed, "Jonas will sing the song catalog that Valli and the Four Seasons built up in a show that traces his origins from Newark to the top of the charts in the ’60s." Nick Jonas, on the work front, will next star in a guest appearance in Text For You alongside wife Priyanka Chopra Jonas. He is returning as a coach on The Voice. He will also star alongside Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland in Lionsgate’s Chaos Walking. AGC Studios’ The Blacksmith opposite Laurence Fishburne is also in the works. ALSO READ: Priyanka Chopra Jonas enjoys a winter evening getting cozy with Nick Jonas and D..
                 

SCOOP: Varun Dhawan’s remuneration for Coolie No.1 was Rs. 25 crores

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Actor Varun Dhawan ended the year 2020 with the release of his highly awaited film, Coolie No. 1. The film premiered on Amazon Prime Video on December 25 and starred Sara Ali Khan opposite him. While the film has had mixed reactions from the audience, the actor was paid big bucks for this Govinda – Karisma Kapoor remake. According to the grapevine, “Varun Dhawan has had a good career graph. With the past couple of films and array of it in the pipeline, he’s in demand. But, there was a lot of anticipation from Coolie No. 1. The film got a got deal on Amazon Prime Video after theatres were shut down during the lockdown. With this film, the actor’s paycheck got bigger than ever. The actor was reportedly paid Rs. 25 crore for Coolie No. 1. This has been his highest remuneration for any film so far.” The source further adds, “David Dhawan, who originally helmed the Govinda – Karisma Kapoor Khan starrer in 1995, directed the remake of his directorial with Varun Dhawan and Sara Ali Khan, 15 ..
                 

Naagin 5 to go off air in February; might be replaced by a show on vampires

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The popular TV show Naagin 5 starring Sharad Malhotra, Surbhi Chandna, and Mohit Sehgal which went on air in August 2020 is all set to wrap up in February this year. Reportedly, Naagin 5 will go off air next month after being on air for six months. While the date of airing the last episode has not been finalised, the team will be shooting it at the end of January. The show had garnered a good viewership largely due to the chemistry between Sharad and Surbhi. Sharad plays the role of a quintessential bad boy Veeranshu Singhania in the beginning and is later portrayed as this metrosexual man who is powerful, handsome and protective of his wife Bani. Meanwhile Surbhi transforms into a naagin playing the role of Aadinaagin and was loved by the audiences. On the other hand, there are reports doing the rounds that Ekta Kapoor’s new show on vampires will be replacing Naagin 5. This is the second time Kapoor will be bringing in a show based on vampires. She had earlier produced the show calle..
                 

JYP Entertainment confirms GOT7 to end their contract with the agency on January 19

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A day ago, it was reported that the highly popular South Korean male group GOT7 decided to part ways with their longtime agency JYP Entertainment. All the members - JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, Bambam, and Yugyeom chose not to renew their contracts with the company after spending seven years as a group. The news came in on January 10, 2021, GOT7 would be performing for the last time as a group at the 2021 Golden Disc Awards before they decide to do group activities in the future. The official statement released by JYP Entertainment on January 11, 2021, read (via Soompi), "Hello. This is JYP Entertainment. JYP has held thorough discussions with the GOT7 members ahead of the expiration of their exclusive contract on January 19. As a result, both sides have agreed not to renew the contract while hoping for a fresh future. GOT7 has performed exceptionally as a global idol group that represents K-pop since their debut on January 16, 2014. We genuinely thank GOT7 for being part of..
                 

Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi to star in Sriram Raghavan’s next

6 days ago  
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Andhadhun director Sriram Raghavan has roped in Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi for his next. Katrina seems to be on a roll as she has multiple big ticket films in her kitty. Reportedly, Vijay Sethupathi plays the leading man in Sriram's next. The filmmaker had earlier revealed that they have had to put Varun Dhawan starrer Ekkis on hold due to the pandemic. It is the first time that Vijay and Katrina will be seen together. With Ekkis postponed, Sriram Raghavan has reportedly turned his attention towards this project. There are no further details about the project apart from the interesting casting choice. Meanwhile, Katrina is currently awaiting the release of Sooryavanshi in which she will be seen opposite Akshay Kumar. She has also started preparing for Phone Booth alongside actors Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi. She will soon start working on her superhero film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. ALSO READ: Katrina Kaif champions the cause of the right to education; urges all t..
                 

"It was a joke", - Anubhav Sinha on calling Prosenjit fresh new talent

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Aditi Rao Hydari and Prosenjit Chatterjee to star in Vikramaditya Motwane’s web series Stardust

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Aditi Rao Hydari and Bengali actor Prosenjit Chatterjee have been reportedly roped in to star in Vikramaditya Motwane's web series, Stardust. Motwane, who forayed into digital space with Netflix's Sacred Games, is working on another series that will focus on Bollywood. As per reports, the web series will be inspired by true incidents including the rivalry to the working culture of the film industry. It will be a more fictional take, taking the story from the 40s era in the film industry to the next 40 years. They are planning an 8 or 9 episode arc. Aparshakti Khurana is also part of the series. More celebs will be soon roped in. The makers were planning to go on the floor last year but it was delayed due to the pandemic. They are now scheduling new dates and plan to kick off the shoot in March or April, this year. ALSO READ: Aditi Rao Hydari joins hands with ‘Cancelled Plans’ founder Mallika Reddy to design a small limited edition sustainable..
                 

Yami Gautam to play the lead in Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury’s next social-drama

7 days ago  
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Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, the mastermind behind Taapsee Pannu and Amitabh Bachchan starrer Pink, is all set to mesmerize with another project. The director is now coming back with a social-drama that will highlight the issues in today’s media along with the crime in journalism. Pink was a hard-hitting film and had hit the right chords making people understand the importance of consent. This time, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has found his leading lady in Yami Gautam. The topic that Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury has chosen to make a film on, happens to be one of the most prevailing ones these days. While there are no details regarding the male lead of the film, Yami Gautam will be seen as the leading lady and the film is expected to go on floors mid-this year. Apart from this untitled project, Yami Gautam will also be seen in Bhoot Police, A Thursday, and Dasvi, making this her fourth project of the year. Also Read: Yami Gautam enjoys her trek to a temple in Himachal Pradesh; shares pictures..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan & Shoojit Sircar’s shelved film Shoebite to be revived on digital?

8 days ago  
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Post the astronomical amount that Amazon had paid for the premiere rights for the Amitabh Bachchan and Shoojit Sircar starrer Gulabo Sitabo, it is reliably learnt that their complete-but-unreleased film Shoebite about a 60-year-old man’s journey of self-discovery, is all set to be rescued from the cans and released on the OTT platform. Sources say the dispute between the film’s producers is now being resolved amicably. “After  Gulabo Sitabo was sold to the OTT platform for Rs. 35 crores, the disputing producers saw the wisdom in retrieving Shoebite from oblivion and putting it on the digital domain,” says the sources. Those who have seen Shoebite swear by the high quality of its content. It is said to feature Bachchan in one of his career’s best performances. With Gulabo Sitabo turning out to be such a damp squib, Shoebite is just the panacea needed to stymie the prevalent puerility of the digital platform. ALSO READ: Amitabh Bachchan and Sidharth Malhotra to team up for Aankhen 2; Ga..
                 

Amitabh Bachchan and Sidharth Malhotra to team up for Aankhen 2; Gaurang Doshi might have to part with rights

9 days ago  
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In the last three years, one film that has been in the works is Aankhen 2. And believe it or not, the film has gone through several changes in its casting. While the plan was to make it with Anil Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan and others, it was later being put in place with Saif Ali Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez headlining it. Then, the film was taken to Big B and Kartik Aaryan again. But none of the associations were working out for the crew. Now, we can reveal that the makers have taken the film to another Gen-Y actor now. "The team has now approached Sidharth Malhotra to come on board for the project. Big B has already given his nod to the film. Taking it ahead from the previous film, the second part will be a completely original script but will have the same essence and thrill elements of the original. Sidharth will essay the role of a blind man here whereas it needs to be seen if Big B plays the main villain or a protagonist this time." The project, despite being in the works for year..
                 

Elite and Money Heist stars Jaime Lorente and Maria Pedraza have reportedly broken up after two years of dating

9 days ago  
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Popular Spanish actors Jaime Lorente and Maria Pedraza, who've starred in shows Elite and Money Heist, have reportedly split after two years of dating. According to Spanish media reports, the two actors unfollowed each other on Instagram. Maria Pedraza has also deleted her photos with Jaimie from her social media page as well. Jaimie Lorente has still kept some of the pictures on his social media. The 29-year-old Jaime Lorente and 24-year-old Maria Pedraza began working on Netflix's high school drama Elite before getting part in Money Heist. The two actors played lovers in the former show whereas she had one season arc in Money Heist where she played the role of Allison Parker, daughter of the British ambassador. They have been together since 2018 and their Instagram was full of love-worthy moments. ALSO READ: Money Heist actor Jaime Lorente drops fierce first look of his Amazon series in El Cid..
                 

Priyanka Chopra denies flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules in the UK when she visited the salon, police intervenes

9 days ago  
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Actor Priyanka Chopra is currently in the UK along with her husband and popstar Nick Jonas. The actress filming her Hollywood rom-com Text For You in which Nick is guest starring. But, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases along with the new virus strain, the country is currently in lockdown again. According to the reports, the actress flouted COVID-19 rules to visit a salon but her representatives denied it stating she had permission for work-related reasons. According to pictures acquired by DailyMail UK, Priyanka Chopra and her mother Madhu Chopra arrived at Josh Wood Colour salon in Notting Hill on Wednesday, January 6. Soon police were seen arriving at the venue. According to MailOnline UK, “Police were alerted at around 17:40hrs on Wednesday, 6 January to reports of a Covid breach taking place within hairdressers on Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill.Officers attended and the owner of the salon was given a verbal reminder of the need to comply with all regulations regarding Covid-19 and si..
                 

Karan Singh Grover and Surbhi Jyoti pull off mid-air fighting scenes for Qubool Hai 2.0

9 days ago  
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Seems like Surbhi Jyoti and Karan Singh Grover have kick-started 2021 on a 'smashing' note! TV world's most favorite on-screen couple have just wrapped up a thrilling mid-air aircraft fighting scene in Serbia for Qubool Hai 2.0. Led by ace Serbian stunt director, Slavisa Ivanovic who has also directed action sequences for Hollywood films like Extinction and Lockout, the scene involves Asad and Zoya combatting disguised assassins while they attack them mid-flight. It was shot over two days on a commercial aircraft amidst turbulent weather conditions and required intensive training. While the makers are guarding the plotline, we are keen to know who were the gunmen actually preying on? The refreshed rendition of the iconic show as a 10-episode web-series is being produced by Mrinal Abhigyan Jha and is slated to release on Zee5 Premium by early 2021. The international schedule of the show is near completion. The last half will be shot in India from mid-January onwards. The fans surely ca..
                 

Varun Dhawan to begin intense training for Sriram Raghavan's Ekkis; shooting to begin in September 2021

9 days ago  
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Varun Dhawan, who is known to work long and hard if needed to get into the skin of his character, will slip into prep mode for filmmaker Sriram Raghavan’s Ekkis soon. Till the end of 2020, Varun was busy shooting for Raj Mehta’s Jug Jugg Jeeyo with Kiara Advani, Anil Kapoor, and Neetu Kapoor. Talking about Ekkis, Sriram says, “We have been prepping for the film as much as possible. The pre-production work has been on, but now we have to work around the new scheme of things. Weather-wise, we would have liked to start the film last September and wrap up by now, but the lockdown just pushed everything ahead.” The director, who had earlier worked with Varun in Badlapur, further adds, “After completing his pending commitments, Varun will start preparing for his role in Ekkis from May this year. He has to lose weight, take the training that’s meant for army officers, spend some time at the National Defence Academy (NDA) and go through the grind to prepare for his role. We intend to start sh..
                 

Anubhav Sinha to attend the opening ceremony of 26th Kolkata International Film Festival

10 days ago  
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Critically acclaimed and successful filmmaker Anubhav Sinha will be attending the 26th edition of the coveted Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) scheduled from 8-15 January, 2021. For this year’s Satyajit Ray Memorial Lecture, KIFF is delighted to have the ace storyteller as the esteemed speaker, sharing his views centering around the subject - “Social Responsibility in Mainstream Indian Cinema”. The festival organisers have also scheduled a screening of Anubhav Sinha’s critically-acclaimed movie, Mulk featuring the late Rishi Kapoor on the second day of the festival. Sinha’s recent works, Mulk (2018), Article 15 (2019) and Thappad (2020) have held the mirror for the society and has shown the consequences of religious biases, caste discrimination, and domestic violence. The importance and gravity of the lecture’s subject will thereby be elucidated through a discussion of his critically acclaimed works. Anubhav Sinha says, “I feel honoured to be invited to such a prestigious fi..
                 

PIL filed in Delhi High Court seeking removal of Amitabh Bachchan’s voice from caller tune on Covid-19 since he doesn’t have clean history

10 days ago  
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A PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court seeking removal of Amitabh Bachchan’s COVID-19 awareness caller tune since the actor himself suffered from the novel coronavirus in 2020. The petition, filed by Delhi resident and social worker Rakesh, said that the actor was enrolled to spread preventive measures while he and his family couldn’t escape it. On Thursday, the plea was heard before a bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh. “The government of India has been paying fees to Amitabh Bachchan for chanting such preventive measures on the caller ringtone,” read the plea, according to India Today. "There are some corona warriors who have been doing great service to the nation and helping poor and needy people in their needy times as well as providing them food, cloth, and shelter and it is very indispensable to mention herein that some corona warriors have distributed their hard earnings among the poor and needy people.” “Amitabh Bachchan is not having a clean history as..
                 

Post Gangubai Kathiawadi Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Alia Bhatt to reunite for another project

10 days ago  
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For epic filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Alia Bhatt the experience of working together in Gangabai Kathiawadi has been, in the words of an insider, “magical.” Alia has apparently given her career’s best performance in Bhansali’s film. “Expect her to win all the major award in 2021 for Gangubai including the National award,” predicts a source close to the project. Alia who had never used the coarse language required for her part in Gangubai Kathiawadi apparently had to “unlearn” everything she had learnt so far to sink into the dark character. The world of Karan Johar and designer labels was very different from the world that Bhansali introduced Alia to. She had to undergo extensive workshops before tackling the challenging character of the brothel Madame turned into a dreaded gangster. Says a source close to Bhansali, “He changed her body language, and her spoken voice. She looks walks and talks differently in Gangubai. Her posture is raw and her language guttural. It wouldn’t be ..
                 

BMC lodges a police complaint against Sonu Sood for converting his residential building into a hotel without permission

10 days ago  
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Sonu Sood has ensured to help as many people as possible all throughout the lockdown and was termed as a messiah for the commoners. From arranging transportation to taking care of hospital bills, Sonu Sood has been trying his best to help as many people as he can. However, the actor has now gone a step further and turned his six-storey residential building into a hotel for COVID warriors. Apparently, the actor did not have the permissions in place from the BMC and the civic body has gone ahead to lodge a police complaint against him in Juhu police station. The building is located on AB Nair road in Juhu and is named Shakti Sagar. Under the Maharashtra Region and Town Planning Act (MRTP), Sonu Sood was required to take permission from the civic body. Sonu Sood has however said that there are no irregularities and he has taken permission from the BMC, he is now awaiting clearance from Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA). Sonu Sood has also said that he will turn the bu..
                 

Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra & Rakul Preet Singh starrer Thank God to go on floor on January 21, 2021

10 days ago  
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Indra Kumar, who is known for his successful entertainers, has collaborated with the producer Bhushan Kumar to create a slice of life comedy with a great message. The director-producer duo have brought together Ajay Devgn, Sidharth Malhotra, and Rakul Preet Singh for their much-anticipated film, Thank God. While Rakul Preet Singh has shared the screen with both Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra, Thank God will mark the first collaboration of Ajay Devgn and Sidharth Malhotra. The film is set to go on floors on 21st January 2021. Thank God is unlike any of Indra Kumar's previous blockbusters. The director is creating this film in a newer avatar with laughter and a beautiful message at the end which will connect with families and be relatable in today's world. Talking about Thank God, director Indra Kumar shares, "We have been waiting for a long time to begin the shoot and finally we will start on 21st of January, 'Thank God!' (laughs). It is an entertaining slice of life comedy with a me..
                 

Kolkata International Film Festival to go virtual; Shah Rukh Khan to join inaugural event: Mamata Banerjee

11 days ago  
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Kolkata Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday confirmed that the annual Kolkata International Film Festival will be held virtually owing to the pandemic. She also confirmed that actor Shah Rukh Khan will be joining the inaugural event virtually. The superstar had attended the inaugural event in 2019 as well. The Chief Minister took to Twitter to make the announcement. "Together we will overcome this pandemic. But the show must go on. We are going ahead with #KIFF 2021 virtually, on a smaller scale. Glad that my brother @iamsrk will join us virtually at the inaugural event on Jan 8, 4pm. Watch Kolkata International Film Festival live," the CM tweeted. Together we will overcome this pandemic. But the show must go on. We are going ahead with #KIFF 2021 virtually, on a smaller scale. Glad that my brother @iamsrk will join us virtually at the inaugural event on Jan 8, 4pm. Watch Kolkata International Film Festival live — Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) January 6, 2021 The 26th Ko..